1. Rage Against the Machine, Michael Moore Lead Arizona Boycott

    May 26, 2010 12:30 PM EDT Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires…

  2. Cypress Hill, Pitbull, Mexican Artists Cancel Arizona Concerts In Protest

    May 18, 2010 10:53 AM EDT Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law isn't scheduled to take effect until late July. But fear and anger stirred by the law are already beginning to take a toll on concerts in the state, particularly on events featuring regional Mexican artists. Hip-hop acts Pitbull and…

  3. Coachella Festival Sets Attendance Record

    April 21, 2010 2:07 PM EDT With an aggregate attendance of 225,000 over April 16-18, Coachella enjoyed a record attendance year at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. The festival is produced by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. Among the acts that performed were Jay-Z , Muse , Them Crooked Vultures , Gorillaz …

  4. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, thinking, 'I've got to be serious…

  5. 'We Are The World': Behind the Scenes

    February 02, 2010 4:00 PM EST More than 75 stars -- from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn -- gathered at Hollywood's Henson Recording Studios yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of "We Are The World." Like its predecessor, "We Are The World…

  6. 'This Is It' - The Inside Story Of The Michael Jackson Movie

    October 30, 2009 11:02 AM EDT For "This Is It," Michael Jackson 's planned 50-concert residency at London's O2 Arena, the star's sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star's vision never realized. Instead, the…

  7. AEG's Randy Phillips To Go Behind The Scenes Of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Saga

    October 27, 2009 2:28 PM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and a group of top AEG executives will discuss how the Michael Jackson "This Is It" saga played out behind the scenes for the Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Touring Conference on Nov. 5. Phillips, along with Paul Gongaware, co-CEO, AEG Live/Concerts…

  8. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 9:01 AM EDT In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzzle pieces about Jackson's health and…

  9. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 5:00 AM EDT In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzzle pieces about Jackson's health and…

  10. AEG Live CEO Discusses Michael Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 13, 2009 12:05 AM EDT Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson, Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson’s 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG Live and parent AEG, was the successful…

  11. AEG Live CEO Discusses Michael Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 12, 2009 11:02 AM EDT Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson , Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson's 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG Live and parent AEG, was the successful…

  12. Exclusive: AEG's Randy Phillips Talks About Michael Jackson Fallout

    July 02, 2009 4:10 PM EDT A week after Michael Jackson's death, organizers of what would have been a 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London have made significant strides straightening out what one touring executive called "the biggest mess in the history of our business." Jackson's legal and…

  13. Michael Jackson Ticket Refund Details Announced By AEG

    June 29, 2009 4:52 PM EDT AEG Live has announced that full refunds will be given to fans who purchased tickets through authorized agents to Michael Jackson's 50 planned concerts at the O2 Arena in London, according to a news release from the promoter, which operates the O2 Arena. The refunds will include service…

  14. Jackson Family Gathers, Questions AEG Role

    June 27, 2009 11:34 AM EDT Most of Michael Jackson's family members have gathered in their Encino compound, where they are contemplating funeral arrangements and caring for his three children. They are feeling confused, upset and angry by the lack of information about those who were around the pop superstar in his…

  15. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 26, 2009 11:34 AM EDT Friends, music luminaries and fans from around the world and around the web reacted to the news of Michael Jackson's death on June 25 with thoughts on his life and legacy. "I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of…

  16. Fortune At Stake On Michael Jackson London Concerts

    June 25, 2009 8:25 PM EDT Michael Jackson's planned 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London would have been the highest-grossing single concert engagement. Now it's a major problem for the promoter AEG Live. More than $85 million worth of tickets have already been sold for the series of performances, which…

  17. AEG CEO: Michael Jackson Concert Concerns 'Not True'

    June 03, 2009 10:06 AM EDT AEG Live president and CEO Randy Phillips has rejected U.K. tabloid reports that Michael Jackson told fans that he only wanted to play 10 London O2 Arena shows rather than the 50 that have been scheduled. The Sun reported that Jackson told fans outside his L.A. rehearsal space that he wanted…

  18. Michael Jackson Rehearsals Move Forward

    May 12, 2009 6:37 PM EDT Michael Jackson is four weeks into rehearsals in Burbank, Calif., more than $85 million is in the bank from ticket sales, and the King of Pop's return to the stage for 50 shows at London's O2 Arena is looking increasingly like it will happen. The shows begin July 8, Jackson's…

  19. Bon Jovi Helps Boost Jazz Fest Attendance

    May 11, 2009 6:43 AM EDT The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival drew more than 400,000 this year, up from the approximately 375,000 reported last year, according to festival producers. The event’s final Saturday (May 2) drew a crowd of 90,000. Jazzfest was held April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. "Bon Jovi'…

  20. Music Festivals Not Feeling Economic Pinch

    April 10, 2009 9:19 AM EDT With the summer music festival season just around the corner, leading international festival producers insist that the difficult economic climate isn't putting a serious crimp on business, with key promoters reporting that ticket sales are on par with years past. "We're not…

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