Grandmaster Flash Receives the $130,000 Polar Prize, the ‘Nobel Prize for Music’

Grandmaster Flash became the first DJ and rapper to win Sweden’s Polar Prize. The DJ — real name Joseph Saddler — accepted the award from the King of Sweden. The Polar Prize is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Music” among enthusiasts. The kin… Continue Reading

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Whose Is Bigger? ASCAP and BMI Are Holding Their Film & TV Awards Dinners on the Exact Same Night

PRO rivals ASCAP and BMI are hosting their film-music awards dinners on the same night on Wednesday.  And neither side is backing down. ASCAP is holding its annual party at the Beverly Hilton, while the BMI party is at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.  Thi… Continue Reading

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New York City Officially Renames Staten Island Neighborhood as ‘Wu-Tang Clan District’

Staten Island’s Park Hill neighborhood has a brand-new identity. The Wu-Tang Clan, arguably Staten Island’s greatest cultural export, has now been honored with a dedicated neighborhood district.  In a presentation this weekend (May 4th), the borough’s … Continue Reading

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The Radio Disney Music Awards are Getting Rebranded as ‘The ARDYs’: “Families and Kids Really Hate Awards Shows”

Disney is retreading its longtime Radio Disney Music Awards into something less ‘awards showy’. Disney isn’t ditching its longtime awards show.  But the entertainment giant seems to be stripping out some cliché features. For starters, the ‘Awards’ name… Continue Reading

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Grammy Ratings Hit Another Near-Low, Down 24% from 2017

Despite record ‘social media conversations,’ the Recording Academy has simply failed to provide audiences with a compelling reason to watch the Grammys. Last Sunday, Donald Glover – better known as Childish Gambino – made history.  His song, ‘This Is A… Continue Reading

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Childish Gambino Makes Grammy History With Record of the Year – But Doesn’t Even Show Up

The Recording Academy still hasn’t learned how to treat music artists with respect.  Last night’s Grammys proved that. Yesterday evening, at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Donald Glover – better known as Childish Gambino – made history. ‘This Is Americ… Continue Reading

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