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The Police reunion tour was the big winner at the fourth annual Billboard Touring Awards, held Wednesday at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
The global trek by the Police, produced by TNA International, took home awards for top tour and top draw, which recognize the top-grossing tour and the top ticket-selling tour, respectively. Additionally, Kathy Schenker Management, management company for the Police tour, was named top manager.
The Billboard Touring Awards honor the industry’s top artists, venues and professionals for the year, based on the Billboard Boxscore chart. They are determined by actual box office performance from Jan. 1, 2007, to Sept. 30, 2007. The awards reception wrapped the 2007 Billboard Touring Conference.
Other artist awards went to the Kenny Chesney Flip Flop Summer tour (with Sugarland, Pat Green, Brooks & Dunn and Sara Evans), which captured top package for the third straight year, and Justin Timberlake, who was named breakthrough artist on the strength of his FutureSex LoveShow tour.
Prince’s 21-night, sold-out stand at the O2 in London received the top Boxscore award, and Larry the Cable Guy was named 2007’s top comedy tour. In the venue categories, Madison Square Garden in New York was named top arena for the fourth consecutive year. Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., and the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., took home top amphitheater and top club honors, respectively.
Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional is the top venue under 10,000 seats (non-resident), and the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas retains ownership in the resident category.
The United Kingdom’s Download Festival in Castle Donington, England, produced by Live Nation U.K., returned the top festival award to London, and Live Nation received the top promoter nod.
In the closest competition of the awards, Austin-based C3 Presents edged out Jam Productions of Chicago and Outback Concerts of Nashville in the top independent promoter category.
Creative Artists Agency is top agency for the third straight year. Live Earth/Control Room CEO Kevin Wall received the Humanitarian Award, and pioneering agent Frank Barsalona was named 2007 Legend of Live.
The conference’s inaugural Concert Marketing & Promotion Award went to the Jeep-sponsored Tim McGraw/Faith Hill Soul2Soul 2007 tour. This is the only award (outside of the Humanitarian and Legend honors) not determined by Billboard Boxscore, but rather through more than 40,000 online votes at Billboard.com and Billboard.biz.
Ray Waddell is an executive director at Billboard in Nashville.
Here are the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards winners:
TOP TOUR: The Police
TOP DRAW: The Police
TOP PACKAGE: Kenny Chesney with Sugarland, Pat Green, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans
BREAKTHROUGH: Justin Timberlake
TOP BOXSCORE: Prince at the O2 Arena, London
TOP COMEDY TOUR: Larry the Cable Guy
TOP ARENA: Madison Square Garden, New York
TOP AMPHITHEATER: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo.
TOP CLUB: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
TOP AGENCY: Creative Artists Agency
TOP FESTIVAL: Download Festival, Castle Donington, England
TOP PROMOTER: Live Nation
TOP INDEPENDENT PROMOTER: C3 Presents
TOP VENUE UNDER 10,000 SEATS (NON-RESIDENT): Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City
TOP VENUE UNDER 10,000 SEATS (RESIDENT): The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
CONCERT MARKETING & PROMOTION AWARD: Jeep/Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul2Soul II
HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Kevin Wall
LEGEND oF LIVE: Frank Barsalona
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