John Mayer’s ‘Sob Rock’ Rules at No. 1 on Top Album Sales Chart

Sob Rock is Mayer’s fifth No. 1 on Top Album Sales and 11th top 10 overall. He’s also led the tally with The Search for Everything: Wave One (2017), Born and Raised (2012), Battle Studies (2009) and Heavier Things (2003).   Of Sob Rock’s debut sales of 61,000, physical album sales comprise 39,000 of that figure (23,000 vinyl LPs, 15,000 […]

Joey Jordison, Slipknot Drummer, Dies at 46

Joey Jordison, the founding drummer for the ghoulishly theatrical metal band Slipknot, who helped write many of the group’s best-known songs and often performed wearing a crown of thorns and a silver mask streaked with black paint, died on Monday. He was 46. His family confirmed the death in a statement, which did not say where he died or specify […]

Pharaohe Monch Unmasks Mental Health Struggles

Each video in the Sound Mind Unmasked series features an artist sharing their mental health journey, opening up about the toll touring and recording can take. Unmasked is focused on as shining a light on free mental health resources available to everyone, as well as fostering an open dialogue about mental health for artists and audiences alike. Uncompromising dialogue has […]

Review: Marina Abramovic Summons Maria Callas in ‘7 Deaths’

MUNICH — In Leos Carax’s new film, “Annette,” the husband and wife played by Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard are described in inverse terms. As a comedian, he kills every night; as an opera star, she dies. That’s of course a reductive view of opera. But the alignment of the art form and demise persists in the popular imagination, and […]

Lizzo Jokes She’s Pregnant With Chris Evans’ Baby

She concludes by yelling joyously, “We’re going to have a little America!” Lizzo previously shared her hot and fuzzy feelings for the actor in an April TikTok video, advising her fans to “don’t drink and DM, kids.” Turns out that she had done just that, and messaged the Knives Out star. “The reason I’m upset about this one is because […]

Mesmerizing Sounds From the Sahara, Live in Brooklyn

Not many bands travel 5,000 miles to make a record. When the African group Les Filles de Illighadad (“the daughters of Illighadad”), from a village of that name in Niger, arrived to play two concerts at the Pioneer Works arts center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in October 2019, it had already been touring the world for two years. Fatou Seidi […]

BeatStars Publishing Opens Up Deals for All

These kinds of growing pains are common for young producers. Often based in far flung places with little access to industry know-how, the BeatStars team believes providing educational resources is an important resource for youngsters navigating the industry for the first time. It’s this passion for education and development that led BeatStars to found their publishing arm, in partnership with […]

Blackpink’s Rose Covers Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz

The performance ended with Onew hitting a few high notes as the trio smiled at each other. He wasn’t done, though, as the SHINee member was back on stage for an encore, joining Rosé for a duet on Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s 2009 track “Lucky.” Their voices joined in sweet, sweet harmony on the song’s swaying chorus, “Lucky I’m […]

Sunday in the Trenches With George

September 1982 Sondheim, who typically begins by looking for places to put songs in the book writer’s text, finds one in Lapine’s first pages, as Dot poses for Seurat on a hot Sunday. Lapine expands the moment into a monologue beginning with the words “First a dribble of sweat,” but Sondheim thinks: “Dribble — I can’t do dribble.” He changes […]

Banijay France Acquires Music TV Specialist DMLS TV

With the acquisition, Banijay now controls 11 production labels across the French TV landscape, including Adventure Line Productions, Endemol France, H2O Productions Shine Fiction, and Marathon Studio. The group’s shows range from hit reality formats Survivor and Fort Boyard to high-end drama series Versailles, to daily talk show Touche Pas à Mon Poste hosted by Cyril Hanouna. “As we continue […]

Alphabet, Apple and Microsoft Post Combined Profits of More Than $50B

Apple’s first iPhone model capable of connecting to ultrafast 5G wireless networks continued to power major increases in quarterly revenue and profits for tech’s most valuable company. With iPhone sales posting double-digit growth over the previous year for the third consecutive quarter, Apple’s profit and revenue for the April-June period easily exceeded analyst estimates. The Cupertino, California, company earned $21.7 […]

Joey Jordison Dies: Music Community Remembers Late Slipknot Drummer

Slipknot and Jordison parted ways in 2013, though the drummer later said in interviews that he was sacked. Fans of Slipknot would continue to follow his journey. A fierce drummer who was widely considered one of the best in the business, Jordison would struggle with a disease called transverse myelitis. His illness reportedly took the use of his legs and stripped […]

Wu-Tang Album Sold to Pay ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli’s Debt

In a statement, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Jacquelyn M. Kasulis said that after the album sale, payment of Shkreli’s forfeiture judgment “is now complete.” Shkreli, the founder and managing member of hedge funds MSMB Capital Management and MSMB Healthcare Management and former CEO of publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company Retrophin, was convicted in August 2017 of […]