Irving Azoff Signs Gwen Stefani, No Doubt for Management
You could say there was No Doubt about this one.
Ever since Irving Azoff helped land the band's Gwen Stefani as a judge on The Voice, it was assumed he would take over management duties, and now it's official.
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According to sources, Stefani, 44, and No Doubt, the band she fronts, were being courted by multiple managers before inking with Azoff. The singer and No Doubt recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot's Rebel Waltz Management, their manager since 1998. Azoff's other clients include the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Steely Dan, Van Halen, Chelsea Handler and The Voice's third-season winner Cassadee Pope.
It's the second major move this week for Azoff MSG Entertainment, the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and Jim Dolan's Madison Square Garden Company. Earlier AMSGE announced it had acquired a 50 percent stake in Levity Entertainment Group (LEG), a multifaceted firm that includes live comedy venues, television production, talent management and online digital services.
Stefani will replace expectant mother Aguilera on the seventh season of NBC's popular singing competition series The Voice in the fall, alongside new coach Pharrell Williams and Voice veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Stefani has sold nearly 30 million records worldwide with No Doubt and as a solo artist. No Doubt's five albums have produced No. 1 hits like "Don't Speak," "Just a Girl," "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All."
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Both No Doubt and Stefani have toured successfully. Stefani's last solo tour in 2007 grossed $31.5 million and sold 672,289 tickets to 57 shows mostly in North America, according to Billboard Boxscore. In 2009, No Doubt reported $22.6 million and nearly 500,000 attendance from 36 shows in North American arenas and amphitheaters, according to Boxscore.
Stefani has also made her mark in the fashion industry with L.A.M.B., launched in 2003, and Harajuku Lovers, launched in 2005. She also recently launched a ready-to-wear line and in March launched Gx, featuring affordably priced accessories.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.