Verizon Wireless hopes to capitalize on the popularity of the Guitar Hero III videogame by buying the exclusive rights to the mobile version of the game through a deal with developer Hands On Mobile and publisher Activision.
Live Nation is entering the ticketing business. The live music giant has struck a long-term agreement with CTS Eventim, the Bremen, Germany-based ticket marketer and promoter, to launch a worldwide ticketing business, with effect from Jan. 1, 2009.
The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Dec. 20 rejected an appeal by Yahoo China against an April ruling that found it guilty of copyright violation due to its practice of providing "deep links" to Web sites offering unauthorized content such as mp3 downloads, lyrics and ringtones.
The 2008 Rockstar Taste of Chaos festival tour will feature performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine, Blessthefall and Idiot Pilot, along with sets by Japanese rock bands D'espairsRay, Mucc and the Underneath.
Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.biz about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb. 19.