5 Classical Albums to Hear Right Now

Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Augustin Hadelich, violin (Warner Classics) Bach, it seems, has been the composer of the pandemic, his music speaking to many of the full spectrum of human experiences and emotions. Isolated musicians, too, have pulled out their scores of his solo works — miracles of making symphonies out of single instruments. Count the violinist Augustin Hadelich among […]

Xscape vs. SWV: Verzuz Recap & Scorecard

With the event serving as a true testament to the groups’ staying power, here’s how Billboard kept tally of the round-to-round showdown, with our overall winner declared at the bottom. Round 1: Xscape’s “Is My Living in Vain” vs. Coko feat. Faith Evans, Fantasia & Lil Mo’s “Endow Me” Following a heartfelt prayer led by Tamika Scott, Xscape jumped straight into […]

Martin Bookspan, Cultured Voice of Lincoln Center Telecasts, Dies at 94

Martin Bookspan, who parlayed a childhood grounding in classical music into a career as the announcer for the “Live From Lincoln Center” telecasts and the radio broadcasts of the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, died on April 29 at his home in Aventura, Fla. He was 94. The cause was congestive heart failure, his daughter Rachel Sobel said. […]

Elon Musk ‘SNL’ to Livestream Internationally

The first of its kind livestream for the variety sketch series will be available in over 100 countries around the world. Saturday Night Live will livestream internationally for the first time ever on YouTube as Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosts. The stream will be available in over 100 countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, New Zealand, […]

Lloyd Price, ‘Personality’ Hitmaker, Is Dead at 88

That same year, “Personality” became almost as big a hit, certifying Mr. Price as a bona fide rock ’n’ roll star. In 1962, he set out on his own again, starting Double L Records with Harold Logan (who had also been a partner in his earlier label), with a roster that included a young Wilson Pickett. Mr. Price and Mr. […]

Lloyd Price Dead: 1950s R&B Hitmaker Dies at 88

A native of the New Orleans suburb Kenner, Louisiana, Price was born on March 9, 1933. A singer in his church’s gospel choir growing up, he helped draw national attention to New Orleans’ unique and burgeoning R&B sound when he landed his first No. 1 R&B hit with 1952’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” released through Los Angeles-based Specialty Records. Follow-up singles […]