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Chuck E. Weiss 'Was More Than the Title of a Song'

'Chuck E.'s in Love,' about a music industry character, launched Rickie Lee Jones' career

(Newser) - Chuck E. Weiss, a musician and—with close friends Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits—prankish presence in Los Angeles music circles who inspired Jones' biggest hit, has died. He was 76. His family said the cause was kidney failure, the New York Times reports. Weiss was a songwriter, drummer,...

David Crosby Just Sold His Music Catalog

He says the move is a financial necessity, especially amid COVID

(Newser) - Add David Crosby to the list of artists selling their music catalogs. Giants including Bob Dylan , Lindsey Buckingham, the Beach Boys, and Cosby's old collaborator Neil Young have sold all or parts of their catalogs recently, notes the Guardian . Crosby sold his rights to music exec Irving Azoff's...

Bob Dylan Just Sold His Whole Song Catalog

Universal Music Group likely paid hundreds of millions

(Newser) - Bob Dylan just became a very, very rich man. The music legend has sold his entire song catalog to Universal Music Publishing Group, and early reports say the deal is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Terms were not disclosed for the catalog spanning six decades and more than 600...

After Grammys Controversy, Drake Calls for 'Something New'

Artist notes famed awards 'may no longer matter'

(Newser) - "What once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter." That's what Drake has to say about the Grammy Awards after The Weeknd, expected to be the king of 2021 nominations, was excluded altogether . In posts on his Instagram Stories, Drake—who received two nominations—...

The Last Time This Happened in Music, Mr. Mister Was Hot

Sales of vinyl records overtake those of CDs for first time since 1986

(Newser) - If there's no sound in the world sweeter to you than the comforting scratch of a record player needle making contact with a 12-inch LP, you're not alone. The Recording Industry Association of America has released its midyear revenue stats, and in what Bloomberg calls "a key...

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'Leather Tuscadero' Gets Her Due

Documentary pays tribute to pioneering female rocker Suzi Quatro

(Newser) - She's a pioneering female rocker from Detroit named Suzi Quatro who gained a worldwide following in the 1970s with a string of hits like "Can the Can." Quatro's name, however, is recognized more outside the US than in her native country. In fact, she is perhaps...

Amy Grant Thanks Fans After 'Miraculous' Recovery

Singer shares photos of scars after open-heart surgery

(Newser) - Singer Amy Grant is sharing personal photos unusual in the celeb world: They show her scars from open-heart surgery earlier this month. The 59-year-old shared them online, along with thanks to all her supporters who sent well wishes, reports People . The Grammy winner says her recovery "has honestly felt...

The Grammys Just Ditched One Word From a Big Award

Best 'urban' album category for awards show to be renamed best 'progressive R&B'

(Newser) - The Recording Academy is making a slew of changes to its Grammy Awards process, but one tweak is especially making headlines: There won't be be a "best urban contemporary album" category anymore. Instead, per an academy release Wednesday, that award will now be for the "best progressive...

Music Industry Plans 'Blackout Tuesday'

Daylong pause will honor George Floyd and other victims of police violence

(Newser) - The music industry is heeding a call to make Tuesday "Blackout Tuesday" to honor George Floyd and other black citizens who have died at the hands of police. The initiative, #TheShowMustBePaused ," was started by Atlantic Records execs Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas to address " the long-standing racism...

With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake

Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Newser) - The cast of Glee had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th...

Elvis Held This Record for 60 Years. Bieber Just Broke It

The Biebs claims 7th No. 1 album as solo artist at age 25; Presley was 26 when he did the same

(Newser) - Nearly six decades ago, Elvis Presley won bragging rights to an impressive feat: In 1961, with his Blue Hawaii album, the 26-year-old King became the youngest individual to have seven No. 1 albums on the US charts. The late legend's record just got smashed, however, at the hands of...

Just Days Before the Big Show, Grammys Chief Is Suspended

Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan placed on leave amid allegations of misconduct

(Newser) - In 2018, former Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow caught flak after he said women in the music industry needed to "step up" if they wanted to win Grammys. A woman took over his post last August—but now she, too, is making headlines for the wrong reasons. In a...

Taylor Swift: I Can't Use My Own Songs

Singer appeals to fans with Netflix doc, AMA performance in limbo

(Newser) - "This isn't the way I had planned on telling you this news," Taylor Swift wrote on social media Wednesday in announcing Netflix has been creating a documentary about her for the past few years. The abrupt announcement came in desperation, per Variety . "Don't know what...

Prince's Memoir Slights Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry

'It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed'

(Newser) - Prince had high hopes for his autobiography, begun three months before his April 2016 death . "Could it solve racism?" the musician is quoted as asking the writer he recruited to work with him on the project. Dan Piepenbring tells the BBC that Prince "saw the book as a...

Rock Hall Gives Noms to 2 Late Stars

Whitney Houston, Notorious BIG among 16 possibles for the 2020 inductee class

(Newser) - The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious BIG are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class. The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy join Houston...

Nicki Minaj Announcement Stuns Fans

She says she's retiring to have a family

(Newser) - Nicki Minaj stunned fans Thursday by abruptly announcing that she is retiring from the entertainment business to concentrate on starting a family. "I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now," she tweeted . "To my fans, keep reppin me, do...

A Dip in Taylor Swift Sales Reflects Changing Times

'Lover' does extremely well, but doesn't crack 1M album sales; streaming is on the rise

(Newser) - Taylor Swift had "one of the best weeks of my life" following the Aug. 23 release of sixth studio album, Lover. Not only did the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as with each of Swift's previous releases, but it saw the biggest sales week...

A 'Rare Takedown' Over Katy Perry Song

9-person panel decides singer's 'Dark Horse' sounds too much like Christian tune 'Joyful Noise'

(Newser) - A jury's verdict that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song represents a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist, and sets up a battle over damages that will begin Tuesday. Monday's...

There Is a New Taylor Swift Controversy Brewing

Singer claims Scooter Braun, who just bought her music catalog, bullied her, along with Bieber, Kanye

(Newser) - What are Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and music mogul Scooter Braun all doing in a news story together? It involves the latter's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, which owns all six studio albums put out by Swift before she signed with Universal in November,...

UMG Tried to Downplay Big Fire. Now, a Bigger List of Names

Cher, Dolly Parton, Styx, Rodney Dangerfield—all apparently lost master recordings in 2008 blaze

(Newser) - What's been called "the biggest disaster in the history of the music business" now has an even longer list of victims. A New York Times story documented the destruction of master recordings in a 2008 fire that burned a Universal Music Group vault, with 100 or so artists...

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