1. A Look at Britain's Festivals, Where It Actually All Began

    June 23, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Decades before the festival boom changed the touring landscape in America, music fairs already were an industry mainstay in the United Kingdom, providing prime plays for acts and immersive experiences for fans. The 10 largest jamborees in the coun ...

  2. Indiegogo Nets Investors Richard Branson, PayPal's Max Levchin Following $40M Funding Round

    May 21, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Crowdfunding site Indiegogo has netted a round of investors including business magnate Richard Branson, PayPal co-founder and former CTO Max Levchin, and Google X's Megan Smith, reports Business Insider . The investment's amount has not ...

  3. Scooter Braun: 10 Things You Didn't Know

    November 20, 2013 11:17 AM EST As Bieber’s manager and business partner, Braun's story has also become legend: from college dropout to So So Def Records marketing exec to Asher Roth manager, at which point, he stumbled upon a YouTube clip of a talented kid from Canada with ...

  4. Universal Music UK Announces Launch of Virgin EMI Records

    March 18, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Universal Music UK's chairman and CEO David Joseph has announced the launch of Virgin EMI, an amalgamation of Universal Music subsidiary Mercury Records and Virgin Records, one of the many labels acquired by Universal in its takeover of E ...

  5. Rolling Stones Announce London, New Jersey Shows

    October 15, 2012 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Rolling Stones on Monday made official a much-awaited return to the concert stage after taking a break of more than five years, unveiling four arena shows in London and New Jersey. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood poste ...

  6. It's Official: Rolling Stones to Play Arena Shows in London, New York Area

    October 15, 2012 10:46 AM EDT Photo: Getty Images LONDON - The Rolling Stones on Monday made official a much-awaited return to the concert stage after taking a break of more than five years, unveiling four arena shows in London and New Jersey. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Char ...

  7. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  8. Universal Music-EMI Merger: UMG Struck Gold With PolyGram in the 1990s, Can They Do It Again?

    September 21, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Now that the Universal Music Group has approval to complete its acquisition of EMI's recorded music operation , it will hit the ground running to integrate the two companies, insiders say. The Universal Music Group already presided over a hig ...

  9. Rolling Stones to Play Brooklyn, London in November: Source

    August 30, 2012 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard. Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote, and the source says the Stones ...

  10. Rolling Stones To Play London, Brooklyn In November: Source

    August 29, 2012 8:38 PM EDT The Rolling Stones rehearsing in 2007 (Photo: Getty Images) The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz. Richard Branson and Australian ...

  11. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  12. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  13. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  14. Universal Music's Concessions Grow in EMI Deal; Sale of Virgin U.K. Looks Likely

    July 17, 2012 11:01 PM EDT The Universal Music Group will take some extra time to prepare and submit its remedies package to the EU Commission, as part of its gambit to win regulatory approval to acquire EMI's recorded-music division. Depending on who you listen to, th ...

  15. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  16. Adele, Feist, Melanie Fiona, Gary Slaight Honored at Juno Awards Gala Dinner

    March 31, 2012 10:45 PM EDT For the second time in the Juno Awards 41-year history, the annual celebration of Canadian music was held in the nation's capital of Ottawa, beginning with the private gala dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Saturday evening at which t ...

  17. Thomas Dolby Marks 30 Years of 'Science'

    March 02, 2012 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Electro-Pop Pioneer Heads to SXSW & Is Bringing a Time Capsule With Him Thomas Dolby is exploring the past, present and future this year -- all on one tour. The pioneering electronic pop artist hits the road again in North America on March 16 at ...

  18. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  19. Read: Clive Davis' Comments About Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 1:46 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  20. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  21. Girl Talk On Morgan Spurlock's 'A Day In The Life' Series: Exclusive Preview

    September 06, 2011 9:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 How does Girl Talk prepare to unleash his epic mixing skills live? He heads for the food supplies aisle at the supermarket. In this exclusive preview of the Sept. 7 episode of Morgan Spurlock's "A Day In The Life" series, the DJ also ...

  22. Elton John Performs, Pokes Fun at 'Spider-Man' Musical on 'SNL'

    April 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sir Elton John hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time April 2 and proved his acting chops are just as solid as his singing. The singer joked about being gay, performing at the royal wedding and being a new father in a series of sk ...

  23. Billboard Bits: Shania Twain Wedding Photos, Muse Hopes to Play Space

    January 03, 2011 6:49 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Shania Twain Releases Wedding Photos As previously reported , Shania Twain kicked off 2011 on a hugely positive note, marrying Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud in a sm ...

  24. Branson Scoops Murdoch With Digital Magazine

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Virgin founder Richard Branson rolled out his iPad-only magazine Tuesday (Nov. 30) by declaring: "The future of publishing lies in apps not on shelves." But Project is actually the gadfly billionaire's second stab at magazine moguld ...

  25. Former V2 Exec David Steele Launches Hi Tone Label

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT David Steele, the former managing director of V2 Music, has launched a new U.K. record label and management company, Hi Tone Music. Steele was one of the founding executives at Richard Branson's independent V2 label, where he worked with Ster ...

  26. M.I.A., LCD, Pavement, T.I. Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Lineup

    July 20, 2010 12:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 M.I.A . , LCD Soundsystem , Pavement , T.I. , and Ludacris are among the acts booked at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Filling out the bill are Joan Jett ...

  27. Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Sade to Perform at Black Ball Concert

    July 15, 2010 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 A licia Keys will bring Jay-Z and Sade out to perform at the seventh annual Black Ball concert, taking place Sept. 30 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The event will raise money for Keys' Keep a Child Alive foundation, which helps provi ...

  28. Virgin America's 'Air Drake' Plane Takes Flight

    July 01, 2010 1:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Virgin America marked its first flight from California to Toronto on Tuesday (June 29) with a mile-high party aboard an Airbus A320 aircraft dubbed the "Air Drake." Named after the Toronto-raised rapper Drake and hosted by Virgin Group Fou ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Absolute Program Manager Quits

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mark Bingham has left his post as program Manager at U.K. broadcaster Absolute Radio. The station commented on his departure: "Mark has made an amazing contribution to the station in the seven years that he has been here and we wish him well ...

  32. Virgin Festival Launching In South Africa

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, which was first tipped by Billboard in July. Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic will all appear. Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South ...

  33. Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP Set For Virgin Fest

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is pro Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inc ...

  34. Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP Set For Virgin Fest

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is produced for the third year by I.M.P. Virgin Group ...

  35. Virgin Mobile Enters India

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Indian music industry is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Virgin Mobile, which launched here on March 2. "It's still early to say what impact Virgin Mobile will have on mobile music here," comments Savio D'Souza, gener ...

  36. Virgin Megastores U.K. Changes Hands In MBO

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold-off its Virgin Megastores U.K. and Ireland chain for an undisclosed sum. A team led by Virgin Megastores managing director Simon Douglas and finance director Steve Peckham has bought the 125-store chain ...

  37. Virgin Brand Embroiled In French Storm

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading French music and entertainment firms are disputing media watchdog CSA's approval of a re-branding exercise involving Richard Branson's Virgin Group. The CSA last week validated a corporate name-change, which sees French national ...

  38. Music On TV: June 11-17

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on TV listings for June 11-17, 2007. MONDAY, June 11 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Sam Moore (also featured: Jessica McClure). "The View," ABC Featured Artist(s): Rihanna (also featured: Kim Coles; Seth Green). "Tav ...

  39. V Festival Arrives Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the Uni ...

  40. V Festival Arrives Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the Uni ...

  41. V Fest Heads Down Under With Pixies, Gnarls Barkley

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After expanding this fall to the United States and Canada, the V Festival will visit Australia for the first time next spring. The event will be staged March 31 at Sydney's Centennial Park and April 1 After expanding this fall to the United Sta ...

  42. Virgin Festival Setting Sail For Toronto, Baltimore

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billionaire Richard Branson rappelled from a helicopter at Toronto's waterfront today to announce a rock festival for Canada's most populous city this fall. Billionaire Richard Branson rappelled from a helicopter at Toronto's waterfro ...

  43. V2 Pacts With Universal U.K. For Distribution

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to provide distribution services for V2, the London-based independent record label founded and sold recently by Richard Branson, with effect from July 1. Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to ...

  44. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  45. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  46. Xfm, V2 Strike Podcast Partnership

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Elbow feature in alt. station's offering. London-based alternative rock radio station Xfm has teamed up with Richard Branson's independent record company V2 Music to release a series of podcasts featuring full-length music tracks. Billed ...

  47. Xfm, V2 Strike Podcast Partnership

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Elbow feature in alt. station's offering. London-based alternative rock radio station Xfm has teamed up with Richard Branson's independent record company V2 Music to release a series of podcasts featuring full-length music tracks. Billed ...

  48. Virgin Megastore Opens In Hollywood

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT West Coast store key to chain's turnaround. The rain stopped flamboyant millionaire Richard Branson from pulling one of his usual publicity stunts but it didn't ruin the opening day fanfare for the Hollywood Virgin Megastore. Branson, wh ...

  49. Virgin Megastores Enters The Digital Age

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to the post today (Sept. 2) when it pressed the button on its own bespoke digital music service. Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to t ...

  50. Virgin Megastores Enters The Digital Age

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to the post today (Sept. 2) when it pressed the button on its own bespoke digital music service. Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to t ...

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