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

Digital on The Rise Down Under

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(from Billboard Magazine, December 3, 2013) Australia has emerged as a key test market for international expansion of online music. In the space of three months during 2013, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio both arrived Down Under marking the services’ first expansions outside the United States. Australia used to have to get in line like […]

December 5, 2013

Switchfoot’s New Wave

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(from Billboard Magazine, November 30, 2013) Switchfoot is a Christian rock band from Southern California who has a passion for waves and sound waves. Hoping to find inspiration for a new album, they visited famous surfing areas in New Zealand, Indonesia, and South Africa during their tour in 2011. Chad Butler, the band’s drummer, says […]

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

Legend of Live goes Country

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  (From Billboard Magazine, November 16, 2013, Written by Ray Waddell.)  At the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards on November 14, 2013, George Strait will be the first ever country artist to be honored as a Legend of Live. Legend of Live is Billboard’s highest accolade in the touring space and honors individuals or bands […]

November 21, 2013

Hip-Hop Sensibility Fuels New Kings Line

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(from Sports Business Journal, November 11-November 17, 2013)  “When I first got the call from the Kings asking if I’d work with them, I was high-fiving all of my friends and thinking this was going to be the dopest project I’ve ever done.”  Those are the words of excitement from Los Angeles street artist Minister […]

November 21, 2013

Target Sets the Pace for Music Retail

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(from Billboard Magazine, November 23, 2013)  There is no doubt that Walmart has been a leader in music sales among discount store merchants. However, Target is climbing the ladder to number one, and much of this is due to store placement of records. This is more important even than the fact that the Target circular […]

November 21, 2013

TuneCore Taps INDmusic to Monetize YouTube

TuneCore has signed an agreement with INDmusic to monetize their artists' music on YouTube.

(from Billboard Biz, November 20, 2013) TuneCore Inc., one of the world’s largest digital music distribution companies, announced that they signed an agreement with INDmusic last week to be able to better monetize their artists’ music on YouTube. INDmusic will be administering the master recording rights on YouTube for TuneCore’s 290,000-track library. YouTube gets hundreds […]

November 14, 2013

Michael Jackson’s Touring Life After Death

The inside story of why MJ's touring business is now bigger than ever

(from Billboard Magazine, November 13, 2013) During the fall of 1987, Michael Jackson and his longtime lawyer John Branca piled into a van to see the Los Angeles debut of Cirque de Soleil at the Santa Monica Pier. “Jackson could hardly contain his excitement to watch the Quebec troupe perform,” Branca recalls. “After the show, […]

November 14, 2013

“Dancing” Queen

Kellie Pickler releases new album, "The Woman I Am."

(from Billboard Magazine, November 9, 2013) TV has played an important role in launching country artist Kellie Pickler’s career. In 2006 she placed sixth on the fifth season of “American Idol.” This year she scored new fans when she won “Dancing With the Stars.” Her latest broadcast fame couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. […]

November 14, 2013

Eminem’s ‘MMLP2’ Marketing Juggernaut: Tapping ‘Call of Duty,’ Beats, ESPN to Help Sell 750K Albums


(From Billboard Biz) Released less than a week ago, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has been selling right and left. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is selling so well, in fact, that it is projected to sell about 750,000 units. This is great news for artist Eminem; he has not released an album in more […]

November 14, 2013

Pandora Hangs Tough in Face of Competition — Including iTunes Radio

Pandora continues to stay ahead of the competition.

(from Billboard Biz, November 8, 2013) Since its inception, Pandora has been a popular internet streaming site. They have also always managed to keep ahead of their competitors. The introduction of iTunes Radio has shown to be no different. iTunes kicked their internet streaming service off in October of this year and reported some impressive […]

November 14, 2013

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

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(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

Country Labels Revive Two Forgotten Arts: Artist Development—And Patience

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(from Billboard Magazine, November 7, 2013) Usually record companies will drop an artist if they have a failed single, but that is not the case in country music. Country music labels often give their artists more than one chance to be successful. Brett Eldredge and Tyler Farr both did not do well in the beginning […]

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 12, 2013

Sleep No More

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(from Billboard Magazine, November 9, 2013)  Aloe Blacc – a California songwriter/musician – sings in and co-wrote the Avicii’s single “Wake Me Up!” that has become one of the biggest hits of the year. Earlier in his career, Blacc was part of a hip-hop duo, Emanon, that has been releasing music independently since the late […]

November 7, 2013

Live Nation Revenue Hits a Record $2.26 Billion in Third Quarter

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(From Billboard Magazine, November 5, 2013) Increased concert attendance drove Live Nation’s third quarter revenue to a record high. The company turned in $2.6 billion in revenue this quarter, which is up 15 percent from the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating income (AOI), a metric that excludes certain one-time items, rose 9% to $221.2 million. […]

November 7, 2013

Everyone’s Adidas

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(From Billboard Magazine, November 2, 2013) Adidas shoe and clothing brand developed a new position in 2009 called the Global Director of Entertainment and Influencer Marketing.  Since the position got started, the brand has been partnering with artists to market their shoes and clothing.  Adidas used to primarily use hip-hop artists but has recently begun […]

November 7, 2013

The Return

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(from Billboard Magazine, November 9,2013) Lyor Cohen has been away from the music scene since he left his job at Warner. Now he is back with a brand new idea for the music industry. Cohen is going to start his own music company by the name of “300.” Cohen co-founded 300 with two of his […]

November 7, 2013

Bicycle Music Acquires Wind-Up Records’ Back Catalog, Cuts Deal with Concord Music Group

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(from Billboard Magazine, October 31, 2013) This week, Bicycle Music has taken ownership of Wind-Up Records’ back catalog. This entitles them to the masters of 1,600 songs, some of those from albums by Creed, Evanescence, Seether and Alter Bridge. While we’re not exactly sure what the terms of the deal are, Bicycle has struck a […]