1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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, " ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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& ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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