The Recording Academy, ASU & Berklee Launch Survey to Measure Women’s Industry Representation

The Recording Academy, Berklee College of Music Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Arizona State University have moved into the next phase of their study on women’s representation in the music industry with a survey open to all women and gender-expansive individuals.

The three entities formed a partnership in March that launched with an analysis of gender representation within the 63rd annual Grammy nominations. The goal of the new study is to help guide diversity, equity and inclusion objectives within the Recording Academy and the industry at large.

The survey, which can be taken here, is open through Sept. 20.

“We continue to embrace our responsibility to inspire and influence meaningful change for women in music,” said Valeisha Butterfield Jones, co-president of the Recording Academy, in a statement. “The Women In The Mix study is the next key step in our commitment to deliver on this important work. Participation is mission-critical to gathering strong data to accelerate progress, and we encourage anyone working in music who identifies as a woman or as gender-expansive to take this survey and ask others in their music networks to do the same.”

“This survey will help us better understand the realities and aspirations of our peers and what crucial steps we as an industry must take to create a better world for women and gender-expansive people in music,” added co-president Panos A. Panay.

The study will measure how progress for women has changed since a 2019 study by Berklee and Women in Music and identify where work is needed.

The move is the latest by the Academy to address women’s representation in music. In 2019, the organization launched Women In the Mix, which prompted hundreds of music professionals and organizations to pledge to consider at least two women in the selection process every time a producer or engineer is hired. The Academy also has an initiative to double the number of women voters by 2025.

Latin Remix of the Week: Nacho Recruits Yandel, Justin Quiles & Zion For ‘La Buena Remix’

Nacho’s “La Buena” gets a new version thanks to the track’s new remix featuring hitmakers Yandel, Justin Quiles and Zion.

Nearly a year since releasing the original, the remix — which dropped on Thursday (Sept. 2) — stays true to the tropical-pop elements of “La Buena” while introducing more amplified reggaeton beats. A love song at its core, the new version opens with Quiles’ vibrating vocals. “I’m addicted to your skin, addicted to the way you are, you taught me to love,” he sings.

He’s then joined by Yandel, Nacho and Zion who take turns serenading the woman of their dreams. “Tell the entire world that now you’re with me. Shake off all the bandits, those that played with your heart,” they sing in the chorus.

Most recently, Nacho reunited with Chino Miranda for an emotional Chino y Nacho comeback at Premios Juventud in July. The pair took the stage to perform a medley of their hits, kicking off with the 2016 chart-topping track “Andas en Mi Cabeza,” followed by “Me Voy Enamorando,” their anthem “Mi Niña Bonita” and their new single “Queriéndote.”

The highly anticipated reunion between the duo — who in 2017 separated but later reunited in 2020 to release their single “Raro” — marks Miranda’s return to the stage after battling COVID-19 and the aftermath that resulted in serious health complications.

Listen to this week’s Latin Remix of the Week below:

Apple to Allow Spotify to Directly Sign Up Users Through iOS App Next Year

Apple will allow a select group of apps it calls “readers” that includes music streamers like Spotify to include in-app links to their websites for external sign-ups and account management, the company announced Thursday (Sept. 2). The move is part of an agreement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), which closed a five-year investigation into Apple upon the new settlement.

“Reader” apps in the App Store are apps that “provide previously purchased content or content subscriptions for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video,” according to Apple. This move will allow apps like Spotify and Netflix — which have both removed the ability to sign up for paid subscriptions through their iOS apps over the years — to sign-up iOS users on their own platforms at their standard rates.

Before removing the ability to sign up for a Premium subscription, Spotify charged iOS users $13 a month instead of its standard $10 a month fee to make up for the 30% cut Apple takes from every subscription for developers who earn over $1 million in the App Store.

Spotify, which has complained about Apple’s App Store fees and general dominance over the platform for years, says the move is welcome, but not enough to address their complaints.

Apple says the change will go into effect in “early 2022.”

“This is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t solve the problem,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a tweet. “App developers want clear, fair rules that apply to all apps. Our goal is to restore competition once and for all, not one arbitrary, self-serving step at a time. We will continue to push for a real solution.”

Ja Rule & Fat Joe to Face Off In ‘Verzuz’ Battle: ‘The Summer Ain’t Over’

It’s lit! Hip-hop icons Ja Rule and Fat Joe are set to face off in an all-new Verzuz battle on Sept. 14. The friendly competition will take place in person, live from New York. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7.

“The summer ain’t over!!” Verzuz co-creator Swizz Beatz wrote on Instagram revealing the news.

In a separate announcement post on Instagram, Ja Rule wrote, “#ICONN.” Meanwhile, Fat Joe captioned his identical post, “The price just went [up] @fatjoe @verzuz @jarule.”

This marks the first Verzuz battle since last month, when The LOX and Dipset hit the stage to deliver some fan-favorite hit songs.

Over the course of his decades-long career, Ja Rule has released eight No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, including “Always On Time,” featuring Ashanti, which peaked at No. 1 in February 2002 and charted for 27 weeks. The hitmaker has released a total of 17 Hot 100 songs. His debut studio album, Venni Vetti Vecci, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, where it charted for 31 weeks.

Fat Joe, who began his career in music as a member of hip-hop group Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), released his debut solo album Represent in 1993. His single from the album, “Flow Joe,” reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

Ja Rule’s collaborative hit track “New York,” featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss, was a top 30 Hot 100 song. It peaked at No. 27 on the list in 2004, where it charted for 14 weeks.

Hip-hop fans can catch the newly announced Verzuz battle between Fat Joe and Ja Rule on Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET, which will be available for live streaming via the Triller app, FITE TV or on the Verzuz TV Instagram account.

How to Watch ‘Cinderella’ Starring Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello is putting on her glass slippers to step into the role of Cinderella, in a live action interpretation of the beloved fairytale out on Friday (Sept. 3).

The 2021 Amazon Original features a star-studded cast including Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, James Corden, Nicholas Galitzine and more, with a soundtrack featuring a mix of original songs and covers.

Cabello portrays Cinderella, an ambitious young lady who hopes to one day become a successful businesswoman, which offers a bold take on the centuries-old fairy tale that Disney turned into a popular animated musical film in 1950.

See below for how to watch the Kay Cannon-directed Cinderella online this weekend.

Cinderella 2021: Release Date, Tickets

For those looking to enjoy the magic from the comfort of their homes, Cinderella will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on September 3.

Heading out for the night? Cinderella will also open in theaters this weekend. You can check showtimes at your local theater and buy tickets via Fandango here.

How to Watch Cinderella Online Free

You can stream the 2021 Cinderella free on Prime Video with your Amazon Prime membership, which gives you instant access to watch the newest Cinderella remake free.

If you’re not currently a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to watch Cabello’s Cinderella, which lets you access the site for 30 days before you have to pay the monthly $12.99 membership fee.

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall to Lead ‘Austin City Limits’ 47th Season

Austin City Limits will launch its 47th season on Oct. 2, welcoming Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall for the new season’s hour-long premiere episode.

Leading into the October premiere, Austin City Limits shared a video clip of the trio performing “In His Arms,” from the May-released collaborative project The Marfa Tapes, a set of acoustic songs written and recorded in tiny Marfa, Texas.

“If it gets weird up here, it’s because we’ve all been friends for like, over 20 years,” Lambert says in the clip of the Austin City Limits performance. “I’ve grown up watching Jack since I was 15, been going to every club around Texas, following him around, one of my heroes. And Jon the same, we met … almost 20 years ago. He just sings like an angel and is an angel of a personality, and so, sitting up here with these boys, getting to sing songs we wrote in Marfa, Texas, I can’t believe it’s happening.”

Introducing “In His Arms,” Lambert said the trio penned the song while watching the sun set over Marfa. “My favorite thing is to write love songs about men with men.”

“We know ‘em better than anybody,” Ingram added with a laugh.

Other artists to be featured on Austin City Limits’ upcoming season include Jade Bird, Leon Bridges, Jackson Brown, Brandy Clark, Charley Crockett, Brittany Howard and more. Additional artists to be featured during the second half of the new season will be revealed at a later date.

Austin City Limits airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide, while full episodes are available to stream on immediately after the initial broadcast.

Watch the preview performance of “In His Arms” below: