Pop Music

Queen’s Brian May: Anti-Vax Rockers Are “Fruitcakes”

Spin Magazine reports: Brian May considers Eric Clapton one of his “heroes,” but that doesn’t mean he’s okay with anti-vaxxers. During an interview with The Independent, the Queen guitarist labelled anti-vax rock stars “fruitcakes,” including Clapton, Verve’s Richard Ashcroft and Stone Roses’ Ian Brown, who all have said they won’t play shows that require “COVID passports” to gain admission. Last …

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NYC’s “Homecoming Concert” Lineup: Springsteen, Santana, Costello, Manilow, Philharmonic, Many More

The New York Times reports: LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana and the New York Philharmonic will join Bruce Springsteen and other artists next month at the starry Central Park concert that the city is planning to herald its comeback from the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The mayor said that concertgoers would need to …

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Eric Clapton Won’t Play Venues That Require Vax Proof

The Daily Dot reports: One of the most famous guitarists of the past half-century has been making headlines lately, but not because of his recently announced North American tour. Instead, 76-year-old Eric Clapton has become a vocal opponent of the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving one himself. He alleges that the drug is responsible for “disastrous” side effects that caused numbness …

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GOP Senator: Taylor Swift Would Be The First Victim Of Socialism Because Marxists Don’t Allow Women To Sing

“When you talk about country music, and I know the left is all out now and trying to change country music and make it woke. When I’m talking to my friends who are musicians, I say, ‘If we have a socialistic government—if we have Marxism—you are going to be the first ones who will be cut off because the state …

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Only 3 FCC Complaints For Lil Nas X’s BET Awards Kiss

TMZ reports: Lil Nas X triggered a wave of online criticism for kissing a male dancer during the BET Awards, but over at the FCC … it was basically crickets. Sooo, sign of progress? TMZ’s obtained the complaints filed to the Federal Communications Commission and there were merely 3 of them made in after Lil Nas’ much-talked about performance of …

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California Cop Plays Taylor Swift During Confrontation, Claims Copyright Means It Can’t Be Posted To YouTube

The Verge reports: A confrontation Tuesday between a police sergeant and member of the public didn’t start out unusually. James Burch, policy director of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), was standing outside the Alameda Courthouse in Oakland, California when an officer approached him and asked him to move a banner. As the two argued, the sergeant noticed he was being …

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Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, And Jennifer Hudson To Headline Massive Central Park “Homecoming” Concert

The New York Daily News reports: The Boss is coming home to Central Park to boost NYC’s comeback from COVID. Rocker Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and soulful superstar Jennifer Hudson will headline a Central Park concert in August to celebrate NYC’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor de Blasio called the “homecoming concert” a can’t-miss-event that will go down in …

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Not-Scary Robot Dogs Collaborate With K-Pop’s BTS

The Verge reports: Hyundai has officially completed its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, the creator of the internet’s favorite dancing Spot and Atlas robots (which only occasionally look like dystopian nightmare machines). And to celebrate, the company is collaborating with K-pop sensation BTS on a new video that shows seven Spot robots grooving to the band’s 2020 song “IONIQ: I’m On …

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Lil Nas X Brings Homoerotic Heat To BET Awards [Video]

Yahoo Music reports: When Madonna shared a same-sex smooch with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, it was a sensation, but when openly gay pop singer Adam Lambert enjoyed a similar moment with a male band member at the 2009 American Music Awards, it caused a backlash that nearly derailed his career. Societal progress …

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Ringo Starr Settles “Ring O” Cock Ring Trademark Suit

The BBC reports: Sir Ringo Starr has dropped his legal case against the makers of a sex toy called a Ring O. The Beatles drummer challenged the Ring O trademark, saying it’s too similar to his name and might cause confusion. Sir Ringo, 80, had argued that his reputation would be damaged if the Ring O name was registered as …

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Anti-Vax Nutbags Protest Foo Fighters Concert [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Anti-vaccine protesters congregated outside of Foo Fighters’ show at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Calif. on Tuesday night (June 15). What looked like several dozen protesters carried signs reading “Foo Fighters fight to bring segregation back” and “event for vaccinated only, unvaccinated not allowed,” according to several Twitter posts. One Instagram post appeared to picture former child …

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SD Gov Claims Reba McEntire Will Headline Fundraiser, Reba Says She Knows Nothing About It And Won’t Do It

The Daily Beast reports: Country superstar Reba McEntire was billed at one of the special guests at a fundraiser for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem—but she says she isn’t attending and didn’t even know about it. Noem’s spokesman, Ian Fury, said in a statement that the campaign had “written confirmation” that McEntire would be taking part. “I’d add that the …

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Madison Square Garden To Host Foo Fighters In First Full Capacity Show Since 03/2020, Vax Proof Required

Rolling Stone reports: The Foo Fighters will reopen Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 20th when they play the first arena show there in over a year. The concert will be the first full-capacity MSG show of the year and the first since March 2020 (the venue has been open for sporting events in recent months). The …

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NYC Plans Central Park “Homecoming” Mega-Concert

The New York Times reports: Brunch crowds are back. Rush-hour traffic is back. Tourists in horse-drawn carriages are back. But the best proof that New York City has returned to its full glory may be a mega-concert in the green expanse of Central Park. Seeking a grand symbol of New York’s revitalization after a brutal pandemic year, Mayor Bill de …

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Real Milli Vanilli Vocalist Dies Of COVID At Age 66

Yahoo Entertainment reports: John Davis, one of the true vocal talents behind the legendary band Milli Vanilli, died on May 24 from COVID-19. He was 66. Davis’ daughter Jasmin confirmed the news with a post on her dad’s official Facebook on May 24, sharing a video of one of his personal performances. The German-French band, created by music producer Frank …

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Lil Nas X Brings His Gay Strip Club To SNL [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Lil Nas X suffered a wardrobe malfunction while performing on Saturday Night Live. The incident happened during a performance of his controversial song Montero (Call Me By Your Name). During the end of the track the singer, who was dressed in an all-leather outfit featuring a flame design, began dancing on a pole, recreating a scene from …

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LIVE VIDEO: 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final

CNET reports: The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is about to conclude, with the multinational competition returning after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosting this year is Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was slated to host Eurovision 2020 before its cancellation. The first semifinal was broadcast on Tuesday, followed by the second semifinal Thursday. The highest-scoring entries from the …

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2021 Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees: The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Todd Rundgren, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Tina Turner

USA Today reports: Jay-Z will be inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on his first year eligible for the honor. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album or single and Jay-Z released his debut album in 1996. The 2021 Rock Hall class is a veritable who’s who of modern influencers: Foo Fighters, …

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TN Republicans Block Honor For Newly Out Country Star

Variety reports: A measure in Tennessee to honor Brothers Osborne singer TJ Osborne [photo], who recently came out as gay, has been blocked by Republicans in the state’s House of Representatives, after it had unanimously passed the Senate. Rep. Jeremy Faison, chair of the House Republican Caucus, is the lawmaker responsible for blocking — and some say effectively killing — …

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Alleged Dognappers Arrested In Lady Gaga Case

TMZ reports: Multiple people who allegedly dognapped Lady Gaga’s 2 French Bulldogs and shot her dog walker have been arrested … law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Multiple law enforcement sources tell us the alleged culprits were arrested on a variety of charges, including attempted murder and robbery. They were arrested Thursday. We’re told cops got video of where the dogs …

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