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|Live Nation to Provide Concert Listings to Social Networking Music Website Last.fm|
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Live Nation (NYSE: LYV), the world's leading live music company, today announced it has signed a deal with the internet's top social music network, Last.fm, agreeing to provide the popular music fan website with U.S. and Canadian concert information from LiveNation.com. The direct feed to Last.fm will give music fans instant access to concert information, as well as links to purchase tickets.
By connecting music fans' media players to the Last.fm database, Last.fm enables its 15 million users to receive recommendations on new music and concerts based on their listening preferences. Last.fm has a significant presence in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Europe, including the major music markets of France, Spain, Holland and Italy, all of which are markets in which Live Nation also has a strong presence.
"Last.fm's social network enables music fans to connect based on music taste," said Felix Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Last.fm. "Offering instant access to concert information and tickets to our user base enriches Last.fm's music experience by giving users the opportunity to meet at live music concerts, as well. The partnership with Live Nation gives us the opportunity to take the Last.fm music experience into the real live world."
"Our objective is to make LiveNation.com the world's definitive online live music destination where fans can search for concerts, buy tickets and connect with other fans. Partnering with Last.fm is an important step in pursuing this goal," said Live Nation President of Digital Distribution, Bryan Perez. "As our relationship with Last.fm grows, we look to be able to expand with them globally as we roll out LiveNation.com internationally, and create additional synergies, including the utilization of their recommendation engine on our websites and providing social networking opportunities for LiveNation.com users."
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world's leading live music company, annually connecting more than 60 million fans with their favorite performers at over 30,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London's Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation's websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com.
Founded in 2002 in London, UK, Last.fm is the online social music revolution that connects people with music and artists with listeners. By joining the Last.fm community, music fans can choose to share their music preferences by linking their media player (e.g. iTunes) to the Last.fm database. This database is populated continually with over 500 million monthly track submissions from Last.fm music fans. As a result, Last.fm can intelligently recommend songs, artists, local concerts and even other members based on their musical tastes. Learn more about Last.fm at www.last.fm.
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