John Mayer’s Empty 1980s Excess

And yet for all the stylistic cosplay of the album’s visual presentation, very little of this aesthetic is in the songs, which are mostly eminently fine, occasionally oh-he-really-pulled-it-off nostalgic and more often dour. “Sob Rock” sometimes crackles with the frisson of a performer cracking the code on a well-worn style, but more often displays just how challenging it is to […]

Kennedy Center Honors: Four Motown Recipients

Gordy, 91, founded Motown Records in 1959. Four of his biggest stars received the honor before he did. Take a look: Stevie Wonder:  Wonder was just 49 when he got the honor in 1999. That makes him one of the youngest Kennedy Center Honorees in history, along with LL Cool J (2017) and Midori (2021), who were also 49 when […]

Megan Thee Stallion Hid Rap Talent From Her Mom

She definitely got it from her mama, Holly Thomas, who was a rapper who went by the name “Holly-Wood.” She died in March 2019 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. But while a young Meg traded daycare sessions for her mother’s recording studio sessions, she realized exactly how she wanted to entertain others, but still didn’t want to let […]

Kennedy Center Taps Joni Mitchell and Berry Gordy for Awards

The last Kennedy Center Honors aired on television less than two months ago, but on Wednesday, the institution announced a new batch of honorees, taking a step toward getting the program back on schedule after the upheaval of the pandemic. The recipients include the folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell; the stage and screen performer Bette Midler; Berry Gordy, the founder of […]

MRC Data Study Looks at TikTok’s Hit-Making Power

The study also notes that TikTok users often have “heard it on TikTok” moments in their day-to-day lives: 72% of users agree that they associate certain songs with TikTok. The study also sheds some light on best practices for brands looking to connect with TikTok users through music. When brands feature songs that are popular on TikTok, 68% of users […]

Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller’s Glorious Duets

On a snowy evening in January 2006, the trumpeter Roy Hargrove sped from Newark Airport to Merkin Hall, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, to play a rare duet concert with the esteemed pianist Mulgrew Miller. He got there just in time: There was no room for a rehearsal or even a proper soundcheck; they selected the set list […]

Charlamagne Tha God to Host Comedy Central Talk Show

The host has shared history with both Colbert, a fellow South Carolina native, and MTV Entertainment Group’s president and CEO Chris McCarthy, who’s producing the series in house. Charlamagne met Colbert in 2016, when he first appeared on Colbert’s CBS late night show, and he’s since been back six times. (In the small-world realm, Colbert’s brother was also a teacher […]

Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?

Battling Stereotypes Artists of Asian descent have long been the subject of racist tropes and slurs, dating back to at least the 1960s and ’70s, when musicians immigrated to the United States from Japan, Korea and other parts of East Asia to study and perform. A 1967 report in Time magazine, titled “Invasion From the Orient,” reflected the thinking of […]

CTS Eventim Expands Into Asia with Jason Miller

Asian touring markets just got more competitive. European promoter and ticketer CTS Eventim is expanding its reach with the new Eventim Live Asia, which will be headquartered out of Singapore with industry veteran Jason Miller as its CEO.   Miller previously led all touring activity for Live Nation Entertainment’s Asia and Middle East offices. He will run the division, which is focused on the rapidly growing markets in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam […]

After 145 Years, Bayreuth Festival Has Its First Female Conductor

I was born during the Soviet period, when Russian and Soviet culture were imposed on us, but I like to read, and did my own research. I came across great names like Joseph Roth, Paul Celan and Stanislaw Lem, the Polish science- fiction writer who was born in Lviv. I also discovered that Leonard Bernstein’s parents were from Rovno, 100 […]

Jonas Brothers Murder Your Favorite Songs, Talk Touring

The Jonas Brothers can sing, they can move. And on Tuesday night, they proved they could act (a little). Nick, Joe and Kevin zoomed in to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a session of “Sing it like,” and we were all suckers for them. Fallon kicked things off by hitting Gotye’s Grammy-winning No. 1 hit “Somebody That I Used […]

Gil Wechsler, an Illuminating Fixture at the Met Opera, Dies at 79

Gil Wechsler, who with innovative lighting designs helped bring to life more than 100 productions at the Metropolitan Opera, translating the visions of some of opera’s best-known directors while also contributing to a more modern look for the Met’s stagings, died on July 9 at a memory-care facility in Warrington, Pa. He was 79. His husband, the artist Douglas Sardo, […]

Coheed and Cambria Return With Heavy ‘Shoulders’

Coheed and Cambria are back, and they’re heavy as ever. The New York progressive rock outfit returns with “Shoulders,” a flat-out rock number that marks their first studio release proper in almost three years. More bodyparts will be on the way. Frontman Claudio Sanchez has hinted at a 10th studio release later this year or next, the followup to 2018’s […]