An Anthem About Hugging Your Friends Again, and 10 More New Songs

Who better than Frank Turner, the punk-intense British folk singer, to underscore the imminent joy of reconnecting with others? Turner is barking on “The Gathering” — which casually features Dom Howard (from Muse, on drums) and an inquisitive guitar solo from Jason Isbell — and fully in pulpit mode: “I’ve been missing the feeling when we close up the gaps […]

Black Songwriters on Working in Country Music

“Being a Black singer/songwriter in Nashville right now feels both hopeful and unpredictable,” Spencer tells Billboard. Since being highlighted on social media by the Highwomen for her cover of their single “Crowded Table” in October 2020, Spencer’s achieved a significant surge of acclaim that’s led to a full writing calendar. But her trajectory remains too rare. Shannon Sanders, executive director […]

Listen to Coldplay’s New Intergalactic Synth-Pop Gem ‘Higher Power’

Coldplay have shared the first song from their forthcoming ninth studio album, releasing ‘Higher Power’ today. Produced by hit machine Max Martin, it’s a euphoric, high-energy bop anchored by buoyant rhythms and glistening synths. It was premiered via a link-up to the International Space Station, first broadcast as a dispatch via “extraterrestrial transmission” to French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is […]

Kenny Chesney Drops Four New Songs on ‘Here And Now (Deluxe)’

Here And Now bowed atop the Billboard 200 chart in 2020, giving Chesney his ninth No. 1 album. That effort drew him level with Garth Brooks for the most leaders among country acts in the chart’s history. Sadly, Chesney was forced to postpone his Chillaxification tour for a second time, pushing it back to summer 2022, due to the health crisis. […]

A Jaw-Dropping Philip Glass Opera Is Finally on Video

For decades, Philip Glass fans have internalized a lesson: If you want to see his operas, plan to buy tickets and attend in person. Don’t expect the stagings to show up on DVD in a year or two, as most prominent productions do these days. Glass has long carefully husbanded the rights to his work. And since founding his own […]