It's now known as "alt-country," but when Emmylou Harris began her career, Gram Parsons, her mentor and singing partner, called it "cosmic American music." It's a phrase that still describes Harris'…
Few performers are as soothingly engaging as James Taylor, and he has again carefully prepared and presented his body of work in an enticing, if not electrifying, fashion. He keeps it simple, easing…
Kristen Madsen has been promoted to senior VP and appointed to oversee the Grammy Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation as part of a shift in the structure of the Recording Academy.
Gene Rumsey, former exec VP for EMI Music Marketing, has been named general manager of Concord Records, one of the largest independent record labels in the U.S.
Both Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove have new albums out on Verve that depart from the usual mainstream combo formats. Interestingly, neither is touring with their new vehicles this time around. The…
The comparisons to legendary jazz singers preceded Lizz Wright's arrival on record, and while her debut "Salt" is a stylistic amalgam like Norah Jones' debut, she hasn't been able to slide out of the…
French artist and composer Jean Michel Jarre took the music industry's campaign to cut taxes on sound recordings to the European Parliament Tuesday.
Buzz on Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has been deafening; a huge push from KCRW and nomination for the Shortlist Prize have only added to the sense that he's the "next big thing." But his…
The lighthearted Beulah song "Silver Lining" describes the San Francisco band's essentials: songs about broken hearts tinged with punk but more informed by intelligent pop and laced with the strains…
Fashion Rocks, a one-off charity event at London's Royal Albert Hall to be held Oct. 15, is the latest to tap into the fashion/music crossover trend with a strong lineup of pop and fashion glitterati.
SoundExchange, a division of the RIAA that collects and distributes royalties on digital music, is spinning out on its own.