09 OCTOBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Three-time GRAMMY® Award winning multiplatinum band Maroon 5 debuts today the music video for their new hit single “Memories” via 222 Records/Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company.


Directed by acclaimed director David Dobkin, who also helmed the band’s “Sugar” and “Girls Like You” videos, “Memories” features a stripped down emotional performance of the song by Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine. Dobkin's combined previous work with Maroon 5 have totaled over 6 Billion views! The video also features work by acclaimed cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (David Fincher’s Fight Club and The Social Network).

The release of “Memories” marks the first new music from the Los Angeles band since the release of their global anthem “Girls Like You” in 2017. Produced by Adam Levine and The Monsters & Strangerz, as well as Executive Produced by Jacob "J Kash" Hindlin, “Memories” marks a moment of creative and personal progression for Maroon 5. The minimalist ballad starkly pairs a lilting clean guitar with chantable and evocative lyrics from Levine. In addition to representing another sonic side, it tackles uncharted subject matter for the group— namely loss—but from a different angle.  Following its release,  Memories” debut chart position claimed Maroon 5’s 30th Billboard Hot 100 entry and is their 22nd song to land in the top 40 on the chart.


SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (OCT. 4, 2019) MusiCares® announced today that four-time GRAMMY®-winning band Aerosmith will be honored as the 2020 MusiCares® Person of the Year. The tribute will take place during the 30th Anniversary MusiCares benefit gala, two nights prior to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. In the midst of celebrating 50 years as a band, Aerosmith will be recognized for their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history. Over the years, Aerosmith has shown support for a number of charity organizations around the world, including MusiCares and vocalist Steven Tyler’s philanthropic initiative Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who’ve suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. The band made a surprise announcement about the honor onstage during their Park MGM Las Vegas residency Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild, on Thursday night. Watch it here.
"MusiCares has been saving lives for 30 years," said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy™. "The Person of the Year gala is the pinnacle of the essential work that MusiCares is doing year-round, and it’s truly magical in the way that it unites and galvanizes our community and inspires others to take action on their own. As we continue to expand our services to people in need, we are thrilled to pay tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time. Aerosmith has walked the walk when it comes to raising funds to impact music people in recovery. It is sure to be an amazing evening."
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week each year. The 30th anniversary benefit gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner, a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists, and the award presentation. Proceeds from the gala will provide essential support for MusiCares initiatives year-round.
GRAMMY Week culminates with the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.
For more information, please contact MusiCares at 310.392.3777 or personoftheyear@musicares.org, or visit www.musicares.org.


04 OCTOBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) – Recorded in 1982, not long after she moved to Paris, Fodder On My Wings was one of Nina Simone’s favorite albums yet has remained one of her most obscure. Originally recorded for a small French label and only sporadically available since its initial release, Fodder On My Wings will be reissued in a variety of formats including CD and LP, as well as widely available digitally for the first time, in both standard and hi-res audio, on November 22 via Verve/UMe/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. The original album will be expanded with three bonus tracks from the recording sessions from a rare French reissue released in 1988. The effervescent opening track “I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive”, a song that Simone often performed live in her later years, is available now to stream and as an instant grat download with digital preorder.

Listen/pre-order Fodder On My Wings HERE

A lesser-known but important part of Simone’s musical history, Fodder On My Wings contains deeply personal songs, including the aforementioned, “I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive” and “I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them”, as well a searing lyrical improvisation about the death of her father on “Alone Again (Naturally)”. At the time she recorded the album, Simone was living in France and extremely lonely; her mental illness was worsening and her family life was fractured. It’s out of this despair that one of the many album standouts, the near title track “Fodder On Her Wings”, was birthed. As Pitchfork wrote in their list of 33 of Simone’s most iconic songs, the composition “captured with startling intimacy the pain of this period, and she returned to it frequently through the next decade, cutting another studio version three years later (the synth-heavy take on Nina’s Back!) and including it on several live albums, including an awe-inspiring performance on 1987’s Let It Be Me,” continuing, “Simone’s vocal makes a song of weariness and defeat carry an air of defiance, a wise word from someone who survived to tell the tale.”

Over the years, the album has been reevaluated and has received its due as a significant work in Simone’s prolific catalog. In a 2005 review of the album, Jazz Times hailed the record and especially her emotional performance on “Alone Again (Naturally)”, writing: “At the core of the album is a rare, powerful example of Simone with all masks stripped away: Her personal pain explodes to the surface as she reworks Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” into a diatribe about her dying father that bravely progresses from venomously embittered to cautiously conciliatory.”

Recorded at a time when Simone was feeling rejuvenated by her surroundings and by the African musicians she met in her newly adopted France, Fodder On My Wings is an essential Simone album that is making a long-overdue reappearance and can now be heard however you prefer to listen to music.

  1. I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
  2. Fodder In Her Wings
  3. Vous êtes seuls, mais je désire être avec vous
  4. Il y a un baume à Gilhead
  5. Liberian Calypso
  6. Alone Again (Naturally)
  1. I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
  2. Color Is A Beautiful Thing
  3. Le peuple en Suisse
  4. Heaven Belongs To You
  5. Thandewye
  6. Stop
  7. They Took My Hand
  1. I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
  2. Fodder In Her Wings
  3. Vous êtes seuls, mais je désire être avec vous
  4. Il y a un baume à Gilhead
  5. Liberian Calypso
  6. Alone Again (Naturally)
  7. I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
  8. Color Is A Beautiful Thing
  9. Le Peuple en Suisse
  10. Heaven Belongs To You
  11. Thandewye
  12. Stop
  13. They Took My Hand
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:30
Scripts to be performed at live read in November
LOS ANGELES, CA – Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 7, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the seventh consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.
The 2019 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):
Aaron Chung, “Princess Vietnam”
Karen McDermott, “Lullabies of La Jaula”
Renee Pillai, “Boy with Kite”
Sean Malcolm, “Mother”
Walker McKnight, “Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket”
A total of 7,302 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. Twelve individual screenwriters were selected as finalists. Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.
The 2019 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):
Paul Ashton, “Slater Berricks Is a Dead Man”
Matthew Fantaci, “Scandalous!”
Lynn Esta Goldman, “On the Wing”
Gary Patent, “Cosmonaut”
Joel Sinensky, “The Lie Factory”
Toy Styles, “Concrete Beach”
Jack Zafran, “Justice, Justice”
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Academy Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Governor Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The members of the committee are Eva Marie Saint (Actors Branch); John Bailey and Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); Marcus Hu and William Mechanic (Executives Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro (Producers Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Tina Gordon Chism, Eric Heisserer, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Petrie Jr., Misan Sagay, Kirsten Smith, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams (Writers Branch).
The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 161 fellowships since it began in 1986. In 2019 several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:
• Destin Daniel Cretton directed and co-wrote (with Andrew Lanham) Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cretton will also be directing Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
• Jacob Estes wrote and directed Blumhouse’s “Don’t Let Go,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
• Susannah Grant is showrunner and an executive producer of the Netflix series “Unbelievable.”
• Ehren Kruger wrote Walt Disney Studios’ “Dumbo.”
• Kurt Kuenne directed episodes of NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
• Tianna Langham and Chris Bessounian are staff writers and story editors on Fox Television’s “The Resident.”
• Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote the story for Lionsgate’s “Angel Has Fallen.”
• Stephanie Shannon is a story editor and writer on the Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind.”
• Rebecca Sonnenshine is a co-executive producer and writer on the Amazon series “The Boys.”
• Michael Werwie wrote the Netflix movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” from his Nicholl-winning script. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Tickets for the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read are now available at Oscars.org/Events. Casting for the live read will be announced at a later date.

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