Westwood's Shamrock Capital Advisors has made dozens of investments over the years, owning stakes in everything from the Harlem Globetrotters to computer equipment maker Netgear. Though they run the gamut, those investments all had at least one thing in common: They were all companies. Now Shamrock is trying something different. The firm recently raised 250 million from investors, with plans to use that cash to buy the rights to movies, music and TV shows as well as books, video games and plays. As part of its strategy, Shamrock is teaming up with another L.A. firm, Jampol Artist Management, to invest in the estates of iconic musicians and other artists.
Resurgent sales of music on vinyl generated more income for UK artists than YouTube last year, with British acts including Adele and Ed Sheeran accounting for a record one in six of all the albums sold worldwide. Vinyl sales grew for the eighth consecutive year in 2015 with more than 2m LPs sold in the UK, the most since at least 1994 when Wet Wet Wet and Bon Jovi were among the year's biggest artists. The BPI, the record labels' association that promotes British music, said the surge in popularity of British music was not being matched by proceeds from advertising-funded streaming websites such as YouTube. It said YouTube and similar operators contributed a "meagre" 24.4m to music industry coffers, despite an 88% increase in music video streams to nearly 27bn last year. That was narrowly eclipsed by the 25.1m earned by labels from the sale of 2.1m vinyl LPs in 2015.
Rosie Woods and Camille Walala are both street artists passionate about brightening up our cities and making art accessible beyond galleries. But as well as creating giant works, Rosie says she's also faced assumptions that her partner is the real artist and that she's just his assistant. She and Camille are taking part in this years London Mural Festival alongside over 100 other street artists.
"The nail artist primarily works with oil-based lacquer, but, for an extra fifteen dollars, she'll use gel." "Though he uses a variety of media--pepperoni, ham, turkey, meatballs, and veggies among them--the sandwich artist never deviates from one rule: the cheese goes on first." "Employing a colorful combination of fruit and sugar, this artist conjures the rhythmic spontaneity of Jackson Pollock with the gluten-packed palatability of Julia Child." "If the dog artist could speak, he'd say, 'Please take this paint off my paws.' " "The selfie artist credits her exceptional early success to good lighting, FaceTune, and having no day job." "This was actually included by mistake. Our curator got the words'artisanal' and'artist' mixed up."
He spent two weeks inside a stuffed bear. He lived inside a hollowed-out rock. And now he's ready to transform into a chicken. French artist Abraham Poincheval isn't your conventional artist, and his stunts and performances are redefining the meaning of "immersive" artwork. For his latest oeuvre, simply entitled "Oeuf" (Egg), Poincheval will live inside a glass vivarium, wrapped in an insulating blanket designed by Korean artist Seglui Lee, until 10 eggs he's sitting on are hatched.