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Yes, Kacey Musgraves Was Really Naked on ‘Saturday Night Live’

It’s official: everything was real about Kacey Musgraves’ performance of “Justified” on “Saturday Night Live” — no lip-synching, no miming and certainly no feigned nudity. Her appearance on the first number of...

Riding the Wave: How the Pearl Jam-Fronted Ohana Festival Kept Growing During a Pandemic

A year ago, organizers of the annual Ohana Festival in Dana Point, Calif., were stuck in their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic instead of rocking out on the beach for the planned...

David Lee Roth Says He’s Retiring After Final Shows in January, Citing Health Concerns

David Lee Roth says he’s calling it quits on his music career, and without any elongated farewell tour. In a shocker for Van Halen fans, the singer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal...

The Timeless Cool of Cole Porter, Muse to Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and a Century’s Worth of Singing Greats

To hear Tony Bennett’s son and longtime manager Danny Bennett tell it, a friendship ensued between his standard-bearing father and the mod-pop chanteuse Lady Gaga after their first duets album, 2014’s platinum-plated...

Brandi Carlile Brings the Drama and Dynamics to a Brilliantly Sung ‘In These Silent Days’: Album Review

If you require any proof that Brandi Carlile is as gifted a singer as we’ve got right now in pop, folk or rock ‘n’ roll, one listen to her seventh album, “In...

A&M Records’ History to Be Explored in Two-Part Epix Docuseries, ‘Mr. A & Mr. M’

The story of one of the most celebrated labels in recorded music history will unfold in a two-part docuseries, “Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records,” newly announced for...

Latin Grammy Nominations Led by Camilo, Juan Luis Guerra, C. Tangana and Bad Bunny

Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo dominated the announcement of the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards nominations, garnering 10, including nods in all three top categories — album of the year (for “Mis Manos”), record of...

Drake Remains No. 1 on Album Chart, Fending Off Debuts From Lil Nas X and NCT 127

Drake held onto the No. 1 spot on the album chart for a third straight week, with premieres for Lil Nas X’s “Montero” and a new one from the K-pop group NCT...

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