The 31st annual Pollstar Awards were handed out this week, but with little touring last year, the magazine decided to recognize the best touring artists of the decade instead of the year, with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga among the winners. Beyoncé earned the huge honor of Touring Artist of the Decade, and in a statement thanked her fans, noting, “You sing all the choruses, you go hard on the choreo, and I see you every night.” Lady Gaga took the honor of Pop Touring Artist of the Decade, while Bruno Mars was honored for Hip-Hop/R&B, Jennifer Lopez earned the award for Latin and Bon Jovi was named for Rock. Source: Pollstar
Michael Jackson is now officially in the Billion Views Club. “Billie Jean” just hit the billion mark on YouTube and joins two other 80s songs that have already hit the milestone – Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and a-ha’s “Take on Me.” The song – from 1983’s “Thriller” album – won two Grammys, and still averages more than 600 thousand daily global views in 2021. Source: Billboard
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom just dropped their first collaboration — a Public Service Announcement that shows the horrors of a world without voting rights. The ad, set in the distant future, is designed to support the For the People Act voting Act, which is before Congress now. In the clip, the not-so-happy couple hide in a bunker to deliver harsh warnings from the future. Bloom speaks first, saying, “The America you know doesn’t exist in our future. Democracy is dead. We have no voice. The Regime watches our every move.” Katy then chimes in, saying, “It started when voter suppression ran wild all over America. The voting rights bills died in the Senate. Polling places closed. We lost our right to vote.” The For the People Act is designed to roll back more than 400 new Republican-backed laws passed to make voting more difficult, mostly for people of color.
Billie Eilish’s rumored boyfriend Matthew Vorce is the latest public figure to get tripped up by racist and homophobic social media messages from years ago. In a message posted to his Instagram stories, the 30-year-old actor wrote “I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past. The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are. Whether it was a lyric, a quote, or just me being dumb, it does not matter. I take full responsibility and continue to hold myself accountable for my actions.” After issuing his apology, Vorce took his account private. (Capital FM)
It’s looking like Lorde might be getting a little help from the aliens — judging by a crop circle-filled teaser video for her upcoming album. The clip, posted on Lorde’s official website, uses aerial footage taken from a plane or drone to show a peaceful landscape that gives way to a crop circle showing the initials “S.P.,” which stand for Solar Power — the title of the album. A similar scene unfolds when the camera hovers over a beach and discovers a surfer looking at a sand sculpture of the same design.
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Charlie Puth is asking fans to be patient with them as they anxiously await a new album. The singer took to social media to explain that while he’s thankful for the success of his many singles, he hasn’t had time to come out with a proper album. “I’m grateful for all these songs and their accolades,” he says of his many hit singles, “But I’ve never had a completed body of work to present to you at one time,” adding, “At this point of my career, I owe it to myself and you most importantly, to not just give you ONE SINGLE but the whole vision.” Charlie then let’s fans know he’s working on what he calls “the best albm I’ve ever made,” but notes, “I don’t want to rush it,” so he’s asking fans for “a little more time,” to perfect his songs, adding, “I think you’ll really like them.” Source: Charlie Puth
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Bruce Springsteen’s Tony Award-winning show “Springsteen on Broadway” is making a comeback. But it looks like not everyone will be able to see the show. It’s been announced that audience members have to get FDA-approved vaccines to see “Springsteen on Broadway.” That means that it’ll be off limits to tourists who got the AstraZeneca jab. “Springsteen on Broadway” returns on June 26th, running through September 4th. Source: Consequence of Sound
The 41st Annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration will once again air on PBS for Independence Day, although due to the pandemic it will feature pre-recorded performances from around the country, along with live fireworks. Vanessa Williams will host this year’s celebration from Washington, DC, and will perform as well. The night’s other performers include Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Nettles, Train, Gladys Knight, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Auli’i Cravalho, Ali Stroker, and Laura Osnes. The National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, will also perform John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare” in tribute to Team USA, honoring the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, while Renee Fleming will open the show with the National Anthem. “A Capitol Fourth” will air July 4th from 8 pm to 9:30 pm on PBS. Source: Business Insider
Foo Fighters have announced their disco alter egos the Dee Gees, as well as the new album Hail Satin, just in time for Record Store Day. “Introducing…the Dee Gees!!!” the band tweeted from their official account. “HAIL SATIN — coming to a local record store & dance party near you July 17th!!!” Directing fans to the official site for Record Store Day, the rockers also posted a brief snippet of a disco rock song. The accompanying visuals show the lustrous silver Dee Gees cover art against a pink and purple-streaked background, which slowly flips around to reveal the Foo Fighters’ name. Hail Satin will serve as the debut for Dave Grohl and co. under their Dee Gees moniker. Side A of the limited-edition record will contain covers of four Bee Gees classics — including 1976’s “You Should Be Dancing” and 1977’s “More Than a Woman” — as well as the band’s take on Andy Gibb’s smash disco hit “Shadow Dancing”. Side B, meanwhile, will boast live versions of five tracks from Foo Fighters’ 2021 LP Medicine at Midnight. (consequence.net)
Introducing…the Dee Gees!!!
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Outkast rapper Big Boi has put the group’s beloved Dungeon Family House on Airbnb, and you can snag a stay for just $25. In honor of Black Music Month and the 25th anniversary of Outkast’s release of “ATLiens,” Big Boi (real name: Antwan André Patton) will host three overnight stays at The Dungeon, best known as the original stomping grounds of Outkast and The Dungeon Family, which included hip hop innovators like Andre 3000, Goodie Mob, and Organized Noize. It’s where they crafted their magic over the years, and the walls still bear signatures of some of the artists who got their start there. The overnight stays at The Dungeon will occur on June 29, July 1, and July 3, and are filled with fun events drawing from the history of the property. Participants will have guided access to the basement of the house, where Outkast and Goodie Mob recorded some of their breakout hits. They’ll be able to play records in rooms styled to commemorate key Atlanta locations that inspired their music, and experiment in the in-home studio, outfitted with Yamaha audio equipment. An Escalade will pick guests up from the Atlanta area and bring them to the venue in style, but they’re responsible for making their way to Atlanta on their own. Keeping COVID safety in mind, guests must currently live in the United States to book the venue. Of course, an onsite staff will follow Airbnb’s five-step enhanced cleaning process. If you’re interested in crashing at the iconic pad, you can request to book this stay beginning Friday, June 25 at 1pm. (apartmenttherapy.com)
Britney Spears returned to Instagram to answer burning questions from her 30 million followers. The foot-fetish freaks learned she wears a size-seven shoe. Her favorite business trip happened in Italy thanks to host Donatella Versace. Britney addressed a third question: “Will I ever take the stage again?” Her father and the judge in Britney’s conservatorship case ought to take notice of her shocking answer, “I have no idea. I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself.” Basically, Britney is on a work strike. She promised, as long as her father serves as conservator, Britney refuses to work. Next week, at the court hearing, if Judge Brenda Penny rules in favor of Jamie Spears, it will effectively force Britney into retirement six months shy of her 40th birthday. (Billboard)
Former Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy revealed that she once got some drops of sweat from Chris Martin of Coldplay on her hand at a show — and licked it off. Appearing on Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night, the actor — who’s now gets top billing on AMC’s Tell Kevin to [Eff] Himself — was pitted against the host and fellow guest Seth Meyers in a game of True Confessions. That’s when she outed herself as Martin’s sweat vampire. It happened about a decade ago at a Coldplay concert in Montreal where she had third row seats and Martin came down into the audience. She says that afterwards her friends looked at her “with pride and disgust.” Fallon and Meyers correctly guessed that it was a true story. (Her story stars at about 7:15 into the segment.) Coincidentally, one of Murphy’s first screen appearances came in a little known 2010 movie titled Lick.
NEW MUSIC RELEASES:
• Fear Factory: Aggression Continuum
• Muse: Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX)
• Rebelution: In the Moment
• Styx: The Crash of the Crown
• Soundtrack Dark Nights: Death Metal (digital only – Mastodon, Grey Daze, Rise Against, Manchester Orchestra, others
MUSIC EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:
• Juneteenth: Together We Triumph – A Soul of a Nation Special Event airs on ABC Friday. Barack Obama interviewed, performances by Jimmie Allen, Chloe Bailey (of Chloe x Halle), Leon Bridges
• Black Girls Rock 15th anniversary gala streams Friday. Artists include: Chaka Khan, MC Lyte, Estelle, Phil Collen
• Sheryl Crow plays a streaming concert Friday.
• Sparks documentary The Sparks Brothers opens in limited release Friday.
• Jonas Brothers premiere the song “Remember This” Friday at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR.