Beyoncé proves she’s in a lane of her own at VMAs

Beyoncé owned the MTV Video Music Awards by winning video of the year and giving a 16-minute performance.

Andris Nelsons leading the BSO at Tanglewood earlier this month.

Nelsons ‘thrilled’ with expanded commitment to Tanglewood next summer

Andris Nelsons announced Sunday that he is planning to return to the Berkshires next summer for four full weeks.

Kenny Chesney performed at Gillette Stadium on Friday night.

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Everything was all right for Kenny Chesney at Gillette

Chesney’s aesthetic is probably best summed up by the hybridized cover of Steve Miller Band’s teasing bounce “The Joker” and Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

Beyoncé ”Formation” is nominated for video of the year.

Good news for MTV’s VMAs: Music videos matter again

For the first time in several years, there’s something exciting about the current collection of nominees.

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Complete list of winners at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards

Beyoncé won eight awards, including video of the year.

Drake went in. Rihanna leaned back. Twitter was all over it.

Drake, in love with Rihanna since he was 22, presented his crush with an award on Sunday night. He also went in for a kiss.

Watch Kanye West ramble onstage at MTV VMAs

The rapper touched on subjects from music to his beef with Taylor Swift to violence in his hometown Chicago.

Juan Gabriel, 66, top-selling Mexican singer-songwriter

Mr. Gabriel’s ballads and bouncy mariachi tunes became hits worldwide.

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At Tanglewood, a Nelsons-led finale and the pines of Lenox

Sunday’s season-closing Boston Symphony Orchestra performance at Tanglewood was a heartening occasion for those who believe in the increasingly old-fashioned notion that a music director should still strive for the deepest possible connection to his own orchestra and the community it serves.

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Kenny Chesney on stage Friday at Gillette Stadium.


Kenny Chesney salutes the home team at Gillette

Chesney wore a Patriots tank top while performing Friday in Foxborough.

Mr. Van Gelder had the final say in what the records sounded like, and he was, in the view of many, better at that than anyone.

Rudy Van Gelder, 91, engineer who perfected sound of jazz on record

Mr. Van Gelder engineered classic albums by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Ozzy Osbourne (pictured in New Jersey earlier this month) performing with Black Sabbath.

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Black Sabbath bids New England farewell at Xfinity Center

Playing its last-ever New England show nearly a half century after its local debut, Black Sabbath proved again why it’s the most esteemed force in heavy music.

Fans of Prince will soon be able to tour Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., which will become a museum dedicated to the beloved musician.

Prince fans will get a Graceland of their own

Elvis Presley’s former estate in Memphis offers public tours and houses a museum dedicated to the King’s life and legacy. Now, Prince fans will have a mecca of their own.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music events in and around Boston.

“You can make sounds with a computer that you couldn’t have made 40 years ago. Pairing that sound design with the classic songwriting excites me,” says Harley Streten, who performs as Flume.

On record and onstage, Flume pursues sonic evolution

Hot on the heels of sophomore album “Skin,” the Australian ECM producer Flume is selling out big shows around the globe.

Steven Tyler

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

Willi Ninja, who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a master of voguing, died almost 10 years ago.


Remembering Willi Ninja, icon of vogue’s long tradition

The fashionable dance style of which Ninja was a key exponent, took its cue from a fashion magazine that took its cues from dance.

Dancers at the 2015 Boston Caribbean Carnival Parade

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The Weekender: Beethoven, Sharon Jones, and the physics of love

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

Katy Perry tweets support for Leslie Jones — and introduces ‘misogynoir’ to white mainstream America

Katy Perry used the term in a tweet that supported Leslie Jones after the SNL star was the victim of another vicious online attack.

Britney Spears performing in Las Vegas in May.

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Britney Spears sounds like she’s having fun again

Having led a career that provided ample thrills alongside tabloid fodder, Britney Spears offers devil-may-care attitude on her latest album.

A rainbow over Paisley Park near a memorial for Prince, in Chanhassen, Minn.

Prince’s home, Paisley Park, to open for public tours

The company that runs Elvis Presley’s Graceland will manage the Minn. estate.

The next Electric Earth concert blends readings by Richard Powers (left) with music of Scott Lindroth and Messiaen.

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Richard Powers provides literary strand for Electric Earth concert

“Orfeo,” his most recent novel, serves as a starting point for an ambitious program.

Thalia Zedek (left) leads a seasoned, sure band on “Eve.”

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Thalia Zedek’s songs in the key of life

“Eve,” issued this month on Thrill Jockey, is the latest in an impressive string of Zedek ventures for that influential Chicago label.

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Jon Bon Jovi is spotted hanging with Bob Kraft at Patriots practice

The rock singer was seen hanging out at the New England football team’s practice on Wednesday with his son, Romeo.

FILE- In this June 27, 2007, file photo Lou Pearlman poses outside his office's at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla. Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme. The Orlando Sentinel reported that according to a federal inmate database, the 62-year-old Pearlman died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Lou Pearlman, 62, Svengali behind Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync

Mr. Pearlman built some of the most successful music groups of the 1990s, one of which launched the career of Justin Timberlake.

“I made a commitment to be honest with everything,” says Thao Nguyen talking about the songs on her new album, “A Man Alive.”

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down illuminate dark memories

Musically superchanged and lyrically intimate, “A Man Alive” by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down is one of the year’s most bracing albums.

Bent Knee will perform at Great Scott on Friday.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Andris Nelson and the Boston Symphony Orchestra won a Gramophone Award for their recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.


Andris Nelsons, BSO win prestigious Gramophone Awards

The venerable and respected British classical-music magazine announced its annual award winners on Monday.

Frank Ocean (pictured at the 2013 Grammy Awards) delivered the Apple Music release “Blond” on Saturday.

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Frank Ocean rewards patient fans with rich, urgent storytelling

After a four-year drought and an enigmatic overture, the album the singer released online and at pop-up stores was worth the wait.

Frank Ocean (pictured performing in New York in 2012) released a massive drop of multimedia last week.

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Frank Ocean continues the liberation of the album

A massive drop of new material from the singer highlights the changing of the form.

Music director Andris Nelsons guest vocalists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the first two acts of Verdi’s “Aida” Saturday night at Tanglewood.

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At Tanglewood, an ‘Aida’ both intimate and grand

Few events quicken the collective pulse of this bucolic festival at Tanglewood more than opera performed in concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Matt Roberts, 38, founding guitarist of 3 Doors Down

Mr. Roberts helped found the band with fellow hometown natives Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell.

Steven Tyler performing in July


Steven Tyler reacts to Disney altering Aerosmith coaster video

Disney World altered his hand in a video that plays at an attraction featuring the band. It appeared to be giving a crude gesture.

Frank Ocean (pictured at the 2013 Grammy Awards) released “Endless” without warning through a live stream on his website, and then on Apple Music.

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Frank Ocean remains elusive with video album ‘Endless’

Leave it to that most distant and dilatory of modern musicians to respond to fans’ calls for his long-awaited LP with something entirely different.

A Kanye West pop-up store on Boylston Street had fans lined up around the block and into an alley.

Kanye West ‘pop-up’ store in Boston draws a crowd

Fans of the hip-hop star/clothing designer waited all night outside a storefront at 899 Boylston St.

Chuck D (second from left) is currently touring with a new band, Prophets of Rage.

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Chuck D has something to say about the election

The Public Enemy founder talks his new supergroup and how America is Andy Dufresne in the tunnel in “Shawshank Redemption.”

Camille Saint-Saëns


Exotic sounds from Saint-Saëns, informed by privileged travel

The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns used styles and instruments he encountered in Egypt in his Piano Concerto No. 5.

David Dalzell picks the music for Logan Airport from his computer at home in NorthProvidence.

Meet the man behind the music at Logan Airport

What’s played over the speakers at Logan originates in a room in a yellow house in North Providence.

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in and around Boston this week.

Jessica Marie Palazzolo was cheered during the Fisherman’s Feast in 2012.

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The Weekender: Arms-dealing bros and the Queen of Soul

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.


Rapper 50 Cent returning to Abington this weekend to hype his vodka brand

It was apparently so much fun last year, 50 Cent is coming back to Abington.

Aretha Franklin looking quite regal at the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting.


What Aretha thinks about Adele, Prince, and politics

She’s played for royalty and the Pope, and landed on President Obama’s playlist, but Aretha Franklin has got more coming.

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Lydia Loveless takes a long, honest look at relationships on ‘Real’

Roots-rock singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless is less raw and more polished on her third LP, but her lyrics about romantic relationships still pull no punches.

Tracey Raisis, who suffered a stroke in 2014, participates in a music therapy session with Chrissy Cetnar, a music therapist.

Reclaiming a voice with the healing power of music

Well-known maître d’ and music lover Tracey Raisis suffered a stroke, and is finding his way back with music therapy.

Barbra Streisand performed in Boston for the first time in about a decade.

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Barbra Streisand enchants with career-spanning show

Matching classic songs with contemporary issues, Barbra Streisand looked forward resolutely in her first Boston show in almost a decade.

The Zac Brown Band plays Fenway Park Aug. 20 and 21.

The week ahead

Picks for noteworthy concerts, shows, exhibitions, and other events in and around Boston this week.

By Tuesday morning, Bieber’s Instagram account with more than 77 million followers was gone.


Gasp! Justin Bieber quits Instagram.

Justin Bieber has gone nuclear in his war with fans of ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez by deleting his Instagram account.

“I fell totally in love with taking pictures, and that ended up taking up all my time,” said Ed Freeman. “I woke up one day and realized, I’m a photographer.”

Beatles roadie from Boston finds calling behind a camera

Ed Freeman also was a folk singer, a record producer, and a composer, but he found satisfaction as a photographer.

The band Boston celebrated its 40th anniversary in a concert at the Citi Wang Theatre.

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Boston brings sonic heft to 40th-anniversary concert at Wang

Tom Scholz and company proved they could scale back their reach without diminishing their impact.