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ticketmaster making news Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

July 12, 2011

By Mitchell Peters, Los Angeles
Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively through AT&T. The British rock act will launch the nine-city series with a concert on Aug. 3 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA. Select songs from Coldplay’s performance will air that same evening on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Beginning next week, a limited number of free tickets to the Coldplay show will be available through registration at samsungsummerkrush2011.com , a Summer Krush spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. Tickets will also be available to purchase, priced from $45 to $150, on July 15 through ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster outlets.  Net proceeds from the Los Angeles concert will benefit the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools music education program (grammyintheschools.com)

Shocking: Got Tix?

Got Tix? Posted: 12:00 AM Got Tix? Concerts and shows currently on sale:  Tickets for the Foo Fighters’ Nov. 16 concert in …

livenation is making waves: Beyoncé fired father Mathew Knowles after Live Nation accused him of theft, he …

Beyoncé’s father/former manager, Mathew Knowles, has filed legal papers rejecting Live Nation’s claim that he stole money from the singer, resulting in his termination. Earlier this year , Beyoncé announced that she had severed professional ties with her father/manager,  Mathew Knowles , a decision said to have been amicable. She would take the reins over her mutliplatinum, Grammy-filled career and he would focus on his roster of gospel artists. But in a lawsuit filed Monday in a Harris County, Texas, district court, Knowles claimed he in fact had been terminated by his daughter, and alleged he had been fired after Live Nation Entertainment made claims that he had stolen money from her.
Beyoncé announced her seperation from Knowles, who had guided her career since her teenage debut as lead singer of Destiny’s Child,  in March.

ticketmaster is making waves: If you hate Ticketmaster, read this

June 11, 2011 | (26) Comments

For most concert and sports fans, Ticketmaster is the enemy. Ticketmaster is the company that tacks on those service fees, delivery fees and mailing fees when you buy a game ticket or a ticket to an upcoming concert. You know you curse them when you buy a ticket. Ticketmaster happens to be enormously profitable: the company accounts for roughly 70% of all tickets sold for American arenas, music clubs and professional sporting events, excluding all-season sports tickets.

ticketmaster is getting some press Ticketmaster Founder Takes On… Ticketmaster

It’s amazing what can happen after non-compete clauses in golden parachute and other high-level executive exit packages expire. Consider the case of 61-year-old Ticketmaster founder Fred Rosen . Three decades after roiling the fan concert experience with those dreaded service fees, he’s back as partner of start-up Outbox Enterprises , a competitor started by a former Ticketmaster CFO. As he tells New York Times reporter Janet Morrissey , latest in a line of reporters drawn to the Rosen rebound story, the idea is to stick it to his former Ticketmaster-Live Nation front row mates: Rosen wants to cut out the middleman by putting ticketing back in the hands of arenas, concert halls and clubs, helping venues use their own websites to sell tickets, merchandise, and services directly.

I just cannot believe it – Bacardi and Live Nation debut Best Shared Live programme

09:45 | Thursday June 23, 2011
By Giles Fitzgerald FRUKT

Bacardi and Live Nation are teaming up to celebrate live music, friends and cocktails this summer through a new multi-platform marketing initiative, entitled “Best Shared Live”. The “Best Shared Live” summer music program is aimed at those in their twenties who enjoy music and nightlife, and will include a number of different elements, including a sweepstakes competition and branded Facebook and advertising integration with Live Nation digital properties. Bacardi products will also feature on-pack download codes for Live Nation Entertainment Concert Cash, which can be used to purchase tickets and artist merchandise, and a specially created Bacardi summer concert guide will offer up custom video content from a rage of artists. “Through the Best Shared Live program, we will tap into Live Nation Entertainment’s multi-faceted digital marketing platforms surrounding live music to bring people together and strengthen brand awareness among our target audiences,” said Bacardi USA vice president and category managing director rums Toby Whitmoyer. News from the world of brands and music by FRUKT Communications

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It’s so terrible: East Lansing prepared for U2 concert goers

Tweet The Marriott hotel in downtown East Lansing isn’t just sold out on Sunday night. On this particular day, every room has been booked for the last year, ever since it was announced that U2’s 360 Tour concert at Spartan Stadium was postponed to 2011, after the band’s front man Bono underwent emergency back surgery. “We’re as excited about this date as the people coming to the show,” said Eric Sudol, general manager of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. East Lansing businesses of all forms are gearing up to take advantage of the thousands descending on Spartan Stadium this weekend, ready to make money from fans seeing the Irish rockers play a long overdue set on MSU’s home turf.

Best Buy launching cloud music service (nope, that headline wasn’t an error)

Best Buy is launching its own cloud-based music service that will let customers store and stream music from the Internet to their PCs and mobile devices. Dubbed simply Best Buy Music Cloud, the service is following in the footsteps of similar offerings from Amazon , Google , and Apple . Customers can upload their tunes to the Music Cloud and then stream them to their smartphone or tablet . Best Buy is promising that you can store your favorite music offline to listen to when you’re not connected.