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Residents threatened with legal action for disrupting U2 exit

Angry residents reached an uneasy truce with the GAA last night over a row caused by the removal of the massive U2 stage at Dublin’s Croke Park.

OFT inquiry threatens Live Nation 'megadeal'

The proposed $2.5bn (£1.5bn) merger between live music giants Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation was yesterday thrown into doubt after it was referred for a second regulatory inquiry, this time in the UK.

Hit & Run: Rock of ages

This summer's music festival circuit is fast shaping up to be another Summer of '69. Or, more to the point, the summer of the 69-year-olds. By chance or design, the line-ups at 2009's biggest events are populated by Saga subscribers. Glastonbury, which last year drew a youthful crowd with Jay-Z, its first hip-hop headliner, will this year play host to performances from Bruce Springsteen (59), Neil Young (63) and Crosby (67), Stills (64) and Nash (67).

Live Nation: Music's next big act

It has reinvented the music industry business model, but a merger with Ticketmaster now looms. Ian Burrell reports

David Lister: Put a stop to this booking fee rip-off

When the new home in Manchester for Royal Opera House productions was announced this week, there was one aspect that not a single reporter or commentator mentioned. And I'm quite sure that the two guiding spirits behind the scheme, ROH chief executive Tony Hall and Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, never once mentioned it. It is the old saw of booking fees.

How George W is coining it in from Britain's music festivals

Did you know that US politicians profit from the price you pay to enjoy yourselves at Latitude, etc? The <i>IoS</i> tells all

Jay-Z: The hustler

He's the greatest rapper alive. Jay-Z appeals to people who don't necessarily get hip-hop

The rise of concert promoter Live Nation

The rap star Jay-Z is the latest artist to ditch his traditional record label in favour of an all-embracing deal with a concert promoter that is transforming the industry

U2's concert deal illustrates new face of music industry

U2 have signed a 12-year deal with the world's biggest concert promoter, Live Nation, to handle the band's merchandising, digital and branding rights.

Material girls: Madonna's cool &#163;36m sees her top chart of high-earning women musicians

What do the following women have in common: Barbra Streisand and Christina Aguilera? Beyoncé and Mariah Carey? Celine Dion and Shakira?

Deborah Orr: A gold-rush tale of greed and despoliation

Rosia Montana is merely a microcosm of a situation that plays out worldwide every day

Motor insurance premiums to soar

Norwich Union lifts rates by up to 40 per cent and urges other car insurers to follow suit
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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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