Live Nation

  1. Live Nation Q1 Revenue Up 22% to $1.1 Billion Year-Over-Year

    May 06, 2014 5:17 PM EDT In today's first quarter earnings statement, Live Nation Entertainment, the world's largest concert promoter, management company, and ticketing company in its Ticketmaster division, reported year-over-year revenue up 22% for Q1 to $1 ...

  2. Live Nation Entertainment Acquires Minority Stake, Assumes Sole Ownership of Live Nation Japan

    April 17, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has assumed full ownership of Live Nation Japan after acquiring Creativeman’s minority stake in the company.  Related Articles Live Nation Announces JBL Live At Pier 97, New Outdoor NYC Venue (Exclusive) Live Nation' ...

  3. AEG Live, Transom Capital Merge BandMerch with Cinder Block, Creating Merch Powerhouse

    March 03, 2014 3:23 PM EST AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company. The new Los Angeles-based entity, which will continue ...

  4. Live Nation Entertainment Reports Record Year

    February 24, 2014 6:24 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment said Monday that it set a record in 2013 for annual revenue, free cash flow and adjusted operating income due to increase attendance at shows in general and the surging popularity of country music. In the most recent quar ...

  5. Skype, Live Nation Team For ‘Ones To Watch’ Concert Series At House of Blues (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 3:09 PM EST Skype and Live Nation have introduced the Ones To Watch With Skype, an interactive platform where fans will have direct access to emerging artists using Skype technology with bands performing at Live Nation’s House of Blues venues. The program beg ...

  6. Pandora, Live Nation Shares Rise High, SFX Down

    January 30, 2014 7:37 PM EST Shares of the two largest publicly traded music companies soared Thursday (Jan. 30) as markets rebounded from two days of losses. Pandora shares reached a new high of $37.95 before closing up 11% at $36.53, and shares of Live Nation climbed to a 5 ...

  7. Live Nation, B'In Music Partner to Form Live Nation Taiwan

    January 16, 2014 6:59 PM EST Continuing its expansion into Asian markets, Live Nation has teamed up with B'In Music International Limited to form Live Nation Taiwan. "Taiwan is one of the strongest economies in Asia and its proximity to the established touring mark ...

  8. Live Nation Named Exclusive Booker of Planet Hollywood's AXIS in Las Vegas, Theater for Britney Spears' Residency

    December 19, 2013 12:00 PM EST Two weeks ahead of Britney Spears’ opening residency performance at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Dec. 27, parent company Caesars Entertainment has named Live Nation the exclusive booker of the resort’s newly renovated 7,000-s ...

  9. Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO, on Banner Year, Expanding Mgmt Holdings, 'Exploding' Global Market, Way More (Video Q&A)

    November 18, 2013 5:45 PM EST Michael Rapino , CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, is having a banner year. In addition to record-setting revenues , Live Nation is expanding its management roster with the addition of U2 and Madonna along with their respective managers Paul McG ...

  10. Live Nation Forms Asian Marketing Enterprise with Parallel Contemporary Music

    November 18, 2013 5:52 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment is extending its marketing activities across Asia through a union with communications agency Parallel Contemporary Music. The two companies have created Live Nation Marketing Partnerships Asia Limited, the goal of which ...

  11. Bon Jovi, George Strait, One Direction, Coachella, O2 Arena, Live Nation, CAA Among Big Winners at 2013 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 14, 2013 9:30 PM EST Bon Jovi, One Direction, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Rolling Stones and George Strait were among tonight's (Nov. 14) big winners at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.   The awards, hosted by the Howa ...

  12. Inside Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness' $30M Live Nation Deal: New Roles, More Leverage and Music From U2

    November 13, 2013 5:37 PM EST As Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness prep a $30 million deal to merge their management companies under Live Nation, more details have emerged about the pair’s respective plans. U2, McGuinness’ top client at Principle Management, is prepping a n ...

  13. Live Nation In Negotiations to Buy Management Companies of U2, Madonna (Report)

    November 12, 2013 7:25 PM EST Live Nation is negotiating to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to the New York Times , citing people with direct knowledge of the deals. Live Nation would reportedly pay more than $30 million for both Principle ...

  14. Live Nation Revenue Hits a Record $2.26 Billion in Third Quarter (Updated)

    November 05, 2013 5:30 PM EST Increased concert attendance drove record third quarter revenue at Live Nation. The company turned in revenue of $2.26 billion in the quarter, up 15% from the prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating income (AOI), a metric that excludes certain o ...

  15. Live Nation Acquires Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orleans

    October 24, 2013 7:24 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has acquired Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orleans. Over the years, the Voodoo Fest has hosted a wide variety of acts, including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Skrillex. Voodoo Fest will ce ...

  16. Business Matters: First Day of SFX Trading Highlights Intricacies of IPO Market

    October 09, 2013 7:50 PM EDT SFX Entertainment had a market value of $1.05 billion on Tuesday evening (Oct. 8). By the following afternoon, after SFX’s first day on the Nasdaq, the company’s market value had fallen to $919.2 million. That's the IPO market for you.   An ...

  17. Live Nation Preps Ford-Sponsored Web Series 'Rider Challenge' With Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fitz & The Tantrums, More

    September 16, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Live Nation is entering the original webisodic content arena with "The Rider Challenge," a Ford Fiesta-sponsored digital series that premieres Sept. 30 on LiveNation.com. The series will chronicle fans of The Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fall ...

  18. Live Nation L.A. Venues the Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium Get New GMs

    August 21, 2013 6:20 PM EDT Live Nation has announced new general managers for two of its popular Los Angeles concert venues. Rick Merrill has been appointed GM of the 2,300-capacity Wiltern and Stacey Levine has been named GM of the 3,800-capacity Hollywood Palladium. Mer ...

  19. Live Nation Australasia Teams with Brand Agency Mixitup

    August 20, 2013 5:59 AM EDT Live Nation’s Australasia company has formed a joint venture with brand agency mixitup Enterprises, which will focus on creating music and entertainment brand partnerships across Australia and New Zealand. The new venture, mixitup Australia, con ...

  20. Live Nation to Expand L.A. Headquarters

    August 07, 2013 8:40 PM EDT Live Nation will expand its Beverly Hills headquarters into its neighboring building. The company plans to rent 33,000 square feet in a two-story building located at 9350 Civic Center Drive, according to the Los Angeles Times . Terms of the leas ...

  21. Live Nation Revenue, Attendance Each Up 8% in Second Quarter (Updated)

    August 06, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Driven by its concerts division, Live Nation revenue rose 8% to  $1.68 billion in the second quarter from $1.55 billion a year ago. The concerts division, the company's largest source of revenue, grew 10.9% to $1.2 billion in the second qua ...

  22. Rdio Partners with Live Nation, Boasts Listener Gains

    July 23, 2013 9:48 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is now a Live Nation sponsor and will power audio streaming at LiveNation.com. The partnership kicked off last weekend with the Faster Horses country music festival and will continue with the Watershed Music Fest ...

  23. Robb Spitzer Named Managing Director of Live Nation China

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  24. Live Nation's Banner Year Brings Azoff-Emanuel Feud To Light

    June 27, 2013 1:00 PM EDT A report in last week's  Financial Times recounting Live Nation’s banner year has inadvertently brought to light a simmering feud between the company’s former CEO Irving Azoff and current board member Ari Emanuel.   The FT story detailed Li ...

  25. Live Nation Acquires Majority Stake in Baltics Region Promoter BDG Music

    June 19, 2013 1:52 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in BDG Music Group, the Baltic region's largest concert promotion company, according to Live Nation. The group will retain its current management team, although upon completion of the ...

  26. Jones Beach Theater Gets $20 Million Renovation Following Superstorm Sandy Damage

    May 30, 2013 3:40 PM EDT New York's popular Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is re-opening after extensive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy knocked it out of commission in Oct. 2012. Live Nation Entertainment today announced that the Wantagh, Long Island venue underwe ...

  27. Business Matters: Why are Live Nation and Pandora Shares Outperforming the Market?

    May 22, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Stock markets have had a great run in 2013, but shares of Live Nation and Pandora have fared even better. Live Nation shares are up 46% this year. Pandora shares are up an incredible 78%.   Some of the companies' gains can be attributed to ...

  28. Live Nation to Purchase 50% Stake in Insomniac Events (Report)

    May 02, 2013 10:03 PM EDT Live Nation is close to finalizing a deal to buy a 50% stake in EDM promoter Insomniac Events, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the deal. This information, including the speculative numbers (whic ...

  29. Business Matters: California Ticketing Legislation Favors Live Nation

    April 26, 2013 8:51 PM EDT Live Nation got a boost on Tuesday when the California Assembly upheld language in a bill that allows for paperless ticketing technology and creates a penalty for people who use software -- called bots -- to circumvent security measures placed ...

  30. Live Nation, Starwood Bring OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw, Imagine Dragons To Exclusive Hotel Shows

    April 05, 2013 10:59 AM EDT Jamie Cullum performing at a Starwood/Live Nation event in May 2012. (Photo: Ryan Troy/Red Eye Productions) Bands and hotels used to be synonymous with trashed rooms and debaucherous partying, the kinds of behavior that could get an artist banne ...

  31. SFX Purchases 75% Stake in ID&T, Announce U.S. Edition of Tomorrowland at Ultra

    March 21, 2013 1:00 AM EDT SFX and ID&T have taken the next step in their partnership, with SFX acquiring 75% of the Dutch promoter and the companies announcing the first U.S. edition of Tomorrowland, ID&T's flagship event held annually in Belgium (July 26-28 ...

  32. Greg Maffei Named Live Nation Chairman

    March 14, 2013 5:45 PM EDT In a move that reflects the growing 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 ...

  33. Business Matters: What to Expect From Live Nation's Earnings on Tuesday

    February 25, 2013 9:23 PM EST Live Nation reports earnings after the end of trading Tuesday. The company had previously disclosed it expected to end 2012 with a mid-single digit increase in attendance, “solid” growth in revenue and adjusted operating income in its concert divi ...

  34. Cablevision CEO James Dolan Resigns From Live Nation Board

    February 25, 2013 7:25 PM EST The abrupt resignation of James Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company and president/CEO of MSG owner Cablevision, from the Live Nation board of directors on Friday is connected to Dolan’s relationship with former Live Nati ...

  35. Beyonce's World Tour: The Mrs. Carter Show?

    February 01, 2013 9:21 PM EST Beyonce's next world tour looks to be a family affair. Per an image on Live Nation's UK website , the pop star's upcoming tour will be dubbed The Mrs. Carter Show -- a reference to her marriage to Jay-Z, A.K.A. Sean Carter. Dates ...

  36. Live Nation Taps L.A. Troubadour's Brian Smith as Southern California Talent Buyer

    January 28, 2013 2:27 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment has tapped Los Angeles talent buyer Brian Smith to collaborate with the company's Southern California booking team in programming venues in L.A. and the Southland. Smith most recently served as the talent buyer for ...

  37. Irving Azoff's Exit: The Invisible Hand of John Malone

    December 31, 2012 9:57 PM EST The exit of veteran music manager Irving Azoff as executive chairman at Live Nation comes two months after another media veteran, Mel Karmazin, stepped down as chairman and CEO of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The person they have in common? Veteran m ...

  38. Irving Azoff Steps Down from Live Nation

    December 31, 2012 4:08 PM EST Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and no. 1 on Billboard's Power 100 list earlier this year, will leave the company effective immediately, Billboard.biz has confirmed. In conjunction with the change, Liberty Media Corporatio ...

  39. Live Nation Extends CEO Michael Rapino's Contract, Raises Salary

    December 28, 2012 4:35 PM EST Live Nation has amended its employment contract with CEO Michael Rapino, extending its term through December 31, 2017 (from May 31, 2014) and raising Rapino's base salary to $2.3 million, effective January 1, 2013. The amendments were made Th ...

  40. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  41. Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation

    December 17, 2012 5:00 AM EST Arthur Fogel, the reigning king of the megatour, has re-upped with Live Nation for a new five-year deal to continue his role as the Chairman of Global Music and the CEO of Global Touring. His tours with Live Nation have grossed more than $2.5 bill ...

  42. The Year in Touring: Beyond The Numbers

    December 14, 2012 8:12 AM EST In any year, gauging the health of the touring business is no easy task, but we'll go out on a limb here: Business is good. Historically, when relying on anecdotal indicators, the relative health of this business often depends on whom you ...

  43. Live Nation Expanding Into Russia

    December 04, 2012 8:15 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment has announced plans to expand into Russia and the Ukraine. The company will open a new office in Moscow in 2013. Tim McWilliams has been tapped as managing director of Live Nation Russia and Ukraine. He previously served ...

  44. Kathy Willard

    November 30, 2012 12:59 PM EST Executive VP/CFO, Live Nation Entertainment Watching The Books As executive VP/CFO of Live Nation Entertainment, Kathy Willard runs the books of the world's largest live entertainment promoter, ticketing leader and artist management company - ...

  45. Jackie Wilgar

    November 28, 2012 2:45 PM EST Executive VP of marketing, Live Nation Entertainment Spinning Turnstiles Live Nation Entertainment executive VP of marketing Jackie Wilgar does what great marketers do in the live business: sell more tickets. During the summer, Live Nation says Wi ...

  46. Frank Barsalona Remembered by Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko, More

    November 25, 2012 6:57 PM EST While the seeds that produced the modern concert business were planted decades ago by pioneering agent Frank Barsalona -- who died Thanksgiving day -- and though he effectively quit the business when he merged his Premier Talent with what was then ...

  47. LiveNation.com Relaunches With New Social, Mobile Features

    November 21, 2012 9:04 PM EST While many working Americans took the day off to prepare for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, the folks at Live Nation Labs, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, were busy dealing with the aftermath of their newly re-launched LiveNation.com . "It ...

  48. Live Gets Social: Concert Biz Smartens Up with Social Media

    November 19, 2012 12:35 PM EST Just about every marketer in the live entertainment business is tapping into the transition from traditional to social/mobile marketing, including Live Nation Entertainment, the world's largest promoter. But as these means of marketing tak ...

  49. AEG, StubHub Partnership Brings Benefits Far Beyond Secondary Ticketing

    November 12, 2012 6:51 PM EST A deal that pairs the world's second-biggest concert promoter and the world's second-biggest e-commerce company could unlock value for artists, managers and the promoter -- and further legitimize secondary ticketing. AEG has partnered wi ...

  50. Live Nation Profit, Revenue Soar in Third Quarter

    November 05, 2012 6:35 PM EST Live Nation got through a tepid global economy to deliver strong growth in revenue and net profit in the third quarter. Led by its concerts division, Live Nation's revenue increased 9.7% to $1.96 billion in the quarter from $1.79 billion in t ...

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