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By Jason Lipshutz 6/25/2021 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. This week, Ed Sheeran’s comeback track aims at ubiquity, Doja Cat shows off her entire bag of […]

By Jay Moses:- 1970 marked the passing of the great Janice Joplin. A blues and rock singer of stunning intensity she came to the Bay area from Texas eventually joining Big Brother and the Holding Company and recording three well received albums. In 1967 she struck out on her own recording numerous albums . Joplin […]

By Russell Spear:- How did Tony Iommi create heavy metal? He created it with the band Black Sabbath. Tony Iommi plays his Gibson SG tuned down to C#. That gives his riffs a heavier sound than they would otherwise have. Tony Iommi was one of the founders of the band. They started off as a […]

By Matt Chanoff: – I generally prefer my musicians to be aurally attractive, but sometimes you can have both. Lisa Fischer has one of the finest pop or rock voices, yesterday or today. I realize I’m pushing this, her career didn’t really get started until the beginning of the 80s. But since she’s most associated […]

James Raymond also co-wrote “Rodriguez for a Night” from Crosby’s forthcoming album For Free By Noah Yoo June 24, 2021 David Crosby, photo by Anna Webber   David Crosby has shared “Rodriguez for a Night,” a new song co-written with Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen. The track appears on Crosby’s forthcoming album For Free, which arrives July 23, just before Crosby’s 80th […]

By Xander Zellner 6/24/2021 Plus, unprecedented feats by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and others that are dominating 2021 so far. Every year (or every week, for that matter) brings its fair share of eye-catching achievements on Billboard‘s charts. But 2021 has felt particularly notable, and we’re only halfway through the year so far. In the past six […]

By Gary Graff 6/24/2021 Daryl Hall & John Oates are betting that a show full of hits may be the perfect musical comfort food to help fans acclimate to big-venue concerts once more. The duo — which last performed on Feb. 28, 2020 at New York’s Madison Square Garden — has plans for a 25-date summer […]

By Heran Mamo 6/24/2021 Britney Spears directly addressed an open court Wednesday (June 23) for the first time in 13 years since she entered into a conservatorship that controlled her life and career. In her 20-minute testimony, the 39-year-old singer gave a harrowing account to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, arguing how her family and management has […]

It is a rare, delightful privilege to know when you are making history. What successful bands have their weakest link being their drummer? Dave Grohl knew it as he strode onto the Madison Square Garden stage on Sunday night (June 20) and lifted his arms, summoning a nearly deafening roar from the full-capacity, fully vaccinated […]

Russell Spear: – Hating other bands was Cobain’s gimmick. He said he hated Guns and Roses too. He spat on the keys of a piano that Elton John was about to play. Longbeach Donation Form If you don’t have something nice to say about someone else’s band, don’t say anything at all. You can’t make […]