Britney Spears’ Conservators Spar Over Security

Montgomery says in her filing, “There has been a marked increase in the number and severity” of threats via social media, text messages, phone calls and emails. She’s been reporting them to law enforcement and the security firm that was retained by the conservatorship, and says the company recommended 24-7 protection until she can make security improvements at her home […]

Tyler, the Creator, an Insider Forever on the Outside

In January of last year, Tyler, the Creator’s “Igor” won the Grammy Award for best rap album. Speaking to the press backstage, he expressed frustration at the narrow ways in which Black artists are celebrated at the Grammys, calling his nomination in the rap category, for a deeply musically diverse album, “a backhanded compliment.” But the attention focused on that […]

Phil Wickham Earns Third No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

The set marks the third No. 1 for the 37-year-old Wickham, originally from San Diego. He co-wrote all 13 of its tracks. “It has been incredible to see this album connecting with so many,” Wickham tells Billboard. “These songs mean so much to me. I wrote many of them in the most uncertain and frustrating times of last year. I […]

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Symphonies

In the past, we’ve chosen the five minutes or so we would play to make our friends fall in love with classical music, piano, opera, cello, Mozart, 21st-century composers, violin, Baroque music, sopranos, Beethoven, flute, string quartets, tenors, Brahms, choral music and percussion. Now we want to convince those curious friends to love symphonies, the sweeping musical statements at the […]

Universal Music Opens Israeli Publishing Office

Move follows opening of UMG outpost for recorded music in June 2020. Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is opening an office in Israel, establishing UMPG as the only major label publishing company currently operating in the Middle Eastern country. The office, in Tel Aviv, opens today (July 8). To helm the newly minted UMPG Israel operation, the company has tapped […]

H.E.R. Still Finds Inspiration in Prince and ‘Martin’

I’ve always loved glasses, but I started to be more intentional about wearing them when I started doing shows in 2017 after I dropped my first project, “Volume 1.” And I thought, let’s obscure the lights and I’ll wear glasses — because my music is the window to my soul, and not my eyes. 3. “Rave Un2 the Year 2000” […]

Ringo Starr Celebrates 81st Birthday in Beverly Hills

“Peace and love. Peace and love,” proclaimed Starr, clad in black Adidas track pants and sneakers paired with a denim jacket and a black T-shirt emblazoned with a rainbow-colored hand flashing the peace sign. “Even Joe Walsh got out of bed for it.” It was a nice day for it, too, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 90210 hovering […]

Robots Can Make Music, but Can They Sing?

LONDON — For its first 30 seconds, the song “Listen to Your Body Choir” is a lilting pop tune, with a female voice singing over gentle piano. Then, everything starts to fracture, as twitchy beats and samples fuse with bizarre lyrics like “Do the cars come with push-ups?” and a robotic voice intertwines with the human sound. The transition is […]

Bo Burnham’s ‘All Eyes on Me’ Lands on Global Charts

Since then, “Eyes” has grown, rising 72% in streams and 39% in sales in the latest tracking week. The song’s streams split 81% from audio services and 19% video services this week, which may be surprising considering its original state was as part of a visual comedy special on Netflix. Still, that slant toward audio streaming is in line with […]

Review: A Composer Creates Her Masterpiece With ‘Innocence’

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — “Innocence,” the new opera by Kaija Saariaho, begins in soft, somber gloom. A shadowy mist of cymbal rises off long, sepulchral tones down in the basses and contrabassoon, before a keening fragment of bassoon pierces the quiet with melancholy song. It’s just a few seconds of music, but a mood has been established — comprehensively, unforgettably, yet […]

Predicting the No. 1 Song of the Summer by July 4

On the latest list, “Butter” keeps at No. 1, followed by Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, also steady at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA, rises 5-4, swapping spots with Justin Bieber’s “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon (4-5). With the latest Songs of the Summer chart marking […]

The ‘Prince of Opera’ Bids Munich Farewell

Audiences, too, were eager. Before the pandemic, the company’s ticket sales hovered around 98 percent capacity. Wolfgang Heubisch, the Bavarian culture minister during Bachler’s early years in Munich, said that the house was an important contributor to the city’s economy, and that “we as an audience were always excited about the next performance.” (The company is supported by extravagant government […]

BTS ‘Dynamite’ Funko Pop Figures at Walmart

Walmart is stocking dynamite. BTS “Dynamite” Funko Pop figures, that is. The K-pop superstars are rendered for a special “Dynamite”-themed set of seven, available through an exclusive with Walmart. For a price of $60, you’ll get your very own 3 3/4″ versions of RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. But you’ll need to exercise some patience; the […]

With Venues Reopening Across New York, Life Is a Cabaret Once Again

“Thank you all for risking your lives by coming out tonight,” Joe Iconis quipped, welcoming a socially distanced crowd to the June reopening of the cabaret venue Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan. Iconis, a composer, lyricist and performer beloved among young musical theater fans, was joking, but before diving into an alternately goofy and poignant set with the actor and singer […]