1. Goldenvoice Offering Hacking Victims Free Identity Protection Services

    March 24, 2017 9:17 PM EDT Goldenvoice, the promoter behind Coachella and the Stagecoach festivals, is still trying to rectify the data breach it reported earlier this month when hackers gained access to some festival goers' personal information via its festival websit ...

  2. Ed Sheeran Launches Two-Pronged Assault on Ticket Scalpers, to Mixed Results

    March 24, 2017 12:01 PM EDT Ed Sheeran has a carrot and stick approach to the secondary market. The carrot is Ticketmaster’s new Verified Fan program, requiring concert-goers to register in advance to purchase tickets for his upcoming Divide World Tour. The stick came in the ...

  3. Charlie Wilson Leads Latest Hot Tours Roundup

    March 24, 2017 9:28 AM EDT Charlie Wilson has hit the road behind the February release of his new RCA album In It To Win It , with concerts booked stateside through mid-May. The veteran R&B singer heads up the latest list of the week’s top 10 Hot Tours based on box offi ...

  4. I.M.P. Signs 40-Year Lease To Operate Merriweather Post Pavilion Amidst $55 Mil Renovation

    March 23, 2017 1:15 PM EDT The parent company of Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club will continue running the historic amphitheater. I.M.P., the Washington, D.C.-area promotion company which runs the city's famed 9:30 Club, has secured a forty-year lease to operate Colum ...

  5. Viagogo a No-Show at U.K. Hearing Into Secondary Ticketing: 'Huge Lack of Respect'

    March 21, 2017 2:00 PM EDT Viagogo has done little to enhance its reputation as one of the worst offenders in the world of secondary ticketing by failing to send a representative to a Parliamentary hearing into the sector, held at the House of Commons in London earlier toda ...

  6. Alibaba Acquires Chinese Ticketing Service Damai

    March 21, 2017 9:22 AM EDT China's Alibaba Group revealed Tuesday that it has acquired full control of Beijing-based ticketing platform Damai.cn. Alibaba said in a statement to THR that the full takeover of Damai "fits nicely into our 'health and happiness� ...

  7. Ed Sheeran Announces James Blunt as Opening Act For North American Tour

    March 20, 2017 11:01 AM EDT It's official: Ed Sheeran 's bromance with James Blunt is being taken on the road. Sheeran announced early Monday (March 20) that his British buddy will serve as the opening act for his North American tour, which kicks off in Kansas City ...

  8. Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Announce Joint Tour With CNCO Opening

    March 20, 2017 10:13 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull will once again hit the road together. The pair kick off their co-headlining summer North American tour June 3 in Chicago’s AllState Arena, playing a total of 16 cities and ending in Toronto's Air Canada Center Ju ...

  9. Live Nation Takes Majority Stake in Isle of Wight Festival

    March 17, 2017 2:54 PM EDT Live Nation 's expansion drive shows no sign of slowing, with the entertainment giant's latest deal seeing it become the majority shareholder in the Isle of Wight Festival . The investment sees Live Nation partner with the festival' ...

  10. Was a SXSW Travel Visa Crackdown Inevitable Under President Trump?

    March 17, 2017 11:52 AM EDT At least 12 artists hoping to perform at the 2017 edition of the South by Southwest music conference in Austin have been denied entry to the United States, prompting confusion over whether musicians and performers, in general, will have trouble en ...

  11. ICM's Zach Iser On Showcasing Hip-Hop and R&B at SXSW: 'It's a Great Opportunity'

    March 17, 2017 10:10 AM EDT While the SXSW Music Festival is traditionally seen as something of a Mecca for rising indie artists from across the globe, to many it goes far beyond any one genre. "It's a great opportunity for us to showcase our newer and developing h ...

  12. Willie Nelson Leads Farm Aid TV Special With Alabama Shakes, John Mellencamp and Nathaniel Rateliff

    March 16, 2017 11:51 AM EDT The approach of spring brings festival-planning by music fans and crop-sowing by farmers —both activities called to mind by the premier broadcast of the 2016 Farm Aid concert Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV, featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Joh ...

  13. Former Chris Brown Manager 'Mike G' Joins UTA

    March 15, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Mike “Mike G” Guirguis, Chris Brown ’s former manager, is one of three new agents -- including Bex Majors and Billy Wood -- joining United Talent Agency’s music team. The trio’s hiring is the latest move in UTA’s ongoing expansion of its music div ...

  14. Former Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike Will Spin on Metallica Tour

    March 15, 2017 8:49 AM EDT Former Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike will be hitting the road with Metallica as the tour DJ for their Worldwired Tour . He joins the tour's opening acts, which include Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira. "The party will roll all nig ...

  15. Massive Concert in Argentina Leaves Two Dead, 11 Injured

    March 14, 2017 1:19 PM EDT ,000 people descended upon a town about 200 miles from Buenos Aires on Saturday (March 11) to see a single artist perform; one that most of the world has never heard of. Twice the amount of expected spectators crushed to see El Indio Solari, a ...

  16. Customs Officials Offer Travel Clarification After SXSW Artist Is Denied Entry Into U.S.

    March 14, 2017 12:47 PM EDT At least seven artists hoping to play the annual South by Southwest music festival have been turned away at the U.S. border amid confusion over the type of visa needed to enter the country. At issue is whether artists can perform at free showcase ...

  17. Winter Storm Stella Causes Concert Cancelations & Postponements Across East Coast

    March 14, 2017 10:37 AM EDT The Nor'easter named Stella unleashed havoc all across the East Coast on Tuesday morning (March 14), with more than 7,800 flights canceled, thousands of schools closed, 18 million people under blizzard warnings and states of emergency declare ...

  18. The Who Announces Las Vegas Residency

    March 13, 2017 10:01 PM EDT The Who announced a new residency in Las Vegas on Monday (March 13) that's set to kick off July 29 at Caesars Palace.  The residency currently consists of just six shows, though -- as The Guardian reports -- was described in a statement as a ...

  19. Classic East & Classic West Festivals Reveal Who Will Join Eagles, Fleetwood Mac on Lineup

    March 10, 2017 7:37 PM EST Six artists will play the inaugural Classic East and Classic West festivals in New York and Los Angeles, Billboard has learned. Eagles will open the first night of the series with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers . The second night will feature ...

  20. Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates

    March 09, 2017 9:35 PM EST Two weeks after Lionel Richie was forced to postpone his tour with Mariah Carey because of a knee injury, the pair’s All the Hits tour has been rescheduled and reduced in size. Originally slated to run mid-March to late May, the 35-date tour has b ...

  21. Bruce Springsteen's Australia & New Zealand Tour Earns Nearly $40 Million

    March 08, 2017 8:51 PM EST Bruce Springsteen heads up the weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list below) based on ticket sales from his latest tour with the E Street Band that played markets in Australia and New Zealand during January and February. Grosses totaled $38 million ...

  22. Ed Sheeran Announces 48-Date North American Arena Tour

    March 08, 2017 9:05 AM EST Ed Sheeran announced a 48-date North American arena tour on Wednesday (March 8), slated to kick off at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on June 29 and run through an Oct. 6 show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. All pre-sales for the massive ...

  23. AEG Live Is Now AEG Presents

    March 07, 2017 7:39 PM EST This is not your father's AEG Live. The world's second-largest concert promoter is now AEG Presents. The entertainment giant behind events like Coachella and Stagecoach in Southern California, Panorama Festival in New York City and 8,000 ...

  24. Moogfest 2017 Announces Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Derrick May & More: Exclusive

    March 07, 2017 12:00 PM EST North Carolina's annual Moogfest is more than just a bunch of artists doing their things on stage. It's an educational opportunity to explore and experiment with some of the wildest and most daring minds in electronic music. "Moogfe ...

  25. How SXSW Got Pegged as the Anti-Immigration Music Festival

    March 03, 2017 8:27 PM EST Over the last 24 hours, the long running festival  SXSW  has been engulfed in controversy regarding two provisions of its contract with artists who perform there. After a  flurry of criticism from musicians  who derided the contracts as “chilling” ...

  26. UTA Names Greg Janese Head of Corporate & Special Events

    March 03, 2017 4:56 PM EST UTA has named Greg Janese head of corporate and special events, based out of Nashville. Janese arrives from Paradigm, where he also headed the corporate and special event division. He was with the agency for 12 years, joining after a stint as pres ...

  27. SXSW CEO on Immigration Controversy: 'We Have Never Reported an International Artist to Immigration'

    March 02, 2017 6:44 PM EST SXSW has issued an official response to today's news that Brooklyn-based band Told Slant had canceled their appearance at this year's music festival after noticing that their contract stated the festival could notify US immigration autho ...

  28. Told Slant Cancels SXSW Appearance Over Contract's Deportation Threat (Updated)

    March 02, 2017 6:03 PM EST Brooklyn-based act Told Slant were scheduled to perform at this year’s SXSW as an official artist for the first time, but today (March 2) the group canceled their appearance. This because the Austin-based festival's policy to notify US immigr ...

  29. Iron Maiden Strike A Blow To UK Scalpers

    March 02, 2017 5:01 PM EST Iron Maiden ’s efforts to beat scalpers and take on the resale market has been hailed a huge success, cutting its listings on secondary sites by over 95 percent, according to promoter Live Nation and the band’s management.    “This is an incredibl ...

  30. Eagles and Fleetwood Mac Planning New York and Los Angeles Festivals: Exclusive

    March 02, 2017 1:14 PM EST Two of rock’s most venerable acts are planning a bi-coastal music festival this summer and are hoping to develop an annual franchise around the concert series. The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac will headline the festivals being billed as Classic East a ...

  31. How Coachella Gained Lady Gaga After Losing Beyonce

    March 02, 2017 12:02 PM EST AEG Live chairman Jay Marciano was anxious at the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards -- not because he had a horse in the race for album of the year, but because he, along with top AEG brass gathered in the company's Staples Center suite, was getting his ...

  32. Fader Fort Announces Preliminary SXSW Lineup, New Venue Change

    March 02, 2017 9:09 AM EST The Fader Fort, one of the most popular events in Austin, Texas each year during the annual SXSW conference and festival each March, today announced that Young M.A. , Cardi B , Downtown Boys, Lizzo , Kap G , Dams of the West and Bishop Briggs will ...

  33. Mondo.NYC Returns In October For Second Year

    March 01, 2017 4:53 PM EST Mondo.NYC, the music business, tech and emerging artists confab which launched last Sept., returns this coming Oct. 4-8. The festival essentially took the place of the annual CMJ Music Marathon which after 34 years in 2015 seemingly ceased being. ...

  34. Goldenvoice Confirms Hack of Coachella Website

    March 01, 2017 9:20 AM EST Goldenvoice has warned Coachella.com account holders of a potentially large data breach. In a message sent to users on Tuesday, the concert promoter said it recently discovered that hackers gained access to personal information, including full nam ...

  35. Lady Gaga to Replace Beyonce at Coachella

    February 28, 2017 6:17 PM EST UPDATE: Lady Gaga made the Coachella news official late Tuesday (Feb. 28) by tweeting an updated lineup poster and the caption "Let's party in the desert!" Let's party in the desert! --✌️-- pic.twitter.com/2SYOv7TscF — xoxo, Jo ...

  36. Cher Adds 18 More Dates to 'Classic Cher' in Las Vegas

    February 28, 2017 11:01 AM EST Cher has announced an additional 18 summer and fall 2017 performances for her CLASSIC CHER show at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The music icon -- who decided to extend her show following the tremendous succes ...

  37. Live Nation Posts Sixth Consecutive Year of Record Growth

    February 23, 2017 8:38 PM EST Live Nation is celebrating another record year with double-digit growth in revenue, attendance, sponsorship and advertising. Company officials released financial results for Q4 and all of 2016, reporting revenue up 15 percent for the year to $8.4 ...

  38. Beyonce Cancels Coachella, Ticket Prices Drop 12 Percent

    February 23, 2017 5:24 PM EST The worst has happened, perhaps. Beyonce , the most popular musician on God's green earth, has canceled her co-headlining spot for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The announcement comes two months out from Coachell ...

  39. Dave Brooks Joins Billboard as Senior Correspondent, Touring and Live Entertainment

    February 23, 2017 3:14 PM EST Dave Brooks has joined the staff of Billboard as Senior Correspondent, Touring and Live Entertainment. He will be based out of Billboard 's Los Angeles office and report to Billboard news director and The Hollywood Reporter music editor Shirl ...

  40. Woman Wearing Anti-Trump Sign Barred From Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall

    February 23, 2017 9:27 AM EST A woman is claiming she was barred from attending a performance at New York City's Lincoln Center because she wouldn't remove an anti-Trump sign affixed to the back of her jacket. Jenny Heinz, a longtime Metropolitan Opera and New York P ...

  41. London's O2 Arena Keeps Name Following Lucrative Pact With AEG

    February 23, 2017 8:50 AM EST AEG have renewed their decade-long naming rights partnership with telecoms company O2 for London’s The O2 Arena -- the world’s top grossing concert venue .  Negotiated by AEG Global Partnerships, the deal secures O2 as the 21,000-capacity venue’s ...

  42. Doctor Music Festival, Idle Since 2000, Announces 'Heavenly' Return

    February 22, 2017 2:49 PM EST Doctor Music Festival, a greenfield music festival set in an idyllic mountain valley in Northern Spain, previously headlined by David Bowie, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, is to return after an almost 20 year absence. Also known as the Festival of the Co ...

  43. Gucci Mane To Embark on First-Ever Tour This Spring

    February 22, 2017 11:04 AM EST In 2016, Gucci Mane  cemented his comeback year with a slew of releases including Everybody Looking and The Return of East Atlanta Santa . To continue his monstrous streak, the Atlanta rapper will embark on his first career tour this upcoming spri ...

  44. Chris Brown Announces Party Tour With 50 Cent & Fabolous

    February 22, 2017 10:01 AM EST After  pulling the plug on his boxing match with Soulja Boy , Chris Brown announced the line-up for his upcoming Party tour.  Set to kickoff March 31 in Baltimore, the R&B crooner will be joined by 50 Cent ,  Fabolous , O.T. Genasis , and Kap ...

  45. Eric Church's Manager Explains How He Cancelled 25,000 Tickets Held by Scalpers

    February 21, 2017 5:04 PM EST How does a country superstar like  Eric Church invalidate 25,000 tickets he believes are being resold on secondary market sites? By going through hundreds of pages of sales reports and weeding out scalpers, one ticket at a time. Church will kick ...

  46. 23 New or Renovated Venues Looking to Lure This Year's Top-Selling Tours

    February 21, 2017 11:06 AM EST The concert business in North America generated more than $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales in 2016, according to Billboard Boxscore. Those dollars have the greatest economic impact in cities that boast the most successful music facilities, so in ...

  47. J. Cole Reveals 4 Your Eyez Only Tour Dates

    February 21, 2017 10:20 AM EST J. Cole is heading back on the road for his forthcoming 4 Your Eyez Only tour. The 57-city trek in support of his platinum, Billboard 200 -topping album begins on June 1 in South Carolina's The Musix Farm with a run of thirteen intimate shows ...

  48. Rhode Island Marks Anniversary of Station Nightclub Fire That Killed 100

    February 20, 2017 3:26 PM EST Survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people, and relatives of those who died, are marking the 14th anniversary of the blaze. Small gatherings were held Sunday afternoon and Monday morning (Feb. 20) at the site of the former Station n ...

  49. Eric Church Cancels 25K Tickets Bought by Scalpers

    February 20, 2017 1:14 PM EST Country star Eric Church has been battling ticket scalpers for years as his popularity grew and he began selling out arenas. But he's taken his biggest step yet by cancelling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by ...

  50. Bon Jovi Breaks Attendance Record at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena

    February 19, 2017 1:25 PM EST Bon Jovi broke the attendance record for capacity at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during its Saturday night (Feb. 18) show, the arena reported on Twitter. The band, which has seen a million faces and rocked them all, packed in 18,514 fans on ...

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