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  1. 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 ...

  2. Business Matters: Live Nation, Terra Firma, eMusic and more

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Has Live Nation’s stock bottomed out? After closing at $8.43 on August 11, the company’s shares have inched upward and closed at $9.09 on Wednesday. Before last week, Live Nation had c ...

  3. No Surprises In Live Nation's Disappointing Q2 Earnings

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With news of lower ticket sales made public two weeks ago, the weak numbers in Live Nation's earnings release Thursday came as no surprise. The company's second-quarter earnings revenue was $1.27 billion, down 9.7% from last year (when c ...

  4. Live Nation Posts 2Q Loss

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concert promoter and ticket-seller Live Nation says its second-quarter loss grew after a weak summer concert season hurt results. Its net loss in the three months to June 30 grew to $34.6 million, or 20 cents per share, from $27.2 million, or 33 c ...

  5. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  6. Business Matters: Live Nation, SeatGeek, Perf. Royalties and more

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WALL ST. JOURNAL ON LIVE NATION: 'TRANSPARENCY NOT ENOUGH' -- The reverberations from last week’s Live Nation investor presentation continue. At the Wall Street Journal, Martin Peers reflects on last Thursday’s event and the reasons for ...

  7. Ticketmaster Prepping New Online Features

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is readying some new online features it hopes will improve its e-commerce revenue. In Thursday’s presentation to investors and analysts, Live Nation CEO of Concerts Jason Garner said the changes coming to Ticketmaster.com will debut in ...

  8. Live Nation Opens Up To Investors, Details Plans for Future

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a Thursday afternoon presentation for investors and analysts, Live Nation Entertainment lauded its business strategy, talked about lessons learned in 2010 and offered some interesting details about the company. Hosted mainly by CEO Michael ...

  9. Live Nation Says Ticket Sales Down 12 Percent

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concert promotion giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. said Thursday that ticket sales for the Top 100 bands are down 12 percent in the first half of the year, and sales will likely fall further in the second half. Shares of the company plunged. S ...

  10. DOJ Dismisses Criticism Of Ticketmaster-LN Merger

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, the Department of Justice dismissed some criticism of its approval of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. “In sum,” reads the DOJ’s response to public comments, “the perpetual license of the Ticketmaster Host platform, the divestiture ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Live Biz Hit By Summer Slump, Cancellations

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While it seems more and more clear that the live music business is taking a beating this summer, blogger Bob Lefsetz’ surprising claim that Live Nation has “supposedly” canceled as many as 200 shows by Creative Artists Agency acts alone cannot be ...

  13. Analysis: Live Nation Attracts Hedge Fund Interest. Can It Deliver?

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has attracted some big name investors. Tiger Management, Lone Pine Capital and Glenview Capital Management are three of the hedge funds that bought shares of Live Nation in the first quarter, Reuters pointed out on Friday . The $12-per ...

  14. Ticketfly Secures $3 Million In Funding

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fast-growing independent ticketing company Ticketfly has secured $3 million in Series A funding, and is on track to sell 1 million tickets this year, according to the company. Investors include High Peaks Venture Partners, Contour Venture Partners ...

  15. TicketsNow, 360 Deals a Drag for Live Nation

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In its first quarter results on Monday, the first since its merger with Ticketmaster, Live Nation pointed to progress with its integration as well as its recent debt refinancing. The most important comments, however, were about its struggling seco ...

  16. Live Nation Q1 Losses Grow, May Sell TicketsNow

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Losses at Live Nation Entertainment grew in the first quarter as concert attendance slipped 3 percent and the company booked costs related to its recent merger with Ticketmaster. The company also said Monday it was considering "strategic opti ...

  17. U.K. Clears Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger Again

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Competition Commission cleared the proposed merger of the two U.S.-based live music giants, Live Nation Inc. and Ticketmaster Inc., for the second time on Friday (May 7). The U.K. regulatory body dropped its objections to the deal i ...

  18. Business Matters: Spotify, Fatsoma, Lala, Kenny Chesney and More

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify has confirmed a media report that the service will launch in the Netherlands. The company does not yet have a date set for the launch. Spotify is currently available in six markets: Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. ( M ...

  19. American Idol Tour Shifts To Live Nation

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a seven year stint with AEG Live, the American Idol Live tour will be promoted by Live Nation, beginning July 1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. This summer's tour will play Live Nation amphitheaters for the first time, along with s ...

  20. How Will Live Nation Grow?

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The New York Times nabbed interviews with Live Nation chiefs Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino for a lengthy Sunday article . Most of the piece is a re-cap of things we know - only 380 words of this 4,996-word article look into the future. But, this ...

  21. CTS Eventim Claims Live Nation Breached Contract

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German ticketing company CTS Eventim AG has submitted a request for arbitration with the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and claims Live Nation has breached its contract, according to a Live Nation SEC f ...

  22. Live Nation Launches Concert Business In Australia

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment Inc. is launching a concert promotion business in Australia, the seventh largest music market in the world. The company, formed by the combination of concert promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster, said Monday it named Luk ...

  23. Analyst Dumps Live Nation Stock

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While many experts predicted the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger would create an unstoppable live music behemoth, one analyst has dumped Live Nation from one of his portfolios. In Morningstar’s StockInvestor newsletter, Morningstar equities strate ...

  24. Live Nation Cuts 100 Staffers

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation cut about 100 people last week, mostly in "back office" personnel, including accounting, business operations, and other functions, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The layoffs were part of ongoing effort ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Billboard.biz Q&A: Comcast-Spectator President

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST On the heels of the just completed acquisition by Comcast-Spectator of ticketing software company Paciolan , Comcast-Spectator president Peter Luukko spoke with Billboard.biz about the steps that led to the merger, how the company intends to compe ...

  27. Done Deal: Comcast-Spectacor Buys Live Nation's Paciolan

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm, has completed its acquisition of ticketing software provider Paciolan from Live Nation Entertainment. Terms were not disclosed. As a result of the acquisition, Comcast-Specta ...

  28. Live Nation Gets Nod of Approval From Investors

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation's stock is up 7.4% in the last five trading days, and rose 3.2% on Wednesday. The Nasdaq has gained just 1.64% in the last five trading days, while the S&P 500 is up 0.9%. Investors reacted positively to news on Wednesday that ...

  29. Analysis: Where's The Money?

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals will be discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on Ma ...

  30. Ticketmaster's Multi-tiered Experiment

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster, the ticketing arm of Live Nation Entertainment, is experimenting with a form of multi-tiered pricing for the Eagles’ concert at Sacramento’s Arco Arena. At Ticketmaster.com, buyers use a new interactive seat map to choose a seat base ...

  31. Live Nation Entertainment: New Tactics, No Income Gains In 2010

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The public got a closer look at the recently merged Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday when the company reported its fourth quarter and full-year results . Analysts heard no income gains would be visible in 2010. Competitors heard about new tic ...

  32. Live Nation Posts Lower Q4 Revenue

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concert promoter Live Nation, which merged with Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment Inc, on Thursday posted lower quarterly revenue. Live Nation's fourth-quarter revenue fell 4.7 percent to $854.3 million from $896.7 million a ye ...

  33. Bruce Springsteen Fans To Get Ticketmaster Refund

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans will receive refunds for what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission called deceptive sales practices by TicketsNow, a ticket reselling unit of Ticketmaster, the FTC said on Thursday. The FTC said Ticketmaster, which ...

  34. Live Nation Merger Effect: Ticketfly Signs Largest Deal To Date

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., has inked an online ticketing and marketing deal with Ticketfly. The deal marks the largest venue contract to date for the upstart ticketing company, which also handles ticketing for 9:30 Club in Washin ...

  35. Report: Ticketmaster, FTC To Announce Settlement

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster, now part of Live Nation Entertainment, and regulators will announce a settlement on Thursday over complaints about the company's handling of ticket sales for a Bruce Springsteen concert, according to people familiar with the mat ...

  36. Shake-Up At Live Nation Philly

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Larry Magid has left his post as chairman of Live Nation Philadelphia, Billboard has learned. Geoff Gordon remains as president of Live Nation Philadelphia. The circumstances of Magid's departure are unclear, and Live Nation declined to comme ...

  37. LN, Ticketmaster Merger Investigation Re-opened

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST In another twist to the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the U.K.'s Competition Commission (CC) has re-opened its investigation into the tie-up. The CC confirmed today (Feb. 11) that the original Dec. 22 decision, which cleare ...

  38. Op-Ed: One Cheer For Antitrust

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Jan. 25, after 11 months of waiting, Ticketmaster and Live Nation received the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice to consummate their merger to form Live Nation Entertainment. At first blush it looked like a merger that the DOJ would bl ...

  39. Business Matters: Live Nation Ent., AEG, David Pakman

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- In the wake of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger AEG ...

  40. Merger Payday: Live Nation Shells Out Millions In Bonuses

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment paid out $6.5 million in merger bonuses, according to a Friday SEC filing . In connection with the merger, president and CEO Michael Rapino received $3 million in cash and executive chairman Irving Azoff received $2 milli ...

  41. DOJ Draws Criticism Over Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The newly formed Live Nation Entertainment has industry watchers asking this: Why would the government allow a vertical merger that could possibly limit competition? Promoters are upset a competitor will have their ticketing data. And most everybo ...

  42. Business Matters: Ticketmaster-Live Nation Criticism, Apple Sales Predicitons

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Criticism of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and the concessions accepted by the Department of Justice is compiled at the Wall Street Journal. Chicago concert promoter Jerry Mickelson makes a good point: there's more to a ticket price ...

  43. Business Matters: Live Nation, Danger Mouse, Best Buy

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Live Nation, 's stock was at $11.93 in morning tr ...

  44. Analysis: The Potential In Live Nation Entertainment

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Here's the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in a nutshell: a company with nearly a 40% gross margin percentage and a slight but positive net profit (Ticketmaster) is going to build a live events powerhouse with a company with a 20% gross margi ...

  45. Liberty Media Seeks Bigger Stake In Live Nation

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Liberty Media Corp offered to buy up to 34.5 million shares in the newly merged Live Nation Entertainment at a 14% premium, sending the concert promoter's shares up 13%. Liberty already owns a 14.6% stake in Live Nation, which completed an $8 ...

  46. Live Nation's Newest Challenges

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and Ticketmaster may have breathed a deep sigh of relief when the Department of Justice finally approved its merger on Monday, but in accepting a number of significant mandates from the DOJ, Live Nation Entertainment is expected to fac ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. CTS Eventim Challenges Live Nation-Ticketmaster U.K. Ruling

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST German ticketing company CTS Eventim AG is challenging the Competition Commission's (CC) approval of the proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the United Kingdom. Eventim is arguing that the antitrust authorities didn't ...

  50. Business Matters: Live Nation, AEG, Online 'Spectators' Vs. 'Conversationalists'

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Live Nation has signaled to competitor AEG it is willi ...

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