December 5, 2013

Billy Joel Sets Madison Square Garden Residency

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[from Billboard Magazine, December 3, 2013]  This past Tuesday singer-songwriter Billy Joel announced he will be taking up residency at his beloved Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Four shows have already sold-out on the dates of Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 28. Tickets for his May 9 show, also Joel’s […]

December 5, 2013

Rogers Waters Defends Use of Religious Symbolism

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(from Billboard Magazine, December 3, 2013)  Roger Waters, the 70-year old Pink Floyd co-founder, has used the Star of David as a symbol and used it for his support for a cultural boycott of Israel in his three-year world tour for “The Wall.” Now that his tour has ended, Roger Waters wants to set the […]

November 21, 2013

Legacy Agency Launching Baseball Expo

The Legacy Agency prepares to host a baseball expo this Spring Training

(from Sports Business Journal, November 11, 2013)  The Major League Baseball season is one of the longest seasons in sports. The 162-game season takes place from April through September with a month of Spring Training in March and playoffs in October. There isn’t very much going on during baseball’s six-month off-season, unlike other sports. Basketball […]

November 21, 2013

Astrodome may be Doomed


(From Venues Today, November 12, 2013) The Houston Astrodome, built by Judge Roy Hofheinz and friends for baseball and football and rodeo, first opened its doors in 1965 and became the eighth wonder of the world. Unfortunately the last event held at the Astrodome was the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo back in February 2009. […]

November 14, 2013

‘The X-Factor’ Collapses in Ratings


(from Billboard Magazine, November 12, 2013)  November’s sweeps period has made its way back on TV viewers’ calendars, and “The X-Factor” specifically has more pressure than ever before.  The Fox network show “The X-Factor” has been growing in popularity since it first aired in 2004 but has lost several viewers this year.  Fox network received […]

November 14, 2013

Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters and Comics Galore Salute Wounded Vets at ‘Stand Up for Heroes’ Benefit

Bruce Springsteen

(from Billboard Magazine, November 7, 2013) The seventh annual “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit began on November 6, 2013 and was run by ABC newsman Bob Woodruff’s foundation. This benefit is put on every year to raise money for wounded service men and women. Bruce Springsteen auctioned off his own guitar for over $250,000 which […]

November 14, 2013

Study Finds Music Fans More Favorable to Brands Involved in Streaming and Concerts

T.I. Performs A One Night Only Show for AXE Music in New York City

(From Billboard Magazine, November 6, 2013) According to a recent study, fans of music and live entertainment are more favorable of the brands that are involved in concerts and streaming music services. Streaming services and live events provide brands with an opportunity to engage fans in the awareness of their company. These conclusions are the result […]

November 7, 2013

NBC Bullish on Profitability of Sochi Olympics

NBC is well prepared for the 2014 Winter Olympics

(from Sports Business Journal, November 5, 2013) There is always a buzz around the world when the Olympic Games roll around.  With the Winter Olympics approaching in 2014, NBC is more optimistic about the upcoming games than they have ever been in the last decade.  The games will be hosted in Sochi, Russia and are […]

November 7, 2013

Olympic Countdown: Tough Sledding for Sochi Organizers

Sochi Olympic Park on coast of Black Sea

(From USA Today, October 29, 2013) With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games fewer than 100 days away, Sochi, Russia is faced with a number of questions. Security is one challenge at the top of Sochi officials’ list. A week ago, a suicide bomber killed six and wounded two dozen more in a Russian city in […]

October 31, 2013

Are Booking Agencies the New A&R Departments?

(from VenuesToday, October 22, 2013)  On October 19-22, the Agents Panel discussed the decline of Arts and Repertoire (A&R) at the International Entertainment Buyers Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. These booking agents have seen their roles in artists’ careers expand and modify over the years due to the trend of spending less money on developing […]

October 31, 2013

Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, Released From Jail After 2 Years


[From Billboard Magazine, October 28, 2013]  After serving two years of his four-year sentence, Conrad Murray was released from jail Monday, October 28 at 12:01 a.m. Murray was convicted in 2011 of killing Michael Jackson in June 2009. A recent change in California law allowed Murray’s incarceration time to be cut down. Murray, a former […]

October 31, 2013

Quincy Jones Files Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson’s Music


(Billboard Magazine, October 25th, 2013)  After years of built up frustration, Quincy Jones has decided to take his complaints to a more serious level. This past Friday, October 25, 2013, Quincy filed a complaint to Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint Quincy claimed that master recordings he had worked on with Michael Jackson have […]

October 31, 2013

Leagues Embrace Twitter, with Eye on Future Revenue

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                    (from Sports Business Journal, October 27, 2013) As social media outlets like Twitter continue to grow, executives from the major pro-sports are looking for new ways to benefit from the consumer conversation that is social media.  Seeing as sports fans are becoming more and more […]

October 31, 2013

‘Opry Goes Pink’ With LeAnn Rimes, Mandisa

Opry Goes Pink

(from Billboard Magazine, October 25, 2013)  The Grand Ole Opry brought in some of country and Gospel’s leading ladies for their annual event, “Opry Goes Pink.” This is a yearly tradition for the Grand Ole Opry between WSM radio show and Women Rock For The Cure. The Grand Ole Opry had country singer LeAnn Rimes […]

October 24, 2013

The Oscars of Country

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the CMA Awards in 2012

(from Billboard Magazine, October 19, 2013) Country music’s biggest night is fast approaching, and if past viewer counts are any indication, this event’s appeal is much broader than just country music fans. The CMA Awards are set to air live on November 6, 2013. The CMA Awards have always pushed the limits of performances, social […]

October 24, 2013

The Global Goal

2014 World Cup Brazil

(From Billboard Magazine, October 19, 2013) Only eight months left until the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. There have been more than 4.5 million ticket requests that will be awarded by lottery before the World Cup opener on June 12. The world is not only looking forward to the biggest sporting event of the year, […]

October 17, 2013

NFL, VH1 Prepping Six Pre-Super Bowl Concerts

The NFL and VH1 are teaming up to give Super Bowl week a series of concerts.

(from Billboard Magazine October, 14, 2013) Taking advantage of next year’s Super Bowl location is becoming a lucrative deal for the NFL, VH1, and Super Bowl sponsors. Super Bowl XLVIII, which is being held at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, will be preceded by a series of six concerts that have been organized by […]

October 17, 2013

Madonna ‘Banned’ by Movie Chain Over Alleged Texting Incident


(Billboard Magazine, October 14 2013) Movie theaters and festivals present all types of movies for customers to experience; even Madonna stops in to the Alamo Drafthouse to watch a “12 Years a Slave.” Madonna appeared at the show on Tuesday where she posed with the director, Steve McQueen, for pictures. Once the show started, many […]

October 9, 2013

Festival Recognition

Shazam and Gracenote are working to improve live content recognition.

(from Billboard Magazine, October 12, 2013) Anyone who has ever been to a music festival knows that hearing new bands play can be just as enjoyable as seeing the groups you already knew performing. This thrill has been a big contributor to the popularity of music festivals, but, unfortunately, it can be hard to enjoy […]

October 9, 2013

Alabama Museum, in Area Where Stars Found Sound, Seeks an Audience: Tourists

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is set to reopen October 17, 2013.

(from New York Times, October 6, 2013) The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is set to reopen on October 17, 2013, after being closed since last November. This reopening is coming only after a generous grant from the State of Alabama. With ticket sales dwindling at the end of their last operations period, some industry […]