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Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Jem Aswad took us back to the day when music journalism was art with his lively, insightful Variety review of the self-titled debut album from One Direction frontman Harry Styles. Written in the “forward-thinking retro” fashion of the album itself, Aswad’s writing is packed with enough information for a pop history lesson, but way more fun to read […]

World’s Oldest Tune

World’s Oldest Tune

A 3,400 year-old melody has been given a tuning-up by music historian Michael Levy, a composer who  researches ancient works, recreating them as authentically as possible. In the case of the Hurrian song, that meant plucking on lyres that mimick those that were around in antiquity. Okay, so this happened last year, and we’re late […]

Wonder Perspective on Politics

Wonder Perspective on Politics

Stevie Wonder intrigued fans with his political views — including a tentative bid for presidency — even as he delighted them with musical reminiscence and impromptu performances at his keynote address at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, Saturday, April 16, 2017. The ASCAP meet was at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, while Wonder held forth next door […]

Super Bowl 51 Commercials

Super Bowl 51 Commercials

Billboard runs down synch music in the NFL Super Bowl 51, with license fees ranging from $100,000 to $1 million for a minute and under. The list of artists providing the spot soundtrack include Sia, Justin Bieber, Steppenwolf, Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake and Bonnie Tyler, as well as many surprises that won’t be revealed until […]

Billboard Best Photos of 2016

Billboard Best Photos of 2016

Not to be missed: Billboard magazine’s “Year in Music: Best Original Photography of 2016.” To call this an impressive portfolio is understating it by quite a bit. It is exceptional work, a lovely testament to many talented working photographers, the art directors and editors who paired them with just the right subjects, and of course the artists […]

‘Sing’ a Chorus of 60 Shiny Tunes

‘Sing’ a Chorus of 60 Shiny Tunes

Melinda Newman safaried to the heart of song licensing territory for Billboard, reporting “From the Desk of…”  Universal Film Group President of Music and Publishing Mike Knobloch, who presided over the licensing feat of what is believed to be a record-setting 60 songs for the animation motion picture Sing. The Dec. 21 Universal Pictures release […]

Psych 101: Hating Nickelback

Psych 101: Hating Nickelback

Even the BBC is weighing in on a Finnish research study tracing animus Nickelus, the root psychological cause of why people love hating the Canadian rock group Nickelback, which has sold more than 50 million albums. If that’s hate, I’m sure more bands would love to be on the receiving end of some of it! […]

THR Fine-Tunes Songwriter Roundtable

THR Fine-Tunes Songwriter Roundtable

The tunes of awards season got a curtain-raiser courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, which on Nov. 17 presented its first THR Songwriter Roundtable. The “reserved” sign held seats for the formidably talented:  Justin Timberlake, Sting, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Tori Amos — each lending voice to a major motion picture release. For Keys, it was Queen of Katwe (“Back […]

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