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  1. Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the Poor, Fight the Power, Rock the F—k Out’

    October 02, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Tom Morello has earned Grammys with Rage Against the Machine , but it's his work "that kicks ass and sticks it to the man" that got him honored Wednesday. Morello received The Spirit of Courage Award, which the Courage Campaign pr ...

  2. KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

    September 29, 2014 9:31 PM EDT A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester , was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography. Stephen Coronel ...

  3. Chuck D On Kiss’ Rock Hall Honor: ‘They Deserve To Be Inducted’

    April 10, 2014 11:32 AM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always fe ...

  4. Gene Simmons Turns to Fans for Kiss' 40th Anniversary Plans

    April 03, 2014 8:55 AM EDT The Kiss frontman is asking content creators and fans how the band should celebrate "in the most epic way possible." Gene Simmons is looking for help celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kiss. The rocker announced Wednesday night that Kis ...

  5. Kiss Inks Multi-Year Merchandising Deal With New Company

    March 25, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The iconic band already has more than 3,000 licensed items and sales over $1 billion but the band and its new partner, Epic Rights, believe there’s lots more global expansion ahead. Kiss has made a new multi-year agreement for merchandising, licen ...

  6. KISS Production Manager Ken Anderson Dies at 75

    January 17, 2014 5:32 PM EST He oversaw the band’s explosive and wildly popular stage shows from 1976-82. Ken Anderson, who oversaw the smoking, blood-spitting and spectacularly pyrotechnic KISS stage shows as the heavy-metal band’s production manager from 1976-82, has died. ...

  7. New Los Angeles Football Team Named After Kiss

    August 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Arena League football fans: get ready to rock 'n' roll all night. The league is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss. The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games ...

  8. Keith Urban's Aussie Homeland Dates Top Hot Tours Chart

    April 12, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Keith Urban owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with $5.6 million in box office grosses from two venues on his seven-date tour through Australia which occurred earlier this year.  The award-winning country star played multiple shows in ...

  9. Muse, Dave Matthews Band, Sting to Headline NCAA Big Dance Concert Series in Atlanta April 5-7

    March 07, 2013 7:00 AM EST Muse, Dave Matthews Band and Sting have been tapped to headline the 2013 NCAA Big Dance Concert Series, in conjunction with the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four, held in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park April 5-7. The event is produced by the NCAA an ...

  10. Stanley Snadowsky, Co-Founder of N.Y.'s The Bottom Line, Dies at 70

    March 03, 2013 8:19 PM EST Stanley Snadowsky, a co-founder and the co-operator of The Bottom Line nightclub in New York's Greenwich Village during its eclectic three-decade run, died Feb. 25 of diabetic complications in Las Vegas. He was 70. The well-respected attorne ...

  11. Backbeat: AEG's Tim Leiweke Celebrates L.A. Rock Hall Ceremony; Are the Replacements, The Smiths, Joy Division Next?

    December 11, 2012 6:26 PM EST Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Lou Adler and Quincy Jones stand with inductees Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Flea during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ...

  12. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  13. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200, Mumford Holds at No. 1

    October 17, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "The Heist." The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. ...

  14. Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    October 12, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new album, "Release Me," may sell 40,000 copies by Oct. 14, according to industry forecasters. The Columbia Record ...

  15. Backbeat: Led Zeppelin Movie Premiere, Afterparty Bring in Rock and Music-Biz Royalty

    October 11, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and original drummer John Bonham's son Jason arrive for the press conference for the release of their new concert film Celebration Day . (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)   On Tuesday nigh ...

  16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Heading for Big Billboard 200 Debut Next Week

    October 10, 2012 8:26 PM EDT Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are headed for the biggest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The duo's new set, "The Heist," is aiming to start with more than 65,000 sold by the end of the tracking ...

  17. Live Nation Ticket Sales Up 25% YTD; Diverse Touring Line-Up Drives Numbers, $4 Beers Await Fans

    May 18, 2012 4:15 PM EDT With a lineup of tours that touches on virtually every genre and musical scene, Live Nation, the world's largest promoter and amphitheater operator, seems to be on a path to continue the rebound of 2011, after suffering the brunt of an overal ...

  18. Motley Crue, KISS To Embark On Co-Headlining Tour This Summer

    March 20, 2012 7:18 PM EDT Get ready to rock, heavy metal fans: KISS and Motley Crue will embark on a joint tour this summer. The vintage hard rock outfits are set to share the stage for the first time since 1982, kicking off a 40-city jaunt in Bristow, Va., on July 20. The ...

  19. The Collective Signs Desmond Child

    December 09, 2011 2:30 PM EST The Collective, an entertainment management and production company, has signed multi-Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Desmond Child for worldwide career management. For nearly 30 years, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has acrewed multipl ...

  20. Backbeat: Bob Ezrin, Crowbar, Kardinal Offishall Honored @ Canada's SOCAN Awards

    November 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST The best speech of the night at Canada's 22nd annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto on November 21 came from Crowbar , best known for "Oh What A Feeling," a song honoured by the performing rights organization that evening with the SOCAN Cl ...

  21. Adele, Keith Urban, John Mayer: Why Are So Many Singers Having Surgery?

    November 09, 2011 6:55 PM EST It seems every week brings word of another music star going in for throat surgery. In early October, Adele said she was canceling all appearances through 2011 to undergo laser microsurgery to repair a hemorrhaged vocal cord. Two weeks later, John ...

  22. Billboard's 2011 Touring Conference and Awards Kicks Off

    November 09, 2011 5:07 PM EST Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard. The 2011 Billboard Touring Conference kicked off its first morning with a pair of panels that brought together executives, touring managers and producers to talk about some of the current key issues facin ...

  23. Keith Urban to Undergo Throat Surgery

    November 03, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Keith Urban will undergo a minor throat surgery later this month to remove a polyp from his vocal chords, it was announced on Thursday. The out-patient procedure will require the Australian country star to spend an undetermined amount of time on v ...

  24. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Goes on Despite Problems

    October 10, 2011 7:40 AM EDT Three generations of Michael Jackson's family -- with a few notable absentees -- joined an eclectic roster of entertainers Saturday to pay tribute to the King of Pop, a celebration of the late star's life overshadowed by the Los Angeles ...

  25. Justin Timberlake to Portray Casablanca Records' Neil Bogart in Biopic

    September 27, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Justin Timberlake will portray Neil Bogart, the legendary head of Casablanca Records, in a biopic entitled "Spinning Gold," Deadline.com reports . The film will mark Timberlake's debut as a feature producer; the film comes from Boar ...

  26. Michael Jackson Concert Promoters Remove Kiss From Lineup

    August 16, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Organizers of a Michael Jackson tribute concert dropped Kiss from the lineup after receiving widespread criticism for booking the band despite critical comments toward the late pop singer by bassist Gene Simmons. The announcement Tuesday came a da ...

  27. Nathan Gregory: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Nathan Gregory Head of Strategic Marketing and New Business, McGhee Entertainment It would seem impossible that Kiss, which has granted more than 3,000 licenses, would have any stones left to turn over. But Nathan Gregory, 27, has paired the glam ...

  28. Toby Keith, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins' Managers Break It Down at Billboard Country Music Summit Roundtable

    June 06, 2011 3:23 PM EDT Managers Stage Managed (From left): Moderator Phyllis Starck, Nashville Correspondent, MSN Music; Virginia Davis, Managing Partner, B.A.D. Mgm't: Bernie Cahill of ROAR Mgm't; Doc McGhee, President, McGhee Ent.; T.K. Kimbrell, President, ...

  29. Billboard Country Music Summit Kicks Off Monday

    June 03, 2011 1:13 PM EDT The goal of the Billboard Country Music Summit , taking place Monday and Tuesday and produced in association with the Country Music Association , is simple: to bring together key stakeholders in the country music industry to discuss the most impor ...

  30. How Rock Music is Saving Book Publishing

    April 25, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Billy Joel aside, the sudden surge in memoirs is bringing boomers to bookstores. From Keith Richards' assertion that he really did snort his father's ashes to Sammy Hagar's revelation that he's been abducted by aliens, out-ther ...

  31. Don Kirshner Dead at 76

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST For many music fans, Don Kirshner was the straightfaced host of his own "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" -- so matter-of-fact that his introductions were famously, and lovingly, lampooned on "Saturday Night Live." But Kirshne ...

  32. Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez, Kid Rock Announced for Houston Livestock & Rodeo

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announced a typically high-powered lineup of headliners for the event's March 1-20 run at Reliant Park. While the talent remains primarily country, the event still offers a diverse slate of artists, incl ...

  33. @New Music Seminar: 5 Must-Know Tips For New Artists

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year's New Music Seminar in New York wrapped today after a series of panels which included "The Creative Conundrum - Increasing Your Odds With Radical Differentiation," a 90-minute no-bull look at how new artists can break thei ...

  34. Aucoin, Manager Who Discovered Kiss, Dies At 66

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bill Aucoin, who discovered the rock group Kiss and helped build them into a musical and merchandising juggernaut, died Monday in Florida. He was 66. Aucoin died at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura of surgical complications from pr ...

  35. Scratch Gene Simmons, Win $50,000

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rock band Kiss will be featured on a New Mexico lottery scratcher game after officials announced a licensing agreement Tuesday. New Mexico Lottery chief executive Tom Romero says the scratcher game incorporates the band members' painted f ...

  36. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for ...

  37. Live Nation Drops Service Fees For June

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 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 amphitheate ...

  38. Gene Simmons Makes Good On Label Threat

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sixteen months after announcing the reformation of Simmons Records in partnership with Universal Music Canada, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has finally inked a deal, signing Toronto rock band The Envy. The signing is a joint venture with Montreal-bas ...

  39. Gene Simmons Sued Over Alleged Attack

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST A couple who claim they were assaulted by Gene Simmons have sued the Kiss bassist and reality TV star. Nathan Marlowe and his wife Cynthia Manzo filed the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The complaint claims Simmons attacked the co ...

  40. Kiss, Buble Battle For No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 chart will either house a first-ever No. 1 album from iconic band Kiss, or pop singer Michael Buble may crash the group's rockin' party with his new set, "Crazy Love." Industry sources suggest tha ...

  41. Kiss: The Hottest Brand In The Land

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kiss realized the power of merch from day one. At an industry coming-out party before they even had a record deal, band members made their own Kiss glitter T-shirts and made sure their female fans were wearing them in the front row. Today, Kiss co ...

  42. Kiss Makes 'Sonic Boom' Set A Wal-Mart Exclusive

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The self-proclaimed "hottest band in the land" is following the hottest trend in classic rock. Like Journey ("Revelation") and Foreigner ("Can't Slow Down") before it, Kiss' new "Sonic Boom" is a t ...

  43. Buckcherry Tapped To Support Kiss Tour

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Buckcherry will support Kiss on all dates for the band's upcoming North American tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The tour, which begins in September, made headlines last month when it was announced that Kiss had partnered with live music soc ...

  44. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus seaso ...

  45. Kiss Turns To Eventful To Route Upcoming Tour

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kiss' upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour will be entirely routed based on demand at event-based social networking site Eventful, a first for a major act. Fans will "demand" where Kiss will perform on their tour across the top-voted Nor ...

  46. Simmons, Lefsetz To Debate At Canadian Music Week

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outlandish Kiss bassist/gadfly Gene Simmons were poised to square off in a battle royale of massive egos at Canadian Music Week after the pair exchanged e-mail insults on the first day of the conference. Both Simmon ...

  47. Canadian Music Week Kicks Off

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Music Week conference kicked off today (March 12) with industry leaders debating the role Internet service providers will play in the Canadian music business, as well as having Kiss bassist Gene Simmons flex his promotional muscle for ...

  48. Rock Veterans Sign On For Fantasy Camp

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former and present members of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Yes, Kiss, the Stray Cats, Grand Funk Railroad and Alice Cooper's and Paul McCartney's bands will take part in next year's Hollywood edition of Rock'n'Roll ...

  49. Simmons Plots Revival of His Canadian Label

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kiss bassist and entrepreneur Gene Simmons is relaunching his label Simmons Records with Universal Music Canada and auto-parts baroness Belinda Stronach with the goal to sign, develop and merchandise three Canadian acts per year. "This is goi ...

  50. Simmons Sounds Off At Touring Conf. Keynote

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Having recently completed a 30-plus-date European tour, Kiss will "eventually, when we're ready, tour America," co-founder Gene Simmons said during a keynote address today (Nov. 20) at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference, ...

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