England’s delayed reopening is a blow to culture and nightlife.

The delay leaves “thousands of jobs hanging in the balance,” Julian Bird, chief executive of UK Theater, a trade body, said in a statement. A quarter of nighttime businesses cannot survive longer than a month without new government support, the Night Times Industries Association, which represents clubs and pubs, said in a news release. The biggest blow may be to […]

Latin Pride: David Alvarado Talks The Industry & Diversity

In honor of Pride Month, Alvarado opened up to Billboard about his career path being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Read the Q&A below. Billboard: How did the decision to come out impact your art? Alvarado: I’ve been fortunate to work in an industry that thrives from diversity and inclusion. My sexual orientation has never defined me, and I’ve been […]

Renovating Its Hall, New York Philharmonic Plans a Roving Season

For any major music ensemble, planning a season of concerts as a pandemic stretches on is daunting. For the New York Philharmonic, there is an added challenge: The orchestra’s home, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, is in the midst of a $550 million renovation. That will leave the orchestra roving for the next year as it tries to recover […]

Megan Thee Stallion Claps Back at Ben Shapiro For ‘Thot Sh–t’ Criticism

He said viewers initially put the song and video on his radar because they believed Shapiro to be a target, going on to ridicule her moniker and joke about being “converted to Megan Thee Stallion’s brilliant world view” upon watching her video along with 8.5 million other YouTube viewers. Dissecting Megan’s music has become practice to Shapiro, who criticized her and Cardi […]

Can Streaming Pay? Musicians Are Pinning Fresh Hopes on Twitch.

BEING A SUCCESSFUL music livestreamer, however, is hard work. Travis and Allie of Aeseaes (pronounced “A.C.S.,” an abbreviation of their channel name: a_couple_streams) quit their office jobs five years ago to focus on Twitch. Unlike many who use it for behind-the-scenes glimpses of their creative process, Travis and Allie put on the equivalent of an intimate stage show, with mood […]

Twenty One Pilots Announce 2021-2022 ‘Takeover Tour’ Dates

The tour will continue in London from June 21 to 25, 2022, with dates at the Camden Assembly, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Academy Brixton and The SSE Arena Wembley, as well as some not-yet-announced dates in Mexico City. Registration for first access to tickets for the tour in support of the band’s Scaled and Icy album is open now through […]

They Won Eurovision. Can They Conquer the World?

ROME — When the rock group Maneskin won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it was little known outside Italy. Then the competition catapulted the band in front of 180 million viewers, and propelled their winning song “Zitti e Buoni,” or “Shut Up and Behave,” into Spotify’s global top 10, a first for an Italian band. As of Wednesday, the song […]

Ariana Grande Loves the End of Lockdown In ‘Late Late Show’ Skit

The “7 Rings” singer breezed through a parody of “Good Morning Baltimore” from Hairspray, which is renamed “No Lockdowns Anymore” for this very special occasion. Grande makes her appearance at the 1 minute market, wearing a gorgeous yellow dress. “Oh oh oh I’m back in the gym where I start to sweat,” she sings as she dances through the summery […]

Joan Armatrading Is Still Searching for the Perfect Song

On her first albums, Armatrading worked with leading producers: Gus Dudgeon (Elton John), Glyn Johns (the Rolling Stones, the Who), Steve Lillywhite (XTC, U2), Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, the Go-Go’s). But by the mid-1980s, she was ready to produce herself. And in the 21st century, she dispensed with studio musicians; she now plays all the keyboards, electronics and guitars, and she […]

Storm Blows Away the Judges on ‘America’s Got Talent’

A mighty storm hit America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night (June 15), and we’re all the better for it. Stepping up to the stage, the California hopeful Storm Large (yes, that’s her real name) impressed immediately with her shock of red hair, and down-to-earth confidence. When she admitted her age (51), Simon Cowell seemed thrilled. “Have we met before?” he asked. […]

New Report Paints Bleak Picture of Diversity in the Music Industry

Yet the group’s new report, called “Inclusion in the Music Business: Gender & Race/Ethnicity Across Executives, Artists & Talent Teams,” and sponsored by Universal Music Group, shows that women and people of color are poorly represented in the power structure of the industry itself. The variation across different job levels and industry sectors is notable. Black executives fared best within […]

Demi Lovato Signs With UTA

According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, Lovato’s tours have grossed $56.8 million and sold 1.1 million tickets. Their most recent tour, 2018’s Tell Me You Love Me Tour, was their biggest yet, earning $21.5 million.   In 2020, Lovato kicked off a career resurgence when they debuted their ballad “Anyone” during a stripped-down performance at the Grammy Awards and performed the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV.  […]

‘The Space Between’ Review: Kelsey Grammer Rocks

Fans of “Frasier” may have found the singing voice of its star, Kelsey Grammer — who crooned a paean to “tossed salads and scrambled eggs” over the sitcom’s end titles — a balm, a comfort and a further source of humor. One is curious as to how they’ll take “The Space Between,” a comedy/drama in which Grammer plays a burnout […]