Britney Spears: ‘I Just Want My Life Back’

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, as her parents and their lawyers listened on. “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” Ms. Spears said, […]

Elysian Brewery Celebrates Live Music With Beer Rebate

Once beer and music lovers buy their tickets and six-pack of beer, they can head to the website here and upload their receipts to get the rebate. Elysian Space Dust IPA and Contact Haze Hazy IPA is available to purchase at a number of retailers, including delivery with Saucey here or Drizly here.  Since being founded in 1996 amid the Seattle grunge era, […]

South African Opera Star Says She Was Mistreated by French Police

The South African soprano Pretty Yende expected her visit this week to France, where she is starring in a production of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula,” to be relatively uneventful. But when she arrived at Paris’s main airport on Monday, Yende was taken aback. The French authorities told her she did not have the proper documents to enter the country. They took […]

Modest Mouse Performs ‘We Are Between’ on ‘Fallon’

“We Are Between” appears on The Golden Casket, Modest Mouse’s seventh album and the follow-up to 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves, which blasted to No. 1 on both of Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee produced LP in Los Angeles and in Modest Mouse’s Portland, Ore.-based studio. In an interview with Alternative Press, Brock admitted the new album is […]

Billie Eilish Apologizes for Lip-Syncing Anti-Asian Slur

Billie Eilish, the 19-year-old Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, apologized on Monday after a years-old clip of her lip-syncing an anti-Asian slur surfaced on social media. “i mouthed a word from a song that at the time i didn’t know was a derogatory term used against members of the asian community. i am appalled and embarrassed,” Ms. Eilish wrote in an apology posted […]

Britney Spears Set to Make Rare Remarks to Conservatorship Judge

Spears, who is scheduled to take part remotely, asked for the hearing so she could address the court directly. Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, made the request at an April 28 hearing. He gave no indication of what the 39-year-old pop star wants to say. But in recent court filings, Spears has sought a greater say over who runs […]

A Race ‘Report Card’ Measures Whether the Music Industry Changed

A new “report card” on race in the music business takes many of the industry’s most powerful companies to task, urging them to follow through on diversity commitments made last summer amid nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd. The 37-page “Music Industry Action Report Card,” by the Black Music Action Coalition, was issued over the weekend to coincide […]

Jim Bessman Dead: Billboard Contributor Was 68

“Jim had a Zelig-like quality. Wherever you went, there was Jim, mingling with the biggest names in the business,” recalls former Billboard manager editor Ken Schlager, who worked closely with Bessman. “Once, in Nashville, Jim accompanied me backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. At the time, I knew no one. Jim knew everyone — and they all greeted him with […]

Britney Spears Wanted Her Father Out. A Court Refused.

Questioning her father’s role Confidential court records reveal Ms. Spears’s concerns that her father was hardly the person to be setting, and enforcing, the rules that governed her life. Ms. Spears’s first tour under the conservatorship, The Circus Starring Britney Spears, was designed to be a dry one, with cast and crew forbidden from drinking alcohol — or even energy […]

Bob Dylan Rarities Movie ‘Odds and Ends’ Set For Digital Release

Dylan completists have seen much of this material in other forms but for the less indoctrinated, there are nuggets to be mined, such as from Paris in 1966 when Dylan – in his skinny-suit glory – faces a hostile audience that feels he’s betrayed his folk roots by going electric, spending an inordinate amount of time tuning his guitar during […]

Moshing in the Rain: The Tenuous Return of the British Music Festival

DONNINGTON PARK, England — At 5 p.m. on Friday, a metal band called Death Blooms walked onstage in a field here and launched into a pummeling track to open Download Festival, Britain’s first large-scale music festival to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic began. A second later, several hundred rain-soaked fans — including two men dressed as bananas — began […]

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ ‘Carnage’ Challenges For U.K. Chart Crown

Cave, the ARIA Hall of Fame inducted singer and songwriter, and Ellis, the dynamic Dirty Three violinist, have been bandmates in the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, and they’ve jointly composed film scores. Carnage is their first entire album of works as a duo, and it reenters the midweek U.K. chart at No. 2, just behind Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour (Geffen), which […]

‘I Needed It’: A Well-Timed Outdoor Theater Opens on Little Island

The timing could not have been better. After the pandemic drove New Yorkers outdoors for everything from dining to haircuts, a 687-seat al fresco amphitheater opened for its first ticketed shows over the weekend on Little Island, the new oasis on the Hudson River, offering a new place for those tentatively re-emerging into crowds again to gather for open-air performances. […]

Drake Is on Dad Duty In Adorable Pic

Beside putting himself in the picture for “dad of the year,” Drake is preparing to release new music. The Toronto rapper recently shared an update on the release date for his delayed next album, Certified Lover Boy. During an interview at the Ultimate Rap League’s N.O.M.E. XI battle rap event, Drake confirmed that the full-length LP drop before the end of summer, […]