Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters and their affiliate Free People are facing legal action from Coachella organizers Goldenvoice, for allegedly trying to capitalize on the festival's brand. According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit centers on several items in Free People's catalog: the “Coachella Boot,” “Coachella Mini Dress,” “Coachella Pocket Tank” and “Coachella Valley Tunic.”
Of the many, many bands that are performing officially and unofficially at SXSW this year, only a handful will see major career growth in the next year. So data journalist Emily Blake of Pandora and Next Big Sound dug deep into the stats to predict which ones are poised to rise and the lead the pack.
The globe's biggest concert promoter is now also the globe's biggest management company, according to an SEC filing. It's news that send shivers down the spines of booking agents (and competing promoters) worldwide. Who needs an agent when you can book your tour by dialing an extension on the Live Nation phone network?
When Live Nation (then SFX) began the rollup of disparate and often warring independent promoters to form a concert promotion behemoth, many in the industry thought it was doomed to failure. But under the management of CEO Michael Rapino, Live Nation has proven the doubters (including myself) wrong while expanding its global reach.