1. Spotify's Coachella #WeWereThere Campaign: High Tech and Sweet, Sweet Air Conditioning

    April 11, 2014 3:43 PM EDT For the month of April, the average temperature in Indio, Calif., the locale for the 16th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, hovers around 90 degrees. Hoofing it between stages and across 90-acre-plus polo fields for hours upon s ...

  2. Miami Officials Withdraw Bid to Ban Ultra's Return

    April 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT An announcement from Ultra Music Festival organizers claims that Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and the city Commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, have withdrawn their call to ban the festival from returning. A request for comment and confirmation from city off ...

  3. As Coachella Begins, Festival Safety Takes Center Stage

    April 11, 2014 1:26 PM EDT The unofficial start of the North American festivals season begins this weekend with the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., amid the usual concerns about the overall safety of live music festivals. Recent events at the Ultra fes ...

  4. Miley Cyrus Rebounds Up Social 50

    April 11, 2014 11:17 AM EDT As her Bangerz tour left Canada to head towards New York City, a slew of online activity pertaining to Miley Cyrus provides her with a bump in social activity over the previous week, helping her to rise 7-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart with ...

  5. Coachella’s Promoter on Producing the World’s Top Festival, a Third Weekend, Permanent Toilets

    April 11, 2014 8:00 AM EDT As organizers of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tee up the event's 2014 run, Paul Tollett, president/CEO of producer Goldenvoice, has some hot news to reveal.   “We’ve built permanent toilets,” Tollett tells Billb ...

  6. Marc Anthony Confirmed for Billboard Latin Music Conference Q&A

    April 10, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Superstar Marc Anthony is the latest act confirmed for a Q&A at the upcoming 25th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference. Anthony will be interviewed during the Billboard Icons Q&A, taking place April 23 at 4:15 p.m. at the JW Marriot Mar ...

  7. Live Nation Announces JBL Live At Pier 97, New Outdoor NYC Venue (Exclusive)

    April 09, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live Nation and Harman International are partnering to debut a new outdoor venue in Manhattan, JBL Live at Pier 97, set to open in early summer at New York’s Pier 97 on 57th St. and the West Side Highway. The Fray (July 9), 311 (July 19), The Soul ...

  8. Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry Lead 2014 Billboard Music Award Finalists

    April 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell will also contend in several major categories The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards were announced today with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists followed by J ...

  9. Nederlander on Board to Book and Promote the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    April 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The Sunset Strip Music Festival is moving from August to September, expanding to two days and bringing on Nederlander Concerts to book and promote the seventh annual event. The street festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sund ...

  10. SFX Acquires Artist Management Firm TMWRK, Creative Agencies Learned Evolution and the Meta Agency

    April 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Robert Sillerman announced that his SFX Entertainment has extended its reach even further into the world of EDM with the acquisition of digital and creative agencies the Meta Agency and Learned Evolution and artist management firm TMWRK. SFX Beefi ...

  11. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Updated : Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This ...

  12. 21st Century Bus: Upgrading Road Warriors With Better Construction, Digital Apps

    April 07, 2014 2:01 PM EDT How better construction and digital apps are upgrading artists' "home away from home." The modern tour bus is often tricked out with technology that allows bands to record while on the road. But sometimes the most important quest ...

  13. Justin Timberlake's 20/20 World Tour to Make North American Return

    April 07, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience World Tour will return to North America for 13 more arena dates this fall, promoter Live Nation announces today. The 20/20 Experience World Tour is promoted worldwide by Live Nation's Global Touring ...

  14. ACM Awards Moving to AT&T Stadium, Home of Dallas Cowboys, in 2015

    April 06, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton kicked off the 49th ACM Awards with an announcement about No. 50. Next year's show will be leaving Las Vegas for the wide open spaces of Texas and the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ...

  15. Joe Satriani’s 'Chrome Dome': The Shiniest Part of a New Career Retrospective

    April 06, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Grammy-nominated guitarist celebrates three decades in the music business with boxed set in shape of his head, biography and world tour. Joe Satriani is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. In his early years, he gave less ...

  16. Johnny Rotten, Michelle Williams, JC Chasez, Brandon Boyd To Do 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Arena Tour

    April 05, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Ri ...

  17. Fleetwood Mac's Music Sales Surge on Reuniting News

    April 05, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Fleetwood Mac's music sales have surged, thanks to the publicity generated by the group's reunion with singer/songwriter Christine McVie. Related Articles Fleetwood Mac With Christine McVie Announce North American Tour Tour Managers of F ...

  18. Security Management Firm for HARD Summer, EDC, Insomniac, Live Nation Acquired by U.S. Security Associates

    April 04, 2014 1:30 PM EDT National crowd management firm Staff Pro Inc., whose clients include a wide range of venues, festivals, tours and other live events, has been acquired by U.S. Security Associates (USA), and will maintain current management and executive staff. Fin ...

  19. Vulfpeck Stands to Earn More Than $18K From Spotify for Silent Album

    April 04, 2014 1:01 PM EDT "Surely this will chart on the Billboard Silent 100," jokes Vulfpeck songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Stratton. He's referring to "Sleepify," Vulfpeck's completely silent album that has so far racked up some ...

  20. Countdown to the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference: 1994-1998

    April 04, 2014 12:59 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 ...

  21. Pre-Cancellation Gigs Launch Stones Atop Hot Tours with $41.6M in Ticket Sales

    April 04, 2014 12:35 PM EDT While the Rolling Stones' recent shows in Australia and New Zealand in late March/early April were postponed following the death of Mick Jagger’s partner, L’Wren Scott, on March 17, earlier dates for the legendary band, from February to mid-M ...

  22. 'I Watched in Awe:' A Frankie Knuckles Remembrance

    April 02, 2014 5:03 PM EDT I first saw Frankie Knuckles play records — on what I now recognize as an epic, life-changing night of adventure in the fall of 1984 at the newly opened nightclub Smart Bar on the fourth floor of a run down former vaudeville house in the shadow ...

  23. Ultra Announces Review After Security Issues Draw Criticism

    April 02, 2014 4:06 PM EDT The Ultra Music Fest today announced a comprehensive review of all security procedures for its annual electronic dance music festival. The initiative follows an incident last weekend in which crowds breached a security fence on Friday (March 28) c ...

  24. MTV to Carry Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival Worldwide

    April 02, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell and Carl Cox are among the EDM acts confirmed to play at the Belgium fest, held over two weekends in July. MTV has signed on as the exclusive international broadcast partner for the Tomorrowland 2014 electronic d ...

  25. Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal to Headline Billboard Latin Music Conference's 25th Anniversary Concert

    April 02, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Global pop stars Luis Fonsi and David Bisbal will share the stage for the Billboard Latin Music 25th Anniversary Concert, taking place April 23 at Liv Nightclub in Miami Beach. Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & ...

  26. Death of 21-Year-Old Tied to Ultra Music Festival (Report)

    April 01, 2014 3:57 PM EDT A young man has died in connection to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami over this weekend, local news outlets are reporting. The young man died late in the evening Saturday or early morning Sunday. According to NBC 6 South Florida, 21-year-old Ado ...

  27. Rolling Stones To Resume Tour In May

    April 01, 2014 6:21 AM EDT The Rolling Stones will restart their world tour next month in what will be the group’s first concerts since the death of L’Wren Scott, the partner of frontman Mick Jagger. The legendary British rockers have announced 14 dates across Europe and Is ...

  28. Kanye West Delays Australia Tour To Complete New Album

    March 31, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year.  Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t a ...

  29. Ultra Music Festival Wraps in Miami Amid Problems (Analysis)

    March 31, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With another Ultra Music Festival in the books, the 2014 American EDM festival season is officially underway, though perhaps off to a rocky start. The 16th annual festival and flagship of the worldwide Ultra brand began on Friday, March 28 at Miam ...

  30. Martin Garrix, Scooter Braun and Eelko van Kooten Talk 'Animals,' Tease Collabs, New Music at Ultra (Video)

    March 31, 2014 11:37 AM EDT What a difference a year makes. In 2013, young dance stud Martin Garrix was at Ultra in a totally different capacity. “I was actually in the crowd last year,” he told Billboard’s Kerri Mason just an hour removed from performing at the Miami dance ...

  31. Tiësto, Believe Entertainment Announce Third Season of 'In the Booth'

    March 31, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Tiesto, the Dutch producer fresh off performing at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, has announced a third season of his "In the Booth" series. The series will be, as in the past, presented on YouTube. Believe Entertainment is producing ...

  32. Miami Mayor & City Officials Look To End Ultra Music Festival

    March 30, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Two days after security guard Erica Mack was trampled at Ultra Music Festival on Friday (March 28), Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami city officials are looking to call an end to the festival. The 28-year-old Contemporary Services Corporatio ...

  33. Ultra Music Festival Security Guard Trampled, In 'Critical' Condition (Report)

    March 29, 2014 6:50 PM EDT -year old security guard Erica Mack is in "extremely critical" condition at Miami's Jackson Memorial hospital after being trampled by unruly gate crashers at Ultra Music Festival last night (March 28). According to the Miami Heral ...

  34. Avicii to Undergo Surgery, Cancels Ultra Appearance

    March 29, 2014 1:12 PM EDT The EDM star will not perform at the Miami music festival so that he can have his gall bladder removed on Saturday morning. EDM star Avicii has had to call off a headlining appearance at Miami's Ultra Festival this coming Saturday so that he ...

  35. Tiesto Cancels Venezuela Shows Over Political Unrest

    March 29, 2014 9:32 AM EDT Related Articles Eric Clapton Postpones Thailand Concert Due to Political Unrest Depeche Mode Cancels Tour Date in Ukraine Over 'Civil Unrest and Instability' Frankie Valli Thailand Concert Canceled After Political Unrest Dutch DJ Tiesto ...

  36. Lady Gaga Kicks Off Roseland Ballroom's Closing Shows

    March 29, 2014 8:58 AM EDT Related Articles Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April (Breaking) Lady Gaga to Play Final Shows at Roseland Ballroom in NYC Lady Gaga Thanks Doritos, Defends 'Artpop' Sales, Slams Critics 'Who Don't Know F--ck ...

  37. Kate Bush Sells Out 22 London Comeback Concerts in 15 Minutes

    March 28, 2014 1:12 PM EDT English singer-songwriter Kate Bush is performing live for the first time in 35 years, so it's no surprise the tickets have turned into a hot item. Still, though, the response to Bush's Before the Dawn concert series has been astounding ...

  38. SFX Shares Tumble After Profane Earnings Call

    March 28, 2014 12:49 PM EDT SFX Entertainment's tumultuous earnings was somewhat reflected in a profanity-laced conference call between company chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman and a few analysts, a call that coincided with a 20% drop in SFXE's shares, The Street ...

  39. Ontario Minister Tries to Explain Why Drake’s OVO Fest Received Controversial $300k Grant

    March 28, 2014 12:37 PM EDT A brand new charity partnership, basketball tournament, celebrity panel and beach party added to Drake’s OVO Fest are among the reasons his annual sold-out Toronto music festival received a $300,000 grant from the Ontario government designed to at ...

  40. Depeche Mode Tops Hot Tours With $29.7 Million Gross

    March 27, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Depeche Mode’s international Delta Machine tour is now on the books with the final box office stats reported from the tour's closing European leg of 40 cities over a four-month span. The legendary electronic music group tops this week’s bevy ...

  41. Jukebox Heroes? How Broadway Musicals Add Up for Sony/ATV

    March 27, 2014 1:34 PM EDT The music publisher behind Carole King's "Beautiful," "Motown: The Musical" and "Jersey Boys" finds new revenue on the Great White Way. Music publishing giant Sony/ATV, which in the past licensed rights to songs ...

  42. Pitbull Plans To Be the Next Billion Dollar Brand

    March 27, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Normal 0 0 1 424 2421 20 4 2973 11.1539 0 0 0 Pitbull's aspirations go far beyond being just an entertainer. With a net worth somewhere between $11-20 million, nine top 10 singles under his belt, the official song of the 2014 World Cup, and a ...

  43. SkyLight To Honor Dance Music Icon Judy Weinstein at Miami Music Week Benefit

    March 26, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The non-profit supporting female entrepreneurs and execs in dance music will host a benefit brunch at the Red Bull Guest house in Miami. SkyLight , the non-profit organization supporting female entrepreneurs and executives in electronic dance musi ...

  44. Moby, David Lynch To Be Featured at IMS Engage

    March 26, 2014 1:06 PM EDT The International Music Summit is returning to Hollywood for a second year. The IMS Engage conference, scheduled for April 16 at the W Hotel, will focus on the convergence of music and film and feature the pairings of Moby and David Lynch and Hans ...

  45. Carlos Vives Joins David Correy, Execs from Coca-Cola, RCA, Sony, and EA Games at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 25, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Dream team of industry players unites for “Gooooll!!! The Making and Marketing of the Music for the World Cup. Colombian superstar Carlos Vives will join executives from RCA, Sony Brazil, EA Games, Coca-Cola, and Coca-Cola World Cup campaign recor ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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