Breaking Biz

There’s been a reshuffling at the top of the local affiliate for Live Nation, the world’s biggest concert promoter, where Michael Coppel rises to chairman of Live Nation Australasia and Roger Field rises into the vacant leadership position as Chief Executive Officer. Field, who was Chief Operating Officer, will be responsible for the day-to-day running of LN’s concerts activities in Australia and New Zealand, which include Adele’s current stadium tour. The two promotions come five years after LN bought Michael Coppel Presents and Coppel took the reins as President and Chief Executive Officer of its company Down Under.

Internet radio giant Pandora is plunging into the crowded all-you-can-eat streaming space. More than a year in the making, Pandora Premium represents the California company’s first crack at an on-demand streaming service, and sets up a tantalising competition with Spotify and Apple Music. At this stage, it’s only available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. According to reps, new users will get a chance to try it out in the coming weeks. Pandora Premium will cost about US$10 a month, with access to 40 million songs on-demand plus offline listening and curated playlists.

Two people died and a dozen more were injured in a crush at an Indio Solari concert in Buenos Aires on March 11. Organisers were expecting up to 170,000 fans at the open-air concert but the venue was well-over capacity, with Argentine officials speculating up to 300,000 showed up.