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Apr30
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Fyre Fest: Bahamas Party Lives, Dies On Social Media

In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media. more

06:01AM, Sunday
Apr28
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Amsterdam Arena’s Henk Markerink: 'Everybody Is A VIP'

Business is going well for Amsterdam Arena, says GM Henk Markerink in this Pollstar video interview.  more

05:00PM, Friday

Apr28
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Fans Fyred Up At Ja Rule

Organizers of a much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel. more

04:32PM, Friday
Apr28
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Rapino Skeptical About Resale Legislation

Michael Rapino spoke to a Canadian paper about Ontario’s possible legislation regarding the secondary market, essentially saying he didn’t think new laws were a solution.  more

02:45PM, Friday
Apr28
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Page, Burns Up For NZ Music Managers Forum Awards

Two of New Zealand’s most prominent artist managers have landed nominations in two categories each for the New Zealand chapter of the Music Managers Forum’s annual awards, which takes place May 10 at The Tuning Fork in Auckland.  more

02:30PM, Friday
Apr28
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Minions Invade Universal Japan

Universal Studios Japan opened a new amusement area in its Osaka park dedicated to the popular animated movie characters the Minions.   more

11:30AM, Friday
Apr28
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Frye Festival Canceled

Organizers of a much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel. more

11:15AM, Friday
Apr28
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Voices From The Trenches: Tom Cantone

Thomas Cantone of Mohegan Sun has a rich history and shares some of it with us, from Eddie Murphy to Don Rickles to Donald Trump. more

11:00AM, Friday
Apr28
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Costs Blow Out On Perth Stadium

Costs for the A$1.27 billion ($960 million) 60,000-capacity sports and entertainment Perth Stadium in Burswood have blown out, West Australia’s new government has revealed.  more

10:45AM, Friday
Apr28
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UK Colston Hall Receives £48.8M Redevelopment

A third hall and a new name are part of the transformation of Colston Hall in Bristol, England.  more

10:00AM, Friday
Apr28
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eps Expands To UK

Germany-based event service provider eps has added a UK office to its global network of branches.  more

07:00AM, Friday
Apr28
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Chaquico Sues Former Starship Bandmates

A founding member of Jefferson Starship filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop some of his former bandmates from using the band’s name for upcoming performances and merchandise. more

06:58AM, Friday
Apr28

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Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Roxy is reincarnated just steps from SunTrust Park at the Battery, the Braves’ new baseball stadium. The famed original theatre, opened by Live Nation’s Peter Conlon and the late Alex Cooley, is now the site of Buckhead Theatre. 
Apr27
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Cheaper Parking For Nashville Musicians

A Nashville music executive and city councilman is proposing lower parking rates for musicians who play in Lower Broadway honky-tonk bars and elsewhere downtown. more

04:30PM, Thursday
Apr27
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Freddie de Wall Joins FKP Scorpio As COO

A newly created position at German concert promoter FKP Scorpio puts Freddie de Wall in charge of the company’s project development and coordination, and the strategic development and expansion of new business fields.   more

03:30PM, Thursday
Apr27
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Steve Aoki Headlines New Disneyland Paris Festival

Dubbed Electroland, a one-day event headlined by Steve Aoki will take over Paris Disneyland July 8.  more

12:30PM, Thursday
Apr27
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Kroenke Fights ADA Claim

Kroenke Sports and Entertainment is the target of a class action suit alleging the venue is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. more

10:30AM, Thursday
Apr27
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Nick Barnes Joins UTA

Nick Barnes, who most recently worked as director of fan engagement and digital for Eric Church while a member of Church’s management team at Q Prime, has joined United Talent Agency as a digital strategy agent.   more

09:31AM, Thursday
Apr27
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Knitting Factory And Big Sky Expansion

Knitting Factory Presents announced April 25 that officials have finalized a multi-year partnership with Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, Mont. more

09:01AM, Thursday
Apr26
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Temptations Bassist Dies After Show

Kerry Turman, a longtime bassist for The Temptations, has died after a performance in Missouri. He was 59. more

04:47PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Jonathan Demme Dies
At 73

Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing “The Silence of the Lambs” but was also known for his film work with the music community, died of complications of esophageal cancer in his Manhattan apartment at 73.  more

04:15PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Streaming Drives Recorded Music Growth

The global recorded music industry grew 5.9 percent year-on-year, generating $15.7 billion in revenues in 2016, according to the IFPI.   more

04:00PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Kevin Gates Sentenced

Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 30 months in jail after pleading guilty to felony gun possession and was reportedly expected to be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections April 26.  more

03:23PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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LYV Cracks $32

Live Nation Entertainment shares hit a 52-week high of $32.24 on the New York Stock Exchange around midday April 26 before settling in to $32.06 at closing bell. more

03:20PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Japanese Industry Against Scalpers

About "20 entities, including music and entertainment production companies," as well as several ticket sellers, will soon set up a "council" for the purpose of fighting resales of overpriced tickets.  more

03:00PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Concord, New Pragueshire?

A bus ad for the Capital Arts festival in Concord, N.H., featured some beautiful scenery promoting the event, but the only problem was that some of the images weren’t from the event, city or even the same continent.  more

01:00PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Love Parade Chronology

A German court of appeals ruled that 10 individuals indicted in the Love Parade tragedy of 2010 that caused the deaths of 21 people must stand trial, overturning a lower court’s decision.   more

12:30PM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Man Sentenced To Life For Peace Concert Shooting

A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a slaying outside a Philadelphia concert being held to promote peace and stem violence in the city almost three years ago. more

11:30AM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Charity Con Man Can Be Asked To Pay Restitution, Court Rules

A Maryland saxophone player who was convicted of defrauding a Montana charity could be required to pay restitution to victims of similar schemes throughout the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. more

10:30AM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Mojo Barriers Promotes Kevin Thorborn

Following his role as Mojo Barriers UK manager for the past 17 years, Kevin Thorborn has been promoted to director.  more

10:20AM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Prosecutor: Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty In Ecstasy Plot

Prosecutors say an Atlanta concert promoter has pleaded guilty to plotting to sell the drug called ecstasy to people who attended the concerts and raves his company produced in Alabama and Georgia. more

09:41AM, Wednesday
Apr26
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AEG Partners With Playster

AEG’s ticketing and digital-media platform AXS has inked a deal with Playster, a new online entertainment platform that provides access to music, film, television, games and books.  more

06:01AM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Lawsuits Rain Over Prince Tribute

One year after Prince’s death, multiple disputes are being brought to a Minnesota court regarding the October concert tribute to Prince featuring Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. more

05:31AM, Wednesday
Apr26
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Japan’s Loudness Cancels Dates, Denied U.S. Entry

Veteran Japanese hard rock band Loudness had to cancel a seven-date U.S. tour after the band was refused entry by immigration officials when they arrived in Chicago.  more

05:00AM, Wednesday
Apr25
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Capshaw Honored By City Of Hope

Coran Capshaw, longtime Dave Matthews Band manager and founder of Red Light Management, will receive City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award for 2017.  more

04:01PM, Tuesday
Apr25
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IHeartRadio Doomed By Debt?

iHeartMedia might not survive another year because of negative cash flow thanks to $20 billion in debt, the company said in an SEC filing April 20.  more

04:00PM, Tuesday
Apr25
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Janet Jackson Fan Sues LN Over Reschedules

Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” world tour has proved anything but as it has been postponed three times, and a fan has filed a class action lawsuit over the lack of refunds. more

03:01PM, Tuesday
Apr25
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UK Authorities Probe LN, Isle of Wight Merger

Live Nation’s proposed merger with Isle Of Wight festival is on hold pending an investigation by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to determine whether it leads to unfair competition.  more

02:00PM, Tuesday
Apr25

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The Chrysalis is a new $6.5 million standalone venue adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The Chrysalis is a 5,000-square-foot stage that soars 60 feet in the air. It will be home to I.M.P.-presented concerts like Greensky Bluegrass July 22.
Apr25
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Royal Albert Hall To Promote Own Christmas Dates

DEAG-owned opera, ballet and classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd. will not be handling dates for the annual Christmas Festival in 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.   more

01:30PM, Tuesday
Apr25
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Riverbend Festival Adds Millions To Economy

A recent report shows the annual, eight-day, Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn., draws about 350,000 people who put more than $29 million into the area economy. more

01:00PM, Tuesday
Apr25
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Dick Contino, 1930–2017

Famed accordionist and actor Dick Contino, 87, died in his hometown of Fresno, Calif., April 19.  Contino rose to prominence as a charismatic performer in the 1950s. more

12:23PM, Tuesday
Apr25
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Jeezy Named In Wrongful Death Suit

The family of a concert promoter who was killed at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in 2014 is suing Jeezy, Live Nation, Def Jam and NBP companies, saying the rapper is responsible. more

11:01AM, Tuesday
Apr25
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Police Investigating Attack After New Zealand Festival

New Zealand police say no arrests have been made two months after a couple leaving Christchurch’s Electric Avenue festival were attacked by a group of men.  more

11:00AM, Tuesday
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

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