Pop Music

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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Drunk Kid Rock Hurls Sexual Slurs At Oprah, Others

Variety reports: Kid Rock went a sexually explicit tirade went into against several female talk shows hosts on stage at his own Nashville bar this week, in a state the website TMZ described as “clearly intoxicated.” The video ends with him being helped off the lip of the stage in an awkward manner by handlers. “I’m like, Oprah Winfrey or …

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Kanye West Issues Bizarre Chick-Fil-A Music Video

The Hollywood Reporter reports: The day after teasing its world premiere on Twitter, Kanye West dropped the music video for “Closed on Sunday,” the fourth track from his latest gospel-rap album, Jesus Is King, today. The song includes multiple references to famous fast food outlet Chick-fil-A, which is traditionally closed Sundays. The bizarre video, a little less than three minutes …

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Hungary Pulls Out Of “Homosexual Flotilla” Eurovision

The Telegraph reports: Hungary has pulled out of next year’s Eurovision song contest amid speculation the decision was triggered by a backlash to the competition’s LGBT-positive messaging. While no official reason has been given for the withdrawal, sources within Hungary’s public broadcaster reportedly believe it is due to a rise in homophobic rhetoric within the country around the contest, with …

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UN To Honor Cyndi Lauper’s LGBTQ Youth Advocacy

Variety reports: The United Nations will award Cyndi Lauper with the first High Note Global Prize award for her promotion of human rights and impacting work to prevent and end homelessness for LGBTQ youth, the organization announced today. On U.N. Human Rights Day — which is December 10 — the High Note Global Prize will be presented to Lauper by …

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South Korea: Hit Boy Band BTS Must Serve In Military

Reuters reports: Hit South Korean boy band BTS will not be given exemption from mandatory military service, the defense ministry has said, reaffirming its policy of no exceptions for pop stars. The decision is likely to fuel debate in South Korea, which remains technically at war with North Korea, about whether entertainers and athletes should have to do their full …

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Lizzo And Lil Nas X Dominate 2020 Grammy Noms

The New York Times reports: Lizzo, a charismatic new pop and R&B star, has been nominated for eight prizes at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, leading a class dominated by fresh faces like Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. Lizzo spent much of the last decade as a struggling rapper and singer, but broke through this year with hits like …

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So Louie Gohmert’s Daughter Did A Song About Him

Roll Call reports: Rep. Louie Gohmert has three daughters. Caroline, the middle child, is a musician who lives in California under the artist name BELLSAINT. And her latest single is called Much Like My Father. “Everybody loves you / But there’s poison in the water / You get away with everything / Much like my father,” BELLSAINT begins. “I don’t …

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Neil Young Wants To “Vote His Conscience” On Trump But Pot Rule Made By Sessions Slows His Citizenship

Rolling Stone reports: “I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed,” rocker Neil Young wrote Friday on his site. “Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due …

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Kanye West Demands That His Wife And Daughters Dress “Less Sexy” Now That He’s A “Servant Of Christ”

The Christian Post reports: Kim Kardashian West revealed that she has come to a compromise with husband and newly professing Christian Kanye West on whether she dresses “too sexy” in public as she honors his faith journey. “He is my husband so I obviously want to honor him and what he’s feeling,” Kardashian West said on The Real Tuesday when …

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Sam Smith Covers Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”

New Music Express reports: Sam Smith has unveiled their cover of Donna Summer’s seminal disco hit ‘I Feel Love’. Smith’s cover offers a modern spin on Summer’s 1977 classic hit and will be featured in the Christmas campaign for US retail store Target. “As a queer person ‘I Feel Love’ has followed me to every dance floor in every queer …

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Carly Simon Recounts Time “Repulsive” Trump Was “All Over Me Like Ugly On An Ape” At Manhattan Luncheon

Yahoo Entertainment reports: Carly Simon may have had a strong bond with at least one important White House figure — her latest book, Touched by the Sun, documents her close friendship with former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis — but Donald Trump certainly wasn’t it. Though Simon doesn’t say precisely when the Trump encounter happened, it was at a New …

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Kanye Bus Blasts “Jesus” Tracks On Manhattan Streets

Uproxx reports: It took much longer than expected, but Kanye West’s new album, Jesus Is King, is finally here. The Christian-themed album was originally set to be released around this time last month, but its release date was pushed back multiple times. Kanye has started promoting the record with a big blue Jesus Is King bus that’s driving around New …

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