‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem

The 5-year-old and his family had traveled thousands of miles to escape. When they finally arrived on American soil, free from the marauders who had burned their house to the ground, the boy was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their fate. From this story, a classic piece of music emerged. The family, fleeing religious persecution in Russia in 1893, was soon reunited and allowed to enter the country. And that little boy, born Israel Beilin, would grow up to become Irving…

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Unwelcome Sound on Germany’s Stages: Musicians Who Boycott Israel

BERLIN — The Scottish rappers Young Fathers have earned critical praise for their blend of hip-hop, electronica and gospel. They won Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize for album of the year. Their sweaty, uplifting shows are in demand across Europe. But when an arts festival in Germany decided last month to drop the band from its bill, it set off a clamor that had nothing to do with the group’s music, and everything to do with the country’s post-World War II sensibilities. Young Fathers openly support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions…

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At home with … : Carly Simon and Her Family, on Martha’s Vineyard

Ms. Simon said, “She’s telling a pathetic story and making it nice.” Ms. Simon shares the house with her boyfriend of 12 years, Richard Koehler, a surgeon who took this reporter’s coat, offered her tea and then repaired to a barn to work on a sailboat he is restoring. “He reminds me of Myles Standish,” Ms. Simon said. Mr. Saw, a 43-year-old Englishman, has been playing music with Mr. Taylor for over a decade. Ms. Hiller, 30 and also British, met Mr. Taylor backstage after one of his shows in…

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That Decisive Moment: Simon Rattle’s Goodbye to Berlin: The Week in Classical Music

[Read all of our classical coverage here.] Happy Friday! What a relief to be at the end of a week of depressing news that included even the world of classical music. On Tuesday, the Frick Collection’s expansion and renovation plans were approved by New York City — which means that the music room, one of my favorite spaces for chamber music, will be eliminated and converted into an art gallery. Also saddened by this is our critic Anthony Tommasini, who wrote in an elegiac piece that the room “is the…

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A Senate Committee Votes for Peace in the Music Industry

The legislation establishes a licensing collective, to be overseen by songwriters and publishers, and paid for by the digital services, with rights information maintained by the copyright owners. Digital services, which now must track down rights holders or file notices in bulk with the Copyright Office, will be able to receive blanket licenses from the collective. In exchange, the services will gain protections against lawsuits. In a lawsuit filed late last year, for example — just before a cutoff date set by the bill — a music publisher representing songs…

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Spotify, Nodding to Broader Ambitions, Hires Chief Content Officer

Spotify has hired Dawn Ostroff, a veteran television and video executive, as its new chief content officer, a move that may signal the music service’s wider ambitions in media. Ms. Ostroff, who had been president of Condé Nast Entertainment, the publisher’s video studio, will join Spotify in August, the company announced on Tuesday. She will report to Daniel Ek, Spotify’s chief executive, and be responsible for its content and editorial divisions, as well as the creator services side of Spotify’s business, which handles the detailed data reports it makes available…

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Grammys Expand Number of Nominees in Four Top Categories

The Grammy Awards will expand the number of nominees in its top categories from five to eight, a move that may help increase gender diversity after the awards were sharply criticized this year for their lack of recognition for women artists. The change, announced Tuesday, will affect the four most prestigious categories: album, record and song of the year, and best new artist. (Record of the year recognizes a single recording, while the song prize is for songwriters.) The new rule will go into effect immediately, with members voting on…

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Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

When he was a child, the director Christopher Alden was obsessed with the musical “Peter Pan.” “My twin brother, David, and I begged our parents to let us audition to play the roles of the twins,” Mr. Alden recalled recently. “They wouldn’t let us do it.” Now, decades later, he gets to direct “Peter Pan.” Well, the other one. The show Mr. Alden is staging as part of the Bard SummerScape festival at Bard College, starting June 28 and running through July 22, is not the Mary Martin blockbuster of…

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5 Seconds of Summer Keeps Beyoncé and Jay-Z Out of Top Spot

Two pieces of news dominated the pop-music world last week, sending fans online in droves: a new album by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and the death of the young rapper XXXTentacion. Yet the top spot on the latest Billboard chart went to 5 Seconds of Summer — the Australian pop-rock band that rose to fame opening for One Direction — with “Youngblood,” which had the equivalent of 142,000 album sales in the United States, according to Nielsen. That total included a relatively low streaming total of 34 million as well as…

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Into the Wild With Kanye West

Over the past few weeks, he has worked on the release of five albums: His eighth LP, “Ye,” and his collaboration with Kid Cudi, “Kids See Ghosts,” as well as records by Pusha-T, Nas and Teyana Taylor that he produced. Much of that music was made here. He’s been coming to this area regularly since early 2017, a couple of months after his hospital stay. “We came here just for healing,” he said earlier in the day. “Getting my brain together and [expletive].” He was medicated then — he’d recently…

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