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Friday, March 29, 2019

In Defense of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ by Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley (Guest Column) by Chris Willman

Earlier this week, Jezebel published an op-ed in which Tracy Clark-Flory says that Alanis Morissette’s iconic, multiple Grammy-winning 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill,” which she loved …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

ASCAP Screen Awards Tap Pasek & Paul, Pinar Toprak, Michael Giacchino for Honors by Chris Willman

The ASCAP Screen Music Awards has announced several honorees to be feted at a May 15 ceremony in Beverly Hills, with “Captain Marvel” composer Pinar Toprak, “Incredibles 2” scorer Mi…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘This Is Us’ Composer Siddhartha Khosla Signs With ASCAP by Chris Willman

Siddhartha Khosla, one of the busiest composers in TV with ongoing assignments for “This Is Us,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Marvel’s Runaways,” has made the move to ASCAP, the…

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Sara Bareilles Premieres New Songs, Declares Love for Obama at Intimate L.A. Show by Chris Willman

“I know it’s been a really long time since I made a record,” said Sara Bareilles, introducing a night of mostly new music at the Troubadour Tuesday. Hearing some shouted assents from t…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Musicians Freak Out as They Belatedly Learn Myspace Lost 50 Million Songs by Chris Willman

Myspace-related news travels very, very slowly in the late 2010s. So while the company had quietly acknowledged a massive data loss in response to user inquiries last year, it took until thi…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Aretha Franklin ‘Amazing Grace’ Film Set for Premieres at Civil Rights Museums, African American Churches (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

Aretha Franklin is going on tour — or, rather, the concert movie she stars in is, as “Amazing Grace” is being booked for a solid week’s worth of premieres across the country at the e…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Brandi Carlile Goes Three for Three in Grammy Pre-Telecast; Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgaves, Childish Gambino Get Two by Chris Willman

One of this year’s most nominated artists at the Grammys, Brandi Carlile, won all three of the awards she was up for in the pre-telecast ceremony Sunday afternoon. She was one of two p…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

How Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Took Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Sound of Music’ to the Top by Chris Willman

A few months before the film version of “The Sound of Music” hit the silver screen, a song plugger working the catalog of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein approached label owner Dav…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Concert Review: Lady Gaga Outdoes Her Other Vegas Show With Masterful ‘Jazz & Piano’ by Chris Willman

In a year when Lady Gaga stands to win at least one Oscar next month and has a decent chance at two, it may sound like a case of premature congratulation to suggest that she’s already enjo…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Ariana Grande to Headline Lollapalooza 2019 (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

Among those who are so F—ing grateful to Ariana Grande right now: the nation’s festival bookers, who, facing a shortage of contemporary rock heavyweights, are increasingly looking to…

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Bruce Springsteen Eavesdrops on ‘Broadway’ Audience at Public Screening by Chris Willman

Fans attending a free screening of “Springsteen on Broadway” at Monmouth University in West Long Branch Sunday night may not have noticed a familiar face in the audience: Bruce S…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

‘Joni 75,’ Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert Film, Set for Theaters by Chris Willman

Joni Mitchell’s birthday party is making its way to the big screen. Fans who lamented they weren’t able to attend a sold-out pair of all-star Mitchell tribute concerts in L.A. tw…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Ariana Grande Cancels Las Vegas Show, Citing Illness by Chris Willman

Ariana Grande may be celebrating the run-up to New Year’s Eve with bed rest. One thing is certain: She won’t be spending it on stage at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, where she’d been …

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Spotify: 15 New Holiday Albums Reviewed, From John Legend to William Shatner by Chris Willman

Now that America has come together as one and finally settled that whole “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” thing (we did, didn’t we?), it’s time to spend the remaining days of the Christma…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Film Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ by Chris Willman

Hope you like the 69-year-old version of Bruce Springsteen’s face, because it’s virtually all you’re going to see for the two hours and 40 minutes of the filmed “Springsteen on Broad…

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Elisabeth Moss Is the Life of ‘Party of One’ in Video From Grammy Fave Brandi Carlile by Chris Willman

Brandi Carlile has some famous friends, and they seem to especially love her song “Party of One.” Recently Carlile released a duet version of the tune in which she’s joined by Sam Smit…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bruce Springsteen Sets Fans Straight: No E Street Band Tour in 2019 by Chris Willman

If you thought the idea of Bruce Springsteen following his grueling run on Broadway with an E Street Band tour sounded too good to be true, now it’s official: it was. Springsteen — w…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Donna Summer Musical Posts Broadway Closing Notice, With Tour to Follow by Chris Willman

When one disco’s doors close, another disco’s doors open. That seemed to be the message from a dual alert from the producers of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” wh…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Go-Go’s-Scored Broadway Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ Set to Close in January by Chris Willman

Broadway won’t be going to a go-go for long. “Head Over Heels,” the Elizabethan period farce scored incongruously to the music of the Go-Go’s, has posted a closing no…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

John Legend Steals the Show With Surprise ‘Dock’-ing at BMI Country Awards by Chris Willman

John Legend, lately seen as Jesus, took on the role of another king of kings Tuesday night: Otis Redding. He electrified the room at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville by appearing for a cl…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Sara Bareilles Talks About Celebrating Female Power in New T Bone Burnett-Produced Single ‘Armor’ (Watch) by Chris Willman

The title of Sara Bareilles’ new song, “Armor,” makes it sound like she’s ready for battle. And that’s not altogether off the mark for this female-centric anthem, as the lyrics tak…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lady Gaga’s ‘Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Looking at Monster First-Week Sales by Chris Willman

The “A Star Is Born” soundtrack is a star in its own right. Sources watching retail reports come in from the album’s first five days of sales say it’s expected to debut with more tha…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

All-Star ‘Greatest Showman’ Album Entices Pink, Panic!, Sara Bareilles and Others (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

It’s not hard to convince a lot of pop stars to run off to the circus when that circus is the “Greatest Showman” score, the original soundtrack of which has been one of the biggest sel…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

A Star is Reborn: Roy Orbison Reemerges With a Surprise Tribute in Bradley Cooper’s Hit Musical by Chris Willman

One of the emotional climaxes of the new “A Star is Born” remake arrives when Bradley Cooper, playing alcoholic country-rocker Jackson Maine, drunkenly humiliates his wife, a mortified L…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Album Review: Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ by Chris Willman

At some point in the process of listening to Ariana Grande’s fourth and most delightful album, “Sweetener,” which is slightly dominated by six songs produced and co-written by Pharrell…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Concert Review: Go-Go’s Have the Beat — and Bassoons, Too — at Hollywood Bowl by Chris Willman

The Go-Go’s have never had a harmonic bicoastal convergence like the one they’re enjoying in both Los Angeles and New York this month. On the east coast, Broadway is currently playing ho…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Song Review: Ariana Grande’s ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ by Chris Willman

The sleek, carefree party jam of the spring… as inspired by the Manchester bombing of last spring? That’s not a contradictory notion, at least not in the intent behind Ariana Grande’s …

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Olympic Figure Skating Resurrects ‘Moulin Rouge’ and Baz Luhrmann Is Loving It (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

Baz Luhrmann is nowhere near South Korea at the moment, but you could be forgiven for thinking that he had a hand in the winter Olympics. A good part of it is playing out as a tribute to his…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption Unites ‘Peaks’ Cultists in Meditation Talk and Musical Mayhem by Chris Willman

“It’s a world out there that is horribly stressed,” said Bob Roth, the well-known transcendental meditation (TM) teacher, providing some remarks at a two-day festival designed to raise…

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Monday, November 10, 2014

'Into the Woods': Stephen Sondheim, Original Stars Reunite for First Time in 27 Years by Chris Willman

“I don’t think the term mash-up existed then," playwright/director James Lapine said of the origins of the 1987 Broadway successread more

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Frankie Valli on Jersey Boys and His Unlikely Success: 'The Way I Grew Up, It Was Basically Against All Odds' by Chris Willman

One day last fall, on the Jersey Boys location shoot, music legend Frankie Valli found himself at his childhood home, revisiting his humble beginnings in the projects of Newark. “I was sit…

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