Barack Obama’s 2021 Summer Playlist

In keeping with past tradition, Barack Obama is sharing some of his favorite summer tunes as we head into the blistering season. On Saturday (July 10), the former U.S. president shared his annual “Summer “Playlist,” featuring music by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak‘s Silk Sonic, Bob Dylan, Migos, H.E.R., The Rolling Stones, SZA, Stevie Wonder and many more. “With so […]

Jamie Lynn Spears Releasing Memoir in 2022

Earlier in the day, Worthy’s website stated that Jamie Lynn’s book would be titled I Must Confess: Family, Fame, and Figuring It Out, a reference to her older sister Britney Spears‘ hit 1998 song “…Baby One More Time,” People reports. The publisher later corrected the information, stating that the title was “erroneously released” to book retail websites. “We deeply regret […]

Steven Van Zandt Honored by American Federation of Teachers

“There are no wrong answers in the arts,” Van Zandt said. “The arts provide a comfort zone, and that extends to other disciplines. I can’t overstate my appreciation for all you do and for this award. I salute you. You are helping to create the next generation of engineers, scientists, doctors, nurses, artists, activists, writers and even musicians.” Van Zandt […]

‘Bo Burnham: Inside’ to Hit Theaters for One Day

The self-shot musical comedy that chronicles Burnham’s loneliness over the course of an isolating pandemic hits theaters on July 22. Bo Burnham’s one-room Netflix special made during the pandemic is headed for theaters this July for one day only. The comedian’s self-shot Inside, which is filled with catchy dystopian songs that chronicle his loneliness over the course of an isolated […]

Copyright Office Issues New MLC Regulations

The MLC was created by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) to collect mechanical royalties from digital services and create a database matching recordings to rights owners. It is also tasked with collecting the right ownership information for each song and maintaining a database so that the correct rights owners and songwriters receive proper payments. Before the MLC was created and […]

UMP China Holds All-Female Songwriting Camp

June’s all-women camp marked She Is The Music’s first songwriting camp outside the U.S. and connected some of UMP China’s most promising women writers with songwriters from several other countries, including the U.S., Mexico, South Korea and Australia. According to USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative, which surveys the number of women represented on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Charts, only 12.6% […]

‘Velvet Underground’ Doc Debuts at Cannes Film Fest

“I didn’t need to make a movie to tell you how great the band is,” Haynes said in an interview. “There were a lot of things I was going to be like: OK, we know this. Let’s get right to how this happened, this music, where these people came from and how this miracle of this group of people came […]

Executive of the Week: Columbia Records Senior VP Marketing Jay Schumer

Tyler, The Creator’s sixth album, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, was a smash hit upon its release: 169,000 equivalent album units, the single week highest of his career; a second straight No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and sixth straight top five; and a promotional campaign that included a performance at the BET Awards and several well-received music videos. […]

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s Bouncy Plea, and 14 More New Songs

Bracingly effective, hyper-slick new wave/pop-punk hybridization from the Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber, “Stay” is about expecting more from a partner than you’re capable of giving. They both sound aptly desperate and defensive, a familiar approach from Laroi and a sneaky stretch from Bieber, who still injects some falsetto tenderness into his icy pleas. “Stay” is a more effective pairing […]

INXS’ ‘Original Sin’ Short Film and Soundtrack Coming Soon

Accompanying the visual is a 13-song soundtrack, said to be the first-ever INXS-specific project between Petrol Records and UMe. Original Sin takes its name from the Australian new wave band’s 1984 song, produced by Nile Rodgers, and is the final project from the late Chris “CM” Murphy, INXS’s longtime executive producer and champion. Murphy managed the rockers from 1979 until 1995 […]

Jam & Lewis Shaped Pop History. They’re Working on Its Future, Too.

Some of the premium instruments were once in a storage space across the street — the Linn drum machine they used on the album “Control”; the SP1200 drum machine they employed on Jackson’s “Miss You Much,” “Escapade” and “Love Will Never Do Without You”; the OB-8 synthesizer that gives “Encore” its bass notes along with Lewis’s live playing (yes, that […]

Lil Baby Detained by Paris Police

Lil Baby was detained in Paris on Thursday (July 8) for allegedly transporting drugs, according to the city prosecutor’s office. NBA star James Harden was also stopped but not detained, the prosecutor’s office said. Images shared on social networks showed the Brooklyn Nets star briefly frisked in the incident on one of the French capital’s most elite avenues. The prosecutor’s […]

Opera Roars Back With Dueling Wagner Premieres

If you were watching closely, opera never truly disappeared during the pandemic. Some companies performed in empty houses, hoping to reach audiences at home. A few took the risk of an early reopening, and were forced to abruptly cancel their shows if a coronavirus test came back positive. Composers began to skip the stage entirely and write for streaming platforms. […]