Madonna Reported Set To Jump To Live Nation
October 11, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
MADONNA intends to sign a $120 million recording and touring deal with LIVE NATION and leave her longtime record label at WARNER MUSIC GROUP, a person familiar with the contract negotiations said WEDNESDAY (10/10). The pop superstar’s management informed WARNER last week that she would accept LIVE NATION’s offer after the record company refused to match the deal, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the matter.
Under terms of the proposed deal, MADONNA would receive a signing bonus of about $18 million and a roughly $17 million advance for each of three albums, the person said. A portion of the compensation would involve stock. MADONNA could also benefit significantly from the touring component of the deal, which gives LIVE NATION the exclusive right to promote her tours, the person said.
In a bid to compete with the LIVE NATION offer, WARNER pursued a possible partnership with ticket retailer TICKETMASTER, a unit of IAC/INTERACTIVECORP, that would have enabled the record company to offer a spectrum of touring services to MADONNA.
The proposed 10-year agreement would give LIVE NATION the rights to sell MADONNA merchandise and license her name, and any revenue from such products would be split between the singer and the company, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the deal.
LIVE NATION also would have to pay $50 million in cash and stock to promote MADONNA’s tours, according to the JOURNAL, which broke news of the deal on its website WEDNESDAY afternoon.