Music News Current music news, artist interviews, album reviews, and music industry news from NPR Music.

Music News

Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. Osbourne announced the cancellation of his 2023 tour dates in the UK and continental Europe, in a statement issued on early Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The lawyer for a leading accuser of R. Kelly says prosecutors shouldn't have dropped charges against Kelly before his appeals of federal criminal convictions were resolved. The singer is seen here in a courthouse in Chicago. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Pool/Getty Images

As Ryuichi Sakamoto returns with '12,' fellow artists recall his impact

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1153150903/1153150904" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Jonas Brothers react as their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is unveiled during a ceremony on Monday in Hollywood, Calif. At the ceremony, they announced their sixth album will be released on May 5. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Motown's Barrett Strong arrives at the induction ceremony for 35th annual National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York on June 10, 2004. Louis Lanzano/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Louis Lanzano/AP

Japanese musician, composer, record producer, pianist, activist, writer, actor and dancer Ryuichi Sakamoto, photographed on June 30, 2016 in Paris. Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

As Ryuichi Sakamoto returns with '12,' fellow artists recall his impact

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1151693103/1151803384" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"The crowds chasing us in A Hard Day's Night were based on moments like this," McCartney writes. "Taken out of the back of our car on West Fifty-Eighth, crossing the Avenue of the Americas." Paul McCartney/1964: Eyes of the Storm hide caption

toggle caption
Paul McCartney/1964: Eyes of the Storm

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, left, testifies to a Senate subcommittee on Feb. 24, 2009 over the proposed, and ultimately successful, merger between his company and Ticketmaster. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senators slam Ticketmaster over bungling of Taylor Swift tickets, question breakup

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1151157609/1151160282" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Panic! at the Disco performs onstage at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on May 14, 2016, in Irvine, Calif. The group is ending its nearly two-decade run, frontman Brendon Urie announced Tuesday. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc. hide caption

toggle caption
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.

Penny Harrison and her son Parker Harrison rally outside the U.S. Capitol during the Senate Judiciary Committee's Ticketmaster hearing on Tuesday morning. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Senate's Ticketmaster hearing featured plenty of Taylor Swift puns and protesters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1150942804/1150942805" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman plays in 2019. Swing is an essential component of nearly all kinds of jazz music. Physicists think that subtle nuances in the timing of soloists are key to creating that propulsive swing feel. Bernd Thissen/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

toggle caption
Bernd Thissen/picture alliance via Getty Image

What makes that song swing? At last, physicists unravel a jazz mystery

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1139783203/1149719650" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Fame came early for Reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and he admits he wasn't ready for it

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1148633658/1148633659" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Guitarist Jeff Beck performs during the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival. The influential guitarist died on January 10, 2023 after contracting bacterial meningitis. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images