The Manager Roundtable at today's Billboard Country Music Summit unraveled the complex puzzle that is being an artist manager today. The discussion featured Bernie Cahill of ROAR Mgm't (Zac Brown Band), T.K. Kimbrell of TKO Artist Mgm't (Toby Keith), Ken Levitan of Vector Mgm't (Trace Adkins), Doc McGhee of McGhee Ent. (Kiss), Virginia Davis, of B.A.D. Mgm't (Jewel) and Erv Woolsley of the Erv Woolsley Co. (George Strait).
The long wait is almost over. With Apple expected to unveil iCloud at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, the race to dominate music in the cloud can finally get started in earnest. Full details will be given at Monday’s conference, but here’s we can say with confidence ...
Pandora is hoping its IPO will raise a total of about $141 million, but the company estimates it will net about $33 million of that total. Also: No music, concerts or Live Nation in Groupon’s SEC filing; Ticketmaster’s LiveAnalytics gets a thumbs-up in Jersey; and newsflash: a new record store opens in Los Angeles!
Daily deal company Groupon, soon to be a major player in concert tickets, has filed for an IPO. The company’s S-1, filed with the SEC Thursday, reveals that Groupon has real -- not potential -- revenue but is spending gobs of money on marketing in an effort to crowd out a growing host of competitors (which now includes Amazon.com, too).
The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” gave her a social media boost in every way but one—Myspace. But what kind of barometer is the waning social media site these days, anyway?
With relatively little fanfare, German music streaming service Simfy has launched a music player for Facebook. This comes just a week after news broke that Spotify is working on some kind of Facebook integration. There is no indication that Facebook plans to launch a Spotify-powered music service (as some of the rehashed news reports have suggested). Instead, a safer guess is that Spotify on Facebook will look a lot like Simfy on Facebook.