Monthly archives: April, 2015

Live Nation Helped By Ticketing Gains in First Quarter

Concert promoter Live Nation saw growth almost across the board in the first quarter of 2015 and was helped by a strong Ticketmaster performance. Total revenue was $1.12 billion, down 0.6 percent from the prior-year period but up 4.4 percent at constant currency. Operating loss fell to $23.9 million from $12.3 million and at constant currency…

Grooveshark to Shut Down

A prolonged legal battle between Grooveshark and the three major labels has reached its conclusion. Escape Media, parent company to music streaming service Grooveshark, has agreed to settle with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group and cease all operations, effectively “wiping its computer servers of all the record companies’ music, and…

Vevo’s New CEO Erik Huggers on the Future of Web Video: ‘There Is So Much More We Can Do With It’

This morning, Vevo — the video network with investments from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Abu Dhabi Media Group, as well as interest from Google — announced its new CEO, four months after the departure of founding leader Rio Caraeff. Taking his place will be Erik Huggers, an executive with extensive experience leading companies…

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100, Justin Timberlake Rebounds

Taylor Swift keeps a firm grasp on the top spot of the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 9), while Wiz Khalifa rises to No. 2. Further down the list, Justin Timberlake surges with a little help from his newly expanded family….

Your Song Is Getting Played On the Radio. Will You Get Paid?

[Digital Music News]

The Secret of Walk the Moon’s Glittery Feel-Good Rock

It’s a chilly night in Manhattan, but a diverse crowd of neon-clad fans has gathered outside Midtown’s Terminal 5 dressed like they’re headed off to a summer EDM festival. Bright face-paint complements their glow-in-the-dark accessories — it’s a curious sight, since they’re here to see a group that bills itself as an indie rock band….

Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty to Murder; Trial Set for July

A judge has set a July trial date for the murder case against former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight….

Brandon Flowers on Killers’ Future: ‘We Need a Kick in the Pants’

The Killers have been laying low since they wrapped a big tour last summer — which doesn’t necessarily sit well with frontman Brandon Flowers. “A couple of the guys want to take a break from touring and the rat race,” the singer, 33, told Rolling Stone. “I want to keep it going.”…

Talk in Tongues Were Born in the ’90s, But Their Sound Is Pure ’80s Shoegaze

It might seem as though the band has been playing its big-guitar, harmony-heavy tunes since the shoegaze wave of the late 1980s and early ’90s, but that moment happened before these musicians were born. Still, they play with all the passion pressed onto those now-collectible Creation and 4AD records….

Amazon and Google join music rights group

Amazon, Google and Pandora have joined forces with radio stations, restaurants and other music distributors to push back against an effort by musicians, publishers and record labels to charge more for the use of their songs….