1. The Agency Group Opens Miami Office to Target Latin Market (Exclusive)

    July 08, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Taking aim at the profitable Latin American touring market and a burgeoning U.S. Latin market, The Agency Group has opened its first Miami office, with talent agent Jeremy Norkin as its director of Latin Operations. Although The Agency Group has ...

  2. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 10:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote in an op-e ...

  3. Three Dead and 15 Injured Following Show by Arrolladora Banda el Limon and Lupillo Rivera

    July 07, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Officials in Mexico said they would halt all events at the open area known as 30-30 in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec following the death of three people and injuries to at least a dozen more during a regional Mexican music concert Saturday ni ...

  4. Coachella Breaks Boxscore Record (Again)

    July 07, 2014 1:05 PM EDT For the third year in a row – dating back to when it expanded to two consecutive weekends with identical lineups – the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., set an all-time Boxscore record for gro ...

  5. Warped, Beatport Team Up for Three-Year Deal

    July 07, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Warped founder Kevin Lyman and Beatport executive creative director Clark Warner on their ambitious plans, including potential remixes and helping artists tailor their sound "a little bit for a different audience" It's a Sunday afte ...

  6. How Festival D'été Can Charge $70 for 11 Days of Major Headliners

    July 05, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Festival D'été in Quebec City may not yet have the same cachet as Coachella or Bonnaroo, but the 11-day music festival (July 3-13) boasting such A-listers as Lady Gaga, Bryan Adams, Billy Joel, deadmau5, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age ...

  7. The Greatest of Oz: Concert Promoter Michael Chugg's Legendary 50 Years

    July 01, 2014 1:29 PM EDT From ABBA to Keith Urban, Australia's Michael Chugg celebrates a half-century of concert promotion. This article first appeared in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . Michael Chugg has a surprising well of energy, especially for a man ...

  8. Dozens Hospitalized Over the Weekend at Digital Dreams EDM Festival in Toronto

    July 01, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Forty-six concertgoers, ages 18 to 30, were transported to hospital from Canada’s largest EDM event, Live Nation’s Digital Dreams Music Festival in Toronto over the weekend. Most suffered from drug and alcohol-related illnesses, according to Emer ...

  9. Electric Daisy's Value to Vegas In One Graphic

    June 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . The just-wrapped fourth edition of Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival broke its own records as the world’s largest dance festival, hosting a record 400,000 attendees who ...

  10. The Eagles' ‘History’ Tour Brings in $145 Million, Plays to 1.1 Million Fans

    June 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Azoff: “I love this show." The History Of the Eagles world tour, launched in July of last year, has grossed more than $145 million, according to numbers released today by Eagles manager Irving Azoff. The band has performed in front of 1.1 mil ...

  11. EDMBiz Successfully Wraps Third Annual Conference in Las Vegas

    June 27, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Artists, promoters, agents, bloggers, investors, media experts and more from around the country and all over the globe gathered to share their knowledge, experience and overall thoughts on the state of the industry’s past, present and future. The ...

  12. Marc Anthony Leads Hot Tours with $5.1 Million Mexican Trek

    June 27, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Marc Anthony heads up the weekly slate of top-grossing Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from a string of concerts in Mexican markets during May and June. The brief four-week swing was a continuation of the Latin pop star’s Vivir Mi Vida tour ...

  13. Glastonbury in Numbers: Mud, Toilets, Wi-Fi Cows and Zero Metal

    June 27, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Glastonbury, the world’s biggest green-field music and performing arts festival, officially begins today with Elbow, Lily Allen, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant, The Black Keys, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, Pixies, Kasabian, Ellie Go ...

  14. Executive Playlist: Bob Babisch's 37-Years of Booking Summerfest Playlist

    June 27, 2014 7:11 AM EDT Bob Babisch has worked  in the music industry for 41 years – 37 of them booking Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to leading the music team for Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., the 501 (c)3 organi ...

  15. 11th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Set for Nov. 19-20 in NYC

    June 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The 2014 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will take place Nov. 19-20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Registration is now open . Now in its 11th year, the Billboard Touring Conference features industry-leading programming that ...

  16. Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists & Capitol Records Unveil After Hours Label (Exclusive)

    June 26, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Three major EDM industry players have joined forces to provide a new all-in-one record label on the Las Vegas Strip. Formed in a partnership between Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists and Capitol Records, the new After Hours label will draw ...

  17. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, ...

  18. Dozens Hospitalized After Avicii Concert in Boston

    June 26, 2014 1:40 AM EDT An Avicii concert at Boston's TD Gardens ended with multiple people taking trips to the hospital, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Roughly 38 people, many of them teenagers, were hospitalized after using dangerous substances, The Boston ...

  19. Scotland's T in the Park Relocating to Strathallan Castle

    June 25, 2014 10:26 AM EDT Scotland's largest music festival, T in the Park, will relocate from its longtime home of Balado to Strathallan Castle in 2015, DF Concerts & Events has announced. Eminem Touches Down at T in the Park Susan Boyle Sings for the Pope in Sco ...

  20. Rick Rubin Talks Punk Rock Hip-Hop, the Advantage of Big Companies in Rare Interview

    June 24, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Recently, legendary producer Rick Rubin sat down for a rare hour-long interview with BBC Radio One's Zane Lowe at his Shangri-La studio in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning mastermind behind such canonical records as Beastie Boys' " ...

  21. NXNE, CMW Remove Radius Clause While 'Why NXNE Sucks' Panel Rages

    June 24, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Just when a handful of invited detractors on the Why NXNE Sucks panel were griping about the 45-day radius clause imposed on artists performing at the Toronto music festival (June 18 to 22), publicists for NXNE and Canadian Music Week had already ...

  22. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Tap The Agency Group's Josh Dick to Join Management Team

    June 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Multi-Grammy Award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and manager Zach Quillen are expanding their team, hiring long-time booking agent Josh Dick of The Agency Group. Dick will join the team responsible for independently releasing the band’s ...

  23. Mister Saturday Night's First LP Cements the Dance Party's Community

    June 24, 2014 9:36 AM EDT "Brothers and Sisters," the debut full-length from Brooklyn dance party collective and record label Mister Saturday Night, is first and foremost, not a lot of things. "It's not a techno party, not a throwback party, or a funk a ...

  24. A Look at Britain's Festivals, Where It Actually All Began

    June 23, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Decades before the festival boom changed the touring landscape in America, music fairs already were an industry mainstay in the United Kingdom, providing prime plays for acts and immersive experiences for fans. The 10 largest jamborees in the coun ...

  25. Australia's Live Performance Industry Worth $2.5B (Report)

    June 22, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Australia’s hyper-competitive live performance industry generated some Australian $2.55 billion ($2.35 billion) in 2012, and it's apparently growing. The headline figure is published in just the second-ever study into the economic " Size ...

  26. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Attendee In Las Vegas Dies

    June 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT A California man attending a huge electronic music party in Las Vegas died Saturday morning after he was taken to a hospital. The Clark County coroner’s office identified the Electric Daisy Carnival attendee as 24-year-old Montomery Tsang of San L ...

  27. EDMbiz Conference: Why EDM Equals Millenials and a $6.2B Valuation Is Just the Beginning

    June 20, 2014 9:14 AM EDT The EDM industry is currently worth $6.2 billion, per a recent report at IMS Ibiza -- but depending on who you asked on Day 1 of the third annual EDMbiz conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, that number could be wildly conservative. “$6.2 billion ...

  28. Justin Timberlake's Spring Run Tops Hot Tours with $77.3 Million

    June 19, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience world tour heads up the weekly ranking of Hot Tours, with sales reported from its European leg that kicked off at the end of March and ran through June 10. Ticket sales totaled $77.3 million from the trek that ...

  29. Lisa Bashi Named AGI VP of Operations

    June 19, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Top independent booking agency Artist Group International (AGI) has named former Live Nation executive Lisa Bashi as the firm's  Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. In her new role, Lisa will oversee day-to-day management and ...

  30. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Isn't Struggling

    June 19, 2014 10:12 AM EDT 8 1.712 k 368 0 Despite what you've heard, demand appears high for Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run tour. Multiple published reports that the upcoming Jay-Z/Beyonce co-headlining stadium tour -- set to begin in Miami on June 25 and wrap in San Fra ...

  31. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:11 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, ...

  32. From Billy Joel Sing-Along to Rhythm on Rikers: Make Music New York's Record-Setting 1,350 Shows

    June 18, 2014 5:34 PM EDT For those with a fear of missing out, New York City is a treacherous place to live with its daily overflowing smorgasbord of music, art, theatre and so many other cultural offerings. But this Saturday (June 21), when the Make Music New York festiv ...

  33. NXNE President Michael Hollett on Fine-Tuning and Growth, 'Taking Over' Toronto (Q&A)

    June 18, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Toronto’s North By Northeast, whose music festival begins June 18 -- and includes an “Interactive” digital media conference (18-21), comedy (17-22), art (16-22) and film component (ran 13-15) -- is expected to attract more than 350,000 people to i ...

  34. The Woodlands' Pavilion Goes Big for 25th Birthday

    June 17, 2014 12:35 PM EDT The Woodlands’ open-air stage celebrates a milestone with Jimmy Buffett, Il Divo and Kings of Leon. This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . In the scenic township of The Woodlands, Texas, just north of Houston, T ...

  35. George Strait’s Final Show Sets Billboard Boxscore Attendance Records

    June 16, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Country legend George Strait wrapped up his touring career in style as his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7 shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a U.S. stadium.   104,793 s ...

  36. Foo Fighters Agree to Play Crowdfunded, Fan-Requested Richmond Show

    June 14, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Earlier this year, four Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Virginia, noticed that their favorite band hadn't played in their hometown -- and frontman Dave Grohl's home state -- since 1998. Intent upon changing that, they decided to wage a ca ...

  37. Ray Davies, Gamble & Huff, Donovan Honored at Songwriters Hall

    June 13, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Ch ...

  38. Warner Music UK’s Max Lousada Appointed BRITs Chairman

    June 13, 2014 9:53 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. CEO Max Lousada has been named chairman of the BRITs Committee, assuming creative responsibility for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s biggest annual music awards show. Lousada succeeds former Warner Music U.K. CEO Christian Ta ...

  39. Katy Perry and Staples 'Make Roar Happen' to Help Support Teachers

    June 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Katy Perry is teaming up with the Staples organization to “celebrate and support” teachers with her “Make Roar Happen” initiative, in a joint announcement this afternoon at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Related Articles Deciphering Ka ...

  40. Barclays Center’s Cushman & Wakefield: Inside New York City’s Hidden Theater (Q&A)

    June 12, 2014 11:37 AM EDT Radio City Music Hall. Beacon Theatre. The Theater at Madison Square Garden. These are just a few initiate-sized music venues that most New York concertgoers are familiar with. But here’s a name you might not recognize just yet: the Cushman & ...

  41. Tony Awards to Drop 2 Categories from 2015

    June 12, 2014 3:34 AM EDT The Tony Awards will have fewer trophies next year and Broadway's sound designers are the ones being dropped. The Tony Awards Administration Committee met Wednesday to determine the eligibility rules for the 2014-2015 season, and cut the cate ...

  42. Honda Pouring Over $50 Million Ad Dollars Into New Music Platform, Honda Stage

    June 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT As the United States' fifth-largest automotive advertiser in terms of total spending (according to 2012 figures from WPP’s marketing analytics firm Kantar), Honda has relied heavily on television to achieve the mass-audience reach it requires ...

  43. A Day With The Digital Voice Of Staples Center, Cara Vanderhook

    June 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT This article wfirst appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . During her more than 10 years with Anschutz Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, Cara Vanderhook has helped manage media campaigns for numerous high-profile events, includi ...

  44. Lady Gaga and Manager Bobby Campbell Join Artist Nation (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment confirms that Lady Gaga and her manager, Bobby Campbell, have joined Artist Nation, the company’s artist management division.    “Lady Gaga is one of the most iconic and highest-grossing artists of this generation,” Micha ...

  45. Jennifer Lopez Will Kick Off The World Cup

    June 11, 2014 10:29 AM EDT Not so fast: J.Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with ...

  46. Music Agent Jbeau Lewis Leaves CAA for UTA

    June 10, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Music agent Jbeau Lewis has joined UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He had previously been at CAA for 11 years. Related Articles Jessica Simpson Signs With UTA Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Award-Winning Songwriters, Sign With CAA T.I. ...

  47. Azoff MSG Entertainment to Buy Half of Live Comedy Buyer Levity Entertainment

    June 10, 2014 7:16 PM EDT As expected, Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company -- will announce today the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Levity Entertainment Group (LEG).  Related Artic ...

  48. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose ...

  49. Irving Azoff Eyes Comedy Investment (Report)

    June 09, 2014 8:04 PM EDT Music mogul follows up management of Chelsea Handler with bid for half of L.A.-based Levity Entertainment Group. That recent Billboard cover story featuring Irving Azoff with new client Chelsea Handler as a stand-up comic turns out to be not just ...

  50. SoundExchange's Michael Huppe's Keynote Screed Against FM Radio Kicks off New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 1:13 PM EDT The New Music Seminar kicked off this morning in New York City with a provocative keynote by SoundExchange CEO and president Michael Huppe, who began his speech asking a simple question: “If FM radio went away tomorrow, would music sales go down o ...

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