1. Mid-Year Touring Report: Will Slow And Steady Ticketing Win The Race?

    July 20, 2018 2:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 In one of the biggest and most controversial new concert-industry trends over the last six months, the practice of "slow ticketing" sets seat prices higher and sells them over a longer period of time, often leaving thousands of seats still ...

  2. How Management Firm PEG Is Helping Drag Queens Succeed In the Music Business (Q&A)

    July 20, 2018 11:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Over its ten seasons, RuPaul's Drag Race has become a cultural phenomenon and a platform to over 100 performers, and many of the queens from the show have used their time in the spotlight to release music. The most recent Drag Race alum to see ...

  3. Zac Brown Takes a Pay-It-Forward Approach to Concert Ticketing

    July 19, 2018 3:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 A cryptic 13-second Facebook video from  Zac Brown  has circulated in recent weeks, with dancers, horns and glitter teasing an "epic," one-night-only event at Denver's 1st Bank Center Aug. 7. The show is free -- but only a friend can ...

  4. 48 Music Biz Jobs of Tomorrow -- And How to Get Them

    June 28, 2018 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The CD-peddling, gatekeeper-guarded record industry is dead. But the meme-crafting, data-mining, spon-con-placing, royalty-chasing, wearable-designing, Chipotle-playlist-making industry is thriving, and to get a piece of the action, you’ll need a ve ...

  5. How Ethiopia Habtemariam Became Universal Music Group's Most Powerful African-American Woman: 'I Love Proving People Wrong'

    June 28, 2018 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The highest-ranking African-American women at Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are, respectively, Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam, Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone and Atlantic executive vp Juli ...

  6. How Juliette Jones Became One of Warner Music Group's Most Powerful African-American Women: 'It's Important We Use Our Power to Support Each Other'

    June 28, 2018 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The highest-ranking African-American women at Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are, respectively, Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam, Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone and Atlantic executive vp Juli ...

  7. How Sylvia Rhone Became Sony Music's Most Powerful African-American Woman: 'Many Questioned My Ability'

    June 28, 2018 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The highest-ranking African-American women at Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are, respectively, Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam, Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone and Atlantic executive vp Juli ...

  8. As Market Cheers Spotify's Direct Deals With Artists and Managers, Labels Mull Their Options

    June 15, 2018 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify isn't seeking ownership of artists' masters like the majors do, nor is it asking for exclusive content, sources say. Over the past year, sources say, Spotify has been offering to pay a number of artist-management firms several-hund ...

  9. Nashville Remastered: Five Renovated Landmarks Generating Excitement in Music City

    June 05, 2018 10:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Analog at Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Avenue Lower Broadway is clogged with feel-good honky-tonks, but it isn't the only place in Nashville to experience live music. Hutton Hotel, in Music City's West End neighborhood, was arguably the city ...

  10. The Country Music Industry Is More Liberal Than It Lets On: Will More Start To Speak Up?

    June 05, 2018 10:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 Not long after the Dixie Chicks were exiled from the country universe in 2003 following Natalie Maines ’ declaration, onstage in London, that they were “ashamed the president of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas,” a group that dubbed ...

  11. The Highs and Lows of Being A Power Couple in Nashville's Country Music Industry

    June 05, 2018 10:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 Married for almost six years, hit songwriter and producer Shane McAnally and Michael McAnally Baum share a home, the parenting of two 5-year-old children and a business, the music publishing, production and management firm SMACK, which they jointly ...

  12. Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players List Revealed: The Industry's Most Influential

    June 05, 2018 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Nashville continues to evolve, the 100 movers, shakers and influencers on Billboard's fourth annual Country Power Players list drove a $1.3 billion business in 2017, thanks in part to fans (finally) embracing streaming. JASON OWEN The presid ...

  13. Luke Bryan on Tragedy, Triumph and Why He May Never Write Another 'Hunting and Fishing' Song

    June 05, 2018 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 “He who has not passed through calamity knows not the blessings of security,” reads the inscription on a lintel above the front door to American Legion Hollywood Post 43 in Los Angeles. On the first Monday in May, country singer Luke Bryan is posing ...

  14. Post Malone's Manager Dre London On Secrets to Success -- And Singer's Plans to Launch Own Label

    May 22, 2018 12:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 In January 2017, Post Malone 's manager Dre London , born Andre Jackson, was in the type of bind typically reserved for action movies: He had to come up with $25,000 cash in 30 minutes to save his client's music video shoot -- and maybe hi ...

  15. Holograms Hit The Road: Will Fans of Frank Zappa, Ronnie James Dio and Others Show Up for Their Virtual Versions?

    May 18, 2018 2:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 The estates of deceased musical legends have been sending holographic versions on tour, while living artists mull having holograms tour in their stead. Over 3,000 people filed into the 5,000-capacity Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, on April 8 to ...

  16. Netflix Series 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Returns With Ghostface Killah, Rakim, Gary Clark Jr. & More For Season Two Cameos: Exclusive

    May 18, 2018 11:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the Netflix series gears up for its second season, its creator doubles down on the artists, songs and creators that make up its core. When Cheo Hodari Coker , creator and showrunner for Netflix series Marvel's Luke Cage , began shooting the ...

  17. One Week Into Spotify's New Conduct Policy: Penalized Artists See Streams Drop, Concerns Continue To Mount

    May 18, 2018 10:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 The announcement by Spotify on May 10 that it was removing R. Kelly ’s music from all of its ­editorial and algorithmic ­playlists stunned the music world . The move, part of its new public hate content and ­hateful conduct policy , was because &quo ...

  18. Janet Jackson Goes Deep on Her Early Challenges, Upcoming Music & the Joy of Motherhood

    May 17, 2018 8:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson remains the same, in many ways, as when we first met 29 years ago, while she was shooting the “Rhythm Nation” video at a power plant in Pasadena, Calif. She was 23. For hours, I watched her perfect the paramilitary moves of a thrilling ...

  19. Alex Hodges of Nederlander Concerts On His Friendship With Otis Redding and Being the 'Best Small Promoter in the World'

    May 04, 2018 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 There are few offices that document a life well lived ­better than that of Alex Hodges at Nederlander Concerts in Hollywood. His sprawling "old school" space above the Pantages theater is chock-full of gold records from his days managing S ...

  20. Publishers Quarterly: Big Lead for Sony/ATV at No. 1

    May 04, 2018 1:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Ed Sheeran remaining the top songwriter for the second quarter in a row, the market leader flexes its muscles again with its 22nd victory of the past 23 frames. After reclaiming the top spot in Billboard 's rankings of the top 10 publisher ...

  21. How This Startup Is Finding Millions in Unclaimed YouTube Revenue For Artists and Labels

    April 20, 2018 10:37 AM EDT Create Music Group bagged $30 million In 2017 -- plus a platform with 17 million teen fans. Marshmello earned eight figures in 2016, and "when artists are having that type of success, it's extremely hard to convince them that they are missing ou ...

  22. One Crazy Night With Rae Sremmurd, the Superstar Duo About to Test Their Solo Talents

    April 12, 2018 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Before you meet superstar rappers Rae Sremmurd at the sibling duo’s spacious rented house in Los Angeles’ suburban San Fernando Valley, you’ll be vetted by the pair’s entourage. First comes Poncho, a pit mix still growing into his paws. Next is Boom ...

  23. SZA and Dua Lipa Cover 'V Magazine' Summer Music Issue, Interviewed by Jada Smith and Katy Perry

    April 12, 2018 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 V Magazine ’s 2018 Music Issue will feature SZA and Dua Lipa on its cover, along with interviews of the two artists by Jada Smith and Katy Perry , respectively. According to a press release, the issue promises to “spotlight two of the most exciting ...

  24. Why Labels Are Looking to Africa to Find the Next Global Pop Star

    March 09, 2018 3:22 PM EST 0 0 0 UMG's acquisition of a majority stake in Kenya's AI Records is the latest deal this year that indicate the music industry is beginning to recognize Africa's potential as a music mecca and profit center. For longtime followers of Afric ...

  25. How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?

    March 08, 2018 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Growth is great, but what else should Daniel Ek & Co. do in order to get in the black? So far, Spotify's relationship with the recording business has resembled many marriages, says MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan : A passiona ...

  26. Demi Lovato on Touring With DJ Khaled, Avoiding 'Fake' People & the Need for Brutal Honesty

    March 08, 2018 9:59 AM EST 0 0 0 These are uniquely high-pressure times for female pop stars. Over the past couple of years, A-list women have answered the expectations of supposedly youth-obsessed fans by reinventing themselves, with mixed commercial and critical results: the bad- ...

  27. Have Ibiza's Glory Days as a Dance Music Mecca Come to an End?

    July 26, 2016 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long revered as the world's premier dance music destination, Ibiza faces a reckoning as top DJs exit their residencies, prices hit dizzying heights, government regulations mount and decadent tourist-clubbers usher in a new corporate era. At 3:3 ...

  28. Luke Bryan on 'Frat-Boy Music,' the Confederate Flag and Why He Hangs 'On To the Positive' After Overcoming Loss

    July 23, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Three No. 1 albums, a string of hits and top-dog touring status: Five years in, Bryan's genre-busting run just won't let up. But the man himself might be the mellowest ex-frat boy in country. On a hot July afternoon, the scene backstage at ...