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Acclaimed Actor & Musician // Jeff Buckley meets Ed SheeranGrowing up between the East and West coasts, American singer-songwriter and actor Dante Palminteri matured his musical styling at an early age, drawing inspiration from John Mayer’s poetic mastery of the human psyche and Ed Sheeran’s genre-defying melodies. His lyrics narrate complex compilations about unrequited love, soul mates lost and found, and the growing pains of adulthood. Struck by the lyrical prowess of Americana muses Jason Isbell and The Tallest Man On Earth, Palminteri explores his own roots, weaving personal narratives on the intricacies of falling in love with whimsical acoustic melodies. An early sufferer of anxiety and dyslexia, Palminteri found solace in the last place one would expect: written word. Dreaming up lyrics on teen heartbreak and defying the status quo, he set his sights on a long-term career in songwriting, eventually strumming his way into Berklee College of Music. He confides, “Growing up I couldn’t relate to using words in an academic setting, but when I discovered how to manipulate them to write my music they became a superpower. I want my music to speak to others and give them a soundtrack to their own lives”. Following the release of the floaty, synth-pop record, “Miles Apart” – a heartfelt reflection on the regret and longing felt after an abrupt breakup, Palminteri is unveiling a handful of new singles, one by one. Simultaneously toeing between stories of love lost and won, Palminteri reflects on his own vulnerability, recounting real-life experiences facing rejection and loneliness, alongside feelings of heartfelt passion and intimacy. A common theme throughout the new music is change. The songwriter reveals, “Beginning last Summer, I went back to the drawing board to rebrand my music and artist image. I needed the time to get everyone’s preconceptions and rules out of my head with the goal of honing in on what it is I want to be creating. For the first time in a long while, I am making music that I am truly passionate about and I am excited to continue on this path of self-discovery”. Now, having found his own voice, Palminteri is defining who he is and baring it all, he continues, “Originality and being true to yourself is essential when making art in any form”. Leading single ‘Far From Me’ showcases simple guitar melodies, velvety vocals illustrating his impressive range and yearning lyrics which tug at your heart strings. The musician reveals, “Writing for me is like therapy, all of my emotions and experiences get baked into my music. All of these songs are about very different points in my life. All of these songs are a narration of what was happening to me at the time. Without giving anything away – some are inspirational, some are depressing, and everything in-between”. ‘I Don’t Even Need You’ highlights Palminteri’s use of fun infectious melodies, upbeat rhythms and quirky lyrics which burst with personality. Palminteri has bared it all on stages across the Tri-State area, from Feinstein’s 54Below and Arlene’s Grocery, to Rockwood Music Hall and Bethlehem Musikfest. ‘Far From Me’ is currently available worldwide.
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POLLSTAR ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER LIVE INDUSTRY NUMBERS
Concert Business Up 1.8% (Minus the ‘Ed Sheeran Factor’)
Pollstar, the leading trade media platform for the global live entertainment industry, today announced its Q3 2019 data, including its Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart, covering the period of Nov. 22, 2018 through Aug. 21, 2019, and topped by Ed Sheeran, Pink and Metallica tours (see the Top 10 below). The charts, which come out in the Sept. 30 issue of Pollstar, also include a series of charts quantifying the biggest and best of the concert industry including The Top 100 Promoters (led by Live Nation); Top 200 Arenas (Madison Square Garden), Theaters (Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional) and Clubs (House of Blues Boston); and the Top 100 Amphitheaters (Filene Center At Wolf Trap) and Stadiums/Festival Sites (Wembley Stadium).
The Top 10 Worldwide Tours from Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart (based on tickets sold):
1. Ed Sheeran
2,315,734 tickets sold
1,818,933 tickets sold
1,580,410 tickets sold
1,246,277 tickets sold
5. Elton John
1,051,149 tickets sold
919,164 tickets sold
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
897,326 tickets sold
8. Shawn Mendes
895,279 tickets sold
9. Garth Brooks
771,000 tickets sold
10. Paul McCartney
745,954 tickets sold
Click here to download a PDF version of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours (or view it on Pollstar’s website). To pick up this special Q3 edition of Pollstar, click here (www.pollstar.com/slayer).
The total gross from the Top 100 Worldwide Tours for Q3 2019 tallies $3,962,486,935, which is down slightly from 2018’s Q3 total of $4,036,986,752. However, due to a phenomenon Pollstar has termed the “Ed Sheeran Factor” —shorthand for the impact Ed Sheeran’s monumental record-setting “Divide” tour (which boasted a total box office gross of $775.6 million) has had on 2018-2019 worldwide grosses— subtracting Sheeran’s grosses for the last two years, the live concert business would show an increase of 1.8% or $67.3 million between 2018 and 2019 (see graphic below).
Additionally, this special issue also features an in-depth cover story on thrash metal icons Slayer and their farewell tour, the weekly Live75 Chart (with Pollstar cover artists Metallica topping the survey and Brandi Carlile making her chart debut), a profile on H.E.R.’s manager Jeanine McLean Williams, details on the newly-renovated United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a review of Madonna's “Madame X” underplay at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and much more.
Said Ray Waddell, president of Media & Conferences for Pollstar parent Oak View Group, “The thriving live entertainment industry continues apace and appears headed toward another superlative year. We salute the hardworking touring professionals and the industry’s support as we strive to provide the world’s best concert industry data."
On Aug. 2, 2019, Pollstar became the first to officially confirm that Sheeran’s “Divide” Tour set the all-time highest-grossing tour record. With that evening’s show at Messegelände in Hannover, Germany, the 246th show of Sheeran’s nearly two-and-a-half year run, Pollstar forecasted the total gross of his Divide Tour, $736.7 million, would surpass the previous record set by U2 in 2011. U2’s 360 Tour’s all-time record of $735.4 million, set on July 30, 2011, an accomplishment many thought would never be broken.
Pollstar Live!, the world’s largest gathering of live entertainment professional and the flagship event for Pollstar magazine, is returning to The Beverly Hilton February 4-6, 2020. The conference hosts two full days of panels with the industry’s top executives, multiple networking opportunities and culminates in the Pollstar Awards, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. Pollstar Live! is preceded by Production Live! which focuses challenges faced on the operation and logistic side of the live entertainment business. For more information and to register, visit https://www.pollstar.live/
Ed Sheeran's Songwriter documentary will be available worldwide exclusively on Apple Music on August 28. Fans around the world were treated to a "Perfect" first look of the film directed by Sheeran's cousin and filmmaker, Murray Cummings, today in the latest Apple Music trailer. Following its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this year and North American debut at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, the film will have a theatrical release in New York on August 17 and Los Angeles on August 24.
"Songwriter gives viewers a unique glimpse into the songwriting process," said Sheeran. "Murray's film brilliantly documents the hard work and DNA that goes into creating a song from start to finish."
"I decided to make something different," said Cummings, on being able to provide an authentic look into Ed's life and creative process as only family can. "I wasn't going to show fame. I didn't want paparazzi, screaming fans or big stadiums. I didn't want to have sit down interviews because I didn't want to tell the audience how something came to be, I just wanted to show them. And I wanted the focus to be the songwriting."
Songwriter is an intimate, beautifully photographed documentation of the creation of Ed Sheeran's chart-topping album, "Divide." In the film, the viewer gains insight into the intense, collaborative process that produced some of Sheeran's biggest hits. Along the way, Songwriter offers a look back at Sheeran's childhood, through never before-seen-footage from his family's archives. Amid a mind-boggling travel schedule that finds him writing on tour buses, at an idyllic Malibu estate, and on one epically luxurious cruise liner, Sheeran works with legendary producer Benny Blanco and musicians such as Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Ryan Tedder, and Julia Michaels to hone multiple songs at the same time while never missing a beat. Through these lovely, often hilarious interactions, Cummings reveals Sheeran to be a vulnerable, massively talented songwriter, one whose admiration for his collaborators, and theirs for him, is abundantly evident.
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NqQv4H22XU&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Songwriter was produced by Kimmie Kim and executive produced by Stuart Camp and Stefan Demetriou.
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