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Month: August 2021

Following the drummer’s death at age 80, a tribute to some of his most memorable performances By Stuart Berman August 25, 2021 Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Image He was the least rock’n’roll member of the World’s Greatest Rock’n’roll Band—which automatically made him the coolest one. Charlie Watts was the Rolling Stones’ resident Renaissance man: the […]

The drummer performed with the band since 1963 By Matthew Strauss August 24, 2021 Charlie Watts, 1986 (Michael Putland/Getty Images) Charlie Watts, the long-time drummer of the Rolling Stones, died today at a London hospital, his spokesperson announced. A cause of death was not provided. The drummer’s death comes just a few weeks after the band […]

Todd Lowry – Arranged “The Complete Beatles” for publication at Hal Leonard LLC (1986-present):-  John liked the song itself and he participated in the recording of Elton John’s 1975 cover version (under the pseudonym Dr. Winston O’Boogie). However, John was disappointed in the Beatles arrangement of the 1967 recording, saying that not enough time had […]

By Pooya Jazayeri:- I’ve been playing guitar for close to thirty years. I went through a phase where I worshipped Clapton, back in the nineties. For my sixteenth birthday, I got the music book to his unplugged album, and I practiced it till my fingers bled. I paid through the nose for great seats to see him […]

By Lyndsey Havens and Dan Rys 8/20/2021: – It’s early evening in South Africa and Elaine isn’t fully packed yet. The rising 22-year-old R&B/soul singer is preparing for her big move to Los Angeles — a literal step in solidifying her global crossover. Growing up in Pretoria, South Africa, Elaine (born Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli) cites artists like Miriam Makeba, Caiphus Semenya, Brenda Fassie and Lebo […]

The reissue campaign begins as the singer’s family decries a “lack of transparency” from Blackground Records By Evan Minsker August 20, 2021 Aaliyah, June 2000 (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) The long-awaited streaming release of Aaliyah’s 1996 album One in a Million has arrived today, as promised by the label Blackground Records earlier this month. The release is underscored by a dispute between Blackground’s Barry Hankerson—Aaliyah’s […]

By Anna Chan 8/20/2021 Justin Timberlake is dishing out some top-notch service! The singer apparently got to work recently, and not in a suit and tie. No, Timberlake was filmed by a Target shopper not browsing the aisles, but seemingly working the cash register at the retailer. In a clip shared to TikTok Thursday (Aug. 19), Timberlake — dressed […]

By Heran Mamo 8/20/2021 Lots of firsts were celebrated this week. Over the weekend, Travis Barker took his first flight since he survived a deadly plane crash in 2008. He shared the experience with girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian, with whom he escaped to Cabo, Mexico, for a romantic getaway. Coming from a different rock act, Foo Fighters are set to receive […]

By Jason Lipshutz 8/20/2021 Billboard’s First Stream serves as a handy guide to this Friday’s most essential releases — the key music that everyone will be talking about today, and that will be dominating playlists this weekend and beyond. Big Thief, Turnstile, Monaleo, and More: This Week’s Pitchfork Selects Playlist This week, Lorde checks in from […]

By Al Shipley 8/20/2021 When Santana hooked up with Rob Thomas for the first time in 1999, the San Francisco classic rock band led by guitarist Carlos Santana hadn’t had a top 10 hit in a couple decades, and Thomas had just risen to fame with the first few hits from his band Matchbox Twenty. But “Smooth,” the lead single from Santana’s […]