Time may finally be up for R. Kelly

After decades of allegations of abuse and rape, R. Kelly is facing the music.

Steven Tyler.

Steven Tyler talked about the challenges of getting — and staying — sober

The Aerosmith frontman told GQ that he hit nine years of sobriety in December.

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo’s ruminations on the immigrant experience led him to ‘The Crossing’

The Texan’s song cycle tells the story of two young friends in search of an America they’ve heard about in rock ’n’ roll songs and books.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Alicia Keys presents the award for record of the year at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, that Keys will host the Feb. 10 Grammys for the first time. The show will air live on CBS in Los Angles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)


Alicia Keys to host Grammy Awards next month, while Oscars remains host-free

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.

Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster.

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Brahms, Haydn, and free tickets to furloughed federal employees

With the seemingly tireless nonagenarian conductor Herbert Blomstedt at the podium, the BSO program touched on the hopeful and pleasant, and then reached beyond.

Record label drops R. Kelly after documentary furor

RCA Records dropped the R&B star after weeks of protests and the aforementioned documentary series.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

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From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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Gil Rose is BMOP’s founder and artistic director.

Classical notes | David Weininger

A fantastical ‘message in a bottle,’ now an opera with BMOP

The company is performing Charles Wuorinen’s opera “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” based on Salman Rushdie’s 1990 children’s novel.

Tommy Emmanuel is one of five musicians named a Certified Guitar Player by Chet Atkins.

Guitar whiz Tommy Emmanuel could play all day . . . and does

Hailed by fellow musicians as one of the very best in the business, the Australian plays two shows with John Knowles at City Winery this weekend.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, singer Rihanna arrives at the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna one year anniversary party in New York. Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, alleges that her father Ronald Fenty and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

Soprano Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais withdraws from upcoming BSO performances

The soprano has pulled out of Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater,” conducted by BSO music director Andris Nelsons, Opolais’s former husband, though she is still slated to sing the title role in BSO concert performances of Puccini’s opera “Suor Angelica.”

Faith Rodgers (left), accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, spoke Monday during a news conference in New York. Rodgers said the singer R. Kelly threatened to reveal details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

R. Kelly accuser says singer threatened to reveal her sex life

Faith Rodgers made the claim Monday at a news conference in New York.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Springsteen will not be touring with the E Street Band in 2019. Springsteen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, posted on Twitter that they hope to be back soon. But The Boss says he wants a break after his

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise visit to an Irish pub in Boston

The Boss swapped Thunder Road for Boylston Street on Friday.

Singer Meghan Trainor and actor Daryl Sabara in a file photo from Aug. 12, 2018 in Inglewood, Calif.


Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara share ‘familymoon’ memories on Instagram

Over the weekend, Trainor, who was raised on Nantucket and the Cape, and Sabara shared memories from their honeymoon in Bora Bora.

DULUTH, GA - NOVEMBER 05: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform during the The Who

The Who will play Fenway Park this summer

The band also will release its first album of new songs in 13 years later this year.

The 2018 New England International Auto Show.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 13-20

Head to a spirited comedy festival, Salem style, enjoy films with the family, and more.

Pianist Alessio Bax joined Andrew Davis and the BSO for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 on Thursday night.

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With conductor Andrew Davis, the BSO considers the big picture

The orchestra offered a program featuring music of John Harbison, Mozart, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

13namesNoname -- Noname at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Museum of Fine Arts)


Noname stops by the MFA

The Chicago rapper is making a name for herself.

07/17/2015 Boston, MA – Kacey Musgraves performs during Outside at the Boston Common in Boston, MA, on July 17, 2015. (Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff) 18weekfolk

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Hip-hop star Travis Scott is headlining one of the three days of Boston Calling.

Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, Travis Scott to headline Boston Calling

Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Christine and the Queens, Odesza, and Boston Ballet (no kidding) will also perform at the festival’s 10th edition May 24-26.

Broadway in Boston’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is at the Boston Opera House.

Things to do

The Weekender: Punk rock, pantaloons, and Oompa Loompas

Here’s the best way to spend your weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Anna Schubert (left) and Rebecca Jo Loeb in Ellen Reid’s “prism.”

Critic’s Notebook

At New York’s Prototype festival, experimentation is the point

The festival’s two headlining operas, Ellen Reid’s “prism” and Philip Venables’ “4.48 Psychosis,” confronted women’s mental trauma and uncannily reflected the past year’s events.

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See photos from Meghan Trainor’s wedding

“It’s the beginning of an awesome, whole new life,” the Nantucket native told People.

Boston, MA 6/26/2014 Billy Joel (cq) in concert at Fenway Park on Thursday June 26, 2014. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 27joel Reporter: Sarah Rodman


Billy Joel’s returning to Fenway — and he’ll be in its new Music Hall of Fame

Joel will perform at the ballpark Sept. 14, the sixth consecutive year he’s played there.

The band Phish, in a file photo.


Phish to play two concerts at Fenway Park this July

The rock band will hit the stage at the ballpark on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6.

Lady Gaga spoke to members of the media outside the 2019 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street  Tuesday in New York City.

Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration; aims to remove it from streaming services

In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the rapper, Gaga wrote she’s sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly and “for not speaking out sooner.”

Gang Green leader Chris Doherty (in an undated photo) suffered a debilitating stroke this past fall.

Boston bands step up to the mic for Gang Green’s Chris Doherty

The benefit show at the Paradise will help raise money for the Braintree native, who suffered a debilitating stroke last year.

Dylan Scott with his wife, Blair Robinson, in Jamaica.

The Vip Lounge

The VIP Lounge with singer Dylan Scott

We caught up with the country singer, who is playing the Paradise on Jan. 18, to talk about all things travel.

FILE- In this Dec. 14, 2018, file photo members of South Korean music band BTS pose for photos on the red carpet of the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong. Mattel has signed a licensing deal with BTS. Shares surged more than 8 percent in Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, afternoon trading. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)


One more sign K-Pop is here to stay, BTS gets a contract with Mattel

Mattel secured rights to produce dolls of the boy band.

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Cardi B arrives at the American Music Awards, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye West were among the celebrities who fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous parties toasting the world’s best artists during Art Basel. The prestigious extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, officially opened Thursday, Dec. 6.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)


Cardi B shows off custom (and very sparkly) Reebok kicks

The company also sent a sparkly surprise for Cardi B’s daughter.

08namesSnoop -- Snoop Dogg at The Grand in Boston, Jan 4. (Big Night Entertainment Group)


Snoop Dogg dropped it like it was hot in Boston

The man of many nicknames pumped up a sold-out crowd at The Grand.

06namesClairo -- Clairo. (Brooks Sproul)


Meet Clairo, the Carlisle native who’s playing Coachella

“Growing up, I only dreamt of playing alongside some of the names on the lineup,” she told the Globe.

Shi-Yeon Sung led Ingrid Fliter and the BSO in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Music Review

Better late than never: BSO programs Fanny Mendelssohn

Shi-Yeon Sung led the orchestra in works by Dvorak and both Mendelssohn siblings.

Henry Boshart (Charlie Bucket) and Noah Weisberg (Willy Wonka) in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 6-13

Join Charlie in exploring a chocolate factory filled with special effects, watch a dramatic comedy set around a soccer field, and more.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Caitlin Canty performs at Americanafest Pre-Grammy Salute to Emmylou Harris at City Winery on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) 22ticketfolk

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This week’s picks by Globe critics.

15 artists we can’t wait to hear in 2019

Let’s look ahead, to the artists — some old, some new-ish, some right on the verge of breaking out — whose praises we’ll be singing this year.

Jazz history is at the heart of Jason Moran’s ICA exhibition.

Art Review

At the ICA, Jason Moran plays a different tune

The acclaimed jazz composer gets a museum exhibition of his own.

John Judd and Mary Beth Fisher in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of A Doll's House, Part 2, directed by Lucas Hnath, playing January 4 Ñ February 3, 2019 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. © Photo: Kevin Berne

Things to Do

The Weekender: A brand new Nora, a long lost Ida, and a whole lotta Tay-Tay

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Neil Gaiman (L) and Amanda Palmer pose at the Warner Brothers TV 2013 SXSW party on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) 18CDREVIEWS

Amanda Palmer discusses ‘long-distance’ marriage to Neil Gaiman on eighth wedding anniversary

The singer-songwriter and Lexington native acknowledged the difficulties of a long-distance relationship even after so much time together.

Denny Laine looks back on the Moodys, McCartney, and Britain’s music scene

The former Wings band member comes to City Winery to perform songs from “Band on the Run” and “The Magnificent Moodies.”

Chris O’Leary at his home in Easthampton.


From David Bowie’s sound, a writer’s vision for a song-by-song opus

Easthampton’s Chris O’Leary is about to publish “Ashes to Ashes,” his second volume of essays on every song David Bowie ever recorded.

A Union flag on display in front of the clock on the Elizabeth tower at the Houses of Parliament in London.


At the Harvard Film Archive, seeing — and hearing — Britain

A retrospective offers films by Humphrey Jennings and Derek Jarman.

‘‘Singer Presents . . . Elvis’’ first aired Dec. 3, 1968, as a television special on NBC.

50 years later, Elvis’s ‘comeback special’ stands as an epic rock rebirth

The NBC special would become the top-rated show of 1968 and relaunch Elvis’s singing career.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

At 80, John Harbison continues to look ahead

Both the BSO and BSO Chamber Players are offering performances in his honor.

The Dropkick Murphys's Tim Brennan plays with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at their 21st HomeTown ThrowDown.


Mighty Mighty Bosstones help close out the year at House of Blues with some special guests

The band played its 21st Hometown Throwdown at the House of Blues Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

“It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,” Barack Obama wrote in a Facebook post.

What Barack Obama read, watched, and listened to in 2018

The former president released his annual year-end lists on Facebook Friday.

CASPAR homeless shelter guest Kevin J. Merrill II enjoys music by Shelter Music Boston during a holiday concert. “I love it when these guys come in. They brighten up the place, they give us hope,” he said.

‘They give us hope’: Music groups bring comfort and joy to the homeless

Shelter Music Boston performs scores of concerts at homeless shelters and recovery centers each year, while Eureka Ensemble has launched a Women’s Chorus that welcomes the homeless to lift their voices in song.


Self-help books as a palate cleanser

Ryan H. Walsh debut was the much-lauded “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968.”