Live Nation

  1. Report: Live Nation Eyes Shakira Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin music pop star Shakira is in talks with concert promoter Live Nation for a contract that will include touring, merchandising and recording, according to people familiar with the talks. The Colombian-born songstress, whose 2006 hit "Hips ...

  2. LN Elevates Hubbard To Ticketing Chief

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Hubbard has been promoted to the position of CEO of Live Nation's ticketing unit. In an expanded role, Hubbard will lead Live Nation's ticketing unit with responsibility for the live music giant's new ticketing company. The n ...

  3. Ticketmaster Spin-Off To Start With $750 Million Debt

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A newly independent Ticketmaster will likely take on about $750 million in debt and have $450 million in cash as it is spun off from parent IAC/InterActiveCorp, a top IAC executive said on Monday. IAC Chief Financial Officer Thomas McInerney said ...

  4. Exclusive: Cohl, Rapino Talk Live Nation Plans

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's official: Michael Cohl has resigned as chairman of the board of Live Nation, and also vacates his post as CEO of Live Nation Artists, effective immediately. Negotiations for Cohl's resignation were finalized today (June 20); he will ...

  5. Stones Deny Label Move From EMI

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones have played down a weekend report that the band planned to ditch long-term record company EMI to join concert promoter Live Nation. But industry experts still believe the British group could soon part ways with the label, which ...

  6. Cohl Out At Live Nation?

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Industry speculation that Michael Cohl is out as chairman of the board for Live Nation is premature, but it's apparent that there is plenty of discord atop the world's largest concert promotion company. Even if he remains in place for no ...

  7. Live Nation, AdBrite Launch eFan Finder

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has partnered with Internet ad network AdBrite to launch eFan Finder, a free tool designed to track the performance of Live Nation's online advertising campaigns for concerts it markets and produces across North America. In conjun ...

  8. Live Nation Reports $35 Million Q1 Loss

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reported a net loss of $35.4 million, or 47 cents per share, in the first-quarter ended March 31. Driven by increased ticket sales and recent acquisitions, first-quarter revenue at the Los Angeles-based live entertainment company r ...

  9. Sources: LN Clinches Jay-Z Deal

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation closed the Jay-Z 360-degree deal Wednesday night, sources say. The company yesterday filed a Form-8K with the SEC which states that the artist is getting 775,434 Live Nation shares, plus an option on an additional 500,000 with the exer ...

  10. Ticketmaster Acquires SLO Limited, Inc.

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster has acquired the assets of SLO Limited, Inc., a company that provides VIP ticketing services for concerts and special events. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SLO Limited delivers premium seats on behalf of its touring ...

  11. Touring Biz Veteran Kapp Dies

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Kapp, who spent nearly 40 years working in the concert industry, died yesterday (April 21) of a suspected heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57. Prior to his death, Kapp, who is credited for helping develop the concept of nation ...

  12. Superstars Return To The Road In 2008

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in live music will be touring this summer, giving hope to promoters that the North American concert business will again reach record-breaking numbers in 2008. Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, is fie ...

  13. Drury Appointed GM Of Wembley Arena

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Drury is the new GM of Live Nation's Wembley Arena. Drury, who currently heads Live Nation's venue bookings team, will replace Peter Tudor, who is exiting this May after 10 years working with the iconic London venue. As previously r ...

  14. Live Nation Takes Scotland's T Fest

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has pounced on Scotland's T In the Park festival. As part of a joint venture with Denis Desmond's Irish-based promoter Gaiety Investments, Live Nation will now control a reported 67% of Scottish promoter Dance Factory (DFConc ...

  15. Ticketmaster U.K. Recruits Wembley Arena's Tudor

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Tudor, GM of Live Nation-owned Wembley Arena, is joining Ticketmaster U.K., Billboard.biz has learned. Tudor is expected to join the ticketing giant's London team this June, reporting to Chris Edmonds, managing director of Ticketmaster ...

  16. Sponsorships Top $1 Billion In '07

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT North American-based companies will spend an estimated $1.04 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals, tours and concerts this year, a four percent increase from $1 billion in '07, according to research by Chicago-based IEG Sponsorship Repo ...

  17. Jay-Z, Blige 'Heart' Trek Going Strong

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige's "Heart of the City" tour has grossed more than $9.1 million, according to Live Nation. The tour, which began on March 22, has sold out seven of the first eight dates on its North American trek and is averag ...

  18. Caroline Exec Exits For Live Nation

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bill Hein, senior VP and GM of EMI Music's Caroline Distribution, is joining Live Nation Artists as GM of the recorded music division, according to insiders at both companies. He will report to Bob Ezrin, who heads up that division. Meanwhile ...

  19. Live Nation, Jay-Z Deal Imminent

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Jay-Z are on the verge of closing a major partnership that involves the rapper and entrepreneur's future touring and recordings. The roughly $150 million deal will include financing for his new entertainment venture, Roc Natio ...

  20. Live Nation, Rogers Offer Mobile Ticketing Option

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Rogers Wireless have teamed up to offer Canadian concertgoers the opportunity to purchase tickets through their cell phones. Through the newly launched Wireless Box Office initiative, Canadian music fans can search for upcoming Liv ...

  21. Live Nation Inks 12-Year Pact With U2

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2's deal with Live Nation puts the promoter in business with one of the highest earning bands in the world for more than a decade. It's a 12-year deal with Live Nation Artists that includes worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band ...

  22. Power Returns To U.K. Live Biz

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vince Power, the live music impresario who founded the Mean Fiddler Music Group, is launching a new U.K. festival. Veteran Canadian rocker Neil Young will headline the new one-day festival, A Day at the Hop Farm, in Tonbridge, Kent, southeast Engl ...

  23. Live Nation Posts Loss In 4Q

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a net loss of $18.4 million, or 25 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007. The Los Angeles-based company posted a loss of $33.1 million during the same period in 2006. The narrowed but continued loss oc ...

  24. Live Nation CEO Responds To AEG Live Deal

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has responded to a partnership that could find Ticketmaster and Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) owner Cablevision acquiring about 49% of AEG Live , the live entertainment arm of Anschutz Entertainment Grou ...

  25. AEG Live, Ticketmaster, Cablevision Deal In The Works

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multiple sources confirm to Billboard.biz that a deal is imminent for a partnership of Ticketmaster and Madison Square Garden Entertainment owner Cablevision to acquire about 49% of AEG Live, the live entertainment arm of Anschutz Entertainment Gr ...

  26. Promotion Wars

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST News of a blockbuster deal among major players AEG Live, Ticketmaster and Cablevision has sent ripples through the live business. Multiple sources confirm to Billboard that a deal is imminent for Ticketmaster and Madison Square Garden Entertainmen ...

  27. Live Nation Takes It To The Bank

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation's new marketing alliance with Citi could herald a wealth of mega-deals to come. The Citi deal (billboard.biz, Feb. 13) is the first to fully leverage the live entertainment giant's evolving, multifaceted music platform. The r ...

  28. Live Nation Hungary MD Splits

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Hungary has reshuffled its executive team following the departure of founder and managing director Laszlo Hegedus. Hegedus will focus on Multimedia Sound & Light, the production company he founded in 1982, according to the live mus ...

  29. Live Nation Strikes Mirage Deal

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 65% controlling stake Dubai-based promoter Mirage Promotions. Mirage annually stages a wide range of concerts, shows and events in Dubai and other cities in the region, including suc ...

  30. Fatboy Slim Headlines Reshaped O2 Wireless Fest

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has restructured its O2 Wireless Festival in the U.K. DJ Fatboy Slim will headline the July 6-8 festival, which will take place only at London's Hyde Park after the city of Leeds was dropped from the line-up. Harewood House, Leeds ...

  31. Live Nation, Citi Deal On The Cards

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has entered into a new marketing alliance with Citi that is the first to fully leverage the live entertainment giant's evolving, multi-faceted music platform. The deal, which makes Citi the "official credit card partner" ...

  32. Warner Italy Teams With Salzano For 360-Degree JV

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music International is extending its reach into the Italian live scene and a broad range of artist services through a new venture forged jointly with one of the market's top live music figures. The music major's Italian affiliate ...

  33. 'Nation' Building

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The sudden election of Michael Cohl to the chairmanship of Live Nation's board of directors may herald a flurry of announcements regarding new 360-degree artist deals a la the much-discussed 10-year, $120 million Madonna pact of last October. ...

  34. Vickers Upped At Live Nation

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has elevated David Vickers to senior VP, international venue development. Vickers has served as division manager since 2002, a role which saw him tasked with overseeing the live music giant's U.K. music venues, which include the C ...

  35. Cohl Elected Chairman Of Live Nation Board

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Cohl has been elected chairman of Live Nation's board of directors effective immediately. Cohl was previously vice chairman of the board. He will continue in his role as chairman and CEO of Live Nation Artists, formerly known as Artis ...

  36. Live Nation Completes Theatrical Sale

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has sold the remainder of its North American theatrical business to Key Brand Entertainment for a gross sale price of $90.4 million. The divestiture is part of Live Nation's ongoing strategy to focus its core business on music ope ...

  37. German Ticketing Firm Hails Live Nation Deal

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST German ticketing company CTS Eventim says its recently-cemented partnership with Live Nation will boost its revenue significantly with additional earnings of €120 million ($179 million) a year by 2014. The Munich-based company says its ticket sale ...

  38. Ticketmaster Snaps Up TicketsNow

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster is raising the stakes in the secondary ticketing business by entering into a definitive agreement to acquire TicketsNow for a pricetag of about $265 million in cash, sources confirm to Billboard.biz. Ticketmaster will integrate Ticket ...

  39. Galbraith Mounts Return With Kilimanjaro

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Live Nation U.K. managing director Stuart Galbraith has resurfaced at the helm of a new promoter/festival organizer, entitled Kilimanjaro Live Ltd. The company's first major promotions will be a run of shows from the Eagles at London&# ...

  40. Live Nation Acquires Amsterdam Music Hall

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has acquired the operating company for the 5,500-capacity Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Black Box Theater Exploitatie BV manages and holds the 20-year lease for the venue, which is the only one of its size in the Dutch capital. Liv ...

  41. Live Nation Takes Ticketing In-House

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation believes taking its ticketing operation in-house in partnership with CTS Eventim can add some $25 million annually to its operating income, according to LN CEO Michael Rapino during an investor conference call this morning. "For t ...

  42. Nederlander Expands Reach With Viejas Deal

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Viejas Entertainment and Production has struck a deal with Nederlander Concerts for the latter to be the exclusive talent booker for all Viejas venues, including the 2,500-capacity, outdoor Concerts in the Park and 750-capacity indoor club DreamCa ...

  43. Noorderslag Weekend Takes Shape

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sean Moriarty, president and CEO of Ticketmaster, will deliver a keynote speech at the Noorderslag Weekend music event in the Dutch city of Groningen, from Jan. 10-12. Other key speakers include Ed Bicknell, senior VP and head of music internation ...

  44. Live Nation, CTS Team For Ticketing Platform

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation is entering the ticketing business. The live music giant has struck a long-term agreement with CTS Eventim, the Bremen, Germany-based ticket marketer and promoter, to launch a worldwide ticketing business, with effect from Jan. 1, 2009 ...

  45. The Year In Music & Touring 2007: Bumps In The Road

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST The touring industry continues its roller-coaster ride in 2007, with North American concert dollars and attendance down double digits after a record year in 2006. The final numbers tallied from Billboard Boxscore reports in 2007 are eye-opening: N ...

  46. The Police Score Top-Grossing Tour Of '07

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Police reunion trek led all tours in 2007 with a gross that has passed $212 million and is still climbing. The global tour few thought would ever happen moved more than 1.8 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore, prior to the Boxscor ...

  47. Campana Relocates To Live Nation Chicago

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Midwest regional president Mark Campana will relocate to the company's downtown office in Chicago. Previously, Campana divided his time between Live Nation offices in Detroit and throughout the Midwest. The relocation "demons ...

  48. U.K.'s AMG Ushers In Three New Venues

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Academy Music Group is on the expansion trail. The British live music and club venues firm has struck separate, long-time lease agreements with a view to open new sites next year in the northern English cities Leeds and Sheffield. The London-based ...

  49. Fogel Gives First-Ever Public Q&A

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST In his first-ever public interview, Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation and president of TNA International, discussed the recent Madonna 360-degree deal under Live Nation's new Artist Nation division, among other things. Wh ...

  50. Live Nation Artists Acquires Merch Company Signatures

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Artists acquired merchandiser Signatures Network, Inc. for approximately $79 million in cash, stock and repayment of debt, before working capital adjustments. The transaction is expected to close later this year. Signatures Network ...

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