Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dies at 58

During their heyday, Cinderella toured with Bon Jovi, Poison and other heavyweights in the “hair metal” scene, and the band landed eight tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, starting off with 1986’s “Nobody’s Fool,” which enjoyed momentum on MTV and reached No. 13 on the singles survey. Their best, a No. 12 […]

UK Parliament Probe Calls for Streaming Reset

But the committee’s report goes further, concluding in sweeping fashion that the global streaming model pioneered and dominated by Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Amazon Music, is unsustainable in its current form. “Streaming has undoubtedly helped save the music industry following two decades of digital piracy, but it is clear that what has been saved does not work for everyone,” the […]

‘Aline’: The Crazy Celine Dion Movie at Cannes

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival is meant to be a holy temple of cinema, a place where sober works from the most respected directors have their first unveiling. But every so often, something completely off-kilter sneaks through, a film so unlike anything at Cannes that it feels out of place … that is, until it steers into its […]

Spotify Stock Drops as Analysts Critique Podcasts

The data is not encouraging, says Bernstein. The problem is podcast year-over-year growth has stalled and even declined. Global podcast listening for the top 10 publishers jumped from 26.7% year-over-year growth in March 2020 to 51.5%, 52.2% 63.6% and 72.3% in the following four months, according to Podtrac data. But annual growth decreased to 1.7% in February 2021 and fell […]

At the White House, Olivia Rodrigo Says Vaccines Are ‘Good 4 U’

WASHINGTON — Nixon and Elvis. Trump and Kanye. Biden and Olivia. On Wednesday, Olivia Rodrigo, the 18-year-old pop star with the No. 1 album in the country, visited the White House and joined the Biden administration’s efforts to use the young and influential to reach the young and unvaccinated. “It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members,” Ms. […]

Little Mix Talks Pregnancy Struggles on ‘Heartbreak Anthem’ Video Set

Little Mix gave fans a “Heartbreak Anthem” with Galantis and David Guetta, but the pregnant members of the girl group felt a different kind of pain during the video shoot. In an official behind-the-scenes clip from the music video, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock — who are both pregnant — reveal how cumbersome pulling off the video was, especially the wardrobe […]

Britney Spears Can Hire a New Lawyer of Her Choice, Judge Rules

More than 13 years after being deemed mentally unfit to choose her own legal representation, Britney Spears can hire a high-powered Hollywood lawyer, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday, signaling a new phase in the battle to end the conservatorship that controls the singer’s life. The decision by Judge Brenda Penny came at the first hearing since Ms. Spears, […]

Streams Up 15%, Vinyl Sales Double So Far in 2021

The only serious loss was in digital sales: Album downloads fell 26.8%, to 12.92 million, while track sales dropped 20.3%, to 101.8 million. But physical sales rose so much that, for the first time in years, total album sales rose, by 12.6% to 51.26 million. The top song of the year so far is Olivio Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” with 582.8 […]

Ryuichi Sakamoto on Life, Nature and ‘Time’

Ryuichi Sakamoto is in Tokyo for the summertime rainy season. A New York resident for over 30 years, the Oscar-winning composer has been in Japan since last November — not because of the pandemic, but because of a diagnosis of rectal cancer, discovered just after he went into remission after several years of treatment for throat cancer. Despite his health […]