May 9, 2013

Rolling Stones Concert Promoter on ‘Flex Pricing’ Ticketing Strategy: ‘I Want the Brokers Pissed Off’

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(from Billboard.biz, May 07 2013) According to John Meglen, Co-President of AEG Live Subsidiary Concerts West and Promoter of the Stones’ 50 & Counting tour, the price adjustments on the Stones shows nationwide reflect a “flex pricing” strategy to keep tickets out of the hands of brokers. Meglen said that the reports of deep discounting and […]

April 25, 2013

Billboard Latin Music Conference Panel: How, and Why, Muve’s Moves Have Made it No. 1

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(from Billboard.biz, April 23 2013) At the Billboard Latin Music Conference, a panel took place titled, “Case Study: The Cricket/Muve Solution: How the music offering of a prepaid wireless service provides a blueprint to successfully reach the Latin consumer,” which included speakers Skander Goucha, SVP Digital for UMLA, and Jeffrey Toig, SVP of Muve Music. Popular […]

April 11, 2013

German DJs Protest GEMA’s Proposed Tax on Digital Music Collections

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(from Billboard.biz, April 9, 2013) Last week, in front of local offices of the German collection society GEMA, hundreds of German DJs acted against what they consider new and unfair DJ licensing fees. These offices are located in Dortmund and Munich. In Dortmund, the demonstration was spontaneous with about 100 DJs protesting; while in Munich […]

March 27, 2013

Ultra Music Festival’s Heineken House Brings EDM Experience to Each Pour

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(from Billboard.biz, March 24, 2013) Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Ultra Music Festival is expanding to two weekends. This year, Liquor sponsor Heineken is presenting for the first time the Heineken House, a first-of-its-kind activation that extends Ultra’s audiovisual experience to the drink line. Leanne Maciel, Heineken USA’s Manager of Sponsorship’s and Activation, has a new idea in […]

March 7, 2013

One Direction Noses Up The Charts

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(from Billboard Magazine, March 2, 2013) British boy band sensation, One Direction, released a charity single, “One Way or Another,” on February 18, which hit Billboard Hot 100 despite the lack of stateside promotion. The band released the single in support of Comic Relief’s 25th Annual Red Nose Day, which raises money to fight poverty. […]

February 21, 2013

How Target Scored Two Exclusive Bonus Tracks on Justin Timberlake’s ’20/20 Experience’

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(from Billboard.biz, February 14, 2013) As if Justin Timberlake’s television debut of his hit single, “Suit and Tie,” performed on the Grammys, wasn’t enough to get his fans wanting more; Target has announced the exciting news that they will be carrying an exclusive deluxe version of Justin Timberlake’s anticipated album, The 20/20 Experience. Only available […]

October 25, 2012

Business Matters: Why Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ is Absent From Subscription Services

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(from Billboard.biz, October 23, 2012) Taylor Swift’s new album Red is currently absent from Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog, and Xbox Music. The album is not likely to be available for subscription until Swift releases her next album. The focus for Red is a broad range of retail campaigns and promotions at both well-known CD sellers […]

October 11, 2012

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(from Billboard Magazine, October 6, 2012) Rick Ortega, former New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys roadie, is working to create a Latin Coachella that has been named the Tritone Latin Music & Arts Festival. Ortega is facing many financial challenges in trying to create this event, some including threats of legal action that could wipe […]