1. Eric Clapton Cancels Concert in Thailand Amid Escalating Political Violence

    February 26, 2014 3:27 PM EST As gun battles are now a near nightly occurrence on the streets of Bangkok, the rock legend decided to give the city a miss. Eric Clapton has canceled his concert in Bangkok, as political violence in the Thai capital continues to worsen. “Due to r ...

  2. Gaga Being Kept from Dorito's Stage During SXSW: Report (Update)

    February 26, 2014 11:51 AM EST Lady Gaga has reportedly been denied her spot on Dorito's stage during SXSW due to public safety concerns. The news was first brought to our attention by local website Austin360 . Billboard reached out to Doritos who declined to comment. Foll ...

  3. Clear Channel, NBC To Air iHeartRadio Music Awards May 1

    February 26, 2014 9:27 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first iHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, the company announced today, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Clear Channel Media and Entertainmen ...

  4. Live Nation's 'Epic' 2013 Earnings Broken Down

    February 25, 2014 8:18 PM EST The full extent of the "epic" year Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino t old Billboard about more than a month ago was revealed yesterday (Feb. 24) in the company’s Q4/2013 earnings report , which helped boost LN stocks by 8. ...

  5. Live Nation Entertainment Reports Record Year

    February 24, 2014 6:24 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment said Monday that it set a record in 2013 for annual revenue, free cash flow and adjusted operating income due to increase attendance at shows in general and the surging popularity of country music. In the most recent quar ...

  6. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 5:30 PM EST 27 3.738 k 159 11 Behind every music tour -- from Beyonce's Vegas-styled extravaganzas to Phish's weed-and-'shroom-fueled odysseys -- is an unsung individual who's equal parts field marshal, political fixer, armchair psychoanalyst and ...

  7. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize for European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:56 PM EST Eric Church’s The Outsiders is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show European tour start ...

  8. Romeo Santos Reveals Yankee Stadium Concert

    February 24, 2014 4:03 PM EST One day before dropping his sophomore solo album "Formula, Vol. 2," Bronx-born Bachata superstar Romeo Santos announced that he will be headlining a concert at Yankee Stadium on July 12, 2014. Santos will be the first Latin artist to hav ...

  9. Country's Super-Sized Stars Downsize to Pursue European Success

    February 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST Eric Church’s "The Outsiders" is the No. 1 album in the country for the week ending Feb. 16, but when he picks up a beer to celebrate, it may be a locally brewed Guinness. That’s because he’ll be in Dublin, the first of a 12-show Europea ...

  10. La Vida Boheme Leader Turns to Twitter Activism Amidst Violence In Venezuela

    February 21, 2014 8:29 PM EST Henry D’Arthenay, the leader of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Boheme, has spent most of the past week inside his home in Caracas, communicating with band mates who live on neighboring streets through Skype, and Tweeting videos of street violence, ...

  11. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  12. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  13. Marc Anthony Leads List of Winners at Premio lo Nuestro

    February 21, 2014 9:44 AM EST With four awards, including Tropical album of the year for 3.0, tropical song of the year for “Vivir mi vida” and tropical salsa artist of the year, Marc Anthony was the lead winner at the 2014 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, which aired live on the Uni ...

  14. Citi Offering Additional Tickets to Lady Gaga's Sold-Out Roseland Ballroom Residency (Exclusive)

    February 21, 2014 12:21 AM EST All tickets to Lady Gaga's seven-night residency to bid farewell to New York's iconic Roseland Ballroom next month sold out within minutes . But Citi will offer additional tickets beginning Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. eastern at livenation.com, a ...

  15. George Strait and the Band Perry Top Hot Tours with $6.4 Million

    February 20, 2014 4:40 PM EST George Strait and the Band Perry represent country music on the latest tally of Hot Tours, landing at Nos. 1 and 3 respectively on the list of the week’s 10 top-grossing tours. Strait’s top ranking comes from the first four February performances o ...

  16. Motörhead Announces 'MotörBoat' Cruise For Fall 2014

    February 20, 2014 1:23 PM EST Motörhead will set sail on its debut cruise, fantastically titled the MotörBoat, later this year, it was announced late last week. On Wednesday (Feb. 19), the U.K. metal group posted that the sailing dates and presale information will be made avai ...

  17. WME Partnering for Six Country Festivals

    February 20, 2014 9:52 AM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, a founding partner in Lollapalooza, is building its portfolio in the festival sector with investment in six new strategic alliances in the country music fest space, Billboard.biz has learned. Much of WME’s a ...

  18. Michael Chugg Expands Label With U.S. Launch

    February 20, 2014 5:30 AM EST Australian concert promoting great Michael Chugg is launching his record label in the United States.  Chugg Music, which includes recording and artist management activities and is a division of Chugg Entertainment, will bow on Feb. 25 with distrib ...

  19. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 10:04 PM EST Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted announcement on Wednesday night (Feb. 19). Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and V ...

  20. Paul Colby, Owner and Promoter Behind Landmark Greenwich Vill. Venue the Bitter End, Dies at 96

    February 18, 2014 9:57 PM EST Even though it's been a good two decades since Paul Colby was actively involved in the running of The Bitter End, one of Greenwich Village's premiere music and comedy showcases, he was still a presence in the room -- and not just because ...

  21. Trisha Yearwood Touring ‘Just Because,' Writing Third Cookbook, and Recording New Album

    February 18, 2014 12:02 PM EST In the past few years, Trisha Yearwood’s career has expanded from Grammy winning country chanteuse to best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” but when a fan recently posed the question ...

  22. David Crosby Undergoes Heart Surgery, Postpones Shows

    February 17, 2014 11:28 PM EST Rock performer David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows. Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery ...

  23. Tomorrowland Sells Out Two Weekends, 360K Tickets in Under An Hour

    February 16, 2014 8:00 AM EST The 2014 edition of Belgian dance festival Tomorrowland went on sale Saturday (Feb. 15)  morning and sold out its 360,000 available tickets in under an hour, according to its organizers. Tomorrowland Expands to Two Weekends in 2014 SFX Purchases 7 ...

  24. Jason Aldean Tops Hot Tours With $5 Million in Ticket Sales

    February 14, 2014 4:51 PM EST Jason Aldean launched the final leg of his Night Train tour with a packed arena crowd on Jan. 16 in Des Moines, Iowa, the first stop on a final stretch that will run through mid-March.  More than $5 million in ticket sales from the first eight ven ...

  25. Best Seats In the House: Nation’s Largest Markets Lead the Way In Venue Renovation Boom

    February 14, 2014 3:20 PM EST In the decade that Billboard has devoted an annual special touring feature to new and renovated venues, never before have the nation’s two biggest concert markets, New York and Los Angeles, demanded the spotlight as they do now -- largely due to t ...

  26. Controversies, Clashes and 'Bad Man Police': Jamaica's 30th Anniversary Sting Concert

    February 13, 2014 4:15 PM EST Sting, a marathon-length concert dubbed "the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth," is the longest running event on Jamaica's jam-packed music calendar. Held annually since 1984 on Dec. 26, Sting was founded by Isa ...

  27. Diplo and Mad Decent to Launch 'Boat Party' Cruise Fest This Fall (Exclusive)

    February 13, 2014 4:11 PM EST Combining the success of the Mad Decent Block Party franchise with recent EDM cruise ship festivals, the label seeks to expand its brand. After eight years of success on land, Mad Decent is taking its popular Block Party concept on a cruise ship. ...

  28. Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion

    February 13, 2014 9:15 AM EST Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies and create a dominant force in creating and delivering entertainment. Related Articles Drake To Star In ...

  29. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference tab ...

  30. 'The Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin Signs With ICM Partners

    February 12, 2014 6:55 PM EST "The Voice's" reigning champion Tessanne Chin has signed with ICM Partners. The powerhouse vocalist from Adam Levine's team won season five of NBC’s hit singing competition in December. During the show, she was the only contest ...

  31. Sting's Musical Finds a Broadway Home

    February 12, 2014 5:24 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northea ...

  32. 'Book Of Mormon' Musical Sets Box Office Record

    February 11, 2014 3:10 AM EST “The Book of Mormon" has a new reason to boast: It just set the record for the highest weekly gross in history for a national tour. The musical took in $2,802,606 over eight shows for the week ending Sunday at Atlanta's 4,678-seat Fox Th ...

  33. Executive Playlist: Jimmy Fallon Music Booker Jonathan Cohen's 'Heavier Post-Punk, Hardcore & Indie Rock' Playlist

    February 07, 2014 4:29 PM EST With this week's  Billboard cover story on Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show" and the program's music strategy, Billboard.biz reached out to music booker Jonathan Cohen for his Executive Playlist (below). Related Arti ...

  34. Prince Wants to Charge $10 for Concert Tickets

    February 06, 2014 3:50 PM EST The price of Prince? $10. During a secret show in London -- held in the living room of his friend, singer Lianne La Havas, and attended by approximately 10 people -- the singer announced that he wants to charge just a fistful of dollars for ticket ...

  35. Skype, Live Nation Team For ‘Ones To Watch’ Concert Series At House of Blues (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 3:09 PM EST Skype and Live Nation have introduced the Ones To Watch With Skype, an interactive platform where fans will have direct access to emerging artists using Skype technology with bands performing at Live Nation’s House of Blues venues. The program beg ...

  36. Paul McGuinness on Life After U2, Midem, Calling Out Tech Companies (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:36 AM EST Paul McGuinness, legendary U2 manager and winner of this year's Billboard Industry Icon Award, does not mince words. Not only did he deliver one of Midem's best speeches at the award's ceremony, but he also gave a fantastic follow-u ...

  37. CARAS CEO Melanie Berry Talks Juno Noms, Winnipeg, Robin Thicke's Canadian Passport (Q&A)

    February 05, 2014 11:37 AM EST Yesterday, the nominees for Canada’s 2014 Juno Awards were announced at a press conference in Toronto. Held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the majority of the trophies will be handed out at a private gala dinner March 29, followed by the nationa ...

  38. New Signings: Riff Raff Joins CAA, Verve Inks Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc Signs to Warner/Chappell

    February 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@B ...

  39. Red Hot Chili Peppers Unplugged at Super Bowl: Axl Rose Weighs In

    February 04, 2014 10:01 PM EST The Super Bowl halftime show, featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, elicited plenty of cheers from fans in MetLife stadium, but some watching at home -- including former Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid -- had a bone to pick with t ...

  40. Dolly Parton Signs With APA In North America

    February 03, 2014 2:45 PM EST Dolly Parton has signed with APA in North America. The entertainer is a longtime client of former The Agency Group exec Steve Martin, who joined APA as executive VP of worldwide music in December. The Agency Group's Neil Warnock represents Pa ...

  41. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  42. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  43. VH1’s Tom Calderone On Producing 'Super Bowl Blitz: 6 Concerts + 6 Nights,' His 'Long-Suffering' Buffalo Bills Fandom

    January 31, 2014 8:30 AM EST To say Tom Calderone 's life has been upended this week would be something of an understatement. As president of VH1 he oversees his network's rather ambitious 'Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts' initiative. The live ...

  44. Pandora, Live Nation Shares Rise High, SFX Down

    January 30, 2014 7:37 PM EST Shares of the two largest publicly traded music companies soared Thursday (Jan. 30) as markets rebounded from two days of losses. Pandora shares reached a new high of $37.95 before closing up 11% at $36.53, and shares of Live Nation climbed to a 5 ...

  45. Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium: An Inside Look at Hosting the Big Game (Q&A)

    January 30, 2014 6:52 PM EST Over his lengthy career, big-league facility manager Ron VanDeVeen has worked on major sporting events from the World Cup to the NBA Finals. On Sunday, he’ll add the Super Bowl to that list.   “The Super Bowl is definitely the biggest, in regards ...

  46. From The Billboard Archives: Pete Seeger, 'Tall, Slim Sinatra of the Folklore Clan'

    January 30, 2014 6:45 PM EST In rememberance of Pete Seeger, renowned folk musician, activist and humanitarian, who passed away this week, we searched the Billboard archives for clips of some of his defining moments. "Seeger is a clean-cut lad, instantly appealing with a ...

  47. Billboard's 2014 International Power Players List

    January 30, 2014 11:15 AM EST For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for th ...

  48. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  49. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Grammy Compilation Debuts At No. 2

    January 29, 2014 10:59 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up 7% compared with its sales in the previous week (87,000). Th ...

  50. Mötley Crüe to Retire Following Massive Tour

    January 28, 2014 7:43 PM EST After 30-plus years of world-class debauchery and spinning drum kits, Motley Crue is calling it quits with a 72-city North America tour and a legally binding agreement that prevents any of the four members from touring under the name. The tour st ...

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