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.

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.
2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

Four majors become three and play an epic (pun intended) game of musical chairs with top execs. The indie world finally takes its place at the big table. The battle for control of music in the digital clouds is in full swing;  the new music business continued being born in a dizzying swirl of startups. Spotify Warner Music EMI Facebook Doug Morris L.A. Reid Google Converse Amazon Barry Weiss Bon Iver Beats by Dre and more -- what a year it's been to cover the music business ...
Backbeat: Zola Jesus Storms CMJ 2011 With Three Shows in 24 Hours

Backbeat: Zola Jesus Storms CMJ 2011 With Three Shows in 24 Hours

Zola Jesus played three buzzed-about shows in 24 hours at this year's CMJ Music Marathon bringing out a wide swath of the music biz, including Sacred Bones' Caleb Braaten and Taylor Brode, Secretly Canadian's Jon Coombs and Darius Arman, SESAC's Jamie Dominguez and a large contingent from NPR Music, including Backbeat fave Bob Bollen host of "All Songs Considered" and the "Tiny Desk" series.

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