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Jul22
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Exclusive Quote To Pollstar

Well, it is what it is. David Zedeck provides the one and only quote about his move to UTA. more

09:15AM, Saturday
Jul22
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Beijing Says No To Bieber

China’s capital says it won’t be inviting Justin Bieber to perform in the country because of his past “bad behavior,” although it did concede that the Canadian singer has talent. more

08:00AM, Saturday

Jul22
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Pavement Collapse Results in Shoreline Schedule Change

Thursday evening’s pavement collapse backstage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., has resulted in Matchbox Twenty rescheduling its weekend gig at the venue to Tuesday night. more

06:50AM, Saturday
Jul21
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Interview: Creating A Venue Utopia

LiveStyled is a London-based company that uses mobile data science to understand consumer behavior in venues, and then serves personalised content and offers through its white-labelled mobile apps to drive incremental revenue. Pollstar spoke with LiveStyled CEO Adam Goodyer.  more

05:00PM, Friday
Jul21
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Linkin Park Cancels Tour After Frontman’s Death

After Chester Bennington was found dead in his home near Los Angeles yesterday, his band Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming North American tour dates. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

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03:50PM, Friday
Jul21
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AEG Seeks Dismissal Of Grimmie Suit

AEG Live is trying to get the wrongful death suit from slain singer Christina Grimmie’s family dismissed because the singer did not have a contract with the company. more

01:45PM, Friday
Jul21
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Transatlantic Folk Festival Partnership

England’s Cambridge Folk Festival entered into a partnership with its older brother across the pond: the historic Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.   more

11:00AM, Friday
Jul21
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NFL Stadium May Have Flammable Panels

First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, may have been constructed with the same flammable panels used in London’s ill-fated Grenfell Tower.   more

09:15AM, Friday
Jul21
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Germany: Live Nation, Promoters Associations

LN Marketing Partnership With Stage Ent., Promoters Associations Prepare Merger  more

06:00AM, Friday
Jul21
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Short Items Of Note – Venue Edition

NY’s Glens Falls Arena changes its moniker … Hawaii’s Blaisdell Center upgrade might come with a hefty price tag … Corporate merger results in new name for Scotland’s GE Oil & Gas Arena … A new Pensacola venue may require a basketball team as a tenant. more

05:00AM, Friday
Jul20
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Forum: City Duped Venue On Clippers Arena

The Madison Square Garden Company has filed a claim against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to potentially build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street from the Forum.  more

03:00PM, Thursday
Jul20
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Giving Ticketmaster Credit

A few recent articles regarding ticket brokers and Ticketmaster prompted some interesting feedback, much of which was in defense of the ticketing giant. more

02:00PM, Thursday
Jul20
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Update: Zedeck To Head UTA Music Globally

David Zedeck has left his role at Live Nation and will take a significant role at United Talent Agency beginning July 31: Global Head of Music, a partner in the company and special adviser to the board of director. more

01:05PM, Thursday
Jul20
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Update: Chester Bennington Dies At 41

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with an ever-changing mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday. He was 41. more

01:01PM, Thursday
Jul20
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Roger Waters Takes Heat Over Politics

Local government officials are trying to get Roger Waters’ upcoming concert at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., canceled because of his political views. more

01:00PM, Thursday
Jul20
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French Singer Dies On Stage

French singer Barbara Weldens, 35, reportedly died during a performance at Léo Ferré Festival in Gourdon, France, July 19. more

10:00AM, Thursday
Jul20
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Insolvent Promoter Cancels Olly Murs UK Shows

Outdoor event promoter Stephen C Associates is going into liquidation and thus was forced to cancel two Olly Murs gigs in England – Exeter July 29 and Bournemouth Aug. 5.   more

09:51AM, Thursday
Jul20
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Comic Pablo Francisco Hospitalized

Pablo Francisco was hospitalized July 15 after a bizarre performance at a Sacramento comedy club. more

09:00AM, Thursday
Jul20
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Nashville Stadium’s $30M Cost Overrun

Construction of publicy financed First Tennessee Park, the home of the Nashville Sound minor league baseball team, overshot its estimated cost by more than $30 million, clocking in at a hefty $91 million.  more

08:00AM, Thursday
Jul20
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Vic Mensa Avoids Jail

Vic Mensa was sentenced to two years’ probation after he pled no contest to a gun charge received in March. more

06:00AM, Thursday
Jul20
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Asia: Ultra China, Unusual

Ultra China Arrives, Singapore Concert Company Goes Public, Promises Expansion more

05:00AM, Thursday
Jul19
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U.S. Bank Arena Renovation Proposed

The owner of Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena proposed a complete renovation of the venue using more than $300 million in sales tax revenue. more

03:30PM, Wednesday
Jul19
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Riverfest Calls It Quits

After 40 years of music in Little Rock, Ark., organizers of Riverfest made an announcement July 18 that they were suspending the festival, saying that it was just too difficult to compete with the for-profit events as a nonprofit.

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02:00PM, Wednesday
Jul19
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Hard Rock Sued Over Reverb

Hard Rock Café is embroiled in a lawsuit for allegedly copying another brand for its new hotels. more

01:00PM, Wednesday
Jul19
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UK Gov. Denies MVT Funding Bid

The Arts Council England rejected a grassroots music venue funding bid by the Music Venue Trust, with Beverly Whitrick, the charity’s strategic director, calling it a “slap in the face.”  more

11:00AM, Wednesday
Jul19
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Fleetwood Mac MusiCares Person Of The Year

Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the year tribute Jan. 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during Grammy week.   more

09:15AM, Wednesday
Jul19
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TD Garden’s Failed Agreement

An effort to raise money for a neighborhood ice-rink led a group of students to discover that TD Garden, home of the NBA Celtics and NHL Bruins, failed to uphold a 24-year-old agreement to raise money for the city’s recreational facilities. more

09:00AM, Wednesday
Jul19
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Proposed Music Ban Prompts Talks

A proposal to get several Arkansas cities to temporarily ban music that allegedly promotes and/or causes violence was turned down but opened a dialog among officials. more

08:00AM, Wednesday
Jul19
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CAA China Appoints CEO

CAA China has appointed to CEO former Special Olympics executive Mary Gu Shuhang.   more

06:00AM, Wednesday
Jul19
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UNM Skybox Rent Discrepancy

University of New Mexico officials in Albuquerque said July 10 that hundreds of thousands in skybox revenue from the school’s basketball arena, nicknamed “The Pit,” has yet to be collected. more

05:00AM, Wednesday
Jul18
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R. Kelly Accused Of Brainwashing Women

Over the years R. Kelly has faced charges of child pornography, sexual harassment and group sex with minors. This week news broke that the R&B singer/producer is being accused of brainwashing young women into obeying cult-like rules while living in his homes.   more

05:01PM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Trick Pony Fights For Name

Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns are embroiled in a legal dispute with former manager Herbert Graham over the right to continue performing as Trick Pony – the name they and former bandmate Ira Dean performed under at various times since 2000.  more

04:30PM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Turell Joins ICM Partners

Brad Turell joins ICM Partners as Senior VP of Corporate Communications, taking over for Michelle Suess who announced her departure July 14 and is assisting with the transition.  more

03:18PM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Warner Scoops Songkick Assets

Warner Music Group announced it has purchased the concert-discovery app, website and naming rights from Songkick July 14. more

03:00PM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Germany: Ticketmaster, Sexual Assaults

TM Germany Hires Sports Sales Director, More Sexual Assaults Reported At Festivals, ...   more

12:30PM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Concert Damages Comerica Park

A Metallica concert July 12 and heavy rain left the outfield of Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, in disrepair. more

12:00PM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Comedy Agent Arougheti Joins ICM

Ian Arougheti has joined ICM Partners as an agent in the comedy department.   more

10:30AM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Paradigm’s New Digs

Paradigm Talent Agency’s three current Los Angeles locations will move to the Wilshire + La Peer Building, which includes three floors and a total of 82,886 square feet.  more

07:00AM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Keith Bugos Talks Kenny Rogers’ Last Deal

Keith Bugos, longtime production manager for Kenny Rogers, reflects on the country star’s farewell tour and 46 years in the industry. more

06:59AM, Tuesday
Jul18
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$3.9M For Family Of Allman Film Worker

A jury awarded $3.9 million Monday to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad bridge in 2014, finding the railroad’s owner shared in the blame for the deadly freight train collision even though the film crew was trespassing. more

06:00AM, Tuesday
Jul18
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Australia: Safer Events, ARIAs, UNIFIED, Sigur Ros

The Australian music industry has banded together to launch the largest campaign yet to combat the rising number of sexual assaults and harassment of women the LGBT community, and for people to take accountability for their actions. Almost 180 have signed on for the Your Choice campaign launched in Melbourne July 14.  more

05:00AM, Tuesday
Jul17
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 7/13/2017

Jay Z is No. 1 on the chart after his new album was exlusive to Tidal and Sprint for a few weeks. In a distant second is rapper 21 Savage, who just released his debut LP. more

04:00PM, Monday
Jul17
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Skrillex Demands Psychiatric Evaluation In Fan Suit

A fan suing Skrillex for jumping on top of her at a concert and subsequently causing a seizure may have to undergo psychiatric evaluation before the case can progress. more

03:30PM, Monday
Jul17
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New GM For UK Sheffield Arena

Rob O’Shea has left Yorkshire, England’s largest entertainment venue, Sheffield Arena, after 11 years, to focus on his own promotion company Manifesto Events.   His successor is Joe Waldron. more

12:00PM, Monday
Jul17
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Refunds For Fraudulent Ed Sheeran Tickets

Kilimanjaro Live, DHP Family and AEG Presents are advising customers who bought Ed Sheeran tickets on Viagogo and other ticket resellers on how to claim refunds for his UK tour.   more

09:44AM, Monday
Jul17
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Adrenaline Mob Bassist Dies In Florida Wreck

The bassist for the metal band Adrenaline Mob was killed in a three-car accident on a Florida highway that injured seven others. more

07:00AM, Monday
Jul17
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AEG Takes Over Agora

AEG Presents announced July 14 it has struck a deal to get the operating rights to the Agora Theatre And Ballroom in Cleveland. more

06:00AM, Monday
Jul15
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Finese 2Tymes Now Jailed In Arkansas

A rapper arrested in Alabama after a shooting that injured more than two dozen people in Arkansas was being returned there Friday to face charges in another shooting. more

05:01AM, Saturday
Jul14
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DHP Family Trials Drinking Awareness Program

Working with an initiative called Drinkaware, UK promoter and venue owner DHP Family offers revelers easy-to-spot contact persons on site who can help with all sorts of alcohol-related problems.   more

04:00PM, Friday
Jul14
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Germany: Kai Müller, Reeperbahn Fest, SAP Arena

Kai Müller Leaves Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Live Business At Reeperbahn Festival 2017, SAP Arena Opens Sports Bar, Stage Entertainment Opens Munich Musical Stage, ...  more

11:00AM, Friday
Jul14
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Judge Cancels Universal Deal With Prince Estate

A Minnesota judge ruled Thursday that Universal Music Group should be released from a music rights deal with Prince’s estate. more

09:00AM, Friday
Jul14
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Murder Charge In Fatal T.I. Concert Shooting

A hip-hop podcaster has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting at a popular New York concert venue before a T.I. performance. more

06:00AM, Friday
Jul13
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HUKA Defends Against Pemberton Accusations

HUKA Entertainment has released its own lengthy report about the business decisions behind the now-defunct Pemberton Music Festival, defending the role the promoter played in putting on the event and its efforts to stop the bankruptcy filing.   more

05:01PM, Thursday
Jul13
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From Goldstone With Love

The latest Russian scandal is a May 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and notables with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, with the promise that it would include dirt on Hillary Clinton and the support of Russia’s government. more

03:00PM, Thursday
Jul13
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Wimmer, Former Lawyers In Court

Competing lawsuits between Danny Wimmer Presents and its former law firm are set to be heard beginning July 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court.   more

11:46AM, Thursday
Jul12
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Fan Sues Gwen Stefani

A fan is suing Gwen Stefani and Live Nation after she was injured by a stampede allegedly caused by the No Doubt singer. more

05:00PM, Wednesday
Jul12
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Asia: Bogus Tickets, Tokyo Theatre, Bomb Scare

Singapore Police Warn Of Bogus Tickets, Alternative Theatre Opens, Bomb Threat At Music Show Recording, ...  more

02:00PM, Wednesday
Jul12
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More Output From Irving Music Factory

The developer of the $200 million Irving Music Factory in Texas is adding a third shift of constriction to finish the project just weeks before the venue’s Labor Day weekend opening show featuring Dave Chappelle. more

12:00PM, Wednesday
Jul12
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Loretta Lynn Cancels Tour

Country legend Loretta Lynn is back at home after a stroke she suffered in May. Her new album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been canceled. more

11:47AM, Wednesday
Jul12
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U2 Fans Get Reparations

Vancouver’s BC Place and Ticketmaster are offering disgruntled U2 fans an apology and compensation in the form of a gift card, sports tickets and F&B vouchers after long holdups with the paperless ticketing system at the May 12 show forced some fans to miss Mumford & Sons’ opening set.  more

08:00AM, Wednesday
Jul12
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Happy Valley Jam Brings Country

Happy Valley Jam kicked off its first year at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa., and featured some of the biggest acts in country. more

07:00AM, Wednesday
Jul12
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Spectra Partners With Alerus Center

Spectra was selected by the city of Grand Forks, N.D., July 11 to provide its services to the city’s Alerus Center. more

06:00AM, Wednesday
Jul12
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South African Jazz Musician Ray Phiri Dies

Ray Phiri, a South African jazz musician who founded the band Stimela and became internationally known while performing on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour, died of cancer on Wednesday at age 70. more

05:25AM, Wednesday
Jul11
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Beer Money = Theft Charge

A volunteer selling beer tickets at Des Moines, Iowa’s 80/35 music festival was arrested after being found with thousands of dollars in her bag, although the individual claims there are legitimate reasons she was carrying that much cash. more

05:00PM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Hard Summer Heading To Glen Helen Shed

HARD Summer is implementing a venue change just under a month out from showtime. more

04:30PM, Tuesday
Jul11
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UK: ATC Live, TRNSMT, MVT, Arena Group

Marlon Burton Joins ATC Live, TRNSMT Debut Success, New Ticket Website For UK Grassroots Venues, UK Live Music Audience Increases, Arena Group Going Public, ...  more

02:00PM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Live Nation Inks Partnership With Stateside’s Charlie Levy

Live Nation and Charlie Levy of Stateside Presents have entered a partnership with the soon to be completed The Van Buren in Phoenix. more

01:14PM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Triple 8 Has Good Time

Triple 8 Management has acquired Nashville-based Good Time Inc. Good Time Founder and CEO Paul Steele and his staff will join Triple 8 at its offices in Austin, Texas, and Nashville. more

12:01PM, Tuesday
Jul11
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MSG To Book Prudential Center

Prudential Center and Madison Square Garden Company have sealed a booking and marketing partnership expected to bring more top-level concerts and other events to the Newark, N.J., venue. more

10:00AM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Investors Hoping For Fyre Bankruptcy

Individuals who bankrolled the ill-fated Fyre Festival are trying to push the company responsible for the event into bankruptcy to get a look into the books. more

09:10AM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Returns

The twin festivals helmed by Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot return as Ozzfest Meets Knotfest sets November 4-5 at the Glen Helen Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif., and boasts some of the biggest acts in metal. more

07:00AM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Little Rock Club’s Liquor License Remains Suspended

The liquor license of a Little Rock nightclub where a shooting during a rap concert left 28 people injured will remain suspended pending an investigation of possible violations, the Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board said Monday. more

06:00AM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Australia/NZ: Katy Perry, TEG, Eventbrite, Drugs

Katy Perry Tour Announcement Hits Controversy, TEG Buys Malaysia’s TicketCharge, Police Shoot Two At Melbourne Nightclub, Pop Up Globe Brings Shakespeare Back To Life, Eventbrite Opens NZ Office, NZ Gov. Under Heat To Test Drugs, ...  more

05:00AM, Tuesday
Jul11
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Costa Rica Arrests Suspect In Threats At Ariana Grande Show

Authorities in Costa Rica arrested a 22-year-old Colombian man suspected of threatening to stage an attack at a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande. more

04:00AM, Tuesday
Jul10
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UK Study: Secondary Ticketing Sites Buy Dominance

The UK’s FanFair Alliance conducted a study that revealed that secondary sites topped Google search results in almost 80 percent of studied cases.  more

04:30PM, Monday
Jul10
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LN Switzerland Takes Over Frauenfeld

Open Air Frauenfeld festival founder and president Wolfgang Sahli, chairman of First Event AG, has sold his majority stake to Live Nation.  more

01:30PM, Monday
Jul10
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Webster Hall To Close For Renovations

The award-winning Webster Hall in New York is getting ready to close for renovations and new ownership. more

12:00PM, Monday
Jul10
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Elite 100 Arists Week Ending 7/6/17

All it takes for Drake to hit No. 1 is a new single. DJ Khaled holds strong at No. 2 for the week.  more

11:00AM, Monday
Jul10
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Update: Acrobat Dies At Mad Cool Festival In Spain

Pedro Aunión Monroy, a professional acrobatic dancer, fell 30 meters onto the main stage of Mad Cool festival after a stunt went wrong July 7 between sets. more

10:00AM, Monday
Jul10
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Update: Jenners Say Only 2 Tupac T-Shirts Sold

The fashion label for Kendall and Kylie Jenner said Sunday it only sold two “vintage” T-shirts with late rapper Tupac Shakur’s image on them before pulling the items from stores. more

09:40AM, Monday
Jul10
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Georgia Dome Goes Away

As the construction of the new Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium moves closer to completion, the demolition of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta has been set for Nov. 20. more

07:00AM, Monday
Jul10
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Allman Movie Crew Death Update

A movie director served jail time for trespassing onto a Georgia railroad bridge and putting his film crew in the path of a freight train that slammed into the group and killed a young camera assistant. Now the dead woman’s parents are going to court saying the railroad should share the blame. more

06:00AM, Monday
Jul10
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Presenting Ticketmaster Presence

The cat is out of the bag, as Ticketmaster is taking another step in transitioning to primarily digital ticketing with its new Ticketmaster Presence platform. more

05:00AM, Monday
Jul08
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Big Happy Crowd At Rock Werchter 2017

Belgium’s Rock Werchter welcomed 88,000 visitors per day, who celebrated peacefully and enthusiastically.  more

09:00AM, Saturday
Jul08
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Soccer Stadium Developer Found Guilty Of Defrauding City

A developer has been convicted of defrauding taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a failed effort to build a professional soccer stadium in Hartford, Conn. more

05:00AM, Saturday
Jul07
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Hawks Accused Of Discrimination

A former security manager is alleging racial discrimination in a lawsuit against the operators of Philips Arena in Atlanta for subjecting black artists to tougher security measures than white performers. more

05:00PM, Friday
Jul07
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NYC Concert Series Canceled

Two New York concert series were canceled after they were sued for $35,000 in unpaid credit card fees. more

03:50PM, Friday
Jul07
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Lawsuit Forces Stubb’s Rebrand

The iconic Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin will be changing its name to settle a lawsuit from the new owner of the famed barbecue sauce. more

03:00PM, Friday
Jul07
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The O2 London Wants ‘All Promoters’

In the midst of an ongoing turf war with MSG Entertainment, AEG has assured promoters that it won’t discriminate when it comes to playing The O2 London but is also determined to take up any challenge posed by the competition by changing its booking policy.   more

02:56PM, Friday
Jul07
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New Arrest In Manchester Concert Bombing

British police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man over the Manchester concert bombing, as the hunt continues for accomplices of attacker Salman Abedi. more

11:24AM, Friday
Jul07
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VenuesNow Conference Announced

The inaugural VenuesNow Conference has been announced for July 12-14 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles with participants like Irving Azoff, Coran Capshaw, Doc McGhee and Louis Messina on the lineup. The gathering is produced by Oak View Group. more

10:03AM, Friday
Jul07
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Cosby’s Retrial Set For November

Bill Cosby will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on the question after deliberating over six days. more

06:00AM, Friday
Jul07
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Dead & Company Announces Wrigley Record

Dead & Company drew record attendance for its two sold-out concerts at Wrigley Field in Chicago June 30 and July 1, according to a statement. more

05:00AM, Friday
Jul06
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Blue Man Joins Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil has acquired Blue Man Productions, best known for the Blue Man Group show. more

03:00PM, Thursday
Jul06
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Viacom Tries To SLAPP The Game Suit

A lawsuit from The Game against Viacom over his ill-fated role as the star of the 2015 program “He Got Game” is heating up as Viacom is trying to get special protections from accusations of negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. more

01:00PM, Thursday
Jul06
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Bobby Thrasher Gets Parnelli

The Parnelli board of advisers announced Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, longtime production manager for Billy Joel, as its 2018 lifetime achievement honoree.  more

09:01AM, Thursday
Jul06
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ILMC Launches Event Safety & Security Summit

A one-day Event Safety & Security Summit aims to bring together some 200 professionals from the live entertainment and security sectors at the Intercontinental Hotel at The O2 in London Oct 10.   more

08:00AM, Thursday
Jul06
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NASCAR Driver Files Lawsuit

NASCAR driver Mike Wallace is moving forward with his legal fight regarding the alleged unprovoked beating he and his daughter took after a concert at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C., in June 2016. more

07:00AM, Thursday
Jul06
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Live Nation Takes Over Buckhead Theatre

Live Nation will operate Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre, bringing the venue back under the oversight of LN Atlanta President Peter Conlon, who helped establish it in the ’90s with the late Alex Cooley.  more

05:00AM, Thursday
Jul05
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Streaming At Record High

We’re living in a streaming world and BuzzAngle Music has the stats to prove it with its 2017 mid-year report on U.S. music industry consumption. more

05:57PM, Wednesday

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