Met Opera Expands Theater Series

Met Opera Expands Theater Series

Met Opera Expands Theater Series
The Metropolitan Opera has expanded its "Live in HD" series by 300 theaters, now bringing the series to 1,500 theaters in 46 countries for its 2010–2011 season. The program, in its fifth season, brings Met Opera performances into theaters, which last season resulted in $48 million in ticket sales. The expansion brings the program for the first time to Egypt, Portugal and Spain, and grows the U.S. theater base by 100 to 620. (9/1)

Lambert Earns Record Nine CMA Nods
GRAMMY-nominated artist Miranda Lambert received a record nine nominations for the 44th Annual CMA Awards, the most ever for a female artist, when the second round of nominations were announced today. Lambert's nominations include Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year, among others announced yesterday [link to: http://www.grammy.com/blogs/first-round-cma-nods-announced]. GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum earned the second most nominations with five, followed by the GRAMMY-winning Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton, who tied with four. The 2010 CMAs will take place on Nov. 10 in Nashville, Tenn. (9/1)

UMG Revenue Down In First Half Of 2010
Universal Music Group has reported revenue of $2.4 billion for the first half of 2010, down 5.4 percent compared to the same period last year, and a 24.6 percent drop in EBITA (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) to $203.6 million. The company lists releases from Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, and Lady Gaga, among others, as the big sellers in the first half of the year. (9/1)

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