All posts by Shirley Halperin

Hitmaker of the Month: Ariana Grande Collaborator Victoria Monét on ‘Thank U, Next’

Victoria Monét is what you’d call an all-around creative. A singer, songwriter and dancer, the Sacramento native is also among Ariana Grande’s go-to collaborators. Most recently, Monet had a hand in constructing Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” which topped the charts in multiple territories upon its November 2018 release, including the United States, the U.K., Australia, […]

KCRW Moves Into New Headquarters as Star DJ Jason Bentley Mulls His Future

Influential public radio station KCRW has finally left the basement and entered its new home: a sparkling, 34,000-square-foot, three-story $21.7 million glass structure on the campus of Santa Monica College. Part of a $115 million development of its Center for Media and Design, it’s a glittering, shiny and massive step up from its previous studio […]

‘Leaving Neverland,’ ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Composers on How They Scored Sexual Abuse Docs

How do you put music to child sexual abuse — especially if the accused predators are musical icons? That’s the challenge composers Chad Hobson and Nathan Matthew David faced as they scored HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” respectively. The documentaries are built around interviews with the alleged victims of Michael Jackson (two […]

New Found Glory Reimagines ‘This Is Me’ for the Warped Tour Crowd (EXCLUSIVE)

Remember the plot of “Be Kind, Rewind”? Mos Def plays a video store clerk who, after its inventory of videocassettes is erased, sets out with Jack Black to reshoot movies such as “Ghostbusters” and “Rush Hour 2” in the streets of Passaic, N.J. That idea — minus the wacky Fats Waller subplot — resonated with […]

Berklee Honors Beyoncé PR Strategist Yvette Noel-Schure

Berklee College of Music’s Valencia, Spain outpost honored Yvette Noel-Schure, the veteran public relations strategist, with the inaugural Master of Global Entertainment Award on March 14. Currently serving as vice president of Schure Media Group, after an illustrious career at Columbia Records, she has long represented Beyonce and also worked with John Legend, Prince, Mariah […]

SXSW: How Alternative Radio Works In Concert With the Live Entertainment Business

At South By Southwest on Friday, an animated panel of music business veterans took on the topic: “Is Alternative Radio in the Concert or Radio Business?” The discussion revolved around alt-rock radio concerts, and whether the market has become so saturated with stations looking to book next-big-thing acts and tried-and-true headliners on their multi-band bills […]

Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards With Katy Perry, Bebe Rexha, 5SOS, More

The iHeartRadio Music Awards felt like a more intimate affair this year. That may be because of a change in venue, from The Forum to the smaller Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles’, with a capacity of just over 7,000. But you could also credit the tight and exclusive club of artists who churn out […]