BBC Radio 1 is being hammered with criticism for its failure in recent months to develop new U.K. acts, which it is mandated to do as a government-funded public-service broadcaster. Much of the criticism is emanating from artist representatives and their labels, who say they’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore...
Jay Z will make history by becoming the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 was introduced this morning and will include Max Martin, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Chicago’s Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.
Katy Perry graces the cover of our latest print edition, While Columbia Records is our Contents Page VIP. Our heartfelt condolences to all concerned.
A tribute to George Michael will take place at tonight’s BRIT Awards, while Coldplay have reportedly joined the line-up and Ed Sheeran is set to reveal something new, according to news ahead of tonight's ceremony in London. Will there be any surprises? And which nominees are we putting our money on?
In response to the President's proposed travel ban and other developments, United Talent Agency has decided to cancel its annual Oscar party, using the lion's share of the funds budgeted for the yearly event to make a $250k donation to the ACLU and International Rescue Committee. The agency is also planning a rally in front of its Beverly Hills offices on Friday, 2/24.
JAY Z, BABYFACE, MAX MARTIN, CHICAGO IN SONGWRITERS HALL
Jay Z makes history. (2/22a)
TOP 15: FUTURE SHOCK (AND AWE)
The first of his two back-to-back album releases? Interesting... (2/22a)
SOME PRE-BRITS MUSINGS
Who are you rooting for? Pass the wine. (2/22a)