February 11, 2013 |
One would think Skrillex would be used to nabbing Grammys by now. Having scored three statues last year, the former best new artist nominee was awarded another big night Sunday, taking home three awards and beating out Deadmau5, Kaskade and surprise nominee Al Walser along the way. The dubstep spinster sheepishly emerged backstage (who doesn't like dozens of reporters staring at you?), where he chatted about scoring Harmony Korine's upcoming film “Spring Breakers,” working with ASAP Rocky and maintaining his underground credibility now that he's dipped into the mainstream.
February 7, 2013 |
Veteran music executive and producer Clive Davis will again host his pre-Grammy Awards party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel this weekend, an annual music industry highlight bringing together an A-list aggregation of pop music performers and key entertainment world figures. This year's "industry icon" honoree is Antonio "L.A. " Reid, the chairman and chief executive of Epic Records and a former "X Factor" judge. Calendar asked Davis, 80, now the chief creative officer for Sony Music Entertainment, for his take on the highs and lows of the preceding year.
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January 3, 2013 |
Patti Page, the Oklahoma-born pop singer whose gossamer voice on "The Tennessee Waltz," "The Doggie in the Window" and other 1950s hits offered a soothing counterpart to the revolutionary new sound of rock 'n' roll, died New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., where she'd lived for several decades. She was 85. No cause was announced, but her longtime personal manager, Michael Glynn, said she had been suffering from a heart ailment and lung disease. Page helped bring country music to a broader audience in the late 1940s and early 1950s with smooth, elegantly produced recordings epitomized by "The Tennessee Waltz," the simply expressed and achingly emotional tale of a woman who loses her sweetheart to an old friend at a dance: "I introduced her to my loved one, and while they were dancing, my friend stole my sweetheart from me. " It spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in Billboard in 1950, becoming one of the biggest hits of all time and selling more than 6 million copies, according to Joel Whitburn's "Pop Memories 1890-1954.
January 1, 2013 |
Irving Azoff, widely regarded as one of the music industry's most powerful executives, will continue to oversee the careers of the Eagles and Christina Aguilera, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings from Live Nation Entertainment. Azoff resigned Monday from his role as chairman of the concert promotion and management giant. In addition to receiving multiple millions in bonuses and stocks, Azoff's non-compete clause with Live Nation offers some hints as to what direction the veteran mogul's career will take.
November 28, 2012 |
Want to hear Mick Jagger talk about the Beatles? Tony Bennett laud the genius of Louis Armstrong? B.B. King express his blues over the future of the blues? Audio interviews with those and dozens more of the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz, blues, country and R&B are now streaming free at the Library of Congress website , opening access to hundreds of hours of recordings collected by veteran music industry executive Joe Smith. As reported in June, Smith donated his collection of audio interviews with many of the most celebrated figures in 20 th century pop music.
November 7, 2012 |
It started out as an inside gag, a bit of dadaist prankster wordplay. When Café Tacuba began thinking about a title for its new album, the Mexican alt-rock band opted to pay tongue-in-cheek tribute to the shape-shifting Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Thus was born "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco," which in English translates as "The Object Previously Called a Record," the band's first studio release in five years. "It was a joke," says José Rangel, a.k.a. Joselo, the band's lead guitarist and sometime vocalist, speaking by phone in Spanish.
November 2, 2012 |
The 8-bit world of "Wreck-It Ralph" brought English composer Henry Jackman back to his roots. His musical studies began long before his classical training at the University of Oxford and were initially of the more chiptune variety. Jackman remembers his first-ever paid gig in the music industry was converting audio for games to play on the Commodore 64, a home computing system that rose to prominence in the late '80s. "I was maybe 16," said Jackman, who at the time was working on the Virgin Interactive game "M.C.
October 25, 2012
This week Microsoft is set to release an operating system for computers, tablets and smartphones that will put a vast amount of music at users' fingertips, free of charge - with the music industry's blessing. XBox Music, a service integrated into Windows 8, is just the latest in a series of music-related initiatives by the software giant, and its record hasn't been good (seen any Zune music players lately?). Nevertheless, XBox Music could be a turning point in the music industry's fitful adaptation to the broadband era. The new, advertiser-supported service will let users play songs on demand from an online jukebox, create customized webcasts based on the music of their favorite artists and buy MP3s from an online store stocked with an enormous selection of tracks - in short, a combination of Spotify, Pandora and Apple's iTunes.
October 24, 2012 |
After plummeting for more than a decade, music sales have finally leveled off. Yet the vast majority of artists and bands collect less from music sales than they would from working two weeks at a food court at the mall. It may be easier than ever before to record and distribute songs, but that just means it's harder than ever to stand out in the crowd at the iTunes Store. Steve Koskie, a tech entrepreneur and music industry veteran, thinks he can help. Koskie is chief executive of Monkeybars , a Los Gatos, Calif.-based site the gives artists the tools to sell their music virally through their websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and hundreds of other outlets.
September 13, 2012 |
Veteran music industry king- and queen-maker Clive Davis will relate his lifetime of experience in a new autobiography slated for publication early next year. Currently chief creative officer for Sony Music Worldwide, Davis had a central role in launching and/or developing the careers of Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, the Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and countless others over more than half a century as a top record executive.