David Ritz

David Ritz is an author, journalist, and lyricist. He lives in Los Angeles.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson Goes Deep on Her Early Challenges, Upcoming Music & the Joy of Motherhood

In a roller-coaster year for music -- and the world -- the Billboard Music Awards, airing live May 20 on NBC, are meeting the mood with an outspoken new host, Kelly Clarkson, as well as expectation-upending nominees from Post Malone to Zedd and Maren Morris. Here, the Icon Award honoree, Janet Jackson, takes a deep dive into her trailblazing history as she prepares for major performances and a new album.
Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson Goes Deep on Her Early Challenges, Upcoming Music & the Joy of Motherhood

In a roller-coaster year for music -- and the world -- the Billboard Music Awards, airing live May 20 on NBC, are meeting the mood with an outspoken new host, Kelly Clarkson, as well as expectation-upending nominees from Post Malone to Zedd and Maren Morris. Here, the Icon Award honoree, Janet Jackson, takes a deep dive into her trailblazing history as she prepares for major performances and a new album.
Tommy LiPuma speaks onstage at A&R Icons: Lenny Waronker and Tommy LiPuma at The Grammy Museum on Jan. 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Remembering Tommy LiPuma: 'His Indomitable Spirit Is Alive -- And Always Will Be'

Veteran music executive and producer Tommy LiPuma died Monday March 13 following a brief illness. The five-time Grammy winner had worked with George Benson, Natalie Cole, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand over a career that spanned five decades and positions at A&M Records, Elektra and Verve Music. Author David Ritz remembers his longtime friend.

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