At the invitation of hitmaker Bebe Rexha, artists, songwriters and producers gathered at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Thursday for the second annual Women in Harmony pre-Grammy brunch. The star-studded affair aims to raise awareness of women’s issues as they relate to representation in the music industry, particularly on the creative end.
Songs from “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “RBG,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Ballad of Lester Scruggs” were nominated for Best Song for the 2019 Academy Awards, announced Tuesday morning, while “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Mary Poppins Returns” received nods for Best Score.
Kristin Chenoweth remembers the day Ariana Grande came to see the original Broadway production of “Wicked.” Adam Lambert fondly recalls playing the role of Fiyero in the touring production before “American Idol” made him a star.
Original cast members and first-wave fans of the smash Broadway musical “Wicked” have come together for a salute to the tuner’s 15th anniversary on Broadway, set to air Oct. 29 as an hourlong special on NBC.
We’re far from the shallow now.
You know that song that’s been stuck in your head; the one that Lady Gaga belts out when Bradley Cooper brings her up on stage in the trailer for the upcoming musical drama A Star Is Born? It’s called “Shallow” and it just dropped.
Gaga premiered the earworm on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio, in addition to releasing a much-anticipated video.
Most of the music on the soundtrack is original, written in part by Cooper and Gaga, who duet in “Shallow.” Cooper, who also directed the film, famously insisted that the music in the drama be recorded live. Gaga wrote “Shallow” with Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando, and co-produced it with Benjamin Rice.
The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall on Aug. 30, honored Janet Jackson with the BMI Icon Award and featured a surprise appearance by Missy Elliott. The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs.
In addition, the event honored the late Aretha Franklin, who, the performance rights organization noted, “Was part of the BMI family for 50 years.” Tamela Mann sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” followed by “You’ve Got a Friend” in honor of the Queen of Soul.
“Play,” arriving on Aug. 10, is described as “celebrating the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument.” Grohl has long advocated for music education and the importance of learning to play an instrument. Part one is mostly narrated and offers a look at the music-making process.
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act on Thursday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The vote follows last month’s unanimous approval of similar legislation by the House of Representatives, and clears the way for the full Senate to consider the act.
Alicia Keys announced on Wednesday the formation of a music-industry group for female advancement called She Is the Music, as part of her acceptance speech for the Icon Songwriter honor at the National Music Publishers Association’s annual meeting in New York.
In what is being hailed as a historic day for music creators, the Music Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The bill, HR 5477, passed unanimously with 415 votes. The bill is overwhelmingly supported by the music industry, and has bipartisan support in the house, where it was introduced by co-sponsors Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
“This Is Me” From “The Greatest Showman” won the Best Original Song award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.
The song is the second consecutive win for songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who took home last year’s prize for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” The duo also wrote the music for “Dear Evan Hansen.”