DEAD & COMPANY, TRAIN & KINGS OF LEON LEAVE CAA FOR WME
Dead & Company has signed with WME for exclusive representation, Billboard is exclusively reporting. The band featuring the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, along with artist and musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti will be represented by WME in all areas, including music, film, television, books and endorsements. The band joins WME following the hiring of Scott Clayton, who resigned from a leadership post at Creative Artist Agency last month to accept a position as partner and co-head of WME’s Nashville office and lead WME’s Rock division.
BRUNO MARS TOP SELLING ARTIST ON STUBHUB FOR 2017
According to StubHub’s Year in Live Events report, Bruno was the top selling touring artist on the secondary site in 2017, driven by high demand for his 24K Magic World Tour. Coming in second was U2, who had seven of the Top 10 highest grossing individual concerts of the year on the list. StubHub ranked Coachella as the top selling festival of the year, while all seven games of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers made the top 10 Sporting Events of the year chart, a first for Major League Baseball.
ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN FILES SUIT AGAINST NY PROMOTER
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Buffalo concert promoter Cody Conway and the Buffalove Music Festival. Schneiderman is accusing Conway of canceling the three-day Franklinville, New York festival two weeks before it was scheduled to begin on July 20 and failing to refund 146 customers who bought tickets from $85 to $125 a piece for a combined $14,896.42. Conway used Ticketfly to sell tickets for the event and was paid a $13,305 advance by Ticketfly. When Conway failed to refund the money, Ticketfly provided the refunds to consumers who purchased tickets through their site.