1. Songkick Loses Preliminary Injunction Request in Ticketmaster, Live Nation Antitrust Lawsuit

    May 11, 2016 6:42 PM EDT A Los Angeles federal judge issued a ruling in Songkick's antitrust suit against Ticketmaster and Live Nation on Wednesday (May 11), denying Songkick's movement for a preliminary injunction from Ticketmaster's service fees to receiv ...

  2. Desert Trip Mega-Concert Featuring McCartney & The Stones Sold Out in 3 Hours: Sources

    May 11, 2016 4:11 PM EDT In a testament to the tremendous box office power of its headliners, all of whom are some 50 years or more into their respective careers, Desert Trip in Indio, California, has sold out both weekends, generating what is surely to be the highest box ...

  3. Live Nation Launches $20 Ticket Promo For 1,000 Shows, 150 Artists

    May 10, 2016 9:26 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest promoter, will announce today that it is bringing back the $20 "Kickoff To Summer" ticket promotion that helped the firm hit record numbers at its amphitheaters in 2015, despite tough competition fro ...

  4. U.K. Ticket Scalping Under Fire from Mumford & Sons Ahead of Government Report

    May 09, 2016 1:37 PM EDT Mumford & Sons are calling on fans to sign a petition calling for tougher legislation against the secondary ticketing market. "If getting onstage is one of the best things about being a musician, seeing your audience get ripped off is und ...

  5. Barclays Center Group Forges Long-Term Deal to Renovate LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

    May 09, 2016 12:41 PM EDT The team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the renovation of the Nassau Veterans Coliseum on Long Island has signed a long-term lease with LIU Brooklyn to renovate and operate the 2,800 capacity Long Island University Brooklyn Paramount Theat ...

  6. Drake's OVO, Spotify Among Winners at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards 2016

    May 06, 2016 10:14 AM EDT More than 700 members of the Canadian music industry and delegates from around the world gathered Thursday night in Grand Ballroom of Toronto's Sheraton Centre for Canadian Music Week's annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awar ...

  7. Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour Has Earned Over $40 Million (So Far)

    May 05, 2016 9:55 PM EDT Justin Bieber makes his third Hot Tours appearance (see list, below) since launching the Purpose World Tour and his first turn at No. 1 on the weekly slate of top-grossing tours. For this recap, $14.5 million in revenue was reported by promoter AE ...

  8. Which Artists Were 2015's Biggest Earners on the Road?

    May 05, 2016 1:01 PM EDT As part of  Billboard's annual Moneymakers  ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring. You only need to compare the headline numbers in ...

  9. Could the Stones-McCartney-Waters-Headlining Desert Trip Concert Rake In a Staggering $100 Million?

    May 05, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Touted as the “concert of the century,”   Desert Trip -- the three-day October extravaganza announced May 3, featuring a classic-rock dream team of The Rolling Stones , Paul McCartney , Roger Waters , Bob Dylan , Neil Young and The Who - is estima ...

  10. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015

    May 05, 2016 9:30 AM EDT Adele 's album megasales aside, touring is once again the determining factor for the 40 genre-spanning acts that topped Billboard 's ranking of music’s highest-paid musicians of the past year. For proof of that, just look at this year’s ...

  11. Beyoncé Adds Dates to Formation World Tour

    May 05, 2016 8:30 AM EDT Citing demand, Live Nation and Parkwood Entertainment have added an additional seven shows to the North American leg of Beyonce 's Formation stadium tour. The new shows, as well as the makeup date of the postponed May 5 Nashville show (now on ...

  12. Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem Top 15th Austin City Limits Fest Bill

    May 05, 2016 8:25 AM EDT Radiohead and Mumford & Sons (in their first-ever ACL appearances) will join Kendrick Lamar , LCD Soundsystem , Major Lazer , and Kygo as headliners at the 15th  anniversary edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oc ...

  13. 'Like Chasing a Phantom': Prince Tour Guru John Meglen on His Super Bowl Epic, Musicology's $44M Run

    May 04, 2016 3:53 PM EDT Paul Gongaware and John Meglen , co-presidents of Concerts West, the global touring division of AEG Live, worked closely with Prince during one of the most commercially successful and artistically fulfilling periods of his career.  Between 2004 a ...

  14. Cuban Festival Musicabana Scaled Down Significantly After Approval Delays

    May 04, 2016 11:09 AM EDT When organizers announced Havana’s Musicabana festival at the beginning of this year, they called it an event that would “usher in a new era of cultural diplomacy” between Cuba and the United States, “offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with ...

  15. K-Pop Concerts Continue to Grow Outside Asia: Exclusive Infographic

    May 03, 2016 9:30 PM EDT While K-pop stars may seem extremely far away from U.S. fans, a recent report on the artists' concerts indicates America is increasingly becoming a priority to touring Korean acts. Concert kickstarter website MyMusicTaste.com -- which looks a ...

  16. Live Nation Revenue Rises to $1.2 Billion in First Quarter

    May 03, 2016 5:30 PM EDT Live Nation revenue had double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2016, an indicator of fortunes later in the year. Quarterly revenue grew 10 percent at constant currency to $1.23 billion -- or $1.21 billion excluding exchange rate fluctuations ...

  17. Buena Vista All Stars to Continue Legacy of Buena Vista Social Club: Exclusive

    May 03, 2016 12:16 PM EDT When Buena Vista Social Club played its Adiós tour in 2015, there was no reason to believe this wasn’t really goodbye. The core musicians were old, many in their 80s, and it would seem that there was a finite amount of times the audience could sit ...

  18. Goldenvoice's 'Concert of the Century' with McCartney, Stones, Dylan, The Who Confirmed for October

    May 03, 2016 10:10 AM EDT Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Neil Young, The Who and Bob Dylan are among the megastar acts booked for Desert Trip, destined to be one of the biggest concerts in history at the Coachella site in Indio, Calif. Three-day passes, ...

  19. Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, The Who & Roger Waters Post 'October' Videos

    May 02, 2016 1:14 PM EDT Classic rock fans better clear their calendars for October.  Bob Dylan , Paul McCartney , The Who , Rogers Waters and Rolling Stones all posted videos over the weekend making a cryptic reference to "October." Billboard previously reporte ...

  20. Summer's Hottest Tours -- From Beyonce to Adele and Beyond

    April 29, 2016 2:00 PM EDT In just 15 weeks of the summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the live music business in North America earns almost half of its gross ticket revenue for the entire year. Summer concerts in 2015 accounted for $1.2 billion in sales of tickets, ...

  21. Muse Signs With United Talent Agency for Worldwide Representation: Exclusive

    April 28, 2016 7:30 PM EDT Muse has signed with UTA for worldwide representation,  The Hollywood Reporter  and  Billboard  have exclusively learned. The British rock trio of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard was previously represented by the agency for int ...

  22. Newly Christened UTA Music -- and CEO Jeremy Zimmer -- Make Coachella Debut

    April 27, 2016 10:47 AM EDT Among Coachella's 100,000 unwashed (or at least dusty) masses, perhaps none was more elated to attend the desert fest than first-timer Jeremy Zimmer .  The 57-year-old CEO of United Talent Agency, which last August acquired The Agency Group t ...

  23. Knitting Factory Rebrands Management Division as KFM

    April 26, 2016 2:14 PM EDT In what's described as a "rebranding and restructuring move," Knitting Factory Entertainment is consolidating its previously individual management divisions Figure Eight Management and Yes Know Management under the KFM banner, an ac ...

  24. Preservation Hall Jazz Band Curating the Day at New Orleans Ace Hotel

    April 26, 2016 10:53 AM EDT With the New Orleans Jazz Fest in full-swing, the Crescent City is filled with the glorious sounds of rhythm and blues and all manners of roots music that makes this city such a spectacular place. This week the newly opened Ace Hotel in the city&# ...

  25. Four Tet Announces North American Tour

    April 25, 2016 9:03 PM EDT Four Tet has announced a new string of tour dates that will kick off Friday in Las Vegas, spanning more than a month with shows across the United States.  Four Tet Shares 2 New Collaborations With Designer & Champion The 26-date tour spans unt ...

  26. Rehabbing Axl Rose: Guns N' Roses Reload With a Dependable (and Nice?) Frontman

    April 25, 2016 3:01 PM EDT The past is done and the future is unknown, but in the world of Guns N' Roses , it is safe to say that the band has now answered enough questions for fans, the media and the music business at large for all to see them in a different light. T ...

  27. No BS' Concert Promoter Lazaro Megret on 35 Years of Staging Shows for Miami Sound Machine, Enrique Iglesias and Latin Music's Hottest Acts

    April 22, 2016 5:54 PM EDT In the El Paso, Texas, office of Latin music concert promoter Lazaro Megret , which offers a panoramic view of the nearby Mexican ­border, the hooks of a coat rack hold scores of ­colorful, laminated backstage passes. Megret, 74, is at his desk, ...

  28. The Magic of Prince's Early Tours: 'You Weren't Ready for How Good He Was'

    April 22, 2016 5:05 PM EDT Ted Cohen is known as a digital consultant who headed digital development for EMI Music and worked with early digital companies ranging from Liquid Audio to RioPort. But decades ago, Cohen was an artist development rep for Warner Brothers Records. ...

  29. Prince's Former Tour Bus Driver Recalls Reflective, Quiet Moments on the Road with the Legend

    April 21, 2016 3:38 PM EDT Neville Shende, fleet operations manager for Pioneer Coach, was the driver for Prince on the Musicology tour in 2004. Somewhere along the Texas Panhandle, as he drives toward the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., Shende reminisces about the sup ...

  30. A Closer Look at the Bataclan's Renewal -- Will the Cure Be One of Its First Headliners?

    April 21, 2016 11:00 AM EDT The live music industry in France is still coming to terms with a new world order six months after the terrorist attack at Paris venue the Bataclan, where, on Nov. 13, 2015, Eagles of Death Metal were ­performing when gunmen stormed the venue, ­ki ...

  31. Rolling Stones' 'América Latina Olé' Trek Rocks Hot Tours Roundup

    April 20, 2016 10:44 PM EDT The Rolling Stones ’ América Latina Olé Tour that wrapped in late March after a sweep through seven Latin American countries during a six-week span earns the top ranking on this week’s tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $46.9 million in ...

  32. Mana Cancels Ecuador Tour Dates After Earthquake

    April 20, 2016 2:19 PM EDT Maná  canceled their upcoming tour dates in Ecuador after the powerful earthquake that struck the Latin American country on Saturday, April 16.  The Mexican band took to Twitter to show solidarity with their fans in Ecuador and announce that they& ...

  33. AEG Live to Acquire Bowery Presents

    April 20, 2016 10:35 AM EDT Following some three years of speculation that a deal is in the works, sources have confirmed to Billboard that global promoter AEG Live is in final negotiations to acquire successful New York-based independent promoter Bowery Presents. Financial ...

  34. North Carolina's Anti-LGBT 'Bathroom Bill' is Flushing the State's Music Business Down the Drain

    April 19, 2016 6:15 PM EDT With Pearl Jam and Boston joining Bruce Springsteen in canceling their respective North Carolina shows in protest of the state’s controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2) law -- widely perceived as being anti-LGBT -- North Ca ...

  35. American Policies Make It Difficult for Canadians to Tour Stateside, New Study Finds

    April 19, 2016 11:34 AM EDT The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has released a new study  on the challenges musician face crossing into the United States for business, such as difficulties obtaining visas and high withholding taxes, and makes specific recommend ...

  36. Nirvana, The Refused and Cheap Whiskey: St. Vitus, New York's Metal Valhalla, Celebrates Five Years (Q&A)

    April 15, 2016 5:12 PM EDT St. Vitus sits on a quiet main street in the northernmost stretch of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, nothing more than ominous, unmarked black brick facade and heavy door. Like every place of cultural note in New York excepting its museum ...

  37. Goldenvoice In Talks to Bring Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones and More to Coachella Site

    April 15, 2016 4:20 PM EDT Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Neil Young, The Who and Bob Dylan are among the mega star acts booked for what will be one of the biggest concerts in history at the Coachella site in Indio, Calif., according to multiple sources. ...

  38. BMG To Relaunch Seminal Metal Label Noise Records

    April 14, 2016 5:18 PM EDT German metal label Noise Records is to be relaunched by BMG. Founded by Karl-Ulrich Walterbach in 1983, the label was an important supporter of European heavy rock acts throughout the '80s and '90s, helping to popularize the thrash, spee ...

  39. Governors Ball and Founders Entertainment Heads Wolowitz and Russell Talk Live Nation, New Ventures: Q&A

    April 14, 2016 4:54 PM EDT Fifteen-year-old Tom Russell and Jordan Wolowitz were randomly paired on the same floor at a Connecticut boarding school, and the North American festival landscape was forever changed. Russell and Wolowitz, partners in Founders Entertainment, left ...

  40. Black Sabbath Leads Hot Tours Roundup With Farewell Show

    April 13, 2016 8:51 PM EDT Black Sabbath ’s The End Tour leads this week’s tally of Hot Tours based on ticket sales, thanks to a February performance at The Forum in Inglewood, California. See the full list below. Durin g the past week,  the 17,800-seat Los Angeles-area are ...

  41. Ticketmaster Begins Selling Through Facebook: New Exec Talks Future-Forward Strategy

    April 12, 2016 5:04 PM EDT Ticketmaster is taking its social media game to the next level, with a new Facebook integration which allows fans to purchase tickets directly on the social network, without having to link to another site.   As part of the Facebook news, Ticketmas ...

  42. U.K. Mulls Banning Fireworks at Live Music Events

    April 11, 2016 5:25 PM EDT Nigel Adams, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music, will present a motion in the House of Commons tomorrow (12 April) proposing to ban the carrying or use of flares, fireworks and smoke bombs by audience members at gigs and festival ...

  43. Berlin Nightclubs Raise $45K for Refugee Aid Via Guestlist Donations: Report

    April 11, 2016 3:00 PM EDT Germany has been at the forefront of assisting the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, and now its nightlife capital is also doing its part. An assortment of Berlin nightclubs have reportedly raised €40,000 ($45,622) for refugees charities through a ...

  44. Coldplay Adds Arena Shows to North American Stadium Tour

    April 07, 2016 5:00 PM EDT In what is shaping up as one of the biggest tours of 2016, Coldplay has announced the addition of 12 North American arena dates to their summer A Head Full Of Dreams world tour. The arena shows augment the previously announced stadium dates alread ...

  45. Nassau Coliseum Looks to Draw Big Names with 'Residence-Style' Dressing Rooms, Free Helicopter Rides

    April 07, 2016 2:51 PM EDT The $130 million renovation of the 43 year-old Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on New York’s Long Island includes an ambitious dressing room program known as the Artists Quarters, which developers believe will play a significant role in convinci ...

  46. How Multimillion-Dollar Paychecks and Fan Nostalgia Lured Guns N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem to Reunite for Coachella

    April 07, 2016 12:57 PM EDT On Easter Sunday, James Murphy, the 46-year-old ­frontman of LCD Soundsystem , stepped onstage for the first time in five years. The occasion was the live resurrection of Murphy's dance-punk band at New York's Webster Hall, the first of ...

  47. This Is How Much Summer Festival Players Earn -- From VIP Experience Valets to Main-Stage Bookers

    April 07, 2016 12:56 PM EDT From festival promoter/producers to main-stage headliners and VIP experience valets, find out how much a summer festival's key players make.  Festival promoter/producer Paycheck $5 million to $25 million Description Stages the festival, books ...

  48. Pasadena City Council Approves New Goldenvoice-Produced Festival At the Rose Bowl

    April 06, 2016 4:41 PM EDT A vote this week by the Pasadena City Council approved plans for a new festival promoted by AEG Live's Goldenvoice division set to take place in the Rose Bowl, according to the Pasadena Star News . The multi-day event, scheduled to kick off i ...

  49. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Announce 'The High Road' North American Tour

    April 05, 2016 6:53 PM EDT Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa  will be hitting the road together this summer for The Higher Road tour, with 33 dates spanning the United States and Canada.  Wiz Khalifa Recalls Kanye Beef, Explains DJ Name in 'GQ' Snoop Dogg announced the n ...

  50. MGM Bets on Live Events With T-Mobile Arena, New Theater

    April 04, 2016 6:12 PM EDT LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The latest multi-million dollar development on the Las Vegas Strip features a leafy outdoor pedestrian area, 20,000 seat arena and small theater. It's a move to double-down on events and live entertainment that marks yet ano ...

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