October 9, 2013

AEG Converting Dining Space at Staples into Two Loge-style Seating Products

Staples Center

(From Sports Business Journal) AEG, the owner and operator of the Staples Center, has decided to introduce two new loge-style seating products in October for the 2013-2014 season. The reason for the new loge-style seating is to generate revenue in a portion of space that was reserved for sit-down dinners and club-seat holders. The Staples […]

October 9, 2013

Chase Bridge Seats at MSG are Selling Well

The Garden has created two platform bridges, in part of a 3 year, $980 renovation.

(from SportsBusiness Journal, October, 7, 2013) Lots of changes are taking place at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. This historic arena serves as a venue where people enjoy different sports, concerts, and a variety of events. The Garden hosts approximately 350 events (often sold out) each year, nearly one per day, making […]

October 9, 2013

YouTube 3.0: Are Artists Being Paid Enough?


(from Billboard.biz, October 4, 2013) YouTube has gone through many phases since its creation eight years ago. The first phase was centered on establishing an audience and scale. The second phase was launched in 2010. In this phase YouTube wanted to find better content from both professionals and amateur creators. The third phase YouTube launched […]

October 9, 2013

From Web Curiosity to No.2 on the Billboard 200, the Weeknd Charts His Own Route to Success

The Weeknd is a testament to the changing times in the music industry.

(from Billboard Magazine, October 05, 2013) Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd, is an elusive and famously reclusive R&B singer. His latest effort, “Kiss Land,” sold 95,000 copies the week of September 10th according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album is his major label debut, and the sales were enough to give him the number […]

October 3, 2013

Music Piracy Shrinking as Online Piracy Grows


Look out Hollywood; online piracy is coming for you. Digital piracy is hurting the film and television industries more than music, and most of the problem is outside North America. A new report by Netnames titled “Sizing the Piracy Universe” and commissioned by NBCUniversial shows that bandwidth stemming from infringing content has increased 159.3% – […]

October 3, 2013

The CMA’s Next Leader: Organization Gears up for Country’s Biggest Night While Searching for New CEO

(from Billboard Magazine, September 27, 2013)  The Country Music Association is not only getting ready for its 47th annual CMA Awards on November 6, but it is also in the process of hiring a new CEO to take the place of Steve Moore who resigned on June 30. The search committee received quite a few […]

September 26, 2013

Court Gives a Victory to Pandora Over Licensing Streaming Music

Pandora emerged victorious in their court ruling this week against ASCAP.

(from New York Times, September 18, 2013) Since online streaming sites like Pandora have become increasingly more popular with the growth of technology in the world of music, there have been a number of disputes over royalties being paid out to performing rights societies (ASCAP, BMI) for streaming services. As Pandora continues to push towards […]

September 26, 2013

IMG College, Keurig Brew National Deal

Keurig and IMG College have signed a 25 year sponsorship deal.

(from SportsBusiness Journal, September 23, 2013) Keurig, a single-serve coffee and tea manufacturer, has entered the realm of national college sponsors by signing a deal with IMG College. This deal is the agency’s first national sale in a year. It is reported that Keurig gained “sponsorship rights to 25 schools across the country during the […]

September 26, 2013

Vikings Support Christian Ponder, but Coach Says He Must “Suck it Up”

Christian Ponder

(from USA Today, September 24, 2013) With the Minnesota Vikings team record at 0-3, the fans are looking for someone to blame. That blame is going on the Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. Although the coach, Craig Johnson, does not think fans should be loudly calling for a change, he also states that Ponder should suck […]

September 19, 2013

Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ Comes Under Attack From Animal Rights Group PETA

Katy Perry's music video with tiger

(from Billboard Magazine, September 17, 2013) Katy Perry’s music video for her song “Roar,” which is on Billboard’s Hot 100 list for the number one spot, has been targeted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for allegedly traumatizing the animal stars in the music video. In the video, Perry becomes friends with a […]

September 19, 2013

Concerts to Cure

Melodic Caring Project ususes music and concert events to show support to kids in hospitals.

(PollstarOnline.com, September 17, 2013) One event can spark something so big it turns into an entirely new organization. That’s what happened when Levi Ware put on a special concert to benefit a girl with leukemia. Roughly 300 people attended this benefit concert to support this young girl, but because of medical circumstances, she was unable to […]

September 19, 2013

New Pandora CEO Faces Royalty Fight with Artists

Pandora renegotiating royalty rights with artists.

(from Billboard Magazine, September 12, 2013) As Pandora begins negotiations of royalty rights in January, this will be one of the major challenges that the company will face. Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be under a lot of pressure; although he is confident that Pandora is “prepared and will do the right thing.” […]

September 19, 2013

Go Behind Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime’ Surge

Lana Del Rey's new album steal top charts.

(from Billboard Magazine, September 18, 2013) Lana Del Rey is celebrating the first crossover hit of her career and a recent re-entry into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 thanks to her dark-horse dance remix of a song released in its original form nearly 20 months ago. “Summertime Sadness” is driven by the French […]

September 19, 2013

Baseball Resumes Near Site of Navy Yard Shooting


(from USA Today, September 17, 2013) Just 24 hours removed from the mass shooting at Navy Yard, a secure military facility in Washington DC, the MLB returned to the nation’s capital. After yesterday’s game between the Braves and the hometown Nationals was canceled because of the ballpark’s close proximity to the shooting, the two teams […]

September 19, 2013

Vinyl’s New Groove

A vinyl bin in a Newbury Comic store.

(from Billboard Magazine, September 21, 2013) Vinyl sales have grown from 1.9 million in 2009 to approximately 4.6 million in the last year. With the recent growth in vinyl album sales, merchants are looking to get in the business of vinyl; companies such as Target and Whole Foods are testing the waters by putting displays […]

September 12, 2013

Researchers Call for Tighter Restrictions on TV Alcohol Marketing During Football Matches

In sports alcohol and success often go hand and hand.

(from Sports Business Journal, September 12, 2013) With millions of worldwide viewers tuning in weekly to watch football (soccer) matches, there is no question why companies spend vast amounts of money on marketing platforms within sporting events.  However, as recent studies have shown correlation between alcohol consumption and alcohol advertising during soccer matches, there are […]

September 12, 2013

NHL Fleshes Out Three-Year Plan


                    (from Sports Business Journal, September 9-13, 2013) The reorganization of the staff for the NHL has led to some new goals for the league beginning with one billion dollars in additional national revenue, sharper international focus with more events, a major broadcast rights deal, and another […]

September 12, 2013

Building New Arena Stars

Blake Shelton at the 2012 Country Music Awards

(from Billboard Magazine, September 7, 2013) It took Blake Shelton, fifteen years to become as successful as he is now. Traditionally, the country music genre develops arena-level ticket sellers by making the artist climb the ladder to success. Artists begin by being the first opening act of a show and end with headlining shows while […]

September 12, 2013

Social-Powered Tickets: Customers Who Purchase Through Social Links Attend More Concerts, Spend More

(Social-Powered Tickets, Billboard, September 06, 2013 10:01 AM EDT) It only takes one second to click and share a link on a social media which is why marketing efforts displayed on social media sites are proving to be rewarding.  Social Media websites provide links that allow anyone to access them, creating a vast audience for […]

May 9, 2013

How Great Will the ‘Gatsby’ Soundtrack Be?


(from Billboard Magazine, May 8, 2013) The high-profile soundtrack, an artifact of the 80’s and 90’s, largely dormant during the last five years, is being revived by “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s $100 million-plus adaption of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. With Jay-Z onboard as an executive music producer, the soundtrack is both star-laden and […]