Jay Z was “flipping out” after becoming the first rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jay Z has become the first rapper ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame saying that “This is a win for us“.

This June in New York, Jay Z will become the first rapper in history to be inducted to the highly regarded Songwriters Hall of Fame. His induction was announced by Nile Rodgers of Chic on Wednesday, who said that Jay Z’s induction was “massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way that we have fun.”

Speaking on his induction into the Hall of Fame for celebrating exceptional artists’ songwriting, Jay Z said: “This is a win for us. I remember when rap was said to be a fad. We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.” Jay Z will join fellow 2017 inductees Max Martin, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of Chicago.

The Hall of Fame’s co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, along with president Linda Moran, said: “With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitely into recognising music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honour the greats of earlier decades. The songwriters we honour cross genres, regional and even national boundaries. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognises the convergence of songcraft and musical performance at the very highest level.”

According to Moran and Nile Rodgers though, it was a hard process to get Jay Z inducted which Rodgers put down to: “even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else… he did it through rap.” Moran also said to the New York Times: “To be honest with you, last year we talked about it a lot. Our board and community wasn’t ready. This year we felt that they had been educated enough.”

Moran added that Jay Z was “over the moon” when he received the news, saying: “He was flipping out, he was going crazy.”

The Pitchfork Review has released it’s last ever magazine

The Pitchfork Review was a quarterly magazine by Pitchfork that showcased “the best in long-form music writing, photography, design and comics”. But no more…

According to SPIN, numerous former Pitchfork employees have revealed that the 11th and latest issue will be the magazine’s last. The magazine was launched in 2013 as an extra showcase of the influential Pitchfork websites music content and images.

Pitchfork was acquired by Condé Nast in 2015 for an undisclosed sum and it’s not yet clear whether the magazine’s closure was an administrative choice by Condé Nast or a financial necessity. According to SPIN the former employees who “confirmed the news” didn’t speculate on why the publication was being ended.

The magazine’s end seems to have been a quiet one, assuming it’s true, as there is no official statement yet and multiple Pitchfork editors, a Condé Nast spokesperson and Pitchfork Media founder Ryan Schreiber were not available or refused to comment. Back in 2015 when Condé Nast purchased Pitchfork Media their chief digital officer, Fred Santarpia, confirmed that The Pitchfork Review would continue.

The Pitchfork Review was released quarterly and sold at various bookstores and shops around the US. November 2016’s issue is now assumed to be the last ever Pitchfork Review and features M.I.A. on the cover and a political focus throughout (assumably due to it’s time relation to the presidential elections). That particular issue was nominated for a National Magazine Award for it’s design this year.

According to SPIN the website for The Pitchfork Review removed it’s subscribe button which was prominent up until October, allowing only the purchase of individual magazines. SPIN also noted that earlier in the month the Pitchfork Review website redirected to an error page, before reappearing after they notified a Condé Nast representative.

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Spotify take on Deezer and Apple Music with original, exclusive podcasts

Spotify are taking on rival streamers with some new exclusive content on their music service, with 3 new podcasts focussed on the music industry.

As more and more music streaming services arrive, the challenge to offer a unique platform becomes more and more difficult. Whilst some like Apple Music and Tidal go after exclusive music releases, Spotify said they wouldn’t go after music opting instead for unique ways to stand out in the industry.

So instead of music Spotify are joining services like Google Play and Deezer in offering podcasts, except Spotify’s will be originally produced by themselves. All 3 of Spotify’s exclusive podcasts will take a deep look inside the music industry “with each series, listeners will get an intimate look into music’s most notable, interesting and often untold stories.

Here’s what you can expect from each podcast:

SHOWSTOPPER – Premieres February 23

Hosted by Naomi Zeichner, Editor in Chief of The Fader magazine, Showstopper brings together two of the most culturally relevant topics of our time: TV shows and music. Through interviews with music supervisors, this biweekly podcast provides a pop culture analysis of our favourite music moments in TV. Season 1 will feature Girls, OC, Scrubs, Stranger Things, Being Mary Jane and more. Produced in partnership with Slate/Panoply Studios.

UNPACKED – Premieres March 14

Co-hosts Matt FX, music supervisor for Comedy Central’s Broad City, and Michele Santucci of Spotify Studios, travel to festivals around the country for daily interview with musicmakers, filmmakers, app-makers, food-makers and all manner of creative folks gathering together. Can’t roadtrip to all the cultural festivals? Don’t worry they’ve got you covered, starting in Austin, Texas at the annual South by Southwest conference and festival in March.

THE CHRIS LIGHTY STORY (working title) – Premieres April

The Chris Lighty Story chronicles how music industry exec extraordinaire, Chris Lighty shaped the careers of some of hip hop’s most beloved artists like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, and Puff Daddy. His life followed a twisting path, with an abrupt end that left the music world reeling.
Touching on issues of race, mental illness, the development of a new art form and the price of success, this podcast, hosted by Reggie Ossé unpacks his story in a way that’s relatable to all music fans. The series features direct commentary from Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, The Violator Crew, Noriega, DJ Red Alert, Troy Carter and many more. Produced in partnership with Gimlet Media and Loudspeaker Network.

Spotify say that they’re planning even more originals for later this year.