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  1. Rihanna Reschedules Texas Tour Dates

    May 01, 2013 2:41 AM EDT Rihanna will return to Dallas and Houston to make up for shows lost earlier this month due to illness. The pop singer’s Diamonds World Tour now has the two new Texas dates added to the back-end of the itinerary. As it now stands , the Live Natio ...

  2. Exclusive: Bud Light Teams With Live Nation, MySpace, Universal For 50 Concerts in 50 States

    May 01, 2013 12:00 AM EDT Bud Light is prepping 50 concerts in all 50 States on the same day (Aug. 1) for an event dubbed 50/50/1 that will kick off a new marketing platform, Bud Light Music First. The events will be created in partnership with Live Nation, Myspace and U ...

  3. Business Matters: California Ticketing Legislation Favors Live Nation

    April 26, 2013 8:51 PM EDT Live Nation got a boost on Tuesday when the California Assembly upheld language in a bill that allows for paperless ticketing technology and creates a penalty for people who use software -- called bots -- to circumvent security measures placed ...

  4. Los Angeles’ Iconic Gibson Amphitheatre to Close in September

    April 24, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Live Nation has confirmed that the iconic Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., will shutter in September as a result of the building’s lease agreement coming to an end. The company says the last concerts at the 6,000-capacity venue wil ...

  5. Why This Year’s Two Big Australian Hip-Hop Festivals Collapsed

    April 23, 2013 6:12 PM EDT Right now, Australia should be bracing itself for its biggest-ever invasion of U.S. hip-hop and R&B stars. The likes of Nas, T.I., 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Joey Bada$$ and more should be preparing to headline not o ...

  6. Australia's Hip Hop Supafest Calls Off Tour

    April 18, 2013 11:49 PM EDT The landscape for Australia's hip hop concert-goers has gone from an embarrassment of riches, to a downright dearth. The fourth edition of Supafest, which was meant to star T.I., Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, has pulled the pin on its event just days ...

  7. IMS Engage: Skrillex, Patrick Moxey, Russell Simmons, Shelly Finkel, Troy Carter and More Discuss EDM at Inaugural Event

    April 18, 2013 10:48 AM EDT A crowd of over 200 international dance music industry-ites turned up for IMS Engage, the first U.S. edition of the Ibiza-based IMS conference, at the swanky W Hollywood on Wednesday. Comprised of L.A. locals, visiting Ibizans and New Yorkers, ...

  8. Nas' Australasian Hip Hop Movement Fest is Canceled

    April 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT The inaugural Movement Festival, a multi-date Australasian hip hop event spearheaded by veteran rapper Nas, has been canceled just a week out from showtime. Organizers Live Nation and Niche Productions pulled the plug today on the trek, which ...

  9. Kid Rock Takes 'Pay Cut' With $20 Tickets on Summer Tour

    April 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Kid Rock will take a "pay cut" this summer, or at least risk one, by structuring a deal that allows for a $20 ticket price across the board at amphitheaters, and working with promoter Live Nation to lower prices on everything from b ...

  10. Electric Daisy Carnival Adds London Edition With Tiesto, Avicii, Steve Angello, More

    April 05, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Insomniac Events announced today that it would bring its marquee festival Electric Daisy Carnival to London for the first time in 2013, bringing its total editions worldwide to five (including Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico). T ...

  11. Live Nation, Starwood Bring OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw, Imagine Dragons To Exclusive Hotel Shows

    April 05, 2013 10:59 AM EDT Jamie Cullum performing at a Starwood/Live Nation event in May 2012. (Photo: Ryan Troy/Red Eye Productions) Bands and hotels used to be synonymous with trashed rooms and debaucherous partying, the kinds of behavior that could get an artist ban ...

  12. Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports: What Are Their Prospects? Experts Weigh In

    April 03, 2013 6:48 PM EDT In rhyme, Jay-Z has name-checked some of the biggest athletes in the world. And now he’s hoping to ink some of them to his new sports agency firm.   A major power merger took place on Tuesday when two of the biggest names in entertainment annou ...

  13. SFX Purchases 75% Stake in ID&T, Announce U.S. Edition of Tomorrowland at Ultra

    March 21, 2013 1:00 AM EDT SFX and ID&T have taken the next step in their partnership, with SFX acquiring 75% of the Dutch promoter and the companies announcing the first U.S. edition of Tomorrowland, ID&T's flagship event held annually in Belgium (July 26-28 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. SFX Buys Beatport

    February 26, 2013 9:55 PM EST 6 1.845 k 227 0 SFX Entertainment continues its buying spree in the EDM world with the purchase of music-download site Beatport, a source confirmed to Billboard.biz today. The deal was for slightly more than $50 million, the source said, although SFX chie ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Reveal Full Stadium Tour Details

    February 22, 2013 11:13 AM EST "Suit & Tie" cohorts Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will indeed head out on a co-headlining stadium tour this summer, and on Friday (Feb. 22), those eagerly anticipated dates were revealed in full. The "Legends of the Summer&qu ...

  19. Mexican Singer Vicente Fernandez Prepares To Take The Stage For His Final Shows and Tour

    February 15, 2013 11:33 AM EST Mexican ranchera star Vicente Fernandez is returning to complete eight U.S. shows that were canceled in October following an announcement that the artist had a small lump on his liver, requiring major medical attention. After a series of medical ...

  20. Billboard Afterparty Rocks With Prince, Lumineers, Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, More

    February 11, 2013 11:40 AM EST Above, L-R: Prometheus Global Media SVP Dana Miller, Billboard publisher Tommy Page, Nicole Levinsohn; Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn at the Billboard Afterparty at the London Hote l (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images) It was a part ...

  21. AXS Ticketing Launches in LA's Staples Center, Other AEG Venues

    February 04, 2013 3:36 PM EST AXS Ticketing, AEG's new ticketing platform, has officially launched in Los Angeles. On Monday, AXS Ticketing replaced Ticketmaster as the platform for AEG-owned venues Staples Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and Club Nokia. The first event ...

  22. Beyonce Announces World Tour Dates After Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    February 04, 2013 12:20 AM EST As expected , New Orleans was just the beginning. Following a Super Bowl halftime show that set Twitter ablaze, Beyonce announced that she will embark on "The Mrs. Carter Show," a nearly four month transatlantic tour that will kick off ...

  23. Business Matters: Pandora, Live Nation, Sirius XM Stocks Riding High

    February 01, 2013 7:08 PM EST The stock market reached new highs Friday as the Dow Jones surpassed 14,000 for the first time since 2007, but music-related stocks have performed even better recently. Shares of Pandora, Live Nation and Sirius XM are up between 11.8% and 24.7% ...

  24. Madonna's 'MDNA' Tour Makes Billboard Boxscore's All-Time Top 10

    January 23, 2013 7:53 PM EST The final numbers are in, and Madonna's 2012 "MDNA" tour has retained her box office form, clocking in at $305,158,363 gross with 2,212,345 in attendance over 88 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. The tour began in Israel ...

  25. Live Nation Strikes Deal to Host Concerts at London Olympic Stadium

    January 22, 2013 4:00 PM EST Live events giant Live Nation has struck a deal that gives it exclusive rights to organize concerts and music festivals in the British capital's Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium this summer. The company last year said it wouldn't bid for ...

  26. Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

    January 09, 2013 2:32 PM EST America's largest free concert is coming to your house to help you party it down The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be av ...

  27. Irving Azoff's Resignation Comes With Tax Benefits, Non-Compete Carve-Outs

    December 31, 2012 10:54 PM EST The paths of the Bush tax cuts and the man who topped Billboard's Power 100 crossed on December 31, 2012: Irving Azoff's resignation from Live Nation gave him cash, stock, the right to manage certain artists such as the Eagles and engage ...

  28. Irving Azoff's Exit: The Invisible Hand of John Malone

    December 31, 2012 9:57 PM EST The exit of veteran music manager Irving Azoff as executive chairman at Live Nation comes two months after another media veteran, Mel Karmazin, stepped down as chairman and CEO of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The person they have in common? Veteran m ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Live Nation Extends CEO Michael Rapino's Contract, Raises Salary

    December 28, 2012 4:35 PM EST Live Nation has amended its employment contract with CEO Michael Rapino, extending its term through December 31, 2017 (from May 31, 2014) and raising Rapino's base salary to $2.3 million, effective January 1, 2013. The amendments were made Th ...

  32. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  33. Tickets To Jenni Rivera Memorial Service -- $1 Through Ticketmaster.com -- Sell Out In Minutes

    December 18, 2012 4:56 PM EST Tickets to singer Jenni Rivera's memorial service went on sale to the general public on Ticketmaster.com for $1 at noon PT on Tuesday, giving fans of the regional Mexican star an opportunity to attend the event at the Gibson Amphitheater in L ...

  34. Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation

    December 17, 2012 5:00 AM EST Arthur Fogel, the reigning king of the megatour, has re-upped with Live Nation for a new five-year deal to continue his role as the Chairman of Global Music and the CEO of Global Touring. His tours with Live Nation have grossed more than $2.5 bill ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. The Year in Touring: Beyond The Numbers

    December 14, 2012 8:12 AM EST In any year, gauging the health of the touring business is no easy task, but we'll go out on a limb here: Business is good. Historically, when relying on anecdotal indicators, the relative health of this business often depends on whom you ...

  37. Five Hot Tours to Watch For in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:10 AM EST With Madonna's ongoing "MDNA" tour sweeping away all challengers to take the title of Top Tour of 2012, the gauntlet has been laid down for 2013's batch of headliners. Luckily, some of the world's biggest rock, pop and cou ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Backbeat: Lisa Worden On KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas' 'We Spend The Entire Year Curating the Lineup'

    December 11, 2012 2:57 PM EST From left: Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and Ryan Ries of The Whosoevers (Photo courtesy of Ryan Ries) The moment when Gwen Stefani joined her husband Gavin Rossdale onstage for a moving rendition of Bush's staple "Glyercine" served ...

  40. Rick Ross/ Maybach Music Group Tour Cancelled

    December 08, 2012 6:35 PM EST A rep for Rick Ross confirmed to Billboard.biz today that the remaining dates of the rapper's tour with his Maybach Music Group have been cancelled. The dates include Sunday in Nashville, the 12th in Memphis, 13th in Houston, 15th in Detroit ...

  41. Morning Fix: WBR's Moscowitz Steps Down; Scooter Braun on Bieber Snub, Jets; Rick Ross' Gang Problem

    December 07, 2012 8:34 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of res ...

  42. Video: Julie Greenwald, Jody Gerson, Kathy Willard at Billboard's Women In Music

    December 07, 2012 8:00 AM EST The top three of Billboard's 2012 Women in Music honorees stopped to talk to Billboard on the red carpet at last week's Women in Music event in Manhattan. Atlantic Records co-chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, Sony/ATV co-president Jody Gerso ...

  43. Backbeat: Metallica, Eddie Trunk, Live Nation, More Celebrate Metal Blade Records' 30th Anniversary

    December 04, 2012 1:45 PM EST Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel flanked by Metallica's Lars Ulrich (left) and James Hetfield (Photo: Stephanie Cabral) In a serendipitous bit of timing, on the same day that Metallica announced the formation of their own label, Black ...

  44. Backbeat: How Parag Bhandari and Tommie Sunshine's EDM For Sandy Relief Benefit Came Together

    December 04, 2012 11:15 AM EST The Gramcery Theater marquee. (Photo: Emmanuelle Saliba) The first night when hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast, Parag Bhandari, CEO of UG Strategies walked from his Brooklyn home to the Park Slope Armory to help with relief efforts. ...

  45. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  46. Kathy Willard

    November 30, 2012 12:59 PM EST Executive VP/CFO, Live Nation Entertainment Watching The Books As executive VP/CFO of Live Nation Entertainment, Kathy Willard runs the books of the world's largest live entertainment promoter, ticketing leader and artist management company - ...

  47. Shakira's Ex-Boyfriend's $100 Million Lawsuit Claims He Was Responsible for 'Unparalleled Financial Success'

    November 30, 2012 10:58 AM EST Shakira's rise from Latin American star to global superstar, as told in the lawsuit filed by Antonio de la Rúa, her former boyfriend, was one of full of hard work, bold artistic moves, savvy management and love. "The combination of de la ...

  48. Jennifer Breithaupt

    November 28, 2012 6:44 PM EST Senior VP of Entertainment Marketing, Citi Concerts in the Citi When Citi first partnered with Live Nation for exclusive tour presales in 2007, the financial services company accounted for a small part of the top promoter's overall ticket sal ...

  49. Jackie Wilgar

    November 28, 2012 2:45 PM EST Executive VP of marketing, Live Nation Entertainment Spinning Turnstiles Live Nation Entertainment executive VP of marketing Jackie Wilgar does what great marketers do in the live business: sell more tickets. During the summer, Live Nation says Wi ...

  50. The Leading Women In Social Engagement

    November 28, 2012 11:38 AM EST With social media transforming every corner of the music industry, in this Women in Music issue, Billboard chose to salute four executives who are at the forefront of this new era of digital connection. Tatiana Simonian Head of Music Industry Rela ...

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