1. Photos: Bonnaroo 2010 Kicks Off

    June 11, 2010 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 They say the early bird catches the worm, and judging by the size of the crowd who arrived ready to go for the Thursday of Bonnaroo 2010 the word is out that the opening night is a real treat. Hot, humid weather muddied up the campgrounds even befor ...

  2. Video: Country Summit Stars Get Candid

    June 10, 2010 3:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tennessee is wall-to-wall with special music events this week from the CMT Music Awards to Bonnaroo , and Billboard was part of the action as the genre's stars converged for our Country Summit on June 7 and 8. Our cameras caught up with a numbe ...

  3. Hot Tours: Depeche Mode, Metallica, 'Glee'

    June 10, 2010 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Depeche Mode tops the Hot Tours chart this week with over $18 million in ticket sales reported from its Tour of the Universe that wrapped at the end of February. The box office totals come from 15 European cities that hosted the band during the last ...

  4. New Kids On The Block NYC Ticket Contest

    June 10, 2010 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 On a hot streak since its 2008 reunion and No. 2 album "The Block" that year, New Kids On The Block are in the midst of a tour that winds down with a trio of shows at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. Want to go to the June 17 s ...

  5. Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Added to Rock the Bells

    June 09, 2010 1:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 L auryn Hill , A Tribe Called Quest , DJ Premier and Snoop Dogg have been added to the lineup of this year's Rock the Bells festival. A Tribe Called Quest will perform its platinum-selling album "Midnight Marauders" -- which reached a ...

  6. Maxwell + Jill Scott Live = Sexy Soul

    June 08, 2010 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 On paper, Grammy Award winner Maxwell 's latest tour with fellow Grammy winner Jill Scott reads like a perfect combination of vocal and musical artistry. In actuality, it's that and more, as the pair's sold-out Los Angeles engagement ...

  7. Taylor Swift / June 5, 2010 / Foxboro, Mass.

    June 08, 2010 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 What's better than driving with your windows down on a sunny day, blasting a Taylor Swift song? Experiencing her perform that song live. As a devoted Swift fan, I was lucky enough to attend her concert Saturday night (June 5) on the last date o ...

  8. Alberta Cross / June 2, 2010 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

    June 07, 2010 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Armed with an array of Fender guitars and ten o'clock shadows, the members of blues-rock outfit Alberta Cross showed impressive stage polish and maturity during their June 2 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, one of the final s ...

  9. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened t ...

  10. Hot Tours: James Taylor and Carole King, Cher, Lady Gaga

    June 03, 2010 12:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 With $7.4 million in ticket sales reported from four venues, James Taylor and Carole King 's Troubadour Reunion Tour, currently on the road in North America, is this week's No. 1 Hot Tour. Totals from Australian arenas in Brisbane and Sydn ...

  11. Summer 2010 Free Music Guide

    June 02, 2010 8:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 From Woody Guthrie to chamber music, summer 2010 covers all the bases. Here's Billboard's guide to free music festivals across the country, presented alphabetically by state. CALIFORNIA Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Santa Monica Through ...

  12. Arcade Fire Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 A rcade Fire , the celebrated Canadian rock band that last week unveiled the first songs from its much anticipated album "The Suburbs," has announced a brief U.S. tour to coincide with the release. Between Aug. 1-11, the band will play hea ...

  13. Aerosmith Announces North American Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 11:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Its drama with frontman Steven Tyler behind it, Aerosmith is bringing its Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour to North America for 18 summer dates. The trek -- the group's first since Tyler's Aug. 5 fall in Sturgis, S.D., set off months of ...

  14. Live Nation Cuts All Service Fees In June

    June 01, 2010 10:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Live Nation will roll out a massive price promotion this week, No Service Fee June, which will eliminate service fees on nearly 8 million tickets, more than 700 shows and 110 artists. "Every show, every ticket, every artist, every amphitheater ...

  15. Country Throwdown Cancels Four Shows Citing Low Ticket Sales

    May 28, 2010 7:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kevin Lyman, the co-producer of the Country Throwdown amphitheater tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, has announced that four upcoming shows on the North American trek have been canceled because of low ticke ...

  16. Hot Tours: Rod Steward, James Taylor & Carole King, Carrie Underwood

    May 27, 2010 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two more dates have been reported from Rod Stewart 's brief tour through the U.K. and Ireland, giving the English singer the top spot on this week's Hot Tours chart. Following the tour opener in Dublin (May 11-12), the next three shows wer ...

  17. Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 11:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article ORDER THE SUMMER PREVIEW ISSUE OF BILLBOARD HERE From Lady Gaga's first proper arena tour to a 'Sick' underground punk festival, this summer's robust touring slate offers something for everyone. It's time. Tour ...

  18. Dave Matthews Won't Tour in 2011

    May 25, 2010 5:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The prospect of a year off touring in 2011 has Dave Matthews hatching a few ideas -- although he notes that "I'm much better at not having any plans. The success of my career...has depended heavily on me having no control over it." &q ...

  19. Wu-Tang Clan To Revisit '36 Chambers' At Rock The Bells

    May 25, 2010 12:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan will return as headliners of the touring Rock the Bells hip hop festival and perform its debut album, "Enter the 36 Chambers," in its entirety. The 4-date tour kicks off on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles a ...

  20. Chaos In Tejas: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 11:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: May 27-30 Headliners: X (Australia), Bastard (Japan), Rorschach, Riverboat Gamblers, Poison Idea, others Venues: Emo's, Beerland, Mohawk, Red 7, Beauty Bar (all in Austin, Texas) Ticket prices: $5-$20 (varies by show) Tastemakers used wo ...

  21. Mile High Music & Arts Festival: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Aug. 14-15 Headliners: Dave Matthews Band , Jack Johnson , Steve Miller Band , others Venue: The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Commerce City, Colo. Ticket prices: $175 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.milehighmus ...

  22. Lollapalooza: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 10:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Aug. 6-8 Headliners: Soundgarden , Green Day , Lady Gaga , others Venue: Grant Park, Chicago Ticket prices: $175-$215 (three days), $90 (single day) (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.lollapalooza.com Once the poster child for ...

  23. Milwaukee Summerfest: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 10:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June 24-July 4 Headliners: Tim McGraw , Tom Petty , Rush , Justin Bieber , others Venue: 11 stages, including Henry Maier Festival Park and the 23,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater Ticket prices: $3-$33 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event ...

  24. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 10:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June 10-13 Headliners: Kings of Leon , Dave Matthews Band , Stevie Wonder , others Venue: A built-out field in Manchester, Tenn. Ticket prices: $234.40-$249.50 While there isn't any "wow" booking like the Police or Metallica , ...

  25. Hard Summer Tour: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Headliner: Crystal Castles Dates: August Support: Rusko , Sinden , Destructo Ticket prices: $25-$35 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.hardfest.com Los Angeles-based DJ/promoter Gary Richards founded the Hard music brand in 2007 and a ...

  26. Summer of Crushes Tour: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Headliner: Mates of State Dates: June-July Support: Free Energy , Todd Barry , Nick Thune Ticket prices: $10-$20 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.matesofstate.com San Francisco-based indie rock duo Mates of State has built a steady ...

  27. Pitbull: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: May-June Ticket prices: $25-$45 (Purchase tickets here ) During the last three years, bilingual rapper Pitbull has gained exposure from sold-out club shows and radio show festivals. Now, with multiple songs on Billboard's charts and two ...

  28. MGMT: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: May-June Ticket prices: $30-$39.50 (Purchase tickets here ) MGMT likely could've packed bigger venues on this summer run, but the psych-rock band prefers intimacy, according to booking agent Heather Kolker at Paradigm Talent Agency. The ...

  29. Nas/Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 5:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Through Aug. Support: Nneka Ticket prices: $35-$40.50 (Purchase tickets here ) Buzz about a possible collaboration album between rapper Nas and reggae artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has been stirring since the two first paired on t ...

  30. Local Natives: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 4:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Through Aug. Support: Suckers Ticket prices: $14-$16 (Purchase tickets here ) With favorable comparisons to such indie-rock titans as Fleet Foxes , Grizzly Bear , Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective , Los Angeles-based rock outfit Local Nat ...

  31. Miranda Lambert: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 4:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Through Aug. Support: Cross Canadian Ragweed , Joe Nichols , others Ticket prices: $10-$30 (Purchase tickets here ) Lambert broke through with tough-minded songs, but radio and fans are now noticing her softer side. Pairing her with red-dirt ...

  32. Drake: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 3:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: May-Aug. Support: Francis & the Lights , Mike Posner Ticket prices: $40-$45 (Purchase tickets here ) Most rappers don't dedicate time to building a strong touring fan base. But even before the June 15 release of his debut full-length ...

  33. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Through Sept. Ticket prices: $15-$20 (Purchase tickets here ) Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews -who plays a raucous blend of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul-was performing alongside heavyweights like U2 , Green Day and Lenny Kravit ...

  34. The Black Crowes: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Aug.-Dec. Ticket prices: $50 (Purchase tickets here ) Black Crowes fans, listen up: The band's upcoming 60-date tour could be your last chance to see the group in action for a while. After spending much of the past five years on the road ...

  35. Ozzfest: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: August Headliners: Ozzy Osbourne , Mötley Crüe , Rob Halford Support: DevilDriver , Nonpoint , Black Label Society , Drowning Pool , others Ticket prices: N/A (Purchase tickets here ) Official event site: www.ozzfest.com Ozzfest has been abse ...

  36. Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Aug.-Oct. Headliners: Disturbed , Avenged Sevenfold Support: Stone Sour, Halestorm, Airbourne, Hellyeah, others Ticket prices: $20-$69 (Tickets available June 12) Official event page: www.rockstaruproar.com The debut event from Rockstar Mayhe ...

  37. Stone Temple Pilots: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Aug.-Nov. Ticket prices: TBA (Purchase tickets here ) Stone Temple Pilots haven't released a new studio album since 2001. But radio still loves them: "Between the Lines," the first single from the act's forthcoming self-ti ...

  38. Vicente Fernandez: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: July-Aug. Support: Edith Marquez Ticket prices: $45-$170 (Purchase tickets here ) Billboard Boxscore's top-grossing Latin tour of 2009, Fernandez remains one of the hottest artists in the genre. Outlook: Fernandez is a consistently stron ...

  39. Creed: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: July-Sept. Support: Skillet , Theft Ticket prices: $10-$20 (Purchase tickets here ) Last year's reunion tour didn't meet expectations, but it wasn't the complete disaster that some expected. The tour picked up steam as Live Nat ...

  40. Jonas Brothers: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: July-Oct. Support: Demi Lovato Ticket prices: $29.50-$89.50 (Purchase tickets here ) Last year, the Jonas Brothers grossed nearly $100 million from 92 shows, with attendance of 1.5 million. Live Nation has promoted this band all over the glob ...

  41. Dave Matthews Band: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 1:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June-Aug. Support: Felice Brothers , Martin Sexton , Zac Brown Band Ticket prices: $32.50-$74 (Purchase tickets here ) DMB sold more tickets than any act on the planet in the first decade of this millennium. It has built its career on playing ...

  42. Lilith: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 1:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June-Aug. Headliners: Sarah McLachlan , Sheryl Crow , Erykah Badu , others Support: Kelly Clarkson , Heart , Sugarland , others Ticket prices: $25-$250 (Purchase tickets here ) Official event page: www.lilithfair.com The Lilith fest returns a ...

  43. Rascal Flatts: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June-Sept. Support: Kellie Pickler , Chris Young Ticket prices: $31-$135 Rascal Flatts moved 800,000 tickets last year and is one of country music's biggest success stories of the past decade. Like Brad Paisley , the act also may benefit ...

  44. Kings Of Leon: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 24, 2010 1:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June-Sept. Support: The Whigs , Built to Spill , the Features , the Stills Ticket prices: $30-$50 (Purchase tickets here ) This is the first amphitheater tour for the Kings after breaking through in North American arenas last year. They' ...

  45. Pearl Jam / May 21, 2010 / New York

    May 23, 2010 2:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long before the capacity crowd inside Madison Square Garden brought Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to tears because they were singing and cheering along to "Better Man" so loud on Friday night (May 21), it was clear this wasn't going ...

  46. 'Big Four' Metal Fest To Be Beamed To Big Screens

    May 21, 2010 7:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Big Four tour -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- is playing just seven dates in Europe and nothing in North America, but headbangers on this side of the pond won't have to miss out. BY Experience will film and beam the package& ...

  47. Stone Temple Pilots/ May 18, 2010/ New York City (Gramercy Theater)

    May 20, 2010 7:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was nearing 10:45. Doors had opened almost an hour earlier and the Jimmy Kimmel Live camera crews were coercing sound-bites from the crowds, but after the fourth or fifth call for "30 more seconds of applause guys," a hail of boos sent ...

  48. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 20, 2010 5:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: June-Oct. Support: Drive-By Truckers ; Crosby, Stills & Nash ; My Morning Jacket ; others Ticket prices: $40-$125 (Purchase tickets here ) Petty has a track record of delivering the goods onstage for more than three decades. A new album, ...

  49. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart

    May 20, 2010 5:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 After charting six previous times on the Hot Tours chart so far this year, country star Taylor Swift earns her first stint at No. 1 with $8.1 million in ticket sales revenue reported from the ongoing Fearless Tour. Box office grosses from 10 perform ...

  50. Maxwell and Jill Scott: Summer Live Preview 2010

    May 20, 2010 5:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dates: Through June Ticket prices: $49-$125 (Purchase tickets here ) This is by far the must-see R&B package tour of the summer. After a seven-year hiatus, Maxwell released his fourth studio album in 2009, "BLACKsummer'snight," wh ...

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