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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘Peaky Blinders’ Composer Antony Genn Talks About the Show’s Innovative Music in Hilarious MIDEM Chat by Jem Aswad

Even in the current golden age of innovative television, the popular British crime drama “Peaky Blinders” has set a daring standard for its use of music, with original songs by Nick Cave…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Blackbird Presents Names Joe Litvag President of Live Entertainment by Jem Aswad

Concert and film producer Blackbird Presents announced today that industry veteran Joe Litvag has joined the company as a partner and president of live entertainment. In this newly created p…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Concert Review: Morrissey Digs Deep Into the Vault on Opening Night of Broadway Residency by Jem Aswad

As Morrissey took the stage on the opening night of his residency at Broadway’s Lunt Fontanne Theatre, the first words he spoke were the week-long run’s catchphrase, an homage to both hi…

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Live Nation Posts Strong First Quarter, Revenue up 17%  by Jem Aswad

In first-quarter 2019 earnings released today, Live Nation Entertainment’s revenue was up 17% to $1.7 billion, with an operating loss of $24 million and what the company says it is highest…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

George Gershwin Estate Signs Deal With Downtown Music Publishing by Jem Aswad

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a publishing administration and catalog marketing agreement for the George Gershwin catalog, the company announced today. The catalog is represented by t…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Bruce Springsteen Drops New Song, ‘Hello Sunshine’ (Listen) by Jem Aswad

While listeners of SiriusXM’s E Street Radio got an advance listen — actually several advance listens — Bruce Springsteen didn’t officially drop his new single, “Hello Sunshine,”…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bruce Springsteen New Album ‘Western Stars’ Out June 14 — Single Dropping Tonight by Jem Aswad

Bruce Springsteen’s long-promised solo album, “Western Stars,” will finally be released on Columbia Records on June 14. The first single and video from it, “Hello Sunshine,” will b…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Abba’s New Music Coming in ‘September or October’ by Jem Aswad

A year ago, Abba fans received a totally unexpected surprise when the group announced that they had recorded two new songs for a “Virtual Abba” experience in collaboration with “Ameri…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Dr. Dre Boasts About Daughter Getting Into USC ‘All on Her Own,’ Then Remembers $70 Million Donation by Jem Aswad

Dr. Dre’s attempt to throw shade on the recent celebrity college admissions scandals backfired after he apparently belatedly realized that he’d donated $70 million to the college his dau…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Peloton Sued for $150 Million for Using Drake, Lady Gaga Music Without License by Jem Aswad

A group of publishers including Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music, Big Deal Music, Reservoir, Round Hill, TRO Essex Music Group and The Royalty N…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

iHeartMedia Promotes Angel Aristone to Executive VP of Communications by Jem Aswad

Angel Aristone has been promoted to executive vice president of communications for iHeartMedia, the company announced today. According to the announcement, Aristone will continue to position…

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Philadelphia’s Iconic Trocadero Theatre to Close, Owner Confirms (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

After several days of rumors and a last-minute attempt by local promoters to save it, Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theatre — part of the city’s entertainment skyline since 1870 — is clos…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Britney Spears-Themed Musical Coming to Broadway by Jem Aswad

The songs of Britney Spears will be featured in “Once Upon a One More Time,” a musical comedy featuring 23 titles from the singer’s catalog, theater owner James L. Nederlander announc…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Does ‘Leaving Neverland’ Spell Trouble for Michael Jackson Estate’s $250 Million Deal With Sony? by Jem Aswad

In the wake of HBO’s blockbuster Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, accuse the late singer abusing them sexually when t…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Three Canadian Radio Stations Pull Michael Jackson’s Music, Citing Abuse Allegations by Jem Aswad

Three major radio stations in Montreal have pulled Michael Jackson’s music from airplay in the wake of the blockbuster HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which two men accuse the …

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Morrissey to Perform Residency on Broadway by Jem Aswad

Morrissey announced today that he will perform on Broadway for the first time in his career this May. The seven dates, at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater, will be “an intimate yet excit…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Album Review: Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ by Jem Aswad

In December, Ariana Grande gave an insightful interview in the aftermath of a series of tragedies: the 2017 terrorist attack outside her in Manchester, England; her brief engagement to “SN…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ariana Grande Not Attending Grammys After Disagreements With Producers by Jem Aswad

Due to a disagreement with Grammy producers over which songs she would perform, Ariana Grande, who has been featured on billboards promoting the show all over Los Angeles, not only won’…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Will Ariana Grande Top Taylor Swift for Best Pop Vocal Grammy? by Jem Aswad

While Album of the Year is the most prestigious Grammy award and also the most confusing (witness Herbie Hancock’s “The Joni Letters” defeating Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” in…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lady Gaga Slams Dr. Luke’s Lawyer in Unsealed Court Deposition: ‘You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself’ by Jem Aswad

Lady Gaga got into a heated verbal exchange with one of Dr. Luke’s lawyers while being deposed as part of the long legal battle between the producer and Kesha, according to court document…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Concert Review: Kacey Musgraves, America’s Next Superstar, Lights Up New York’s Beacon Theatre by Jem Aswad

The cheering was so loud that Kacey Musgraves turned to her band with her mouth agape. She’d been baiting the crowd good-naturedly, talking about how loud the Philadelphia audience had bee…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Oscar Music Nominations by Jem Aswad

Songs from “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “RBG,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Ballad of Lester Scruggs” were nominated for Best Song for the 2019 Academy Awards, a…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lady Gaga-R. Kelly Song Removed From Streaming Services by Jem Aswad

As she promised, Lady Gaga’s collaboration with R. Kelly has been removed from streaming services. The song, “Do What U Want (With My Body), was removed approximately 18 hours after Gaga…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Kids on the Block Remember Lady Gaga, Who Opened for Them 10 Years Ago by Jem Aswad

Before New Kids on The Block rang in 2019 with an iconic set in Times Square at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, members of the band reflected back to a tour that took place 10 yea…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Ariana Grande Posts, Quickly Deletes New Mac Miller Tribute; Says ‘Farewell 2018, ‘You F—‘ by Jem Aswad

Ariana Grande has posted a number of tributes to her longtime boyfriend Mac Miller in the months since his death in September from an apparent drug overdose. She posted another on her Instag…

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Watch Celine Dion Rock Out During Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas Show by Jem Aswad

Lady Gaga’s “Enigma” Las Vegas residency has racked up some adulatory reviews since it premiered on Friday night — including a rave recap from Variety’s Chris Willman and a fevered…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bruce Springsteen Talks Broadway Special, ‘New Music’ and What’s Next by Jem Aswad

Bruce Springsteen called in to E Street Radio on Sirius XM Wednesday morning to talk about the release of the “Springsteen on Broadway” Netflix special, and what’s next on his agenda,…

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Ariana Grande and the Roots Bring Out the Soul in ‘Imagine’ on ‘Fallon’ (Watch) by Jem Aswad

The Roots are one of the most versatile bands on the planet, and when Ariana Grande brought her new single “Imagine” to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Tuesday night, they b…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Ariana Grande Drops New Song, ‘Imagine’ (Listen) by Jem Aswad

Ariana Grande continued the march to her next album, “Thank U, Next,” by dropping a new single called “Imagine” late Thursday. The song is the second she’s released since she dropp…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Could Anyone Follow ‘Springsteen on Broadway’? Here Are Five Things They’d Need by Jem Aswad

After 235-odd shows, with grosses in excess of $100 million, a Special Tony Award and a hotly anticipated Netflix special debuting Saturday, “Springsteen on Broadway” is an unprecedente…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Ariana Grande Adds Multiple Dates to ‘Sweetener’ Tour by Jem Aswad

Ariana Grande has added multiple dates to her “Sweetener” world tour, which is scheduled to launch in March. Second arena shows have been added in major cities including Chicago, Philade…

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