Rihanna take on The Big Game

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Wishing a Sweet New Year to those celebrating this week 🍎🍯.

Apple Music and Rihanna take on The Big Game, taking a mental health break is a growing (and needed) trend, and last weekend was another busy festival weekend. Miss anything? We’ve got you covered.

Credit: Composite images: Apple, NFL, iStockNew Sponsor in TownApple Music signs on as the official sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show in a 5-year, $250 million deal, replacing Pepsi. Despite rumors that Taylor Swift would be the 2023 headliner, Roc Nation announced Sunday that Rihanna will perform the show. 

#iVoted Ticket DonationsLive Nation donated tickets to over 500 concerts for #iVoted Festival’s #iVoted Early Sweepstakes. AEG and ASM Global also donated tickets to the sweepstakes, which opened on Monday. All entrants also get access to the #iVoted Festival’s election night webcast. Entry details are here.

TodayTix is GrowingTodayTix has acquired Secret Cinema, a London-based entertainment company specializing in immersive film and television events, for more than $100 million. TodayTix plans to grow Secret Cinema internationally, including launching a U.S.-national tour and establishing a permanent location in Los Angeles starting in May 2023.

New Nash VenueAEG is partnering with Southwest Value Partners and EVO Entertainment Group to build a new entertainment venue within Nashville Yards, an 18-acre mixed-use development in downtown Nashville. Nashville Yards will also include a 4,500-capacity live music venue operated by AEG and is slated to open in 2024.

LN Takes on Germany Live Nation is growing again, this time in Germany, as Live Nation GSA acquires Goodlive GBMH, a Berlin festival, booking, and services agency. Goodlive produces Splash Festival in Ferropolis and Superbloom Festival in Munich, among others.

Restrictions LiftedSouth Korea is finally dropping its mask mandate for outdoor concerts, but the indoor mask mandate still stands.

Professor Lana Del RayNew York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music announced a course on Lana Del Ray called, “Topics in Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey.” The course is taught by a journalist and will focus on how her unique version of dream pop “helped shift and reinvent the sound (and mood) of mainstream music beyond the 2010s” and her connection to social justice.

3,500 Capacity Venue Coming SoonAEG is working with Kane Realty Corporation to build a new live event venue in Raleigh, NC’s new Entertainment District, Downtown South. The 70,000-square-foot venue will hold up to 3,500 guests. 

Hot Water for WatersRoger Waters’ scheduled shows in Poland in April have been canceled by Live Nation due to backlash surrounding his support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Farewell TourIf you follow John Mayer on Instagram you already know that summer 2023 will be the final Dead & Company tour. The frontman says dates and locations will be announced soon.

On Location is looking for a

to oversee operations for all its live music events.

 Madison Square Garden and The Knicks are hiring a Director of Social Media to build and execute the team and its surrounding properties’ social strategy. 

The Drone Racing League’s COO is searching for a Chief of Staff to manage operations across multiple business units, including Event Production and Media Operations.

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Credit: Sam Fender, Arlo Parks and Justin Bieber. Composite: Moses Namkung/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock; Mariano Regidor/Redferns; Kevin Mazur/AMA2020/Getty Images for dcpMental Health Movement Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Yard Act, Arlo Parks, Sam Fender: just some of the latest artists to cancel or push pause on tour dates due to mental health. 

According to The Guardian, “There are two factors at play here: a growing willingness among musicians to talk about mental health struggles and the demands of their profession, and an industry desperate to spring back to life after a devastating pandemic, with turbo-charged touring and promotional schedules to make up for perceived lost time.” 

Luckily, some organizations like Music Minds Matter and Help Musicians offer a range of services for artists. Both have seen an increase in activity lately, which is actually a good thing. People are reaching out for help. The hope is that the more people talk about the need to take care of mental health, the more the industry will be educated and aware of the issues at hand.

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SOUND ON SOUND (CT): Founder’s Entertainment’s Sound on Sound Music Festival experienced some growing pains in its first edition: running out of food, water, and toilet paper, as well as viewing area and sound issues. The organizers put out a statement on social media after the first day, vowing to make as many changes as they could for day 2.PORTOLA FESTIVAL (CA): Goldenvoice’s newest festival, Portola, announced last week that headliner M.I.A had to pull out for health reasons and later tapped Oneohtrix Point Never as a replacement.Videos showing chaos at the gates went viral after the first day of the fest, but it was quickly addressed, there were no injuries, and things went on as planned without incident.FIREFLY FESTIVAL (DE): Big Sean had to cancel his Firefly Festival appearance just a few hours before he was supposed to go on stage due to illness. Fans were disappointed to miss Big Sean, but his departure from the lineup eliminated a schedule overlap between LSDream and headliner My Chemical Romance, allowing fans to see both.A fan at Saturday’s Green Day show held a sign that said “Zach can play guitar” and Billie Joe Armstrong asked the high schooler to prove it by inviting him on stage to join the headliners.ROLLING LOUD NYC (NY): New York Police Department asked Rolling Loud to remove three local drill rappers, 22Gz, Sha EK, and Ron Suno, from its NY lineup just days before the festival. 22Gz was also removed from the lineup in 2019 due to “public safety concerns,” and Ron Suno was involved in a fight at last year’s event.LOUDER THAN LIFE (KY): The 4-day DWP rock fest, Louder Than Life, is so aware of its loudness that it set up a community hotline for neighbors to voice their complaints. They also work hard to mitigate the sound impact on the local community by adjusting the stages and directing speakers. 

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