Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

A pop act manager’s job is “making irrational people do rational things,” SB Projects’ Scooter Braun shared in a Q&A session at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards yesterday. As manager to Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and many more, Braun – whose bio claims he has “broken more new artists than any other […]

SM Embraces ‘Culture Tech’

SM Embraces ‘Culture Tech’

K-pop powerhouse S.M. Entertainment is pursuing a strategy of global expansion powered by New Culture Tech — finding innovative ways to reach its audience using the devices that are part of its daily life. Lee Soo-man, who founded the South Korea-based S.M. in 1995, has expanded the four core tenets of “CT” — casting, training, producing […]

Nashville Tunes-Up for Season Five

Nashville Tunes-Up for Season Five

W.G. “Snuffy” Walden is back as composer of record on “Nashville,” which is stacking the playlist for a triumphant season five return in January. (Yes! We argue that it’s more impressive to have loved, lost and regained than to have simply coasted along on cushy broadcast renewals — scrappiness being the very essence of Nashville). Snuffy Walden was series […]

Big Things in Store for HUGE

Big Things in Store for HUGE

The Utah tech-boom is expanding to include audio post in a big — some might say HUGE — way. Music conglomerate R Legacy Entertainment has assembled the pieces for a world-class sound enterprise that will be known as HUGEsound Post Production, expected to open its doors in January 2017. Earlier this month, Legacy’s Gaylen Rust […]

‘Supersonic’ One Night Stand

‘Supersonic’ One Night Stand

The Oasis doc Supersonic will get a one-night release in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, Oct. 26, according to the film’s stateside distributor, A24. The idea is apparently to “event” the bigscreen availability, leveraging that marketing and awareness with a DVD release immediately thereafter. The film will get its world premiere in the U.K. on Oct. 2, with simultaneous screenings […]

‘Magnificent’ Obsession

‘Magnificent’ Obsession

For James Franglen, the challenge of creating a score for Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven must was a double challenge. The 53-year-old British composer was not only tasked with expanding the snippets of themes left by James Horner, whose untimely death last year was an industry tragedy, but he knew the work would […]

David Bowie, Beat by Beat

David Bowie, Beat by Beat

David Bowie, the artist, defied categorization, though he is most often identified with music. In the catalog of my memory, however, he’s indexed as “showman” (with the qualifier “ultimate”).  I’ve seen dozens of arena rock concerts, mostly forgotten, but David Bowie’s Serious Moonlight tour is permanently etched into my grid. Casting its beam on Philadelphia in July ’83, the show was everything the […]

This Is Oasis

This Is Oasis

Could there possibly be a more entertaining band than haircut-obsessed Brit rockers Oasis? Putting aside, for a moment, the music, which is pretty darn great, there are the oversized personalities of the brothers Gallagher, Noel and Liam – cartoon characters who obsess over coiffing and interrupt each other constantly —  barely intelligible sentences heavily laced with cuss […]