Richard Wagner

First Glitches, Then Boos at Opera Festival

Bayreuth's annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" kicked off.
Biz Markie's Next Album a Mix of Covers, 'Real Rap Records'

Watch Channing Tatum Rap With Biz Markie at Comic-Con

When you think of a 3-D computer-animated film produced by Guillermo del Toro, you immediately think of proudly off-key rapper Biz Markie, right? Well, probably not, but all the fans at the Book of Life panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday (July 25) were treated to Markie's signature hit, "Just a Friend," live and in person, for no apparent reason.
Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1, as Mandatory Fun bowed atop the list with 104,000 copies sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Yankovic led a debut-filled top four, joined by Jason Mraz, Rise Against and the Kidz Bop Kids. Outside of the top four, there was -- as usual -- lots of action as well.
Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a string of major label albums during the 1990s (who also had a basketball career on the side) hit up Williams with a freestyle to help win him over.

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