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Blue Note’s High Notes: The Jazz Label Celebrates 80 Years

January 9, 2019

In 1939, a German-Jewish immigrant (Alfred Lion) and a writer-musician-activist (Max Margulis) founded Blue Note Records, a jazz label, in New York. 2019 marks its 80th anniversary, making it among the oldest American record labels as well as home to some jazz’s most iconic albums — and most relevant contemporary artists, including Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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ASCAP Pledges Support for MusiCares’ Wildfire Relief Fund

December 20, 2018

ASCAP announced Tuesday that it is making a donation to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares nonprofit to support members of the music community who have been affected by the recent destructive wildfires up and down California. The performance-rights org declined to reveal the amount of the contribution to the disaster relief fund.

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Paul McCartney and Emma Stone Stand Up Against Bullying in ‘Who Cares’ Video

December 18, 2018

Paul McCartney released a musical short film starring Emma Stone for his single “Who Cares” as an Apple Music exclusive on Monday. Directed by Brantley Gutierrez and Ryan Heffington, the anti-bullying video was shot entirely on 65mm Kodak Film with Panavision Cameras, and spreads a universally positive message along with colorful details.

Produced by Creative Visions, a non-profit organization that uses the arts and media to ignite social change, McCartney also launched the #WhoCaresIDo campaign based on the song and film.

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Cyndi Lauper Receives Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music Ceremony

December 11, 2018

For over 30 years, pop music and performance legend Cyndi Lauper has been a leader in pushing social boundaries and creative innovation. In honor of her work, on December 6, she will receive the 2018 Icon Award at Billboard’s Annual Music in Women ceremony. In the early 1980s when Lauper began her career as a singer/songwriter, her eclectic style and brilliant discography propelled her to the top of the pop charts. She made a huge mark on the industry with unforgettable singles like, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” but Lauper also used her platform to bring awareness to important issues, especially within the LGBTQ community.

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Ellie Goulding Will Host Billboard’s 2018 Women in Music Event

December 5, 2018

Billboard has announced that Ellie Goulding will be hosting the 13th Annual Women in Music event in New York City on December 6. Aside from music, Goulding is a UN Global Environmental Ambassador, a patron of The Marylebone Project which works to provide housing and resources for women affected by domestic violence and homelessness, as well as frequently raising money for Streets of London, another project that helps tackle homelessness in London.

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SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Hayley Kiyoko to Be Honored at Billboard’s Women in Music Event

November 19, 2018

Billboard announced Monday that it will honor SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Hayley Kiyoko at its 13th annual Women in Music event in New York City on Dec. 6, in conjunction with the release of its “Women in Music” issue.

“In their respective genres, SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Hayley Kiyoko are creating necessary space for more personal, authentic expression,” says Ross Scarano, Billboard’s vice president of content. “It makes for provocative, perspective-shifting work that is challenging traditional notions of songwriting in R&B, country and pop music. We’re lucky to have three iconoclasts in one room together.”

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Quincy Jones Takes Center Stage at Spotify’s Secret Genius Awards 2018

November 19, 2018

When you’ve got Quincy Jones in the building, it’s nearly impossible to talk about anyone else.

Such was the case at Los Angeles’s Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Friday night (Nov. 16), which served as the venue for Spotify’s second annual Secret Genius Awards. Despite being filled with a slew of top-tier artists, songwriters, and producers, the evening was all about the music icon, who was the recipient of the aptly-named Legendary Genius Award.

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Queen Scores 17th Top 40 Album With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Soundtrack

November 6, 2018

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Queen collects its 17th top 40 album on the Billboard 200, as the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack bows at No. 22 with 24,000 equivalent album units earned. The companion album to the film of the same name collects familiar highlights from Queen’s career, including a handful of tracks from the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 — the first time the recordings have been released in audio form.

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