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K-Pop Group SuperM Takes a Rare Path to No. 1: CD Sales

The boy band’s “The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’” arrived with packaging variations and bundles, resulting in a strong debut sales week, but modest streaming numbers. → Read More

Layoffs and Canceled Shows at WBAI-FM, a New York Radio Original

The foundation that owns the station abruptly scrapped local voices on Monday while also laying off 10 of 12 employees. → Read More

DaBaby and the Beatles Shake Up the Album Chart

The North Carolina rapper’s “Kirk” debuted at No. 1 on the strength of streaming, and a 50th-anniversary reissue of “Abbey Road” was a big seller. → Read More

Al Franken Moves Back Into the Public Eye With a SiriusXM Talk Show

The former U.S. senator is trying a comeback 21 months after he left government over allegations of unwanted sexual advances. → Read More

Daniel Johnston Dies; Gifted and Enigmatic Songwriter Was 58

He was admired by Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits and earned comparisons to William Blake. But his career was cut short by his struggles with mental illness. → Read More

Young Thug Hits No. 1, but Taylor Swift Is Already the Charts’ Big Story

The week before Swift’s “Lover” ranks on the Billboard 200, it has already become the year’s top-selling album. → Read More

New York Public Radio Names a New Leader, Goli Sheikholeslami

The chief executive of Chicago Public Media succeeds Laura R. Walker, who led WNYC and related outlets for nearly 24 years. → Read More

Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million in Dispute Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says

The jury had found that the singer, her record company and collaborators were liable for copyright infringement because parts of the song resembled a Christian rap song by the artist Flame. → Read More

The Disastrous Woodstock 50: What Went Wrong?

An announcement with no tickets. Four permit requests rejected by one small town. How the event celebrating the anniversary of a landmark rock festival crumbled. → Read More

Woodstock 50 Is Canceled: ‘We Just Ran Out of Time’

The majority of the anniversary festival’s performers abandoned the event once its promoters tried to move it to Maryland. → Read More

Woodstock 50 Festival Is Saved, With Just Weeks to Spare

The event, originally planned for upstate New York, was all but dead after the last permit denial. It will be held Aug. 16-18 in Columbia, Md. → Read More

Chris Brown Streams His Way to No. 1 With ‘Indigo’

The R&B singer’s 32-track album featuring a collaboration with Drake beat out a new release by the Black Keys, which opened at No. 4. → Read More

Taylor Swift’s Feud With Scooter Braun Spotlights Musicians’ Struggles to Own Their Work

Prince, Janet Jackson and Jay-Z all fought to control their master recordings. In a blog post about the sale of her former record label, Swift put her personal spin on the issue. → Read More

In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

Has music streaming ignored aficionados of Mozart and Beethoven? Two new services, Idagio and Primephonic, address the needs of the genre’s discerning listeners. → Read More

Elliot Roberts, Manager of Rock Stars, Is Dead at 76

He guided the careers of Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Tracy Chapman but was best known for his many years with Neil Young. → Read More

Aretha Franklin’s Sons Debate Whether New Will Is Valid

When the singer died last year, her family thought she had no will. But documents have surfaced that detail a specific plan on how to distribute her estate. → Read More

Whitney Houston’s Estate Plans a Hologram Tour and a New Album

The family of the singing star, who died seven years ago, has reached a deal with the marketing company behind the posthumous resurgence of Bob Marley. → Read More

With Woodstock 50 in Peril, Michael Lang Is Defiant: ‘We’re Not Stopping Now’

The lone investor dropped out of the anniversary festival, but its promoter insists it will go on as planned in August. → Read More

Woodstock 50’s Backer Says the Festival Is Off. Its Promoter Is Holding Out Hope.

The anniversary event, scheduled to feature Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus and Dead and Company, was supposed to celebrate the most famous rock concert in history. → Read More

Khalid Bumps Billie Eilish Out of No. 1 on the Chart With ‘Free Spirit’

The singer reached the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time with his second album, while Lil Nas X held at No. 1 on the Hot 100. → Read More