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Just Hanging Out, Feeding Calves
David posted an image of himself and a baby calf on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday that was Adorbs and then some!
Love the emojis and hashtag!
There had been a hashtag indicating David has received a tick bite, but it was edited a short time later, possibly because David and/or the A Team didn’t want folks to be concerned possibly? No idea and I didn’t save it. But the cow and tree emojis brought a smile! Glad to see you spending time outside David!
More of David and the great outdoors!
But it looks like it’s not just David that gets into the calf-feeding act!
And from Shanelle, a collage of David and animals. I could not have put this together better myself!
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Fans, Concerts and Tickets, Oh My!
I like to read some of the Billboard Business Articles and this one was posted last week about the linking of two organization which will make fans’ lives easier!
Songkick, the largest concert discovery service in the world is joining forces with CrowdSurge, the largest artist-ticketing service in the world. The combined company will do business under the Songkick brand, bringing together leading services partnered with 500 of the world’s biggest artists, used by 10 million monthly fans and ticketing over 10,000 events worldwide each year. The combination brings together Songkick and CrowdSurge’s complementary technologies empowering an expanding number of touring artists to directly sell concert tickets and live experiences where fans are already consuming music and content. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Songkick ensures that fans never miss their favorite artists live by allowing them to track the artists they listen to on Spotify, iTunes and beyond and delivering them personalized alerts when those artists announce nearby concerts. Established touring artists at varying stages of their careers have found success partnering with CrowdSurge, including J Cole, Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Tiësto, Blake Shelton, St. Vincent, Jack White and The xx.
ED NOTE: Soundkick is like “Bands in Town”, which also links to venues selling tickets. In this amalgamation, however, the fan is not required to go to an external website to buy your ticket.
Songkick’s Merger With CrowdSurge Adds Ticketing to Concert Discovery
Concert discovery and ticket sales go together like peanut butter and jelly — at least for Americans. The 50/50 merger of Songkick and Crowdsurge, announced Thursday, should make finding and buying concert tickets much easier.
Songkick, the name of the merged company, also announced $16 million in new funding from Access Industries and existing investors Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Access Industries is the owner of Warner Music Group and has invested in music subscription services Deezer and Beats Music, which was acquired by Apple last year.
In a conversation with Billboard, Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth and Crowdsurge CEO Matt Jones said the merger was the culmination of a five-year-old friendship and mutual admiration for the other’s company. “I think there’s so much value in what Songkick offers to the artist community,” Jones says. “It makes a lot of sense.”
Both companies try to prevent fans from missing their favorite artists’ concerts. Songkick is an online repository for concert dates that allows music fans track their favorite artists’ shows and buy tickets to the events. Crowdsurge is a white-label service used by more than 500 artists to sell tickets directly to fans. Songkick provides the link to fans. Crowdsurge links fans to tickets.
Hogarth says tests have shown the combination results in more ticket sales. By integrating Crowdsurge into the app, Songkick sold more tickets than by sending fans to an external ticketing site. “We’ve tested in the U.K. to help shows. We’re able to sell as much as 50 percent of some major venues like Brixton Academy.”
The number of tickets Songkick can sell will vary by country. Crowdsurge sells artists’ allocation of tickets. Allocations are high in the United Kingdom, where the ticketing market is more open, but lower in the United States, where venues’ exclusive contacts with ticketing companies usually keep artists’ allocations between 8 and 10 percent of total tickets.
Jones says Crowdsurge allows the bands to reduce fees and let artists bundle tickets with items like music and merchandise. He likes the splash pages Crowdsurge builds for ticket on-sales. “They take away the heavy lifting, because it is very heavy lifting.”
Going direct also allows his artists to “get the tickets in the hands of the right people for a reasonable price” and circumvent scalpers and secondary ticketing services, says Jones. Secondary ticketing services are prominent in the United States, where Ticketmaster and StubHub dominate, and the United Kingdom, where Viagogo is popular, but less prevalent elsewhere.
Both Songkick and Crowdsurge are based in the United Kingdom. Hogarth and Jones say the companies will merge their offices in London. Crowdsurge also has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.
Link for Soundkick (now combined with Crowdsurge):
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A Beautiful Trilogy!
As Found by Patty Ann, a trilogy of lovely videos in ASL, to David’s Falling Stars, You are My Song, and To Be With You.
Do you know what would be really cool? If you went on and provided a comment to Ian Myers, who is obviously a David Archuleta fan. Take a minute, I’m sure it will mean alot!
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As Found aRound
Have a good Monday. I will not be around very much today or tomorrow due to work commitments but if there is a site issue, send a tweet to FOD and I’ll see it! Adios!