U.K.-based artist-to-fan ticketing service Songkick has announced that it will close its doors on October 31st. After a long-running lawsuit with Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the company has essentially been put out of business by its ultra-powerful market competition. In a press release, Songkick CEO Matt Jones made clear that the company is being blocked from doing business by Ticketmaster/Live Nation, and that, while Songkick is now being forced to close its doors, the legal battle will rage on.Songkick worked with artists to sell tickets directly to fans before they went on sale on major ticketing platforms like Ticketmaster/Live Nation. The giant ticketing conglomerate seemingly did everything they could to block the upstart company from making an impactful entry into the U.S. ticketing industry. Eventually, Songkick filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster/Live Nation, claiming antitrust violations and anticompetitive practices, a suit that Jones insists “will continue unabated.” The other side of Songkick’s business—a concert discovery app and calendar—recently split off from Songkick and was purchased by Warner Music Group. That brand will “continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.”Ticketmaster Will Now Be Selling Their Tickets Through SpotifyIn other somewhat-related though possibly coincidental news, Songkick competitor Bandsintown has announced a partnership with Facebook that will allow them to scan Bandsintown once a day to auto-generate Facebook events for any new tour dates. Songkick also has their own Concerts app on Facebook and has a similar app called Tourbox that works with Spotify, Bandcamp, and Hype Machine. It seems that Songkick is fighting this uphill battle on all fronts.See below for the full statement from Songkick CEO Matt Jones.Before I say anything, let me say thank you.Thank you to the artists and managers who entrusted us with their tickets and audience; to the agents, labels, promoters and venues that partnered with us to make artists’ visions into realities; and to the many – always committed and now nearly all former – employees of CrowdSurge and Songkick who worked tirelessly over the last 10 years with nothing short of a remarkable passion to better the live experience for artists and fans.With that said, I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist webpages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business. Songkick’s concert discovery app, which was sold to Warner Music Group in July, will continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated, with trial currently scheduled to begin in the second week of November, just a month from now. Many of you receiving this note have helped us immensely as we prepare for our day in court, and even as we shutter our business, we will remain focused on pursuing a legal victory and making the live music industry better for artists and fans.If you are an artist, promoter or venue for whom we have sold tickets to a show occurring on a future date, you will be contacted individually over the following three business days to arrange for payment. All outstanding amounts will be paid in full.If you are an artist, promoter or venue currently using our services to sell tickets, list shows, store customer data or power parts or all of your website, these services will become unavailable on October 27. On behalf of myself and all of my colleagues, it’s been a pleasure to work with you. Once again: thank you, for everything.All the best,MJ
The Saint Mary’s College Department of Global Studies enlightened students on the cultural phenomenon of “K-Pop” at a lecture by John Lie, the C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Thursday evening in Carroll Auditorium.Lie’s lecture titled, “What is the K in K-Pop?” explored the identity and origins of K-Pop or Korean pop music and J-Pop, the Japanese equivalent, and how both have gained momentum internationally.The genre is characterized by a Western sound, synchronized dance moves, and a repetitive melody, Lie said. While the genre gradually gained international popularity for about 10 years, the crossover year in the United States was 2012 when artist Psy released his single, “Gangnam Style,” Lie said.Lie began his discussion with the concept behind the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, founded as a meet-and-greet musical performance on a regular basis, Lie said. Groups like AKB48 have crossed over to include sister groups in Japan, China and Indonesia, Lie said.K-Pop artists commonly use universal and generic themes in their lyrics such as, “I need you,” or, “I love you” to appeal to global audiences, Lie said. English might be used in small portions for the same reason, though the rest of the song is sung in Japanese or Korean, Lie said.“They release a Japanese version, a Chinese version, and an English version,” Lie said. “As far as I can make out, none of the AKB48 members speak another language fluently.”Lie said these differences in music stems from the differences between nations.“Any two countries are quite complex,” he said. “People are quite different in their cultures. People have different tastes in art, in food. And what is popular for teenagers is not necessarily popular for their parents.”Lie introduced and explained the relatively new concept of popular music in popular culture, which was born from the folk and classical music of the late 19th century, he said.“Traditionally there [was] what we would call folk music,” Lie said. “There was always kinds of classical music, but beginning in the late 19th century, there arose a new genre called popular music which wasn’t something people could just sing. They would buy it, hear it on the radio.”Popular music became widely sung across Japan and Korea because of its western style, Lie said.“In South Korea, popular music meant singing choral music and church songs,” Lie said. “In the case of Korea, these songs became some of the first popular music.”Whether or not such a genre is considered an art form, Lie said he views the popular music as profit-driven.“Culturally speaking, the reason is it is not made for the sake of art,” Lie said. “You don’t make it for the pure beauty of it, but rather for the money, and that’s what defines popular music in a way.”In the cases of idol groups like AKB48, the first Japanese idol groups rose in the 1970s, and in South Korea in the 1980s when they had the means to enjoy popular music, Lie said.“What’s interesting about idols is they are produced and consumed as transient goods, meaning they do not last forever,” Lie said. “This rapid turnover in stars is very obvious, but it’s also partially designed by the industry to keep people interested. One aspect of the idol concept is constant change. These idols were sacred.”Nowadays, people tend to find music videos to be artificial, Lie said. The remedy is to make a more relatable series of idols less threatening in appearance and features.“Related to shows like the ‘X-Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’ AKB48 tries to bring fans into the voting process,” Lie said. “Of course it’s not really a democracy in the case of AKB48, because you have to buy CD’s. If you just watch the music video of AKB48, it’s hard to see why they’re popular because they’re [not that good]. People find them less threatening.”Lie believes artists create art for the sake of expressing something deeper within themselves, he said.“You are constantly expressing artistic autonomy,” he said. “In the case of these Japanese or South Korean pop groups, this is not the case. Someone thought of the group. He did this not to say something about himself, music is widely different. This is the sort of music that he was promoting beforehand. The humor or the interest was in that.”Tags: AKB48, Department of Global Studies, J-pop, John Lie, K-pop
Sharing is caring! Share 8 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share LocalNews Major symposium on violence gets underway today by: – April 20, 2012 A local male network will today host a major symposium geared at tackling the issue of crime and violence on the island.CariMAN; the Caribbean Male Action Network Dominica Chapter Inc, an affiliate of the regional Caribbean Male Action Network aims to create an avenue for boys and men to discuss issues that affect their lives. At today’s symposium, government officials, managers of local business organizations, representatives of clubs and village councils among others will gather at the Public Service Union to discuss an action plan to reduce crime and violence.The climax of the symposium will be a panel discussion; the panelists are Rev. Marcus Francis, Inspector Claude Weekes, Josephine Dublin-Prince, Dr. Francis Severin and Thomas Holmes. CariMAN has expressed great concern about the increase rate of criminal and violent behavior within society and have organized the symposium with a view to finding a resolution to the problem.Dominica Vibes News
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Everton striker, Wayne Rooney has declared that there will be no U-turn on his decision to retire from the English national team.The former Manchester United captain, who made his England debut against Australia in February 2003, scored 53 goal’s in 119 appearances for the Three Lions before quitting last month.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Rooney said: “My mind is made up,”119 – Wayne Rooney made 119 appearances for @England; the most of any outfield player in the team’s history. Service. pic.twitter.com/OUjEeVzYbr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 23, 2017“I’ve seen that happen a few times where players have come out of retirement and gone to tournaments, and it’s not right.”Having burst onto the scene at Everton, Rooney appeared at his first major tournament for England as an 18-year-old youngster at Euro 2004 and then went on to become England’s all-time highest goalscorer.“The lads now who are trying to qualify for Russia, if they get there, they’re the lads who will deserve to play in the tournament. So my decision is made,” he added.RelatedWayne Rooney Announce Retirement From International FootballAugust 23, 2017In “England”Rooney’s Departure Was Emotional – MourinhoJuly 26, 2017In “England”Rooney Sings Swan Song For England At WemblyNovember 16, 2018In “England”
For the first time in the history of the AFCON, Tunisia has eliminated favourites Ghana to advance to the quarterfinal of the competition.The Carthage Eagles beat the Black Stars 5-4 on penalities following a 1 – 1 draw after extra time.Ghana’s hope of making a 7th straight semi-final berth was cut short and the talking point is the decision by South African referee, Victor Gomes to disallow Andre Ayew’s goal in the 41st minute.Tunisia has booked a quarterfinal clash with tournament debutants, Madagascar, who defeated D.R Congo 4-2 on penalties on Saturday.Sassi scores the easier way. Ghana 4 – 5 Tunisia Partey scores 4 – 4 Yacini Mehiah gets it done simply 3 – 4 Lumor Agbenyenu scores 3 – 3Tunisia scores 2 – 3Caleb Ekuban’s shot is saved by Mustapha 2- 2Khazri also scores 2 – 2 Jordan Ayew scores beautifully 2 – 1Sliti scores for Tunisia 1 – 1Wakaso kicks first for Ghana and scores 1 – 0 Penalty shootouts Tunisia makes change. Goalkeeper Hassen substituted in the 120th minute. Mustapha’s job will be to save the kicks.115’: An unmarked Jordan Ayew positioned himself for a scoring chance but the ball struck the shin and went out of play. Goalkick to Tunisia.99’: Classy Richard Ofori makes another important save for Ghana. Resultant corner kick for Tunisia has gone to waste.Full Time: 5minutes of added time are up and referee Gomes blows the whistle to end the game. We have 30mins more to play in extra time.90’: GOOAAAL!!!! Tunisia defender Bedoui in his attempt to clear a setpiece headed the ball into his own net. We are headed for extra time. 89’: Nuhu Kassim receives the yellow card for forcing an injured opponent to get up on his feet. He thought he was wasting time.86’: Tempers are high as Wakaso gets yellow-carded for hacking down an opponent.82’: Asamoah Gyan gets a bite. He has replaced Andre Ayew82’: Tunisia replaces Msakni 78’: Wakaso missed an opportunity to equalise for Ghana as his long-range strike rolled past the goalkeeper and hit the post again. It’s a corner kick for Ghana but it’s been wasted. 74’: Ghana substitutes Afriyie Acquah and brings in Caleb Ekuban.73’: Taha Yassine Khenissi tears off Ghana defender Kassim Nuhu and fires past Richard to make the scores Ghana 0 – 1 Tunisia. Not looking good for Ghana. Tunisia’s game plan has totally changed since Muami Khazri’s introduction; good for them.69’: Black Stars living dangerously as Tunisians continue to attack and hit the woodwork.68’: Khazri’s makes presence felt and nearly scored seconds within his introduction.67’: Tunisia makes substitution as Khazri is introduced into the game. 48′: Tunisian captain, Youssef Msakni gets another yellow card for a cynical tackle on Wakaso Mubarak.45’: Half time. The talking point is the decision by Referee Gomes to disallow Dede’s goal on the basis that Partey handled the ball earlier. Partey insists the ball hit his chin and not his hand. Replays have corroborated Ghana’s claim but the decision has been made.41’: Andre Ayew’s backheel beats Tunisian goalkeeper but the South African referee Victor Gomes ruled it out as he adjudged Thomas Partey handled the ball before providing the assist to his captain.30’: Half an hour of play time gone and it’s still goalless. Tunisia has been controlling the game with 59% of possession against 41% by Ghana. Both teams have been tactical with their play so far and have come close to opening the scorelines at the Ismailia stadium. It is their 8th AFCON meeting.15’: Nuhu Kassim rises above the Tunisian defence to connect a corner with his head but that effort saw the ball hitting the post. Another response from captain Andre Ayew was saved by the goalkeeper. It’s still barren.11’: Referee flashes yellow card to two players- John Boye and Tunisian player, Dylan Bronn- for separate offences.06′: Richard Ofori again runs to pick up the ball from a surging Khennisi. 01′: Tunisians make an early attempt to score but goalkeeper Richard Ofori was at hand to pick the with little efforts.Coach Kwasi Appiah did not hide his emotions when the Ghana National Anthem was played. So was his captain Andre Ayew.
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