Monday, August 31, 2015

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar For Week Ending Aug 28th 2015

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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar
The Associated Press Updated 7:42 am, Friday, August 28, 2015

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The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. The Rolling Stones; $7,836,716; $174.50.
2. U2; $7,618,637; $117.10.
3. Taylor Swift; $4,752,793; $109.05.
4. Fleetwood Mac; $2,831,516; $122.18.
5. Kenny Chesney; $2,301,631; $86.40.
6. Luke Bryan; $1,440,211; $61.94.
7. Neil Diamond; $1,375,616; $105.85.
8. Shania Twain; $1,268,535; $96.75.
9. Bette Midler; $1,262,788; $127.37.
10. Ed Sheeran; $1,179,473; $64.10.
11. Maná; $1,138,505; $101.43.
12. Rush; $1,134,603; $85.80.
13. Dave Matthews Band; $1,009,635; $57.83.
14. Herbert Grönemeyer; $958,492; $57.49.
15. Phish; $853,524; $56.42.
16. Maroon 5; $783,712; $57.73.
17. Romeo Santos; $717,996; $87.91.
18. New Kids On The Block; $673,195; $61.06.
19. Barry Manilow; $641,050; $71.78.
20. Florida Georgia Line; $638,975; $34.97.

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Bette Midler Calls Out Journalists Giving Donald Trump A Free Ride

San Antonio Express
Trump flummoxes reporters, foes
By Peggy FikacAugust 30, 2015

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AUSTIN — Donald Trump’s tossing of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a news gathering caught the attention of Bette Midler, who saved her surprise for the behavior of the journalists who watched it happen.

“Kinda shocked that the reporters in the room at Trump’s press conference didn’t walk out when he threw Jorge out of the room,” she said on Twitter, pointedly asking where they were hiding their backbones.

Well, she actually wondered about another body part, but you get the idea.

It’s no surprise that Midler would pay attention. The Divine Miss M and Trump (shockingly) have sparred before. She has accused him of ruining New York and having “a terrible dye job.” He has called her, among other things, “grotesque.”

To their credit, a couple of reporters at last week’s Iowa news conference pressed Trump about the action against Ramos, who was escorted out after he persisted in asking questions against Trump’s wishes.

Ramos shortly was allowed back in and resumed his aggressive questions on issues including the impracticality of deporting the 11 million people here without authorization (Trump: “You know what it’s called? Management”).

It would be hard to imagine a group of reporters leaving a news conference by the leading Republican presidential candidate to show solidarity with another journalist. Explaining it to their bosses could get complicated.

But the spectacle highlighted the difficulty of covering the Trump phenomenon. It’s perhaps exceeded only by the difficulty of running against him, as aptly demonstrated by Trump’s mostly hapless opponents.

You can argue that all reporters should be as aggressive as Ramos in questioning Trump’s broadly sketched plans on not only immigration but issues such as health care, on which he promises to replace Obamacare with an unspecified something wonderful. You would think his pronouncements also would provide ample fodder for other candidates.

But there’s so much material, it’s hard to know where to start. One broadcaster tweeted after a New Hampshire news conference that Trump “signs off in Derry, leaves media w/ about 5,746 soundbites.”

The mogul began his campaign by suggesting Mexico is sending the United States its criminals. He insulted Fox News star Megyn Kelly. He sneered at Jeb Bush, calling him a “low-energy” person without a clue. Asked what he’d say to Pope Francis over his criticism of unfettered capitalism, he said he’d have to “scare the pope” by saying “ISIS wants to get you,” with capitalism the best hope to counteract its terror.

Leon Wolf, writing for the conservative RedState.com, said that for Trump’s opponents, “Each thing he says is so bizarre, or ill-informed, or demonstrably false, or unpresidential in tone or character, that it becomes impossible to know which target to lock on to or focus on.”

Most Trump opponents now are trying, with little apparent effect. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is taking a different approach, declining to criticize Trump and instead planning an appearance with him at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal.

University of Texas at Austin political scientist Bruce Buchanan said Trump’s opponents largely appear unsure about how to attack a candidate who, in challenging the establishment, shows an instinct for what many Republicans will tolerate or even embrace.

“He does crazy things but he also has a pretty impressive capacity to backtrack,” such as his decision to bring Ramos back into the news conference, said Buchanan. “People’s tolerance is rooted in his willingness to speak openly, to sound authentic rather than fake, and his track record. He’s a billionaire who seems to know how to fix stuff.”

The rest of the field, by contrast, “hasn’t lit anybody up,” Buchanan pointed out. As a result, many who once found it impossible to imagine Trump as the GOP nominee may be a bit more cautious now.

“I used to say that he could never be the nominee. Now, I think that it’s prudent for any analyst to say the jury is out and not to prejudge the matter anymore,” Buchanan said.

That may force other candidates to abandon hopes he’ll self-destruct and to stiffen their spines, perhaps with a more aggressive approach against him at the next debate.

“They’re afraid of doing something wrong and making it worse, is the best sense I can make of it,” Buchanan said. “But it might be necessary to get him near the edge of the cliff and give him a little push.”

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BetteBack May 11, 1991: Diverse music fills everydey lives

Corbin Times Tribune
May 11, 1991

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The uses of music in people’s lives are as diverse as people themselves.

We are constantly bombarded by music, from commercial jingles to elevator music to passing car radios. In addition, most of us keep personal music for a host of different times. I hope that this, my third article on personal favorites, offers some suggestions for each
of those different moods.

Andrew Lloyd Webber — The Premier Collection: This is really nothing more than a greatest hits album with a fancy title. The songs come from the shows of Broadway prince Andrew Lloyd Webber; if the name means nothing to you, maybe show titles like Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Evita will. This is an extremely well done “Best of…” album.

Barry Manilow — Barry Manilow: I think a lot more people must be listening to Barry Manilow than actually admit it. he’s no artistic genius, but he writes some of the most romantic, tearjerking music you’ll ever hear. This album is one of the best, full of schmaltzy elevator music that made him a star. Barry Manilow is to the music world what Harlequin romances are to literature, and this album is Manilow at his catchiest.

Bette MidlerSome People’s Lives: Not long ago, I devoted an entire column to this, Bette Midler’s newest album. More genuine and mature than Her early camp albums, but catcnler and more fun than her Beaches soundtrack, this album is a nice mix of both sides of Bette Midler.

Billy Joel — Greatest Hit Volume 1 and 2: Billy Joel has the most incredible sense of rhythm and melody in modem pop music, and this collection showcases it all. From the classic, melodic “Piano Man” to the hypnotic “Pressure* to the rock and roll sounds of “Uptown Girl,” this albu m is priceless.

R.E.M. — Out of Time: This is one band that deserves a lot more attention than they get. While R.E.M. has had their share of chartbusters, they have been producing some good, thoughtful music that hasn’t had its share of the spotlight. Like the B-52’s, R.E.M. is part of the neo-hippie movement in pop music, and this album reflects all the fun and depth of the original hippie era.

Well, those are a few of my favorite tapes. I hope you like them, too.

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Mainstream music embraces LGBT perspective

USA Today
Mainstream music embraces LGBT perspective
Sara Moniuszko, USA TODAY 6:58 p.m. EDT August 30, 2015

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From Bette Midler and Madonna all the way through Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, performers courting gay audiences and incorporating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes into their songs is a pop music tradition.

But increasingly, it’s more than just big-voiced divas tapping into the LGBT community: Just as Gaga’s 2011 hit was dubbed a LGBT anthem for its messages of self-love, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love made waves in 2012 with strong statements against homophobia and for acceptance.

Although the idea of including these themes into songs isn’t new, the recent and often more explicit interest of mainstream hitmakers is.

This year alone, Jennifer Hudson’s video for I Still Love You features a gay couple seeking acceptance, and the lyrics and video of Demi Lovato’s Cool for the Summer hint at bi-curiosity. Last year, Hozier’s video for Take Me to Church moved audiences with its imagery of homophobic violence.

The most likely reason? Society’s movement toward acceptance.

“It’s just the way these issues are progressing,” says Billboard senior editor Alex Gale. “Music is just a little ahead of everyone else in some ways.”

It’s true that the trend reflects certain societal shifts on LGBT issues such as gay marriage. A Gallup survey reports that support for same-sex marriage jumped from 27% to 55% from 1996 to 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage also shows the change in public opinion.

And the trend isn’t limited to pop. Gale agrees that it’s crossing genres, noting that rap, “one of the more homophobic areas in music, (with) very strict gender roles,” has seen a positive shift in tolerance among artists.

Not only are artists such as Kanye West speaking up in support of gay and trans rights, but some are even toying with the boundaries of gender and masculinity, he notes.

“Young Thug is a rapper who will flash a gun on Instagram while wearing a dress, so he’s sort of playing with gender roles,” Gale says. “There’s a little more tolerance, at least in the hip-hop world, for this.”

After receiving backlash from listeners, hip-hop artists such as Common pledged to curb the use of gay slurs in their lyrics.

“People are not going to make comments like that, because they’re going to see their numbers hurt,” Gale says.

But are the mainstream artists who invoke LGBT themes in their music actually committed to bringing about change — especially when the artists themselves are cisgender and straight?

Truly committed artists will make themselves known, says Jason Lamphier, senior editor at Out.

“It’s one thing to write a song or to pair your song with a video that tackles LGBT issues, it’s another thing to be a very vocal advocate,” Lamphier says. “But pop musicians don’t necessarily have to do that; it’s not their job to be activists. It’s their job to be pop stars, and they can get their message out that way through their music.”

Even when an artist’s song about same-sex experimentation may be intended to titillate instead of inspire, like Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl, Lamphier says the message can still have merit.

I Kissed A Girl “was kind of polarizing, because … it’s almost glamorizing girl-on-girl action,” Lamphier says. “On the other hand, has Katy Perry sparked this conversation among youth? And now they’re starting to think, ‘Oh, it’s OK if I’m curious about kissing my girlfriend, and it’s OK if I actually realize after I’ve done it that this may be what I enjoy more.”

The next step is giving LGBT-identifying artists the same freedom to sing about their relationships as straight artists, without fear of the consequences, Lamphier says.

Musicians such as Sam Smith, who openly identifies as gay, are faced with a dilemma: risk alienating audiences by singing about LGBT themes and relationships that aren’t just abstract concepts or get accused of “straight-washing,” a label Smith has been slapped with for using gender-neutral pronouns in his lyrics.

But could society be at a point where Smith could make music that is more explicitly in line with his personal experience?

“(Smith) did not see his success curtailed when he came out, so it might be interesting to see if his music becomes a little less neutral,” Gale says. “If Sam Smith were to release a song that was explicitly about his same-sex love, if it was a good song, I think it would succeed.”

Thanks to emerging artists, music is inching closer to this more inclusive reality. The Grammy Award-winning duo Great Big World recently released a love song called Hold Each Other, in which singer Chad King, who identifies as gay, made the decision to use masculine pronouns when talking about someone he loves.

This next frontier in music may be closer than we think.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bette Midler – Making Of The Rose Interview – Up Close With David Sheehan – 1978

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Bette Midler – Shoot The Breeze – Rag Doll – I Shall Be Released – Live At The Roxy – 1977

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To say we are now free love…

To say we are now free love, who invented that? That was guys invented that, because the women have all the burden of free love. (BARBARA WALTERS, A CELEBRATION: 100 YEARS OF GREAT WOMEN. , ABC Special Report, 04-30-1999.)

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I know now that I can take people on a theatrical adventure…

I know now that I can take people on a theatrical adventure or I can take them on a musical adventure or I can take them on an encounter group. Once you eliminate the fear that you can’t do it, then you are free. And I’m very nearly free. (Record World – May 19, 1973)

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Bette Midler – Miss Otis Regrets – Diva Las Vegas – 1997

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The Theme Of Bette’s Birthday Letter Project Present

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15 Year Anniversary Letter Book

Bette truly appreciates the art of the handwritten letter. Lets send her letters about what she means to us and how she has changed our lives. Since it is a 15 year anniversary book, lets tell Bette how our lives have changed in the last 15 years. I know lots of people got married, had babies, had major career milestones, lost tons of weight, lost a loved one, etc. Was Bette there for you through all of that? Tell her about it. If you think your handwriting is terrible, then please feel free to have a typed letter. Bette is celebrating 20 years of NYRP!

For the rest of the update and instructions click on the link below. We have two months to complete this project! So don’t diddy daddle!!!

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