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Recent articles by Ben:

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

Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?

After a song that melds hip-hop and country was booted from the trade publication’s Hot Country chart, Lil Nas made a countermove. → Read More

‘The Dirt’ Sends Mötley Crüe to the Top 10 for the First Time in 11 Years

The Canadian rapper Nav, a protégé of the Weeknd, opened at No. 1 with “Bad Habits.” → Read More

Ripped-Off Riffs? Rise in Plagiarism Claims Unnerves Pop Songwriters

“I shouldn’t be thinking about legal precedent when I am trying to write a chorus,” a Beyoncé songwriter says, long after “Blurred Lines” changed the rules. → Read More

‘7 Rings’ Is a Hit for Ariana Grande, and a Knockout for Rodgers and Hammerstein

The company that controls the composers’ catalog cut a deal for 90 percent of the royalties for the singer’s remake of “My Favorite Things” just weeks before its release. → Read More

Juice WRLD Hits No. 1 With ‘Death Race for Love’

The Chicago rapper topped the Billboard album chart for the first time with 176 million streams and 43,000 copies sold. Last year, he reached the Top 5 twice. → Read More

Michael Jackson Songs Are Still Streaming, but Radio Airplay Is Down

A statue was removed, and “The Simpsons” shelved a rerun featuring the singer. But everyday listeners are still streaming “Billie Jean.” → Read More