Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting; John Prine's Family Speaks, One Year After Death; Record Store Day Lineup Announced

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April 07, 2021

Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting

Singers have taken credit and royalties for songs they didn't write for decades — insiders say the practice is more prevalent than eve …

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Remembering John Prine, One Year On: His Wife and Son Talk About a Tough Anniversary and a Still Expanding Legacy

On the anniversary of John Prine's COVID death, Fiona Whelan Prine and Jody Whelan discuss their difficult year and what brings them joy.

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Record Store Day's 2021 Release Slate Includes a 'Reimagined' Tom Petty Album, Lady Gaga, Prince and 450 Exclusives

Record Store Days lineup for 2021 includes a new version of Tom Petty's "She's the One" album and releases from Lady Gaga, Prince and RATM.

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

Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and J Balvin see big paydays from the Scooter Braun-HYBE deal, as $50 million is distributed to acts, staffers.

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Brandi Carlile Recounts a Life Spurred by Adventure, Advocacy and Virtuosity in 'Broken Horses': Book Review

Brandi Carlile's "Broken Horses: A Memoir" is the most engaging rock autobiography since her childhood hero, Elton John, published "Me."

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Dionne Warwick Tells All About Being Queen of Twitter, Her Chance the Rapper Collab and Her Talk Show

Dionne Warwick discusses Twitter, messing with Chance the Rapper and the Weeknd, "SNL," the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Verzuz and mo …

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Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish Lead Nominees for 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Harry Styles, The Weeknd and Billie Eilish lead in nominations for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, scheduled for May 27 in Los Angeles.

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Hans Zimmer Explores a New Composing Frontier: Smartphone Ringtones

Hans Zimmer is bringing an epic style to a miniaturist medium, composing ringtones for a new smartphone, as seen in a promotional video.

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Britney Spears: Legal Expert Explains Why Pop Star's Unprecedented Conservatorship Case Is 'Highly Abnormal'

With Britney Spears' conservatorship in the news, an attorney who specializes in that area of law answers questions surrounding her case.

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Bella Thorne on Therapy, Owning Her Pansexuality and Dreams of Building a Hollywood Studio

Bella Thorne talks to Marc Malkin about writing a second memoir, wanting to win an Oscar and being a role model for queer youth.

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Ralph Schuckett, Keyboardist on Todd Rundgren and Carole King Classics and a Composer for Animation, Dies at 73

Ralph Schuckett, a keyboard player for Todd Rundgren and Carole King who went on to compose for "Pokemon" and other animation, has died.

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Rod Wave Rides to No. 1 on Album Chart; Lil Nas X's 'Montero' Tops Songs Chart

Rod Wave's second album easily debuted at No. 1. On the songs chart, the race was tight between Lil Nas X's "Montero" and Justin Bieber.

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ACM Awards Show Announces Lineup of 29 Performers for April 18 Telecast

The upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards boasts a lineup including Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.

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H.E.R. Releases New 'Fight for You' Music Video From 'Judas and the Black Messiah' (EXCLUSIVE)

H.E.R. has released a new music video for her Oscar-nominated song, "Fight For You," from "Judas and the Black Messiah."

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Sara Watkins Puts a New Spin on Classic Family Songs in an Artful Kids' Album, 'Under the Pepper Tree'

Sara Watkins, of Nickel Creek fame, isn't afraid to call her new work a kids' album, even though nostalgic song choices may reel in boomers.

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Demi Lovato Turns a Recovery Narrative Into Musical Theater in 'Dancing With the Devil... The Art of Starting Over': Album Review

In "Dancing With the Devil... The Art of Starting Over," Lovato turns her recovery into musical theater... with bonus straight pop songs.

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Gordon M. Bobb to Receive Variety's Power of Law Award at Virtual Breakfast

Variety announced today the programming for its virtual invite-only Power of Law Breakfast presented by City National Bank, on April 9th.

                                                           

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