Anita Lane, Rocker Who Was More Than a Muse, Is Dead at 61

Anita Lane, who collaborated with the Australian rocker Nick Cave on some of his most striking songs and made distinctive records of her own, applying her sometimes girly, sometimes sultry vocal style to lyrics that could be haunting, gloomy, sexual or tongue-in-cheek, died last month in Melbourne, Australia. She was 61. Her label, Mute Records, announced her death in a […]

WMG Earnings Call Highlights: Streaming, Data & More

The May 4 earnings call was filled with notable insights ranging from Spotify’s price increases in select markets to the importance of Warner’s data analysis. Here are the call’s highlights. Streaming Subscription Rate Increases: Cooper spoke about Spotify’s price increases in a small number of markets. He said he expects other streaming services will follow Spotify’s lead and rase their […]

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 […]