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  1. Soggy Sound Relief Sydney Concert A Success

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Heavy rain fell on the Sound Relief artist parade in Sydney today, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who came. The biggest highlights of the day came thanks to first act Coldplay, and the Presets who delivered a s ...

  2. Midnight Oil Triumph At Wet Melbourne Bushfire Gig

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unexpected rain and chilly temperatures were no deterrent for the 81,000 fans who turned out today for the Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Thousands of ticketholders in the open-air section sheltered un ...

  3. Michael Jackson Sells Out 50 O2 Arena Shows

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tickets for Michael Jackson's run of 50 O2 Arena shows in London sold out in hours today (March 13) after the general sale opened to the public. Promoters AEG Live and Ticketmaster said in a statement that a total of 750,000 tickets have now ...

  4. Live Nation's Mojo Finalizes Amsterdam Venue

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mojo Concerts, the Dutch branch of Live Nation, has revealed that its new arena venue will be called the Ziggo Dome. It is named after the Dutch cable company that will be provide sponsorship. Mojo Concerts stages major acts in the Netherlands eit ...

  5. Jackson Run At 50, Secondary Market Causes Issues

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Five new shows have been added to Michael Jackson's London run, bringing the total to 50, according to Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the shows. "We stopped it at 45 in the pre-sale to save shows for the public on sale, whi ...

  6. Australia Set For Sound Relief Concerts

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The stages are set for Saturday's Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. Developments behind the scenes continue apace for the historic live events taking place in Australia's two biggest cities. National youth r ...

  7. Updated: Jackson To Play 45 O2 Shows

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has now added 35 more concerts to his residency at London's O2 Arena following strong demand for the pre-sale tickets. The run of shows will now stretch into 2010. Pre-sale tickets for the AEG Live-promoted residency went on s ...

  8. Tina Turner Postpones U.K. Shows

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tina Turner has postponed her U.K. shows this week because she is suffering from respiratory flu. The singer was due to perform her fifth O2 arena date in London tonight (March 11) and Sheffield Arena on March 12. The tour is promoted by AEG Live. ...

  9. Jackson Confirms O2 Dates

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has confirmed the dates for his London residency at the O2 Arena in July as fans await to see whether they will be among the first to have the opportunity to buy tickets. After announcing the 10-date run and the opening July 8 show ...

  10. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  11. Sound Relief Show Sets New Aussie Record

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne leg of the March 14 Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts has become the biggest live music show in Australia’s history after selling out its capacity of 78,000-plus tickets, organizers said today. The box-office feat for the Melbou ...

  12. Jackson Announces 'Final Curtain Call'

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has confirmed his July residency at London's O2 arena during a press conference at the venue, describing it as the "final curtain call." Hundreds of screaming fans turned up for the announcement, as well as members o ...

  13. AEG CEO: Jackson To Play Up To 25 London Shows

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke revealed that Michael Jackson is set to perform 20 to 25 shows at London's O2 Arena and that the singer is "very focused." Leiweke was speaking during his keynote Q&A session at the Billboard Mu ...

  14. Huge Demand For Sound Relief Tickets

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's Sound Relief concerts sold more than 100,000 tickets after going on sale today (March 4), raising upwards of $7.5 million Australian ($4.8 million) for the country's main bushfire and flood appeals. The March 14 concerts will ...

  15. Michael Jackson Comeback Concerts Coming

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson is expected to announce a series of comeback concerts in London, sources said on Tuesday. The 50-year-old last appeared at the World Music Awards in London in 2006, but the much-hyped return of one of the biggest selling artists of ...

  16. Coldplay, Kings Of Leon For Bushfire Benefit

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and a reunited Midnight Oil lead the star-studded line-up for Australia's March 14 bushfire and flood benefit concerts, to be held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne under the Sound Relief tag-line. A ...

  17. Coldplay, Foo Fighters Tipped For Bushfire Benefit Shows

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speculation is mounting down under that veteran Aussie promoters Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg are co-ordinating simultaneous stadium concerts in support of the country's bushfire and flood appeals. Word is that the 100,000-capacity Melb ...

  18. Pink Donates To Aus Bushfire Relief Program

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pink has pledged $250,000 Australian ($160,000) to Australia's bushfire relief program. The donation will assist the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, which has worked at the frontline of support efforts for the thousands affected by rampant bushfir ...

  19. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  20. Springsteen Skips San Siro After Complaints

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen will not be playing at Milan's San Siro soccer stadium this summer. He will, however, play three other Italian stadium venues, namely Rome (July 19), Turin (July 21) and Udine (July 23), during the course of his "Workin ...

  21. Echo Awards Honor For Scorpions

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The veteran German hard rock band the Scorpions will get the German Echo lifetime achievement award at the televised ceremony at Berlin O2 World on Feb. 21. The band, which started in 1965 and claims sales of 75 million records worldwide, will per ...

  22. Ticketmaster Responds To Springsteen, Fans

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff has responded to the Bruce Springsteen camp in an "open letter of apology to Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and the entire Springsteen Tour Team." Rather than acknowledging any "conflict of interest" ...

  23. B.B. King Returns To International Stage

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST B.B. King will return to the stage in a series of arena concerts in the U.K., three years after announcing his retirement from international touring. According to a statement, "popular demand " has led the 83-year old blues legend to sch ...

  24. NBC Takes Record $206 Million In Super Bowl Ads

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST NBC Sports scored a major victory with its record $206 million in ad revenue from Sunday's Super Bowl game. It also brought in $261 million, also a record, for the full day including the pre- and postgame shows. That's nothing to sniff a ...

  25. Springsteen Calls Wal-Mart Deal A Mistake

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Boss is owning up to a mistake. In an interview with Sunday's New York Times, Bruce Springsteen says he shouldn't have made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest hits CD. Some ...

  26. 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& ...

  27. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonc ...

  28. Rihanna, Iglesias, Fall Out Boy Set For Super Bowl Bash

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy and Lifehouse will play the National Football League's Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash at Tampa, Florida's Ford Amphitheatre. The two-night event Jan. 29 - 30 leads up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Tickets ...

  29. Fargo Dome Authority OKs Management Contract

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Fargo Dome Authority voted unanimously Dec. 9 to approve a new two-year contract with Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum to manage the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Dome Authority President Ryn Pitts said the contract, which r ...

  30. Aventura Lines Up Record Run

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Urban bachata group Aventura will play a fifth consecutive show in Puerto Rico's Coliseum, establishing a new record for most consecutive performances at the venue. Aventura plays its first show tonight (Dec. 4), and then will play Dec. 5, 6, ...

  31. Britney Spears Plots 'Circus' Tour

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here in October, Britney Spears will embark on her first arena tour in five years next spring. The "Circus Starring Britney Spears" jaunt begins March 3 in New Orleans, with support from the Pussycat Dolls. Spears will st ...

  32. Acclaims Unveils Online Music Game

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Acclaim Games, best known for multiplayer online role playing games, is getting into the music-based game genre with "Rockfree." Scheduled for the first quarter of next year, "Rockfree" is a free online game that lets players c ...

  33. Broken Bow Partners With Holeshot

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based independent Broken Bow Records has formed a joint venture with the newly-launched Holeshot Records. The label's first signing is singer/songwriter Krista Marie. A native of western New York state, her first single, "Somet ...

  34. Dutch Dance Promoter ID&T Opens Up Down Under

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amsterdam-based dance promoter ID&T is setting up offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month, its managing director Duncan Stutterheim tells Billboard.biz. "The dance scene in Australia is very healthy," says Stutterheim. & ...

  35. Cohen Sings With Promoter At London Finale

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Leonard Cohen wrapped up four major dates in London with a three-hour set at the Royal Albert Hall. The veteran Canadian singer songwriter has played two 18,000-capacity dates at the O2 arena (Nov 13 and 14) and two more at the 5,200-capacity Roya ...

  36. Huge Demand For Kings Of Leon Dates

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon made some noise on the U.K. concert scene this morning when the band sold out London's O2 Arena in four minutes flat. The band, which had already sold out the O2 for a show on Dec. 11, put its June 15 2009 date ...

  37. Chris Brown Hits U.K. Arenas In January

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.S. R&B act Chris Brown will return to the U.K. for his first arena tour in the territory, following his sold-out gigs at London's IndigO2 in March. This will be the "Kiss Kiss" singer's biggest shows to date for the U.K., ...

  38. Back Yard Enters Publishing Field

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent Back Yard Recordings, the label behind U.S. alternative act Gossip, has launched a publishing arm called Back Yard Music. The new venture will be administered worldwide by London-based Blue Mountain Music, which also administers t ...

  39. Kings Of Leon Book 2009 U.K. Arena Dates

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kings of Leon will build on their swelling U.K. popularity in 2009 when they return for a pair of arena shows in June. Promoter Metropolis will deliver the U.S. rock act to the O2 Arena in London on June 15, while SJM Concerts will handle the June ...

  40. '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 ...

  41. Academy Venues Rebrand With O2 Partnership

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Academy Music Group (AMG), one of the U.K.'s leading chains of live-music venues and clubs, is renaming and rebranding its 11 facilities from Jan. 1 when they will each be called the O2 Academy. The move ends the AMG outlets' long-establ ...

  42. Snow Patrol Returns To O2

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum U.K. melodic-rock act Snow Patrol will return to London's O2 arena for two dates on their "Take Back the Cities" 2009 tour. The March 14 and 15 dates will be the band's first at the 18,500-capacity O2 since June ...

  43. Global Spectrum Europe Wins Croatia Contract

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Global Spectrum Europe, the partnership recently established by Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum and the British firm NEC Group Birmingham, has been awarded the management contract for the Spaladium, a new, 12,000-seat mult ...

  44. Young Pulls Show In Support Of Strikers

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Young's concert in Los Angeles at The Forum scheduled for tonight (Oct. 30) has been cancelled at the request of the artist. After the Bridge School Benefit Concert this past Sunday, Young was advised that the International Alliance of T ...

  45. Take That Plot 'Circus' Stadium Tour

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. boy band Take That will embark on its biggest U.K. tour yet, running June 6 to July 4 next year. "Take That Presents The Circus Live - Summer 2009" will take in five stadium venues around the United Kingdom. The tour will begin at S ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Live Nation Gets Royal Approval

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Royal Parks to continue to stage major events in London's Hyde Park until 2011. The new contract will involve the majority of the large-scale events program for Hyde Park. In the past decade, Live ...

  48. Metallica Holds Off Oasis on Euro Albums Chart

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) starts a fifth week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, which features top ten debuts for Oasis and Bob Dylan. Katy Perry is No. 1 for a tenth week on Eurochart Hot 1 ...

  49. AEG Partners With NBA China On Arena Development

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AEG, the leading entertainment and sports presenter with over 90 facilities worldwide, has formed a joint venture with NBA China to design, market, program and operate multi-purpose, NBA-style sports and entertainment arenas in Greater China. The ...

  50. London's O2 Claims 10,000,000 Visitors

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AEG Group says this week will see the 10 millionth visitor to its O2 entertainment site in London since it opened in June 2007. The figure counts visitors to all areas of the O2 site, which includes the main O2 Arena, the smaller Indigo2 venue plu ...

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