Category: Industry Insights

Bob Dylan’s Newport Folk Festival Guitar Breaks Auction Records

Posted 08 Dec 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights, News
Bob Dylan Guitar

Just over a month ago, we informed our readers that the guitar played by Bob Dylan infamously at the Newport Folk Festival of 1965 was going to be put up for auction. Well, folks, it finally happened. The guitar sold, and in the process broke the record for most expensive guitar ever sold through an auction. That’s a pretty big deal, considering it’s just a Strat. So just how much did the guitar go for? $965,000. Just shy of a…

Spotify Finally Responds to Thom Yorke

Posted 04 Dec 2013 in Industry Insights

Several months ago, infamous rocker Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace made some harsh claims about Spotify, the world’s premier music streaming service. Yorke portrayed Spotify as the “gatekeeper” for modern day music, and criticized Spotify for their harsh payments of artists. As it turns out, rather than paying artists a set amount per stream, Spotify adjusts the streaming rate based on what percentage of streams from that month were from the artist. As you can imagine, a…

Even More Download Festival Acts Announced

Posted 07 Nov 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights

If you’re a regular reader of this site, and I most certainly hope you are, then you’re probably aware of our ongoing coverage of the ever-growing list of acts on the 2014 Download Festival roster. Well, this time we’re coming to you with not one, but three new acts, and let me tell you, these are some pretty nice acts. The first addition to lineup is Aerosmith, who will be the Sunday night headliners. This might be due to Steven…

Linkin Park Added to Download Festival Lineup

Posted 06 Nov 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights
Linkin Park

As we progress through the year, more and more of the acts slated to perform at this year’s Download Festival in Donnington Park, England have been revealed to the public. You may even recall our post earlier this week, when we announced that Avenged Sevenfold would be the Friday night headliners at this enormous festival. Rob Zombie has also been announced as a major act. Well, we’re back at you with another big name to add to your lineups: Linkin…

Download Festival Headliner Announced

Posted 04 Nov 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights
Download Festival

Every year in June, the entertainment company Live Nation puts on a little show called Download Festival. Held in Donington Park over in England, the three day festival typically brings in over 100,000 and focuses on the heavy rock and metal community. Because of this focus, it was exciting but not surprising to hear the announcement of their Friday night headliner: Avenged Sevenfold. Avenged Sevenfold released their latest full length, Hail to the King, back in August, and have been…

Pearl Jam Scores World Series Deal

Posted 13 Oct 2013 in Industry Insights
Pearl Jam World Series

After the Super Bowl, the World Series may very be the most watched event in television. With hundreds of thousands of people glued to their tubes and 30 second commercial spots costing upwards of $500,000, it’s pretty evident that the World Series has become a significant cultural event. This only makes it all the more impressive that Pearl Jam manages to negotiate at expansive 48 track deal with the World Series. The songs will be running all month, and include…

Lauryn Hill Released From Prison

Posted 04 Oct 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights
Lauryn Hill

Three months ago, singer songwriter Lauryn Hill of the Fugees and quite a few other projects had to put a hold on her life to serve a short term for tax evasion. However, much to the relief of fans of this stellar musician, Hill was released on October 4th, though details on whether or not she has managed to pay off the nearly $1 million dollars in taxes she refused to pay have yet to be made public. While news…

Orange Amplifications to Host Annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour

Posted 02 Oct 2013 in Amplifiers, Industry Insights, Miscellaneous
Classic Rock Roll of Honour

For the third year straight, popular amp company Orange has been announced as the face, host, and sponsor behind the iconic Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards. Slated to be held in London on November 14th, these awards focused on anything and everything that relate to rock. Previous winners include ZZ Top, the holders of the prestigious Living Legends award, Lyrnrd Skynyrd, possessors of the Comback award and Rush and Pink Floyd, who defend the Album of the Year and…

Sting’s New Musical

Posted 27 Sep 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights

The notorious bassist and frontman of the Police, Sting, made a shocking announcement to fans earlier this week: he would not be playing a single Police song on his upcoming tour. Despite having such an iconic backlog to pick from, Sting has chosen to focus this upcoming tour on the music from his impending musical, The Last Ship. The musical is based on the music of Sting’s album of the same name, which hit shelves just last Tuesday. The tour,…

Fake Van Halen and Michael Jackson Guitar At Jesse Jackson Jr Auction

Posted 23 Sep 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights, Miscellaneous
Jesse Jackson Jr

Remember last February when Senator Jesse Jackson Jr. got arrested for misuse of campaign donations? For those a bit foggy about their political history, Jackson basically used the money that should have gone towards his congressional campaign to purchase a variety of personal objects such as home improvements, fancy cigars, and pop culture memorabilia. Jackson would later plead guilty and in August was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. One of the items Jackson purchased was a guitar which…