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Beyoncé Announces New Album ‘Renaissance,’ Out Next Month

The new project, apparently with the subtitle “Act I,” will be released on July 29, according to the singer’s social media accounts. → Read More

Neil Diamond Sells Entire Catalog to Universal Music

The musician behind ubiquitous hits like “Sweet Caroline” sold his songwriting rights and recordings in another major deal. → Read More

Joe Rogan Apologizes for ‘Shameful’ Past Use of Racial Slur

His apology came as listeners said that as many as 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast had been quietly taken off Spotify; the company has yet to comment on the reported removals. → Read More

Spotify Responds to Complaints About Covid Misinformation

After Neil Young and Joni Mitchell removed their music from the streaming service, its chief executive wrote, “it is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor.” → Read More

Grammy Awards Move to April in Las Vegas

The 64th annual show, originally scheduled for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, was postponed amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. It will now take place on April 3, and be broadcast live by CBS. → Read More

David Bowie Estate Sells Songwriting Catalog to Warner Music

In the latest blockbuster catalog deal, Warner has agreed to buy David Bowie’s songs for about $250 million, bringing nearly all of the star’s work under one corporate roof. → Read More

Bruce Springsteen Sells Music Catalog in Massive Deal

Sony Music Entertainment buys the Boss’s entire corpus, including classics like “Born to Run,” for an estimated $500 million or more. → Read More

Drake Removes Himself From Competition for 2022 Grammy Awards

The superstar rapper and singer, long a critic of the awards, was nominated in two categories, best rap album and best rap performance. → Read More

Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Is No. 1, but Drake Waits in the Wings

The total for “Donda” includes 357 million streams in the United States, the most in a week so far this year. → Read More

Billie Eilish Earns a Third Week at No. 1, Narrowly

“Happier Than Ever” beat out Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” on the Billboard album chart by a margin of 1,000 equivalent album sales. → Read More

Garth Brooks Cancels Five Stadium Concerts as Covid-19 Cases Rise

The country star said he hoped to resume his tour by the end of the year, if he could do so safely. → Read More

Aaliyah’s Music Will Finally Be Streaming. What Took So Long?

Twenty years after one of the most celebrated stars of ’90s R&B died in a plane crash, her songs — like “Try Again” and “If Your Girl Only Knew” — will be widely available. → Read More

New Report Paints Bleak Picture of Diversity in the Music Industry

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative examined 4,060 executives at six types of companies, and found 19.8 percent were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. → Read More

New York City Plans a Central Park Mega-Concert to Celebrate Reopening

The mayor’s office has asked the producer Clive Davis to sign up musical stars for an event on the Great Lawn in August. → Read More

Jack Terricloth, Punk Rocker With a Cabaret Air, Dies at 50

As the devilishly smarmy vocalist and ringleader of the World/Inferno Friendship Society, he melded punk defiance with decadent theatricality. → Read More

Will Songwriting Survive Streaming? Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus Is Worried.

One of pop’s most successful songwriters on fighting for the value of his craft, and on the young talents he admires most. → Read More

Did the Music Industry Change? A Race ‘Report Card’ Is on the Way.

The Black Music Action Coalition, a group of managers, lawyers and others, was created last summer with a mission to hold the business to account. In June, it will report on the progress so far. → Read More

Paul Simon Sells His Entire Songwriting Catalog to Sony

Sony Music Publishing has acquired his “complete collection” in the latest blockbuster transaction in the music publishing business. → Read More

Kim Kardashian West Files for Divorce From Kanye West

A tumultuous seven-year marriage lived largely in the spotlight. → Read More

Grammy Awards Postponed as Covid-19 Rages in Los Angeles

The delay comes less than four weeks before the ceremony was to be held, on Jan. 31. The event will now be held on March 14. → Read More