Television

MTV VMAs Ratings Down

MTV VMAs Ratings Down

The 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards took a 16 percent dip among viewers 18-34 demo, scoring a 4.46 rating and about 6 million viewers on Sunday. That’s a smaller  decline than the 34 percent nosedive of 2016, when 6.5 million 18-34 viewers tuned in, for an overall 5.33 rating. Last year, network parent Viacom touted […]

The Heavenly Sounds of USA’s ‘Sinner’

The Heavenly Sounds of USA’s ‘Sinner’

The underscore to heaven is easy to conjure, but who knows the sound of sin? Ronit Kirchman is the perfect composer to find out. The classically trained multi-instrumentalist is also a music producer, singer and songwriter, providing a range of perspectives and a full repertoire of skills to the sonic design of The Sinner, whose focal point is […]

An ‘Epic’ Journey

An ‘Epic’ Journey

In the 1920s, a nascent radio revolution changed popular culture by offering a new way to disseminate music. In search of new styles and markets, record company executives began reaching out beyond city confines in search of new styles and markets. Traveling the mountains, prairies, rural villages and urban ghettos, this intrepid band of early A&R men discovered a wealth […]

Emmy News: Music Nominees React

Emmy News: Music Nominees React

  From the Mississippi Delta to monarchical Victorian England, this year’s crop of Emmy music nominees are a diverse group who share one thing in common: outstanding work that has been recognized in the eyes of their peers. MaxTheTrax reached out to nominees across a broad range of music functions, from composers to lyricists, music […]

Music Shows Hit Tech Marks

Music Shows Hit Tech Marks

NBC’s The Voice, Hairspray Live! and Hulu’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week are among the music shows packing a big Emmy presence outside the composing categories. The singing competition show was the big standout with nine nominations as it heads into its thirteenth season, while the John Waters tuner about racial tolerance in the ’60s styled seven, including technical direction for […]

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ No-Show

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ No-Show

Martin Phipps, Mac Quayle and Rickey Minor are the only multiple nominees in Emmy’s six dedicated music categories, with two each in a field where more than half the contenders are first-timers. Netflix leads the music race, with 10 entries in five categories, followed by PBS and FX with four each and HBO with three. Phipps earned a solo nomination […]

HBO Documents ‘Defiant Ones’

HBO Documents ‘Defiant Ones’

Drama and humor, tragedy and triumph, “everything you’d expect in a great story” is how HBO president of programming Casey Bloys sums up in The Defiant Ones, the story of a musical partnership between the Brooklyn-born producer Jimmy Iovine and Compton bred songwriter and performer Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre. The stories of two men […]

Show Goes On for Grande and ‘One Love Manchester’

Show Goes On for Grande and ‘One Love Manchester’

Ariana Grande’s star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert will be seen in more the 50 countries, including the U.S. on ABC, according to the BBC, which will pool coverage of the event taking place today at at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan are among those taking the stage with Grande. After a Saturday terror attack […]

Recording Academy ‘Legends’ to PBS

Recording Academy ‘Legends’ to PBS

Nina Simone, Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground and Charley Pride are among those being honored as the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients, who this year for the first time will get a televised tribute concert, Grammy Salute To Music Legends, airing on PBS as part of its Great Performances series. The concert will […]

Billboard Awards Wins Week

Billboard Awards Wins Week

The Billboard Music Awards won the night for ABC on May 21, topping the broadcast ratings, with a 2.6 rating  among adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers overall. That was actually good enough to place the Dick Clark Productions effort in first place for the week, but it was the show’s lowest score in five years. But some of the critics […]