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Live Nation Inks Deals With Madonna, U2, Jay-Z Worth $1.3B

Yes, that is correct - $1.3 billion or more. In October of 2007, Madonna inked a deal with Live Nation estimated to be worth $120 million. Jay-Z is reported to be in current negotiations for a similar long-term contract with Live Nation estimated to be worth $150 million. The U2 deal announced in March is expected to be worth more than $1 billion based on the band's 2005-2007 Vertigo tour which grossed over $400 million. The details of these deals are extraordinary.

MySpace And The Big Four Creating A Music Site

News Corporation, owner of MySpace.com and the MySpace Music Service, is partnering with three of the four major record labels to create a new music website. The MySpace Music Service will be spun off into an independent venture with Sony BMG, Universal Music, and Warner Music Group. EMI is expected to join the partnership in the coming weeks. The exact terms of the deal and details about the new site, including prices for downloaded music tracks, have not been disclosed. MySpace said that the site will offer songs for download that are free of digital rights management.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Public Beta

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Adobe has released a public beta of Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.0. The beta program will run through August of 2008. According to their website, the following enhancements are included in the beta release:

Fun blog to check out: PhotoshopDisasters


PhotoshopDisasters is an entertaining and even educational blog that points out both unique & common problems and mistakes with Photoshop in published media - some obvious, some not-so-obvious. If you're browsing the web looking for something fun to look at, check the link!

Link: PhotoshopDisasters

Photography Pranks and Hi-Jinks: PocketWizard Mischief

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What kind of industry would this be if we didn't get to fool around once in a while??
With April Fool's Day just around the corner, I'd like to share some exploits, and hear about ones you have been a part of!

I haven't put any major pranks together, but I have learned that PocketWizard's are an excellent way to control your flashes remotely... and then some.
More after the jump.

Live Nation Increases Foothold On Live Concerts

In January, long time Florida concert promoter Jon Stoll died from complications of brain cancer. He and wife Lori were owners of Fantasma Productions. Last week, Fantasma Productions entered into an agreement with Live Nation. Read the details of the agreement after the jump.

Wireless Flash: RadioPoppers vs. PocketWizards vs. Nikon & Canon

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Over on the Strobist blog, David Hobby discusses his first impressions of the RadioPopper. Like Nikon's SU-800 with Nikon SB800 & SB600 flashes or Canon's ST-E2 and Canon 580EX II & 430EX flashes, the RadioPopper offers full TTL control. Like PocketWizard systems, the RadioPopper uses radio signals for all of its communication between the transmitter and the receivers. What you get is a beautiful marriage of TTL over radio signals. Why is this important?

Happy 1 Month Anniversary MPN

On February 10th, MusicPhotographers.net made their official launch. We have been open for a month now and our membership is already at nearly 240 members. We have quite a few notable photographers among our members including Jon Seivert (author of Concert Photography), David Bergman (check out his Bare Naked Ladies!), Sherry Rayn Barnett (great images of several icons in music including Joni Mitchell), and several others.

Offensive Photo Contest Rules

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I found these rules on a music artist's fan page on a social networking site. I would like pointers to other similarly offensive photo contest rules. Post a link to the rules and name what section in the rules contains the offensive language. This will be helpful for every member of this community.

NikonUSA rolls out new website

NikonUSA relaunched their website on Tuesday with a completely new design. Along with the new website, they have launched a blog where website visitors can provide constructive feedback and recommendations for how to improve the website. Read more about this after the jump.

Getty Images Sold For $2.4 Billion

As recently as a three weeks ago, on the Q4 earnings investor call, Getty Images (Public, NYSE:GYI) CEO Jonathan Klein said "I would stress that at no point has Getty Images talked about a sale. We have talked about strategic alternatives." You can read a live blog of that call with investors written by Daryl Lang over on Photo District News.

A Photo Editor Interviews Jodi Peckman, Rolling Stone

Rob Haggart, aka A Photo Editor, posts a nice interview with Jodi Peckman, Director of Photography for Rolling Stone magazine. The last few questions are of particular interest to me as a music photographer. Go check it out!

10 Questions for Jodi Peckman - Director of Photography, Rolling Stone Magazine

Walter Rowe
Professional Photographer
Columbia, Maryland - USA

Don't forget your manners in the pit

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A little piece of advice for those photographers (I use that term loosely) who are either just starting out, or have no intention of starting out but just want to get up close and personal with their idols, or those who have just forgotten to take their manners with them.

On Tour With ALL THAT REMAINS - come hang out


Sat 02/02/08 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Wed 02/06/08 Salt Lake City, UT VIC BACK! getting tattooed!
Thu 02/07/08 Salt Lake City, UT VIC BACK!!! getting tattooed!!
Fri 02/08/08 Detroit, MI The Majestic
Sat 02/09/08 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Sun 02/10/08 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Tue 02/12/08 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
Wed 02/13/08 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Eagles Club
Fri 02/15/08 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Sat 02/16/08 Salt Lake City, UT The Avalon Theater
Sun 02/17/08 Boise, ID Big Easy Concert House

Happy Anniversary!

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Happy 7 day anniversary to www.MusicPhotographers.net !

Although Walter and I began working on this site months ago, the public unveiling was one week ago yesterday.
With your help, this site will become the top forum, blog, tutorial, and community resource for photographers in the music arena!

Some stats: At this very moment, we have 185 registered users! In the past 7 days, we have received 12,274 page views and 1,163 visitors!!