Charlie Walk has been elevated to President of the Republic Records Group. Monte and Avery Lipman jointly announced the big news this morning. Walk, hitherto EVP, has played a huge role in a career-best year for the company.
Our Grammy whisperer Paul Grein interviewed Grammy chief Neil Portnow in December, but much has changed since then. Several A-list music stars died. The #Oscarsowhite controversy rocked the Oscars. The Grammys announced that they will finally go live in all time zones. (Thank you, CBS.) So we asked Paul to check back in with Neil for an update.
At an evening of song and celebration in Studio A of the Capitol Tower, Capitol chieftain Steve Barnett and team members prepare to engage in some impromptu duets with two of the evening's performers. Later, the L.A. Marathon ran through, but was diverted into Studio B. Seen feeling harmonious are (l-r) Barnett, Tori Kelly, Capitol's Scott Greer, artist Corinne Bailey Rae and Capitol's Ashley Newton.
Kanye West's new set, now called The Life of Pablo, is due to drop early on Friday (most likely just after his sold-out Yeezy fashion show at Madison Square Garden on 2/11k which will stream for Tidal users and be beamed to venues worldwide). Early estimates for the digital-only first week are...
Great news: Sunday's L.A. Marathon shouldn't cause any disruption whatsoever in your meeting and socializing plans. Unless, of course, you need to go to the Four Seasons, the Peninsula or the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Warner Bros. has upped Heather Luke to Senior Vice President, Rock Promotion & Music, and David Ravikoff to Senior Director, Alternative & Rock Promotion. Label EVP Peter Gray is throwing goat in celebration.
A new Forbes Q&A with Epic topper L.A. Reid describes him as "leading by motivating instead of micromanaging." The interview, promoting Reid's new memoir, finds him reflecting on his leadership style, the artists he's discovered and broken, and an industry he finds more collegial than cutthroat. Check it out here.
Dualtone's Lumineers just dropped the official music video for their newest track, "Ophelia"—the lead single off their upcoming, highly anticipated full-length Cleopatra (due 4/8). Watch it here.
Twitter is bringing back their Artist Chat program in partnership with @TheGRAMMYs for the second year with a stellar lineup of nominees participating, including James Bay, Leon Bridges, Tori Kelly...
WALK CAPTURES THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
Big news from the House that Monte built (2/11a)
RECORD HEAT: THE L.A. MARATHON
It's complicated. (2/11a)
GRAMMY LINEUP: AND THEN THERE WERE 30+
Soul rock and neo-soul will be capably represented. (2/11a)
THROWBACK THURSDAY: GRAMMY BEEFCAKE
Sorry, girls, he's married. (2/11a)
A "STORY" FIT
We the Kings invade Madison. (2/11a)