Once you have accepted that the past is in the past, you can finally do the hardest feat imaginable. Let go.
Streaming is going to transform the music industry by fundamentally altering the very model of how artists monetize themselves and reinvest into their brands. And, it's bound to change how representatives do their jobs too.
Millions of Americans tuned in for the Grammys, and many were dazzled, amazed, and touched by the emotionally-charged, nude leotard clad performance of Sia's Chandelier by Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler.
Last Sunday's telecast of the annual awards show netted its lowest ratings in over six years. This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, except for maybe Kanye West, who happens to be one of the few interesting artists left in the decaying corpse that is today's music business.
Annie Lennox and Madonna have different paths. BOTH of these remarkable, self-empowered ladies' paths are valid. And we can honor and respect the choices each of the these women have made for themselves.
I enjoyed Kristen Wiig's surprise appearance as Sia's stand in for "Chandelier," as Sia does not face the audience while singing. BTW, can Kristen Wiig be a stand in for me in all aspects of my life? Please and thank you.
The Grammys are a Cinderella tale for musicians. We often go from rags to riches and, if we're not careful, back to rags again. We go from dreaming of the spotlight in our bedroom to center stage, under the white HOT spotlight, being cheered, lauded, and poked at.
During the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Anna Kendrick, Blake Shelton, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris and Lady Gaga Tweeted about the show from their seats and backstage. Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson, Lorde, and Brooklyn Decker live-tweeted from home.
With the 57th annual Grammys honoring the best in music on Sunday Feb. 8, numerous parties and events were held around Los Angeles leading up to the big night at the Staples Center.
The established rappers who have a beef with I.G.G.Y. should probably get off of Twitter and get back into the studio. Let's see if you can outshine or outsell Ms. Azalea. If you sound off about another rapper, you should be able to back it up with a gold record.
Okay, let's get real, we're all far too busy for all 57 Reasons To Watch The 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night on CBS, so let's focus on my top 7. This is my 15th year working on the Grammys, and let me assure you there will be LOTS of those famous Grammy Moments.
The Grammys are upon us. As I ponder the nominees in the category of "Song of the Year" on my Recording Academy voting ballot I'm happy to report that all five compositions were written by no more than three songwriters. Why does this make me smile?
Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.
I've been keeping my head above those waves for six decades now, learning all the strokes and how to float, too, now and then. So when adversity rears its ugly head, I just take a deep breath...and sing the life song I've learned almost as masterfully, as Lalah Hathaway sang hers.
"I think any musician who can take a piece of music and not just play it but can put themselves and all their passion into it becomes an artist even if it's only them hearing it."
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