‘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 […]

Skrillex Earns First Hot Latin Songs Chart Top 10

“Getto” also benefits from radio support as it bows at No. 4 on the all-Latin genre Latin Airplay list with 8 million audience impressions, up 216%. Balvin captures his 36th top 10 there and Skrillex his first ever since the chart’s inception in 1994. “Getto” concurrently sold 1,700 downloads in its first week, yielding a No. 1 debut on Latin […]

Pop Smoke ‘Faith’ Track List Revealed

Released on July 3, 2020, Pop Smoke’s first studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has charted for 52 weeks. It also gained international success, hitting No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums tally, where it charted for 45 weeks. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon also charted in Greece, Germany, Australia […]

Britney Spears Conservatorship Hearing: What Happens Next?

Three weeks after Britney Spears denounced the conservatorship that has long controlled her life as abusive in an impassioned speech before a Los Angeles judge, the case is set to return to the courtroom on Wednesday. There is much to discuss. Since the June 23 hearing, there has been a flurry of court filings by those involved in managing the […]

As Ashley Monroe Starts Chemo, Country Music Rallies

The country music community is rallying behind Ashley Monroe, who is battling a rare blood cancer. Monroe, a member of country act Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, has been diagnosed with Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, and shared the difficult news on social media. Chemotherapy awaits, and Monroe will fight hard. ”I’m thankful I have an illness that is VERY […]

BTS Show Perform ‘Permission to Dance’ on ‘Fallon’

When BTS gives you permission to dance, you do just that. The K-pop superstars stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a chat with the host and to perform their new song. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook showed us their best dance moves in an empty mall. Empty, with the exception of an overhead raft of […]

Ray Singleton Delivers Emotion-Packed Performance on ‘AGT’

“Actually, the reason I’m here is because of my wife,” he explained. Singleton used singing in his partner’s therapy. And it apparently helped. Today, she’s cancer free. When Roslyn joined Singleton on stage after his solo rendition, the tears flowed (from everyone). Grammar’s performance at the keys was both touching and powerful, and earned a “yes” from each of the […]

Britney Spears Conservatorship: Will She Ask to End It?

Three weeks after Britney Spears denounced the conservatorship that has long controlled her life as abusive in an impassioned speech before a Los Angeles judge, the case is set to return to the courtroom on Wednesday. There is much to discuss. Since the June 23 hearing, there has been a flurry of court filings by those involved in managing the […]