Billie Eilish, Yaeji & Other Young Artists Prove The Future Of Music Is Bright

Billie Eilish

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Billie Eilish, Yaeji & Other Young Artists Prove The Future Of Music Is Bright

The number of incredibly talented young people in the music industry continues to increase—on center stage, behind the scenes and pretty much everywhere else—who are you most inspired by?

GRAMMYs/Nov 16, 2018 - 06:28 am

It is truly impressive how many young artists have come boldly into the music scene in the past year or so, often circumventing the more traditional label and radio promo route to take a shot at going viral on SoundCloud or YouTube, with some even taking to social media platforms like Instagram to get their music noticed. Whatever the method, plenty of talented young people, including genre-nonconformist Billie Eilish and Latin trap hero Bad Bunny are experimenting with creative ways to make it big and are also exploring and pushing the lines across genres and sounds, all while helping shift the public view of what a popstar looks, acts and sounds like.

Take artists like Eilish, who is just 16 yet already sold out a headlining tour as soon as it went on sale, or Bad Bunny, a 24-year-old whose infectious, playful baritone raps have made him one of the hottest collab artists. Both of these rising stars are changing the popular music game with their fresh sounds (and edgy fashion) without having an LP out.

There are also young artists who are a bit more under-the-radar yet still making waves, like Yaeji, a 25-year-old experimental electronic musician getting noticed for her catchy tracks on which she often sings in both Korean and English, or Syd, the queer 26-year-old singer/producer who also happens to be lead singer of GRAMMY-nominated R&B group The Internet. Another thing these four artists all have in common—they've all joined the 2019 class of Forbes 30 Under 30 In Music.

On Nov. 13, the business publication released their music-specific list as part of their annual 30 Under 30 series, recognizing, in their words, the "the industry's 30 best young artists, producers, songwriters, singers, managers, agents and entrepreneurs." If this year's list is reflective of the future of the music industry, it points one that is younger, more diverse and more gender-balanced. Eilish is not even the youngest on the list, 14-year-old singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal is the youngest on the 30 Under 30 Music list ever.

There are two more teens on the list, rappers Lil Pump and Juice WRLD, aged 18 and 19, respectively, and the total number of women on the list is almost half at 14. 2018's list had 13 women on it, including rap-superstar Cardi B and "anonymous" R&B artist H.E.R., with the number of women represented growing each year; just 9 of the 30 individuals and groups chosen in 2017 were women, and just 8 were represented of the 30 in 2016.

The list also includes industry professionals who are making their impact at a more behind-the-scenes, like Mickey Shiloh, the 26-year-old songwriter whose penned songs for megastars like Janet Jackson and also happens to own her own label, BDRM Records, and 25-year old Tayla Parx who most-recently co-wrote "Thank U, Next" with pop-darling and fellow 25-year-old Ariana Grande, which gave the star her first No. 1 single when it debuted last week. Apparently quite multi-talented, both Shiloh and Parx release their own music as well.

It is exciting to see the face of music shifting as more and more young artists continue to challenge the status quo. This is not without challenges—recent research shows that music platform streaming algorithms tend to favor male artists and many music festival organizers have been slow to add more women to their lineups, with streaming numbers only partly to blame for that. Yet the more diverse the group of movers and shakers in music world continues to become, and the more the music industry shifts to support them, the more positive change and innovation will continue.

Young rising artists are now gaining the power to promote other artists they want to see in the limelight. As Eilish told the Recording Academy, "I'm just a big music fan and so I always find new stuff. I'm always playing stuff that people are like, 'What is this?' And it's always stuff that has like two plays on SoundCloud or nobody knows. I'm just trying to get people's names out there."

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY


Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs



Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Glenn Danzig

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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