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Live Nation Signs Charlie Sheen And His Machete
LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) Charlie
Sheen, fresh off of being fired from the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half
Men," has signed a licensing and merch deal with Live Nation. The
merchandise deal will include t-shirts and mugs and similar items,
emblazoned with some of Sheen's more notorious public statements.
The deal might also, at some point in the future, including a live
theatrical tour by Sheen, similar to the outing Conan O'Brien made
after he too, was fired. "He wants to connect personally with his
fans and getting out there on a tour and seeing people in person
really appeals to him," an unnamed source told the Toronto Star.
After signing the deal, Sheen made a public appearance on the roof
of Live Nation's Los Angeles headquarters, wielding what appeared to
be a machete, accompanied by one of his "goddesses" and drinking an
unknown beverage from a bottle.
Joey Scoleri, Live Nation's senior VP for tour marketing &
promotion, told E! News: "Being fired has only made him more popular
because he is standing up for himself. He is a folk hero. We're
hoping to have some of the items for sale as soon as next week. It's
all coming together really quickly. He's got a lot of brilliant
Sheen, a veteran film and television actor, has been a fixture on
"Two and a Half Men" for the better part of a decade, but was fired
from the show on March 7th in the face of what appears to be
increasingly erratic behavior. Sheen has been hospitalized twice
since October and spent a stint in rehab and has participated in a
series of interviews in which he espoused his hedonistic lifestyle,
made anti Semitic comments (Sheen later denied he was anti-Semitic)
and demanded a 50% increase from CBS.
A court also issued a restraining order against Sheen, requiring him
to remain 100 feet away from his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller and
their twin sons. Mueller claimed that the actor threatened her with
physical harm and refused to return their twin sons. Police
subsequently removed the two boys from Sheen's home, the Associated
Press reported. - CelebrityAccess Staff Writers
Artists Bank On Private Performances
NEW YORK (VIP NEWS) -- Nelly Furtado and Beyonce proved this week that artists can bring in big bucks even
when they aren't headlining a major world tour. Both singers have
scored a cool $1 million for performing for family members of Libyan
dictator Muammar Gaddafi (amid pressure, they handed the money over
the charity). A Hollywood Reporter took a look at the amounts of
money other musicians have made off private performances:
Mariah Carey raked in $1 million to sing just four songs at a
Gaddafi bash on the Caribbean island of St. Barts after New Year's
Day 2009, The New York Times reported. Carey's rep, Cindi Berger,
would not comment on how much Carey was paid, but the singer said in
a statement: "I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform
for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this
mess." (She plans to donate royalties for the song "Save the Day,"
which she has written for her upcoming album, to human-rights
Last year, Christina Aguilera reportedly earned a cool $1 million to
perform - for an hour - at investment guru Charles Brandes'
Halloween party. And that $16,666 per minute didn't include hair,
makeup, travel and other related costs.
David Bonderman, a well-known investor from Texas, opened up his
wallet in a big way in 2002 when he paid The Rolling Stones a
whopping $7 million to play for an hour at his 60th birthday.
Celine Dion is rumored to enjoy 2-3 private U.S. gigs a year at a
price of $6.5 million per show.
In 2007, Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko forked over $2
million for Jennifer Lopez to perform at a joint birthday party for
himself and his wife. Lopez's 40-minute set included such hits as
"Jenny From the Block." He paid another $800,000 to fly the singer,
her husband Marc Anthony and their entourage from the U.S. to his
27-acre estate in Surrey, England. He even put them up at the
Mandarin Oriental in London.
Guns N' Roses reportedly raked in $1 million last year to play a
private show in Moscow for Alexander Chistyakov, deputy chairman of
the management board of Federal Grid Company (FGC).
Headline-grabbing "Rehab" singer Amy Winehouse scored a little under
$1 million to belt out tunes at a Russian oligarch's annual
corporate party in Moscow last year, according to British news
reports. Robbie Williams,
Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John have all
been known to command the same price tag per private show.
British reports swirled last year that Sir Tom Jones walked away
with $3.1 million after performing at a Red Cross charity concert.
(A spokesperson for the event was quoted by the Britain's The Mirror
as saying: "He was worth every euro.") He is said to have donated
much of his earnings to charity.
In 2005, then Point Blank Solutions Inc.'s CEO David Brooks threw a
lavish $10 million bat mitzvah for his 13-year-old daughter, hiring
Cent, Tom Petty,
Kenny G and the Eagles. Published
reports claim he even paid Aerosmith $2 million so his nephew could
play drums with the band! (Later, Brooks was charged with fraud for
allegedly bank rolling performances on the company dollar.)
George Michael once earned $3 million an hour singing for a Russian
mining and lumber magnate. Time on stage: 75 minutes.
Miley Cyrus commanded between $200,000-$500,000 to perform at a
Christmas bash for the Lanier Law Firm in Houston, Texas. That was
in 2008. Her going-rate has surely since increased. Which band has
broken the bank the most? The Eagles. They were once paid $6 million
by an unknown benefactor to play one song, "Hotel California," at a
private bash in NYC. That's almost $1 million per minute.
Atlantic Records May Sign Paltrow
LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) --
Oscar Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is close to signing a
$900,000 recording contract with Atlantic Records, reported AOL
Paltrow, who recently starred as the fictional alcoholic country
singer Kelly Canter has been showing off her vocal ability recently,
even performing a TV safe version of Cee Lo Green's "F#$# You" with
the artist at this year's Grammy Awards.
Paltrow has also appeared twice in the hit Fox musical show, "Glee",
playing the part of a substitute teacher, who by some strange
coincidence, sings. A rep for the singer told People Magazine that
while the deal hasn't been finalized yet, it should be closed soon.
The source said that her sound comfortably falls into the 'country
pop' category. - CelebrityAccess Staff Writers
Sony Soups-Up iTunes' Movies
Some of Sony Corp.'s movies sold through Apple
Inc.'s iTunes store are now available with extra features that
enable people to search scenes for actors and bits of dialogue by
typing terms into a computer. Other features allow viewers to choose
clips to share on Facebook and Twitter and check where songs from a
soundtrack appear. A link to the iTunes store makes music purchases
easy. All three features are available now on "Burlesque" and "The
Others Guys." The non-music features are available on "Salt" and
"Resident Evil: Afterlife" and will be available on "The Tourist,"
when it is released March 22.
Studio Senior Vice President Rich Berger said in a statement that
adding the features boosts the value of Sony's digital movies and
makes them more collectable
Duff Shows His Stuff At SXSW
NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- Duff McKagan will be a
Featured Speaker at the 2011 South By Southwest Music Conference
(SXSW), presenting the music business seminar Your Financial
Advisor is Duff McKagan on March 17th,
The following day, Duff McKagans Loaded will
make their live debut of songs from their forthcoming album The
Taking as part of the official SXSW Monster Energy Drink Party at
The Austin Music Hall. In addition to founding Guns N Roses, Velvet
Revolver and Duff McKagan's Loaded, McKagan has extended an effort
to educate others on the ins and outs of music business finance and
McKagan will share his insights on aspects of an artists business
by conducting a Q&A with himself, according to the press release.
Speaking from his own experiences, his hope is to help educate
others and help artists to avoid some of the many financial pitfalls
that they face and get a better handle on music business and
McKagan is a Grammy/American
Music-Award-winning songwriter/recording artist who attended Seattle
Universitys acclaimed Albers School of Business and is a partner in
the wealth management firm Meridian Rock.
- AGENCY SIGNINGS:
The Agency Group Ltd.
Hanson have signed with Dave Shapiro & Neil Warnock for exclusive
Atomic Music Group
L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns / LA Guns featuring Tracii Guns
have signed with Scott Weiss for exclusive representation.
The Billions Corporation
The Deer Tracks have signed with Shannin Porterfor exclusive North
BLA / Buddy Lee Attractions Inc.
The Hollywood Kills have signed with Brian Waymire for exclusive
Justin Kalk Orchestra have signed with Matt McGuire for exclusive
CAA / Creative Artist Agency - Nashville
Joey+Rory / Joey + Rory / Joey & Rory have signed with John Huie &
Blake McDaniel for exclusive representation.
Elite Talent Agency
The City Harmonic have signed with Mark Claassen for exclusive
Hyland have signed with Mark Claassen for exclusive
Keith Case & Associates
Ray Wylie Hubbard has signed with Keith Case for exclusive
The SteelDrivers have signed with John Everhart for exclusive
New Frontier Touring
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have signed with Jon Bell for
Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency
Alexander has signed with Heather Kolker for exclusive
Anamanaguchi has signed with Andrew Ellis for exclusive
Greylag has signed with Larry Webman for exclusive representation.
John Fogerty has signed with Dan Weiner for exclusive
Karen Lovely has signed with Steve Hecht & Megan King for
Beady Eye have signed with John Dittmarfor exclusive
WME Entertainment LLC
Beardyman have signed with Joel Zimmermann & Steve Hogan for
Skylar Grey has signed with John Marx & Tony Goldring for
WME Entertainment LLC - Florida
Prince Royce has signed with Michel Vega for exclusive
Berlin have signed with Andrew Lurie.
Terri Nunn has signed with Andrew Lurie.
Cold Cave have signed with Joel Mark.
Bebe Buell has signed with Wendy Dio.
Delusions have signed with Jason Malhoyt & Mike Mowery.
Living With Lions have signed with Mike Mowery & Nikhil Potdar.
Red Light Management
Milow has signed with Brian Schwartz.
Glacial Pace Recordings
Moshi Moshi Records
Once Upon A Time Records
French Horn Rebellion
Wao Wao Records
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