Beyoncé Makes History as “Texas Hold ’Em” Tops Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

One of Beyoncé’s new songs, “Texas Hold ’Em,” has landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, Billboard reports. She is now the first Black woman to ever hold the spot, Variety notes. The superstar’s “16 Carriages,” released simultaneously, also charted at No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Both songs are Beyoncé’s … Read more

Nicki Minaj Achieves Chart Milestone as Pink Friday 2 Debuts at No. 1

Nicki Minaj’s new album Pink Friday 2 has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her third chart-topping album—after Pink Friday and Roman Reloaded—launched with 228,000 equivalent album units. It makes her the female rapper with the most No. 1 albums in history, breaking her previous tie with Foxy Brown. It’s also the … Read more

Senate Bill Aims to Revamp the Concert Ticketing System

Almost a year after the U.S. Senate held a high-profile hearing on the concert ticketing industry, a bipartisan group of high-profile senators has unveiled a sweeping bill that promises to overhaul the current system. Introduced on Friday (December 8), the Fans First Act would require more disclosure about tickets being sold, add to consumer protection … Read more

Sick of It All Sue Mobb Deep and Supreme for Trademark Infringement

The estate of late Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy, surviving member Havoc, and the streetwear brand Supreme have been sued in New York District Court for trademark infringement and unfair competition, Billboard reports and documents viewed by Pitchfork confirm. A complaint filed by plaintiff Bush Baby Zamagate—the label that owns the intellectual property of the New … Read more

Quincy Jones Receives First Peace Through Music Award From U.S. State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. have announced Quincy Jones as the recipient of the inaugural Peace through Music Award. The award is part of a new “Global Music Diplomacy Initiative” between the State Department and the Recording Academy to promote music as a tool for diplomacy and … Read more

Moog Cuts U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Months After inMusic’s Acquisition

Moog Music has reportedly slashed jobs at its Asheville, North Carolina manufacturing factory, the Asheville Citizen Times reports. The exact number of layoffs at the iconic synthesizer brand is currently unknown, but sources told the Citizen Times that more than half of existing positions were cut, including most workers who built the instruments. Synth Anatomy … Read more

Screenwriters and Studios Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have tentatively agreed to a new contract after a months-long standstill. The writers strike—ongoing since May 2—will continue until the new deal is ratified by vote of its 11,500 members. The WGA and AMPTP had resumed bargaining negotiations … Read more

Songwriters to Meet With Congress in Bid to Set Guidelines for AI Use

Main songwriters will meet with members of Congress tomorrow in Washington, D.C., urging them to undertake laws on synthetic intelligence in music. Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Paul Williams, Madison Love, Cirkut, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Matthew West, and extra will meet with officers as a part of American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers’ Stand … Read more

Bob Boilen, All Songs Thought-about and Tiny Desk Founder, Leaving NPR After 35 Years

Bob Boilen, the NPR host, producer, and director who created All Songs Thought-about and the “Tiny Desk Live performance” sequence, is leaving the broadcaster after 35 years. His colleague Lars Gotrich mentioned Boilen’s final day might be Monday, October 2. On X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter, Boilen wrote: After 35 … Read more

A2IM Launches Well being Insurance coverage Program for Musicians

The American Affiliation of Unbiased Music (A2IM) has introduced the main points of its new A2IM Artist Professional Program, which permits members entry to group medical health insurance and different advantages with a $99/12 months membership. By means of a web-based storefront dubbed the A2IM Advantages Retailer, members can buy dental, imaginative and prescient, private … Read more