Q Prime owners Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch are the powerhouse management team behind the success of many acts through the decades, including current client Metallica. The band’s last studio album, Death Magnetic (2008), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, its fifth chart-topper, and has sold 1.9 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The tour that followed took the No. 8 spot on Billboard’s top-grossing year-end tours of 2010, earning nearly $62 million from 33 concerts that drew more than 789,000 people, according to Billboard Boxscore. In addition to Metallica, Q Prime-which has offices in New York, Nashville and London-represents Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, Muse, the Black Keys, Snow Patrol, Eric Church, the Mars Volta, Cage the Elephant, Gillian Welch and Silversun Pickups, among others. The company’s reach also extends into the world of independent record labels. Q Prime’s Mom + Pop Music is home to such acts as Andrew Bird, Sleigh Bells, Metric, Ingrid Michaelson and Neon Indian.
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