Grammys Chief Calls Her Removal Retaliation for Exposing ‘Boys’ Club’

Ben Sisario, writing for the New York Times:

Deborah Dugan, the suspended chief of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy Awards, said in a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday that she had been removed as retaliation for uncovering a range of misconduct at the academy, including sexual harassment, improper voting procedures and conflicts of interest among academy board members.

And:

According to the complaint, the nominating committee, when finalizing the ballot for the 2019 award for song of the year, for example, chose as one of its eight final nominees a song that had initially ranked 18 out of 20. The artist behind that song, the complaint alleges, was allowed to sit on the committee and was also represented by a board member.

The complaint also says that the committees can add artists to the ballot who had not first been chosen by the general voting pool. For this year’s awards, it says, 30 such artists were “added to the possible nomination list.”

And:

The document, filed with the E.E.O.C.’s Los Angeles office and technically called a charge of discrimination, alleges that Ms. Dugan’s predecessor, Neil Portnow, had been accused of rape by an artist, and that the academy’s board had been scheduled to vote for a bonus for him even though all of its members had not been told about the accusation. The complaint has little detail about the accusation, but said that a psychiatrist had said that the encounter was “likely not consensual.”

It also says that Ms. Dugan herself had received unwanted sexual advances from Joel Katz, a powerful industry lawyer who represents the Grammys.

Selena Gomez Tops the Charts

Selena Gomez has the top album in the country:

Selena Gomez earns her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Rare launches atop the tally. The set, which was released Jan. 10 via Interscope Records, starts with 112,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 16, according to Nielsen Music.

The Format Announce ‘Live at The Mayan Theatre’ Vinyl Release

The Format are putting out Live at The Mayan Theatre on vinyl for its 13-year anniversary. Pre-orders are up.

In addition to the vinyl drop, on February 4th Live At The Mayan will be available for the first time to listen to on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon, and watch on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. It will be added to the iTunes Video Store at a later date.

To celebrate the re-release, Sam is hosting a Live At The Mayan viewing party on February 3rd in Phoenix at Hello Merch. If you’d like to go, RSVP. Space is limited so RSVP here ASAP.

If you have a chance to go to this viewing party, I’d take it. [shakes magic eight ball] You may rely on it.