Songwriter Justin Tranter Performs Hits, Talks Female Artists at YouTube Music Night

With music-focused tech platforms increasingly recognizing songwriters as a key component of the music community, YouTube staged its first ever songwriter music night on Wednesday (Feb. 7). The event featured hitmaker Justin Tranter, who in addition to cowriting Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Julia Michaels’ “Issues” and Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” is also

Grammy Chief Neil Portnow Pulls Out of Pollstar Conference Appearance

Embattled Grammy chief Neil Portnow, who is facing calls for his resignation in the wake of an ill-phrased comment that female artists and executives need to “step up” in order to get ahead in the music industry, has pulled out of a Thursday speaking appearance at the Pollstar Live! Conference

Grammys 'woefully out of touch,' say female music execs

Several female heavyweights in the music industry fired off a letter to the Recording Academy, saying it was “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly, society” after only one woman, Alessia Cara, won a solo award on this year’s Grammy Awards broadcast. The joint letter,

Fiona Apple Slams Grammy Chief With ‘Kneel, Portnow’ T-Shirt (Watch)

The weekend provided no reprieve for Grammy chief Neil Portnow as Fiona Apple lambasted his twice-walked-back comment that female artists need to “step up” with a rebuke of her own — in the form of a T-shirt that says “Kneel, Portnow.” The outspoken singer wore the shirt while making a guest appearance

Grammys boss kinda apologizes for telling women to 'step up' 

The president and CEO of the organization that runs the Grammys is kinda-sorta apologizing for saying female artists need to “step up” if they want to win more awards (or, for that matter, get more than an average of 9 percent of Grammy nominations). Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow

Katy Perry, Charli XCX slam Grammys president for saying women need to 'step up'

Katy Perry and Charli XCX are joining the chorus of people criticizing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow for saying that women in music need to “step up” if they want more Grammy Awards. Hours after Pink fired back on Monday, Perry tweeted support for her comments, writing, “👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Another powerful woman, leading by

Pink fires back at Grammys president for saying women need to 'step up'

Count Pink among those who strongly disagree with Recording Academy president Neil Portnow’s belief that women in music need to “step up.” After Sunday’s Grammys were dominated by men (Alessia Cara’s win for Best New Artist was the sole major award given to a woman), Portnow had a controversial response to

MusiCares Foundation Enlists Amazon’s Steve Boom for Board Position

MusiCares, the music industry organization that provides emergency aid, addiction recovery, and financial assistance to members of the music community who are in need, has named Michael McDonald, founder and CEO of Mick Management (Walk the Moon, Leon Bridges, Ray Lamontagne) as Chair (he was previously vice-chair). Alexandra Patsavas, founder of