Jem Aswad

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Jem Aswad is the former editor of Billboard.biz. He has also held senior editorial posts at Spin, MTV News, Time Out New York, ASCAP and CMJ, and has written for New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire, and other publications.

Backbeat: Fort Lean Rocks Santos Party House at Record-Release Gig Packed With Fans, Eager A&R Execs

Backbeat: Fort Lean Rocks Santos Party House at Record-Release Gig Packed With Fans, Eager A&R Execs

The scene at NYC buzz band Fort Lean’s raucous single-release gig at Santos Party House on Tuesday night resembled a sort of inverse mullet: party in the front, business in the back, with an approximately 20-year age gap between the young fans pressed near the venue’s low stage and the attorneys, label execs and even a couple of Billboard.biz reporters back by the bar.
P. Diddy's NYC Police Escort, Dry Cleaner Under Investigation

Diddy to Launch Revolt, a New Music Network, Through Comcast

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, will distribute minority-backed networks owned by  Sean “Diddy” Combs, NBA superstar Magic Johnson, director Robert Rodriguez and Spanish language television veteran Constantino “Said” Schwarz, the company announced today. Combs will partner with MTV veteran Andy Schuon on Revolt, which will showcase music and pop culture programming including music videos, live performances, news and interviews with a robust social media component.
Whitney Houston U.K. Price Hike a 'Mistake,' Sony Statement Says

Whitney Houston U.K. Price Hike a 'Mistake,' Sony Statement Says

After two days of silence, Sony has issued a statement in response to the furor over the company’s U.K. office’s decision to raise the price of two Whitney Houston titles, “The Ultimate Collection” and “Greatest Hits,” in the hours immediately following her death.The statement said the price-hike was the "result of an employee error" and apologized "for any offense caused."
Oscar Music Snubs: Were Songs by Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Pink Really That Bad?

Oscar Music Snubs: Were Songs by Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Pink Really That Bad?

It’s safe to say that when looking at the music nominations for the Academy Awards this morning, literally thousands of people thought, “That’s IT?” While the Academy’s rules for the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories  are surely very thoroughly thought through, it’s hard to imagine the thinking that deemed only two songs worthy of 2012 Oscar consideration.

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