1. Billboard Power 100: A Letter From the Editor

    January 26, 2012 7:50 PM EST Welcome to the Power 100, or as I like to call it, the issue that will make one person love us and everyone else stop taking our calls. In a certain relief, that might be a good thing: Here at Billboard, the phones haven't stopped ringing, as ...

  2. Billboard Power 100: Irving Azoff

    January 26, 2012 6:50 PM EST No. 1 Irving Azoff Chairman; Chairman/CEO Live Nation Entertainment; Front Line Management Group Twitter: @irvingazoff The Game Changer... To hear the words "I have Irving Azoff on the line" and not experience at least a twinge of anxiet ...

  3. John Reid Leaves Warner Music for Live Nation

    January 16, 2012 11:46 AM EST Live Nation Europe announced the appointment of John Reid as President of Concerts in a statement released Monday (January 16). "We are delighted to have John join us at a time of exciting growth for Live Nation. His pedigree speaks for itsel ...

  4. Madonna Signs With Interscope, Source Confirms

    December 14, 2011 9:06 AM EST Madonna has signed with Interscope, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz Wednesday morning (Dec. 14). According to a report in the New York Post , the singer will continue the 10-year multi-rights deal with Live Nation -- sai ...

  5. Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic

    December 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ninety minutes after the conclusion of one of this season's last episodes of " The X Factor," about a dozen people of different ages and races are packed into Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room. The most recognizable ...

  6. Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records

    November 17, 2011 11:01 PM EST Left to Right: Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and chairman/CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Ste ...

  7. 'X Factor' Has Glitzy Premiere, Complete With Simon-Paula Bickering

    September 15, 2011 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 A group of 10 Epic Records executives were among the 800 people who packed Hollywood's Cinerama Dome movie theater to hear their boss L.A. Reid talk about "The X Factor," the Fox show that made its glitzy world premiere Wednesday nigh ...

  8. Live Nation Touts Success With New Ticketing Strategies

    August 09, 2011 4:49 PM EDT Live Nation is trying to recover from a dismal 2010 with new approaches to selling and pricing tickets. And if the company's second quarter results are any indication, it's off to a good start. Total revenue was up 23.1% to $1.56 billion ...

  9. 'The X Factor' Winner and Finalists to be Managed by Front Line

    August 03, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management will manage winners and finalists of "The X Factor" U.S., The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The partnership between Front Line, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, and Simon Cowell's ...

  10. Morrissey Talks Label Drama & Book, Gaga & Madonna

    July 14, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Unsurprisingly, Steven Patrick Morrissey has a bone to pick. It's been nearly two and half years since the influential baritone crooner's last album, "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal), and between then and now, the former Smit ...

  11. Live Nation Would Benefit From Going Private: John Malone

    July 07, 2011 8:28 AM EDT SUN VALLEY, Idaho - Live Nation Entertainment , the world's largest concert and promotions business, would benefit from being taken private, according to the company's largest shareholder. Cable entertainment mogul John Malone said Live ...

  12. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino's Pay Doubles To Nearly $16 Million In 2010

    April 15, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino was paid 137% more last year than in 2009, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC on Friday. The figures were first reported by the Wall Street Journal . Rapino's total 2010 compensation ...

  13. Live Nation Puts In Bid For Warner Recorded Music

    March 31, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Live Nation, the concert and ticketing company, has put in a bid for the Warner Music Group. The emergence of Live Nation as one of the bidders for the Warner Music Group brings to three the number of strategic players involved in the auction. But ...

  14. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 9:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pop diva Britney Spears announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" today (Mar. 29) that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias . Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Femme Fatale.&qu ...

  15. Rihanna's 'Loud' Tour Dates Not Canceled

    March 25, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Contrary to reports that dates from her "Loud" tour have been canceled due to poor ticket sales, several sources -- including one at the concert promoter Live Nation -- say reports that Rihanna's North American tour is struggling wi ...

  16. Will.i.am, Irving Azoff Entertain And Intrigue At Grammy Week Lawyers Event

    February 11, 2011 9:58 PM EST Lawyers gathering Friday at the 13th annual Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative at the Beverly Hills Hotel got a taste of what Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Live Nation head Irving Azoff might be doing if they changed careers. (P ...

  17. Madonna About To Record New LP, Irving Azoff Says

    February 11, 2011 10:01 AM EST It looks like Madonna is preparing to enter the studio to record a new album, the first under her $100 million multi-rights deal with Live Nation, which another lucrative tour seems likely as well. "They tell me Madonna is about to record, so ...

  18. Business Matters: Irving Azoff On Battling Business Models; Spotify; YouTube + RightsFlow

    February 10, 2011 1:37 PM EST -- Ray Waddell's series of interviews with Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff on Billboard.biz this week provide a great example of the different approaches being taken in the ticketing world (read parts one , two and three ). One of the most ...

  19. Irving Azoff Talks Ticketmaster's Future

    February 09, 2011 2:27 PM EST One year after its completion, newly named Live Music Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff says overall he is pleased with how the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger has progressed in just over a year. "At this point last year we'd just comp ...

  20. Exclusive: Irving Azoff On Ticketmaster Competing With AEG/Outbox, Others

    February 08, 2011 11:02 AM EST Last week, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced a global ticketing joint venture with Outbox and Cirque du Soleil . In an interview shortly after, Outbox co-president/CEO (and former Ticketmaster chairman) Fred Rosen told Billboard, " ...

  21. Exclusive: Irving Azoff Talks Live Nation's Purchase Of Front Line Shares, Board Reorganization

    February 07, 2011 6:12 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff says today's announcement of the company's purchase of the remaining shares of Front Line Management from Azoff and Madison Square Garden "made incredible financial sense," in an ...

  22. Live Nation Acquires Remaining Equity in Front Line, Azoff Named Chairman

    February 07, 2011 8:43 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment acquired substantially all of the remaining equity stake in Front Line Management Group, Inc. that it did not previously own for total consideration of $116.2 million in cash and stock, the company announced today. Additi ...

  23. Shelli and Irving Azoff To Receive City of Hope's 2011 Spirit of Life Award

    January 31, 2011 6:37 PM EST Irving and Shelli Azoff are the 2011 Spirit of Life Award honorees, the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Group announced today. The Spirit of Life Award is presented to those who exemplify the ideals and values that guide City ...

  24. 2010 GRAMMYS A-Z: F: FRONT LINE

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST 0 0 Choose a letter to navigate to another section of our "Grammys A-Z" story. A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Artists with Front Line, a consortium of affiliated management companies under the umbrella of Irving Azoff's F ...

  25. B.A.D. Management Launches With Front Line

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff has joined with Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta and Virginia Davis, manager of Jewel, to create B.A.D. Management. “Virginia has shown natural intuition as a successful artist manager, and she was the only person we consider ...

  26. Liberty Media Chairman: Barry Diller 'Got Tired' of Board Conflict

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Barry Diller's decision to step down as chairman of Live Nation can be blamed on his getting sucked into discussions about competing interests of different parts of the business, John Malone, chairman of Live Nation investor Liberty Media sai ...

  27. Irving Azoff Tapped To Join Clear Channel Board

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff has been appointed to the board of directors of radio giant Clear Channel. He replaces Kent Weldon who resigned from his board post on Monday, according to a regulatory filing. Azoff, 62, is the former C ...

  28. BREAKING: Azoff Responds To Diller Resignation

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff responded to board chairman Barry Diller's resignation via Twitter this morning by saying: "As usual the press reports are ridiculous. It was always Barry Diller's intention to step down f ...

  29. Barry Diller Resigns Live Nation Board

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Barry Diller has told members of the Live Nation board that he plans to resign as chairman. Though sources said there was a clash between Diller and other board members over control of the music behemoth, Diller said in a statement, “I have always ...

  30. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  31. Kanye? Feh! Irving Azoff is Tweeting!

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The most powerful man in the music business started tweeting this week. And we don't mean Kanye West. Twitter's 125 million-plus user base grew by one very surprising entry on Tuesday when Ticketmaster CEO/Live Nation chairman Irving Azo ...

  32. Business Matters: Pandora, YouTube, Azoff and more

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Pandora Addresses Privacy Concerns -- Pandora has addressed some privacy concerns. Pandora users can now see their profile and choose to make it either public or private. “We're big ...

  33. Live Nation Opens Up To Investors, Details Plans for Future

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a Thursday afternoon presentation for investors and analysts, Live Nation Entertainment lauded its business strategy, talked about lessons learned in 2010 and offered some interesting details about the company. Hosted mainly by CEO Michael ...

  34. Axl Rose Slams Irving Azoff In $5 Million Countersuit

    May 19, 2010 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Axl Rose says his former manager tried to implement a scheme to force him to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses band members and, as part of the plot, failed to properly promote the "Chinese Democracy" album, lied about a prospec ...

  35. Axl Rose Slams Irving Azoff In $5 Million Countersuit

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Axl Rose says his former manager tried to implement a scheme to force him to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses band members and, as part of the plot, failed to properly promote the "Chinese Democracy" album, lied about a prosp ...

  36. How Will Live Nation Grow?

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The New York Times nabbed interviews with Live Nation chiefs Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino for a lengthy Sunday article . Most of the piece is a re-cap of things we know - only 380 words of this 4,996-word article look into the future. But, this ...

  37. Chris Brown, Soulja Boy Beef on Twitter, Axl Rose Sued by Manager

    March 26, 2010 5:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 In Friday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, a Twitter beef is brewing between Soulja Boy , Chris Brown and Bow Wow over numbers of Twitter followers, touring income and record sales. Crazy, we know. Speaking of Soulja Boy ...

  38. Axl Rose Sued By Manager For Nearly $2 Million

    March 26, 2010 7:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Axl Rose is being sued by Front Line Management, which claims the singer owes him nearly $2 million in unpaid commissions. Front Line Management, founded by Irving Azoff, sued Rose in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 25) for nearly $1.9 million in unp ...

  39. Front Line Sues Axl Rose For Nearly $2 Million

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Axl Rose is being sued by Front Line Management, which claims the singer owes him nearly $2 million in unpaid commissions. Front Line Management, founded by Irving Azoff, sued Rose in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 25) for nearly $1.9 million in u ...

  40. Live Nation Entertainment: New Tactics, No Income Gains In 2010

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The public got a closer look at the recently merged Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday when the company reported its fourth quarter and full-year results . Analysts heard no income gains would be visible in 2010. Competitors heard about new tic ...

  41. Live Nation, Wal-Mart Sign Ticketing Partnership

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff said the company has entered into an agreement to partner with Wal-Mart to offer tickets at Wal-Mart stores in select markets across the U.S. His remarks came during a panel discussion at the NBA Tec ...

  42. Merger Payday: Live Nation Shells Out Millions In Bonuses

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment paid out $6.5 million in merger bonuses, according to a Friday SEC filing . In connection with the merger, president and CEO Michael Rapino received $3 million in cash and executive chairman Irving Azoff received $2 milli ...

  43. Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger Approved

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Department of Justice announced today that it will approve the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger after nearly a year of investigation and due diligence. The new company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, has agreed to divest its Paciolan t ...

  44. Ron Bension Named TicketsNow CEO

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST 0 0 Veteran entertainment industry executive Ron Bension has been named as the new CEO of TicketsNow, the secondary ticketing division of Ticketmaster Entertainment in what would seem to be an indication that Ticketmaster will not favor shedding the divis ...

  45. Avril Lavigne Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 2:12 PM EST 0 0 0 Avril Lavigne, Title TBD (RCA) Release Date: First half of 2010 Plenty has changed in Avril Lavigne 's world since 2007's "The Best Damn Thing," which sold 1.6 million in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She spl ...

  46. TMG/AEG Live President Messina Clarifies Ticketmaster Stance

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ongoing investigative report on ticketing practices from Nashville's NewsChannel 5 has created a stir, and promoter Louis Messina, president of TMG/AEG Live wants to clarify comments he made in a segment that aired last night regarding Tic ...

  47. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Report Q3 Earnings

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation, which hope to merge early next year, both released their Q3 2009 earnings on Monday afternoon. And both companies weathered a difficult storm. Ticketmaster's revenue was up 3% to $349 million in Q3 2008 versus th ...

  48. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Vevo, Robbie Williams

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff said he "remains highly confident" the company's proposed merger with Live Nation "will happe ...

  49. Guns N' Roses 'Vigorously Contests' Lawsuit

    October 07, 2009 8:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff has said the band "vigorously contests" claims that it used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses and Interscope-Geffen A&am ...

  50. Guns N' Roses 'Vigorously Contests' Lawsuit

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff has said the band "vigorously contests" claims that it used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses and Interscope-Geffen A& ...

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