December 12, 2012 |
Forbes has just issued its annual ranking of the highest-earning women in music, and heading the list is Britney Spears, whose $58 million from May 2011 through May 2012 outranked all others. It is, however, about 30% less than the $90 million that Lady Gaga earned the previous year to top the magazine's 2011 roster. Spears generated most of her $58 million from her “Femme Fatale” concert tour and album, along with additional revenue from her Elizabeth Arden fragrance line and other product endorsements.
October 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - At Ripley-Grier Studios, a cramped rehearsal space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, girls dressed in leotards dart in and out of the lobby to and from dance lessons, pretending not to notice the mighty star in their midst. Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth - all 4 feet, 11 inches and 91 pounds of her - sits patiently alongside the stage mothers , waiting for a pianist to arrive. If, like the aspiring performers around her, Chenoweth is a little anxious, it's with good reason: Less than four months after a freak accident on the set of "The Good Wife" left her with a litany of head and body injuries, she's returning to the stage.
September 29, 2012 |
[ Updated at 2 p.m. Oct. 5: The 2012 Railroad Revival Tour has been canceled. Ticket holders will receive a full refund by Oct. 21.] Willie Nelson is going on the road again -- with his fans. Band of Horses , Jamey Johnson , John Reilly & Friends and other performers join him on stage next month for a series of concerts from Duluth, Ga., to Oakland. Folks can ride along on seven individual legs of the Railroad Revival Tour 2012 by buying tickets that come with a sleeping berth, concert tickets and some VIP perks, too. The private rail tour begins Oct. 19 in New Orleans and shuttles to Duluth, home of the vintage Southeastern Railway Museum (you get a private tour)
September 19, 2012 |
Billionaire Philip Anschutz's plan to sell off his AEG entertainment division raises a major question about the fate of the company's AEG Live subsidiary, the concert industry's No. 2 powerhouse. The multifaceted AEG owns, operates and exclusively books dozens of venues across the country, controls stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings sports franchises and promotes hundreds of concerts and other live entertainment events each year. Industry veterans are speculating whether AEG will remain as a single entity under new ownership or be split into several pieces and be sold off. Among AEG Live's most prized concert world components are Staples Center in Los Angeles, the O2 Arena in London and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, of which it shares ownership with festival founder Paul Tollett.
September 18, 2012
The third season of "Downton Abbey" premiered across the pond Sunday night, and the sky-high ratings suggest that fans haven't tired of the soapy period piece. Approximately 8.6 million viewers tuned into to ITV1, the network that airs "Downton Abbey" in Britain, to watch Shirley MacLaine make her first appearance as Martha Levinson, the wealthy American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Those numbers would be impressive stateside, but they're even more dazzling given the much smaller size of the British television audience.
September 17, 2012 |
Babs is coming to the Bowl. As part of her 2012 concert tour -- her first in five years -- Barbra Streisand has added a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 9. The 8 p.m. concert is the only scheduled Los Angeles stop on the tour. The concert is expected to feature the 70-year-old singer performing some of her most famous numbers, as well as appearances by jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and the operatic pop tenor group Il Volo. PHOTOS: 2012 Hollywood Bowl highlights Streisand's tour includes stops in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Las Vegas and San Jose. The Streisand concert is a lease event, so isn't part of the L.A. Philharmonic's Bowl season, which is set to conclude later this month.