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  1. Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy; CEO Says More Acquisitions Likely

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation said Thursday its Ticketmaster unit has acquired Eventjoy for an undisclosed sum, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino touted the purchase at an investor conference in New York, where he also said more acquisitions are likely. " ...

  2. Lady Gaga and Manager Bobby Campbell Join Artist Nation (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment confirms that Lady Gaga and her manager, Bobby Campbell, have joined Artist Nation, the company’s artist management division.    “Lady Gaga is one of the most iconic and highest-grossing artists of this generation,” Micha ...

  3. Live Nation Q1 Revenue Up 22% to $1.1 Billion Year-Over-Year

    May 06, 2014 5:17 PM EDT In today's first quarter earnings statement, Live Nation Entertainment, the world's largest concert promoter, management company, and ticketing company in its Ticketmaster division, reported year-over-year revenue up 22% for Q1 to $1 ...

  4. Live Nation, Yahoo Announce Daily Live Stream Concert Partnership

    April 28, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Live Nation and Yahoo will live-stream 365 concerts over a 12-month period set to begin later this summer, the two companies announced Monday (April 28) during Yahoo’s “Newfront” presentation to advertisers at New York’s Lincoln Center. The ...

  5. Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO, on Banner Year, Expanding Mgmt Holdings, 'Exploding' Global Market, Way More (Video Q&A)

    November 18, 2013 5:45 PM EST Michael Rapino , CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, is having a banner year. In addition to record-setting revenues , Live Nation is expanding its management roster with the addition of U2 and Madonna along with their respective managers Paul McG ...

  6. Rapino, Capshaw, Light, Geiger, Leiweke Talk Way More Revenue, Assuming Label-Like Functions at Touring Conference (Full Audio)

    November 15, 2013 3:44 PM EST (Scroll down to the bottom for full-audio of the panel.) What do the next 10 years hold for the music industry? According to a power player panel that closed out Billboard’s Touring Conference Thursday (Nov. 14) afternoon, way more revenue fro ...

  7. Power Players Panel With Capshaw, Rapino, Light, Geiger, Lieweke To Wrap Billboard Touring Conference

    October 23, 2013 2:17 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Touring Conference & Awards Nov. 13-14 in New York City Use promo code 'BIZ13' to get a special discount. The Billboard Touring Conference closes out the programming on its 10th edition with ...

  8. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  9. Live Nation Preps Ford-Sponsored Web Series 'Rider Challenge' With Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fitz & The Tantrums, More

    September 16, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Live Nation is entering the original webisodic content arena with "The Rider Challenge," a Ford Fiesta-sponsored digital series that premieres Sept. 30 on LiveNation.com. The series will chronicle fans of The Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fall ...

  10. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino Sells Almost $12 Million in Stock

    August 14, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino recently sold 640,000 shares of his common stock holdings in the company, earning him $11.7 million, according to an Aug. 13 Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The two transactions, made on Friday and Monda ...

  11. Live Nation Acquires Majority Stake in Baltics Region Promoter BDG Music

    June 19, 2013 1:52 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in BDG Music Group, the Baltic region's largest concert promotion company, according to Live Nation. The group will retain its current management team, although upon completion of the ...

  12. Jones Beach Theater Gets $20 Million Renovation Following Superstorm Sandy Damage

    May 30, 2013 3:40 PM EDT New York's popular Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is re-opening after extensive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy knocked it out of commission in Oct. 2012. Live Nation Entertainment today announced that the Wantagh, Long Island venue under ...

  13. Jared Smith Named President of Ticketmaster North America

    May 21, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Live Nation's massive subsidiary Ticketmaster announced today the appointment of Jared Smith as president of Ticketmaster North America. Smith has been with Ticketmaster since 2003, initially overseeing venues in Georgia and Illinois before ...

  14. Live Nation, Lushington Form Touring Joint Venture For Singapore, Hong Kong

    May 20, 2013 2:48 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment is stepping-up its activities in Asia through a joint venture with Lushington Entertainments. The new Live Nation Lushington JV will promote live concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore, two of the most established touring ...

  15. Live Nation Revenue Up 6% in First Quarter

    May 07, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Live Nation posted good first-quarter gains in its concerts division and is betting electronic dance music will help it have a strong 2013. Total first-quarter revenue grew 6.4% to $923.7 million and adjusted operating income rose 9.8% in the qu ...

  16. Live Nation to Purchase 50% Stake in Insomniac Events (Report)

    May 02, 2013 10:03 PM EDT Live Nation is close to finalizing a deal to buy a 50% stake in EDM promoter Insomniac Events, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the deal. This information, including the speculative numbers (whic ...

  17. Kid Rock Takes 'Pay Cut' With $20 Tickets on Summer Tour

    April 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Kid Rock will take a "pay cut" this summer, or at least risk one, by structuring a deal that allows for a $20 ticket price across the board at amphitheaters, and working with promoter Live Nation to lower prices on everything from b ...

  18. Greg Maffei Named Live Nation Chairman

    March 14, 2013 5:45 PM EDT In a move that reflects the growing influence of Liberty Media in Live Nation Entertainment, the LNE Board of Directors of Live Nation Entertainment today appointed Greg Maffei as the non-executive Chairman of the Board. Maffei is President and ...

  19. Irving Azoff Steps Down from Live Nation

    December 31, 2012 4:08 PM EST Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and no. 1 on Billboard's Power 100 list earlier this year, will leave the company effective immediately, Billboard.biz has confirmed. In conjunction with the change, Liberty Media Corporatio ...

  20. Live Nation Extends CEO Michael Rapino's Contract, Raises Salary

    December 28, 2012 4:35 PM EST Live Nation has amended its employment contract with CEO Michael Rapino, extending its term through December 31, 2017 (from May 31, 2014) and raising Rapino's base salary to $2.3 million, effective January 1, 2013. The amendments were made Th ...

  21. Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation

    December 17, 2012 5:00 AM EST Arthur Fogel, the reigning king of the megatour, has re-upped with Live Nation for a new five-year deal to continue his role as the Chairman of Global Music and the CEO of Global Touring. His tours with Live Nation have grossed more than $2.5 bill ...

  22. Live Nation Expanding Into Russia

    December 04, 2012 8:15 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment has announced plans to expand into Russia and the Ukraine. The company will open a new office in Moscow in 2013. Tim McWilliams has been tapped as managing director of Live Nation Russia and Ukraine. He previously served ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Live Nation Sees 6 Percent Uptick in Concert Attendance

    August 07, 2012 8:26 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment posted second-quarter financial results that slightly missed the expectations of analysts, though investors didn't seem to mind and the stock was unchanged after the closing bell. Live Nation said Tuesday its net inc ...

  30. Business Matters: Looking Forward to Live Nation and Warner Music Group's Earnings Releases

    August 03, 2012 5:04 PM EDT Live Nation, WMG Optimistic Ahead Of 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports * (Correciton appended: Live Nation's earning report is due Tuesday, Aug. 7 not Thursday, Aug. 9 as originally reported.) Both Live Nation and Warner Music Group report second ...

  31. Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Varied Bills Boost Boxscores as Touring Biz Sees Strong Midyear Results Big-event tours and superstars are supposed to sell tickets, so the best indicator for the success of the touring industry is when the list of top tours also includes a health ...

  32. Live Nation Purchases Gary Richards' HARD Events

    June 27, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Live Nation has acquired Gary Richards' HARD Events, the EDM production company behind such music festivals as the multi-date HARD Festivals and Holy Ship! cruise. Video: Hard Festival's Gary Richards on Why EDM Is Hot, How He Keeps His ...

  33. Avicii Tour Slammed As Overly Ambitious (At Best) at EDMBiz

    June 08, 2012 4:42 PM EDT It was the Swedish elephant in the room: Amid conversations about the explosive success of dance music and the industry's bright future, Avicii's floundering Le7els Tour was on the minds of many at Insomniac's EDMbiz conference. And ...

  34. CEO Michael Rapino on Live Nation's Global Dance Music Strategy: 'Acquire or Hire'

    June 08, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino "looks at electronic music as an absolute here-to-stay genre of music"- and is running his company accordingly. Rapino laid out his plans for Live Nation's expansion in the EDM space during a keynote c ...

  35. EDMBiz Recap: Skrillex's RE:Generation; Perry Farrell Gets Held Up; TheAudience's Online Insights

    June 08, 2012 12:32 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - The first day of Insomniac Events' inaugural EDMBiz - a hastily arranged, two-day conference for the electronic dance music industry, leading into to the promotion company's marquis festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, June 8-1 ...

  36. Michael Rapino, Perry Farrell Added to Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference in Las Vegas

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and Lollapalooza founder/Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell are among the latest big names to be added to Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference, set for June 5-7 in Las Vegas in the buildup to the city's ...

  37. Shakira Lines Up $30 Million Deal With Live Nation (Report)

    May 07, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Shakira is taking cues from Madonna and Jay-Z: she'll forgo standard music-industry convention and issue her records through Live Nation and her former label, Sony, the New York Post reports . According to the Post, the mega-concert promoter ...

  38. Pandora and Live Nation Disclose Executive Compensation

    April 25, 2012 6:42 PM EDT A couple of music companies reported Wednesday the compensation awarded to their top executives. In the last year, it paid a whole lot more to work for concert promoter and Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment that it did to work for the ...

  39. Live Nation Acquires Australian Promoter Michael Coppel Presents

    April 04, 2012 6:16 PM EDT Live Nation continues to expand its global footprint with the acquisition of 30-year-old Australian and New Zealand promoter Michael Coppel Presents. Live Nation's existing concet promotion operation in Australia and New Zealand, which is led ...

  40. Business Matters: Thanks to Songkick, 100,000 Fewer People Can Claim Ignorance for Missing a Concert

    March 28, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Songkick Announces 100,000 New Users Through Spotify App There's a common saying in the concert and ticketing businesses that 40% of all tickets go unsold because people weren't aware of the shows. This 40% Rule seems to have come from L ...

  41. Backbeat: Live Nation Canada's Riley O'Connor Inducted Into Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

    March 28, 2012 3:24 PM EDT Riley O'Connor was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Canadian Music Awards and Gala Dinner in Toronto last week. (Photo: Grant W. Martin) During Live Nation Canada chairman Riley O'Connor 's induction into the Can ...

  42. Business Matters: Judge Says Live Nation Does Not Monopolize Live Music

    March 27, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Clear Channel/Live Nation Monopoly Case Nearing Dismissal An anti-competition case dating back a decade may have finally concluded with a 63-page decision that Clear Channel/Live Nation does not have a monopoly on rock concerts. On Monday the judg ...

  43. Exclusive Q&A: Michael Rapino CEO of Live Nation on the Ticketing Crisis

    March 06, 2012 1:30 PM EST A screen shot of Bruce Springsteen's StubHub page for his April 6 Madison Square Garden show where tickets ranged from $185 - $,4000. There is a lot of frustration out there in the ticket buying world as thousands of fans virtually line up at ...

  44. Business Matters: Innovation the Theme as Live Nation Posts Steady 2011 Financials

    February 23, 2012 9:38 PM EST Innovation the Theme as Live Nation Posts Steady 2011 Financials -- Live Nation is clearly intent on pushing forward rather than protecting what it has. In the company's fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call, the company's executive ...

  45. Live Nation Revenue Down 4.2% in Fourth Quarter

    February 23, 2012 5:25 PM EST NEW YORK - Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday posted mixed fourth-quarter financials, but expressed confidence about its outlook for 2012. The live events company reported an operating loss of $64.2 million, down from a year-ago loss of $79.6 m ...

  46. Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party

    February 13, 2012 6:51 PM EST From left: David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK; Lana Del Rey; Lucian Grainge, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group. (Photos: Courtesy Universal Music) Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night ...

  47. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  48. Billboard Power 100: Michael Rapino

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 6 Michael Rapino CEO Live Nation Entertainment Twitter: @rapino99 He Really Is The Concert Master... When Billboard put Michael Rapino on its cover in May 2005--for a feature chronicling his battlefield promotion to the top of the world's ...

  49. John Reid Leaves Warner Music for Live Nation

    January 16, 2012 11:46 AM EST Live Nation Europe announced the appointment of John Reid as President of Concerts in a statement released Monday (January 16). "We are delighted to have John join us at a time of exciting growth for Live Nation. His pedigree speaks for itsel ...

  50. Business Matters: U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services

    November 17, 2011 6:10 PM EST U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services -- Subscription services have so many millions of songs they are sure to satisfy most of the people most of the time. But for an avid music fan with underground tastes, the growing ...

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