Hotels Are Record Labels Now

The newest record label in the music business is an operation called W Records — run not by moguls or artists, but the Marriott-owned, millennial-focused luxury hotel chain W Hotels.

W debuted its label on Tuesday, noting that the company will sign four rising artists over the next year and provide them with recording space, video shoot locations, mixing/mastering support and distribution of their music via live performances, streaming services and limited-edition vinyl production. W Records’ first signed artist is New York-based R&B singer-songwriter Amber Mark, who recorded two songs earlier this summer in the W Sound Suite at W Hollywood and is releasing them this fall.

Courtney Marie Andrews Plots Fall 2018 Tour, Headlining U.K. Dates

Courtney Marie Andrews has announced a new run of dates later this fall that includes an extended group of shows supporting the rapidly rising R&B/gospel duo The War and Treaty along with supporting dates for other artists. On the trek, she’ll crisscross the Midwest and Northeast in late October and early November before heading to the United Kingdom for a series of headlining shows in December.

Andrews’ latest tour is in support of May Your Kindness Remain, her 2018 gospel-inflected breakout record, which was released in March. The album tastefully blends the 27-year-old singer’s early love of R&B and soul music with her more recent grounding in folk and roots music.

How Sia Saved Herself

Sia Furler is looking for love. This being 2018, that means using apps like Tinder and Bumble. She doesn’t use her real name, but she does post real photos of herself on the apps. Not that anyone recognizes her; although she’s scored hits like “Chandelier” (1.9 billion YouTube views and counting) and “Cheap Thrills” (which made her one of only a handful of women in their forties to have a Number One hit), she has for years obscured her face with an oversize blond wig whenever she performs. When a potential date asks what she does for a living, she’ll say she’s a writer. Eventually, she might say, “I’m actually also a pop star called Sia.”

‘A Star Is Born’ Review: Cooper, Lady Gaga Hit All the Right Notes

One star soars; the other crashes and burns. It’s a tale as old as time, flattened and fatigued by constant repetition. So why in hell did Bradley Cooper choose to make his debut as director with the third remake of A Star Is Born? What could he bring to the role of the self-destructive headliner living in the shadow of the protégée he loves? And why did he have Lady Gaga, going out on a limb in her first starring role, to follow in the footsteps of the legends who previously aced the role of the newbie: Barbra Streisand (1976), Judy Garland (1954) and Janet Gaynor (1937)? Talk about walking a tightrope without a net.

Subversion Gone Wrong: Inside ‘Bumfights’

In the late 1990s, when Ryen McPherson was a teenager living in the idyllic San Diego suburb of La Mesa, California, he met two middle-aged homeless men named Donnie Brennan and Rufus Hannah.

McPherson, an aspiring filmmaker, was always tooling around town with a video camera. Brennan and Hannah had each spent time in the U.S. Army, with Brennan serving in the Vietnam War. Both men, who’d struggled with alcoholism for years, were recognizable in the area, a quiet place the two sought out after briefly living on the streets of San Diego. People in La Mesa, namely the police, would let them be. But McPherson’s unlikely connection with Brennan and Hannah — for better andworse — would propel them all into the media limelight, and reshape their lives completely.

The Band Perry Announce North American Tour

The Band Perry have announced a headlining North American tour in support of their recently released EP, Coordinates. The trek kicks off on October 12th at USC Aiken Convocation Center in Aiken, South Carolina.

Executive produced by Rick Rubin and written and produced by the band, the five-song Coordinates was released in September. In an interview with Variety, singer Kimberly Perry said that it was influenced by “German electronic music.”

“We went and studied a lot of that music, and on the way to the studio in the morning, we would be playing very specific things to inspire the mood of the day,” Perry explained of their sessions, adding that the EP’s “minimal brutalism” reflects “brutal” things happening in their personal lives, including her own recent divorce.