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Jan17
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The ACMs Go To T-Mobile

The Academy of Country Music Awards is moving its annual show to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. more

12:25PM, Tuesday
Jan17
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Gay Mercader Pt. 2

Continuing where they left off, Spanish concert promoter legend Gay Mercader and Pollstar’s European correspondent tackle the Spanish live market.   more

10:45AM, Tuesday

Jan17
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Big Apple Circus Assets For Sale

The Big Apple Circus, in business since 1977, is up for sale. more

10:01AM, Tuesday
Jan17
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Hip-Hop Podcast Host Charged In Fatal NYC Concert Shooting

A hip-hop podcast host has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a popular New York City concert venue last year that left a rapper’s bodyguard dead and two people wounded. more

07:04AM, Tuesday
Jan17
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Jo Dipple Leaves UK Music

Jo Dipple was instrumental in getting the UK government to introduce the Live Music Act, which made life for live music venues easier.   more

07:00AM, Tuesday
Jan17
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Scalpers Taking ‘Yuge’ Hits?

Scalpers who obtained tickets to Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 presidential inauguration in hopes of flipping them for some quick and dirty cash are finding the secondary market is raining on their parade.   more

02:30AM, Tuesday
Jan17

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A Virginia-based company that calls itself the Washington area’s top provider of portable toilet rentals provides its services to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration but has to tape over its name. Why? Because the company is “Don’s Johns.”
Jan17
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Eurosonic Noorderslag Boasts Solid Figures

More than 40,000 people visited the sold-out Eurosonic Noorderslag festival, which takes place in 48 venues across Groningen, Holland. Some 382 acts played a total 424 performances, and 4,200 delegates registered for the conference, which was also sold out.   more

02:20AM, Tuesday
Jan17
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Sheeran Playing Two Radio Shows Down Under

Ed Sheeran plays two intimate shows for rival radio networks in Australia in the lead-up to the March 3 release of his third album, ÷ (Divide)more

02:10AM, Tuesday
Jan16
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Second Man Arrested In Irving Plaza Shooting

Police have arrested a second man in connection with a fatal shooting at a popular Manhattan concert venue. more

04:37PM, Monday
Jan16
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Reports: Istanbul Nightclub Attacker Who Killed 39 Caught

A gunman suspected of killing 39 people during a New Year's attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday.  more

03:30PM, Monday
Jan16
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Wife Of Pulse Shooter Arrested

A U.S. law enforcement official says the FBI has arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter.   more

09:35AM, Monday
Jan16
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 1/12/17

The top of the chart remains mostly unchanged from last week, but new singles put Ed Sheeran in the top 10.  more

09:30AM, Monday
Jan16
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5 Dead In Mexican EDM Fest Shooting

A gunman killed at least five people and wounded more than a dozen others Monday at a nightclub in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, police said. more

08:36AM, Monday
Jan16
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Sziget sells 70 Percent To Equity Firms

London-based Edition Capital and U.S.-based Providence Equity have acquired 70 percent of Sziget, one of the largest festivals in Europe, which attracts some 500,000 people to Budapest, Hungary, each summer.  more

08:35AM, Monday
Jan16
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Jimmy Buffett Added To Bluesfest

Bluesfest Byron Bay announced Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefers will play an exclusive show April 14 after headliners Neil Young and Barry Gibb pulled out of the Australian event late 2016.  more

08:30AM, Monday
Jan14
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Farewell To The Circus

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. more

08:26PM, Saturday
Jan13
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Irvine Named Buyer For Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Knitting Factory Entertainment has hired NYC-based James Irvine as talent buyer for Knitting Factory Brooklyn.  more

02:25PM, Friday
Jan13
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LN Acquires Majority Stake In BottleRock

Live Nation has acquired a majority stake in BottleRock Napa Valley, the music and culinary festival in California’s wine country.  more

09:55AM, Friday
Jan13
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2 Members Of Tower Of Power Hit By Train, Injured

Two members of Tower of Power, a group that has been an R&B institution for nearly 50 years, were hit by a train as they walked across tracks before a performance in their hometown of Oakland, but both survived, their publicist said. more

06:47AM, Friday
Jan13
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AEG Pitches KeyArena Plan

AEG Facilities President Bob Newman announced his company is prepared to launch a major KeyArena remodel regardless of whether NBA or NHL teams have been secured.  more

02:25AM, Friday
Jan13
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Bill Graham Movie In Works

If there was anyone in music whose life story read like a movie script, it was Bill Graham. And now it appears the late concert-promoting legend may finally be getting one.   more

02:25AM, Friday
Jan13
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Koch Bros. In Concert

Four lucky concertgoers at a gospel holiday concert in Richmond, Va., in December got an unusual Christmas gift from the gig’s sponsor, Fueling U.S. Forward: rather than receiving a piece of commemorative swag, they learned their energy bills would be paid.   more

02:20AM, Friday
Jan13
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Mariah Sues South American Promoters

When Mariah Carey axed five South American shows in late 2016, just days before she was set perform the first in Argentina, she said only that promoters had done wrong by her.   more

02:10AM, Friday
Jan13
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Vivendi Opens Four Venues In Africa

New CanalOlympia entertainment venues in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea and Niger are the first of “several dozen” to follow in the coming months.   more

02:10AM, Friday
Jan13
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Festival Security Guard Stood Down Over ‘Choking’ Video

A security guard has been stood down pending an investigation after an incident at the Jan. 7 Brisbane, Australia, stop at the three-state FOMO festival.  more

02:05AM, Friday
Jan13
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New Digs

The 2,700-capacity Paradise Cove theatre at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla., opened with a Chris Young performance Jan. 6.   more

02:00AM, Friday
Jan12
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Jake Owen Signs With WME

Jake Owen has signed with the Nashville contingency at William Morris Endeavor.  more

11:08AM, Thursday
Jan12
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The Fake News Fad

If everyone is going to start calling stories they don’t like fake news, then I’m just going to stop holding back. After all, I operate in the ultimate fake news environment – the music industry – and it’s my job to parse out the real from the fake.   more

10:30AM, Thursday
Jan12
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Chargers Announce L.A. Move

The NFL’s San Diego Chargers announced intentions to move to Los Angeles after 56 years in the city, and could share the new Inglewood stadium being built for the newly moved Los Angeles Rams NFL team.  more

09:00AM, Thursday
Jan12
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Natasha Bent, Sziget Win Big At Festival Awards

As is tradition, Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 kicked off with two award shows: the European Border Breaker Awards and the European Festival Awards.  more

02:30AM, Thursday
Jan12
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Ticketmaster Taps Streffer

Petra Streffer has been appointed sales director of music and entertainment for Ticketmaster Germany.  more

02:30AM, Thursday
Jan12
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Chinese Grammy Museum

The Recording Academy has announced it will form a partnership with several Chinese organizations to open a Grammy Museum in China.  more

02:00AM, Thursday
Jan12

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Dancers keep the energy high as the clock strikes midnight at the Lights All Night music festival in Dallas on New Year’s Eve 2016.
Jan11
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Azoff's Company Signs Prince's Estate For Performing Rights

Prince's estate has signed a deal with Global Music Rights, founded by entertainment industry powerhouse Irving Azoff, to represent songs written by the icon. more

12:32PM, Wednesday
Jan11
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A Look Into The Life Of Gay Mercader

In the next installment of our video interview series, Pollstar’s European correspondent sits down with Spanish promoter legend Gay Mercader.  more

10:45AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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HKS To Design Rangers Stadium

Architecture firm HKS has been picked to design a $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium for MLB’s Texas Rangers in Arlington.   more

02:30AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 1/5/17

With the end of the holiday season comes the end of Pentatonix topping this list. We're back to business as usual with The Weeknd, Drake, Twenty One Pilots and J Cole on top to kick off 2017.  more

02:29AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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Pitbull Flap Causes $73k Payout

Florida’s tourism agency agreed Tuesday to pay its outgoing president and CEO $73,000 amid the fallout from the state’s secret deal with rapper Pitbull and a video for his song “Sexy Beaches.” more

02:29AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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Avenged Sevenfold Teams With Cirque du Soleil

Venues in the UK and mainland Europe may have to be restructured to suit Avenged Sevenfold’s plans after the band has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil for its European tour.   more

02:10AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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‘David Bowie Is’ In Tokyo

An extensive exhibition about David Bowie opened in Tokyo on the singer's birthday, Jan. 8, almost exactly a year after Bowie died of cancer aged 69.   more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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Austrian Elevate Festival Moves Forward

For the first time in its 12-year history, Elevate Festival in Austria will take place in March instead of October.  more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Jan11
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Melbourne To Get Australian Music HoF

After a 15-year battle by Frontier Touring chief Michael Gudinski, broadcaster/record producer Ian “Molly” Meldrum and singer Kylie Minogue, Melbourne will be the home of the Australian Music Hall Of Fame.   more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Jan11

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Angel Stadium gets a dirt makeover Jan. 4 before the Monster Energy Supercross took over the Anaheim, Calif., venue for its 2017 season opener Jan. 7.
Jan10
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Windish, AM Only Are Now Paradigm

Paradigm Talent Agency is kicking off the year by bringing The Windish Agency and AM Only officially under its umbrella after successful partnerships.   more

01:00PM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Richard Super Joins Gersh

Richard Super has joined Gersh in its Comedy department and will report to senior partner/senior VP Rick Greenstein, the agency announced Jan. 10.  more

12:45PM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Marshall Tucker Band Signs To APA

It's been nearly 20 years since the Marshall Tucker Band has seen a new agency. more

12:30PM, Tuesday
Jan10
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McCartney To Play Japan

Paul McCartney made a surprise, maybe even live appearance during the New Year’s Eve broadcast of "Kohaku Utagassen," a traditional song contest considered the most important Japanese music event of the year.   more

12:30PM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Scottrade Center Upgrade On The Table

Scottrade Center in St. Louis is the focus of a city spending proposal that could mean up to $4 million annually for 20 years to help fund renovations at the home of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.   more

11:30AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Aiello Named GM For Macon

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor announced David Aiello as GM of Macon Coliseum and Macon City Auditorium in Georgia Jan. 10.  more

11:00AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Ingham Named Chief Exec For Nottingham Arena

The National Ice Centre and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham in England promoted Martin Ingham to chief exec. He is also the chairman of the National Arenas Association.  more

10:45AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Budweiser Re-Christens Ontario Shed

As Budweiser grows increasingly chummy with Live Nation Canada, it has put its name onto one of Ontario’s destination show locations.  more

09:45AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Brooklyn Bowl In London’s O2 Closes

Brooklyn Bowl London, once described by Rolling Stone as “one of the most incredible places on earth,” had to be closed to enable building works on The O2’s entertainment district. more

09:30AM, Tuesday
Jan10

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Construction workers continue raising up Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta Dec. 2. The new stadium will open next year, unseating The Georgia Dome as the home of the Atlanta Falcons.
Jan10
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Ascend Insurance Brokerage Taps Anderson

Ascend Insurance Brokerage has added Sara Anderson as an assistant VP and David Shotts as VP.  more

02:10AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Journalist Nat Hentoff Dies

Nat Hentoff, a jazz critic for more than 50 years who found further fame as an author and social critic, died in New York City Jan. 7 at 91.  more

02:05AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Queensland May Drop Second Round Of Lockouts

After fierce lobbying from the live music and hospitality sectors, the Queensland, Australia, government might be rethinking plans to introduce the second stage of its lockout laws on Feb. 1.  more

02:05AM, Tuesday
Jan10
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Intellitix And LOC Pay Systems Merge

Cashless RFID supplier Intellitix adds Dutch payment supplier LOC Pay Systems’ 200 European festivals and venues to its portfolio in Europe.   more

02:00AM, Tuesday
Jan09
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ACM Taps Opry’s Fisher As CEO

Pete Fisher becomes only the second CEO in the Academy of Country Music’s history with the group’s announcement of his promotion that takes effect Jan. 30.  more

03:30PM, Monday
Jan09
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Harvey Goldsmith Enraged By Royal Albert Hall Resale

Renowned British concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith has complained about debenture holders at London’s Royal Albert Hall being able to resell tickets to shows despite provisions put in place to prevent the secondary market from acquiring tickets.   more

11:00AM, Monday
Jan09
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U2 Sets ‘Joshua Tree’ Dates

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of its fifth album, U2 announces a run of stadium dates well as a stop at Bonnaroo for its 2017 “Joshua Tree Tour.” Special guests Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic, The Lumineers appear on select Canada / U.S. shows while Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is on the Euro gigs.  more

10:01AM, Monday
Jan09
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Ticketfrog Acquires Instahive

Two Swiss ticketing companies known for their efforts to slash fees are combining, with Ticketfrog acquiring Instahive.  more

02:29AM, Monday
Jan09
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Carey On New Year’s Eve Performance: ‘They Foiled Me’

Mariah Carey is blaming producers for her bungled performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” saying, “They foiled me.” more

02:23AM, Monday
Jan09
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Paris Police: 16 Arrested Over Kardashian West Jewelry Heist

French police arrested 16 people Monday in connection with the October theft of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from Kim Kardashian West. more

02:22AM, Monday
Jan09
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D-backs Sue County To Look Into Other Stadium Options

The Arizona Diamondbacks have filed suit against the Maricopa County Stadium District to ask for the removal of a clause in their contract that prevents the team from exploring other stadium options. more

02:00AM, Monday
Jan07
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New Director For Midem

Alexandre Deniot has been introduced as successor to Midem director Jérome Delhaye, who served as interim director for the 50th edition of the music annual music conference in Cannes, France.  more

02:00AM, Saturday
Jan07
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Teton Suit Plods Along

A Wyoming music festival is being sued over an agreement that, despite being signed by an outgoing president, it claims was never approved by the board.  more

02:00AM, Saturday
Jan06
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3 Arrested In Stadium Pipeline Protest Released

Three people are out of jail after being arrested after opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline suspended a large banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game. more

01:30PM, Friday
Jan06
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‘Idol’ Contract Dispute Moves Forward

Phillip Phillips’ legal battle with “American Idol” co-producer 19 Entertainment will move forward despite the company’s bankruptcy filing.   more

02:20AM, Friday
Jan06
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Streaming All The Buzz For 2016

While album and song physical sales continue to decline, streaming has provided overall growth and a sustainable business model for recorded music, according to BuzzAngle’s annual “Music 2016 U.S. Report.”   more

02:10AM, Friday
Jan06
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Hello E-Tickets

Sanrio Puroland, a theme park located in a suburb of Tokyo that features characters owned by the toy company Sanrio, including Hello Kitty, has started an e-ticket system specifically for Chinese tourists, which have been flocking to the park in increasing numbers.   more

02:00AM, Friday
Jan05
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Anschutz Denies Anti-LGBTQ Claims

Philip Anschutz isn’t often seen or heard in public, so when the AEG principal issues a statement under his name in response to an issue, it’s newsworthy – even if the news is hardly, well, news.  more

04:00PM, Thursday
Jan05
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Blake Shelton Announces Plans To Open Entertainment Venues

Blake Shelton stopped by Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium this morning to break the news that he is teaming up with Ryman Hospitality Properties to launch a lifestyle brand, with entertainment venues in the works in Music City and his hometown of Tishomingo, Okla.  more

03:45PM, Thursday
Jan05
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TKA Promotes Jack Randall

Jack Randall has been named president of the Agency division at The Kurland Agency in Massachusetts.   more

02:55PM, Thursday
Jan05
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2016 Year In Review

We’ll leave the sad list of obits for the end, but let’s get one out of the way. Amid all of the passings of 2016, one hit especially close to home when Chip Hooper, the music chief of Paradigm Talent Agency, succumbed to cancer in March just days after winning Pollstar’s Agent Of The Year award.    more

02:30AM, Thursday
Jan05
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Barrie Marshall ‘Totally Surprised’ By MBE

British concert promoter legend Barrie Marshall was honored in the Queen’s New Year Honours. He shared his thoughts with Pollstar.   more

02:29AM, Thursday
Jan05
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Gexa Pavilion Now Starplex

The venue most recently known as Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas has been renamed Starplex Pavilion.  more

02:20AM, Thursday
Jan05
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SESAC Bought

SESAC, the largest privately held music licensing firm and third largest overall, is being acquired for an undisclosed amount by private equity firm Blackstone Group, according to the Tennessean.   more

02:20AM, Thursday
Jan05
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Blue Cross Arena Upgrade

City officials in Rochester, N.Y., have committed to a $10.5 million, multiphase renovation for the city’s Blue Cross Arena instead of starting from scratch with a new facility.   more

02:15AM, Thursday
Jan05
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Stadium Talks On Hold

A plan to build a Major League Soccer stadium in St. Louis has been put on hold after the state finance board postponed a Dec. 20 meeting after the governor expressed opposition to public financing.   more

02:05AM, Thursday
Jan05

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The 20 Monroe Live is getting ready for its Feb. 1 debut in Grand Rapids, Mich. The venue scales from 1,200- to 4,000-capacity when connected with a beer garden and alleyway, and costs around $16 million.
Jan04
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Beesley Promoted At Wolf Trap

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts promoted Sara Beesley to senior director of program and production, the group announced Jan. 4.   more

09:45AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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No SOS4.8 in 2017

The 10th anniversary of Spanish festival SOS4.8 has been postponed to 2018. Promoter Legal Music cited a non-compliant Ministry of Culture as the reason.   more

09:30AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Searching For Meaning In Coachella Lineup

I witnessed every imaginable reaction when the Coachella lineup dropped Jan. 3 – admiration, disgust, astonishment, unrequited joy and downright anger. Everyone has a (mostly dumb) opinion.  more

09:00AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Falls Promoters To Conduct Own Investigation Into Stampede

While authorities have begun multiple investigations into the Dec. 30 stampede at Australia’s multi-day Falls Festival, its promoters intend to conduct their own inquiries.   more

08:45AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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MSG Kicks Back Over Rockettes

What began as a fray between members of The Rockettes and employer Madison Square Garden Co. over a performance for President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration appears to have blown up into a full-scale battle between MSG and Marie Claire.   more

02:30AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Name Dispute Exterminates Ratt Show

Recent developments regarding the naming rights for Ratt prevented an iteration of the band that currently uses the marks from taking the stage Dec. 29 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.   more

02:20AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Phony Hawaiian Promoter Pleads Guilty

The phony concert and events promoter arrested for wire fraud by Honolulu FBI agents last April pleaded guilty to the charges late December.   more

02:20AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Australia 2016: Market Down, Festivals Dominant

Through 2016, Australia’s live music sector continued to be sustained by an audience that wanted new experiences, was supportive of fresh talent and happy to travel long distances to catch acts. But uncertainty about the Australian economy saw the overall live entertainment market shrinking 30 percent in the past two years.   more

02:10AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Faye Wong Scalping Backfire

The scalping of tickets for Faye Wong's first concert in six years took on new meaning as the Dec. 29 performance date approached.  more

02:10AM, Wednesday
Jan04

Explosions Rock Boxing Match

Two homemade bombs exploded during a boxing competition in Hilongos, Philippines, on Dec. 29, injuring at least 32 people. more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Jan04
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Undercover Festival Moves To Amusement Park

The fifth edition of the Undercover underground and alternative music festival will take place at Dreamland Margate in Kent, England, Sept. 8-9.   more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Jan04

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Maria Brunner’s Feb. 2 panel at Pollstar Live, “Marketing Music Chairs: Work Smarter, Not Harder,” will feature Grammy-nominated Rounder/Concord artist Sierra Hull. The bluegrass singer along with her manager and team will focus on creative marketing and branding.
Jan03
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Enoch Named GM Of Sandy Springs PAC

Spectra and the city of Sandy Springs, Ga., have named Michael Enoch GM of the under-construction performing arts center in Sandy Springs.  more

01:45PM, Tuesday
Jan03
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 12/29/16

Christmas just won't end, so Pentatonix remains on top, with The Weeknd, Drake, Twentyonepilots and J Cole occupying the rest of the top 5 for the final Elite 100 Artists chart of 2016.  more

11:10AM, Tuesday
Jan03
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Australian Festival Worker Killed By Falling Branch

A 21-year-old worker helping to set up the site for the Lost Paradise in New South Wales’ Glenworth Valley in Australia  was killed a day before the sold-out, three-day “mind-body-soul” event began Dec. 29.   more

11:00AM, Tuesday
Jan03
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Hobbs Speaks About Turkey NYE Attack

The deadly terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul is “the first attack in Turkey on an entertainment space,” Charmenko's Nick Hobbs told Pollstar.  more

09:30AM, Tuesday
Jan03
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Looking Back On ‘A Memorable Year’

2016 has slowly but surely come to a close. Here are some year-end statements from a cross section of Europe’s live music scene, including Marek Lieberberg, John Giddings, Claudio Trotta, and many more.  more

02:30AM, Tuesday
Jan03
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Allan Williams, Who Set Up Beatles' Early Gigs, Dies

Allan Williams, a fixture on the Liverpool music scene who gave the Beatles a place to practice and helped them get early gigs, has died. He was 86. more

01:42AM, Tuesday
Jan02
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Dick Clark Productions Rejects Mariah Carey’s Sabotage Claim

Dick Clark Productions is hitting back against Mariah Carey’s claim it sabotaged her live performance on its “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special. more

11:06AM, Monday

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