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Songwriters Around the World Are Fighting For the Same Thing

October 15, 2018

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers is the world’s biggest network of author societies, representing a total of 4 million creators and publishers across fields that include music, literature and visual arts. CISAC’s president is best-selling French electronic composer Jean-Michel Jarre, who visited the United Nations in New York this week along with director general Gadi Oron to discuss the future of creator rights with Secretary-General António Guterres. Rolling Stone sat down with Jarre and Oron to talk about the biggest challenges facing artists and other music creators today — which the digitization of music and availability of content have only intensified.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Nominees Are In

October 9, 2018

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 are in, and the list includes Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and the Zombies. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted March 29th, 2019 at a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to released in 1993 or earlier.

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dies at Age 76

August 16, 2018

For more than five decades, Franklin was a singular presence in pop music, a symbol of strength, women’s liberation and the civil rights movement. Franklin, one of the greatest singers of all time, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn.

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Shawn Mendes Headlines Rolling Stone Relaunch Event, Presented by YouTube Music

July 19, 2018

On July 26th, Rolling Stone will host 500 music industry insiders, influencers and a select group of fans at a raw industrial space in Brooklyn, as singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes headlines a special event presented by YouTube Music.

The co-branded event kicks off a year-long partnership between YouTube Music and Rolling Stone, which will include exclusive integrated and immersive digital content, and various experiential consumer and artist experiences.

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Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Danny Kirwan Has Died

June 11, 2018

Danny Kirwan, the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist who played on five of the British band’s albums, died Friday at the age of 68.

Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac following the release of 1968’s Mr. Wonderful – his first appearance with the band was their Number One single “Albatross” – and would record five albums with the band while serving as guitarist and singer: 1969’s Then Play On (the band’s last Peter Green album) and Blues Jam at Chess, 1970’s Kiln House (the first Mac album to feature Christine McVie), 1971’s Future Games and 1972’s Bare Trees.

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Bruce Springsteen to Win Special Tony Award for Hit Stage Production

May 1, 2018

The Tony Awards will honor Bruce Springsteen in June for his “once-in-a-life” production of Springsteen on Broadway.

Springsteen on Broadway was an instant success. After launching the residency October 12th and performing through November 26, Springsteen decided to tack on ten more weeks of shows. He later added another 81 performances. When he finally finishes the residency in December, Springsteen will have played 236 shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honor. The Pulitzer board announced the selection on Monday, calling the 2017 LP “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

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