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Keith Urban Shares 2022 U.S. Dates For 'The Speed of Now World Tour'
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 1:22 pm
Country star Keith Urban announced the U.S. leg of his first world tour in four years on Wednesday.

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ ‘Raise the Roof’ Tops These Charts
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:59 am

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss‘ second collaborative album opens atop multiple Billboard charts dated Dec. 4.

Raise the Roof, the follow-up to the pair’s 2007’s LP Raising Sand, starts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Americana/Folk Albums and Bluegrass Albums charts with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (38,000 in album sales) in the week ending Nov. 25, according to MRC Data, following its Nov. 19 release.

The set is the act’s second ruler each on Top Rock Albums, which began in 2006, following Raising Sand‘s two-week reign beginning in November 2007. Their initial team-up also went on to win the Grammy Award for album of the year in 2009, while its track “Please Read the Letter” won for record of the year. (Krauss boasts the fourth-most Grammy Award wins of all time with 27, after late conductor Georg Solti with 31 and Beyonc and Quincy Jones, each with 28.)

On Americana/Folk Albums, which began in 2009, Plant notches his second No. 1, after 2017’s Carry Fire. Krauss adds her third leader, following 2011’s Paper Airplane, with her longtime band Union Station, and 2017’s Windy City.

Raise the Roof is Plant’s first Bluegrass Albums No. 1 and Krauss’ fifth, after her aforementioned Americana/Folk Albums leaders plus her and Union Station’s Live (2002, the year that the chart launched) and Lonely Runs Both Ways (2004).

Plant also adds his second Top Country Albums top 10, thanks to Raise the Roof‘s No. 3 debut, after Raising Sand arrived at its No. 2 peak in 2007. Krauss claims her 11th top 10, a sum that includes three No. 1s and combines her entries as a soloist and fronting Union Station.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Raise the Roof enters at No. 7, marking Plant’s ninth solo top 10 and Krauss’ fifth. (Led Zeppelin, with Plant as a member, has banked seven No. 1s, among 13 top 10s, on the Billboard 200, first reigning with Led Zeppelin II in 1969.)

“Can’t Let Go,” Raise the Roof‘s lead single and a Lucinda Williams cover, concurrently debuts at No. 39 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, with 327,000 U.S. streams, 262,000 radio audience impressions and 2,500 downloads sold. The lattermost sum sends the track onto Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 8. The song also spends a 15th week on Adult Alternative Airplay, where it rose to No. 8 in October.


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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ ‘Raise the Roof’ Tops These Charts
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:59 am

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss‘ second collaborative album opens atop multiple Billboard charts dated Dec. 4.

Raise the Roof, the follow-up to the pair’s 2007’s LP Raising Sand, starts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Americana/Folk Albums and Bluegrass Albums charts with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (38,000 in album sales) in the week ending Nov. 25, according to MRC Data, following its Nov. 19 release.

The set is the act’s second ruler each on Top Rock Albums, which began in 2006, following Raising Sand‘s two-week reign beginning in November 2007. Their initial team-up also went on to win the Grammy Award for album of the year in 2009, while its track “Please Read the Letter” won for record of the year. (Krauss boasts the fourth-most Grammy Award wins of all time with 27, after late conductor Georg Solti with 31 and Beyonc and Quincy Jones, each with 28.)

On Americana/Folk Albums, which began in 2009, Plant notches his second No. 1, after 2017’s Carry Fire. Krauss adds her third leader, following 2011’s Paper Airplane, with her longtime band Union Station, and 2017’s Windy City.

Raise the Roof is Plant’s first Bluegrass Albums No. 1 and Krauss’ fifth, after her aforementioned Americana/Folk Albums leaders plus her and Union Station’s Live (2002, the year that the chart launched) and Lonely Runs Both Ways (2004).

Plant also adds his second Top Country Albums top 10, thanks to Raise the Roof‘s No. 3 debut, after Raising Sand arrived at its No. 2 peak in 2007. Krauss claims her 11th top 10, a sum that includes three No. 1s and combines her entries as a soloist and fronting Union Station.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Raise the Roof enters at No. 7, marking Plant’s ninth solo top 10 and Krauss’ fifth. (Led Zeppelin, with Plant as a member, has banked seven No. 1s, among 13 top 10s, on the Billboard 200, first reigning with Led Zeppelin II in 1969.)

“Can’t Let Go,” Raise the Roof‘s lead single and a Lucinda Williams cover, concurrently debuts at No. 39 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, with 327,000 U.S. streams, 262,000 radio audience impressions and 2,500 downloads sold. The lattermost sum sends the track onto Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 8. The song also spends a 15th week on Adult Alternative Airplay, where it rose to No. 8 in October.


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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ ‘Raise the Roof’ Tops These Charts
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:59 am

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss‘ second collaborative album opens atop multiple Billboard charts dated Dec. 4.

Raise the Roof, the follow-up to the pair’s 2007’s LP Raising Sand, starts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Americana/Folk Albums and Bluegrass Albums charts with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (38,000 in album sales) in the week ending Nov. 25, according to MRC Data, following its Nov. 19 release.

The set is the act’s second ruler each on Top Rock Albums, which began in 2006, following Raising Sand‘s two-week reign beginning in November 2007. Their initial team-up also went on to win the Grammy Award for album of the year in 2009, while its track “Please Read the Letter” won for record of the year. (Krauss boasts the fourth-most Grammy Award wins of all time with 27, after late conductor Georg Solti with 31 and Beyonc and Quincy Jones, each with 28.)

On Americana/Folk Albums, which began in 2009, Plant notches his second No. 1, after 2017’s Carry Fire. Krauss adds her third leader, following 2011’s Paper Airplane, with her longtime band Union Station, and 2017’s Windy City.

Raise the Roof is Plant’s first Bluegrass Albums No. 1 and Krauss’ fifth, after her aforementioned Americana/Folk Albums leaders plus her and Union Station’s Live (2002, the year that the chart launched) and Lonely Runs Both Ways (2004).

Plant also adds his second Top Country Albums top 10, thanks to Raise the Roof‘s No. 3 debut, after Raising Sand arrived at its No. 2 peak in 2007. Krauss claims her 11th top 10, a sum that includes three No. 1s and combines her entries as a soloist and fronting Union Station.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Raise the Roof enters at No. 7, marking Plant’s ninth solo top 10 and Krauss’ fifth. (Led Zeppelin, with Plant as a member, has banked seven No. 1s, among 13 top 10s, on the Billboard 200, first reigning with Led Zeppelin II in 1969.)

“Can’t Let Go,” Raise the Roof‘s lead single and a Lucinda Williams cover, concurrently debuts at No. 39 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, with 327,000 U.S. streams, 262,000 radio audience impressions and 2,500 downloads sold. The lattermost sum sends the track onto Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 8. The song also spends a 15th week on Adult Alternative Airplay, where it rose to No. 8 in October.


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CAA Promotes Jeff Krones and Bruno Del Granado To Leadership Roles
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:52 am
Creative Artists Agency announced the promotion of veteran agents Bruno Del Granado and Jeff Krones to leadership positions Wednesday.

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YM&U Group Promotes Aoki Manager Matt Colon To Global Music President
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:45 am
YM&U Group has promoted Matt Colon to global president of music, where he will continue to directly oversee the company?s US Music Division and expand his role by leading global strategy and integration between its UK and US music divisions.

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It’s (Not) Complicated: Why Dolby Atmos Is Here to Stay (Guest Column)
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:26 am

Last year when TIDAL and Amazon Music announced that they were streaming music in Dolby Atmos, music fans and the music business reacted with a high level of curiosity to see if this new format was here to stay. I believe, though, once Apple Music announced, in May of 2021, that support for Spatial Audio would be included into their existing subscription plans, many consumers, artists, engineers, and producers acted on this curiosity, which led to more than 40 million Apple Music users trying it out. In thinking about this situation more, some of the early hesitance to produce Atmos Music stemmed from a long history of audio innovations that never quite delivered on their promises. Attempts at creating a surround music experience often involved complicated setups, elite-level hardware configurations, and specialized mixes, meaning that the barrier to entry was high for both a consumer and for a production.

Dolby Atmos Music is a format that is different from the previous attempts to expand music beyond a stereo experience. This isn?t Surround Sound 2.0; it?s a whole new world. Atmos works in ways that really don’t have any barriers to entry for a listener (besides subscribing to a Dolby Atmos-supported streaming service) and without any need for understanding or tinkering with the technology to enjoy. It is already inspiring new creativity in the studio, from the mic selection and placement during the recording process to the final mixing and delivery.

From Limited Speakers to Ubiquitous Headphones

One of the limitations of previous incarnations of surround sound for music was how you could listen to it. You had to purchase and understand how to set up a series of speakers just so, and then position yourself in the sweet spot to really experience the full effect. Along with this, there wasn?t a lot of 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound music available in a vast array of genres for the consumer to get hooked to it. So, this 5.1 and 7.1 surround setup really ended up catering more to home theaters for watching television programs and movies.

Dolby Atmos and other immersive formats are actually able to be consumed differently compared to 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound music mixes. As an example, Dolby Atmos productions for both music and streaming movies/programs are able to play back the correct mix tailored to your playback system. That means you can listen to music mixed in Dolby Atmos on headphones, which is the most common way people listen to music by far, or on a compatible soundbar; the appropriate mix will automatically be played without any listener interaction. In other words, the Dolby Atmos format fits into existing habits and services seamlessly, no complex speaker set up required.

Giving and Capturing Space

Consumer adoption is one thing, but another important piece of the staying power lies in what artists, producers and engineers make of Dolby Atmos, and what will keep these 40 million listeners engaged and wanting more. Writing, recording and producing music in Dolby Atmos has some serious creative advantages over traditional stereo. They can not only move sounds around, but they can also position any sound or instrument in a 360 soundscape to allow for the best sonic separation and clarity of a mix.

Rob D?Amico

Rob D?Amico

Because of this, engineers don?t have to try and fit all sonic information into just a stereo (two channel) mix. They can take advantage of a much more flexible and creative environment where each instrument or sound can occupy its own space, as well as intriguing options to utilize dynamics for different expressions. Think, for example, about a chorus with a four-part harmony. Atmos gives an engineer far more options for placing each voice in space so that listeners can really savor each vocal line and its nuances. This helps the track feel more ?live? and adds richness and depth.

This increased spatial range is already inspiring new discoveries among engineers, akin to giving them an incredibly expanded palette to play with. Imagine a painter who had only used flat shades of grey and who now has a paintbox full of three-dimensional colors. With Dolby Atmos productions, engineers and producers are now considering during the recording process, how to capture the acoustic space, not just the sound source itself. They are changing the way they place mics while recording, adding special mics just to record the sound of a room and other atmospheric elements, to give them more to work with during the mix. They?re capturing the full color of a place, not just a performance.

When Artists Dream in Atmos

Artists are just discovering the possibilities of Atmos, and those who do are often blown away. But over time, it will become second nature to think about how their music can be experienced immersively. Just like a generation adopted smartphones and now do everything on them, younger artists and fans will begin to feel like they can?t live without immersive audio experiences. They are going to think about the space they want their music to sound like or to sound in. The room or environment will become another key sound source or instrument in the mix. Though they may start composing on a guitar or a piano or a laptop, they will immediately start thinking about the production in terms of Atmos instead of stereo.

And more and more artists will get a chance to experience and experiment with Dolby Atmos on their own, thanks to the format?s accessibility. Dolby Atmos is accessible to those with home project studios. Serious music creators and independent professionals can produce Dolby Atmos Music using Pro Tools | Ultimate and the Dolby Atmos Production Suite at an affordable price. You don’t need to have a studio with a halo of speakers to mix in Atmos, especially if their intended audience is going to consume it binaurally. It all will run on the same computer, and you can monitor as you’re mixing binaurally with a pair of decent-quality headphones.

Dolby Atmos? accessibility for creators and music fans, as well as its qualities and possibilities, mean that the format is here to stay. The same way immersive music is moving into other contexts and virtual experiences like fitness, gaming, and health care, Dolby Atmos will unlock new opportunities for music professionals and independent creators alike, letting them find new sonic means of expression ready for the world to experience.

Rob D?Amico is senior director of product management, audio services, at Avid Technology.


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It’s (Not) Complicated: Why Dolby Atmos Is Here to Stay (Guest Column)
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:26 am

Last year when TIDAL and Amazon Music announced that they were streaming music in Dolby Atmos, music fans and the music business reacted with a high level of curiosity to see if this new format was here to stay. I believe, though, once Apple Music announced, in May of 2021, that support for Spatial Audio would be included into their existing subscription plans, many consumers, artists, engineers, and producers acted on this curiosity, which led to more than 40 million Apple Music users trying it out. In thinking about this situation more, some of the early hesitance to produce Atmos Music stemmed from a long history of audio innovations that never quite delivered on their promises. Attempts at creating a surround music experience often involved complicated setups, elite-level hardware configurations, and specialized mixes, meaning that the barrier to entry was high for both a consumer and for a production.

Dolby Atmos Music is a format that is different from the previous attempts to expand music beyond a stereo experience. This isn?t Surround Sound 2.0; it?s a whole new world. Atmos works in ways that really don’t have any barriers to entry for a listener (besides subscribing to a Dolby Atmos-supported streaming service) and without any need for understanding or tinkering with the technology to enjoy. It is already inspiring new creativity in the studio, from the mic selection and placement during the recording process to the final mixing and delivery.

From Limited Speakers to Ubiquitous Headphones

One of the limitations of previous incarnations of surround sound for music was how you could listen to it. You had to purchase and understand how to set up a series of speakers just so, and then position yourself in the sweet spot to really experience the full effect. Along with this, there wasn?t a lot of 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound music available in a vast array of genres for the consumer to get hooked to it. So, this 5.1 and 7.1 surround setup really ended up catering more to home theaters for watching television programs and movies.

Dolby Atmos and other immersive formats are actually able to be consumed differently compared to 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound music mixes. As an example, Dolby Atmos productions for both music and streaming movies/programs are able to play back the correct mix tailored to your playback system. That means you can listen to music mixed in Dolby Atmos on headphones, which is the most common way people listen to music by far, or on a compatible soundbar; the appropriate mix will automatically be played without any listener interaction. In other words, the Dolby Atmos format fits into existing habits and services seamlessly, no complex speaker set up required.

Giving and Capturing Space

Consumer adoption is one thing, but another important piece of the staying power lies in what artists, producers and engineers make of Dolby Atmos, and what will keep these 40 million listeners engaged and wanting more. Writing, recording and producing music in Dolby Atmos has some serious creative advantages over traditional stereo. They can not only move sounds around, but they can also position any sound or instrument in a 360 soundscape to allow for the best sonic separation and clarity of a mix.

Rob D?Amico

Rob D?Amico

Because of this, engineers don?t have to try and fit all sonic information into just a stereo (two channel) mix. They can take advantage of a much more flexible and creative environment where each instrument or sound can occupy its own space, as well as intriguing options to utilize dynamics for different expressions. Think, for example, about a chorus with a four-part harmony. Atmos gives an engineer far more options for placing each voice in space so that listeners can really savor each vocal line and its nuances. This helps the track feel more ?live? and adds richness and depth.

This increased spatial range is already inspiring new discoveries among engineers, akin to giving them an incredibly expanded palette to play with. Imagine a painter who had only used flat shades of grey and who now has a paintbox full of three-dimensional colors. With Dolby Atmos productions, engineers and producers are now considering during the recording process, how to capture the acoustic space, not just the sound source itself. They are changing the way they place mics while recording, adding special mics just to record the sound of a room and other atmospheric elements, to give them more to work with during the mix. They?re capturing the full color of a place, not just a performance.

When Artists Dream in Atmos

Artists are just discovering the possibilities of Atmos, and those who do are often blown away. But over time, it will become second nature to think about how their music can be experienced immersively. Just like a generation adopted smartphones and now do everything on them, younger artists and fans will begin to feel like they can?t live without immersive audio experiences. They are going to think about the space they want their music to sound like or to sound in. The room or environment will become another key sound source or instrument in the mix. Though they may start composing on a guitar or a piano or a laptop, they will immediately start thinking about the production in terms of Atmos instead of stereo.

And more and more artists will get a chance to experience and experiment with Dolby Atmos on their own, thanks to the format?s accessibility. Dolby Atmos is accessible to those with home project studios. Serious music creators and independent professionals can produce Dolby Atmos Music using Pro Tools | Ultimate and the Dolby Atmos Production Suite at an affordable price. You don’t need to have a studio with a halo of speakers to mix in Atmos, especially if their intended audience is going to consume it binaurally. It all will run on the same computer, and you can monitor as you’re mixing binaurally with a pair of decent-quality headphones.

Dolby Atmos? accessibility for creators and music fans, as well as its qualities and possibilities, mean that the format is here to stay. The same way immersive music is moving into other contexts and virtual experiences like fitness, gaming, and health care, Dolby Atmos will unlock new opportunities for music professionals and independent creators alike, letting them find new sonic means of expression ready for the world to experience.

Rob D?Amico is senior director of product management, audio services, at Avid Technology.


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It’s (Not) Complicated: Why Dolby Atmos Is Here to Stay (Guest Column)
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:26 am

Last year when TIDAL and Amazon Music announced that they were streaming music in Dolby Atmos, music fans and the music business reacted with a high level of curiosity to see if this new format was here to stay. I believe, though, once Apple Music announced, in May of 2021, that support for Spatial Audio would be included into their existing subscription plans, many consumers, artists, engineers, and producers acted on this curiosity, which led to more than 40 million Apple Music users trying it out. In thinking about this situation more, some of the early hesitance to produce Atmos Music stemmed from a long history of audio innovations that never quite delivered on their promises. Attempts at creating a surround music experience often involved complicated setups, elite-level hardware configurations, and specialized mixes, meaning that the barrier to entry was high for both a consumer and for a production.

Dolby Atmos Music is a format that is different from the previous attempts to expand music beyond a stereo experience. This isn?t Surround Sound 2.0; it?s a whole new world. Atmos works in ways that really don’t have any barriers to entry for a listener (besides subscribing to a Dolby Atmos-supported streaming service) and without any need for understanding or tinkering with the technology to enjoy. It is already inspiring new creativity in the studio, from the mic selection and placement during the recording process to the final mixing and delivery.

From Limited Speakers to Ubiquitous Headphones

One of the limitations of previous incarnations of surround sound for music was how you could listen to it. You had to purchase and understand how to set up a series of speakers just so, and then position yourself in the sweet spot to really experience the full effect. Along with this, there wasn?t a lot of 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound music available in a vast array of genres for the consumer to get hooked to it. So, this 5.1 and 7.1 surround setup really ended up catering more to home theaters for watching television programs and movies.

Dolby Atmos and other immersive formats are actually able to be consumed differently compared to 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound music mixes. As an example, Dolby Atmos productions for both music and streaming movies/programs are able to play back the correct mix tailored to your playback system. That means you can listen to music mixed in Dolby Atmos on headphones, which is the most common way people listen to music by far, or on a compatible soundbar; the appropriate mix will automatically be played without any listener interaction. In other words, the Dolby Atmos format fits into existing habits and services seamlessly, no complex speaker set up required.

Giving and Capturing Space

Consumer adoption is one thing, but another important piece of the staying power lies in what artists, producers and engineers make of Dolby Atmos, and what will keep these 40 million listeners engaged and wanting more. Writing, recording and producing music in Dolby Atmos has some serious creative advantages over traditional stereo. They can not only move sounds around, but they can also position any sound or instrument in a 360 soundscape to allow for the best sonic separation and clarity of a mix.

Rob D?Amico

Rob D?Amico

Because of this, engineers don?t have to try and fit all sonic information into just a stereo (two channel) mix. They can take advantage of a much more flexible and creative environment where each instrument or sound can occupy its own space, as well as intriguing options to utilize dynamics for different expressions. Think, for example, about a chorus with a four-part harmony. Atmos gives an engineer far more options for placing each voice in space so that listeners can really savor each vocal line and its nuances. This helps the track feel more ?live? and adds richness and depth.

This increased spatial range is already inspiring new discoveries among engineers, akin to giving them an incredibly expanded palette to play with. Imagine a painter who had only used flat shades of grey and who now has a paintbox full of three-dimensional colors. With Dolby Atmos productions, engineers and producers are now considering during the recording process, how to capture the acoustic space, not just the sound source itself. They are changing the way they place mics while recording, adding special mics just to record the sound of a room and other atmospheric elements, to give them more to work with during the mix. They?re capturing the full color of a place, not just a performance.

When Artists Dream in Atmos

Artists are just discovering the possibilities of Atmos, and those who do are often blown away. But over time, it will become second nature to think about how their music can be experienced immersively. Just like a generation adopted smartphones and now do everything on them, younger artists and fans will begin to feel like they can?t live without immersive audio experiences. They are going to think about the space they want their music to sound like or to sound in. The room or environment will become another key sound source or instrument in the mix. Though they may start composing on a guitar or a piano or a laptop, they will immediately start thinking about the production in terms of Atmos instead of stereo.

And more and more artists will get a chance to experience and experiment with Dolby Atmos on their own, thanks to the format?s accessibility. Dolby Atmos is accessible to those with home project studios. Serious music creators and independent professionals can produce Dolby Atmos Music using Pro Tools | Ultimate and the Dolby Atmos Production Suite at an affordable price. You don’t need to have a studio with a halo of speakers to mix in Atmos, especially if their intended audience is going to consume it binaurally. It all will run on the same computer, and you can monitor as you’re mixing binaurally with a pair of decent-quality headphones.

Dolby Atmos? accessibility for creators and music fans, as well as its qualities and possibilities, mean that the format is here to stay. The same way immersive music is moving into other contexts and virtual experiences like fitness, gaming, and health care, Dolby Atmos will unlock new opportunities for music professionals and independent creators alike, letting them find new sonic means of expression ready for the world to experience.

Rob D?Amico is senior director of product management, audio services, at Avid Technology.


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CAA Promotes Agents Bruno Del Granado and Jeff Krones
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:05 am

Veteran music agentsBruno Del GranadoandJeff Kroneshave been promotedatleading entertainment agency CAA.Krones has become the co-head ofCAA Nashville Music, whileDel Granado will now servein the newly created role ofhead ofthe agency?s global Latin Music.

?Today’s appointments of two superbly talented new leaders attest to the tremendous momentum CAA is experiencing across our touring business,? said CAA?s head of musicRob Lightin a release.?Jeff and Bruno’s individual instincts, taste, and experience have made them world-class agents, and we look forward to them expanding their impact for clients and CAA in their new leadership roles.?

Del Granado works with prominent Latin music artists includingMaluma, Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Danna Paola, Jen Carlos Canela, and Isabela Moner. He came to CAA in 2013 fromRM Entertainment Group, which he formed in partnership with Ricky Martin.

?As the reach and influence of Latin music continues to grow across the globe, I?m thrilled to work alongside the incredible artists driving the success and cultural impact of the music,? Del Granado said in a release. ?With the continued support of the broader CAA team, our Latin Music group will create even more opportunities ahead.?

In the last year, CAA?s Latin music touring division has secured major deals for its artists including a global multi-million dollarbrand partnership for Ricky Martin with the Chilean beauty brand KUMIKO. The division also helpedsecure a role for superstar Gloria Estefan to co-star with Andy Garcia in Plan B/WarnerBros.?sFather of the Brideremake.

Previously, he founded Entertainment Media Factory, Inc.a music, television, and film production and programming company specializing in content for Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Entertainment Media Factory, Inc.,he was thepresident of Maverick Recording Company?s Latindivision, andvpofprogramming for MTVLatAm.

Jeff Krones

Jeff Krones

In his new role, Krones will joinNashville music co-headsMarc Dennis,Brian ManningandDarin Murphy.Krones works with high-profile clients such as Dan + Shay,Twenty OnePilots, Brett Young,Needtobreathe, and NF, among many others.

?I?m honored to join my fellow Co-Heads in helping to build on our success in Nashville.As a team, we?re passionate about discovering, developing, and serving a wide range of artists that touch many different genres and cultures,? said Krones in a release.?I?m fortunate to have spent my entire career at CAA, surrounded by the best agents, and I?m excited by the opportunity to help shape our future.?

Krones, who was elected to the Board of the Academy of Country Music in 2017, began his career as an intern at CAA in 2004 and was promoted to agent in 2007.


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CAA Promotes Agents Bruno Del Granado and Jeff Krones
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:05 am

Veteran music agentsBruno Del GranadoandJeff Kroneshave been promotedatleading entertainment agency CAA.Krones has become the co-head ofCAA Nashville Music, whileDel Granado will now servein the newly created role ofhead ofthe agency?s global Latin Music.

?Today’s appointments of two superbly talented new leaders attest to the tremendous momentum CAA is experiencing across our touring business,? said CAA?s head of musicRob Lightin a release.?Jeff and Bruno’s individual instincts, taste, and experience have made them world-class agents, and we look forward to them expanding their impact for clients and CAA in their new leadership roles.?

Del Granado works with prominent Latin music artists includingMaluma, Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Danna Paola, Jen Carlos Canela, and Isabela Moner. He came to CAA in 2013 fromRM Entertainment Group, which he formed in partnership with Ricky Martin.

?As the reach and influence of Latin music continues to grow across the globe, I?m thrilled to work alongside the incredible artists driving the success and cultural impact of the music,? Del Granado said in a release. ?With the continued support of the broader CAA team, our Latin Music group will create even more opportunities ahead.?

In the last year, CAA?s Latin music touring division has secured major deals for its artists including a global multi-million dollarbrand partnership for Ricky Martin with the Chilean beauty brand KUMIKO. The division also helpedsecure a role for superstar Gloria Estefan to co-star with Andy Garcia in Plan B/WarnerBros.?sFather of the Brideremake.

Previously, he founded Entertainment Media Factory, Inc.a music, television, and film production and programming company specializing in content for Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Entertainment Media Factory, Inc.,he was thepresident of Maverick Recording Company?s Latindivision, andvpofprogramming for MTVLatAm.

Jeff Krones

Jeff Krones

In his new role, Krones will joinNashville music co-headsMarc Dennis,Brian ManningandDarin Murphy.Krones works with high-profile clients such as Dan + Shay,Twenty OnePilots, Brett Young,Needtobreathe, and NF, among many others.

?I?m honored to join my fellow Co-Heads in helping to build on our success in Nashville.As a team, we?re passionate about discovering, developing, and serving a wide range of artists that touch many different genres and cultures,? said Krones in a release.?I?m fortunate to have spent my entire career at CAA, surrounded by the best agents, and I?m excited by the opportunity to help shape our future.?

Krones, who was elected to the Board of the Academy of Country Music in 2017, began his career as an intern at CAA in 2004 and was promoted to agent in 2007.


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CAA Promotes Agents Bruno Del Granado and Jeff Krones
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:05 am

Veteran music agentsBruno Del GranadoandJeff Kroneshave been promotedatleading entertainment agency CAA.Krones has become the co-head ofCAA Nashville Music, whileDel Granado will now servein the newly created role ofhead ofthe agency?s global Latin Music.

?Today’s appointments of two superbly talented new leaders attest to the tremendous momentum CAA is experiencing across our touring business,? said CAA?s head of musicRob Lightin a release.?Jeff and Bruno’s individual instincts, taste, and experience have made them world-class agents, and we look forward to them expanding their impact for clients and CAA in their new leadership roles.?

Del Granado works with prominent Latin music artists includingMaluma, Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Danna Paola, Jen Carlos Canela, and Isabela Moner. He came to CAA in 2013 fromRM Entertainment Group, which he formed in partnership with Ricky Martin.

?As the reach and influence of Latin music continues to grow across the globe, I?m thrilled to work alongside the incredible artists driving the success and cultural impact of the music,? Del Granado said in a release. ?With the continued support of the broader CAA team, our Latin Music group will create even more opportunities ahead.?

In the last year, CAA?s Latin music touring division has secured major deals for its artists including a global multi-million dollarbrand partnership for Ricky Martin with the Chilean beauty brand KUMIKO. The division also helpedsecure a role for superstar Gloria Estefan to co-star with Andy Garcia in Plan B/WarnerBros.?sFather of the Brideremake.

Previously, he founded Entertainment Media Factory, Inc.a music, television, and film production and programming company specializing in content for Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Entertainment Media Factory, Inc.,he was thepresident of Maverick Recording Company?s Latindivision, andvpofprogramming for MTVLatAm.

Jeff Krones

Jeff Krones

In his new role, Krones will joinNashville music co-headsMarc Dennis,Brian ManningandDarin Murphy.Krones works with high-profile clients such as Dan + Shay,Twenty OnePilots, Brett Young,Needtobreathe, and NF, among many others.

?I?m honored to join my fellow Co-Heads in helping to build on our success in Nashville.As a team, we?re passionate about discovering, developing, and serving a wide range of artists that touch many different genres and cultures,? said Krones in a release.?I?m fortunate to have spent my entire career at CAA, surrounded by the best agents, and I?m excited by the opportunity to help shape our future.?

Krones, who was elected to the Board of the Academy of Country Music in 2017, began his career as an intern at CAA in 2004 and was promoted to agent in 2007.


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Live Tech: Events Management Software Prism Launches Agency Tools
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 11:00 am
Music management software platform Prism has announced raising $8 million in a Series A funding round led by Austin-based Stephen Cook, following Prism's recent launch of services designed to help booking agents and agencies.

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DEAG Records Sales And Earnings Increase In Q3
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 10:13 am
German live entertainment giant Deutsche Entertainment Aktiengesellschaft (DEAG) recorded "a significant upturn in its operating business" in the third quarter of the financial year 2021, following "a period in which the first six months were still heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related concert cancellations and postponements," DEAG's current earnings release states.

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UK Tours: James Bay, Corinne Bailey Rae, Blue Announce Dates
 
Posted: 1 Dec 2021, 9:25 am
Some of the most recent UK tour announcements come from James Bay, Corinne Bailey Rae and Blue.

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Diversify The Stage Launches Inclusion Initiative
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 9:00 pm

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State of Mine & Drew Jacobs Hit Hot 100 With Hard Rock Cover of Blake Shelton’s ‘God’s Country’
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:57 pm

State of Mine sends a hard rock cover of a country hit to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart for a second time in 2021, as “God’s Country,” with Drew Jacobs, starts atop the Dec. 4-dated survey.

The acts’ rendition of Blake Shelton‘s seven-week Hot Country Songs No. 1 from 2019 debuts with 842,000 U.S. streams and 25,300 downloads sold in the Nov. 19-25 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

It follows State of Mine’s cover of Garth Brooks‘ “The Thunder Rolls” (featuring No Resolve), which crowned Hot Hard Rock Songs in February and ranks at No. 7 on the latest list with 418,000 streams and 1,500 sold.

“God’s Country” also becomes State of Mine’s first all-format Digital Song Sales No. 1. It’s the band’s second leader, after “Thunder” on Rock Digital Song Sales and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.

Jacobs, meanwhile, claims his first No. 1 ranks thanks to “God’s Country.”

The track additionally arrives as each act’s first top 10 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, starting at No. 8, and first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, bowing at No. 73.


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State of Mine & Drew Jacobs Hit Hot 100 With Hard Rock Cover of Blake Shelton’s ‘God’s Country’
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:57 pm

State of Mine sends a hard rock cover of a country hit to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart for a second time in 2021, as “God’s Country,” with Drew Jacobs, starts atop the Dec. 4-dated survey.

The acts’ rendition of Blake Shelton‘s seven-week Hot Country Songs No. 1 from 2019 debuts with 842,000 U.S. streams and 25,300 downloads sold in the Nov. 19-25 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

It follows State of Mine’s cover of Garth Brooks‘ “The Thunder Rolls” (featuring No Resolve), which crowned Hot Hard Rock Songs in February and ranks at No. 7 on the latest list with 418,000 streams and 1,500 sold.

“God’s Country” also becomes State of Mine’s first all-format Digital Song Sales No. 1. It’s the band’s second leader, after “Thunder” on Rock Digital Song Sales and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.

Jacobs, meanwhile, claims his first No. 1 ranks thanks to “God’s Country.”

The track additionally arrives as each act’s first top 10 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, starting at No. 8, and first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, bowing at No. 73.


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State of Mine & Drew Jacobs Hit Hot 100 With Hard Rock Cover of Blake Shelton’s ‘God’s Country’
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:57 pm

State of Mine sends a hard rock cover of a country hit to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart for a second time in 2021, as “God’s Country,” with Drew Jacobs, starts atop the Dec. 4-dated survey.

The acts’ rendition of Blake Shelton‘s seven-week Hot Country Songs No. 1 from 2019 debuts with 842,000 U.S. streams and 25,300 downloads sold in the Nov. 19-25 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

It follows State of Mine’s cover of Garth Brooks‘ “The Thunder Rolls” (featuring No Resolve), which crowned Hot Hard Rock Songs in February and ranks at No. 7 on the latest list with 418,000 streams and 1,500 sold.

“God’s Country” also becomes State of Mine’s first all-format Digital Song Sales No. 1. It’s the band’s second leader, after “Thunder” on Rock Digital Song Sales and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.

Jacobs, meanwhile, claims his first No. 1 ranks thanks to “God’s Country.”

The track additionally arrives as each act’s first top 10 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, starting at No. 8, and first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, bowing at No. 73.


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ASM Global Taps Jason Oberlander as Chief Commercial Officer
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:27 pm

Venue management company ASM Global is expanding its partnership division with Jason Oberlander, who has been hired as chief commercial officer. Oberlander will be tasked with expanding ASM?s naming rights and marketing partnerships for the company’s arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers.

?We have the scale, consumer touchpoints and ability to integrate brands in?to music, sports, business, tech and more?that will drive value for the brands, content providers, venue partners and guests,? saidASM President and CEO Ron Bension in a release. ?Jason?s extensive experience, particularly with IMG in forging new national partnerships with Fortune 1000 brands, will provide far and away the most diverse and enriching opportunities the industry has ever seen.?

Oberlander was most recently the svp of national sales for sports marketing company Learfield IMG College, which holds the multimedia rights to more than 200 of the nation?s top collegiate athletic properties.

?ASM?s growth potential is unlimited,? Oberlander said in a release. ?We?re the world?s largest live-event marketing platform, which enables us to deliver fan-engagement opportunities to brands across the guest journey; and we can do it on a scale that no one else can deliver.?

ASM Global was formed in 2019 as a merger between AEG Facilities and SMG to create a standalone venue management mega-company with a portfolio of more than 325 venues. ASM Global, in concert with AEG Global Partnerships, has been active in recent months in securing naming rights and other ASM Global corporate partnerships. Key naming rights include the Coca-Cola Music Hall and Distro T-Mobile in Puerto Rico; the renamed T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri; and the AO Arena in Manchester, England.

?Fans are craving live-event experiences more than ever, and brands will want to be a part of those moments. No one has the breadth of events, venues, tenant partners and boots on the ground like ASM,? Oberlander added. ?At a full run, there are 164 million people coming through our venues. That?s more than the four major U.S. professional sports leagues combined. We are very excited to show brand partners what we?re planning.?


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ASM Global Taps Jason Oberlander as Chief Commercial Officer
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:27 pm

Venue management company ASM Global is expanding its partnership division with Jason Oberlander, who has been hired as chief commercial officer. Oberlander will be tasked with expanding ASM?s naming rights and marketing partnerships for the company’s arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers.

?We have the scale, consumer touchpoints and ability to integrate brands in?to music, sports, business, tech and more?that will drive value for the brands, content providers, venue partners and guests,? saidASM President and CEO Ron Bension in a release. ?Jason?s extensive experience, particularly with IMG in forging new national partnerships with Fortune 1000 brands, will provide far and away the most diverse and enriching opportunities the industry has ever seen.?

Oberlander was most recently the svp of national sales for sports marketing company Learfield IMG College, which holds the multimedia rights to more than 200 of the nation?s top collegiate athletic properties.

?ASM?s growth potential is unlimited,? Oberlander said in a release. ?We?re the world?s largest live-event marketing platform, which enables us to deliver fan-engagement opportunities to brands across the guest journey; and we can do it on a scale that no one else can deliver.?

ASM Global was formed in 2019 as a merger between AEG Facilities and SMG to create a standalone venue management mega-company with a portfolio of more than 325 venues. ASM Global, in concert with AEG Global Partnerships, has been active in recent months in securing naming rights and other ASM Global corporate partnerships. Key naming rights include the Coca-Cola Music Hall and Distro T-Mobile in Puerto Rico; the renamed T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri; and the AO Arena in Manchester, England.

?Fans are craving live-event experiences more than ever, and brands will want to be a part of those moments. No one has the breadth of events, venues, tenant partners and boots on the ground like ASM,? Oberlander added. ?At a full run, there are 164 million people coming through our venues. That?s more than the four major U.S. professional sports leagues combined. We are very excited to show brand partners what we?re planning.?


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ASM Global Taps Jason Oberlander as Chief Commercial Officer
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:27 pm

Venue management company ASM Global is expanding its partnership division with Jason Oberlander, who has been hired as chief commercial officer. Oberlander will be tasked with expanding ASM?s naming rights and marketing partnerships for the company’s arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers.

?We have the scale, consumer touchpoints and ability to integrate brands in?to music, sports, business, tech and more?that will drive value for the brands, content providers, venue partners and guests,? saidASM President and CEO Ron Bension in a release. ?Jason?s extensive experience, particularly with IMG in forging new national partnerships with Fortune 1000 brands, will provide far and away the most diverse and enriching opportunities the industry has ever seen.?

Oberlander was most recently the svp of national sales for sports marketing company Learfield IMG College, which holds the multimedia rights to more than 200 of the nation?s top collegiate athletic properties.

?ASM?s growth potential is unlimited,? Oberlander said in a release. ?We?re the world?s largest live-event marketing platform, which enables us to deliver fan-engagement opportunities to brands across the guest journey; and we can do it on a scale that no one else can deliver.?

ASM Global was formed in 2019 as a merger between AEG Facilities and SMG to create a standalone venue management mega-company with a portfolio of more than 325 venues. ASM Global, in concert with AEG Global Partnerships, has been active in recent months in securing naming rights and other ASM Global corporate partnerships. Key naming rights include the Coca-Cola Music Hall and Distro T-Mobile in Puerto Rico; the renamed T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri; and the AO Arena in Manchester, England.

?Fans are craving live-event experiences more than ever, and brands will want to be a part of those moments. No one has the breadth of events, venues, tenant partners and boots on the ground like ASM,? Oberlander added. ?At a full run, there are 164 million people coming through our venues. That?s more than the four major U.S. professional sports leagues combined. We are very excited to show brand partners what we?re planning.?


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Josh Groban’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ Didn’t Violate Copyrights, Court Says
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:11 pm

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Josh Groban?s 2003 hit “You Raise Me Up” didn?t infringe the copyright to a little-known 1977 song, ruling that both songs were actually derived from the century-old folk song ?Danny Boy.?

Ending a three-year legal battle over Groban?s first big hit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower judge?s decision last year: That any similarities between the two songs originated in the famous folk ballad, for which any copyright has long since expired.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2018 by a company called Johannsongs-Publishing Ltd., which owns the rights to a 1977 song entitled “Sknuur.” The case claimed that “You Raise Me Up,? written by Irish-Norwegian band Secret Garden but popularized by Groban?s version, was “97% similar” to the earlier song.

The lawsuit named Secret Garden member and songwriter Rolf Lvland as a defendant, as well as Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Spotify and Apple. Groban, who merely covered the song, was never a party to the lawsuit.

“You Raise Me Up” was Groban’s first hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 73 in April 2004. It also brought him his first Grammy nomination, for best male pop vocal performance.

Last year, a federal trial judge dismissed the case. Citing a report prepared by famed New York University musicologist Lawrence Ferrara, the judge ruled that the similarities between the two songs were derived from so-called prior art ? a legal term referring to a third, pre-existing piece of music.

In this case, that song was “Danny Boy,” the mournful 1913 English ballad set to the melody of the even-older Irish folk song “Londonderry Air.”

?Any melodic similarities between ?Soknudur? and ?Raise? are either unprotectible because they are found in prior art songs including ?Londonderry Air? aka ?Danny Boy,? or they are too scattered to amount to substantial similarity,? wrote U.S. District Judge Andr Birotte Jr. in his April 2020 decision.

In seeking to overturn that ruling, Johannsongs argued on appeal that Judge Birotte had unfairly excluded a report from the company?s own expert, another well-known musicologist named Judith Finell. The judge did so on the grounds that Finell failed to properly ?filter? unprotectable elements when comparing the two songs.

But on Monday, the Ninth Circuit said Judge Birotte had made the proper decision and ?did not abuse its discretion in excluding Finell?s expert reports because they failed to filter out similarities that are attributable to prior art, as required.?

Barry Slotnick, an attorney at the law firm Loeb & Loeb who represented UMG and the other defendants, told Billboard on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that he and his clients were ?quite pleased that the Ninth Circuit recognized and upheld the well-considered decision of the district court judge.?

The ruling is likely to fully end the lawsuit, barring a reversal by the full Ninth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court, both of which are very unlikely. On Tuesday, an attorney for Johannsongs told Billboard that he was strongly considering an appeal to the high court, citing unsettled law over how courts analyze such copyright cases.

“My client would just like his day in court before a jury, so that they can hear these two songs and decide,” said Michael Machat of the law firm Machat & Associates PC.


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Josh Groban’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ Didn’t Violate Copyrights, Court Says
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:11 pm

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Josh Groban?s 2003 hit “You Raise Me Up” didn?t infringe the copyright to a little-known 1977 song, ruling that both songs were actually derived from the century-old folk song ?Danny Boy.?

Ending a three-year legal battle over Groban?s first big hit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower judge?s decision last year: That any similarities between the two songs originated in the famous folk ballad, for which any copyright has long since expired.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2018 by a company called Johannsongs-Publishing Ltd., which owns the rights to a 1977 song entitled “Sknuur.” The case claimed that “You Raise Me Up,? written by Irish-Norwegian band Secret Garden but popularized by Groban?s version, was “97% similar” to the earlier song.

The lawsuit named Secret Garden member and songwriter Rolf Lvland as a defendant, as well as Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Spotify and Apple. Groban, who merely covered the song, was never a party to the lawsuit.

“You Raise Me Up” was Groban’s first hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 73 in April 2004. It also brought him his first Grammy nomination, for best male pop vocal performance.

Last year, a federal trial judge dismissed the case. Citing a report prepared by famed New York University musicologist Lawrence Ferrara, the judge ruled that the similarities between the two songs were derived from so-called prior art ? a legal term referring to a third, pre-existing piece of music.

In this case, that song was “Danny Boy,” the mournful 1913 English ballad set to the melody of the even-older Irish folk song “Londonderry Air.”

?Any melodic similarities between ?Soknudur? and ?Raise? are either unprotectible because they are found in prior art songs including ?Londonderry Air? aka ?Danny Boy,? or they are too scattered to amount to substantial similarity,? wrote U.S. District Judge Andr Birotte Jr. in his April 2020 decision.

In seeking to overturn that ruling, Johannsongs argued on appeal that Judge Birotte had unfairly excluded a report from the company?s own expert, another well-known musicologist named Judith Finell. The judge did so on the grounds that Finell failed to properly ?filter? unprotectable elements when comparing the two songs.

But on Monday, the Ninth Circuit said Judge Birotte had made the proper decision and ?did not abuse its discretion in excluding Finell?s expert reports because they failed to filter out similarities that are attributable to prior art, as required.?

Barry Slotnick, an attorney at the law firm Loeb & Loeb who represented UMG and the other defendants, told Billboard on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that he and his clients were ?quite pleased that the Ninth Circuit recognized and upheld the well-considered decision of the district court judge.?

The ruling is likely to fully end the lawsuit, barring a reversal by the full Ninth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court, both of which are very unlikely. On Tuesday, an attorney for Johannsongs told Billboard that he was strongly considering an appeal to the high court, citing unsettled law over how courts analyze such copyright cases.

“My client would just like his day in court before a jury, so that they can hear these two songs and decide,” said Michael Machat of the law firm Machat & Associates PC.


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Josh Groban’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ Didn’t Violate Copyrights, Court Says
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 5:11 pm

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Josh Groban?s 2003 hit “You Raise Me Up” didn?t infringe the copyright to a little-known 1977 song, ruling that both songs were actually derived from the century-old folk song ?Danny Boy.?

Ending a three-year legal battle over Groban?s first big hit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower judge?s decision last year: That any similarities between the two songs originated in the famous folk ballad, for which any copyright has long since expired.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2018 by a company called Johannsongs-Publishing Ltd., which owns the rights to a 1977 song entitled “Sknuur.” The case claimed that “You Raise Me Up,? written by Irish-Norwegian band Secret Garden but popularized by Groban?s version, was “97% similar” to the earlier song.

The lawsuit named Secret Garden member and songwriter Rolf Lvland as a defendant, as well as Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Spotify and Apple. Groban, who merely covered the song, was never a party to the lawsuit.

“You Raise Me Up” was Groban’s first hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 73 in April 2004. It also brought him his first Grammy nomination, for best male pop vocal performance.

Last year, a federal trial judge dismissed the case. Citing a report prepared by famed New York University musicologist Lawrence Ferrara, the judge ruled that the similarities between the two songs were derived from so-called prior art ? a legal term referring to a third, pre-existing piece of music.

In this case, that song was “Danny Boy,” the mournful 1913 English ballad set to the melody of the even-older Irish folk song “Londonderry Air.”

?Any melodic similarities between ?Soknudur? and ?Raise? are either unprotectible because they are found in prior art songs including ?Londonderry Air? aka ?Danny Boy,? or they are too scattered to amount to substantial similarity,? wrote U.S. District Judge Andr Birotte Jr. in his April 2020 decision.

In seeking to overturn that ruling, Johannsongs argued on appeal that Judge Birotte had unfairly excluded a report from the company?s own expert, another well-known musicologist named Judith Finell. The judge did so on the grounds that Finell failed to properly ?filter? unprotectable elements when comparing the two songs.

But on Monday, the Ninth Circuit said Judge Birotte had made the proper decision and ?did not abuse its discretion in excluding Finell?s expert reports because they failed to filter out similarities that are attributable to prior art, as required.?

Barry Slotnick, an attorney at the law firm Loeb & Loeb who represented UMG and the other defendants, told Billboard on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that he and his clients were ?quite pleased that the Ninth Circuit recognized and upheld the well-considered decision of the district court judge.?

The ruling is likely to fully end the lawsuit, barring a reversal by the full Ninth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court, both of which are very unlikely. On Tuesday, an attorney for Johannsongs told Billboard that he was strongly considering an appeal to the high court, citing unsettled law over how courts analyze such copyright cases.

“My client would just like his day in court before a jury, so that they can hear these two songs and decide,” said Michael Machat of the law firm Machat & Associates PC.


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South Carolina's High Water To Feature Jack White, My Morning Jacket In April 2022
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 4:09 pm
South Carolina festival High Water announced its return Tuesday, with a lineup topped by Jack White and My Morning Jacket.

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Brian Wilson, Chicago Team Up For Summer Amphitheater Outing
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 4:04 pm
Beach Boys co-founderBrian Wilsonwill usher in summer with fellow Rock & Roll Hall of FamersChicagoon a 25-city co-bill launching June 7 at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Ariz. Joining Wilson and his band will be fellow Beach Boys alumnus Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman.

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Avril Lavigne Announces First Canadian Headline Tour In 10 Years
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 3:58 pm
Avril Lavigne will play Canada for the first time in 10 years in May. The ?Bite Me Canada Tour 2022? will see the singer trekking through each province of her home country, starting at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, on May 3 before wrapping up at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, on May 25.

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All the Latin Tours Announced for 2021 (Updating)
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 3:00 pm

Colombian star Maluma isn’t the only one who’s announced that he’s touring in 2021. Injecting a much-needed boost of confidence in the live market — which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic-imposed shutdown — other artists who are hitting the road include Banda MS and Mike Baha, among others.

The global coronavirus pandemic is still an ongoing health crisis, but Latin acts are looking to jumpstart the live industry with sporadic tour dates across the country.

Below is an updating list of concerts by Latin acts in 2021.


Jesse y Joy

Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning siblings Jesse y Joy are returning to touring, announcing today their “Cliches” world tour slated for 2022. Produced by Live Nation, the 22-dates tour will kick off March 4 in Puerto Rico’s Coca Cola Music Hall and wrap up on April 10 in Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at Indio, Calif. “Cliches,” which marks their first tour in nearly three years, will also make pit stops in key U.S. cities including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, to name a few. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, Dec. 3. For ticket sales and more information, click here.

Ya llega – Cliches World Tour – ?!! Aqu las primeras fechas ? Invitados especiales @thelittlejesus & @chulemusica
Y el pre-sale inicia HOY a las 12pm EST con el cdigo 2022CLICHES ?https://t.co/6P2zuvT6Ks pic.twitter.com/vk6tVxSDG2

— Jesse & Joy Oficial (@jesseyjoy) November 30, 2021

Pedro Capo

The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter is hitting the road in 2022 with an 11-date tour across the U.S. Capo kicks off his tour at the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico on May 7 and will visit New York, Boston, Dallas, and other cities before wrapping up on June 4 at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. For ticket information, visit pedrocapomusica.com.

Familia nos vamos de Tour ??!!!! Estn listos??? ???

Boletos a la venta ?? https://t.co/CIgUZLD0Wl pic.twitter.com/warqv7mDA6

— Pedro Cap (@pedrocapo) November 23, 2021

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Jay Wheeler

Jay Wheeler, a former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise and 2021 Latin Grammy nominee, will kick off his U.S. tour on Nov. 26 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and is slated to wrap up on Feb. 18, 2022, at the Hard Rock Live in Orland, Fla. “We’re going on tour!! Thank you for so much, family,” the Puerto Rican artist expressed on social media. With more than 40 cities confirmed, tickets forLa Voz Favorite Tour, presented by Elite Media & Marketing (EMM), will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Oct. 16 viawww.JayWheelerMusic.com or www.EMM360.com. More dates and cities are expected to be announced.

NOS FUIMOS DE TOUR!!?
GRACIAS POR TANTO FAMILIA. ??

COMPRA TU BOLETO DESDE EL SBADO A LAS 10 AM, NOS VEMOS EN TU CIUDAD ?

BOLETOS AQU ???https://t.co/5o8wvCDLhf pic.twitter.com/EkZLrLbpH6

— J Y (@jaywheelerpr) October 11, 2021

Los Temerarios

Los Temerarios returns to touring in 2022 after a COVID-19-imposed hiatus. The Mexicangruperoband, led by brothers Gustavo and Adolfo ngel, are set to kick off the trek Feb. 4 in San Jose, California?s SAP Center, and wrap up on April 9 in Greensboro, North Carolina. ?After a long pause due to the pandemic, and a difficult situation that has impacted all of us, we are filled with joy to reunite with our beloved fans to create new and beautiful memories thanks to music,? Los Temerarios said in a statement. The coast-to-coast tour will make stops in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York, among others. See the complete list of tour dates here.

Emocionados de presentarles las fechas de #LosTemerarios 2022 US Tour. https://t.co/gVc9vwpqwZ pic.twitter.com/1RfsIvVYvR

— Los Temerarios (@los_temerarios) October 12, 2021

Blessd

Colombian newcomer Blessd announced his first-ever U.S. tour, El Bendito Tour, kicking off Oct. 14 at La Chiflada in Paterson, N.J. and wrapping up on Oct. 22 at Tampa, Florida’s Vibras. TheformerBillboardLatin Artist on the Rise will also visit New York, Orland, andMassachusetts, to name a few. “God is rewarding us with these new triumphs that we are getting little by little,” the artist expressed in a statement. Following his U.S. tour, Blessd will tour Europe in the fall.

Rubn Blades

Rubn Blades, Latin Recording Academy’s 2021 Person of the Year, is hitting the road in 2021 with an eight-city tour called Salswing Tour alongside the Roberto Delgado Big Band, composed of 20 Panamanian musicians. Produced by Live and Loud, Blades will kick off the U.S. tour on Nov. 20 in Oakland and wrap up on Dec. 5 in Chicago. Paying homage to his album’s name Salswing!, Blades and Big Band will celebrate the origins of Latin Jazz and the mutual influences between son, the rhythmic Afro-Caribbean music, and swing. See the dates below and for ticketing information, visitrubenblades.com.

El Alfa

El Alfahas announced his first-ever world tour beginning in the U.S. in the fall of 2021. The Dominican dembow star — who?s collaborated with artists such as Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, and more — will kick off the North American leg of his tour on Oct. 14 in Dallas and wrap up Nov. 21 in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after making pit stops in key cities including New York, Miami, and Atlanta. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for El Alfa?s tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Aug. 13 viaticketmaster.com. Click on the link below to see full tour dates:

Sech

Panamanian singer-songwriter Sech kicked off his CMN-produced 42 Tour on July 30 with back-to-back concerts in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. Sech will continue touring from August to October, visiting cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He will also make two stops in Mexico: one in Baja California for Baja Beach Fest in August, and one in Nuevo Len in November. See the complete list of dates here.

Nio Garca

Puerto Rican artist Nio Garcia announced his upcoming 2021 AM Tour set to kick off in the Dominican Republic on Aug. 3, and will make its way to the U.S. Aug. 13 with stops in Nashville August 13. From there it will make stops in Boston, Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago, among other cities.Tickets will be on sale Aug, 5 through www.zamoralive.com. See all the dates below:

 

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Cafe Tacuba

Cafe Tacuba is going on tour this fall with special guest Diamante Elctrico, kicking off Nov. 1 at New York’s Irving Plaza and wrapping Nov. 17 at Texas’ McAllen Performing Arts Center. Known for hits such as “La Ingrata,” “Eres,” and “Chilanga Banda,” the Mexican rock band will also visit fans in Georgia, North Carolina, and Miami.

Produced by Live Nation, general tickets go on sale starting Friday, July 30, via Ticketmaster.com. Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale tickets from 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, July 27, to 10 p.m. local time on July 29 through Citi Entertainment. Fan pre-sale will be available at 10 a.m. local time on July 70 until 10 p.m. local time July 29 via Ticketmaster.com.

Mon Nov 01 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Tue Nov 02 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Thu Nov 04 — Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Sun Nov 07 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Mon Nov 08 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue Nov 09 — Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Fri Nov 12 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
Sat Nov 13 — Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sun Nov 14 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Tue Nov 16 — Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Wed Nov 17 — McAllen, TX @ McAllen Performing Arts Center
Fri Nov 19 — Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
Sat Nov 20 — San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Mon Nov 22 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Wed Nov 24 — El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre

Juanes

Dubbed Origen Tour, the Colombian singer-songwriter promises fans an ?up close and immersive journey? through all of his greatest hits combined with his album?s newer songs, such as ?Reblion,? ?Nuestro Juramento,? and ?Dancing in the Dark.??These are songs that marked my childhood, my teen years, and my early adulthood,? Juanes previously toldBillboardof his album. ?This was curated to show my life. I wanted to return to a place where I felt I was myself.?His origins will now reflect on his upcoming tour that is produced by Live Nation and kicks off Sept. 16 at The Fillmore in Miami. For full dates and tickets information, click here.

Aventura

Aventura fans, rejoice!?The Kings of Bachata? haveannounced four new stadium dates across the U.S. as part of their final run together as a group. After selling out their Aug. 14 show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, the bachata supergroup will also now visit Chicago; Los Angeles; Arlington, Texas; and East Rutherford, N.J. Aventura,helmed byRomeo Santos,Henry Santos, Lenny Santos and Max Santos,grossed $25.8 million and sold 189,000 tickets for their2020 Inmortal Tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The Live Nation-produced 2021 stadium tour will go on sale Friday, July 23, at 12 p.m. local time through ticketmaster.com.

Mon Laferte

Chilean singer-songwriterMonLaferteannounced a two-month U.S. trek in support of her latest album,SEIS. The coast-to-coast tour, produced by Live Nation, is set tokick off Sept. 14 in Seattle, with Laferte making stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. The tour will wrap up Oct. 28 in Tucson, Ariz. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

Karol G

Karol Gwill embark on her first-ever U.S. headlining tour this fall, calling it the ?most exciting show? of her entire career. Dubbed ?Bichota Tour,? after her unapologetic and empowering single, Karol kicks off her monthlong tour Oct. 20 in Denver?s Mission Ballroom. She?ll make pit stops in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Miami before wrapping up in San Juan?s Coliseo de Puerto Rico.?Bichota Tour? — where Karol will perform hits off of her most recent album,KG0516 —is presented by Smirnoff, produced by AEG Presents, and booked by UTA. Tickets are already on sale viakarolgmusic.com.

Rauw Alejandro

After the success of “Todo de Ti” on social media and with his upcoming album Vice Versa, Rauw Alejandro is ready to hit the road. With more than 50 dates confirmed, the Puerto Rican artist is “crazy to sing all of these songs lives,” he tells Billboard. The tour kicks off July 15 in Raleigh, N.C., and wrap up on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. In between, Rauw will make stops in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Texas and even back-to-back dates in Spain. “It?s going to be a long ride but we?re ready, my team is ready, to give everything on stage.” Tickets are already on sale via RauwAlejandro.com.

Marco Antonio Solis y Los Bukis

Slated for Aug. 27 at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Sept. 4 at Soldier Field in Chicago, and Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the limited-run tour is titled ?Una Historia Cantada (A Sung History).? It will put Marco Antonio Sols onstage with his bandmates for the first time in 25 years.In addition to his Los Bukis dates, Sols will also perform two solo dates this year, Sept. 10 and 11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Those dates are part of several that were postponed due to the pandemic.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

Gilberto Santa Rosa?sCamnalo(Walk It) tour will hit more than 16 U.S. cities, beginning with Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 7.The Camnalo tour will make stops at The Conga Room in Los Angeles and the San Jos Center for the Performing Arts in San Jos, and also at the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City.Camnalowill “be a big party, full of music and good vibes,? said Santa Rosa. The tour is named after one of the songs in his new album,Colegas.

Farruko

Named after his upcoming studio album and in honor of one of the main highways in Puerto Rico near his hometown, theLa 167tour will kick off Nov. 19 in San Diego?s Viejas Arena and make pit stops in Houston, Atlanta, Miami and San Juan and Puerto Rico, among other cities. The tour, presented for the most part by Loud and Live and Live Nation on select shows, is set to wrap up Feb. 20 in Chicago?s Rosemont Theatre.Tickets for the La 167 Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday (June 25) via Farruko?sofficial website.

Morat

Colombian pop-rock group Morat has locked in a 14-date U.S. tour, kicking off in the fall. Dubbed “A Donde Vamos” tour, after their 2019 bop, the quartet will visit fans in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and New York, to name a few stops. The fall tour will wrap up on Oct. 24 in Miami. The U.S. tour will come on the heels of Morat’s Spain tour in the summer. To purchase tickets, click here.

Preventa este jueves 10 am hora Miami ???? #ADndeVamosTour2021 pic.twitter.com/USqGtrxLRC

— Morat (@MoratBanda) June 1, 2021

Carlos Vives

Carlos Vives returns to touring with his “Despues de Todo… Vives” tour kicking off Dec. 3 at theFTX Arena (formerly known as the AmericanAirlines Arena) in Miami. The Latin Grammy-winning, Colombian superstar will then visit fans in the U.S. and Canada throughout the first few months of 2022.?After everything we have been through, returning to North America, to so many beloved places, to see unforgettable friends and special audiences again, makes this truly a historic moment for me,” Vives expressed in a statement.

The highly awaited tour, produced by Loud And Live, will make pit stops in Seattle, Houston, Toronto, Boston, and more cities. ?After months of anticipation, Loud And Live is excited to bring this experience to his fans who have been eagerly awaiting to see Vives in concert to enjoy in his repertoire of classics and newest hits and will ensure that this is a memorable experience for all,” said Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud And Live. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and AXS.

Christian Nodal

Christian Nodalannounced the dates for his 2021 “Botella Tras Botella” U.S. tour with special guest Gera MX. Produced by Live Nation, the Regional Mexican star will kick off his series of concerts on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas? Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood and is slated to wrap on Dec. 19 at Phoenix?s Arizona Federal Theatre. Nodal will make pit stops in Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other cities.The tour was coined after his and Gera?s country-meets-hip-hop collab “Botella Tras Botella,” which madeBillboardhistory as the first Regional Mexican title to enter the Hot 100 in its almost 63-year history.

?Mi gente!
Me llena de felicidad darles la noticia que por fin volvemos de gira por Estados Unidos con #BotellaTrasBotellaTour??!?
Por fin nos veremos para disfrutar de momentos inolvidables.??????? ? https://t.co/vNvJC86Z9j pic.twitter.com/alyXcdE9Qt

— NODAL (@elnodal) June 1, 2021

Camilo

Tickets are now on sale for Camilo?s first-ever U.S. tour, theMis Manos (My Hands)tour, titled after his recently released album. Produced by Loud and Live, will hit theaters in 14 cities, beginning with Miami, Oct. 22 at the Filmore and ending Dec. 3 at the Coca-Cola Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

?This is the first time I?m going on stage to perform my songs with my band,? Camilo tellsBillboard. ?The expectation of looking my fans in the eye, and having them look into my eyes and sing those songs, which are anthems of hope, makes this an almost mystical encounter.? See the full dates here.

Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias

Ricky MartinandEnrique Iglesiasare officially kicking off their highly awaited co-headlining tour this fall,Billboardhas learned.The 26-date North America tour is confirmed to kick off Sept. 25 At Las Vegas? MGM Grand Garden Arena and wrap up on Nov. 20 at Anaheim?s Honda Center. The iconic pop stars will also visit fans in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and more.

Tickets are available onTicketmaster.com.Colombian starSebastian Yatrawill perform as a special guest on the trek in select cities. Here is the complete list of tour stops.

Pepe Aguilar

Pepe Aguilarwill continue hisJaripeo Sin Fronterastour with 15 new dates in 2021. Conceptualized by the renowned regional Mexican star himself, the family-friendly concert will have performances by Pepe,Angela Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar Jr., Banda Sinaloense, Mariachi Zacatecano, rodeo acts, horse shows, charreria competition, bull riders and more. The 2021 tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off Sept. 4 in Phoenix?s Gila River Arena, and wrap up on Dec. 5 in San Jose?s SAP Center. The Aguilar dynasty will also make pit stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, to name a few.

Tickets for the 2021Jaripeo Sin Fronterastour are now on sale viaTicketmaster.com. See full dates here.

Alejandro Sanz

After becoming one of the first Latin artists to kick off virtual concerts during the pandemic,Alejandro Sanzreturns to touring this year with the announcement of new U.S. dates of his #LaGira 2021 tour. Produced by Live Nation, the Spanish crooner will kick off the tour on Oct. 8 at Illinois’ Rosemont Theatre and run until Oct. 31 at San Jose?s SAP Center. Sanz will also visit fans in New York, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles, to name a few.Tickets for his 2021 shows go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on April 29 via Ticketmaster. See the dates here.

Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony‘s 23-date North American tour is set to kick off Aug. 27 in San Antonio’s AT&T Center,Billboardcan exclusively announce. The “Marc Anthony Tour” — with stops in major cities including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles and two dates in Canada — is produced and presented by CMN and Magnus Media, with tickets to go on sale April 30 viaTicketmaster.

Zo

In celebration of their recently released albumSonidos de Karmtica Resonancia, Mexican band Zo announced a 26-date U.S. tour set to launch in August with two dates at the House of Blues in Chicago.This year’s trek, which will see them perform in venues such as the Greek Theater in L.A. and Kings Theatre in New York, comes two years since their last tour in 2019 in support of their Grammy-winning albumAztln.Tickets for Zo’s summer/fall U.S. tour are on sale throughwww.ticketmaster.comandzoetheband.com. See the tour dates here.

David Bisbal

At the 2021 Latin AMAs, where he performed “Tears of Gold” alongside Carrie Underwood, David Bisbal told Billboard he was also preparing for his 2021 “En Tus Planes” tour. Set to kick off in the fall, the tour begins September 30 in Miami’s The Fillmore Miami Beach and wraps up on Oct. 30 in California’s San Jose Civic. The Spanish crooner, who will be celebrating 20 years of career in 2022, will also make pit stops in cities such as Atlanta, New York, San Juan, Dallas, Chicago, and Las Vegas, to name a few. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Myriam Hernandez

Blessing fans with hits such as “El Hombre Que Yo Amo,? ?Herida? and ?Peligroso Amor,” as well as songs from her upcoming studio album, Myriam Hernandez announced her diverse and conceptual Sinergia Tour will take place in the fall. Dubbed “synergy,” flowers will play an important role on this tour, representing the union of the four natural elements, in addition to beauty, sensuality and mystery. The tour will kick off Oct. 8 at The Palace Theatre inStanford, Conn., and run until Oct. 24 atStraz Center for The Performing Arts in Tampa, Fla. For full dates and ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Banda MS

Banda MSannounced their return to touring with the U.S. leg of their Banda MS Positivo tour. The Mexican musical group promises a packed concert with banda sinaloense, acoustic, and norteo music, to name a few. Spanish singerNatalia Jimnezis confirmed to join the band as a special guest on at least five tour stops. Banda MS Positivo tour will kick off on May 14 in Hidalgo, Texas and run until Nov. 20 in Stockton, Calif. They will make pit stops in D.C., Chicago, Orlando, and Memphis, and other cities.

Tickets for Banda MS Positivo will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, via Ticketmaster.com.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

On Sept. 24, the salsa artist will perform the first of his nine concerts in the U.S. Gilberto Santa Rosa will kick off his tour in El Cajon, Calif., and wrap up in National Harbor, Md.

See the dates here.

Grupo Firme

Rising regional Mexican band will hit the road March 20 for their 27-date U.S. tour. Grupo Firme will make stops at Chicago, Orlando and Houston.

See the dates here.

Maluma

The Colombian star’s newly announced 30-date U.S. and Puerto Rico arena tour is the biggest and most ambitious 2021 U.S. tour to date.Maluma’s Papi Juancho tour will kick off Sept. 1 in Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center and wrap up at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Oct. 24.

See the dates here.


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All the Latin Tours Announced for 2021 (Updating)
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 3:00 pm

Colombian star Maluma isn’t the only one who’s announced that he’s touring in 2021. Injecting a much-needed boost of confidence in the live market — which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic-imposed shutdown — other artists who are hitting the road include Banda MS and Mike Baha, among others.

The global coronavirus pandemic is still an ongoing health crisis, but Latin acts are looking to jumpstart the live industry with sporadic tour dates across the country.

Below is an updating list of concerts by Latin acts in 2021.


Jesse y Joy

Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning siblings Jesse y Joy are returning to touring, announcing today their “Cliches” world tour slated for 2022. Produced by Live Nation, the 22-dates tour will kick off March 4 in Puerto Rico’s Coca Cola Music Hall and wrap up on April 10 in Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at Indio, Calif. “Cliches,” which marks their first tour in nearly three years, will also make pit stops in key U.S. cities including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, to name a few. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, Dec. 3. For ticket sales and more information, click here.

Ya llega – Cliches World Tour – ?!! Aqu las primeras fechas ? Invitados especiales @thelittlejesus & @chulemusica
Y el pre-sale inicia HOY a las 12pm EST con el cdigo 2022CLICHES ?https://t.co/6P2zuvT6Ks pic.twitter.com/vk6tVxSDG2

— Jesse & Joy Oficial (@jesseyjoy) November 30, 2021

Pedro Capo

The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter is hitting the road in 2022 with an 11-date tour across the U.S. Capo kicks off his tour at the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico on May 7 and will visit New York, Boston, Dallas, and other cities before wrapping up on June 4 at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. For ticket information, visit pedrocapomusica.com.

Familia nos vamos de Tour ??!!!! Estn listos??? ???

Boletos a la venta ?? https://t.co/CIgUZLD0Wl pic.twitter.com/warqv7mDA6

— Pedro Cap (@pedrocapo) November 23, 2021

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Jay Wheeler

Jay Wheeler, a former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise and 2021 Latin Grammy nominee, will kick off his U.S. tour on Nov. 26 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and is slated to wrap up on Feb. 18, 2022, at the Hard Rock Live in Orland, Fla. “We’re going on tour!! Thank you for so much, family,” the Puerto Rican artist expressed on social media. With more than 40 cities confirmed, tickets forLa Voz Favorite Tour, presented by Elite Media & Marketing (EMM), will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Oct. 16 viawww.JayWheelerMusic.com or www.EMM360.com. More dates and cities are expected to be announced.

NOS FUIMOS DE TOUR!!?
GRACIAS POR TANTO FAMILIA. ??

COMPRA TU BOLETO DESDE EL SBADO A LAS 10 AM, NOS VEMOS EN TU CIUDAD ?

BOLETOS AQU ???https://t.co/5o8wvCDLhf pic.twitter.com/EkZLrLbpH6

— J Y (@jaywheelerpr) October 11, 2021

Los Temerarios

Los Temerarios returns to touring in 2022 after a COVID-19-imposed hiatus. The Mexicangruperoband, led by brothers Gustavo and Adolfo ngel, are set to kick off the trek Feb. 4 in San Jose, California?s SAP Center, and wrap up on April 9 in Greensboro, North Carolina. ?After a long pause due to the pandemic, and a difficult situation that has impacted all of us, we are filled with joy to reunite with our beloved fans to create new and beautiful memories thanks to music,? Los Temerarios said in a statement. The coast-to-coast tour will make stops in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York, among others. See the complete list of tour dates here.

Emocionados de presentarles las fechas de #LosTemerarios 2022 US Tour. https://t.co/gVc9vwpqwZ pic.twitter.com/1RfsIvVYvR

— Los Temerarios (@los_temerarios) October 12, 2021

Blessd

Colombian newcomer Blessd announced his first-ever U.S. tour, El Bendito Tour, kicking off Oct. 14 at La Chiflada in Paterson, N.J. and wrapping up on Oct. 22 at Tampa, Florida’s Vibras. TheformerBillboardLatin Artist on the Rise will also visit New York, Orland, andMassachusetts, to name a few. “God is rewarding us with these new triumphs that we are getting little by little,” the artist expressed in a statement. Following his U.S. tour, Blessd will tour Europe in the fall.

Rubn Blades

Rubn Blades, Latin Recording Academy’s 2021 Person of the Year, is hitting the road in 2021 with an eight-city tour called Salswing Tour alongside the Roberto Delgado Big Band, composed of 20 Panamanian musicians. Produced by Live and Loud, Blades will kick off the U.S. tour on Nov. 20 in Oakland and wrap up on Dec. 5 in Chicago. Paying homage to his album’s name Salswing!, Blades and Big Band will celebrate the origins of Latin Jazz and the mutual influences between son, the rhythmic Afro-Caribbean music, and swing. See the dates below and for ticketing information, visitrubenblades.com.

El Alfa

El Alfahas announced his first-ever world tour beginning in the U.S. in the fall of 2021. The Dominican dembow star — who?s collaborated with artists such as Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, and more — will kick off the North American leg of his tour on Oct. 14 in Dallas and wrap up Nov. 21 in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after making pit stops in key cities including New York, Miami, and Atlanta. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for El Alfa?s tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Aug. 13 viaticketmaster.com. Click on the link below to see full tour dates:

Sech

Panamanian singer-songwriter Sech kicked off his CMN-produced 42 Tour on July 30 with back-to-back concerts in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. Sech will continue touring from August to October, visiting cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He will also make two stops in Mexico: one in Baja California for Baja Beach Fest in August, and one in Nuevo Len in November. See the complete list of dates here.

Nio Garca

Puerto Rican artist Nio Garcia announced his upcoming 2021 AM Tour set to kick off in the Dominican Republic on Aug. 3, and will make its way to the U.S. Aug. 13 with stops in Nashville August 13. From there it will make stops in Boston, Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago, among other cities.Tickets will be on sale Aug, 5 through www.zamoralive.com. See all the dates below:

 

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Cafe Tacuba

Cafe Tacuba is going on tour this fall with special guest Diamante Elctrico, kicking off Nov. 1 at New York’s Irving Plaza and wrapping Nov. 17 at Texas’ McAllen Performing Arts Center. Known for hits such as “La Ingrata,” “Eres,” and “Chilanga Banda,” the Mexican rock band will also visit fans in Georgia, North Carolina, and Miami.

Produced by Live Nation, general tickets go on sale starting Friday, July 30, via Ticketmaster.com. Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale tickets from 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, July 27, to 10 p.m. local time on July 29 through Citi Entertainment. Fan pre-sale will be available at 10 a.m. local time on July 70 until 10 p.m. local time July 29 via Ticketmaster.com.

Mon Nov 01 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Tue Nov 02 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Thu Nov 04 — Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Sun Nov 07 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Mon Nov 08 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue Nov 09 — Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Fri Nov 12 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
Sat Nov 13 — Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sun Nov 14 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Tue Nov 16 — Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Wed Nov 17 — McAllen, TX @ McAllen Performing Arts Center
Fri Nov 19 — Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
Sat Nov 20 — San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Mon Nov 22 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Wed Nov 24 — El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre

Juanes

Dubbed Origen Tour, the Colombian singer-songwriter promises fans an ?up close and immersive journey? through all of his greatest hits combined with his album?s newer songs, such as ?Reblion,? ?Nuestro Juramento,? and ?Dancing in the Dark.??These are songs that marked my childhood, my teen years, and my early adulthood,? Juanes previously toldBillboardof his album. ?This was curated to show my life. I wanted to return to a place where I felt I was myself.?His origins will now reflect on his upcoming tour that is produced by Live Nation and kicks off Sept. 16 at The Fillmore in Miami. For full dates and tickets information, click here.

Aventura

Aventura fans, rejoice!?The Kings of Bachata? haveannounced four new stadium dates across the U.S. as part of their final run together as a group. After selling out their Aug. 14 show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, the bachata supergroup will also now visit Chicago; Los Angeles; Arlington, Texas; and East Rutherford, N.J. Aventura,helmed byRomeo Santos,Henry Santos, Lenny Santos and Max Santos,grossed $25.8 million and sold 189,000 tickets for their2020 Inmortal Tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The Live Nation-produced 2021 stadium tour will go on sale Friday, July 23, at 12 p.m. local time through ticketmaster.com.

Mon Laferte

Chilean singer-songwriterMonLaferteannounced a two-month U.S. trek in support of her latest album,SEIS. The coast-to-coast tour, produced by Live Nation, is set tokick off Sept. 14 in Seattle, with Laferte making stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. The tour will wrap up Oct. 28 in Tucson, Ariz. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

Karol G

Karol Gwill embark on her first-ever U.S. headlining tour this fall, calling it the ?most exciting show? of her entire career. Dubbed ?Bichota Tour,? after her unapologetic and empowering single, Karol kicks off her monthlong tour Oct. 20 in Denver?s Mission Ballroom. She?ll make pit stops in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Miami before wrapping up in San Juan?s Coliseo de Puerto Rico.?Bichota Tour? — where Karol will perform hits off of her most recent album,KG0516 —is presented by Smirnoff, produced by AEG Presents, and booked by UTA. Tickets are already on sale viakarolgmusic.com.

Rauw Alejandro

After the success of “Todo de Ti” on social media and with his upcoming album Vice Versa, Rauw Alejandro is ready to hit the road. With more than 50 dates confirmed, the Puerto Rican artist is “crazy to sing all of these songs lives,” he tells Billboard. The tour kicks off July 15 in Raleigh, N.C., and wrap up on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. In between, Rauw will make stops in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Texas and even back-to-back dates in Spain. “It?s going to be a long ride but we?re ready, my team is ready, to give everything on stage.” Tickets are already on sale via RauwAlejandro.com.

Marco Antonio Solis y Los Bukis

Slated for Aug. 27 at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Sept. 4 at Soldier Field in Chicago, and Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the limited-run tour is titled ?Una Historia Cantada (A Sung History).? It will put Marco Antonio Sols onstage with his bandmates for the first time in 25 years.In addition to his Los Bukis dates, Sols will also perform two solo dates this year, Sept. 10 and 11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Those dates are part of several that were postponed due to the pandemic.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

Gilberto Santa Rosa?sCamnalo(Walk It) tour will hit more than 16 U.S. cities, beginning with Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 7.The Camnalo tour will make stops at The Conga Room in Los Angeles and the San Jos Center for the Performing Arts in San Jos, and also at the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City.Camnalowill “be a big party, full of music and good vibes,? said Santa Rosa. The tour is named after one of the songs in his new album,Colegas.

Farruko

Named after his upcoming studio album and in honor of one of the main highways in Puerto Rico near his hometown, theLa 167tour will kick off Nov. 19 in San Diego?s Viejas Arena and make pit stops in Houston, Atlanta, Miami and San Juan and Puerto Rico, among other cities. The tour, presented for the most part by Loud and Live and Live Nation on select shows, is set to wrap up Feb. 20 in Chicago?s Rosemont Theatre.Tickets for the La 167 Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday (June 25) via Farruko?sofficial website.

Morat

Colombian pop-rock group Morat has locked in a 14-date U.S. tour, kicking off in the fall. Dubbed “A Donde Vamos” tour, after their 2019 bop, the quartet will visit fans in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and New York, to name a few stops. The fall tour will wrap up on Oct. 24 in Miami. The U.S. tour will come on the heels of Morat’s Spain tour in the summer. To purchase tickets, click here.

Preventa este jueves 10 am hora Miami ???? #ADndeVamosTour2021 pic.twitter.com/USqGtrxLRC

— Morat (@MoratBanda) June 1, 2021

Carlos Vives

Carlos Vives returns to touring with his “Despues de Todo… Vives” tour kicking off Dec. 3 at theFTX Arena (formerly known as the AmericanAirlines Arena) in Miami. The Latin Grammy-winning, Colombian superstar will then visit fans in the U.S. and Canada throughout the first few months of 2022.?After everything we have been through, returning to North America, to so many beloved places, to see unforgettable friends and special audiences again, makes this truly a historic moment for me,” Vives expressed in a statement.

The highly awaited tour, produced by Loud And Live, will make pit stops in Seattle, Houston, Toronto, Boston, and more cities. ?After months of anticipation, Loud And Live is excited to bring this experience to his fans who have been eagerly awaiting to see Vives in concert to enjoy in his repertoire of classics and newest hits and will ensure that this is a memorable experience for all,” said Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud And Live. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and AXS.

Christian Nodal

Christian Nodalannounced the dates for his 2021 “Botella Tras Botella” U.S. tour with special guest Gera MX. Produced by Live Nation, the Regional Mexican star will kick off his series of concerts on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas? Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood and is slated to wrap on Dec. 19 at Phoenix?s Arizona Federal Theatre. Nodal will make pit stops in Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other cities.The tour was coined after his and Gera?s country-meets-hip-hop collab “Botella Tras Botella,” which madeBillboardhistory as the first Regional Mexican title to enter the Hot 100 in its almost 63-year history.

?Mi gente!
Me llena de felicidad darles la noticia que por fin volvemos de gira por Estados Unidos con #BotellaTrasBotellaTour??!?
Por fin nos veremos para disfrutar de momentos inolvidables.??????? ? https://t.co/vNvJC86Z9j pic.twitter.com/alyXcdE9Qt

— NODAL (@elnodal) June 1, 2021

Camilo

Tickets are now on sale for Camilo?s first-ever U.S. tour, theMis Manos (My Hands)tour, titled after his recently released album. Produced by Loud and Live, will hit theaters in 14 cities, beginning with Miami, Oct. 22 at the Filmore and ending Dec. 3 at the Coca-Cola Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

?This is the first time I?m going on stage to perform my songs with my band,? Camilo tellsBillboard. ?The expectation of looking my fans in the eye, and having them look into my eyes and sing those songs, which are anthems of hope, makes this an almost mystical encounter.? See the full dates here.

Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias

Ricky MartinandEnrique Iglesiasare officially kicking off their highly awaited co-headlining tour this fall,Billboardhas learned.The 26-date North America tour is confirmed to kick off Sept. 25 At Las Vegas? MGM Grand Garden Arena and wrap up on Nov. 20 at Anaheim?s Honda Center. The iconic pop stars will also visit fans in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and more.

Tickets are available onTicketmaster.com.Colombian starSebastian Yatrawill perform as a special guest on the trek in select cities. Here is the complete list of tour stops.

Pepe Aguilar

Pepe Aguilarwill continue hisJaripeo Sin Fronterastour with 15 new dates in 2021. Conceptualized by the renowned regional Mexican star himself, the family-friendly concert will have performances by Pepe,Angela Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar Jr., Banda Sinaloense, Mariachi Zacatecano, rodeo acts, horse shows, charreria competition, bull riders and more. The 2021 tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off Sept. 4 in Phoenix?s Gila River Arena, and wrap up on Dec. 5 in San Jose?s SAP Center. The Aguilar dynasty will also make pit stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, to name a few.

Tickets for the 2021Jaripeo Sin Fronterastour are now on sale viaTicketmaster.com. See full dates here.

Alejandro Sanz

After becoming one of the first Latin artists to kick off virtual concerts during the pandemic,Alejandro Sanzreturns to touring this year with the announcement of new U.S. dates of his #LaGira 2021 tour. Produced by Live Nation, the Spanish crooner will kick off the tour on Oct. 8 at Illinois’ Rosemont Theatre and run until Oct. 31 at San Jose?s SAP Center. Sanz will also visit fans in New York, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles, to name a few.Tickets for his 2021 shows go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on April 29 via Ticketmaster. See the dates here.

Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony‘s 23-date North American tour is set to kick off Aug. 27 in San Antonio’s AT&T Center,Billboardcan exclusively announce. The “Marc Anthony Tour” — with stops in major cities including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles and two dates in Canada — is produced and presented by CMN and Magnus Media, with tickets to go on sale April 30 viaTicketmaster.

Zo

In celebration of their recently released albumSonidos de Karmtica Resonancia, Mexican band Zo announced a 26-date U.S. tour set to launch in August with two dates at the House of Blues in Chicago.This year’s trek, which will see them perform in venues such as the Greek Theater in L.A. and Kings Theatre in New York, comes two years since their last tour in 2019 in support of their Grammy-winning albumAztln.Tickets for Zo’s summer/fall U.S. tour are on sale throughwww.ticketmaster.comandzoetheband.com. See the tour dates here.

David Bisbal

At the 2021 Latin AMAs, where he performed “Tears of Gold” alongside Carrie Underwood, David Bisbal told Billboard he was also preparing for his 2021 “En Tus Planes” tour. Set to kick off in the fall, the tour begins September 30 in Miami’s The Fillmore Miami Beach and wraps up on Oct. 30 in California’s San Jose Civic. The Spanish crooner, who will be celebrating 20 years of career in 2022, will also make pit stops in cities such as Atlanta, New York, San Juan, Dallas, Chicago, and Las Vegas, to name a few. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Myriam Hernandez

Blessing fans with hits such as “El Hombre Que Yo Amo,? ?Herida? and ?Peligroso Amor,” as well as songs from her upcoming studio album, Myriam Hernandez announced her diverse and conceptual Sinergia Tour will take place in the fall. Dubbed “synergy,” flowers will play an important role on this tour, representing the union of the four natural elements, in addition to beauty, sensuality and mystery. The tour will kick off Oct. 8 at The Palace Theatre inStanford, Conn., and run until Oct. 24 atStraz Center for The Performing Arts in Tampa, Fla. For full dates and ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Banda MS

Banda MSannounced their return to touring with the U.S. leg of their Banda MS Positivo tour. The Mexican musical group promises a packed concert with banda sinaloense, acoustic, and norteo music, to name a few. Spanish singerNatalia Jimnezis confirmed to join the band as a special guest on at least five tour stops. Banda MS Positivo tour will kick off on May 14 in Hidalgo, Texas and run until Nov. 20 in Stockton, Calif. They will make pit stops in D.C., Chicago, Orlando, and Memphis, and other cities.

Tickets for Banda MS Positivo will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, via Ticketmaster.com.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

On Sept. 24, the salsa artist will perform the first of his nine concerts in the U.S. Gilberto Santa Rosa will kick off his tour in El Cajon, Calif., and wrap up in National Harbor, Md.

See the dates here.

Grupo Firme

Rising regional Mexican band will hit the road March 20 for their 27-date U.S. tour. Grupo Firme will make stops at Chicago, Orlando and Houston.

See the dates here.

Maluma

The Colombian star’s newly announced 30-date U.S. and Puerto Rico arena tour is the biggest and most ambitious 2021 U.S. tour to date.Maluma’s Papi Juancho tour will kick off Sept. 1 in Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center and wrap up at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Oct. 24.

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All the Latin Tours Announced for 2021 (Updating)
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 3:00 pm

Colombian star Maluma isn’t the only one who’s announced that he’s touring in 2021. Injecting a much-needed boost of confidence in the live market — which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic-imposed shutdown — other artists who are hitting the road include Banda MS and Mike Baha, among others.

The global coronavirus pandemic is still an ongoing health crisis, but Latin acts are looking to jumpstart the live industry with sporadic tour dates across the country.

Below is an updating list of concerts by Latin acts in 2021.


Jesse y Joy

Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning siblings Jesse y Joy are returning to touring, announcing today their “Cliches” world tour slated for 2022. Produced by Live Nation, the 22-dates tour will kick off March 4 in Puerto Rico’s Coca Cola Music Hall and wrap up on April 10 in Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at Indio, Calif. “Cliches,” which marks their first tour in nearly three years, will also make pit stops in key U.S. cities including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, to name a few. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, Dec. 3. For ticket sales and more information, click here.

Ya llega – Cliches World Tour – ?!! Aqu las primeras fechas ? Invitados especiales @thelittlejesus & @chulemusica
Y el pre-sale inicia HOY a las 12pm EST con el cdigo 2022CLICHES ?https://t.co/6P2zuvT6Ks pic.twitter.com/vk6tVxSDG2

— Jesse & Joy Oficial (@jesseyjoy) November 30, 2021

Pedro Capo

The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter is hitting the road in 2022 with an 11-date tour across the U.S. Capo kicks off his tour at the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico on May 7 and will visit New York, Boston, Dallas, and other cities before wrapping up on June 4 at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. For ticket information, visit pedrocapomusica.com.

Familia nos vamos de Tour ??!!!! Estn listos??? ???

Boletos a la venta ?? https://t.co/CIgUZLD0Wl pic.twitter.com/warqv7mDA6

— Pedro Cap (@pedrocapo) November 23, 2021

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Jay Wheeler

Jay Wheeler, a former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise and 2021 Latin Grammy nominee, will kick off his U.S. tour on Nov. 26 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and is slated to wrap up on Feb. 18, 2022, at the Hard Rock Live in Orland, Fla. “We’re going on tour!! Thank you for so much, family,” the Puerto Rican artist expressed on social media. With more than 40 cities confirmed, tickets forLa Voz Favorite Tour, presented by Elite Media & Marketing (EMM), will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Oct. 16 viawww.JayWheelerMusic.com or www.EMM360.com. More dates and cities are expected to be announced.

NOS FUIMOS DE TOUR!!?
GRACIAS POR TANTO FAMILIA. ??

COMPRA TU BOLETO DESDE EL SBADO A LAS 10 AM, NOS VEMOS EN TU CIUDAD ?

BOLETOS AQU ???https://t.co/5o8wvCDLhf pic.twitter.com/EkZLrLbpH6

— J Y (@jaywheelerpr) October 11, 2021

Los Temerarios

Los Temerarios returns to touring in 2022 after a COVID-19-imposed hiatus. The Mexicangruperoband, led by brothers Gustavo and Adolfo ngel, are set to kick off the trek Feb. 4 in San Jose, California?s SAP Center, and wrap up on April 9 in Greensboro, North Carolina. ?After a long pause due to the pandemic, and a difficult situation that has impacted all of us, we are filled with joy to reunite with our beloved fans to create new and beautiful memories thanks to music,? Los Temerarios said in a statement. The coast-to-coast tour will make stops in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York, among others. See the complete list of tour dates here.

Emocionados de presentarles las fechas de #LosTemerarios 2022 US Tour. https://t.co/gVc9vwpqwZ pic.twitter.com/1RfsIvVYvR

— Los Temerarios (@los_temerarios) October 12, 2021

Blessd

Colombian newcomer Blessd announced his first-ever U.S. tour, El Bendito Tour, kicking off Oct. 14 at La Chiflada in Paterson, N.J. and wrapping up on Oct. 22 at Tampa, Florida’s Vibras. TheformerBillboardLatin Artist on the Rise will also visit New York, Orland, andMassachusetts, to name a few. “God is rewarding us with these new triumphs that we are getting little by little,” the artist expressed in a statement. Following his U.S. tour, Blessd will tour Europe in the fall.

Rubn Blades

Rubn Blades, Latin Recording Academy’s 2021 Person of the Year, is hitting the road in 2021 with an eight-city tour called Salswing Tour alongside the Roberto Delgado Big Band, composed of 20 Panamanian musicians. Produced by Live and Loud, Blades will kick off the U.S. tour on Nov. 20 in Oakland and wrap up on Dec. 5 in Chicago. Paying homage to his album’s name Salswing!, Blades and Big Band will celebrate the origins of Latin Jazz and the mutual influences between son, the rhythmic Afro-Caribbean music, and swing. See the dates below and for ticketing information, visitrubenblades.com.

El Alfa

El Alfahas announced his first-ever world tour beginning in the U.S. in the fall of 2021. The Dominican dembow star — who?s collaborated with artists such as Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, and more — will kick off the North American leg of his tour on Oct. 14 in Dallas and wrap up Nov. 21 in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after making pit stops in key cities including New York, Miami, and Atlanta. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for El Alfa?s tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Aug. 13 viaticketmaster.com. Click on the link below to see full tour dates:

Sech

Panamanian singer-songwriter Sech kicked off his CMN-produced 42 Tour on July 30 with back-to-back concerts in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. Sech will continue touring from August to October, visiting cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He will also make two stops in Mexico: one in Baja California for Baja Beach Fest in August, and one in Nuevo Len in November. See the complete list of dates here.

Nio Garca

Puerto Rican artist Nio Garcia announced his upcoming 2021 AM Tour set to kick off in the Dominican Republic on Aug. 3, and will make its way to the U.S. Aug. 13 with stops in Nashville August 13. From there it will make stops in Boston, Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago, among other cities.Tickets will be on sale Aug, 5 through www.zamoralive.com. See all the dates below:

 

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Cafe Tacuba

Cafe Tacuba is going on tour this fall with special guest Diamante Elctrico, kicking off Nov. 1 at New York’s Irving Plaza and wrapping Nov. 17 at Texas’ McAllen Performing Arts Center. Known for hits such as “La Ingrata,” “Eres,” and “Chilanga Banda,” the Mexican rock band will also visit fans in Georgia, North Carolina, and Miami.

Produced by Live Nation, general tickets go on sale starting Friday, July 30, via Ticketmaster.com. Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale tickets from 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, July 27, to 10 p.m. local time on July 29 through Citi Entertainment. Fan pre-sale will be available at 10 a.m. local time on July 70 until 10 p.m. local time July 29 via Ticketmaster.com.

Mon Nov 01 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Tue Nov 02 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Thu Nov 04 — Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Sun Nov 07 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Mon Nov 08 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue Nov 09 — Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Fri Nov 12 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
Sat Nov 13 — Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sun Nov 14 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Tue Nov 16 — Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Wed Nov 17 — McAllen, TX @ McAllen Performing Arts Center
Fri Nov 19 — Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
Sat Nov 20 — San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Mon Nov 22 — Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Wed Nov 24 — El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre

Juanes

Dubbed Origen Tour, the Colombian singer-songwriter promises fans an ?up close and immersive journey? through all of his greatest hits combined with his album?s newer songs, such as ?Reblion,? ?Nuestro Juramento,? and ?Dancing in the Dark.??These are songs that marked my childhood, my teen years, and my early adulthood,? Juanes previously toldBillboardof his album. ?This was curated to show my life. I wanted to return to a place where I felt I was myself.?His origins will now reflect on his upcoming tour that is produced by Live Nation and kicks off Sept. 16 at The Fillmore in Miami. For full dates and tickets information, click here.

Aventura

Aventura fans, rejoice!?The Kings of Bachata? haveannounced four new stadium dates across the U.S. as part of their final run together as a group. After selling out their Aug. 14 show at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, the bachata supergroup will also now visit Chicago; Los Angeles; Arlington, Texas; and East Rutherford, N.J. Aventura,helmed byRomeo Santos,Henry Santos, Lenny Santos and Max Santos,grossed $25.8 million and sold 189,000 tickets for their2020 Inmortal Tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The Live Nation-produced 2021 stadium tour will go on sale Friday, July 23, at 12 p.m. local time through ticketmaster.com.

Mon Laferte

Chilean singer-songwriterMonLaferteannounced a two-month U.S. trek in support of her latest album,SEIS. The coast-to-coast tour, produced by Live Nation, is set tokick off Sept. 14 in Seattle, with Laferte making stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. The tour will wrap up Oct. 28 in Tucson, Ariz. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

Karol G

Karol Gwill embark on her first-ever U.S. headlining tour this fall, calling it the ?most exciting show? of her entire career. Dubbed ?Bichota Tour,? after her unapologetic and empowering single, Karol kicks off her monthlong tour Oct. 20 in Denver?s Mission Ballroom. She?ll make pit stops in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Miami before wrapping up in San Juan?s Coliseo de Puerto Rico.?Bichota Tour? — where Karol will perform hits off of her most recent album,KG0516 —is presented by Smirnoff, produced by AEG Presents, and booked by UTA. Tickets are already on sale viakarolgmusic.com.

Rauw Alejandro

After the success of “Todo de Ti” on social media and with his upcoming album Vice Versa, Rauw Alejandro is ready to hit the road. With more than 50 dates confirmed, the Puerto Rican artist is “crazy to sing all of these songs lives,” he tells Billboard. The tour kicks off July 15 in Raleigh, N.C., and wrap up on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. In between, Rauw will make stops in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Texas and even back-to-back dates in Spain. “It?s going to be a long ride but we?re ready, my team is ready, to give everything on stage.” Tickets are already on sale via RauwAlejandro.com.

Marco Antonio Solis y Los Bukis

Slated for Aug. 27 at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Sept. 4 at Soldier Field in Chicago, and Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the limited-run tour is titled ?Una Historia Cantada (A Sung History).? It will put Marco Antonio Sols onstage with his bandmates for the first time in 25 years.In addition to his Los Bukis dates, Sols will also perform two solo dates this year, Sept. 10 and 11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Those dates are part of several that were postponed due to the pandemic.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

Gilberto Santa Rosa?sCamnalo(Walk It) tour will hit more than 16 U.S. cities, beginning with Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 7.The Camnalo tour will make stops at The Conga Room in Los Angeles and the San Jos Center for the Performing Arts in San Jos, and also at the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City.Camnalowill “be a big party, full of music and good vibes,? said Santa Rosa. The tour is named after one of the songs in his new album,Colegas.

Farruko

Named after his upcoming studio album and in honor of one of the main highways in Puerto Rico near his hometown, theLa 167tour will kick off Nov. 19 in San Diego?s Viejas Arena and make pit stops in Houston, Atlanta, Miami and San Juan and Puerto Rico, among other cities. The tour, presented for the most part by Loud and Live and Live Nation on select shows, is set to wrap up Feb. 20 in Chicago?s Rosemont Theatre.Tickets for the La 167 Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday (June 25) via Farruko?sofficial website.

Morat

Colombian pop-rock group Morat has locked in a 14-date U.S. tour, kicking off in the fall. Dubbed “A Donde Vamos” tour, after their 2019 bop, the quartet will visit fans in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and New York, to name a few stops. The fall tour will wrap up on Oct. 24 in Miami. The U.S. tour will come on the heels of Morat’s Spain tour in the summer. To purchase tickets, click here.

Preventa este jueves 10 am hora Miami ???? #ADndeVamosTour2021 pic.twitter.com/USqGtrxLRC

— Morat (@MoratBanda) June 1, 2021

Carlos Vives

Carlos Vives returns to touring with his “Despues de Todo… Vives” tour kicking off Dec. 3 at theFTX Arena (formerly known as the AmericanAirlines Arena) in Miami. The Latin Grammy-winning, Colombian superstar will then visit fans in the U.S. and Canada throughout the first few months of 2022.?After everything we have been through, returning to North America, to so many beloved places, to see unforgettable friends and special audiences again, makes this truly a historic moment for me,” Vives expressed in a statement.

The highly awaited tour, produced by Loud And Live, will make pit stops in Seattle, Houston, Toronto, Boston, and more cities. ?After months of anticipation, Loud And Live is excited to bring this experience to his fans who have been eagerly awaiting to see Vives in concert to enjoy in his repertoire of classics and newest hits and will ensure that this is a memorable experience for all,” said Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud And Live. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and AXS.

Christian Nodal

Christian Nodalannounced the dates for his 2021 “Botella Tras Botella” U.S. tour with special guest Gera MX. Produced by Live Nation, the Regional Mexican star will kick off his series of concerts on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas? Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood and is slated to wrap on Dec. 19 at Phoenix?s Arizona Federal Theatre. Nodal will make pit stops in Orlando, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other cities.The tour was coined after his and Gera?s country-meets-hip-hop collab “Botella Tras Botella,” which madeBillboardhistory as the first Regional Mexican title to enter the Hot 100 in its almost 63-year history.

?Mi gente!
Me llena de felicidad darles la noticia que por fin volvemos de gira por Estados Unidos con #BotellaTrasBotellaTour??!?
Por fin nos veremos para disfrutar de momentos inolvidables.??????? ? https://t.co/vNvJC86Z9j pic.twitter.com/alyXcdE9Qt

— NODAL (@elnodal) June 1, 2021

Camilo

Tickets are now on sale for Camilo?s first-ever U.S. tour, theMis Manos (My Hands)tour, titled after his recently released album. Produced by Loud and Live, will hit theaters in 14 cities, beginning with Miami, Oct. 22 at the Filmore and ending Dec. 3 at the Coca-Cola Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

?This is the first time I?m going on stage to perform my songs with my band,? Camilo tellsBillboard. ?The expectation of looking my fans in the eye, and having them look into my eyes and sing those songs, which are anthems of hope, makes this an almost mystical encounter.? See the full dates here.

Ricky Martin & Enrique Iglesias

Ricky MartinandEnrique Iglesiasare officially kicking off their highly awaited co-headlining tour this fall,Billboardhas learned.The 26-date North America tour is confirmed to kick off Sept. 25 At Las Vegas? MGM Grand Garden Arena and wrap up on Nov. 20 at Anaheim?s Honda Center. The iconic pop stars will also visit fans in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and more.

Tickets are available onTicketmaster.com.Colombian starSebastian Yatrawill perform as a special guest on the trek in select cities. Here is the complete list of tour stops.

Pepe Aguilar

Pepe Aguilarwill continue hisJaripeo Sin Fronterastour with 15 new dates in 2021. Conceptualized by the renowned regional Mexican star himself, the family-friendly concert will have performances by Pepe,Angela Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar Jr., Banda Sinaloense, Mariachi Zacatecano, rodeo acts, horse shows, charreria competition, bull riders and more. The 2021 tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off Sept. 4 in Phoenix?s Gila River Arena, and wrap up on Dec. 5 in San Jose?s SAP Center. The Aguilar dynasty will also make pit stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, to name a few.

Tickets for the 2021Jaripeo Sin Fronterastour are now on sale viaTicketmaster.com. See full dates here.

Alejandro Sanz

After becoming one of the first Latin artists to kick off virtual concerts during the pandemic,Alejandro Sanzreturns to touring this year with the announcement of new U.S. dates of his #LaGira 2021 tour. Produced by Live Nation, the Spanish crooner will kick off the tour on Oct. 8 at Illinois’ Rosemont Theatre and run until Oct. 31 at San Jose?s SAP Center. Sanz will also visit fans in New York, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles, to name a few.Tickets for his 2021 shows go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on April 29 via Ticketmaster. See the dates here.

Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony‘s 23-date North American tour is set to kick off Aug. 27 in San Antonio’s AT&T Center,Billboardcan exclusively announce. The “Marc Anthony Tour” — with stops in major cities including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles and two dates in Canada — is produced and presented by CMN and Magnus Media, with tickets to go on sale April 30 viaTicketmaster.

Zo

In celebration of their recently released albumSonidos de Karmtica Resonancia, Mexican band Zo announced a 26-date U.S. tour set to launch in August with two dates at the House of Blues in Chicago.This year’s trek, which will see them perform in venues such as the Greek Theater in L.A. and Kings Theatre in New York, comes two years since their last tour in 2019 in support of their Grammy-winning albumAztln.Tickets for Zo’s summer/fall U.S. tour are on sale throughwww.ticketmaster.comandzoetheband.com. See the tour dates here.

David Bisbal

At the 2021 Latin AMAs, where he performed “Tears of Gold” alongside Carrie Underwood, David Bisbal told Billboard he was also preparing for his 2021 “En Tus Planes” tour. Set to kick off in the fall, the tour begins September 30 in Miami’s The Fillmore Miami Beach and wraps up on Oct. 30 in California’s San Jose Civic. The Spanish crooner, who will be celebrating 20 years of career in 2022, will also make pit stops in cities such as Atlanta, New York, San Juan, Dallas, Chicago, and Las Vegas, to name a few. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Myriam Hernandez

Blessing fans with hits such as “El Hombre Que Yo Amo,? ?Herida? and ?Peligroso Amor,” as well as songs from her upcoming studio album, Myriam Hernandez announced her diverse and conceptual Sinergia Tour will take place in the fall. Dubbed “synergy,” flowers will play an important role on this tour, representing the union of the four natural elements, in addition to beauty, sensuality and mystery. The tour will kick off Oct. 8 at The Palace Theatre inStanford, Conn., and run until Oct. 24 atStraz Center for The Performing Arts in Tampa, Fla. For full dates and ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Banda MS

Banda MSannounced their return to touring with the U.S. leg of their Banda MS Positivo tour. The Mexican musical group promises a packed concert with banda sinaloense, acoustic, and norteo music, to name a few. Spanish singerNatalia Jimnezis confirmed to join the band as a special guest on at least five tour stops. Banda MS Positivo tour will kick off on May 14 in Hidalgo, Texas and run until Nov. 20 in Stockton, Calif. They will make pit stops in D.C., Chicago, Orlando, and Memphis, and other cities.

Tickets for Banda MS Positivo will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, via Ticketmaster.com.

Gilberto Santa Rosa

On Sept. 24, the salsa artist will perform the first of his nine concerts in the U.S. Gilberto Santa Rosa will kick off his tour in El Cajon, Calif., and wrap up in National Harbor, Md.

See the dates here.

Grupo Firme

Rising regional Mexican band will hit the road March 20 for their 27-date U.S. tour. Grupo Firme will make stops at Chicago, Orlando and Houston.

See the dates here.

Maluma

The Colombian star’s newly announced 30-date U.S. and Puerto Rico arena tour is the biggest and most ambitious 2021 U.S. tour to date.Maluma’s Papi Juancho tour will kick off Sept. 1 in Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center and wrap up at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Oct. 24.

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BMG Acquires Mötley Crüe’s Recordings Catalog
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 2:40 pm

BMG has acquired Mtley Cre‘s entire recorded music catalog in a deal that marks the company’s largest single-artist deal since its founding in 2008, the company announced Tuesday (Nov. 30).

The deal covers the heavy metal icons’ nine studio albums, starting with the 1981 debut Too Fast for Loveto the latest release, 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles. Billboard estimates the band has sold 22.5 million albums in the U.S., based on RIAA certifications pre-1991 and MRC Data figures from 1991 to present.

Terms were not disclosed, although one music industry source put the figure between two numbers that other outlets have reported, at higher than $90 million but not $150 million.

BMG’s global catalog team plans to work closely with the band and its management to re-promote the releases starting next year.

?It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG,” Mtley Cre said in a statement. “Their extensive track record of success in Rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at The Top.”

Mtley Cre’s manager Allen Kovac added: ?After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we?ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured Rock catalog. Working with BMG in any capacity, whether that?s publishing or records, has always been a great experience.?

Mtley Cre’s most popular recordings, spanning from Too Fast for Love to 1997’s Generation Swine, and including the singles “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Dr. Feelgood,” among others were all released on Elektra Records, which the band signed with in 1982. In the 1990s, Kovac helped the band acquire those masters from Elektra was part of a contract renegotiation.

?With expert management at the helm, Mtley Cre have long owned their own recordings,” BMG’s president repertoire & marketing for New York and Los AngelesThomas Scherer said in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege for BMG to be entrusted with this catalog. They are the perfect fit for our global digital and physical expertise in rock.?

In June 2022, Mtley Cre plans to kick off their headlining U.S. stadium tour, which was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The more-than-30-date tour marks the band?s first major concert run since 2015.

?This is more than just a significant transaction. It?s a new chapter for an extraordinary catalog,” saidBMG CEO Hartwig Masuch in a statement. “Few bands understand the myth and the magic of Rock like Mtley Cre do. In an increasingly competitive rights acquisition market, artists need to be convinced that a buyer will do the right thing with their work. I am delighted that Mtley Cre have decided BMG will be the best custodians of their musical career.?

In March, BMG announced it was teaming with private equity firm KKRto buy music assets in what was described as a $1 billion deal pipeline. This Mtley Cre acquisition, however, is not part of that partnership.

Lately, BMG has been in the business of acquiring iconic catalogs, including a deal with Mick Fleetwood in January covering his share in Fleetwood Mac’s recordings, and a blockbuster deal in October with Tina Turner that covered her artist?s share of her recordings, her writer?s share of publishing and her neighboring rights from her solo career. The company is also home to the rights to several iconic hard rock acts, including Black Sabbath, Dio, Motrhead and the Scorpions, while it helped Iron Maiden achieve the highest-charting album of the band’s career in September.

Mtley Cre, Kovac and Chris Nilsson of 10th Street Entertainment were advised in the transaction by Tim Mandelbaum, Cynthia Katz, and the law firm of Fox Rothschild.


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BMG Acquires Mötley Crüe’s Recordings Catalog
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 2:40 pm

BMG has acquired Mtley Cre‘s entire recorded music catalog in a deal that marks the company’s largest single-artist deal since its founding in 2008, the company announced Tuesday (Nov. 30).

The deal covers the heavy metal icons’ nine studio albums, starting with the 1981 debut Too Fast for Loveto the latest release, 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles. Billboard estimates the band has sold 22.5 million albums in the U.S., based on RIAA certifications pre-1991 and MRC Data figures from 1991 to present.

Terms were not disclosed, although one music industry source put the figure between two numbers that other outlets have reported, at higher than $90 million but not $150 million.

BMG’s global catalog team plans to work closely with the band and its management to re-promote the releases starting next year.

?It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG,” Mtley Cre said in a statement. “Their extensive track record of success in Rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at The Top.”

Mtley Cre’s manager Allen Kovac added: ?After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we?ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured Rock catalog. Working with BMG in any capacity, whether that?s publishing or records, has always been a great experience.?

Mtley Cre’s most popular recordings, spanning from Too Fast for Love to 1997’s Generation Swine, and including the singles “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Dr. Feelgood,” among others were all released on Elektra Records, which the band signed with in 1982. In the 1990s, Kovac helped the band acquire those masters from Elektra was part of a contract renegotiation.

?With expert management at the helm, Mtley Cre have long owned their own recordings,” BMG’s president repertoire & marketing for New York and Los AngelesThomas Scherer said in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege for BMG to be entrusted with this catalog. They are the perfect fit for our global digital and physical expertise in rock.?

In June 2022, Mtley Cre plans to kick off their headlining U.S. stadium tour, which was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The more-than-30-date tour marks the band?s first major concert run since 2015.

?This is more than just a significant transaction. It?s a new chapter for an extraordinary catalog,” saidBMG CEO Hartwig Masuch in a statement. “Few bands understand the myth and the magic of Rock like Mtley Cre do. In an increasingly competitive rights acquisition market, artists need to be convinced that a buyer will do the right thing with their work. I am delighted that Mtley Cre have decided BMG will be the best custodians of their musical career.?

In March, BMG announced it was teaming with private equity firm KKRto buy music assets in what was described as a $1 billion deal pipeline. This Mtley Cre acquisition, however, is not part of that partnership.

Lately, BMG has been in the business of acquiring iconic catalogs, including a deal with Mick Fleetwood in January covering his share in Fleetwood Mac’s recordings, and a blockbuster deal in October with Tina Turner that covered her artist?s share of her recordings, her writer?s share of publishing and her neighboring rights from her solo career. The company is also home to the rights to several iconic hard rock acts, including Black Sabbath, Dio, Motrhead and the Scorpions, while it helped Iron Maiden achieve the highest-charting album of the band’s career in September.

Mtley Cre, Kovac and Chris Nilsson of 10th Street Entertainment were advised in the transaction by Tim Mandelbaum, Cynthia Katz, and the law firm of Fox Rothschild.


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BMG Acquires Mötley Crüe’s Recordings Catalog
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 2:40 pm

BMG has acquired Mtley Cre‘s entire recorded music catalog in a deal that marks the company’s largest single-artist deal since its founding in 2008, the company announced Tuesday (Nov. 30).

The deal covers the heavy metal icons’ nine studio albums, starting with the 1981 debut Too Fast for Loveto the latest release, 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles. Billboard estimates the band has sold 22.5 million albums in the U.S., based on RIAA certifications pre-1991 and MRC Data figures from 1991 to present.

Terms were not disclosed, although one music industry source put the figure between two numbers that other outlets have reported, at higher than $90 million but not $150 million.

BMG’s global catalog team plans to work closely with the band and its management to re-promote the releases starting next year.

?It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG,” Mtley Cre said in a statement. “Their extensive track record of success in Rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at The Top.”

Mtley Cre’s manager Allen Kovac added: ?After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we?ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured Rock catalog. Working with BMG in any capacity, whether that?s publishing or records, has always been a great experience.?

Mtley Cre’s most popular recordings, spanning from Too Fast for Love to 1997’s Generation Swine, and including the singles “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Dr. Feelgood,” among others were all released on Elektra Records, which the band signed with in 1982. In the 1990s, Kovac helped the band acquire those masters from Elektra was part of a contract renegotiation.

?With expert management at the helm, Mtley Cre have long owned their own recordings,” BMG’s president repertoire & marketing for New York and Los AngelesThomas Scherer said in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege for BMG to be entrusted with this catalog. They are the perfect fit for our global digital and physical expertise in rock.?

In June 2022, Mtley Cre plans to kick off their headlining U.S. stadium tour, which was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The more-than-30-date tour marks the band?s first major concert run since 2015.

?This is more than just a significant transaction. It?s a new chapter for an extraordinary catalog,” saidBMG CEO Hartwig Masuch in a statement. “Few bands understand the myth and the magic of Rock like Mtley Cre do. In an increasingly competitive rights acquisition market, artists need to be convinced that a buyer will do the right thing with their work. I am delighted that Mtley Cre have decided BMG will be the best custodians of their musical career.?

In March, BMG announced it was teaming with private equity firm KKRto buy music assets in what was described as a $1 billion deal pipeline. This Mtley Cre acquisition, however, is not part of that partnership.

Lately, BMG has been in the business of acquiring iconic catalogs, including a deal with Mick Fleetwood in January covering his share in Fleetwood Mac’s recordings, and a blockbuster deal in October with Tina Turner that covered her artist?s share of her recordings, her writer?s share of publishing and her neighboring rights from her solo career. The company is also home to the rights to several iconic hard rock acts, including Black Sabbath, Dio, Motrhead and the Scorpions, while it helped Iron Maiden achieve the highest-charting album of the band’s career in September.

Mtley Cre, Kovac and Chris Nilsson of 10th Street Entertainment were advised in the transaction by Tim Mandelbaum, Cynthia Katz, and the law firm of Fox Rothschild.


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Universal Music Canada CEO Jeffrey Remedios Appointed TIFF Board Chair
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 2:22 pm

The Toronto International Film Festival announced on Tuesday the appointment of Jeffrey Remedios, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Canada, as chair of TIFF?s board of directors, succeeding Jennifer Tory.

Remedios has been a member of the TIFF Board for five years; Tory held the chair role since 2016.

“I?d first like to congratulate and thank Jennifer Tory for her impeccable leadership and years of commitment and contribution to TIFF, particularly in recent years as the organization navigated these unprecedented times,” Remedios said of assuming Tory’s role. “I?d also like to thank our departing Board colleagues – Ellis, Wade, Shabin, Francis, Frank and Geoff – for their dedication and countless contributions. I?m humbled and honored to serve TIFF?s mission in the role of Chair alongside my esteemed existing and new Board colleagues.”

Remedios also sits on the boards of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Music Canada and the board of Arts & Crafts, the independent music label he co-founded in 2003 and where he served as President until 2015. He founded Field Trip, downtown Toronto?s boutique community music and arts festival held at Historic Fort York and is former Chairman of FACTOR, a foundation that assists Canadian talent on recordings. He also served on the boards of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Minister?s Advisory Council for Arts & Culture.

TIFF also announced the departures of long-time members Ellis Jacob, Wade Oosterman and Shabin Mohamed. Other members stepping down are Francis Shen, Frank Kollmar and Geoff Beattie. Joining the board are Mary DePaoli, Danis Goulet, Allen Lau, Devorah Lithwick, and Laurie May.

Following the board news, TIFF announced Cameron Bailey as its new CEO.


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Universal Music Canada CEO Jeffrey Remedios Appointed TIFF Board Chair
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 2:22 pm

The Toronto International Film Festival announced on Tuesday the appointment of Jeffrey Remedios, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Canada, as chair of TIFF?s board of directors, succeeding Jennifer Tory.

Remedios has been a member of the TIFF Board for five years; Tory held the chair role since 2016.

“I?d first like to congratulate and thank Jennifer Tory for her impeccable leadership and years of commitment and contribution to TIFF, particularly in recent years as the organization navigated these unprecedented times,” Remedios said of assuming Tory’s role. “I?d also like to thank our departing Board colleagues – Ellis, Wade, Shabin, Francis, Frank and Geoff – for their dedication and countless contributions. I?m humbled and honored to serve TIFF?s mission in the role of Chair alongside my esteemed existing and new Board colleagues.”

Remedios also sits on the boards of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Music Canada and the board of Arts & Crafts, the independent music label he co-founded in 2003 and where he served as President until 2015. He founded Field Trip, downtown Toronto?s boutique community music and arts festival held at Historic Fort York and is former Chairman of FACTOR, a foundation that assists Canadian talent on recordings. He also served on the boards of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Minister?s Advisory Council for Arts & Culture.

TIFF also announced the departures of long-time members Ellis Jacob, Wade Oosterman and Shabin Mohamed. Other members stepping down are Francis Shen, Frank Kollmar and Geoff Beattie. Joining the board are Mary DePaoli, Danis Goulet, Allen Lau, Devorah Lithwick, and Laurie May.

Following the board news, TIFF announced Cameron Bailey as its new CEO.


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Universal Music Canada CEO Jeffrey Remedios Appointed TIFF Board Chair
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 2:22 pm

The Toronto International Film Festival announced on Tuesday the appointment of Jeffrey Remedios, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Canada, as chair of TIFF?s board of directors, succeeding Jennifer Tory.

Remedios has been a member of the TIFF Board for five years; Tory held the chair role since 2016.

“I?d first like to congratulate and thank Jennifer Tory for her impeccable leadership and years of commitment and contribution to TIFF, particularly in recent years as the organization navigated these unprecedented times,” Remedios said of assuming Tory’s role. “I?d also like to thank our departing Board colleagues – Ellis, Wade, Shabin, Francis, Frank and Geoff – for their dedication and countless contributions. I?m humbled and honored to serve TIFF?s mission in the role of Chair alongside my esteemed existing and new Board colleagues.”

Remedios also sits on the boards of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Music Canada and the board of Arts & Crafts, the independent music label he co-founded in 2003 and where he served as President until 2015. He founded Field Trip, downtown Toronto?s boutique community music and arts festival held at Historic Fort York and is former Chairman of FACTOR, a foundation that assists Canadian talent on recordings. He also served on the boards of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Minister?s Advisory Council for Arts & Culture.

TIFF also announced the departures of long-time members Ellis Jacob, Wade Oosterman and Shabin Mohamed. Other members stepping down are Francis Shen, Frank Kollmar and Geoff Beattie. Joining the board are Mary DePaoli, Danis Goulet, Allen Lau, Devorah Lithwick, and Laurie May.

Following the board news, TIFF announced Cameron Bailey as its new CEO.


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Foo Fighters Reveal 2022 Summer Tour
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 12:32 pm
One of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's newest inductees will continue its legendary live career in 2022. Foo Fighters announced a summer 2022 North American tour Tuesday that will take the revered alt-rock band to stadiums, amphitheaters and festivals.

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Adele Announces 2022 Las Vegas Residency At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 11:34 am
Fresh off posting 2021's biggest first-week release numbers with her new album, 30, Adele has revealed a slew of concerts to support the record ? all in Las Vegas.

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ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announce Alliance Mental Health Initiative
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 11:13 am

By Pac-12 Conference

Initiative Tips-Off Around Upcoming Alliance Matchups and Underscores WhyStudent-Athlete Health and Wellness is a Priority for All Three Conferences

GREENSBORO, NC & ROSEMONT, IL & SAN FRANCISCO, CA ?The ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 today announced a joint initiative entitled ?Teammates for Mental Health,? which is designed to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellness among their more than 27,000 student athletes.

This initiative builds upon the work all three conferences continue to dedicate toward mental health, including the creation of dedicated task forces and cabinets comprised of mental health professionals on campuses at the 41 world-class institutions that comprise the ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12.

The ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 are again coming together to officially tip off Teammates for Mental Health starting with the 2021 Big Ten/ACC Women?s and Men?s Basketball Challenge, a series of 28 contests November 29-December 2, along with Alliance basketball matchups during the regular season across all three conferences. These Alliance matchups ? and others throughout the 2021-22 ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 college athletics seasons ? will highlight the importance of mental health and wellness.

The Alliance?s Teammates for Mental Health initiative includes a public service announcement (PSA) featuring women?s and men?s basketball head coaches and the commissioners from all three conferences. The 30-second PSA will air on ESPN, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and Pac-12 Network, as well as on conference-owned digital and social media channels. Click here to view the PSA.

Additionally, starting with the 2021 Big Ten/ACC Women?s and Men?s Basketball Challenge, Alliance games will feature Teammates for Mental Health public address announcements, digital signage, coaches? lapel pins, and promotions that help serve fans? mental health and wellness needs.

?As individual conferences and collectively as the Alliance, we have a profound responsibility to our student-athletes, especially in the area of their health and safety,? said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. ?More than 27,000 student-athletes compete in the three Alliance conferences, and we are proud to join together in the creation of the ?Teammates for Mental Health? to bring awareness to, and break down, any stigma related to mental health.?

?One in five adults in our nation live with mental illness each year,? said Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren. ?Now more than ever, our student-athletes are faced with their own unique circumstances that could potentially impact their mental health as they strive to balance academic commitments, practices and games, serving their communities, and building their brands. This initiative is designed to remind all of us, especially our student-athletes, to prioritize our mental health and seek professional help when needed.?

?Supporting student-athletes is the central mission of the Alliance, and ?Teammates for Mental Health? is an important step in our collective effort to be responsive to our student-athletes most important health and well-being needs,? said Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff. ?The 41 world-class universities across the Alliance have incredible knowledge, research capabilities and resources that together can help tackle critical issues such as mental health.?

The ACC formed a mental health working group in 2018 to provide recommendations for mental health support and education at each of its 15 member institutions. The following year, the league hosted its first ACC Mental Health and Wellness Summit, which focused on best practices for integrative care and strategies to break the stigma surrounding mental health. Guest speakers included Kym and Mark Hilinski of Hilinski?s Hope and former WNBA No. 1 draft pick Chamique Holdsclaw. In 2020, the conference distributed a series of videos and educational materials throughout Mental Health Awareness Month (May) and held two virtual QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) workshops on suicide prevention. In 2021, the conference held a virtual summit that addressed the affects and takeaways from navigating a pandemic and a year of social unrest. In addition to the continued development of educational materials and virtual events, mental health professionals within the ACC host a monthly conference call in which they share best practices around education and methods of treatment. The ACC also provides the Calm meditation app to all student-athletes, coaches, and staff members for additional support.

The Big Ten Conference formed the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet in 2019 to promote optimal mental health for student-athletes. The cabinet is comprised of31individuals representing a wide range of disciplines, includingmental health educators, medical doctors, faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators.These industry leaders take a comprehensive, systemic, and interdisciplinary approach to establishing mental health programs, while also providing counsel, advice, and expertise to the conference office. The conference also provides the Calm meditation app to all student-athletes, coaches, and staff members for additional support.

Created in 2013, the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Initiative is a collective effort between the Pac-12 and its member universities to support student-athlete health and well-being, including finding ways to reduce injuries, share current best practices and latest studies, and conduct research to uncover new ways to keep student-athletes as safe as possible.Mental health support has been an essential element of this effort through the Pac-12?s Mental Health Task Force & Coordinating Unit, mental health conference and educational sessions, and dedicated mental health resources across campuses. In 2020 the Pac-12 held its first ever Student-Athlete Mental Health Summit on the campus of UCLA, and each year over one million dollars of Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being funding is allocatedto support mental health servicesacross Pac-12 campuses.

About The ACC-Big Ten-Pac 12 Alliance

In August 2021, the ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 Conferences formed an historic alliance that brought 41 world-class institutions together on a collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling. The alliance ? which was unanimously supported by the presidents, chancellors, and athletics directors at all 41 institutions ? is guided in all cases by a commitment to, and prioritization of, supporting student-athlete well-being, academic and athletic opportunities, experiences, and diverse educational programming. The three conferences are grounded in their support of broad-based athletic programs, the collegiate model, and opportunities for student-athletes as part of the educational missions of the institutions. The three conferences remain competitors in every sense but are committed to collaborating and providing thought leadership on various opportunities and challenges facing college athletics, including: student-athlete mental and physical health, safety, wellness, and support; strong academic experience and support; diversity, equity, and inclusion; social justice; gender equity; future structure of the NCAA; federal legislative efforts; postseason championships and future formats; and scheduling for football, women?s and men?s basketball, and Olympic sports. The Alliance includes:

  • World-leading academic institutions committed to the shared values of supporting the next generation of leaders.
  • Innovative research that benefits communities around the world.
  • 27 of the 34 Autonomy 5 members in Association of American Universities (AAU).
  • 34 institutions ranked in the Top 100 national universities by US News & World Report.
  • Broad-based athletic and academic programs.
  • A long heritage of leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Over 27,000 student-athletes competing on 863 teams in 31 sports.
  • A combined 1,019 NCAA Championships.
  • Longstanding relationships across bowl partnerships, men?s and women?s basketball challenges and Olympic Sport events.
  • 194 Olympic medals won in Tokyo by current, former, and future student-athletes.
  • Some of the most iconic and historic venues in college sports.
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in direct annual institutional support of student-athlete scholarships.
  • Over $15 billion in annual federal research support, nearly one-third of the total across all colleges and universities.

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Drake Sparks Hip-Hop’s Rebound: The State of the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 Through Q3 2021
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 10:43 am

What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart through the first three quarters of 2021?

Hit Songs Deconstructed, which provides compositional analytics for top 10 Hot 100 hits, has released its State of the Hot 100 Top 10: Q3 2021 report.

Here are five takeaways from Hit Songs Deconstructed’s latest in-depth research.

Hip-hop over pop: Through the first three quarters of 2021, hip-hop was the most popular primary genre in the Hot 100’s top 10, with a 41% share of all top 10s. Pop ranked second, at 36%.

Hip-hop pulled ahead of pop after pop led 41% to 34% in the year’s first half. Helping ignite the turnaround? The Sept. 18-dated Hot 100, when Drake claimed a record nine concurrent top 10s, all from his album Certified Lover Boy, which launched that week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Leading his haul, “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, soared in atop the Hot 100 that frame.

Hip-hop won a tight battle in the Hot 100’s top 10 for all of 2020 (41% vs. 40%), after pop took 2019 (48% vs. 34%) and hip-hop led in 2018 (59% vs. 24%, a relative landslide thanks in part to, again, Drake’s dominance that year).

Guys’ gains: Songs with exclusively male lead vocals dominated the Hot 100’s top 10 in Q1-Q3 2021, accounting for a 73% claim of all top 10s. Titles with exclusively female lead vocals drew a 19% share.

The gap between the two widened slightly from a 69% vs. 23% split in all of 2020. Men also won by similar, though somewhat less decisive, margins in 2019 (62% vs. 22%), 2018 (63% vs. 23%) and 2017 (58% vs. 23%).

Meanwhile, songs mixing male and female lead vocals, such as The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s remixed “Save Your Tears,” remained below 10% among all Hot 100 top 10s through the year’s first nine months, in line with an 8% share for such hits in 2020. That’s down noticeably from 16% in 2019 and 23% in both 2018 and 2017.

Time for a change: The most common song length for a Hot 100 top 10 in the first three quarters of 2021? Under 3 minutes, with a 37% share. The ranking reflects a worst-to-first nearly five-year turnaround, as in 2017 such a length placed last (9%). Notably, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay,” at just 2:21, reigned for seven weeks beginning in August.

Songs of 3-to-3:29 minutes in length fell to second in Q1-Q3 2021, after leading in all of 2020, down more than double from 53% to 24%.

Meanwhile, top 10s over 4 minutes again placed last over the year’s first three quarters, as in 2020 and 2019. Still, such songs made gains from 7% to 8% to 17% in that span (and with Q4 already including one record-breaking entrant).

Hold your applause: Synths remained the most prominent instrument in Hot 100 top 10s through the first three quarters of 2021. Not only has the sound led each year since 2017, it has risen in share from 75% to 81% to 91% to an even more dominant 95% since 2018.

Notably on the decline? Hand claps. After appearing in 80% of top 10s in 2017, and between 60 and 69% in 2018-20, they fell to 44% in the first three quarters of 2021. Still, a hand for top 10s this year featuring such, well, handiwork, including Dua Lipa’s No. 2-peaking “Levitating.”

‘Good days on my mind ?’: Perhaps unsurprisingly, given 2020-21, songs with an introspective lyrical theme have increased among Hot 100 top 10s in that span. Such hits, including SZA’s “Good Days,” Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean” and Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits,” logged a 29% share in Q1-Q3 this year, a high since 2017 and rising from 21% last year and more than tripling from 9% in 2017.

Meanwhile, love/relationships led all lyrical themes among top 10s in the first nine months of 2021, mirroring its top-ranking 49% share in 2020.


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Drake Sparks Hip-Hop’s Rebound: The State of the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 Through Q3 2021
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 10:43 am

What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart through the first three quarters of 2021?

Hit Songs Deconstructed, which provides compositional analytics for top 10 Hot 100 hits, has released its State of the Hot 100 Top 10: Q3 2021 report.

Here are five takeaways from Hit Songs Deconstructed’s latest in-depth research.

Hip-hop over pop: Through the first three quarters of 2021, hip-hop was the most popular primary genre in the Hot 100’s top 10, with a 41% share of all top 10s. Pop ranked second, at 36%.

Hip-hop pulled ahead of pop after pop led 41% to 34% in the year’s first half. Helping ignite the turnaround? The Sept. 18-dated Hot 100, when Drake claimed a record nine concurrent top 10s, all from his album Certified Lover Boy, which launched that week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Leading his haul, “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, soared in atop the Hot 100 that frame.

Hip-hop won a tight battle in the Hot 100’s top 10 for all of 2020 (41% vs. 40%), after pop took 2019 (48% vs. 34%) and hip-hop led in 2018 (59% vs. 24%, a relative landslide thanks in part to, again, Drake’s dominance that year).

Guys’ gains: Songs with exclusively male lead vocals dominated the Hot 100’s top 10 in Q1-Q3 2021, accounting for a 73% claim of all top 10s. Titles with exclusively female lead vocals drew a 19% share.

The gap between the two widened slightly from a 69% vs. 23% split in all of 2020. Men also won by similar, though somewhat less decisive, margins in 2019 (62% vs. 22%), 2018 (63% vs. 23%) and 2017 (58% vs. 23%).

Meanwhile, songs mixing male and female lead vocals, such as The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s remixed “Save Your Tears,” remained below 10% among all Hot 100 top 10s through the year’s first nine months, in line with an 8% share for such hits in 2020. That’s down noticeably from 16% in 2019 and 23% in both 2018 and 2017.

Time for a change: The most common song length for a Hot 100 top 10 in the first three quarters of 2021? Under 3 minutes, with a 37% share. The ranking reflects a worst-to-first nearly five-year turnaround, as in 2017 such a length placed last (9%). Notably, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay,” at just 2:21, reigned for seven weeks beginning in August.

Songs of 3-to-3:29 minutes in length fell to second in Q1-Q3 2021, after leading in all of 2020, down more than double from 53% to 24%.

Meanwhile, top 10s over 4 minutes again placed last over the year’s first three quarters, as in 2020 and 2019. Still, such songs made gains from 7% to 8% to 17% in that span (and with Q4 already including one record-breaking entrant).

Hold your applause: Synths remained the most prominent instrument in Hot 100 top 10s through the first three quarters of 2021. Not only has the sound led each year since 2017, it has risen in share from 75% to 81% to 91% to an even more dominant 95% since 2018.

Notably on the decline? Hand claps. After appearing in 80% of top 10s in 2017, and between 60 and 69% in 2018-20, they fell to 44% in the first three quarters of 2021. Still, a hand for top 10s this year featuring such, well, handiwork, including Dua Lipa’s No. 2-peaking “Levitating.”

‘Good days on my mind ?’: Perhaps unsurprisingly, given 2020-21, songs with an introspective lyrical theme have increased among Hot 100 top 10s in that span. Such hits, including SZA’s “Good Days,” Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean” and Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits,” logged a 29% share in Q1-Q3 this year, a high since 2017 and rising from 21% last year and more than tripling from 9% in 2017.

Meanwhile, love/relationships led all lyrical themes among top 10s in the first nine months of 2021, mirroring its top-ranking 49% share in 2020.


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Drake Sparks Hip-Hop’s Rebound: The State of the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 Through Q3 2021
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 10:43 am

What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart through the first three quarters of 2021?

Hit Songs Deconstructed, which provides compositional analytics for top 10 Hot 100 hits, has released its State of the Hot 100 Top 10: Q3 2021 report.

Here are five takeaways from Hit Songs Deconstructed’s latest in-depth research.

Hip-hop over pop: Through the first three quarters of 2021, hip-hop was the most popular primary genre in the Hot 100’s top 10, with a 41% share of all top 10s. Pop ranked second, at 36%.

Hip-hop pulled ahead of pop after pop led 41% to 34% in the year’s first half. Helping ignite the turnaround? The Sept. 18-dated Hot 100, when Drake claimed a record nine concurrent top 10s, all from his album Certified Lover Boy, which launched that week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Leading his haul, “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, soared in atop the Hot 100 that frame.

Hip-hop won a tight battle in the Hot 100’s top 10 for all of 2020 (41% vs. 40%), after pop took 2019 (48% vs. 34%) and hip-hop led in 2018 (59% vs. 24%, a relative landslide thanks in part to, again, Drake’s dominance that year).

Guys’ gains: Songs with exclusively male lead vocals dominated the Hot 100’s top 10 in Q1-Q3 2021, accounting for a 73% claim of all top 10s. Titles with exclusively female lead vocals drew a 19% share.

The gap between the two widened slightly from a 69% vs. 23% split in all of 2020. Men also won by similar, though somewhat less decisive, margins in 2019 (62% vs. 22%), 2018 (63% vs. 23%) and 2017 (58% vs. 23%).

Meanwhile, songs mixing male and female lead vocals, such as The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s remixed “Save Your Tears,” remained below 10% among all Hot 100 top 10s through the year’s first nine months, in line with an 8% share for such hits in 2020. That’s down noticeably from 16% in 2019 and 23% in both 2018 and 2017.

Time for a change: The most common song length for a Hot 100 top 10 in the first three quarters of 2021? Under 3 minutes, with a 37% share. The ranking reflects a worst-to-first nearly five-year turnaround, as in 2017 such a length placed last (9%). Notably, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay,” at just 2:21, reigned for seven weeks beginning in August.

Songs of 3-to-3:29 minutes in length fell to second in Q1-Q3 2021, after leading in all of 2020, down more than double from 53% to 24%.

Meanwhile, top 10s over 4 minutes again placed last over the year’s first three quarters, as in 2020 and 2019. Still, such songs made gains from 7% to 8% to 17% in that span (and with Q4 already including one record-breaking entrant).

Hold your applause: Synths remained the most prominent instrument in Hot 100 top 10s through the first three quarters of 2021. Not only has the sound led each year since 2017, it has risen in share from 75% to 81% to 91% to an even more dominant 95% since 2018.

Notably on the decline? Hand claps. After appearing in 80% of top 10s in 2017, and between 60 and 69% in 2018-20, they fell to 44% in the first three quarters of 2021. Still, a hand for top 10s this year featuring such, well, handiwork, including Dua Lipa’s No. 2-peaking “Levitating.”

‘Good days on my mind ?’: Perhaps unsurprisingly, given 2020-21, songs with an introspective lyrical theme have increased among Hot 100 top 10s in that span. Such hits, including SZA’s “Good Days,” Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean” and Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits,” logged a 29% share in Q1-Q3 this year, a high since 2017 and rising from 21% last year and more than tripling from 9% in 2017.

Meanwhile, love/relationships led all lyrical themes among top 10s in the first nine months of 2021, mirroring its top-ranking 49% share in 2020.


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Live Nation, OVG To Operate New 17,000-Capacity Arena In Wales
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 9:07 am
A consortium of Robertson Property Ltd, Live Nation and Oak View Group (Pollstar's parent company) have submitted the planning application for a new state-of-the-art arena to be built in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

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Royal Albert Hall Makes Key Appointments To Recover From Coronavirus Crisis
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 8:34 am
London's Royal Albert Hall has announced a couple of key role changes, which are designed to help with the venue's recovery from the massive disruptions caused by the coronavirus restrictions of the past one-and-a-half years, which has left the building with more than 20 million ($26.6 million)in debt.

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UK Lineup Update: APE Returns On Two Weekends, Noel Gallagher At New Welsh Fest
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 8:04 am
Pollstar takes a look at some of the latest lineup announcement coming out of the UK.

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Lineup Roundup Europe/Middle East: Lolla Stockholm, Down The Rabbit Hole, Soundstorm & More
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2021, 4:31 am
Pollstar takes a look at some of the latest lineup announcements coming out of Europe and beyond.

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Judas Priest Reschedules '50 Heavy Metal Years' Tour For 2022
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 5:05 pm
Judas Priest looks ready to give their ?50 Heavy Metal Years? tour another go, announcing its rescheduled, six-week trek with Queensrche in the place of original opener Sabaton in support.

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Chris Stapleton’s ‘All-American Road Show’ To Hit Canada Spring ‘22
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 2:40 pm
Chris Stapleton will return to Canada in the spring for a run of amphitheatre and arena dates starting in late April. The gigs are sprinkled between U.S. dates with venues including London, Ontario?s Budweiser Gardens, Montreal?s Centre Bell, Vancouver?s Rogers Arena and more.

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Midnight Oil Announces Final Tour
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 2:16 pm
Midnight Oil announced the routing for its final tour, set to launch Down Under in early 2022 and titled "Resist" after its new album.

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Remembrance: Jaguars’ Larry Wilson’s World Was One Of Kindness, Love Of Live Entertainment
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 1:21 pm
Larry Wilson, a veteran facility manager who spent 23 years at the old SMG before landing his ultimate job working in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, died Nov. 15 in Destin, Fla.

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Garth Brooks Sells 400,000 Tickets For Tour Finale At Ireland's Croke Park
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 11:07 am
Garth Brooks will end his current stadium tour in typical Garth fashion: with an incredible number of tickets sold.

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Australia & NZ: Strip Search Suit; Benee Announces Tour; Wild Thing Rebrands
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 9:18 am
Australia & NZ: Strip Search Suit; Benee Announces Tour; Wild Thing Rebrands

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ASM Global Adds To UK Programming Team, Opens Singapore Office
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 8:07 am
ASM Global has made two announcements, one concerning its programming team in the UK, the other about expanding its presence in Asia Pacific.

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CTS Eventim Hires Marcia Titley As Managing Director In Sweden
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 7:23 am
Marcia Titley has been appointed as Eventim Sweden's new managing director. Titley, who is part of the Eventim Scandinavia Management Team, will also continue as MD of Eventim Norway, a role she's held for almost four years.

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FKP Scorpio Launches Spoken Word & Comedy Touring Department
 
Posted: 29 Nov 2021, 7:10 am
Pan-European promoter FKP Scorpio has launched a new touring division dubbed "Spoken Word & Comedy," headed by FKP's own Thilo Elsner.

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Stephen Sondheim, Titan Of Musical Theater, Dies At 91
 
Posted: 28 Nov 2021, 1:39 pm
Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91.

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The Velvet Underground Were Also Road Warriors
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2021, 3:02 pm
There may never be a cooler rock band on the planet than the cultural touchstone supernova that was the Velvet Underground. With, and likely despite, pop culture Svengali Andy Warhol turning them into a multimedia pop art sensation and experiment, they still managed to create a treasure trove of a catalog. This was, in large measure, due to the mercurial Lou Reed?s brilliant songwriting, with help from the classically trained avant-garde musician, producer and viola player John Cale, drummer Mo Tucker and guitarist Sterling Morrison, who together cut through so much spectacular artifice. More help came in the form of quixotic German model and musician Nico, whom Warhol foisted upon the band, and then Doug Yule, who in 1968 replaced Cale after he and Reed stopped speaking. Less often considered, however, is the band's extensive live legacy which included roughly 200 live shows and shared bills with a number of major artists including Sly & The Family Stone, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers

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Grammy Noms 2021: From Country To Pop – What’s In A Name? Or Genre?
 
Posted: 24 Nov 2021, 7:04 pm
Music, like most great art, can be unclassifiable, all about the artist following their intuition and creativity ? genre be damned. Musicians and their creations often don?t fit neatly into a box, no matter how much radio stations, Billboard song charts and the Grammy Awards might like to categorize them.

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WME's Matthew Morgan, Buster Phillips And Marissa Smith To Exit For UTA
 
Posted: 24 Nov 2021, 3:59 pm
On the heels of the departure of former WME partner and co-headScott Clayton for United Talent Agency, WME Nashville music agents Matthew Morgan, Buster Phillips and Marissa Smith are following suit.it.

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Rock ’N’ Roll Still Very Much Not Dead As A New Generation Of Rawk Hits The Road
 
Posted: 24 Nov 2021, 1:27 pm

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49ers and Save Our Water Team Up to Encourage Californians to Conserve
 
Posted: 19 Nov 2021, 3:19 pm

By San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers andSave Our Waterannounced on Friday that they are teaming up to encourage all Californians to take actions now to save water for current and future water needs, following the second driest year on record. The partnership aims to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation at a critical time in California and the Western U.S.

To kickoff the partnership, the 49ers createdwater-conscious signagearound restrooms and water fountains and published a water conservation informationwebpage. The team is also working on a public service announcement launching in December that will feature star wide receiver Deebo Samuel encouraging California residents to go the extra yard to conserve water.

“As the oldest professional sports team in the Bay Area, we have called the state of California home for 75 years. We recognize our responsibility to encourage the Faithful to use less water, especially during these crucial times,” said 49ers Executive Vice President and Levi’s Stadium General Manager Jim Mercurio. “We are confident that partnering with Save Our Water will enhance our ability to help educate all Californians and provide additional tools and resources geared toward conserving water for the future of our communities and our families.”

Since opening in 2014, Levi’s Stadium has made sustainability and water conservation a top priority by implementing water saving practices throughout the entire stadium. For example, the venue led the way as the first in California to connect to its city’s recycled water system, which now accounts for about 85 percent of all water usage. Use of recycled water and installation of water-efficient fixtures have helped reduce water consumption in the stadium by 44 percent.

As communities across the state grapple with another year in drought, the 49ers and Save Our Water are encouraging everyday life efforts and practices to save water. From checking for leaks to turning off sprinklers on rainy days, there are several impactful changes that can be made around the home.

“California is experiencing historic drought conditions driven by climate change and as we anticipate another dry water year, we are calling on all Californians to come together to save water,” said Ryan Bailey, DWR’s Water Use Efficiency Branch Manager. “We are excited to have the 49ers as partners in this conservation effort and together we encourage everyone to make daily changes to conserve water.”

In response to the drought conditions in California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced in October anexecutive orderexpanding the drought emergency in additional counties, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, and urging Californians to double down on water conservation efforts. For more information on how Californians can take action today to save water, visitSaveOurWater.com.

Check out the Levi’s Stadiumwebsiteandmedia guidefor more on sustainability practices underway at the stadium.

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Timbers, Thorns FC Team Up with Providence To Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic For Children Ages 5 to 11
 
Posted: 15 Nov 2021, 5:19 pm

PORTLAND, Ore.? In partnership with Providence Health & Services, the Portland Timbers and Thorns FC will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 at Providence Park on Thursday, Nov. 18, it was announced today.

The pop-up clinic will run from4 to 8 p.m., offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines while supplies last. Those attending should enter through Gate F on 20th and Morrison St. This is a walk-in clinic; no registration is required.Timber Joey will be on hand welcoming kids and families from 4 to 6 p.m.

Children will receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose while containing the same active ingredients. Smaller needles designed specifically for children are also used for this group.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, and over 90% effective at preventing the virus in younger children. In addition, the vaccine protects kids from some of the most damaging long-term consequences of the virus.

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Hawks Partner with Novelis on Sustainability
 
Posted: 15 Nov 2021, 5:14 pm

By Bret McCormick, Sports Business Journal

TheHawksandState Farm Arenaunveiled a multiyear partnership with Atlanta-based aluminum rolling and recycling brand Novelis, coinciding with today being National Recycling Day. Novelis becomes the team and venue?s official aluminum recycling and sustainability partner. State Farm Arena is shooting to become a TRUE (total resource use and efficiency) certified zero-waste venue, a standard set by credentialing body Green Business Certification Inc. The arena has reached 90% waste diversion — which qualifies as ?zero waste? — every game since May 30, 2021. The two sides arranged the deal themselves after talks began back in the spring.

State Farm Arena?s most premium suite level will be named the Novelis Sustainable World Veranda Level, and each suite will educate its guests on the importance of sustainability and responsible recycling habits. Suites will be stocked with aluminum cups, canned water, and recycling receptacles. The Hawks will partner with Novelis on a variety of other initiatives, including hosting an annual green-centered, joint community service project, and a ?Green Game? later this season. And each game, a fan who responsibly diverts waste from landfills by correctly using the arena?s compost, recycle and trash bins will be recognized during a segment called ?Recycle and Win, presented by Novelis.? Novelis is growing rapidly, with $12.3B in net sales during FY ’21.

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Beyond Cop26: Five core climate challenges for the sports industry
 
Posted: 12 Nov 2021, 7:11 pm

By Eoin Connolly, SportsPro Media

The UN Climate Change Conference has brought a flurry of carbon-cutting pledges within sport but the real work lies ahead. Here, SportsPro outlines some of the areas in which the industry will be working towards a better environmental future.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Cop26, has been billed as ?the world?s last best chance? to prevent a multifaceted global catastrophe.

Scores of political leaders have spent two weeks in November meeting with pioneering scientists, activists, and delegates from energy providers and numerous other sectors in the Scottish city of Glasgow. They are pushing for a consensus on how and how quickly to decarbonise economies and prevent further environmental damage.

The headline target is 1.5C ? the tolerable upper limit for global temperatures to rise above pre-industrial levels. The planet has already been heated by 1.1C and remains on course to get much hotter, fast, with the continued melting of the polar ice caps, warming oceans and rising sea levels, and an acceleration of extreme weather patterns among the grim consequences.

The current decade is pivotal and the response in Glasgow has been twofold. Cop26 has been a showcase for technological and practical innovations. Then there are the attempts to codify accountability through written commitments.

At government level, those pledges have featured a promise by 40 nations to phase out funding for coal power, one by the US and European Union to cut methane emissions by at least 30 per cent, and another by 140 countries to reverse deforestation ? all by 2030. These negotiations are not all straightforward: the reluctance of China and Saudi Arabia to be fully transparent about economic data is being cited, at the time of writing, as an obstacle to a new worldwide emissions deal.

Nonetheless, the push for greater collaboration continues. In sport, there have been fresh signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), whose goals include reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.Global soccer governing body Fifa, men?s tennis? ATP, and the International Ski Federation (FIS) are among the latest to join the scheme.

More than 280 sports federations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Fifa, World Sailing, The Ocean Race, Formula E and the organisers of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, have also joined the UN?s wider Race to Zero campaign, which is urging businesses, public authorities and investors to reach net zero by 2050.

Protesters hang a large banner on the Olympic rings during a demonstration in Paris

Those statements of intent are one thing but the reality, after Cop26, is that the hard work still lies ahead ? not least as some assessments suggest the cuts agreed to date may not be deep enough. Any worthwhile progress will depend on a real overhaul in approach, with an emphasis on the big picture and the fine details.

Sport?s role in addressing the climate crisis has more than one dimension. David Goldblatt ? the sports historian and author of a landmark 2020 report,?Playing against the clock: Global sport, the climate emergency and the case for rapid change?? discussed the scale of the industry?s actual environmental impact during arecent virtual event from the Aspen Institute.

?No one?s done the full carbon audit yet,? he said. ?But if you look at the estimates for the economic output of the global sports industry, it?s around US$500 billion to US$600 billion, which makes it around 0.8 per cent of global GDP. On the one hand, clearly sport is not as carbon intensive per unit of economic activity as something like concrete manufacturing.

?But then it?s probably rather more carbon intensive, given the amount of transport that it generates, compared to many other sectors. So let?s say it?s somewhere roughly in the middle ? around 0.6 to 0.8 per cent of global emissions. And that is without including the sportswear industry, who have very considerable emissions.?

In other words, sport can do better and can set a standard by outperforming other sectors. Its cultural reach is many times greater than its financial scale, and it is also at the centre of an influential buying network.

In the medium term, any well-calculated move towards more efficient, sustainable business models should be visible at the bottom line. Even in the immediate term, there are rights holders reporting that a more ecologically conscious outlook is attractive to brands repositioning their own strategies.

?We have seen a real uplift in interest in our brand because of our sustainability focus,? says Anne-Cecile Turner, the sustainability director at The Ocean Race, in a November email interview withSportsPro. ?I think the commercial advantages come by being authentic and open to collaboration, and this is what businesses engaging in true transformation have an interest in. A key part of the strategy is also being open to new technologies and innovations, allowing partners to truly integrate with the race and showcase and demonstrate best practice through their partnership.?

Delivering lasting change, however, will mean assessing sport?s effects on the climate, and vice versa, across a range of interconnected factors.

Researchers have predicted that only ten of the 19 former hosts of the Winter Olympics will be naturally viable winter sports centres by 2050

Playing surfaces, conditions and calendars

Published on behalf of the Rapid Transition Alliance last June, Goldblatt?s report was striking in outlining how far sport is already bearing the wounds of climate change.

In the weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, the Australian sporting summer of 2020 played out under massive clouds of smoke. These were the result of annual bush fires that had accelerated out of historic proportion. Australia is expected to suffer through more extreme heat in the summers ahead: a 60 per cent rise in the number of 40C days could lead to changes in the cricketing calendar by 2030, with the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne moved to a cooler part of the year if temperatures start hitting peaks of 50C. The number of heat-related stoppages is already on the increase at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Even in comparatively moderate climates, there are profound challenges ahead. Goldblatt pointed to the estimated risk that 23 of the 92 professional soccer clubs currently playing in the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) can expect partial or total annual flooding of their stadiums by 2050. That threat is present across a whole range of low-lying and coastal regions and can be multiplied across community facilities, many of which are experiencing losses of play and more lasting damage already.

The upshot of this is that organisers may need to start thinking further about where and when they host their events, working creatively to avoid putting even more strain on overstretched calendars. The preparation of playing surfaces will become a contentious issue, particularly in sports like golf which require large quantities of water and other resources.

Cricket was identified in2017?s Game Changer reportas the most climate-vulnerable outdoor pitch sport. As Tanya Aldred outlined in a recent piece for the BBC, many of the countries in which it is played at the elite level ? Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and across the Caribbean ? are on at-risk latitudes. Pollution, drought and hurricane damage have all affected major fixtures. Former Surrey CCC chief executive Richard Gould is among those to have wondered aloud whether synthetic outfields are in the game?s future.

The picture is just as stark in winter sport. Researchers at Canada?s University of Waterloo have predicted thatonly ten of the 19 former hosts of the Winter Olympics will be naturally viable winter sports centres by 2050, and only six by 2080, if current trends continue. That brings further social and economic complications for communities in those regions. The artificial creation of snow and ice presents its own ethical dilemmas in that context.

This also layers on longer-term difficulties. Speaking toSportsProin November,Green Sports Allianceexecutive director Roger McClendon explains how the disappearance of natural, playable ice from frozen lakes in North America is severely limiting grassroots access to ice hockey. That has a knock-on effect on talent and fanbases even in traditional heartlands, which demands a nuanced response from the National Hockey League (NHL).

?So that means how they shifted is they?ve got to find other places where youth can play hockey and make it more accessible,? McClendon adds. ?They have to make it more diverse, they have to make it more affordable, not just because of climate but because of some other demographics that are happening and this world is changing in demographic profile over time.

?These are all risks. When you think about it, really, what we?re talking about is risk within our business. That?s why this is broader than sports. Everybody?s talking about it because it?s risk mitigation, and that you?re really trying to get away from it because it?s gonna cost you something. If you let it happen to you, you might not have a business tomorrow, right??

These compound factors are why campaigners and consultants increasingly recommend a more rounded view of sustainability, which advances social and community-based solutions alongside emissions-focused processes.

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World Surf League Delivers We Are One Ocean Petition to United Nations
 
Posted: 12 Nov 2021, 7:06 pm

By World Surf League

Campaign Calls on World Leaders to Protect and Conserve 30% of the Global Ocean by 2030

LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Friday, November 12, 2021)– The World Surf League (WSL) today announces the delivery of the We Are One Ocean petition to the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, Kunming China, calling on world leaders to protect and conserve 30% of the global ocean by 2030.

The WSL launched We Are One Ocean in early 2021 with the goal of bringing people together to care about the issue of ocean conservation and preserve the future of surfing for generations of surfers to come. Since launch, the campaign has brought together people from over 150 countries and more than 90 organizations as well as garnering more than 400 million cumulative reach.

“We Are One Ocean provides a powerful opportunity for the global community of surfers and ocean lovers to have their voice heard by world leaders,” said WSL Chief People & Purpose Officer, Emily Hofer. “We know that meaningful change can be achieved through igniting passionate communities to speak up on behalf of our one ocean. The WSL is committed to working at both the global and grassroots level to protect and conserve the global ocean and, in particular, investing in youth as stewards of the global ocean.”

WSL collaborated with nine ambassadors from around the world – including scientists who surf Dr. Cliff Kapono and Dr. Easkey Britton as well as WSL Championship Tour surfers Kanoa Igarashi, and Lakey Peterson – to expand the conversation by sharing their personal connection to our one ocean in the We Are One Ocean content series. The campaign was also integrated into Championship Tour (CT) events throughout the season, including beach cleanups, coastal restoration and turtle nesting preparation.

The WSL brought together an unprecedented worldwide coalition of more than 90 Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and corporations in support of We Are One Ocean and committed to conservation, sports, and sustainability, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International, Take3, Surfers Against Sewage, I AM WATER, Surfrider Foundation, Sea Legacy, Lonely Whale, PADI and World Sailing.

As part of the We Are One Ocean campaign the WSL launched and funded a new grant program, which supports the ocean conservation work of non-governmental organizations tied to the locations and communities around the world that graciously host WSL CT events. Recipients included SOS Mata Atlntica Foundation, Brazil, WILDCOAST, California, M?lama P?p?kea-Waimea, Hawaii and WILDOCEANS, South Africa. The application for the 2022 grant program is open now.

We Are One Ocean is supported by Shiseido as part of the SHISEIDO BLUE PROJECT, which promotes ocean conservation through initiatives such as beach clean ups and sand dune planting to safeguard shorelines, and Gillette Venus as part of their ongoing commitment to provide women the best grooming products while protecting our planet’s resources, as well as the all-new Jeep 4xe hybrid electric vehicle.

The petition has been delivered in the form of a video to the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (CBD) ahead of the meetings in Kunming, China next spring, where the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will be presented for final consideration and decision by CBD’s 196 parties.

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Laureus and SportsPro Recognise World’s Most Socially Impactful Brands in Inaugural ‘Laureus Sport for Good Index’
 
Posted: 9 Nov 2021, 2:39 pm

  • Laureus Sport for Good Index (the Index) first of its kind dedicated to brands using sport to drive social change
  • Patagonia, Nike, Allianz, Santander, Microsoft, T-Mobile and Heineken among companies listed on first Index
  • Four renewable energy companies included

LONDON, November 8, 2021 – Laureus, the global movement that uses the power of sport to transform the lives of children and young people, and SportsPro, the leading sports media and events company, are delighted to introduce the inaugural Laureus Sport for Good Index, an annual list of the brands that are leading the way in delivering positive social or ecological impact through sport.

Launched to coincide with COP26, the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference currently being held in Glasgow, the Index celebrates 29 brands that, through collaboration, innovation and creativity, are making significant contributions across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as laid out by the United Nations.

Determined by an independently adjudicated judging process overseen by a panel of industry experts, the purpose of the Index is to shine a light on those organisations that are having the clearest and most meaningful impact, and to provide compelling evidence for the role that sport can play in driving sustainable change.

The full list comprises of companies working across multiple industry sectors covering finance, technology, food and beverage (F&B), retail, energy, and transport. The list includes:

  • Finance: Allianz, Santander, Barclays, Mastercard;
  • Technology: Ball Corp., Microsoft, Footprint, T-Mobile, Beko, Xylem, Best Water Technology (BWT);
  • F&B: Clif Bar, Gatorade, Heineken, Innocent, Oatly;
  • Retail: Columbia, Dick?s Sporting Goods, Hylo Athletics, Nike, Patagonia, Athleta, Hummel, Vaude;
  • Energy: Ecotricity, Octopus Energy, ENGIE, Renewable Energy Group;
  • Transport: Nissan

Brands featured in the Index were assessed according to a set of seven key criteria, including: (1) Each company?s impact through sports-related Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) activities; (2) Innovation and creativity during purpose-led campaigns; (3) Commitment to environmental, social, and corporate governance; (4) Level of investment in ?sport for good? causes; (5) Extent to which their sports investments align with the United Nations? (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); (6) Their commercial viability; (7) An overall assessment of their commitment towards building an equitable society, reducing sport?s ecological footprint, and growing the sport?s industry?s economy through sport for good campaigns.

The all-female judging panel included: Alison Moore ? CEO, Comic Relief USA; Stacie Shelton – Global Head of Education & Advocacy, Dove Self-Esteem Project; Towa von-Bismark ? Executive Director, UBS; Julia Pall ? Sustainability Director, Formula E; Madeleine Orr ? Founder of The Sport Ecology Group; Aileen McManamon ? Sports Industry Futurist & Sustainable Business Champion; and an independent adjudicator, Tom Kingsley, Associate Partner for the Sport Industry Group at EY.

Ned Wills, Managing Director of Laureus, said: ?The Laureus Sport for Good Index is the first of its kind to recognise the positive work carried out by some of sport?s biggest investors across our society. At Laureus, we believe that sport can change the world for the better and our aim is to inspire more companies around the world to take action by celebrating the brands that are making a true difference today.

?Sport as a powerful tool to connect people has the capacity to drive innovation and change beyond the sporting arena. As the world of sport and leading global brands continue to be driven by purpose, we hope the Laureus Sport for Good Index helps us build a platform for a more equitable society moving forwards.?

Edwin Moses, Chair of Laureus Sport For Good, said: ?The Sport for Good Index is a timely reminder of the transformational power of sport. A huge amount of progress has been made since Laureus was created in 2000, with organisations and brands becoming more and more socially aware. In 2021, purpose lies at the heart of many of the organisations working to deliver positive social or ecological impact through sport.

?On behalf of the Laureus Academy, we are proud to celebrate the progress being made in this space by the brands listed in the inaugural Sport for Good Index. We?re also excited to engage with more organisations around the world to showcase and highlight the true value sport can play in wider society in future.?

Paul Guest, Commercial Director at SportsPro, added: ?Sport has the power to change the world and brands hold much of that power. The inaugural Laureus Sport for Good Index recognises and champions those brands using their position in sport to drive positive environmental and social progress across the UN?s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“The Index showcases the ?what? and the ?how? of brands driving sport for good. SportsPro and Laureus? ambition is to inspire and accelerate action from other brands and sports stakeholders to implement their own triple bottom line strategies.?

The first-ever Laureus Sport for Good Index can be viewed and downloaded in full at laureussportforgoodindex.com. Representatives from Laureus and SportsPro will also be joining sports sustainability experts to discuss the Index at Sport@COP, a one-day virtual and in-person summit shadowing the COP26 climate conference. Find out more about the event at www.sportatcop.org.

About Laureus

Laureus? purpose is to change the world through the power of sport. Its vision is to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage against young people and children. Built on a unique, end-to-end purpose platform ? Laureus combines the storytelling power of its global marketing platform with the delivery of measurable social impact on the ground through its charitable foundation, Laureus Sport for Good. Working on a Global and National level, Laureus funds and supports over 230 programmes in more than 40 countries that use sport to deliver social change measured through a framework aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The most credible entity of its kind, Laureus has been delivering on its purpose for over 20 years and has positively changed six million young lives to date.

About SportsPro

SportsPro is the world’s leading international media company for the sports industry in print, digital and events. Launched in 2008, SportsPro is our highly respected flagship magazine combining in-depth reporting and analysis with diverse features and top-level interviews. Since 2014 SportsPro has also hosted annual conferences across the globe providing outstanding content, access and networking opportunities to top-level executives from the leading rights holders, broadcasters and content distributors. For more information about SportsPro, or to contact a member of the team today, visit sportspromedia.com.

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Climate Pledge Arena: Sustainable Stewardship
 
Posted: 9 Nov 2021, 2:20 pm

By Bret McCormick, Sports Business Journal

OVG?s Climate Pledge Arena, powered entirely by renewable energy, gives the Kraken a shiny new venue and the world an environmental beacon of change.

Once Amazon bought naming rights to the new arena, work stopped for six weeks to figure out how to reduce climate impact. – Taryn Graham

As Tim Leiweke made short remarks to media members after an October tour of the newly openedClimate Pledge Arena, his large white labradoodle, Dudley, stood on hind legs and gave Leiweke a furry hug. The Oak View Group CEO and his dog had been separated for the past month as Leiweke focused his attention on getting the company?s $1.15-billion arena project over the finish line.

?That was my reward, seeing Dudley,? Leiweke said later.

Like many involved with Climate Pledge Arena, Leiweke?s demeanor that day ? the morning after the hometown Foo Fighters unofficially opened the building with an Oct. 19 concert ? was a palpable blend of pride and relief. Four years earlier, Leiweke told the Seattle Times as the project was just getting underway, ?Everyone in life feels a desire, a passion, a purpose to go test themselves. That?s what I plan to do.?

Leiweke got more of a test than he ever wanted.

Climate Pledge Arena could go down as one of the most complicated builds in North American sports venue history owing to a spate of factors, not least the legal requirements to preserve and include the former KeyArena?s 59-year-old, 44-million-pound roof in the new design, or the greatest global health crisis in a century that created shipping issues right through the Foo Fighters show, when the building still hadn?t received its electric fryers.

?There was nothing as hard as this,? Leiweke said. ?What remains in my career and probably my daughter (Francesca) running the company, there will never be one as hard as this.?

The project team, led by OVG and including architects Populous, builders Mortenson and engineers Thornton Tomasetti and ME Engineers, finished the venue in time for Coldplay andNHLexpansion team the SeattleKrakento officially open it on Oct. 22 and 23. Finishing on time was a testament to the sustained collaboration and teamwork of the designers, builders and engineers.

And the arena bears the clear imprint of Leiweke, a determined force of nature and the right kind of owner for a project that other major players in sports business deemed too expensive or impractical.

The result is one of the most sustainable sports venues on the planet, capable of hosting any type of concert and multiple pro sports teams, a crown jewel in a growing OVG empire, and a testament to architectural, construction and engineering ingenuity firmly connected to its history.

?We didn?t really have money, we didn?t have a track record or history for the company itself, and we had to figure it out,? said Leiweke. ?The moment we had enough guts to say, ?we think we could build a brand-new arena and keep the roof on it and protect that historic landmark,? everything six years later started then.?

Amazon chose to name the home of the expansion Kraken after the company?s Climate Pledge to send a clear message in support of sustainability. – Taryn Graham

Civic hurdles

The complexity of Climate Pledge Arena?s 29-month construction project will likely never be matched for two key reasons: Ideally there won?t be another world-altering event like the COVID-19 pandemic, and it?s unlikely any other developer would build a new arena under an existing roof.

But the project?s first hurdles were endemic to Seattle and started well before construction.

By the early 2000s, KeyArena, the home of the Seattle SuperSonics, had outlived its utility. Its back-of-house fundamentals were missing, and the venue was passed over by high-profile touring acts. Built in 1962 with a roof inspired by a local native tribe?s customary hat, KeyArena sat in the dense, busy heart of a city that had no desire to publicly fund the major improvements necessary to keep the Sonics. They bolted for Oklahoma City in 2008.

Oak View Group?s Tim Leiweke saw construction challenges as a chance to push and test himself. – Taryn Graham

Left without a major sports tenant, AEG profitably operated the arena during that period by leaning on live music, college sports and the WNBA?sStorm. But something would have to change for the city to land an NHL orNBAteam.

?You didn?t have to look very far down the road once the Sonics left to see that it was going to become a bit of a problem for the city and for Seattle Center,? said Robert Nellams, director of Seattle Center, the 74-acre park in which Climate Pledge Arena is located.

A subsequent effort to build an arena in the SoDo area crumbled for several reasons, namely because of taxpayers? reticence to kick in public money and increased congestion in the district where the city?s port and theSeahawksandMarinersstadiums already resided.

Leiweke had intimate knowledge of the Seattle market, in part from his time as president and CEO of AEG, a 17-year tenure that ended in 2013. Two years later, he founded OVG with entertainment mogul Irving Azoff. Where many were focused on the SoDo area of Seattle, Leiweke wondered why the KeyArena site couldn?t work, especially given the dense and attractive uptown area in which it sat.

The city put forth a KeyArena redevelopment request for proposal in early 2017. In Seattle?s prevailing political climate, OVG had a key advantage.

?They agreed to do it without asking the public to invest hundreds of millions of dollars, or any millions of dollars. That gave them the upper hand,? said Seattle developer Bob Wallace. ?Then when they decided to locate at [KeyArena] and take this albatross off the city?s hands, it was a win-win.?

OVG?s $564 million bid was one of just two the city received. AEG submitted the other, but ultimately withdrew its bid that included public funding, saying it perceived the process as slanted in OVG?s favor. Seattle?s city council approved OVG?s bid in September 2018.

The Alaska Airlines Atrium replaced KeyArena?s old outdoor loading dock and is the new arena entrance. – Taryn Graham

Climate Pledge Arena

Capacity:Hockey, 17,100; Basketball, 18,100; Concerts, 17,200
Tenant:Seattle Kraken (NHL), Seattle Storm (WNBA)
Owner:Oak View Group
Operator:Oak View Group
Cost:$1.15 billion
Architect:Populous
Owners? rep:CAA Icon
General contractor:Mortenson
Structural engineer:Thornton Tomasetti
Mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer:ME Engineers
Seat provider:Fixed seating by Camatic; Moet Chandon Imperial Lounge chairs custom designed by Rockwell
Suites/premium areas:59; Tunnel Club Suites, Pitchbook Suites, WaFd Bank Club, Symetra Club, Moet Chandon Imperial Lounge, Space Needle Lounge, Verizon Lounge, and Mt. Baker Hall
Suite designer:Rockwell
Premium area capacity:5,140
Naming rights:Amazon
Legacy/founding partners:Alaska Airlines, The Climate Pledge, Coors Light, Starbucks, Symetra, Verizon, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, WaFd Bank
Concessionaire:Delaware North
Soda pouring rights:Pepsi
Video boards:Daktronics
Wi-Fi system designer:Cisco
DAS provider:Verizon
DAS hardware:Commscope

Red steel, blue steel

As Populous? lead architect on the Climate Pledge Arena job, it was Geoff Cheong?s task to design a new building beneath the 59-year-old roof, which had gained Seattle Landmark Preservation Board protection in 2017, and federal protection a year later from the National Registry of Historic Places. OVG was actually behind the effort to get federal recognition; they already had to keep the roof, so pursuing federal historic recognition, and the associated $50 million in tax credits, was a clever financial move. But beyond the design challenge, getting the two historic preservation entities to approve designs was taxing, too, especially since neither body communicated with the other. The historic approval process was ongoing, right up to the arena?s opening.

?In my professional career, the most complex design challenge I?ve been a part of and that our Populous team has had to solve,? said Cheong.

Construction was greenlit in late 2018, but the original contractors, Skanska and AECOM Hunt?s joint venture, backed out when they couldn?t commit to OVG?s aggressive timeline and budget. Mortenson stepped in and project executive Greg Huber distinctly remembers the first briefing meeting.

??We?re gonna do what, and why? We?re going to dig a tunnel?? Just being hit with a number of complexities was certainly overwhelming,? he said.

Significant demolition finally began in May 2019. All of Climate Pledge Arena?s back-of-house functions would be positioned at the bottom of the building, which meant the hole the venue sat in needed to be wider and deeper. After the roof was securely propped up and a temporary steel support system installed, the team finished demolition of the old building and then excavation of the 53-foot-deep hole.

Building back up was slow and tedious. As permanent steel was installed, the existing temporary pieces had to be painstakingly cut out with a torch or disassembled. Huber showed a reporter a time-lapse animation of the process; temporary steel was colored blue and permanent steel red, and they overlapped enough that red and blue blended to purple.

?We knew about it, we planned for it, and it just ended up being one of the great difficulties of the job,? said Huber.

Climate Pledge Arena?s significant emphasis on live music spawned the other major engineering and construction difficulty, the creation of a 170-foot-long, roughly 30-foot-tall-by-30-foot-wide tunnel connecting the venue?s subterranean back-of-house functions to the outside world. Put simply, the arena ?doesn?t work without it,? Leiweke said.

The tunnel?s entrance sits a block away from the arena and it passes within five feet under a historically protected 98-year-old brick building before leading to an open space in the arena with eight loading docks and ample maneuvering room for tractor trailer trucks. The arena floor is located near the loading docks, making concert setup and breakdown more convenient, and there is a devoted area for performers, called the ?artists compound,? that includes dressing rooms, green rooms and a recording studio.

Thanks to the subterranean back-of-house elements, Cheong and Populous could design a 360-degree, public-facing exterior on the ground level. That makes Climate Pledge Arena one of the few, if not only, buildings in the NHL with no visible backdoor.

This lenticular print looks different depending on the angle. – Taryn Graham

Amid the yearlong process to create the tunnel, two project-changing surprises hit the team. COVID landed in the U.S. around February and Seattle was initially one of the country?s hardest hit cities. There were coronavirus cases at the arena job site, but the project evaded major virus outbreaks and only shut down for two days total.

?Doing it in our COVID world where the whole nature of how you had to work on a project was changed, mandated really ? reduced crew sizes, very close coordination of who was in contact with who ? that was a good illustrator of the whole project here,? said CAA Icon project executive Rob Stephens. ?Everyone just worked together and kept this going.?

Then, in June 2020, OVG announced thatAmazonwould be the venue?s naming-rights holder, but that the company would put Climate Pledge, its global initiative to get major corporations to address and eliminate their carbon footprints, on the building. That prompted a six-week pause of construction as Mortenson and the rest of the project members reviewed completed and future work in search of sustainable alternatives. That resulted in a slew of changes, including all the gas lines being removed and replaced with electric (the venue will be the world?s first arena to run solely on renewable energy); finding a place to put a large number of photovoltaic installations ? the 500-kilowatt solar panels couldn?t go on the historic roof; and ME Engineers creating a vertical drip watering system for the arena?s enormous living wall. (See story, Page 23.)

?It was a curveball that we got thrown, but we knew it was important to Amazon and we were able to make it work,? said Huber.

Dual scoreboards are intended to mimic goalie helmets. – Taryn Graham

Arena facts

Just like being there
Mortenson used four virtual reality headsets to help stakeholders experience Climate Pledge Arena virtually before it was constructed. Up to four people at a time could interact with each other in the virtual version of the building, which led to ?a lot of revisions to clean up the design, to conceal structure or fire-proofing or whatever, and just really enhance it, because you could see it and feel it,? said Mortenson project executive Greg Huber.
Shopping spree
The Climate Pledge Arena construction project averaged over $2 million worth of production per day at peak, and nearly 6,000 individuals contributed to the project?s total 3.8 million hours of work.
Lighting is lit
Climate Pledge Arena has 224 LED displays totaling more than 28,000 square feet of LED, more than any arena in the world. Daktronics provided the LED, including the 100-plus displays spread around the concourse and the twin three-sided scoreboards within the seating bowl, the first triangle scoreboards in the U.S.
Moving art
Rockwell Group designed the arena?s premium areas but The LAB at Rockwell Group, the firm?s team of creative technologists, contributed two interactive, 35-foot-long disc activation screens that use sensory technology to track guests and cause the two-color discs to flip back and forth in response to guests? movements. The discs form an array of images related to events at the arena.
Grab and go, literally
Only six Amazon Just Walk Out stores exist in sports venues worldwide, with four of them at Climate Pledge Arena. But the venue will be the first to launch Just Walk Out stores that serve hot food. Just Walk Out tech previously used sensory scales as one of six factors that definitively determined which items customers were purchasing, but serving freshly cooked food complicated that setup, especially if one kitchen worker had a heavier hand than another. New tech has been developed to address the issue.

Next chapter

The project kicked off amid Seattle?s red hot (read: busiest and most expensive) construction market, driving the venue?s price tag up from the get-go. Budgeting for Climate Pledge Arena was ?the worst,? Leiweke said. ?It just kept on growing.?

By the final publicly reported tally, OVG?s initial project bid had nearly doubled to $1.15 billion. With Dudley resting at his feet, Leiweke rattled off several cost increasers: deciding to go big on the premium spaces added $100 million to the project; the Amazon-inspired, mid-construction sustainability changes cost another roughly $50 million; and beginning in the fall of 2020, the pandemic?s disruption of the supply chain and shipping forced the team to seek expensive shipping help from companies like Seattle-based Expeditors International. At one point, the arena?s seats were stuck in Malaysia for three months; at another, its risers trapped in Slovakia.

But OVG?s funding never appeared to be a major issue.

A 2019 construction loan of $500 million from a consortium led by SunTrust provided OVG with its first substantial outside support. The company said it has since refinanced the construction loan with a long-term investment grade-rated bond. Around the same time, Kraken owners Seattle Hockey Partners ? consisting of billionaire David Bonderman, movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke (Tim?s brother) ? took on a $325 million loan; OVG owns 51% of the arena and Seattle Hockey Partners owns the other 49%.

OVG had additional backing from Live Nation and the $100 million investment it received from Silver Lake in March 2018 in exchange for an equity stake in OVG. Leiweke?s company had the $50 million in National Historic Registry tax credits, and by February 2020, OVG?s partnerships team had cornerstone deals with Symetra, Alaska Airlines, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health nailed down, reportedly valued at between $4 million and $6 million each.

OVG landed the sports industry?s sponsorship white whale, Amazon, in a June 2020 naming-rights deal valued between $300 million and $400 million. OVG?s pact with the city of Seattle meant the arena owners kept all naming-rights revenue.

?Yes, the budget went up,? said Leiweke, ?but so did the revenue.?

The night after the Foo Fighters unofficially opened the building, an army of people buzzed around the floor and up in the rafters? rigging, tearing down the first of the arena?s many concerts. Getting Climate Pledge Arena built will be immense for OVG?s long-term business, but it also gives Seattle another shot at landing an NBA franchise.

?We followed their lead,? Leiweke said about the NBA. ?I hope that there is another chapter we get to write here.?

Those connected to the unique project undoubtedly felt pride as they listened to the Foo Fighters? Dave Grohl sing ?make my way back home, when I learn to fly high? that Tuesday night. But they also felt mental and physical fatigue and a sense of relief. Asked if he felt that way, too, now that the project was done, Huber smiled.

?Yeah,? he said. ?Not a hard question.?

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Soccer bodies’ bid to make game sustainable
 
Posted: 9 Nov 2021, 2:11 pm

By Coliseum

Image: Johan Cruijff ArenA

TheRoyal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the Dutch professional football club Ajax and their residence ? theJohan Cruijff ArenA(Netherlands) ? together with theUnion of European Football Associations (UEFA)and theCity Football Groupis starting a global search for innovations that will help to make football more sustainable.

The?Johan Cruijff ArenA?stated these European football organizations want to challenge companies to devise smart solutions that make it possible to reduce CO2emissions associated with football matches. Promising innovations will be tested in theJohan Cruijff ArenAand at the KNVB Campus in Zeist (Netherlands) as of early 2022. Innovations can be registered atwww.reimaginefootball.com.

TheRoyal Dutch Football Association (KNVB)is the governing body of football in Netherlands. It organizes the main Dutch football leagues, the amateur leagues, theKNVB Cup, and the Dutch men?s and women?s national teams.

Ajax is a Dutch professional football club based in Amsterdam, which plays in Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football.

TheJohan Cruijff Arenais the main stadium of the Dutch capital City of Amsterdam and the home stadium of football clubAFC Ajaxsince its opening. Built from 1993 to 1996 at a cost equivalent to ?140 million, it is the largest stadium in Netherlands.

TheUnion of European Football Associations (UEFA)is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, as well as Armenia, Cyprus, Israel, and the Asian parts of some transcontinental countries. It is one of six continental confederations of world football?s governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

The?Johan Cruijff ArenA?further stated that the aim is to find sustainable innovations in the field of mobility and waste processing. How can the CO2footprint of supporters and teams be reduced when traveling to and from their stadiums and clubs? And how can waste in and around stadiums and clubs be reduced and made more circular? Preferably, these solutions should not hinder the experience of supporters but make it more pleasant.

Solutions can be submitted via an online platform that can be freely accessed by everyone. The football community and other organizations can use the Football Innovation Platform to exchange knowledge, find inspiration and devise solutions together. This is the first of three challenges that the European football organizations will be organizing over the coming year. Other themes include fan experience, sports participation and performance.

Over 1.2 million football supporters in the Netherlands travel to one of the 33,000 indoor or outdoor football matches every week. Over 565 million kilometers are traveled every season in the amateur leagues. This football-related traffic is responsible for 48,635 tonnes of CO2emissions. The KNVB has devised various initiatives for reducing these emissions. For instance, fixtures are compiled while taking traveled distance into account, without compromising the competitiveness of each league. In addition, focus is being placed on environment-friendly travel, smart charging stations, car sharing, and travel by bike.

TheJohan Cruijff ArenA is one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world, partly thanks to solar panels on the roof and reused batteries (from electric cars) for energy storage. Thanks to a special bio-fermenter, the ArenA will soon be the first football stadium in the world that partly runs on self-generated energy from local food waste. Nonetheless, the stadium is facing various sustainability challenges, like further reducing waste production and making it more circular. The stadium produces around 286,000 kilograms of waste each year. Almost 60 percent of this waste is residual waste, which is equivalent to around three ounces of waste per visitor.

?Reimagine Football?

In 2020, the first challenge by the Football Innovation Platform focused on the impact of COVID-19 under the ?Reimagine Football? program. The football organizations successfully tested and used potential innovations concerning fan experience, stadium operation and playing underCOVID-19 restrictions.

For instance, visitors to theJohan Cruijff ArenAcan use the VOGO app to rewatch matches on their smartphones. The Close app ensures direct communication with visitors and crowd control during theCOVID-19 pandemicand afterwards, and was also used for the matches of the Dutch national team and the ArenA Tour. The app features information about scheduling tests, practical information about e.g., parking, time slots and tickets, as well as fun content like photo filters, a live score feature, a quiz, and exclusive images.

?Reimagine Football? is an initiative by theKNVB, theJohan Cruijff ArenA,City Football Group,AFC Ajax, andUEFA, and is being co-funded by theEuropean Regional Development Fund.

TheEuropean Regional Development Fundis a fund allocated by theEuropean Union. Its purpose is to transfer money from richer regions, and invest it in the infrastructure and services of underdeveloped regions. This will allow those regions to start attracting private sector investments, and create jobs on their own.

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First-of-Its-Kind Certification Eliminates Harmful PFAS in Foodware and Shifts Market to Preferred Alternatives
 
Posted: 5 Nov 2021, 3:54 pm

By Emily Difrisco, Center for Environmental Health

OAKLAND, CA ? Today, nonprofit organizations Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Clean Production Action (CPA) unveiled theGreenScreen Certified? Standard for Food Service Ware. The groundbreaking certification program sets a new safety standard for everyday items like disposable plates and bowls that do not contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) plus thousands of other chemicals of concern. PFAS are known as ?forever chemicals? because they take thousands of years to break down in the environment and can cause cancer, thyroid disease, birth defects, hormone disruption, decreased fertility, and other serious health issues.

The certification draws from CEH?s extensive worktesting single-use food ware for PFASand builds on CPA?s GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, the globally recognized tool for chemical hazard assessment used by governments, companies, and certification standards to encourage the design and use of inherently safer chemical ingredients.

For decades, PFAS have been added to microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, fast food wrappers, plates, bowls, food trays, take-out containers and other food packaging to make them water and grease resistant. This creates a problem in manufacturing, at the disposal stage and during consumer use. Products and packaging containing PFAS pose unnecessarily harmful threats to human health, especially as safer alternatives are already on the market and will become increasingly available. GreenScreen Certified for Food Service Ware empowers manufacturers to communicate their use of safer chemicals to buyers and position themselves as market leaders in safer chemistries and innovation.

Eco-Productsis the first manufacturer to earn the GreenScreen Silver designation for a food service ware product line.NatureWorksis the first material company to achieve the GreenScreen Certified Standard Platinum level of certification.Learn more about GreenScreen Certified products.

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?It?s not worth risking our health over products that are meant to be used once and thrown away. PFAS are bad for our bodies and the environment but this new safety standard will empower consumers to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families.?

  • Sue Chiang, Director of the Food Program at the Center for Environmental Health (CEH)

?As awareness rises about the problems of PFAS infood contact materials, brands and retailers want assurance that alternative products are truly free of PFAS and other known chemicals of high concern. GreenScreen Certified Food Service Ware takes the guesswork out of choosing environmentally preferred products by assessing all chemicals in products as well as impurities to rigorous chemical safety benchmarks.?

  • Shari Franjevic, GreenScreen Program Manager

?San Francisco banned PFAS in single-use foodware starting in 2020, requiring city facilities and all San Francisco restaurants serving take-out to find PFAS-free alternatives. Tools for purchasers, like GreenScreen Certified, make finding safer alternatives much easier, and also help us avoid regrettable substitutes.?

  • Jen Jackson, Toxics Reduction & Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager at San Francisco Department of the Environment

?We are very excited to earn GreenScreen Silver Certification for our Vanguard line of compostable products. Finding an alternative formula to replace PFAS was our top priority. But we also wanted to ensure our products did not contain other chemicals of high concern or known regrettable substitutes. We are incredibly proud to be the first manufacturer to offer an innovative foodservice product with a preferred chemistry.?

  • Ian Jacobson, President of Eco-Products

?At NatureWorks, our purpose is to invent safe and environmentally sustainable materials for use in everyday products. The GreenScreen Platinum Certification earned by our Ingeo? biomaterials demonstrates how we successfully use the principles of green chemistry to create safe, bio-based alternatives to fossil-based plastics. We are proud to be the first materials manufacturer to earn this certification and see Ingeo? recognized not just as a material for high performance compostable food serviceware, but also as a preferred alternative to the materials that rely on PFAS chemicals for performance.?

  • Steve Davies, Vice President, Performance Packaging, NatureWorks

CEH and CPA developed the GreenScreen Certified Standard for Food Service Ware in consultation with a diverse group of stakeholders, including manufacturers, purchasers, and external scientific experts from nonprofit and industry groups.

The new Standard provides a pathway of continuous improvement through Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of certification, with Platinum being the most stringent leadership criteria. Companies applying for certification must disclose their full ingredient information under confidentiality and comply with a comprehensive list of prohibited substances. Products are tested for chemicals of concern and the chemical inventory is assessed with GreenScreen tools. In addition all products must meet end of life recyclability and/or compostability requirements. The process ensures value, usability, and relevance for industry professionals wanting to excel in offering products made with safer alternatives.

Join us for a webinar on November 9, 2021.

About Center for Environmental Health

CEH has conducted extensive testing on single-use food service ware and maintains apublicly available databaseidentifying products with high and low levels of fluorine, indicating likely use of PFAS. The database, alongside educational and training programs, provide guidance for consumers looking for safer alternatives and institutional purchasers at schools, government and corporate offices looking to create healthier environments.

About Clean Production Action and GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals

Clean Production Action is a mission driven non-profit organization that designs and delivers strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products. Clean Production Action?s four programs are BizNGO, GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, Chemical Footprint Project, and Investor Environmental Health Network.

Read the GreenScreen Certified Food Service Wear fact sheet.

 

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination
 
Posted: 24 Oct 2019, 5:00 am

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 6:20 am

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 4:00 am

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

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4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions
 
Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 12:10 pm

Learn why digital display technology is one of the best ways to take your event to the next level. We explore what it can mean for branding, the attendee experience, sustainability and more.

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Boise Centre Unveils New Art Installation
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2019, 4:30 am

A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.

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Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
 
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am

When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.

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6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am

Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.

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An Event Planner’s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm

Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 7:30 am

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
 
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am

AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.

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San Francisco’s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am

As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.

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Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
 
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.

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Orlando Continues Convention Center Expansion
 
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.

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IACC Set to Double European Members
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2018, 9:00 pm

IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.

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St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.

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How to Cope With a Convention Center Renovation
 
Posted: 26 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.

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5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.

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Convention Center Reopens in Louisville
 
Posted: 5 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm

The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.

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Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
 
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm

Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.

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Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
 
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm

Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.

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5 Campus Conference Centers That Will Enhance Any Event
 
Posted: 1 May 2018, 8:00 pm

College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.

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Vegas Convention Center Expansion Design Unveiled
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2018, 8:00 pm

Architects have submitted their designs for the phase two expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
 
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.

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Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.

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Q&A With Michele Hughes, Director of Sales, Connecticut Convention Center
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Meetings Today checked in with Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing with the Connecticut Convention Center (CTCC).

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements
 
Posted: 1 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Conference centers revamp to provide connectivity
 
Posted: 1 May 2017, 8:00 pm

Addressing profound changes in how their customers are approaching learning, many conference centers are in a process of reinvention

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Convention centers design for a sense of place
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm

Many convention centers are striving to reflect and showcase their locations.

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Groups in Greater Boston utilize college campuses
 
Posted: 31 Oct 2016, 8:00 pm

An exceedingly intelligent choice for meetings and events.

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CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.

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CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers

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Fourth Annual IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
 
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

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IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
 
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
 
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

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Conference center education shifts dramatically
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

The times they are a changin’, and all for the better from this reporter’s perspective.

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CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.

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IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.

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Your Industry - Your Voice!
 
Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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CEM Week - Register Now!
 
Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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2016 CEIR Index Report Now Available
 
Posted: 13 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).

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IAEE Renews Reciprocity Agreement with JEXA
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.

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IAEE Announces New Chapter in India
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.

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Convention centers transform to meet attendees’ needs
 
Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

Generic big-box convention centers seem to be going the way of the buggy whip and typewriter.

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IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.

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IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
 
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

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CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
 
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom? Trade Show Consulting.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Krakoff Leadership Institute
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.

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CEIR Releases Final Digital Toolkit Report
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.

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IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.

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Conference center experts weigh in on five hot trends
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2015, 8:00 pm

Here is the top feedback when it comes to staging cutting-edge conference meets.

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Convention center tradeshows focus on interaction
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 8:00 pm

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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State College brims with entertaining endeavors
 
Posted: 30 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

When it comes to putting fun on the agenda, State College is one smart choice.

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Ebola and the venue industry
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.

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Close encounter of the third kind with Google Glass, part 2
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
More from Portland?5?s Joe Durr about this ?cool? technology product.

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Watch: Hugh Jackman talks about ticketing
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Hugh Jackman and the show's producer are making sure pricing allows anyone that wants to see his new play will not have to worry about scalpers.

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Yarra, Australia, creates venue soundproofing fund
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The city house 500 venues, 50 of them live music venues.

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Can a team have too much talent?
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Yes, and here?s why having too much talent on a team is bad.

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Wesley Burtch Dickson
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Wes founded his business, Advanced Equipment Corp., in 1957. In 1959, the business moved to Orange County, California.

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The Marvel Experience lets you save the world
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The event will incorporate augmented reality, multiperson gaming, and RFID tracking for full fan immersion.

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Session proposals wanted
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.

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The Firestation Centre launches its neo-ticketing project
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
With its new project, the venue wants to find out if it will sell more tickets, if guests will get better deals, and if artists will earn more.

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VenueConnect's environmental impact was minimal
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
VenueConnect's is the first conference that the Oregon Convention Center has measured the water, waste, and energy statistics.

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Shared activities make experiences more intense
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Here?s some scientific support on the value of live experiences.

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Upcoming webinars
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
These two, free webinars next week will focus on becoming a CFE and the Mentor-Connector Program.

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AEG Live acquires two historic Virginia theatres
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Those theatres are The National Theatre in Richmond and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Elmer Randolph 'Randy' Pugh
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Randy was employed with the City of Virginia Beach as the Operations Supervisor of the Pavilion Convention Center from 1980-1999.

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Earl R. Williams
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Earl was employed with Kimble Glass Co. and later Ball State University as Conference Director and General Manager of Emens Auditorium.

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New Miami convention center and hotel approved
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The new development will be on the site of the old Miami Arena.

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Take 10 - Invigorate Your Large Events!
 
Posted: 13 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Dana Freker Doody answers questions from Meetings Focus' Invigorate Your Large Events webinar.

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Cookie-cutter conference centers are a thing of the past
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2014, 8:00 pm

Today's conference centers are more about standing out than fitting in.

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Scheduling events at Florida colleges and universities is a smart choice
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Educational facilities throughout Florida give attendees a chance to relive the college experience.

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Convention centers adapt to tradeshows of today
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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IACC Americas Conference Sees Attendee Uptick
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

The 2014 IACC Annual Conference reported it has attracted the most registered attendees since 2008.

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State College, Pennsylvania, is a happening, business-savvy hub
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 8:00 pm

State College, home to Pennsylvania State University, welcomes groups with its vibrant ambiance and excellent on-campus (and off-site) facilities.

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A Q&A with Mark Cooper, new CEO of the International Association of Conference Centres
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm
IACC's new CEO shares his insights on the events industry

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A quick take on recent openings and upgrades in the world of conference centers
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm

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School Spirit
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups

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Get Smart
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
On the fence about booking a college venue? These benefits might convince you.

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Areas of Study
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
University meetings think outside of the classroom

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Virtual Visionaries
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 7:00 pm
Emilie Barta and John Pollard aim to take the fear out of planning hybrid events

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
Take 10 - Conference Centers

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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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Final Bow
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Makes Global Push; Criteria to 'Evolve'
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Board Sets New Service Standards
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2011, 7:00 pm

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Association Meetings 3.0
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 5:10 pm
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.

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Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.

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What You Need to Know About Simultaneous Interpretation
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm
As more associations venture overseas, simultaneous interpretation is more important than ever. Two experts who have conducted events around the globe share their insights.

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Reduce Expenses for Meetings of Any Size
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:51 pm
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.

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Strategic Meeting Planning
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 11:00 am
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.

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New Models for Successful Convention Strategy
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:56 am
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.

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Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.

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Increase Exhibitor Engagement Without Increasing Your Budget
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:49 am
Every association tradeshow is under pressure to increase traffic, but at what cost? Follow these strategies for increasing traffic and enhancing exhibitor loyalty without busting your budget.

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Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.

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Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
 
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2011, 8:00 pm
Collegiate athletic venues are ideal for team building and spectator fun

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
With mounting competition, conference centers get flexible

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
Conference Center Changes

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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
Campus Culture

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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University Venues
 
Posted: 28 Feb 2010, 7:00 pm

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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