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Apr24
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‘There’s Room For All Of Us’

Nottingham, England-based ticket agency Gigantic turned 10 this year in April. The company sells tickets for live entertainment and sports events in all of the UK. Pollstar spoke to company founder Mark Gasson about its history.   more

05:00PM, Monday
Apr24
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 4/20/17

Kendrick Lamar's new LP puts the acclaimed rapper on top for the week, and it's not even close. The usual suspects (Drake, Ed Sheeran, Future) hold the next spots.  more

04:00PM, Monday

Apr24
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Late Summer Aussie Festivals Continue Strong Draws

As the Australian 2017 late summer festival season – which spills over to early autumn – comes to an end, the major festivals continue to pull with a combination of superstars and newcomers. more

02:30PM, Monday
Apr24
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Titans Get Two Vendors For Aramark

The Tennessee Titans are bringing in two concessions companies to replace Aramark after an acrimonious early termination of their contract.  more

12:18PM, Monday
Apr24
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Japan Expo Says Live Industry Healthy

The fourth edition of the Live Entertainment and Event Expo will take place at the Makuhari Messe convention center near Tokyo from May 31 to June 2.  more

12:00PM, Monday
Apr24
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Blake Shelton Signs With Messina

Blake Shelton has signed with Messina Touring Group.  more

10:06AM, Monday
Apr24
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X-Ray Touring Partners With Paradigm

The deal sees X-ray and Paradigm/Yucaipa entering into an equal joint venture. more

07:22AM, Monday
Apr24
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UK Snap Election Puts Ticketing On Back Burner

The UK’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee halted its secondary ticketing investigations in light of Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap general election.  more

07:00AM, Monday
Apr21
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SMG’s John Sharkey: ‘I Get A Kick Out Of People Having A Good Night’

Pollstar spoke to John Sharkey, executive vice president of SMG Europe, in light of the company’s 40th anniversary in 2017.   more

05:00PM, Friday
Apr21
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CAA Amplifies Diversity

Creative Artists Agency is launching an invitation-only “summit” of multicultural thought leaders in several fields as part of its program to promote and encourage diversity in business.  more

04:00PM, Friday
Apr21
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Moody: Not The End Of Five Finger Death Punch

Following reports that singer Ivan Moody was leaving Five Finger Death Punch at the end of the year, Moody released a statement saying his comments on a radio show were taken out of context and he does not intend to leave the band. more

02:30PM, Friday
Apr21
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Manager Sandy Gallin Dies

Sandy Gallin, 76, agent, talent manager and producer, died after a long battle with multiple myeloma in Los Angeles April 21.  more

02:00PM, Friday
Apr21
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Family: Stadium Warned Of Faulty Locks Before Man Fell, Died

The family of a concertgoer who fell to his death through a garbage chute at Progressive Field alleged the Cleveland Indians were repeatedly warned about faulty locks and doors leading to the chutes. more

01:23PM, Friday
Apr21
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IFF Increases Capacity

The third edition of the invitation-only International Festival Forum, which takes place Sep. 26-28 in London, sees an increase in available delegate passes to 600.  more

01:15PM, Friday
Apr21
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Arena Bans Cowbells

A Pennsylvania arena has decided it’s time for no more cowbell. more

06:00AM, Friday
Apr21
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Riviera Pop 2017 Scrapped Due To Slow Sales

German concert promoter Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion has canceled the three-day Riviera Pop festival sited at the German coast of the Baltic Sea, saying presales fell short of expectations.   more

05:45AM, Friday
Apr21

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Michael Cohl, promoter, producer and entrepreneur, is selling a fixer-upper in Key Biscayne, Fla. The nine-bedroom, 12,520-square-foot estate can be yours for $36 million and features 720 feet of waterfront, a 16-seat private theatre, open-air cabana, and tennis and basketball courts.
Apr21
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Spain Live Business Continues To Grow

Business was booming in Spain in 2016, at least for the big players.  more

02:00AM, Friday
Apr20
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Cuba Gooding Sr. Dies

Cuba Gooding Sr., 72, was found dead in a car on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, Calif., April 20.   more

05:29PM, Thursday
Apr20
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Nederlander Wants Cincy Arena Redo

Nederlander Entertainment, owners of the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, say they want to overhaul the arena with taxpayer help for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, scheduled in 2022. more

04:35PM, Thursday
Apr20
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LN, County Reach Deal On Montage Lease

Live Nation will pay Lackawanna County, Pa., an estimated $300,000 in new ticket fees this year at The Pavilion At Montage Mountain thanks to lease agreement. more

03:00PM, Thursday
Apr20
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AEG Re-Ups With Toyota

Anschutz Entertainment Group and Toyota extended their partnership across AEG’s Southern California properties, the companies announced. more

02:00PM, Thursday
Apr20
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‘Non-Political’ Eurovision Gets Political

Russia has pulled out of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest because its candidate, Yulia Samoylova has been denied entry into Ukraine, where this year’s finals and semifinals take place May 9-13.  more

01:30PM, Thursday
Apr20
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Patti Smith Donates $10K To Aussie Flood Victims

Patti Smith, in Australia for Bluesfest Byron Bay, donated A$10,000 ($7,591) to Rise Above The Flood, a local grassroots charity collecting for victims of recent floods, promoter Peter Noble confirmed to media outlets. more

12:00PM, Thursday
Apr20
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Jackson Estate Challenges IRS

The estate of Michael Jackson, in the midst of a lengthy dispute over the IRS’ valuation of the deceased King of Pop’s name and likeness, is seeking to invalidate the testimony of a key witness based on comments made about his work in the IRS’ assessment of Whitney Houston’s estate.   more

11:00AM, Thursday
Apr20
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Elvis Can't Leave The Building

Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by a Las Vegas casino, a year after the King's estate filed a lawsuit to get those valuables back from a short-lived exhibit. more

09:04AM, Thursday
Apr19
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Cruisin’ Memory Lane

Hey, remember those days of yesteryear when you could buy the music of your lives from Time Life from an infomercial? Well, those days may be slipping away but that doesn't mean you can't still relive those days of your youth. Here's a quick tale of how a recorded music business turned into a live music business.  more

05:00PM, Wednesday
Apr19
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Tackling Ticketing With Blockchain Technology

To get to the bottom of one of the most intriguing technologies around, Pollstar spoke to Accent Media, owners of the .tickets domain name registry, Outlier, a venture platform for Blockchain startups, and Guts, a ticketing company using Blockchain technology.   more

04:45PM, Wednesday
Apr19
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DEAG Celebrates ‘Best Quarter In Five Years’

German entertainment company DEAG boasted of its best quarter in five years, and earned almost half of its total annual sales in the last three months of 2016.   more

03:30PM, Wednesday
Apr19
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McCulloch Ditches Japan Show Amid Diplomatic Tensions

Ian McCulloch, the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen, was in Japan for a solo acoustic tour but backed out apparently without warning for one show, afraid that U.S.-North Korea tensions would lead to war in the area.   more

02:30PM, Wednesday
Apr19
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Fantasy Sports Crashing Back To Reality

While the debate still rages over whether competing for money in fantasy sports leagues represents gambling or “games of skill,” the number of companies offering the service has plummeted in the last few years. more

01:01PM, Wednesday
Apr19
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David Klein Joins UTA

David Klein has joined the Los Angeles office of United Talent Agency, the company announced April 19.  more

10:00AM, Wednesday
Apr19
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Japanese Theatre Show Canceled After Rehearsal Death

A theater extravaganza based on the popular Japanese comic and anime series "Attack on Titan" was canceled after one of its performers died during a rehearsal.  more

02:05AM, Wednesday
Apr19
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Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel Bringing Back Concerts

Sydney, Australia's iconic Lansdowne Hotel, an influential 250-capacity launching pad for the independent scene in the 1980s and 1990s, is returning as a live music venue.   more

02:00AM, Wednesday
Apr18
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GraciaLive To Put Belgian Clubs On The Map

Live Spring Sessions is a new festival in Antwerp, Belgium, taking place April 18-20 to highlight the role of small venues as talent incubators. Pollstar spoke to GraciaLive promoter Sam Perl. more

05:00PM, Tuesday
Apr18
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Dickies Arena Breaks Ground

Construction began April 18 on the $450 million Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.   more

04:30PM, Tuesday
Apr18
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SeatGeek Acquires TopTix

Third-party ticketing startup SeatGeek has acquired TopTix, an Israeli ticketing software firm, for $56 million, the companies announced April 18. more

01:57PM, Tuesday
Apr18
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China’s A2Live Announces MD/COO

A2Live, a leader in China's electronic music scene, has named Eric Reithler-Barros as the company's new managing director and chief commercial officer.  more

01:50PM, Tuesday
Apr18
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I Oh You Launches Management Arm Converge

Australian record label and concert promoter I Oh You has set up a management arm, Converge Management.  more

12:30PM, Tuesday
Apr18
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Club Fight Involving Chris Brown Investigated

Police in Florida are investigating an incident at a nightclub where a photographer said he was “sucker punched” by singer Chris Brown. more

07:08AM, Tuesday
Apr18
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Katt Williams Pleads Guilty

Comedian Katt Williams was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to stealing a celebrity photographer’s camera. more

07:07AM, Tuesday
Apr18
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Acid Attack In London Nightclub Injures 12

Twelve people were injured in an attack involving acid in the early morning of April 17 at Mangle nightclub in London Fields.  more

07:00AM, Tuesday
Apr18
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NZ Jazz Festival Survives Cyclone

The first day of New Zealand’s National Jazz Festival in Tauranga coincided with the arrival of a cyclone that drops torrential rain for 24 hours, closed main roads and the nearest airport, cut power to 20,000 properties and caused a state of emergency to be declared.  more

02:20AM, Tuesday
Apr17
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CAA Grows Chinese Presence With CMC Investment

Chinese investment firm CMC Capital Partners has made a minority strategic investment in CAA, putting CMC Chairman Li Ruigang on CAA’s board of directors and officially forming CAA China.   more

11:30AM, Monday
Apr17
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 4/13/17

The Chainsmokers jump to No. 2. with the release of their debut LP. Kendrick Lamar and Pentatonix make the top 10 with new music as well. more

11:00AM, Monday
Apr17
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BSE Taps Suca, Miller For West Coast

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced the additions of Tina Suca and Andy Miller to their executive staff.   more

10:30AM, Monday
Apr17
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Nightclub Contends Racial Prejudice

The city of Vancouver and others successfully conspired to close a nightclub because of racial prejudice, the owners of the club say in a $22.5 million lawsuit. more

10:30AM, Monday
Apr17
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Ann Wilson's Husband Sentenced In Teen Assault

The husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson has been sentenced for allegedly choking her nephews during a concert in suburban Seattle. more

09:17AM, Monday
Apr17
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Elton’s Queensland Financials Kept Confidential

Details of the two Queensland shows of Elton John’s five Once In A Lifetime Tour regional shows in Australia are being kept confidential by the state’s government despite taxpayer money likely being used to secure the performances.   more

09:00AM, Monday
Apr17
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German Neuland Concerts Becomes Fully Independent

The management of Hamburg-based promoter Neuland Concerts bought the company out from Warner Music Germany. Neuland Concerts was established as a division of the label in 2008, and had been operating as a standalone company within Warner Music Germany since 2015.   more

08:00AM, Monday
Apr16
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Allan Holdsworth Dies

Allan Holdsworth, 70, prog rock and jazz fusion guitarist pioneer, died April 16.  

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05:54PM, Sunday
Apr15
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Titans Fire Aramark

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans have fired concessionaire Aramark three years into a 10-year agreement because of complaints about food quality and long lines at Nissan Stadium. more

06:00AM, Saturday
Apr14
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AEG, Oak View Group Vie In Seattle

Proposals from Anschutz Entertainment Group and Oak View Group, representing $1 billion in combined investment, were submitted to the City of Seattle ahead of an April 12 RFP deadline for bids to renovate the city-owned KeyArena.  more

03:01PM, Friday
Apr14
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Arizona John Gets His Headstone

Maj. John “Arizona” Burke, a forerunner to modern event promotion and press relations, received a headstone for his unmarked grave at Washington, D.C.’s Mount Olivet Cemetery exactly 100 years to the day of his death, April 12.   more

11:42AM, Friday
Apr14
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Phoenix Lights Shines In Rawhide

Most festivals with more than 10,000 daily attendees would see a venue change less than two days out as a death sentence. But when Relentless Beats realized during its Thursday morning setup that there would not be enough time to get the original venue ready for Phoenix Lights Festival April 8-9, founder Thomas Turner called the audible to move 20 miles away to a new location. more

07:00AM, Friday
Apr14
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Lanez Faces Gun, Pot Charges

Authorities say hip-hop artist Tory Lanez has been arrested on a weapons charge in South Florida.

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06:20AM, Friday
Apr14
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Shelton Defamation Case Dismissed

A judge has granted a request by lawyers for Blake Shelton and In Touch ’magazine to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by the country music star over a cover story that declared he was headed to rehab.

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06:19AM, Friday
Apr14
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Masters Uphold Mobile Phone Ban

When you walk through the gates of Augusta National, it’s a step back to a different era. more

06:00AM, Friday
Apr14
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Kasabian: Live Music, Virtual Football

Amazon Music and UK gaming video platform Twitch are collaborating in a series of Kasabian gigs, April 18-20, at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town as well as a FIFA 17 and Q&A session with the band.   more

02:00AM, Friday
Apr13
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Rio Mayor Accused Of Corruption

Former and current employees of the construction company Odebrecht recently signed plea deals that named names of Brazilian officials who allegedly accepted bribes to secure construction contracts for the 2016 games. more

11:35PM, Thursday
Apr13
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Festivalgoer Sues LN Over Merch Attack

An Alabama man is suing Live Nation, the city of Atlanta and Truth Initiative after being hit over the head with a skateboard distributed by the anti-smoking nonprofit at 2015’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Atlanta. more

05:17PM, Thursday
Apr13
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Bieber Tests Indian Concert Business

India’s lack of appropriate venues, technical equipment as well as budget poses challenges to promoting large-scale concerts in the country, with a mammoth Justin Bieber concert coming up in May.   more

05:00PM, Thursday
Apr13
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St. Louis Sues NFL

The city of St. Louis filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the National Football League over the Rams' relocation to Los Angeles, alleging the league violated its own relocation guidelines and enriched itself at the expense of the community it left behind.  more

11:12AM, Thursday
Apr13
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Shelton, Ryman Team Up For New Venue

Folks in Tishomingo, Okla., were celebrating April 3 when it was announced that Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties will be teaming up to open a new room, “Ole Red,” in the quaint country town. more

02:01AM, Thursday
Apr13
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Ile Seguin To Host More Than Music

While one part of the Paris, France, island of Ile Segiun hosts the newly built 6,000-capacity La Seine Musicale, which will open in spring of this year, the other end of the island will see a contemporary arts center as well as a hotel be erected by 2021.  more

02:00AM, Thursday
Apr13
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Universal On The Record

Universal Music is starting its first Korean record label, called On the Record, the company announced April 11.  more

02:00AM, Thursday
Apr12
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Vegas Strip Getting E-sports Arena

E-sports companies are hoping Sin City will soon light up with Millennial cash, as a strip hotel is now signed on to have an arena dedicated to video game competitions. more

03:20PM, Wednesday
Apr12
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Comedian Charlie Murphy, Brother Of Eddie, Dies At 57

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died. more

11:33AM, Wednesday
Apr12
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AEG Sues Centerplate After Paying Injury Settlement

AEG is now suing a company that was selling food and merch at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, after settling with a woman who got injured while working at an event. more

11:15AM, Wednesday
Apr12
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Explosions Damage German Soccer Team Bus, Injure Player

 A set of explosions went off near the bus of Borussia Dortmund, as the German soccer team was about to leave for Signal Iduna Park stadium for a Champions League match against AS Monaco April 11.  more

11:10AM, Wednesday
Apr12
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New Birmingham Open-Air Festival

Beyond The Tracks festival will welcome Orbital, Editors, Ocean Colour Scene and more at Eastside City Park in Birmingham, England, Sept. 15-17.  more

11:00AM, Wednesday
Apr12
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Rolling Loud Survives Last-Minute Vote

Miami city officials unanimously approved an already signed agreement to allow Rolling Loud festival to use Bayfront Park next month. Today’s vote comes two weeks after the venue’s executive director resigned following criticism from the board. more

02:31AM, Wednesday
Apr12
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Chinese Comedian Faces Court

A popular Chinese comedian faced court April 7 on weapons and drugs charges stemming from a Jan. 19 arrest in the village of Lattingtown on Long Island.  more

02:00AM, Wednesday
Apr11
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J. Geils Found Dead

J. Geils was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Mass. The guitarist and co-founder of the J. Geils Band, was 71 years old. more

05:20PM, Tuesday
Apr11
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MSG Live Taps Pfeffer As EVP

Darren Pfeffer becomes executive VP of MSG Live, a newly created position overseeing Madison Square Garden Company’s live entertainment events, effective May 17.  more

01:17PM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Sheeran Suit Settled

A copyright infringement lawsuit over Ed Sheeran’s hit “Photograph” has been settled.  more

09:15AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Ticketmaster UK Hires

New hires Bonita McKinney and Holly Watson will strengthen Ticketmaster’s London office, while Jason Boardman will join the Manchester team.  more

09:00AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Fans Collapse At Japan Show

About 50 concertgoers collapsed during an April. 8 concert by popular Japanese rock bank One OK Rock at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba, just east of Tokyo. more

08:45AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Pepper Spray, Assault Arrests, Follow Boosie ‘s Shopping Trip

At first, it was a rap star on a spring break shopping jaunt on a Mississippi Sunday afternoon. Then, cellphone video shows a security guard pepper spraying rapper Boosie Badazz and his entourage after he told them to leave the Polo Ralph Lauren section of a department store. more

08:37AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Fans Vent Over Lines, GA At Stapleton Show

Fans publicly lambasted the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., for long lines and premium prices for standing room at Chris Stapleton’s April 6 concert. more

04:06AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Olympia London Sold For £296M

A German-British consortium of international investors has bought the Olympia London Exhibition Centre from Capital & Counties Properties for £296 million. more

04:00AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Auckland’s Kings Arms To Fight Noise Complaints

One of Auckland, New Zealand’s best-known live music venues, the Kings Arms Tavern, is planning talks with Auckland Council after it was closed down midway through a show April 1.  more

02:00AM, Tuesday
Apr11
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Six Flags Over Saudi Arabia

A Six Flags theme park is expected to be built in a new “entertainment city” that will be the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, reps of the kingdom announced April 7.  more

01:55AM, Tuesday
Apr10
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 4/6/2017

Drake and Ed Sheeran are still on top, but Kodak Black's debut LP puts the hip-hop artist at No. 3.  more

03:30PM, Monday
Apr10
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‘Disney On Ice’ Delayed By Bomb Threat

A bomb threat called in to AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla., April 8 turned out to be a hoax, but it still forced fans of “Disney on Ice” to briefly evacuate the building.   more

03:15PM, Monday
Apr10
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Eshenbaugh Joins UTA Comedy Dept.

Joe Eshenbaugh becomes United Talent Agency’s newest agent in the comedy touring department, the company announced April 10.  more

09:49AM, Monday
Apr10
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Splendour In The Grass Sells Out In An Hour

One of Australia’s biggest winter music festivals, Splendour In The Grass, sold out its 35,000 tickets within an hour, organisers announced April 5. more

09:30AM, Monday
Apr10
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Live Nation, MVT Welcome Fireworks Ban

It’s now a legal offense to bring fireworks, flares and smoke bombs to music events in the UK.   more

09:15AM, Monday
Apr10
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Chuck Berry Gets Rockin' Sendoff

Family, friends and fans paid their final respects to the rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry on Sunday, celebrating the life and career of a man who inspired countless guitarists and bands.  more

07:01AM, Monday
Apr10
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Ultra Confirms Melbourne For Aussie Debut

Ultra Music will stage its inaugural Australian festival in February 2018 in Melbourne, its international arm Ultra Worldwide announced April 10.  more

07:00AM, Monday
Apr10
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Coachella Smokes Out Weed Farm

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has gone hard to protect its good name, and this time is putting a stop to a marijuana farm’s “Coachella Blend” pre-rolled joints designed specifically for use at the mammoth California desert festival. more

02:05AM, Monday
Apr10
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Reeperbahn Festival Adds Hamburg Hall

Some of the 400 plus acts that play the Reeperbahn German showcase festival each year will be performing at the new Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, which opened in January.  more

02:00AM, Monday
Apr10
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UK Arena Group Stocks Up

Event service provider UK Arena Group acquired the seating and mass participation divisions of Wernick Events, rebranding it Arena Seating.  more

02:00AM, Monday
Apr09
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PJ, Tupac And Journey Inducted Into RRHOF

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. more

02:15AM, Sunday
Apr08
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Universal Studios Japan Record Attendance

For the third straight year, Universal Studios Japan set a record in annual attendance.   more

02:00AM, Saturday
Apr07
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Suge Knight Trial Date Set

A California judge on Thursday said the murder trial of former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight will begin in January without any further delays, a move that was welcomed by Knight.

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07:25AM, Friday
Apr07
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Country Music Fest Extends QLD Stay

Following a second consecutive sellout this year, Australian country and roots festival CMC Rocks Queensland appears to be extending its stay in Queensland, its third home. more

02:00AM, Friday
Apr07
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Spanish Event Brand Elrow Launches Festival

Elrow Friends & Family festival will debut July 15 in the coastal town of Salou in the Spanish region of Catalonia, with “20 of the best artists of electronic music” on three stages, according to an announcement. more

02:00AM, Friday
Apr06
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Injury Waylays Matt And Kim Tour

Matt And Kim posted a vlog today titled “Part 2, What Happened To Kim” to share with fans exactly what happened to the drummer at a festival in Mexico two weeks ago, that forced the indie rock duo to cancel their scheduled dates and take the next nine months off. more

05:00PM, Thursday
Apr06
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Joseph Rascoff Dies

Joseph Rascoff, business manager for acts like The Rolling Stones, U2, David Bowie and Sting, died April 6 “surrounded by family,” according to an announcement from his business partner and “dear friend of 45 years,” Bill Zysblat.   more

02:52PM, Thursday

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