Live music takes on richer meaning as fans relate to their favorite artists through streaming and social mediaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 1:29 pm Digital music and the internet have changed everything, but 2018’s thriving concerts and music events ticketing demonstrates how it’s paying off in the real world, too, especially for top touring acts such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. The top 25 concert tours reported over $3 billion in sales, up $500 million compared to 2017, an increase of 20 percent. Email Facebook “We had the perfect storm with the perfect artists,” promoter Louis Messina told Billboard. His 2018 success stories included $266 million from the U.S. dates for the Reputation Stadium Tour, making Taylor Swift the artist with the top U.S. annual ticket grosses ever. International dates and sales added to the bottom line’s demonstration that the internet and its digital connections have not replaced the live music experience — they’ve given it a new context.Jay-Z scored another first as his 4:44 Tour came in at 25 with a $45 million take from 30 shows while The Carters’ On The Run II Tour came in at No. 3, taking in $254 million from 48 dates. That’s the first time ever that a single artist appeared in a year’s top 25 tours twice.”Because of the ways tickets are priced and distributed,” said Live Nation Senior VP Touring Omar Al-Joulani, “a lot of veteran artists are seeing some of the highest grosses of their careers.”One key is the science of analytics and how digital data has informed what cities artists decide to perform in, what top prices can be charged for seats, and even low-priced ticket sales for some appearances. Instead of looking for fast sell-outs, this marketing science is described as a “steady as she goes” approach.”Streaming music and video is driving all demand right now,” said Marc Geiger, head of music at William Morris Endeavor. He’s had a front-row seat for the digital revolution, which has come a long way since he co-founded Lollapalooza and the web-based ARTISTdirect. “Anyone can listen to anything at any time, anywhere, and that has allowed more fans to have relationships with artists,” he said.Billboard details how leaders like AEG and Live Nation, and its Ticketmaster Verified Fan program, don’t settle for playing catch-up while digital keeps changing the rules. Festivals and genre-specific events are using the same techniques to give fans a reason to go live in a big way. Looking ahead at 2019, it’s clear the online and in-person music experiences can not only coexist, but they help stoke each other’s flame.Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018Read more How Digital Music Fed Record-Breaking Tour Grosses report-ticket-sales-tours-thrived-2018s-digital-music-environment Twitter Report: Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018’s Digital Music Environment https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1073205888801009664 News
0 Captain Marvel Stan Lee Marvel Spiderman Thor The Avengers Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo Stan Lee plays a hilarious intergalactic barber in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Whenever a new Marvel movie came out, fans had fun trying to spot Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on the big screen. Lee guest-starred in over 20 Marvel movies — as well as in various TV shows, video games and comics. Lee has appeared as everything from a bus driver to a librarian alongside the comic book characters he created over the years.But since Lee’s death at age 95 in 2018, it’s been unclear how many more posthumous cameos would be granted to the late, great comic book creator, until now. “It’s his last one committed to film,” Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo told the media on press day in Los Angeles Saturday. Most recently, Lee had a touching posthumous cameo in Captain Marvel reading a script of director Kevin Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats, which Lee starred in as himself.Some fans speculated that the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters in July, would feature Lee’s final cameo, especially since Russo told the press earlier this month that “I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Homecoming or not.” Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Originally published 2:36 p.m. PT. Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Tags Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo made Kevin Smith a ‘blubbering mess’ Star-studded tribute to Lee: He ‘made us proud to be misfits’ Lee’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo will warm your heart 4:51 More Stan Lee 18 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies While it’s bittersweet to learn that Lee’s last hurrah in the MCU is coming up fast, the the extra-long run time for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie could mean that Marvel might give Lee more than one appearance in the three-hour movie. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo,” Russo added. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”Stan Lee is dressed as an astronaut in the 2017 movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel After all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 allowed for not one but two moments in the film where Lee — dressed as an astronaut — is seen discussing his past adventures with various interested aliens referred to as the Watchers. Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. For more Avengers: Endgame plot theories, characters reveals and news check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide. If you want to catch every Lee cameo in the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming all the movies online.
The Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington.ReutersAsian shares fell for a second day on Thursday, tracking weakness on Wall Street after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting revealed a more hawkish view among policy makers.Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Stocks reversed gains and bond yields rose as investors narrowed odds on faster hikes. Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December, Reuters reported.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.35 percent in early trade, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 lost 0.2 percent.Overnight, the Dow ended down 0.67 percent, while the S&P 500 fell 0.55 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 141 points or 0.42 percent to close at 33,844 on Wednesday.The partially convertible rupee ended unchanged at 64.78 per dollar on Wednesday from its previous close of 64.79 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.4 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.2 billion in local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile on Thursday as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.73 percent at $64.94 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.91 percent to $61.12 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.Fed speeches: A slew of Fed policy makers are due to speak this week including New York Fed President William Dudley and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.