Live Nation Entertainment
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|Traded as||NYSE: LYV|
S&P 400 Component
|Founded||January 25, 2010|
|Revenue||US$10.337 billion (2017)|
|US$91 million (2017)|
|US$-6 million (2017)|
|Total assets||US$7.504 billion (2017)|
|Total equity||US$1.181 billion (2017)|
|Owner||Liberty Media (34.2%)|
Number of employees
|~8,800 (December 2017)|
Live Nation Concerts
Front Line Management Group
Live Nation Network
Live Nation Merchandise
Live Nation Entertainment is an American global entertainment company, formed from the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in 2010. It owns, leases, operates, has booking rights for and/or equity interests in a large number of U.S. entertainment venues.
In 2009, Live Nation and Ticketmaster, a concert promotion firm and ticketing company, reached an agreement to merge. The new company received regulatory approval and was named Live Nation Entertainment. Michael Rapino, then-CEO of Live Nation, became the new company’s CEO, while Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff was named executive chairman.
The merger was approved first in Norway and Turkey in 2009. The United Kingdom's Competition Commission provisionally ruled against the merger,  but later reversed its decision on December 22, 2009.
The merger was opposed in the U.S. by some regulators, artists, fans, and competing firms, who argued it would reduce competition in the industry and increase ticket costs. Artist Bruce Springsteen was one vocal opponent of the merger at the time.
On January 25, 2010, the United States Justice Department approved the merger pending certain conditions. Ticketmaster had to sell ownership of its self-ticketing company, Paciolan, and license its software to Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which would allow it to compete "head-to-head" with Ticketmaster for business. AEG was given the option after five years to buy the software, replace it with something else, or partner with another ticketing company. Additionally, Live Nation Entertainment was placed under a 10-year court order prohibiting it from retaliating against venues that choose to accept competing ticket contracts.
Allegations of antitrust violations
In 2018, the United States Department of Justice launched an investigation following complaints that Live Nation had engaged in anti-competitive practices following the merger. AEG has alleged that Live Nation had pressured them into using Ticketmaster as a vender. If AEG had refused, they would have lost out on business. The allegations of antitrust violations have resulted in a re-examination of the merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Much of the initial criticisms of the merger has been re-affirmed.
Live Nation Entertainment’s business segments are concerts, ticketing, and sponsorship and advertising.  The company promotes and operates live music events and manages artists under its concerts division. Live Nation Entertainment’s artist management arm, called Artist Nation, is included within its concerts division.
Radiohead stage collapse
In June 2013, following the collapse of a stage at a Radiohead concert in 2012 that killed a crew member, thirteen charges were filed against a Live Nation contractor, two Live Nation subsidiaries, and an unidentified engineer under Ontario health and safety laws. Live Nation issued a statement denying any wrongdoing and vowing to "vigorously defend" itself. In September 2017, after several delays, the case was dropped under the Jordan ruling, which sets strict timelines on trials. A 2019 inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.
Acquisitions and investments
In October 2013, Live Nation completed its acquisition of Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, one of the leading music festivals in New Orleans.
In 2014, Live Nation announced the launch of the Maverick group – a management company led by artist manager Guy Oseary.
In August 2015, Live Nation announced it would form Live Nation Germany, which would be created in partnership with German promoter Marek Lieberberg. Live Nation Germany also has oversight over Live Nation events in Austria and Switzerland.
In March 2016, Live Nation expanded its presence in South Africa with the acquisition of Big Concerts International, the country's leading concert promoter.
In October 2016, Live Nation Entertainment bought AC Entertainment, a Knoxville Tennessee music company.
In February 2017, Live Nation Entertainment acquired a majority interest in Israeli promoter Blue Stone Entertainment.
In May 2018, Live Nation Entertainment acquired a majority stake in Brazil's Rock in Rio festival (including from previous stakeholder SFX Entertainment), with its founder Roberto Medina continuing to manage the festival's operations, and providing consulting to Live Nation.
In October 2018, Live Nation Entertainment acquired a majority stake in Emporium Presents, one of the leading independent concert promoters throughout the United States with a growing presence in Canada. 
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