“Fiel” Becomes World’s Most Streamed Latin Hit On Spotify

Aiphotoimaging aiphotographicWhile the pandemic derailed touring plans, Walter Kolm, CEO of the artist management firm WK Entertainment—a roster highlighted by Carlos Vives, and cross-over sensation Maluma, Wisin, and CNCO, made a bold pandemic pivot that led to the launch of WK Records.

Today, his label celebrates “Fiel,” the clingy reggaetón hit by Wisin, Jhay Cortez, and Los Legendarios, one of the most streamed Latin songs in the world. It’s perched upon Spotify’s Global Top 200 chart—the list’s only Latin hit to crack the Top 10. It’s certified platinum in the United States, Spain, Chile, and Mexico, plus made Gold in Colombia, rippling through Latin America in the #1 seat on Spotify and Apple. It’s also the only song represented by a Latino-owned artist management firm and label to pierce the Top 10 frame of Spotify’s Global Top 200 Chart.

“Fiel’s” music video, which became the most-watched visual the day it premiered on YouTube, has over 60 million views. It’s a viral sensation on TikTok with over 2 million uploads and more than 300 million views. Also, it’s ranked Top 40 on Shazam’s worldwide chart and #1 for the platform in Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.

The single was recorded in the mountains of Cayey, Puerto Rico, at Wisin’s record label’s studio, La Base Music, and was released via Walter Kolm’s WK Records in February.
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Veeps Equips 60+ Live Nation Venues So Artists Can Livestream Any Show At Any Time, With First Concert Series Debuting In May

Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, and Veeps, the artist-first livestream platform run by co-founders Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte, today announced they have started equipping 60+ concert venues across the United States to offer turnkey livestreaming. This new Veeps setup gives any artist playing at one of these venues the ability to livestream their event with the flip of a switch to fans across the world.

Artists are at the center of what Live Nation and Veeps do. By setting up 60+ venues for livestreaming, both companies are doubling down to help artists expand revenue on the road where they make a living while providing creative opportunities to connect with more fans. The companies selected venues that are already regular tour stops, giving artists lots of flexibility to choose when and where they want to add the element of streaming to a show.

Live Nation promotes 40,000 concerts and 100+ festivals in a typical year, and its network of physical shows provide a unique opportunity for livestreaming. Combined with Veeps’ industry leading technology, artists will be able to offer fans even more ways to enjoy live concerts, including virtual admission to sold out shows, access to events happening around the world, exclusive content, and things like backstage and front row viewing angles.

A wide variety of venues will be optimized for livestreaming – from iconic clubs and theaters to amphitheaters. Some of the venues that will be first to go live include The Fillmore in San Francisco and Philadelphia, House of Blues in Chicago and New Orleans, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and a number of amphitheaters including Shoreline Amphitheater in California and The Gorge in Washington.
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Lead Single From Mortal Kombat Soundtrack Released

ai photo imaging aiphotoimaging aiphotographicWaterTower Music has announced the April 16 release of the soundtrack to New Line Cinema’s new movie “Mortal Kombat.”

The film brings to life the intense action of the blockbuster video game franchise in all its brutal glory, pitting the all-time, fan-favorite champions against one another in the ultimate, no-holds-barred, gory battle that pushes them to their very limits.

The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, is set for release nationwide in theaters on April 23 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Mortal Kombat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) contains all new score by Golden Globe-, Emmy-, and Grammy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch (IT and IT Chapter 2, Shazam, Blade Runner: 2049 [w/ Hans Zimmer]). And today, the first single from the album was released. “Techno Syndrome 2021 (Mortal Kombat)” is composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s musical homage to the music, fans, and enduring lineage of Mortal Kombat. The track was produced and performed by Wallfisch and mixed and Mastered by Tom Norris (Skrillex, Gaga, Zedd).

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Bill Burr Announces 2021 U.S. Tour

aiphotographic bill burr tourGrammy-nominated comedian, Bill Burr has announced hiss 2021 US tour. Tickets will be on sale starting this Friday, April 9th at 10AM Local at BillBurr.com/Tour.

Burr is one of the top comedic voices of his generation achieving success in TV and film as well as on stage. Bill sells out theaters internationally and his Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts. Bill made his debut as host of Saturday Night Live on October 10, 2020, he stars opposite Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei in the Judd Apatow film, The King of Staten Island, and he stars as Mayfeld in The Mandalorian on Disney Plus. His animated Netflix series, F Is For Family, stars Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long and Sam Rockwell in the cast and will premiere its fifth and final season in 2021.

In September 2019, he released his sixth hour-long comedy special, Bill Burr: Paper Tiger, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall and is streaming on Netflix. Bill was seen in the Hugh Jackman film, The Front Runner; the Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell film, Daddy’s Home; he co-stars opposite Kevin Costner in the indie film, Black or White; was seen in the Paul Feig film, The Heat, alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and in the Al Pacino and Christopher Walken film Stand Up Guys. Bill received raves for his recurring role as “Kuby” on the hit AMC-TV show, Breaking Bad.

Produced by Live Nation, the 21-date tour will kick off on July 2nd in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan with stops in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis and more, before wrapping December 30th in Phoenix at Arizona Federal Theater.

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The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Unveils 2021 Lineup

AIP aiphotographic aiphotoimaging Bonnaroo Music FestivalThe Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announces the lineup for the internationally acclaimed camping festival’s upcoming 20th anniversary edition. Set to take place September 2–5, 2021 on the Bonnaroo Farm, located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo will once again present an extraordinarily diverse bill featuring a remarkable selection of top artists performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day festival.

Hailed by the New York Times as the summer event that “revolutionized the modern rock festival,” Bonnaroo has drawn high profile media attention and critical acclaim for two groundbreaking decades.

The complete Bonnaroo 2021 lineup is below.

Tickets for Bonnaroo will go on sale today, March 31 at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT, via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets. Options include General Admission (4-Day), GA+ (4-Day), VIP (4-Day), Platinum (4-Day), General Admission Camping & Parking, VIP Camping, Platinum Camping, and more. Once again, Bonnaroo is presenting an array of affordable options, with tickets starting at $35 down and accommodations available for as low as $99 per night. Car Camping Passes are priced at only $60 (plus fees) per car, not per person, allowing fans to both save money and reduce their carbon footprint by carpooling.

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To celebrate the return of Bonnaroo and to commemorate the festival’s 20th Anniversary, Bonnaroo has created a one-of-a-kind NFT collection including a 1 of 1 special edition of the 2021 Lineup Poster. This is the first time a music festival has produced an NFT collection and Bonnaroo is so excited to partner with digital artist Archan Nair and premier NFT marketplace, Makers Place. These digital works of art will be available exclusively on Makers Place on Saturday, April 3rd at 5:30pm CT! Bid on both still & animated versions of the 2021 Lineup Poster, as well as a special edition animated artwork dedicated to Roofus. For complete details, please visit https://makersplace.com/drops/collabs/bonnaroo-archan-nair/.

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The Weeknd’s After Hours World Tour Is Well On Its Way To Selling Over 1 Million Tickets

Music Sales Skyrocket 385%, 24 Hours Post His Historic Super Bowl Halftime Show Performance.
Global Outing Kicks Off Next Year on January 14, 2022 with multiple back-to-back dates in Paris, London, NYC-Area, Toronto, Southern California and more.
Blinding Lights & Save Your Tears Dominate Top 10 of This Week’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart A Year After Release

The Weeknd’s After Hours World Tour has cemented his global superstar status, selling nearly 1,000,000 tickets worldwide for the 2022 tour kicking off next year. Produced by Live Nation, the 104-date global outing will kick off on January 14th, 2022 in Vancouver at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena with stops in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Berlin and more, before wrapping November 16th in London at The O2.

The global tour also includes major back-to-back runs in multiple cities across the world, including four shows in Paris, five shows in London, seven nights in Southern California, six in the NYC area and four nights of shows in his hometown of Toronto.

Due to overwhelming demand, The Weeknd will also be adding dates in Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and Mexico to the After Hours Tour, to be announced.

Fans who tuned into the pop star’s unforgettable Super Bowl LV Halftime Performance were able to see just a glimpse of what they can expect from the multi-talented, award-winning performer when he hits the road for what is sure to be an incredible journey continuing the storyline of his After Hours project.
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Live Nation Unites With Live Stream Platform Veeps To Connect Even More Artists And Fans Through Live Music Globally

aiphotoimaging  aiphotostudioLive Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, today announced it has acquired a majority stake in Veeps, a ticketed live stream platform custom-built for artists, by artists.

Created by Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte, the company’s artist-centric mentality has set it apart from others in the space, especially in terms of execution and monetization. The platform is designed for ticketed live streams, and facilitates enhanced engagement between artists and fans with features like chat and exclusive merch purchases, while also supporting broad social marketing and intimate VIP offerings. Veeps is also commission-free, which means artists don’t pay hefty fees to use the platform and can more easily grow their careers through live streaming. Established in 2017, Veeps has continued to evolve its services based on the unique needs and requests of artists.

Veeps has helped artists make millions of dollars in revenue, drawing incredible talent from emerging artists to established acts alike, including Brandi Carlile, Liam Payne, Pete Yorn, Louis Tomlinson, Architects, Rufus Wainwright and many more. The platform hosted around 1,000 ticketed live stream shows in 2020 alone, delivering some of its highest monthly ticket sales and revenue in the back half of the year.

“We are impressed with what Benji and Joel have created with Veeps and their platform will create new ways to enjoy thousands of Live Nation concerts,” said Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment. “Live streaming is a great complement to our core business, and essentially gives any show an unlimited capacity. Looking to the future live streams will continue to unlock access for fans – whether they are tuning into a sold out show in their hometown, or watching their favorite artist play in a city halfway around the world. The most critical element of live streaming is the artist on stage, and with Live Nation’s unmatched inventory feeding into Veeps, together we will help fans enjoy more live music than ever before.”
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces MTV VMAs Date & Location

It’s happening! The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are a go. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York made the announcement during his Monday (June 29) press briefing, telling viewers that the annual ceremony would be held in Brooklyn.

As the governor announced that New York City would be entering Phase III of reopening on July 6, he shared the unexpected news. “The Video Music Awards are going to be held Sunday, Aug. 30, at Barclays Center,” he said.

The slide displayed at the time also noted that “the event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”
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Brad Paisley To Headline Live Nation’s First Ever ‘Live From The Drive-In’ Concert Series In The U.S. With Darius Rucker, El Monstero, Jon Pardi, Nelly, And Yacht Rock Revue

Today, Live Nation announced their first ever U.S. drive-in concert series — LIVE FROM THE DRIVE-IN — will bring fans a live music tailgating experience unlike any other, kicking off July 10-12 in Indianapolis, IN, Nashville, TN, and St. Louis, MO. Brad Paisley will headline performances in all three cities, marking the start of a much anticipated return to in person live events. Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi will also headline the series in Nashville and Nelly along with hometown legends El Monstero will headline in St. Louis, while Jon Pardi and local favorites Yacht Rock Revue will headline in Indianapolis.

Live Nation is reimagining the live music experience during a time of social distancing by allowing fans to enjoy concerts in a one-of-a-kind drive-in setting from their own private tailgating zones next to their cars. Guests are allowed to bring chairs, food and drinks to party in their zone to personalize their experience. More details including event guidelines can be found at LiveNation.com/DriveIn.

Live From The Drive-In will start off with events at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN and at Live Nation venues Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis, IN and Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO. Fans can expect contactless ticket scanning through their window when they pull into the venue and then will be shown to their designated tailgate area where they can park and enjoy the show from their own marked-off space. There will be dedicated buffer space around each vehicle to ensure social distancing measures. All artists will be performing full live sets on stages set up in the parking lots of each of the venues. The events will also feature full LED screens and speakers throughout so fans can enjoy a truly live concert experience.
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How Lady Gaga’s ‘War Room’ Helped Global Citizen’s ‘Together at Home’ Special Come Together in a Flash

Saturday night’s “One World: Together at Home” special will mark one of the few times in history that three top U.S. broadcast networks have joined together to air the same charity-focused entertainment special — and the first there’ve also been so many ancillary digital platforms on board, too, from Apple Music to Twitter to YouTube. The coronavirus-related cause looms large, of course.

But it’s also not such a hard sell to bring huge blocks of cable networks and streaming services on board for a simulcast when the talent lineup includes Lady Gaga (who gets a “curated in collaboration with” credit), Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Elton John and dozens more.

Variety caught up again with Hugh Evans, the Australian-bred philanthropist who is the co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, an organization that is campaigning in support of the WHO’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

When we last spoke, it was about Global Citizen’s daily music live-streams, which have produced moments both modest and newsworthy (as when Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello turned up for their first extended joint performance on the spur of the moment — something fans are likely to get more of in Saturday’s more formal telecast).

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