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Pollstar will unveil May 20 its Impact 50 list, the live entertainment executives who we believe will most impact the business in the coming year. Selected by Pollstar editorial staff with industry input, the group will be honored at a May 16 Los Angeles reception.
It wasn't long ago that Texan artist Khalid @thegr8khalid was a high school kid uploading homemade songs to Soundcloud. But his star has risen meteorically and in a Pollstar Live! keynote on Wednesday — Khalid's 21st birthday — the multi-platinum artist and his manager Courtney Stewart announced a 35-date headlining arena tour. https://www.pollstar.com/article/khalid-announces-headlining-arena-tour-in-pollstar-live-keynote-137319
He may be young, but he is definitely not dumb or broke! @thegr8khalid and manager @courtrighthand discuss maintaining creative control in his record deal, becoming like family while working together, and truly caring about his relationship with fans. True gems at #pollstarlive2019
Corrie Christopher Martin (Paradigm), Rosa Asciolla (Spotify), Christy Castillo Butcher (LASED), Kevin Shivers (WME), and Dr. Stacy L. Smith (University of Southern California) had an extended conversation about diversity and inclusion riders. Many specifics were discussed but a key point was that conversations about diversity should be happening from top to bottom throughout the industry and those places where it is not will soon be left behind. #pollstarlive2019
In a delightful closing presentation for Day 1 of #pollstarlive2019 , Dave Grohl sat down for "The Conversation" with Live Nation boss Michael Rapino. Grohl discussed his story in the music business, from his childhood, to his time with Nirvana, to the continued success of the Foo Fighters. He shared a lesson he learned from Bruce Springsteen about how, through performance, the audience sees itself in the artist and the artist sees themself in the audience and they become, in some way, like one person. He said he sees the way his daughters connect with the music of Billie Eilish and finds the same spirit that pushed Nirvana to great heights, and declared that as long as fans are finding that kind of connection to authentic music, rock 'n' roll is not dead. He also gave credit to the professionals in the room and said "Live music makes life worth living," and thanked everyone for their contributions to the industry. @davegrohlrp@michaelrapino