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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will honor eight-time Grammy winner Willie Nelson during the annual Grammy Week celebration on Feb. 6, 2019.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame welcomed five new members Sunday night (Oct. 28) as Ronnie Dunn, Wayne Kirkpatrick, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill and Joe Melson were inducted during a sold out gala at Nashville’s Music City Center. In addition to the inductions during the 48th annual event, Reba McEntire was honored with the inaugural Career Maker Award recognizing her impact on the careers of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members.
The long road to copyright revision is nearing its end as the U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act by unanimous consent Tuesday (Sept. 18). The move mimics the House’s unilateral support, previously passing the bill by a vote of 415-0 back in April.