1. Michael Jackson Hologram Conjures Billionaire's Patent Lawsuit

    March 25, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Alki David says an Amy Winehouse concert is coming, but first comes a patent lawsuit over a popular Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. Two years ago, a hologram of Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival sparked the imagination about what mi ...

  2. Lollapalooza Heads to South America, 'Where the Money's Great'

    March 24, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A trio of South American Lolla­paloozas scheduled for this spring, including a first foray into Argentina, underscore how the events' organizers are mining the buzzy South American market and could provide a road map for similar festivals loo ...

  3. MSG to Take 50 Percent Stake In Tribeca Film Fest Parent Company

    March 22, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Related Articles Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Makes $200 Million Bid For Fuse (Report) Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden Co. Announce $300 Million Joint Venture Behind the Scenes at LA's Renovated Forum: Wall of Fame, Backstage Bowling, Expanded C ...

  4. Sasquatch! Music Festival Cancels Fourth of July Weekend

    March 22, 2014 7:23 AM EDT For the first time in its 12-year history, Sasquatch! Music Festival planned to expand to two weekends in 2014, offering an initial weekend of music in late May and another over the Fourth of July. However, that plan will not come to fruition. The ...

  5. How Mick Jagger's Tragedy Could Cost the Rolling Stones Up to $10 Million

    March 21, 2014 12:45 PM EDT By postponing the Australian leg of their 14 On Fire Tour following the death of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott, the Rolling Stones and multiple parties involved in staging the tour potentially could be on the hook for as ...

  6. Kate Bush Announces Surprise Residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo

    March 21, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Kate Bush will make a rare return to the stage later this year for a series of live shows in London. The enigmatic and uniquely British singer has announced she’ll play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo under the banner “Before the Dawn”. The res ...

  7. Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips Among Record Store Day 2014 In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to do in-store appearances on Records Store Day, April 19. Related Articles Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings ...

  8. Justin Timberlake Tops Hot Tours with $23.6 Million, Beyonce Trails with $5.5 Million

    March 20, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience tops the weekly list of Hot Tours based on $23.6 million in ticket sales from the final 14 performances of the tour’s opening leg. The four-month trek covered North American markets from Nov. 6 through March 5, ...

  9. Webster Hall to Take Back Its Reins from Bowery Presents, Hints at Brooklyn Plans

    March 20, 2014 3:17 PM EDT New York live music mainstay Webster Hall and its booking and promotions arm Webster Hall Presents will both be responsible for their own destinies (more or less) this Fall. The 130-year-old venue is shifting from Bowery Presents-led talent buys a ...

  10. Tyler the Creator's Attorney Says Rapper Didn't 'Seek to Incite' Riot

    March 20, 2014 1:01 PM EDT An attorney for Tyler, The Creator, says the Odd Future rapper did not incite a riot at a show during South By Southwest last week and would not deliberately put fans at risk. Related Articles Tyler the Creator Arrested Over SXSW Riot at Scoot Inn ...

  11. Rolling Stones Plot Return to Australia, New Zealand For Fall

    March 20, 2014 8:15 AM EDT The Rolling Stones, forced to postpone the Australian leg of the band's 14 On Fire tour due to the death of L’Wren Scott, longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, are working with promoters to return to the territory by the fall of this year, acco ...

  12. How the Bluebird Cafe Is Dealing With Its 'Nashville' Star Turn

    March 19, 2014 5:01 PM EDT When ASCAP hosted its monthly songwriters-in-the-round showcase on March 5 at the Bluebird Cafe, about 20 people huddled in the cold outside the venue, hoping a seat might open up for them. Related Articles Bluebird Café To Change Hands Big Machin ...

  13. Past and Present Meet at ASCAP's Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-l ...

  14. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon & Arctic Monkeys to Headline Lollapalooza 2014 (Report)

    March 18, 2014 7:45 PM EDT The Lollapalooza lineup has not yet been officially announced, though the Chicago Tribune is convinced it's got the names of its 2014 headliners. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys will play this year's Lollapalooza (set ...

  15. Rolling Stones Postpone Australian, New Zealand Tours Following L'Wren Scott’s Apparent Suicide

    March 18, 2014 3:03 AM EDT Update: The band has released a statement saying that all shows in their upcoming tours in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed. "Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their su ...

  16. Marc Geiger Invests in Audiam (Exclusive)

    March 17, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Marc Geiger, the head of music for William Morris Endeavor who co-founded Lollapalooza and was an early proponent of digital streaming, has personally invested an undisclosed amount in Audiam, a start-up that collects money from YouTube on behalf ...

  17. Countdown to the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference: 1989-1993

    March 17, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard.biz is breaking out the g ...

  18. Inside Vulfpeck’s Brilliant Spotify Stunt

    March 17, 2014 2:34 PM EDT 27 2.033 k 175 4 If you happen to notice your Spotify activity window flooded with plays of Vulfpeck’s latest album “Sleepify,” it is not because of how good the songs are -- as a matter of fact, the 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Ann Arbor, Michig ...

  19. Bill Ballard, Legendary Canadian Live Producer and Promoter, Dies at 67

    March 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Concert business pioneer Bill Ballard, who partnered with Michael Cohl 40 years ago in Toronto to create Concert Productions International (CPI) eventually presenting tours by the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, U2 and Pink Floyd, died Friday after b ...

  20. Future Music’s Malaysia Fest Canceled Following Multiple Deaths

    March 17, 2014 1:55 AM EDT Six people have reportedly died from suspected drug overdoses at the Future Music Asia festival, prompting organizers to cancel Saturday’s third and final day. Future Music's Malaysia leg is one of the region’s most popular dance music-orient ...

  21. Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

    March 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q had a great time at his first South By Southwest a few years ago, but found himself getting angry this year as he played a series of shows at the annual music conference and festival. Related Articles The $1 Million Buy-In: B ...

  22. De La Soul's Trugoy On Giving Away Their Entire Back Catalog

    March 16, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Get ready for a lot of new De La Soul music. Related Articles De La Soul Gives Away Entire Catalog For Free Damon Albarn Plays SXSW’s Fader Fort With De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Tr ...

  23. Tyler the Creator Arrested Over SXSW Riot at Scoot Inn

    March 15, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Related Articles Odd Future Storms Offstage at Billboard SXSW Showcase Odd Future Cuts Set Short At Billboard SXSW Showcase Police Shut Down Odd Future Show In Boston Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot ...

  24. Damon Albarn Plays SXSW’s Fader Fort With De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz

    March 15, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Damon Albarn capped off a busy week playing songs from his forthcoming solo debut “Everyday Robots” at South By Southwest with a very special performance at the Fader Fort Friday night. The hour-long set included over a half-dozen selections from ...

  25. American Authors, Betty Who, Phox, Rock BMI/Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW

    March 15, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Boasting perhaps the most stellar lineup in its seven-year history, BMI and Billboard's Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of at the Four Seasons kept the mimosas flowing just as steadily as the hit tunes. American Authors, currently at No. 16 on th ...

  26. SXSW Crash Suspect, Rashad Charjuan Owens, Was Aspiring Rapper, on Way to Perform

    March 14, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Rashad Charjuan Owens, the man charged with capital murder and is accused of plowing his car through SXSW early Thursday morning, leaving two people dead and 23 injured, is reportedly an aspiring rapper who was set to perform a late-night show i ...

  27. Lady Gaga Thanks Doritos, Defends 'Artpop' Sales, Slams Critics 'Who Don't Know F--ck About the Music Industry' at SXSW Keynote

    March 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT She wasn’t quite carried in on a barbecue spit and she didn’t do any theatrical vomiting, as she did on Thursday night during her performance at 5th and Red River (originally scheduled for Stubb's before being relocated), but Lady Gaga came ...

  28. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. Heart Pulls Out of SeaWorld Show Amid Peti ...

  29. MusicMetric Presents 2014 SXSW Trending Tracker

    March 14, 2014 10:51 AM EDT The folks at MusicMetric have once again put together an interactive widget that shows which acts are the most-talked about at SXSW. In addition to conversation on Twitter, this year’s chart look at conversations on Tumblr. "The MusicMetric S ...

  30. Live Nation's Watershed Fest Goes Clean In Minutes

    March 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The Watershed Music Festival at the Gorge in George, Wash., sold out within 10 minutes of on-sale yesterday.  Over 25,000 three day passes were sold for the third annual music and camping festival on August 1-3 with a lineup of Tim McGraw, Lady An ...

  31. Lady Gaga Plays SXSW: 'You Don't Need a F--king Record Label, You Don’t Need a Company'

    March 14, 2014 9:33 AM EDT The humor of playing Austin’s most prominent barbeque joint was not lost on Lady Gaga. For her headlining performance at Doritos’ Bold Stage, temporarily held at Stubb’s before relocating to 5th St and Red River Friday and Saturday, Gaga entere ...

  32. SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash

    March 13, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following Wednesday night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night (March ...

  33. SXSW: Spandau Ballet Says South by Southwest Accident 'Is an Absolute Tragedy'

    March 13, 2014 6:33 PM EDT During a Q&A at South by Southwest on Thursday afternoon, Spandau Ballet addressed the fatal car accident of the previous night, which resulted in two deaths and 23 people injured. Speaking to the crowd gathered at the Austin Convention Center ...

  34. SXSW Accident - Music Industry Eyewitnesses: 'It Was Like Watching Evil'

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest. John Doe of the band X says the group's first reaction to last night's deadly c ...

  35. Tommy Boy Records' Tom Silverman on Designing $100B Music Biz: 'We're Re-Fueling the Plane in the Air'

    March 13, 2014 2:19 PM EDT A $100 billion dollar music industry was the topic of discussion at yesterday's packed SXSW panel led by Tommy Boy Records founder and New Music Seminar chief Tommy Silverman, with the biggest discussions revolving around streaming, subscript ...

  36. SXSW Director Says Fest Will Proceed in Wake of Fatalities, Suspect To Be Arraigned Today

    March 13, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Organizers of South By Southwest said today they plan to carry on with all daytime events in the wake of last night's deadly car accident that left two dead and 23 injured. Related Articles Two Dead As Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, 23 Injured, 5 ...

  37. Two Dead As Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, 23 Injured, 5 Critically (Updated)

    March 13, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A man and woman were killed early Thursday after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street, police said. Exene Cervenka o ...

  38. Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $12.1M from Final Australian Dates

    March 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on Hot Tours for the third time in 2014 with ticket sales reported from his swing through Australia and New Zealand during February and March. The High Hopes tour played in seven cities during its Oceania leg that wrappe ...

  39. SXSWi Wrap-Up: Algorithms Share an Increasingly Crowded Stage with Technology, Privacy

    March 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT We saw the rain, felt the heat, ate the breakfast tacos, drank the beer. We pondered. For a fest that, as SXSWi director Hugh Forrest told us two weeks ago , is trying to limit its attendance, Austin was, and remains, a very busy place in middle M ...

  40. Howdy, NYC?: Live Nation's Rumored Festival Would Highlight Country Music

    March 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Country music is surpassing pop, rock and EDM as the fastest-growing genre in the booming festival space. Live Nation's 'Epic' 2013 Earnings Broken Down With its wealth of headliners and full supply of developing acts, country is, ...

  41. SXSW Executive Strategies - Glassnote's Daniel Glass: 'My Son Got Me an Electric Bike Last Year '

    March 12, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Related Articles SXSW Executive Strategies - Def Jam's Sickamore: 'When You’re Down There It’s Very Intimate in a Way' SXSW Executive Strategies - Tom Windish: 'We Have 121 Artists This Year' SXSW Executive Strategies - Mo ...

  42. EDM Fans’ Hyperactive Social Media Use Driving Genre’s Success (Study)

    March 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The only thing the current crop of dance music fans may love more than listening to EDM is tweeting about it. A new study from online ticketing platform Eventbrite found that prolific social media posting and an emphasis on the live experience wer ...

  43. Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Launch iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 2:39 AM EDT “We’ve been away a long time,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin told fans on Tuesday night at South By Southwest, “and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world.” Or a more auspicious one. Coldplay’s first North American show in more than ...

  44. SXSW Executive Strategies - Mtheory's Madeleine Bennett: 'You Can't Help But Form Good Connections'

    March 11, 2014 4:45 PM EDT SXSWi: If Algorithms Won't Be Our Friends, Maybe They Can Be Our Baseball Bat SXSWi Q&A: Pandora’s Heidi Browning Talks Continued Growth, Working with Large Brands SXSWi: CoolNerd Kiosk Offers Free Smartphone Charging Plus Music, Movies, ...

  45. Peanut Butter Wolf to Tour with Stones Throw Documentary

    March 11, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Peanut Butter Wolf will head to Aubagne, France, after SXSW to embark on a European DJ tour to accompany "Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton," a documentary on his label Stones Throw Records. Of his unique approach to film distribution, Wolf tells B ...

  46. Kanye West, Jay Z to Reunite at Samsung's SXSW 2014 Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT For the first time since the twosome wrapped their Watch the Throne tour in 2012, rap royalty Kanye West and Jay Z will perform a full concert this Wednesday (March 12) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. West and Z will headline ...

  47. Azoff MSG Entertainment Acquires 50% of Marketing Agency Pop2Life

    March 10, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), the joint venture between manager Irving Azoff and the Madison Square Garden Company, has acquired a 50% stake in experiential marketing agency Pop2Life (P2L). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Earlie ...

  48. SXSWi: CoolNerd Kiosk Offers Free Smartphone Charging Plus Music, Movies, Ads

    March 10, 2014 3:06 PM EDT One of the most popular locations in any airport, or indeed here at SXSW itself , is the device-charging kiosk. People will contort themselves into uncomfortable positions and cozy up to complete strangers if it means a few more minutes of power f ...

  49. SXSWi: Odd Couple Ben Horowitz and Nas Discuss Steve Stoute, 'Illmatic''s 20th Anniversary, Toussaint Louverture

    March 10, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Ben Horowitz, co-founder of the successful venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz (which turned an initial pool of $300 million into $2.7 billion in three years), and Nas, one of the most respected hip-hop artists of all time, sat down for a ...

  50. Lady Gaga to Present Keynote Address at SXSW

    March 09, 2014 1:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is not only attending South by Southwest as a performer. She'll also be a featured speaker. Related Articles Samsung Launches Mobile Radio Service Milk Music Ahead of SXSW SXSW Executive Strategies - Def Jam's Sickamore: ' ...

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