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  1. How Did Al Walser Score a Grammy Nomination?

    December 07, 2012 5:35 PM EST Al Walser is a Grammy nominee. And it's because of social media. The Lichtenstein native and near-total unknown - to the public, at least - submitted his self-produced and self-released track, "I Can't Live Without You" (above) ...

  2. Beacon Theatre Exec Nick Spampanato to Run L.A.'s Forum

    August 07, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Nick Spampanato, GM of the historic Beacon Theatre in New York since 2009, is moving back across the country to oversee the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for the arena's new owner, MSG Entertainment. Spampanato served as the GM of two fabled Lo ...

  3. Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy Steps Down

    June 28, 2012 4:22 PM EDT French entertainment group Vivendi says its chief executive is stepping down because of a difference of opinion about the direction of the company. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit The Paris-based co ...

  4. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  5. A Look at Music Execs' Rising Pay: $34.6 Million Year for Irving Azoff

    May 03, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Most top music industry executives saw their compensation packages increase in 2011, according to an analysis by THR. THR looked at recently disclosed compensation for the leadership of publicly traded companies with music tie-ins, from satellite ...

  6. axs Goes Live in Kansas City

    January 13, 2012 6:06 PM EST Today was a milestone day for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and their new ticketing operation axs Ticketing, as the system went live at the arena level with on-sales by Lady Antebellum and Drake at AEG's Sprint Center in Kansas City. The ...

  7. Compass Group North America Purchases 49% Interest in AEG Facilities

    November 23, 2011 4:10 PM EST Compass Group North America announced today that they have purchased a 49% interest in AEG Facilities, a subsidiary of AEG that operates venues across five continents. The company said in a statement that "This marks a further step forward in ...

  8. Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records

    November 17, 2011 11:01 PM EST Left to Right: Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and chairman/CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Ste ...

  9. Van Halen To Sign With Interscope

    November 11, 2011 5:42 PM EST Iconic rock band Van Halen are set to sign with Interscope Records, says a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is expected to be finalized next week, marking the first time in 35 years that the band will not release music through Warne ...

  10. The Universal-Live Nation Deal: What It Means, and What It Probably Doesn't

    September 20, 2011 11:19 AM EDT The news of the new relationship between UMG and Live Nation and its Ticketmaster and Front Line divisions raises a lot of questions -- only some of which have relatively straightforward answers. Given the immense size and reach of the two compani ...

  11. Live Nation, Universal Music Group Launch Partnership: Management, Ticketing, More

    September 19, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and Universal Music Group today announced the formation of a broad-based strategic partnership. Live Nation Entertainment's Front Line Management Group division and UMG will launch a joint-venture management company ...

  12. Vivendi Buys UK-Based See Tickets

    September 06, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music Group, has acquired UK-based ticketing company See Tickets. Its €96 million ($135 million) winning bid, announced Monday , beat out the likes of ticketing giant CTS Eventim and promoter Anschutz Entertain ...

  13. Entertainment Attorney Frederick Brown Dies at 56

    September 01, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Entertainment attorney Frederick Brown passed away on Monday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer at age 56, according to an announcement from his family. Brown was a key member of the Warner Bros. Records business affairs department for ...

  14. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  15. Cody Lauzier: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Cody Lauzier Touring Assistant, Concerts West/AEG Live Fredrick "Cody" Lauzier, 23, is a touring assistant for Concerts West/AEG Live, but a more apt title would be right-hand man for Doug Clouse, senior VP of touring in the company' ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Game Robbed Of $75K And Jewelry On Xmas Eve, Takes To Twitter

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST While shopping on Friday (Dec. 24) at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park, Calif., rapper Game discovered that jewelry and $75,000 were stolen from his friend's vehicle. He later went on twitter to vent about it. "So, heres my day: ...

  18. UMG's First Half Revenues Down 5.4%

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's revenues for the first half of 2010 declined to €1.9 billion ($2.4 billion), down 5.4% on a year earlier. The decline was 7.9% on a constant currency basis. In parent company Vivendi's first half results, it said ...

  19. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Disney, Asthmatic Kitty and more

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Spend some time looking through Twitter comments about Ticketmaster’s new blog and initiatives and you’ll come to a few conclusions. First, many people say they care less about the tim ...

  20. Feds Fine Univision $1 Million In Payola Case

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have together fined Univision Radio and the now-defunct Univision Music Group $1 million to resolve payola-related allegations, the government agencies announced today. The FCC and J ...

  21. AEG Live CEO: Talks With Labels Nothing New

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recent reports that AEG Live, the concert promotion division of Anschutz Entertainment Group, is seeking a major label to buy a minority stake in the company is “not a new story,” according to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips. “We’ve been approached by ...

  22. Live Nation: DOJ Concessions Cost $118 Million In Annual Rev

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concessions to the Department of Justice cost Live Nation about $118 million in annual revenue, according to pro-forma financial statements released by Live Nation. The documents depict the new company as if both companies merged at the beginning ...

  23. Reaction To Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Anschutz Entertainment Group CEO Tim Leiweke said the concessions attached to the DOJ approval of the merger will "enhance our ability to compete effectively in the ticketing, venue operation and live event promotion businesses,” in a prepare ...

  24. Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger Approved

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Department of Justice announced today that it will approve the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger after nearly a year of investigation and due diligence. The new company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, has agreed to divest its Paciolan t ...

  25. Grammy Nominations Special Slips In Ratings

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 2009 Grammy Nominations special pulled in 6.3 million viewers last night, down from 7 million who watched last year’s special, according to Nielsen. The CBS special, which took place at L.A.’s Club Nokia, finished fourth in its 9 p.m. time slo ...

  26. The Billboard Q&A: UMPG Chairman/CEO David Renzer

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO David Renzer oversees a company with revenue nearing the $1 billion mark and a global presence that spans 53 offices and 56 countries. Since Renzer joined the company in 1996 when it was known as MCA M ...

  27. AEG: Michael Jackson Ticket Refund Details Forthcoming

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the group behind a long series of concerts Michael Jackson was to perform in London from next month, expressed its condolences to the late singer's family on Friday and said tickets would be refunded. "On behalf of the entire A ...

  28. AEG CEO Slams LN-TM Merger During Billboard Keynote

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster is clearly not in the best interest of the music business or the consumer, according Anschutz Entertainment Group president/CEO Tim Leiweke. The proposed merger "troubles us," Leiw ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Biz Briefs: Obama, Trans World, NIN

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST - President-elect Barack Obama selects a lawyer who formerly represented the Recording Industry Association of America in file sharing cases to be the third in command at the Justice Department. [ CNET ] - Trans World Entertainment reports a 14% d ...

  31. Rhapsody Ads Tap Up and Coming Artists

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the online music service whose ads in the past have raised the profiles of The Cool Kids and Sara Bareilles, today launched a campaign with four up and coming artists. The spots, by New York ad agency Droga5, use the music of Erin McCarl ...

  32. Universal Music Japan Launches Domestic Artist Label

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Japan will increase its crop of five domestic labels with the new sub-label Delicious Deli Records, which opens its doors on Jan. 1, 2009. Though aiming at releasing domestic artists, Delicious will be established under the umbrell ...

  33. 'Standing Offer' For Jackson To Play O2

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST There is credence to ongoing speculation that Michael Jackson might be booked for a long engagement at the O2 Arena in London, though no deal has been reached nor performances contracted. But a source confirms that there is a "standing offer ...

  34. Universal, Disney Extend License Deal Into Asia

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal is the Disney Music Group's new licensee for Asia, excluding Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, announced today by Universal Music Group (UMG), UMG will market and distribute Disney product in both physical and digital formats ...

  35. AEG Forms New Division, Promotes Execs

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG has formed a new division, AEG Global Partnerships, designed to expand the company's presence in sponsorships and naming rights sales. The new division is expected to generate $250 mill ...

  36. Touring Briefs: Neil Diamond, AEG Facilities, Nederlander

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT --To help push his new Rick Rubin-produced album, "Home Before Dark," which dropped today (May 6) via Columbia, Neil Diamond will play a free MySpace secret show tomorrow at the Bitter End nightclub in New York. Since 2006, MySpace has o ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Universal Music Group To Acquire Univision

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following months of protracted negotiations, Universal Music Group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Univision Music Group. The deal will include Univision's music recording and publishing division. The acquisition, which is sub ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. AEG's Leiweke: We Won't Go 360

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke made it clear that the Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter doesn't intend to adopt the same business model as competitor Live Nation, during his keynote address at the Grammy Foundation's 10 ...

  42. Lewis To Play Grammys

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! Jerry Lee Lewis will perform at the 50th Grammy Awards this Sunday. The announcement was made by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow after Lewis' performance Wednesday night at "Sounds of ...

  43. AEG Live Opens Minneapolis Office

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the concert promotion arm of Los Angeles-based AEG, has announced the opening of a new regional office in Minneapolis, to be headed by former OCESA Presents senior talent buyer Brad Saks. He reports directly to Larry Vallon, senior VP of ...

  44. Vivendi H1 Profit Up 10.6%, UMG Earnings Down

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi on Friday posted first-half underlying earnings of 2.6 billion euros ($3.55 billion), up 10.6% compared with the same period last year. It reiterated that it expected full-year adjusted net profit of ...

  45. Hip-Hop Roundup: 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, The Game

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 50 Cent, who's made a career calling out flaws in others, lashes out at Interscope head Jimmy Iovine in a new song, "Southside," which also makes fun of Ja Rule's new video, "Uh Oh." "Think Jimmy Iovine my boss ...

  46. Interscope Expands Virtual Deal

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group label Interscope/Geffen/A&M has expanded its relationship with virtual world Doppelganger, which created the Doppelganger Music Lounge last year with the Pussycat Dolls. The Lounge is a free online "social entertainm ...

  47. Billboard, AEG Live Team For Events

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an exclusive alliance, Billboard is teaming up with AEG Live to expand existing Billboard-branded live events and create new concerts, festivals and televised awards shows around the world. Los Angeles-based AEG Live, the producer and promoter ...

  48. AEG Taps Stevens To Oversee New Unit

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of its ongoing strategy to increase its presence in the live entertainment space, Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has tapped Eric Stevens as president of its new unit AEG Events & Media. In his new role, Stevens wi ...

  49. Live Nation Inks Hollywood Palladium Deal

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has signed a long-term lease to operate, manage and exclusively book the 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. In Southern California, Los Angeles-based Live Nation owns and/or operates venues including the House of Blues ...

  50. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

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