Despite drawing a respectable 40,000 last year, country’s Big Apple invasion has faltered, with the cancellation of the FarmBorough country music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island being the latest in a string of troubling signs in what has been the hottest space in live music.
The ups and downs of SFX Entertainment -- currently in the midst of a bankruptcy and top-level restructuring -- and the company's complex web of acquisitions and financial maneuverings would confuse even the most attentive of industry watchers. Let's fix that.
When Beyoncé turned her Feb. 7 Super Bowl cameo into both a political action and a product launch in front of 112 million TV viewers, it was just the latest in a behind-the-scenes plan to reintroduce the singer to the masses after more than a year on the sidelines.
Three years after taking the job overseeing Republic Records' marketing and promotion departments and artist development initiatives, executive vice president Charlie Walk has been named president of the Republic Group, a new formation under the Universal Music Group umbrella.
Adele's '25' is a gift that keeps on giving to the music business, spreading wealth beyond her labels (XL and Columbia/Sony) and publisher (Universal) to retailers, performing rights organizations and, not least, the 16 songwriters and producers who collaborated with her on the album.