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When Lil Wayne Sets Supply and Demand

When Lil Wayne recently announced his I Ain’t Sh*t Without You Tour, he left out a few details -- including where the shows would take place, reported TicketNews. Lil Wayne left this decision up to his fans. Instead of choosing what cities to visit, Lil Wayne planned to let his fans vote for their city, and he would perform in the four cities with the most votes. When the votes came in this week, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Chicago scored the...

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#TBT

#TBT: 3 Ways You’re Wrong About Live Entertainment, Part III

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: 3 Ways You’re Wrong About Live Entertainment, Part III. (Read Part I and Part II.) We’ve been talking about misconceptions widely held but both untrue and bad for the live entertainment business. You can go back and catch up by reading: Misconception No. 1: New Technologies are Making Actually Going Out a Thing of the Past and Misconception No. 2: Everything’s Sold Out! Now that you’re caught up, on to … Misconception No. 3. It’s...

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#TBT

#TBT: One-Step Strategy for Success: Be Awesome, Part II

Happy #TBT! Here’s Part II to last week's oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: One-Step Strategy for Success: Be Awesome. In Part I, Jim comments on a Bob Lefsetz article about the troubled state of music and the music business. Jim offers that Lefsetz's remedy is better music. And maybe Bob’s right: Just make better music. Just don’t suck. Just be great. Which is easy, if, you know, you’re great. Hey, Beatles, just make great music! “Righty-o, old chap. How many No. 1s...

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#FreeTicketFriday

#FreeTicketFriday

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of another week in the best industry there is — the live entertainment business. One big job perk is the ability to see a bunch of shows. But, we’re willing to bet there’s a ton of summer concerts that you don’t even know are happening. We’re here to help with our special Summer Concerts category to make the season more rockin'. Head over to Goldstar and choose a Summer Concert in your city, and...

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Experience

TEDxBroadway Is Back — and It Won’t Be the Same Without You!

Do you remember field trips? Nothing could make my 8-year-old self more excited than knowing that, instead of a normal school day, we were going someplace special. If you, too, liked that feeling (or if you never got to experience it), then I would love to see you at TEDxBroadway. It’s a field trip day, but designed for your adult self. If you’ve never been, it’s a day full of presentations, but not like any you’d expect at a regular conference....

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Pricing

More About the Return of the Stadium Show

Recently, Jim posted, What Can We Learn From the Return of the Stadium Show? In it, he commented on an article by Ray Waddell in Billboard about the resurgence in concert tours taking place in stadiums this year. Jim's bottom line: Even though this is an interesting countertrend, be careful not to extrapolate too much from it. Stadiums are much too big for just about any act, and the days of selling out night after night after night are...

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Pricing

What Can We Learn From the Return of the Stadium Show?

Sometimes we get a chance to see a snapshot of the past and present side by side and learn something we might miss in the long, slow march of daily life. Stadium tours are back, sorta. Read Ray Waddell’s great summary of the resurgence in concert tours taking place in stadiums this year. Calling it the “best year for stadium concerts in 20 years,” the article surprised me. The trend has clearly been in the other direction, toward better, smaller,...

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Bright Ideas

Gravitational Pull

We talk a lot about how to make a live entertainment and arts event or venue successful, but there’s one topic that’s hard to talk about. And it’s the most important one of all. It’s the question of what I call Gravitational Pull. In nature, an object with a lot of mass (let’s say, our sun) literally pulls objects toward it. The Earth holds the (much smaller) moon in an orbit because of gravity and that gravity is caused by...

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