Adam Kluger

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Adam Kluger
Adam Kluger picture.png
Nationality American
Occupation Advertising executive / Music Manager
Website Kluger Agency homepage

Adam Kluger is a music manager, and the founder and CEO of the Kluger Agency, an agency that arranges product placements in music videos and on musical recordings.

Early career[edit]

Kluger grew up in Tampa, Florida.[1] Between 2004 and 2006 Kluger attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida[2] and attended a certificate program in music business and production in Los Angeles,[3] taking classes on topics including royalties and audio engineering.[2][4] In 2008 he formed his own boutique advertising firm, focusing on product placement in music videos and song recordings called the Kluger Agency.

Brand and talent management[edit]

Kluger's first client was Interscope Records, who hired Kluger to find placement for the artist Lady Gaga for one of her first music videos, before her album The Fame launched the artist's career. Kluger placed the brand Vixen's Visions at the tail end of the video "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich". His next placement was for the brand Drank in a series of hip hop videos, including Flo Rida's video "Sugar".[1][3][5] The success of his business plan caused some controversy among music industry observers. A Wired magazine blog, for example, criticized the concept of having artists paid for using brand names in their songs, writing that if an artist chooses to use product names in their songs they should not be compensated.[6]

Kluger works out of his offices in Los Angeles. In addition to serving as CEO of his own company, he manages musical artists individually.[1][3][7] While not all of Kluger's clients are known, some online sources have reported that his clients have included Lady Gaga, Kesha, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez, in addition to artists like Christina Aguilera,[8] Beyoncé Knowles[3] and Eminem.[9]

Kluger is also responsible for discovering and managing controversial social media star Danielle Bregoli, who signed a multimillion dollar recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2017 under the stage name Bhad Bhabie.[10] His work has been used as a case study in several books and articles on music marketing.[11][12][13]

In 2012 Forbes named Kluger one of their 30 most influential people in the music industry under the age of 30, citing that he brought in more than five million dollars a year in revenues.[14] The magazine has also interviewed Kluger in response to current events pertaining to the music and entertainment industries,[15] as has US Magazine.[16] He had previously been nominated for the Billboard Magazine 30 under 30 in the music industry in 2011.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Adam Kluger of TKA on FOX 13 Tampa". Fox 13 Tampa. February 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Peter Osterlund (October 15, 2013). "Forbes "30 under 30": Colleges they don't talk about". 60second Recap. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Burt Helm (December 2, 2010). "He Puts the Soda in Pop Songs". Businessweek. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Burt Helm (December 2, 2010). "He Puts the Soda in Pop Songs". Businessweek. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  5. ^ William M. Pride, O. C. Ferrell (2011). Foundations of Marketing, 5th ed. Cengage Learning. p. 480. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Eliot Van Buskirk (September 19, 2008). "Products Placed: How Companies Pay Artists to Include Brands in Lyrics". Wired. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  7. ^ John Hood (August 14, 2012). "NiteTalk: Hotshot Scott Meszaros Brand Slams with Flo Rida at Bamboo". NBC 6 Miami. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Rebecca Ford (October 2, 2012). "The Story Behind the Psychic Hotline in Christina Aguilera's 'Your Body' Music Video". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  9. ^ David Castillo (March 11, 2009). "The Secretive World Of Product Placement: Branding Strategies of the Future". Product Placement News. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  10. ^ "Danielle Bregoli postpones two-date tour". Forbes. 2017. Archived from the original on June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Maureen Callahan (2010). Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga. Hachette.
  12. ^ Christopher Elliott (2011). Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals. John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  13. ^ David Zax (October 8, 2010). "Bright Spot for the Music Industry: Product Placement is Pirate-Proof". Fast Company. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "30 Under 30 Music: Adam Kluger". Forbes. 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  15. ^ Zack O'Malley Greenburg (October 16, 2013). "Miley Cyrus, Bangerz And The Plot To Kill Hannah Montana". Forbes Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  16. ^ "Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert Among Highest-Paid American Idols". US Magazine. July 22, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  17. ^ "And The Nominees Are". Billboard Magazine. July 2, 2011. p. 83. Retrieved November 6, 2013.

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