News: BET Partners W/ Live Nation For "106 & Park" Tour W/ Trey Songz & Mario

Monday, Sep 21, 2009 3:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

BET Networks has officially joined forces with Live Nation, the mega concert promoter that signed Jay-Z to a $152 million deal in 2007, for a string of concerts including the first-ever "106 & Park" tour.

The announcement was made in a media release sent out Monday (September 21) morning.

The partnership kicks off with this fall's first-ever 106 & PARK TOUR, on which Trey Songz and Mario co-headline, along with Day26, Sean Garrett and RydazNRtist, a new group signed to Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment. The 106 & Park Tour will kick off September 29th at House of Blues in Los Angeles and will run through November, making stops in major markets including New York, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, and St. Louis. BET Networks will serve as the tour's exclusive media partner. (Press Release)

BET Networks Strategy & Business Development Executive Martez Moore has confirmed the partnership.

"We're extremely excited about BET LIVE and the limitless opportunities this new venture presents," said Moore. "With Live Nation's unparalleled expertise in live concerts and an unmatched network of venues, we will be able to offer our partners a wealth of expertise about the African American and urban markets, and together will bring the best in live entertainment directly to our core audience and communities." (Statement)

Jay-Z joined forces with Live Nation and launched Roc Nation around April 2008.

Jay-Z is on the verge of closing a $150 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation that includes every aspect the rapper's future touring and recordings. As part of the partnership, Jay-Z will also launch an entertainment venture called Roc Nation. This will finance future start-up ventures by Jay-Z including his own label, music publishing, and artist consulting and managing. (New York Times)

After causing a ruckus earlier this year for blasting the Rock the Bells 2009 tour, Buckshot spoke with SOHH about his issues with Live Nation.

"Somebody really needs to tell the truth man," Buckshot explained. "Live Nation has nothing to do with Rock the Bells. Motherf*ckers are so scared of Live Nation because you can say 'F*ck Rock the Bells' but don't say 'F*ck Live Nation.' Because if you say 'F*ck Live Nation,' you might not be able to do a show -- so f*ck Live Nation. I said it, Buckshot said it, f*ck you. How about that, Buckshot said it...and you know why? Because I'm that n*gga. I am that n*gga. I'm a n*gga that'll go against the corporate beast all day, everyday. So f*ck all the rest of these rappers out here, not just f*ck them, f*ck everybody whose scared. F*ck you if you're scared. I'll say it for you, Live Nation is a corporation of people that don't know nothin' about hip-hop music or nothin'. They just a bunch of corporate people that lock down the circuit -- so we can't have a show unless it goes through Live Nation. We can't get a concert unless it's Live Nation." (SOHH)

Check out Buckshot speaking on Live Nation below:

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