October 31, 2013

How Newer Acts Like Ed Sheeran, Passion Pit, Weeknd Are Selling-Out Top Venues

Madison Square Garden

(from Billboard Magazine, Oct 29, 2013)  A newer breed of lesser known acts such as Ed Sheeran have quickly been able to go from small stages to selling out top venues thanks to support from social media.  For Ed Sheeran, his Twitter fan base and collaborators like Taylor Swift and One Direction have helped him […]

October 31, 2013

The $100 Dollar Mixtape


(from Billboard Magazine, October 26, 2013)  Nipsey Hussle (aka Ermias Asghedom) has market evidence that his songs are worth a premium, despite digital pipelines continuing to put downward pressure on the price of music. Hussle has a bold approach for his latest mixtape, Crenshaw, initially pressing 1,000 CDs priced at $100 per “deluxe edition” CD; […]

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

‘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 31, 2013

Republic Records Blankets Radio, Goes Global With “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack

Republic Records' Soundtrack is doing more than "Catching Fire"

(from Billboard Magazine, October 25, 2013)  Republic Records is taking a new approach to their soundtrack for the “Hunger Games” sequel. The company had relatively good success with their soundtrack to the first “Hunger Games” with Taylor Swift’s single that features the Civil Wars “Safe & Sound” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 […]

October 31, 2013

Hollywood’s Go-To-Label: How Republic Reignited the Soundtrack Market

Republic Records

(from Billboard Magazine, November 2, 2013)  Since the release and success of “The Hunger Games,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Voice,” Republic Records has been actively working towards making a niche in Hollywood’s soundtrack industry.  “It’s our goal to be known in Hollywood as the go-to music company,” states Charlie Walk, executive Vice President for Republic […]

October 31, 2013

Rock for Disaster Relief

AEG Live Rocky Mountains and Live Nation came together to put on a benefit concert for flood relief in Colorado.

                    (from Venues Today, October 28, 2013) Colorado experienced devastating floods in September resulting in nine fatalities and an estimated more than $2 billion in property damages. AEG Live Rocky Mountains’ offices dealt with this destruction first hand when one employee lost his entire house and […]

October 31, 2013

David Cook’s Move to Nashville Leads to ‘Eclectic’ New EP


(from Billboard Magazine, October 24, 2013) American Idol’s former champ David Cook says that he feels like it was forever ago since his victory on the show. He does not deny that the popular reality TV talent show was an amazing platform for him. Even though he has changed as an artist since he won […]

October 24, 2013

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

digital sales

                    (from The New York Times (Nytimes.com), October 20, 2013)  While CD sales have been declining over the last decade, the first yearly decline of downloads is making music executives turn to streaming service as the possible cause. Currently track downloads are down 4 percent from […]

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

Digital Music’s Rise

Performance royalty distributions have grown during SoundExchange's watch.

(from Billboard Magazine, October 21, 2013) SoundExchange, the Washington-D.C. based non-for-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties from satellite and cable radio broadcasters, is one of the biggest signs of the decline of the record industry. The need for such a company as SoundExchange has risen exponentially as music changed to a more digital platform. […]

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 24, 2013

A Better Network


(from Billboard Magazine, October 19, 2013) Companies in the music industry have started taking advantage of opportunities on various social media platforms.  These companies are reorganizing their business model into a multichannel network, or MCN, on platforms such as YouTube.  They have turned YouTube into a retail space using ads and special software.  One company, The […]

October 24, 2013

Charlotte Church Slams the ‘Culture of Demeaning Women in Pop Music’


(From Billboard Magazine, October 15, 2013, Written by Georg Szalai)  United Kingdom singer Charlotte Church recently criticized the hypersexualitzation of female music stars in the entertainment industry. She lashed out at provocative stars such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus for encouraging the mistreatment of women in the industry by engaging in raunchy performances. Charlotte Church […]

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

Renegade Pop Star


(from Billboard Magazine, October 12, 2013) Sky Ferreira, 21-year-old pop star, signed to Capital Records when she was 16 years old. Ferreira started to discover herself and her sound in her debut album, Night Time, My Time. The album’s debut single, “Obsession,” was resented by Ferreira because the song did not match her personality. There […]

October 17, 2013

How SFX, Azoff-MSG Are Changing Music’s Start-Up Rules

A picture of Azoff and Dolan and their joint venture.

(from Billboard, October 14, 2013) Two veterans have started two new companies in the music business, SFX Chairman Bob Sillerman and former Live Nation CEO Irving Azoff. Sillerman has been busy with his Electronic Dance Music (EDM) startup which has created 15 EDM festival businesses in the last year. In the coming weeks Sillerman will […]

October 17, 2013

Why the NFL and Pepsi Booked – But Didn’t Pay – Bruno Mars for Super Bowl XLVIII


(from Billboard, October 14, 2013) Sarah Moll works for the NFL and is in charge of finding the entertainment for the Super Bowl halftime show. She had seen Bruno Mars three times, and halfway through the second concert, Moll knew she wanted Mars to perform in 2014 for the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. She […]