Live Nation's massive subsidiary Ticketmaster announced today the appointment of Jared Smith as president of Ticketmaster North America. Smith has been with Ticketmaster since 2003, initially overseeing venues in Georgia and Illinois before going on to become the company's COO.
"Independent Study" is a new Billboard.biz column that will profile a different independent label every other Tuesday. For its second installment, we take a look at Fool's Gold Records, a label run by Nick Catchdubs and A-Trak in Brooklyn which houses the likes of Danny Brown and Duck Sauce.
One Direction's sponsorship deal follows in a tradition that Nabisco brands have in aligning with major pop stars, from early tours with N Sync and Britney Spears to more recent outings with “Glee” in 2011 and “American Idol” in 2012.
In today's Fix: Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of the Doors, dies; Eminem's publisher sues Facebook; Billboard Music Awards win Sunday night's TV ratings, viewership up 28%; Best Buy's lower earnings; Spotify's top 50 song lists; Apple's tax shelter problem; Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio join 'X Factor;' Russian foreign minister's Eurovision statement; way more.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a long-term extension administration agreement with Sting; Fintage Publishing has signed to handle sub-publishing rights for One Direction-authored co-writes on “Take Me Home;” and Imagine Dragons has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group.
Following the death of Doors keyboardist and founding member Ray Manzarek, Billboard looks back on the legendary rock band's chart legacy. Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74.