Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, and according to TicketNews’s exclusive industry rankings, the company is the fifth-largest overall ticket seller in the country.

The company describes its core business as “producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe.” But in early 2009, the company also added a state-of-the-art ticketing operation following its split from long-time client Ticketmaster Entertainment. Live Nation sells more than 45 million concert tickets a year, and its Web site, LiveNation.com, generates more than 60 million unique visits annually. To launch its ticketing operation, the company signed deals with CTS Eventim and SMG, among others.

Live Nation has signed several major acts, including Madonna, Jay-Z and Shakira and U2 to expansive “360-degree deals” that encompass concerts, recording, merchandising and licensing. The produces more than 16,000 concerts annually in 57 countries throughout the world, and it has a roster of more than 1,500 artists for which it produces shows.

The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and its stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LYV.”

Verizon, Live Nation Announce 5G Coverage and Ticket Presale Linkup
Verizon and Live Nation Entertainment announced a new partnership program Monday, bringing 5G technology to concert venues while setting aside blocks of tickets for presales open to Verizon customers. The deal will equip several Live Nation venues, while opening a “first access” presale program for more than 100 million... Read more
Rep. Pascrell Asks FTC, DOJ to Overturn Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger
Rep. Bill Pascrell has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice requesting that the agencies target the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger as part of a joint inquiry designed at modernizing merger regulations. The New Jersey Democrat, who has been a staunch critic of the... Read more
U.S. Senators Urge DOJ to Probe “Near-Monopoly” of Live Nation
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are urging the Department of Justice to investigate Live Nation’s “near-monopoly” in the live event ticket market. The Senators addressed their request in a letter to Jonathan Kanter, and Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Their request centers... Read more
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Shreds Ticketmaster, Price Inflation
Comedian John Oliver used the main segment of Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO to tear into Ticketmaster, giving an in-depth report on how the company and its policies have led to surging prices and consumer issues for years. The 20-minute broadside against what he described as... Read more
Live Nation Asks Judge to Dismiss Latest Antitrust Lawsuit
Live Nation Entertainment’s lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of anti-competitive practices, arguing that it is similar to other lawsuits that were forced into arbitration and should be dealt with similarly. A motion filed in federal court Tuesday by the entertainment giant’s lawyers... Read more
Report: Live Nation Spent 5X More on Lobbying Than Anyone in Ticketing
In recent years, a litany of voices have called for better consumer-friendly regulation on ticketing and the live events industry as a whole. From consumer advocates to state and national legislators on all ends of the political spectrum and even actual regulatory agencies like the FTC, efforts to push... Read more
Live Nation, OVG, Others Cut Russia Plans in Wake of Ukraine Invasion
Live entertainment operators are cancelling events and cutting ties with Russia in the wake of the countries invasion of the Ukraine, as public opinion has swelled in opposition to the action. Live Nation announced this week it has plans to cease all business activity in the country, following a... Read more
Live Nation Brings Back Summer Lawn Pass at 30 Venues
Live Nation Entertainment announced that it would be making Lawn Pass access available for the busy 2022 summer concert season. The passes grant access to the lawn at certain Live Nation Amphitheaters for the full season, including “select sold out shows.” A Lawn Pass costs $199 plus fees per... Read more
Live Nation to Partner With New Steelhouse Omaha Venue
Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa) has selected Live Nation as the exclusive promoter for the new Steelhouse Omaha venue, scheduled to open in 2023. The venue is planned as a expansion of the organization’s performing arts and entertainment campus and will have a capacity range from 1,500 to 3,000 depending... Read more
Hundreds of Astroworld Lawsuits Bundled into Single Massive Case
Nearly 400 lawsuits against Travis Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, and other entities involved with the Astroworld Festival in Houston have been combined into a single action. The consolidation, which was requested in December, was formally approved by the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on January 26. The combined... Read more