KENDRICK LAMAR BECOMES FIRST RAPPER TO WIN PULITZER PRIZE
Kendrick Lamar has made history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win a the Pulitzer Prize in music. Lamar won the award for his 2017 album DAMN. The 30-year old Lamar is also the most commercially successful artist to win the prize even though artists such as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and John Coltrane have received special honors. The Pulitzer board called his work a “virtuosic song collection” that captures “the modern African American life.” The Compton, California born rapper will be awarded $15,000 for the win.
UPCOMING FYRE FEST DOCUSERIES LANDS AT HULU
Hulu has picked up the rights to an upcoming docuseries about the failed Fyre Festival. Set to hit the streaming service in 2019, the series will recount the events leading up to, during, and after the disastrous event with interviews, leaked emails, and more. The untitled project is being produced by Billboard, Mic, and Cinemart who will head production with directors Jenner First and Julia Willoughby Nason and executive producer Michael Gasparro. John Amato and Dana Miller will executive produce for Billboard, with Angela Freedman and Sharmi Ghandi exec producing for Mic.
LIVE NATION TO TAKE OVER NEW YORK’S BALD HILL AMPHITHEATRE
Live Nation is teaming up with Long Island Events LLC to become the exclusive promoter for Bald Hill Amphitheatre. Located in Farmingville, the 7,000-capacity venue has had a strong country presence. Live Nation is moving into the space to help bring more rock and pop concerts to Bald Hill. So far, summer shows include Billy Currington, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the Generation X tour featuring Buckcherry, P.O.D. and Lit. The new agreement will also see the two entities team up to make improvements to the venue including parking upgrades and more food and beverage options.