1. Iron Maiden Tops Hot Tours With Revenues of $19 Million

    July 26, 2013 12:28 PM EDT English heavy metal band Iron Maiden earns the No. 1 Hot Tours ranking this week with $19 million (US$) in box office revenue reported from its summer tour in European cities. The Maiden England World Tour originally kicked off last year with a ...

  2. Madison Square Garden's Limited Lease: Not An Eviction Notice, But Not Good News Either

    July 26, 2013 11:34 AM EDT The New York City Council’s vote Wednesday that Madison Square Garden must within 10 years cease operating at its current site above Penn Station, its home for 45 years, is not good news for an arena that is just completing a nearly $1 billion ...

  3. Frank Ocean Cancels Australian Tour With Vocal Cord Tear, Told to Rest

    July 26, 2013 3:07 AM EDT Frank Ocean has canceled his sold-out Australian tour after suffering with throat problems on opening night. A trip to the doctors has revealed he has a tear to one of his vocal chords. The rising R&B star had launched his inaugural tour Dow ...

  4. Madison Square Garden's Lease at Penn Station Limited To 10 Years By City Council

    July 25, 2013 7:57 AM EDT The New York City Council voted Wednesday to limit Madison Square Garden's permit at its current spot above Penn Station to 10 years - a decision cheered by civic organizations campaigning to move the home of the Knicks and Rangers so the ...

  5. How Harvey Weinstein, Presidents Obama and Clinton Almost Reunited Led Zeppelin

    July 25, 2013 3:52 AM EDT Harvey Weinstein readily admits he's a pit bull, particularly when it comes to philanthropic work. Case in point: When the mogul needed the music industry's biggest names to perform at the 12-12-12 concert benefiting Hurricane Sandy v ...

  6. James Murphy On His New (McIntosh) Sound System, Producing Arcade Fire, a Music Industry 'That Makes Zero Sense'

    July 24, 2013 12:41 AM EDT James Murphy finally has his own very own (LCD) sound system. The DFA Records co-founder has teamed up with home entertainment company McIntosh Laboratory for Despacio, a custom-built sound system that he debuted at the U.K.’s Manchester Inter ...

  7. Flock of Seagulls Tour Van Stolen With Instruments, New Album Inside

    July 23, 2013 5:27 PM EDT The 1980s band Flock of Seagulls says someone flew off with $70,000 of its equipment during a Southern California gig. Frontman Mike Score tells the Los Angeles Daily News that someone stole the band's rented van at around 2 a.m. Sunday fro ...

  8. Rdio Partners with Live Nation, Boasts Listener Gains

    July 23, 2013 9:48 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is now a Live Nation sponsor and will power audio streaming at LiveNation.com. The partnership kicked off last weekend with the Faster Horses country music festival and will continue with the Watershed Music Fest ...

  9. Michael Jackson's Mother Tearfully Concludes Testimony in AEG Wrongful Death Suit

    July 23, 2013 8:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts watched the singer waste away and should have reached out to his family for help, the superstar's mother tearfully told a jury on Monday. Clutching a ti ...

  10. Phish Chicago Show Evacuated

    July 22, 2013 9:16 AM EDT The band Phish had to cut short the first of a three-night stand at Chicago’s FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Friday after the venue was ordered to evacuate. Inclement weather was to blame -- heavy rain and lightning, specifically -- and the crowd o ...

  11. Pearl Jam Plays Until 2:00 a.m. at Chicago's Wrigley Field Following Rain Delay

    July 21, 2013 12:04 PM EDT Frontman Eddie Vedder was emotional as he sang brooding, building show opener "Release" (1991) to the sold-out crowd of 40,000-plus fans in the fine, if humid, twilight. "It's kind of like I've been waiting a lifetime f ...

  12. What Do Anna Kendrick and Barbra Streisand Have in Common on the Charts?

    July 20, 2013 10:51 AM EDT What do Anna Kendrick and Barbra Streisand have in common? They are the only two people that have earned a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Academy Award and Tony Award nominations in acting categories. Kendrick was nominated fo ...

  13. Katherine Jackson Testifies in AEG Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    July 19, 2013 6:08 PM EDT LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's mother tearfully described finding out about her son's death Friday and said she expressed concerns about his comeback concert schedule to the promoters of the tour. Katherine Jackson said she called the ...

  14. Prince Royce Wins Big at 10th Annual Premios Juventud Awards

    July 19, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Urban bachata star Prince Royce was the big winner of fan awards Premios Juventud, which aired live July 18 on the Univision network. Royce took home five awards, including "Red Hot Artist," "Catchiest Tune," "My Favorit ...

  15. Bon Jovi Tops This Week's Hot Tours with $71.9 Million Gross

    July 19, 2013 2:13 PM EDT Bon Jovi lands at No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with $71.9 million in box office grosses reported from the European leg of the "Because We Can" tour that has played concert venues in North America, South Africa and Europe si ...

  16. Robb Spitzer Named Managing Director of Live Nation China

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  17. AEG Live Planned a Massive Michael Jackson World Tour, Documents Reveal

    July 17, 2013 11:37 PM EDT Documents displayed for a jury Wednesday showed the promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts had contemplated a worldwide tour for the entertainer in the year before his death. The documents prepared by AEG Live LLC envisi ...

  18. Business Matters: Less Piracy Through Better Products

    July 17, 2013 7:16 PM EDT Better products can help reduce digital piracy. That's one of the takeaways in the paper, " Adventures in the Netherlands ," released by Spotify on Wednesday.   A long-held belief has been that legal services need to be more conv ...

  19. How Renfro Valley Became Kentucky’s 'Country Music Capital'

    July 17, 2013 6:01 PM EDT To many country music fans, Renfro Valley might be a secret. But, to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Kentucky music attraction each year, it's a place that feels like home. It's also a place that takes them back to ...

  20. Tomas Cookman on LAMC: ‘Years Ago Ricky Ricardo On Conga Drums Was Latin Music…’

    July 16, 2013 4:56 PM EDT Behind a black curtain in the corner of the second floor of the New Yorker Hotel is Tomas Cookman , a former punk rock musician and the founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). Here he was slowly tearing down his makeshift off ...

  21. AEG Attacks Projection of $1 Billion Payday on Michael Jackson's Comeback

    July 16, 2013 4:29 PM EDT An expert who projected Michael Jackson could have earned more than $1 billion on his comeback concerts testified Tuesday that his analysis didn't include a breakdown of the singer's yearly earnings over his lifetime and projected a l ...

  22. Lawsuit Against Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Pasquale Rotella Thrown Out

    July 16, 2013 4:19 PM EDT A California judge has thrown out a civil lawsuit against Electric Daisy Carnival rave promoter and CEO of Insomniac Productions, Pasquale Rotella and Reza Gerami of Go Ventures, that alleged the two had participated in a multimillion-dollar k ...

  23. Disney 'Teen Beach Movie' Revives Girl Groups, Rockabilly & '60s Surf Rock

    July 16, 2013 7:05 AM EDT The Disney Channel is trying something new with its latest musical film, a period piece. "Teen Beach Movie," which premieres July 19, steps back in time to the 1962 world of surfers, greasers, the beginnings of Motown and the Beach B ...

  24. Jackson Would Have Earned $1 Billion on Comeback Says Expert

    July 15, 2013 4:12 PM EDT An entertainment accounting expert says Michael Jackson could have earned $1.1 billion or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death. The estimate by Arthur Erk came Monday during testimony in ...

  25. Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison, Alex Anwandter Wrap Latin Alternative Music Conference With Central Park Show

    July 15, 2013 2:00 PM EDT A few minutes after pop singer Alex Anwandter took to the SummerStage in Central Park, he was stopped in the middle of his second song. The concert, also featuring the popular Julieta Venegas and Carla Morrison, was stopped due to an approachin ...

  26. Backbeat: Carla Morrison at the Latin Alternative Music Conference - 'It's Not Always About the Song...'

    July 13, 2013 9:44 AM EDT Carla Morrison (white shirt, couch right) hangs out backstage at SOB's in New York with her team and band including Gil Gastelum (manager/Cosmica founder), Daniel Cerrillo, Alejandro, Jimenez, Esteban Vazquez and Alejandra Morrison-Hogan (M ...

  27. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices

    July 12, 2013 6:30 PM EDT In today’s . Biz Stock Ticks , a look at publicly traded entertainment stock prices over the last week by Apple, Best Buy, Facebook, Google, Live Nation, Pandora, Sony, Sirius, TransWorld and Sony over the last week. Below each 5-day stock graph ...

  28. Chart Moves: Adele's '21' Nears Longevity Record, BET Awards Push 82% Sales Gain for Charlie Wilson

    July 12, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a rap album crowned the list for the third time in as many weeks. J. Cole's "Born Sinner" jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in its third week, selling 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  29. Depeche Mode Tops Hot Tours Chart With $60.8 Million Gross

    July 11, 2013 9:05 PM EDT 5 1.817 k 70 22 Depeche Mode leads this week's list of Hot Tours with more than $60.8 million in ticket sales from the Delta Machine Tour that supports its most recent album of the same name, which was released in March.  The Depeche tour kicked off ...

  30. Pharrell Williams' Résumé: The History of a Hardworking N.E.R.D.

    July 11, 2013 2:49 PM EDT It's incredible to think that Pharrell Williams, the artist and entrepreneur who recently turned 40, was once fired from three different McDonald's in Virginia Beach. It all in began in 1992. That year, Pharrell helped Teddy Riley writ ...

  31. Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys & John Mayer To Headline Global Citizen Fest

    July 11, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Timed around the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Global Citizen Festival will return for a second year to continue efforts of building a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. The festival will be held Sept. 28 ...

  32. Billboard Launches The Billboard Shop

    July 10, 2013 3:19 PM EDT Billboard today announced the launch of the Billboard Shop ( http://shop.billboard.com/ ), an online retail space offering a wide variety of Billboard products. Among the Billboard Shop's offerings are: A one-click way to purchase current ...

  33. Australia's Hype Hip Hop Fest On Ice

    July 10, 2013 4:38 AM EDT Another Australian hip hop fest has dropped out of the game.  Organizers of Hype festival have shelved plans for its inaugural run, without having announced its line-up or itinerary. Hype had quietly positioned itself in Australia’s summer festi ...

  34. Sting to Play 10 Concerts in Fall to Benefit Arts Organization Ahead of New Album 'The Last Ship'

    July 09, 2013 3:43 PM EDT Sting will hold 10 concerts in New York City this fall to benefit The Public Theater arts organization. The singer announced Tuesday that he will perform at the 260-seat Anspacher Theater in the Public Theater from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9. The 6 ...

  35. Placido Domingo Hospitalized in Spain With Embolism

    July 09, 2013 12:16 PM EDT Opera singer Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs. Domingo's representative says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss several appearances scheduled for ...

  36. Celine Dion Working to Help Protégé Veronic DiCaire

    July 09, 2013 9:15 AM EDT Perched atop the performer hierarchy in Las Vegas, where she holds court in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion could quite easily sit on her laurels. But the 45-year-old mother of three is using her influence on n ...

  37. Backbeat: Essence Festival Draws Blue Chip Sponsors for Record-Setting 19th Year

    July 08, 2013 11:33 AM EDT Now in its 19th year, the Essence Festival has often described as an event “you just need to see to believe.” The three-day conference and concert festival is massive in scale — it’s attracted more than 400,000 people over three days for years ...

  38. Neglected NY Tennis Stadium to Mount a Comeback as Concert Venue

    July 08, 2013 6:35 AM EDT From Billie Jean King to The Beatles, Jimmy Connors to Jimi Hendrix, Chris Evert to The Rolling Stones. For decades, the stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was not only one of the cathedrals of tennis - host of the U.S. Open - it was also a ...

  39. Pink Fan Ejected & Arrested After Sending ‘Bomb’ Tweet from Concert

    July 08, 2013 5:20 AM EDT An Australian teenager is facing criminal charges after he Tweeted about bringing a “bomb” to a Pink concert. The sixteen-year-old was ejected from Pink’s Sunday night show at Rod Laver Arena after he sent the ill-advised Tweet. As the Philadelp ...

  40. Garth Brooks, Toby Keith Play Sold-Out Twister Relief Concert

    July 07, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that straf ...

  41. Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Against AEG: Experts Dominate Week 10

    July 07, 2013 10:33 AM EDT A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead: THE CASE Jackson's mo ...

  42. Scalpers Pass On Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

    July 05, 2013 12:58 PM EDT A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Ga ...

  43. Stones Top Weekly Hot Tours, Net $21.3 Million Over Five Shows – Streisand Close Behind with $18.3 Million

    July 05, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The Rolling Stones' 50 & Counting Tour tops the weekly Hot Tours recap with the final box office stats reported from the legendary group's two-month trek through North America. The latest batch of shows reported brought in $21.3 mi ...

  44. Australian EDM Fest Stereosonic Expands, David Guetta & Armin van Buuren Headline

    July 04, 2013 5:58 AM EDT Australia’s Stereosonic has raised the stakes in the country’s EDM festival scene with an expanded two-day show across five cities, and a pumping line-up which includes David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Axwell and Empire of the Sun. ...

  45. Backbeat Byte: Sponge Signs With The End Records With Help From Famed A&R Man Tom Zutaut

    July 03, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The smiles above at the July 2 contract signing at the End Records ’ offices belonged to: The End Records’ Devin Toye , Raphael Pinkster and Shawn Quinn ; Tom Zutaut ; the End Records founder/CEO Andreas Katsambas , Sponge’s Vinnie Dombroski ; P ...

  46. Intel Teams with MTV to Launch Second Year of Its 'Music Experiment' with Empire of the Sun in New York

    July 03, 2013 2:27 PM EDT Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, sponsored 22 different experiential media events with various partners in 2012. Of those partners, only MTV Iggy was renewed for 2013 for a program called Music Experiment 2.0 ­ a c ...

  47. Motorhead's European Tour Scrapped As Lemmy Recovers from Hematoma

    July 03, 2013 5:13 AM EDT Lemmy Kilmister is fighting fit after suffering a post-operative hematoma. He’s “alive, breathing, talking, f**king, drinking, eating, reading,” his management team recently reported. But he’s not well enough to hit the road, and his band Motorh ...

  48. Deezer Partners with Foursquare to Reward Concertgoing

    July 02, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Music subscription service Deezer has forged a partnership with location-based service Foursquare that will reward Deezer subscribers for checking in to concerts.   Here's how it works: a fan likes Deezer on Foursquare and then checks into ...

  49. One Dead, Dozens Treated After Paradiso Festival Drug Overdoses

    July 01, 2013 8:26 PM EDT One man died and dozens of people were treated after overdosing on a drug called Molly at a weekend music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in central Washington, authorities said. More than 25,000 people attended the sold-out, two-day Paradiso ...

  50. Cirque du Soleil Artist Dies After Fall

    July 01, 2013 4:07 PM EDT A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas. Sarah Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage. Wit ...

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