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  1. Irving Azoff Gets a Big Assist in Bringing Phil Jackson to Knicks

    March 19, 2014 10:23 AM EDT The music mogul convinces partner Jim Dolan to bring in the high-profile coach as president of basketball operations. Hardcore New York Knicks fan Spike Lee knew whom to thank for this morning’s announcement that Phil Jackson would be taking over ...

  2. Jay-Z To Stream Final Barclays Concert Live On New YouTube Channel Saturday Night

    October 05, 2012 10:01 AM EDT Jay-Z is live-streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launc ...

  3. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launch

    September 28, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Jay-Z arrives at the grand opening of the 40/40 Club inside the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night. (Photo: Dan Rys) Walking up to the calm, subdued exterior of the Barclays Center last night (Sept. 27), it was hard not to imagin ...

  4. Barclays Center Developer Bruce Ratner Talks Brooklyn, Jay-Z, And New Arena's Cultural Impact

    September 26, 2012 7:05 AM EDT Bruce Ratner is chairman/CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos., developer of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center and the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development planned around the venue. He's also a minority owner in the Brooklyn Nets, the arena's a ...

  5. Brooklyn's New Barclays Center Opens Friday: Will It Give Madison Square Garden A Run For Its Money?

    September 24, 2012 7:00 AM EDT 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, with its blend of gritty, weathered steel evoking the shade of Brooklyn brow ...

  6. Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark on the Brooklyn Brand, Jay-Z, $1 Billion Building

    September 11, 2012 4:19 PM EDT Brett Yormark, CEO, Brooklyn Nets/Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Barclays Center, is a self-proclaimed "brand guy," and as such he knows a great brand when he says one. That would be Brooklyn. Since join ...

  7. Barclays Builder Celebrates

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Ratner says it's the "right time" for the new arena. Bruce Ratner is chairman/CEO of Forest City Ratner Cos., developer of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center and the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development planned around the venue ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Jay-Z to Executive Produce NBA 2K13 Video Game

    July 30, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Rapper and Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z is set to executive produce NBA 2K13, the 13th installment in 2K Sport's popular basketball game series. The news was revealed via his Life + Times website in a trailer featuring his song "Public ...

  10. Madison Square Garden Acquires L.A. Forum

    June 27, 2012 8:51 AM EDT The owners of New York's famed Madison Square Garden on Tuesday added the Los Angeles Lakers' old stomping grounds, the Fabulous Forum, to its stable of entertainment properties in a $23.5 million deal. The Madison Square Garden Co. will ...

  11. Fans Push Reventon Super Estrella To Nearly Sell Out L.A. Concert In One Day

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Reventón Super Estrella, one of the most successful Latin radio-hosted concerts in the country, is celebrating this year's 15th installment in Los Angeles with eight longtime established Latin rock acts, including Café Tacvba, Enanitos Verdes ...

  12. Jay-Z's New Logo Ignites Brooklyn Nets Merch, Ticket Sales

    May 02, 2012 4:09 PM EDT A new logo for the Brooklyn Nets, designed by co-owner Jay-Z , is already breaking business records for the team. The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday that Brooklyn Nets-related merchandise featuring the new black-and-white logo has been the top- ...

  13. Jay-Z Designs New Brooklyn Nets Logo

    April 30, 2012 2:22 PM EDT As part owner of the Nets, Jay-Z has taken it upon himself to handle a very important part of the team's relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn: the design of the squad's new logo. Jay-Z Stars in First Rocawear Commercial 'From Marc ...

  14. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  15. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: James L. Dolan

    January 26, 2012 8:48 PM EST No. 81 James L. Dolan Executive chairman; president/CEO Madison Square Garden Co. Cablevision Systems The Big Show... In a city full of power players, few loom larger than James (Jim) Dolan, the man who runs Madison Square Garden and its affiliate ...

  17. Urban Power List: Magic Johnson

    January 11, 2012 4:48 PM EST Magic Johnson Owner, Magic Johnson Enterprises Website: MagicJohnson.com Twitter: @MagicJohnson Business Baller The Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend is still playing ball: He's part of the Guggenheim Partners-backed group that purchased the ...

  18. Backbeat: Aaron Carter Lauded By Diehard Fans, David Archuleta at Off-Broadway Debut

    November 08, 2011 2:05 PM EST Aaron Carter (middle) poses in his dressing room with manager Johnny Wright (left) and "Fantasticks" co-author Tom Jones after his debut performance. Former teen pop star Aaron Carter kicked off an extended run in the Off-Broadway produc ...

  19. Jay-Z to Headline Concert Series at Brooklyn Nets Arena

    September 26, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Rap superstar and part owner of the NBA's Nets, Jay-Z, will head back to Brooklyn next fall, just in time for the opening of his team's new arena. The Barclays Center is scheduled to officially open on Sept. 28, 2012, but before the New ...

  20. Latin Power Players: Rebeca Leon

    August 01, 2011 11:05 PM EDT Rebeca Leon VP of Latin talent, AEG Live/Goldenvoice From the four Maná sellouts at Los Angeles' Staples Center -- a record for a Latin act -- to the newly announced Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull/ Prince Royce tour, Rebeca Leon has run the gamut f ...

  21. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick ...

  22. Mana Joins Britney Spears As Only Artists To Headline Eight Staples Center Shows

    June 21, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Maná, the biggest-selling or -touring Latin rock act in the world, joins Britney Spears as the only artists to headline eight concerts at Staples Center. The band, which sold out four shows in Los Angeles at Staples June 23-26, will also equal the ...

  23. Jay-Z's Visit to Kentucky Wildcats Locker Room Elicits NBA Investigation

    March 31, 2011 7:57 AM EDT An NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating Jay-Z's presence in Kentucky's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the ...

  24. Jay-Z Partners with Will and Jada Smith For 'Annie' Remake Starring Willow

    January 26, 2011 1:34 PM EST The Knowles-Carters & Pinkett-Smiths (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and their partners at Overbrook Entertainment have formed a joint-venture with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to develop and produce major motio ...

  25. Christina Aguilera Set For NBA Game 7

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As she did just prior to game six of the NBA Finals, Christina Aguilera will again perform the U.S. national anthem, this time for game seven between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angele's Lakers. The winner-takes-all game is tonight (June 1 ...

  26. Monica Games Up For NBA Finals

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B star Monica will perform the national anthem at game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday (June 8) between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The performance will be televised live on ABC in the U.S. ...

  27. Jeffrey Osborne To Perform At Game 1 of NBA Finals

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B veteran Jeffrey Osborne will perform the national anthem at game 1 of the NBA Finals—pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics—tomorrow (June 3) at the Staples Center in L.A. The game kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Osborne ...

  28. Drake Teams With Sprite For Worldwide Campaign

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The release date of Drake 's highly-anticipated debut album may still be up in the air but he is still making his presence felt in other ways. The Toronto rapper has teamed up with Sprite for the first commercial of its recently launched &quo ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Jay-Z Reveals Additional North American Tour Dates

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second leg of Jay-Z's North American tour will begin on Feb. 22 in Houston and will make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Boston before ending on March 26 in Los Angeles' Staple Center. Jay-Z will be joined by former Def Jam ...

  31. Staples Signs Lifetime Naming Rights Deal With AEG

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Staples Inc bought lifetime naming rights for the Los Angeles sports arena that carries its name. The office supply retailer paid a previously negotiated fee to sports and entertainment firm AEG extending Staples' original 20-year naming righ ...

  32. AEG Acquires Streaming Media Firm Incited Media

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG has acquired streaming media management and production firm Incited Media as part of an effort to expand its services into the broadband Internet and mobile content space. The company will merge Incited Media into its AEG Productions division, ...

  33. Aventura Announces U.S. Tour

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban bachata group Aventura today (Aug. 25) announced the first leg of a U.S. arena tour in support of its chart-topping album "The Last." The trek kicks off Nov. 20 in Chicago, Ill. and closes out at New York's Madison Square Gard ...

  34. R&B Briefs: Aretha Franklin, Long Beach Jazz Fest

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Aretha Franklin has reunited with her longtime agent, Dick Alen, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. The legendary singer, due to release a new album in late summer, will also perform at the first annual Nelson Mandela Birthday concert ( ...

  35. AEG Live CEO Discusses Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson, Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson’s 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG ...

  36. LA official: Promoter Should Pay Jackson Memorial

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A city council member has called on AEG Live to pay some of the estimated $1.4 million cost for policing Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center. Dennis Zine told Fox 11 on Thursday that the city's taxpayers "are ge ...

  37. Staples Center GM Lee Zeidman On Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Tuesday memorial service for Michael Jackson in downtown Los Angeles had only five days to plan the massive event, but the tribute "couldn't have gone any better," according to Staples Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. ...

  38. Movie Theaters To Show Jackson Memorial Service

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Only a small number of fans will be able to attend Michael Jackson's memorial service. But others may be able to watch it in movie theaters all over the country. Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. is carrying the Los Angeles memorial service on it ...

  39. Michael Jackson Memorial Gets 1.6 Million Ticket Requests

    July 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The more than 1.6 million fans who registered for tickets to Michael Jackson's memorial service will wait until Monday to learn if they received one of the 11,000 tickets for Tuesday's ceremony. The two-day registration period for the se ...

  40. AEG Giving Away 17,500 Tickets To Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG announced the ticketing process for the Michael Jackson memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Beginning Friday until 6 p.m. PDT Saturday, people can go to staplescenter.com to register for a total of 17,500 free tickets ...

  41. Video: AEG’s Phillips Discusses Canceled Michael Jackson Concerts

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips sat down with media outlets today (July 2) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to discuss the fallout of what would have been a 50-show run by Michael Jackson at the O2 Arena in London. Jackson's concerts at the O ...

  42. AEG To Distribute 11,000 Tix For Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eleven thousand free tickets will be made available to the general public for Tuesday's memorial service for Michael Jackson, announced Staples Center owner AEG. A press conference will be held at the Los Angeles venue tomorrow (Friday) at 10 ...

  43. 100 Hours Of Jackson's Concert Rehearsals Filmed

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the company producing Michael Jackson's London shows, reportedly filmed all of the star's rehearsals. The promoter apparently has 100 hours of film on Jackson and his shows, including last Wednesday's rehearsal at the Stap ...

  44. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Wayman Tisdale Tribute, Stix, The Roots

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Phil Perry will replace the late Wayman Tisdale as part of Norman Brown’s Summer Storm lineup at the upcoming Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14; Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles). The veteran soul singer/songwriter will join guitarist Brown, saxopho ...

  45. Luxury 'Supersuite' At New Madison Square Garden

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A "supersuite" that could hold 300 people and luxury suites with kitchens, full bars and fireplaces will be offered to big spenders at the new Madison Square Garden, officials said in an update of plans to upgrade the 41-year-old arena. ...

  46. NBA Drafts Kanye West For Playoffs

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The NBA has recruited Kanye West's latest single, "Amazing," as the musical backdrop for its 2009 playoffs campaign. Premiering today-and being released to fans online-is a new music video produced by NBA Entertainment in which memo ...

  47. AEG Launching HD Studio In Downtown L.A.

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sports and entertainment entity AEG said Wednesday that it has created AEG Prods., a multiplatform HD studio under construction near the Staples Center. The $15 million facility will overlook L.A. Live, the recently opened residential and entertai ...

  48. R&B Briefs: Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Electrik Red

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Chris Brown is the latest addition to this year's NBA All-Star weekend line-up, taking place from Friday, Feb. 13th to Sunday, Feb. 15th, in Phoenix, Az. According to a release, the three-time Grammy nominee will open the pre-game festiviti ...

  49. Juanes, John Legend Set For NBA All-Star Game

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Reprising their collaboration at November's Latin Grammys, Colombian pop star Juanes and R&B artist John Legend will perform together during the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 15. The two will sing Legend's "If You& ...

  50. AEG Facilities To Manage Key Arena At Seattle Center

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AEG Facilities has signed a one-year agreement with the city of Seattle to manage the 17,000-seat Key Arena at Seattle Center. The contract goes into effect on Nov. 1. Under the deal, AEG Facilities, a division of Los Angeles-based sports and ente ...

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