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Trump Calls Kanye 2020 A “Great Trial Run” For 2024

RealClearPolitics reports: Donald Trump takes Kanye West seriously. In an Oval Office interview Tuesday, the president told RealClearPolitics he has been watching intently as the music mogul mulls a bid for the White House. The two are friendly, and Trump welcomed him to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before the 2018 midterms. As Trump noted, the window of opportunity may have passed: …

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Kanye West Again Claims He’s Running For President

Bloomberg News reports: Kanye West says he’s running for president. It’s not clear if the musician is serious, or if this is a publicity stunt for himself or a project unrelated to the presidency. West’s Saturday night Twitter post instantly went viral, with more than 100,000 retweets within the first hour. West has 29.4 million followers on Twitter. ‘Kanye’ quickly …

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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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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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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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Kermit Performs Lockdown Rainbow Connection

ABC News reports: Everybody’s favorite singing frog has made a special video of one of his beloved classic. The Muppets’ official YouTube page posted a video of Kermit the Frog performing “Rainbow Connection.” The video simply shows the well-known Disney character strumming the tune on his banjo in front of a swampy background as if performing a stay at home …

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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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Ticketmaster Update: No Refunds For Postponed Events

USA Today reports: Ticketmaster has updated the wording of its refund policy for postponed events, and customers are not happy. With large gatherings across the nation either canceled or postponed due to the spread of coronavirus, many ticket-holders are seeking refunds for concerts, sports and other events. According to an image captured by the The New York Times, a page …

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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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