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Oct 10

From Digitalmusicnews.com: “Jimmy Buffett Asked Spotify for a Raise. Here’s What They Said

at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, audience Q&A portion.

Jimmy Buffet to Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO: “Do you see anything in your future where we might get a raise directly from you as opposed to the bullshit you have to go through to deal with a label these days? Musicians only get a trickle after [Spotify payments] have gone through the major label executives.

“How the stream of revenue gets to the artist, particularly the younger struggling artist… it’s really hard to make it in real life if you’re a young artist. So I’m hoping that all the music services would look at that.”

[audience smattering of laughter, applause]
“Because it’s one thing when it goes to the record label, but most of it doesn’t get to the artist.”

Daniel Ek: “Obviously I agree. At first there were a lot of artists that didn’t understand streaming, was it good, was it bad for them. And Spotify, quite quickly started becoming the biggest music service, and right now we’re about 70 percent of all revenues in Sweden, including physical as well. So this is a massive part of the music industry which has actually gone up in revenues.

“And because we started publishing that, that started creating the dialogue between the artist and the industry. And as a side consequence because streaming became such a massive part of the revenues, labels even changed how they started paying out the artists. So instead of once a year, they started paying out much more frequent.
“And right now, we’re actually paying out more than a billion [dollars] in rights payments this year, and more than 70 percent of our revenues go to rights owners.”

Buffett: “But that’s actually still lower than what we used to get.”

Ek: “Of course.”

Buffett: “Which is why I was hoping for a raise.”

Irving Azoff (moderator): “If you’re looking for money, you’re better off selling one of your planes.”

[audience laughter]

Oct 03

From Syracuse.com: “It’s official: Destiny USA confirms Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is coming to Syracuse

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will open at Destiny USA early next year.

The mall officially confirmed this morning what regular readers here have known for months. The entertainment and dining venue is heading to a spot on the third floor of Destiny’s expansion section across from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.

The Margaritaville will include 12,000 square feet of entertainment and dining space, a 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar with a live performance stage, multiple dining areas with total seating for 330 people and a 700-square-foot Margaritaville store.

It’ll feature the chain’s signature margaritas and coastal-style food.

A Margaritaville had been rumored for Destiny for years, but things really began to pick up steam in 2014.

The state Legislature passed an exemption to the state’s liquor laws this summer that the venue needed in order to open and hints about the brand’s arrival have been dropping at the mall and elsewhere.

Construction on the space is already underway.

Sep 29

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at La Cigale in Paris on Sept 26th and 27th.

Some videos from the shows are available on Youtube (thanks to Jay Hawthorne)

“A Pirate Looks at Forty”

“One Particular Harbour”

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere

Sea Cruise

Southern Cross

Sep 14

From Al.com: “Crazy Sista Lucy Buffett to open second LuLu’s restaurant in Destin in 2015

Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, owner of LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, recently announced her plan to open a second LuLu’s location in Destin in a low-key way, via Facebook. She posted: “Uh, did I forget to mention…” along with a photo of a sign at the new spot. “Keep calm and eat gumbo,” the sign reads. “Destin 2015.”

Buffett’s new venture will be located close to her brother Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which opened in Destin in February of this year. The siblings grew up in Mobile.

Jimmy Buffett has his Parrotheads fan club, but Lucy Buffett has gained fame in her own right as a restaurateur and cookbook author.

Like her brother, she even has her own beer. His is Landshark Lager, distributed by Budweiser in St. Louis; hers is Crazy Sista Honey Ale, brewed at Back Forty Beer Co. in Gadsden, Ala.

But unlike her brother, Lucy Buffett returned home after spending, as she writes on her website, www.lulubuffett.com, years in Los Angeles. When she came back to the Alabama Gulf Coast, she first opened a tiny eatery, LuLu’s at Sunset Grill, “a burger joint with great food,” on Weeks Bay near the Fish River Bridge, in 1998.

LuLu’s became a popular place for people to sit outside, wait for the sunset and eat food based on Buffett’s grandmother’s recipes: fried crab claws, fried green tomatoes and “L.A. Caviar,” her signature black-eyed pea dip.

Sep 06

From BizJournals.com: “Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort announces details on restaurants, amenities”

Slated to open summer 2015, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will feature Jimmy Buffett lyric-inspired food and beverage venues including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, LandShark Bar & Grill, License to Chill Rooftop Bar, Lone Palm Bar and 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar.

Developers also announced that a Margaritaville-inspired upscale dining restaurant named JWB’s will also be part of the resort’s lineup.

Margaritaville will also have a St. Somewhere Spa with 11 treatment rooms. Services at the 15,000 square-foot spa will include hot stone treatments, aromatherapy, deep tissue massages, Swedish massages, Shiatsu massages, on-site facials, waxing, hair styling, manicures and pedicures.

Margaritaville is still on track for a summer 2015 opening, developers announced Wednesday.

Aug 31

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed three recent shows for 2014 “This One’s For You Tour” to conclude the Summer leg of the tour.

The set list from the shows are now available:
08/21/2014 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY
08/23/2014 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
08/30/2014 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA

From PennLive.com: “Jimmy Buffett’s Hershey debut: set list and some highlights

An enthusiastic audience filled Hersheypark Stadium last night to see Jimmy Buffett’s Hershey debut. Thanks to the tailgate that began in the afternoon, there were also hundreds in lawn chairs outside the stadium enjoying free sounds drifting out.

Here are a few of the highlights:

1. Opening act Alan Jackson was joined by headliner Jimmy Buffett for a quick cameo on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”

2. The choreography of the two background singers throughout was like they were doing their own show.

Extra credit for the entire band jumping in unison to opener “Brown Eyed Girl”

3. Number of times I was hit by a beach ball: 14. Number of times the guy behind me was hit by a beach ball: 5. Number of beers spilled on me by a stumbling drunk person: 1. Alan Jackson and Jimmy BuffettView full sizeHeadliner Jimmy Buffett made an early appearance on stage during opening act Alan Jackson’s set

4. The show was packed with classic rock covers. In addition to Buffett’s standard covers of “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Southern Cross” the show hit up Allman Brothers Band instrumental “Little Martha,” before returning to Van the Man for “Into the Mystic”

5. Buffett telling the audience how much he liked Hershey and how this was the perfect spot for a Labor Day Weekend show. And, while this was his first visit to Hershey he promised he would be back.

Aug 29

To celebrate the Labor Day weekend and The Jake Sullivan Series surpassing 75000 in paperback sales and ebook downloads the Kindle Edition of “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” will be on sale for .99 from 8/29 to 8/31.

Aug 27

From Margaritaville.com: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers have announced a new tour date on October 16th at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA! Tickets go on sale September 6th via TicketMaster.



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