Justin Bieber is planning to open his own store. The 16-year-old singing sensation is in negotiations with a company who helped Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian set up their Las Vegas boutique Khaos to develop a retail outlet at The Grove in Los Angeles. The store in the upmarket outdoor shopping centre would see Justin lend his image to products ranging from shoes, skateboards and lollipops. Our source told us: “They want to have everything Justin Bieber. They are also trying to find other Island Def Jam artists to be the face of some candy as well.” No opening date has been set for the store yet but it is hoped it will be launched by the end of this year. Last month Justin announced the launch of his collection of trading cards with Panini America. The ‘One Less Lonely Girl’ hitmaker’s merchandise also includes three CDs, a fragrance, a line of nail polish, T-shirts, mugs, aluminium water bottles, lunch boxes, headphones, dolls, Christmas tree ornaments, a Halloween wig and boxer shorts.
Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010. Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock ‘n’ roll in the new year. 2010 was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they plan to make shows more affordable in 2011. But they’ll also try to sell more T-shirts and other merchandise to make up for lost revenue. Heading into last summer, usually the busiest time of the year, prices were set too high despite the sluggish economy. Managers and promoters believed fans would keep paying for the one or two concerts they see on average each year. Instead, many stayed home and dozens of shows were canceled. Lots of venues filled seats with fire-sale prices. Now, rather than charge lots early and offer discounts later, some promoters say they’ll offer cheaper tickets from the start, partly because they know fans will spend as much as usual on beer and tchotchkes when they arrive. ZZ Top, for one, expects to set prices below the 2010 average of $55. Some tickets will go for as little as $10. ”It’s time to give the value back,” said Carl Stubner, manager of the long-bearded rock band from Texas. “We’ll find other ways to make money.” That doesn’t mean all acts will be cheap – not even Cheap Trick, whose tickets for 2011 are selling for around $80 with fees. Fans of hot performers including Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga also shouldn’t expect to get much of a break. Neil Diamond, for instance, who’s continuing his comeback tour in New Zealand in February, said he’d like to bring ticket prices down, but can’t because of the size of his production. “As the shows get bigger, the expenses get bigger, so it’s got to be translated somehow to the ticket price,” he told The Associated Press. “If I just used the guitar it’d be a lot simpler, but then I’d have to put 50 people out of work.” Overall, though, more artists than ever are going out on the road to make up for falling CD sales. With more tickets on sale and consumers still pinching pennies, the pressure on prices is down. Concert attendance fell 12 percent in the first half of 2010, compared with the same period a year ago, according to trade magazine Pollstar. The world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation Entertainment Inc., said attendance from July to September dropped 16 percent from a year ago, even after it slashed fees and prices for dozens of acts, including Rod Stewart. ”It’s just getting too expensive,” says Michael Nemcik, who lost his job as a stockbroker in 2009 and now works as a bartender in Los Angeles. He went to about a dozen concerts in 2010, about half as many as the year before. Paying more than $200 for decent seats to see A Perfect Circle in November was just too much. “I’m a little more hesitant on spending money than I used to be,” he said. Concert ticket prices had climbed steadily until recently, beginning in the 1990s when promoters began moving from one-price-fits-all ticketing to a tiered model that charges much higher prices for seats close to the stage. North American concert ticket prices rose from an average $26 in 1996 to a peak of $67 in 2008, an increase four times faster than inflation. That doesn’t include ticket fees for everything from “order processing” to “convenience,” which can tack on $10 or more. In 2009, ticket prices came down by about a buck, as managers braced for the worst of the recession. Fans responded by buying 12 percent more tickets than in 2008. Promoters figured fans were coming back for more in 2010 and raised prices. It backfired. That’s when the promoters had to offer deep discounts to fill seats. The average ticket cost a little less than $61 in the first half of 2010. Second-half numbers are expected to show a drop, too, because the discounts have continued. ”People felt they could go back to pushing the envelope again,” Pollstar editor-in-chief Gary Bongiovanni said. “The economy has proven that a lot of people probably reached too far.” Although the average isn’t expected to fall drastically in 2011, there’ll be bargains at the back of the house. Prices for front row seats may actually go up as part of Live Nation’s bid to grab revenue that might otherwise go to ticket resellers. But the company has said it wants to cut prices even further for the cheap seats to let in more fans. When Live Nation cut prices in 2010, fans spent about the same amount as always – nearly $18 in North American amphitheaters – on beer, merchandise and other stuff, all of which helps the company’s bottom line because it owns major venues including the House of Blues in 13 cities. Live Nation also is developing a long-overdue shopping basket for its websites to lure fans to spend their ticket savings on CDs, clothes and other items and it recently rolled out an iPhone app that could be used in the future to sell merchandise. None of those extra businesses works unless fans buy tickets, though. ”We know that if you lower the price, they’ll come,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino told investors in November. But some of the most powerful managers in the business are motivated to secure as much money as they can for their artists, and Live Nation faces pressure to outbid rival concert promoters by paying artists more. Artists struggling to make up for income lost to plummeting CD sales also may push fans to pay more. Those factors can cause prices to inch up. Rapino said the company may simply have to walk away from some deals and hold fewer shows, especially ones that have low or no profit margins. Demi Lovato, whose Camp Rock 2 tour with the Jonas Brothers had to cancel a dozen North American shows in 2010, told the AP recently that she’ll do her best to keep prices reasonable for a solo tour planned for 2011 to promote her third album. (Her camp says the tour is still on track, despite her entering treatment for “emotional and physical issues.”) ”I have best friends that aren’t in the industry and are dealing with just buying groceries and things like that, so I want to do my part,” she said.
Justin Bieber is releasing his own trading cards. The 16-year-old pop star is thrilled that fans will be able to collect 150 unique cards and 50 stickers in the way he used to get excited about his collect likenesses of his favourite hockey stars. He said: “It’s awesome; it makes me feel great. “I always dreamed of being a hockey player and having my own trading card. I remember collecting hockey cards, so the idea that kids are going to enjoy my cards like I enjoyed my hockey cards is amazing!” The collection of official trading cards, which also features four nine-card puzzles that can be arranged to create mini posters, will hit shelves around the US this week. Among the packs produced by Panini America will be 500 randomly inserted autographed cards. The card and sticker packs will be just one more item in the teenager’s vast collection of merchandise, which so far includes three CDs, a fragrance, a line of nail polish, T-shirts, mugs, aluminium water bottles, lunch boxes, headphones, dolls, Christmas tree ornaments, a Halloween wig and boxer shorts.
Adrian Grenier Fan Of PJE Los Angeles Shirts. If you’re looking for more gift ideas for guys or girls, interesting T-shirts that celebs wear can certainly be a good gift for someone. Adrian Grenier is the latest actor whowas spotted wearing a new PJE Los Angeles T-shirt style. The “Entourage” actor was sporting the “Another Sleazy Producer” style in L.A. Other styles include “Another Crooked Banker,” “Let Me Make You a Star,” “I Only Look Sincere” and “They Love Me in Japan.” Shirts are available for men and women on PJE Los Angeles’ website. In addition, the site has a Tera Patrick T-shirt collection for men, which features scantily clad drawings and images of the p*rn star, and some with sayings, including “You Know My Superpower.” Just in time for the holidays… NYPD Requests Interview With Charlie Sheen The NYPD is after actor Charlie Sheen. No word on whether an arrest will be made, but the “Two and a Half Men” star is wanted for questioning.New York detectives have contacted Sheen’s rep, asking for an interview with the famous Plaza Hotel guest. TMZ reported detectives contacted his manager, Mark Burg, and asked for the interview in connection with the criminal complaint filed by Capri Anderson. Sheen’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, would not comment on whether he’ll make him available. Galanter did tell TMZ that after detectives reached out to Burg, he called detectives back and gave them some info on the case. Galanter says he’ll be speaking with cops again after Thanksgiving and will then make a decision on whether he, Charlie, or a combination thereof will fly to NYC for an interview. Green Day’s Bassist Becomes A Father To A ThirdGreen Day’s bassist Mike Dirnt’s wife, Brittney Cade, gave birth Sunday night. Dirnt was in L.A. yesterday — when he told TMZ he was “super happy” about the birth of his third child. Dint has a daughter, Estelle, from his first marriage, and a son, Brixton, with Cade. Dint married Cade last year. TMZ reportedly asked Dirnt if he had any names lined up for his new daughter — and he said, “Lots of special names … but I’m not going to let people Google them yet”
Macy’s Launches “Glee” Apparel Line; Giveaway Shirts Available. Gleeks can now dress up like their idols. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and department store chain Macy’s have announced the launch of their exclusive “Glee” apparel line, based on the hit Fox musical comedy series. The clothing range, from Awake Inc., features an extensive line that includes music-inspired designs and sporty athletic apparels such as t-shirts, fashion tops and hoodies priced from $19.99 to $34.99. Macy’s translates the popularity of the show with in-store Glee vignettes, with each including a JAGTAG promotion where consumers can unlock mobile content. The retailer also rolls out a creative window design display in select stores across the country. The crown jewels of the window program will be shown at chosen retail locations, including Herald Square, NY; Union Square, CA; State Street, IL; Miami Dadeland, FL; South Coast Plaza, Orange County and the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. These locations features multiple themed windows inspired by the show, and will highlight key scenes from the series and the characters’ actual wardrobe. Macy’s Exec VP of Marketing, Martine Reardon, said, “In just a short period of time, Glee has inspired millions of fans. It is our goal to extend that excitement to the Macy’s customer with the products we’ll be showcasing in our stores.” “There’s something so refreshing about Glee, and we are committed to channeling that into exclusive fashion merchandise that will impassion Glee fans across the country.” The Glee apparel program, which hit Macy’s August 15, will also launch through the juniors section on Macys.com on September 14. Gleeks who are interested in Glee t-shirts can email their t-shirt size and home address to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win one.
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As you may or may not already know, Maximo Park are officially opening Glastonbury Festival in high style this year. But what you probably didn’t realise is this: in a move that is certain to be a Glastonbury first, Maximo Park – one of the UK’s most cherished bands – are inviting fans to select the songs they want to hear by voting for the entire setlist that the band will play when they kick off proceedings at the legendary festival on 25 June. Playing at the Queen’s Head Stage at 4pm on Thursday, this set will be shaped and decided specifically by the fans themselves. So they can select whichever Maximo Park classics they want from the band’s three albums to date (and a few b-sides) and hear it played in the historic environs of Glastonbury on the opening day. This set will then be followed on Saturday night by another blazing set on the Other Stage which will boast songs from their brand new album “Quicken the Heart”, including their forthcoming single “Questing, Not Coasting”, to be released on 13 July. Frontman Paul Smith says “We were trying to decide what songs to play over the two sets and we thought why not let the public decide. We wanted the show to be fun and we don’t like to take ourselves too seriously. All of our songs were written for a reason, so we’ll be happy to play any one of them”. To vote and see how the set is shaping up, all fans have to do is visit the band’s facebook profile: www.facebook.com/maximopark. The voting ends at 5pm on Wednesday, 24 June, with the results to be unveiled on 25 June. In addition, to add even more of a sense of occasion to proceedings, there will be a flag competition on the day – fans should head down to the Queens Head stage early wearing Maximo Park T-shirts and carrying Maximo Park flags, and send photos of themselves in front of the stage backdrop to the facebook page to win an extremely special and secret prize. As if you needed any further excuse to get to Glastonbury one day early!
LOS ANGELES – Newcomer on the menswear block, Christoper Shannon is producing limited edition T-shirts and sweatshirts inspired by Alex Mercer. The T-range is based on the leading character from cult video game Prototype. Graduated in 2008 from Central St. Martins, Shannan has already a couple collaborations under his belt. He worked with Reebok and Topman, was the right-hand man to William Baker on Kylie Minogue’s recent world tour, and created a concise collection of luxe-inspired sportswear for 2009.
The exclusive range, featuring five printed t-shirts and a sweater takes subtle cues from Prototype. The shirts play on the mystery of Alex Mercer, his unknown identity and the question Who is Alex Mercer? There are 40 pieces of each limited edition, which are available on a first come first served basis as they are free. http://www.christophershannon.co.uk