Live Nation

  1. Live Nation Posts Second-Quarter Profit, Beats Expectations

    August 08, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc. made a profit in the second quarter, reversing a loss from a year ago, as concert attendance went up in North America and people spent more money than last year on beer and parking. The results annou ...

  2. How to Boost Bookings: A No-Holds-Barred IAVM Panel Spells it Out

    August 08, 2011 6:22 AM EDT Well, this one sure wasn't your granddaddy's talent panel. Called "Your Deal Sucks 101" and moderated by a manic Dan Steinberg, talent buyer at Auburn, Wash.-based Square Peg Presents, the annual "agency forum" at t ...

  3. Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart

    August 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country. Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster, first revealed details of a partnership with Walmart back in Febru ...

  4. Latin Power Players: Kate Ramos

    August 01, 2011 11:22 PM EDT Kate Ramos Senior VP of touring, Live Nation Kate Ramos has responsibility for all of Live Nation's national Latin tours of arena and amphitheater acts. In the past 12 months, these have most notably included Shakira and Luis Miguel, who are ...

  5. Rock the Bells Teams With Live Nation for House of Blues Tour

    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In summer of 2010, concert ticket sales were so sluggish that several big-name acts, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lilith Fair, and the American Idol Live summer outing, were forced to cancel dates, downsize, or in the most dramatic of exam ...

  6. Anti-Scalping Groups Actually Financed by Live Nation, StubHub, Report Says

    July 21, 2011 10:43 AM EDT Amid heated competition and consumer complaints about ticket scalping, live event and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment and ticket reseller StubHub, part of eBay, have launched nonprofit groups to represent consumer interests as part of a ...

  7. Legal Documents Relating to Beyonce, Mathew Knowles May Shed Light on Singer's New Management, Touring Deals

    July 13, 2011 7:09 PM EDT The legal papers filed this week by Mathew Knowles, Beyonce's father and former manager, state that Live Nation Entertainment made false claims about him to his daughter - including that he "stole or took money from her" - at least ...

  8. Live Nation Would Benefit From Going Private: John Malone

    July 07, 2011 8:28 AM EDT SUN VALLEY, Idaho - Live Nation Entertainment , the world's largest concert and promotions business, would benefit from being taken private, according to the company's largest shareholder. Cable entertainment mogul John Malone said Live ...

  9. Samantha Sichel: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Samantha Sichel Senior Manager of Digital Business Development and Marketing Solutions; Live Nation Entertainment For Live Nation Entertainment, Samantha Sichel's goals are straightforward: compelling offers, strategic partnerships and increa ...

  10. House of Blues CEO Ron Benison Brings 30 Years of Experience to Live Nation

    June 24, 2011 12:27 PM EDT The House of Blues/clubs and theaters division of Live Nation is the largest collection of small-capacity venues in the world. Ron Bension, CEO of the business since November 2010, hopes to bring the sort of national touring activity to small ve ...

  11. Live Nation Shares Rise, Then Slip After Report Company May Go Private

    June 13, 2011 3:50 PM EDT Shares of Live Nation have risen after a Friday New York Post report claimed the company is in early buyout discussions with Liberty Media. Shares rose 6% on Friday but were down over 3% in early Monday trading, suggesting the market was less cert ...

  12. Live Nation Shares Surge Following News of Improved Ticket Sales

    May 19, 2011 1:38 PM EDT News of improved ticket sales is music to investors' ears this week. Shares of Live Nation rose 9.1% Wednesday after Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said May ticket sales were up 7% year over year. Shares were up another 2.7% in midday trading ...

  13. Groupon and Live Nation Partner On GrouponLive, Ticket Discount Site

    May 09, 2011 11:30 AM EDT After a year of mass discounting, some of it maligned as a reactive strategy that devalued the live music experience, Live Nation will come at discounting from a different angle this year with a partnership with Groupon to develop an online ticket ...

  14. Business Matters: Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, Not 17%

    May 06, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, not 17% -- Live Nation had a decent first quarter of 2011. Concert attendance was flat and ticket sales were up 11%. But revenue growth wasn't really as good as you might have read in various ...

  15. Live Nation Trims 1Q Losses, Ticket Sales Up

    May 05, 2011 5:11 PM EDT Live Nation says its losses shrank in the first three months of the year as the concert promoter boosted sales of tickets to concerts and sporting events through apparent price cuts. Live Nation Entertainment Inc. said Thursday that its net loss s ...

  16. IEG: Marketers To Spend $1.17 Billion On Live Music This Year

    April 27, 2011 11:33 AM EDT A downturn in the concert business in 2010 did not have a negative impact on corporate dollars spent in the space, as North American-based companies will spend $1.17 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2011, a 7.3% increase fro ...

  17. Business Matters: Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices

    April 19, 2011 8:02 AM EDT Here Comes Dynamic Ticket Prices -- Ticketmaster has partnered with analytics company MarketShare to create tools that will allow clients to set and adjust prices for live events. The press release says the tools "will allow sports teams, art ...

  18. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino's Pay Doubles To Nearly $16 Million In 2010

    April 15, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino was paid 137% more last year than in 2009, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC on Friday. The figures were first reported by the Wall Street Journal . Rapino's total 2010 compensation ...

  19. Live Nation Litigation Over Rolling Stones Tour Can Move Forward

    April 07, 2011 9:40 PM EDT Michael Cohl, the embattled mega-producer currently contending with delays over "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" as well as a multi-million dollar fight with former employer, Live Nation, has gotten something to fall his way. On Monday, a ...

  20. Wall Street Analysts, Investors Unenthusiastic About Possible Live Nation-Warner Music Union

    April 04, 2011 1:51 PM EDT While the stock market appears indifferent to Live Nation's bid for the Warner Music Group 's recorded music operation, Wall Street analysts and investors surveyed by Billboard over the past couple of days gave the potential deal a thumb ...

  21. Live Nation and Warner Music By The Numbers

    April 01, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Since Live Nation has bid on Warner Music Group's recorded music division, it's worth asking what the financial statements of a combined company would look like. Adding the revenue is easy - Warner breaks out revenue by division. But War ...

  22. Analysis: Interpreting Live Nation's Bid For Warner's Record Labels

    April 01, 2011 8:10 AM EDT The most disruptive bid for Warner Music Group could, surprisingly, also be the one that makes the most sense. Live Nation's bid for the record label portion of Warner represents untapped potential, value that other bidders cannot unlock. At ...

  23. Live Nation Puts In Bid For Warner Recorded Music

    March 31, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Live Nation, the concert and ticketing company, has put in a bid for the Warner Music Group. The emergence of Live Nation as one of the bidders for the Warner Music Group brings to three the number of strategic players involved in the auction. But ...

  24. SXSW 'Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation' Panel Is Surprisingly Civil

    March 18, 2011 2:13 PM EDT Those hoping for fireworks at a South by Southwest panel provocatively titled "Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation" today were disappointed when the discussion remained fairly neutral and respectful. Though some audienc ...

  25. What You Didn't Know About Live Nation's Growth in 2010

    March 07, 2011 6:30 AM EST In addition to its merger with Ticketmaster in January 2010 , Live Nation Entertainment aggressively expanded its footprint through 14 other deals last year, according to details listed in the company's 2010 annual report . Not all of the dea ...

  26. Rick Mueller Leaving Live Nation, Heading To AEG

    March 01, 2011 3:53 PM EST Rick Mueller will exit his post as president of of Live Nation California, Billboard.biz has learned. "Rick informed me yesterday that he had made the decision to leave the company at the end of his employment agreement in late July, and as s ...

  27. Update: Live Nation Losses Grew In Fourth Quarter

    February 28, 2011 4:49 PM EST Live Nation reported a net loss of $124 million on revenue of $1.24 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, the company revealed on Monday afternoon. Its full-year net loss was $228 million on revenue of $5.06 billion. During the earnings call Live ...

  28. Danny Zelisko Exits Live Nation

    February 24, 2011 10:21 AM EST Longtime Arizona promoter Danny Zelisko has left his post as chairman of Phoenix-based Live Nation Southwest to launch his own concert-promotion firm Danny Zelisko Presents, the Arizona Republic reports. The move represents a return to the indepen ...

  29. Will.i.am, Irving Azoff Entertain And Intrigue At Grammy Week Lawyers Event

    February 11, 2011 9:58 PM EST Lawyers gathering Friday at the 13th annual Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative at the Beverly Hills Hotel got a taste of what Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Live Nation head Irving Azoff might be doing if they changed careers. (P ...

  30. Madonna About To Record New LP, Irving Azoff Says

    February 11, 2011 10:01 AM EST It looks like Madonna is preparing to enter the studio to record a new album, the first under her $100 million multi-rights deal with Live Nation, which another lucrative tour seems likely as well. "They tell me Madonna is about to record, so ...

  31. Irving Azoff Talks Ticketmaster's Future

    February 09, 2011 2:27 PM EST One year after its completion, newly named Live Music Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff says overall he is pleased with how the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger has progressed in just over a year. "At this point last year we'd just comp ...

  32. Exclusive: Irving Azoff On Ticketmaster Competing With AEG/Outbox, Others

    February 08, 2011 11:02 AM EST Last week, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced a global ticketing joint venture with Outbox and Cirque du Soleil . In an interview shortly after, Outbox co-president/CEO (and former Ticketmaster chairman) Fred Rosen told Billboard, " ...

  33. Exclusive: Irving Azoff Talks Live Nation's Purchase Of Front Line Shares, Board Reorganization

    February 07, 2011 6:12 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff says today's announcement of the company's purchase of the remaining shares of Front Line Management from Azoff and Madison Square Garden "made incredible financial sense," in an ...

  34. Live Nation Acquires Remaining Equity in Front Line, Azoff Named Chairman

    February 07, 2011 8:43 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment acquired substantially all of the remaining equity stake in Front Line Management Group, Inc. that it did not previously own for total consideration of $116.2 million in cash and stock, the company announced today. Additi ...

  35. Ticketmaster Acquires ServiCaixa, Spain's Largest Ticket Retailer

    February 04, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ticketmaster, Live Nation's ticketing division, has entered into an agreement to acquire ServiCaixa, the largest ticket retailer in Spain. If approved by antitrust regulators, ServiCaixa will join Ticketmaster Spain, formerly known as TickTac ...

  36. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  37. Business Matters: For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site

    February 03, 2011 1:00 PM EST For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site -- News Corp. is ready to sell struggling social network Myspace, chief operating officer Chase Carey said in Tuesday's earnings call. Less than a month after Myspace laid off 500 staffers, Carey s ...

  38. Report: AEG To Rival Ticketmaster With New Ticketing Joint Venture

    February 02, 2011 7:55 PM EST AEG has partnered with start-up technology company Outbox Technology Inc. to sell tickets to events at 105 arenas and theaters, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The move would directly rival live entertainment giant Live Nation Entertai ...

  39. Rolling Stones Tour: Who Will Produce, If It Happens After All?

    February 02, 2011 4:58 PM EST Talk of a Rolling Stones tour this year has heated up in the wake of details from former Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl's lawsuit against the company hitting the Internet. But we stick by our assertion that if the Stones were to tour it wo ...

  40. Live Nation And Ex-Chairman Michael Cohl Battling Over Rolling Stones Tour

    January 31, 2011 2:29 PM EST The battle between Live Nation and its ex-chairman Michael Cohl is heating up. In November, the music giant sued Cohl for $5.35 million for allegedly breaching the terms of an agreement made at the time he left the company. Now Cohl has struck bac ...

  41. Barry Diller Resigns From Live Nation Board

    January 28, 2011 2:13 PM EST Barry Diller resigned from the Live Nation board of directors, effective Jan. 24, the company disclosed in an SEC filing on Friday. He had taken over as chairman of Live Nation last year after the company merged with Ticketmaster. It has been repo ...

  42. Adam Friedman to Step Down As Nederlander CEO

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nederlander Concerts CEO Adam Friedman will exit the company after serving in that capacity since 2006, Billboard.biz has learned. His last day at Nederlander will be Jan. 21; Friedman informed his staff of his decision this morning and a press re ...

  43. Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock 'n' roll in the new year. 2010 was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they ...

  44. Live Nation Sues Ex-Chairman Michael Cohl for $5.35 Million

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation is claiming in a $5.35 million lawsuit filed Thursday that its former chairman, Michael Cohl, has violated the terms of an agreement made at the time he left the company. Cohl is one of the most influential promoters in concert history ...

  45. Liberty Media Raises Stake In Live Nation

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Liberty Media increased its stake in Live Nation to just over 18%, according to details in a Wednesday SEC filing. The company's chairman of the board and director, John Malone, took over as interim chairman of the board of Live Nation in mid ...

  46. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  47. Former Live Nation Chair Barry Diller Sells 2.53 Million Shares

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Barry Diller, the former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, sold 2.53 million shares in the company, according to a government filing. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Live Nation said Diller, the chief ...

  48. Live Nation Buys Ticketnet In France

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc., which merged with Ticketmaster this year, said Tuesday that it bought France's second-largest retailer of tickets, Ticketnet. Terms were not disclosed. Live Nation said the acquisition was a &q ...

  49. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Tower Records and more

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Live Nation's Q3 -- Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said the company “scrapped and fought our way through Q3.” Indeed it did. The third quarter is the company’s big mon ...

  50. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

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