To be continued … can the sequel album save Usher’s musical reputation?

The last we heard from Usher Raymond IV, he was taking a curling iron to his hair and dressing up for a New Year’s Eve party like a lost member of the Rat Pack. Unfortunately, that temporary new ’do got more online traction than the surprise eight-track EP, A, which had arrived with a whimper […]

Stars of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” unite for online performance during pandemic

The performance, which you can watch in full below, features the artists performing “You’ve Got A Friend,” a song written by Carole King and is a part of the musical about her life. The touching idea was first hatched by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland, the show’s music director. 

These 20 Groups Are Offering Aid to Artists in Need

Jazz Foundation of America: The Jazz Foundation of America has established a COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund to aid musicians and their families with living expenses. Musicians in crisis, including those who have lost income due to cancelled gigs, are encouraged to get in touch with an advocate through the foundation’s website.

How Björk broke the sound barrier

Vulnicura, just released, may be the most emotionally direct work of Björk’s career, recording, with blistering candor, the breakup of her relationship with the artist Matthew Barney. At the same time, it marks another stage in her musical evolution, with the 10-minute expanse of Black Lake presenting one of her most intricately layered compositional conceptions […]

Golden rule

His knack of spearheading trends is partly down to luck but chiefly thanks to a shrewd business brain and determined work ethic. Rule now owns part of his record label, Murder Inc, has signed lucrative advertising deals with Coca-Cola and Calvin Klein and has even squeezed in small roles in three films, including The Fast […]

Her own boss

The children are now old enough to make their own decisions about whether to come along on tour and most of the time they would rather not. ‘They just watch and get bored – because it’s their parents.’ When they were too young to say they didn’t want to go, the Springsteens would have a […]

Stuck at home, Alesso and Liam Payne still film music video

“It was nice just to make a video with a lot less noise around it — music videos are always so busy,” Payne said in a phone interview with The Associated Press this week. “For me personally, just to be able to go outside my house, perform a song on the balcony and just sing […]

As Australian arts moves online, here is where to check out comedy, theatre, music, drag, visual art and more

Can’t visit the Sydney Opera House?Australia’s most recognisable built structure, and premier home of the arts, has been forced to shut up shop. In response, the Sydney Opera House has launched From Our House to Yours. Every Wednesday to Sunday night at 6:00pm, the Opera House will release archival footage, live broadcasts and even premieres.

John Prine obituary

Born in Maywood, Illinois, just outside Chicago, John was the son of Verna Hamm and Bill Prine. His father was a factory worker who had moved to Illinois from the coal-mining town of Paradise, Kentucky. The family spent the summer back in Paradise, and here, along with his elder brother Dave, John listened to bluegrass […]

What the CARES Act Stimulus Package Means for Music: A Guide for Workers & Businesses

The act also creates a $10 billion total fund for emergency disaster grants, which do not have to be repaid, as long as you use the money for the specified expenses. While applying for an EIDL using the above linked form, you can check a box to request an advance of up to $10,000 to […]