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Live Nation China Names Song Ke Chairman

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Song Ke, an influential leader with decades of experience across China's music industry, has joined Live Nation China as chairman. Based in Beijing, Song Ke will guide Live Nation's overall business in China, with a focus on domestic artist touring, management and venues.

The industry veteran arrives to LNC from online retail giant Alibaba Music, where he was also chairman. Earlier in his career, Song Ke founded the Rye Music label and was later head of Warner Music Group's operations in China before launching Taihe Rye Music in 2004. In 2014, he was appointed chairman of the nonprofit trade group the China Music Industry Committee, or CMIC.

"We have made great in-roads into China over the last few years by building up our international touring volumes, especially at the club and theatre level, and introducing both EDC and Creamfields festivals to multiple cities across China," said Alan Ridgeway, chairman of Live Nation Asia Pacific. "Song Ke’s vast experience in the Chinese music industry will now help propel our business forward into the domestic artist touring business and other growth areas."

While Song Ke focuses on domestic acts and venues, the international business will continue to be lead by managing director Edward Liu, based in Shanghai. Recent shows brought to China by Live Nation include Troye Sivan, Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth, with upcoming dates featuring Kacey Musgraves, Jason Mraz and LANY.  

"China is a rapidly growing live entertainment market, and Live Nation with its expertise and international know-how is already contributing to the country’s live music ecosystem," Song Ke said. "I look forward to helping Live Nation strengthen its core business and expand into new areas and opportunities."


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