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Glastonbury 2021 cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
Glastonbury 2021 cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
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As a study from London's Imperial College revealed that Covid-19 cases in England are "not falling," despite a third lockdown, the Glastonbury music festival has been cancelled once again, festival organizers announced on Thursday.

2021 will mark the second summer in a row where the international festival was not held after the 2020 event was cancelled last March.

"In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year," organizers Michael and Emily Eavis said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Glastonbury has been headlined by a glittering array of British and global stars since its first date in 1970, including David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Oasis, U2 and Beyoncé.

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Phil Spector: Pop producer jailed for murder dies at 81

Spector, who transformed pop with his "wall of sound" recordings, worked with the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner. "California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital. In February 2003, actress Lana Clarkson was found dead at his house in Alhambra, California with a bullet wound to her head.

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Grammys postpone 2021 ceremony until March over Covid-19 concerns

The 2021 Grammy Awards, initially scheduled for January 31, have been postponed until March due to a steady rise of Covid-19 infections in California.

"The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do," so the Recording Academy and CBS in a statement. "Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show. We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times."

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ROLLING STONE has chosen: The top 10 albums of the year 2020
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ROLLING STONE magazine's Top 10 of the year 2020 are:

01. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways

02. Fiona Apple: Fetch The Bolt Cutters

03. Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher

04. Laura Marling: Song For Our Daughter

05. Taylor Swift: Folklore

06. Bill Callahan: Gold Record

07. Haim: Women In Music, Pt. III

08. Run The Jewels: RTJ4

09. Sault: "Untitled (Rise)"

10. Adrianne Lenker: Songs

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Tomorrowland hosts digital festival instead of winter edition
Tomorrowland hosts digital festival instead of winter edition
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With the global Covid-19 pandemic leading to the cancellation of the summer and winter editions of the Tomorrowland festival, the organziers host a digital edition of the festival on New Years Eve with a paid livestream for fans. Over than 25 world-class can be seen on digital stages playing various genres of electronic music.

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Season 1 of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show has finished filming in New Zealand
Season 1 of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show has finished filming in New Zealand
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According to JA Bayona, who is directing the new Amazon-exclusive series playing in the Lord of the Rings universe, the production has wrapped up filming in New Zealand. He posted on Instagram that "this is my last photo in New Zealand" but added that his "heart feels a little kiwi no" and that he "can't wait to be back" while also thanking "this extraordinary land and its beautiful people for taking me in".

There is no release date for the series as of yet.

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Taylor Swift releases new album "Evermore"
Taylor Swift releases new album "Evermore"
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After a surprise announcement on Thursday, Taylor Swift has released her second studio album in 2020 called "Evermore".

"We just couldn't stop writing songs," Swift explains the quick succession in a posting on Instagram. The escapism of her last album had done her so much good that she wanted to continue writing stories about dream landscapes and tragedies, as she did with "Folklore" together with Aaron Dessner from the indie band The National.

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Bob Dylan sells his entire catalogue of songs to Universal Music
Bob Dylan sells his entire catalogue of songs to Universal Music
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Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalogue of music, which encompasses over 600 songs, to Universal Music Publishing Group in the biggest music publishing deal in decades. Financial terms have not been disclosed, but the New York Times estimates that it was worth more than $300 million.

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Bob Dylan correspondence and unpublished lyrics sell for nearly half a million dollars at auction
Bob Dylan and The Band - 1974
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A collection of Bob Dylan documents have sold at an auction for $495,000. The collection previously belonged to late American blues musician Tony Glover and included unpublished lyrics written by the singer and letters between Glover and Dylan.

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Guns N' Roses announces Austrialia & New Zealand tour for November 2021
Guns N' Roses announces Austrialia & New Zealand tour for November 2021
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The US rock band Guns N' Roses plans to perform in a stadium tour in a year's time. In May, the group around the founding members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan had to cancel their European tour planned for early summer 2020 at short notice. Now they have announced a statium tour for Australia and New Zealand in November 2021. Tickets go on presale on November 23rd.

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The Weeknd announces 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Performance
The Weeknd announces 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Performance
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In a tweet, the musician The Weeknd has announced that he'll perform at the 2021 Super Bowl Half Time show. The date for the 2021 Super Bowl is set to the 7th of February 2021.

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Kanye West admits defeat in US elections
Kanye West admits defeat in US elections
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Kanye West, a candidate for the presidency of the United States in the current elections, admitted defeat through social networks, last night. However, he has already launched a campaign for the election in 2024

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German court declares that DJing is music
German court declares that DJing is music
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The German Federal Fiscal Court (BFH) has ruled in favour of clubs. The availability of the reduced tax rate bonus does not depend on whether instrumentalists or singers are on stage, but rather on whether the music represents the actual purpose of the event from the perspective of an "average visitor". If so, turntables, mixing desks and CD players can also be regarded as instruments, at least if they are "used to perform the piece of music and not just to play a sound carrier".

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Wanted singer Tom Parker diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor
Wanted singer Tom Parker diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor
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The singer of the band The Wanted, Tom Parker, age 32, has announced on his Instagram that he has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

He stated that "There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment". In an interview, he said that he has started radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment to prolong his life.

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Eddie Van Halen, revered guitarist and co-founder of rock band Van Halen, has died of cancer
Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen, virtuoso guitarist and co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, has died Tuesday at the age of 65. The musician had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Celebrity news website TMZ, which first broke the news of his death, said Van Halen died at St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday surrounded by his family.

Eddie's son, Wolfgang, wrote on Twitter: "I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning."

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Spotify implements search using song lyrics on mobile apps
Spotify implements search using song lyrics on mobile apps
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Spotify has implemented a new feature for iOS and Android phones. Users can now search for song lyrics and Spotify will automatically show the matching songs. The new feature is called "Lyrics match" and according to Spotify designer Lin Wang has been shipped to the phones already.

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Fans mourn death of legendary Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam
Singer SPB performing in Singapore
Singer SPB performing in Singapore Credit: Sundar / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Famous Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam died on Friday after being in intensive care following a Coronavirus infection. He was 74.

Balasubrahmanyam recorded over 40,000 songs in his 50-year-long career, for which he held a Guinness world record. He later become the singing voice for Bollywood superstars.

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K-pop group BTS will be debuting next music video in Fortnite
K-pop group BTS will be debuting next music video in Fortnite
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Epic Games has announced that the choreopgraphy video for the single "Dynamite" by the K-pop group BTS will be first shown in the online game Fortnite.

On September 25th players will be able to see the video ingfame on Fortnite’s party royale island. In addition, two new ingame emotes that were "choreographed by BTS" will go on sale starting September 23rd.

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Lady Gaga wins five prizes and receives special award at MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga wins five prizes and receives special award at MTV Video Music Awards
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The US musician Lady Gaga won a total of five awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in her hometown New York on Monday night. For her Artist*of the Year win she received a special Tricon Award to honor her commitment as an activist as well as her artistic work.

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Jack Sherman, former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies aged 64
Jack Sherman, former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies aged 64
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Jack Sherman has died on August 20 at the age of 64. His cause of death has not been disclosed as of yet.

"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," the band said in a post to Instagram.

Sherman was the guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1983 to 1984 and co-wrote much of the band's second album "Freaky Styley".

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Co-founder of music Lollapalooza suggests concerts and festivals won't happen until 2022
Co-founder of music Lollapalooza suggests concerts and festivals won't happen until 2022
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According to Marc Geiger, one of the founders of the renowned music and art festival Lollapalooza, has stated in the Bob Lefsetz Podcast that he believes festivals and concerts will return "late 21, more likely 22".

He added that "super-spreader events" such as a music festival would not be a good idea during the Covid-19 pandemic as "the world has a very long, forced timeout".

Lollapalooza has announced to host an online festival as a replacement for the cancelled version this year.

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Neil Young is suing Donald Trump over use of his music at campaign rallies
Neil Young in 2011
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Neil Young has filed a claim in US federal court in the Southern District of New York against Donald Trump for copyright infringement over the use of his music at Trump's campaign rallies, which the artist refers to as a "campaign of ignorance and hate". The lawsuit further names two songs specifically: "Rockin' In The Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" that both have been used "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events."

"This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing. However, [Young] in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate," so the complaint.

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Peter Green, blues guitarist and Fleetwood Mac co-founder, dies at age 73
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac in 1970
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac in 1970 Credit: W.W.Thaler - H. Weber, Hildesheim / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Peter Green has died "peacefully in his sleep" at age 73. Green, who was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. He left the band four years later, though Mick Fleetwood told the Associated Press in 2017, that Green deserved the "lion’s share of the credit for the band’s success."

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Valve co-founder Gabe Newell organizes free concert in New Zealand to thank for hospitality during Covid-19 lockdown
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell organizes free concert in New Zealand to thank for hospitality during Covid-19 lockdown
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The co-founder and president of Vale, having developed Counter-Strike, Half-Life. Dota 2, Portal and the gaming client and platform Steam, decided to stay in New Zealand when Covid-19 started spreading. He now announced on the television channel TVNZ 1 that he is organizing a free event together with his partner Teagan Klein and the Aston Martin racecar driver Alex Riberas from Spain to thank the people from New Zealand for their generosity and kindness.

The event will host live music from multiple bands and have workshops, food trucks, art installations and other activities.

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Taylor Swift announces new surprise album "Folklore"
Screenshot of @taylorswift's album release announcement
Screenshot of @taylorswift's album release announcement Credit: @taylorswift via Instagram

Taylor Swift has announced the surprise debut of her 8th studio album called "Folklore" which will be released tonight at midnight, featuring collaborations with Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner and William Bowery.

"Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into," so Swift in a post on Instagram.

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Rapper Logic retires from music signs streaming deal with Twitch
Logic, MTV Video Music Awards 2018
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After being an active streamer on Twitch since latest 2016, rapper Logic has announced that he is retiring from music stating that "it came to a point where I felt forced, like I had to do certain things". He has now announced that he has signed a deal to stream a set amount of hours exclusively on Twitch earning seven figures.

While his passion for video games is known he also states that "I’m a musician, I’ll always be one. I’m still gonna, like, rap on songs that probably won’t come out".

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Nigeria: Musician Mr Eazi raises $20 million for African music creatives
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Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi raised $20 million with his Africa Music Fund. The musician wants to offer funding and financial support for African music creatives. One of his main investors is Pan-African seed fund 88mph.

Mr Eazi said: "Artists cannot go to banks to get money for their music because financial institutions don't understand how to secure intellectual property. They get it for physical properties but not for music. So, because not a lot of people understand the music business, there is no finance product for musicians."

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Neil Young publishes open letter to Donald Trump
Neil Young performing with Paul McCartney on October 8, 2016
Neil Young performing with Paul McCartney on October 8, 2016 Credit: Raph_PH / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young, who previously voiced his aversion over the president's usage of his music, has published an open letter to Donald Trump on the official Neil Young Archives website.

Young writes: "Dear Mr. President: Although I have repeatedly asked you to please not use my music because it indicates that I support your agenda, you have always played my songs anyway at your gatherings, with no regard for my rights, even calling me names on twitter. I did notice that you played my music at your latest rally in Dakota despite my previous requests."

Young, who has condemned Trump and his actions on multiple occasions, further states that he wouldn't sue Trump as he was in charge of the Covid-19 response and wouldn't want to distract him from "protecting and saving American lives". He ends the letter with the suggestion that Trump might listen to his song "Looking For a Leader 2020," as Young believes "it would be an interesting addition to your next rally."

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Neil Young tweets "This is NOT ok with me" regarding Trump using his songs
Neil Young tweets "This is NOT ok with me" regarding Trump using his songs
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A tweet by @NeilYoungNYA retweeted a video of footage of Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore, adding "This is NOT ok with me." He later added a second Tweet, stating "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me." Trump played three Neil Young songs during his speech at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

"Donald Trump was not authorised to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement," so an official statement from Neil Young's management.

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New York Broadway to remain closed until end of 2020
Broadway theatre, New York City
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The Broadway in New York City will remain closed for the remainder of the year and are not expecting to open their doors until late Winter or early Spring 2021. The Broadway League, the organisation representing theatres, issued a statement that ticket holders would get a refund or could exchange their tickets for a future date.

All Broadway theatres have been closed since March 12, calling the closure "the only intermission."