SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Billboard Partners With CelebrityAccess To Create Entertainment Information Powerhouse – Partnership Marks First Phase Of Collaboration Between Industry Leaders

New York, NY (Billboard) — Billboard, the world's leading music and entertainment trade publication, today announced that it has partnered with CelebrityAccess, the leading provider of real-time news and information to the live performance industry. The alliance will strengthen both firm’s respective brands and entertainment information assets, specifically Billboard’s weekly concert box office score data and CelebrityAccess’ daily concert tour date data.

Billboard and CelebrityAccess are launching a co-branded concert tour database product with 40,000 – 50,000 concert tour dates across North America and Europe available at all times, which will be published on CelebrityAccess.com, Billboard.com and Billboard.biz. Billboard will be the exclusive licensor of the tour data product. In addition, Billboard’s concert box office score data will be published on CelebrityAccess.com

“This partnership serves as the launching point for what we feel will be an extremely functional and influential entity in the entertainment information industry,” said John Kilcullen, Billboard Publisher and VNU Music and Literary Group President.

“It’s the ultimate union,” says CelebrityAccess President Peter Denholtz. “The distribution of our extensive content via the world’s most respected publication in its field – truly a seamless partnership in today’s information age.” Denholtz adds, “We look forward to a long term and multi-faceted relationship.”

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