Pop Music

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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2020 Eurovision Song Contest Canceled Over Virus

Vulture reports: There are so few things that bring us together on a global scale, and coronavirus is determined to be the last one standing. For the first time in the competition’s 64-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest is canceled, according to the European Broadcasting Union. The singing competition was originally meant to take place May 12 through May 16 …

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Coachella Music Festival Postponed Until October

CBS News Los Angeles reports: The blockbuster Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is being pushed back six months to October due to concern over the spread of coronavirus. One of the world’s largest music events, this year’s festival was originally set for two successive weekends, kicking off April 12 and April 17 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. …

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South By Southwest Festival Canceled Over Virus Fears

The New York Times reports: The 34th annual edition of South by Southwest, the sprawling festival of music, technology and film in Austin, Texas, that has become a highlight on the annual global cultural calendar, was canceled by city officials on Friday over fears about the rapid spread of coronavirus. Festival organizers and government officials had come under intense pressure …

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MIAMI: Massive EDM Festival Canceled Over Virus

The Miami Herald reports: The 2020 Ultra Music Festival will be postponed — possibly for a full year, which would effectively cancel this year’s edition of Miami’s marquee electronic dance music event, the Miami Herald has learned. The decision to postpone, which sent shock waves through the electronic dance music community on social media, was made in a meeting Wednesday …

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Public Enemy Fires Flavor Flav In Bernie Sanders Flap

Rolling Stone reports: Public Enemy announced they are permanently “moving forward” without Flavor Flav, firing one of hip-hop’s most memorable hypemen after more than 35 years. The abrupt dismissal comes just two days after the rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D’s concert at the campaign’s Los Angeles rally Sunday. “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio …

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Village People Gives Trump OK To Use Their Music

NBC News reports: Village People, the American disco group behind the hits “YMCA,” “Macho Man” and “In the Navy,” has given the go-ahead for President Donald Trump to plays its songs at events, despite being “inundated” with requests from fans urging the band to block the president’s use of the music. Trump most recently played Village People’s 1978 track “Macho …

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Neil Young To Trump: You Won’t Stop Playing My Song But Remember I Oppose You When You Hear My Voice

Rolling Stone reports: Neil Young has never hidden his contempt for Donald Trump, but now that he’s officially an American citizen, he’s raising his voice even louder. “You are a disgrace to my country,” Young writes in a long, scathing open letter to Trump on his Neil Young Archives website. “Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment, …

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Chaka Khan Roasted For Anthem Performance [VIDEO]

Variety reports: It takes a lot to make a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game trend higher on social media than the game itself, but Chaka Khan has managed what Fergie was able to two years ago, with a unique rendering of the National Anthem that threatened to render anything that followed an afterthought. In …

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Out LGBTQ Artists Score Wins At 2020 Grammy Awards

Via press release from GLAAD: Last night’s 62nd Annual Grammy Awards included wins for out LGBTQ artists including Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, DJ Tracy Young, and more. DJ Tracy Young picked up the Grammy in Best Remixed Recording for her track “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix),” a remix of the Madonna track “I Rise.” …

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British Mint Issues £5 Queen (The Band) Tribute Coin

Reuters reports: Britain’s Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen. “This is a ‘who would’ve thought it’ moment. Here we have a coin of the realm, a five-pound coin in fact, made by The Royal Mint, in the …

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Eminem Recreates Vegas Shooting In Call For Gun Laws

The Associated Press reports: Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music to Be Murdered By” on Friday — along with a video that calls for changes to gun laws. The follow-up to 2018′s “Kamikaze” — also released without warning — was announced on Twitter just after midnight. The Detroit rapper’s new music video for “Darkness,” one of …

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2020 Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees: Whitney, Depeche, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., Doobie Bros, T-Rex

Cleveland.com reports: The posthumous inductees Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. will lead this year’s class into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined by Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex. Houston, the gospel-trained singer with the soaring voice, had a string of No. 1 singles including “I Will Always Love You.” …

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Kanye West: Jesus Cured My “Pornography Addiction”

The Christian Post reports: Kanye West’s popular Sunday Service events hit the one year mark this week and on the anniversary of the gospel music gatherings, the rapper testified that the services saved his life. “A lot of times people say, ‘Thank you Ye for Sunday Service.’ I’m saying thank God. This thing saved my life,” West revealed while performing …

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Ronstadt: Trump’s Like Hitler, Mexicans Are His Jews

“The intelligentsia of Berlin and the literati and all the artists were just busy doing their thing. And there were a lot of chances – as Hitler rose to power – there were a lot of chances to stop him and they didn’t speak out. “The industrial complex thought that they could control him once they got him in office …

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Kanye West: Satan Controls Christian Radio Stations

The Christian Post reports: Kanye West said God has given him a platform to address the “beef” he’s seeing in the Christian community, specifically Christian radio stations not playing both gospel and contemporary Christian music — including songs from his album — which has created a division between white and black artists. “Look, Jesus died for our sins! It’s simple. …

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Linda Ronstadt Blasts Pompeo At Kennedy Center Fête

The Associated Press reports: Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire awaited their turn in the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievements in the arts. Also in this year’s class are conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and long-running children’s TV show …

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Kid Rock Loses Restaurant After Drunken Vulgar Rant

NBC News reports: Kid Rock won’t renew his licensing agreement for Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant, the owners of the sports arena in which it’s housed said Wednesday. The news comes after the singer and musician was recently filmed delivering a vulgarity-laced rant against Oprah Winfrey. Chris Granger, president of sports and entertainment for Ilitch Holdings, said in a …

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