1. Hot Tours: U2, Taylor Swift, Ruben Blades

    October 15, 2009 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 U2 and its "360 Tour" tops the Hot Tours ranking for a fifth week during it's worldwide run, grossing over 22 million from four sold out shows reported by Live Nation. U2 's top concert during the most recent reporting week is a ...

  2. Gossip / October 9, 2009 / New York

    October 14, 2009 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto has many talents. Already a powerhouse singer, a budding fashion icon, a gay rights activist and a self-proclaimed "ham," Ditto added crisis management to her list of skills at Gossip 's show at New York&# ...

  3. Built to Spill / October 12, 2009 / New York

    October 14, 2009 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the first of two shows at New York's Webster Hall Monday night (Oct 12), Boise, Iowa indie rockers Built To Spill showed off their virtuosity. For those new to the band, the extended instrumental solos might have bordered on alienating and o ...

  4. Brand New / October 6, 2009 / St. Louis, MO (The Pageant)

    October 08, 2009 2:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 B rand New might have scored a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 with its recently released album, "Daisy," but you wouldn't know it from the band's live show. The Long Island emo rockers took the stage bathed in slivers of white ...

  5. Hot Tours: Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Il Divo

    October 08, 2009 11:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 Australian country star Keith Urban tops Hot Tours with box office totals reported from six Canadian arenas on his "Escape Together World Tour." He played two shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg as well as single performance ...

  6. Pink / October 5, 2009 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    October 07, 2009 7:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 P ink offered something for all her fans Monday night (Oct. 5) at the New York stop of her Funhouse tour. The Las Vegas-worthy show was presented in Madison Square Garden as an adult playground, complete with a rowdy dance troupe, daring acrobatics, ...

  7. Blink-182 / October 4, 2009 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    October 06, 2009 8:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The blink-182 reunion tour landed at Madison Square Garden Sunday night (Oct. 4), marking the latest stop in a new-era trek for the Southern California pop-punk outfit. But first, there was an important cosmetic matter to tend to. "You know tha ...

  8. Kylie Minogue / October 4, 2009 / Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)

    October 06, 2009 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 K ylie Minogue knows how to make an entrance. For her first ever Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Bowl, the pop diva descended from the venue's famed arches standing triumphantly atop a giant metallic human skull. And that was just the beginni ...

  9. Hot Tours: U2, AC/DC, Britney Spears

    October 01, 2009 10:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Following a sold out European leg of their "360 Tour" during the summer, U2 is now on the road in North America with totals from the first four stadiums on the schedule reported during the latest survey period (Sept. 23-29). Highest totals ...

  10. Fever Ray / September 28, 2009 / New York (Webster Hall)

    September 30, 2009 4:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anyone who's followed masked-marauding electro-pop duo the Knife knows that Swedish singer Karin Dreijer Andersson isn't really big on recognition. When she took the stage with her new project, Fever Ray , at Webster Hall Tuesday night (Se ...

  11. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 29, 2009 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. 12 ...

  12. Sunny Day Real Estate / September 27, 2009 / New York (Terminal 5)

    September 29, 2009 2:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 The original lineup of Sunny Day Real Estate returned Sunday night (Sept. 27) to New York for the first time in over a decade, back to remind fans of what first lured them to the band: earnest songs with confessional lyrics, desperately raw vocals a ...

  13. Photos: U2 Rocks Giants Stadium

    September 24, 2009 4:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 U2's massive 360° Tour touched down in the New York City area Wednesday (Sept. 23) for the first sold-out show of a two-night stand at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The band's timing for playing the venue known for maratho ...

  14. Hot Tours: Kenny Chesney, Kings of Leon, Keith Urban

    September 24, 2009 2:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Country star Kenny Chesney has wrapped his "Sun City Carnival Tour" marking the seventh year in a row that his tour has topped the 1 million mark in overall attendance. With a final sold out show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (Sept. ...

  15. Music On The Move #3: Local Bands

    September 18, 2009 12:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard.com's Music On The Move contest features fans all over the country competing to capture the coolest, quirkiest real music moments with their phone cameras. Each week, we challenge the contestants to come up with the best video they ca ...

  16. Hot Tours: Pink, AC/DC, Beyoncé, Nickelback, Kid Rock

    September 17, 2009 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Australian concert promoter Michael Coppel Presents has reported box office totals from the summer leg of Pink's "Funhouse Tour" which played multiple shows in nine Aussie venues from May through August. The American singer/songwriter ...

  17. Feist Joins Kings Of Convenience In New York

    September 11, 2009 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter Leslie Feist made a surprise appearance last night (Sept. 10) at Kings Of Convenience 's sold-out show at New York's Bowery Ballroom, joining the Norwegian duo for the songs "The Build-Up" and "Know How.&qu ...

  18. Hot Tours: Jonas Brothers, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire

    September 10, 2009 4:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hot Tours provides a weekly snapshot of worldwide concert touring activity, and based on box office totals reported by promoters and venues during the most recent reporting week (Sept. 2-8), the Jonas Brothers top the chart. The pop trio is No. 1 th ...

  19. Win Tickets To Perez Hilton's Tour

    September 09, 2009 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Perez Hilton has long staked his claim as "The Queen of All Media," P-Nasty and John Mayer's Twitter rival, but now he can add music tastemaker to the list. The celebrity blogger recently launched his own label imprint under Warner Mu ...

  20. Vote For The Best Concert Promotion Of 2009

    September 08, 2009 4:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Seven finalists have been chosen for the third annual Billboard Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, which will be given at the Billboard Touring Awards Nov. 5 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Here are the finalists (Click to read an overview ...

  21. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tapping into the economic realities of the country, Virgin Mobile USA teamed with Washington D.C. promoter I.M.P. to offer the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival for free, creating Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sunday, August 30, at the Merriweather Po ...

  22. Britney Spears: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Virgin Mobile USA, a leading provider of both prepaid and postpaid wireless phone services, signed on as the title sponsor of Britney Spears' national tour and initiated a 360-degree program linking the brand to the pop icon. The circus-themed ...

  23. Lil Wayne 2008-2009 Tours Gross $42 Million

    September 08, 2009 3:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne 's 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked. Seventy-eight ...

  24. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 2:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival completed its second year with bigger attendance, explosive shows and overwhelmingly positive sponsor results. The tour attracted a broad range of fans and age groups, ranging from teens to mid-40's. In ...

  25. Rascal Flatts: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 2:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 In one of the most broad-based and fully integrated sponsorship deals ever, Rascal Flatts -- one of country music's elite touring acts -- teamed up with retailer JC Penney on the "Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour." The p ...

  26. John Lydon Revives PiL For U.K. Tour

    September 08, 2009 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Lydon's influential U.K. post-punk band Public Image Ltd is to return for a five-date British tour in December after a 17-year hiatus. The Sex Pistols frontman has brought late-1980s members Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith back for the dates, w ...

  27. Mary J. Blige, Akon, Chris Brown Confirmed For Vienna Michael Jackson Tribute

    September 08, 2009 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Artists including R&B stars Mary J. Blige , Akon and Chris Brown as well as veterans Natalie Cole and Sister Sledge will perform at the Vienna Michael Jackson tribute concert later this month, organizers said on Tuesday. Thirteen artists so far ...

  28. Lenny Kravitz Added To Voodoo Experience Lineup

    September 04, 2009 12:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lenny Kravitz has been added to the bill as a headliner at this year's Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, organizers announced today (Sept. 3). The rocker, who just wrapped a 54-city European tour, will close out the final night of the ...

  29. Hot Tours: Paul McCartney, Girls Aloud, George Strait, Madonna

    September 03, 2009 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Topping the Hot Tours recap this week is rock legend Paul McCartney with box office totals reported from four stops on his summer concert tour. Top grosses came from Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., the new home stadium of the New York Mets. Three sold ...

  30. Madonna Closes Tour In Tel Aviv; 2nd Highest Grossing Trek Of All Time

    September 02, 2009 4:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna 's Sticky & Sweet tour wraps today with the second of two shows in Tel Aviv, Israel (Sept. 1-2), putting the lid on what looks to be the second-highest grossing tour of all time. With a gross of $408 million, Sticky & Sweet is t ...

  31. Q&A: Kenny Chesney On Tour

    September 02, 2009 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 By the time he wraps his Sun City Carnival tour at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sept. 19, Kenny Chesney will be flirting with his seventh consecutive year of moving a million tickets. Economy or not, the masses are still coming out to see Chesn ...

  32. Win Jay-Z Tickets!

    September 01, 2009 4:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z will be performing a charity concert on September 11th at New York's Madison Square Garden and Billboard.com is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN JAY-Z TICKETS The event , sponsored by Absolut V ...

  33. Them Crooked Vultures Sets First U.S., U.K. Tour Dates

    September 01, 2009 12:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Them Crooked Vultures -- the supergroup featuring Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones -- will embark on its first U.S. tour next month, including a just-announced appearance at t ...

  34. Cranberries Book First Tour In Seven Years

    August 31, 2009 5:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Irish rock band The Cranberries will reunite after a near seven-year break for a tour in North America and Europe with some new songs and old hits like "Zombie" and "Linger." In January singer Dolores O'Riordan performed tog ...

  35. Blink-182, Weezer Rock FreeFest

    August 31, 2009 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 By the time Public Enemy shook the west stage crowd with Flavor Flav crowdsurfing during "Fight The Power" under the late afternoon sun, the musical momentum at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sunday (Aug. 30) had been building for five hour ...

  36. Jay-Z Announces Details Of 9/11 Benefit Concert

    August 31, 2009 1:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Jay-Z held a news conference today (August 31) to formally announce the "Answer The Call" charity concert that will take place at Madison Square Garden on September 11 to raise money for the New York Police and Fire Widows' and ...

  37. Hot Tours: U2, Kenny Chesney, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp

    August 27, 2009 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 With box office grosses topping $188 million, U2 closed out the European leg of its "360 Tour" in the U.K. with a final show at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Aug. 22. The 10-year-old Welsh venue was the last of 15 stadiums in 10 cou ...

  38. Tarrus Riley / August 25, 2009 / New York (B.B. King Blues Club)

    August 27, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York City is known as a melting pot, and on this balmy Tuesday night (Aug. 25) at Times Square's B.B. King Blues Club, the pot was simmering as an anxious crowd awaited reggae sensation Tarrus Riley . Armed with all the right ingredients fr ...

  39. Aventura Announces U.S. Tour

    August 25, 2009 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Urban bachata group Aventura today (Aug. 25) announced the first leg of a U.S. arena tour in support of its chart-topping album "The Last." The trek kicks off Nov. 20 in Chicago, Ill. and closes out at New York's Madison Square Garden ...

  40. Danzig, Death, Of Montreal To Play Fun Fun Fun Fest

    August 25, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Of Montreal, Mission of Burma, Danzig, the Jesus Lizard, Les Savy Fav and GZA are among the dozens of acts who will perform at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. The fourth annual gathering of primarily independent and underground artists will t ...

  41. Pearl Jam / August 23, 2009 / Chicago (United Center)

    August 24, 2009 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 The band may be best known for its ties to Seattle, but when Pearl Jam plays Chicago, make no mistake -- it's a hometown show for frontman Eddie Vedder . On this cool August Sunday night (Aug. 23), it only took three songs for Vedder to have th ...

  42. Jay-Z To Play Madison Square Garden On Sept. 11

    August 24, 2009 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 As originally reported on Billboard , Jay-Z is expected to announce today (August 24) that he will give a benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 11th, the same day his eleventh studio album, " The Blueprint 3 ,&qu ...

  43. Nine Inch Nails Digs 'Downward' At NYC Farewell Club Gig

    August 24, 2009 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nine Inch Nails fans got more than they bargained for last night (Aug. 23) at New York's tiny Webster Hall, as they witnessed the Trent Reznor-led band play its 1994 classic "The Downward Spiral" in its entirety for the first time eve ...

  44. Hanson To Debut New Songs On Fall Tour

    August 21, 2009 1:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hanson plans to play a bunch of new music for its fans this fall -- even though the sibling trio's new album won't come out until probably the spring of 2010. "We've tried since we started to not go more than a year without throw ...

  45. Crue Fest Extra: Vince Neil Speaks, Win A Motley Crue Bass

    August 21, 2009 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mötley Crüe rolled out Crue Fest 2, the second installment of its annual touring festival, July 19 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. The Los Angeles rockers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of No. 1 album "Dr. Feelgood" by ...

  46. Daughtry Announces Arena Tour Dates

    August 19, 2009 2:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Daughtry and the rock band that bears his name are only halfway through a string of summer club dates celebrating the chart-topping album "Leave This Town," but the next extended jaunt through North American arenas is already set. Th ...

  47. Jimmy Buffett / Aug. 11, 2009 / Indianapolis

    August 18, 2009 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jimmy Buffett 's annual traveling concert / unstopped carnival / tailgating-driven insta-tent city is back on the road. You may be befuddled by this entire escapade, you may wonder what could possibly drive normally average, probably mostly bor ...

  48. Ciara Replaced By Jordin Sparks On Britney Spears Tour

    August 18, 2009 12:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks will be replacing Ciara on the second leg of "The Circus Starring Britney Spears " tour, reps at Jive Records, both Sparks and Ciara's label, has confirmed. In a press release on Spears' official website , it was an ...

  49. Joe Pernice / August 7, 2009 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    August 11, 2009 2:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Joe Pernice was delivering a lovely rendition of "Chevy Van" when he suddenly cracked up like a school kid trying to suppress a laugh in class. "Sorry," he said with a grin. "It's just too fucking creepy. I've neve ...

  50. U2 Remains Atop Hot Tours List, Madonna Takes No. 2

    August 07, 2009 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 U2 has already topped the $100 million mark in tour grosses from the "360Ëš Tour" based on the box office totals reported from the first thirteen shows on the schedule. $41.4 million of that sum comes from the two markets reported during t ...

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