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Sunday, February 12, 2017

‘Hamilton’ and ‘Harry Potter’ Productions Try to Outwit Scalpers by Michael Paulson and Ben Sisario

As “Hamilton” heads to London and “Harry Potter” comes to New York, the two plays are experimenting with measures to limit reselling of their tickets.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ Defeats the Rolling Stones in the Battle for No. 1 by Ben Sisario

Mick Jagger and company’s latest album, “Blue & Lonesome,” debuted at No. 4 and the Weeknd slipped to No. 2.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Streisand’s ‘Encore’ Tops the Billboard Album Chart by Ben Sisario

Ms. Streisand’s latest record didn’t do well on streaming services. But strong sales gave her yet another No. 1 album, 52 years after her first.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Album Surges on the Chart and Drake Holds on at No. 1 by Ben Sisario

The cast recording of the Broadway musical jumped to No. 3 after the Tonys while Drake recorded his seventh consecutive week at the top.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ArtsBeat: ‘Hamilton’ Cast Will Perform at the Grammys, via Satellite by Ben Sisario

Musical theater will return to the Grammy Awards for the first time since 2010.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Robert Stigwood, Impresario of Rock, Film and Stage, Is Dead at 81 by Ben Sisario

Mr. Stigwood’s name was attached to films, albums and theatrical productions that identified an era in music.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Best Buy Takes Its Brand to a Times Square Theater by BEN SISARIO

The Nokia Theater in Times Square, a 2,100-capacity room owned by the national promoter AEG Live, will become the Best Buy Theater.

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'Barbra Streisand' Video Goes Viral by BEN SISARIO

Appropriately for the YouTube age it is a roll call of musicians famous enough to shock a nation and underground enough for you to show off to all your friends, if you can recognize them.

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From Cirque du Soleil, a Michael Jackson-Themed Touring Show by BEN SISARIO

A show called "The Immortal World Tour," which takes place "in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael's inspirational Giving Tree," will begin in Montreal next year.

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Announcement of New Jackson Album Is Kind of a Thriller by BEN SISARIO

An announcement about the album doesn't really announce all that much.

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Lead Producer of 'Spider-Man' Hit With Lawsuit by Live Nation by BEN SISARIO

The concert and ticketing company says Michael Cohl owes it more than $5 million.

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Boyle Knocks West Off His Perch Atop Chart by BEN SISARIO

And the "Glee" franchise has two of the top five albums.

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Jimmy Buffett Injured in Fall From Stage by Ben Sisario

He reportedly fell face-first during a show in Sydney.

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Barbra Streisand to Perform at the Grammys by Ben Sisario and Patrick Healy

Ms. Streisand, a nominee for her album "Love Is the Answer," will be introduced before her performance by her "A Star Is Born" co-star Kris Kristofferson.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ariana Grande Is No. 1 by Ben Sisario

Ms. Grande opened at No. 1 on this week’s album chart with “My Everything.”

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Sees Biggest Sales Week Yet by Ben Sisario

The Disney soundtrack held at No. 1 for an 11th week, with 259,000 copies sold.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Live Nation to Open Outdoor Concert Venue at Manhattan Pier by Ben Sisario

JBL Live at Pier 97 will offer concerts starting in July.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

‘The Book of Mormon’ Is to Sell Tickets via StubHub by Ben Sisario and Patrick Healy

The online ticket marketplace has made a deal with the producers and the ticketing service Telecharge to sell an allotment of premium seats for each performance.    

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

‘Frozen’ Is the Soundtrack of the Season by Ben Sisario

The soundtrack to Disney's animated film "Frozen" held at No. 1 on the album chart, beating out a compilation of Grammy nominees.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

'Les Misérables' Soundtrack Storms to No. 1 by Ben Sisario

In a slow sales week it edges out "Babel" by Mumford & Sons.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lady Gaga, Usher, Bono and The Edge to Perform for Clinton Foundation by Ben Sisario

The artists will be taking part in "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation," at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 15.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Scalping Battle Putting ‘Fans’ in the Middle by BEN SISARIO

Ticket sellers are setting up nonprofit groups that claim they represent consumers, but are part of a lobbying fight over control of the multibillion-dollar secondary ticketing market.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Barbra Streisand to Make the Most of Marilyn and Alan Bergman's Material by Ben Sisario

Barbra Streisand will sing Marilyn and Alan Bergman songs she's not previously recorded on her new album to be released on Aug. 23.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Grammys Cutting More Than 30 Categories by Ben Sisario

Responding to longstanding criticism in the music industry that too many awards categories were diluting the Grammys impact, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced on …

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Summer Concert Series May Find New Home by Ben Sisario

Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, may move one of his long-running concert series this summer because of opposition over the shows' noise and a proposal for a huge new amphith…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chris Brown Tops the Pop Chart by Ben Sisario

His new offering, "F.A.M.E.," is his first No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

An Old-Fashioned Promo for Radiohead's New Album by Ben Sisario

The band distributed copies of a free 12-page newspaper called The Universal Sigh at 61 locations around the world, including three in Manhattan.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's a YouTube Pop Hit Worth? by Ben Sisario

How much has "Friday," a song by Rebecca Black, a 13-year-old amateur from California whose YouTube video became a viral sensation.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Miniature Shampoo Bottles and Acoustic Sets in an Austin Hotel Room by Ben Sisario

Booking agents, artist managers and assorted friends and relations packed into a room at Austin's Driskill Hotel to hear three guitar-cradling singer-songwriters.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jack White Still Knows How to Grab Attention by Ben Sisario

He shows up in Austin with a yellow and black truck hawking his label's wares.

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