Prince Estate Will Now Be Run by Primary Wave

New York-based Primary Wave has been acquiring expectancy interests in the Prince estate piecemeal for the last 17 months from three of his six heirs. However, the situation is complicated because the estate remains in probate administered through Comerica Bank & Trust and none of the heirs have received any distribution of assets. Sources say the probate issues could be […]

‘Ronan’ Finds a Home on Taylor Swift’s Re-Recorded ‘Red’ Album

The song’s verses remember those “best four years” — little Ronan’s bare feet, his laugh, his blue eyes, his dancing before bedtime, his race cars and plastic dinosaurs on the kitchen floor — and the unimaginable: “Flowers pile up in the worst way, no one knows what to say/ About a beautiful boy who died.” Ronan died from neuroblastoma in […]

Johnny Ventura, Who Created the Sound of Modern Merengue, Dies at 81

Johnny Ventura, the singer, bandleader, composer and arranger who shaped the sound of modern merengue in the 1960s, keeping its tropical rhythms while speeding up the tempos and borrowing from rock ’n’ roll, died on July 28 in Santiago, the Dominican Republic. He was 81. The cause was heart failure, the Medical Union Clinic in Santiago said in a statement. […]

Kanye West Announces ‘Donda’ Album Release Event in Atlanta

Ahead of the expected release of Donda, Kanye West has scheduled an album release event in Atlanta. Kanye West Presents the Donda Album Release will take place on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — where the rapper has been living as he completes work on his 10th album, and the location where his Donda listening event to preview the […]

Chuck E. Weiss, Musician Who, in Love, Inspired a Hit Song, Dies at 76

Chuck E. Weiss, blues musician, club owner and outsize Los Angeles character immortalized in Rickie Lee Jones’s breakout hit song, “Chuck E.’s in Love,” died on July 20 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 76. His brother, Byron, said the cause was kidney failure. Mr. Weiss was a voracious musicologist, an encyclopedia of obscure jazz and early R&B […]

Mark Hoppus’ ‘Cancer Is Disappearing,’ Tom DeLonge Says

DeLonge’s update continued: “Cancer is disappearing! But, he still has more chemo to do. As tough as it is, IT IS working! Mark is a real life superhero.” Hoppus recently said he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, DLBCL is the “most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in the United States and […]

Silk Sonic’s Retro Roller Jam, and 12 More New Songs

With a new single, “Skate,” it becomes ever clearer that Silk Sonic — the collaboration of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — is a project in vintage reverse engineering, finding and recreating the sounds and structures of the era when 1970s soul melted into disco. “Skate” — invoking bygone roller discos — has the scrubbing rhythmic guitars, the glockenspiel, the […]

Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Video: Watch

Billie Eilish dropped a thunderous new music video Friday (July 30) for her song “Happier Than Ever,” which was released on the same day with the 15 other tracks on the pop star’s new sophomore album of the same name. “Happier Than Ever” is the second to last song on the tracklist, and is already becoming a favorite among fans, critics […]

The Tao of Snoop Dogg

We should be able to have some of our people — that look like me — as executives, as C.E.O.s, as platform owners. You know, the top of the chain, not just the spokesperson or the brand ambassador. We need to be the brand owners. Is that part of the reason you’re involved in the business? I helped make this […]

Executive Turntable: New Hires at Obama’s Company

Dan Fierman most recently served as president of Epic Media in Los Angeles, leading the media start-up to acquisition by Vox Media in 2019. Prior to that, he led news coverage at MTV, was the Editorial Director of the pop culture site Grantland and oversaw culture and special packages at GQ. He and Holmes oversaw the launch of The Michelle […]

Amazon Hits $7.8B in Profit Under New CEO

Amazon reported $7.8 billion in profit during the second quarter, but its sales numbers — $113.1 billion — fell slightly below Wall Street expectations. The Q2 performance represents a 50 percent increase in profit compared to the previous quarter and a 27 percent increase in sales for the company, which is now led by new CEO Andy Jassy. But investors had […]

She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More.

For several months in 1916, the sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger stayed together at the Villa Medici in Rome. A residency at the villa was typically awarded to the winner of the Prix de Rome, a major competition for French composers; Lili had won in 1913, but an earlier visit to Italy had been interrupted by the outbreak of World […]

The Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber ‘Stay’ at No. 1 in Australia

The highest new entry this week belongs to Lil Nas X, whose “Industry Baby” (Sony) featuring Jack Harlow, bows at No. 6. It’s Lil Nas X’s third Top Ten appearance in Australia, and the first single to chart from his forthcoming album Montero, following “Holiday” (which peaked at No. 42) and former leader “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”. Over […]

Silk Sonic Gets the Groove Going With ‘Skate’: Watch

It also reached the summit on the Adult R&B Airplay chart, becoming the fastest to reach the No. 1 spot by male artists in the chart’s history. A studio album, An Evening with Silk Sonic, is said to be coming soon-ish. “Skate” is another funky throwback ‘70s vibe.  On it, Mars sings, “Got your hair in the wind and your skin glistening/ […]