Put on your slippers, grab a cup of coffee and a bagel or something, and sit right down. With all the music news to talk about this week, here are a few interesting headlines you might have missed. And now you won’t, thanks to us.
BLINK-182 DRUMMER WON’T GET ON THE PLANE FOR AUSSIE TOUR
Travis Barker, drummer for punk act blink-182, informed his bandmates this week that they can go tour Australia without him. The reason? Barker is afraid of flying, and can’t seem to shake it.
In the man’s defense, he has more reason than most to fear getting on a plane. He is a survivor of a nasty crash that took the lives of four people in 2008, leaving Barker and one other passenger alive. Barker had initially agreed to try, expressing a desire to overcome the fear, but in the end apparently decided it was not worth it, and invited the band to bring along a replacement drummer for the nine Australia tour dates. Brooks Wackerman, drummer for Bad Religion and Tenacious D, has graciously agreed to sit in.
HOW TO MAKE LOTS OF MONEY AS A LABEL ARTIST: TOUR, TOUR, TOUR
It used to be that a label artist’s primary source of income was record sales, with live tours geared to help promote said sales. But looking over Billboard’s annual list of Top 40 Moneymakers, most of their collective revenue last year came from the tours themselves. Even the acts at the bottom of the list (Blake Shelton and Mumford & Sons, generating $5.9 million and $6.1 million, respectively), can credit over half their annual income from tour revenue. Not surprisingly, Madonna topped this year’s list at $34.5 million, thanks to her highly publicized (if controversial) MDNA Tour, which brought in over 93 percent of her earnings—she made a meager $1.5 million off the sale of her actual record MDNA.
The one glaring exception to the live touring/high income trend? Adele, who made Number 11 on the list. Her last year’s hit record garnered her almost $14 million while she stayed home and had a baby.
SPEAKING OF TOURS—JUST TRY TO GET BEYONCE TICKETS IN THE UK
Here’s an early prediction for a top earner on next year’s Moneymaker’s list: Beyoncé. Hot off the presses of NME—tickets for her upcoming three tour dates in the UK went on sale Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. local time. Twelve minutes later, they were all gone. All. Gone. Pre-sales are largely blamed for the shortage, and angry fans understandably took to the Twitterverse to express their frustration. Look—you gotta be quick to catch Mrs. Carter.
That’s it for this week’s headlines. Now finish your coffee—it’s getting cold.