Warner Music Dominates Brit Awards 2018

WMG-W-logoWarner Music UK is celebrating its most successful BRIT Awards ever with Its artists won six of the eleven awards (six of eight in UK categories) , more than any other music company. These awards follow a strong showing Warner Music at the Grammy Awards in New York last month.

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Stormzy, Dua Lipa Take Top Honors At Brit Awards 2018 [Full List Of Winners]

image from celebrityaccess.comNew artists beat the old guard at the 2018  Brit Awards which saw grime artist Stormzy and pop music singer-songwriter Dua Lipa take top honors at the annual awards show, winning British Male and Female solo artist, respectively.

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BRIT Awards 2018 Watch Live with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, More

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWatch all of the action from the biggest night in UK music, live as it happens free her. It's hosted by Conor Maynard and Yasmin Evans and features performance by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, Jorja Smith, Justin Timberlake, Rag'n'Bone Man, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

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Fast Company's Surprising 10 Most Innovative Music Companies 2018

image from images.fastcompany.netFast Company has named its annual Most Innovative Companies list for 2018. Unsurprisingly, Spotify took the #1 spot in the Music category and #9 for all companies "for pointing fans toward new artists."  But most of the other names in music's innovative top 10 are far less well known.

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Recording Academy 'Math' Implies Gender Gap Not So Wide

image from cdn.pixabay.comLike President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves an announcement? The Recording Academy thought so, issuing a letter with its own analysis of women musical creators and performers.

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Metallica, Afghanistan National Institute Of Music Named Polar Music Prize Laureates 2018

MetallicaMetallica and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music along with its founder and director and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, have been selected laureates for the 2018 Polar Music Prize.  Likening Metallica to composers such as Wagner and Tchaikovsky, the band was recognized for the visceral speed and physicality of their music, as well as its accessibility.

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Bandsintown Produces SXSW's First Data Driven Showcase

Big Break SXSW[UPDATED] Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is producing its first ever showcase at SXSW. Dubbed the music conference's first ever data driven showcase, participating artists were chosen from Bandintown's Big Break program made up of touring acts that have grown from 100 to 5,000 or more followers on the platform in last 6 months.  

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Arcade Fire Leads 2018 Juno Nominees [FULL LIST]

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Arcade Fire, Jessie Reyez and the late Gordon Downie were among the top nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards.  Arcade Fire landed nods for album of the year and alternative album of the year for “Everything Now” and also picked up nominations for Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year.

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13K+ Sign Petition To Oust Recording Academy Head

image from www.hypebot.comA petition demanding the resignation of long time   Recording Academy president Neil Portnow has now surpassed its original goal of 10,000 signatures. By mid-day on Friday, 13,467 had signed demanding the exec exit after his tone deaf comments that women should "step up" if they want to end systemic gender discrimination in music. 

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Stars Help Petition To Oust Recording Academy President Collect Over 12,922 Signatures [UPDATED]

Grammy_logoUPDATE 2: A petition demanding the ouster of  Recording Academy president Neil Portnow surpassed its original goal of 10,000 signatures overnight. By Thursday afternoon 12,992 had signed demanding the exec exit after comments that women need to "step up" if they want to end systemic gender discrimination in music. 

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Indie Labels Scored 40% Of Grammy 2018 Wins

Grammy_logoIndependent labels won 36 out of the 84 or just over 40% of Grammys handed out this week. A2IM member labels 4AD (Beggars Group), ATO, Big Machine, Concord Music Group, Compass, eOne, Mack Avenue, Motema, Naxos, Sub Pop and Thirty Tigers all scored wins.  10 of the 36 winners were distributed by The Orchard.

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'Women Need To Step Up' says Grammy Chief In Tone Deaf Response To Music's Gender Gap

Neil Portnow[UPDATED] Only one women, Best New Artist Alessia Cara, took the stage to pick up an award during the televised portion of the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Overall, just 9.3% of total Grammy nominees 2013 - 2018 were woman. But in comments to Variety, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow seemed to suggest that women, rather than a male dominated industry, have to work harder to correct the discrepancy.

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Full List Of Grammy Award Winners 2018: Bruno Mars Spoils Hip Hop's Big Year

image from www.hypebot.comThe 2018 Grammy Awards saw Bruno Mars take home all six awards that he was nominated for including the trifecta of Song, Record and Album Of The Year, and Jay Z, the most nominated artist of the night, go home empty handed.  Judging from the nominations, this should have been rap and hip hop's big year at the Grammys, but Mars forgot to get the message. 

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Grammy 2018 Predictions From Music Audience Exchange's Jarred Goldner

image from www.grammy.com[UPDATED] It's shaping up to be a very interesting year for the Grammy Awards, with the current crop of nominees (finally) among the most diverse ever. Jarrod Goldner of Music Audience Exchange offers his predictions for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held this Sunday, January 28th. CBS will broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Australian Music Prize 2017 Shortlist Announced

image from www.australianmusicprize.com.auThe Australian Music Prize 2017 shortlist is out and filled with familiar names like Paul Kelly alongside new artists that the rest of the world will be hearing in the coming months. The winner of the 2017 Australian Music Prize will be announced on March 9th at a ceremony in Melbourne.

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Song, Score, Sound Academy Awards 2018 Nominees Named

image from www.gossipcop.comA diverse group ranging from May J. Bilge to Sufjan Stevens have been nominated for the Best Original Song award at the 2018 Oscars to be announced March 4th live on ABC. Soundtrack stalwarts like Hans Zimmer and John Williams led the Best Original Score nominees.  The full list of 2018 Oscar music and sound nominees:

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NME Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

NME Awards 2018 logo“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement. 

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Inductees Named

image from clubzone.comThe 2018 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were named early Wednesday morning. Three of the five main inductees were on the ballot for the first time. One of the repeat nominees, Bon Jovi, tweeted, "It's about time!" The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees are: 

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As President Trump Toys With Mideast Peace, Palestine's Musicians Fight To Be Heard

image from pbs.twimg.com[UPDATED] News that President Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sent shock waves through the region.  For a growing group of musicians and music industry professionals, it was another reminder of how difficult it will be to attain their goal -  exporting Palestinian music and culture on an international scale.

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The Orchard Lands Record 50 Grammy 2018 Nominations

Orchard LogoWhile we wait for A2IM's definitive tabulation of who independent record labels faired in 2018 Grammy nominations, the tally for The Orchard stood out. Buoyed by its merger with RED, the Sony-owned indie music and film distributor notched a record 50 Grammy nominations. 

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YouTube's Lyor Cohen To Keynote Music Biz Convention In Nashville

Lyor cohenOften controversial music industry veteran Lyor Cohen, the Global Head of Music at YouTube and Founder of music content company 300, will keynote  the Music Business Association’s Music Biz 2018 conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Cohen will discuss his career journey, his current role at YouTube and Google and his thoughts on the future of the music business.

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