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Monday, April 9, 2018

American Girl to Launch Live Musical Production This Fall (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

The Mattel-owned American Girl doll line — familiar to virtually any adult with female children — today announced a partnership to launch a new musical production inspired by the storie…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bruce Springsteen Extends Broadway Run Into December by Jem Aswad

Bruce Springsteen will extend his “Springsteen on Broadway” one-man show until December 15, he announced today. Eighty-one additional shows will go on sale for performances July 10 thro…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Oscar Winner Michel Legrand Scores Orson Welles’ Final Film (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

French composer and multiple Oscar- and Grammy-winner Michel Legrand is scoring Orson Welles’ final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” Variety has learned. This will mark …

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Springsteen on Broadway,’ Five Months In: How Is the Boss Holding Up? by Jem Aswad

A constant question hanging over “Springsteen on Broadway”’s ongoing seven-or-so-month-long run has been: How long can he do it? How long can veteran road warrior Bruce Springs…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Big Deal Signs Admin Agreement With Cy Coleman’s Notable Music by Jem Aswad

Independent music publisher Big Deal Music Group announced today that they have entered into a long-term worldwide administration agreement with Notable Music, the company founded by legend…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Nonesuch Records Names Dan Cohen VP of Marketing by Jem Aswad

Dan Cohen has joined Nonesuch Records as vice president of marketing, the company announced today. Cohen comes to the Warner Music Group label from Republic Records, where he was vice presid…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ben Platt, Leslie Odom Jr. to Perform Special Broadway Tribute at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala by Jem Aswad

For 42 years now, “The Clive Party” — officially Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Present “The Pre-Grammy Gala” — has been the hottest ticket in the music industry, …

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces the Hamildrops (the ‘Hamilton’ Mixtape Vol. 2) With ‘Ben Franklin’s Song,’ Featuring The Decemberists (Listen) by Jem Aswad

On Friday morning, a press release arrived from “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda announcing The Hamildrops, which is basically a long-term mixtape, with unspecified “new ‘Ham…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sony/ATV Announces Consultancy With Jay Landers for Film and Theater Projects by Jem Aswad

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced an exclusive consultancy with music industry veteran Jay Landers and his Lighthouse Company that will see him mining Sony/ATV’s catalog of songs and…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It’s Official: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Legislation Repealing Cabaret Law by Jem Aswad

As expected, on Monday evening, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law that will repeal the 91-year-old “cabaret law” that has long bedeviled nightclub owners.…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Extends Broadway Run by Jem Aswad

Bruce Springsteen announced today that “Springsteen on Broadway,” his 16-week series of performances at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre will be extended, with additional sho…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Marilyn Manson Issues Statement on Fake Assault Rifle: ‘An Act of Theater in an Attempt to Make a Statement’ by Jem Aswad

Marilyn Manson caused a fair amount of outrage in San Bernardino on Sunday when, on the day of yet another mass shooting — Sunday’s in Texas, where 26 people were killed — he turned a …

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lawmakers Vote to Overturn New York’s 91-Year-Old Anti-Dancing ‘Cabaret’ Law by Jem Aswad

Overturning a 91-year-old rule that has long bedeviled nightclub owners in New York, city lawmakers have voted Tuesday to repeal the “cabaret law,” according to The Associated Press.…

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Bette Midler Says Bon Jovi Has Her Rock Hall of Fame Vote: ‘I Love Him!’ by Jem Aswad

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballots were mailed out to 800 potential voters this week, and Bon Jovi already has one big supporter in their corner: Bette Midler. Speaking to Variety on the…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Chance the Rapper, Tiffany Haddish to Host ‘SNL’ With Musical Guests Eminem, Taylor Swift by Jem Aswad

“Saturday Night Live” announced the lineup for two more November shows on Monday morning, and it includes a bounty of musical guests: Chance the Rapper will host on Nov. 18 — with Emin…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

‘Thank You for Your Service’ Director Talks New Bruce Springsteen Song Featured in Film by Jem Aswad

A new song by Bruce Springsteen is featured during the end credits of the new Miles Teller film, “Thank You for Your Service.” The song, “Freedom Cadence,” was written specifically f…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Concert Review: Haim Light Up L.A.’s Greek Theatre With Homecoming Show by Jem Aswad

“We’re three sisters from the Valley playing the Greek,” marveled Este Haim, one-third of the sisterly trio bearing their last name. “I’m ‘Stone Cold’ Steven Austin when it com…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Little Steven on His Soulful Solo Act, the ’60s and ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ by Jem Aswad

While his “boss,” Bruce Springsteen is lighting up Broadway with an acclaimed one-man show, E-Street Band guitarist/consigliere Little Steven Van Zandt is rocking the Sunset Strip 3,000 …

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Concert Review: Evanescence Amp Up the Drama With 20-Piece Orchestra at L.A.’s Greek Theatre by Jem Aswad

Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee made the leap from goth-rocker to opera diva last night, as she and the band led a 20-piece orchestra through a sold-out performance at the Greek Theater Sund…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Theater Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ Is an Intimate, Living Autobiography by Jem Aswad

As Bruce Springsteen began the last verse of “The Promised Land” on Tuesday night, he wandered away from the microphone but kept singing, and his voice carried, purely under its own powe…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Concert Review: The War on Drugs Channel Tom Petty at L.A.’s Greek Theatre by Jem Aswad

Walking in to this most iconic of music venues, under a full harvest moon, concert-goers were greeted by a digital billboard of Tom Petty and the stark message, “1950-2017.” So i…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Takes Us on a Tour of His iTunes Playlist by Jem Aswad

During the course of Variety’s cover-story interview with Bruce Springsteen, we asked who some of his favorite contemporary songwriters are. “Let me get my computer and get it for ya,”…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Posts Touching Tribute to Tom Petty, His ‘Long Lost Brother’ by Jem Aswad

While they were unquestionably kindred spirits, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen never really collaborated, apart from sharing stages at events like the 1979 “No Nukes” concert, a…

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Bruce Springsteen on Broadway, His Next Album, and Loving New Jersey by Jem Aswad

This is part one of Variety’s two-part cover story with Bruce Springsteen. For part two, click here.  The woodsy rolling hills and vivid green pastures of central New Jersey are ab…

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Bruce Springsteen Talks Politics, Marriage, and Why He Won’t Write an ‘Anti-Trump Diatribe’ by Jem Aswad

This is part two of Variety’s two-part cover story with Bruce Springsteen. For part one, click here.  If you ran for governor of New Jersey, you’d win — is that ever a temptati…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Plays Two Songs With Bryan Adams at Canada’s Invictus Games (Watch) by Jem Aswad

Things got a little reckless at the Invictus Games in Toronto when Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams got together for an onstage jam Saturday night (Sept. 30). Springsteen — who performed …

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Joins Jackson Browne and Little Steven Onstage at Laid Back Fest (Watch) by Jem Aswad

The Laid Back Fest in New Jersey was anything but mellow Thursday night when Bruce Springsteen jumped onstage to jam with headliners Jacksone Browne and Little Steven and the Disciples of So…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Broadway Tickets Go on Sale — and Immediately Hit the Secondary Market for Thousands of Dollars by Jem Aswad

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s eight-week run of Broadway shows went on sale at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday (Aug.30), and despite the efforts of Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” program,…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chester Bennington and Linkin Park: A Musical Legacy of Darkness and Hope by Jem Aswad

The loss of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in a Southern California coastal community, leaves a hole in the hearts of family, friends, …

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Guns N’ Roses to Play New York’s Intimate Apollo Theater for SiriusXM July 20 by Jem Aswad

SiriusXM announced Wednesday that Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Is Bruce Springsteen Headed for Broadway? by Jem Aswad

Move over, “Dear Evan Hansen”: Bruce Springsteen may be heading to the Great White Way this fall. The New York Post reports Springsteen is set to play an eight-week run at the W…

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