ACM AWARDS

September 17, 2020

Carrie Underwood's first words onstage after winning Entertainer of the Year at the 2020 ACM Awards on Wednesday night summed up 2020 perfectly. "2020, man," she said into the mic, to an empty Grand Ole Opry House and the fans watching from home, her tone pretty well summing up how we're all feeling in this wild year. Underwood's celebration was just what you'd expect in 2020: a brief elbow bump as she entered the spotlight and he left it. The ACMs strictly adhered to social distancing rules and CDC, state and local guidelines regarding events during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

ALICIA KEYS

September 14, 2020

Alicia Keys scheduled to release her next album, Alicia, on March 20, 2020. But like many artists, she chose to delay the album — and its tour, originally scheduled to kick off in June — because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. She initially picked a May 15th release date, then decided to delay the album indefinitely. Alicia Keys surprised fans in a Twitter promo that Alicia would officially drop this Friday, September 18th.

MILEY CYRUS

September 13, 2020

Miley Cyrus has now confirmed 'Midnight Sky' is the first single from an upcoming full-length album and she says the new record will bring together "all different pieces of inspiration and influence" and that the record “will be reflective of who I am.” Miley Cyrus also recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, sharing her rendition of the Hall & Oates classic 'Maneater' which she dedicated to her future ex-husband.

KENNY CHESNEY

September 11, 2020

Close to 3000 Americans died in the terrorist attacks that took place at the World Trade Center in New York City and other targets around the country on Sept. 11, 2001. Among those who had close calls was Kenny Chesney, who was scheduled to be in New York filming a video just a block away from the World Trade Center on that fateful morning. Chesney had recently re-released "The Tin Man," a single he originally released in 1994. He was slated to film a video for the song in NYC on the day of the 9/11 attacks, but equipment delays ended up pushing back the shoot. The country superstar had forgotten all about his originally scheduled video shoot until he turned on CNN in the front of his bus that morning while traveling through Virginia. When he saw the footage of the devastation in New York, "It didn't hit me at first," he states. "I was laying on the couch, just watching this and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and I thought, 'Oh, my God.' I said, 'We're supposed to be there,'" Chesney remembers. "And it was a weird feeling."

U2

September 10, 2020

U2 have announced a 20th anniversary reissue of their 2000 album 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' which will include a remastered version of the original album on CD, as well as 39 additional bonus tracks, session outtakes, live recordings, and previously unreleased remixes.Reissues of 'The Unforgettable Fire' and 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' were released last summer.

KOOL & THE GANG

September 9, 2020

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a founding member of Kool & The Gang, has died, aged 68. A statement made by his publicist, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist died “suddenly” on September 9 at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with his wife Tia Sinclair Bell by his side. A cause of death has not been revealed. Ronald Bell was a driving force behind the band’s distinct blend of funk, soul and R&B, and was co-writer for much of their material, including the classic hits ‘Celebration’, ‘Jungle Boogie’, ‘Cherish’, ‘Summer Madness’ and ‘Open Sesame’.

NEIL PEART TRIBUTE

September 8, 2020

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to appear in a tribute show for the late Neil Peart of Rush. Peart passed away from a brain tumour in January after quietly battling brain cancer for the past three years. The tribute show takes place on September 12, and will serve as a benefit for brain tumour research at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A ticket to live-stream the show will cost $12.99 (£9.99) and will be aired on Fite.TV. The tribute is part of the 2020 Modern Drummer Festival.

Other drummers performing include Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Charlie Benante of Anthrax, Ray Luzier of Korn and more.

KAYNE WEST

September 6, 2020

Kayne West has spent nearly $6 million since entering the presidential race on July 4, 2020.  West has largely self-funded his run thus far, loaning approximately $6.7 million to his campaign between July and August.  As of publication on September 4, he’s gotten his name on the ballot in just 10 states. Kanye received just 2% of voters aged 18-34. There are reports that he is trying to take votes away from Democrat Joe Biden so that Republican Donald Trump wins.

BEYONCE

September 5, 2020

Beyonce has been one of the more charitable celebrities helping ease the burden of 2020 through her BeyGOOD foundation. In April, Beyonce donated $6M to essential workers impacted by the coronavirus, then in May supplied 1000 testing kits and PPE  for workers in Houston. Beyonce has announced a second round of grants for the fund, bringing another $1M to Black-owned businesses. The funds the money will go to “assist our small business communities that have been directly impacted by recent events across the country. eligible businesses will be able to apply for a $10,000 grant to help sustain through these lean times.” 

BEASTIE BOYS

September 5, 2020

The Beastie Boys announced a new greatest hits compilation. The compilation is titled ‘Beastie Boys Music’ and will contain 20 classic tracks spanning the NYC rap-rock outfit’s 30+ year career. The October 23 release will also serve as a companion to their recent film and book.

JOHN LENNON

September 4, 2020

A new John Lennon biography will explore the final year of his life.  Music historian Kenneth Womack, whose book 'John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life' is set to delve into the "powerful, life affirming story" of the Beatles legend's comeback after five years of self-imposed retirement. "The former Beatle’s last episode of greatness is an inspirational story unto itself — and I am proud to give it the treatment and fullness it deserves." The book will be released on October 8, and looks at the inspirational and memorable highlights at the time, including his 'Double Fantasy' album with Yoko Ono and his 40th birthday.

CMA AWARDS 2020

September 1, 2020

The 2020 CMA Awards revealed the list of nominees. The most nominated are Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert. Miranda Lambert earned seven total nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Luke Combs received six total nominations, Carly Pearce earned four, and Ingrid Andress and Gabby Barrett each notched two. The 2020 CMA Awards will air live on ABC on Nov. 11.

2020 MTV VMA AWARDS

August 31, 2020

The 2020 MTV VMA Awards were held live around New York City, socially distanced but without an audience. The show included performances from Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Miley Cyrus. The MTV VMA's celebrated the year’s best music videos. Lady Gaga won five awards including "Artist of the Year " and Taylor Swift won for "Best Direction" for “The Man” which Swift directed herself. Taylor Swift accepted her prize remotely.

DAVE GROHL

August 31, 2020

Earlier in August a 10 year-old girl named Nandi Bushell challenged Dave Grohl to a drum battle. Dave Grohl responded to the challenge with a new performance, taking on "Dead End Friends" by Them Crooked Vultures. In the video response, Grohl addresses Bushell's challenge, saying he has received "at least a hundred texts" alerting him to Nandi's prowess on the skins playing the Foo Fighters "Everlong". Nandi Bushell responded "This is UNREAL! I can't believe Dave Grohl actually accepted my drum battle, Thank you! Now it's my turn to learn 'Dead End Friends' by Them Crooked Vultures," she wrote in a tweet.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

August 25, 2020

Justin Timberlake was influenced by ‘Rebel Rebel’ while writing his 2006 hit ‘Sexyback’. “I was listening to ‘Rebel Rebel,’ which essentially is about a cross-dresser. And so I was picturing guys, girls, all iterations of that in a club, singing this to each other. And I said, ‘This has to be so simple and a vibe and just like an attitude.’

And I was like, ‘What’s the most audacious thing you could possibly say?’ And that was the first line of the song.” "SexyBack" became Timberlake's first number-one single on Billboard Hot 100.

CHRIS CORNELL

August 24, 2020

Fans and the family of Chris Cornell are in shock after vandals defaced the statue of the singer and guitarist outside Seattle’s Museum Of Pop Culture. Vicky Cornell issued a statement which read“My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalism of Chris’s statue at the Museum Of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art, but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win. Chris is Seattle’s son!”

FRANKIE BANALI

August 23, 2020

The rock world is mourning the loss of Frankie Banali, best known as the drummer for Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P.. In an official statement from his family noted that Banali "put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working, and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter."  Many members of the rock community have shared their condolences via social media.  Frankie Banali was 68.

JACK SHERMAN

August 22, 2020

Jack Sherman, who was a member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers passed away on August 21 at the age of 64. Sherman played on their debut album and co-wrote much of their second album. The band released a statement - “We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed, Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA. He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”

TIM MCGRAW

August 20, 2020

Tim McGraw admits that his latest release is a more mature album, and, yes, it is reflective of where he is in life at this moment. 'Here on Earth' began nearly three years ago, toward the end of the Soul2Soul Tour. McGraw stated "We recorded it all analog and transferred it to digital. I think that that gives a certain warmth to the sound and a certain bigness to the sound that maybe you don't get quite as much of if you're going straight digital." 

SIXX:A.M.

August 21, 2020

SIXX:A.M. released a new version of the 2016 song "Maybe It's Time" in support of National Recovery Month. Nikki Sixx is joined by Corey Taylor of Stone Sour, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody from Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, and Tommy Vext from Bad Wolves. The song will be part of a music industry-wide effort to draw attention to the opioid criss while raising funds for the recovery community. The song's release is in advance of September which is National Recovery Month.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT

August 21, 2020

Queen + Adam Lambert will release their first-ever live album, which will be out Oct. 2 on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray and vinyl formats, brining together hand-picked concert highlights captured around the world from over 200 shows. The release will include the February 16, 2020 show in Sydney, Australia, when they recreated Queen's historic 1985 Live Aid set in its entirety. The postponed 27 UK and European Rhapsody Tour shows have been rescheduled to start on May 23, 2021, in Bologna, Italy, and ending on July 7 for a final concert in Madrid, Spain.

EVANESCENCE

August 16, 2020

Evanescence's Amy Lee has had a lot of big moments in her life (including the passing of her brother in 2018, the passing of her sister at the age of three in 1987, and the birth of her first child) which forced her "to zoom out and see my life, myself, my time, & our world in a different way, and start asking questions and writing ideas.” With everyone in quarantine, the band released 'Use My Voice,' which Lee says the song, which captures the current socio-political zeitgeist of advocacy and activism, is“feeling about the state of our country".

SHANIA TWAIN

August 14, 2020

Shania Twain, the best-selling female country artist of all-time in the US, announced the 25th anniversary of her GRAMMY-winning breakthrough album with "The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition" on Good Morning America. The album will be remastered and includes previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, and mixes that trace the evolution of an album that changed the way country music sounded. Pre-order the album now on music streaming services.

LIVE STREAMING

August 12, 2020

Musicians will now be able to charge fans for access to virtual gigs and livestreams on Facebook with the platform’s new paid online events section allowing businesses, creators, educators and media publishers to charge entry to their virtual events. The social media giant stated - 

"For transactions on the web, and on Android in countries where we have rolled out Facebook Pay, small businesses will keep 100 per cent of the revenue they generate from paid online event"

BON JOVI

August 12, 2020

Live Nation has teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi to host a virtual rosé happy hour, wine tasting show and acoustic performance on August 14 at 6:30pm EST. Prior to the tasting, fans will be able to submit questions for the singer and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, co-owner of Hampton Water, on the Hampton Water Facebook page. Fans keen to drink the rosé in time with the duo can receive a 10% discount on bottles at wine.com. $1 from every purchase will be donated to World Central Kitchen, which is helping to feed those in need during the pandemic.

OZZY OSBOURNE

August 12, 2020

Ozzy Osbourne has stated that his biopic will be R-rated. Sharon Osbourne, who is helping to develop the film with the couple’s son, Jack, reveals the project will be R-rated, because no one wants to water down the former Black Sabbath star’s crazy life. Sharon adds “Our film will be a lot more real, we don’t want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that. We’re not making it for kids. It’s an adult movie for adults."  There is no targeted release date yet. 

STONE SOUR

August 10, 2020

Cory Taylor has stated in an interview that Stone Sour are on an indefinite hiatus. Taylor confirmed that the band were on ice while everyone works on other projects. Speaking recently with KAAOS TV, Taylor revealed he had enough material for several solo albums. “I feel like Stone Sour has kind of run its course for now. We all talked as a band and decided to kind of put Stone Sour on indefinite hiatus. That's the way it is. We've put it on the shelf for now. Everybody's going and doing their own thing.” 

TAYLOR SWIFT

August 1, 2020

Taylor Swift has become the only female artist in the 21st century to have five number-one studio albums in the United Kingdom. The 30-year-old songstress released her eighth studio album after a surprise announcement just hours before the record dropped titled 'folklore'. The album was written and recorded while Swift was in isolation due to COVID-19 and is different from Swift's preceding studio albums. The album features stripped-down tunes driven by piano and guitar, with production from Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, and Taylor Swift.

GENESIS

July 24, 2020

Genesis have confirmed that the ‘The Last Domino?’ UK and Ireland tour, which was due to take place throughout November and December 2020 will be pushed back until April 2021.  Due to restrictions on mass gatherings still in place, the trio announced all the shows will proceed in April next year. All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 dates will be valid for the new dates. Genesis added two brand new dates at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena on April 7 and The O2 in London on April 30. Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford are reuniting for The Last Domino? Tour 2020, the British prog rock legends’ first tour in 13 years

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