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...
Tennessee to try anti-harassment bill again next year
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...
The 1975, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa are winners at Brit Awards
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...
The Latest: More women perform at slick UK music awards show
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...
UMG pre-Grammy showcase features Post Malone, BLACKPINK, YG
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.
Janelle Monae applauds jump in Grammy nominations for women
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.
New Jersey songwriter lands hits with Beyoncé, Cardi B
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.
Billboard names Ariana Grande 2018 Woman of the Year
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.
Recording Academy to honor Willie Nelson
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."
ASCAP hosts all-female songwriting camp to improve diversity
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.
Aretha Franklin tops list of Memphis music hall inductees
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.
Review: MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons
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.
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Correction: Essence Fest story
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."
Watch live: City Club forum discusses the role of the #MeToo movement in the music industry
Watch live: City Club forum discusses the role of the #MeToo movement in the music industry
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Last year, the #MeToo movement empowered survivors to come forward and speak up about sexual assault and harassment.
Today's City Club forum at noon will build on the momentum with a discussion about the strides that have been made and the work still left to do. You can stream the talk live at the link above.
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.
Iggy Azalea has opened up on her decision to visit a "mental retreat" in order to get her mental health back on track.
The 27-year-old rapper has admitted that she struggled with anger issues and poor mental health before taking herself to a special retreat in order to clear her mind, and she now says she is "glad" she attended the facility.
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.
Ed Sheeran is world’s best-selling recording artist of 2017
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."
Brit Awards give top honors to Dua Lipa, Stormzy
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
Grammys defends itself about women representation
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.
Lucinda Williams working on memoir for 2020
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.
Today begins February and Black History Month. Throughout the next 28 days, the Daily Journal will publish a number of stories focusing on the history, triumphs and continued challenges the local African-American community faces. This story, focusing on the life of noted musician James Carr, is the first.
Recording academy announces task force for gender balance
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.
Recording Academy head walks back comments on women in music
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."
Artists come together to raise money for Harvey relief at White Oak Music Hall
The ongoing effort to help the greater Houston region recover from Hurricane Harvey got a boost recently thanks to an effort by White Oak Music Hall.
Portugal. The Man, Young the Giant, Father John Misty, and New Found Glory are just a few of the artists who donated to White Oak Music Hall's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which raised more than $70,000 in support of individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the worst natural disaster to hit Houston in more than 100 years.
Music industry analytics sabermetrics arent limited to sports geeks indicate that the biggest boost in sales comes from performing at the Super Bowl halftime show. Second best is making an appearance on the Grammy Awards.
Kacey Musgraves, Jessie Reyez shine at pre-Grammy showcase
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.
Mary J. Blige went through "hell with sexual harassment" between the ages of five and 17.
The 'Mudbound' star says she has had to "fight" against sexual misconduct since a young age but insists she never experienced it in the music industry.
She said: "I've had to fight since I was five years old ... ever since [the ages of] five to 17 I've been going through hell with sexual harassment ... By the time I got to the music business it was like, 'Don't touch me or I'll kill you.'"
Mariah Carey wants to be a "consultant" to help bring the Time's Up initiative to the music industry.
Ed Sheeran helps music industry hit a high note in 2017
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.
Jilla Webb forging new path in music industry
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
George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98
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.
Digital revenues were 77 percent of the total music industry in the first half of 2016.
Streaming was 47 percent of the U.S. music industry revenue in the first half of 2016.
Americans spend more than four hours a day listening to music.
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem is the first rap song to win an Oscar.
The most expensive musical instrument in the world is a Stradivarius violin, with one being sold for $15.9 million.
A person’s heartbeat mimics the beat of the music he or she is listening to.
Imagine Dragons’ singer: Music industry has ‘plenty of cases of sexual harassment’
Liam Gallagher has called out the "shady little f***ers" in the music industry in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The former Oasis frontman has addressed the mountain of allegations made against the disgraced Hollywood producer, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting numerous women, including many famous actresses.
At a Pre-Grammy Gala presented by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Clive Davis and the Recording Academy, 21-time Grammy Award winner Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter will be recognized as the 2018 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoree for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Near the end of the album cycle for 2012’s “Neck of the Woods,” Los Angeles alt-rock quartet Silversun Pickups had a decision to make.
With an ever-shifting music industry, the quartet had to figure out whether to do things the way they’ve always been done or adapt and possibly create something even better.
Tom Jones, Welsh crooner, says he was sexually harassed by recording industry exec early on
When it comes to sexual misconduct by record executives in the music business, Tom Jones wants us to know it's not unusual, even when the target is a man.
"Things have always happened in the music industry as well," the British singer recently told the BBC, The Guardian newspaper said Thursday.
Kelly Clarkson thinks there is a lot of pressure on women in the music industry.
The 'My Life Would Suck Without You' hitmaker has slammed the double standards for male and female music artists as she claims there is much more pressure for women than there are for men to look "aesthetically" good but says the pressure is equally shared between both genders when it comes to music style.
A path to possible wealth; getting a little Shady
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.