Monthly Archives: July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Music Artists Take On the Music Business, Calling for Change…And That May Mean Changes For Me And You

New York Times
Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change


Musicians are known for speaking out on issues like human rights, politics and the environment. They are less known for speaking out about how the music business itself should operate.

That may be changing.

When Taylor Swift publicly rebuked Apple in June over royalty payments, the company reversed its position and Ms. Swift’s move was celebrated throughout the music world as a victory. But it was only the most prominent example of a growing trend of industry-focused activism undertaken by a range of artists, from big stars who take a principled stand to middle-class musicians who need to worry about paying the bills. Read More

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Now that you’ve reached the age of 34, do you have any ambitions left?

Now that you’ve reached the age of 34, do you have any ambitions left?

“To get out of Paris alive… You know, at the end of The Rose when I got nominated for an Academy Award I really thought my life was over. I thought, well, now what am I going to do? But I’ve calmed down a bit. I was pretty depressed by that, by the fact that I lost. I wasn’t real depressed, but I felt… like you’re supposed to feel when you lose.” (Musical Express, 1981)


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Who won the Academy Award?

Who won the Academy Award?

Who won? Sally Field! And she deserved to win, but after that I thought, Gee, I’ve done it all. What can I do now? I went to a whole bunch of rock’n’roll shows, just for recreation and I thought-I haven’t really done this. I did it in the film but I didn’t do it in real life… (Musical Express, 1981)


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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar Ending July 31

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar
By The Associated Press
Updated 7:08 am, Friday, July 31, 2015


The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. The Rolling Stones; $8,066,135; $178.44.

2. U2; $6,030,279; $111.53.

3. Take That; $4,461,359; $108.93.

4. Taylor Swift; $4,396,703; $110.29. Read More

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BetteBack September 21, 1990: Bette Midlers Makes Top Ten Female Stars Of The 90’s MovieLine List

New Castle News
September 21, 1990


Julia Roberts’s performance in Pretty Woman” was enough to convince some people she’ll be the biggest actress of the ’90s.

She was the top woman pick for stardom in a Movieline magazine survey of college students while Tom Cruise was chosen as the top male star of the decade.

‘‘We were surprised to see that Harrison Ford and Cher didn’t make it in the top 10,” Movieline Editor Edward Marguiles said.

‘‘Cruise was an obvious choice but Roberts seem s to have done well mainly since her hit ‘Pretty Woman’ was released just before we did the poll earlier this summer.” Read More

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

BetteBack September 21, 1990: A Fan Wants To Know The Basics Of Bette Midler

Kokomo Tribune
September 21, 1990

A Star Spangled Night For Rights

A Star Spangled Night For Rights

I am an admirer ofBette Midler and especially loved her role in “Beaches.” When and where was she born? Any other information on her would be appreciated. – E.M. BREWER, ASHEVILLE, N.C.

Bette Midler was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Paterson, N.J., and was named after one of her mother’s favorite actresses, Bette Davis. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her father worked as a painter for the U.S. Navy.

Both of Midler’s parents are deceased, as is an older sister, Judy (named after Judy Garland). Midler has another older sister, Susan “(named after Susan Hayward), and a younger brother, Daniel, who is slightly retarded. Read More

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‘Sophie Mania’ Returns

The Huffington Post
‘Sophie Mania’ Returns
By Katherine Kramer
June 30, 2015


I had the rare pleasure of seeing The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, a new documentary feature currently playing in select theaters. It opened the recent 2015 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, and is a genuine “rags to riches” show business story that will inspire today’s performers and certainly empower women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The film is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker William Gazecki, and written and produced by Susan and Lloyd Ecker. “The Last Of The Red-Hot Mamas” Sophie Tucker was known as the “female Al Jolson” and she paved the way for such icons as Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, even Amy Schumer. Read More

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bette Midler – One Night Only – Wind Beneath My Wings – 2014

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BetteBack September 19, 1990: Stars Take Stage For Environment

Winchester Star
September 19, 1990


“An Evening With . . . Bette Cher, Goldie, Meryl, Olivia, and Robin” says it all. You don’t have to be’ a rocket scientist to figure out the identity of the stars packed into this hour variety special on ABC at 10.

The proceeds from the show taped Sept. 13 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, will go to “Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet.”

The environmental theme explains ecology-minded Meryl Streep’s involvement. Her contribution to the hour (still being edited at press time) is a reading of “special views about the planet Earth.” Read More

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Director Kenny Ortega: The Sanderson Sisters ‘Deserve’ A ‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel

Hollywood Life
Director Kenny Ortega: The Sanderson Sisters ‘Deserve’ A ‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel
Tue, July 28, 2015 3:29pm EDT by Emily Longeretta


Can this just please happen already? Well, director Kenny Ortega is definitely willing to put another spell on us, and actually told

Boo-ooo-oook surely has a spell in it to reverse the spell that turned Winifred, Sarah and Mary — aka Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Nijimy — into stone! Director Kenny Ortega, who’s currently promoting his new Disney Channel movie, Descendants, stopped by the offices this week, and of course, I asked about Bette’s amazing rendition of “Spell On You” that she performs on stage these days — and what the odds are that a sequel could happen. Read More

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