Nicole Pajer

Contributor

Nicole Pajer is a frequent contributor to Billboard. She has also written for Rolling Stone, AOL Music, Fuse, VH1, Men's Journal, The Red Bulletin, Hemispheres, Grammy.com, Emmys.com, The Honda Civic Tour, Cesar's Way, and more.

Janelle Arthur

Janelle Arthur Eyes Traditional Country Route After 'American Idol'

Following her elimination last week, Billboard caught up with Janelle Arthur who was still in shock about making the top 5, "especially given the caliber of female talent this year." Arthur discussed her plans for making music after Idol, revealed that she’d like to bring roots country back, and addressed whether or not Nicki Minaj returned her boots.
ASCAP Expo: Women Behind Music - Including Chris Brown Manager Tina Davis, UMPG EVP Ethiopia Habtemariam –  on Playing For Keeps

ASCAP Expo: Women Behind Music - Including Chris Brown Manager Tina Davis, UMPG EVP Ethiopia Habtemariam – on Playing For Keeps

A crowd of mostly females piled into the Dolby Ballroom last Friday to attend the ASCAP Expo’s “Women Behind Music: Playing for Keeps” panel. Moderated by ASCAP’s VP of Urban, Creative Services, Nicole George-Middleton, the panel was headed up by four industry notables: Tina Davis, co-founder & artist manager, Chris Brown Entertainment & Phase Too Management; Ethiopia Habtemariam,EVP & head of urban music at Universal Publishing Group; songwriter and performer Ledisi; and Jill Scott, songwriter, performer and actress.
ASCAP Expo: Ralph Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting

ASCAP Expo: Ralph Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting

A room full of eager songwriters piled into the Mt. Olympus Ballroom of Hollywood's Lowes Hotel on Friday, all hoping to pick up a few tips and tricks from ASCAP's VP of Membership/International and songwriting veteran, Ralph Murphy. Over the course of an hour, Murphy guided the audience, mostly songwriters, through a series of lessons, both specific and general, about writing the perfect hit.

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