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  1. Recording Academy Launches Digital Liner Notes Campaign

    August 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit. So the Academy announced Thursday that it will launch the "Give Fans th ...

  2. Groupon's New G-Pass Allows Fans To Skip The Box Office

    April 12, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Groupon today announced the launch of G-Pass, an aspect of GrouponLive that allows users to access venues without having to stop by the box office first to pick up purchased tickets. Groupon and Live Nation Partner On GrouponLive, Ticket Discount ...

  3. Confessions of a Ticket Scalper: Billboard's Candid Q&A

    March 05, 2012 5:45 AM EST As part of a Billboard special report on the state of the ticketing business, our touring expert Ray Waddell picked the brain of a ticket broker who's been in the game, as he says, "since it was invented." We chose to protext his id ...

  4. Scalper 'Assault' Caused Website Jam for Bruce Springsteen Ticket Sales, Ticketmaster Says

    January 27, 2012 6:14 PM EST The latest episode in the saga between Bruce Springsteen and Ticketmaster arose Friday when the company's websites were jammed by what the company said was an "assault" from scalpers looking to hoard tickets for the Boss' upcom ...

  5. Billboard Reveals the 2012 Power 100

    January 27, 2012 1:30 PM EST Billboard found something else that Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation, can sit atop: In the January 28 issue of the magazine, Billboard unveils the Power 100, a ranking of the most powerful people in the music business. See the Billb ...

  6. Ticketing Sites Tumble As Take That Goes On Sale

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Massive demand for Take That's 2011 tour saw several U.K. ticketing sites crashing today as fans clamored for the chance to see the re-formed pop group. Tickets for the band's 14-date U.K. summer tour went on sale this morning at 9am GMT ...

  7. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Joel Tenenbaum, TuneCore

    February 19, 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 . -- An important aspect of Ticketmaster ’s settlement with ...

  8. Ancienne Belgique Launches Ticket Exchange

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels concert venue Ancienne Belgique (AB) is to implement a number of measures to fight ticket scalping including a legitimate ticket exchange system. The system becomes effective Jan. 22, the date for a sold-out show from Belgian metal band C ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Taylor Swift Partners with American Greetings Cards

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST This may be the perfect card for Kanye West to write his next apology note on. Taylor Swift has partnered with American Greetings for a line of greeting cards, gift packaging and stationary. The line will be arriving in stores in the spring. The c ...

  11. Jackson Film Scores Sellouts Galore Before Opening

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Advance sales for "This Is It" look set to make the concert movie starring the late Michael Jackson into one of the hottest tickets of the year. Two weeks ahead of its opening, the singer's concert movie "This Is It" has g ...

  12. Neil Young, No Doubt, Jimmy Buffett Onboard For Bridge School Benefit

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The lineup has been unveiled for the 2009 Bridge School Benefit concert, to be held Oct. 24-25 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. School co-founder Neil Young anchors a bill that also features No Doubt, Jimmy Buffett, Coldplay' ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Last Minute Concert Tickets Hot Items In Recession

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unemployment is up and consumer confidence is down, but one silver lining of the recession is that last-minute tickets to hear big acts like Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen are as little as $1. According to eBay Inc's StubHub, the leading Inte ...

  15. TicketsNow Operated Sites Shut Down, Company Hit With Fine

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. subsidiary has reached an agreement with the Illinois Attorney General after complaints of overly high-priced tickets to Hannah Montana and Bruce Springsteen concerts. The state attorney general's office anno ...

  16. AEG Facing $85 Million-Plus Jackson Ticket Refund

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The O2 Arena in London has informed Michael Jackson fans that details of how to obtain refunds will be revealed "in due course," while president and CEO of AEG Live Randy Phillips paid tribute to the singer. Billboard.biz understands AEG ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Front Line Aquires Dale Morris

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management has quietly acquired Dale Morris & Associates, home to country music's top touring artist in Kenny Chesney, along with Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Founded by Dale Morris, who worked with A ...

  19. Sen. Schumer Unveils Ticketing Legislation

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the backdrop of this morning's second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans' chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticke ...

  20. TicketsNow Required To Turn Over Client Info

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the ongoing governmental scrutiny of the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger, and in particular snafus regarding the on-sales of Bruce Springsteen shows in New Jersey and linking from Ticketmaster to the TM secondary site Ticke ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Ticketmaster To Change Online Sales Practices

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nearly a month after a controversial ticket on-sale for Bruce Springsteen's upcoming North American tour, Ticketmaster Entertainment has reached a national settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General in which the ticketing company has agr ...

  23. 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" ...

  24. Springsteen Blasts Ticketmaster Over On-Sale

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and his manager Jon Landau are blasting Ticketmaster for redirecting customers attempting to buy Springsteen tickets to their secondary ticketing site, TicketsNow. On Monday, fans trying to make face-value purchases for tickets w ...

  25. Rosner To Exit TicketsNow

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST TicketsNow president and CEO Cheryl Rosner will exit the company, effective Dec. 19, according to a spokesperson for TicketsNow, a subsidiary of Ticketmaster. Rosner will be replaced by Shawn Freeman, who will serve as president of TicketsNow and ...

  26. Play.com Enters Secondary Ticket Market

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online entertainment retailer Play.com has launched a new secondary ticketing service, Play.com Tickets. The Jersey-based company says the service will guarantee all tickets purchased and no payments will be made to the seller until seven days aft ...

  27. Hannah Montana Tix Heating Up Secondary Market

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The intense demand for tickets to the upcoming Hannah Montana tour is shining a bright spotlight on the secondary ticketing market. The tour is a rude awakening to the harsh realities of the modern concert market for an emotionally invested ticket ...

  28. Ozzfest Moves All Free Tickets

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Freefest, the free version of Ozzfest, went clean on its free tickets for all 24 dates in four days. More than 428,000 tickets in all were given away through livenation.com, which producers say is the largest number of free tickets distributed in ...

  29. WMG Exec Discusses Album Art In Digital Age

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group senior VP of strategy and product development George White spoke with Wired magazine recently about the changes expected in album art and liner notes in the digital age. Of the issues raised, White says WMG is working with Apple ...

  30. Fraudulent Streisand Tickets Nixed

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tickets bought with stolen credit card. More than one thousand tickets to Barbra Streisand's upcoming national concert tour that were fraudulently purchased from Ticketmaster using stolen credit card information have been invalidated, the tic ...

  31. Ticketmaster Buys Into Spanish Market

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Acquires Barcelona-based Tick Tack Ticket. Concert tickets giant Ticketmaster has extended its international reach in Europe with the acquisition of Spanish ticketing company Tick Tack Ticket. Barcelona-based Tick Tack Ticket will now become the o ...

  32. Who Purchases Tickets Online

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  33. Muse Holds Onto European Chart No. 1

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Yorke's 'Eraser' opens at No. 2. Yorke's 'Eraser' opens at No. 2. News ...

  34. Who Purchases Tickets Online

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  35. Beggars Japan Kicks Off

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Yorke's 'Eraser' first up for Beggars, WMJ firm. Yorke's 'Eraser' first up for Beggars, WMJ firm. News ...

  36. Who Purchases Tickets Online?

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More than one-third of online consumers purchased an event ticket online in the past year. Gender has little influence on who purchased tickets, but consumers younger than 35 are more likely to purcha More than one-third of online consumers purcha ...

  37. Wembley Arena Chooses Ticketmaster

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Technology will block fake tickets. Technology will block fake tickets. News ...

  38. French Parliament To Discuss New Copyright Bill

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Controversial law would curb digital copying. Controversial law would curb digital copying. News ...