1. One Direction Where We Are Tour Breaks $200 Million in Sales

    August 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT One Direction is the first touring artist in 2014 to break the $200 million ticket sales barrier based on revenue reported this week from the European and North American legs of its Where We Are world tour. The London-based band heads up the weekl ...

  2. SeatGeek Raises $35 Million From Accel Partners, Nas, Manning Brothers

    August 28, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Concert ticket search engine SeatGeek announced on Thursday that it has raised $35 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel Partners. Other investors in the round include rapper Nas , NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and Causeway ...

  3. Miley Cyrus To Headline First iHeartRadio Australia Music Fest

    August 28, 2014 5:50 AM EDT Miley Cyrus will headline the inaugural iHeartRadio Australia Music Festival this October.  The pop star will lead the line-up for the single-day show which debuts Oct. 18 at Sydney’s 20,000-plus capacity Allphones Arena. The likes of entertainer ...

  4. ZZ Top Cancels Tour Dates After Bassist's Fall

    August 27, 2014 9:01 PM EDT ZZ Top has cancelled two weeks of American tour dates after bassist Dusty Hill fell on the band's bus Tuesday and injured his hip.  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music The band was on its way to Clarkston, Mich. ...

  5. How Billy Joel and Jason Aldean Saved Six Figures By Splitting Tour Costs

    August 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With stadium-show production costs running as high as $1.8 million, Live Nation acts like Billy Joel and Jason Aldean are saving $500,000 to $700,000 apiece by sharing costs in order to minimize the significant costs of producing stadium shows, ...

  6. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasio ...

  7. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I thought they were just talking shit. We were all just drinking a bit too much one night, and that’s something they came up with,” the cou ...

  8. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of ...

  9. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederl ...

  10. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tick ...

  11. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for iOS and Android. The acquisition adds another layer to Ticketfly’s music discovery assets and, perhap ...

  12. AEG Live Seals Deal to Provide Music Clips to National CineMedia

    August 21, 2014 2:20 AM EDT To increase awareness of concert tours and new music to moviegoers, AEG Live will supply short music clips to National CineMedia, a top provider of advertising in movie theaters.  The first videos -- 10- and 20-second clips -- promote the 24-city ...

  13. NFL Reportedly Wants Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    August 21, 2014 12:48 AM EDT The NFL has narrowed down its list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates, but the league is now asking the artists under consideration to pay to play, according to a new report. Rihanna , Katy Perry and Coldplay are t ...

  14. Australia’s Live Entertainment Biz Reaches All-Time High in 2013: Report

    August 20, 2014 7:24 AM EDT Live entertainment proved to be a hot ticket Down Under in 2013, with revenue reaching an all-time high of nearly Australian $1.5 billion ($1.39 billion), new research reveals. In its latest Annual Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey , Live Per ...

  15. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over ...

  16. Will New York's Met Opera Avoid Bankruptcy?

    August 18, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Update, Aug. 18 : Negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow (Aug. 19). The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative agreements Monday morning with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus after an all-night bargaining session, according ...

  17. SFX Revenues Rise, But Deepens Loss in Second Quarter

    August 14, 2014 2:37 PM EDT SFX, the young conglomerate built around EDM concert promotion, multiplied its revenue but experienced a deeper net loss in the second quarter. Revenue grew 199 percent, to $82 million, while net loss increased 77.6 percent, to $43.7 million. &qu ...

  18. Where's the Money, Jabberwocky? ATP Cancels Festival, Leaves Fans in the Lurch

    August 14, 2014 1:43 PM EDT It's been a couple days since All Tomorrow's Parties dropped the bombshell news that they were calling off this weekend's Jabberwocky festival in London. Citing good-but-not-good-enough ticket sales, ATP announced that had they carr ...

  19. Brazil's Controversial World Cup Stadiums Poised to Expand Its Touring Market

    August 13, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Brazil spent $4 billion to build or renovate 12 stadiums in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, a move that, like the rest of the country's soccer spending spree, generated more jeers than cheers. While a few of these stadiums will get some a ...

  20. Culture Club Return For New Album & Reunion Tour

    August 12, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Good news for Culture Club fans: The highly popular British new wave band has a new album in the works to go with 2014 tour dates in both the United States and the United Kingdom. And unlike previous reunions, this incarnation of Culture Club wil ...

  21. Bob Weir Cancels All Concerts For 2014

    August 12, 2014 4:25 AM EDT Guitarist Bob Weir is canceling all of the tour dates he had planned through January. The Grateful Dead founder says his tour with his other band, RatDog , won't kick off this week as planned. He posted a message Sunday on RatDog's websi ...

  22. Kings Of Leon Cancel Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Kings Of Leon has canceled a raft of live dates to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover from injuries he sustained in a bus crash. The show, however, will go on at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (Aug. 12). The late night entert ...

  23. Lana Del Rey Postpones First Israel Concert

    August 08, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has postponed her first-ever concert in Israel due to the hostilities in nearby Gaza. The "West Coast" singer-songwriter was scheduled to perform at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Ground's on Wednesday, Aug. 20. According to t ...

  24. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11 ...

  25. StubHub's Live Music App Goes Wide, but Without Ticketmaster's Help

    August 06, 2014 1:15 PM EDT StubHub, the ticket reselling subsidiary of eBay Inc., is launching its StubHub Music app nationwide as it goes after core music fans in a challenge to Live Nation in the concert business. The app, which launched in San Francisco in June , expande ...

  26. Live Nation Australasia Partners on Sex-Ed Program

    August 06, 2014 4:40 AM EDT Live Nation Australia and New Zealand is getting busy on a sex-education program. The live entertainment giant’s Australasia affiliate has formed a partnership with the state of New South Wales’ health department on the “Play Safe” campaign, which ...

  27. Madison Square Garden Company Appoints Sean Creamer Exec VP & CFO

    August 06, 2014 2:10 AM EDT The Madison Square Garden Company has secured the services of former Arbitron Inc president and CEO Sean Creamer to oversee its financial and accounting matters.  Creamer will join MSG as executive vp and cfo with effect from Sept. 1. As a member ...

  28. Electronic Music Magazine Resident Advisor Introduces Ticket Reselling

    August 05, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Resident Advisor  has launched its own ticket resale service.  Ticketmaster UK Follows US in Upgrading CAPTCHA, Bane of Ticket-Buyers The U.K.-based online electronic music magazine announced the news  on its website. "The service aims to era ...

  29. Three Dead, 100 Hospitalized After Veld and Boonstock Festivals

    August 05, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Three people died and close to 100 people have been taken to hospital following two Canadian music festivals held on opposiite sides of the country over the long weekend (August 2-4). In Toronto, a 20-year-old woman and 22-year-old man died after ...

  30. Musictoday Spun Off From Live Nation, Acquired by Delivery Agent

    August 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Musictoday, an e-commerce company for the music industry founded by Coran Capshaw (current CEO of Red Light Management), has been acquired by interactive-commerce company The Delivery Agent. Under majority ownership by Live Nation since 2006 , Mus ...

  31. Exclusive: SFX, MasterCard Announce Global Multi-Year Partnership

    August 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT MasterCard and SFX Entertainment will announce a global multi-year partnership that will make MasterCard the exclusive financial services sponsor of SFX's many platforms, as well as an integrated technology partner in improving fan experience ...

  32. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight (August 5) and tomorrow night (August 6). The pair's 19 North American shows will gross over $100 million in tick ...

  33. Vince Power Slams 'Vindictive' Rights Society Following Live Ban in U.K.

    August 04, 2014 12:21 PM EDT British concert promoter Vince Power has responded to a High Court ruling last week that effectively banned him from staging any music events in public until a dispute with the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS for Music) is resolved. PRS, ...

  34. Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert

    August 03, 2014 12:16 PM EDT Keith Urban says he's 'horrified' by reports of a possible sexual assault at his concert last weekend south of Boston. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert Eighteen-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston ...

  35. Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles

    August 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band ...

  36. Why Wall Street Loves Live Nation

    August 01, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Investors like what they’re seeing from Live Nation. Shares of the world’s biggest concert promoter have risen 21 percent year to date and 47 percent in the past year. Over those time periods, the overall New York Stock Exchange, on which Live N ...

  37. Live Nation Revenue Down 1 Percent in Second Quarter

    July 31, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Live Nation revenue declined 1 percent in the second quarter, the company announced Thursday, giving the world's largest concert promoter and ticket seller a rare -- but not unexpected -- hiccup during a period of health in the live event bus ...

  38. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this week's slate of performers with a $4.2 mil ...

  39. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520, ...

  40. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert

    July 29, 2014 9:53 PM EDT An 18-year-old Boston man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl during a Keith Urban concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on July 26. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert The teenage gir ...

  41. R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of an Ohio music festival following complaints about his past as an alleged sexual predator. The musician was slated to perform on the opening day of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival over Labor D ...

  42. Natalie Imbruglia Signs with ICM Partners for Concerts, New Album Coming

    July 29, 2014 12:48 AM EDT Natalie Imbruglia has signed with ICM Partners’ concerts department, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The pop singer’s debut album, 1997’s Left of the Middle , sold seven million copies worldwide and featured the single “Torn,” whic ...

  43. More Ted Nugent Shows Canceled by Indian Tribe

    July 28, 2014 7:04 PM EDT A second Northwest Indian tribe says it doesn't want right-wing rocker Ted Nugent performing at its casino. The News Tribune reports the Puyallup Tribe said Thursday it's canceling Nugent's concerts scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3 at the ...

  44. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its ...

  45. Katy Perry Sets Hot Tours Pace With Prismatic Run

    July 24, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Perry's blockbuster tour kicked off in the U.S. on June 22. Katy Perry tops the weekly slate of Hot Tours with sales reported from five cities on the four-month North American swing of her Prismatic Tour, which kicked off in the U.S. on June ...

  46. Former Asia Singer Sues Las Vegas Casino Over 'Rock Vault' Show

    July 24, 2014 8:46 AM EDT After being fired from the Las Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander. Payne was a lead singer in the British prog rock group ...

  47. New Traveling Festival Will Bring Bass Music to 20 Cities This Fall (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A new music festival geared toward fans of electronic bass music, a heavy sub-genre under the EDM umbrella, will travel to 20 U.S. cities this September and October. Called Safe in Sound, it will feature Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead ...

  48. Cyber Thieves Compromised 1,000 StubHub Accounts: Officials

    July 23, 2014 11:37 AM EDT Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled a ...

  49. AEG's Lee Zeidman Promoted to President, Staples Center

    July 23, 2014 1:01 AM EDT Lee Zeidman has been promoted to the newly created position president, Staples Center, it was announced by Dan Beckerman, president and ceo, AEG, developers and owners of the Los Angeles arena. Additionally, Zeidman will simultaneously be elevated ...

  50. Shania Twain to End Vegas Run in December

    July 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Country superstar Shania Twain says she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 "Shania: Still the One" shows in October and December, i ...

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