The “Stop Pricing Tickets Like It’s 1999 Panel” on Saturday in Austin was full of takeaways for the concert industry thank to the experience of QCue CEO Barry Kahn and StubHub Director of Business Development Greg Ivry, who conducted an open, back-and-forth discussion mostly related to the two companies tactics in approaching ticket sales.
A Mexican state's decision to cancel a two-day heavy metal concert with top bands like Kiss, Twisted Sister and Guns 'N Roses is drawing fire from fans and organizers, who say they suspect that political motives, corruption or discrimination are behind the move.
Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and current executive chairman, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, kicked off SXSWi with a panel moderated by Wired senior writer Steven Levy. Issues discussed include digital permanence, privacy and the availability of data, and smartphone growth in developing countries.
Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 9.
Billboard polled a brain trust of veteran music execs to get expert strategies for how best to approach the massive music conference; and to explain why, exactly, it's still worth the ticket to Austin. Today, Billboard.biz talks to Sickamore, A&R at Def Jam, for his seasoned perspective on the industry's annual Texas takeover.
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