NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song that would introduce her to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she explained...
NEW YORK (AP) — Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July, months after the live music industry has been on lockdown due to the...
NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The last time bassist Jon Jones played a concert with his country group Eli Young Band was March 8. He hopes to hit the stage again in June to launch a new drive-in concert...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Knox Phillips, the son of renowned music producer Sam Phillips and an enthusiastic ambassador of Memphis music who worked on records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and...
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has halted many plans in the music industry, from tour cancellations to album pushbacks, but it didn’t stop Grammy-nominated DJ-producer Alesso and former One...
LONDON (AP) — Soulful London rapper Dave brought a political edge to the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards, giving a performance alleging racism in Britain's government and in media coverage of...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fresh from winning three Grammys, singer Lizzo visited Mexico City for a private concert, surprising her fans with acoustic versions of her hits and a toast with...
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in...
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV and the Save the Music nonprofit organization have launched a grant named after the J Dilla, the highly influential rapper-producer who died in 2006.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Back in the summer of 2005, Drexel University's Music Industry program got a very curious phone call.
On the line was the owner of a storage facility in Philadelphia,...
NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades,...
NEW YORK (AP) — A benefit gala honoring Linda Perry will include a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and appearances from Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis and Perry's...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel says more work is needed before the GOP-dominant statehouse can pass legislation strengthening anti-harassment protections for independent...
LONDON (AP) — "Havana" conquered the world in 2018.
A global music industry group says Camila Cabello's song, featuring guest vocals from rapper Young Thug, is the year's best-selling...
LONDON (AP) — Pop-rockers The 1975, DJ Calvin Harris and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa won major prizes at the U.K. music industry's Brit Awards on Wednesday during a slick, surprise-free ceremony...
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Brit Awards ceremony (all times local):
The U.K. music industry's Brit Awards have been handed out during a slick, surprise-free ceremony...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Post Malone, who is competing for record and album of the year Grammys, closed out Universal Music Group's annual pre-Grammy showcase, which was also highlighted by YG dissing President Donald Trump and K-pop sensation BLACKPINK, who made their U.S. debut performance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday's show.
And then there was a loud noise of glass shattering in the background.
"That glass ceiling has to be broken," Monae improvised as the audience erupted into cheers and applause.
UNION, N.J. (AP) — Just a few years ago, Nija Charles was a student at Union High School, posting songs on Instagram.
Well before she turned 21 this fall, she was being flown out to recording sessions with high-profile producers and artists. Now, Charles is an in-demand songwriter making her mark on the music industry in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is honoring Ariana Grande.
Billboard on Tuesday named the 25-year-old award-winning singer its 2018 Woman of the Year. Grande will receive the award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 6 in New York City.
Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards.
The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson's career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Neil Portnow, the academy's president and CEO, says in a statement that "Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a spacious recording studio in Nashville, two singer-songwriters, Priscilla Renea and Jillian Jacqueline, were working through a song idea, trading suggestions for lyrics and melody on the theme of resurrection.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Soul songstress Aretha Franklin is headlining a diverse and influential class of performers and music industry personalities who are being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
The hall said Wednesday that Franklin, a Memphis native, will be honored at an induction ceremony Nov. 1.
Known as the "Queen of Soul," Franklin sang hits such as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools." She died in August at age 76.
NEW YORK (AP) — With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons.
Exhibit A: Camila Cabello beat out Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post Malone for artist of the year.
"I can't believe this is for me," Cabello said Monday onstage.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Music industry and Oklahoma officials are celebrating a benchmark linked to the film version of the famous musical bearing the state's name.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate "Ladies First" and her 30 years in the trenches.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story July 4 about preparations for the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Queen Latifah was celebrating 40 years in the music industry. She is celebrating 30 years.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Essence Fest gears up for No. 24
More is the key word for the 2018 Essence Festival as it gears up for fans planning to descend upon New Orleans over the 4th of July holiday weekend for its 24th cultural explosion
NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify is backpedaling on its recently announced anti-hate policy after some music industry players criticized it.
The company said in blog post that when it announced the policy on May 10 it "created confusion and concern" and that Spotify "didn't spend enough time getting input from our own team."
NEW YORK (AP) — The anticipation around Cardi B's debut album has been scorching hot, so when breakthrough artist finally debuted the full album at a party late Thursday, she told the DJ to make sure the sound level was perfect.
"DJ, make it a little loud 'cause I don't feel it in my bones," she said after the second track played, while the DJ worked on the sound.
Country singer Katie Armiger opens up about harassment
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A country music singer is speaking out in support of a proposed bill in Tennessee that would provide better protections against sexual harassment to those working in the music industry.
Singer-songwriter Katie Armiger spoke Monday about her own experiences of harassment after coming to Nashville to start her career.
LONDON (AP) — If you think there's no escape from the songs of Ed Sheeran, you may be right.
A global music industry group says the British singer-songwriter is officially the best-selling recording artist of 2017.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says Sheeran had the world's top-selling album last year with "Divide," as well as the best-selling single, "Shape of You."
LONDON (AP) — In a story Feb. 21 about the Brit Awards, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a Dua Lipa song. It is "New Rules," not "No Rules." The AP also misspelled the last name of musician Kendrick Lamar. It's not Lemar.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Dua Lipa, Stormzy win as Brit Awards join 'Time's Up' call
NEW YORK (AP) — After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that it is not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation.
In a letter sent to voting and non-voting members Thursday, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers statistics to show that women had a larger presence at the Grammy Awards compared to the industry standard.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is working on a memoir about her life from her childhood in the South to how she became a late bloomer success in the music industry.
Henry Holt and Company says Sunday that the untitled book is scheduled to hit shelves in 2020.
Williams says she has a lot to say and a big story to tell. In a statement, she said she wants people to know what's behind the songs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow said Thursday the organization is creating a task force to uncover unconscious biases and other barriers that impede women's success in the music industry.
The announcement comes days after Portnow claimed his comments on women needing to "step up" in the music industry were taken out of context. The remarks have been criticized by several prominent musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, India.Arie and Pink.
NEW YORK (AP) — Recording Academy President Neil Portnow says his comments following the 60th annual Grammy Awards were taken out of context after he was criticized for saying women in the music industry need to "step up."
NEW YORK (AP) — While Universal Music Group's annual pre-Grammy showcase highlighted current Grammy nominees such as Luis Fonsi, Logic, Migos and Julia Michaels, it was country singer Kacey Musgraves and rising star Jessie Reyez who shined brightest on Saturday.
Musgraves sang two new songs from her upcoming third album, "Golden Hour," strumming her guitar onstage with a six-member band and earning a standing ovation from the audience of record executives, music industry players and press.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Sheeran's album "Divide" was the most popular album of 2017, helping the music industry enjoy a growth spurt during the year, according to Nielsen Music.
Sheeran's blockbuster album sold 2.764 million equivalent album units, which takes into account traditional album sales, downloads and streaming tracks. Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." was next and Taylor Swift's "Reputation" was in No. 3.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jilla Webb has had such an amazing career in music that it's hard for her to pick a favorite memory.
Performing on stage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is one of them. A New Year's Eve in Singapore is another. Performing in Quebec for three summers as part of an ensemble is definitely in there as well.
"I've just had these amazing opportunities," said Webb, who adds to the list the chance to perform solo shows, especially jazz and blues, but also rock and country.
Blige ‘really proud’ of women speaking out over sexual assault
NEW YORK (AP) — George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98.
Avakian's daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediate available.
Imagine Dragons’ singer: Music industry has ‘plenty of cases of sexual harassment’
NEW YORK (AP) — Tired of living a life in which you are not making bank on royalties from the 43rd Grammy Awards Best Rap Solo Performance, "The Real Slim Shady?"
The world may turn for you come October.
Royalty Flow Inc., through its parent Royalty Exchange, is offering stakes in Eminem's recordings from 1999 to 2013 through an initial public offering of stock. The company hopes to raise up to $50 million.
BUCHANAN, Mich. (AP) — Tucked into the corner of a nondescript warehouse in southwestern Michigan, there's an empire hidden in plain sight.
Souldier, a design manufacturer that specializes in handmade items from guitar straps to handbags, is stashed away on the back side of a building that houses multiple companies. There's no signage directing people toward it. Those unaware of its existence are likely to stay that way.