Chic co-founder and hitmaker Nile Rodgers — a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee in 2016 — has been unanimously selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the organization’s chairman for the next three years, succeeding Philly soul architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization, founded in 1966, is one of the nation’s oldest activist organizations with roots in music. It is widely recognized for its role in the decades-long cleanup of the Hudson, for its advocacy of environmental and social justice campaigns and for its environmental education, which has inspired other sailing-based programs nationwide. Its history of female captains has given it a unique role within the women’s movement. And from its mast flies a rainbow flag, a symbol of its trips dedicated to empowering LGBTQ young people.
Mariachi Herencia de Mexico on Bringing Mariachi Music to the Charts While Staying True to Their Mexican RootsJune 15, 2018
Mariachi Herencia de Mexico is composed of teenagers, ages 11 to 19, from Chicago, whose new album – titled Herencia de la Tierra Mía – debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Latin Album Sales chart and No. 5 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart.
What started out as a music program for students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, the third largest district in the nation, in 2014 has become much more than he could ever envision, said Cesar Maldonado, founder of the education program.
Six seniors at Dominguez High School represented the first graduating class from Capitol Records’ Bonus Tracks program.
Capitol launched Bonus Tracks on March 28 in partnership with Dominguez in Compton, California, and the Compton Unified School District. Dedicated to developing future executive talent, the 10-week after-school program offered weekly 90-minute sessions during which the students learned about the basic workings of a contemporary record label. The students also got the chance to interact and network with visiting Capitol executives who shared their knowledge and experiences.
Spotify has offered advances to a number of managers and indie acts in exchange for licensing their music directly to the streaming service, sources tell Billboard.
The city of Manchester was united in song on Tuesday night, marking one year since 22 people were killed and more than 800 were injured in a suicide bomb attack outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
To mark the atrocity’s anniversary, a series of remembrance events took place across the city culminating in a mass sing-along. Thousands packed into Albert Square and its adjoining streets to be part of “Manchester Together – With One Voice,” a one-off community concert featuring performances from local choirs and encompassing over 3,000 singers in total.
With Kelly Clarkson hosting, the 2018 BBMAs hit the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 and saw everyone from Taylor Swift to Shawn Mendes to BTS to BBMA Icon Award winner Janet Jackson in attendance.
Clarkson cold-opened the show with a call to action following the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and then performed a stunning medley of other artists’ songs, including Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Swift, Mendes and more.
Joining some of the music industry’s most iconic names, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award in 2018.
Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight Award is given to “gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs,” according to a press release.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, continues to make history. This time, the global hit has reached 1 billion streams on Spotify — the first Spanish-language song to reach the milestone.
The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class will include John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri, who will become the second hip-hop act inducted into the prestigious organization.
The Songwriters Hall told The Associated Press on Tuesday (Feb. 6) that Allee Willis, who co-wrote the Broadway musical The Color Purple and “I’ll Be There for You” — the theme song from the hit TV series Friends — will also be inducted at its June 14 ceremony alongside country singer-songwriter Bill Anderson and Emmy- and Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff.