Review: To a Rare King Arthur Opera, Bard Says ‘Welcome Back’

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — It took just two words over the loudspeakers for the audience at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College on Sunday evening to break into vigorous applause: “Welcome back.” Welcome back, indeed, to Ernest Chausson’s seldom heard opera “Le Roi Arthus,” being presented as part of Bard’s SummerScape festival. And welcome back to many […]

Snow Man Says ‘Hello Hello’ to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

BTS’ “Permission to Dance,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holds at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, ruling streaming (19,965,634 weekly streams) and video (7,718,062 weekly views) to come out on top over the group’s previous hit song “Butter,” which falls to No. 3. But the latter is still going strong, continuing its climb […]

Elliot Lawrence, Award-Winning Conductor, Dies at 96

Elliot Lawrence, who after leading a big band in the 1940s and ’50s won a Tony Award for his conducting on Broadway and spent nearly a half-century in charge of the orchestra that plays on the Tonys’ annual broadcast, died on July 2 in Manhattan. He was 96. His son Jamie confirmed the death, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A pianist […]

Dave Powering to No. 1 in U.K.

In the first three days of its release, according to the charts compiler, Dave’s sophomore LP has already eclipsed the week one sales tally of his 2019 debut Psychodrama, and it’s on track to post one of 2021’s biggest opening weeks. Psychodrama went on to win the Mercury Prize and the Brit Award for album of the year. Also starting high […]

Rodney Crowell Gets Personal on New Album ‘Triage’

Working with producer/son-in-law Dan Knobler, Crowell had almost completed Triage when a health crisis inspired “Transient Global Amnesia Blues,” the final song they recorded for the album. He’s currently on tour playing that and other songs from the new collection. Crowell shares with Billboard how he weathered the pandemic, what happened the morning he wound up in the ER, and […]

Britney Spears Files to Remove Her Father From Conservatorship

More than 13 years after the life and finances of Britney Spears were put under the strict, court-approved control of her father, James P. Spears — and a month after Ms. Spears broke her public silence on the arrangement, calling it abusive and singling him out as its ultimate authority — a new lawyer for the singer is moving to […]

Britney Spears Conservatorship to Communism by Lawmaker

She added that “this is not a perfect bill,” but rather “a good start to reforming the conservatorship process.” Regarding Spears’ case specifically, the congresswoman said she was dismayed by what she heard from the singer’s harrowing June 23 testimony, the first time the star has testified publicly about her conservatorship. “Listen to Britney Spears,” said Mace. “A lot of […]

Pop Smoke’s Second Posthumous Album, ‘Faith,’ Hits No. 1

“Faith,” the second album by the Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke to be released since he was shot and killed in February 2020 at the age of 20, tops the Billboard chart this week, just as the previous one did. But the difference in listenership was stark: “Faith” opened with 88,000 equivalent album units, including 113 million streams and 4,000 in […]

Justin Timberlake on Why He Didn’t Take Lance Bass’ Call

The “SexyBack” later hopped into the comments section on Bass’ video post to explain why he didn’t pick up. “Once those babies show up… your unavailability will all make sense, bro,” he explained with three laughing-crying emojis. Responded Bass, who is expecting twins: “Touche!” After Timberlake’s response, Bass shared a video of himself on TikTok and Instagram Stories that showed […]

Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 75: III. Notturno, Salvatore Accardo, Kurt Masur & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

By Salvatore Accardo, Kurt Masur & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Listen to Salvatore Accardo, Kurt Masur & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 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.

Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy Kick Off Hella Mega Tour

After L.A. punkers the Interrupters warmed the crowd up with a set that included their cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” Weezer ripped through “My Name Is Jonas,” “Undone — The Sweater Song,” “Island in the Sun,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Beverly Hills,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly” and, of course, “Africa.” Fall Out Boy took over with a […]