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The Deep Dive: Live Nation

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On the heels of Nickelback’s deal with Live Nation, we look at the ins and outs of this music heavyweight.


Seeing Green
So much for a hard knock life, Jay-Z. The rapper and other Grammy award winners are reportedly collecting a hefty pile of cash from their contracts with Live Nation.

Jay-Z: $150 mil
Madonna: $120 mil
U2: $100 mil
Shakira: $70 — 100 mil
Nickelback: $50 — 70 mil


DEFINITION
Live Nation:
Spun off of radio-station titan Clear Channel in 2005, Live Nation has taken the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the music industry. It has signed established acts, produced concerts, sold tour merchandise, and set up sponsorships and brand deals. The company also runs monster truck rallies. But as far as we know, the trucks don’t sing.


28,004,000
That’s the number of fans Live Nation entertained in 2007 at 10,000 music events across North America. Live Nation owns or operates venues in almost 50 U.S. cities. Here are some notable upcoming concerts:

July 30
BLOC PARTY
The Fillmore
San Francisco

Sept. 26
MAROON 5
Starlight Theatre
Kansas City

July 29
SHERYL CROW
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Aug. 2
LINKIN PARK
Ford Amphitheatre
Tampa


Truckin’ Awesome
With all the big names it controls, is Madonna still Live Nation’s Madgesty? Here’s how she stacks up against its other marquee player, Grave Digger.

Madge vs. Grave Digger

Date of Birth
M: 1958
GD: 1981

Rivals
M: Mariah Carey, Beyoncé
GD: Blue Thunder, El Toro Loco

Cost of a night with…
M: $55-350
GD: $15

Awards
M: 7 Grammys
GD: 3 Monster Jam Championships

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