Adele's Divorce Album Is Subtly Provocative

For music stars, Las Vegas is a welcoming destination. It's where you go to be validated for a job well done, to rest on a strong legacy at a time when the future may have grown less assured and any timid steps towards it may jeopardize that legacy. Once her struggles, it seemed to be […]

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Homecoming Euphoria Has People Shouting in the Streets

Sam Fender's rise from his debut song in 2017 to the top of the album chart with Seventeen Going Under this year is the stuff of legends, but his first arena gig in the area that formed him is something else entirely. The 27-year-old from North Shields enters the stage amid a sea of flags […]

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Lasers, Confetti, and Ed Sheeran Return to Coldplay

Coldplay's next album's marketing is a study in contrasts to that of its predecessor. Everyday Life, a 2019 experimental double album, was launched via typewritten letters to fans and classified advertisements in local newspapers. Its showcase performance in Jordan included the record being performed in its entirety without an audience. Its follow-up, on the other […]

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‘I View Jazz as a Superpower,' Says Oscar Winner Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste, a composer and pianist, was on the move in June 2020. From his dressing area at the Ed Sullivan Theater, where he works as the bandleader for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, he was scoring Pixar's first Black-led movie, Soul, throughout the week. He was working on the music for his eighth album, We […]

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Tina Turner Sells 60 Years of Music Rights

Tina Turner has sold the rights to her six-decade-long song collection to BMG Music Publishing, which includes singles like What's Love Got to Do With It and Private Dancer. In the largest agreement negotiated with a single artist in BMG's history, the "queen of rock'n'roll" surrendered her artist and writer shares in her records, as […]

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Review of the Jungle: The Great Resumption

If there was ever a moment when people yearned for simple party music, it's now. When the constraints are lifted, the band emerges: Jungle, a duo of west London singer-producers and their five-piece backup band of live multi-instrumentalists, perform the first of four sold-out London shows before heading to the United States. They must kick […]

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