“TICKETMASTER TO POWER LIVE MUSIC TICKET SALES ON BILLBOARD.COM”
New York City and West Hollywood, Calif. (Ticketmaster) November 19, 2008 – Billboard – the world’s premier music source, and Ticketmaster – the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company — today announced that they have joined forces to offer Billboard.com visitors direct access to thousands of live music events across all genres of music. Ticketmaster is a Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:TKTM) company.
Links to ticket sales are now available on all chart and artist pages throughout the Billboard.com, and ticketing options include direct sale options through Ticketmaster and TicketsNow, Ticketmaster’s on-line resale domain, in the United States.
“Billboard is uniquely qualified to provide consumers with credible chart data, authoritative music analysis and access to both popular and up-and-coming artists,” said Howard Appelbaum, publisher, Billboard. “By aligning with Ticketmaster we hope to greatly enhance the music experience for the Billboard.com audience, for they are now given the opportunity to enjoy their favorite artists online as well as in person via an incredible inventory of tickets to live music events available through both the primary and resale channels.”
“Our partnership with Billboard creates the ideal, fan-friendly web environment from music discovery through to the live experience,” said Eric Korman, president of Ticketmaster. “Ticketmaster will provide seamless, on-line access to live entertainment events for the eager and dedicated audience at Billboard.com.”
The collaboration between Billboard and Ticketmaster is a natural extension of both brands that reinforces their commitment to music enthusiasts around the globe.
Now in its 114th year, Billboard is the world’s premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard magazine is the flagship property for the brand, which also consists of Billboard.biz, Billboard.com, Billboard en Español, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Books, and Billboard Licensing & Events. Billboard’s many strategic partners include Microsoft, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Telemundo, ABC Radio Networks, AT&T, Sandisk and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboard’s proprietary data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce applications that expand Billboard’s franchise and consumer reach. Billboard is published by the Entertainment Group at Nielsen Business Media, a part of The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company.
About Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.
Ticketmaster Entertainment consists of Ticketmaster and Front Line Management Group. As the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,700 retail outlets; and 19 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more than 10,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2007, the company sold more than 141 million tickets valued at over $8.3 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster Entertainment acquired a controlling interest in Front Line Management Group in October 2008. Front Line is one of the world’s leading artist management companies, with nearly 200 clients and more than 80 executive managers. Front Line represents a wide range of major artists, including Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Chicago, Journey, and Guns N’ Roses. Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. is headquartered in West Hollywood, California (NASDAQ:TKTM).