1. Exclusive Q&A: Irving Azoff on the Bidding War for L.A.'s Iconic Greek Theatre

    October 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The world's two largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG in partnership with the Nederlander, are on pins and needles and then some. They await word from the LA Department of Recreation and Parks on which proposal it will endorse for a ten-ye ...

  2. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's ...

  3. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws, 2014 has seen them face off with innovative products and marketing strategies. As Ticketmaster pushes its new TM+ platform to gro ...

  4. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual fe ...

  5. K-Pop Concert Planner in South Korea Found Dead After 16 Die

    October 18, 2014 3:29 PM EDT A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide, officials said, as doctors treated eight others facing life-thre ...

  6. iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Lineup: Pitbull, Becky G Join Ricky Martin, Roberto Tapia

    October 16, 2014 7:41 PM EDT If pop star Ricky Martin , Latin rock queen Alejandra Guzman and bachata crooner Prince Royce weren't enough for fans, now they're getting an even hotter ticket as Pitbull , J. Balvin and Becky G join the upcoming iHeartRadio Fiesta La ...

  7. New Honda Civic Tour Dates Feature First Latin Acts 3BallMTY, Los Rakas

    October 16, 2014 7:34 PM EDT The third and final dates of the Honda Civic Tour featuring Mexico's electronic trio 3BallMTY and hip-hop Panamanian group Los Rakas will take the acts throughout the country in 20 shows with stops in cities such as Houston, Miami, New York ...

  8. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The pe ...

  9. Cannibal Corpse's Russia Tour Under Pressure from Orthodox Protestors

    October 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Several dates of the U.S. death metal band Cannibal Corpse's Russian tour were canceled following protests from local Orthodox activists. Last Saturday, a show in Moscow's Glavklub was canceled by the promoter, who said that the decisi ...

  10. Kelly Clarkson Gathers Famous Friends for Holiday Benefit Concert

    October 14, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson announced on her website that she'll be hosting her first annual benefit concert, Miracle on Broadway , on Dec. 20. The show, which will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, features a star-studded lineup, including Reba ...

  11. Country the Focus of Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 13, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Several of the key players behinds the unprecedented success of country music touring will take part in discussion of the genre's live business in a Nov. 19 panel at the Billboard Touring Conference titled "Are You Ready for the Countr ...

  12. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, ...

  13. The Who Preps North American 'Who Hits 50!' Tour for 2015

    October 10, 2014 10:34 AM EDT The Who is returning to the road in North America for 2015 -- “The Who Hits 50!” Tour will swing through the States twice, beginning with a spring leg that kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Fl. and runs through May 30 in Forest Hills, NY, then resumi ...

  14. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan To Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against ...

  15. Fleetwood Mac Adds 28 More Tour Dates

    October 10, 2014 8:10 AM EDT A week and a half into Fleetwood Mac 's new On With the Show tour, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie have decided they're having fun. The group's first classic lineup outing in 16 ye ...

  16. Decision on L.A.'s Greek Theatre Postponed

    October 09, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Rival promotions companies Live Nation and Nederlander/AEG Live, who are bidding against each other on a ten-year contract to operate L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre will have to spend another two weeks on pins and needles. Today, the Departmen ...

  17. Live Nation vs. Nederlander/AEG: Who Will Win Tomorrow's Greek Theatre Bid?

    October 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Expect no love to be lost Thursday between the world's largest promoters Live Nation and the combined team of Nederlander/AEG Live when the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks is set to endorse one or the other in a fierce biddi ...

  18. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses' 40th Anniversary

    October 07, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses .  New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, ...

  19. 'Super-Serving the Uber Fan' To Be Discussed on Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 07, 2014 2:37 PM EDT How to manage fan relationships and extend them beyond each concert is something all concert industry stakeholders want, and today's data makes that more possible than ever. The issue will be discussed in-depth at a Billboard Touring Confer ...

  20. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's ...

  21. L.A.'s Calibash Moves to January After iHeartMedia Introduces Fiesta Latina

    October 06, 2014 11:26 AM EDT SBS Entertainment will move its annual Calibash mega concert to Jan. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The move comes several days after iHeartMedia announced that its first-ever Latin mega concert, the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, would ta ...

  22. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in ...

  23. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's o ...

  24. Why Are Opening Acts for Superstars Losing Money?

    October 03, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The costs of touring have skyrocketed during the last 20 years, cutting into profit margins. Although Eric Mayers , tour manager for My Morning Jacket and other artists, says costs eat up less of an act’s gross as venue size increases, many ...

  25. SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom

    October 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Updated, 3:10pm ET : SXSW's official statement on the report can be found in full at the bottom of this article. A new report, commissioned by SXSW from international design and event firm Populous, is causing ripples this week because of a ...

  26. iHeartMedia Announces First Latin Festival

    October 02, 2014 10:04 AM EDT IHeartMedia will produce its first-ever Latin mega concert. The iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 22, featuring performances by Ricky Martin , Daddy Yankee , Roberto Tapia , Alejandra Guzmán ...

  27. Boyz II Men Takes Out Top Casino Award

    October 02, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Boyz II Men has been named the musical artist of the year at the Casino Entertainment Awards. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony Wednesday night. It was part of the week's G2E Global Gaming Expo for the casino industry. Boyz ...

  28. 'Doctor Zhivago' Musical Heading to Broadway

    October 02, 2014 3:06 AM EDT The latest version of Cinderella will soon disappear from the Broadway Theatre, but another sweepingly romantic musical is ready to take its place -- Doctor Zhivago . Producers said Wednesday that the tale of five intertwined lovers set during f ...

  29. Ticketmaster Enters Qatar, Site of World Cup

    September 30, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Live Nation's Ticketmaster has opened up an office in Qatar, its second entry into the Middle East in two years. The tiny nation of 2 million has a rapidly growing economy and was recently awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup, an event it insist ...

  30. What a VIP Concert Package Buys You: From Front-Row Paul McCartney Seats to Dance Parties With Ariana Grande's Dancers

    September 29, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Getty Images This article first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Billboard . Kevin Haynes Touring ...

  31. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become b ...

  32. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely o ...

  33. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendal ...

  34. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Cancels New York Show, Blames Scalpers

    September 24, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Cat Stevens is canceling his New York performance just weeks after announcing a six-city tour. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces First New Music in 5 Years, Tour Stevens said on his Facebook page Wednesday (Sept. 24) that he would not keep the New Yor ...

  35. Weezer Announce Fall Tour Dates, Hitting Northeast and Southwest U.S.

    September 23, 2014 9:22 PM EDT In advance of Weezer 's return-to-peak-power-pop-form Everything Will Be Alright in the End , which will see release Oct. 7 , the SoCal quartet has announced American fall tour dates, including a string of dates where the band will perform ...

  36. Lana Del Rey To Play Two Gigs In L.A. Cemetery

    September 23, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence  has been accused of being gloomy, doomy and outright dark. Now she’s out to prove her critics right by announcing a pair of concerts at a cemetery.  The American artist will play two special shows at th ...

  37. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month s ...

  38. Ticketmaster Expands German Operations, Partners With Mehr! Entertainment Group & Eintrittskarten.de

    September 18, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Ticketmaster Germany has announced a new partnership withthe Düsseldorf-based Mehr! Entertainment Group and Eintrittskarten.de that will expand its retail ticketing and marketing solutions to the companies' more than 2,500 events and six ve ...

  39. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to promote and produce the Firefly Music Festival in the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in ...

  40. Bruce Springsteen & Louis C.K. to Headline NYC's Stand Up for Heroes

    September 16, 2014 7:51 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen , Louis C.K. , John Mulaney , John Oliver and Brian Williams will headline the eighth edition of Stand Up for Heroes, being held Nov. 5 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New Yor ...

  41. Italian Singer Ligabue Sets First U.S. Tour

    September 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Italian superstar Ligabue will embark on the first U.S. tour of his 25-year career with a performance Oct. 19 at Terminal 5 in New York. The tour is to promote his 10th studio album, Mondovisione , which was No. 1 on Italy’s albums chart for nine ...

  42. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in L ...

  43. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, ...

  44. Keith Urban Postpones Concert After Nicole Kidman's Dad Dies

    September 12, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Keith Urban postponed his Washington State Fair appearance following the sudden death of wife Nicole Kidman 's dad . Nicole Kidman's Father Dies in Singapore The country superstar was set to play the fair in Puyallup, Wash., on Saturday ...

  45. One Music Fest Executives Talk Talent Scouting & Future of the Brand

    September 12, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, One Music Fest returns to Atlanta for its fifth year. The festival has grown to become one of late summer's mandatory activities for music lovers in the Peach State. In fact, many attendees come from far beyond the Geor ...

  46. MSG's James Dolan Opens for Eagles, Pens Songs About Eliot Spitzer & Trayvon Martin

    September 12, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Go on and blame the opening act if anything goes awry at this weekend's Eagles show in New York City. That's because billionaire Cablevision CEO James Dolan , who also runs Madison Square Garden, where the concert takes place on Saturday ...

  47. SFX Buys Brazilian Agency, Promoter Plus Talent

    September 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT SFX Entertainment has announced its acquisition of Plus Talent, a leading agency and events promoter/producer in Brazil, in their latest move to expand in the South American market. Founded 20 years ago, Plus talent represents DJs and producers ...

  48. Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy; CEO Says More Acquisitions Likely

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Live Nation said Thursday its Ticketmaster unit has acquired Eventjoy for an undisclosed sum, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino touted the purchase at an investor conference in New York, where he also said more acquisitions are likely. " ...

  49. SXSW 2014 Brought $315 Million to Austin

    September 11, 2014 9:51 PM EDT This past year's South by Southwest Music, Film, Interactive, Edu and Eco Conferences and Festivals brought more than $315.3 million to the city of Austin, Texas, according to an analysis the organization released Thursday.  SXSW 2014: Photos ...

  50. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its fina ...

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