CINDY AGI has joined LIVE NATION’s CONCERTS team as a Global Tour Promoter. AGI was co-head of the Hip-Hop department at WME. She began at WME in 2009, rising to become an agent.
AGI commented, “I’m thrilled to be joining the amazing team that has made LIVE NATION into the incredible business it is today. With events returning, we’re entering an exciting new chapter, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the company’s continued evolution through impactful initiatives.”
You don’t amass a car collection of 100 luxury vehicles – nor name your label Maybach Music Group – without some baseline appreciation for a well-built ride, but in a puzzling plot twist, CEO & Rapper Rick Ross has revealed he doesn’t actually have a driver’s license.
“Who own a hundred cars and don’t have a driver’s license?” Ross can be heard saying in a recent Instagram video, before shaking his head in disapproval (ostensibly in regards to himself). This was, however, just the beginning of a lengthier and more confusing rant.
Radio One’s 97.9 The Box KBXX-Houston is proud to announce that its Good Morning H-Town has been voted “Best Radio Morning Show” in Houston by the readers of the Houston Chronicle.
The second annual “Best of the Best” poll highlights the best of Houston in such categories as entertainment and leisure, sports, beauty, health, home services and finance, kids and education, legal, people and places, shopping and more.
In a statement, the show said, “Good Morning H-Town is honored to be recognized by the city as their favorite show to wake up and roll into work with every weekday morning! Thank you Houston!” OM/PD Terri Thomas commented, “This is an award that voted on by the people. It’s tough to launch a new morning show during a pandemic and I’m overjoyed to see our team rise to the top! I couldn’t be more proud of Keisha, J Mac and Jessica. Hard work pays off!”
The legendary Clive Davis and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio jointly announced the A-List artists scheduled to perform at the August 21 “Homecoming Concert” to celebrate New York’s reopening — please welcome Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson, who will be joined by Andrea Bocelli, Jon Batiste, LL Cool J, Kane Brown, Elvis Costello, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Journey, The Killers, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Rob Thomas & Carlos Santana, Cynthia Erivo, Wyclef Jean, Polo G and The New York Philharmonic, who will perform in front of some 60,000 fans on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park, along with special appearances from Jimmy Fallon, Gayle King and Don Lemon and probably some surprise guests as well.
The lengthily titled WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert produced by New York City, Clive Davis and Live Nation — will air exclusively on CNN; it will also stream on YouTube and be broadcast on SiriusXM.
Speaking with Variety on Tuesday, Davis said, “It’s really a wonderful honor to be given the responsibility to curate this incredible homecoming concert; it’s clearly one of a kind.” Davis added that there is “room for two or three more performers,” but offered no details, other than saying, “We’re trying to make sure that every genre of music is represented, so if we see one that is not fully represented, that give us an opportunity.” Davis also noted that Springsteen will join Patti Smith for a duet — presumably on their 1978 hit, “Because the Night.”
De Blasio announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to attend the concert, which is part of a weeklong celebration of the city’s reopening. “This is going to be one of the greatest Central Park concerts in history,” de Blasio said. “This is something for the ages.”
The World-Famous Baka Boyz (aka Eric and Nick Vidal) launch today on Beasley Broadcasting’s Jammin’105.7 in Las Vegas (7p to 11p) debuting as the second station in an impressive national syndication roll-out. Compass Media Networks is partnering with Gary Bernstein’s Oceanic Tradewinds in a multi-format, multi-daypart program offering.
“I still remember the first time I heard the Baka Boyz do their thing! Their energy, creativity and chemistry are undeniable and I’m excited to bring them to Las Vegas to entertain Sin City and make the lights even brighter! They’ve always sounded great and I love how they continue to evolve their brand both on the air and with social media. Combined with their incredible work ethic, we can’t lose with the Baka Boyz on Jammin’ 105.7!”, says Tom Calococci, Program Director, KOAS-FM/Jammin’ 105.7.
The Baka Boyz say, “It’s time for us to raise the bar and get listeners talking about their favorite radio station and radio personalities once again. It’s a sin so many in radio have forgotten about the importance of personality radio and what better place to reverse those sins than Sin City with the legendary Tom C. and Beasley Broadcasting.”
Gary Bernstein says, “The Baka Boyz are undeniably one of the best ever to perform on the radio. Our first daily radio station KZCE in Phoenix BOUNCED from # 23 to #4 in PM Drive (from a 1.1 to a 4.0) when comparing the March 2021 pre-Baka Boyz numbers against the most recent June ratings (Adults 25-54 AQH Share/ Rank). We expect dozens of new station additions over the next few months as true programming greatness can’t easily be duplicate and surely always stands out! “
The syndicated program will be delivered Content Only so stations can program their own music, whether its Classic Hip Hop, Rhythmic AC, Throwback, Urban AC, or even Pop or Rhythmic CHR.
For more information or to reserve your market on the Baka Boyz daily show, contact Nancy Abramson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Bernstein at email@example.com
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Following its debut U.K. tour in pre-pandemic February 2020, the estate-approved Whitney Houstonhologram concert will arrive in Las Vegas this October for a lengthy residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
Over five years in the works, An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert — created by BASE Hologram in partnership with the Houston estate — finally made its debut in 2020 and planned to open in Vegas later that year before Covid-19 shut down the entertainment industry.
The unique show — featuring holograms of Houston from all stages of her career alongside in-the-flesh backup singers, dancers, and musicians — will now kick off October 26th at the Harrah’s Showroom, with near-nightly performances already scheduled through April 30th, 2022. Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster and Vivid Seats.
You don’t need to be an expert institutional investor to know that Live Nation has had a torrid past year.
Thanks to pandemic lockdowns wiping out its ability to host concerts (and sell tickets), the company’s financial status has taken a battering.
The bare facts: in the 15 months to end of March 2021, Live Nation’s revenues (across all divisions) fell year-on-year by the head-bending figure of $10.76 billion.
The optimism of Live Nation boss Michael Rapino, though, remains undiminished. He said in May that Live Nation was, in the US, “confidently planning our reopenings, particularly for outdoor shows”.
That plan kicked into a higher gear today (July 22), with Live Nation announcing a run of new $20 “all in” ticket prices for outdoor amphitheater shows in the US taking place this year.
The $20 tickets will be available for nearly 1,000 shows, under the ‘Return To Live’ banner, across more than 40 Live Nation amphitheaters in the States.
For a limited time only next week, fans will be able to buy $20 tickets to participating shows “while supplies last”. The price includes taxes and fees.
Artists who will be playing shows under the $20 ticket offer include the Jonas Brothers, Kings Of Leon, Zac Brown Band, Trippie Redd, Maroon 5, Alanis Morissette, Lil Baby, KISS, and Korn.
“We can’t wait to get back on the road and in front of our fans, it means so much to be able to bring live music back to the people that support us the most,” said the Jonas Brothers.
“We couldn’t be more excited to get back out on the road,” said Zac Brown. “It’s been a long, difficult year for everyone and we’re fired up to be reuniting with our crew, sharing new music with our fans, and celebrating a brand new world.”
The $20 tickets will be available to the general public starting next Wednesday, July 28th at 12pm ET/9am PT on LiveNation.com for a limited time only.
T-Mobile and Sprint customers can score exclusive 24-hour early access to the $20 all-in tickets through T-Mobile Tuesdays starting Tuesday, July 27th at 12pm ET/9am PT.
Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the Premiere-syndicated The Breakfast Club has inked a deal with Comedy Central to host a new weekly talk show — Tha God’s Honest Truth with Lenard ‘Charlamagne’ McKelvey (his given name), is set to launch Friday, Sept. 17, at 10pm.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the half-hour series is being billed as a culturally fluent take on social issues, with a mix of deep dives, sketches and social experiments — or, as a Viacom press release describes the show, “redemptively comedic, refreshingly unfiltered, and unapologetically Black, nothing is off limits.
“Interestingly, one of the show’s Executive Producers is Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, who first gained national prominence on Comedy Central, first as a cast member of The Daily Show, and later, as host of The Colbert Report. Charlamagne has shared history with fellow South Carolina native Colbert, and MTV Entertainment Group President & CEO Chris McCarthy, who is producing the series in-house, with Rachael Edwards (MTV’s Wild ‘N Out) serving as showrunner. McCarthy describes Charlamagne as “one of the most culturally significant voices of our time,” adding, “His thought-provoking and uninhibited observations both get under peoples’ skin and open their minds, which is why we are thrilled to be doing this show with him and equally thrilled to welcome back the Dean of Late Night to Comedy Central, Mr. Stephen Colbert.”
Charlamagne commented, “This is the third talk show Chris McCarthy has done with me and those shows prepared me for this opportunity. My South Carolina brethren Stephen Colbert is the ultimate cosign in the late night space and he wouldn’t cosign no bullshit! We are going to win an Emmy next year for best lighting direction I can feel it!!” Colbert added, “For too long, the town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina has been underrepresented in late night. I look forward to all the ways in which the fearless, peerless Charlamagne is going to change the game.”
In a joint statement released today, both parties announced that an agreement on a contract extension could not be reached. As a result, Taylor’s final assignment for the network was Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
According to reports, Taylor is expected to take her talents to NBC, and if a contract is completed, would join the network’s forthcoming Tokyo Olympics coverage.
“Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic,” ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. “There is no doubt we will miss Maria, but we remain determined to continue to build a deep and skilled talent roster that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve. While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we’ve done together.”
Clear Media Network has added a groundbreaking format to its network arsenal — R&B Adult Hits, the brainchild of a couple of programming pros — Mark McCray, President of Programming & Operations, Clear Media Network and Jay Stevens, President of TenShare Media Consulting, who have combined their years of R&B and Urban programming expertise to create this one-of-kind format, targeted to Adults 30-49 who love great R&B Adult Hits and Throwbacks from the ’80s, ’90s, and early ’00s. Core artists of the format include Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Usher, Snoop, Mariah Carey, Jodeci, Michael Jackson, etc.
“Having two of the best R&B and Urban programmers in the industry collaborating on this R&B Adult Hits format will only create an appetite and immediate demand for this one-of-a-kind R&B sound,” said Gary Spurgeon, COO of Clear Media Network. “Our research showed that there is a very strong appetite for a Gold-Based R&B format that highlights the highest-testing Adult Hit songs for the R&B audience. This is the solution for stations looking for a competitive edge in the crowded R&B landscape.”
McCray said, “We are excited to offer a programming solution that will highlight the sound that many adult listeners are seeking and demanding. A hit-intensive, balanced blend of great R&B. Many of the artists and songs that we love to experience in the ‘Verzus’ battle on social media. This is a fun, upbeat, one-of-a-kind sound, making us much different from any traditional Urban AC or Classic Hip Hop station… this R&B Adult Hits format is in its own lane.” Stevens remarked, “This is a fun, lifestyle format that fits every market and will absolutely hook your listeners. It’s from an era in R&B and Hip Hop where there are so many hits… hits that evoke emotion for everyone.”
The R&B Adult Hits format is currently only available through Clear Media Network, which offers this fully customizable programming solution that will highlight the sound that many adult listeners are seeking and demanding. For more info, contact Gary Spurgeon at 972-674-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.