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May 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Live Nation Inc. signed a 10-year agreement with rapper Jay-Z that includes live shows, recordings and millions of dollars that the performer can invest in new businesses. Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, received options to buy 500,000 shares of Live Nation stock at $13.73 each, the Beverly Hills concert promoter disclosed in a regulatory filing. Additional financial terms are not being released, the company said.
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March 25, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. had its credit rating lowered one level to BB from BB-plus by Standard & Poor's Corp., which cited the company's fourth-quarter results and rising debt leverage. Ticketmaster, which is seeking to merge with concert promoter Live Nation Inc., may remain under pressure for at least the first half of 2009 as the recession cuts consumers' leisure spending, S&P said. As of Dec. 31, the West Hollywood-based ticket seller had total debt of $865 million, S&P said.
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September 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
When Live Nation Inc. leaves Ticketmaster next year to launch its own ticketing service, it won't go alone. The concert promoter -- which was once Ticketmaster's largest client -- signed a multiyear agreement with Philadelphia-based SMG, a facilities operator that runs 216 venues including 75 arenas and nine stadiums. Live Nation says it expects to sell 25 million tickets to SMG venues over the course of the deal, beginning in late 2009, which analysts estimate could account for about $50 million in revenues for the Beverly Hills-based concert promoter.
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July 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
EMI Group said Thursday that it would distribute the recordings of Mandy Moore and rock group Army of Anyone through a new label created by talent management company the Firm that plans to share profit directly with the artists. The profit-sharing aspect of the label, which hasn't yet been named, differs from traditional royalty agreements, London-based EMI and the Firm said.
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October 22, 2008 | Swati Pandey, Pandey is a Times staff writer.
Ticketmaster said Tuesday that it would fire about 5% of its global workforce as part of a previously announced cost-reduction plan. The West Hollywood ticket vendor said about 300 jobs would be eliminated. The company has about 6,000 full-time and part-time employees. In August, Ticketmaster said it would reduce operating expenses by about $35 million as it integrated two companies -- ticketing technology maker Paciolan and ticket reseller TicketsNow -- that it acquired earlier this year.
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