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Stephen Foley: Warner and Live Nation: The all-singing and all-dancing music group?

US Outlook : The overlap, in terms of promotional activity for stars, is enormous, which means the cost savings ought to outstrip the other bids on the table

Diller buys Malone out of IAC stake

Barry Diller, the home-shopping TV mogul, and the cable TV pioneer John Malone have parted ways in the media group IAC/InterActive Corp. Mr Malone's Liberty Media is selling its controlling stake in the internet business, in return for $220m (£141m) and two web businesses, Evite and Gifts.com.

West Ham strengthen plans for Olympic Stadium with concert deal

West Ham have been boosted by the world's biggest concert promoter in their bid to take over the Olympic Stadium.

Small is still beautiful for the folk-rockers

There could be a downside to Mumford & Sons and other folk bands playing stadium-sized arenas, warns Elisa Bray

Was Bono's back the straw that broke Live Nation?

Billionaire chairman Barry Diller quits as concert revenues slump

Oh no! Sawhney's off talking about physics again...

From 'Goodness Gracious Me' to Sadler's Wells, via science and Hindu thought, Nitin Sawhney is a musician who defies classification

Gigs postponed after Bono's emergency op

U2 were forced to postpone the next leg of their world tour after singer Bono injured his back, the band said tonight.

$200m Jackson deal is the most lucrative in music history

Posthumous contract eclipses $150m received by Jay-Z

West End couple named most powerful in theatre

Founders of Ambassador Theatre Group finish top of 'Stage' listing for first time

Watchdog U-turn paves way for Ticketmaster mega-deal

Competition Commission rules that Live Nation merger will not harm rivals after all

Go-ahead for Ticketmaster and Live Nation tie-up

The mega-merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster with the world's largest concert promoter, Live Nation, was given the all-clear by UK regulators today.

Live Nation rounds on watchdog over merger

The ticketing agencies Live Nation and Ticketmaster have hit back at the City's takeover watchdog, claiming the decision to block their proposed merger on anti-competitive grounds was undermined by "key legal flaws".

Seriously-ill Elton John cancels concerts

Seriously-ill Sir Elton John has cancelled more shows on doctor's orders.

Stephen Foley: Why concert merger must be booed off

US Outlook: So Ticketmaster, that dreadful pickpocket who preys on concertgoers everywhere, is scrambling to save its $1.3bn merger with Live Nation, the giant concert promoter. It should stop trying. It is time to give up on an outrageous, monopolistic deal that should never have been contemplated in the first place.

Live Nation deal with Ticketmaster blocked

Regulator rules UK businesses may have to be sold to overcome objections as companies claim deal crucial to future of ailing industry
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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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