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  1. MSGE's Xmas Spectacular Sets Stage For More National Tours

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden Entertainment's plan to launch a touring arena version of its Radio City Christmas Spectacular (billboard.biz, April 30) is the latest move in an increasingly aggressive posture that will see the company launch other tou ...

  2. Phoenix Suns Sign Epic Partnership

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The NBA's Phoenix Suns and Epic Records have entered a Web partnership that will bring a customized jukebox player to the team's Web site , official social network and the team's virtual behind-the-scenes tour . The player will feat ...

  3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular To Hit The Road

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) will launch a touring arena version of its Radio City Christmas Spectacular this holiday season, Billboard.biz has learned. The $25 million production will be geared specifically for arenas and play 18 ci ...

  4. NBA Kicks Off Playoffs With Dayton, Faris Spots

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The National Basketball Association (NBA) is ramping up its playoff season marketing efforts with a new television ad campaign, "There Can Only Be One," directed by acclaimed music video directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The c ...

  5. Wu Tang's RZA Launches Wuchess.com

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wu Tang Clan founder RZA and Chesspark.com introduced wuchess.com earlier this week, an online community where chess players can come together and compete in live games with other players. While an official launch is expected to take place in comi ...

  6. MSGE, Chicago Theatre Deal Made Official

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Though the word has been out since last fall, Madison Square Garden Entertainment officially announced today that it has closed the deal to acquire the Chicago Theatre for an undisclosed price . MSGE, the live entertainment arm of Cablevision Syst ...

  7. Drury Appointed GM Of Wembley Arena

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Drury is the new GM of Live Nation's Wembley Arena. Drury, who currently heads Live Nation's venue bookings team, will replace Peter Tudor, who is exiting this May after 10 years working with the iconic London venue. As previously r ...

  8. Ticketmaster U.K. Recruits Wembley Arena's Tudor

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Tudor, GM of Live Nation-owned Wembley Arena, is joining Ticketmaster U.K., Billboard.biz has learned. Tudor is expected to join the ticketing giant's London team this June, reporting to Chris Edmonds, managing director of Ticketmaster ...

  9. Neil Diamond To Perform At Fenway Park

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond will perform in concert this summer at Fenway Park in Boston. The singer made the announcement in a big-screen broadcast at the Boston Red Sox home opener yesterday (April 8), during the traditional eighth-inning sing-along of his Swe ...

  10. AEG, Mark Burnett Partner For Live Events

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sports and live entertainment presenter AEG and Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) have partnered to develop and produce live entertainment events, tours and other related programming across a variety of venues, including arenas, amphitheaters, theate ...

  11. George Michael Puts Faith In U.S. Tour

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a 17-year hiatus, George Michael is giving the U.S. touring market one more try. Tickets for his summer outing, which begins June 17 in San Diego, go on sale this weekend. Michael may also have a hit on his hands in the form of his retrospec ...

  12. Celine's Beijing Date Postponed

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Celine Dion will miss her scheduled Beijing debut on April 13, after rescheduling shows in the Australian segment of her "Taking Chances" world tour because of a throat infection. "We regretfully announce that this rescheduling has ...

  13. BPI Kickz A Goal With Football Funding

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's two favorite pastimes -- football and music -- are coming together on a national initiative. The Brit Trust, the charitable arm of trade body the BPI, is making a "substantial" three-year donation to fund the music element ...

  14. Gridiron Bash Postponed Until Fall 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Gridiron Bash -- which originally called for simultaneous concerts across 16 college stadiums nationwide on April 18 -- has been postponed until fall 2008, according to New York-based producer MSL Sports and Entertainment. The event ...

  15. 'Today' Reveals Summer Concert Lineup

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The "Today" show summer concert series lineup will kick off on April 25 with Paula Abdul, and continue through August with two performances at the Beijing Olympics, NBC announced Wednesday. The concert series is sponsored for the sixth c ...

  16. No Change Of Venue For 2009 Brits

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Brit Awards 2009 will again be held at London's Earls Court venue. Organizers confirmed the development today, in a move intended to dispel published reports which claimed the London O2 venue was lined-up to host next year's event, a ...

  17. Update: Ticketmaster, Cablevision/MSGE, AEG Deal

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Talk is premature that the deal between Ticketmaster, Cablevision/Madison Square Garden Entertainment and AEG Live is dead. But parts of the pact could be described as "on life support," according to sources. The deal, which would combin ...

  18. Rev Theory, Chili Peppers Line Up For Wrestlemania

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rev Theory's "Light It Up" and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Snow (Hey Oh)" will be the theme songs for Wrestlemania XXIV in Orlando on March 30. "Light It Up" will be featured in Wrestlemania ads, on the WWE ...

  19. Ticketmaster, Cablevision, MSGE, AEG Deal Hits Snag

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sources say the still-uncompleted deal between Ticketmaster, Cablevision/Madison Square Garden Entertainment, and AEG Live has hit a snag but is still in play. The deal, which would combine the considerable assets of the world's largest ticke ...

  20. Speakers Weigh Financial Rewards Of Touring

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A healthy live show marketplace is spurring innovation in creating new revenue streams and new types of revenue producing shows. That was one of the topics at the "Coming To You Live: The Financial Rewards Of Touring" panel at the Billbo ...

  21. Muse Hits Big Screen In U.K.

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. alternative act Muse's performances at London's Wembley Stadium last June will be screened in cinemas across Britain next week. The "HAARP: Live From Wembley" CD/DVD package of the band's concerts from June 16/17 2007 ...

  22. Ovesen To Head Up AEG Live In Middle East

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST AEG Live has snapped up the services of Thomas Ovesen, former GM of Mirage Promotions, to oversee the company's Middle Eastern presence. Ovesen will remain based in Dubai, where he will now helm AEG Live's live promotions office. The exe ...

  23. SMG/C3 In At Soldier Field

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Philadelphia-based facility management firm SMG reached a new five year deal yesterday with the Chicago Park District board of commissioners to run the city's Soldier Field, and Austin-based C3 Presents has aligned with SMG to bring concerts ...

  24. Touring Briefs: Parton, MSG Interactive, Ladytron

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- An ailing back has forced Dolly Parton to postpone her U.S. tour, which was due to begin Feb. 28 in Minneapolis. Parton has been ordered to rest for six to eight weeks; she is hoping to reschedule the dates for late April and May. Parton's ...

  25. Vickers Upped At Live Nation

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has elevated David Vickers to senior VP, international venue development. Vickers has served as division manager since 2002, a role which saw him tasked with overseeing the live music giant's U.K. music venues, which include the C ...

  26. Aussie Venue Operator To Manage Beijing Arena

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian venue operator AEG Ogden has reached an agreement to manage the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (BOBA) - the first NBA-style venue of its type in Asia. AEG Ogden has formed a strategic partnership with the Beijing Wukesong Culture & ...

  27. Global Spectrum Inks Singapore Sports Deal

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Philadelphia-based arena management firm Global Spectrum, a division of Comcast-Spectacor, will be part of a consortium to design, finance, build and manage the Singapore Sports Hub. Global Spectrum, which manages more than 70 facilities throughou ...

  28. Touring Briefs: Super Bowl XLII, Williams, AEG Live

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- Philadelphia-based arena management firm Global Spectrum, which oversees operations of Glendale, Ariz.'s 63,400-seat University of Phoenix Stadium, is making preparations for this year's Super Bowl XLII , set for Feb. 3. In preparatio ...

  29. Brooks Grosses $3.8M In Two Day L.A. Run

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The figures are in for Garth Brooks' historic run at the 20,000-seat Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the country artist played five concerts between Jan. 25-26 to raise money for those affected by the October 2007 blazes in Southern Cali ...

  30. Brooks Preps For Two-Day, Five Concert Run

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Preparing for five major concerts over a two-day period is no easy task, but organizers of Garth Brooks' upcoming wildfire benefit shows in Los Angeles are "confident we can do it," Staples Center senior VP/GM Lee Zeidman tells Bill ...

  31. Celine Dion To Make China Debut

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion will make her mainland China debut on April 13 at a Beijing concert marking the start of official celebrations leading up to the 2008 summer Olympics, which are being held in the Chinese capital. The concert will take place at Beijing& ...

  32. Hard Rock Sponsors Millennium Stadium

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales has signed a new sponsorship deal for its stadium tours with the Hard Rock Café. As well as being a major sporting venue, the Millennium Stadium has hosted performances by acts including the Rolling Stones, ...

  33. Touring Briefs: Def Leppard, Live Nation, Spice Girls

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- As part of its upcoming world tour, British rock act Def Leppard will perform 19 dates in North America, beginning March 27 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., and wrapping April 26 at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, ...

  34. Usher Teams With NHL For Benefit Shows

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST R&B star Usher will emcee two benefit performances during the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2008 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta. Proceeds from the events, which will feature performances by Wyclef Jean and the Jonas Brothers, will benefit U ...

  35. AEG, Australia's Ogden IFC Pair On JV

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG has acquired an interest in Australian venue operator Ogden IFC, and created a new 50:50 joint venture called AEG Ogden. The partnership will operate arenas, theaters, stadiums, convention a ...

  36. Geffen Aims For Online Gamers

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Geffen Records boy band NLT will be receiving a heightened profile in the online videogame world, and not just from getting their songs on soundtracks. The label has teamed with in-game advertising firm Mochi Media to run a campaign aimed at young ...

  37. Brooks Sells Out Five L.A. Concerts

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Garth Brooks' previously announced one-off wildfire benefit concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles quickly became five sold-out shows after organizers saw an overwhelming demand for tickets during the Dec. 1 on sale. Brooks will play fi ...

  38. Petty To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will play the coveted halftime slot at the Super Bowl in Arizona on February 3, organizers of the year's No. 1 television event said Sunday. This year, nearly 140 million Americans watched Prince play at the fo ...

  39. ACM Awards Set For Vegas

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take place May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will air live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS. It's the first year the ACM Awards will take place on a Sunday, the third year t ...

  40. Heavy Ticket Demand Is Maiden Heaven

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Iron Maiden's upcoming world tour is pulling-in the punters. The Nordic leg of Iron Maiden's "Somewhere Back In Time" world tour has proven particularly hot, with three stadium dates in Sweden and Finland selling out in less th ...

  41. Soda Stereo Continue Reunion Run

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Argentine rockers Soda Stereo have added a sixth show at the 60,000-capacity River Plate stadium in their hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of their reunion tour. The six-show run, which will host 360,000 fans, makes Soda the record hol ...

  42. New Stream Media Hires O2's Cockett

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. digital media production and distribution firm New Stream Media has poached Matt Cockett, the head of music at British telecoms giant O2, to lead its commerical team. In his new role as commercial director, effective from Nov. 19, Cockett wil ...

  43. Jimmy Eat World, Domingo Set For MLS Championship

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock act Jimmy Eat World and opera star Placido Domingo will perform live during Major League Soccer’s championship game Nov. 18. Jimmy Eat World will perform songs during halftime from “Chase This Light,” its latest Interscope release, which debu ...

  44. U.K.'s O2 Strikes Zeppelin Content Deal

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has inked a deal with O2 which will allow the mobile network's customers first access to Led Zeppelin's digitized content, plus entry into a prize draw for the rock legends' one-off in London next month. Through th ...

  45. Names Added To MTV EMA Bill

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 1 MTV Europe Music Awards' artist line-up is taking shape. Will.i.am and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will perform together on Munich's OlympiaHalle stage for the music TV broadcaster's flagship European awards event, o ...

  46. MSGE To Purchase Chicago Theatre

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) confirms to Billboard.biz that it is in final negotiations to purchase the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre. MSGE runs New York mainstay venues Madison Square Garden, the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, ...

  47. Jay-Z Loses Stadium Name Bid

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's bid to name The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority after his clothing company, Rocawear, was declined, reports the Associated Press. Instead, the venue decided to award naming rights to clothing maker ...

  48. AEG Pacts With Conseco Fieldhouse, E-Center

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Facilities, a division of Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG, has inked venue service agreements with Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse and West Valley City, Utah's E-Center. As part of the deals, AEG Facilities ...

  49. McCartney Gets Back To Liverpool

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney is to play a homecoming concert for 35,000 fans in Liverpool as part of the city's program of events for its year as European Capital of Culture. The former Beatle will headline the Liverpool Sound Concert at Liverpool Foot ...

  50. Beyonce's Malaysian Debut Axed

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce's Nov. 1 Kuala Lumpur concert has been cancelled following protests by local Muslim groups and what industry sources say is the American artist's refusal to abide by the country's strict dress code for performers. Kuala Lump ...

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