Shockingly, The NFL has asked musicians to pay for the Superbowl.
The NFL reportedly asked Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay, their top choices to play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, if they would be willing to pay the league in order to secure one of the biggest gigs in the world, according to The Wall Street Journal.
When reaching out to artists, league representatives asked some acts if they would exchange a headlining slot for a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour earnings, or make another type of financial contribution to the NFL. Sources told the Journal that Music reps gave a negative response.
While the NFL doesn’t typically pay artists who perform during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, they do tend to cover travel and production expenses, which can be upwards of a million dollars. Considering the Halftime Show has only grown more popular in recent years — this year’s performance with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drew 115.3 million viewers, compared to the 112.2 million who watched the game — it makes sense they’d want a piece of the pie.
The global music industry could agree on a single weekly release date for albums. Instead of the UK releasing albums on Monday, the United States on Tuesday, Australia and Germany on Friday, and so on, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry is reportedly moving toward a unified worldwide street date of Friday.
According to Billboard, executives in the major territories and at the major labels want to be able to stage simultaneous international releases. They hope to reboot the system in July 2015, after which record shops from Birmingham to Boston and Bangkok will all put out their new albums each Friday.
Piracy is the main reason for this change. Often, new releases go on sale first in Australia on Friday, four days before the same music becomes available in the US. If tracks are leaked onto file-sharing networks, that’s four days that American fans are asked to await the domestic streetdate.
Beyoncé’s surprise album release, last December, is also being cited as a main reason for this change. By becoming available for purchase everywhere at once, the singer’s fifth long-player benefited from a huge, worldwide response, breaking an iTunes sales record.
Despite the enthusiasm from some quarters, changing the streetdate in markets like the UK and US will require lots of planning, as well as cooperation across disparate parts of the music and retail industries, including warehousing, transport and record shops. Some smaller labels are said to be resisting the move, claiming that they sell more records by releasing albums earlier in the week.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has yet to release a formal statement on its reported plans.
Echosmith formerly Ready Set Go! who we featured in 2010 is currently in the top 20 on the iTunes singles chart with their track Cool Kids. The band hails from Los Angeles, is composed of four siblings, and signed to Warner Bros. in 2012. They opened for Owl City, Twenty One Pilots, and Neon Trees. They toured the United States and Canada as the opening act for Owl City on his 2013 Midsummer Station tour.
Kings favorite Young Rising Sons signs with Interscope Records. Young Rising Sons is an alternative indie rock band from Red Bank, NJ. Although new to the scene, these guys have a top 40 smash ready to conquer the airwaves. The same production team behind American Authors, Dirty Canvas Music (Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta) produced the latest single High. The video for the single has already garnered over 90,000 views. Check out Kings previous feature on the band.
Nashville artist April Kry who we featured as a top 8 emerging artist has signed with Metric Records (Sony/Red). Her first single “Beauty Queen” was just released on iTunes and the music video premiered on Billboard.com. April started singing in church when she was barely 5 years old. At the age of 13, she sang “God Bless America” at a gala event where the Keynote speaker was the legendary Jermaine Jackson, and she knew from that point she was destined to be a professional singer. In the time between then and now, April has performed at the legendary Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night, and sang background for singer Enya on the nationally televised talk show Live With Regis & Kelly. April is preparing a national radio tour.