1. BMG Acquires Hal David Catalog (Exclusive)

    February 28, 2014 1:28 PM EST BMG Rights Management has acquired the Hal David song catalog in what is believed to be the biggest single songwriter catalog transaction in the last two years. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say BMG paid around $42 million ...

  2. Paul Cantor, Former William Morris & Scepter Records Exec, Dies at 86

    January 30, 2014 4:17 AM EST Paul Cantor, an agent at William Morris in the 1950s who went on to manage pop stars such as Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas, has died. He was 86. Cantor died Jan. 17 of natural causes at his home in Dana Point, Calif., his son Marc told The Hollyw ...

  3. White House Postpones ‘Musica Latina’ Concert After Navy Yard Massacre

    September 16, 2013 11:51 PM EDT The White House decided late Monday to postpone the taping of a program celebrating Latin music, citing a morning shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead. "In light of today's tragic events at the Washingto ...

  4. White House Postpones ‘Musica Latina’ Concert After Navy Yard Massacre

    September 16, 2013 11:51 PM EDT The White House decided late Monday to postpone the taping of a program celebrating Latin music, citing a morning shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead. "In light of today's tragic events at the Washing ...

  5. Ed's Publishing Briefs: UMPG Re-ups Admin Deal with Warner Bros; Imagem Strikes Deal with Counting Crows, Jimmy Cliff; Coolio's Song Auction

    August 22, 2013 5:28 PM EDT UMPG SIGNS DEALS WITH WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, BURT BACHARACH Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its worldwide music publishing administration agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which will cover the music from Warner Bros. P ...

  6. Burt Bacharach’s Memoir Delves into the Pain of Daughter's Suicide

    May 22, 2013 2:58 AM EDT Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional - not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages. He knew that being honest would force him to come to terms with the death of his daughter. "It was very toug ...

  7. Youssou N’Dour, Kaija Saariaho To Receive the 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:08 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA&# ...

  8. Phil Ramone on Film and Stage: From Bond and Madonna to 'Flashdance' and 'August Rush'

    March 30, 2013 8:27 PM EDT Phil Ramone was the rare record producer and engineer who was active and thriving in the live-performance realm  as well as film, TV and theater. He produced numerous MusiCares person of the year galas during Grammy Week, tributes to performers ...

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  10. 'Take a Letter, Maria' Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

    October 03, 2012 9:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 R.B. Greaves , a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68. The singer's son confirmed the news, according to the New Yo ...

  11. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  12. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  13. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt ...

  14. Hal David, Legendary Songwriter and Former ASCAP President, Dead At 91

    September 01, 2012 6:15 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91. David died of complica ...

  15. Elle Varner & Reps Talk 'Perfectly Imperfect' Album

    August 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it... but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potentially ...

  16. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  17. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot Among Songwriter Hall inductees

    June 15, 2012 9:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual Son ...

  18. Bob Seger, Jim Steinman, Ne-Yo Among Songwriter Hall Honorees

    June 15, 2012 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Nicks and Swizz Beatz Among Presenters Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Conv ...

  19. Burt Bacharach & Hal David To Be Honored by President Obama

    May 07, 2012 6:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a duo whose pop melodies and lyrics regularly hit the charts in the 1960s and early 1970s despite competition from more so ...

  20. Backbeat: Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50-Year Career At Grammy Museum With Clive Davis, Neil Portnow, More

    March 28, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Dionne Warwick shares a laugh with Clive Davis onstage at the Clive Davis Theater inside the Grammy Museum. Save for a reference during a brief remark from Davis about legendary singers and a clip showing Whitney Houston singing "That's ...

  21. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year

    February 27, 2012 12:37 AM EST In a year in which the Academy Awards appeared to not give a hoot about film music -- no musical performance during the show, just two nominees for Best Song -- they proceeded to reward a film in which the only dominant sound WAS music. Just two n ...

  22. Sergio Mendes Frustrated By No Oscar Best Original Song Performances

    February 22, 2012 7:52 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Sergio Mendes will attend the Academy Awards on Sunday, but will do so with mixed feelings. He's honored that his song "Real in Rio," from the animated movie "Rio," is one of the only two nominated this yea ...

  23. Carly Simon To Be Honored by ASCAP

    February 16, 2012 6:22 AM EST Carly Simon will receive the ASCAP Founders Award during the performing rights organization's 29th annual Pop Music Awards on April 18. Backbeat: ASCAP Rhythm & Soul's Grammy Brunch With Ne-Yo, Paul Epworth, Ledisi Simon will be hono ...

  24. Burt Bacharach Working on Memoir

    January 19, 2012 8:44 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a ...

  25. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance ind ...

  26. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record in 10th Week at No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull . Adele' ...

  27. Adele's '21' Ties Beatles, Madonna U.K. Album Charts Record

    March 28, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 A dele 's epic reign on the U.K. sales charts strengthened again yesterday (Mar. 27), as her "21" album (XL) started a ninth week at No. 1 and its single "Someone Like You" climbed back to the top, 2-1, giving it five of the ...

  28. Elvis Costello Launching 'The Costello Show Series'

    September 11, 2009 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's just no slowing down Elvis Costello . After launching his "Spectacle" TV series last December and releasing his latest studio effort, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," this past June, the punk icon is set to debut & ...

  29. May 12, 2009

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Singer Dionne Warwick is arrested when baggage screeners at Miami International Airport claim to find 11 suspected marijuana cigarettes inside her lipstick container. 2001 – Singer Perry Como dies in his sleep at his home in Jupiter Inlet Col ...

  30. Diana Krall Preps Album, Producing Streisand

    December 08, 2008 1:47 PM EST 0 0 0 Diana Krall describes her first record in three years as intimate, sensual and erotic. "I'm not coy single girl singing 'Peel Me a Grape.' I love that song but I don't love it for me any more," Krall says. "I feel ...

  31. Chart Beat: Beyonce, T.I., Josiah Leming

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from "At Last," T.I., Josiah Leming and more! THIS COULD BE THE 'LAST' TIME: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote "At Last" for the film "Orchestra Wives" in 1942. Glenn Miller had a ...

  32. Bacharach Opens Electric Proms

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran songwriter Burt Bacharach launched the five-day BBC Electric Proms series at the Roundhouse venue in Camden, north London, with a set packed with classic hits and featuring guest stars. The 80-year-old composer performed at the piano along ...

  33. Bacharach To Open Electric Proms

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran songwriter Burt Bacharach will launch this year's BBC Electric Proms festival, which is staged from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26. Now in its third year, the Electric Proms will return to London and shows will additionally be staged in Liverpool ...

  34. George Martin Reflects On 'Sgt. Pepper' In L.A.

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beatles producer George Martin offered a fascinating look into the group's creative process during a multimedia presentation for members of the National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences Friday a Beatles producer George Martin offered a fa ...

  35. Complete Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. From the nominations to the grand event, Billboard.com presents full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which t ...

  36. Winehouse, West Win Big At 50th Annual Grammys

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys "dueted" with a vintage performance by Frank Sinatra of "Learnin' the Blues" to kick off the 50th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the real magic came from le Alicia Keys "duete ...

  37. Bacharach, Band, Calloway Get Lifetime Grammys

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Songwriting legend Burt Bacharach, the Band and late jazz vocalist Cab Calloway are among the acts that will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement award at the upcoming 50th annual Gram Songwriting legend Burt Bacharach, the Band ...

  38. Bacharach, Band, Calloway Get Lifetime Grammys

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Songwriting legend Burt Bacharach, the Band and late jazz vocalist Cab Calloway are among the acts that will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement award at the upcoming 50th annual Grammy Awards. Swing vocalist Doris Day, Israe ...

  39. The Bird And The Bee

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Call it what you will -- space age bachelorette pad music seems fitting -- just as long as you don't call it "modern standards" or "jazz pop." And even if Inara George and Greg Kurstin have hipster na Call it what you will - ...

  40. James Blunt, T.I. Bolster Grammy Performance Lineup

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Multi-nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt and rapper T.I. are among the new additions to the roster of performers for Sunday's (Feb. 12) Grammy Awards. Multi-nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt and rapper T.I. are among the new additions ...

  41. New Label Launches With Target Exclusives

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A new label is launching a branded music series by providing Target with a one-year exclusive to carry the line. A new label is launching a branded music series by providing Target with a one-year exclusive to carry the line. The label, 180 Music, w ...

  42. Warwick Surrounded By Stars On Duets Album

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Cyndi Lauper, Olivia Newton-John, Kelis and Reba McEntire are just some of the many female singers that will join Dionne Warwick on her upcoming duets effort, "My Friends and Me." Cyndi Lauper, Olivia Newton-John, Kelis and Reba McEntire a ...

  43. Manilow May Revisit The '70s For Next Album

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As he prepares to unveil his musical trip through the '60s, Barry Manilow predicts that a similar visit to the '70s is inevitable. "Well, it seems like there should be one," says Manilow, who releases As he prepares to unveil his ...

  44. Hicks Crowned Fifth Season "American Idol"

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With a yelp of "Soul Patrol!" silver-haired Southerner Taylor Hicks was crowned the fifth season winner of "American Idol" tonight (May 24). Competing with 22-year-old Katharine McPhee for the fifth c With a yelp of "Soul Pa ...

  45. 18OnTV

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for May 1 - 7, 2006. MONDAY, MAY 1 “The Tony Danza Show,” Syndicated Featured artist(s): James Hill (also scheduled: Brooke Burns, Matt Daves). “TRL,” MTV Featured artist(s): Fort Minor. “The Apprentice,” NBC Featured artis ...

  46. Thomas, Wainwright Sing For 'Robinsons'

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rob Thomas and Rufus Wainwright will contribute original songs to the soundtrack of the animated Walt Disney film "Meet the Robinsons." Rob Thomas and Rufus Wainwright will contribute original songs to the soundtrack of the animated Walt D ...

  47. Singer Gene Pitney Dies In Cardiff

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer Gene Pitney, who shot to fame in the 1960s with hits including "24 Hours From Tulsa," has died while on tour in Britain, according to his agent, Jene Levy. Gene Pitney, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose hits included ...

  48. Costello, Toussaint Teaming For New Album

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Elvis Costello is slated to head into the studio the week of Thanksgiving to record a collaborative album with songwriter/arranger/pianist Allen Toussaint. Joe Henry will produce the project for Verve Elvis Costello is slated to head into the studio ...

  49. Zeppelin, Gergiev Win Polar Music Prize

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Legendary rock act Led Zeppelin and Russian conductor and artistic director Valery Gergiev were named laureates of the prestigious Polar Music Prize for 2006 today (Nov. 7) in Stockholm. Legendary rock act Led Zeppelin and Russian conductor and arti ...

  50. 'Time' To Talk

    October 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Burt Bacharach gets assistance from Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Dr. Dre on his first solo album since 1977, "At This Time." Burt Bacharach gets assistance from Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Dr. Dre on his first solo album s ...

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