2021 CMA Awards Races We’re Watching

It will be interesting to see if CMA voters nominate Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album for album of the year. The blockbuster is in its 22nd week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart. Long-running No. 1 albums are usually nominated in this category. Of the 27 previous albums that have topped the country chart for 20 or […]

Britney Spears’s Lawyer Asks to Step Down from Court-Appointed Role

A lawyer representing Britney Spears in the conservatorship that has overseen her life for the last 13 years requested on Tuesday that he be allowed to step down, becoming the latest party to resign from the arrangement after Ms. Spears called it abusive at a hearing last month. Samuel D. Ingham III, a veteran of the California probate system, has […]

Jaxsta Taps Beth Appleton as CMO

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Beth to our team as we enter this exciting growth phase of the company,” she continues. Appleton officially joins the company next Monday (July 12), ahead of the July 27 return of Jaxsta Pro, its business-to-business subscription platform that was temporarily made free as a way to support the music community during the pandemic. […]

Tyler, the Creator Hits No. 1 With ‘Call Me if You Get Lost’

Tyler, the Creator notches his second No. 1 on the Billboard album chart this week with “Call Me if You Get Lost,” while BTS remains atop the singles chart with “Butter.” “Call Me if You Get Lost” had the equivalent of 169,000 sales in the United States in its opening week, including 153 million streams, according to MRC Data, Billboard’s […]

Makin’ Tracks: Old Dominion’s ‘I Was on a Boat That Day’

If Tursi and his four bandmates operated in the mindset of the “Boat” protagonist, they wouldn’t give a flip about anyone’s opinion. The singer broke up with his girlfriend, tossed his cellphone in the water, set out to sea and dug into the cooler. If yogis are trying to convince their followers to live in the moment, this guy has […]

Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Share Wedding Photos

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have shared the first official look at their picture-perfect wedding. “July 3rd 2021 dreams do come true !!!” Stefani wrote on Instagram Monday night (July 5), two days after the couple tied the knot. The singer shared three beautiful images from the couple’s wedding, and Shelton re-posted them on his Instagram as well. Stefani tagged […]

Sanford Clark Dead: Rockabilly Performer Dies at 85

Presley actually recorded the song twice, the first time as part of his personal recordings while he was serving in the Army, then again for professional release in the 1970s, Vallis said. “You can hear that he’s trying to emulate Sanford’s sound,” Vallis said. “You know, most people I know want to impersonate Elvis, and here Elvis was trying to […]

Peter Zinovieff, Composer and Synthesizer Innovator, Dies at 88

Peter Zinovieff, a composer and inventor whose pioneering synthesizers shaped albums by Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Roxy Music and Kraftwerk, died on June 23 in Cambridge, England. He was 88. His death was announced on Twitter by his daughter Sofka Zinovieff, who said he had been hospitalized after a fall. Mr. Zinovieff oversaw the design of the first commercially produced […]

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ Heading for Second Week Atop U.K. Chart

Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last week, and it appears unlikely to budge. The British singer’s new release leads the First Look chart, which ranks the most popular songs after the first weekend in the chart cycle. “Bad Habits” is the market-leader on streams, and has snagged more digital downloads than the rest of […]

Bill Cosby Urges Howard University to Support ‘Freedom of Speech’

“Finally,” Rashad tweeted, in a post that appears to have since been taken down. “A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected.” Later Wednesday night, Rashad issued an additional comment, writing, “I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I […]

Will Smith Pays for 4th of July Fireworks in New Orleans

Smith is in New Orleans working on his latest film Emancipation, which will tell the story of a slave, Peter, who escaped a Louisiana plantation and whose photo of scars on his back from being whipped exposed the brutality of slavery. He would also fight for the Union in the Civil War. Smith moved production of the film from Georgia […]

Met Opera Strikes Deal With Stagehands Over Pandemic Pay

The Metropolitan Opera has reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with the union that represents its stagehands, increasing the likelihood that the company will return to the stage in September after its longest-ever shutdown. The deal was reached early Saturday morning, and the union is planning to brief its leaders and members after the Fourth of July holiday, […]