Drake Releases New Album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

Just nine months after his last album, Drake is back with new music. The hip-hop superstar released late Thursday his seventh studio album, “Honestly, Nevermind,” just hours after announcing it on social media. The release, which consists of 14 tracks—relatively succinct for Drake—is the follow-up to September’s 21-track “Certified Lover Boy.” Drake’s surprise release is … Read more

The Song of the Summer Could Be Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, or Even Something From 2020

This year’s Memorial Day weekend soundtrack might be dated. Radio DJs and music tastemakers are placing bets on which new hot track will be crowned “song of the summer,” played at barbecues, pool parties and on windows-down car trips. But the charts this year have been full of songs released months or even years ago. … Read more

Spotify Rival Deezer Strikes SPAC Deal Valuing It at About $1.1 Billion

PARIS—French music streaming service Deezer is merging with a special-purpose acquisition company and aiming to go public at a €1.05 billion, or about $1.13 billion, valuation, the companies said. The Paris-based competitor to Spotify Technology SA and other music streamers has 9.6 million subscribers and generated revenue of €400 million in 2021, Deezer said in … Read more

Psychology of a Song: What Makes These Grammy-Nominated Tracks Tick?

A single song can amplify our current mood or transport us to an entirely new realm of feeling. Wallowing in self-pity on your bedroom floor? Deepen your blues with some blues. Pulling yourself out of your misery to jump-start a night on the town? Bump top-40 pop hits. Dancing your troubles away? Loop trippy EDM … Read more

Folk studio: Several artistes, organisations are making effort to recognise, revive and re-establish traditional folk music

The underlying reason behind this is the need to impart and instil these traditions to the current generation, besides adding musical value and breathing a new lease of life to the dying art. Ja ja re apne mandirva, a classical bandish (a melodic composition), is once again on the lips of Indian music enthusiasts, almost 300 years … Read more

BTS Returns From Break With First South Korean Concerts Since 2019

SEOUL—In the latest sign that life is going back to something that resembles the pre-pandemic past, BTS is returning to the stage in Seoul. The K-pop band, which had performed in the U.S. but not in its home country since 2019, is holding three in-person concerts in South Korea next month, the group’s management agency, … Read more

Spotify CEO Apologizes to Employees for Joe Rogan Backlash, Says He Won’t Silence Star Podcaster

Spotify Technology SA Chief Executive Daniel Ek apologized to employees for the backlash that has followed the emergence of Joe Rogan’s use of a racial slur in previous podcast episodes. He said in a letter shared with The Wall Street Journal by a company spokesman that he has no plans to remove the star podcaster … Read more

Spotify Publishes Content Policy, Covid-19 Hub in Response to Joe Rogan Controversy

Music streamer Spotify Technology SA, SPOT 0.97% responding to controversy over its podcaster Joe Rogan, shared its content rules as more artists joined Neil Young in speaking out against Mr. Rogan. The company on Sunday made public its policies, which it didn’t alter, and created a Covid-19 information hub in response to folk-rocker Neil Young … Read more

Joni Mitchell Removes Music From Spotify in Support of Neil Young Against Joe Rogan

Joni Mitchell said she decided to remove all of her music from Spotify Technology SA SPOT 0.97% in a move supporting Neil Young’s crusade against what he deems misinformation spread on Joe Rogan’s podcast. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” the folk singer wrote on her website. “I stand in … Read more