Easy listening music

  1. Gil Friesen, Longtime A&M Exec and Film Producer, Dead at 75

    December 14, 2012 2:29 PM EST Longtime A&M exec Gil Friesen died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles after a prolonged battle with leukemia. Known as a charismatic and impeccably dressed man of many interests, he spent 31 years at A&M and was, along with founders Herb ...

  2. Roger Williams, Famed Pianist, Dies at 87

    October 10, 2011 6:42 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop charts in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87. Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications ...

  3. Business Matters: Rebecca Black Continues To Rake In Cash

    March 30, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black Rakes It In (Modestly) -- In case you hadn't read about sudden teen sensation Rebecca Black lately, here's an update on her numbers. "Friday" sold 50,000 units last week, bringing its two-week total to 87,000, acc ...

  4. Muzak To Be Acquired By Mood Media For $345 Million

    March 25, 2011 11:26 AM EDT Mood Media , a Toronto-based in-store media provider, will acquire South Caroline-based Muzak for $345 million, the company announced Thursday . Muzak, often dismissed as the company behind elevator music, and Mood Media are leaders in the use of ...

  5. John Barry, Oscar Winning James Bond Composer, R.I.P.

    January 31, 2011 6:09 AM EST British composer John Barry, who won five Oscars and is best known for creating music for the James Bond movies, has died. He was 77. "It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on January 30, 2011 in ...

  6. Ray Charles’ Publishing Goldmine

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles is a music publisher’s dream. Not only did he write songs that stand the test of time, but his interpretations of other songwriter’s tunes could turn them into royalty-generating goldmines. Charles wrote classics like “What I’d Say” an ...

  7. Publishing Briefs: Bug Music, Songfile, Muzak

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bug Music has hit the top 100 rankings of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing privately-held companies. The company was acknowledged for its 1,564.5% three-year growth to $77 million in revenues in its most recent fiscal year. It was also the ...

  8. Jazz Briefs: The Rippingtons, Cassandra Wilson, ELLA Award

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- "Modern Art," the new album by the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, arrives March 10 from Peak Records. Band founder Freeman is joined by a new lineup that includes bassist Rico Belled, saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa (whose original stin ...

  9. Muzak Files For Bankruptcy

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Muzak Holdings LLC, the maker of elevator music, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The company had heavy debt load, and it filed to try to refinance some of its debt. Its total debt is between $100 million and $500 million and it ...

  10. French Conductor Paul Mauriat Dies

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST French conductor Paul Mauriat died on Nov. 3 in Perpignan, France, at the age of 81. French conductor Paul Mauriat died on Nov. 3 in Perpignan, France, at the age of 81. A composer and conductor who specialized in "light" music, Mauriat ...

  11. Live Nation To Negotiate For Gleason Theater

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Would pay $1 million in annual rent for 15 years. Live Nation may take over Miami Beach, Fla.'s Jackie Gleason Theater, once the home of the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards. On Oct. 18, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to negotiate a ...

  12. The Beat

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Through a licensing deal with Shout Factory, at least 14 Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass titles will hit stores again come February via the "Herb Alpert Signature Series." Read Melinda Newman's co Through a licensing deal wi ...

  13. The Beat

    November 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shout Factory will rerelease legendary titles by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Read Melinda Newman's column. Shout Factory will rerelease legendary titles by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Read Melinda Newman's column. N ...

  14. Billboard Hires Conniff As Executive Editor

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tamara Conniff is joining the staff of Billboard as executive editor, effective Aug. 23. Tamara Conniff is joining the staff of Billboard as executive editor, effective Aug. 23. Conniff will co-manage the global editorial staff of Billboard with K ...

  15. Shore, Eastwood Honored At ASCAP Awards

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT "Rings" composer earns Henry Mancini award. Film/TV composer Howard Shore took home the highest honor last night (April 21) at ASCAP's 19th annual Film and Television Awards, held at L.A.'s Beverly Hilton Hotel. Shore, who was ...

  16. TV Composer's Wife Gets $2M Jury Award

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST May-Loo Music, a music publishing group owned by the widow of music composer Bill Loose, won a $1.9 million jury award. LOS ANGELES--May-Loo Music, a music publishing group owned by the widow of music composer Bill Loose, won a $1.9 million jury a ...

  17. ASCAP Taps Shore For Lifetime Honor

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Composer to receive Henry Mancini Award. Composer to receive Henry Mancini Award. News Henry Mancini ...