Tag Archives: pop music

Singer Kenny Rogers Dies At Age 81 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a …

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2020 Eurovision Song Contest Canceled Over Virus

Vulture reports: There are so few things that bring us together on a global scale, and coronavirus is determined to be the last one standing. For the first time in the competition’s 64-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest is canceled, according to the European Broadcasting Union. The singing competition was originally meant to take place May 12 through May 16 …

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Coachella Music Festival Postponed Until October

CBS News Los Angeles reports: The blockbuster Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is being pushed back six months to October due to concern over the spread of coronavirus. One of the world’s largest music events, this year’s festival was originally set for two successive weekends, kicking off April 12 and April 17 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. …

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South By Southwest Festival Canceled Over Virus Fears

The New York Times reports: The 34th annual edition of South by Southwest, the sprawling festival of music, technology and film in Austin, Texas, that has become a highlight on the annual global cultural calendar, was canceled by city officials on Friday over fears about the rapid spread of coronavirus. Festival organizers and government officials had come under intense pressure …

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Public Enemy Fires Flavor Flav In Bernie Sanders Flap

Rolling Stone reports: Public Enemy announced they are permanently “moving forward” without Flavor Flav, firing one of hip-hop’s most memorable hypemen after more than 35 years. The abrupt dismissal comes just two days after the rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders over Chuck D’s concert at the campaign’s Los Angeles rally Sunday. “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio …

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Village People Gives Trump OK To Use Their Music

NBC News reports: Village People, the American disco group behind the hits “YMCA,” “Macho Man” and “In the Navy,” has given the go-ahead for President Donald Trump to plays its songs at events, despite being “inundated” with requests from fans urging the band to block the president’s use of the music. Trump most recently played Village People’s 1978 track “Macho …

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Neil Young To Trump: You Won’t Stop Playing My Song But Remember I Oppose You When You Hear My Voice

Rolling Stone reports: Neil Young has never hidden his contempt for Donald Trump, but now that he’s officially an American citizen, he’s raising his voice even louder. “You are a disgrace to my country,” Young writes in a long, scathing open letter to Trump on his Neil Young Archives website. “Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment, …

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Chaka Khan Roasted For Anthem Performance [VIDEO]

Variety reports: It takes a lot to make a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game trend higher on social media than the game itself, but Chaka Khan has managed what Fergie was able to two years ago, with a unique rendering of the National Anthem that threatened to render anything that followed an afterthought. In …

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17 Million Fuck-Offs: Pro And Anti-Brexit Songs Battle For Top Slot On UK Pop Chart On “Brexit Day” [VIDEO]

A Brexit battle has unfolded on Britain’s pop charts: Comedian Dominic Frisby is in a singles chart race as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. On the eve of the UK’s multiple-times-delayed exit from the bloc, he is currently sitting at both number 2 and number 3 in download singles charts with different versions of the same song, …

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Out LGBTQ Artists Score Wins At 2020 Grammy Awards

Via press release from GLAAD: Last night’s 62nd Annual Grammy Awards included wins for out LGBTQ artists including Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, DJ Tracy Young, and more. DJ Tracy Young picked up the Grammy in Best Remixed Recording for her track “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix),” a remix of the Madonna track “I Rise.” …

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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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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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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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