Taylor Swift launched her Speak Now tour in the U.S. this past weekend with an impressive two-hour production that included pyrotechnics, aerialists, nine costume changes, a satellite stage and a gazebo-like lift that takes her over the crowd. For Swift, who conceived of the show’s themes and visuals, what inspired her most was Broadway shows like "Wicked."
A survey unveiled at the Country Radio Seminar indicates the genre’s primary listeners make more money than the industry realized, they’re happier with the music than the industry knew, and they’re more technologically savvy than expected.
If anyone attending the Country Radio Seminar still doubted the troubles facing the recording business, a presentation of case-study profit-and-loss statements by artist and label representatives cemented the position Wednesday during “Show Me The Money: The Economics of the Radio and Music Industry."
More than 50 songs are heard in the film, including performances by Paltrow and fellow actors Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund, along with new recordings by Sara Evans, Chris Young & Patty Loveless, Ronnie Dunn and Hank Williams Jr.