Karol G’s ‘200 Copas’ Video: Watch

Karol G has dropped a new music video for her her first-ever corrido “200 Copas.” The Colombian singer-songwriter teased the video Monday to her nearly 41 million followers on Instagram and promptly dropped the video Tuesday (July 13). The clip, directed by Cole Santiago, finds Karol at a bonfire with friends reminiscing about past relationships via the song’s raw and […]

The Weeknd New Album Update

According to MRC Data’s 2021 Canada midyear report, released Tuesday, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) has dominated music in his Canadian motherland in the first half of 2021. His fourth studio album, After Hours, as well as The Highlights, the compilation LP he delivered shortly before his Super Bowl performance earlier this year, take the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, on the […]

The Fate of the Met Opera’s Fall Season Lies in Its Orchestra Pit

When the Metropolitan Opera’s stagehands finally returned to work last week after an agonizingly long furlough that was followed by a seven-month lockout as they negotiated a new contract with pay cuts, they found a time-capsule backstage. The wings were crammed with the mammoth sets of the operas that were in rotation when the pandemic forced the Met to abruptly […]

Lorde Details ‘Solar Power’s Early Stages

Two days after that, she penned a Note that would later become the basis for the “Solar Power” music video. “Make the visual world authentic and sumptuous, have your friends in it,” she wrote. “Have a weird dance break on a beach, imbue it with colour and feeling.” Some of the notes she shared included ponderings on today’s internet culture […]

A 1970 Live Album Offers a New Perspective on Roy Brooks’s Jazz

“I remember being a kid, watching him solo, and being scared to death,” Brooks’s son Raheem Brooks said in an interview. “Like, ‘Is he going to have a heart attack?’ So much force would go into it — you know, when he solos, he goes in.” Brooks pushed himself to the limits onstage and off, and as the decades passed, […]

Reservoir Signs BTS ‘Butter’ Maker Rufio Hooks

Songwriter and producer Rufio Hooks — known for his co-write credit on BTS’ massive hit “Butter” — has signed to Reservoir. The global publishing deal includes “Butter” along with all future works of Hooks, born Sebastian Garcia. The K-pop phenomenon’s second English-language single debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a spot it’s held for seven weeks and […]

Outspoken Music Scholar to Lead Spoleto Festival

A scholar who has spoken forcefully about the legacy of colonialism in classical music will serve as the next general director of Spoleto Festival USA, the renowned arts group in Charleston, S.C., announced on Tuesday. Mena Mark Hanna, 37, the son of Egyptian immigrants, will be the first person of color to lead the festival, which was founded in 1977. […]

Global Citizen Live: The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, BTS & More

“It is very important to me to be a part of this historic event to spread awareness and encourage action toward helping the people of Ethiopia during this devastating humanitarian crisis they are faced with,” The Weeknd said in a statement. “It’ll be an honor to perform and help bring support to these citizens who are suffering so severely.” “COVID-19 […]

Inhaler, Ed Sheeran Lead Midweek U.K. Charts

And breathe… Inhaler fans will have a nervous few days ahead as the Irish rockers take the lead in the U.K. chart race with It Won’t Always Be Like This (Polydor), their debut album. It’s not even close. At the half-way stage, the LP has a lead of over 7,000 chart sales, and is the market’s best-seller on physical formats […]

SBA Offers Update on Shuttered Venue Grant Approvals

Of those notified of their awards, 2,374 are live music venue operators or promoters and 734 are talent representatives. Live performing arts organizations have received 1,777 award notifications.  In addition, the SBA has “come to a decision on eligibility” for another 5,902 applicants, which means they will soon be notified of their applications success, failure or need for revision. Monday’s numbers […]

A Festival Has a Monumental Premiere (and Some Other Operas, Too)

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — I mean it as high praise when I say that at this summer’s edition of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, none of the operas come close to Kaija Saariaho’s “Innocence,” which premiered here on July 3. Ushering new work into the world is perhaps an operatic institution’s most difficult task. This is an art form so stubbornly lodged in […]

Britney Spears’ Dad Allegedly Used $2M of Her Funds to Remain Conservator

Montgomery asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on July 7 to approve that the 24/7 protection she requested be paid for by the conservatorship, which could cost up to $50,000 a month. Jamie’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen filed an opposition the next day, arguing that Montgomery “is not the only person involved in this Conservatorship who has received threatening communications […]

Byron Berline, Master of the Bluegrass Fiddle, Dies at 77

Byron Douglas Berline, the youngest of five children of Lue and Elizabeth (Jackson) Berline, was born on July 6, 1944, in Caldwell, Kan., near the Oklahoma border. His father worked a farm and played banjo and fiddle at barn dances and other events. His mother, a homemaker, played piano. Young Byron started playing a three-quarter-sized fiddle when he was 5; […]