Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group
It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe, an Oscar nomination, a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in support of two songs that ultimately didn't make the final cut on Songs of Innocence, the history-making album that debuted to 500 million iTunes customers on Sept. 9.
Why Deadmau5' Trademark Battle With Disney Has Cost Him Dearly
Deadmau5 -- aka Joel Zimmerman -- unleashed fury upon The Walt Disney Company in early September for opposing his attempt to register a trademark of the signature mouse head he wears while performing. On Twitter, the DJ told his 3 million followers how "stupid" it was that anyone could confuse him with a cartoon. What he left unsaid: that the dispute has cost him dearly.
Interscope Geffen A&M Records Appoints Aaron Bay-Schuck President, A&R
Interscope Geffen A&M Records has announced the appointment of Aaron Bay-Schuck as president, A&R. In this post, he will oversee all aspects of A&R and creative development for the Universal-owned record label group. He is based in Los Angeles and will report to Interscope Geffen A&M chairman and CEO John Janick.
Friday, September 12, 2014
GLOBAL PRE-DISCOVERY NEW MUSIC PROGRAM "PASSPORT APPROVED"
Passport Approved (www.passportapproved.com), the pioneering global new music pre-discovery radio program has announced new syndication partners KROQ Los Angeles and WBOS Boston.
Additionally, Passport Approved also broadcasts on KNRK "94/7FM" Portland, OR; KNDD "The End" Seattle, WA; Flux-FM Berlin, Germany; 2XM Ireland; WLKK "Alternative Buffalo" New York; Radio Doble Neuve FM, Lima, Peru; PUK-FM Johannesburg, South Africa; KUKQ-FM & KWSS-FM Phoenix, AZ; KKDO Sacramento, CA; WCNR-FM Charlottesville, VA; KFRR "104.1FM" Fresno, CA; KRZQ-FM Reno, NV; East Radio Shanghai, China and many others.
The show has been the first point of "radio contact" for many great new artists to worldwide audiences before they were signed, or officially released in many countries including: Adele, KONGOS, Lorde, LMFAO, Gotye, Bastille, Frank Turner, The Temper Trap, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, White Lies, The Naked & Famous, Milky Chance, Caro Emerald, Ting Tings, Tove Lo, The Griswolds, Sheppard and hundreds of others.
For more information on Passport Approved or its syndication availability contact: Sat Bisla at email@example.com or 323.782.0770.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation
With an eye on innovation in a rapidly changing industry, Warner Music Group has announced a consolidation of all its global business development functions under a single leadership team. Under the new structure, WMG COO Rob Wiesenthal will oversee the company’s digital biz-dev efforts while continuing to report to CEO Steve Cooper.
Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15
The world’s second-biggest music subscription service is finally coming to the world’s biggest music market. Deezer, which claims to have 5 million subscribers and 16 million monthly users over 180 countries, announced Wednesday it will launch in the United States on Monday the 15th via a partnership with home audio company Sonos.
Where Are Beats Music, iTunes, and the iPod? Hiding Under Bono’s Swag
The bombast of bringing out the world’s richest rock band (and its new album, which is currently in your iTunes library whether you want it there or not, a subtle reminder of the power Apple has to minutely affect your everyday life) to cap the biggest product announcement in years from the world’s richest company was an effective demonstration of the company’s shifting priorities — away from music. There was no mention of Beats (other than the fact that you can stream U2’s album on their streaming service and Eddy Cue pretending to shop for some very pricey, very bass-y headphones during its mobile payment demonstration), no word on the ever-aged iTunes interface and store and radio service, or even a swan song for the quietly discontinued iPod Classic.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
A message from Ray Waddell
Dear Concert Industry Professionals:
The Billboard Touring Conference & Awards will begin move into its second decade with our 11th annual event, November 19-20, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel. Last year, our 10th anniversary, was our biggest ever, with an advance sellout and our most compelling discussions to date. Your feedback has encouraged us to bring you exactly what you are looking for: the best content in the live business, a unique program that is geared to inform and educate, and of course, keep you up to speed on everything you need to know in order to succeed in the challenging but thriving business.
The Billboard Touring Conference is billed "Where Live Music Lives," and that's not an empty slogan. I know it to be true that conversations and introductions in the hallways, bars and lobbies of the Roosevelt have directly led to epic performances, fruitful collaborations, and innovative strategic alliances. The successes and challenges discussed on our panels can and do impact how many tickets get sold the following year. We are proud to provide a forum to help move the live music business forward with the brightest minds in the industry.
If you have attended in the past, you are well aware that the Billboard Touring Conference has become known for hosting attendees and speakers that are the elite industry players, including established concert industry executives, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and influential decision makers. The conference is a fertile ground for the growth and exchange of new ideas. The content and networking at the Touring Conference are laser-focused on ways to build careers, sell more tickets, create rewarding partnerships, and stay ahead of the curve in the most vital sector of the music business. As always, programming is continually upgraded and customized to fit the needs of concert business stakeholders today.
Most importantly, our programming will not only tell you what happened in ways you can use, but will also tell you what is going to happen, and why, more critical than ever as we move begin our next decade serving the touring industry. Considering that we have grown significantly every year, even with expanded capacity we expect another sellout in 2014, so I urge you to book your registration early.
Please help us move the industry forward at the 2014 Billboard Touring Conference. We promise to deliver informative keynote interviews, captivating sessions on hot button issues, networking cocktail parties and showcases, plus our grand finale, the Billboard Touring Awards—honoring the industry’s top artists, professionals and venues of the year. We are confident that this will be the most rewarding and memorable evenings of the year for this dynamic business. In addition to honoring box office achievement as determined by Billboard Boxscores, Billboard also presents its prestigious Legend of Live Award, Humanitarian Award and Concert Marketing & Promotion Award. Touring industry success in 2015 begins at the 11th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, Nov. 19-20 in NYC!
I'll see you where live music lives!
Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment