Karaoke grew to a $7.9 billion industry worldwide in 2015, according to DigiTrax. They've compiled the top 10 karaoke songs of 2015 based on data from 2,500 reporting karaoke jockeys and hit YouTube channels. You won't find Adele anywhere on this list, because, like music streaming, the pop sensation will not licence her music for use there.
On December 4th, we brought you the story that James Barton was in talks with SFX to leave Live Nation and help get the flailing company get back on track. Now, however, James Barton, head of electronic dance music at Live Nation and founder of the Liverpool based Cream nightclub event, has decided to stay with Live Nation after all, says sources close to the New York Post.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding the full cooperation of Justin Bieber's record label and distribution company to identify and punish those responsible for a guerrilla marketing campaign that includes pervasive ads spray-painted on public sidewalks to promote Bieber's album, "Purpose."
2015 was the year that artists and their teams learned the advantages of and profits earned from selling directly to fans. It's a hugely disruptive shift that is threatening to those who profit from their position as an intermediary; and few in the old guard have been as protective of their gatekeeper status as Ticketmaster.