SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and Live Nation Inc. are considering a merger in a deal that would consolidate two of the most powerful forces in the music industry, according to a media report late Tuesday.
The online edition of The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that the new, combined company would be called Live Nation Ticketmaster, and would bring together the world's largest concert promoter with the world's dominant "ticketing and artist-management" company.
The boards of both companies have yet to approve the deal, which is likely to require a review by antitrust authorities, according to the report.
The merger would not involve exchange of any cash and could be announced as early as next week, the report said.
Ticketmaster handles the affairs of roughly 200 major acts, including The Eagles and Miley Cyrus.
The West Hollywood, Calif.-based company has a market capitalization of roughly $351.3 million.
Shares of Live Nation have fallen more than 50% in the past three months, closing Tuesday at $4.99. The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company has a market capitalization of roughly $390.2 million.
John Letzing is a MarketWatch reporter based in San Francisco.