Inhaler, Ed Sheeran Lead Midweek U.K. Charts

And breathe… Inhaler fans will have a nervous few days ahead as the Irish rockers take the lead in the U.K. chart race with It Won’t Always Be Like This (Polydor), their debut album. It’s not even close. At the half-way stage, the LP has a lead of over 7,000 chart sales, and is the market’s best-seller on physical formats […]

SBA Offers Update on Shuttered Venue Grant Approvals

Of those notified of their awards, 2,374 are live music venue operators or promoters and 734 are talent representatives. Live performing arts organizations have received 1,777 award notifications.  In addition, the SBA has “come to a decision on eligibility” for another 5,902 applicants, which means they will soon be notified of their applications success, failure or need for revision. Monday’s numbers […]

A Festival Has a Monumental Premiere (and Some Other Operas, Too)

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — I mean it as high praise when I say that at this summer’s edition of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, none of the operas come close to Kaija Saariaho’s “Innocence,” which premiered here on July 3. Ushering new work into the world is perhaps an operatic institution’s most difficult task. This is an art form so stubbornly lodged in […]

Britney Spears’ Dad Allegedly Used $2M of Her Funds to Remain Conservator

Montgomery asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on July 7 to approve that the 24/7 protection she requested be paid for by the conservatorship, which could cost up to $50,000 a month. Jamie’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen filed an opposition the next day, arguing that Montgomery “is not the only person involved in this Conservatorship who has received threatening communications […]

Byron Berline, Master of the Bluegrass Fiddle, Dies at 77

Byron Douglas Berline, the youngest of five children of Lue and Elizabeth (Jackson) Berline, was born on July 6, 1944, in Caldwell, Kan., near the Oklahoma border. His father worked a farm and played banjo and fiddle at barn dances and other events. His mother, a homemaker, played piano. Young Byron started playing a three-quarter-sized fiddle when he was 5; […]

In Demand: Why Demi Lovato and Gojira Love Propeller

In 2015, he decided to launch a new platform called Propeller. But in order to get it up and running, he first had to convince Incubus to run a campaign on a site that didn’t yet exist, to which they quickly agreed. Through the site, Incubus gave away VIP meet-and-greet packages for every date of its upcoming tour with alt-metal […]

Olivia Rodrigo Holds at No. 1 With ‘Sour’

This week on the music charts, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” returns as the No. 1 album, while BTS’s song “Butter” closes in on her record for the year’s longest-running top single. “Sour,” which came out in May, rises two spots this week to claim its third time at No. 1, with the equivalent of 88,000 sales in the United States, according […]

‘Good 4 U,’ ‘Bad Habits’ Hold Atop Global Charts

Billboard‘s two global charts (the latest of which are dated July 17) began last September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the […]

Even the Tuning Up Gets an Ovation as Tanglewood Reopens

LENOX, Mass. — If you were brave enough, there was a time last summer when you could still turn into the drive of Tanglewood, the idyllic summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra here. There were the usual local teenagers to direct you to your parking space, one pointing the way every few yards; the usual state troopers, patrol cars […]