Friday, January 28, 2022

Chris Willman

Bono and the Edge in Conversation About U2, Their Song for ‘Sing 2,’ and How Music Saved Their Lives, Too

The season of Lent is a ways off, but Bono already knows what he’s giving up: humility. “During the week there was this story about me not liking the sound of my voice,” he points out, referring to an...

Revered Nashville Songwriter Tom Douglas to Be Featured in Paramount Plus Documentary ‘Love, Tom’

When contemporary Nashville artists and songwriters talk about perfect modern country songs, many of them wind up circling around one in particular: the Miranda Lambert-sung “The House That Built Me.” The co-writer of that and other classics over the...

50 Years of The Manhattan Transfer: The Quintessential Vocal Group Kept Harmony Alive When the World Needed It Most

Looking back at the last 50 years, you’d be hard-pressed to say the world has gotten a lot more harmonious since then — not figuratively, in the geopolitical sphere, and certainly not literally, in a popular music world that’s...

In Removing Neil Young’s Music, Spotify Didn’t Need to Listen to the Artist, but Did Have to Heed His Label

How did Neil Young get Spotify to remove his entire catalog from the service? Not by taking it up with the service directly; the service had no obligation to give his personal wishes the time of day, although the...

Dick Halligan, Blood, Sweat and Tears Member Turned Film Composer, Dies at 78

Dick Halligan, who won two Grammys for his early work with the group Blood, Sweat and Tears and later turned to film and television work, died Jan. 18 in Rome, Italy at age 78. The family cited natural causes....

‘Jeen-yuhs’ Review: Kanye West Documentary Chronicles an Inspiring Rise, Followed by a Long, Polarizing Plateau

Netflix’s epic Kanye West documentary, “Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy,” will unfold in three feature-length parts, as the subtitle promises. (The first part premiered Sunday in the Sundance Film Festival, and gets a one-night theatrical release Feb. 10; the whole...

Why Meat Loaf Mattered: A Salute to Horsepower, Hormones and Heft

Among Meat Loaf’s critical defenders — which, as you may have realized if you’ve paid much attention over the years, is a very niche market in the world of rock tastemakers — there’s a word that comes up over...

Ellen Foley, Meat Loaf’s ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ Sparring Partner, on the Making of Rock’s Greatest Duet

In the wake of Meat Loaf’s death Thursday, singer Ellen Foley described her working relationship with Meat Loaf in the 1970s as “a beautiful, feisty, joyful friendship. Meat and Jim (Steinman) brought me into the consciousness of the rock...

Columbia Becomes First Label in History With a 20-Week Run at No. 1 at Top 40 Radio

With no small assist from Adele, Columbia Records has made staying at the top of the charts look “Easy” — not just with her indomitable smash but major hits from the Kid Laroi and Lil Nas X, too. Between...

Gunna Sneaks Past the Weeknd in a Photo Finish to Land at No. 1 on Album Chart

Things took an unpredictable turn at the top of the Billboard charts this week as Gunna’s new album unexpectedly slipped past the Weeknd’s, albeit in a photo finish that had the rapper pull ahead of the superstar competition by...

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Em Beihold Signs With Moon Projects-Republic Records (EXCLUSIVE)

Moon Projects, former TikTok music chief Mary Rahmani’s joint venture with Republic Records, has unveiled its first signing: Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Em Beihold, whose...

‘Last Flight Home’ Review: A Family Says Their Goodbyes in Intimate End-of-Life Doc

In Jan. 2021, Eli Timoner, 92, decided to make use of California’s End of Life Option law. His daughter, the award-winning documentary director Ondi...

Bono and the Edge in Conversation About U2, Their Song for ‘Sing 2,’ and How Music Saved Their Lives, Too

The season of Lent is a ways off, but Bono already knows what he’s giving up: humility. “During the week there was this story...

‘All of Us Are Dead,’ Netflix’s Inventive New Korean Drama, Strands Zombies in High-School Nightmare: TV Review

SPOILER ALERT: This review includes some spoilers for Netflix’s “All of Us Are Dead,” which premiered Friday, January 28. As the last, desperate teen...