Young Thug Reveals Album Details on ‘Tiny Desk’

Young Thug showed off his skills in an all-new, botanical-style NPR Tiny Desk performance that premiered on Tuesday (July 27). Recorded at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, the rapper performed four new songs — “Die Slow,” “Droppin Jewels,” “Hate the Game” and “Tick Tock” — each with a punk-rock-infused twist, thanks to the band Damnage Gooods and drummer Tosh Peterson. Thug was then […]

Rauw Alejandro Scores Sixth Latin Airplay No. 1

He’s earned all of his leaders since last July. In just over a year, Rauw Alejandro has racked up six No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. His newest chart topper, “Todo de Ti,” reaches the summit on the latest ranking (dated July 31) with 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions, up 19%, according to MRC Data. Alejandro first […]

R. Kelly Lawyers to Fight Adding Claims in Sex Trial

Prosecutors say the staffers helped Kelly to recruit women and girls for sex and pornography and to exercise a lot of control over them. The charges involve six different women and girls. Prosecutors now also want jurors to hear about more than a dozen other people who allege Kelly sexually or physically abused, threatened or otherwise mistreated them. The claims […]

Chad Smith’s Daughter Covers Red Hot Chili Peppers Song

Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That’s clearly the case in Chad Smith’s family. The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer has been beating the skins for decades, in a career that has earned him and his bandmates induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Smith’s daughter Ava Maybee is following in his footsteps. In a […]

Review: To a Rare King Arthur Opera, Bard Says ‘Welcome Back’

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — It took just two words over the loudspeakers for the audience at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College on Sunday evening to break into vigorous applause: “Welcome back.” Welcome back, indeed, to Ernest Chausson’s seldom heard opera “Le Roi Arthus,” being presented as part of Bard’s SummerScape festival. And welcome back to many […]

Snow Man Says ‘Hello Hello’ to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100

BTS’ “Permission to Dance,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holds at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, ruling streaming (19,965,634 weekly streams) and video (7,718,062 weekly views) to come out on top over the group’s previous hit song “Butter,” which falls to No. 3. But the latter is still going strong, continuing its climb […]

Elliot Lawrence, Award-Winning Conductor, Dies at 96

Elliot Lawrence, who after leading a big band in the 1940s and ’50s won a Tony Award for his conducting on Broadway and spent nearly a half-century in charge of the orchestra that plays on the Tonys’ annual broadcast, died on July 2 in Manhattan. He was 96. His son Jamie confirmed the death, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A pianist […]

Dave Powering to No. 1 in U.K.

In the first three days of its release, according to the charts compiler, Dave’s sophomore LP has already eclipsed the week one sales tally of his 2019 debut Psychodrama, and it’s on track to post one of 2021’s biggest opening weeks. Psychodrama went on to win the Mercury Prize and the Brit Award for album of the year. Also starting high […]

Rodney Crowell Gets Personal on New Album ‘Triage’

Working with producer/son-in-law Dan Knobler, Crowell had almost completed Triage when a health crisis inspired “Transient Global Amnesia Blues,” the final song they recorded for the album. He’s currently on tour playing that and other songs from the new collection. Crowell shares with Billboard how he weathered the pandemic, what happened the morning he wound up in the ER, and […]

Britney Spears Files to Remove Her Father From Conservatorship

More than 13 years after the life and finances of Britney Spears were put under the strict, court-approved control of her father, James P. Spears — and a month after Ms. Spears broke her public silence on the arrangement, calling it abusive and singling him out as its ultimate authority — a new lawyer for the singer is moving to […]

Britney Spears Conservatorship to Communism by Lawmaker

She added that “this is not a perfect bill,” but rather “a good start to reforming the conservatorship process.” Regarding Spears’ case specifically, the congresswoman said she was dismayed by what she heard from the singer’s harrowing June 23 testimony, the first time the star has testified publicly about her conservatorship. “Listen to Britney Spears,” said Mace. “A lot of […]