Mixed Notes: February 2022

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Unplugged

MTV premiered a live video version of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Love For Sale,” as filmed in front of a live audience during the taping of MTV’s global music franchise MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. Love For Sale is the culmination of Bennett and Gaga’s ten-year musical history and celebrates the music of Cole Porter.


Alan Jackson is a Pandora Billionaire

Wrapping his 2021 tour in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Alan Jackson was surprised with a plaque for garnering over 5-billion streams of his music on Pandora. Pictured (l-r): UMG Nashville VP Marketing Digital Accounts Annie Ortmeier, Pandora Head of Country Programming Jennifer Danielson, Pandora Senior Manager, Artist Marketing & Industry Relations Alina Thompson, Alan Jackson, UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe, UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan.



Joan Jett with Help for Children

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performed recently at NYC's Sony Hall for a private event benefiting Help For Children, the global foundation fighting child abuse. 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of Jett's iconic album I Love Rock 'n Roll.



Black Pumas at YouTube Theater

Black Pumas made their YouTube Theater debut on Dec. 17.  Christy Castillo Butcher with YouTube Theater, Greg Siegel, and Alex Maxwell with Live Nation welcomed singer-songwriter Eric Burton, guitarist-producer Adrian Quesada and their management Ryan Matteson with Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers custom jerseys.   


XXXTentacion Certified diamond

Xxxtentacion’s single, “Sad!” has been awarded RIAA Diamond Certification, signifying 10 million units sold. “Sad!” was originally released by the late artist—born Jahseh Onfroy in 1998—shortly before his tragic death in 2018 as the first single from his ? album.  Xxxtentacion’s  mother, Cleo Bernard (pictured), and his manager, Solomon Sounds, accepted the Diamond award on behalf of his estate at the artist’s former home in South Florida.


Chris Young and Famous Friends at SEC

Chris Young headlined the first-ever T-Mobile SEC Championship Concert on the eve of the SEC college football championship. Young surprised the crowd at Atlanta’s Georgia International Plaza by bringing fellow Sony Nashville artists Mitchell Tenpenny and Kameron Marlowe on stage to perform his hit song “Famous Friends.”


Women’s Audio Mission at Outside Lands

Women’s Audio Mission provides hands-on training, work experience, career counseling and job placement to over 4,000 women and girls every year in creative technology for music, radio, film, television, and the internet. In addition to classroom experience, WAM interns received the opportunity to shadow sound techs at Outside Lands Music Festival, a partner of the organization.