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  1. Analysis: 5 Reasons Why 2010 Will Be Revolutionary For The Music Biz

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST This year will host numerous events that could well change the course of the music industry. From the future of music giant EMI to the impact of the Performance Rights Act, many events that will occur in 2010 could have deep, long-term consequence ...

  2. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Shareholders Approve Merger

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the proposed merger of the two companies, according to separate news releases from the live entertainment giants. The $2.5 billion deal, which was announced last ...

  3. Analysis: Events To Watch In Early 2010

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST The year will get off to a fast start as early 2010 will contain important events for numerous segments of the music industry. In retail, the holiday performance of Trans World will show whether or not the company has started to turn a corner. In ...

  4. Proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger: What To Expect Next

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST When the $2.5 billion Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger received the green light from the U.K. Competition Commission on Tuesday (Dec. 22), that left all eyes turned toward U.S. and Canadian regulators who are reviewing the proposed combined company ...

  5. U.K. Regulator's U-Turn On Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST In its ruling today (Dec. 22), the Competition Commission (CC) completely changed its position on the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the U.K. Such an about-turn for the U.K. regulator is "unusual" according to Simon B ...

  6. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  7. New Site Launched Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Members of Congress, public interest advocates and ticket brokers have teamed up to launch a new Web site that aims to inform the public about the possible impact of the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The site, ticketdisaste ...

  8. Live Nation Outlines 'Legal Flaws' On U.K. Merger Ruling

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has submitted a document detailing what it describes as "key legal flaws" in the provisional Competition Commission (CC) ruling that the proposed Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger will hinder competition in the market for l ...

  9. Business Matters: We7, Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Continuing its series on executive Q&As on the topic of ad-supported music, Music Ally talks to We7's Steve Purdham . While Purdham� ...

  10. TMG/AEG Live President Messina Clarifies Ticketmaster Stance

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ongoing investigative report on ticketing practices from Nashville's NewsChannel 5 has created a stir, and promoter Louis Messina, president of TMG/AEG Live wants to clarify comments he made in a segment that aired last night regarding Tic ...

  11. Business Matters: EMI, Comcast, John Taylor, Wolfgang's Vault

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- More on EMI 's debt with Citi : The Financial Times reports Terra Firma has written down its investment in EMI by 90%. "Mr Hands want ...

  12. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Report Q3 Earnings

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation, which hope to merge early next year, both released their Q3 2009 earnings on Monday afternoon. And both companies weathered a difficult storm. Ticketmaster's revenue was up 3% to $349 million in Q3 2008 versus th ...

  13. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Vote Set For Jan. 8

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a tacit acknowledgment of a delay in their plan to combine, Live Nation Inc. and Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. said in filings Friday that a shareholders meeting to approve the deal is set for Jan. 8. The companies had previously said they ex ...

  14. Live Nation/Ticketmaster U.K. Merger Inquiry Extended

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The inquiry by the Competition Commission (CC) in the U.K. into the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster has been extended by eight weeks, and will now report by Jan. 19, 2010. It follows a provisional CC ruling on Oct. 8 that the merger will hi ...

  15. Live Nation And Ticketmaster U.K. Merger Review Extended

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's Competition Commission extended on Thursday its inquiry into the proposed merger between Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Inc, the two most powerful companies in the live music business. The inquiry has been extended by eight weeks, ...

  16. Live Nation Sells U.K. Theatrical Venues For $160 Million

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has closed the sale of its remaining U.K. theatrical venues and operations to the Ambassador Theatre Group. Live Nation has also sold its one-third interest in the Dominion Theatre in London to the Nederlander Group. The portfolio bein ...

  17. Business Matters: '60 Minutes,' Live Nation, AEG, Lala

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Last night, CBS gave content creators a major public relations lift. Television show "60 Minutes" had a feature on movie piracy which ...

  18. Live Nation In Partnership With Scene

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The entertainment rewards program created by Canadian bank Scotiabank and movie giant Cineplex Entertainment today announced a strategic partnership with concert producer Live Nation. The program, called Scene, will allow members to redeem loyalty ...

  19. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Working Out Deal With U.S.

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc are in negotiations with U.S. regulators to come up with concessions that would allow a merger between the two most powerful companies in the live music business, people familiar with the talks sa ...

  20. U.S. Likely To Follow U.K. Objections On Ticketmaster

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regulators in the U.K. and U.S. appear likely to impose conditions on the merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticket-selling giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. now that British authorities came out against the deal Thursday. The U.K ...

  21. LN/Ticketmaster Facing U.K. Competition Hurdle

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the provisional report from the U.K. Competition Commission has dealt a blow to the Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment merger, it appears to be a uniquely British problem according to a competition lawyer. On Oct. 8, the U.K.'s ...

  22. U.K. Regulator Opposes Ticketmaster/Live Nation Deal

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Competition Commission (CC) has made a provisional ruling that the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment will hinder competition in the market for live music ticket retailing, which could result in higher pr ...

  23. Live Nation Expands Promotion Offers To Clubs

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is expanding its already huge 2009 promotion schedule to its club venues, with the Live Nation Club Passport program. For $49.99 (all-in and no fees) purchasers can see every show at Live Nation clubs in their city for the rest of the ...

  24. Business Matters: The Black Cat, EMI Music Publishing

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- For all shows after September 25, Washington DC venue the Black Cat is switching from Ticketmaster to Ticket Alternative . The proposed Ticketm ...

  25. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, AEG Live, Baidu

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to one analyst, Ticketmaster 's plan to introduce dynamic pricing ( read more in Thursday's post at Billboard.biz has a lot of potential. In a research report, Thomas Weisel's Ben Mogil upgraded the company's ratin ...

  26. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Chiefs Talk Strategy

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At Wednesday’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff and Live Nation President and CEO Michael Rapino talked about the future of their businesses and the need for their comp ...

  27. Analysis: Music Biz Earnings Recap

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The latest round of earnings releases by music and music-related entertainment companies was a collection of troubled performances and requests for cautious optimism. As has been the case for many quarters, these companies emphasized the positives ...

  28. Ticketmaster Q2 Profit Slumps

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc posted a 70% slump in second-quarter profit, hurt by lower ticketing revenue, especially in the concerts category. The company, which is in a protracted merger with world's largest concert promoter Live Nation I ...

  29. Ticketmaster Names Ex-EMI Head As International CEO

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, the world's leading ticketing company, said on Monday it has appointed veteran EMI Music and Warner Music executive Roger Ames as its new chief executive of international operations. Ames, who most recently ran EMI ...

  30. Notes On Live Nation, Warner Music Group Earnings Call

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation reported its Q2 2009 earnings on Thursday afternoon while Warner Music Group started the day with its fiscal Q3 2009 earnings call. Both companies posted net losses as they scale back acquisitions and capital expenditures, manage costs ...

  31. Live Nation 2Q Loss Widens As Revenue Falls

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Concert promoter Live Nation Inc. said Thursday its loss widened in the second quarter as revenue dipped and it logged costs related to its proposed merger with ticket seller TicketMaster Entertainment Inc. Los Angeles-based Live Nation, which is ...

  32. Lawmakers Want Ticketmaster/Live Nation Probe

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, should be closely scrutinized by the Justice Department, according to the chair of a Senate antitrust subcommittee and 50 members of th ...

  33. Josh Groban Signs On With Azoff

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff, CEO of Front Line Management, has signed Josh Groban for worldwide career management. Azoff will personally represent Groban, who had previously been managed by Brian Avnet Management. Groban will be guided under the Azoffmusic Manag ...

  34. Live Nation, Fuse Partner For Promotional Contest

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Concert promoter Live Nation and music TV network Fuse have teamed up for a promotional partnership that will give music fans a chance to win tickets to concerts at select Live Nation-operated venues during the 2010 season. The "Rock Star for ...

  35. Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Anti-Piracy In Sweden

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The UK Competition Commission, an independent public body that investigates mergers and regulated industries, announced yesterday it is looking into the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. “If the inquiry group considers that the merger may be exp ...

  36. Michael Rapino: 'Strong Summer' For Live Nation

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a rare television interview this morning with CSNBC's Julia Boorstin, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino says LN is having a "strong summer" and hopes the proposed merger with Ticketmaster will be consummated by the end of the year. ...

  37. Briefs: House of Blues, Joel Tenenbaum, Live Nation

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Turns out Live Nation doesn’t need to merge with Ticketmaster to offer new and creative bundles to increase attendance at concerts, one of the stated benefits of a merged company. Today the concert promoter announced the “first ever” one-price ...

  38. SEC Filing Outlines A Merged Ticketmaster-Live Nation

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster and Live Nation filed a Form S-4 joint proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on Wednesday. The document is not complete but offers many details on the proposed merger of the two companies. - Michael Rapino is expected to serve as pr ...

  39. Live Nation Expands Into South Africa

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has entered into a strategic alliance with South Africa's BIG Concerts. As part of the alliance, BIG Concerts will serve as the exclusive promotion partner for all Live Nation tours in South Africa. BIG Concerts sells more than 40 ...

  40. Springsteen, Ticketmaster War Escalates

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The war of words between Ticketmaster and the Bruce Springsteen camp continues to heat up. In a letter posted on Springsteen's Web site today, Springsteen manager Jon Landau calls to task the Newark Star Ledger and Ticketmaster Chairman Barry ...

  41. Concert Promoter Seth Hurwitz Sues Live Nation

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Independent concert promoter Seth Hurwitz and the Maryland-based companies he co-owns, It's My Party (I.M.P.) and It's My Amphitheatre (IMA), have taken legal action against Live Nation. In an 11-count lawsuit filed shortly after Live Na ...

  42. Tickmaster/Live Nation Merger Under U.K. Scrutiny

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has referred the proposed merger between Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc and Live Nation Inc to the Competition Commission. Prior to the proposed merger, Live Nation made a deal with Europe's largest ticke ...

  43. Live Nation To Rollout 'No Service Fee' Promotion

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation will eliminate service fees on more than five million lawn tickets and hundreds of concerts for its amphitheaters in a one-day promotion June 3. The 24-hour sales event is being billed as the biggest ticket promotion ever, which would ...

  44. Analysis: Ticketmaster Surviving Without Live Nation But Other Issues Remain

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster’s Q1 2009 earnings release on Tuesday saw the company being impacted by the loss of Live Nation ticketing volume, the Bruce Springsteen ticketing fiasco in New Jersey and the proposed merger with Live Nation. Like many other companies ...

  45. Ticketmaster: Lenders Approve Live Nation Deal

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc said on Tuesday it has received the required approval from its lenders for its proposed merger with Live Nation Inc, the world's largest concert promoter. The leading ticketing company said more than 50 percent ...

  46. Ticketmaster 1Q Profit Falls On Lower Ticket Sales

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. reported a 78 percent drop in first-quarter profit Tuesday as ticketing sales fell and a distribution agreement with merger partner Live Nation ended. The company also incurred costs related to the upcoming merger. ...

  47. Analysis: Live Nation’s Strategy Taking Time To Develop

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino is very sure of the company's strategy. In the company's Q1 2009 earnings call, the concert promoter's long-term plan to sustainable profits was on display. Per-head spending was better, just as Rapino ...

  48. Live Nation CEO Confident About Summer Touring Season

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite Live Nation's first-quarter loss of $102.7 million , due in part because of fewer music fans attending concerts in the North American market, the company's CEO Michael Rapino has assured investors that business will pick up this ...

  49. Live Nation 1Q Loss Widens As Attendance Drops

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation, the largest U.S. operator of concert venues, said Thursday that its first-quarter loss widened in part because fewer people attended concerts in its core North America market. Live Nation Inc., which is planning to merge with Ticketma ...

  50. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Passalong, WMG

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger was sharply criticized in a report by the American Antitrust Institute, a not-for-profit advocacy group. The report was written by a retiree of the Federal Trade Commission. An excerpt: "If the ...

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