Wednesday, 4 October 2017


LiveStyle (formerly SFX) has hired Gary Richards to be its President of North America. Richards was the founder of Hard Events, the LA-based dance music-focused promoter that was acquired by Live Nation in 2012. Following that acquisition Richards stayed with Live Nation until recently.

Global Entertainment, the UK’s second-largest festival operator, is downsizing its touring business in favour of a renewed focus on its portfolio of festivals, following former Global Live chief Sam Bush and promoter Joe Schiavon’s move to rival Live Nation. They  are joined at LNE by new promoters Kamran Haq (who was a local promoter in Manchester, before moving on to work with acts such as Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, and Sean Ryman, who joins from Academy Music Group, where he promoted nationally shows by Taking Back Sunday, Slaves and Less than Jake. Live Nation has also hired Chris Loll as the first chief operating officer (COO) of its Media & Sponsorship business. And Canadian booking agent Zaed Maqbool, who had been with The Agency Group/United Talent Agency (UTA) in Toronto since 2006, is to relocate to Dubai to take up a new role with Live Nation.

and Lesley Olenik has joined Live Nation as vice-president of touring for its US concerts division. Olenik, who will be based in Los Angeles and report to senior VP of touring Omar Al-Joulani, is a nine-year veteran of AEG/Goldenvoice, most recently serving as Goldenvoice’s senior VP of talent buying, where she booked shows throughout southern California.

The live events company Mclcreate has appointed Neil Lawson as managing director. Lawson takes over from Tim Spencer who led the recent management buyout from the NEP Group, and now serves as CEO.

Ticketmaster France has hired Charlotte Broutin, formerly of rival operation France Billet, as head of music. Broutin’s arrival at Ticketmaster France (formerly Ticketnet) comes as the company increases its share of the French ticketing market, where it is in competition with Fnac’s France Billet and Vivendi’s Digitick.

Universal Music UK has announced that former EMI and Warner video supremo Stefan Demetriou will join its Globe Productions unit next month in a move which "brings one of the UK music industry's most celebrated audiovisual creatives together with Universal Music's market-leading, Oscar-winning creative and commercial partnerships division".

Larmer Tree Festival has made two new key appointments. Sarah Dennehy becomes the event's Creative Director, and Rachel Kinchin takes on its marketing and communications.
Dennehy has previously worked on events such as the Hay Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival and Australia's Perth Festival. Kinchin, meanwhile, has worked with a range of events, venues and artists, and previously collaborated with Dennehy on the Festival Of Voice in Cardiff. After a year off, next year's Larmer Tree Festival will take place on 20-22 July, taking it back from a five day to a three day event.

UK-based marketing specialist Pat Carr has left BMG after joining the company nearly three years ago. Carr became part of BMG’s London office when it purchased Korda Marshall’s Infectious Music in Q3 2014. She leaves behind her role at SVP of Marketing – in which she has recently worked on UK No.1 albums from Rick Astley and Blink 182, amongst others.

Spotify has lured digital-media veteran Courtney Holt over from Disney to lead its efforts around original video and podcast programming. The hire comes days after the streaming service confirmed the departure of Tom Calderone, global head of content partnerships at Spotify.  And Spotify has appointed Rakesh Patel as its new Head Of Sales for the UK. He brings 18 years of experience to the role, most recently as Advertising Director at Auto Trader. He effectively replaces Chris Forrester, who left Spotify in April

David Kramer and Jay Sures have been promoted to co-presidents of United Talent Agency (UTA).  Kramer, who oversees who UTA’s film, comedy touring, licensing and publishing activities, and Sures, who heads up its television departments, both began their careers as assistants to agency co-founder Peter Benedek, and have since 2010 served as joint managing directors.

Sony/ATV has announced the promotion of London-based Dan Nelson to the role of SVP International.

LA-based promoter Goldenvoice has made new promotions in its venues and festival divisions. Jennifer Yacoubin hands over her booking responsibilities at LA’s El Rey Theatre (771-cap.) to Jennifer Liu, who becomes talent buyer, with Yacoubin promoted to talent buyer at the larger Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall (6,300-cap.). Liu was previously talent buyer for the Roxy Theatre (500-cap.) in West Hollywood. Mapi Moran becomes director of festival marketing, handling properties including Coachella, Stagecoach and Hangout in Alabama. Moran was previously marketing manager for Goldenvoice’s club/venue shows.

K2 Agency, which represents Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer, has acquired booking agency Factory Music.  Sharon Richardson, who launched UK-based Factory Music Management and Agency in 2004, will join K2 on 1ast October, bringing a roster that includes some of the biggest names in metal.

Warner Music UK has announced two promotions within its senior management team, with Peter Breeden becoming Chief Operating Officer and Mel Fox becoming Chief Transformation Officer. Breeden will also retain his current role of Chief Financial Officer.

Max Lousada,  the Warner Music Group's new global head of recorded music, has joined Warner's bpoard of directors  alongside Jon Platt, the CEO & Chairman of Warner/Chappell, and  international economist Noreena Hertz. Cameron Strang, the current boss of Warner Bros Records - has stepped down from the board.

BMG's EVP Recorded Music, Jon Cohen, has left the company. He joined the Bertelsmann-owned firm after BMG acquired Los Angeles-based Vagrant Records in 2014.  He has told his former colleagues to "keep smiling!" in the wake of his departure

At the Entertainment Retailers Association's Annual General Meeting, Eduard Castello, Music Content Partnerships Manager for both Google Play and YouTube in the UK and Ireland, will join the board of the trade group. Other new board members include Raoul Chatterjee, who was previously Chair of ERA while at 7digital, and is now at SoundCloud, and Tony Boothroyd, owner of Huddersfield-based Vinyl Tap.

Gary Hutchinson is to leave his position as head of venue sales and commercial partnerships at Wembley Stadium. The former Sunderland AFC exec joined the UK’s largest stadium earlier this year, effectively replacing its ex-head of business development, Jim Frayling. He will leave the FA, the venue’s owner, at the end of 2017 to run a private hospitality venture, Chrysalis Leisure Group.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Walter Becker
Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker has died, aged 67, In a statement to Rolling Stone, bandmate Donald Fagen said of his friend and songwriting partner of 50 years: "He was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny ... I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band".

US country music singer Don Williams - who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style - has died aged 78 after a short illness. Williams began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits. His songs such as 'Gypsy Woman' and 'Tulsa Time', were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. Williams was known as the 'gentle giant' of country music.

Another country star, Troy Gentry, has also died, Gentry died in a helicopter crash. Gentry, was half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, with his brother. Formed in 1999 the duo had released eight studio albums. Country music stars including Sheryl Crow paid tribute to Gentry on social media. Grammy award-winning Singer Brad Paisley said he was "heartbroken and in disbelief" at the news of Gentry's death.
Grant Hart

Little Barrie drummer Virgil Howe has died, aged 42. He was the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe and the news was confirmed via the prog rock band's Facebook page last night. The cause of death has not yet been made public. Formed in 2000, Little Barrie are currently best known for writing the theme tune to 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'. The band released their latest album, 'Death Express', in July, and were due to begin a UK tour in Cambridge.

Husker Du drummer Grant Hart has passed away. The NME says that there had beeb  been no official comment but according to social media reports, the Husker Du founder has died. He was 56 and had been battling cancer. Husker Du shared a photo of Hart on their Facebook page the same day.

Live Nation Belgium (LNB) booker Marianne Dekimpe has died at the age of 49. Dekimpe started her career as assistant to Rock Werchter festival founder Herman Schueremans and director Yo Van Saet. She later worked as a booking agent for Belgian and international artistes. 

Music industry veteran Mick Clark has died. President of his own company i10 Music Group at the time of his death, Clark also worked at labels including Columbia and Virgin during his career. In his A&R roles, he signed acts including Soul II Soul, Leftfield, Maxi Priest, Loose Ends and Grooverider. Alan McGee, who worked with Mick on a number of projects, said in a statement: "Mick was a musical genius - up until a week ago he was excitedly telling me about some great producer ideas. His sudden passing is a huge shock to me and the many people who loved him". Clark is survived by two sons, Jamie and Callum.

And as we write this piece, news broke that Tom Petty has died after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital. He was 66, and the author and performer of  a host of iconic songs including  "Don't Do Me Like That", "Refugee", "The Waiting", "I Won't Back Down" and "Freefalling". Petty joined his first band, The Sundowners, in high school at the age of 14 and then joined The Epics, who later changed their name to Mudcrutch, and Petty travelled to Los Angeles in search of a record deal which never came for the band. A new group formed in 1975 which included Petty and two former Mudcrutch members, eventually becoming known as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with a hugely successful career. Petty also had success as an actor and ge joined fellow music legends Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison in 1988 to form The Travelling Wilburys. They released two studio albums. Petty was also an outspoken advicate of the rights of artists, taking issue with record companies on a number of occasions about what he believed to be unjust practices. Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, confirmed Petty's death on behalf of the performer's family. “It’s shocking, crushing news,” Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in a statement. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.” Image from musicisentropy on flickr.

Monday, 2 October 2017

More than fifty dead at US County Festival shooting

More than fifty people have been killed at a Las Vegas country music festival in a shooting which left more than more one hundred concert goers wounded. The deaths at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival began when it seems a lone gunman began shooting as the final night's headliner Jason Aldean began his performance at the Mandalay Bay casino. As crowds attempted to find safety, there were reports of multiple shooters but police have said that they now believe one man to be responsible. He has not yet been named, but it has been reported that he is a local resident.


Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire with an automatic on 22,000 concertgoers from his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Last Vegas around 10 p.m. on Sunday night.

At least 50 people were killed and over 400 people were sent to nearby hospitals.

Paddock, who had no serious criminal history, died of an apparent self-inflicted wound. Police could not immediately determine a motive.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

US recorded music market growth driven by streaming

The Recording Industry Association Of America say that in the first half of 2017 retail revenues from recorded music in the US were up approximately 17% to $4 billion, with wholesale revenues up about 14.6% to around $2.7 billion.  The big growth is in streaming with revenues from all the various streaming services available in the US now accounting for 62% of the total American market, with total streaming revenues up 48% to $2.5 billion in the first six months of the year.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Failed festival companies face bankruptcy

The company behind the "chaotic" Hope and Glory Festival has gone into liquidation owing almost £890,000 to creditors. The Liverpool based event suffered numerous problems on its first day and was cancelled on its second day (6 August) amid reports of overcrowding, long queues for drinks and toilets, and long delays for artists and acts axed at the last minute. Some acts, including Charlotte Church, were axed. Headliners James did perform but lead singer Tim Booth apologised to fans for the "chaos". Insolvency firm Butcher Woods said 32 creditors were owed £888,984, including Liverpool City Council.

The Council told the BBC it was "seeking recovery of costs associated with the clean-up operation" for the festival at Liverpool's St Georges Quarter. Ticket selling websites Eventbrite and Skiddle said they had given full refunds to people with tickets for the cancelled day and a 50% refund for weekend ticket holders but it is thought likely that the ticketing firms will have to meet the cost themselves. Eventbrite had already paid festival organisers for the funds collected from ticket sales and was now "aggressively pursuing Hope & Glory" to get the money back, a spokesman said.

A judge has forced the company that owns Fyre Festival into bankruptcy, after the first edition of the ‘luxury’ VIP event soon turned into a nightmare earlier this year. Despite promising potential festival goers luxury accommodation and a line-up that included the likes of Major Lazer and Blink-182, the event quickly descended into chaos when it took place in May. Now, it has been placed into bankruptcy by Judge Martin Glenn after investors John Nemeth, Raul Jimenez and Andrew Newman claimed that they were owed a repayment of the $530,000 that they had placed in to the event to finance it. Judge Glenn approved an involuntary petition against festival founder Billy McFarland and his Fyre Fest LLC. McFarland was arrested after he allegedly showed fake documents to investors to encourage them to put more than $1 million into the Festival. 

Tragedy after storm hits Austrian festival

Two people have lost their lives after a storm ripped through a community festival in Austria. A 28-year-old local and a 19-year-old Romanian student were fatally injured by falling scaffolding when a beer tent collapsed at Zeltfest in Frauschereck, St Johann am Walde, amid 78mph winds that also left much of Upper Austria without power. A further 120 people were injured, 20 of them seriously, reports the Vienna Kurier. A reported 700 people were in the marquee when the storm broke, of around 1,000 total festivalgoers. Zeltfest (“Tentfest”) is an annual festival in aid of volunteer firefighters. Public prosecutor Alois Ebner says his department will launch an investigation to discover whether “all requirements” were filled in the construction of the tent, and if organisers – the fire brigade – should have evacuated the event. the Kurier said the festival would have had at least two hours’ advance warning of the storm.

Friday, 1 September 2017


Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Thomas Krottinger as senior manager, International A&R. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, Krottinger  will take up the newly-created position with immediate effect, reporting to both Sony/ATV president, worldwide creative, Guy Moot and senior vice president, co-head of West Coast A&R, Amanda Berman-Hill.

Columbia Records has promoted Joe Gallo to Vice President, Sales. The New York-based Gallo was previously Senior Director of Sales, working with such retails partners as Apple, Amazon and SoundCloud.

The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group announced some changes to its executive hierarchy.  Mike Bruno, who has been at the company for three years as svp of content, is leaving, and Ross Scarano, currently deputy music editor at Complex, will join the company as vp of content for Billboard. Meanwhile, Billboard music editor Jason Lipshutz will be promoted to editorial director and report to Scarano. Current svp of analytics and audience, Jim Thompson, will step into a new role, chief audience officer

Responding to what it calls a “growing demand for live events throughout Latin America”, Live Nation has announced its expansion into Brazil under Alexandre Faria Fernandes, who joins as director and senior vice-president of talent buying (IQ). 

Ticket Arena and Event Genius, one of the UK’s largest independent event technology providers and ticketing agents, has announced that Lisa Brown has been appointed as client services director.  Brown, whose CV includes spells at Ticketmaster, AXS and The Ticket Factory, will support the roll-out of "some amazing new features" for Ticket Arena and Event Genius.

Paradigm Talent Agency has opened an office in Toronto, its first in Canada, just over two weeks after rival agency UTA announced it is to shutter its operation in the same city.The new office will be overseen by Rob Zifarelli, hired from UTA, who is joined by fellow Canadian agents André Guérette and Adam Countryman, also both formerly of UTA (IQ). 

Former Kobalt Music Group President Richard Sanders has been named CEO of streaming service TIDAL. According to Variety, Sanders is now set to succeed Jeff Toig as TIDAL CEO. Before joining Kobalt in 2012, Richard Sanders was Sony Music’s Chairman of International & President of Global Marketing where he oversaw the global company’s 43 operating units outside the US.

Live Nation has formed a new electronic music division, Live Nation Electronic Asia, in response to what it calls “the region’s rising demand for electronic dance music”. The new venture is headed up Jim Wong, an independent Hong Kong-based promoter who has promoted and booked more than 500 acts in Hong Kong and mainland China over the past three years.

Independent rights-holder Downtown has has engaged A&R man Daniel Lloyd Jones in London, in addition to ex-Roc Nation exec Jacque O'Leary. Lloyd Jones was previously at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. 

Pandora has hired Roger Lynch as CEO and President, and a member of its board of directors, effective September 18, 2017. Lynch was previously the founding chief exec of US OTT television service Sling TV. Naveen Chopra, who has served as Pandora’s interim CEO since June 2017, will continue in his role as chief financial officer.  And ex-Sony Entertainment CEO, now Snap Inc. Chairman, Michael Lynton joins Pandora's board of directors.

Wasted Talent has hired Phil Alexander to oversee the development of Kerrang!  The new owner of Kerrang! has engaged Alexander to oversee the development of the rock media brand and Alexander will join the senior management team as Global Creative Director of Kerrang! and Rock Music Media. He will be responsible for the print, digital and events side of the Kerrang! business as well as contributing to the wider development of the Wasted Talent company.

Ministry Of Sound Recordings, now a Sony Music UK label, has a new General Manager, Amy Wheatley, who was previously Head Of UK Marketing at management firm Three Six Zero. Wheatley - who worked in various roles at Sony earlier in her career - will report into MOSR MD Dipesh Parmar and MOSR/RCA President David Dollimore in the new role.

United Talent Agency has hired David Zedeck from live giant Live Nation to become its Global Head Of Music, as well as a partner and special advisor to the board. UTA says that Zedeck will be based out of its LA office and will "oversee the company's rapidly expanding worldwide music business".

Jo Dipple will join Live Nation Entertainment as SVP of Public Affairs. Dipple was previously CEO of trade body UK Music in London for five years. In her new role, she will serve Live Nation and Ticketmaster internationally.

Def Jam has taken on Scott Greer to head up Marketing and Commerce as EVP. Greer perviously worked at Capitol Music Group, which he joined in 2014 after 18 years at Sony - where he was most recently SVP of Marketing at Columbia.

Bertil David has been promoted to the position of Managing Director at Universal Music Publishing in France. The head of the company for the past decade, Jean-Philippe Allard, has left the group. David jointly reports to Jody Gerson and Olivier Nusse.  Sony Music exec Adam Granite has joined  Universal. Granite will take up the newly-created position of EVP, Market Development at UMG in September. He will work out of Universal's London office and report directly to UMG Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge.And long-serving Universal exec Gustavo Lopez has officially left the major to launch his own services company for Latin music, Talento Uno. The LA-based exec was previously GM/EVP of Universal Music Latin Entertainment and launched Machete Music.

Vevo has promoted Claudia De Wolff to vice-president, creative content and programming, UK and international. De Wolff will be based in the firm's London office.

Andre Paine has been appointed news editor of Music Week. Paine, a former global news editor at Billboard, started at Music Week on the 31st July. In his new role, he will lead Music Week’s news coverage across print, online and social media and will report to editor Mark Sutherland. 

Spotify has appointed Jane Huxley as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Huxley, who succeeds Kate Vale, stepped down as the boss of Pandora in the territories earlier this year. Stefan Blom calls her "an impressive addition to Spotify" And Spotify is parting ways with Tom Calderone, the head of original video and podcasts

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after "a long and courageous battle" with Alzheimer's disease, his family said. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather," their statement said.The legendary guitarist announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011. A self-taught prodigy, he rose from a poor rural childhood to release over 70 albums and sell 45 million records, and had a series of hits in the '60s and '70s including "Gentle on My Mind," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Country Boy" and his best-selling single, "Rhinestone Cowboy." Glen made history in 1967 by winning 4 Grammys in the country and pop categories, and took home CMA's Entertainer of the Year award in 1968. Campbell was also an actor and TV host who starred in the variety show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS from 1969-1972. The 2014 documentary "I'll Be Me" documented Glen's farewell tour and struggle with his Alzheimer's diagnosis. Just one of so many tributes: "He was one of the loveliest artists I ever worked with.  I got to see him live on more than a few occasions and was lucky to meet his lovely family. His anecdotes were amazing ...... He was a legend in a time and place when stars were truly stars. He played guitar on some of the most famous singles of all time. He was a Beach Boy. He recorded so many classics and him and Jimmy Webb wrote music history together. A week doesn't go by without me playing his songs. If you don't know his work discover it. You will be all the better for doing so. RIP."

Bennett Morgan, the veteran jazz agent who booked and represented such legends as Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Eartha Kitt and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 85. Morgan died in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., his wife of 31 years, Becky, announced.

Anita Pallenberg, the actress, model and always known for her friendship with the Rolling Stones, has died aged 73. Jo Bergman, the band's PA between 1967 and 1973 said: "She, Mick, Keith and Brian were the Rolling Stones. Her influence has been profound. She keeps things crazy."

Rapper Prodigy has died, aged 42. Prodigy, real name Albert Johnson, was best known as one half of Mobb Deep. In a statement, Mobb Deep's publicist said: "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep" adding"Prodigy was hospitalised a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance, for complications caused by a sickle cell anaemia crisis" and "As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth" although the cause of death wasn't officially given. 

The Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41. Bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the news on Twitter.  Police officials told TMZ that the singer died by suicide and was found in his home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. Count. Bennington had struggled with drug use in the past, and, according to TMZ, had spoken about taking his own life after being a victim of child abuse. In 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” which gave hits including “One Step Closer,” “Crawling” and “In The End.” The album went multi-platinum in several countries.  The band went on to release a string of successful follow-ups, including “Meteroa” (2003), followed by “Minutes to Midnight” (2007). Their most recent album, “One More Light,” was released in May 2017. The band were currently touring with the album, with performances scheduled into Autumn.

PRS For Music has paid tribute to Frances Lowe who has died. Lowe had a long career working with and alongside the UK collecting society, most recently in a key policy and public affairs role.  Lowe, a graduate of Cambridge University, worked as International Counsel at PRS in the 1990s before going on to run British Music Rights, the organisation set up to lobby for the collective interests of songwriters and music publishers, which later morphed into sector-wide trade group UK Music. After taking some time off from the music industry, she returned in 2007 to consult on the setting up of digital licensing entity CELAS, before rejoining PRS in a full time role as Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Director subsequently setting up the society's public affairs team. 

Mary Cleary, whose four decades in the US live music industry included spells with International Famous Agency, Thames Talent, Bill Graham’s FM Productions and travel agencies Trinifold Travel and Four Seasons travel, has died aged 68.

Soul II Soul singer Melissa Bell has died her daugher Alexandra Burke has announced praising her 'unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage'. Bell, understood to have been aged 53, was the lead vocalist in Grammy award-winning act. She joined in 1993 after founder Jazzie B heard her debut solo single "Reconsider". Their song "Wish", where Bell sang lead vocals, featured on their greatest hits album Volume IV that same year. Bell left Soul II Soul in 1995 to pursue a solo career. Bell later had a spell as the lead singer of the band Soul Explosion.

And Dave Chumbley, director and booking agent at Primary Talent International, has passed away after a short illness. A statement from Primary reads: “Dave was a great man, a world class agent, esteemed director and colleague whose dedication to his artists was unmatched. We are extremely lucky to have been touched by his unique humour, exceptional kindness and infectious joie de vivre.” Many people expressed shock at Dave's death, he was just 57,  and he will be much missed in the live sector and by the artistes he has worked with including Kylie Minogue, Bloodhound Gang, Lana Del Rey, Dropkick Murphys, Rufus Wainwright, Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, Imogen Heap and  Rufus Wainwright, many of whom posted tributes to Dave.  Dave is survived by his wife Romilly and two children, Raphaella and Tom.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Bieber cancels final fourteen dates on World Tour

Justin Bieber has cancelled the final 14 dates of his 16 month long 'Purpose' tour which saw the star perform more than 150 shows in 40 countries across six continents. The fnal dates, which were spread across four months and included shows in East Rutherford, N.J., Hong Kong and Singapore, citing only “unforeseen circumstances.” A spkespersn said “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them ..... however, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.” Last week, Mr. Bieber had been barred from performing in mainland China because of past “bad behavior.

Bieber then hit the news after he bumped into a photographer as he left a church service. The singer was leaving the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles in his pick-up truck when he hit a 57-year-old photographer. Bieber got out of his truck to help the injured man, and paparazzi scrambled around the vehicle to get pictures of the accident. Maurice Lamond later said ""Hour before my birthday hits, I get ran over by Justin Bieber. Isn't that something? He's a good kid, though. I think the truck was a little bit too big for him, though, because there's no way he could see over the front — it was the slope it was on. But like I said, he got out, he was compassionate, he's a good kid, accidents happen." Police say no one was cited or arrested at the scene and there appeared to be no criminal activity involved.

Final day of Y-Not washed out

The final day of the UK's Y-Not festival in Derbyshire has been cancelled after heavy rainfall turned the site into a mud bath. Some sets on previous days were also cancelled. Promoters said "Unfortunately we've had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities. The safety of our guests, performers and crew is our primary concern and the potential risk was too severe for Sunday to go ahead". The statement added: "We are very sorry for the disappointment and disruption caused to everyone who was looking forward to the final day of the festival. We understand that people will have questions about refunds. We will be giving all our guests further information about this over the coming days". The festival having was acquired by Global's Broadwick Live venture last year and this year featured headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Happy Mondays, Jake Bugg, Stereophonics, Feeder and Clean Bandit amongst others.

There were complaints that the organisers were not prepared for expected heavy rain and fans took to social media to demand refunds and complain about the organisation of the event. Y-Not Festival said it would be meeting insurers to discuss refunds.  Image BBC



22,000 evacuated after Tomorrowland stage firein Spain

22,000 attendees were evacuated from Tomorrowland Barcelona after a fire broke out on stage. Reports say all attendees were quickly evacuated from the city’s Parc de Can Zam and that no serious injuries had been reported. Writing on their Facebook page, UNITE With Tomorrowland said: “Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction. “Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organizer of UNITE.” The show involved live DJs and a live stream from the 'mother' Tomorrowland in Belgium onto video walls. 

Tomorrowland's UNITE festival in Taiwan was also cancelled ebcause of typhoon warnings, with the local authority cancelling all outdoor shows. UNITE shows in Dubai, Israel, Germany and South Korea went ahead.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

PPL and PRS for Music launch Music Recognition Technology pilot

PPL and PRS for Music have launched a pilot designed to evaluate the use of Music Recognition Technology (MRT) in identifying music publicly performed by DJs in clubs, bars, pubs and hotels licensed by PPL and PRS. It is hoped that the pilot, carried out by MRT provider DJ Monitor, will result in the accurate identification of music performance information, which when collected from a wide variety of licensed premises can be incorporated into a ‘best practice’ policy for distributing royalties to PPL and PRS members.  Participating venues will monitor music played by DJs using an MRT device and send the data to a secure database to be matched, analysed and reported back to PPL and PRS for Music. The pilot, which started in late 2016, has since been rolled out to venues across the UK including iconic nightclubs such as Ministry of Sound and Fabric and major club chain, The Deltic Group. It will run throughout 2017 with potential to be extended further.

Monday, 17 July 2017


RFID specialist Intellitix has hired Carlo Chiarello as its new CEO. Chiarello has a background in developing high-growth global tech companies and  joins the firm from the Lazaridis Institute (LI) at Wilfred Laurier University, which offers support and advice to Canadian tech start-ups. He previously spent over a decade at Blackberry, launching 50 smartphones globally and scaling many aspects of the business. Chiarello steps into the shoes of former CEO and founder Serge Grimaux, who remains with the company as chairman of the board and will continue with international business development.

The General Manager of the Sheffield Arena, Rob O'Shea, has announced that he is leaving the venue to focus on his event promotions company, Manifesto Events. Former deputy general manager Joe Waldron steps up to replace O'Shea.

Jason Carter, the former BBC Introducing boss recently appointed to head up Amazon’s Prime Live Events, has stepped down. Carter who joined Amazon in May as director of Prime Live Events for Amazon Tickets, is taking a career break for personal reasons, an Amazon spokesperson told IQ. 

Really Useful Theatres Group has appointed Vanessa Andreis to the newly created role of commercial partnerships director.

Warner Music Group has appointed Jeff Bronikowski as SVP, Global Business Development/Head Of New Technology & Innovation, and promoted racy Gardner to SVP Global Business Development & Strategy.

The UK's Music Managers Fourm has five new members for its borad who will each serve for three years: These first five appointments are Claire Southwick from Primitive Management, Ellie Giles from Various Artists, Paul Crockford from Paul Crockford Management, Steven Braines from The Weird & Wonderful and Tom Burris from ie:music. The new set up is in part designed to enable a more diverse board to better represent the organisation's membership with the rotating board desged to reflect a growing membership which has grown considerably in recent years. MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick commented: "The constant challenge for all trade bodies is to balance continuity with relevancy - to ensure you can deliver the services and lobbying demanded by your existing membership, while providing the pathways and encouragement for a new generation to get involved". The AGM also approved a new group called the MMF Custodians, which will consist of industry veterans who will be available to advise the organisation. Those board members who stood down under the new rotation system are among the first members of this new committee, which includes Carol Crabtree (Solar Management), Gary McClarnan (Sparklestreet), Ian McAndrew (Wildlife Entertainment), Scott Rodger (Quest Management) and Tim Clarke (ie:music). Elsewhere, Diane Wagg of Deluxxe Management was re-elected as Chair of the MMF, while Paul Craig from Nostromo Management was elected to the new role of Vice Chair. Meanwhile Stephen Budd stood down as co-Chair, but will remain on the board.

Reed Smith LLP has hired Ingrid Silver as a partner in the firm's growing global Entertainment & Media Industry Group. Based in London, Silver joins after nearly 12 years at the UKMEA Media and Entertainment division of global law firm Dentons. (MBW)

Pandora's Tim Westergren is set to step down as the company's CEO. That's according to Recode, which reports the exec will likely stay in the position until a replacement is found. Westergren, Pandora's co-founder, succeeded Brian McAndrews as the firm's CEO in March last year.

Universal Music Group has appointed experienced digital music entrepreneur Tuhin Roy to a newly-created position - VP of New Digital Business. Roy will operate out of Santa Monica and will work closely with digital music startups in the early stage of growth. Universal's Capitol Music Group has appointed renowned hip-hop and R&B producer Dion 'No I.D' Wilson as Executive Vice President. His remit will include A&R and production, and he will report into CMG President Ashley Newton. He was previously at Def Jam

Soundtrack & Score, the Universal Music division set up a year ago to "maximise the artistic and commercial impact of music in film and TV", has a brand new Managing Director, Ross Sellwood.

And Universal Music Publishing has promoted Kevin Cady to Head of Finance for the Americas and Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy, where he will be tasked with driving strategic growth. Cady joined UMPG in 2005. 

Interscope Geffen A&M has promoted Gary Kelly to EVP and Chief Revenue Officer. He will lead functions including revenue and digital marketing. His team will also oversee playlisting activities including a newly-created position for a Director of Playlisting. 

Warner Music is giving a new lease of life to Sire Records in its 50th year. The company has hired ex-Island, Arista and RCA A&R star Rani Hancock as President of the label, where co-founder Seymour Stein is Chairman. 

MBW reports that SoundCloud's outgoing Chief Content Officer, Stephen Bryan, is joining Lyor Cohen at YouTube. Bryan closed licensing deals with all three major labels during his three years at SoundCloud.  The Berlin-based SoundCloud has laid off 173 staff, while announcing that it was shuttering both its London and San Francisco offices. This, said co-founder Alexander Ljung, was in a bid to gain "control of SoundCloud's independent future" while steering the firm back on a "path to profitability".

The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) has elected Transgressive Records co-founder Tim Dellow to the position of Chairperson. A Management Group has also been formed, featuring reps from Beggars, Because, Secretly Group and Ninja Tune.

SVP of A&R and Marketing at UK indie Because Music, Jane Third, is stepping down after ten years to join [PIAS] as Global Chief Creative Officer. As part of her new role, which begins in October, Third will run her own label through [PIAS]'s Co-op division (MBW). 

The acting headd of Epic Records, Sylvia Rhone, has promoted Sandra Afloarei to SVP of Top 40 radio promotions. The news comes after Todd Glassman, Epic's EVP of Promotions, left the company last week after four years at the Sony venture.

Bråvalla cancelled after sexual assault reports

The 2018 edition of Sweden's Bråvalla festival has been cancelled, following numerous allegations and reports of rape and sexual assault at the 2016 and 2017 editions. In the aftermath of the cancellation, Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare announced plans to hold a women-only music festival next year tweeting  "What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome until ALL men have learned how to behave?"

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Green day cancellation poses questions for safety

The July 4th Green Day show in Scotland, which was cancelled 40 minutes before doors opened, with promoters blaming adverse weather conditions, has raised some interesting questions, not least as Glasgow City Council, which owns the venue, have now distanced itself from the decision.

Shortly before doors were due to open at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, promoter PCL Presents issued a statement, saying: "After many months of hard work and preparation, and after seven days of production and site crew working tirelessly around the clock on site, adverse weather conditions overnight and throughout the morning, during the band's scheduled load-in, led to issues on stage. A meeting between the on-site health and safety, event management, the artists' representatives and promoters concluded that it would be unsafe in the timescale to proceed with the event".

Later, in their own statement, the band said: "The local safety council, production crew, and concert organisers have deemed the stage unsafe for the fans and everyone involved. We are very distraught about this as we are in Glasgow now and were very much looking forward to this show as one of the highlights of our tour" adding  "We have been playing in extreme weather conditions throughout this European tour, and the last thing we want to do is see a show cancelled. We love our Scottish fans and we don't care if it's raining fucking sideways, although the safety of our fans and our crew is always our top priority".

Glasgow City Council, said in a short statement that it had nothing to do with the show being cancelled: "The decision to cancel the Green Day event was taken by the promoters and management of the band, not Glasgow City Council".

As the dust settled on the last minute cancellation, questions began to be asked about why the weather had been such a factor in the cancellation, as on the day of the show the weather had improved. Admidst accusations that PCL Presents had been ill prepared for for the show, director Paul Cardow was forced to issue a statement saying “What can I say but sorry for all inconvenience”, but he denied that the company had misled fans over the cause of the cancellation, adding “The torrential rain at the band’s load in made the situation impossible.”

What the 'issues on stage' were remains to be seen - the tweet (pictured) is one person's take on this. Another tweeter posted "If @PCLPresents can't run a gig in Glasgow when it rains, should they really be running gigs at all? #greenday".

Monday, 3 July 2017

Adele cancels final two Wembley shows after voice fails

Adele at Glastonbury  2016 by Sarah Neve
Adele has cancelled the last two sell-out shows of her world tour due to take place at London's Wembley Stadium this weekend past after damaging her vocal cords. The 29-year-old singer said doctors dvised her not to perform. She had already performed two nights to crowds at Wembley, but said that she had been struggling vocally. "To say I'm heartbroken would be an understatement," Adele, said on her Twitter page. In her post, the 29-year-old said her first two Wembley shows this week had been "the biggest and best shows of my life", but that she had struggled vocally.

Fyre promoter arrested

Reports say that the promoter behind a failed Fyre Festival was arrested Friday in New York on a wire fraud charge. Billy McFarland was charged with scheming to defraud investors in his company, Fyre Media, and Fyre Festival that was supposed to take place on the island of Exuma in the Bahamas over two weekends in April and May.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Eventbrite snaps up Ticketfly

Eventbrite has confirmed its acquisition of US ticketing firm Ticketfly for $200 million. The deal "brings together Eventbrite's momentum in music, global scale, and expertise in event technology with Ticketfly's marketing excellence and strong track record of success in music" and "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts"  said Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz announcing the deal, "and we see immense alignment and opportunity with this union". 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Rock am Ring festival evacuated in terror alert

Germany's Rock am Ring, has been evacuated over a "terrorist threat", the organisers have announced. Fans waiting for German rock giants Rammstein streamed out of the Nuerburg arena after organisers asked them to leave in a "calm and controlled" way. "Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival," they said. The organisers said in a Facebook post they hoped the festival would resume on Saturday.

"Because of the last attack on a concert in Manchester, the security concept for Rock am Ring was modified in advance and the number of security officers was significantly increased to around 1,200. ... Since a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately," Koblenz police said in a statement.

Concord snaps up Imagen

Concord Bicycle Music's has completed a buyout of Imagem Music at a price thought to exceed €450m (or just over US$500m). The Imagem deal brings Concord  an additional 250,000-plus copyrights, meaning Concord's publishing division will control in excess of 380,000 works (now including songs by Phil Collins, Mark Ronson and Daft Punk) - along with substantial catalogue of recorded music copyrights that Concord has snapped up in recent years. After merging with The Bicycle Music Company and raising $100m in 2015, Concord acquired Fearless Records and Wind-Up Records while signing a worldwide JV with US indie Razor & Tie. In addition, it's bought the likes of Americana/folk/blues specialist HighTone Records and the recorded music assets of Bandit Records - while securing major artist licensing deals with R.E.M and others.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017


German promoter and festival organiser FKP Scorpio has appointed veteran artist manager Freddie de Wall to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO). De Wall was most recently co-owner and managing director of Hamburg-based management firm Heinrich & de Wall. He began his career as a road manager and booker with now-defunct concert promoter Sunrise, then spent two decades in the label business, working at Phonogram, WEA Records, Metronome, BMG (where he rose to become MD of BMG Denmark) and Edel Music.

Venue management specialist VMS Live has made two new appointments to its promotions division as it plans to expand its outdoor events concept, Inner City Live.  The company has brought in former Live Nation promoter Isla Miskelly as commercial manager to work alongside commercial director Carl Bathgate and promoter/booker Joff Hall. Also joining the team as promoters’ assistant is Sarah-Louise Jones, who was most recently events management assistant for the 1,200-capacity William Aston Hall, based at Wrexham Glyndwr University. 

UK Music has appointed Michael Dugher as the organisations new chief executive of the UK music industry's cross sector trade association.  Dugher is a British Labour politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Barnsley East at the 2010 general election.  he replaces outgoing chief executive Jo Dipple. and will take up the role in May 2017

Spotify has appointed the Director of IFPI’s European Regional Office, Olivia Regnier, as Legal Director, EU Regulatory Affairs. Regnier leaves behind 20 years at the recorded music trade body.

Mark Robinson, the former General Counsel at BMG has been named head of business and legal affairs at 300 Entertainment. In his new role, he will be reunited with several colleagues with whom he worked during a decade as vp/senior counsel at Warner Music Group, including former WMG evp and current 300 co-founder/CEO Kevin Liles.

Jon Webster, is stepping down from the Music Managers Forum (MMF) after nearly a decade with the organisation, most recently as President. Amongst other projects, he'll be writing a book about his time at Virgin Records.

The UK's recordedmusic trade group the BPI appoints Intellectual property specialist and solicitor Zain Ali to its legal team.  

BMG has appointed German media lawyer Ama Walton as SVP Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel Europe. The exec previously worked at Constantin Film. And BMG has promoted Keith Hauprich to General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, North America. Hauprich moves up from his role as Deputy General Counsel. 

After serving as Kobalt President since 2012, Richard Sanders is leaving the firm next month. 

TIDAL has lost another CEO, aS Jay Z's firm confirm that former SoundCloud executuve Jeff Toig has left the business. “As part of Tidal’s continued expansion this year we will be announcing a new CEO in the coming weeks,” TIDAL said in a statement. “We wish former CEO, Jeffrey Toig, all the best in his future endeavors.”

And  SoundCloud is parting ways with its Chief Content Officer as another senior figure to leaves the digital company. Stephen Bryan joined the streaming platform in 2014, moving across after serving 17 years at Warner Music Group.

Big Machine Label Group has appointed Nicola Csabai as VP, Revenue & Sales. She previously served as Director of Revenue for Interscope Records. 

The UK's Agents' Association has a new name, the Entertainment Agents' Association, and a new President, Neil Tomlinson, director of Sheffield-based The Act Store. 

Rebecca Allen has stepped up to become President of Universal's Decca Records Group UK. She will report to David Joseph and Dickon Stainer.

Interscope Geffen A&M has promoted Joie Manda from President of Urban Music to Executive Vice President. He reports into the label group's boss John Janick. 

The President of music media brand Pitchfork, Chris Kaskie, is leaving the company in July after 14 years. Conde Nast acquired the title in 2015.