Women in Music 2019

Noted: July 17-July 24

July 17

Richard Nichols, who managed and produced The Roots for two decades, died in his native Philadelphia after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55. "He wasn't just a manager: He was our Peter Grant, our George Martin, our Malcolm McLaren," says Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. "He was our brain trust, the adhesive that kept us together all this time."

July 18

Alicia Keys parted ways with manager Will Botwin at Red Light to sign with Maverick's Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary.

eHarmony hired Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst to direct three commercials for the dating site, titled "Caroline and Friend," "Witch/Ogre" and "Bouquet." The former is currently testing, while the latter two ads are slated to hit the market in August and September.

July 19

Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine married Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The ceremony was officiated by actor Jonah Hill, brother of Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein, in front of more than 200 guests.

Glee star Naya Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas. Longtime friends, their relationship blossomed into a romance shortly after her engagement to rapper Big Sean ended in April.

Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos, believed to be the oldest working jazz musician (he performed regularly until 2013), died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103.

July 21

"Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke and his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, put their Hollywood Hills home on the market for nearly $3 million.

Country star Shania Twain announced she will end her Las Vegas residency on Dec. 13, two years after she began her run at Caesars Palace.

Capitol Music Group signed a multiyear, worldwide agreement with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins' Evolve Music Group.

Veteran Primus drummer Tim Alexander successfully underwent open-heart surgery and is recovering, after suffering a heart attack on July 18.

All Def Digital, the entertainment network co-founded by music mogul Russell Simmons, appointed Sanjay Sharma as its first president/COO. Sharma previously served as executive vp strategy and business development at the gaming-focused YouTube multichannel network Machinima.

July 22

Reggaeton star Yandel signed with Creative Artists Agency for worldwide representation in all areas.

Pandora hired former vp digital media at Columbia Records Lars Murray for the new position of vp industry relations. Murray will work in the company's New York office.

July 23

Singer-actress Hilary Duff signed to RCA Records, with her upcoming fifth studio LP due out this fall. The first single, "Chasing the Sun," will be released July 29.

Ocho Mule Records, Guster's own label, and Nettwerk Music Group announced their partnership in Guster's upcoming seventh album for worldwide release in 2015.

July 24

AEG's Lee Zeidman was named president of Los Angeles' Staples Center; Nokia Theatre and L.A. Live fall under his purview as well.

Nick Jonas signed with Island Records. His solo album is due out later this year.


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