David Campbell, president and CEO of AEG Europe, will become the first speaker from outside the record and retail industries to address an Entertainment Retailers Association convention when he delivers a keynote speech June 19 at ERA's annual New Music Conference.

Campbell in 2007 launched The O2 in London, a venue which is recognized as one of the most successful music arenas in the world having hosted a run of box office-busting multinight stands and mega reunion tours. Prince's 21-date residency had a sellout each night, grossing more than $22 million and drawing more than 351,000 visitors. Other notable events included an extended run of dates by the Spice Girls, and the one-off Ahmet Ertegun concert, which featured a reunited Led Zeppelin.

"David Campbell has overseen the creation of a supremely successful venue and live promotion company in the U.K.," comments ERA chairman Paul Quirk in a statement. "At a time when there is much talk about the public's supposed decreasing interest in music, The O2 is proving just the opposite. We are delighted that David has agreed to speak at the ERA New Music Conference and we look forward to hearing his thoughts on the prospects for the wider music market."

The convention will take place during the London Calling conference at London's Earl's Court.

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