Mariah Carey New Year 2017

Mariah Carey New Year 2017

She survived marriage to Tommy Mottola, she’ll live through this. “Mariah Carey’s technical challenge during the Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on ABC took on a life of its own, garnering widespread social media mockery, including jokes that her circuitry was “hacked by the Russians.” Rushin’ to judgment, maybe…  It remains unclear exactly what happened, but […]

Hollywood Confidential

Hollywood Confidential

They might be the best movie music squad you’ve never heard of, and the Confidential Music team is happy to keep it that way.  The Santa Monica-based trio – composer John Samuel Hanson, artist Becky Hanson, and mixer-producer Kyle Biane – create custom music for movie trailers. Although their clients are technically the trailer houses, ultimately their clients […]

Miller Uncaps Classic Jingle

Miller Uncaps Classic Jingle

MillerCoors has gone back to the future as it seeks to reposition its Miller High Life brand with Bob Backer’s classic jingle from the ’70s: “If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.” Backer, who also invented “Miller Time,” made his name at McCann Erickson, where he earned the epithet “legendary” before leaving to form […]

Duran Duran Hungry to Reclaim Copyright

Duran Duran Hungry to Reclaim Copyright

Duran Duran is embarking on an international litigation adventure that will have ramifications for U.K. music artists with U.S. publishing interests. The ’80s super group seeks to take advantage of a standard provision under stateside law that allows authors or their heirs to reclaim copyright after 35 years of third-party exploitation. The catch is, the group is based […]

Fun and Games with Steve Schnur

Fun and Games with Steve Schnur

In a company workforce of about 8,500 employees, Steve Schnur and his team of eight stand out. While about sixty percent of those thousands are artists, sound technicians and coders who create the game experience for the dozen or so titles Electronic Arts releases each year, Schnur and his staff oversee music. That includes supervising the scores for […]

Setting the Stage for Success

Setting the Stage for Success

Concert touring has in many ways become the lifeblood of the popular music industry, as artists seek to recalibrate earnings after the disruption of streaming. So it was no surprise that the executives onstage at the Billboard Touring Conference were able to fill the venue for “Contemporary Touring Strategies: The Agents’ Perspective,” Nov. 9 at the […]

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

A pop act manager’s job is “making irrational people do rational things,” SB Projects’ Scooter Braun shared in a Q&A session at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards yesterday. As manager to Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and many more, Braun – whose bio claims he has “broken more new artists than any other […]

SM Embraces ‘Culture Tech’

SM Embraces ‘Culture Tech’

K-pop powerhouse S.M. Entertainment is pursuing a strategy of global expansion powered by New Culture Tech — finding innovative ways to reach its audience using the devices that are part of its daily life. Lee Soo-man, who founded the South Korea-based S.M. in 1995, has expanded the four core tenets of “CT” — casting, training, producing […]

Nashville Tunes-Up for Season Five

Nashville Tunes-Up for Season Five

W.G. “Snuffy” Walden is back as composer of record on “Nashville,” which is stacking the playlist for a triumphant season five return in January. (Yes! We argue that it’s more impressive to have loved, lost and regained than to have simply coasted along on cushy broadcast renewals — scrappiness being the very essence of Nashville). Snuffy Walden was series […]