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August 07, 2009

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Will Speak at Billboard's Mobile Entertanment Live! Conference

fall_out_boy-pete_wentz-2006Press Release: NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grammy nominated musician, activist and entrepreneur Pete Wentz has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live! Fall 2009 Conference, presented by Logic Wireless. Mobile Entertainment Live! is an official partner conference taking place at International CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment®, October 7-9 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live! Fall 2009, taking place on October 6, 2009 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, will explore how today's advanced mobile devices and applications have revolutionized the music industry, and will examine how artists, promoters and managers are using them to promote and profit in new ways.

One of the key elements to success for Pete Wentz and Fall Out Boy is the devotion they have to their audience. The group has executed multiple Internet and mobile campaigns to keep in contact with fans in ways well beyond the average artist. As both a founder of Fall Out Boy and the owner of his own label — Decaydance — Wentz has emerged as a leading innovator in mobile artist-to-fan relations, and in this rare appearance, he will sit with Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde to discuss how the music industry can best use mobile technology and devices to keep fans engaged.

“We’re thrilled to have an artist and innovator of Pete Wentz’s caliber participating in Mobile Entertainment Live! this year,” said Antony Bruno, Executive Director of Content & Programming, Digital/Mobile, at Billboard. “Every year we strive to bring together the best and the brightest minds to examine what the future holds for the mobile entertainment industry and provide our conference attendees with an intimate, interactive and thought provoking experience, and he definitely fits the bill.”

“Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live! has been a fixture at CTIA events for many years and continues to offer the industry top caliber speakers who address the most pressing issues facing entertainment today,” said Robert Mesirow, show director and vice president of CTIA. “Attendees look forward to learning how media brands are monetizing their offerings in the mobile channel.”

About Billboard

Now in its 115th year, Billboard is the world's premier music brand consisting of business-to-business properties BillboardMELiveSpring09(1)including Billboard Magazine, and Billboard Events as well as a consumer platform – – the online destination of choice for millions of music fans. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. The brand is also extended through many strategic relationships with major companies including Reuters, SanDisk, Telemundo, Ticketmaster, Microsoft Zune, Napster, MTV, Google, Virgin Mobile, AT&T, ABC Radio, SonyBMG, Amazon, and sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These relationships leverage Billboard’s brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms for music consumers.

About Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz is the bassist and lyricist of the Grammy-nominated band Fall Out Boy, which over the past few years have released two multi-platinum albums that spawned the chart topping hits "Sugar, We're Going Down," "Dance, Dance," "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," and "This Ain't A Scene, Its An Arms Race," among others. Fall Out Boy’s current release “Folie à Deux” has already yielded two singles “I Don’t Care” and “America’s Suitehearts.”

BoyThonSidePeteWentzAn accomplished writer, Wentz released the book The Boy With A Thorn In His Side, which has sold more than 10,000 copies to date and served as the inspiration for his clothing line Clandestine Industries. An entrepreneur by nature, Wentz also founded the record label Decaydence and discovered and signed influential artists Panic at the Disco, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship, among others to the imprint. Wentz is at the helm of his own one-man DJ company, Hemingway Wentz, Inc., has an independent production company and is the co-owner of Angels & Kings, a brand of popular bar and nightlife destinations in New York City, Chicago and Barcelona, Spain. He is an avid supporter of, and activist for, Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to eradicating the 24-year old civil war in northern Uganda by inspiring American youth to action. He has appeared on various television shows to promote his music and good works, and has dabbled in acting, having recently appeared on an episode of “Californication,” and “CSI:NY.” An artist in every way, Wentz has also exhibiting works from his prolific mixed media, graffiti-inspired collaborative art created with Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes.

For information on the conferrence: CTIA

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