Missy Elliott, John Prine, Yusuf/Cat Stevens Among 2019 Songwriters

“Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future.”


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Missy ElliottJohn Prine and Yusuf/Cat Stevens are among the 2019 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The organization announced the new group of inductees Saturday. Other inductees include Tom T. Hall, who Johnny Cash called his “all-time favorite songwriter”; Jack Tempchin, who co-wrote songs for the Eagles and Glenn Frey’s solo albums; and Dallas Austin, the songwriter behind radio hits for TLC, Monica, Pink, Boyz II Men, Madonna and more.

The members of the 2019 class of inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced on CBS This Morning on Saturday, and hip-hop star Missy Elliott will become the first female hip-hop artist to join the more than 400 songwriters who have been inducted since 1970. The other inductees this year are Dallas Austin (“Creep,” “Motownphilly”); Tom T. Hall (“Harper Valley PTA,” “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine”); John Prine (“Angel From Montgomery,” “Paradise”); Jack Tempchin (“Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “You Belong to the City”); and Yusuf Islam, better known as Cat Stevens (you all know a Cat Stevens song or two, come on).

Regarding this year’s inductees, SHOF chairman (and hit songwriter/producer and Chic cofounder) Nile Rodgers said, “The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song.

“That’s true now more than ever, so I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time. The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”

Justin Timberlake Surprises Atlanta Crowd With T.I.

Justin Timberlake performs on stage during “The Man of the Woods Tour” at Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

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It’s solely been a couple of days since Justin Timberlake made his return to the Man of the Woods Tour, and he’s already bringing out some huge surprises. At his Atlanta present on Thursday night time, JT introduced out hometown hero T.I. for a hit-filled cameo.

Kelly Rowland Talks 2019 Album

“I’ve all the time been impressed by girls, and with this assortment, I actually wished that to be mirrored.”



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It’s been a minute since Kelly Rowland final put out an album — 5 years, in reality. She’s dropped just a few new tracks in recent times, together with “Kelly,” which she launched in November as a teaser to her subsequent endeavor, however followers might be relieved to listen to that the songstress is lastly gearing as much as deal with them to a brand new studio album someday this 12 months.

Although she’s reluctant to present us a precise timeline, Rowland tells Billboard that 2019 is certainly the 12 months. “This 12 months! I stated that final 12 months. However I truly, actually imply it this 12 months,” she jokes.

And for her fifth studio album, Rowland is taking it again a couple of a long time. While the roots of her new mission are R&B, she says that recently she’s been fully impressed by hip-hop from the ’90s. “That period feels good. And I’ve been impressed by Marvin Gaye. He’s like my secret crush. I’ve completely been in that ’90s headspace,” she says of the combo of old- and new-school sounds.

Rowland, who celebrated the launch of her first-ever capsule collection for Fabletics by internet hosting an intimate exercise class in Los Angeles on Tuesday, says the theme of her new attire and music go hand in hand.

Embracing your physique is a lesson Rowland says she herself has needed to be taught through the years. And it’s undoubtedly a theme that’s knowledgeable her music. “Clearly, if you consider a tune like ‘Bootylicious’ that Future’s Youngster had, that theme is obvious,” says Rowland, who reveals that she’ll even have a brand new tune on her forthcoming album that tackles the notion of studying to like and embrace your physique. “There’s a tune that I did within the studio that I really like a lot that talks about that. I’m not going to get into it, but it surely’s actually cool. It’s going to be on the report, probably. I’ve recorded so many rattling songs,” she says with amusing.

According to Rowland, the wrestle for self-acceptance is a notion that each one girls can relate to. “I feel it all the time reveals itself, as a result of girls undergo that. I feel folks undergo that usually, however girls undergo that extra so than something. We are typically very onerous on ourselves. And I feel it’s essential we empower one another,” Rowland explains.

In latest months, rumors have been swirling a few attainable Rowland/Beyoncé musical collaboration, however Rowland tells Billboard that her latest sightings with Queen Bey don’t have anything to do with music. “It’s so humorous. I assume each time folks see us collectively, they only see music however I simply see sisterhood, and that’s what we’re and that’s what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all collectively, they instantly assume music. I’m like, no. Just household,” Rowland says.

Demi Lovato Responds to Rumors About Her Recovery


“Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it’s no one’s business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME.”



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Demi Lovato left rehab three months ago after an OD in July, and ever since she has been keep a low profile (and voting!).

But it looks like while Demi has been taking this time to focus on her sobriety and heal, others are busy making up and selling fake stories about her (remember when someone accused her team of being “rotten”?), and Demi has had enough.

I love my fans, and hate tabloids. Don’t believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story. Sickening.

If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF. Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it’s no one’s business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME…

“Someday I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened and what my life is like today.. but until I’m ready to share that with people please stop prying and making up shit that you know nothing about,” she wrote. “I still need space and time to heal..”

She wrapped up her message by thanking fans for their support.

“I’m so blessed I get to take this time to be with family, relax, work on my mind, body and soul and come back when I’m ready,” she said. “I have my fans to thank for that. I’m so grateful, truly. I love you guys so f—–g much.”

Lovato — who had celebrated six years of sobriety in March — was reportedly released from a rehab facility in early August, at which time she issued another statement via a since-deleted Instagram post thanking fans for their love and support and vowing to “keep fighting.” The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer also wrote that she needed “time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery.”

The Biggest Music Releases To Get Excited About In 2019

While very few artists have confirmed concrete plans for releases next year, the musical projects most buzzed about online are enough to spark hope in even the most jaded cynic’s heart.

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While very few artists have confirmed concrete plans for releases next year, the musical projects most buzzed about online are enough to spark hope in even the most jaded cynic’s heart. While Rihanna has been busy taking over pretty much every industry other than music, she’s also rumored to have been finishing up R9, and even assured an impatient fan that music would be coming oh so soon.

Ariana GrandeThank U, Next
It’s only been a few months since the release of Sweetener, and Ariana Grande is already back in the studio. “Thank u, next,” recorded in the wake of her split from Pete Davidson, was her first number one song. Last week, she followed it up with another one-off single, titled “Imagine.” In Grande’s recent Billboard cover story she revealed that her new album, also titled Thank U, Next, is almost finished. Expect it (early) next year.

Avril Lavigne
In a lengthy personal letter on her site, Avril Lavigne wrote that her upcoming sixth album “holds nothing back” and describes a personal crisis that inspired recent single “Head Above Water”: “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began.” It’s a long-recognized truth that Avril is at her best when she allows herself to be vulnerable. No word on a release date yet.

Beirut, Gallipoli
Beirut’s Zach Condon has thus far released two singles for the upcoming album Gallipoli.  The title track is a stately trumpet-driven song in the vein of 2006’s Gulag Orkestar. Condon says he wrote it “entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat.” Second single “Corfu” is an instrumental track with a decidedly more modern vibe. The full album is out February 1 from 4AD.

Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen has hinted at a new full-length coming sometime in 2019. No word yet on the title or release date; for now, we can tide ourselves over with recent single “Party for One.”

Cass McCombsTip of the Sphere
The follow-up to Cass McCombs’s 2016 album Mangy Love arrives February 8, 2019 from Anti-. Hear first single “Sleeping Volcanoes” here.

Chance the Rapper
It’s no secret that Chance the Rapper has been in the studio. This past July, he released four new singles—“65th & Ingleside,” “Wala Cam,” “Work Out,” and “I Might Need Security”—prompting speculation that a new project was on the way. 

Cherry Glazerr, Stuffed & Ready
The wonderfully titled new project from L.A. indie-psych act Cherry Glazerr project arrives February 1. First single “Daddi” is out now, along with a deeply weird video.

ChromaticsDear Tommy
We were supposed to get Dear Tommy in 2015. But following some kind of near-death experience in HawaiiJohnny Jewel destroyed every copy of the album—15,000 CDs and 10,000 vinyl copies. According to manager Alexis Rivera, the new version of Dear Tommy will have the “same titles, same lyrics, same track order, as when it was announced in Dec of 2014. Nothing’s changed except it’s better.” Back in May, Chromatics dropped the first single from this newly re-recorded Dear Tommy, “Black Walls.” Will we finally hear the full thing in 2019?

Danny Brown
Danny Brown had a bigger year as a Twitch streamer than as a rapper. In the hours and hours he’s logged on Persona 5Red Dead Redemption 2, and Dream Daddy, he’s dropped more than a few hints about a new record, and even pointed to an “early” 2019 release date. He also debuted an unreleased track. Stayed tuned for more from Danny in 2019.

DeerhunterWhy Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
Deerhunter’s eighth studio album arrives January 18. Hear first single “Death in Midsummer” here.

Die Antwoord, 27
Ninja and Yolandi have billed their upcoming 27-track project as their “final” Die Antwoord release. Back in June, they said it would be “released unusually over the next year or so,” and would feature “many collaborations with our favorite artists in the world.”

Notes on a Conditional Form, part two of the Music For Cars era (following A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships) is already scheduled to be in your earbuds at the end of next May. Till then, you can check out our interview with frontman Matty Healy, here.