Where Is Country Music Making Room for Women?

For the last several years, the obstacles female performers face in country music have been widely documented and discussed, yet conditions haven’t improved much. The genre favors a handful of big stars, and offers few opportunities for growth to younger ones. That said, recently some rising singers — Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, Lainey Wilson — have found success […]

Black Songwriters on Working in Country Music

“Being a Black singer/songwriter in Nashville right now feels both hopeful and unpredictable,” Spencer tells Billboard. Since being highlighted on social media by the Highwomen for her cover of their single “Crowded Table” in October 2020, Spencer’s achieved a significant surge of acclaim that’s led to a full writing calendar. But her trajectory remains too rare. Shannon Sanders, executive director […]

Around the World: Te quiero dijiste, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus, Los Angeles Philharmonic & Zubin Mehta

By Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus, Los Angeles Philharmonic & Zubin Mehta Listen to Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus, Los Angeles Philharmonic & Zubin Mehta on Apple Music. Listen to over 70 million songs, ad-free with zero commercials. Plus, get unlimited downloads to your library, and […]

The Composer at the Frontier of Movie Music

The composers and filmmakers I spoke to about Britell emphasized the poetic intelligence he brings to his work. But his emotional reach is equally important. Part of his job is helping directors and producers feel things they can’t explain but know they want to feel. As Jesse Armstrong, the showrunner for “Succession,” told me: “I’m a musical Neanderthal, really. Nick […]

Warner Music Group Marketing Veteran Beth Appleton to Depart

Appleton has worked in the music industry for 25 years, starting with EMI in London and transferring to Australia for the first time in 2000. She returned to the U.K. to work for Richard Branson’s V2 label and Universal Music before joining Warner Music Australia in 2011, in the role as director of marketing. An honoree in Billboard’s Women In […]

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Choral Music

In the past, we’ve chosen the five minutes or so we would play to make our friends fall in love with classical music, the piano, opera, the cello, Mozart, 21st-century composers, the violin, Baroque music, sopranos, Beethoven, the flute, string quartets, tenors and Brahms. Now we want to convince those curious friends to love choral music — the gorgeous sound […]