November 21, 2013

The ‘Blacklist’ Playlist

"The Blacklist"

(from Billboard Magazine, November 16, 2013) The new NBC drama “The Blacklist” has been a hit this fall. It has been very successful in the ratings and has been watched by millions of viewers. The September 30 episode had 17.9 million total viewers, and the October 7 episode had 16.9 million viewers. These numbers include […]

November 21, 2013

Target Sets the Pace for Music Retail

Walmart vs. Target

(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

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 21, 2013

Atlanta Braves Bank on Mixed-use Plans

Behind Atlanta Braves' Homeplate

(From Sports Business Journal, November 18, 2013)  The Atlanta Braves are beginning the process of building a new stadium in Cobb County. One reason they want to do this is to create more mixed-use developments around the ballpark. They have seen what other ball clubs have been doing with their stadiums, and they want to […]

November 21, 2013

Daytona Readies New Premium Seats for Sale

(from Sports Business Journal, November 18, 2013) After completing a $400 million renovation in 2016, the Daytona International Speedway will increase their prices for premium seats. The speedway will have two newly built suites, known as the Midway Suites and High Bank Suites, plus a new multiday club-seat package. Each can accommodate between 50 to […]

November 21, 2013

Drinking Profits

Drinking Profits

(from Billboard Magazine, November 16, 2013) In today’s society everyone is trying to build an image that others want to emulate. Musicians are no exception; in all actuality they’re the rule. Having a rocker or partier image is what some musicians and bands alike are striving to portray. Rick Zeiler is coldclocking what the conventional […]

November 21, 2013

Why Everyone on the Florida Georgia Line Case Study Panel at the Touring Conference Was Grinning Ear-To-Ear (And it Wasn’t Just the Fireball)


(from Billboard Magazine, November 16, 2013)  Florida Georgia Line was the artist development case study at the recent Billboard Touring Conference. The duo went from being unknown to having the longest running No. 1 of all-time on the Hot Country Charts and opening for stars such as Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan. Florida Georgia Line’s […]

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 21, 2013

Big Renovation at Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita park recently went under a $15 million renovation.

(from Venues Today, November 19, 2013) California’s Santa Anita Park recently spent $15 million in just under 12 weeks to revamp the historic venue. The renovations were revealed at the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championship, the venue’s largest event, in celebration of the Park’s 30th birthday. Also celebrating a benchmark is the owner of Santa Anita […]

November 21, 2013

AEG Releases Renderings for Las Vegas Arena


(from Venues Today, November 12, 2013) AEG and MGM have recently released the first plans for a $350-million venue in the middle of Las Vegas. The arena, which seats 20,000, is said to include several features that have never been seen before. Populous, the architects of the project, gained inspiration for the arena from the […]

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

Twitter TV Ratings to Track Suns Traffic

Phoenix Suns

(from Sports Business Journal, November 11-17, 2013)  The Phoenix Suns is the first major pro sports team to track Twitter activity during games thanks to the deal with SocialGuide’s Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings service. The financial terms of this contract have not been disclosed, but the agreement was finalized last month before the start of […]

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

‘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

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

NFL: We Have Final Say In L.A.


(From Sports Business Daily, November 11, 2013) All things must go though the NFL when it comes to relocating a team to Los Angeles. Currently, the City of Los Angeles is without an NFL franchise. With such a large market and potential revenues to be made, a push to have a team located there is […]

November 14, 2013

A Decade of Debuts

SMG logo

(from Billboard Magazine, November 16, 2013)  During forty years of service, Spectator Management Group (SMG) has set the standards for developing, managing, and marketing live events.  This worldwide entertainment and convention center management company has opened or renovated more than 20 facilities in three countries:  the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  Spectator Management Group’s […]

November 14, 2013

Oakland Says Beckie Francis Fired for Mentally Abusing Players


(from USA Today, November 11, 2013) Beckie Francis was Oakland University’s women’s basketball Head Coach until she was fired from her position on June 12 of this year for allegedly mentally and emotionally abusing her players. Francis’ role as head coach has since been filled, but the issue is anything but resolved and brings up […]