News & Noteworthy (Week of August 10)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

Did You Catch Jim on the Bob Lefsetz Podcast?
Music industry legend Bob Lefsetz took a deep dive with Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy into his career, the founding of Goldstar and more. You can listen to the full interview here.

The Oscars Try Being Popular:
In a pretty stunning announcement this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said they’ll be adding a “Popular Film Award” among other changes to the Oscars. The reaction, as Josh Rottenberg of the Los Angeles Times reported, was … not great: “But if the academy hoped to end the blood sport of Oscars trashing on social media, the attempt backfired. The announcement of the new category sparked immediate criticism, with many calling it an act of pandering in search of ratings that will water down the significance of the awards themselves.”

Gwen Goes on a Lucky Streak in Vegas:
Bob Allen of Venues Now reports: “Gwen Stefani has wrapped the opening 12-show run of her “Just a Girl” residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, scoring a box office take of $5.5 million. The pop star sold 40,514 tickets, just over 84 percent of the house, at prices from $80 to $280, based on reports from Caesars Entertainment, which produced the event with Live Nation.” This is compared to her last tour, which “spanned 14 weeks from July to October of [2016] and covered 27 North American markets. Revenue totaled $9.5 million from 192,013 sold seats at 28 performances, earning the Southern California native the No. 122 ranking on Pollstar’s Year End Top 200 North American Tours.”

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