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ARTISTS vs DONALD TRUMP

Add the Rolling Stones to the list of bands that are banning Donald Trump from using their music at his rallies.
 

The president’s campaign ignored the previous cease-and-desist letters from The Rolling Stones. The band’s rep said in a statement -

“This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/ Richards songs on his campaigns.

 

The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement.

 

If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed."

 

This comes days after"I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty was used in Tulsa.Tom Petty's reps stated -

 

“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”

Queen reportedly sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter after “We Will Rock You” was featured in its entirely in a campaign video.

 

The list includes Neil Young, Guns 'N Roses, Paul McCartney and more.

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OZZY OSBOURNE

The COVID-19 lockdown has put a strain on most individuals, but not Ozzy Osbourne.

 

The Prince of Darkness described what it's been like living in quarantine during the pandemic. "It’s been good actually because I’ve been recovering from the surgery I had last year. I’ve never been at home this long in my whole career, I’ve had the chance to see my wife’s side of the fence more than me being on the road. It’s had its moment though, I must confess," he added.

Osbourne was slated to get medical treatment in Switzerland earlier this year for his Parkinson's disease, which was also postponed due to the coronavirus.

 

Osbourne is slated to hit the UK and Europe on a tour in support of his recent studio album, Ordinary Man, with dates currently scheduled to kick off on Oct. 23 at Utilita Arena in Newcastle, England.

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MUSIC INDUSTRY

The music industry has been hit hard by coronavirus with live performance revenue the biggest casualty. A six-month shutdown is estimated to cost the industry more than $10bn in sponsorships, with longer delays being even more devastating.

 

Artists are withholding new releases due to the inability to use tours to promote new albums and live music, in general.

In addition, the post-pandemic outlook appears challenging and growth forecasts for live music are expected to be revised significantly. Rebuilding consumer confidence in the sector will be difficult as this will affect artists hugely – Artists generate around 75% of their income from live shows.

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LADY GAGA

Lady Gaga has officially returned to the dance floor that built her early career.

The singer songwriter released her long awaited album "Chromatica".

After a decade of friendship and mutual admiration, Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John take us to pop heaven on their latest collaboration

 

Elton John has long been Lady Gaga’s biggest advocate, performing a medley of their hits (“Poker Face”/”Your Song”/”Speechless”) at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Lady Gaga joined Elton John for the Gnomeo & Juliet soundtrack single “Hello Hello” in 2011.

 

Lady Gaga being a godmother to Elton John’s son Elijah.

"Chromatica", is a deep dive into underground dance music, jazz (Cheek to Cheek), country (Joanne) and Oscar territory (A Star Is Born).

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THE CHICKS

In 1999, the Dixie Chicks had a hit with "Goodbye Earl" but today (June 25), we're all saying goodbye to Dixie Chicks — or more accurately, just the "Dixie" part. The trio have announced they're now going by The Chicks.

 

"We want to meet the moment,"  the Chicks said in a statement. The Chicks are Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire, and Emily Strayer.

The trio unveiled a brand-new single called "March March" as well as a powerful accompanying video that spans generations of activists and ends with a long, long list of names of Black women and men killed by police and vigilantes in the United States.

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STADIUM TOUR POSTPONED

The upcoming Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison & Joan Jett tour has been officially postponed. The tour was scheduled to kick off on June 18, 2020.

On May 21 Joan Jett said she doesn't feel that it's right to play stadium shows during the COVID-19 pandemic. She stated in an interview with SiriusXM -

 

"I would not feel comfortable doing that, I just wouldn't, I wouldn't feel comfortable putting the band or my crew in that position. I don't really have that right to mess with their lives like that. I'm not saying it's an easy decision, I know people are struggling all over the country with what to do and how to do it. Of course, I wanna play. As soon as we can do it, let's figure out a way to do it. I've heard there's some ideas with drive-ins, like a drive-in movie, where you can still see live music and you're in your car. That's a step, and that's a step I'd enjoy taking. But it's still not people together. And that's gonna take a while."

 

In a jointly written statement posted on the official websites of all four bands, the statement reads -

"We wanted to continue to communicate with our fans and update you with valid information as it becomes available. The official decision has been made to move all 2020 North American Stadium Tour dates into the summer of 2021.

The new stadium dates are

being rescheduled, your tickets

will be honored for all

postponed shows and refund policy information will be

made available shortly.

Stay tuned, be safe and

we will see you next year.

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts"

"The new stadium dates are being rescheduled, Your tickets will be honored for all postponed shows and refund policy information will be made available shortly. Stay tuned, be safe, and we will see you next year!”

GENESIS

Genesis will reunite for their first tour in 13 years. Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford made the announcement during an appearance on Zoe Ball's BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on March 4th. The band will perform a series of shows across the UK later in 2020.

Rutherford stated “It feels great, it feels the right time, we’re looking forward to doing it. A lot of our contemporaries have been playing a lot – we’ve done two shows in the UK in the last 28 years.” The tour starts in Dublin on 16 November and will be Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford's first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out 'Turn It On Again: The Tour' in 2007. 

Collins, Banks and Rutherford will be joined by Collins' 18-year-old son Nicholas on drums and longstanding guitarist Daryl Stuermer.

Phil Collins and Nicholas Collins in Charlotte, NC September 29, 2019.

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