Tag Archives: pop music

Coachella Drops Mandatory Vax Policy For 2022 Events

Variety reports: In a surprise move, the Coachella festival has reversed its plan to require vaccinations for ticketholders to its April 2022 events, and instead will only require proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event (although proof of full vaccination will work as well). Curiously, the announcement was made Tuesday afternoon via the festival’s Instagram …

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Eric Clapton Funds British Anti-Vax “Musical Tour”

Paste Magazine reports: Among the COVID-conscious, the name “Eric Clapton” has become a consistent source of eye rolls, groans and general aggravation. The 76-year-old English musician has been outspoken in his skepticism about lockdowns, vaccines and other such common-sense pandemic safety measures. But according to an in-depth Rolling Stone report published Oct. 10, Clapton’s vocal support of the anti-vaccine movement …

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2022 Super Bowl Show: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem

The Associated Press reports: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will perform for the first time on stage together at the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the five music icons will perform on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar …

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Dee Snider: “By 2022, All Anti-Vaxxers Will Have Died”

“I’m pro-vax; the COVID is real. My biggest joy right now is that by 2022, I figure all the anti-vaxxers will have died. So, we will be left with a world of intelligent people who believe in science. How about that? Do I have an opinion? You do not want to go down this road with Dee Snider because I …

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Trump Loses Bid To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Song Usage

Complete Music reports: A judge in New York has declined to dismiss Eddy Grant’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Donald Trump over the use of the former’s track ‘Electric Avenue’ in one of the latter’s campaign videos last year. Team Trump claimed that their use of the song was ‘transformative’ and therefore covered by the ‘fair use’ principle in US copyright …

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Singer R. Kelly Guilty On All Counts Of Sex Trafficking

New York City’s CBS News affiliate reports: R. Kelly has been found guilty on all counts following a trial in New York City. He faced nine charges including racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act involving two women. The Mann Act makes it illegal to transport anyone across state lines for any immoral purpose. Jurors began deliberations last Friday …

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Clapton Breaks Own Vow, Plays Proof-Of-Vax Venue

New Music Express reports: Eric Clapton has given a performance in New Orleans at a venue that requires evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test result, effectively undoing the stance he took against such measures earlier this year. In July, Clapton vowed never to perform at a venue that required proof of vaccination, shortly after UK Prime Minister Boris …

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Labelle Member Sarah Dash Dies At Age 76 [VIDEO]

PHOTO CREDIT: Shefik. Billboard Magazine reports: Sarah Dash, a co-founder of pioneering R&B/rock group Labelle of “Lady Marmalade” fame, died Monday (Sept. 20). She was 76. “We were just onstage together on Saturday [Sept. 18] and it was such a powerful and special moment,” group namesake Patti LaBelle said in a statement sent to Billboard. Born Aug. 18, 1945 in …

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Rapper Nicki Minaj Doxxes And Threatens Journalists

The Daily Beast reports: Nicki Minaj sicced her fans, the Barbz, on reporters Friday and threatened them herself. The rapper posted the phone numbers of two reporters to her Instagram Story, inviting spam calls and threats. The journalists had been trying to contact her cousin’s friend with the swollen balls, the man she cited in now-infamous tweets as one of …

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ABBA Releases Two Singles Ahead Of New Album

The BBC reports: Pop legends Abba have surprised and delighted fans by announcing their first studio album for 40 years. Abba Voyage will be released in November, before a “revolutionary” set of concerts where virtual avatars will play hits like Mamma Mia and Waterloo. The quartet, who split up in 1982, said they ended up back in the recording studio …

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Kid Rock’s Band Has COVID After Playing Sturgis Rally

The Daily Beast reports: Kid Rock cancelled two shows in Fort Worth, Texas and he’s not happy about it. “I am pissed. Over half the band has fucking COVID.” the singer tweeted Thursday, clarifying that he hasn’t gotten the virus. “And before u [sic] shit for brains bloggers and media trolls run your mouths, many of them, like me, have …

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Eric Clapton Releases New Anti-Vaccine Song [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports: Vehement anti-vax rocker Eric Clapton has just dropped a musical rant against pandemic restrictions and vaccines. The animated music video for the legendary guitarist’s apparent anti-vax anthem “This Has Gotta Stop” features an evil puppeteer and protesters brandishing signs reading “Liberty” and “Stop.” (Check it out in the video up top.) It also includes an illustration of …

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Nirvana’s “Nude Baby” Cover Model Sues Everybody

Yahoo Entertainment reports: Spencer Elden, the man whose unusual baby portrait was used for one of the most recognizable album covers of all time, Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the nude image constituted child pornography. The album cover depicts Elden underwater in a swimming pool as a then-infant with his genitalia exposed. The image has generally been …

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Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies At Age 80

British tabloid The Mirror reports: The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80. The sad news comes weeks after Watts pulled out of the band’s No Filter tour. A spokesperson for Charlie confirmed his absence from the US shows earlier this month, revealing that the rocker needed to ‘rest and recuperate’ following a medical procedure. …

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Lil Nas X Is Taco Bell’s Newest Pitchman [VIDEO]

Just in via press release: As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out. Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working …

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Bad Weather Cuts NYC Homecoming Concert Short

ABC News reports: This time, Barry Manilow didn’t make it through the rain. Unlike the Grammy-winning recording artist’s 1980 hit, “I Made It Through Rain,” the superstar-laden “Homecoming Concert” in New York City’s Central Park was canceled because of dangerous weather as Hurricane Henri approached the Northeast on Saturday. Manilow began performing “Can’t Smile Without You,” as part of a …

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LIVE VIDEO: NYC Homecoming Concert In Central Park

CNN reports: Some of music’s biggest names will descend on the Great Lawn at New York City’s iconic Central Park for the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” on Saturday to perform for a vaccinated crowd of 60,000. The event, which is being aired exclusively on CNN, is produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis in coordination with the city …

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Garth Brooks Cancels Rest Of Tour, Cites COVID Surge

Variety reports: Country superstar Garth Brooks, one of the few reliable stadium-fillers in the business, has canceled his remaining shows for 2021. The performer said refunds will be offered on the approximately 350,000 tickets that were sold for stadium gigs in five cities. Brooks had previously indicated that he was rethinking upcoming dates, in light of spiking COVID rates. He’d …

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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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