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.
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.
David Byrne

David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne, 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career.
Weird Al Yankovic

Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

"Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun, which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years of parodies -- and his first No. 1.

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