Global Concert Business Healthy In 2009

Global Concert Business Healthy In 2009

Global Concert Business Healthy In 2009
The global concert industry totaled a record $4.4 billion in revenue, an 11.7 increase over 2008, and 73 million in attendance, a year-over-year 12.6 percent increase, according to figures from Billboard Boxscore from Dec. 6, 2008, to Nov. 21, 2009. In North America concert revenue reached $2.8 billion in 2009, down 2 percent, and 50 million in attendance, down 1.7 percent, based on 9 percent fewer shows. Live Nation reported a 25 percent increase in gross revenue to $2.5 billion and a 19 percent increase in attendance to 41 million, while AEG Live reported $888 million in gross revenue, a 12 percent decline, and 14.5 million in attendance, a 12 percent drop. (12/11)

Billboard Names Swift, West Artists Of Year
Billboard magazine named Taylor Swift and Kanye West as its top female and top male artists of the year, respectively. Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears placed second through fifth in the female category, while T.I., Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, and Ne-Yo rounded out the top five in the male category. Swift was also named Billboard's 2009 overall artist of the year. (12/11)

Music Dominates Top 10 Most-Watched Videos In 2009
The top 10 list of most-watched Internet videos in 2009 consisted of all music videos except for the No. 1 video, the trailer to Twilight Saga: New Moon, according to a report by independent measuring firm Visible Measures. Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" was the No. 2 most-watched video with 333.2 million views. Rounding out the top five were Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (317.7 million views), Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat" (313.8 million views) and a Susan Boyle performance from "Britain's Got Talent" (313.2 million views). (12/11)

Elvis Presley 75th Anniversary Events Planned For 2010
A variety of nationwide events will take place in 2010 celebrating the 75th anniversary birthday celebration of Elvis Presley, including a cake-cutting ceremony at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 8, 2010, the date of what would have been his 75th birthday. Other events will include a special exhibit at Graceland featuring Presley's costumes and "Viva Elvis," a Cirque du Soleil tribute to his life and music opening Dec. 18 in Las Vegas. The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live will premiere Elvis At 21: Photographs By Alfred Wertheimer, a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, on Jan. 8. (12/11)

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