Paul McGuinness

  1. EDM Biz Worth $6.2bn (Report)

    May 21, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Electronic dance music is a $6.2 billion global industry, per a new report issued at the International Music Summit in Ibiza, Spain Wednesday (May 21). As compiled by EDM trade group the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), the figure includes ...

  2. Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



    February 06, 2014 8:15 PM EST While its impossible to take in the entirety of Midem, the international music conference, over the course of its four bustling days several recurring themes became readily apparent, including, Google bashing, going all-in on streaming and major n ...

  3. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  4. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem with Wide-Ranging Keynote

    February 03, 2014 11:53 AM EST At a very early (9:30 a.m.) breakfast on Sunday morning, after a night of dancing on tables at Cannes' boîtes and bars like La Chunga, a gaggle of music execs gathered at a ceremony to pay tribute to U2's greatly esteemed manager Paul ...

  5. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote

    February 02, 2014 3:04 PM EST Lyor Cohen used his keynote speech at Midem in Cannes, France, to announce that his new label venture, 300, has partnered with Twitter to develop A&R tools that will benefit the whole music business. (Billboard.biz caught up with Lyor Cohen t ...

  6. Billboard's 2014 Industry Icon: Paul McGuinness on 35 Years Guiding 'The Biggest Band in the World' (Q&A)

    January 17, 2014 2:52 PM EST The following extended Q&A with U2's long-time manager Paul McGuinness is from the new issue of Billboard, which features a cover story on Howard Stern; a  MIDEM special section with Billboard's inaugural International Power Pl ...

  7. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  8. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration and... Cassettes?

    November 27, 2013 12:18 PM EST When Record Store Day's Black Friday event was launched in 2010, the idea was to take advantage of the increasing profile of the annual brick-and-mortar celebration at a time when customers were (quite) receptive to spending money on their lo ...

  9. Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO, on Banner Year, Expanding Mgmt Holdings, 'Exploding' Global Market, Way More (Video Q&A)

    November 18, 2013 5:45 PM EST Michael Rapino , CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, is having a banner year. In addition to record-setting revenues , Live Nation is expanding its management roster with the addition of U2 and Madonna along with their respective managers Paul McG ...

  10. Inside Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness' $30M Live Nation Deal: New Roles, More Leverage and Music From U2

    November 13, 2013 5:37 PM EST As Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness prep a $30 million deal to merge their management companies under Live Nation, more details have emerged about the pair’s respective plans. U2, McGuinness’ top client at Principle Management, is prepping a n ...

  11. Live Nation In Negotiations to Buy Management Companies of U2, Madonna (Report)

    November 12, 2013 7:25 PM EST Live Nation is negotiating to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to the New York Times , citing people with direct knowledge of the deals. Live Nation would reportedly pay more than $30 million for both Principle ...

  12. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness on Mark Fisher: 'He Turned Everyone’s Wild Ideas Into Steel, Lumber and Canvas Reality'

    June 28, 2013 12:55 PM EDT U2 manager Paul McGuinness had a long and fruitful relationship with late, great architect/set designer Mark Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday (June 25) and was invovled with every U2 tour since 1991. Here’s his thoughts on Fisher's &quo ...

  13. Frank Barsalona Remembered By Paul McGuinness, Rob Light, Jon Landau, More at Memorial

    April 26, 2013 1:49 PM EDT An impressive group of some of the most influential players in the history of the touring industry filled New York City's Irving Plaza last night to pay tribute to pioneering agent Frank Barsalona , who died last year. “Remembering Frank” ...

  14. European Commissioner Michel Barnier's MIDEM Speech Targets Digital Infrastructure, Google

    January 28, 2013 11:20 AM EST European Commissioner Michel Barnier used the platform of Midem on day two made a pledge to remove barriers and build a better pan-European digital infrastructure. And he wants – needs – the wider-music biz to support his mission. Words and the pr ...

  15. U2's Bono on Frank Barsalona: 'They Just Don't Make Them Like That Any More'

    November 27, 2012 10:56 AM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell -- featuring comments about Barsalona f ...

  16. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  17. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  18. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: U2 & Paul McGuinness

    January 27, 2012 12:11 AM EST No. 27 U2 & Paul McGuinness Rock Band; Managing Director, Principal Manager Twitter: @u2com The Band And The Man On A Mission... If any one figure sums up the power of U2 in the music business today it would be this number: $736,421,586. Or ma ...

  20. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  21. U2's '360' Tour Gross: $736,137,344!

    July 29, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The Claw from U2's all-time record-setting 360 Tour (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImang.com) Tomorrow night in Moncton, N.B., U2 will perform the 110th and final show of its monster 360 tour, wrapping up not only epic technological and musical achi ...

  22. Business Matters: World Coming Around to U2 Manager Paul McGuinness' Piracy, ISP Views

    July 12, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Visionary or Apostate? U2 Manager Paul McGuinness -- Paul McGuinness has a guest column in The Telegraph titled "The Age of 'Free' is Coming to an End." It's a well-timed article. Last week, U.S. entertainment companies an ...

  23. Watch: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Calls on Tech 'Geniuses' to Boost Online Music

    April 13, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness has reiterated his belief that tech companies should do more to help artists. "I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook, Amazon and Spotify would get their act together," he said via ...

  24. U2 To Set Record For Highest-Grossing Tour This Weekend

    April 08, 2011 8:19 AM EDT When the doors open Sunday night for U2's second show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band's "360" tour will become the highest grossing tour in history. In Sao Paulo, U2 "360" will pass the $558 million ...

  25. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Rush, Sugarland, Paul McGuinness and more at the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness' important message about trade journalism, a key case study with Sugarland, and Rush receiving the Legend of Live honor were just a few of the highlights at the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards. Watch the ful ...

  26. U2 Set To Resume 360 Tour In Italy

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All indications are that Bono is ready to rock and fully recovered after back surgery that sidelined him for two months. Now, U2 is set to crank up its massive, record-setting 360 tour tomorrow night in Turin, Italy. “Things have gone very, very w ...

  27. U2's Bono Has Surgery, Tour Date Postponed

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 lead singer Bono had emergency surgery on his back in a Munich hospital on Friday (May 21) after being injured while preparing for the next leg of a world tour, the first date of which has been postponed. The 50-year-old from Ireland had been g ...

  28. @MIDEM: The Growth Opportunities In Streaming

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the slowing pace of digital downloading, particularly in the U.S., MIDEM panelists said streaming is where the growth opportunities lie going forward, according to an industry panel that included executives from Spotify U.K. and Oxford, U.K.- ...

  29. THE BILLBOARD Q&A: PAUL MCGUINNESS

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As U2 wraps the 2009 dates of its groundbreaking 360 world stadium tour, the band is expected to gross about $300 million and sell about 3 million tickets to fewer than 50 shows. Rather than a massive, high-end ticket price, the big numbers are mo ...

  30. McGuinness Increases Pressure On ISPs

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 manager Paul McGuinness has delivered another hard-hitting speech in which he says that by refusing to join forces with the legitimate music business, Internet service providers are clinging to the past and preventing the music industry's ...

  31. Live Nation Inks 12-Year Pact With U2

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2's deal with Live Nation puts the promoter in business with one of the highest earning bands in the world for more than a decade. It's a 12-year deal with Live Nation Artists that includes worldwide touring, merchandising, and the band ...

  32. Tech Firms Respond To McGuinness Blast

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McGuinness's big-hitting speech at this year's Midem has inspired a wave of reaction, not all of it positive. The U2 manager's lecture became one of the 42nd annual trade fair's hottest talking points, when he used its pod ...

  33. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  34. Gabriel Honored As Personality Of The Year

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel has picked up Midem's Personality of the Year award at a glittering gala dinner in Cannes, France. A range of top executives, including U2 manager Paul McGuinness, the IFPI's John Kennedy and veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmi ...

  35. Artists, Managers Dominate MIDEM Debates

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Artists and managers took center stage today as MIDEM pushed on into its second day. Peter Gabriel and U2 manager Paul McGuinness were the big drawcards, assembling full-houses for their respective stints on the trade fair's podium. But it wa ...

  36. McGuinness Slams ISPs

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness used his MIDEM keynote to claim Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were "destroying the recorded music industry" by failing to target piracy. In a strongly-worded speech to an overflowing conference hall, McGuin ...

  37. U2's McGuinness To Keynote Midem Manager Summit

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness will deliver a keynote speech at the inaugural international manager summit, to take place Jan. 28-29 during the Midem trade fair in Cannes. McGuinness and Bertis Downs, manager of R.E.M., are among the first names annou ...

  38. On The Road

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST U2's manager Paul McGuinness books stadiums in Europe instead of arenas on the band's upcoming Vertigo tour because European arenas are not generally on par with those in North America. Read Ray Wadde U2's manager Paul McGuinness bo ...

  39. U2 Unveils World Tour Plans

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vertigo tour kicks off March 28 in San Diego. U2 will kick off its 2005 world tour March 28 at the San Diego Sports Arena, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Kings Of Leon will open the first leg of the trek, tickets for which will begin going on s ...

  40. U2 World Tour To Start March 1

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Look for U2 to kick off its world tour March 1 in Florida, band manager Paul McGuinness tells Billboard.biz. The tour, in support of the new Interscope album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," will be Look for U2 to kick off its world to ...