Madonna Sends Message to DaBaby After Homophobic Comments

“I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance,” she added. “No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God.” Madonna went on to address his comments about women as well and to ask him to treat all people “with dignity and respect.” “Your sexist remarks about Ladies [whose] p—ies need to […]

Reservoir Media Stock Stumbles on Nasdaq Debut

Roth CH Acquisition II shares had a $10 IPO price and briefly exceeded $11 in February. Since then, investors have showed less enthusiasm and with few exceptions have traded below $10 since mid-May. Reservoir, which had revenue estimated at $64 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, is now the fourth publicly traded company that focuses on music rights […]

Shakira Should Face Tax Fraud Trial, Spanish Judge Rules

Prosecutors charged the singer in December 2019 with not paying 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having an official residence in Panama. Shakira, 44, denied any wrongdoing when she testified in June 2019. Her public relations firm said that she had immediately paid what she […]

Prince Made ‘Welcome 2 America’ in 2010. It Speaks to 2021.

It’s almost as if Prince knew what lay ahead. In 2010, Prince recorded but then shelved a finished album, “Welcome 2 America,” which was full of bleak reflections on the state of the nation. It arrives Friday as the Prince estate continues to open up Prince’s vault of unreleased music since his death in 2016. Unlike much of what has […]

Lil Baby to Headline DJ Khaled-Hosted Days of Summer Cruise

Aboard the Norwegian Sky cruise ship, which was refurbished in 2019, are several exciting amenities, including 10 dining selections, a spa, casino and a wide variety of bars and lounges. Throughout the days-long adventure, pool parties, games and impromptu DJ sets are set to take place. Cardi B and Post Malone headlined the first Days of Summer Cruise Festival in 2019. […]

40 Best Music Videos of 1981

24. Earth, Wind & Fire, “Let’s Groove” (dir. Ron Hays) This was a relatively high-budget, technically ambitious video for its time, reflecting EWF’s status as one of the premier R&B acts of the previous decade. The video features electronic effects created by director Hays using an analog computer system. Bruno Mars wasn’t even born when “Let’s Groove” was a hit, […]

Britney Law Army’s Mission Is Keeping a Movement in the Know

For a certain subset of Britney Spears fans, who call themselves her “Army,” there is no cause greater than emancipating Ms. Spears from the conservatorship that controls her life and finances. Thirteen years into the legal arrangement, which Ms. Spears recently described as “abusive,” her devotees are watching a movement that was once on the fringes of pop culture turn […]

Lil Nas X Drops ‘Uncensored’ Version of ‘Industry Baby’ Video

The king of the video rope-a-dope instead posted a “new” visual that starts just like the original, with the shirtless rapper getting sent to prison, shining his Grammy awards in his cell, getting twerked on by his cellmate and taking a long walk to the shower with two other inmates. And then the camera zooms in on the flowing showerhead […]

5 Classical Albums to Hear Right Now

Sigismondo d’India: ‘Lamenti e Sospiri’ Mariana Flores and Julie Roset, sopranos; Cappella Mediterranea; Leonardo García Alarcón, director (Ricercar) Sigismondo d’India was a young Italian composer at the explosively creative dawn of the 17th century, the time of Gesualdo, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi and Caccini. With opera barely in its infancy, d’India was a master of what was then the primary progressive form […]

Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’ Canceled In U.K. After 17 Years

The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s ratings juggernaut that first aired in the U.K. in 2004 and has given rise to some of the biggest pop acts of the 2000s, has been canceled by British network ITV. The broadcaster has confirmed that there are “no current plans” for another season of the show in the U.K. following rumors in the British […]

How Foo Fighters’ ‘My Hero’ Influenced ‘Ted Lasso’ Season 2

Among his favorite recurring sketches are what the comedian-actor calls “bar songs,” which involve “four guys sitting around listening to a song.” “The first one I did was an idea that I’d had to ‘Danny’s Song’ by Loggins and Messina,” Sudeikis recounted. “Especially when it’s something that went verse into the chorus, verse into the chorus, you would tell a […]

Review: With Fresh Subtlety, Opera Returns to New York City

Opera is back in New York City. On Tuesday evening, two months before the Metropolitan Opera is scheduled to reopen, a full-scale live performance took place, for the first time since before the pandemic. And it was in the Met’s shadow, in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, where Teatro Nuovo presented a semi-staged, concert-dress version of Rossini’s “The Barber of […]

Marilyn Manson Claims Assault Allegations are ‘Coordinated Attack’

Esmé Bianco’s harrowing accusations of sexual assault and abuse at the hands of Marilyn Manson are “untrue, meritless,” and part of a “coordinated attack by multiple plaintiffs,” the goth-rocker claims in a new court filing. Earlier this year, Bianco, a star from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, stepped forward to join others who’ve accused the musician of years-long abusive behavior. […]

Dusty Hill, Long-Bearded Bassist for ZZ Top, Dies at 72

Dusty Hill, the quiet, bearded bass player who made up one third of ZZ Top, among the best-selling rock bands of the 1980s, has died at his home in Houston. He was 72. His bandmates Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons announced the death on Wednesday through Facebook and Instagram. They did not provide a cause or say when he died. […]