The Billboard Power 100

One could do worse than write a history of the business from the pages of Billboard’s Power 100 rankings. This year the venerable music industry…

Festival Turf Wars

The album is no longer the golden child of the industry. In 2014, recorded music dropped in overall sale value by 11%, deepening its decade…

2014: Year in Review

Records and live performances define the state of the music market. 2014 was special for two things: a consumer preference for accessing a recording with…

The Economics of EDM

The EDM industry has exploded into a lucrative business platform. Attendance at the top twenty global festivals jumped from 1.9 million in 2009 to over…

Money, Music, and Molly

The business of electronic dance music is undoubtedly booming. Worth globally $4.5 billion1, large-scale electronic dance music festivals often exemplify the industry’s increasing success. Dayglow,…

Irving Azoff Leaves Live Nation

Three years shy of his tenure with Live Nation, executive chairman Irving Azoff has called it quits. He was reportedly frustrated by the constraints of…

Friction in Live Music

Over the last decade, there has been a shift in artists’ revenues. While recorded music sales have dropped substantially, artists are now making more money…

Global Touring with Gerry Barad

On February 26th 2010, Mr. Gerry Barad, Chief Operating Officer of Live Nation Global Touring, delivered the 17th annual Zafris Distinguished Lecture in Music Business/Management…