Weezer’s Rock ’n’ Roll Nostalgia Trip, and 10 More New Songs

Unheroic 1970s and 1980s nostalgia fills “I Need Some of That,” Weezer’s remembrance of growing up suburban and finding music as rebellion: “I was in my hatchback ragin’,” Rivers Cuomo sings. It’s part of the band’s pointedly titled pop-metal album, “Van Weezer.” The proudly multilayered guitars and vocals invoke Boston and the Cars as well as the band the song […]

Leslie Odom Jr. & Sam Ashworth on Writing ‘Speak Now’

Leslie, You’re the fourth person in four years to be nominated for acting and songwriting Oscars in the same year, following Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga and Cynthia Erivo. That’s a nice little club to join. Odom: Sure. I bet we see it more and more too. I think it’s a byproduct of the fact that there’s less boundaries in […]

Les McKeown, Lead Singer of the Bay City Rollers, Dies at 65

Les McKeown, the lead singer in the classic lineup of the Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop group that enjoyed phenomenal worldwide success in the 1970s, died on Tuesday. He was 65. His family announced the death in a statement on social media. The statement said he died at his home, but did not say where that was or specify […]

La Ross Maria Signs With Sony Music Mexico

Dominican newcomer La Ross Maria has signed with Sony Music México in a partnership with her record label 829Music Mundial LLC, Billboard has learned. “Without a doubt, we believe that she is one of the artists to follow due to her great originality and sensibility,” Roberto López, president of Sony Music México, said in a statement. “She deserves all that […]

Shock G, Frontman for Hip-Hop Group Digital Underground, Dies at 57

Mr. Shakur had auditioned for Shock G and was hired to be a member of the group’s road crew. He eventually performed and recorded with Digital Underground, appearing on the group’s “This Is an EP Release” (Tommy Boy), and “Sons of the P” (Tommy Boy), which was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1991, Mr. Shakur started a solo recording […]