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Friday, April 9, 2021

How Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ Fared on Streaming Platforms Its First Day Out by Shirley Halperin

Taylor Swift’s re-recorded version of her 2008 album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” is finally out today. With the release, many digital streaming platforms are attempting to capitali…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, J Balvin to See Big Paydays From Scooter Braun Mega Deal by Shirley Halperin

In the merger between BTS’ label HYBE and Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, Braun’s SB Projects (SBP) roster of clients — among them Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, J Balvin and Demi Lo…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Don’t Dream… It’s Over?: Crowded House’s Homeland Arena Show Provides a Glimpse of Touring’s Post-Pandemic Future by Shirley Halperin

“We made it!” Crowded House frontman Neil Finn jubilantly told 12,000 fans at the sold-out Auckland, New Zealand stop of the group’s “To the Island” tour. A COVID-19 outbreak may h…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

More Oscar History Made as Two Black Composers Are Nominated for Best Original Score by Shirley Halperin

The Academy music branch made Oscar history yesterday by nominating two films with Black composers for best original score: “Soul” and “Da 5 Bloods.” Prior to this, in the 86-year hi…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Grammy Awards: Women Rule a Night Without a Clear Frontrunner by Shirley Halperin

“Music’s Biggest Night,” as the Grammy Awards are known, went off without a hitch on Sunday night (March 14). Hosted by Trevor Noah, and produced by a new team led by “James Corden…

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Before TikTok Inspired a Rising Tide for Sea Shanties, the Beach Boys Charted One of Their Own by Shirley Halperin

As new musical genres gain popularity, they are often acknowledged with their own genre-specific Billboard charts. Over the years, disco and reggae are among the musical genres awarded their…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

On the Scene at Pollstar’s Impact 50 Party With Agents for Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran, More by Shirley Halperin

Oak View Group co-founders Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff were among the luminaries on hand to mark Pollstar’s inaugural Impact 50 list recognizing the executives shaping the present and fut…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Asbury Park Doc Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt to Hit Theaters by Shirley Halperin

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll,” a new documentary exploring the roots of the New Jersey sound, is hitting theaters worldwide for an engagement on May 22 and 29. The film…

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Ariana Grande’s Songwriting Dream Team Schools ASCAP Expo on Making Hits a Reality by Shirley Halperin

If there’s one takeaway for the hundreds of ASCAP Expo attendees who sat for a Saturday afternoon panel featuring Ariana Grande’s “songwriting dream team” of Tommy Brown, Victoria Mo…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hollywood DJ Says She’ll No Longer Play Michael Jackson; Implores Others to Follow by Shirley Halperin

There’s a moment I keep remembering that hits me hard. It was the Golden Globes in 2018 at the height of the Times Up movement and I was deejaying a major after-party. I ended the night, a…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry Hit the Dance Floor at Mark Ronson’s Grammys After-Party by Shirley Halperin

It wasn’t Soho House, the Polo Lounge or the Four Seasons that Mark Ronson chose for his post-Grammy “Club Heartbreak” celebration with some of the biggest stars in music. …

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ariana Grande, a No-Show, Wins First-Ever Grammy Award by Shirley Halperin

Ariana Grande, who is sitting out this year’s Grammy Awards following a disagreement with producers over which songs would be featured during her performance, has picked up her first …

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Lady Gaga Brings Out Bradley Cooper for Surprise Duet of ‘Shallow’ in Las Vegas (Watch) by Shirley Halperin

The crowd at Las Vegas’ Park Theater was treated to a surprise appearance during Saturday night’s Lady Gaga show: “A Star Is Born” director and costar Bradley Cooper,…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

As ‘Cats’ Starts Production, Downtown Lands Admin Deal for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music (EXCLUSIVE) by Shirley Halperin

Downtown Music Publishing has entered into a multi-year publishing administration deal with Faber Music, which represents the musical repertoire from “Cats,” the beloved and long…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lady Gaga Vows to Pull R. Kelly Collaboration From iTunes, Streaming Services by Shirley Halperin

Lady Gaga has addressed her 2013 collaboration with R. Kelly in a tweet on Wednesday night, revealing that she is pulling the song “Do What U Want” from iTunes and streaming serv…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Golden Globes: Lady Gaga, Justin Hurwitz Win Music Awards by Shirley Halperin

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lady Gaga and her co-writers won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born.” With Gaga in tears…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

How Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali Mastered Music for the Screen by Shirley Halperin

More than a half-century ago, there was a public outcry when Marni Nixon’s singing voice was dubbed for Audrey Hepburn’s in George Cukor’s 1964 “My Fair Lady” film, in lieu of cast…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Adam Lambert Brings Cher to Tears With Moving Performance of ‘Believe’ (Watch) by Shirley Halperin

One of several highlights of the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on CBS on Dec. 26, was Adam Lambert’s moving tribute to Cher. The “American Idol” alum and current …

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Will Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’ Flip the Script on Female Singers-Turned-Actors? by Shirley Halperin

To a much greater degree than their male counterparts, many of music’s top female singers have attempted to make the leap into the next frontier: acting. Yet only a few have managed t…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Concert Review: Elton John Bids Fond ‘Farewell’ in Philadelphia by Shirley Halperin

Everything has turned to Elton John lately. There are those Snickers rap battle commercials, his appearance on Nile Rodgers’ new Chic album, and the daily news of an autobiographical f…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Watch Ariana Grande Perform at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral by Shirley Halperin

Among the performers at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, which takes place today at the Greater Grace Temple, in her hometown of Detroit, was singer Ariana Grande who delivered a pitch-perfect r…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ariana Grande’s Choreographers Break Down Her ‘Last Supper’ VMAs Performance by Shirley Halperin

Some 36 hours after Ariana Grande took to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night for a spellbinding performance of “God Is a Woman,” choreographers Brian and Scott Nicho…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

VMAs 2018: Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with Ryan Tedder to Perform by Shirley Halperin

Performers for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will include Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and Logic with Ryan Tedder, the network announced today. They join Jennifer Lopez, who will receiv…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cyndi Lauper on Justice Kennedy, Threat to LGBTQ Rights: ‘Get Off Your Butt’ by Shirley Halperin

In between performing with Rod Stewart at the Hollywood Bowl and taking meetings about Broadway-bound “Working Girl: The Musical,” veteran pop star Cyndi Lauper made time to toas…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Watch Ariana Grande’s Surprise Performance at Coachella by Shirley Halperin

Ariana Grande performed her new single “No Tears Left to Cry” live for the first time on Friday night at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. As Variety previously reported, th…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Hits of Huey Lewis and The News to Soundtrack New Stage Musical by Shirley Halperin

“The Heart of Rock and Roll” will beat on in the theater as the hits of Huey Lewis and The News are set to soundtrack a future musical, it was announced on Thursday. The Bay Are…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

‘Failed’ Songwriter Goes Up Against Bruce Springsteen for a Grammy by Shirley Halperin

It’s not every day that you get nominated for a Grammy. Even more rare is finding yourself competing against your hero in the same category. But songwriter Shelly Peiken is living that dr…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Universal Music Publishing Group, Disney Music Publishing Agreement Expands to U.K., Continental Europe by Shirley Halperin

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is expanding its business relationship with Disney Music Publishing (DMP) to additional territories including the United Kingdom, Ireland, continental…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom., Jr. to Sing ‘America The Beautiful’ at Super Bowl LII by Shirley Halperin

Leslie Odom, Jr., best known for his Tony Award-winning role in the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” will sing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. The performance w…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

On the Heels of Lady Gaga, the Economics of Las Vegas Residencies Reach New Highs by Shirley Halperin

The race to lock down Las Vegas’ highest-paying residency is heating up with Lady Gaga announcing a two-year engagement at the MGM Park Theater. According to two well-placed sources, G…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lady Gaga Las Vegas Residency a Done Deal by Shirley Halperin

Lady Gaga is set to kick off a residency in Las Vegas at the MGM Park Theater. The deal closed over the weekend and will bring the pop star to the city starting in late 2018. According to lo…

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