Want to Book Your Favorite Band? It Might Cost You

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Over the past day, one of the most eye-opening lists was made and it all has to do with how much it would typically cost to book your favorite mudicians. Some musicians can start as low as $1.5K, but other, including high-profiled superstars, can easily cost you in the millions range. Can’t say we are surprised that some of the biggest names in pop culture and even some who haven’t had a hit song in a few years, can cost more than $100,000.

All that just to have someone sing you a song. YouTube and records, here we come. Or, we can always rob a bank.

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The Dangerous Summer Release Statement About Kickstarter Funds

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Fans of the Dangerous Summer thought that back in 2012, it would be a great way to show support for the band by donating money to their Kickstarter campaign. The campaign was to raise $14,000 to fund a documentary in April of 2012, but not it’s 2014 and those fans have not seen the release of the DVD, or at least the official version of it.

Property of Zack had managed to get their hands on some of the “lost” footage from the documentary, but other than that, there has been nothing. Today, the band or more like guitarist Cody Payne, have finally felt the fire from the fans and have released a statement about the footage and the DVD.

The full statement from Payne can be read below:

“Sorry for letting you all down, this is 100% my fault and I understand the hate, disappointment and speculation. Just please try and understand how hard it is making a DVD when you have never done it and there were a lot of things that went unaccounted for when planning this thing.

This is not something we can simply refund as the money raised was used to make the DVD which the original version (which we personally were not satisfied with and wanted to redo) has been released in segments online at http://vimeo.com/jmvisuals and if you would like to listen to the hour long concert it is available at https://www.mediafire.com/folder/4sdc6i5a5ls7o/TDS I have learned that some people do not have any appreciation for artistic integrity and are simply consumers with needy hands.

Due to all the complaints we are just going to be releasing the original version. Most of the prizes, especially the more expensive ones have been fulfilled and more will continue to be fulfilled as I can come up with the funds out of my personal wallet. This may take some time but this is my fault and im going to have to take responsibility. once again sorry for letting you down,

Cody Payne”

We The Kings Get Completely Funded for New Album

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We the Kings have joined a long list of musicians who have taken to crowd sourcing site to help fund the production of a new album. In the past we have seen many people use sites such as Kickstater and IndieGoGo to help them fund projects that might be out of reach with out the help of some giving souls.

In the past we have seen some major wins such as the Veronica Mars campaign which managed to get the full $2 million in less than 24 hours, Zac Braff’s Wish I Was Here, but with the wins do in fact come some fails such as Eisley’s attempt as well as actresses/musicians Zoisa and Clara Mamet.  Unlike those unfortunate artists in the past, the Florida-based band managed to make their goal amount in not time at all.

The band had originally made their goal amount $35,000, to fund the making on their yet untitled fourth album. What came as a surprise to the band and probably nay-sayers against this type of funding, the band managed to make all that money and more in less than 19 hours.

As of the last time that their campaign had been checked, the band had gotten a staggering $52,070 and keep in mind, that the band still has 30 days left in their effort campaign.

If you’re feeling the giving mood at the moment then head on over the site here, or if you just want to see what hardcore fans they have.

Kellin Quinn v. Oli Sykes: Round 1

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What happens when frontmen from two of “the” scene’s biggest band have it out? Well, apparently something really funny.

On their website, Sleeping with Siren’s frontman, Kellin Quinn had put up a package called “Kellin’s Polaroid Package” where fans of the band would pay $80 to get an autographed Polaroid picture with the frontman as well as a group Q&A, a signing session with the entire band among other things during their current tour.

After that package hit the web, Bring Me the Horizon frontman, Oli Sykes who is not shy about calling people out, tweeted the following in response to that.

“Next USA tour! Oli Sykes special polaroid package! Take a photo with me! Special price! Absolutely no charge at all! Fucking cockstars.”

But that’s not where it all ends. Following Sykes diss through social media, Quinn went on to release a statement about the Polaroid deal.

My response

I feel like this is an amazing deal for 80 dollars if you disagree then don’t buy it, no one is forcing you k?

“Autographed Polaroid photo with Kellin
Group Q&A session with Kellin
Signing Session With Sleeping With Sirens
Large Double-Sided Autographed Poster
Early Entry Into The “Feel This” Tour
General admission ticket to the “Feel This” tour”

keep in mind Polaroid film is super expensive, your getting the ticket to the show, you get front row over anyone else.. If you only want to pay general admission then just do that. However, if you do like the idea of doing all these things included.. It’s ONLY 80 dollars.. I would never charge someone money for just a picture with me.. I try and do anything and everything for my fans.. I do in fact have a family, and that family needs to be fed.. So thanks for supporting us and helping me continue to tour.. Without you there is no us!

Love you Kellin

So in a battle of egos, who do you think is right? For once, we’re going to have to side with Sykes, but then again, it’s not out $80 being spent.

Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hütz Sued

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Gogol Bordello must have been happy now that the sixth album, Pura Vida Conspiracy has been unleashed, but it looks like a former band member is trying to make that happiness short-term, at least for the group’s frontman. Former guitarist, Oren Kaplan, has filed a claim that frontman (and occasional actor) Eugene Hütz for $950,000 over an alleged financial scheme.

In the filing, Kaplan reported that “Hütz brazenly absconded with approximately half a million dollars from the bank accounts of the Gogol Bordello entities and deposited those funds into the accounts of new companies which are wholly owned by Hütz.” The Guardian went on to report that the two members shared the accounting duties until 2009, when the frontman took over. After taking over the duties, Hütz reportedly doubled his paycheck earning him $130,000 a year while Kaplan was only getting paid $57,000; at least that’s what the guitarist says.

Kaplan went on to say that Hütz told him to take a hiatus from the band to grieve over the loss of his mother, but that there was an actual ulterior motive to the suggestion; he wanted him gone so he didn’t have to share in profits from a song that was used in a Coca-Cola commercial.

“Hütz accomplished this ruse by feigning concern for plaintiff … and encouraging plaintiff to take an extended leave of absence from the group, during the very time when the group would be recording its song for the Coca-Cola commercial.”

As a result of all the bad blood between the two of them, Kaplan is asking for $950,000 in damages (yes, you read that right, almost a million dollars). Kaplan claims that he improved the band’s musicianship and finances and because of that he should be compensated as such. He goes on to explain that he believes that Hütz somehow managed to trick the other band members into thinking that they needed to kick Kaplan out. Aside from that, he’s asking for ANOTHER $950,000 to be paid to Gypsy Punks LLC.

So far none of the remaining members of the band have commented on the situation, and would you blame them with almost a million dollars on the line.

The Hives Ordered to Pay Back Money

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The Hives have been ordered to play back 18.5 Swedish kronor, the equivalent to $2.8 million, to fellow Swedish rock band, The Cardigans, by a Swedish court.

The pay up comes from Tambourine Studios, a Swedish recording studio that manages both bands’ finances and “routinely shuffled money between the bands’ accounts,” according to BBC.

The Hives are claiming that they had no idea that this would be considered a loan. They do say though, that they will be appealing the verdict with the claim that there was, “no agreement on the loan, no signed documents, no agreements on interest rates or terms of repayment.”

The BBC are also reporting that this might not be the first time that this has happened thanks to the studio. Apparently, this issue involves many more of Sweden’s successful artists including rapper Timbuktu and fellow band, The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

Veronica Mars is Back

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UPDATE:

In less than 24 hours, the Veronica Mars Movie has officially met the $2 million dollar goal that was set by Warner Brothers to finance the movie.

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Dear CW, does this prove to you that you shouldn’t have killed the series for one of your super crappy replacements?

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The year was 2007 when The CW decided that it would be best to cancel their hit show, Veronica Mars to make space for shows like America’s Next Top Model and others that people probably don’t even remember. While back then the network got their way, to the dismay of “marshmallows” around the world, but it looks like the fans behind the pop culture hit are getting the last laugh.

After years of rumors and speculation of a possible movie to end the series the right way, it was finally confirmed by Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell and creator of the series, Rob Thomas, on Twitter that there will be a movie. The catch? Warner Brothers said that if they could come up with $2 million for production then they would take responsibility for all the press and promotion for the film.

Thomas decided to start a Kickstarter page where fans could help by donating any amount money that they could to help support. Thomas said that once the goal has been met that they would instantly start pre-production, meaning filming will start this Summer and make it in time for a 2014 release date.

The Kickstarter page also has a message from Bell who has also been updating fans all day via her Twitter about the campaign.

She writes on the page:

“I am currently the happiest blonde in a hamster ball the world has ever seen. We have been waiting so long to make this movie dream a movie reality, and it’s because of YOUR commitment, YOUR persistence, that we finally have a chance.”

She continues, “we just have one more step to go. You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen. I promise if we hit our goal, we will make the sleuthiest, snarkiest, it’s-all-fun-and-games-‘til-one-of-you-gets-my-foot-up-your-ass movie we possibly can.”

If you are a fellow marshmallow and want to donate to “The Veronica Mars Movie” Campaign, head over here to do so.

So far, the campaign has raised over $900,000. So Warner Bros, get your stuff ready, it’s go time.

Taylor Swift Being Sued

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“America’s Sweetheart” is in a little bit of legal trouble. Taylor Swift is being sued for a concert that never happened, but still managed to get paid for. Last August, Swift was paid $2.5 million dollars to headline a huge country music concert called “Capital Hoedown” in Ottawa, but due to some problems within the camp of the promoters, they decided to just forgo the complete concert and cancel it.

A lawsuit was filed in New York federal court on behalf of the ticket company that had to refund around $1.8 million dollars to paying fans. They believe that Swift should have to pay back all the money since she received her payment in full, up front and did not do anything.

Swift’s rep says that there was never a binding contract with the ticket company, so there really isn’t a reason why she should fork over the money to pay for the mishap that transpired.