Troy Carter exits Spotify.
Troy Carter has confirmed he will exit Spotify early in September. Following his departure, he’ll assume an advisory role in the company.
In a statement, Carter said,
“I came to this company to help bridge the gap between Spotify and the creative community. Over time, that goal evolved from fixing a challenge to building a global team focused on changing the game for artists around the world, partnering with them to help bring their creative visions to life in new and innovative ways. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved but with so much accomplished, it was the right time to move out of the day-to-day into an advisory role. The knowledge, relationships and personal experiences will remain with me and I know that this talented team is committed to continuing this important work.”
Expect tighter security at Lollapalooza.
This year’s Lollapalooza will have more security. The Chicago Tribune reports the event will include more police officers, stricter bag restrictions, and airport-like screening at entrances. Eddie Johnson, Police Superintendent, reported no known threats for the festival currently exist. The new measures come in the wake of the fatal Route 91 Festival shooting that 58 people dead and many more injured last October.
EVO unveils amphitheater plan.
EVO Entertainment Group has announced plans for a 15,000-seat amphitheater in Schertz, Texas. Dubbed EVO Live, the 150,000 square foot venue will offer multiple tiers of covered and uncovered seating, food and drink options, private clubs, viewing areas, and a large-scale stage for artists and performers.
Iceland Airwaves reports the first-ever gender-equal music festival lineup.
Sena, owner of Iceland Airwaves, has reported a lineup of 50% women as headliners. Fever Ray, Natalie Prass, Nadine Shah, and Stella Donnelly are among the artists who’ll perform at Iceland Airwaves 2018, scheduled to take place November 7th – 10th.
Because researchers really had nothing else better to do, apparently.
Mark Glickman, Senior Lecturer in Statistics at Harvard University, and Jason Brown, Professor of Mathematics at Dalhousie University, created a computer model breaking down Beatles songs into 149 components. Contrary to Paul McCartney’s past statements, they found John Lennon most likely penned ‘In My Life.’ The model assigns musical fingerprints for each Beatles songwriter to identify individual works across the band’s extensive catalog.
You may not want to drink that.
Researchers at Western Sydney University’s (WSU) School of Medicine have found that doing a ‘shoey’ – drinking alcoholic beverages in recently-worn shoes – can actually harm your health. While vodka can neutralize the bacteria from the shoe, the activity – popular in Australian music culture – leads people to consume dangerous bacteria, including staphylococcus aureus, or staph.
Dr. Vincent Ho, a clinic academic gastroenterologist at WSU, said in a statement,
“I wouldn’t recommend drinking out of a shoe that’s been immersed in alcohol.”
Maybe police dogs at music festivals aren’t such a good idea.
A report published by New South Wales Police has revealed sniffer dogs at music festivals have proven largely ineffective. NSW Police had warned that festivalgoers would be turned away if a sniffer dog had made an ‘indication,’ regardless if the person actually had any drugs. Yet, out of 1,124 ‘indications,’ only 406 people had actually carried drugs, a 64% failure rate. Last year, out of 10,224 searches, only 3,954 had positive results – a 61% failure rate.
Long lost Neil Young and Joni Mitchell recordings found.
The Michigan History Project, a non-profit organization, has located lost live recordings from Neil Young and Joni Mitchel dating back to 1968. The seven-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes, which date back to 1968, also feature concerts by Tim Buckley, Odetta, David Ackles, and Dave Van Ronk, among other artists.
Horrible weather forces Camp Bestival to shut down on final day.
“Devastated” and “heartbroken” organizers for Camp Bestival shut down the final day of the event. Adverse weather conditions, including heavy rain and winds, had forced them to cancel the music festival over safety concerns. Organizers have announced they will start refunding tickets. Festivalgoers who opted to use contactless payment wristbands can ‘cash out’ online before the end of the week.
Tom Jones apologizes for concert cancelation.
Tom Jones has issued an apology to fans after canceling a performance at York Racecourse last Friday. On social media, he explained,
“So disappointed about York last night and so sorry for you all. But lightning is unpredictable, dangerous, and causes havoc so better safe than talking about something tragic today. Hopefully see you soon, we’re working on it.”
Jada Pinkett Smith will record new music with her daughter, Willow.
During an interview with Billboard, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed she’ll release new music with her daughter Willow Smith. When asked about Wicked Wisdom, Jada Pinkett’s metal band, she replied,
“I actually have a song with Willow that we did together. It’s called “Dear Father” and we are still working on it. Willow has always wanted to do some stuff with me. She grew up with Wicked Wisdom on tour so it’s always been her dream to play with the band and play with me on stage. It’s really fun. So we’re thinking about doing four songs or something.”
Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, and Florence and the Machine among Mercury Prize nominees.
The Mercury Prize has unveiled its shortlist of this year’s nominees. Four-time nominee Arctic Monkeys has topped the list. Other nominees include Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen, Noel Gallagher, King Krule, Novelist, Nadine Shah, and Jorja Smith. The winner will be announced on September 20th.
SeatGeek hires James McClure.
SeatGeek, an event ticket marketplace, has hired James McClure has its first-ever International General Manager. He previously worked as a top executive at Google and Airbnb. At SeatGeek, McClure will oversee the company’s international expansion.
Peter Gray bids farewell to Warner Bros. Records.
Warner Bros. Records’ Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head of Radio Promotion will leave the label. The seven-year company veteran will leave in October.
Alpha Media’s Larry Wilson steps down.
Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media, has announced he will step down. He’ll remain a member of the Board of Directors. Alpha Media will elect a new Chairman at the next scheduled board meeting.
iHeartMedia promotes Bobby Bones.
Bobby Bones has received a promotion and will serve as Vice President/Creative Director of iHeartCountry. He’ll preside over The Bobby Bones Show, Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, and podcast BobbyCast, as well as work on new programming initiatives with iHeartMedia.
Tokyo Olympics names Creative Directors for ceremonies.
Theater actor Mansai Nomura will serve as Chief Executive Director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games. Film director Takashi Yamazaki will serve as Executive Creative Director for both events. Creative Director Hiroshi Sasaki will serve as Executive Creative Director for the Paralympics. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place July 24th, 2020 – August 9th, 2020. The Paralympics will run from August 25th, 2020 – September 6th, 2020.
Live Nation poaches two executives from AEG Presents.
Live Nation has hired Steve Ackles as Senior Director of Touring and Anna Plumley as Senior Director of Marketing. Both join from AEG Presents. Ackles will oversee national stadium and arena tours across North America. Plumley will market a range of artists, including tours with Frank Productions, a new Live Nation partner. Based in Los Angeles, both will report to Omar Al-Joulani, Senior Vice President of North American Touring, and Ryan McElrath, Senior Vice President of North American Touring.
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