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Joseph: "Get Artists What They Need To Keep Creating" | Austin City Limits 2019

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Joseph: "Get Artists What They Need To Keep Creating" | Austin City Limits 2019

While On The Road at Austin City Limits 2019, the Portland folk trio talk to the Recording Academy about their third studio album and why it's important for music creators to advocate for the whole community

GRAMMYs/Oct 16, 2019 - 02:36 am

While On The Road at Austin City Limits 2019, Portland folk sisters Joseph talked to the Recording Academy about their third studio album, Good Luck, Kid, and why it's important for music creators to advocate for the whole music community.

"We're in this together. It's a unique industry," singer Natalie Schepman told us. "Everything's new every day... It's kind of like the Wild West, trying to find your way and make your place. And it's easily hierarchical, but if we pull each other up together—we've had incredible artists totally pull us up alongside them. It can be really lonely if you don't have that... Get artists what they need to keep creating."

Check out the full interview with Joseph above, where they touch on why their latest album is really about "getting in the driver's seat of your life."

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Best Thanksgiving Sides? 7 Musicians Weigh In

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Best Thanksgiving Sides? 7 Musicians Weigh In

From mashed potatoes and gravy to "amazing" family dressing recipes and a six-bean "salad thing," a group of artists name-check their favorite Thanksgiving sides

GRAMMYs/Nov 23, 2017 - 03:54 am

Aside from "Who's going to win a 2020 GRAMMY?" — it's the big burning question that is no doubt on the lips of everyone around the country right about now:

"What is the No. 1 favorite, must-have, cannot-go-without Thanksgiving side dish?" (And no, turkey doesn't count!)

From Grace VanderWaal and Joseph to Caitlyn Smith and Devin Dawson, seven artists weigh in – their answers may surprise you. (Or maybe not.)

Happy Thanksgiving from the Recording Academy!

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Quarantine Diaries: Teenear Is Reading, Doing Cardio & Making Acai Bowls

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Quarantine Diaries: Teenear Is Reading, Doing Cardio & Making Acai Bowls

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors

GRAMMYs/Aug 19, 2020 - 08:10 pm

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, Miami-based pop/R&B upstart Teenear shares her Quarantine Diary. Teenear's latest single "Free" is available to hear now.

[6:30 a.m.] First thing that I do when I wake up is brush my teeth so I can get to the gym on time without my trainer yelling at me! 


[9:00 a.m.] As soon as I get back home, I hop on the treadmill to get my cardio out of the way. I've really been trying to make sure I stay active during this time of having to be stuck in the house! 

 
[12:00 p.m.] By this time, I'm hopping out of the shower, my adrenaline has finally gone down, and I'm able to make myself and Acai bowl and write in my journal. I also take this time to hit up my team and figure out what I have to get done for the day. 
 
[2:00 p.m.] I start reading the books that I read daily. One of the books I started reading recently is The 365 Bible, which gives you specific versus on each day, and it reads in chronological order of how all the stories actually went. Another book I’m into is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This is one amazing book and I’m so happy my mom blessed me with this read! The last book I’m reading right now is A Singer's Compass that is actually written by my vocal coach Cassandra Claude. 

 
[4:00 p.m.] I’m getting dressed to go outside and shoot some content. Creating content from home has definitely become a huge daily task but I'm grateful for it because now I’m able to find new ways to be creative and showcase my personality to my fans.

 
[7:00 p.m.] I try to take this time meditate. Throughout this whole pandemic I’ve been trying to get into new things and meditation has played a big role in me figuring out a little bit more about myself and my surroundings. No, I’m not a yoga person yet! I have tried countless classes and it's not for me just yet, but one day I’ll get into it! 

 
[9:00 p.m.] Usually around this time, if I’m not sitting in a corner somewhere in the house singing, I’m most likely in my bathroom trying a new beauty product I just ordered online. The ads have gotten a little too good during this quarantine!

If you wish to support our efforts to assist music professionals in need, learn more about the Recording Academy's and MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

If you are a member of the music industry in need of assistance, visit the MusiCares website.

King Bach On His Comedy Album 'Medicine,' Loving Ludacris & Trying Not To Throw Up

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King Bach On His Comedy Album 'Medicine,' Loving Ludacris & Trying Not To Throw Up

The YouTube and former Vine star opens up to the Recording Academy about creating his first comedy album, who he listened to growing up and why laughter has been a cure-all in his life

GRAMMYs/Oct 4, 2019 - 11:54 pm

Andrew Bachelor, otherwise known as rising comedy titan King Bach, is definitely on his way to achieving royalty. 

Starting out producing comedy sketches on YouTube, Bachelor eventually switched to the now-defunct short-form outpost Vine, where he'd go on to amass more than 15 million subscribers and more than five billion views. Nowadays, the funnyman is dipping his toes into the TV and music world, where he currently stars in IFC's variety sketch series "Sherman's Showcase," among other things.

Meanwhile, Medicine, which dropped in mid-August, is his debut comedy album, and is filled with 15 true-to-life tracks—with music videos—that skewer everything from his weak stomach ("Bulimic") to the lies people tell each other when they first meet ("Secrets"). 

Below, Bachelor opens up to the Recording Academy about why laughter is truly the best Medicine, who he listened to growing up and the different ways he utilizes social-media platforms to reach new audiences. 

What sparked the idea to make a comedy album?

I've always loved music, ever since I was younger. And when I started making the comedy skits, I actually thought of making a parody music video, and I just love putting together music that people just like to listen to and have fun with listening to it and having a laugh at the same time.

So I figured why not make original music that I own and, I could just share with everyone and not feel any type of way of me taking someone else's style. This is my style, my unique style. So yeah and then I figured it's a comedy album and they're saying laughter is the best medicine, so I named the album Medicine, because every track they're laughing at.

Who did you listen to growing up?

I listen to a lot of Ludacris, Ludacris is my favorite rapper since I was little. Just his style, his energy, I like songs that have a lot of energy behind them. Now music has changed though we realize, that energy has kind of tapered down a little bit. So most artists, it's a lot of mumbling going on, it's more like vibes and feeling it out as opposed to the lyrics. So I'm doing a mixture of both.

Yeah, we've been hearing a lot of "genre labels don't matter anymore" nowadays.

Yeah the whole thing is, what I realized in doing comedies, why it's so good, when you're laughing about a joke or anything, you forget all your problems. You forget about the bad day you had, you forget about your breakup, you forget about somebody who's passing. You just forget about everything and you're literally focused on that joke that that made you laugh in that moment. So that's the mood that I want people to feel like when they listen to the album, they can just forget about everything else and just enjoy the music and just stay present.

Have you personally used comedy as a coping mechanism?

Yeah, with everything, it kind of puts me in a better mood and lets me forget. The way I look at is, I'm being myself, I am being unique. Some people may find it funny but I'm being me, like these are my point of views. Every song on the album is a situation that happened in my life. So it's a situation that happened in my life and I took it and I found the comedy in it.

There's a song on there called "Bulimic." I have a very weak stomach and throughout the days I'm constantly trying to stop myself from throwing up. And it's just been something I've dealt with since I've been seven years old. So I tried to find the light of that and I made a song called "what you going to do if I throw up on you?"

Are any other themes that have come up repeatedly in your comedy that you've touched on with Medicine?

Yeah, there's a song on there called "Secrets," and it's about everyone letting out the secrets and being honest. And the way I directed in film, that music video was pretty much like a YouTube skit. The concept of the video was the speed dating situation, and everyone thinks that speed dating is going regular, but then the speed dating announcer, he announces that she puts truth serum in the guys drink. And it forces them to let out their deepest and darkest secrets. So these guys are confessing their secrets against their will. So that's how I kind of shoot my skits as well, I come up with a concept and I just shoot it around that.

You became pretty famous from using Vine, which sadly doesn’t exist any longer. Have you embraced the similar-minded Tik Tok to create the same short-form comedy? 

Yeah, listen, I'm a creator at the end of the day and I am on the social media application. So I'm on Tik Tok, I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, I'm on everything. And I'll just take one video and I'll just post it everywhere. So if someone only has Tik Tok, they're getting it on Tik Tok. If they only have Facebook, they're getting on Facebook, so I use them all. You name the app, I got it.

So what's your strategy when deciding how to best utilize different apps?

I kind of see how the platform is being used and I kind of adapt to that. So Tik Tok is more music-based, so if I have an idea and it's music based and it's a fun, bubbly, energetic vibe that'll go on Tik Tok. So yeah definitely got to think about, it's like you got to know your audience.

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Relive The Fun At Austin City Limits 2019 With The Aces, Mahalia & More

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Relive The Fun At Austin City Limits 2019 With The Aces, Mahalia & More

Backstage at one of the most frigid iterations of the Texas capital event, we hid from the chills and chilled with some of your favorite artists

GRAMMYs/Oct 15, 2019 - 05:56 am

Austin City Limits, the music festival that's been keeping Austin groovy since 2002, wrapped up Weekend Two of its 2019 event last night. As per usual, the big three-day fest brought in a killer lineup of big name and emerging acts across genres and locales. The Recording Academy was there to catch some music and interview a handful of the performers, including Alesia Lani, The Aces, Mahalia and Pink Sweat$.

Backstage at one of the most frigid iterations of the Texas capital event, we also caught up with Denzel Curry, Billie Eilish and her big brother Finneas, King Princess, Orville Peck, IDK, Metric, K.Flay and more.

Watch the recap video above to hear from the artists themselves about the electric mood at the fest, and click the links for more great ACL 2019 exclusives. 

Behind The Scenes At Austin City Limits 2019