entertainer of the year

Billboard's 2016 Power 100 List Revealed | Billboard
Who runs the music business today? Ask the label chiefs, tech superstars, mega-promoters, super-managers and 39 (!) first-timers on this year’s list, and they all know the answer: It’s the fans, as streaming and social media continue to present new challenges -- or, er, opportunities? -- to the top players in the industry.


Chairman/CEO, Azoff Madison Square Entertainment
Last Year’s Rank: 3

Longtime power broker Azoff ended 2015 by ­announcing the creation of a new company, Oak View Group, with Tim Leiweke. Once rivals, he and Leiweke had run live music – Azoff as the chairman of Live Nation and Leiweke as the CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group – until both moved on three years ago. Now, Leiweke and Azoff MSG Entertainment – Azoff’s joint venture with Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman James Dolan – will combine forces to ­leverage the power of ­independently managed ­stadiums and arenas into a national sports and ­entertainment footprint that can optimize sponsorship ­revenue and content-acquisition power. It will also take on the secondary-ticket market’s drain of $8 billion away from ­artists, promoters and venues. While the only top management client with a new studio album was Don Henley, Azoff added live powerhouses Jon Bon Jovi and John Mayer(whose Dead & Company will headline Bonnaroo this summer) to a roster that includesFleetwood Mac and the Eagles, while TV (Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera on The Voice) remained strong. Finally, two Azoff-managed venues, Madison Square Garden and The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., were the top-grossing U.S. arenas in 2015.

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Founder, SB Projects
Last Year’s Rank: 41

Braun’s proudest ­professional moments of the past year go by the names Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly and Carly Rae Jepsen. Bieber has resided near the top of theBillboard 200 since ­releasing Purpose in November – his fifth million-selling album. Kelly is up for a best new artist Grammy, and Jepsen had a radio hit with “I Really Like You” and impressed as Frenchy in Fox'sGrease Live! Braun also expanded into film and TV (he’s a producer of CBS’ Scorpion)


Co-Founder, Modest! Management
Last Year’s Rank: 39


Co-Founder, Modest! Management
Last Year’s Rank: 39

The U.K.-based Griffiths and Magee oversaw global tours from two of 2015’s biggest ticket-movers – One Direction and5 Seconds of Summer – that grossed more than $208 million and $38.5 million, respectively. 1D’s indefinite hiatus has spurred breakup talk, and though Modest! no longer represents Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, Magee says his firm will “definitely” ­manage other members in their forthcoming solo careers.

[TRANS] Interview with Red Velvet - Part 1

“Because we had to prepare different stages for each end of the year shows, it didn’t feel like we were really resting. We spent [the end of the year] busily with continuous promotions.”

The five member girl group, Red Velvet, from SM Entertainment received lots of love from their fans last year with ‘Ice Cream Cake’, their official album ‘Dumb Dumb’ and Christmas season song ‘Wish Tree’. The members got to spend the lunar new year holiday individually. 

After all the members got to meet their family for the first time in a while and have a joyful time at home, they all returned to the dorms. On the 11th, I got to meet with Red Velvet at SM Entertainment’s headquarters in Cheongdam-dong before they release their next album.

Their members from leader Irene (25), to Seulgi (22), Wendy (22), Joy (20), Yeri (18) all participated in the interview in casual clothing and a bright, welcoming attitude. 

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Choi Ji Woo has ‘loyalty’ for YG?

Actress Choi Ji Woo recently sat down for an interview with news outletSports Seoul and answered various questions regarding her famous agency,YG Entertainment.

First, she was asked how she felt about news of actor Kang Dong Won joining YG. She replied, “Honestly, I don’t see singers from my agency much. It’s true that we don’t see each other often because of our different fields. We just spend time with each other when we attend year-end company dinners or special activities. I haven’t worked with Kang Dong Won before so we are not close on a personal level. I just found out about Kang Dong Won coming to YG Entertainment through the news.”

She concluded, “If I had to express the feeling in one word, ‘Wow!’ is what I would say. I was just surprised.”

Then the interviewer brings up the fact that this year her contract with YG Entertainment is up for renewal.

Choi Ji Woo comments, “I came to this company with friends I have worked with for a long time. I’ve spent 20 years with my stylist. Forming ties can be uneasy at first because there’s a lot of worries over uncertain points. However, I think my style is to think of my ties as precious and keep them long-lasting.”

“YG is like a roof to me. It has a secure feeling. CEO Yang Hyun Suk always believes in me and entrusts me [with what I do]. Don’t you think that’s why I was able to continuously promote within a certain range after coming to the company?”

Source: Sports Seoul

Translated by: soompi.com

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DC’s Newest Variant Theme Will Call Back To The Beginning Of The New 52

DC Comics Proudly Presents: “The New 52” hits 52! It’s been nearly five years since the New 52 began, and of the original fifty-two titles released, only eleven remain, and this May, those titles reach issue #52.  To celebrate this event, and the last five years of incredible storytelling, DC Entertainment has decided to have their variant cover theme for May pay homage to the #1 issues of the…

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WINNER, recovering 1 year and 5 months of absent period…’Hot fan service’ will be held on February 13~14

[OSEN=Park So Young] Boy group WINNER will be meeting up with their fans.

Recently, WINNER has been working widely to celebrate their newly comeback song through number of music programs, NAVER V-app’s live show, radio programs and etc. However, it is announced that the group will be holding an exclusive fan service in Daejeon and Seoul from February 13 to 14.

WINNER’s upcoming new autograph event will be hold in Mixface hall in Daejeon and Seoul Lotte Cinema’s Avenuel Gallery on February 13 and Sangam-dong Business Tower in Seoul on February 14. However, the tickets were given trough casting lots between album purchasers.

Earlier in the comeback interview, WINNER said, “Thank you so much for waiting for us for past 1 year and 5 months” and showed their special love for fans by choosing a special fan meeting as a ‘most wanted thing to do after comeback’.

However, WINNER will spend special time with fans through fan meeting and their yearly project ‘EXIT MOVEMENT’.

Moreover, WINNER will be appearing at first terrestrial music program through SBS ‘Popular Music’ on February 14 with their comeback song. The group will be performing new song ‘BABY BABY’ and ‘SENTIMENTAL’ and leader Kang Seung Yoon will be appearing as a special MC.

WINNER released their new mini album ‘EXIT:E’ in February 1 and the group will be holding first solo concert ‘WINNER EXIT TOUR IN SEOUL’ on March 12 and 13 at Gymnastics Stadium at Seoul Olympic Park.



Monyreak “Monty” Oum ; 22nd June 1981 - 1st February 2015 

“If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams are something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.”

one year gone, but never forgotten

PSY’s performances in China’s “New Year’s Gala” show drew big attention… No.1 in viewership ratings

[스타뉴스=윤상근 기자] Singer PSY proved his big popularity by performing in Chinese New Year’s Gala show, one of the three major new year’s shows in China.

According to PSY’s label YG Entertainment on February 10, PSY performed in “Chinese New Year’s Gala” aired on the 6 and 8. PSY has become the first foreign artist to perform in the show. The show was broadcasted on three TV channels in China: Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV, and Liaoning Satellite TV.

In the show, PSY fascinated local TV viewers with his flagship passionate performances and witty talks. PSY appeared with world-famous pianist Lang Lang, famous Chinese singer Zhang Liangying (Jane Zhang), and Luo Zhi Xiang (Show Lo), to present the performances of “Gangnam Style” and “DADDY” in the show aired on the 6.

The show aired on the 8 was like a PSY concert. PSY performed “DANCE JOCKEY” and “DADDY” that swept top ranks on the new songs’ chart of China’s biggest music-streaming website QQ Music. Then, in Jiangsu TV’s New Year’s Gala, PSY appeared with Li Ming (Leon Lai) and Kwok Fu Shing (Aaron Kwok), and performed “Gangnam Style” and “NAPAL BAJI”.

Chinese viewers welcomed PSY’s appearance in the New Year’s Gala show, saying, “He is a world-famous star, but he is so friendly”, “PSY was funnier than other comedians”, “PSY’s performances of his new songs were really exciting”, etc.

Liaoning TV and Dragon TV have approximately 900 million viewers, respectively, and Jiangsu TV has 1.1 billion viewers. The three New Year’s Gala shows in which PSY performed were ranked in top 10 in the viewership ratings chart. The New Year’s Gala of Liaoning TV took No.1 on the viewership ratings chart. Plus, PSY’s entered the real-time search-word list of China’s Weibo after the shows ended, demonstrating the fact that Chinese fans paid keen attention to PSY’s performances.

2016. 2. 10.