Diego Cortez, a Scene Shaper in Art and Music, Dies at 74

Diego Cortez, an influential figure in New York City’s Downtown art and music scenes who in 1981 curated a massive exhibition featuring dozens of artists that brought the 20-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat to public renown, died on Monday in Burlington, N.C. He was 74. The cause was kidney failure, his sister, Kathy Hudson, said. He died in hospice care at her […]

Ed Sheeran Crashes ‘Late Late Show’ Ahead of Residency

“What are you doing?” a frustrated Corden asked. “Sorry, I’m just going over some lighting options, carry on without me. Pretend I’m not here,” the painfully polite plucker urged the agitated host, who pleaded with Sheeran to maybe wait until the upcoming commercial break to do his prep work. You know where this is going. Ed plugged his trusty acoustic […]

Britney Spears Told Court She Wanted Her IUD Removed

One of the most explosive details in Britney Spears’s testimony on Wednesday came when she said that the people who control her affairs had refused to allow her to get her IUD removed so that she could try to have a third child. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” Ms. Spears said. “I was […]

Doja Cat Drops ‘Planet Her’: Stream It Now

Take a trip to Planet Doja Cat! Pop music’s favorite feline drops “Planet Her,” the collaboration-stuffed third album. Arriving at midnight in full, Planet Her features assists from Ariana Grande (on “I Don’t Do Drugs”), Young Thug (on “Pay Day”), J.I.D (on “Options”) and, of course, SZA on “Kiss Me More,” a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Visit this article & other news – www.billboard.com.

Britney Spears’s Courtroom Plea Spurs Questions for Her Lawyer

Before Britney Spears broke her public silence on Wednesday regarding the long-running legal arrangement that has controlled her life, calling it abusive in an urgent and emotional speech, the man appointed to represent her in court for the last 13 years said he had no role in what she was about to say. “These are entirely her words,” said Samuel […]

‘Vax India Now’: Gloria Estefan, Sting, Josh Groban & More Performing

“When our longtime Board member Prashanth Palakurthi proposed doing something truly significant on a worldwide scale to help his native India at this critical time, we jumped at the chance to help,” Giving Back Fund president and founder Marc Pollick said in a statement. “This is what we are built for – to mobilize quickly and provide assistance and philanthropic […]

Britney Spears Conservatorship Testimony, Annotated

Now, going forward, I’m not willing to meet or see anyone — I’ve met with enough people against my will. I’m done. All I want is to own my money, for this to end, and my boyfriend to drive me in his [expletive] car. And I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I […]

Blue Note’s Steven Bensusan on Hosting Robert Glasper

[Robert Glasper] was my first call. I said, Look, we can’t think of anybody better to open. He has a history of bringing in a lot of special guests and he’s the future of jazz. We said we need to confirm shows in the next two weeks to get everything on sale and booking shows at 60 seats was not easy. […]

A Requiem, Derailed by the Pandemic, Arrives When It’s Needed Most

You’ve probably heard a story like this before. Courtney Bryan’s Requiem was set to premiere with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in late March 2020. In a time of incalculable loss, her music became part of another kind of casualty: the sounds that vanished from stages around the world. Like many premieres originally planned for the past year, Bryan’s Requiem, written […]

Britney Spears’ Explosive Court Hearing Generated 1M Tweets

More than 1 million tweets about Britney Spears were shared on Twitter’s platform in 24 hours, say reps for the social media giant. Also, over 500,000 messages were posted using the #FreeBritney hashtag, and upwards of 150,000 tweets used #BritneySpeaks. The United States, Brazil and Argentina were the territories generating the most tweets about Brit, according to Twitter. Among the […]

Mariah Carey Urges Britney Spears to ‘Stay Strong’ on Twitter

As Britney Spears made an anguished speech in court about the control exerted over her life for years, fans, observers and fellow pop stars responded with shock to the details that trickled out from the hearing in Los Angeles, sending messages of support and solidarity. In the hearing, Ms. Spears said she believed that the conservatorship — a legal arrangement […]

Seventeen Perform ‘Ready to Love’ on ‘Kimmel’

“Ready to Love” is lifted from Your Choice, Seventeen’s eight mini-album. The boy band has big ambitions. “The goal is to be on Billboard’s charts. We want to top the Billboard charts,” they said of Your Choice during a press conference last Friday, streamed from the Intercontinental hotel in Seoul, South Korea. The outfit also demonstrated the boisterous reaction they’d […]

What We Know About Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Hearing

Here’s what you need to know: People protested in support of Britney Spears outside the courthouse.Credit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times In a striking development after more than a decade of public silence regarding the court-approved conservatorship that oversees her life, Britney Spears gave a passionate speech before a Los Angeles probate judge on Wednesday, sharply criticizing her father, […]

Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Blink-182 singer and bassist Mark Hoppus shared Wednesday (June 23) that he has cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last three months. The 49-year-old musician opened up on social media about the diagnosis and how he’s remaining “hopeful and positive” for a cancer-free future while he still goes through the next few months of treatment. “For the past three […]