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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize, Redefining Boundaries of Literature

October 17, 2016

Half a century ago, Bob Dylan shocked the music world by plugging in an electric guitar and alienating folk purists. For decades he continued to confound expectations, selling millions of records with dense, enigmatic songwriting.

Now, Mr. Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, an honor that elevates him into the company of T. S. Eliot, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison and Samuel Beckett.

Mr. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. In choosing a popular musician for the literary world’s highest honor, the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.

Drake Breaks Michael Jackson's Record For Most AMA Nominations

October 11, 2016

The American Music Awards nominations have been released and Drake seems to have done great for himself and continues to break records.

Michael Jackson set a record by receiving 11 nominations from the American Music Awards in 1984. The mark has never been surpassed — until today, when the AMAs awarded Drake with 13 nominations. Drizzy is up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Rap Song, Favorite R&B Song, and six other awards.

The AMAs are slated to go down at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on the evening of November 20th. Check out the full list of nominees below.

T Bone Burnett Goes on Anti-Free Streaming Warpath at Americana Fest Panel

September 26, 2016

If T Bone Burnett’s message in his two fiery speaking appearances at the Americana Music Festival & Conference this week could be summed up in one sentence, it might be this: Do not go gentle into that good stream.

America may be the land of the free, but Americana is the land of the anti-“free,” with Burnett and co-panelist Jonathan Taplin sounding the alarm on what they described as monopolies determined to give music away while providing its owners and creators an infinitesimally tiny fraction of their billions of dollars in ad revenue.

Trisha Yearwood surprises Garth Brooks in concert with the best possible news

September 26, 2016

 During his Sept. 23 show in Fresno, California, his beautiful wife, Trisha Yearwood, stepped onto the stage to announce that her handsome and talented hubs had achieved his seventh diamond award.

Now, just to explain: when an artist sells 500,000 copies of an album, it is certified gold by the RIAA. At 1 million sales, the album is certified platinum. At 10 million copies sold, the album is certified diamond. That’s a lot of records sold for a pretty hard rock, right? To keep it in perspective, neither George Strait nor Alan Jackson have a diamond award, although both have plenty of platinum.

Introducing Roc Nation Nashville

September 22, 2016

NEW ROC NATION NASHVILLE DIVISION PARTNERS WITH WARNER/CHAPPELL & JESSE FRASURE

 

SONGWRITER/PRODUCER/PUBLISHER JESSE FRASURE INKS DEAL TO LAUNCH RHYTHM HOUSE

Pandora's New Direct Deals Are Very Bad News For SoundExchange And Potentially For Artists

September 21, 2016

Hidden in the hoopla surrounding Pandora's direct deals last week, and the resulting launch of the Pandora Plus interactive streaming service, was the major blow they dealt to SoundExchange; and the confusion that they are causing indie artists who are wondering how they will be getting paid in the future.

SiriusXM CFO David Frear: 'Labels Are Holding All the Cards'

September 21, 2016

SiriusXM finance chief David Frear is unfazed by competition for his satellite radio company from music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Google Play.

"We used to worry a lot about the streaming providers," he told an audience of investors Tuesday at a Goldman Sachs conference in New York. "But over the past five years, we can't find the effect on demand."

Forever Country: Artists of Then, Now, and Forever | CMA

September 20, 2016

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” CMA has created the biggest music video in Country Music history. Titled “Forever Country,” the single and accompanying music video features 30 CMA Award-winning acts. This single was produced by CMA Board member and CMA Award winner Shane McAnally and the video was directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn

Jay Z: 'Th War o Drug Is an Epic Fail'

September 15, 2016

This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.

The project came about when, last year, Dream Hampton, the filmmaker and a co-author of Jay Z’s book “Decoded,” approached the Drug Policy Alliance about collaborating with Revolve Impact, the social impact agency she works with. Revolve Impact connects artists and influencers to community organizers, and with marijuana legalization taking hold across the nation — and about to be considered in her own state, California — Ms. Hampton wanted to tackle the contradiction raised by Michelle Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” in 2014: Why were white men poised to get rich doing the very same thing that African-American boys and men had long been going to prison for? Ms. Hampton proposed creating an animated video that the D.P.A. would produce about the impact of the drug war in African-American communities.

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2016 Oscars: Ranking the Musical Performances

January 05, 2020

While not all the nominees for best original song at the 2016 Oscars actually performed on Sunday night, the Feb. 28 ceremony did feature four memorable performances from four A-list artists.

Kesha: 'This Issue Is Bigger Than Just About Me'

January 01, 2020

Kesha issued a new statement regarding her ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke and Sony Music, writing to fans in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, "At this point, this issue is bigger than just about me."

 

See official photos from Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert’s Tennessee wedding

January 01, 2020

One of the scene's favorite duos, Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert, were married in a private ceremony in Tennessee over the weekend. The happy couple celebrated with friends and family—including their Paramore and New Found Glory bandmates—at The Franklin Theatre in the heart of historic downtown Franklin.

Is New Guns N' Roses Working on New Music to Go Along With Its 2016 Reunion?

January 01, 2020

Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup is reuniting for a bunch of concerts this year; will they have new music to accompany their tour?

Taylor Swift Donates $250,000 to Support Kesha 'During this Trying Time'

January 01, 2020

Swift has pitched in $250,000 to help Kesha with any “financial needs” following a judge’s decision to uphold the artist’s recording contract with Dr. Luke and Sony

Spotify Lawyers Wage War Against $200 Million Songwriter Lawsuit…

January 01, 2020

After being confronted with an onslaught of class action lawsuits from angry songwriters, Spotify’s lawyers are now battling the mutiny in court, and seeking to crush it entirely.

Viola Beach die in car crash in Sweden

January 01, 2020

The four members of British indie band Viola Beach and their manager have died in a car crash in Sweden.

All Grammy Record of the Year Winners, Ranked: Critics' Picks

January 01, 2020

How do you play favorites with the musical performances already considered the nearest to perfection by the industry with each passing year? It’s a tall order, no doubt, but it’s certainly an intriguing concept.

RIAA changes album award methodolgy for gold and platinum program

February 03, 2016

 The program’s benchmarks for Gold (500,000), Platinum (1,000,000) and multi-Platinum (2,000,000) will count both sales and streams for single and album certifications.

Lady Gaga Will Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

January 01, 2020

Lady Gaga poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Marilyn Manson performs "The Beautiful People"with Johnny Depp and Die Antwoord, for some reason — watch

January 01, 2020

If you’re wondering the connection, Manson and Depp have recorded together on several occasions over the years.

'Grease: Live': It's a hit

January 01, 2020

"This production wasn't about hitting notes or taking breath, but rather about making things breathtaking. And time after time, 'Grease: Live' succeeded," wrote Daniel Fienberg in The Hollywood Reporter. checkout this 

January 01, 2020

Ten-time Grammy winner Adele will perform at the ceremony, marking her first Grammy performance since 2012. Kendrick Lamar -- this year's most-nominated artist with 11 nods -- will also perform at the 2016 Grammys; he previously took the stage with Imagine Dragons in 2014.

Glenn Frey

February 23, 2023

The Rock and Roll community has lost another musician. Glenn Frey, who was a founding member of The Eagles, died Monday in New York of complications from arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.

David Bowie

March 12, 2023

Iconic singer David Bowie dead at 69 after battling cancer for 18 months.

Lemmy Kilmister

January 09, 2023

Dave Grohl, Rob Halford, Slash + More Pay Tribute to Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister at Memorial
 

Copy Of -DARK HORSE MUSIC GROUP INTRODUCES ITS NEWEST GROUP OF ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

April 06, 2016

Dark Horse Music Group (DHMG) is proud to introduce it’s newest group of entertainment industry executives.

 

Growing up on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, musician and producer Ben Faulkner was Influenced by everything from Bluegrass to Classic Rock to Hip-Hop. “As an A&R rep, I love going to live events, finding raw talent and helping those artists reach their full potential,” says Faulkner. “My life revolves around music, from when I wake up until I go to sleep. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

 

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, John Ross was heavily influenced by the Hip-Hop culture that surrounded him.  Since graduating from Dark Horse Institute, he spends the majority of his time programming music and creating tracks.  “I have always been fascinated by how musicians sonically and visually portray their identities,” says Ross, “and at Dark Horse I have the opportunity to help aspiring artists achieve their creative visions.“

 

After serving seven years in the Army with deployments in Kuwait and Afghanistan, Edward Robinson decided to follow his long-standing desire to make music.  “Having been born in Chicago and raised in Memphis, music is in my blood,” says Robinson.  After graduating from Dark Horse Institute’s School of Audio Engineering, he now serves as an artist development executive and producer with Dark Horse Music Group.

 

Northern Virginia native Seth Itkin is a producer, A&R rep and Artist Development executive with Dark Horse Music Group. Influenced by DC’s Hardcore scene, he writes, performs and produces Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.  As a graduate of Dark Horse Institute’s audio engineering program, Itkin is passionate about working with and developing artists.  “Music has changed my life and I want to help people change theirs,” he says.

 

Ohio’s Daniel Johnston is a musician, engineer, producer and music executive with Dark Horse Music Group. Johnston has performed on stage with artists such as West Virginia Music Hall of Famer, Jo Ann Jones, and  members of .38 Special and The Guess Who.  He has also provided on-stage technical support for Alt-Rockers Cage the Elephant and Outlaw Country songstress, Nikki Lane. Johnston will be focusing on A&R, production and artist development.

 

Faulkner was recently appointed Head of A&R for DHMG, and will be coordinating the efforts of Robinson, Itkin, Ross and Johnston to discover developing artists and award them free studio time at Dark Horse to record their next EP.

 

Ross, as Head of Marketing, will oversee the group’s online promotional efforts on the web, Facebook (Robinson), Instagram (Faulkner), You Tube and Spotify (Johnston), SoundCloud and Snapchat (Itkin) and Twitter.

 

Dark Horse Music Group is a Nashville-based indie label, publisher and marketing cooperative run by students at Dark Horse Institute’s School of Music Business. For more information, visit www.darkhorsemusicgroup.com.

 

Copy Of -Pandora's New Direct Deals Are Very Bad News For SoundExchange And Potentially For Artists

September 21, 2016

Hidden in the hoopla surrounding Pandora's direct deals last week, and the resulting launch of the Pandora Plus interactive streaming service, was the major blow they dealt to SoundExchange; and the confusion that they are causing indie artists who are wondering how they will be getting paid in the future.

Copy Of -SiriusXM CFO David Frear: 'Labels Are Holding All the Cards'

September 21, 2016

SiriusXM finance chief David Frear is unfazed by competition for his satellite radio company from music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Google Play.

"We used to worry a lot about the streaming providers," he told an audience of investors Tuesday at a Goldman Sachs conference in New York. "But over the past five years, we can't find the effect on demand."

Copy Of -Forever Country: Artists of Then, Now, and Forever | CMA

September 20, 2016

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” CMA has created the biggest music video in Country Music history. Titled “Forever Country,” the single and accompanying music video features 30 CMA Award-winning acts. This single was produced by CMA Board member and CMA Award winner Shane McAnally and the video was directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn

Copy Of -2016 Oscars: Ranking the Musical Performances

January 05, 2020

While not all the nominees for best original song at the 2016 Oscars actually performed on Sunday night, the Feb. 28 ceremony did feature four memorable performances from four A-list artists.

Copy Of -Kesha: 'This Issue Is Bigger Than Just About Me'

January 01, 2020

Kesha issued a new statement regarding her ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke and Sony Music, writing to fans in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, "At this point, this issue is bigger than just about me."

 

Copy Of -See official photos from Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert’s Tennessee wedding

January 01, 2020

One of the scene's favorite duos, Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert, were married in a private ceremony in Tennessee over the weekend. The happy couple celebrated with friends and family—including their Paramore and New Found Glory bandmates—at The Franklin Theatre in the heart of historic downtown Franklin.

Copy Of -Is New Guns N' Roses Working on New Music to Go Along With Its 2016 Reunion?

January 01, 2020

Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup is reuniting for a bunch of concerts this year; will they have new music to accompany their tour?

Copy Of -Taylor Swift Donates $250,000 to Support Kesha 'During this Trying Time'

January 01, 2020

Swift has pitched in $250,000 to help Kesha with any “financial needs” following a judge’s decision to uphold the artist’s recording contract with Dr. Luke and Sony

Copy Of -Spotify Lawyers Wage War Against $200 Million Songwriter Lawsuit…

January 01, 2020

After being confronted with an onslaught of class action lawsuits from angry songwriters, Spotify’s lawyers are now battling the mutiny in court, and seeking to crush it entirely.

Copy Of -Viola Beach die in car crash in Sweden

January 01, 2020

The four members of British indie band Viola Beach and their manager have died in a car crash in Sweden.

Copy Of -All Grammy Record of the Year Winners, Ranked: Critics' Picks

January 01, 2020

How do you play favorites with the musical performances already considered the nearest to perfection by the industry with each passing year? It’s a tall order, no doubt, but it’s certainly an intriguing concept.

Copy Of -RIAA changes album award methodolgy for gold and platinum program

February 03, 2016

 The program’s benchmarks for Gold (500,000), Platinum (1,000,000) and multi-Platinum (2,000,000) will count both sales and streams for single and album certifications.

Copy Of -Lady Gaga Will Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

January 01, 2020

Lady Gaga poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Copy Of -Marilyn Manson performs "The Beautiful People"with Johnny Depp and Die Antwoord, for some reason — watch

January 01, 2020

If you’re wondering the connection, Manson and Depp have recorded together on several occasions over the years.

Copy Of -'Grease: Live': It's a hit

January 01, 2020

"This production wasn't about hitting notes or taking breath, but rather about making things breathtaking. And time after time, 'Grease: Live' succeeded," wrote Daniel Fienberg in The Hollywood Reporter. checkout this 

Ten-time Grammy winner Adele will perform at the ceremony, marking her first Grammy performance since 2012. Kendrick Lamar -- this year's most-nominated artist with 11 nods -- will also perform at the 2016 Grammys; he previously took the stage with Imagine Dragons in 2014.

Copy Of -Glenn Frey

February 23, 2023

The Rock and Roll community has lost another musician. Glenn Frey, who was a founding member of The Eagles, died Monday in New York of complications from arthritis, co