14
Apr

U.S. Internet Ad Revenue Surpasses Broadcast NEWS By Associated Press | April 11, 2014 10:16 AM EDT

For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads.

That’s according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013.

Mobile advertising revenue more than doubled to $7.1 billion from $3.4 billion in 2012 as companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter boosted their mobile presence.

IAB is made up of more than 600 media and technology companies that sell most of the online advertising in the U.S. The report is based on a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

14
Apr

Stephen Colbert Comes To ‘The Late Show,’ and Jimmy Fallon Finally Finds a Music Rival NEWS By Jason Lipshutz, New York | April 11, 2014 5:05 PM EDT

Stephen Colbert Comes To 'The Late Show,' and Jimmy Fallon Finally Finds a Music Rival

Following yesterday’s announcement that Stephen Colbert will be inheriting “The Late Show” from David Letterman in 2015, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon posted on Twitter, “I’d like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.” Will Colbert be stealing Fallon’s first name? No, of course not. Will he be stealing some of Fallon’s mojo? Probably. Get ready for a new kind of late-night war: the battle for can’t-miss musical moments.

Stephen Colbert’s Top 10 Music Moments

One of the reasons why Jimmy Fallon has enjoyed such a speedy ascendance from “Saturday Night Live” breakout to late-night host to the new face of “The Tonight Show” is his ability to not only recognize the musical artists that people worth spotlighting, but to also determine how to manufacture shareable content using those artists. It’s one thing to have the Roots serve as your house band; it’s entirely another to have them slow-jam the news with President Barack Obama. Fallon not only coralled Carly Rae Jepsen and Robin Thicke to play their respective summer smashes “Call Me Maybe” and “Blurred Lines” on his show in consecutive years, but he got both artists to play them using classroom instruments, maximizing the did-you-see-that? quality of each performance. Time and time again, Fallon has demonstrated his understanding to not settle for snagging Justin Timberlake to perform his latest single on television, but to also ask JT to rap a medley of classic hip-hop songs alongside the host. The key to Team Fallon’s success as a musical platform has been the one-of-the-kind moments — the ability to dream up something innovative enough that has not been performed before and likely cannot be duplicated — in order to attract online audiences after the fact.

Since “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” launched in March 2009, no other late-night network show has rivaled its knack for meme creation, making it all the easier for Fallon to thrive. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” was, and “Late Night with David Letterman” has been, uninterested in exploring shareable music moments, fluke moments like last month’s Future Islands performance aside. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has carved out its own brand of online-friendly sketches, but for the most part has focused on young-skewing spoofs (like the one that enraged Kanye West last September) rather than performance-based content. “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” has never tried to rival “Fallon’s” musical draw, “Conan” and “The Arsenio Hall Show” have enjoyed inconsistent breakout moments, and the young “Late Night with Seth Meyers” has already established itself as something of a music-last franchise. It’s been a half-decade since Fallon figured out that hot musical moments produce a hot late-night show — and he remained alone in that realization! Finally, another host with that mindset has emerged.

Remarkably, “The Colbert Report” has been able to conjure a catalogue of legitimately memorable music moments without necessarily needing to do so; “Report” is, first and foremost, a political satire, riffing on the format of “The Daily Show” and abiding by that show’s focus on mocking hot-button poltical issues. Just as “The Daily Show” never booked musical performers to supplement its Fox News takedowns, the half-hour spinoff that followed each night on Comedy Central was expected to snag more authors than musicians as guests when it premiered in 2005.

But then, Colbert began ramping up his output of music stunts, from theStePhest Colbchella “festival” to the fake fight with the Decemberists to the “who sold out more?” showdown between Vampire Weekend and the Black Keys to last summer’s infamous Daft Punk no-show. These moments were quirky, irregular and tethered to Colbert’s blowhard character on the show, but were often clever enough to garner YouTube hits in the days after their episodes, and demonstrated how much musicians appreciated Colbert’s political schtick (and understood that it was connecting with younger audiences more than the old-guard monologues of late night). By 2008’s "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" special, which featured performances from Elvis Costello, Toby Keith and Feist, Colbert was showing that he was game to compete with the network stars’ musical star power, if only on occasion.

Like Fallon, Colbert is savvy enough to excavate the unique music moments that find eyeballs. And like Fallon, Colbert is not afraid to get silly… and he did on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” when he sang Rebecca Black’s “Friday” with Taylor Hicks.

Colbert has been able to accomplish a lot as a music curator while serving as the star of a half-hour cable show with a more narrow thematic focus. Imagine what he’ll be able to do with “The Late Show,” a network platform more conducive to those moments. Fallon has one more year to enjoy that late-night sandbox all to himself, and then, the games begin.

14
Apr

Beyonce, Jay Z Make Surprise Coachella Guest Appearances: Watch NEWS By Jason Lipshutz | April 13, 2014 9:20 AM EDT

Beyonce, Solange at Coachella 2014

Four years after Jay Z headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and brought Beyonce out for a surprise duet of “Young Forever,” the power couple once again pulled a fast one (or two) on the Indio music festival, making separate appearances on Saturday night (Apr. 12).

During Solange’s Saturday evening set, the younger Knowles sibling turned up the energy of the Gobi tent with a finale of “Losing You” before Beyonce, without warning, came onstage and stood by Solange’s side. Wearing a black hat and tropical dress, Queen Bey busted out her best moves to “Losing You,” matching Solange’s choreography as more onlookers noticed Solange’s guest star and rushed toward the stage.

Three hours later, Nas ended his midnight set — which ran through his debut album “Illmatic” in honor of its 20th anniversary — by inviting Jay Z onstage to perform “Dead Presidents II.” Hov then played “Where I’m From,” and when Nas ended the set with some of his classic singles, Diddy dropped by to perform “Hate Me Now.”

14
Apr

Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated) NEWS By Ed Christman, New York | April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT

Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels.

While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other sources within the company say some of the layoffs are being made to make way for new hires in other functions. For example, Republic is adding promotion staff to handle Island Records, but also laid off some staffers. At the end of the realignment, the newly liberated labels and Republic will be down about a dozen staffers, UMG sources say.

In other news related to the break-up of the Island Def Jam Group, Island Records and Mercury’s market share will be counted with Republic’s and Island Records president David Massey will report to both UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge and Republic Records founder, chairman/CEO Monte Lipman.  Motown’s market share will be incorporated into the Capitol Music Group headed by chairman/CEO Steve Barnett. New Motown president and Universal Music Publishing Group executive VP Ethiopia Habtemariam will report to both Barnett and Universal Music Publishing Group North America president Evan Lamberg.

*Correction appended: The original version of this story inaccurately listed the number of people as 20. It also said Ethiopia Habtemariam will report to UMPG chaiman/CEO Zach Horowitz, she in fact reports to both Capitol’s Barnett and UMPG’s Lamberg. 

08
Apr

Capitol Music’s Brand Partnership Director on How Marketing and Music Are Changing (posted on Billboard.biz 4.8.14))

Who Zoë Sonquist King

New gig Director, brand partnerships, Capitol Music Group
Old gig 
Account manager, Cimarron Group
Age
 31

Describe your role at Capitol.
Our team does anything from product placement to music videos. We work with others inside the company to create content that surrounds artists, and we sell to brands to align with their objectives or help them develop music programs. It can be as small as partnering with a brand to use their media and marketing dollars where the artist and label aren’t paid anything.

Capitol has put a lot of emphasis on creating content internally for marketers. How does that work?
A lot of times it has to do with brands that might not have spent time in the music space and/or they’re just looking to get into it. We’ve been working on a series, 1 Mic, 1 Take, where we have our artists record two of their own songs, a cover song and a Christmas song. Then we beautify footage—we’ve been doing it for about two years and we have nearly 300 pieces of content that a brand can use. The music industry works so quickly. Brands work on a different cycle. … They don’t want us coming to them at the last minute and saying we have an album out in three months. Now we can say we have all this content, so let’s talk about something that releases next year.

Tell us about an artist who has been helped by brand media exposure.
We have a band called Capital Cities. They’re two jingle writers who met on Craigslist. They have a song, “Safe and Sound,” which has become a monster due to a lot of brand partners. We did a sync with Mazda that’s everywhere.

So has this become a big part of promoting developing artists?
Equally as valuable to us as getting a paycheck is the fact that brands have designated a lot of money for media buys. So if we can have a part of that for a smaller artist, where we don’t have a huge budget, we look at it as we develop that artist.

Are there particular music genres that marketers are really interested in right now?
One that I’m hearing a lot about is EDM [electronic dance music]. Capitol has a label called Astralwerks and it’s focused [on] EDM. I’m calling those guys more and more as brands get excited about it.

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How is marketing and music changing? It’s not just about using music in commercials and artist sponsorships anymore, is it?
The days of a huge paycheck and endorsement deal are dwindling. … Another change: Our brand partners are not always looking for large artists like a Jennifer Lopez. They want to grow someone. As music becomes such a big part of advertising and a consumer connection, marketers want to help build an artist’s career.

How’s the competitive landscape changed?
There are a lot of players now. We’ve heard that labels aren’t needed because agencies and brands can go directly to management. So we’ve had to showcase our value. We serve artists, brands, film and TV clients. We have a whole team here that handles analytics and insights.

Are musicians more willing to be associated with marketers?
There will always be people who don’t want anything to do with brands—and others are open to it. When we sign an artist, we ask: Who do you like? Who do you not like? Do you have charities you like? We always have an honest conversation. If you don’t want anything to do with alcohol because your fan base is too young, I’m not going to touch it. But I also want them to see all the opportunities coming in, whether it’s good or not so hot.

31
Mar
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31
Mar

Horoscope for Today 3/31/14 Tarot.com

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Monday, Mar 31st, 2014

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Mar
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