Music

FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams and Thicke were were ordered to pay nearly $7.4 million to three of Marvin Gaye’s children after a jury determined the performers copied elements of the R&B icon's 1977 hit, "Got to Give It Up” for their song, "Blurred Lines."  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)

Borrowing, Appropriating and Stealing Are as Old as Art Itself

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blurred lines indeed. The recent verdict by a federal jury in Los Angeles may have settled one case, but it has ignited a larger debate about creativity and ownership and how to sort out the co-opted from the copied. After a jury determined Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up in their …

Luke Bryan, It’s Time for You to Grow Up

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Modern country music stars love reliving high school and college glory days (see any Kenny Chesney song), but Luke Bryan really loves it. So much so that every year since 2009, the Nashville superstar has released a special Spring Break EP, complemented by free concerts in Panama City, Fla., for all the beach-bound …

‘Bosch’ Gets Second Season After Amazon Prime Premiere

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the veteran LAPD homicide detective with the unbending code of ethics and strict sense of justice, is going to have to put a lot more shine on that shoe leather. He’s going to be on the beat for quite a while. Bosch, Amazon Prime’s series starring Titus Welliver as the no-nonsense investigator featured in a series of acclaimed novels by …

‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Opens New Copy Claims

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

After a Los Angeles jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give it Up and awarded the singer’s estate $7.4 million, Washington Post music critic Chris Richards warned: “Let us swiftly prepare for every idiom of popular music to go …

This Court Case Will Change Music

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Will Madonna sue Lady Gaga? Will George Clinton sue OutKast? Will Prince sue Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and umpteen-hundred others? And then will Little Richard sue Prince? These idiotic questions became frighteningly legitimate on Tuesday after a …

NBC Brings Back Veteran to Run News Division

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NBC took a step toward stabilizing its troubled news operations Friday by rehiring Andrew Lack to oversee NBC News and MSNBC, placing the two operations in the hands of a seasoned executive. Lack, 67, oversaw NBC News in its 1990s heyday, when the Today show, Meet the Press …

The Sound of Civil Rights

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Occasionally, for reasons of fate or coincidence, sounds from the past converge in the present at key moments. Consider the Staple Singers, whose gospel recordings starting in the early 1960s carried them through the next four decades and …

New Opera North Leader Plans for Growth

Thursday, March 5, 2015

E vans Haile, the recently appointed general director of Opera North in Lebanon, has a message for fans of the company: Opera isn’t just for August anymore. In the past, Opera North’s season has been concentrated in the …

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. …

Why Lady Gaga Needs ‘American Horror Story’

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After Lady Gaga’s majestic Sound of Music medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX …

Country King Garth Brooks Returns

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pittsburgh — There’s always a chance that Led Zeppelin will go back in the studio or Jim Morrison will return out of the blue, but we can probably go ahead and declare the return of Garth Brooks “the …

‘Laugh-In’ Announcer Gary Owens Dies at 80

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Los Angeles — Gary Owens, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80. The veteran voiceover star died …