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MARSHMELLO TOASTING UP
BIG DEAL?
He's smokin'. (6/21a)
BROCKHAMPTON MARKS RETURN WITH FALLON APPEARANCE
Also on the show, SNL's Pete Davidson confirmed his engagement to Ariana Grande. (6/21a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: SPREADING THE WEALTH
Juice WRLD made the most moolah. (6/21a)
TOP 20: CARTER COUNTRY & SUMMER HEAT (UPDATE)
It's a horse race. (6/21a)
SUSPECT CHARGED IN XXXTENTACION SLAYING
Motive remains unclear. (6/21a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
HOW ROCK IS STREAMING FORWARD
Amps sold separately.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
Pub Crawling
SOCAN WE EAT NOW?
6/20/18

"Oh, no more maple syrup for me—I'm driving," chortles UMPG President, North America Evan Lamberg during this exquisitely Canadian photo op commemorating writer and Island star Shawn Mendes becoming The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)'s youngest-ever winner of the Songwriter of the Year Award. Later, there was subsidized health care. Seen thinking only the purest thoughts about Justin Trudeau are (l-r) manager Andrew Gertler, Lamberg, Mendes, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, SOCAN's Michael McCarty, UMPG's Adam Fujiki and SOCAN's Rodney Murphy

GREG WELLS, SHOWMAN
6/18/18

Producer/songwriter/musician Greg Wells had never worked on a soundtrack before when director Michael Gracey asked him to pull together the music for The Greatest Showman.

The songs, by Warner/Chappell's awards-magnet duo of Pasek and Paul (La-La Land, Dear Evan Hansen), required integration with the imagery; uniting the unorthodox story with the music was, he says, a “herculean” task, but the results speak for themselves.

Indeed, Gracey told him that the movie looked different when paired with the powerful finished tracks. Soundtracks remain one of the few power alleys for retail and have demonstrated real staying power in the marketplace, in part because the power of the storytelling fuels each subsequent listen. It was an intense and at times overwhelming enterprise, says the highly respected and versatile Wells, a BMG-affiliated writer. But now he’s preparing to write, produce and play on a fully original new ST, about which more later.

SPOTIFY ANNOUNCES SECOND CLASS OF SECRET GENIUS AMBASSADORS
6/13/18

 

 

Spotify has announced its second class of Secret Genius Ambassadors, a program that gives some shine to the writers and producers behind the hits streaming out of their playlists. 

The inaugural class of Secret Genius ambassadors included hitmakers such as Boi1da (Rihanna, Drake, Bryson Tiller), Erika Ender (Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber), James Fauntleroy (Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake), Lori McKenna (Little Big Town, Tim McGraw) and J Kash (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth), among others. 

The new batch will be featured in the podcast and Songshops, and honored at the second annual Secret Genius Awards later this year. 

This year, honorees of the global initiative include:

  • Ali Tamposi (U.S.): Songwriter for Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Liam Payne
  • Ben Billions (U.S.): Songwriter for The Weeknd, Maroon 5, Beyoncé
  • Benny Blanco (U.S.): Songwriter for Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5
  • Frank Dukes (Canada): Songwriter for Cardi B, The Weeknd, Camila Cabello
  • Ina Wroldsen (Norway): Songwriter for Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne
  • Jamie Scott (U.K.): Songwriter for Rudimental, Niall Horan, Major Lazer
  • Murda Beatz (U.S.): Songwriter for Drake, Migos, Travis Scott
  • Shane McAnally (U.S.): Songwriter for Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett (and, you know, MOGUL)
  • Sky A. Ramirez (U.S.): Songwriter for J Balvin, Juanes, Karol G
  • Tayla Parx (U.S.): Songwriter for Janelle Monae, Demi Lovato, Julia Michaels

Each songwriter will receive a Daniel Ek bobblehead and all the rap caviar they can eat, as well as an invitation to the Secret Genius secret location for assorted top-secret meetings.