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RYAN SEACREST TO PRODUCE NEW MUSIC COMPETITION FOR TELEMUNDO
Ryan Seacrest Production has sold 13 two-hour episodes of "Duelo Musical: Super Estrella" to Telemundo and is casting an English-language version special of the format at NBC.
HOW THREE UPSTARTS DERAILED LIL WAYNE, RICK ROSS, AND TYLER, THE CREATOR’S BRANDING DEALS: GUEST POST BY DAN CHARNAS
Dan Charnas, the author of "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop" (Penguin) and "Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label," weighs in on the people and process behind three of hip-hop’s biggest stars losing lucrative endorsement deals, how it relates to previous incidents and what it means going forward.
FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP SPENDING PROJECTED TO SET RECORD IN 2013
Brand sponsorship for festivals, tours and music venues keeps growing in the United States, and is projected to reach a record-setting $1.28 billion in 2013, according to marketing analytics firm IEG Research.
Dutch retro-pop star Caro Emerald lands her first No. 1 on the U.K. album chart while Daft Punk’s 'Get Lucky' (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) featuring Pharrell Williams sold another 123,000 downloads to start a third week at the singles summit.
Questions popped up as soon as YouTube unveiled its paid subscription channels Thursday. Will people pay a monthly fee to watch videos on YouTube? What will the impact be on cable TV? Can YouTube compete with Netflix?
There is nothing small about this coming Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, airing live on ABC and hosted by Tracy Morgan. Consider the event's sheer star power: living legends Prince and Madonna; pop superstars Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars; and next generation luminaries like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, the Band Perry, Ed Sheeran and many others. See all our coverage HERE.
GLOBAL REPERTOIRE DATABASE HQ TO BE BASED IN LONDON AND BERLIN
The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) – a cross-industry initiative to deliver a global one-stop-shop for the cataloging of music ownership rights – is to set up its international headquarters in London with its operations center based in Berlin, the organization has confirmed. The London office is scheduled to open later this year and will house corporate functions and business development capabilities. The Berlin operations center will provide registrations and data processing facilities.
Not too long ago, T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint wasn't living up to its name. The Atlanta rapper spent the better part of 2009 through 2011 behind bars, first for weapon charges and then again for a probation violation stemming from drug possession. Now T.I. is ready to right the ship.
The all-star soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby" is off to a fast start. Industry forecasters suggest the new compilation album, which was released this past Tuesday (May 7), might sell over 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday.
Paul Gourlie, a long-time booking agent at The Agency Group in Toronto, passed away this morning at St. Michael’s Hospital from cystic fibrosis. He was 37.
ARE BEER DRONES THE FUTURE OF MUSIC FESTIVALS? Q&A WITH DARKWING AERIAL'S DEAN ENGELA
The Bible may encourage adherents to turn “swords into ploughshares,” but what would scripture say about transforming weapons into beer delivery systems for music festivals? Enter Dean Engela, co-founder of Darkwing Aerials, who is planning to use its drone technology to deliver beer via GPS to attendees of a South African music festival.
U.S. companies are on track to raise the most money through initial public offerings since before the financial crisis, driven by the same thirst for risk among investors that has pushed the stock market to new highs. Already this year, 64 U.S.-listed public offerings have raised $16.8 billion, according to Dealogic. In the same period in 2012, the biggest year in dollars since the financial crisis, 73 companies raised a total of $13.1 billion. Last week alone brought 11 U.S.-listed IPOs, making it the busiest week for such deals since December 2007.
Wall Street Journal
Spotify has appointed Kevin Brown to the newly-created role of head of label relations (Europe), based in London. Brown will report into Steve Savoca, Spotify's head of content, based in New York, and will manage the UK, Central European and Nordic Label Relations teams. Brown brings experience in marketing, sales and business development working across a number of global entertainment brands, artists and record labels, including roles with EMI, 3D Artist Management, BMG, 4AD and Polygram.
Seth Meyers is moving from his "Weekend Update" desk to his own late night show on NBC. The network said Sunday that the 12-year "Saturday Night Live" cast member will replace Jimmy Fallon at the 12:35 a.m. "Late Night" show next year. Fallon is moving up an hour as Jay Leno's replacement on the "Tonight" show. The announcement solidifies Lorne Michaels as the comedy kingmaker at NBC. He'll be the executive in charge of "Late Night," "Tonight" and "Saturday Night Live," which will all originate from New York's Rockefeller Center.
Dave Brubeck died Dec. 5, a day before his 92nd birthday, and a private funeral was held near his home in Wilton, Conn., shortly afterward. On Saturday afternoon, the only Brubeck family sponsored tribute took place before more than 2,000 people at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine featuring performances by Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Hilary Kole and other jazz stars.
Adam Lambert and Frank Ocean both won trophies at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls presented the onetime American Idol-er with the Davidson/Valenti Award which is given to a member of the LGBT community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights. Meanwhile, Lambert and Ocean tied in the category of Outstanding Musical Artist. Other awards went to the film Any Day Now and to writer Marc Lamont Hill for his article, “Why Aren’t We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?“
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, co-founders of KISS, have an ambitious worldwide restaurant strategy for their co-owned franchise, Rock & Brews. The dynamic rock titans recently opened their third restaurant and second Los Angeles area location in a year, furthering their plans to open an impressive 100 more in five years.
The Hollywood Reporter
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