Archive | January, 2015

Most Successful 2013 Concerts

With the rush of music concerts last year like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Justin Moore tour 2015, it will be interesting to know what concerts made the most revenue. Naturally, concerts of the biggest names in the industry raked in the most profit, considering the thousands of fans willing to splurge bucks just to see them live. Here’s a list of the top five best grossing concerts in 2013:

  1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen is one of America’s most loved rock artists. Since 1970, he’s been backed by the E Street Band in concerts that last up to three hours. He is best known for his albums Born in the U.S.A. and Born to Run. In 2013 they went all over the world to play live in Latin America, Europe, and Australia. This tour grossed about $145.4 million US dollars.

  1. Justin Bieber

Is it any surprise at all? Justin Bieber is one of the hottest pop stars of the generation today. Teenage girls love him all over the world, apparently. In 2013 the Baby Baby singer went on his Believe tour to Latin America, Europe, and Asian countries, including the Philippines where he famously donated and helped Typhoon Haiyan victims. His tour earned $169 million US dollars.

  1. Pink

Pink’s The Truth About Love tour showed in Australia, Europe, and North America. She sang Raise Your Glass, Just Like a Pill, U + Ur Hand, but those who went to her concerts anticipated her singing the hit Just Give Me a Reason. Her tour earned a staggering $170.6 million US dollars.

  1. Beyoncé

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour was such a big hit, but nobody is really surprised. Beyoncé has this magnet effect that draws concert-goers wherever part of the world she’s in. She performed all over North and South America, Europe, and Oceania. Her tour grossed $188.6 million US dollars.

  1. Bon Jovi

And the highest grossing 2013 concert tour is Bon Jovi’s Because We Can. The band hopped all the way from the North America to South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Performing hits like You Give Love a Bad Name earned the band a skyrocketing $259.5 million US dollars.

Getting a Job in the Music Industry

If you have a passion for music, a career in the music industry can be lucrative and rewarding, in addition to having the chance of hobnobbing with music artists and industry bigwigs. However, starting out can be a challenge and very competitive since many people are looking for job opportunities in the same field too.

As any career adviser will tell you, experience is vital to landing a full-time job in the music industry. If you are a college student, it would be to your advantage to apply for an internship. This will improve your chances of getting hired after graduation. If you are a college graduate and are applying to be an intern, be reminded that most internship jobs in this business are not paid. However, don’t let this reality hinder you from your dream job. You can get a second job while being an intern to help you pay your bills.

The music industry has a very wide scope; so, before taking that initial step in your career path, be aware of your particular area of interest. Depending on your strengths and preferences, you can choose to work at a radio station, a record label, a marketing and distribution firm for records, or a public relations company. If you do not have a certain choice, then you can do research and read up on articles and news items to help you familiarize yourself with the different areas in the business where your expertise can be put to good use.

Entry-level jobs that you can target can include being an executive assistant. Assisting an industry executive is a strategic way of developing contacts that may be of good use in the future. Your tasks will involve filing and documentation, facilitating meetings, arranging schedules, appointments and travels and other administrative functions.

If being cooped up in the office is not really your thing, you can opt to apply for a job in field promotions, which entails marketing and sales promotions. You will not only assist in promoting records but live performances as well. If you happen to work for a record label that produces country music, then you might have had the opportunity to work closely with artists like Florida Georgia Line during their Florida Georgia Line tour 2015.

Whatever area in the music industry you choose to enter in, be prepared to work extra long hours. This might seem a lot of effort but it will definitely be worth all the hard work and creativity you put in when, a few years from now, you will be able to have that job you have always dreamed of. So, go for it.

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Law Despite Threats

Museveni_July_2012_CroppedDespite clamors from government leaders around the world and threats to cut aids to Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni stood by the enactment of the bill which was meant to toughen penalties against homosexuals. The new law also states that homosexual acts are considered crimes and are punishable by life in prison. Museveni said that he won’t allow the US and other Western countries to tell Uganda what values should be upheld in their country.

It was in 2009 when the bill was first introduced. The original bill was in fact tougher as it included a death penalty clause for homosexuals. However, EU and Britain expressed their intention to withdraw aids to Uganda should they pass the said bill. Eventually, they replaced the clause with life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality.” Museveni signed the bill in his beliefs that homosexuality is something that is learned and can be unlearned. President Obama of the US expressed his disappointment over the passage of the bill. He believes that it can pose affront danger to the gay people in Uganda. However, despite threats of withdrawing aids from the US, Museveni was unfazed. He believes that Uganda can stand on its own feet.

What Happens Next?

The said law simply strengthened the stance of most African countries against homosexuality. In fact, it is considered illegal in 38 African countries. Recently, there was news of gay people who were harassed right after the law was signed. A list of gay people in Uganda was also published in a newspaper. There were also reports of a man who was burned alive for being gay. The international gay community is saddened by this news. At the same time, they are worried about the situation of the gay people in Uganda. This law has definitely set everything backwards by several years.

This might be sad news. To cheer yourself up, you might want to book a ticket for the Daniel Tosh Comedy Tour.