Two workers were hurt ahead of this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival when a section of an LED screen apparently fell at the Miami site. The condition of the two injured staff isn't clear, though an Ultra Music Festival spokesperson says they're being observed by medics. The festival is schedule to start today with some 165,000 people expected over this weekend.
AEG NOT BEING SOLD, CEO TIM LEIWEKE OUT
Anschutz Entertainment Group owner Phillip Anschutz has taken the company off of the market and president/CEO Tim Leiweke will leave the company, according to a statement released yesterday. Leiweke will be replaced in his roles by CFO Dan Beckerman. Anschutz will take on a more active role in the company.
With Anschutz Entertainment Group off the block and the subsequent resignation of the sports and entertainment firm’s architect in Tim Leiweke, the question now moves from “what’s it worth?” to “what’s next?”
LIBERTY MEDIA'S GREG MAFFEI NAMED LIVE NATION CHAIRMAN
In a move that reflects the ongoing influence of Liberty Media in Live Nation Entertainment, the LNE Board of Directors of Live Nation Entertainment today appointed Greg Maffei as the non-executive Chairman of the Board. Maffei is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Media Corporation.
DON OMAR CONFIRMED FOR VEVO DISCUSSION AT BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE
Multi-platinum artist, social media maven and entrepreneur Don Omar, will be the featured artist at the Viva for VEVO panel at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music
The 21-date summer tour will include appearances by special guests Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Trey Songz.
In the wake of Tim Leiweke's surprise departure from AEG after 16 years with the company, many are wondering where he'll land next. Smart money says it'll be in the sports world ...
DAVE GROHL'S SXSW KEYNOTE URGES ARTISTS TO FIND THEIR VOICE
“The musician comes first” was Dave Grohl’s mantra during his keynote speech Thursday at South By Southwest, an engaging and carefully prepared 45 minutes that encouraged up and coming artists to protect their independence and creative visions first and foremost. READ OUR EXTENSIVE SXSW COVERAGE HERE
Billboard caught up with PledgeMusic co-founder and CEO Benji Rogers while walking from Progress Coffee, past a long line at the Fader Fort and under I-35 to Austin's Convention Center.
Drake ascends the Social 50 chart this week, moving 33-20 after unexpectedly releasing a new track while initiating a small controversy. The track, entitled "5AM in Toronto," was released via Twitter as a sequel to "9am in Dallas," a track from his 2010 debut album 'Thank Me Later.'
The 2013 edition of Austin's popular Fun Fun Fun Fest may get an even bigger pirate ship-shaped skate ramp: Stratus Properties, co-owners of Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater and the W Austin Hotel, have entered a strategic partnership with Transmission Events, owner of two popular local club venues and producers of the festival.
On the occasion of Quincy Jones’ 80th Birthday, the legendary record producer sat down with Billboard’s Gail Mitchell to discuss his illustrious career. In this video interview, Jones discusses his life's greatest achievements, playing with Billie Holiday, meeting up with Michael Jackson and much more. Also, a photographic tour of his home and life
SAMSUNG REFRESHES IPHONE-CHALLENGING GALAXY LINE
Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III. Samsung trumpeted the much-anticipated phone's arrival Thursday at an event accompanied by a live orchestra while an audience of thousands watched the theatrics unfold on a four-level stage at Radio City Music Hall. Summoning up a touch of Broadway, Samsung employed 17 actors to demonstrate the new phone's features in a series of scripted vignettes.
Lil Wayne was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering more seizures. The rapper had multiple seizures on Tuesday night while filming a music video in Los Angeles and was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital. According to TMZ, he was released the next morning, and is currently recovering.
Wayne's latest seizures follow an unfortunate pattern – he dealt with seizure-like symptoms while traveling on a private jet last October.
Facebook Inc. FB -0.15% is taking its business rivalry with Twitter Inc. into the realm of symbols: #Feud. Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag, one of Twitter's most iconic markers, into its service by using the symbol as a way to group conversations, said people familiar with the matter. It is unclear how far along Facebook's work on the hashtag is and the feature isn't likely to be introduced imminently, these people said.
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DJ/producer Afrojack has been signed to an exclusive worldwide deal with Universal Music Group (UMG), through Afrojack's label Wall Recordings, Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of UMGI announced yesterday. Island Records and UMGI will be responsible for the further roll out of Afrojack's releases including his debut album, scheduled for fall of 2013.
Fans of the Grammy Awards, there's now a cruise for you, too. Norwegian Cruise Line says it is partnering with The Recording Academy to offer a Grammy-themed voyage, to take place in the fall of 2014. Unveiled this week during the annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference, the Grammy cruise will take place on the still-under-construction Norwegian Getaway and is part of a larger partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and The Recording Academy.
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