1. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Chiefs Talk Strategy

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At Wednesday’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff and Live Nation President and CEO Michael Rapino talked about the future of their businesses and the need for their comp ...

  2. Josh Groban Signs On With Azoff

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff, CEO of Front Line Management, has signed Josh Groban for worldwide career management. Azoff will personally represent Groban, who had previously been managed by Brian Avnet Management. Groban will be guided under the Azoffmusic Manag ...

  3. Springsteen/Ticketmaster War Escalates

    June 22, 2009 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The war of words between Ticketmaster and the Bruce Springsteen camp continues to heat up. In a letter posted on Springsteen's website today, Springsteen manager Jon Landau calls to task the Newark Star Ledger and Ticketmaster Chairman Barry Di ...

  4. Eagles, Weezer, Aguilera To Launch 24-Hour Online Radio Shows

    June 12, 2009 12:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Clear Channel Radio and Front Line Management are creating artist personal experience (a.p.e.) radio, a stand-alone company that will allow musicians to produce their own online radio shows, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The channels will run 24 ...

  5. Artists Get Their Own Channels In Clear Channel Deal

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Artists like the Eagles and Christina Aguilera can now play DJ, at least online. Clear Channel Radio and Front Line Management are creating artist personal experience (a.p.e.) radio, a stand-alone company that will allow musicians to produce their ...

  6. Front Line Aquires Dale Morris

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management has quietly acquired Dale Morris & Associates, home to country music's top touring artist in Kenny Chesney, along with Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Founded by Dale Morris, who worked with A ...

  7. Creed To Reunite For Tour, Album

    April 27, 2009 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Creed has announced all four of the original band members - Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall - will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band's first in seven years, begins Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh. Th ...

  8. Sen. Schumer Proposes New Federal Scalping Law

    April 06, 2009 9:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the backdrop of this morning's second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans' chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticket ...

  9. Ticketmaster Posts $1 Billion Loss In Q4

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, which in February announced plans to merge with Live Nation, has reported a net loss of $1.07 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008. The loss is a result from the ticketing company taking an impairment char ...

  10. Opinion: Ticketmaster-LN Hearing Was Great Internet TV

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rife with grandstanding, posturing, a stunning lack of understanding of the industry on the part of politicians, humor, compelling characters and no small amount of drama, the subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights heari ...

  11. Ticketmaster: AEG May Cancel If Merger Succeeds

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's chief executive sought Thursday to allay antitrust fears over the ticket seller's planned merger with concert promoter Live Nation by revealing that a major venue operator has threatened to cancel its contract if the merge ...

  12. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Grilled On Capitol Hill

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive officers from Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment were grilled today (Feb. 24) in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee and independent concert promoters, who questioned the motives ...

  13. Ticketmaster Settles Springsteen-Sparked Attorney General Probe

    February 23, 2009 3:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Nearly a month after a controversial ticket on-sale for Bruce Springsteen's upcoming North American tour, Ticketmaster Entertainment has reached a national settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General in which the ticketing company has agree ...

  14. Live Nation Investor Backs Merger, Opposes Diller

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The largest shareholder in Live Nation Inc said on Friday he is concerned about the role Barry Diller will play if the concert promoter merges with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. Sam Shapiro, chairman in Shapiro Capital Management, which holds ar ...

  15. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger: Rapino & Azoff Talk

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The much-anticipated merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment brings together two of the most influential players in the music industry: Ticketmaster Entertainment/Front Line Management CEO Irving A ...

  16. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger: Conference Call Notes

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST During an investor conference call regarding their pending merger, Ticketmaster chairman Barry Diller, Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino provided several insightful comments. Diller opened the call by ...

  17. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger Confirmed

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The announcement the music industry has been waiting for has come: a definitive merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment. The move combines Live Nation, the world's largest concert promotion fi ...

  18. Update: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal Imminent

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation are scheduled to announce their pending merger Tuesday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. A source tells Billboard that the boards of both companies met Sunday and approved the deal, but neith ...

  19. Stars Salute Neil Diamond At MusiCares Event

    February 07, 2009 12:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Good times never seemed so good for Neil Diamond as they did last night (Feb. 6). The pop icon was named MusiCares Person of the Year at the annual fundraiser for the charity, which helps musicians who have fallen on hard times. "This is a grea ...

  20. Ticketmaster Responds To Springsteen, Fans

    February 05, 2009 12:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff has responded to the Bruce Springsteen camp in an "open letter of apology to Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and the entire Springsteen Tour Team." The Springsteen camp stated on Brucespringsteen.net that it was ...

  21. Ticketmaster Responds To Springsteen, Fans

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff has responded to the Bruce Springsteen camp in an "open letter of apology to Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and the entire Springsteen Tour Team." Rather than acknowledging any "conflict of interest" ...

  22. Ticketmaster To Buy Majority Of Front Line Management

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Front Line Management Group Inc., is the latest nuke in the ongoing struggle for supremacy between Live Nation and what will be known as Ticketmaster Entertainme ...

  23. Radio Reacts To Guns N' Roses Single

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 U.S. rock radio outlets from Jackson, Miss., to Springfield, Mass., started their morning with the new Guns N' Roses single, "Chinese Democracy," and reaction to the band's first new song in nine year U.S. rock radio outlets from ...

  24. Morrissey Inks New Management Deal

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Less than a month after splitting with U.K.-based ie: music, Morrissey has signed with Irving Azoff for management, according to TrueToYou.net. Before that, the former Smiths frontman was represented Less than a month after splitting with U.K.-based ...

  25. Best Buy Snags Guns N' Roses Album Exclusive

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Best Buy is set to be the exclusive retailer for Guns N' Roses decade-plus-in-the-making new album "Chinese Democracy" before year's end, sources close to the situation tell Billboard. Some details of Best Buy is set to be the ex ...

  26. GNR's 'Democracy' To Be Retail Exclusive?

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Negotiations are underway for Guns N' Roses' 14-years-in-the-making "Chinese Democracy" to come out as an exclusive at one of the big box retailers -- either Wal-Mart or Best Buy, Billboard has learne The June leak of nine allege ...

  27. Purported New Guns N' Roses Tracks Hit The Web

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nine purported "mastered, finished" tracks from Guns N' Roses' 14-years-in-the-making album "Chinese Democracy" were leaked online yesterday (June 18) by the Web site Antiquiet.com, prompting a quick Nine purported &quo ...

  28. Neil Diamond Unveils Summer Tour Plans

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American tour, promoted nationally by AEG Live, on July 19 in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets go on sale in some markets beginning April 28, preceded by an American Exp Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American ...

  29. Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR, Axl Rose

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band's Web site. Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represent ...

  30. Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR And Axl Rose

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guns N’ Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band’s Web site . “We are very excited and look forward to working with them and hope our r ...

  31. Chart Beat Chat

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Britney Spears V. The Eagles, The Billboard 200 Chart, Double CDs and more! EAGLES SOAR TO NO. 1; BRITNEY DEBUTS AT NO. 2; CHART BEAT READERS REACT Hey Fred, I LOVE the Eagles and am glad to see them on top of [The Billb ...

  32. Eagles May Have Week's Best Seller

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, the veteran band could surpass Britney Spears next week on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, according to Eagles manager Irving A If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its ...

  33. Eagles May Have Week's Best Seller

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, the veteran band could surpass Britney Spears next week on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, according to Eagles manager Irving Azoff. Spears' "Blackout," h ...

  34. IAC Boosts Front Line Stake

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT IAC/InterActive Corp. has significantly increased its stake in Front Line, the mega management firm headed by Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman, Billboard.biz has confirmed. Speculation regarding Front Line's future ownership make-up has been r ...

  35. Neil Diamond Signs With Irving Azoff

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with Irving Azoff for management. Sources tell Billboard.biz that Diamond is currently in the studio recording his next album with producer Rick Rubin, who collaborated on Diamond's 2005 offering "12 Songs" ( ...

  36. Hagar Hoping Van Halen Takes High Road At Rock Hall

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Van Halen's appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 12 "could go a lot of different ways," according to Sammy Hagar. That said, Hagar -- the group's second frontman, f Van Halen's appearance ...

  37. Spectacle Teams With Front Line

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Andy Gould and Dan Dalton's Spectacle Entertainment Group has entered into a strategic alliance with Front Line Management, the Los Angeles-based firm headed by Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman. Gould and Dalton established Spectacle Entertain ...

  38. Source: Mercuriadis To Split With Sanctuary

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT CEO to join Front Line Management. The departure of Merck Mercuriadis from Sanctuary Group is imminent and will be announced within the next couple of weeks, a well-placed source confirms. The source says Mercuriadis, formerly CEO of Sanctuary, wi ...

  39. Reunited Smashing Pumpkins Hit The Studio

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 According to a short post on its Web site, the reunited Smashing Pumpkins are recording their first album in seven years with producer Roy Thomas Baker, who is best known for his work with Queen but r According to a short post on its Web site , the ...

  40. The Eagles Are Top Touring Act At 2005 Mid-Point

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2 likely leader at year end. The Eagles are the top-grossing touring act of the year so far, pulling in $76.7 million, based on numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore for the six months ending May 17. Billboard's mid-year touring report will ...

  41. Eagles Ready DVD, TV Special, Tour

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Highlights from the project will be broadcast as part of a two-hour primetime special June 1 on NBC. As first tipped here in November, the Eagles will on June 7 release a double-disc DVD chronicling a November 2004 run of shows in Melbourne. "F ...

  42. Front Line Eyeing Nashville Firms?

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Managers respond to roll-up talk. Talk that Front Line, the freshly capitalized and resurrected mega-management firm of Irving Azoff and Howard Kauffman, is shopping for Nashville management companies to purchase has piqued the interest of Music C ...

  43. Azoff, Kaufman Reforming FrontLine

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Following a multimillion dollar investment by Thomas H. Lee Partners, artist managers Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman have merged their companies, Azoffmusic Management and H.K. Management, to re-form LOS ANGELES -- Following a multimillion dollar ...

  44. Azoff, Kaufman Re-Form Frontline

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Following a multi-million dollar investment by Thomas H. Lee Partners, artist managers Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman have merged their two companies to re-form Frontline, the management company the Following a multi-million dollar investment by ...

  45. Azoff, Asensi Form Latin Management Firm

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran artist managers Irving Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have teamed to create a firm for Latin acts. MIAMI -- Veteran artist managers Irving Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have teamed to create a firm for Latin acts. AA Music Management, based in Lo ...

  46. Azoff, Asensi Form Latin Management Firm

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran artist managers Irving Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have teamed to create a firm for Latin acts. Veteran artist managers Irving Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have teamed to create a firm for Latin acts. AA Music Management, based in Los Angeles ...

  47. Azoff, Asensi Form Latin Management Firm

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran artist managers Irving Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have teamed to create a firm for Latin acts. Veteran artist managers Irving Azoff and Alejandro Asensi have teamed to create a firm for Latin acts. AA Music Management, based in Los Angeles ...

  48. Sources: Firm, Azoff Merger Report Premature

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A published report of a pending merger between mega-managers Jeff Kwatinetz of the Firm and Irving Azoff of Azoffmusic (the Eagles, Van Halen, Christina Aguilera) is premature at best, according to so A published report of a pending merger between ...

  49. Sources: Firm, Azoff Merger Report Premature

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A published report of a pending merger between mega-managers Jeff Kwatinetz of the Firm and Irving Azoff of Azoffmusic (the Eagles, Van Halen, Christina Aguilera) is premature at best, according to so A published report of a pending merger between ...

  50. Azoff & Partners Complete TBA Purchase

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The acquistion of event production/management firm TBA Entertainment Corp. by a company controlled by Irving Azoff, Robert Geddes and JHW Greentree Capital LP is complete. The acquistion of event production/management firm TBA Entertainment Corp. ...

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