Normani & Cardi B ‘Wild Side’ Video: Musicians React

It didn’t take long for Normani to transport her fellow music stars to the “Wild Side,” thanks to the eye-popping video for her new Cardi B collaboration. The “Wild Side” song and video came out at midnight on Friday (July 16) and immediately transfixed celebs from Megan Thee Stallion to Halle Berry with its fierce fashions, colorful sets and groundbreaking […]

As New York Reopens, It Looks for Culture to Lead the Way

Broadway is planning to start performances of at least three dozen shows before the end of the year, but producers do not know if there will be enough tourists — who typically make up two-thirds of the audience — to support all of them. The Metropolitan Opera is planning a September return, but only if its musicians agree to pay […]

Patti LaBelle on Elton John Paying Her Back For Her Tupperware

“I cooked for him and the band because nobody had any pounds, you know? We were in London,” she said. “So I would invite them up to my loft every night and give them tupperware to take home because nobody had food. I said to them at the time, ‘Bring my tupperware to the next show.’ They didn’t.” LaBelle went […]

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54: III. Allegro Vivace, Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Martha Argerich

By Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Martha Argerich Listen to Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Martha Argerich on Apple Music. Listen to over 70 million songs, ad-free with zero commercials. Plus, get unlimited downloads to your library, and listen anywhere without Wi-Fi or using data. There’s no commitment. You can cancel anytime.

Biz Markie Dead: ‘Just a Friend’ Rapper Was 57

In 1988, Markie released his debut album, Goin’ Off, which peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and included his first Billboard hit, with “Make the Music With Your Mouth” peaking at No. 84 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1987. But Markie’s big breakthrough to the mainstream came with his sophomore album, 1989’s The Biz […]

A Queen of 19th-Century Opera Gets New Attention

Composers sought her out for important premieres: She was the first Fidès in Meyerbeer’s “Le Prophète” and Charles Gounod’s first Sapho. When Berlioz resurrected Gluck’s “Orfeo” for the Parisian stage in 1859, Viardot was the diva for whom he rewrote the title role. A decade later, Brahms chose her as the soloist for the premiere of his Alto Rhapsody. After […]

Tencent Music Stock Down 9.2% After Regulator News

Tencent Music sits in a web of relationships and ownership stakes with the world’s largest music companies. It has a joint venture with Universal Music Group and an agreement to form a joint record label with Warner Music Group. It also has licensing deals with UMG, WMG, Sony Music and independent label rights group Merlin. What’s more, Tencent Holdings, which owns a majority of Tencent Music, is part […]

Biz Markie, Hip-Hop’s ‘Just a Friend’ Clown Prince, Dies at 57

Biz Markie, the innovative yet proudly goofy rapper, D.J. and producer whose self-deprecating lyrics and off-key wail on songs like “Just a Friend” earned him the nickname Clown Prince of Hip-Hop, died on Friday. He was 57. His death was confirmed by his manager, Jenni Izumi, who didn’t provide a cause. He had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in […]

Biz Markie Dead: Hip-Hop Reaction

After Biz Markie’s death was announced Friday (July 16), reactions from his hip-hop peers — including Questlove, Q-Tip and Wyclef — started to pour in, in remembrance of the jovial “Just a Friend” rapper. “Biz built me,” Roots mastermind Questlove started his touching tribute on Instagram, recalling how the veteran MC taught him where to dig for the best records, or […]

For U.K. Bands, Touring Europe Is Now a Highway to Brexit Hell

LONDON — When the British rock band Two Door Cinema Club began playing shows across Europe a decade ago, the group’s three members would jump in a van, throw their instruments in the back and drive from their then hometown, Belfast, Northern Ireland, to sweaty clubs in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris. “We did that hundreds of times,” Kevin Baird, the […]

Megan Fox Made a Pro/Con List Before Dating MGK

She didn’t reveal what she wrote down on either side of the list, but it’s safe to assume the winner of the head-versus-heart battle. Last June, Fox and MGK appeared on the Give Them Lala … With Randall podcast for their first interview as a couple and talked about meeting on the set of their upcoming film Midnight in the Switchgrass and how the stars aligned for […]