August 18, 2009
EVENTFUL AND BILLBOARD LAUNCH SECOND ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR THE “EVENTFUL FANS’ CHOICE AWARD”
Distinct from the Billboard Boxscore based awards, fans will determine which artist receives the “Eventful Fans’ Choice Award” for their favorite concert tour of the year
SAN DIEGO, CA and NEW YORK, NY – August 19, 2009 – Eventful and Billboard today announced the launch of the second annual “Eventful Fan’s Choice Award” which empowers fans to vote for the performer they feel most deserves to win the 2009 award for Best Concert Tour of the Year. The fifteen top musical acts in the running for the award include AC/DC, Beyoncé, Billy Joel & Elton John, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Britney Spears, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Fleetwood Mac, Il Divo, Jonas Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Metallica, Nickelback, Rascal Flatts and U2. Repeat finalists include Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and last year’s winner, Kenny Chesney. Fans across the country can support their favorite performers by voting for the artist they want to win the award. Eventful and Billboard have teamed up to leverage Eventful’s unique “Demand it!” service to let the fans decide which artist put on the best concert tour of 2009.
Fans can support their favorite artist and help them win the award by logging on to: http://eventful.com/fanschoice. The artist with the most “demands” through Eventful’s “Demand it!” service will win the award. The contest will be promoted to music fans online and through emails distributed by Billboard and Eventful.
The winner will be announced at the Billboard Touring Awards reception, taking place on November 5, 2009 at The Roosevelt Hotel in NYC. The awards reception will culminate the sixth annual Billboard Touring Conference, uniting today’s top touring professionals to discuss the industry, network, and conduct business.
Along with MySpace, YouTube and iTunes, Eventful is an essential part of the online connection between fans and performers and a key marketing resource for artists and their management. Over ten million fans use Eventful to stay informed about concerts and events happening in their city. Promoters, venues and event organizers use Eventful as the most cost-effective way to market their events to local consumers. Eventful also enables fans to influence where their favorite artists perform by “Demanding” them in their local market. Eventful provides essential data to performers regarding local market demand for future events, enabling performers to optimize their tour routing. Over 75,000 performers use Eventful Demand to empower fans to shape their tours.
“As everyone in the concert industry knows, fans are the driving force for the success of all tours,” says Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content and Programming, Touring and Live Entertainment, for Billboard. “With their strong connection with the concert-going public, Eventful is uniquely qualified to gauge fan demand and determine the winner of the 2009 Fans’ Choice Award.”
“We’re excited to work with Billboard to honor the leading touring acts of 2009,” said Eventful CEO Jordan Glazier. “We love helping fans discover and enjoy live music and by working with Billboard we’re able to let the fans voice their opinion regarding which artist put on the best tour of the year.”
For more information about the 6th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards please visit www.billboardevents.com.
About Eventful, Inc.
San Diego-based Eventful, Inc. provides the leading service for discovering, sharing, promoting and creating local events throughout the world. Eventful’s community of users enjoys the world’s largest selection of local events, from concerts and sports to singles events and kids’ activities. Eventful provides multi-platform services to its users via www.eventful.com, e-mail programs, mobile applications and content distributed through widgets and apps. Eventful’s unique Demand it! service empowers consumers to influence where their favorite performers appear. Tens of thousands of performers use Eventful Demand to connect with their fans and determine where to tour. Visit Eventful at http://www.eventful.com.
Now in its 115th year, Billboard is the world's premier music brand consisting of business-to-business properties including Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard Bulletin and Billboard Events as well as a consumer platform – http://www.Billboard.com– the online destination of choice for millions of music fans. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. The brand is also extended through many strategic relationships with major companies including Reuters, SanDisk, Telemundo, Ticketmaster, Microsoft Zune, Napster, MTV, Fuse, Virgin Mobile, AT&T, SonyBMG, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, and sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These relationships leverage Billboard’s brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms for consumers.
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