Live Nation Buys Controlling Stake in Bonnaroo

Live Nation can now add another music festival to their long growing roster of music-centric events; Bonnaroo.

Last night, Billboard and several other publications began to report that the large concert venture had purchased a controlling stake in the Tennessee-based music festival.

As of now, Live Nation owns stakes in over 60 music festivals including: Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds, T in the Park, and many more.

According to reports, Superfly Production and AC Entertainment, who founded the festival, will continue to run the day-to-day operations for the festival which is set to take place in early June.

“We are strengthening our commitment to cater the best possible experience at Bonnaroo,” said Rick Farman, co-founder of Superfly.

“Through this partnership with Live Nation, we’re even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we’ve thoughtfully built over the past 14 years.”

“Partnering with Live Nation is a milestone for Bonnaroo. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Bonnaroo experience in an exciting powerful way,” said Ashley Capps, founder AC Entertainment.

But the controlling stake in the festival isn’t the only thing Live Nation has acquired. The concert promoter has also purchased a share of the Bonnaroo property, Great Stage Park, also known as “The Farm.”

No telling what this means for the festival. Some say that it could be a good thing, like the founders claim, but it can also work against them especially if Live Nation decides to up the price of tickets which already costs attendees $350 for the weekend.

All that can be done is sit back and see.

This year’s line-up is set to take place from June 11-14 and will feature performances by Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, and Deadmau5

Jailed Lostprophets Singer to Receive Pay Out Upon Release

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UPDATE:

According to the BBC, Watkins will NOT be receiving any kind of pay out from the Goonies Touring Company liquidation.

Turns out that they were not able to pay back the thousands of pounds that were owed to those creditors and the company was just dissolved.


When former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins was sentenced to 34 years in prison for heinous crimes against children, those following the story from the beginning sighed with relief with the sentencing that he deserved.

Now, it appears that Watkins truly isn’t getting all the he deserve. According to NME, the jailed singer will be getting a pay-out of roughly £150,000 (almost $175,000) once he is released from prison thanks to the liquidation of a touring company he and his former bandmates were involved in.

The remaining members of Lostprophets (or current members of the recently formed No Devotion) instructed accountants to liquidate a firm called Goonies Touring Company Ltd. which reportedly handled all the band’s affair including concerts and merchandising.

Once Watkins was indited, money from the company started to dry up and that’s when the rest of the members realized it was time to give it up and attempt to pay back all the creditors that they owed money to.

It was reported that the company had almost £200,000 (a little over $235,000) in cash and more than £500,000 (about $589,000) in assets at the time of sale. The money made from the sale of the company would be split five-ways, resulting in each member of Lostprophets getting a cut of the money including Watkins.

A source told the Mirror that “[Watkins] is entitled to the money because it is cash earned by the band before this scandal broke. Many people will feel revulsion that he will have a nice little nest egg waiting for him when he’s freed but it is his cash and it will go to him.”

It’s not like that’s the only way Watkins has been earning money during his sentencing. The disgraced singer has also been earning royalties from Lostprophets’ music during his time in prison

Watkins was jailed backed in December 2013 for 29 years plus six years for a series of child sex offenses including the attempted rape of a baby. Last July, he attempted to appeal his prison sentence, but lost after judges ruled that the “shocking depravity” of his crimes justified the lengthy sentence.

La Dispute Give Fans Pay-What-You-Can Option For Complete Discography

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The holidays are the best time to give back to the community and once again, La Dispute will be doing the same.

Earlier in the day, the band revealed they would once again be giving fans the chance to “pay-what-they-can” for the band’s complete discography, as well as a couple of unreleased tracks, on their Bandcamp.

Any and all donations given to the band through this will be donated directly to The Wellhouse, an organization that helps combat homelessness in Grand Rapids, MI.

Read the letter directly from the band to their fans advising them about this great opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate than the rest of us.

“OK, let’s try this again.

Greetings!

It’s hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close. It’s been a whirlwind– releasing our 3rd full-length album, Rooms of the House, touring for nearly 4 months straight, and taking multiple short bursts around the world to play various events and festivals with new friends and old. In recent months, we’ve been fortunate to be able to spend time with our families and loved ones, making plans for the future and working towards new things.

In keeping with tradition, we wanted to do something special this holiday season that would be our way of saying thank you to all those who have supported us and stayed with us throughout the years. All this, whatever this is, has become more than any of us could have possibly imagined. It’s overwhelming, really. Baffling even, at times. Ultimately, it’s an honor to be a part of it and we’re so grateful to be able to share it with all of you.

Well enough chit-chat, let’s get to the goodies. As we have done in the past, on December 25 we are opening up our Bandcamp page to pay-what-you-can downloads with the stipulation that all donations will be given to an organization of which we are locally connected to. This year, we have again chosen to support the Wellhouse in Grand Rapids, MI. It is especially pertinent this time of year to consider those who will not have the privilege of shelter and warm food, good company and gifts, while so many of us freely travel to our homes. Wellhouse Grand Rapids has been combating the effects of homelessness by creating spaces and providing opportunities for people to step out of their current situations. You can find more information about the work they are doing at their website (I’ll post below) which we encourage you to check out.

As far as the music goes, you’ll find that there are a few new things up for your downloading consumption, including two previously unreleased BBC sessions, one from earlier this year and another from back in 2011 when we visited Maida Vale with Touche Amore.

A note about downloads: if you are planning to download several albums or songs, please consider combining your donations into one lump sum on one of your downloads, instead of multiple small donations. This will help minimize fees and maximize the money that will be able to be donated.

Thank you for being you.

-LD”

Apple in Hot Water Over Deleting Rivals Music from iPods

We all know that people’s outlook on Apple can easily range from not wanting anything to do with them to waiting hours in line in the cold to pay hundreds of dollars for their gizmo of the moment.

But, it sounds like Apple had been doing something behind the backs of their customers that they will not be very appreciate of, now that their secret has been discovered.

During a court hearing in Oakland, Calif. it was revealed that the mega-corporation had been knowingly deleting songs from users’ iPods that had been downloaded from competing music services between 2007 and 2009.

According to attorney Patrick Coughlin, when a user tried to sync songs which had been downloaded from another service to their iPods, iTunes would receive an error message. The message would tell the user they needed to restore the factory setting and once that had been completed, the music from the rival services would be deleted.

“You guys decided to give them the worst possible experience and blow up [a user’s library]” Coughlin told Apple security director, Augustin Farruguia.

Farruguia responded by saying: “Apples contends the moves were legitimate security measures.” He also claimed that hacker with names like “DVD Jon” and “Requiem” made Apple “very paranoid” about protecting iTunes.

When asked why they did not tell users about this, Farruguia responded by saying “We don’t need to give users too much information” and that information would “confuse users.”

At present time, the class-action lawsuit is seeking $350 million in damages, claiming Apple abused their power to enforce their monopoly status in the digital music world.

If Apple ends up being found guilty of the claims, the damages could triple what is currently being sought at the moment, meaning this could easily cost them $1 billion under the antitrust laws.

Riot Fest and Lollapalooza Charged with Chicago Parks’ Damage

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We all love going to music festivals and u get upset when the price of tickets are so much that we’re literally “working for the weekend.”

Turns out, things aren’t that great either for those who actually throw the concert, especially when the rainy season decides to hit during a show.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Riot Fest now owes an estimated $182,000 for repairs needed to be done to Humboldt Park  after Riot Fest Chicago and the torrential downpour that occurred on opening night. In a shock that the festival probably did not expect, the price of the repairs for 2014 are nearly triple what they paid for 2013; $54,300.

Check out an excerpt from the Tribune’s story.

Rain also moved in just in time for Riot Fest in September, leaving Humboldt Park a mushy mess. Repairs there are in progress, park district spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said.

As a result, some stretches where grass seed was put down remain fenced off but should be ready for the public in the spring, according to the park district.

Park officials estimated landscape repairs to Humboldt Park would cost Riot Fest organizers $182,000, more than triple the estimated $54,300 spent on grounds repairs last year.

But Riot Fest aren’t the only ones getting this treatment from those who run Humboldt Park. The Tribune are also claiming that $260,544 worth of damage was done to Grant Park during 2014′s Lollapalooza. In total, the amount of money owed for both parks ended up at a whopping $442,544.

Guess Lollapalooza and Riot Fest are going to hope that the weather gods are little more friendly for 2015.

Coldplay Donate Money to Terminally Ill Fan’s Campaign

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Say what you will about Coldplay, but one thing that you can not argue is how dedicated their fans are and how they are dedicated to them in return.

Last week, the band did something that only a handful of bands have done in the past; donated money to a fan. Members of the band donated £10,000 ($17,000) to a fundraiser organized by the family of a terminally ill fan.

Jody Duff, a long-time Coldplay fan, is battling motor neurone disease, a progressive neurological condition that has confined him to a wheelchair. Through his Just Giving page, he raises funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to help others who suffer the same disease as him.

Duff’s campaign which had a goal of raising £25,000, caught the attention of the band who would go on to contribute to the fundraising campaign. But, when you though having one of your favorite band contribute to the campaign was all, they didn’t stop there. Coldplay continued to tweet their many followers on Twitter, urging them to contribute to the campaign.

According to U.K, paper, The Mirror, Duff was shocked when he saw the money in the Just Giving account. This wasn’t the first encounter that Duff has had with his favorite band. When the British-based band performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, he got to spend sometime with frontman Chris Martin.

“Chris was genuinely interested in learning about motor neurone disease,” Duff told The Mirror. At that same show, Martin dedicated “Fix You,” Duff’s favorite song, to him while also inviting him backstage.

If Duff isn’t already a die-hard Coldplay fan than this definitely sealed his loyalty

Apple Officially Acquires Beats

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It is now official; Apple and Beats are now one company. 
 
After months of debates and talks, the two companies have finally confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separated posts earlier today. The deal was reportedly approved by the European Union earlier this week. 
 
In Apple’s posting, the mega-corp. said that it is “excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple Family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts and er’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do.”
 
The go on to talk about the products and the beauty of them as well as the excitement for them to be working with the team at Beats. 
Sadly, this joint venture and acquisition means that many employees at Beats will be heading towards the unemployment line. Due to the redundancy in positions such as areas in Human Resources and legal, many of those employed by Beats will now be out of a job. 
 
For Beats, they said that they are excited  and ” are fortunate to add out instruments to this legacy by joining Apple. The products we build together will allow us to reimagine sound once again.”
 
Also coming with the acquisition? The fact that all Beats customers have been notified that all sale, complaints and/or questions will now be routed through the Apple Online Store. No word on how Trent Reznor feels about this. 
 
Well, we guess this is what the overpriced apocalypse looks like. 

Musician Swindles Hundreds of Thousands from Investors

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We know that musicians are desperate to make music even though it costs a lot, but most of the time, they just get a dead-end job to help fund their dreams.

But not for one man, who managed to not only scam many investors, he took the money and put it towards his own music career.

Portland-based musician, Kasey Anderson did just like. Anderson was sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding 30 investors out of nearly $600,000.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the singer-songwriter told investors that the money was going to a charity album titled, Trapped Like a Ghost. He had claimed that acts like The Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and R.E.M. would be contributing tracks to the record, but in the end he got caught using the funds for his own personal gain.

Anderson said that the money was going to benefit the West Memphis Three Legal Defense Fund. He went so far to convince investors that he posed as a Seattle tour manager as well as an entertainment attorney, he forged an email from a family member of one of the West Memphis Three, and reportedly even played previously released Bruce Springsteen tracks, passing them as a never-before-released version featuring the Arcade Fire. He, reportedly, even claimed that he would be able to get a Springsteen/Lady Gaga collaboration, but as we know, that did not happen.

Anderson plead guilty to the crime last August and now owes investors over $400,000.

Recently, he released a letter to the court as an attempt to apologize for his crime. In the letter he claims he has a mental illness that made him do it.

We’re going to assume the court did not buy his scapegoat excuse of mental instability.

Coheed and Cambria Help Fan Save Her Home

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Coheed and Cambria have shown just how dedicated they are to their fans, especially those that are in serious need.

Over the weekend, TMZ had reported that the band had gone out of their way to help one of their biggest fans out of a sticky situation she was in. We know, we were in shock too when the gossip news site wrote about something good than some untalented celebutants.

Hardcore Coheed fan, Cyndi Crouch who is also the co-proprietor of the Coheed and Cambria site, Colbat and Calcium, had set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise $3,500 to help her pay her mortgage and save her family’s home.

When the band had heard about her predicament, they stepped in and donated $3,000 of their own money to her campaign to help save her home.

Guitarist Travis Stever had told TMZ the band wanted to help Crouch out because “she’s a really awesome fan who is extra proactive and supports everything that we do.”

Now, those are the kind of music news related stories we like to hear about. We can only assume Crouch will forever be a Coheed super fan.

Want to Book Your Favorite Musician? It’ll Cost You: Part 2

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Remember how a few months ago, there was a list going around the web letting fans know how much it would cost to have your favorite artists perform for you?

Well, it looks like there has been some new developments with that list. Turns out, the information that Degy Entertainment, the people who composed the actual list, used wasn’t exactly up-to-date. As was pointed out by Business Insider, the company did not “verify the veracity or timeliness of the list.”

Instead of pointing out all the flaws within the list, Business Insider teamed up with CelebrityTalent.net to reach out to managers in order to get a more accurate list of booking fee.

You can check out some of the brackets where your favorite artists fall into below, but to see the complete list, head on over here.

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