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What does it take to spot a pop genius? To break a global act, to book a million-selling tour or reunite music legends to great acclaim - and huge profits? In this series, three music industry insiders reveal how the business really works.
Agent Emma Banks looks at how the music business finds talent and creates superstars. She has worked with artists such as Katy Perry, Kanye West and Red Hot Chili Peppers and seen the fine line between success and failure, following the careers of hundreds of acts - from geniuses who never quite made it to megastars who conquered the world. The secret to success and stardom is an elusive formula of luck, timing and talent. But as Emma explores, it's also about the team behind the talent - the record execs, label bosses and A&R gurus who find, develop and make a star. From Motown's musical finishing school to Damon Dash's dogged promotion of Jay Z, the film offers a behind-the-scenes peek into the peaks and pitfalls of making a musical superstar. Contributors include Martha Reeves, Alex James, Clive Davis, Perry Farrell and Nona Hendryx. And we follow Emma as she works with new grime star Lady Leshurr.
Episode two of the series that gives an insider's view of the music business. For a behind-the-scenes insight into the scale and logistics of a modern mega tour, John goes backstage at U2's latest tour, where he reminisces with Adam Clayton about how the live scene has transformed in the decades they've worked together.
John takes viewers backstage at Isle of Wight 2017, the festival he runs, and where Rod Stewart, Run DMC and Kaiser Chiefs are among the big names.
The programme also tells the story of the original Isle of Wight festival, where a bunch of young promoters with big ideas persuaded Bob Dylan, The Who and Leonard Cohen to perform. A tale of unpaid artists, frantic last-minute negotiations and general mayhem, it was an event that transformed the music industry, and, for the young John who was in the audience, it was the beginning of a whole career.
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