Around The Globe, Industry Continues To Show Support
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., the new Billboard Live venue -- which opened Sept. 8 in Miami Beach, Fla. -- has created the Billboard Live for Life New YorIn the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., the new Billboard Live venue -- which opened Sept. 8 in Miami Beach, Fla. -- has created the Billboard Live for Life New York City Relief Fund. According to Billboard Live president/COO Mitchell Chait, the charity plans to stage a series of events to raise money for those affected by the tragedy. Details will be announced at a later date.
Events around the world continue to be abandoned or altered in signs of respect for the victims of Tuesday's tragedies.
Sting has cancelled all further Italian engagements, including a concert at Pompeii, which was planned for Sept. 24. The Backstreet Boys and Lynyrd Skynyrd, however, each went ahead last night (Sept. 13) with separately scheduled performances before 10,000 spectators at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C, respectively.
One dollar from each ticket sold from the Clear Channel Entertainment-promoted concerts is to be donated to the ClearChannel.com Relief Fund, with proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, New York and Washington, D.C. police and firefighters, and Pentagon military personnel.
ClearChannel, which launched the fund with a $100,000 contribution, is encouraging its employees and the public to contribute, according to COO Steve Smith. "We felt the Internet would be the fastest way to bring it all together," says Smith. The aid comes as the news emerged that Backstreet Boys roadcrew member Daniel Lee was aboard one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.
At deadline, MuchMusic Canada said it was considering canceling its MuchMusic Video Awards show, due to take place Sept. 23. Usher's promotional visit to Japan and Australia in late September has been cancelled, according to BMG Funhouse in Tokyo. The R&B singer had been scheduled for showcases and media presentations in Tokyo and Sydney. Arista president/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid, who was to have accompanied the artist, had planned to make his own new-music presentations to BMG staffers, media, and merchants.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has postponed its seminar on exporting to North America, which was due to be held today in London. Also in London, the Warner Music Europe fourth-quarter marketing meeting that had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, with U.S. representation, has been cancelled.
In Australia, Festival Mushroom Records has delayed the Sept. 27 release of electro-rock band Gerling's album "When Young Terrorists Chase the Sun." In a statement, the company says the album title is about "confronting musical boundaries and not an inducement to violence."
Julio Iglesias' sold-out concert at Madrid's 20,000-capacity Las Ventas bullring has been postponed until Tuesday. Norway-based event organizer Turbine says it intends to go ahead with its New York-themed "Sub City" gathering tomorrow at Chateau Neuf in Oslo, under the banner "Beats Against Terrorism." All proceeds will be allocated to the Red Cross.
The New York offices of the five major labels were open yesterday, although numerous bomb threats around the city inspired many employees to leave early. "We're physically open, but not mentally here," says EMI spokesperson Tina Valenti.