1. Google Updates Ad Policy to Weed Out Certain Secondary Ticket Sellers

    November 22, 2017 3:53 PM EST Searching for event tickets on the web will soon come with more safeguards against scammer resale sites. Google  announced this week that, starting in January, any business in the secondary ticketing market looking to advertise through its massive ...

  2. Hundreds of Las Vegas Shooting Victims File Lawsuits Against Live Nation, MGM Resorts

    November 21, 2017 9:20 AM EST Attorneys who filed one of the first lawsuits after the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 concert-goers and left hundreds injured on the Las Vegas Strip filed four new negligence cases Monday on behalf of more than 450 victims. This time, howeve ...

  3. Goldenvoice COO Skip Paige Retires: Exclusive

    November 20, 2017 3:31 PM EST COO tells colleagues he plans to spend more time with family Skip Paige is retiring from his position as chief operating officer of Goldenvoice, he told his colleagues Friday. Citing a desire to spend more time with family, Paige told colleagues h ...

  4. Paradigm's Steve Dahl Passes Away

    November 20, 2017 2:17 PM EST The former head of fairs and festivals was 71. Nashville talent agent and festival booker Steve Dahl has passed away, Billboard has learned. He was 71. “We’re deeply saddened to learn of Paradigm agent Steve Dahl’s passing last night,” a statement ...

  5. Ex-CAA Nashville Boss Scott Clayton Joins WME: Exclusive

    November 20, 2017 12:30 PM EST Former Co-Head of Music Joins Creative Artist Agency's Biggest Rival Powerful agent Scott Clayton has stunned Music City, resigning from a leadership post at Creative Artist Agency to accept a position as partner and co-head of WME's  Na ...

  6. Scott Clayton Exits Creative Artists Agency Nashville: Exclusive

    November 19, 2017 2:20 PM EST Co-head of CAA's Nashville office expected to announce new job in coming days. Scott Clayton , one of five co-heads of music at Creative Artists Agency's Nashville office has resigned from his position, Billboard has learned. Clayton rep ...

  7. Britney Spears' Piece of Me Show: By the Numbers

    November 17, 2017 8:28 PM EST Spears' Las Vegas spectacular closes on Dec. 31, 2017 after four years. 1, 2, “3…” The final countdown is on. Britney Spears ’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me , will come to a close on Dec. 31, 2017, after four years and 249 pe ...

  8. Billboard Touring Conference Promoter Panel Weighs the Pros and Cons of Being Independent in 2017

    November 17, 2017 8:03 PM EST As the live entertainment industry continues to grow year over year, the Billboard Touring Conference promoter panel tackled how independents are facing off with industry giants, the repercussions of burnout festivals, and sexual harassment. The p ...

  9. Music Lawyer Dina LaPolt, Manager Lou Taylor Stress the Importance of Clear Communication at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 17, 2017 7:48 PM EST The first piece of advice music lawyer Dina LaPolt and business manager Lou Taylor want to give to up-and-comers in the music industry is to never surprise your artist. “When you’re doing a tour, no artist should be surprised that their tour isn’t ...

  10. Coldplay's 'Head Full Of Dreams' Is Third Highest Grossing World Tour Ever

    November 17, 2017 3:06 PM EST Festival and event titan Live Nation has announced that Coldplay 's "A Head Full of Dreams Tour" is the third-highest grossing global tour of all time. The 114-show tour, which ended its run at a sold-out stop this week in Buenos Ai ...

  11. Billboard Touring Conference: Hip-Hop Executives Explain How the Genre Is Capitalizing on Its Streaming Domination

    November 17, 2017 2:04 PM EST At the Billboard Touring Conference on Wednesday (Nov. 15), hip-hop executives described how the strength of streaming has removed terrestrial radio as the gatekeeper of popular music. “Pop doesn’t mean Lady Gaga. Pop means popular,” said Live Nat ...

  12. UK Music Calls for Government to Scrap Tax Hikes to Help Save Grassroots Venues

    November 17, 2017 7:00 AM EST A large number of British music venues will struggle to survive if a planned hike in business tax rates goes ahead, warns umbrella organization UK Music. The trade body’s chief executive Michael Dugher is urging the British government to reconside ...

  13. AEG Live's Jay Marciano Says Block Booking Will Continue Until Company Reaches a Certain Comfort Level

    November 15, 2017 7:54 PM EST He spoke during a panel titled "The World is Not Enough: A Conversation with Jay Marciano" on Wednesday at the Billboard Touring Conference. AEG Live’s Chairman and CEO Jay Marciano told an audience at the Billboard Touring Conference th ...

  14. Mariah Carey Cancels Opening Shows of Christmas Tour Due to Respiratory Infection

    November 15, 2017 7:28 PM EST "You know there is nothing I love more than celebrating the holidays with my festive Christmas show, but I have to take my doctor’s orders and rest until he says I can sing on stage." Pop superstar Mariah Carey is canceling the first few ...

  15. Everytown for Gun Safety Tells Billboard Touring Conference the NRA Is Weaker Than It Appears

    November 15, 2017 4:34 PM EST The non-profit organization that advocates for gun control Everytown for Gun Safety wants to deflate the public’s idea that the National Rifle Association can’t be beat.  Everytown For Gun Safety director of research and implementation, Sarah Toft ...

  16. Tyler, the Creator & Vince Staples Announce Joint North American Tour

    November 15, 2017 3:37 PM EST Tyler, the Creator is wrapping up his current fall North American tour and has already unveiled dates for his upcoming winter run. This time, Tyler has invited Vince Staples to join his North American trek as well as fellow Odd Future member Taco ...

  17. Warped Tour to Hit the Road For Final Trek in 2018: Exclusive Interview With Founder Kevin Lyman

    November 15, 2017 1:43 PM EST The music industry’s last remaining major traveling festival is saying goodbye.  Next year, The Vans Warped Tour will ride into the sunset for a final summer’s worth of North American dates. According to producer Kevin Lyman, who founded the fest ...

  18. Irving Azoff Calls Report on Reason for MSG CEO's Departure 'Pure Fiction'

    November 15, 2017 1:00 PM EST After two days of industry head scratching following the sudden ousting of David "Doc" O'Connor as president and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Co., one tabloid-ready theory has emerged to explain it: Doc lost a "face-off&quo ...

  19. YouTube and Ticketmaster Partner to Sell Concert Tickets On Official Videos

    November 15, 2017 10:15 AM EST From the “value gap” in online music consumption to the continual interference of brokers in concert sales, both YouTube and Ticketmaster have upheld tenuous relationships with the artist community over the last several years. To mitigate tension, ...

  20. Billboard's Touring Conference: Agent Power Panel Ponders Concert Security, Ticket Prices

    November 15, 2017 4:54 AM EST A panel discussion at Billboard’s Touring Conference & Awards on Tuesday (Nov. 14) that was set to focus on the unique demands of full service talent agencies and expanding opportunities for artists in branding, digital and activism, changed c ...

  21. Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn Extend Las Vegas Residency to 2018

    November 14, 2017 7:39 PM EST Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have considered Las Vegas their part-time home since 2015 during their joint residency at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace and, with an announcement on Tuesday (Nov. 14), it seems they aren’t planning to stop the ...

  22. Diplo Talks Thinking 'Beyond the US,' Going Off-The-Beaten-Path at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 14, 2017 6:07 PM EST Andrew McInnes of TMWRK Management revealed they once "pulled the plug" on a show planned for North Korea. What would Diplo do? On Wednesday at the annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, the international hit-making DJ and pro ...

  23. Kendrick Lamar, The Killers & The Chainsmokers Headlining Hangout Festival 2018

    November 14, 2017 5:40 PM EST Hangout Music Festival announced the lineup for next year's festival, and it features some festival favorites alongside some new faces who rarely (if ever) grace the festival circuit.  The festival is set to kick off its eighth year on the be ...

  24. Depeche Mode Manager Jonathan Kessler: 'Friction Is What Keeps Them Creative'

    November 14, 2017 1:28 PM EST The press shy Kessler talks exclusively with Billboard about the band's longevity, those "experimental" years in the mid-'90s and more ahead of being honored at the sixth annual Artist & Manager Awards. In 1986, a 22-year-o ...

  25. Live Nation Launches Latin Division, Headed By Hans Schafer

    November 14, 2017 1:09 PM EST Hans Schafer, former AEG Director of Latin Talent, will head new effort to “increase the company’s presence in the growing Latin live events market in the United States.” Live Nation Entertainment has announced Live Nation Latin, a newly formed de ...

  26. Goldenvoice Ends Partnership With FYF Fest Founder Sean Carlson

    November 14, 2017 5:19 AM EST Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, has split with Sean Carlson, the founder of its annual FYF Fest in Los Angeles. The L.A. Times cites an email distributed Monday to booking agents in which Goldenvoice president/ ...

  27. Foo Fighters Confirm Return of Cal Jam for 2018

    November 13, 2017 8:50 PM EST The Foo Fighters -curated Cal Jam music festival will return to California next year. The band announced Cal Jam 2018 earlier today, only a month after the festival’s successful inaugural edition. This year’s lineup featured Queens of the Stone Ag ...

  28. Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra Announces First U.S. Tour in Over 35 Years

    November 13, 2017 6:52 PM EST The British rock band's announcement comes just four days before the release of their new concert film and live album. Jeff Lynne 's Electric Light Orchestra is about to light up the U.S. for the first time in more than three decades.  T ...

  29. Madison Square Garden CEO Exits Company

    November 13, 2017 4:36 PM EST David "Doc" O'Connor was replaced on an interim basis by executive chairman James Dolan. David "Doc" O'Connor has abruptly quit the Madison Square Garden Co. after just two years as president and CEO of the company th ...

  30. Ticketmaster Launches in Italy

    November 13, 2017 2:01 PM EST Grandi notizie : Live Nation-owned ticketing giant Ticketmaster has launched in Italy, its 29th market overall, with headquarters in Milan. The company believes sales of tickets in the European country could reach 19 million in its two years. Curr ...

  31. How SMG Packed Its Football Stadiums With Help From U2, Coldplay and Guns N' Roses

    November 13, 2017 11:35 AM EST From its headquarters 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia, the global venue-management ­company SMG operates over 230 facilities in eight countries, including a half-dozen U.S. stadiums that are home to teams of the NFL. Between the final buzzer of ...

  32. Bandsintown Expands to Give Venues Power to Alert Fans

    November 13, 2017 11:18 AM EST Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is giving venues and festivals more control when it comes to alerting fans of new events. The popular startup -- 38 million-plus registered users -- said on Monday that venues can now use Bandsintown Manager ...

  33. Dynamic Ticket Pricing Startup Broker Genius Raises $15 Million

    November 13, 2017 9:57 AM EST Broker Genius, a New York startup that helps secondary ticket sellers automate their pricing strategy, has secured a $15 million Series A round of funding from Boston-based growth equity firm Volition Capital. The company's technology takes i ...

  34. Taylor Swift Announces First Round of Reputation Stadium Tour Dates

    November 13, 2017 9:56 AM EST Taylor Swift announced the first 27 tour dates of her Reputation   stadium tour via her Taylor Nation Twitter account early Monday (Nov. 13) morning. The tweet, captioned, "WE'LL SEE YOU SOON!" does not specify whether this is the e ...

  35. Taylor Swift Planning Birthday Tour Announcement: Exclusive

    November 10, 2017 6:48 PM EST Reputation World Tour ticket sales could exceed last year's $250 million mark. Taylor Swift is planning a tour announcement and ticket sale around her December birthday, Billboard has learned. The pop icon has targeted Dec. 13, her 28th birth ...

  36. Guns N' Roses Announce Summer 2018 European Tour Dates

    November 10, 2017 2:44 PM EST As Guns N’ Roses barrel through the 20th month of their massive, globetrotting Not in This Lifetime… Tour, the initial shock of their reunion has largely worn off. Yet fans with an appetite for old-fashioned rock star largesse continue to show up ...

  37. As Ticket Bundles Become a Go-To Chart Boost, Not Everyone Is Celebrating

    November 10, 2017 10:28 AM EST Packaging albums with concert seats can bump artists' chart positions, but promoters sweat higher ticket prices and premature tour sales. This week, Kenny Chesney 's new concert album, Live in No Shoes Nation , became the first live albu ...

  38. StubHub, Viagogo Offices Raided By U.K. Authorities in Secondary Ticketing Probe

    November 10, 2017 9:06 AM EST Officials have raided the London offices of StubHub and Viagogo as part of an ongoing investigation into the secondary ticketing sector and suspected breaches of U.K. consumer law. The raids are believed to have taken place earlier this year when ...

  39. Tom Petty's Last Tour Sold 637,671 Tickets Across 44 Shows, Earned $61 Million

    November 10, 2017 8:17 AM EST More than 49,000 saw Petty at this final shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The late rock legend Tom Petty wrapped his 40 th  anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers at the Hollywood Bowl in late September, just days before his untimely d ...

  40. Roger Waters Wraps North American Us + Them Tour, Grosses Over $18M From Latest Trek

    November 10, 2017 8:05 AM EST Roger Waters has completed the opening leg of his Us + Them world tour with a two-night engagement in Vancouver on Oct. 28 and 29, the last stop on a 45-city jaunt through North America that launched in late May. The tour's latest trek, from ...

  41. Human Rights Campaign Names Live Nation a Leading Employer for LGBTQ

    November 09, 2017 9:33 PM EST Live Nation earns 100 percent score on the HRC’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index. Live Nation Entertainment has a perfect score on a national benchmarking survey studying corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgen ...

  42. 2017's Superstars of Live: Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    November 09, 2017 1:00 PM EST By nearly all measures, the ­touring industry continued to see growth in 2017, with steady increases in ticket sales and attendance adding up to a record $25 ­billion in spending by year’s end, industry executives ­estimate. Live Nation’s second-q ...

  43. Touring 2017: Scooter Braun, Pat The Manager & Jeffrey Azoff Reveal Their Secrets to Success

    November 09, 2017 1:00 PM EST The touring award finalists for top manager -- Pat Corcoran with Chance the Rapper , Jeffrey Azoff with Harry Styles and Scooter Braun with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande -- reveal how they build artist careers that last.  [readmore:8030197] What ...

  44. Touring 2017 Humanitarian Award: Everytown for Gun Safety & Their Mission to Make Concerts Safe

    November 09, 2017 12:47 PM EST After the Oct. 1  mass shooting  at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, gun-violence-prevention advocacy organization  Everytown for Gun Safety  redoubled its efforts with the music community to protect concertgoers. A couple of weeks late ...

  45. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on Their Huge Tour, Healing Love and 'Common Sense' Gun Laws

    November 09, 2017 9:00 AM EST Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are hosting a meet-and-greet before their Friday-night concert at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. As is the custom for touring artists, they make jovial chitchat with fans, many of whom have bought VIP ­packages ...

  46. Fifth Harmony Announce New International Tour Dates

    November 08, 2017 4:30 PM EST The band will travel to Australia, Japan, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates, with more concerts to be announced. International Harmonizers are in for a treat, as Fifth Harmony have announced new tour dates abroad starting in Osaka, Japa ...

  47. Disney Junior Dance Party Launching 50-Show National Tour

    November 07, 2017 7:23 PM EST The show is the first interactive concert series for preschool audience. Cable network Disney Junior is launching a high-energy live music and dance touring show, launching early next spring. Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is embarking on a 50- ...

  48. Nickelback Announce Five-Night Las Vegas Residency

    November 07, 2017 2:41 PM EST The Canadian rockers will hit the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Feb. 23, Feb. 24, Feb. 27, March 2 and March 3. Nickelback  have announced a new string of tour dates for early 2018 in the form of a five-day Las Vegas residency.  The ...

  49. Why JAY-Z's 4:44 Tour Will Be His Highest Grossing Solo Run Ever Despite Cheap Tickets on StubHub

    November 05, 2017 11:40 AM EST Compared to the 2013 Magna Carta Tour, sales are up 21 percent. The JAY-Z tickets selling for $6 a pop on StubHub don’t reflect soft demand for his tour: they’re actually a sign that the hip-hop star has successfully priced ticket scalpers out of ...

  50. Alive And Kickin': Country's Historic Buildings Still Breathe Life Into Business

    November 03, 2017 11:45 AM EDT When the USA Network shot a Willie Nelson special at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2002, one of the numerous guests -- some guy named Keith Richards -- moved to the front edge of the stage during rehearsals, broke a rule by lighting up a ci ...

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