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Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Takes Swipes at Recording Academy’s Diversity Efforts

The Recording Academy’s Women in the Mix initiative was launched in 2019 whereby 650 music professionals pledged to consider at least two women in the selection process every time a producer or engineer is hired. The goal was to increase abysmal representation by women in studios.The tweet would seem to reference a survey, open until…

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Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Takes Swipes at Recording Academy’s Diversity Efforts

The Recording Academy’s Women in the Mix initiative was launched in 2019 whereby 650 music professionals pledged to consider at least two women in the selection process every time a producer or engineer is hired. The goal was to increase abysmal representation by women in studios.The tweet would seem to reference a survey, open until Sept. 20, which is part of a broader partnership between the academy, Berklee College of Music Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Arizona State University, that launched in March with an analysis of gender representation within the 63rd Grammy Awards. The goal of the study is to help guide diversity, equity and inclusion objectives within the Recording Academy and the industry at large.The Annenberg Inclusive Initiative’s tweet appears to refer back to data in the fourth annual edition of its Inclusion in the Recording studio report issued March 8, conducted by Stacy Smith, USC associate professor and founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the Initiative, with funding from Spotify.That report, which is based solely on Billboard’s Hot 100 Year-End Charts, analyzed the progress of the Women in the Mix program. “Only four women producers were credited on the 2020 Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart — none of whom worked with one of the 38 pledge-takers who had a song on the chart,” the report stated. “Moreover, Ariana Grande was the sole pledge-taker to work with a woman engineer — herself — of those who appeared on the chart. While women producers and engineers may have worked on less popular songs as a result of this initiative, the pledges and support did not influence the percentage of women producers on the year-end chart.”That same study found that women accounted for only 2.6% of the producers for the Billboard Hot 100 songs. The annual Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reports have provided a benchmark–though limited to the most popular songs– to measure the progress by women in certain sectors of the industry.When the Recording Academy announced the new partnership, then interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr., acknowledged the Women in Mix initiative had not yielded the hoped for results and the survey would hopefully help provide guidance.”Two years ago, we started our Women in the Mix initiative with the primary goal of raising awareness and had an overwhelming initial response, garnering support from more than 650 of the most influential music people, executives and organizations,” said Mason. “While we are hopeful that we will still see benefit from that effort, we haven’t seen enough progress to date. In order to accelerate our goals, we are excited to partner with the Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University on this study. The results of the research will serve as a guide for much-needed reforms in the industry at-large.”The Annenberg Inclusive Initiative tagged The Weeknd in the tweet, a not-so-subtle reference to The Weeknd’s ongoing feud with the Recording Academy after, despite the tremendous success of “Blinding Lights,” he received no nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.Annenberg then followed with another tweet, stating “They said they would self evaluate. The music industry problems are already documented by multiple groups. This is a way to deflect on the focus on @RecordingAcad diversity problems.”The Recording Academy has acknowledged its diversity issues and has responded with a number of initiatives, including hiring its first chief diversity and inclusion office last year in Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, who has since been promoted to co-president with Panay Pantos, under Mason, who assumed the official CEO position in June.The academy has also been on a mission to diversity its membership, including inviting 2,710 new members to join the academy this year. According to the Academy, 55% of the invitees were fro “traditionally underrepresented groups.” This year, for the first time, people of color make up the majority of the Recording Academy’s board of trustees, accounting for 53%.Neither Smith nor the Recording Academy immediately responded to requests for comment.

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1). He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths.…

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1).
He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths. He continues singing about patching up the wounds of a lost love in the chorus: “If you tell me you’re leaving, I’ll make it easy/ It’ll be okay/ If we can’t stop the bleeding/ We don’t have to fix it/ We don’t have to stay/ I will love you either way/ Ooh-ooh, it’ll be oh, be okay/ Ooh-ooh.”

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“It’ll Be Okay” arrives just two weeks after Mendes and Cabello announced their breakup after the all-star couple had been dating for more than two years. The pop stars, who hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 together with “Señorita” in 2019, released a joint statement addressing their split, promising fans that they “started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”
The song also marks Mendes’ first solo music release since his fourth studio album Wonder, which he released almost exactly a year ago on Dec. 4, 2020, and topped the Billboard 200. He’ll be taking Wonder all around the world during his 2022 tour, which kicks off its European leg in spring before heading Stateside next summer with openers Dermot Kennedy and Tate McRae.
Listen to “It’ll Be Okay” below.

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.   In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of…

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.  
In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of talent development Dennis Clark to coach and develop talent.  
Ivey takes on the new role after being named president of CHR programming strategy in 2017. With the new promotion, he’ll be stepping down as program director at powerhouse Los Angeles station KIIS FM, a job he’s held for 20 years, with a successor to be announced tomorrow. Ivey will continue reporting to Tom Poleman, chief programming officer and president of the national programming group for iHeartMedia. 
“For over 20 years, John has been a key part of our successful Los Angeles market and our CHR stations across the country,” said Poleman in a release. “Now he will step into another integral role within iHeart – a role which represents that iHeart is a talent-first company dedicated to building the skills, capacity and drive of our nationally-recognized on-air personalities. John’s extensive experience in programming and his credibility within the industry are perfect for leading and elevating this initiative.” 
Throughout Ivey’s tenure as KIIS FM program director, the station has maintained large audiences with hit shows including the morning show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Ivey has also been instrumental in securing top-tier talent for iHeartRadio’s KIIS FM Jingle Ball and Wango Tango, two of the largest live radio events of the year. This year’s Jingle Ball will include performances from Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X and Kane Brown.  
“My mother took me to a radio station for the first time on my sixth birthday. The PD of that station, Mrs. Potter was my first mentor. Next was my first PD, Steve Hagen and later the legendary Steve Rivers. Now it’s my turn to focus on talent first at iHeart,” said Ivey in a release. “Thanks to Bob Pittman for always supporting me and allowing me to pitch a dream and turn it into a job. I love supporting talent, watching them grow and achieve their goals. Let’s GO!” 
Ivey is a 40-plus year radio veteran and the longest-running program director for KIIS FM. He began his radio career as an on-air personality and music director in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky and later led programming efforts for stations in New York, Tennessee and Boston. He joined iHeartMedia Los Angeles in 2001 and throughout his tenure has served in a variety of roles, including vp of programming for the market, program director of KYSR FM and KHHT FM, senior vp of programming and CHR brand manager for iHeartMedia.  

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Anitta Shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Her

During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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