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Bon Jovi tops Billboard’s top touring act for second time in three years.

Bon Jovi tops Billboard's top touring act for second time in three years.

Bon Jovi tops Billboard's top touring act for second time in three years.

Bon Jovi tops Billboard’s top touring act for second time in three years. For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi have taken the crown on the Billboard year-end touring chart, quite an achievement for an act that has been together for over a quarter of a century. For the period of November 20, 2009 through November 28, 2010, the group grossed $146,507,388 with attendance of 1,591,154 and 69 sellouts. In 2008, the last time they ranked number one, they brought in $210,000,000 but it has been a bad year for promoters, so the lower total is to be expected. Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard “It’s funny, because there’s obviously a part of you that’s very proud of it. In the industry it means something; it doesn’t mean anything to the public. But in the industry, all your peers are going to look at it. They’re going to see some kind of year-end charts for everything: albums, singles, touring. It’s a very nice industry asterisk, for sure. U2 are paying attention.”Speaking of U2, they came in second on Billboard’s list followed by AC/DC making it a classic rock triple at the top of the chart. Veteran artists took seven of the top ten for 2010. Here is the top ten:

•1. Bon Jovi
•2. U2
•3. AC/DC
•4. Lady Gaga
•5. Black Eyed Peas
•6. James Taylor & Carole King
•7. Eagles
•8. Metallica
•9. Dave Matthews Band
•10. Paul McCartney

My Chemical Romance to release fourth album in November

My Chemical Romance to release fourth album in November

My Chemical Romance to release fourth album in November

My Chemical Romance to release fourth album in November. The wait for new original music from platinum-selling rock band My Chemical Romance is over. MCR have announced that Reprise Records will release their highly anticipated fourth studio album, entitled Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, on November 22nd, 2010. New Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo, who produced MCR’s platinum-selling album The Black Parade as well as albums by Dave Matthews Band, Jawbreaker, and The Goo Goo Dolls, among many others, produced the album. Danger Days’ first official single, ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na),’ will be available from all digital retailers today, September 28th. It is the first new original music to be released by My Chemical Romance since October 2006 when the band unleashed their third album, The Black Parade, which shot to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, selling more than 240,000 copies its first week of release, and spawning four Modern Rock smash singles. Dubbed ‘Album of the Year’ by Blender Magazine, The Black Parade earned raves from critics (Rolling Stone called it “a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock’s golden age of bombast,” while Spin called it ‘savage and heartfelt’) and cemented MCR’s status as a world-class rock band. Following the album’s release, the New Jersey-bred MCR launched The Black Parade World Tour – their longest and most comprehensive trek yet that culminated in a triumphant hometown show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in May 2008. Stay tuned for details about the band’s recently announced European ‘World Contamination Tour.’ For more on My Chemical Romance, including album trailer, please visit www.mychemicalromance.com.

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Celine Dion reaches peak of the decade’s Ultimate Top 10

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

All she had to do was stay in one place instead of touring like other top acts. Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews Band come in close behind in combined album sales and concert revenue for the decade. What’s the formula for success in the rapidly shifting music business? Roll the dice, then stay put.

That combination put Celine Dion atop the ultimate edition of Calendar’s annual Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking that combines artists’ album sales revenue with their take at the box office. Dion earned the title of Ultimate Top 10 champ for the decade that recently ended, thanks in large part to the money she piled up from her five-year engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where audiences are used to paying big bucks for big stars.  Her gamble to perform in one place for an extended period paid off big for the Canadian pop diva.  The Ultimate Top 10 isn’t meant to be the final word on artists’ finances. With merchandising, product endorsements, song placements in movies and TV shows, ring tones, website subscriptions and myriad other income sources, musicians today have seemingly limitless ways to bring in money. But by combining two of the biggest revenue sources, the Ultimate Top 10 is a good indicator of which artists fans are spending the most money on. The overall decade results suggest there’s still considerable long-term value in allowing artists time to build extensive catalogs and encouraging them to support those recordings by touring regularly.

The Ultimate Top 10 of the Decade:
1. Celine Dion, $747.9 million. Dion pulled in $522.2 million in concert-ticket sales for the decade. Adding $225.7 million worth of album sales during those same 10 years, she trumped all comers.

2. Kenny Chesney, $742 million. Close behind Dion was this road warrior, who toured hard and promoted records the old-fashioned way year in and year out. His total includes $455.6 million in concert ticket sales and $286.4 million in album revenue.
3. Dave Matthews Band, $737.4 million. Matthews’ decade concert total of $529.1 million put him first on the list of top North American live music attractions of the decade, as calculated by the concert-tracking publication Pollstar. The band posted $208.3 million in album sales.
4. The Beatles, $627.3 million. Although the quartet disbanded 30 years before the decade began, the Beatles still managed to generate $392.3 million from sales of 30.2 million albums (using an average of $13 per album). We folded in the individual box office figures racked up by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney ($221.4 million) and Ringo Starr ($13.6 million), given that their concert audiences consist in large part of Beatles fans. The Fab Four also logged the single bestselling album of the decade, the “1″ hits collection, with 11.5 million copies. And counting.
5. U2, $609.7 million. The Irish rock quartet brought in $391 million at the box office and $218.7 million in album sales.
6. Toby Keith, $591.9 million. The second of three country acts in the Top 10, the Oklahoma singer and songwriter logged $273.8 million on the concert trail, $318.1 million from album sales.

7. Bruce Springsteen, $588.3 million. On the road, both with the E Street Band and his various non-E Street tours, the Boss brought in $444.3 million. His album take: $144 million.

8. The Rolling Stones, $569.6 million. The Stones also benefited heavily from touring, earning $426.9 million at the box office in addition to $142.7 million in album sales.

9. Tim McGraw, $550.7 million. Strictly as a solo act, the country singer-songwriter ranks No. 14 on the list. But he toured several times with his wife, Faith Hill, during the decade. California being a community property state, we are awarding him half the revenue those outings generated. So his total includes $322 million in album sales, $133.7 million from his own tours and $95 million for his half of the McGraw-Hill shows.

10. Britney Spears, $494.3 million. Despite a rocky decade personally and professionally, Spears pulled in $195.7 million at the box office and sold $298.6 million worth of albums for the 10-year period.

The decade’s top album seller was Eminem, the Detroit rapper who posted $419 million from sales of 32.2 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But because he toured sporadically, he was only able to add $40.8 million to his Ultimate Top 10 total, which places him at No. 14; he is the sole hip-hop artist to land in the Top 20.

Looking at 2009 alone, the 14th annual Ultimate Top 10 title goes to U2. During the year, the band posted $137.3 million ($123 million box office, $14.3 million albums), a bit better than last year’s winner, Madonna, who finished on top with $120.1 million. Springsteen follows U2 with $102 million ($94.5 million box office, $7.5 million in albums).

The year’s biggest album seller finished at No. 3 overall: In the wake of his death, Michael Jackson posted total album sales of just under $100 million, without any revenue from the series of comeback concerts he was scheduled to give in London. (Those dates wouldn’t have counted toward the Ultimate Top 10 since Pollstar data come from North American concert tour figures.)

Spears ended the year at No. 4, with $82.5 million in concert ticket sales and $7 million in album revenue. The joint Elton John/Billy Joel tour tallied $88 million at the box office, with no corresponding revenue from albums that finished among the year’s top 200 sellers from the duo, placing the piano men at No. 5. John generated an additional $14.2 million during the year from solo performances.

The remainder of the 2009 Ultimate Top 10 shakes out as follows: No. 6: AC/DC with $83.8 million ($77.9 million in concert tickets, $5.9 million in album sales); No. 7: Taylor Swift with $83.2 million ($25.5 million at the box office, $57.7 million in album sales); No. 8: Chesney at $81 million ($71.1 million in concert, $9.9 million in album sales); No. 9: the Jonas Brothers with $77.9 million ($69.8 million in concert revenue, $8.1 million in album sales), and No. 10: the Dave Matthews Band with $69.8 million ($56.9 million in concert tickets, $12.9 million in album sales).

2010 Grammy nominees:The Fame (Lady Gaga) up for Album of the Year!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards announced their nominations during a special primetime concert, held at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast live on CBS. In between performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Sugarland, host LL Cool J and Nick Jonas’ new band, the Administration, presenters read off the nominees in all major categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Beyoncé led all nominees with 10 nods, followed by Taylor Swift with eight nominations. The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and Maxwell each received six. (View photos from the Grammy nominations concert.)  Below are the nominees in some of the top categories. For a complete list of nominees, visit GRAMMY.com. And keep checking Metromix.com for predictions, poll and previews of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, taking place Sunday, Jan. 31 in Los Angeles and broadcasting live on CBS.

Album Of The Year:
I Am…Sasha Fierce (Beyoncé)
The E.N.D. (the Black Eyed Peas)
The Fame (Lady Gaga)
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (Dave Matthews Band)
Fearless (Taylor Swift)

Record Of The Year:
“Halo” (Beyoncé)
“I Gotta Feeling” (the Black Eyed Peas)
“Use Somebody” (Kings Of Leon)
“Poker Face” (Lady Gaga)
“You Belong With Me” (Taylor Swift)

Song Of The Year:
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Use Somebody, “Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
“You Belong With Me,” Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Best Rock Album:
Black Ice (AC/DC)
Live From Madison Square Garden (Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood)
21st Century Breakdown (Green Day)
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (Dave Matthews Band)
No Line On The Horizon (U2)

Best Rap Album:
Universal Mind Control (Common)
Relapse (Eminem)
R.O.O.T.S. (Flo Rida)
The Ecstatic (Mos Def)
The Renaissance (Q-Tip)

Best Pop Performance by a Duo Or Group with Vocals:
“I Gotta Feeling” (the Black Eyed Peas)
“We Weren’t Born To Follow” (Bon Jovi)
“Never Say Never” (the Fray)
“Sara Smile” (Daryl Hall and John Oates)
“Kids” (MGMT)

The Album of the Year category hasn’t been totally respectable in a long time–favoring sales and mainstream recognition over quality–but usually a solid act like Radiohead,Dixie Chicks,White Stripes,OutKast,Bob Dylan will slip in there to class up the joint.  This year? Say it ain’t so, Grammy.  When the nominees were revealed last night during a primetime concert in L.A., we learned that album of the year nominees include Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift. No, that is not the list of top 5 artist on your young cousins’ iPod. Those are the nominees for Album of the Year.  In other silliness, not-new-anymore artists like MGMT and Silversun Pickups were nominated for Best New Artist, though I was glad to see Maxwell’s writers pick up a nod for Song of the Year for the gorgeous “Pretty Wings.” Biggest observations during a stroll through the other categories: The Pop Vocal Album category is scary (Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat and The Fray, such brilliance!) while Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance should include the phrase “over 50 years old” when nominating Prince, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. All legends, of course, but still.  Nice lineup for Best Rock Song of U2, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Springsteen. And French pop act Phoenix continues its rise with a Best Alternative Album nod for “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

The Low Anthem announce UK festival dates

the-low-anthemWith tickets selling fast for their two shows at the Slaughtered Lamb next month, and with a much bigger London date currently being scheduled for June, THE LOW ANTHEM have just announced news of numerous UK festival appearances this summer.  The Low Anthem will be performing at Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling, Wireless, End Of The Road and Bestival, info below,

Wednesday 13 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Thursday 14 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Saturday 16 May – BRIGHTON – Horatios @ The Great Escape

Friday 26 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Q Stage)
Saturday 27 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Park Stage)
Sunday 28 June – LONDON – Hard Rock Calling

Saturday 4 July – LONDON – Wireless Festival

Friday 11 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Saturday 12 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Sunday 13 September – ISLE OF WIGHT – Bestival

THE LOW ANTHEM look set to be one of the success stories of 2009, Their sublime music ranges from evocative folk ballads sung in gorgeous falsettos to garage-roots rockers in a Tom Waits bar-room style, The Low Anthem are a folk rock trio from Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They formed in 2003 and consist of multi-instrumentalists Ben Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams. The Low Anthem began as a contemporary folk duet from Providence, RI. Member’s Ben Miller and Jeff Prystowsky met playing in the wood-bat leagues of rural Connecticut in 2003. They began a collaboration with classical composer Jocie Adams in November 2007. Their landmark 2007 release “What the Crow Brings” was independently produced by the band and has received great acclaim from major press across the country. Their rapidly expanding fan-base spans all ages remarkably, as the duo appeals to hipsters, housewives and grandparents equally. Writers have typically drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, but you will hear strains in their music from remote Appalachia to the Delta; an urban immediacy, and a timeless grounding in the great American roots music traditions. Rolling Stone says the music on Charlie Darwin feels “homemade” and “solemnly beautiful,” and NPR Music called the song “To Ohio” a “tender stunner” in choosing it as a Song of the Day, saying, “At times languid and haunting, but with detours into Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering, The Low Anthem’s music seems equally informed by Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Band and a late-night ride home in Joni Mitchell’s car.” The band recently performed six sets at SXSW, where the BBC called them “stunning” and said, “Expect much flowerier words of praise thrown on this band in the future; they deserve everything said about them.” Mojo describe their set as “heartbreaking” and called the band, “truly startling songwriters and instrumentalists. Theirs is a gloriously romantic vision of America that sits somewhere between Dylan and Waits.” The New York Times wrote: “At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Low Anthem, from Providence, R.I., harmonized on slow, sustained songs — often waltzes — using instruments like harmonium, clarinet, some kind of small euphonium and a set of metal
discs played with a bow for eerie high tones, perfect accompaniment for lines like “Oh, my God, the water’s all around.” Most of the music was stately and mournful, with lyrics contemplating faith, loss, destruction and self-destruction in visionary imagery: “They say the sky’s the limit/The sky’s about to fall.” Every so often, making the quiet songs sound even quieter, the Low Anthem played something electric, bluesy and distorted, but equally serene in its desolation.” The Low Anthem, which recently signed to Nonesuch, has shared the stage with Rachael Yamagata, Lisa Hannigan, Ray Lamontagne and Elvis Perkins in Dearland. This summer they will re-release Oh My God Charlie Darwin with Nonesuch and Bella Union in Europe, and will play Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Hyde Park festival in London with Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.


Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Big Whiskey’ Is A Toast To LeRoi Moore

dave-matthews-bandFrom the bluesy sax solo that opens the album, to the inspired songs and performances throughout, it’s clear that this one’s for LeRoi.  “Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King,” the Dave Matthews Band’s first album since 2005, is due June 2 on RCA. The album shows a number of inspirations: producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), the band’s maturation and a focus on creating a studio project on a level with the band’s potency as one of the most popular live acts in rock history. But it’s hard to deny the impact of the loss of founding member LeRoi Moore, who last summer died of complications from injuries suffered in an all-terrain-vehicle accident after work on the album had begun.  “Everything was really hard after Roi’s death,” Matthews says. “But when we were all spending time together and listened to what he had already played, we really had time to think about him and be grateful for the time we had with him.” Violinist Boyd Tinsley agrees that the sessions helped pull the band members together. “You’re in the studio and you look around, and there’s somebody missing,” he says. “I know there were some moments for me that were really tough in the studio.” Moore’s work is all over the album, culled from performances he had already put in for the project. “We created a giant ProTools file that had all of his parts, even if he was just tinkering around during a demo phase off-mic,” Cavallo says. “We scoured the hard drives to find all of these moments he had.” Dave Matthews Band will begin its 2009 tour April 14 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The band plans to make new material part of the set list and, as is typical, the “Groogrux” songs will find a new life onstage. “We’ve played them all but we’re going to have some extensive rehearsals before the tour starts – get them all oiled, lubed up and ready to go,” Beauford says. “By the time we step onstage for the first show these tunes are going to be ready. By the middle of the summer, it’s going to be a whole other story then, because most of the new tunes that we do always develop and grow into something fresh and new by the middle of the tour.”

New Band: Cavalier

cavalierCavalier are a British rock band comprising vocalist/guitarist Tom Harries, his brother James on the keys, Guy Prall on lead guitar, Rick Brearley on bass guitar and Mark Stormont on the drums. The band was formed by four of the members who met at Durham University. Brothers Tom and James approached Rick and Mark having watched them perform in a club. By the end of the first practice session there was obvious chemistry, and the guys made an effort to get together as much as possible. Once Guy, a friend of Toms, was added to the band Cavalier was complete. The band quickly made a name for themselves around the City with their first major event being a charity festival in Exeter in 2008. The band recorded their first E.P. late 2008.

Cavalier works because of an organic and decisive approach to songwriting blended with the musicianship of people from very different disciplines – rock, funk, jazz, classical and blues. This results in powerful, beautiful and inspirational songs. Think infectious melodies, soaring guitar riffs, tinkling pianos and an outstanding rhythm section.

They draw influences from a wide-range including Coldplay, Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, The Fray, Jason Mraz, Dire Straits, Train, Rascal Flatts, Goo Goo Dolls, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds Five, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Pete Yorn, U2, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Tour dates:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Cavalier live @ O2 Academy 2 Islington
16 Parkfield Street, Islington, LO N1 0PS (United Kingdom) – Map
020 7288 4400  Set: 10:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
All Ages
 Tickets: 6 pounds 
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Cavalier Live @ The Cobden Club
170 Kensal Rd, London, LO W10 5BN (United Kingdom) – Map
020 8960 4222  Set: 9:45 PM
Doors: 8:00 PM
 Tickets: £5 
  Other Info: 4-5 Song Set
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Cavalier Live @ The Bullet Bar
147 Kentish Town Road, London, LO NW1 8PD (United Kingdom) – Map
020 7485 6040  Set: 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
 Tickets: free 
 Saturday, July 4, 2009
Cavalier live @ Private Charity Party
Kent, (United Kingdom) – Map
 Set: 7:00 PM 
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Cavalier Live @ Private Charity party for Cancer Research
Devon, SW (United Kingdom) – Map
 Set: 9:00 PM
Doors: 5:00 PM

The 20th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards

BREAKING NEWS ALERT  from Billboard.biz
billboardlmcfinalThe 20th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards – April 20 – 24, Eden Roc Resort, Miami Beach
Join Billboard, today’s top artists, managers, media, promoters, sponsors and key digital, record label, branding and touring executives at the most important Latin Music industry gathering of the year. Highlights include informative panel discussions, networking receptions, live performances, the Billboard BASH, Superstar Q&A with Don Omar, and the Billboard Latin Music Awards show and official after party. For details and to register www.BillboardLatinConference.com
Registration questions, contact Lisa Kastner 646 654 4643 LKastner@Billboard.com


No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band, Flo Rida, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson are among the artists scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Today” show as part of the morning program’s 14th annual summer concert series.

Click here for the full ‘Today’ summer lineup.

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