Beyoncé has signed a new global agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, covering the iconic artist and businesswoman’s entire song catalog, stretching back to seminal hits from her start with Destiny’s Child.
The deal unites her with Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Jon Platt, who worked with the superstar as head of her previous publisher Warner Chappell. Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, hailed Platt “the Obama of the music industry” when the exec was honored at the annual City of Hope Spirit of Life gala in 2018, where Beyoncé performed. Read more in Billboard.
Former Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan claims she was sexually harassed by the general counsel to the Academy and put on administrative leave for raising numerous concerns about goings-on at the Grammys in a new filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The 46-page complaint arrives just days before the 62nd Grammy Awards.
The complaint – a charge of discrimination – is the latest in an increasingly heated dispute between Dugan and the Recording Academy. Dugan was placed on administrative leave last Thursday, 10 days before the Grammy Awards, over an alleged misconduct complaint. Read more in Rolling Stone.
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Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have teamed up to bring legal action against the Mississippi Department of Corrections after five prisoners died violently in the state’s troubled prison system in the past month. In his first interview since the lawsuit was filed, Yo Gotti told CBS News he will be holding a prison reform rally in Mississippi next week in support of the inmates.
“We’re in the process right now of setting up a whole rally down there, so the word is being heard,” Yo Gotti told CBSN. “We’re trying to make sure that they feel us and that they feel we’re trying to do something about it.” Read more from CBSNews.com.
, President & CEO of The Recording Academy had been placed on administrative leave — ten days before the 62nd Grammy Awards
An internal memo provided to Variety states, “In light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team, the Board has placed Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, effective immediately. The Board has also retained two independent third-party investigators to conduct independent investigations of the allegations.”
The memo continues, “The Board determined this action to be necessary in order to restore the confidence of the Recording Academy’s Membership, repair Recording Academy employee morale, and allow the Recording Academy to focus on its mission of serving all music creators. Board Chair Harvey Mason Jr. will serve as interim President and CEO pending the conclusion of the investigation. The Recording Academy Board of Trustees is committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace, music industry, and society.”
Page Six has a different take…
Insiders tell Page Six they suspect the Grammys fired its first-ever female boss in an attempt to silence her — after she wrote a bombshell memo alleging misconduct inside the organization, including sketchy voting practices, financial mismanagement and conflicts of interest.
Deborah Dugan took the helm of the Recording Academy — the organization behind the Grammys — in August. But on Thursday, it announced that she’d been put on leave because “a formal allegation of misconduct [was made against her] by a senior female [staff] member.” The New York Times reported that an assistant — whom she had inherited from previous boss Neil Portnow — had accused her of bullying.
But a source close to Dugan tells us that is iffy, and they suspect that she got the boot after sending a memo to the academy’s HR department three weeks ago, in which she said that “something was seriously amiss at the Academy.”
“Is the Recording Academy trying to shut up people who want to speak about their experience with the truth of sexual harassment, financial impropriety and [improper] insider benefits?” said an insider, referring to the misconduct that Dugan had planned to expose. “Are they enforcing a confidentiality agreement where someone [can’t] speak their truth? This is so sad — [the Academy is] a boys’ club.”
Dugan’s now hired leading Hollywood attorney Bryan Freedman, who is also representing Gabrielle Union in her row with NBC following her exit from “America’s Got Talent.”
In a statement, Freedman said that more information will be “exposed” at a later date. “What has been reported [in the press] is not nearly the story that needs to be told,” he said. “When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”
Portnow was fired after he was heavily criticized for saying that female artists needed to “step up” if they were to be more successful at the Grammys. The academy did not comment.
Congratulations to the newest Inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In the Performer Category:
- Depeche Mode
- The Doobie Brothers
- Whitney Houston
- Nine Inch Nails
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- T. Rex
Ahmet Ertegun Award:
These new Inductees will be celebrated at the 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ceremony will be broadcast live for the first time on HBO on May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET. Performances and special guests and Induction Week programs will be announced later.
Music producer Michael Stokes is suing several major publishers in a copyright dispute that alleges his signature was forged and his rights stolen while he was incapacitated following a stroke.
Stokes, a Grammy-nominated producer, composer and musician who has worked with the likes of Prince, Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and Whitney Houston, says a 2010 stroke left him unable to manage his music empire.
Stokes sued Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, The Bicycle Music Company, Kobalt Music Group, Concord Music Group and several subsidiaries in an effort to reclaim lost royalties.
“During the period of Mr. Stokes’ incapacity as such, on information and belief, Mr. Stokes’ name was forged on several chain of title documents, his copyrights and related interests thereby being effectively stolen from him, creating the false impression that Mr. Stokes’ copyrights and attendant rights in his music catalogs had been transferred to the former Music Publishing Company of America,” writes attorney Paul N. Philips in the complaint.
MPCA then transferred the rights to Bicycle, which was absorbed by Kobalt and Concord, according to the complaint. Stokes alleges the labels have been put on notice that he is the rightful owner, but still continue paying the companies that usurped his rights instead of him.
Philips tells The Hollywood Reporter that a “Good Samaritan” in the music industry who was familiar with Stokes’ work and discovered someone else was being paid on his copyrights brought the matter to the producer’s attention.
Stokes, 67, is suing for copyright infringement, conversion, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair business practices, unjust enrichment and financial elder abuse. He’s asking the court for a declaration that his works have been infringed and an injunction barring defendants from collecting or distributing any funds deriving from his works, and he’s seeking either statutory damages or actual damages and disgorgement of profits plus compensatory and punitive damages.
Dave Chappelle is officially a member of the “Yang Gang.” The comedian has endorsed Andrew Yang for president, the candidate revealed in a Tweet.
“Thank you @DaveChappelle and welcome to the #yanggang. You are the best. Let’s do this for our kids,” Yang wrote, sharing a photo of himself with Chappelle. The tweet was posted at a seemingly strategic time — the day of the Iowa Democratic debate, which Yang did not qualify for and could not participate in.
Yang also revealed during a campaign event Tuesday that Chappelle would be headlining two shows in South Carolina to benefit his campaign.
Rick And Sasha… & Tony
— Cumulus Media’s Westwood One announces the Rick and Sasha
show is continuing its expansion with yet another key programming addition — legendary broadcaster, programmer and production guru “Smokin'” Tony Richards
has joined the Urban AC morning show, which is now on 25-plus stations.
Richards (pictured) is an award-winning major market drive time personality and programmer with previous stints in New York, Houston, Philadelphia, DC and Chicago. “This show is going to the moon, and I want to be a part of it,” he said. “Rick and Sasha are two people who I feel are the future of radio. I am here unselfishly to help the team make it happen.” Rick and Sasha GM and co-creator Gary Bernstein says, “Tony wears so many hats extremely well. He is a brilliant broadcaster, programmer, producer, creative force, as well as an energetic and experienced voice in the room. His talents will immediately be felt on the show.”
Host Rick Party
commented, “Tony was instrumental in giving me the name ‘Rick Party,’ and mentored me early in my career. Adding Tony gives us even more ammo so we can establish a whole new standard for great Urban AC radio.” Sasha added, “I’m very excited to have Tony on the team and look forward to being able to capitalize on his many years of experience to help grow our brand to even greater heights!” To find out more about the Rick and Sasha
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