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  1. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Barbra Streisand Tops Hot Tours Chart Followed by Andre Rieu, Jennifer Lopez

    November 20, 2012 4:04 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 mill ...

  4. Gary Richards on HARD's Future, Live Nation + EDM, New Year's Eve Blowout in Detroit

    November 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Gary Richards (A.K.A. Destructo) plays HARD's sold-out Day of the Dead event in full make-up on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Early this month, HARD -- the EDM-centric festival and promotions company that was purchased by Live ...

  5. Billboard Touring Conference Lessons: Focus on Fans First

    November 19, 2012 12:51 PM EST The ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards were held Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in a weather-flogged Manhattan still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and its associated power outages, not to mention a nor'easter that ble ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Dave Matthews Band Pledges $1 Million for Hurricane Sandy Relief

    November 14, 2012 10:39 PM EST The Dave Matthews Band, which begins its winter tour on Nov. 30 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., has pledged $1 million to regional recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy Relief: Where You Can Donate, Help or ...

  8. Backbeat: Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Irving Azoff, Coran Capshaw, Many More at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 13, 2012 10:35 AM EST Billboard's Ray Waddell cuts loose with Kenny Chesney after the Touring Awards. (Photo: Ryan Muir) The 9th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards were held last week at the Roosevelt Hotel in a weather-flogged Manhattan still recove ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Backbeat: Live Nation's Joe Berchtold Honored By L.A. Team Mentoring

    November 12, 2012 3:29 PM EST Live Nation COO Joe Berchtold who was honored by Los Angeles Team Mentoring's14th Annual Soiree fundraising auction Thursday night. (Photo: JennKL) BEVERLY HILLS, California - Live Nation COO Joe Berchtold was honored by Los Angeles Team Ment ...

  11. Morning Fix: Spotify Expanding: AEG, StubHub Align; Labels Invested $4.5 Billion in A&R, Marketing in 2011: IFPI

    November 12, 2012 8:50 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters SPOTIFY RAISING $100M FOR EXPANSION; OPENING IN LATIN AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE NEXT YEAR: Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of fundi ...

  12. Video: Irving Azoff Tells Classic Neil Young, Joe Walsh Stories; Says What He Really Thinks About Pandora, StubHub, More

    November 09, 2012 10:06 AM EST On Wednesday at the Billboard Touring Conference, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde moderated a long Q&A session with Live Nation CEO Irving Azoff that touched on nearly all areas of the music-biz veteran's career, both past and pre ...

  13. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Winners

    November 08, 2012 9:30 PM EST Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Antebellum were among tonight's (Nov. 8) big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, h ...

  14. Irving Azoff Sounds Off On Stocks, StubHub, Pandora In Touring Conference Keynote

    November 07, 2012 5:09 PM EST Irving Azoff (right), Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Front Line Management Group CEO being interviewed by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Irving Azoff doesn't tweet an ...

  15. Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice's CNTRL Tour Aims To Extend, Broaden EDM's Moment

    November 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Taking CNTRL: Richie Hawtin's set at New York's Webster Hall Now that EDM has settled comfortably into America cultural landscape-- witness backing tracks to this week's top ten Hot 100 songs by PSY, Ke$ha, Alex Clare and others; Bl ...

  16. Back In Black: Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Celebrate Live Music's Comeback

    November 07, 2012 7:04 AM EST The artice below on this year's Billboard Touring Conference and Awards is from a Special Feature in the new issue of Billboard on the conference and the state of touring. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia ...

  17. Backbeat: Skrillex on Kill the Noise, Justice on New Record, Gary Richards Face Paints at HARD's Day of The Dead LA Fest

    November 06, 2012 2:22 PM EST Day of the EDM Dead: Some 35,000 fans turned out for Hard's Day of the Dead music fest in L.A. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Thirty-five thousand electronic dance music fans made their way to the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday (Nov. 3) f ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. AEG Live, Royal Parks Ink Summer Concert Deal in London's Hyde Park

    November 05, 2012 5:12 PM EST AEG Live and the Royal Parks have announced a five-year deal to produce six summer concerts each year at London's Hyde Park, beginning in 2013. Further details about the events are forthcoming. Register today for the Billboard Touring Confere ...

  20. After the Flood: Hurricane Sandy's Impact on the Music Business

    November 02, 2012 8:45 PM EDT (Photo: Doug Kuntz) Below is an article from an in-depth package in the new issue of Billboard examining Hurricane Sandy's enormous economic impact on the music business. You can buy this issue -- which also features a cover story on Alicia K ...

  21. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil Tops Hot Tours

    November 01, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's concert touring production, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour ranks No. 1 on this week's Hot Tours ranking with box office totals reported from an multi-show run in London during October. The O2 Arena hosted the ...

  22. Backbeat: Deadmau5 Rocks Intimate Party at Sonos Studios With Live Nation, EMI, KCRW Execs

    October 29, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Deadmau5 performs for a private crowd at the Sonos Studios in L.A. (Photo: Danny Mahoney) Last Friday, electronic music fans lined up outside of Hollywood's Sonos Studio for an intimate gig featuring Deadmau5 . Bouncers held tightly to the gu ...

  23. Hurricane Sandy Causes Multiple Concert Cancelations, Postponements in Northeast (Update)

    October 29, 2012 5:00 PM EDT UPDATE: With multiple Northeast concerts already postponed or canceled, Hurricane Sandy is now stretching out into the middle of the week as promoters and music venues cancel events set for Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday. In addition to New York, ...

  24. Hurricane Sandy to Cost Live-Entertainment Business Millions in Lost Profits, Expenses

    October 29, 2012 12:20 PM EDT With an ever-increasing number of live events being cancelled or postponed as Hurricane Sandy nears the Eastern Seaboard, stakeholders in the live entertainment industry are reviewing their insurance policies and contemplating big losses in market ...

  25. How K-Pop Is Conquering America and Beyond at Film TV Music Conference

    October 29, 2012 6:00 AM EDT From left: Kye Kyoungbon Koo, Director, KOCCA USA; Bernie Cho, president, DFSB Kollective; Ted Kim, president/CEO, MNET America/EVP & head strategic planning and busienss dev., CJ Entertainment & Media; Alina Moffat, GM, US, YG Entertainme ...

  26. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Juggernaut; Apple iPad Mini's Maxi Price; Karmazin Out at SiriusXM

    October 24, 2012 8:04 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' TO SELL 1 MILLION IN FIRST WEEK: Taylor Swift is poised to become the first female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991 to present) ...

  27. Morning Fix: AEG's UK Ticketing Service; US Copyright Alert System; Adele's Baby

    October 22, 2012 7:31 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters COPYRIGHT ALERT SYSTEM COMING WITHIN WEEKS: American Internet users can expect to see notifications from their Internet service providers in the coming weeks if they are kn ...

  28. Can Beyonce Best Madonna's Super Bowl Record?

    October 19, 2012 1:57 PM EDT Now that Beyonce as been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year&# ...

  29. Live Nation's Kevin Morrow Forming New Company, Steel Wool Entertainment, With Kevin Welk

    October 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Kevin Morrow, Live Nation's SVP of Touring, today announced he is stepping down to focus on the formation of a new entertainment company with Vanguard/Sugar Hill label vet Kevin Welk. Their new strategic partnership, Steel Wool Entertainment ...

  30. John Malone is Quite The Risk Taker

    October 15, 2012 8:27 AM EDT The billionaire might be making more music investments like AEG. John Malone, the billionaire investor most responsible for cable TV's presence in more than 100 million U.S. homes today, is doubling down on his two music-led investments and ...

  31. Redbox Gets The Ticket

    October 15, 2012 6:18 AM EDT DVD rental specialist diversifies, bringing ticketing to where consumers spend their time and money: the local store. Redbox, with its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is entering the ticketing game, beginning in Philadelphia with tickets available ...

  32. Morning Fix: Spotify on TV; Pandora's Payments Explained; New Rolling Stones Single; Eno's Album App

    October 11, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS' HEIST ALBUM HEADING FOR BIG BILLBOARD 200 DEBUT: Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are headed for the biggest debut on the ...

  33. Jeffrey Azoff, Son of Irving, Joins CAA as Music Agent

    October 10, 2012 7:55 PM EDT Music manager Jeffrey Azoff is joining talent agency CAA, where he will work as a music agent. He will start with the agency on Oct. 22. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Save $50. ( ...

  34. Venues Step Up

    October 09, 2012 6:37 AM EDT Building Managers Turn Talent Buyers In Competitive Live Market More and more frequently, if venues want a show, they have to ensure that it will be successful in the most convincing way possible, putting the venue's own resources on the li ...

  35. Backbeat: No Doubt, Green Day, Clear Channel Execs Backstage At IHeartRadio Festival

    September 24, 2012 10:38 AM EDT Members of No Doubt pose with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and their Billboard cover from August 18. "It's sort of the Super Bowl of music," Clear Channel 's programming chief Tom Poleman told Billboard days before the officia ...

  36. Backbeat: Hard's Gary Richards Talks Live Nation Acquisition, DJing With Roses In His Hair at EMI's Electrospective Party in Hollywood

    September 20, 2012 4:16 PM EDT POSSO DJing at Hollywood's AV Nightclub for the Electrospective launch and Magnetic Magazine's birthday celebration (Photo by Catie Laffoon) EMI launched their Electrospective campaign on Tuesday night at the AV Nightclub in Hollywood . ...

  37. Live Nation, TicketMaster, StubHub Apps Add Support For Apple's New Passbook

    September 20, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Apple began pushing out its new iOS 6 operating system Wednesday that includes support for Passbook , a new Apple application that acts like a wallet for concert tickets, boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons and loyalty cards. Applicatio ...

  38. Updated: Anschutz Company To Sell AEG

    September 18, 2012 8:32 PM EDT The Anschutz Company is considering selling sports and entertainment company Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the Wall Street Journal reported late on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. A news release was later sent confirming tha ...

  39. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  40. ID&T CEO Duncan Stutterheim on Acquisition Rumors: 'We're Talking to Everyone'

    September 17, 2012 5:18 PM EDT With rumors of acquisition looming, Duncan Stutterheim, co-founder and CEO of ID&T, says the world-leading dance music event producer and promoter is "talking to everyone. That's the exact status right now." The Dutch company is ...

  41. Business Matters: Can Seth Goldstein's DJZ Disrupt As Well As Entertain?

    September 13, 2012 2:21 PM EDT That Seth Goldstein is aiming his new startup, the content and advertising-driven DJZ at the growing electronic dance music (EDM) scene is not a surprise. Goldstein is chairman at Turntable.fm, the DJ-minded music service that shot to fame in 2011 ...

  42. Rock en Espanol Proves The Show's The Thing

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Rock en Espanol acts score on the road, despite their absence on radio and the charts. As the live performance industry worries about the health of U.S. Latin concerts, several veteran rock en Espanol bands are touring at a brisk clip, playing sol ...

  43. Morning Fix: Tupac Hologram Company Goes Broke, More Coachellas? J.Lo's Cable Channel, iPhone 5!

    September 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters: Breaking News, Touring, Top 40, Country and many more. AEG ATTORNEY FIRES BACK OVER MICHAEL JACKSON EMAILS: 'NOBODY IS TELLING THE STORY PROPERLY': A series of c ...

  44. Made In America: Did it Work?

    September 11, 2012 11:36 AM EDT The "Made In America: Did It Work?" story below examines the festival's attendance, sponsors, partnerships, marketing, bookings and branding towards determining if the eventwas a success or not and is from this week's edition o ...

  45. Brooklyn Rises

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Jay-Z to open Barclays Center As New York welcomes its new world-class arena. The Barclays Center rises up at the junction of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn looking, in the eyes of this visitor, like it was always meant to be there. And ...

  46. Made In America: Did It Work?

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Sorting the numbers on the new Jay-Z fest Budweiser Made in America had a lot of elements of a blockbuster: a curated lineup and headlining set from Jay-Z, promotion from Live Nation, live streams from YouTube and Pandora and a title sponsorship f ...

  47. The Billboard Q&A: Lucas Pina

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The concert and radio promoter expands the reach of SBS' live division. Lucas Pina thinks big. Since taking over as senior VP of SBS Entertainment-the live entertainment division of Spanish Broadcasting System-three years ago, he has been cre ...

  48. Steve Stoute On Uniting Budweiser & Jay-Z For Made In America: 'Brands Are Becoming Much Closer To The Content'

    August 31, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Though expectations are already high for the lineup at the inaugural Budweiser Made In America festival in Philadelphia this weekend - Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Skrillex and curator Jay-Z are among the confirmed headliners, with Beyonce rumored to make ...

  49. The Takeover of EDM

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT A look at the newest (and possibly next) big buys for Sillerman's growing EDM empire. There's no shortage of independent companies in EDM: For the self-sufficient industry, they're the rule, not the exception. Now, Robert F.X. Sille ...

  50. Robert F.X. Sillerman's Empire State of Mind

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After conquering both radio and live music, Robert F.X. Sillerman now has $1 billion to spend and his sights set on electronic dance music's explosive live space. Bob Sillerman is laying on a black marble countertop, against a black brocade w ...

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