Pop Music

Neil Young: It’s “NOT OK” For Trump To Use My Music

Deadline reports: Neil Young objected to the use of his music in the prelude to President Donald Trump’s event at the base of Mount Rushmore, siding with Lakota Sioux who have long claimed the land as their own in violation of an 1868 treaty with the U.S. government. “This is NOT ok with me…” said a tweet from Neil Young …

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Rolling Stones Threaten To Sue Trump Over Song Use

The Associated Press reports: The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop use of their material in Trump’s reelection campaign. “The BMI have notified the Trump campaign …

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Dixie Chicks Drop The “Dixie,” Issue New Protest Song

Rolling Stone reports: The Dixie Chicks have officially dropped the “Dixie” from their name. The iconic country-pop trio of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire are now simply called “The Chicks,” changing their website URL and their Instagram handle to the new name on Thursday. On their website, the trio only offered this statement: “We want to meet this …

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Tom Petty Estate Demands Trump Stop Using His Song: He Wouldn’t Want His Song Used For “Hate Campaign”

The Guardian reports: The family of Tom Petty has issued a formal cease and desist letter to the Donald Trump campaign over its use of his song I Won’t Back Down at a rally in Tulsa on 20 June. In a statement posted on Twitter, Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty said the US president was “in no way authorised …

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Once Postponed Coachella Festival Canceled For 2020

Tribune News Service reports: An October re-scheduling for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2020 seemed optimistic in the face of COVID-19. Now it’s official — the festival will not take place in 2020. On Wednesday, Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced that, because of the risks of the ongoing pandemic, the two-weekend festival (along …

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Grammy Winner Bonnie Pointer Dies At Age 69 [VIDEO]

TMZ reports: Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters has died TMZ has learned. The Grammy-winning Motown artist, who was originally part of the popular quartet group of sisters in the ’70s, died this morning. Bonnie was one of the original Pointer Sisters — which started out as a duo, with her as one of the leads — but eventually left …

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Taylor Swift Rages At Trump: You’ve Stoked The Fires Of White Supremacy And Racism, “We Will Vote You Out”

USA Today reports: Taylor Swift took aim at President Donald Trump Friday, calling him out after he tweeted about shooting looters in Minneapolis. In a tweet that Twitter flagged for violating the site’s rules regarding “glorifying violence,” Trump referred to looters as “thugs” and said he’d offered military assistance to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Swift’s tweet had been retweeted more …

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Bryan Adams Blames COVID On Chinese “Virus Makers”

Newsweek reports: Bryan Adams has come under fire for blaming the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on “fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards.” In a post on Instagram Monday, the Canadian singer-songwriter lamented that a number of his gigs being canceled and appeared to suggest the source of the coronavirus could be traced to wet markets that …

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Pioneering Rocker Little Richard Dies At Age 87 [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87.  Starting with “Tutti Frutti” in 1956, Little Richard cut a series of unstoppable hits – “Long Tall Sally” and “Rip It Up” that same …

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Rocker Axl Rose Trades Twitter Barbs With Mnuchin

The Daily Beast reports: If you were wondering what else the year 2020 could throw at us, Wednesday night brought us the spectacle of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin embroiling himself in a Twitter beef with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose. The “Paradise City” singer kicked things off by blasting the former movie mogul, tweeting: “It’s official! Whatever anyone may …

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Kraftwerk Founder Florian Schneider Dies At 73 [VIDEO]

Billboard reports: Florian Schneider of German electronic band Kraftwerk has died, Billboard has confirmed. He was 73. In a statement, Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Hütter confirms “the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday.” Kraftwerk — with its use …

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Madonna: I’ve Tested Positive For COVID Antibodies

USA Today reports: Madonna revealed that she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. “Took a test the other day. And I found out that I have the antibodies,” the singer, 61, said in her latest Madame X-themed “Quarantine Diary” on Instagram Thursday. “So tomorrow,” Madonna added, “I’m just going to go for a long drive in a car, and I’m …

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Kanye: Racist Forbes Won’t Put Me On Billionaires List

Forbes reports: When we featured Kanye West on the cover of Forbes last summer, delving into his incredible success with Yeezy, he seemed pleased at first. As the year wore on, he protested publicly. (“I showed them a $890 million receipt, and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire,’” he told an industry panel, about something that no one at Forbes remembers.) …

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Star-Studded Concert Raises $127.9 Million For WHO

The Hill reports: A cadre of renowned musicians on Saturday helped raised more than $127 million for the World Health Organization (WHO) and other regional charities working to address the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The massive fundraising haul came via “One World: Together At Home,” an 8-hour virtual concert organized by international advocacy group Global Citizen and Lady Gaga …

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LIVE VIDEO: Pop Stars Perform In WHO Fundraiser

Billboard Magazine reports: World Health Organization and Global Citizen are teaming up for their massive worldwide special, One World: Together at Home, on Saturday (April 18) to support and applaud healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the jam-packed event features Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, …

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Folk Music Legend John Prine Dies Of COVID At Age 73

Rolling Stone reports: John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music, died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73. The cause was complications related to COVID-19, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone. Prine, who left behind …

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Lady Gaga And Global Citizen Raise $35M In Virus Plea

The Associated Press reports: Lady Gaga and advocacy organization Global Citizen have raised $35 million to fight the coronavirus and will launch a TV special featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish to combat the growing virus. Gaga said on Monday that the money was raised in seven days and will benefit The World Health Organization. The pop star …

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Pop Star Pink Recovers From COVID-19, Donates $1M

Philadelphia’s Fox affiliate reports: Doylestown native Pink revealed that she has recovered from COVID-19 and is donating $1 million in the fight against the virus. The singer took to social media to share the news Friday night.  Pink also expressed her support for the healthcare workers on the front lines and pleaded with the public to stay home. She is …

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Grammy-Winning Singer Bill Withers Dies At Age 81

Billboard Magazine reports: Bill Withers, the former Navy man and commercial aircraft worker who became one of music’s most revered poet laureates, has died. The Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member died Monday (March 30) in Los Angeles from heart complications. He was 81 years old. Arriving front and center on the music scene at …

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Singer Kenny Rogers Dies At Age 81 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a …

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