February’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

February 28th, 2013

Not much action to report this month, at least that crossed my desk…

Bertelsmann is taking full control of BMG, although the price tag has yet to be confirmed.

Universal Music Group has now sold its uber-successful compilation series,  Now!, to Sony Music Entertainment for $52.5 million.

Event: Women in Music & ASCAP presents – Composers who Rock

February 14th, 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a member of the organization Women in Music since 2007, a board member since 2011, general counsel since 2012, and most recently, I was elected Vice President!  I am so excited to be taking on a greater leadership role within the organization.  We have some great things planned for 2013.  Our next event is February 26th at ASCAP – a panel of female Composer that Rock.  Details below!

2013 Grammy Winners

February 11th, 2013

There were definite highs (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chick Corea) and lows (Frank Ocean, Frank Ocean, Frank Ocean) at the 2013 Grammys.

In case you missed the awards, here is a list of the winners:

Record of the Year
“Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye (Feat. Kimbra)
“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” – Fun (feat. Janelle Monae)
“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Album of the Year
Babel – Mumford and Sons
El Camino – The Black Keys
Some Nights – Fun.
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss – Jack White

Song of the Year
”We are Young” – Fun. (feat. Janelle Monae)
“The A Team” – Ed Sheeran
“Adorn” – Miguel
“Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Solo Performance
”Set Fire to the Rain (Live)” – Adele
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
“Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
“Wide Awake” – Katy Perry
“Where Have You Been” – Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
”Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye (feat. Kimbra)
“Shake it Out” – Florence & the Machine
“We Are Young” – Fun. (feat. Janelle Monae)
“Sexy and I Know It” – LMFAO
“Payphone” – Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Impressions – Chris Botti
24/7 Gerald Albright & Norman Brown
Four Hands & A Heart Volume One – Larry Carlton
Live at the Blue Note Tokyo – Dave Koz
Rumbadoodle Arun Shenoy

Best Pop Vocal Album
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Ceremonials – Florence & the Machine
Some Nights – Fun.
Overexposed – Maroon 5
The Truth About Love – Pink

Best Dance Recording
Bangarang – Skrillex (feat. Sirah)
Levels – AVICII
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris (feat. Ne-Yo)
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia (feat. John Martin)
I Can’t Live Without You – Al Waiser

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Bangarang – Skrillex
Wonderland – Steve Aoki
Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
>Album Title Goes Here – Deadmau5
Fire & Ice – Kaskade

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Kisses on the Bottom – Paul McCartney
Christmas – Michael Buble
A Holiday Carole – Carole King

Best Rock Performance
“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
“Hold On” – Alabama Shakes
“Charlie Brown” – Coldplay
“I Will Wait” – Mumford & Sons
“We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“Love Bites (So Do I)” – Halestorm
“I’m Alive” – Anthrax
“Blood Brothers” – Iron Maiden
“Ghost Walking” – Lamb of God
“No Reflection” – Marilyn Manson
“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)” – Megadeth

Best Rock Song
“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
“Freedom at 21” – Jack White
“I Will Wait” – Mumford and Sons
“Madness” – Muse
“We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Album
El Camino – The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
The 2nd Law – Muse
Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss – Jack White

Best Alternative Music Album
Making Mirrors – Gotye
The Idler Wheel… – Fiona Apple
Biophilia – Bjork
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – M83
Bad As Me – Tom Waits

Best R&B Performance
”Climax” – Usher
“Thank You” – Estelle
“Gonna Be Alright (FTB)” – Robert Glasper Experiment (feat. Ledisi)
“I Want You” – Luke James
“Adorn” – Miguel

Best Traditional R&B Performance
”Love on Top” – Beyonce
“Lately” – Anita Baker
“Wrong Side of a Love Song” – Melanie Fiona
“Real Good Hands” – Gregory Porter
“If Only You Knew” – SWV

Best R&B Song
”Adorn” – Miguel
“Beautiful Surprise” – Tamia
“Heart Attack” – Trey Songz
“Pray for Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Refill” – Elle Varner

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Fortune – Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel

Best R&B Album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
Back to Love – Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back – R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise – Tamia
Open Invitation – Tyrese

Best Rap Performance
”Niggas in Paris” – Jay-Z and Kanye West
“HYFR” – Drake (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
“Daughters” – Nas
“Mercy” – Kany West (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz_
“I Do” – Young Jeezy (feat. Jay-Z and Andre 3000)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“No Church in the Wild” – Jay-Z and Kanye West (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream)
“Wild Ones” – Flo Rida (feat. Sia)
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” – John Legend (feat. Ludacris)
“Cherry Wine” – Nas (feat. Amy Winehouse)
“Talk That Talk” – Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z)

Best Rap Song
”Niggas in Paris” – Kanye West and Jay-Z
“Daughters” – Nas
“Lotus Flower Bomb” – Wale (feat. Miguel)
“Mercy” – (Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
“The Motto” – Drake (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
“Young, Wild and Free” – Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa (feat. Bruno Mars)

Best Rap Album
Take Care – Drake
Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album – Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good – Nas
Undun – The Roots
God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross
Based on a T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz

Best Country Solo Performance
”Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
“Home” – Dierks Bentley
“Springsteen” – Eric Church
“Cost of Livin’” – Ronnie Dunn
“Wanted” – Hunter Hayes
“Over” – Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Pontoon” – Little Big Town
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
“Save & Sound” – Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
“On the Outskirts of Town” – The Time Jumpers
“I Just Come Here for the Music” – Don Williams (feat. Alison Krauss)

Best Country Album
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living for a Song – A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Four the Record – Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers

It wasn’t part of the main show, but I wanted to also send out a special congratulations to my former engineering teacher at NYU, Jim Anderson, on winning the Best Surround Sound Album award.