If you’re part of one of America’s bestselling country bands, you might not think that the ideal place to launch your solo career is a few thousand miles east of the Mason-Dixon line. But Europe is just where Sugarland’s Kristian Bush ended up kicking off his side vocation as a solo artist. And it happened in a pretty roundabout way that his reinvention took place in the land of roundabouts.Bush’s first solo single, “Love or Money,” has only officially been released in England so far. A full album could follow, he says, because “people who are hearing the song are going ‘Wow, are there more?’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Truckloads!’”Six weeks ago, he was just cutting songwriting demos and had no intention of putting anything out commercially. But then fate and the UK intervened.Bush’s more visible partner in Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, has been on baby leave, putting the multi-platinum duo on … [Read more...] about Kristian Bush Talks Solo Work, Sugarland’s Future
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This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Pop quiz: What do The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Aerosmith and Metallica have in common? Each of them has been enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, each has announced or is expected to announce major tours for 2013 and each was among the 10 highest-grossing acts in the U.S. -- in 2003.This critical mass of such "legacy acts" might push 2013's totals beyond 2012's record sales numbers, estimated at $4.7 billion. That figure was boosted by sold-out tours from very familiar faces, with the three top-grossing performers -- Madonna, Roger Waters and Springsteen -- all card-carrying members of the Rock Hall and long since qualified for AARP membership as well. In fact, six of the top 10 touring acts in 2012 were age 54 or older, and they took in 67 percent of the box office among the industry's leaders.But here's the rub. While North American grosses hit an all-time … [Read more...] about Can the Concert Industry Survive After Mick Jagger and Madonna Retire?