AEG teams with Outbox • AOL buying Huffington Post • Aguilera’s Super Bowl snafu • The Daily for iPad
>>>Promoter AEG is partnering with ticketing company Outbox Enterprises to sell tickets at 105 venues later this year. AEG is working to distance itself from Ticketmaster following its merger with competitor Live Nation.
Within the next 6-12 months, the first venues will have Outbox up-and-running. Nearly all of its worldwide venues are expected to be on the new system within two years.
Outbox differs from Ticketmaster in that it gives venues the ability to sell tickets through their own websites, instead of a centralized website. More here.
>>>As it continues to build its media and news presence, AOL revealed plans this morning to buy news blog The Huffington Post for $315 million. Under terms of the agreement, founder Arianna Huffington will stay on board. Keep reading.
>>>Blogs are buzzing about Christiana Aguilera’s botched rendition of the national anthem at last night’s (2/6) Super Bowl. Instead of singing the correct line: “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” she mistakenly sang: “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming.”
The Grammy-winning singer’s apology statement says, “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.” Read more.
>>>In the latest example of traditional media trying to blend with new technology, The Daily newspaper launched last week exclusively on the iPad. The brainchild of media mogul Rupert Murdoch costs $39.99 for an annual subscription. More online.