Live events, internet
Michael Forever, the Michael Jackson concert in Cardiff, that seems to be have been plagued by a never ending saga of bad news with organisers Global Live Events facing criticism from fans and industry alike – and from some (but not all) members of the Jackson family. The final story before the event itself took place (that is apart from another artiste, The Black Eyed Peas, pulling out) was that the planned Facebook live webcast which would have cost fans $4 (or $5 on the day) was scrapped because no-one had thought to clear the featured music with music publishers
PC Mag contacted Milyoni, the technology company which was managing the live stream, who explained: “Due to legal challenges brought by the music labels [or, rather, publishers] that own the rights to Michael Jackson’s lyrics, concert promoter Global Live Events has notified us that the live Facebook broadcast of the Michael Forever tribute concert has been cancelled. As the technology provider behind the live Facebook broadcast, Milyoni will fully refund all customers who pre-purchased access to the concert using Facebook Credits or PayPal”. The statement continued: “While social media presents a new opportunity for artists and concert promoters to reach global audiences, it is still a new and disruptive frontier ripe with challenges. Milyoni will continue to work closely with our music and entertainment partners to pursue this new channel of distribution, beneficial to both artists and fans worldwide”.