Billboard’s 2020 Women In Music Hall of Fame Honorees Speak Out

This was the year Roc Nation client Megan Thee Stallion claimed superstardom, at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé) and as the featured artist on Cardi B’s “WAP,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. Rostermates Lil Uzi Vert, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey all reached new peaks. And Roc Nation, after partnering with the NFL to use its platform for entertainment and social justice, in February co-produced the Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Reprise: A Roc Nation Album raised funds for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Criminal Justice, and JAY-Z successfully lobbied for passage of probation reform legislation in California. Through it all, says Perez, she has managed the stress of the year by “focusing on things within my control and making sure we are better positioned for whatever the new normal is.”

Song That Inspired Me in the Past Year: “Alicia Keys’ ‘Love Looks Better on You,’ because it recognizes that love is the best option.”

Danielle Aguirre (Co-executive of the Year 2018)
Executive vp/general counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association

Courtesy of NMPA

Danielle Aguirre

The NMPA this year continued to focus on reaching settlements and deals for licenses to “provide needed revenue for our members and songwriters,” says Aguirre, noting that the organization has finalized global settlements and/or licenses with Peloton, TikTok, YouTube, Snap Inc. and others. Aguirre also continues to oversee the NMPA’s battle against Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora in the wake of the tech companies’ appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board decision to raise publishing royalties. In November, the NMPA joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International in a motion asking the CRB to set interim royalty rates at the current levels.

Crucial Issue Facing the Music Industry: “How to protect live-music venues and slowly bring people back to live events. Live music is what I miss most about these last months.”

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth (Co-executive of the Year 2018)
Partner, Alter Kendrick & Baron

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Jacqueline Charlesworth

“It will be exciting to see the launch on Jan. 1 of the new Mechanical Licensing Collective created under the Music Modernization Act,” says Charlesworth, whose efforts — along with Aguirre, Dina LaPolt and Susan Genco — to achieve passage of the landmark music licensing law led to their shared recognition as Executive of the Year honorees in 2018. Charlesworth remains on the front lines of copyright battles, filing a brief late last year with the D.C. Court of Appeals on behalf of two groups to support increased royalty rates for songwriters. In July, she testified before a Senate subcommittee on what she called the “broken” Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs copyright online. “A little over a year ago,” she says, “I left a big firm and moved to Los Angeles. I’m extremely grateful to have built a thriving music and copyright practice out here, even in the midst of a pandemic. And I’m especially proud of my work on

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Billboard’s 2020 Women In Music Hall of Fame Honorees Speak Out

Chosen by Billboard as first among their peers in prior years, these former Executive of the Year honorees reflect on the achievements, activism and unprecedented challenges of 2020.

Desiree Perez (Executive of the Year 2019)

CEO, Roc Nation

This was the year Roc Nation client Megan Thee Stallion claimed superstardom, at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé) and as the featured artist on Cardi B’s “WAP,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. Rostermates Lil Uzi Vert, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey all reached new peaks. And Roc Nation, after partnering with the NFL to use its platform for entertainment and social justice, in February co-produced the Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Reprise: A Roc Nation Album raised funds for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Criminal Justice, and JAY-Z successfully lobbied for passage of probation reform legislation in California. Through it all, says Perez, she has managed the stress of the year by “focusing on things within my control and making sure we are better positioned for whatever the new normal is.”

Song That Inspired Me in the Past Year: “Alicia Keys’ ‘Love Looks Better on You,’ because it recognizes that love is the best option.”

Danielle Aguirre (Co-executive of the Year 2018)

Executive vp/general counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association

The NMPA this year continued to focus on reaching settlements and deals for licenses to “provide needed revenue for our members and songwriters,” says Aguirre, noting that the organization has finalized global settlements and/or licenses with Peloton, TikTok, YouTube, Snap Inc. and others. Aguirre also continues to oversee the NMPA’s battle against Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora in the wake of the tech companies’ appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board decision to raise publishing royalties. In November, the NMPA joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International in a motion asking the CRB to set interim royalty rates at the current levels.

Crucial Issue Facing the Music Industry: “How to protect live-music venues and slowly bring people back to live events. Live music is what I miss most about these last months.”

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth (Co-executive of the Year 2018)

Partner, Alter Kendrick & Baron

“It will be exciting to see the launch on Jan. 1 of the new Mechanical Licensing Collective created under the Music Modernization Act,” says Charlesworth, whose efforts — along with Aguirre, Dina LaPolt and Susan Genco — to achieve passage of the landmark music licensing law led to their shared recognition as Executive of the Year honorees in 2018. Charlesworth remains on the front lines of copyright battles, filing a brief late last year with the D.C. Court of Appeals on behalf of two groups to support increased royalty rates for songwriters. In July, she testified before a Senate subcommittee on what she called the “broken” Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs copyright online. “A little over a year ago,” she says, “I left a big firm and moved to

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My life in sex: ‘The Bible doesn’t speak of polygamy for women, but it works wonders for me’ | Sex

I was raised in a traditional evangelical home and my husband and I were virgins when we married. Every Christian marriage book and seminar had made it seem as though men always wanted sex and wives should submit to that. But my husband had a significantly lower libido. I was baffled and felt rejected.

After more than a decade of counselling, medication for depression, prayer and fighting, nothing seemed to solve this issue. My husband is wonderful, but this one issue left me feeling lonely, undesirable and depressed. Then an old friend approached me: he wasn’t in the headspace to be romantically involved with anyone but, like me, craved sexual intimacy. So, with my husband’s blessing, I am now engaging in polyandry: one woman, two men.

The Bible does speak of polygamy, accepting that a man can have multiple wives or concubines – but not the other way around. I won’t justify my actions in any religious context. But I will say that this arrangement has done wonders for my physical and mental health. I still have sex with my husband, and our relationship couldn’t be better. I am grateful.

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Cam Newton’s words speak louder than his clothing

They say actions speak louder than words, and “loud” is an appropriate word for Cam Newton’s game day outfits.



a close up of Cam Newton: “I do certain things because of the culture I’m from, and where I’m from,” said Cam Newton. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


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“I do certain things because of the culture I’m from, and where I’m from,” said Cam Newton. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, what Newton had to say Monday should carry more weight than what he wore Sunday. The veteran quarterback, in his first season with the New England Patriots, addressed his recent poor play — and a viral rant about his sartorial choices — with a maturity and humility that belie the image many have of him.

That image has been shaped, in part, by the eye-catching apparel he has picked for his entrances into stadiums and subsequent postgame news conferences. On Sunday, his outfit was relatively muted, by his standards, but he was still decked out in a notably stylish manner as he fielded questions about getting benched that day after submitting a disastrous outing during a 33-6 loss to the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

“In no way shape or form did I put this team in a position to compete, and that’s inexcusable,” Newton told reporters following a 98-yard, three-interception passing performance that left him watching from the sideline as backup Jarrett Stidham finished the game. “This is the National Football League, where a lot is put on the quarterback, and I have to deliver, and I haven’t done that.”

To former San Francisco quarterback Jeff Garcia, now an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, the issue didn’t appear to be how much is put on the quarterback so much as what Newton tends to put on for his public appearances. During a 49ers postgame show Sunday, Garcia began by criticizing Newton’s on-field miscues before quickly addressing to his fashion choices.

“You go into this game [with] two touchdowns, four interceptions. You throw — what — three more interceptions, you get yanked in the second half,” Garcia said. “There’s nothing good going your way.

“Why are you dressing like that, to bring more attention to yourself?” he continued. “I’d be trying to ask the equipment managers, ‘Put me in our jock sock cart and sneak me in the back door, and I’ll show up on the field and do the best that I can.’ ”

“This just goes back to a couple years of just watching this guy and seeing him at the podium,” added Garcia, 50, who played for five NFL franchises and was selected for four Pro Bowls during his career. “But yet what he’s doing on the field does not translate to being that guy.”

Asked on Boston’s WEEI on Monday morning about Garcia’s comments, Newton responded with admirable equanimity.

“You know what’s crazy? I agree with him,” he said of Garcia. “And the fact that he’s a former player, he has every right to say that, and until that happens, then so be it.

“But that’s another opinionated theory, and it’s fair to say,” continued Newton, who won the NFL’s MVP

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‘I brought my cat to a wedding and now my boyfriend’s pals won’t speak to me’

The stress of organising a wedding can leave many couples at breaking point.

From guest list arguments, to rows over what to serve your picky uncle, it’s rare that the run-up to the big day runs smoothly.

But one couple had the shock of a lifetime after a woman turned up with a cat, because it was her emotional support animal 

Now, that guest has asked whether she was wrong to bring her moggie along to the big day.

While some were divided, many were shocked to learn that the couple didn’t know she was specifically bringing a cat until she arrived.

Instead, her boyfriend has just said she wanted to bring her ‘support animal.’

Emotional support animals are commonly used to help calm the nerves of people with anxiety.

They differ to professionally trained service animals which are regulated by law.

The couple didn’t realise she was bringing a cat along to their big day

A year on from the big day, the woman has told how some of the wedding guests don’t want to socialise with her, as they didn’t think she should have brought the moggie along.

She explains: “So last year I went to a wedding with my boyfriend and brought my emotional support animal (approved by medical professionals) with me because I can get very bad panic attacks at crowded events like weddings.

“I didn’t know the bride or groom really well since they were my bf’s school friends, but he did ask beforehand on my behalf if I could bring my support animal, and they said yes.

“Anyways, so my animal is just my cat of 8 years. She’s a big Maine coon and a real sweetie, so I had her in a leash (for cats) and a small soft crate.

“But since I started feeling “off” the minute we got there, she was out of her crate and in my lap the entire time.

The cat is an emotional support animal

“So the wedding goes fine except for two small instances.

“During the ceremony, my cat at one point wanted to groom herself and made light “tinkling” sounds because of the leash she had on and her fidgeting.

“Some people looked in our direction in annoyance but I quickly unzipped her so the noise would stop.

“Second, during the dinner and dancing, I had her on a leash and at one point she disappeared beneath the table.

“When I finally checked on her I realized she had scratched a little bit of the table legs and some of the overhanging cloth.

“I immediately told my bf and we both made a mental note to tell the bride/groom afterwards and compensate them.

“Long story short, I didn’t think much of it for a while until this year.

“My bf and I are temporarily back in his hometown for a while and he wanted to hang

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