Live Nation

  1. Commentary: What U.S. Regulators See When They Look At 'Ticketmaster Nation'

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Soon after the boards of Ticketmaster and Live Nation approved a merger, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into what that would mean. No wonder: The combined company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, would be a ticketin ...

  2. Potential Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Sparks Worries

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two live entertainment giants that spent nearly two years maneuvering for advantage are now entwined in an ardent embrace. It surprised no one when the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment triggered an antitrust probe by t ...

  3. Live Nation Investor Backs Merger, Opposes Diller

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The largest shareholder in Live Nation Inc said on Friday he is concerned about the role Barry Diller will play if the concert promoter merges with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. Sam Shapiro, chairman in Shapiro Capital Management, which holds ar ...

  4. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  5. AEG CEO Leiweke Discusses LN/TM Merger

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sounding every bit like a man girding for a protracted legal battle, Tim Leiweke, CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), says his company is "very concerned about the proposed Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, and in particular very nervou ...

  6. Live Nation: No Janet Deal In The Works

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Despite rampant speculation to the contrary, Live Nation has not signed a multi-rights or long term deal with Janet Jackson, according to a company spokesperson. Multiple online reports the past few days have stated that Jackson has likely followe ...

  7. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal: Web Reaction

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger has been the talk of the industry for the last few days, with every media outlet speculating about the effect of the deal on the music industry landscape. Below, a selection of analysis and opinion from around ...

  8. Justice Dept. To Probe Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Justice Department says it will investigate the proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. with Live Nation Inc. Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said Wednesday the department will vigorously enforce antitrust laws ...

  9. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger: Rapino & Azoff Talk

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The much-anticipated merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment brings together two of the most influential players in the music industry: Ticketmaster Entertainment/Front Line Management CEO Irving A ...

  10. Latest News: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger Complaints March 11, 2009 The CEO of secondary ticket site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Canada To Investigat ...

  11. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger: Conference Call Notes

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST During an investor conference call regarding their pending merger, Ticketmaster chairman Barry Diller, Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino provided several insightful comments. Diller opened the call by ...

  12. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger Confirmed

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The announcement the music industry has been waiting for has come: a definitive merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment. The move combines Live Nation, the world's largest concert promotion fi ...

  13. Springsteen To Rock London's Hyde Park

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen will make his U.K. festival debut at this year's Hard Rock Calling event, held June 27 to 28 in London's Hyde Park, according to organizers. Announced as the June 28 headliner with his E Street Band, Springsteen will he ...

  14. Update: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal Imminent

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation are scheduled to announce their pending merger Tuesday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. A source tells Billboard that the boards of both companies met Sunday and approved the deal, but neith ...

  15. Slipknot Headlines Download Fest

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Slipknot has been confirmed as one of the headliners for the U.K.'s Download Festival at Donington Park, Derby with dance-rock crossover act the Prodigy, Korn and Mötley Crüe also booked to appear. The three-day rock festival will be held on ...

  16. Scalping Suit Filed Against Ticketmaster In Canada

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc was hit with a C$500 million ($410 million) lawsuit in Canada on Monday, alleging the company broke the law by reselling tickets at inflated prices. A Toronto man who tried to buy two tickets to a November 2008 conce ...

  17. Antitrust Woes Could Dog Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST A proposed merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. is expected to be announced within days, but antitrust concerns could delay its completion. Board members for at least one of the companies ...

  18. Live Nation, CBS Radio Partner For Live Events

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and CBS Radio have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce select radio-sponsored concerts at Live Nation's more than 110 venues across North America. As part of the deal, Live Nation and CBS Radio will partner to develop n ...

  19. Analysis: Potential Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The potential merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, first reported by the Wall Street Journal last night (Feb. 3), would create a company in control of the majority of box office dollars, the myriad revenues that can come from ticketing and the ...

  20. Report: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Close To Merger

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation -- two of the most powerful companies in the music business -- could be merging as soon as next week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The announcement arrives on the heels of Live Nation ...

  21. Pemberton Festival Taking Hiatus In 2009

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pemberton Festival, a Live Nation-promoted event that launched last July in British Columbia, will not be staged in 2009, according to the company. "We will not produce the Pemberton Festival this summer due to the fact that the necessary ...

  22. Live Nation Seeing Healthy Ticket Sales, Stock Up

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation said on Thursday it has seen no weakness in ticket sales for 2009 despite investor concern that fewer fans will pay to see their favorite bands due to the recession. Live Nation shares rose 18 percent in late-afternoon trading. Chief E ...

  23. Live Nation Launches Ticketing Company

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Ticketing is live. The bulk of the world's largest promoter's 10-year contract with Ticketmaster has expired and the company has now launched its in-house ticketing company. "Anytime you have a major rollout, you hold yo ...

  24. Live Nation Takes $19 Million Hit On U2 Buyback Deal

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Inc bought back 1.6 million of its shares from Irish rock band U2 for $25 million, a company executive said, backing up a report the concert promoter would make a $19 million loss on the deal. The purchase was part of a financial commi ...

  25. Live Nation, Blockbuster Ink Ticket Deal

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Blockbuster whereby the latter will be the exclusive physical retail ticket outlet for Live Nation Ticketing, Live Nation's new in-house ticketing company, beginning with the start of the 2009 con ...

  26. Live Nation, AEG Reps Discuss Azoff Deal

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Group could have a big impact on Live Nation's summer amphitheater touring season, according to AEG Live CEO Randy ...

  27. Six Flags CEO Joins Live Nation Board

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of Six Flags, Inc., has joined Live Nation's board of directors. "Mark's position at Six Flags gives him an unparalleled level of experience in consumer entertainment, brand building, sponsorship and ...

  28. Live Nation Reports Strong Q3

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a third-quarter net income of $139.9 million, or $1.67 per share, up from a net profit of $46.1 million, or 55 cents per share, during the same period last year. The Los Angeles-based live entertainment company’s profit is ...

  29. The Billboard Q&A: Ticketmaster Ent. CEO Irving Azoff

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The artist manager extraordinaire - now head of the ticketing giant - talks about his plans for the concert business, his ideas for retail exclusives and the future of the music industry. What's the biggest misconception people have about the ...

  30. Live Nation Gets Royal Approval

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Royal Parks to continue to stage major events in London's Hyde Park until 2011. The new contract will involve the majority of the large-scale events program for Hyde Park. In the past decade, Live ...

  31. Ticketmaster To Buy Majority Of Front Line Management

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Front Line Management Group Inc., is the latest nuke in the ongoing struggle for supremacy between Live Nation and what will be known as Ticketmaster Entertainme ...

  32. Ticketmaster To Cut Approximately 300 Jobs

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster will cut approximately 300 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan announced in August. Those cuts account for about 5% of the ticket company’s global workforce, according to a Ticketmaster spokesperson. Ticketmaster’s estimated $35 milli ...

  33. U2 Receives 1.56 Million Live Nation Shares For Deal

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 will receive an estimated $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year deal the rock band signed with the concert promotion company earlier this year. Los Angeles-based Live Nation yesterday (Oct. 16) registered 1.56 million sha ...

  34. Jay-Z Christens New Hollywood Palladium

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra now have at least one thing in common: both artists have helped christen the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Sinatra first opened the 4,000-capacity Palladium during a concert with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra i ...

  35. Ticketmaster, Eventful Strengthen Ties

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eventful.com , a Web site that allows music fans to request specific acts to perform in their city, has announced that Ticketmaster will become the premier ticketing provider for the site's nearly eight million users. "It's a market ...

  36. Ticketmaster Files 10-Q Quarterly Report

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the three months ended June 30, 2008, Ticketmaster has reported total revenue of $382.3 million, up 30% over the prior year, according to a 10-Q quarterly report the ticketing company filed yesterday. The quarterly report arrives approximately ...

  37. Live Nation Ups Garner To CEO, Global Music

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has promoted Jason Garner to CEO of Global Music. He will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to Live Nation president/CEO Michael Rapino. In the newly created position, Garner will oversee Live Nation's live music busi ...

  38. Ticketmaster Responds To Live Nation/SMG Deal

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster president/CEO Sean Moriarty has responded to the recently announced ticketing deal between Live Nation and facility operator SMG for venues across North America, saying the agreement will have little effect on Ticketmaster's futu ...

  39. Update: Live Nation Seals Ticketing Deal With SMG

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has cut an important deal with Philadelphia-based facility operator SMG for venues across North America that will provide a big boost to the launch of its ticketing service at third-party venues. The alliance allows Live Nation to ente ...

  40. Live Nation Sells Motor Sports Division

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Buzz that Live Nation would unload its motor sports division has been percolating for months, and today the company announced that it has completed the sale of Live Nation Motor Sports to Feld Entertainment for an aggregate purchase price of $205 ...

  41. Live Nation Moves Into Latin America

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has made a major foray into South America in cutting a five-year exclusive distribution deal with CIE and T4F (Time For Fun), giving LN a huge presence in Brazil and Mexico. CIE is the third largest concert promoter in the world, accor ...

  42. OurStage Adds Partners

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT OurStage.com has added four new partners to its recently launched Marketplace tool , which aims to help artists book concerts, while allowing music venue talent buyers to browse for new talent on the road. The new partners are music festivals Nois ...

  43. Kilimanjaro Completes Booking Team

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live music promoter Kilimanjaro Live has marked its first six months of operations by announcing two new appointments. The London-based company was launched in Feb. 2008 by Stuart Galbraith as a joint venture with AEG Live. Steve Tilley has been r ...

  44. Live Nation Posts Q2 Revenue Increase

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reported a second-quarter net income of $1.2 million, or 2 cents per share, down from a net profit of $9.9 million, or 15 cents a share, during the same period last year. Revenues at the Los Angeles-based company rose 18% to $1.16 ...

  45. Shirts. Hats. Key Chains. Are These The Saviors Of Music?

    July 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The mainstream music business is now finding out what many hard-touring bands have known for years: Merchandise is in many cases a far more reliable source of income than record sales. It's a new world order, where record labels desperately s ...

  46. Leeds Joins Live Nation New York

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Harvey Leeds has joined Live Nation's New York office, reporting to Live Nation New York president Kevin Morrow. Leeds retired from Sony Music after 35 years last March 31. "Harvey brings 35 years of knowledge, a p ...

  47. Live Nation Ups Mueller, Masters

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has promoted several executives within its California offices, Billboard.biz has learned. Rick Mueller, formerly president of San Francisco, has been elevated to the new position of president of California. In his new role, Mueller wil ...

  48. Nickelback Bags Live Nation Deal

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has entered into a long-term global partnership with Nickelback, following closely on the heels of a multi rights deal notched with Shakira. A source confirms the deal is worth in the $50-$70 million range. Payments are set to roll out ...

  49. Dublin's Point Venue Becomes The O2

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dublin's refurbished Point Theatre will reopen this December under a new name, "The O2," and is set to reopen this December. The naming rights deal is part of a strategic brand alliance forged between the venue's owners Live Na ...

  50. Live Nation Finds New Home In France

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has acquired a controlling interest in the Main Square Festival held in Arras, France. The addition of the new multi-day event brings Live Nation's portfolio of festivals around the world to 30 in total. In a statement, Alan Ridge ...

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