Americana Awards Nominations 2019: Women Lead the Way

May 16, 2019

Nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards were announced Tuesday afternoon, with multiple women being recognized in the top categories.

Mavis Staples earned a nomination for Artist of the Year, alongside Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens and Kacey Musgraves, marking the first time the category has included only women. The last time a woman took home the Artist of the Year honor at the Americana Awards was Gillian Welch in 2012, despite every year in the interim having at least one woman among the nominees.

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Elvis Costello Explains His Songwriting Secrets

November 28, 2018

Rolling Stone Music Now features an extended interview with Elvis Costello, who just released Look Now, his first album in five years. Costello talks about mortality, working with Paul McCartney and learning from Bruce Springsteen, as well as the evolution of his band and his songwriting over the years.

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Prince’s Paisley Park Partners with Minneapolis Public Schools for Arts Education Program

November 26, 2018

Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and recording complex that was converted into a museum following the singer’s 2016 death, is partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools for a new arts program. Launching with the city’s Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR) School, local students will have access to free tours at Paisley Park (where normal admission is between $46 and $167.50), along with other music education experiences. The initiative will first focus on Minneapolis district schools before expanding outside the metro area.

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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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