Lorde’s new album Solar Power will be released on August 20th, and she will promote it with a major 2022 global tour. The 12-track LP will concentrate on nature’s beauty and power. It will not be released on CD, but rather in a “first-of-its-kind, discless format.” Tickets for the worldwide tour, which begins in February in New Zealand, go on sale on Friday, June 25th.
Ari Emanuel, CEO of Endeavor, and President Mark Shapiro have been requested to resign from the board of directors of Live Nation. Endeavor has a stake in the sports marketing platform Learfield IMG College, which it purchased in 2013. The DOJ had previously expressed concerns about Live Nation’s ownership of Paciolan, a ticketing company that was required to be sold. A statement from an Endeavor spokesperson reads.“While there has been no violation of law, we understand and respect the DOJ’s concerns regarding the current similarities of our businesses,”
In Musical Chairs…
Sarah Scott previously served as Universal Music Group Canada’s SVP of Business and Legal Affairs. Cardi B, Offset, deadmau5, 21 Savage, Jaden Hossler, Steven Tyler, and Mick Fleetwood are among the musicians represented by LaPolt Law, an all-female-founded, owned, and operated entertainment law firm with about ten full-time attorneys on staff.
The Black Music Action Coalition has released the first annual Music Industry Action Report Card, which assesses the industry’s progress toward racial diversity. Overall, the industry received passing scores in areas such as establishing funds to donate to various Black community organizations and supporting Black employees and executives who advocate for change from within. However, BMAC co-president Binta N. Brown expresses grave worry “that many of the alterations appear to be visible on the surface They appear to be undergoing a deep internal churning and revolutionary shift that will lead to true equity.”
And in music tech news…
Audigo Labs was one of the firms that participated in the Techstars Music accelerator in 2020. The company sells hardware, software, and services to artists, podcasters, and video producers. As a pre-order deal, the company charges $179 for one microphone and access to its iOS software. It will also charge a subscription fee in the future for remote collaboration, multi-mic recording, cloud storage, and livestreaming capability.