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Universal’s Deal for Prince’s Song Rights May Bring a Wider Audience

Universal’s Deal for Prince’s Song Rights May Bring a Wider Audience

Prince performing in 2013. Prince’s songwriting rights are being sold to the Universal Music Publishing Group for an undisclosed sum.
Trilobites: What Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ and Other Earworm Songs Have in Common

Trilobites: What Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ and Other Earworm Songs Have in Common

Lady Gaga in Sept. 2010 after accepting an award at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Bad Romance.”
Trilobites: What Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ and Other Earworm Songs Have in Common

Trilobites: What Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ and Other Earworm Songs Have in Common

Lady Gaga in Sept. 2010 after accepting an award at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Bad Romance.”
Dylan’s 1966 Tapes Find a Direction Home

Dylan’s 1966 Tapes Find a Direction Home

Bob Dylan on his historic 1966 tour of Britain and Australia, the focus of a 36-CD boxed set from Columbia/Legacy.

Retro Report: Philanthropy That Comes From a Click

Fund-raisers with a link to pop culture are on the rise. But are they effective?
SiriusXM Agrees to Pay Up to $99 Million to Settle Turtles-Backed Copyright Suit

SiriusXM Agrees to Pay Up to $99 Million to Settle Turtles-Backed Copyright Suit

The Turtles in 1967. From left, in the back row, Al Nichol, Jim Tucker, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, and, in front, Johnny Barbara, left, and Jim Pon.
Beyoncé Leads With 9 Grammy Nominations

Beyoncé Leads With 9 Grammy Nominations

Beyoncé in May at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Joan Baez Will Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Joan Baez Will Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tupac Shakur performing at the Palladium in Manhattan in 1993.
George Michael, Pop Superstar, Is Dead at 53

George Michael, Pop Superstar, Is Dead at 53

Mr. Michael onstage in Bratislava, Slovakia, on a 2007 European tour.
Allan Williams, First Manager of the Beatles, Dies at 86

Allan Williams, First Manager of the Beatles, Dies at 86

Allan Williams in October. As the manager of the Beatles in 1960, he sent them on a stint in Germany that forced the band to improve its stagecraft.
For Early ‘Jersey Boys’ Investors, Oh, What a Run

For Early ‘Jersey Boys’ Investors, Oh, What a Run

From left, Daniel Reichard, John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer in the musical “Jersey Boys” in 2005.
Paul McCartney Sues to Get Back His Beatles Songs

Paul McCartney Sues to Get Back His Beatles Songs

Paul McCartney in Indio, Calif., in October. The former Beatle filed suit on Wednesday to reclaim ownership of a number of songs he wrote for with John Lennon.
Before Emptying the White House, Obama’s Glittering Round of Farewells

Before Emptying the White House, Obama’s Glittering Round of Farewells

President Obama with the Chicago Cubs during a celebration of their World Series win at the White House this week.
In New York Music Scene, Two Behemoths Vie for the Top

In New York Music Scene, Two Behemoths Vie for the Top

Jay Marciano, chairman of AEG Live, at the company’s offices in Los Angeles last week.
John Wetton, Rocker With King Crimson and Asia, Dies at 67

John Wetton, Rocker With King Crimson and Asia, Dies at 67

John Wetton in ’82. His music interest sparked by his brother’s organ playing in church.
Critic's Notebook: Women Rule Halftime. Can Lady Gaga Make It Rock Again?

Critic's Notebook: Women Rule Halftime. Can Lady Gaga Make It Rock Again?

In keeping with a recent trend of female performers, Lady Gaga will be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.
Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: No Controversy, Lots of Glitter

Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: No Controversy, Lots of Glitter

Lady Gaga preceded a medley of hits with lines from “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land.”