All posts by Shirley Halperin

Benny Blanco, Murda Beatz, Ali Tamposi Take Top Honors at Spotify Secret Genius Awards

Spotify honored the year’s behind-the-scenes music-makers at the Secret Genius Awards tonight (Nov. 16). Held at the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles and hosted by Ne-Yo, winners for the top prizes included Murda Beatz for Producer of the Year, Ali Tamposi for Songwriter of the Year and Benny Blanco for Secret Genius: Pop. Tricky […]

Rachel Reynolds Exits KCRW for Concord Music (EXCLUSIVE)

Rachel Reynolds, a 12-year veteran of Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW, has joined Concord Music as senior director of the label group’s creative content production department. Reynolds will relocate to Nashville where she’ll lead the creation and execution of video content, podcasts and live events for the company’s imprints, including Concord Records, Fantasy Recordings, Fearless […]

Dave Grohl, Beck, Moby Talk Midterm Elections at Swing Left Concert

“This is family,” Beck said from the stage at Los Angeles’ Palace Theater on Thursday night (Nov. 1), explaining his surprise appearance with The Bird and the Bee and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. The occasion: an equal part concert and rally staged by Swing Left. The all-star lineup also included Karen O and Nick Zinner […]

Spice Girls, Minus Victoria Beckham, Announce Stadium Tour

The Spice Girls today announced their first concert dates together since the 2012 Olympics: a set of stadium dates in the U.K. for the summer of 2019. Manager Simon Fuller, who developed the group, is bringing four of the girls together — minus Victoria Beckham, aka “Posh Spice” — has partnered with Modest Management, whose clients […]

TaP, Home to Dua Lipa and Ellie Goulding, Expands Recording, Publishing Divisions

TaP Management, the London-based firm that counts Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding on its roster, is expanding its operations to include TaP Music which encompasses subsidiaries Tap Records and Tap Publishing. With the expansion comes two additional hires:– Wendy Ong as head of marketing U.S. and Chris Woo as A&R for TaP […]

How ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Recreated 1985’s Live Aid

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is bookended with one of Queen’s most iconic performances: a 20-minute set at Wembley Stadium outside of London for 1985’s Live Aid concert. Featuring some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Radio Ga Ga,” “We Are The Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” recreating the scale of that record-breaking event — […]

’12on12′ Music Series Lines Up YG, Steve Aoki, Vince Staples for Start of Production

“12on12,” a new episodic series hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran, starts production this weekend at ComplexCon in Long Beach, Calif. Among the artists participating in the show, Executive Producer Steven Levine confirms, are YG, Steve Aoki and Vince Staples, each of whom will be interviewed by Duran. The concept of the Cutting Edge Group’s […]

Annie Lennox on Writing the Theme Song to ‘A Private War’: ‘It Was Meant to Be’

Suggesting an artist to perform the title song for Matthew Heineman’s “A Private War,” the movie about British journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed in 2012 while covering the war in Syria, was a no-brainer for CAA’s Brian Loucks. “I thought this was the kind of movie Annie would love,” the agent says of his […]