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Buzz Track: When She Was Mine

London based Pop rock act Lawson recently finished recording their debut album with Grammy Award winning producer John Shanks (Take That/Alanis Morisette/Bon Jovi). They recently finished an arena tour with The Wanted. The band sold out their show at the Monto Water Rats in 10 minutes. Check out the track When She Was Mine that comes off the upcoming album. For fans of The Wanted, Jessie J, and Cobra Starship. Expect an American takevoer.

Contact: lisa.birch@dawbell.com

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Buzz Track: Let Go

Pop rock act and fresh on the scene City of Lions are putting the finishing touches on their self-titled album. The music video for the song You All Along was featured on JCTV’s “Top 10 Countdown” and the first single, You All Along is receiving spins on Kiss 95.7 in Hartford, CT.

Contact: cityoflionsband@gmail.com

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Update/News: Lizzie Sider and her band have been chosen to open for Big & Rich on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at  the Bergeron Rodeo Arena in Davie, FL. Lizzie will sing the National Anthem, and she will perform 5 of her original songs, with her band.

Buzz Track: Butterfly

Lizzie Sider is an upcoming singer-songwriter who has spent time in Nashville writing with Nashville’s elite. She was a finalist in the Florida Future Stars competition in 2010 and sang on the stage with country star Jamie O’neal singing the popular song “When I Think About Angels” which can he heard on her Facebook.

Contact: dsider@siderlaw.com

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Pop duo LMFAO are facing a $7 million lawsuit from their former managers.

The stars, uncle and nephew Stefan ‘Redfoo’ Gordy and Skyler ‘SkyBlu’ Gordy, have been sued by bosses at personal management company RPM GRP, who claim the band signed a deal with them in 2008 but later ditched the contract and hired two of the firm’s former employees to manage them instead.

The lawsuit, filed at Santa Monica Superior Court in California, accuses the duo of breach of contract, tortuous interference and accounting.

The papers state, “LMFAO has thanked the managers who took them from ‘0 to 60’ by throwing them under the tour bus (i.e. firing them). Instead of hiring new managers, LMFAO then poached two employees of the original managers, hiring them on a salary instead of paying a commission to the original managers.”

Gone are the days when artists and managers have a 20 years relationship like U2 and Paul McGuinness. Other artists such as Metallica as well as Britney Spears also enjoyed long lasting business relationships with their managers. The rock band Kiss has been managed by Doc McGhee since 1996.

Veteran management team DAS Communications demanded $14 million in damages after they were fired from Pop star Ke$ha who they described as “a very young and inexperienced artist whose ‘star’ may not continue to rise.”  According the papers filed she has made an incredible amount of money in a very short period of time, in large part due to DAS efforts.

Taylor Swift’s former manager also sued country singer for millions of dollars, arguing she owes commissions from a contract she signed with him in 2004, according to RollingStone.com. In July 2005, Swift’s father Scott fired Dan Dymtrow and the singer signed with record label Big Machine. Dymtrow claims he was fired because Swift’s family didn’t want to pay his commission after he helped the singer’s music career take off.

The artist and the manager generally begin on good note. In most cases, the manager will find an opportunity or negotiate a deal that will set the stage for success. The probabilities are low, but if the song reacts with the public and finds it self on top 40 radio, the artist is set to make several million from publishing and performances.  Managers are generally paid a percentage of the band’s income, often 15% to 20%.

The manager makes more money as the band popularity grows since the income of the musicians is directly tied to the income of the managers. According to several seasoned managers in the music business the band begins to look at management as an expense rather than something of value. Instead of paying a manager 2 million dollars to manage a multimillion dollar business, the artist will hire salaried employees for half the cost.

In some cases,  artists have hired family members only to find themselves in a financial disaster. For instance, Beyonce fired her father as her manager. Live Nation told Beyonce that Matthew Knowles had taken money from her that he was not entitled to as her manager.

 

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Update/News: NTS will perform on the main stage at the 2012 Florida Music Festival. The band will perform this Saturday April 21st at 10pm on the House of Blues Orlando Rocks.

Buzz Track: Career Romance

Not Tonight Josephine has garnered the title “Tampa FL’s Most Buzzworthy Rock Band” since the release of their debut EP, This Orphan Heart. The band has shared the stage with Anberlin, Sick Puppies, Framing Hanley, etc. The band’s YouTube video of “All That She Wants” cover reached over 200,000 views which came off the first full length album, All On The Horizon produced by Brett Hestla (Creed Dark New Day, Framing Hanley).

Contact: nottonightrock@gmail.com

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