1. Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden Co. Announce $300 Million Joint Venture

    September 04, 2013 6:01 PM EDT The Madison Square Garden Company and Irving Azoff 's Azoff Music Management have announced the founding of Azoff MSG Entertainment, a jointly owned company in a $300 million deal that will expand on AMM's artist representation busi ...

  2. Azoff Music Management Invests In Digital Brand Architects

    September 04, 2013 3:13 PM EDT Azoff Music Management has announced an investment in social media marketing and online talent management agency Digital Brand Architects (DBA). With offices in New York and Los Angeles, digital marketing consultancy DBA has a portfolio of more ...

  3. Live Nation's Banner Year Brings Azoff-Emanuel Feud To Light

    June 27, 2013 1:00 PM EDT A report in last week's  Financial Times recounting Live Nation’s banner year has inadvertently brought to light a simmering feud between the company’s former CEO Irving Azoff and current board member Ari Emanuel.   The FT story detailed Li ...

  4. Clear Channel, Fleetwood Mac Sign Groundbreaking Performance Royalties Deal

    June 12, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has cut a deal to pay performance royalties to Fleetwood Mac for songs from its recently released “Extend Play” EP that are broadcast on its 850 terrestrial radio stations. According to Clear Channel, it’s ...

  5. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards

    May 20, 2013 7:19 PM EDT LAS VEGAS – Being backstage at any televised awards show is a crazy, surreal scene, and last night’s Billboard Music Awards lived up to that standard in fine fashion: Jabbawockeez and countless other dancers charging through, giant lion statues ...

  6. Irving Azoff Backstage at the BBMAs: 'Wish You Could Move the Show to the Fall' (Video)

    May 20, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Former Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff, who still manages such stars as Christina Aguilera -- a performer at last night's Billboard Music Awards -- stopped by the backstage area to speak with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, who a ...

  7. Greg Maffei Named Live Nation Chairman

    March 14, 2013 5:45 PM EDT In a move that reflects the growing influence of Liberty Media in Live Nation Entertainment, the LNE Board of Directors of Live Nation Entertainment today appointed Greg Maffei as the non-executive Chairman of the Board. Maffei is President and ...

  8. Van Halen European Tour Not Happening, Says Irving Azoff

    March 12, 2013 6:25 PM EDT Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picked up by ...

  9. Van Halen European Tour Not Happening: Irving Azoff

    March 12, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for group founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picke ...

  10. Live Nation Revenue Up 8% to $5.8 Billion, Posts Significant Net Losses

    February 26, 2013 6:27 PM EST Live Nation grew revenue 8.1% to $5.8 billion and adjusted operating income rose 4.8% to $459 million in 2012. It achieved its goals of growing concert attendance, ticket sales and sponsorship and advertising revenue. Yet its financial statements ...

  11. Cablevision CEO James Dolan Resigns From Live Nation Board

    February 25, 2013 7:25 PM EST The abrupt resignation of James Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company and president/CEO of MSG owner Cablevision, from the Live Nation board of directors on Friday is connected to Dolan’s relationship with former Live Nati ...

  12. Grammys 2013: Parties, Galleries and Backbeats

    February 12, 2013 8:06 AM EST Grainge, Weiss, Bartels, Lipmans, More at UMG/IDJ/Republic Grammy Parties Doug Morris, Rob Stringer, L.A. Reid, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, More at Sony's Post-Grammy Party GRAMMYS 2013: ALL OUR COVERAGE Katy Perry, Len Blavatnik, Fun., Cameron ...

  13. Backbeat: Lucian Grainge, Irving Azoff, Steve Barnett, Katy Perry, Florence Welch, More at Universal Grammy Showcase

    February 10, 2013 3:32 PM EST Above, David Joseph (Chairman & CEO, UMG UK) and Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group) The enormity of Universal Music Group, with EMI now completely folded into its operation, was on full display Saturday at a midday sh ...

  14. Irving Azoff on Leaving Live Nation, What's Next, and Why He Regrets Ticketmaster Merger

    December 31, 2012 8:15 PM EST Just hours after Irving Azoff's departure from Live Nation was confirmed, Billboard's Ray Waddell caught up with him over the phone from Mexico, where Azoff's family is vacationing with Don Henley's family. In this conversation ...

  15. Irving Azoff Steps Down from Live Nation

    December 31, 2012 4:08 PM EST Irving Azoff, chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and no. 1 on Billboard's Power 100 list earlier this year, will leave the company effective immediately, Billboard.biz has confirmed. In conjunction with the change, Liberty Media Corporatio ...

  16. One Direction's Right Direction: The Billboard Cover Story

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 dawned, few American adults outside the most dedicated of Anglophiles knew much, if anything, about One Direction . In part, that's because the kind of boy-band pop One Direction had already turned into 2011's fastest-selling debut ...

  17. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  18. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  19. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  20. Tame Impala Takes Home Australia's J Award; Mushroom Group's Michael Gudinski Hosts Birthday Bash

    November 26, 2012 12:29 PM EST Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle (left) partied on Monday night with Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski, Tina Brandle and Mushroom Music Publishing managing director Ian James. Psychedelic revivalists Tame Impala on Frid ...

  21. Billboard Touring Conference Lessons: Focus on Fans First

    November 19, 2012 12:51 PM EST The ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards were held Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in a weather-flogged Manhattan still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and its associated power outages, not to mention a nor'easter that ble ...

  22. Backbeat: Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Irving Azoff, Coran Capshaw, Many More at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 13, 2012 10:35 AM EST Billboard's Ray Waddell cuts loose with Kenny Chesney after the Touring Awards. (Photo: Ryan Muir) The 9th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards were held last week at the Roosevelt Hotel in a weather-flogged Manhattan still recove ...

  23. Irving Azoff Touring Conference Keynote Q&A

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    November 09, 2012 10:06 AM EST 0 0 0 Irving Azoff Touring Conference Keynote Q&A Power 100 , manager , Live nation , interview , Touring Conference , Billboard , Irving Azoff , keynote , Irving Azoff , Billboard Videos Irving Azoff Billboard Interview Keynote Live Nation ...

  24. Video: Irving Azoff Tells Classic Neil Young, Joe Walsh Stories; Says What He Really Thinks About Pandora, StubHub, More

    November 09, 2012 10:06 AM EST On Wednesday at the Billboard Touring Conference, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde moderated a long Q&A session with Live Nation CEO Irving Azoff that touched on nearly all areas of the music-biz veteran's career, both past and pre ...

  25. Irving Azoff Sounds Off On Stocks, StubHub, Pandora In Touring Conference Keynote

    November 07, 2012 5:09 PM EST Irving Azoff (right), Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Front Line Management Group CEO being interviewed by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Touring Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Irving Azoff doesn't tweet an ...

  26. Christina Aguilera Lays Down 'Real Talk' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Billboard editorial director Bill Werde interviews Christina Aguilera Thursday. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Christina Aguilera's Keynote Q&A today (Oct. 25) at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference was as colorful as her tw ...

  27. Billboard's Touring Conference: What's In It For Artists? Plenty!

    October 16, 2012 7:00 AM EDT More artists than ever will participate in panels and sessions at the 2012 Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov. 7-8 in New York. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Save $50 (Use ...

  28. Jeffrey Azoff, Son of Irving, Joins CAA as Music Agent

    October 10, 2012 7:55 PM EDT Music manager Jeffrey Azoff is joining talent agency CAA, where he will work as a music agent. He will start with the agency on Oct. 22. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Save $50. ( ...

  29. Six Questions with James Dolan

    October 10, 2012 6:43 AM EDT He's a blues musician who opens for the Eagles, gets covered by Willie Nelson and is managed by Irving Azoff. And he also happens to have a day job running Cablevision, the Madison Square Garden Co., the New York Knicks and the New York Ran ...

  30. James Dolan, Head of Cablevision and MSG, on Making Music, Competing With Barclays, Irving Azoff's Management and More

    October 09, 2012 12:32 PM EDT CEO/Rocker: James Dolan, chairman/president/CEO of Cablevision and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, Inc. with his band JD and the Straight Shot. (Photo: George Kalinsky) Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "6 Questions Wit ...

  31. David Geffen on New PBS 'American Masters' Film: 'Wow, Did I Do That?'

    September 27, 2012 3:40 PM EDT David Geffen (right) with Joni Mitchel (left) and Mama Cass (background) from the PBS American Masters program "Inventing David Geffen," which will air in November. (Photo: Henry Diltz) American Masters creator and executive producer Sus ...

  32. Backbeat: No Doubt, Green Day, Clear Channel Execs Backstage At IHeartRadio Festival

    September 24, 2012 10:38 AM EDT Members of No Doubt pose with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and their Billboard cover from August 18. "It's sort of the Super Bowl of music," Clear Channel 's programming chief Tom Poleman told Billboard days before the officia ...

  33. Morning Fix: Pussy Riot Guilty, Twitter Limits API , Kim Dotcom, RIP Carl Davis

    August 17, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court The three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band/art collective, today were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," according to reports. Prosecutors are seeking a three y ...

  34. Sandra Bernhard To Host Billboard Touring Awards; MJ's Immortal To Receive Creative Content Award

    August 07, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard will host the 9th annual Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 8 in New York City, Billboard announces today. As part of the annual industry gathering, Billboard announces that the Creative Content ...

  35. This Week In Music: Atlantic's Craig Kallman Talks Starting Big Beat Records, Signing On At A Major

    August 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Ian Rogers talks with Atlantic Records co-chairman/CEO Craig Kallman about his beginnings in the music industry, from DJing in the clubs of New York City to signing his independent Big Beat Rec ...

  36. Irving Azoff and Coachella Founders Headline Billboard Touring Conference in November

    July 19, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Touring Conference To Feature Azoff Q&A, Coachella FoundersMega-manager Irving Azoff will be the keynote Q&A at the ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Addi ...

  37. Irving Azoff, Coachella Team to Speak at 2012 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment chairman and Billboard's top 2012 Power Player Irving Azoff has been announced as a keynote Q&A for the 9th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Addi ...

  38. Guest Opinion: Universal/EMI Deal Would Harm Music Fans and Musicians, by Gigi Sohn and Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge

    July 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Public Knowledge President/CEO Gigi B. Sohn, who testified at the Senate hearing examining the deal last ...

  39. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  40. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  41. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  42. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  43. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  44. EMI-Universal Merger: Labels Gave $500K to Senators Probing Anti-Trust Claims

    June 21, 2012 4:00 PM EDT At least half the members of subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met Thursday to hear testimony on the anti-trust implications of the pending Universal Music-EMI merger, have received campaign contributions from the two music ind ...

  45. Universal's EMI Deal Approved By New Zealand Regulators

    June 21, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Universal's proposed acquisition of EMI Music has been approved by the New Zealand Commerce Commission - the first jurisdiction in the world to do so. Universal Music Group was notified of the regulatory approval earlier today (June 21) and i ...

  46. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  47. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

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