Pop Music

Grammy Awards Rules AI-Created Music Ineligible

The Associated Press reports: The Recording Academy announced a series of changes to the Grammy Awards to better reflect an evolving music industry. Of those newly instituted guidelines, protocols involving technological advancements in machine learning sparked headlines: “Only human creators” could win the music industry’s highest honor in a decision aimed at the use of artificial intelligence in popular music. …

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Madonna Released From Hospital After Days In ICU

Page Six reports: Madonna has been released from the hospital following a health scare that landed her in the ICU, Page Six can confirm. The BBC reported Thursday that the music superstar, 64, is “home and feeling better” after her discharge. Meanwhile, a source told CNN Thursday that Madonna had been transported to her New York City residence via a …

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Madonna Hospitalized For “Serious Bacterial Infection”

People Magazine reports: Madonna has been hospitalized due to a “serious” infection. On Wednesday, talent manager and producer Guy Oseary announced on Instagram that the “Material Girl” singer, 64, was in the ICU due to the health scare and is now recovering. “On Saturday June 24, Madonna developed a serious bacterial infection which lead to a several day stay in …

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Hail Storm Injures Dozens At Colorado Concert [VIDEO]

Denver’s NBC affiliate reports: A powerful hail storm crashed down on concertgoers at a Louis Tomlinson show in Colorado on Wednesday night, injuring nearly 100 people including at least seven who were taken to local hospitals. Fans of the English singer and songwriter were forced to run for cover as the massive hail pellets rained down on the Red Rocks …

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Greta Van Fleet Frontman Josh Kiszka Comes Out

Greta Van Fleet frontman Josh Kizska writes on Instagram: Where I’ve settled a home in Tennessee, legislators are proposing bills that threaten the freedom of love. It’s imperative that I speak my truth for not only myself, but in hopes to change hearts, minds, and laws in Tennessee and beyond. These issues are especially close to my heart as I’ve …

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Beyoncé Blamed For Sweden’s Surprise Inflation Rise

The BBC reports: Thought the war in Ukraine or supply chain snarls were to blame for rising prices? You must not know ’bout Beyoncé. The start of the singer’s world tour in Sweden last month sparked such a frenzy of demand for hotels and restaurant meals that it has shown up in the country’s economic statistics. Sweden reported higher-than-expected inflation …

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Taylor Swift Delivers Emotional Pride Month Message

“I’m looking out tonight, I’m seeing so many incredible individuals who are living authentically and beautifully, and this is a safe space for you. “This is a celebratory space for you. One of the things that makes me feel so prideful is getting to be with you and watching you interact with each other, being so loving and so thoughtful …

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REPORT: Queen In Talks To Sell Catalog For Record $1B

American Songwriter reports: As Queen marks the 50th anniversary of their eponymous debut, the band is reportedly in talks to sell their catalog of music for an estimated $1.1 billion. The band is reportedly in the early stages, which could include everything from their 1973 self-titled debut through their 1995 album, Made in Heaven— Queen’s 15th and final album following …

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Sweden Wins 2023 Eurovision Song Contest [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Sweden’s Loreen was always the one to beat, and her team knew it too. She had something none of the other contestants competing on Saturday’s Eurovision grand final had – the experience of winning it before. The 39-year-old from Stockholm took the title with her banger Euphoria in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2012. Now, with Tattoo, and 583 …

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2023 Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees: Willie Nelson, Missy Elliot, George Michael, The Spinners, Kate Bush, Others

Variety reports: Willie Nelson just got an only slightly late 90th birthday present: an impending induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The country music legend was one of seven music figures announced Wednesday morning as having been voted into the hall, along with Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, George Michael and the …

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Canadian Singer Gordon Lightfoot Dies At Age 84

Billboard Magazine reports: Gordon Lightfoot, the Canadian singer/songwriter behind the folk hits “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” died at age 84 on Monday (May 1), his family has announced. Lightfoot’s six-decade career began in the early 1960s on the Toronto folk circuit and went worldwide in the 1970s thanks to a …

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Lizzo Brings Out Drag Queens At TN Show [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: It was bad b— o’clock Friday night in Tennessee when Lizzo protested the state’s anti-drag-show legislation by inviting more than a dozen drag queens to participate in her concert there. During her Knoxville show at Thompson-Boling Arena, the “Special” artist danced onstage with a number of drag queens dressed in colorful, glittery costumes. Among the …

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Oscar-Winning Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Dies At 71

NPR reports: Ryuichi Sakamoto, a trailblazing composer and producer who was one of the first musicians to incorporate electronic production into popular songcraft, has died at the age of 71. Sakamoto died on March 28 after a multi-year battle with cancer, according to a statement published on his website Sunday. “We would like to share one of Sakamoto’s favorite quotes,” …

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Top Artists Decline Gig At King Charles’ Coronation

Rolling Stone reports: In 1997, after attending a Royal Gala evening, Geri Halliwell kissed Prince Charles on the cheek. According to royal protocol and etiquette, you’re only allowed to shake a royal’s hand, so the scandalous moment landed on the front pages of newspapers and went down in pop culture history. Now, instead of daring Ginger Spice to kiss Charles …

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Woman Convicted In Theft Of Lady Gaga’s Dogs Sues For $500,000 Reward: “You Said No Questions Asked”

Law & Crime reports: A woman charged in connection with the violent theft of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs is suing the star singer for the reward money, alleging that the superstar broke a promise to give $500,000 for the safe return of her dogs. Jennifer McBride, 52, was one of five people charged in connection with the Feb. 24, 2021 …

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Oscar Winning Songwriter Burt Bacharach Dies At 94

The Guardian reports: Burt Bacharach, the songwriter and performer who turned easy listening into high art, has died aged 94. A representative for Bacharach that the singer died at home in Los Angeles of natural causes. In all, he scored 73 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 in the UK. Together, he and lyricist Hal David created a …

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2023 Rock Hall Of Fame Nominees: Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, George Michael, New Order, Missy Elliot, & More

Reuters reports: Late pop singer George Michael, 89-year-old country music icon Willie Nelson and rapper Missy Elliott are among the first-time nominees announced on Wednesday for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2023. Of the 14 nominees on this year’s list, eight are first-timers, including singers Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper and the late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, alongside …

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Rock Hall Of Fame Inductee David Crosby Dies At 81

Variety reports: Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby, a founding member of two popular and enormously influential ’60s rock units, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), has died. He was 81 years old. His wife released a statement to Variety, saying, “It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby …

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Rock Hall Of Fame Guitarist Jeff Beck Dies At Age 78

The Guardian reports: Jeff Beck, the celebrated guitarist who played with the Yardbirds and led the Jeff Beck Group, has died aged 78, his representative has confirmed. Beck died on Tuesday after “suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis”, the representative confirmed. “His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss,” they added. Often described as one of the greatest guitarists …

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Anita Pointer Of The Pointer Sisters Dies At Age 74

The Guardian reports: Anita Pointer, one of the Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters whose string of pop, country and R&B hits in the 1970s and 80s included I’m So Excited, Jump (For My Love) and Fire, has died of cancer aged 74, her publicist said. Pointer was surrounded by family at her Beverly Hills home when she died on Saturday, publicist Roger …

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