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Live Nation Ticketing Is Live

The bulk of the world's largest promoter's 10-year contract with Ticketmaster has expired and the company has now launched its in-house ticketing company.


Rapino Bolsters Investor Confidence

Live Nation's Michael Rapino buoyed the market with a talk on Thursday where he revealed that despite the gloomy fears of investors, the promoter sees no weaknesses in the ticket market for 2009.


Young Named GM At Independence Events Center

Global Entertainment has announced the appointment of Mike Young as the new General Manager of the Independence Events Center.


5 More Indies Take MySpace Music Deal

Indie heavyweights Nettwerk, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, RoyaltyShare and Wind-up have all signed deals to have their music featured and sold on MySpace Music.


Culberhouse And Eakes Form Vision Management International, LLC

Todd Culberhouse, who has worked with artists ranging from Sade to Michael Jackson, has joined forces with music and film veteran Al D. Eakes, owner of SpottedAl ProductionS, to create a new artist and business management firm, Vision Management Internati


L.A.'s Indie 103 Goes Off The Air

Los Angeles-based Indie 103 announced that it will cease broadcasting and will only be available as a digital webstream after Jan 15th.


Ticketmaster's Moriarty To Address ICR XChange Conference

Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. today announced on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Sean Moriarty, president of Ticketmaster Entertainment and chief executive officer of Ticketmaster, will speak at the 11th Annual ICR XChange Conference.


Wrestling Promoter WWE Staff Facing Layoffs

Sports entertainment company World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. said Friday it will cut more than 60 jobs, or about 10 per cent of its staff, as part of a broader cost-reduction plan.


The Orchard Closes Vice For Distribution

The Orchard has closed a deal with Vice to provide both physical and digital to Vice Music in North America. Vice's roster includes the Raveonettes and Black Lips.


Sony Shock Again? Slump May Mean Operating Loss

Sony is sinking into its first yearly operating loss in 14 years as sales fizzle for digital cameras, flat-panel TVs and other gadgets taking a hammering from the global recession and a soaring yen, analysts said Tuesday.


Fade Out For Virgin Megastore In Times Square

The age of super-sized record shops in Manhattan is fading out: The Virgin Megastore in Times Square is closing and will be replaced by a popular clothing chain.


Game Over? Music Game Sales Slip

Music Games Down 6% in 2008.


Music Hall Has A Thin Checkbook

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame has new board members and a big problem lack of funding. With proration affecting budgets statewide, the museum has been hit hard.


10 Music Industry Trends & Questions For 2009

Ten years ago, The Record Industry had The CD Release Complex and knew exactly what to do.


Houghton's Predictions Postponed...

I have usually shared my predictions for the new year by now, but this year I've been holding back.


Clint Eastwood's 'Gran Torino' Tops Box Office

Make my weekend.

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