PJ Harding On Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs […]

Lil Nas X, London Grammar Rule U.K.’s Charts

Meanwhile, London rapper AJ Tracey bows at No. 2 with Flu Game (Revenge Records), his sophomore album. It’s the U.K.’s most-streamed album of the chart cycle, according to the OCC, and it’s Tracey’s career high, narrowly beating the No. 3 peak of his 2019 self-titled debut. Veteran U.S. rock outfit The Offspring complete an all-new Top 3 with Let The […]

Paul Oscher, Blues Musician in Muddy Waters’s Band, Dies at 74

An uncle gave Paul a harmonica when he was 12, but he didn’t learn how to make the most of it until one day, in his after-school job delivering groceries, a customer who just happened to be a blues musician overheard him trying to play “Red River Valley” and proceeded to teach him the ropes. Updated  April 26, 2021, 8:43 […]

Charlie Walk’s Former Attorneys Respond to Lawsuit

The firm denies Walk’s claim that partner Marc Kasowitz failed to vigorously defend the former Republic Records head against sexual harassment allegations. New York attorney Marc Kasowitz and his New York firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres is demanding that its onetime client, former Republic Records president Charlie Walk, immediately dismiss his “frivolous” $60 million malpractice suit. Walk sued Kasowitz and the […]

‘Slime Language 2,’ by Young Thug and Friends, Reaches No. 1

Mixtape, playlist or compilation album — what’s the difference? These days, on streaming services, not much. But whatever you call it, “Slime Language 2,” the new project from the Atlanta rapper Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, is No. 1 on the album chart. “Slime Language 2” topped the latest edition of the Billboard 200 with the equivalent of 113,000 […]

Primary Wave Music’s Larry Mestel Celebrates 15 Years

“I don’t understand how you can be in a business and just write checks and not create value, which is why we have 70-plus people focused on generating new ideas for partnerships with these artists,” says Mestel. “Most of our competitors put their songs in a drawer.” A former executive at Virgin Records, Arista Records and Island Entertainment Group, Mestel […]