1. Ontario Wages War on Ticket Bots: AG Yasir Naqvi Talks Strategy, Fines, Jail Time

    June 28, 2017 10:57 AM EDT The Ontario government will be tabling The Ticket Sales Act in the fall to curb unfair ticket reselling practices. Those who break the law could face financial penalties as high as $250,000 ($190,000 USD) and possible jail time.  After tickets for ...

  2. Maná, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam and Wisin to Headline Los Dells Fest: Exclusive

    June 28, 2017 10:00 AM EDT At first blush it seems a crazy idea. A multi-day, multi-artist Latin festival in the middle of Wisconsin?  Now, organizers have announced the lineup and it’s clear they’re dead serious.  Maná , Daddy Yankee , Nicky Jam , Los Tucanes de Tijuana an ...

  3. Karoondinha Festival, Featuring John Legend & Odesza, Canceled: Exclusive

    June 27, 2017 6:54 PM EDT Chance the Rapper was also on the lineup of the planned Pennsylvania fest. Organizers for the three-day Karoondinha festival near Penn State University have canceled the July 21-23 event, telling Billboard in an exclusive interview that costs for ...

  4. Shakira Announces El Dorado World Tour

    June 27, 2017 11:03 AM EDT Shakira has announced dates for her El Dorado World Tour. The pop superstar will perform songs from her new album of the same name at over 30 arena concerts in Europe and the United States, she announced Tuesday (June 27).   The tour kicks off in ...

  5. GRiZ Announces Good Will Continue Tour, Releases Ephwurd Remix of 'Good Times Roll': Exclusive

    June 26, 2017 1:44 PM EDT When it comes to good vibes and funk, GRiZ  has you covered. He released his Good Will Prevail  album in Sept. 2016 and sticks to that message in 2017 with the exclusive announcement of his new tour, Good Will Continue. The string of fall dates al ...

  6. Brock Jones Leaves Spectra to Launch Indie Promoter 191 Touring

    June 24, 2017 2:30 PM EDT Comcast Spectacor’s in-house concert promoter is parting ways with the venue management company to start his own independent concert promotion shop.   Brock Jones is leaving Spectra Presents to start 191 Touring, a Nashville-based touring outfit t ...

  7. Lionel Richie Says Joint Tour With Mariah Carey Will Be 'Camp City'

    June 23, 2017 7:52 PM EDT "I told her, 'Bring all the camp with you.'" Lionel Richie is welcoming full diva behavior from Mariah Carey when she joins his All the Hits tour next month. Richie jokes that he expects Carey to bring along a massive entourage ...

  8. Tech Company Revives Century-Old Toronto Concert Hall, Where Zeppelin, Zappa & The Who Once Rocked

    June 23, 2017 2:17 PM EDT Toronto's famed century-old Concert Hall , where Frank Sinatra hosted parties, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder climbed its balcony, Led Zeppelin held its first Toronto show, and The Rolling Stones rehearsed for tour, is officially back in busin ...

  9. How Newark's Prudential Center Became the 'East Coast Home of K-Pop'

    June 23, 2017 9:30 AM EDT Plus, the arena's executives talk why K-pop is good business -- monetarily and socially. For the third year in a row, K-pop fans will flock to Newark's massive Prudential Center to make their annual pilgrimage to the East Coast iteration ...

  10. Depeche Mode's Global Spirit Tour Rakes in $46.5 Million (and Counting)

    June 22, 2017 10:05 PM EDT Depeche Mode tops Billboard’s latest tally of Hot Tours (see list below) with $46.5 million in box office revenue reported from 613,701 sold seats at the first 17 venues on the band’s Global Spirit tour. With shows booked in three continents throu ...

  11. Garth Brooks to Open Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium

    June 22, 2017 7:30 PM EDT Country legend Garth Brooks will perform the inaugural concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. The Oct. 12 concert was announced Thursday (June 22) on Facebook Live and will feature his wife Trisha Yearwood , providi ...

  12. How a Dave Matthews Band Show Inspired An App That Lets Fans Request Setlists

    June 22, 2017 4:26 PM EDT In September of 2015, Nate Tepper , Grant George , Connor Holloway and a few friends trekked two hours to Shoreline Amphitheater on the San Francisco Bay to see Dave Matthews Band play one of the final shows of their summer-long North American tou ...

  13. London's O2 Arena, the Busiest Concert Venue In the World, Celebrates 10 Years With Momentum, Challenges

    June 22, 2017 3:11 PM EDT The first time John Langford visited The O2 Arena in London in 2014, he took a river bus along the Thames, disembarked outside the venue and stared up at the vast 25-acre architectural dome standing before him. "I remember thinking, 'Jes ...

  14. CAA's Rick Roskin on Classic East & West and the Big Opportunities for Festivals

    June 22, 2017 3:04 PM EDT One of the creative minds behind July's Classic East and Classic West festivals on the vitality of classic rock and the evolving role of agents Even Rick Roskin , one of the most prominent talent agents in the music business, says he finds Cr ...

  15. What Will New Cuba Travel Regulations Mean for the Music Industry?

    June 22, 2017 12:39 PM EDT Trump’s executive order will not halt the flow of artists going to and from Cuba. But Cuba experts say that new U.S. regulations could pose a bigger threat to culture American artists will still be allowed to travel to Cuba and perform at concerts ...

  16. Live Nation, Citi Bring Eddie Vedder to Cannes for Secret VIP Show

    June 22, 2017 10:03 AM EDT Live Nation and Citi surprised fans at Cannes Lions with a secret concert featuring Eddie Vedder  at the Villa Alang Alang mansion Wednesday (June 21). Vedder performed before a celebrity-filled audience that included Nick Jonas and One Republic ’ ...

  17. 'Cats' to Close on Broadway, Launch National Tour

    June 21, 2017 9:50 PM EDT The feline-filled Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance in December. Cats is saying goodbye to Broadway. The revival of the feline-filled Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre o ...

  18. JAY-Z Could Be Headed on Tour This Fall

    June 21, 2017 11:29 AM EDT JAY-Z is looking to heat up the summer with several headlining festival gigs (The Meadows, Austin City Limits and Made in America) as well as a forthcoming album titled  4:44  dropping on Tidal and Spring exclusively on June 30, but the rap mogul ...

  19. Mad Tea Party Jam Forced to Cancel Headliner After Illness Strikes Festival-Goers & Artists

    June 19, 2017 10:12 PM EDT Another event at the same location in Artemis, Pennsylvania, saw similar cases of stomach sicknesses the weekend prior. The Mad Tea Party Jam in Artemis, Pennsylvania, this past weekend saw attendees, artists and staff fall ill to sicknesses that ...

  20. Gente de Zona Launches First-Ever U.S. Tour: Exclusive

    June 19, 2017 9:42 AM EDT After touring at length with mentor Marc Anthony and touring solo in both Spain and Latin America, Cuban group Gente De Zona will embark on its first-ever U.S. tour.  The 20-date Visualízate Tour, titled after their album of the same name, kicks o ...

  21. U2's The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Earns $62 Million in First Month on the Road

    June 15, 2017 8:41 PM EDT U2 ’s world tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree , the band’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album released in March 1987, grossed $62 million from 10 shows during its first four weeks on the road. That multimillion-dollar sales total e ...

  22. Inside Eventbrite's $200 Million Purchase of Ticketfly From Pandora, Which Arrived After Dizzying Race to Divest

    June 15, 2017 11:53 AM EDT When Pandora bought Ticketfly in 2015, both companies thought it was a match made in heaven, and Ticketfly founder Andrew Dreskin often described the deal as an “Eventbrite killer.” But 20 months later, under growing pressure from investors, Pando ...

  23. Billboard's Dance Power Players 2017: The DJs, Execs and Tastemakers Cueing Up Tomorrow

    June 15, 2017 10:14 AM EDT The Chainsmokers' manager Adam Alpert leads Billboard's annual list of DJ-producers, tastemakers and other movers and shakers who are driving the $7.4 billion global genre. Adam Alpert , 37 |  CEO, Disruptor Records, Selector Songs " ...

  24. Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert Canceled for 2017, Future Uncertain

    June 14, 2017 10:06 PM EDT "Although I will continue in fund raising efforts, for personal reasons beginning this year I will no longer be hosting The Bridge School Concert." The popular Bridge School Benefit concert that Neil Young has hosted for the past 30 year ...

  25. Manchester Arena to Remain Closed Until September

    June 14, 2017 2:19 PM EDT Manchester Arena is to remain closed until early September as it continues to undergo extensive repairs following last month's terrorist bomb attack outside an Ariana Grande concert. Twenty-two people, many of them children, died and over 100 ...

  26. CMA Music Fest Eyes Ascend Amphitheater as Permanent Venue Opportunity

    June 13, 2017 12:56 PM EDT When the Country Music Association's celebration, the CMA Music Festival, invaded Nashville June 8-11, a number of downtown locations became temporary, converted vehicles for the music. The city's NFL venue, Nissan Stadium, had roughly 5 ...

  27. Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson & The Avett Brothers to Join Willie Nelson & Friends at Farm Aid

    June 13, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Sheryl Crow , Jack Johnson and the Avett Brothers will join Willie Nelson and friends at the 32nd annual Farm Aid food and music festival taking place Sept. 16 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., outside Pittsburgh.  The guiding foursome ...

  28. The Weeknd Announces Fall Tour Dates With Gucci Mane

    June 13, 2017 9:54 AM EDT The Weeknd  just wrapped the American leg of his spring tour -- titled Legend of the Fall -- and has now announced a new set of dates that will actually take place in the season for which the tour is named. The second round of Legend of the Fall d ...

  29. Bonnaroo's Attendance Bounces Back With 65K Turning Out For U2, Weeknd: Exclusive

    June 12, 2017 5:27 PM EDT The rise represents a nearly 43% increase over 2016. After a big attendance drop in 2016, last weekend's (June 8-11) Bonnaroo has made up for lost ground with more than 65,000 fans each day in attendance, according to a source at Live Nation. ...

  30. Learfield Acquires Ticketer Paciolan From Spectra: Exclusive

    June 12, 2017 10:18 AM EDT Spectra is selling its ticketing division to college marketer Learfield, spinning off the Irvine, Calif. ticketing company it acquired from Ticketmaster in 2010. Learfield announced this morning that it's buying Spectra’s Ticketing & Fan ...

  31. Brad Paisley, X Ambassadors & Migos To Kick Off $100 Million Music Initiative in Arkansas

    June 10, 2017 2:47 PM EDT When it comes to music and cultural epicenters in the United States, El Dorado, Arkansas isn’t typically at the forefront of peoples’ minds. The area in the south central part of the state, after all, has long been in decline since its 1920’s heyd ...

  32. Paradigm Promotes Five Music Staffers To Agents

    June 09, 2017 4:08 PM EDT Five music staffers were promoted to music agent. Paradigm has promoted five music staffers to agents. Tim Corbin, Carly James, Jamila Lyndon, Kiely Mosiman and Paolo Suarez join Paradigm's team of music agents after multi-year stints in supp ...

  33. Eventbrite Acquires Ticketfly from Pandora for $200 Million

    June 09, 2017 1:17 PM EDT Eventbrite has acquired Ticketfly from Pandora for $200 million. The news comes after Pandora announced that it had raised $480 million in cash from SiriusXM, giving the satellite radio station controlled by Liberty Media a 16 percent stake in Pan ...

  34. 'Cash Me Outside' Girl Postpones Two-Date Tour

    June 08, 2017 4:31 PM EDT Danielle Bregoli, the 14-year-old from Florida whose "Cash Me Outside" catchphrase on Dr. Phil launched her to internet fame, is postponing a two-date test tour scheduled for Florida and Texas. Bregoli's manager Adam Kluger says the ...

  35. Billboard Touring Conference Returning to Los Angeles in November

    June 08, 2017 1:06 PM EDT The 2017 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will return on Nov. 14-15 when the live music industry's premiere event will set up at the Montage Beverly Hills. After a 12-year run in New York, the conference -- which features industry-l ...

  36. Songkick Pairs With Applet Platform IFTTT to Keep Fans Informed About Live Events

    June 08, 2017 10:33 AM EDT Ticketing and music discovery platform Songkick has announced a new collaboration with IFTTT, the platform that allows users to create customized auto-reactions between different apps. The partnership marks the first time a live music event servic ...

  37. Barbra Streisand's 'Magic' Tour Surpasses $50 Million Earned

    June 07, 2017 9:29 PM EDT After the diva added two dates to the tour, its total gross hit $53 million. The trek played to more than 200,000 fans. Barbra Streisand ’s The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic Tour wrapped with a total gross of $53 million, following two final perf ...

  38. Calvin Harris Includes Copy of New Album With Tickets to Las Vegas Residencies

    June 07, 2017 11:13 AM EDT The countdown toward Calvin Harris ' next album release is on. In the run-up to the release of Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 on June 30, Harris has announced he’s including copies of the album with the purchase price of tickets to his Las Vegas res ...

  39. CAA Commemorates World Refugee Day With Workshop & Scholarships

    June 07, 2017 10:50 AM EDT The CAA Foundation is launching the Take Action: Refugees program to coincide with World Refugee Day (June 20), with plans to provide 40 educational and vocational scholarships to displaced persons and those seeking asylum. Working in partnership ...

  40. CMA Music Festival Amps Up Nighttime Schedule, Adjusts to Stanley Cup Mania

    June 07, 2017 10:13 AM EDT The Country Music Association has guaranteed for more than a decade that there's plenty to do at night for four days in June on the east side of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. This year, the west side will be booming, too. Some 5 ...

  41. U2 Adds Joshua Tree Tour Dates

    June 06, 2017 7:32 PM EDT The band will return to North America and hit South America this fall. U2 is extending its Joshua Tree tour this fall by adding two months of shows in North and South America.  The 30th anniversary celebration of the band’s seminal album The Joshu ...

  42. New York City Celebrates 'American Association of Independent Music Day' With Mayoral Proclamation

    June 06, 2017 5:06 PM EDT NYC's Indie Week finally gets its recognized by the city. The global independent music community may never have received as much recognition a as it did this morning when the City of New York turned up at A2IM’s Indie Week conference to offic ...

  43. Fyre Festival Exec's Leaked Emails Show Skimping on Toilets, Housing & More

    June 05, 2017 7:25 PM EDT Lower-level staff warned Fyre Festival executives about about conditions on the island—including insufficient housing and restrooms—days and weeks ahead of the doomed festival, according to internal emails leaked to Mic . The emails show Fyre exec ...

  44. RLM Inks Booking Deal With Alvaro Soler

    June 05, 2017 5:53 PM EDT Spanish management and booking company RLM has signed rising singer/songwriter Alvaro Soler for booking in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Soler is best known for his hit “El mismo sol,” which was redone by Jennifer Lopez with Soler. The Soler ...

  45. AEG Drops Out of KeyArena Project, Ceding Project to Leiweke

    June 05, 2017 2:23 PM EDT Tim Leiweke of the Oak View Group has defeated his former company AEG in their first major battle. On Sunday, AEG Facilities President Bob Newman and the Seattle Partners coalition he was leading officially threw in the towel in its bid for Seattl ...

  46. AJ Wasson, Former Live Nation Exec, Launches Sector Management Group

    June 05, 2017 1:56 PM EDT AJ Wasson , the longtime GM of Live Nation Florida, has launched his own endeavor, Sector Management Group. Based out of South Florida, the company will provide business management services to artists and entrepreneurs along with tour and festival ...

  47. Germany's Rock am Ring Festival Reopens One Day After Bomb Scare

    June 03, 2017 3:28 PM EDT Three suspects were arrested and later released. German festival Rock am Ring reopened Saturday after a bomb scare  Friday night (June 2) forced the evacuation of 80,000 attendees who had stayed to watch Rammstein 's headlining set at the Nür ...

  48. Millions Expected to Tune In for Manchester Tribute Concert

    June 02, 2017 7:54 PM EDT Concert sold out in six minutes and generated approximately $2.6 million in sales. Ariana Grande ’s One Love Manchester concert for the victims of a May 22 terrorist attack will be seen in 40 countries, streamed across multiple digital platforms a ...

  49. Ticketing Giants Rally to Beat 'Unscrupulous' Manchester Benefit Concert Touts

    June 02, 2017 9:48 AM EDT Ticketmaster says it received over 10,000 "unscrupulous applications" from people falsely claiming to be at Ariana Grande Manchester bomb attack. The four leading secondary ticket sites in the U.K. have taken a united stance against tou ...

  50. Festival Platform Everfest Raises $3.6M From Live Nation, ATX

    June 01, 2017 7:18 PM EDT Festival editorial and membership platform Everfest has closed a new round of Series A funding, raising $3.6 million from concert promoter Live Nation and ATX Seed Ventures. Founded in 2014, the Everfest platform includes an online magazine highli ...

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