Taylor Swift calls for permanent removal of statues of “historical racist figures”

 

Carmack’s statue was pulled down by protesters last week, but is set to be replaced by Tennessee authorities. Forrest’s statue is still standing and Tennessee honours the man with his own day on July 13.

Replacing his statue is a waste of state funds and a waste of an opportunity to do the right thing.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 12, 2020

 

On Carmack, Swift informed her followers: “FYI, he was a white supremacist newspaper editor who published pro-lynching editorials and incited the arson of the office of Ida B. Wells (who actually deserves a hero’s statue for her pioneering work in journalism and civil rights). Replacing his statue is a waste of state funds and a waste of an opportunity to do the right thing.”

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She continued to discuss Forrest, explaining he was “a brutal slave trader and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who, during the Civil War, massacred dozens of black Union soldiers in Memphis”. Swift said the state is “trying to overrule” Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.

His statue is still standing and July 13th is ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.’ Due to social pressure, the state is trying to overrule this, and Tennesseans might no longer have to stomach it. Fingers crossed.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 12, 2020

“Taking down statues isn’t going to fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people have had to endure but it might bring us one small step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe – not just the white ones,” she added. “We need to retroactively change the status of people who perpetuated hideous patterns of racism from ‘heroes’ to ‘villains.’ And villains don’t deserve statues.

We need to retroactively change the status of people who perpetuated hideous patterns of racism from ‘heroes’ to ‘villains.’ And villains don’t deserve statues.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 12, 2020

“I’m asking the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to please consider the implications of how hurtful it would be to continue fighting for these monuments. When you fight to honour racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this.”

When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this. 🙏

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 12, 2020

 

Swift’s comments come after she tweeted in support of the Black Lives Matter movement last week (June 9). “Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there,” Swift wrote. “In order for policies to change, we need to elect people who will fight against police brutality and racism of any kind.”

Monuments marking slave owners and figures involved in the Confederacy have been removed by authorities or torn down by protestors across the States. In the UK, a statue of Edward Colston was removed by protestors in Bristol, where music venue Colston Hall is working to change its name.

Massive Attack responded to the statue being pulled down, saying it “should never have been a public monument”.

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Watch Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star in first ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ trailer

Watch the trailer below:

Last month, Netflix shared a video for ‘Volcano Man’, the first song to be taken from the movie’s soundtrack. The track is performed by Ferrell and singer My Marianne.

Originally scheduled to be released in May to coincide with the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the movie was delayed when the competition was cancelled. It’s now due to arrive on June 26.

Meanwhile, Swedish pop supergroup ABBA‘s ‘Waterloo’ has been crowned the UK’s favourite Eurovision song of all-time.

Announced in a one-off BBC TV special called Come Together, the British public voted on performances from previous years.

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ABBA, who won the Eurovision song contest back in 1974, beat off competition from Bucks Fizz, Conchita and Gina G to claim the top spot this year.

“Of course it’s ABBA,” said host Graham Norton, as he announced the winner. “It was always going to be.”

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Hayley Williams shares fan’s cover of Paramore’s ‘Hard Times’ for Teens 4 Equality: “You just turned it into church”

In a subsequent Twitter thread following the takeover, Williams spoke of T4E’s “inspiring” activism while thanking them “for entering into – and even starting!!!- these conversations” surrounding race.

“The conversation around systemic oppression was never going to be a comfortable one, she explained. “Nor is the convo around police brutality. nor is the one around white privilege. but the conversation is going to happen. It has to. IT’S OVERDUE.”

In response to the thread, one Twitter user posted a ukulele rendition of Paramore’s ‘Hard Times’ which eventually caught the attention of Williams.

“You just singlehandedly turned ‘Hard Times’ into church,” the frontwoman said of the powerful cover. You can watch the performance below.

you just singlehandedly turned “Hard Times” into church. https://t.co/ZNEesmhZEP

— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) June 9, 2020

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The Teens 4 Equality takeover of Williams’ Instagram came as many figures from the entertainment world continued to take part in ongoing protests against racial injustice. Events erupted in the US, UK and across the globe in the wake of George Floyd’s death last month.

Earlier this week, The Killers shared a new version of ‘Land Of The Free’ in tribute to Floyd, while Lady Gaga reflected on what she believes is “a pivotal moment in [the US’] evolution”, adding: “Change will happen and it will be for the better.”

Here’s how you can support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest

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Wretch 32 shares footage of his father being tasered by police

“Social distancing, please don’t touch me,” a woman says at the start of the clip before an officer enters the property was a taser. A man then falls down the stairs, having been targeted with the device off-camera.

This is how the police think they can treat a 62 year old black man in Tottenham but this 1 happens to be my dad #Nojusticenopeace pic.twitter.com/17bGizKwem

— Rapthology (@Wretch32) June 9, 2020

“Oh my God. They’ve tasered him,” a woman screams.

“…I’ve watched [my family] fight against police brutality my whole life,” Wretch told the ITV News at 10 of the incident, which occurred back in April.

His father told the programme that he was “lucky to be alive” after being “singled out and targetted” by the Metropolitan Police as they sought to track down a suspect.

The video has emerged in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month. Floyd, who was African-American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

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Since Floyd’s death, protests against racial injustice have erupted in the US, the UK and around the world.

Here’s how you can support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest

 

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Listen to FEVER 333’s new Blondie-sampling song ‘SUPREMACY’

The timely, sub-three-minute cut opens with the lines: “Born into a world / Where we’re dying to be free / But we’re living underneath their supremacy“. 

As the band notes on Twitter, this introduction melody is an “interpolation of [KRS-One’s] ‘Step Into A World’ which was an interpolation of [Blondie‘s] ‘Rapture’.” You can see that post below.

Interpolation of @IAmKRSOne's "Step Into A World" which was an interpolation of @BlondieOfficial's "Rapture" 🤯🤯🤯 https://t.co/Qoj9LsqVQp

— FEVER 333 (@fever333) June 8, 2020

Addressing viewers at the start of the Long Live The Innocent event, frontman Jason Aalon Butler spoke of “the violence against black bodies, brown bodies, immigrant bodies in America and throughout the world”, adding: “This is a power dynamic and it’s been leveraged against people for generations.”

Those tuning in to FEVER 333’s stream were also prompted to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Black Lives Matter.

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Since George Floyd’s death, protests have erupted across the US, UK and around the globe, with a large number of well-known artists also expressing their outrage over Floyd’s death.

Most recently, The Killers shared a new version of ‘Land Of The Free’ in tribute to Floyd, while Lady Gaga reflected on what she believes is “a pivotal moment in [the US’ evolution”, adding: “Change will happen and it will be for the better.”

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As Bristol protesters topple slave trader statue, Colston Hall is working to change its name

Colston was a member of the Royal African Company, which transported thousands of men, women and children from Africa to the Americas. When he died in 1721, he left his wealth to various charities and his legacy can still be seen on Bristol’s streets, memorials and buildings.

The statue was later dragged through the streets of Bristol and thrown into the harbour.

Colston Hall, which has played host to the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and more, put out a statement last week saying that it supports the Black Lives Matter movement, and that it wants to change the current name of the venue – one that will “reflect the unity and joy that experiencing live music together brings.”

Bristol Music Trust unequivocally supports #TheShowMustBePaused solidarity campaign.⁰

We believe we can't be neutral on issues of racism. Silence is not an option. #BlackOutTuesday (1/5) pic.twitter.com/pMVhg0UhY1

— Colston Hall (@Colston_Hall) June 2, 2020

“We believe that we can’t be neutral on issues of racism. Our organisation is committed to challenging our ways of working to identify and eradicate inequality and it wouldn’t be write to stay silent,” the venue said.

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“Black culture and musicians are part of the rich and diverse musical heritage of Colston Hall and of music universally. We are acting to ensure that these voices are amplified.”

They continued: “We are invested in this issue because the current name of Colston Hall acts as a symbol of division. Alongside our work supporting Bristol’s black communities and musicians, we are currently working on a new name that will reflect the unity and joy that experiencing live music together brings.” Read the full statement above.

Located on Bristol’s Colston Street, Colston Hall first opened as a concert venue in 1867. Becoming a popular rock concert venue in the 1960s, it has seen a plethora of high-profile acts grace its stage.

The Beatles performed at the hall on in both 1963 and 1964, while Jimi Hendrix visited the venue twice in 1967. Other names to play there include The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Iron Maiden, Bob Marley, The Who and Lou Reed.

Colston Hall is one of the grassroots venues included in Music Venue Trust’s (MVT) recently launched ‘Save Our Venues’ campaign, which is an initiative designed to help fend off the continued economic threat to over 500 grassroots music venues throughout the UK during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

If you would like to help raise money for the venue, which is currently undergoing renovations, you can donate via Colston Hall’s ‘Save Our Venues’ Crowdfunder.

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Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello celebrates 10 years of huge Finsbury Park show

“The band donated 100% of sales from the single to UK homeless charities and the show may go down as the greatest in the band’s history. So today i suspect it won’t be hard find a worthy target or two & tell em: #FuckYouIWontDoWhatYouTellMe,” he wrote. Watch the band play ‘Killing In The Name’ at the 2010 show below.

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“Some of those that work forces/Are the same that burn crosses”. 10 years ago today @rageagainstthemachine performed a free “Victory Concert” for 90,000 people in Finsbury Park, England to celebrate the successful ‘people’s campaign’ that dethroned Simon Cowell’s X Factor and put Killing In The Name at THE #1 SPOT ON UK XMAS CHART (17 yrs after its initial release). The band donated 100% of sales from the single to UK homeless charities and the show may go down as the greatest in the band’s history. So today i suspect it won’t be hard find a worthy target or two & tell em: #FuckYouIWontDoWhatYouTellMe Full video link in stories.

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This week, Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker shared a joint cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rage confirmed a reunion last year, returning for their first shows in nine years to headline Coachella, Reading & Leeds and more.

At the start of last month, the band rescheduled the entire 2020 tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Rage Against The Machine will commence our tour at such a time when we are confident it will be safe for our fans,” the band wrote. “We sincerely hope that each one of you and your families and friends stay safe and well and that music is bringing you solace and inspiration. We look forward to seeing you.”

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Watch Blossoms’ Tom Ogden cover Babybird’s ‘You’re Gorgeous’

 

Since the coronavirus pandemic put the UK on lockdown, the Stockport band have shared a series of covers recorded in self-isolation. Their latest arrived last weekend (May 31) and saw them team up with The Courteeners’ Liam Fray on a version of the Manchester band’s ‘Please Don’t’.

Other recent videos have seen the group cover Frank Ocean and The Beatles, as well as collaborating with Miles Kane on a Tame Impala cover.

The lockdown covers will be collated on a special ‘Blossoms In Isolation’ album, produced on CD and vinyl, later this year.

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The band were on tour when the UK went into lockdown, forcing them to postpone their shows. The dates have been rescheduled for August 2020, beginning at London’s Kentish Town Forum on August 4. The full dates are as follows:

August 2020

4 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
5 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
6 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
15 – O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
19 – O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow
21 – Hull Bonus Arena, Hull
22 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
25 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle
26 – O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham

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IDLES direct fans to virtual protest in support of Black Lives Matter

“But it also makes taking a stand more important; another example of the institutional bias has been that twice as many black people have died from COVID-19.”

IDLES added: “Together, our voices will be heard. Black Lives do, have, and always will Matter.”

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The murder of George Floyd by white police officers in Minneapolis on May 25th has sparked a wave of protest across the globe. This weekend black communities and their allies are standing in solidarity to demand justice and fight the institutional racism that black people face on a daily basis. Black Lives do, have, and always will matter. COVID-19 makes demonstrating harder. Many people who want to join protests are key workers, immunocompromised, live with elderly people, or simply want to avoid crowds of people for their own safety. But it also makes taking a stand more important; another example of the institutional bias has been that twice as many black people have died from COVID-19. So to ensure everyone can make their voices heard in the London protest on Sunday June 7th, Black Lives Matter have created a virtual protest via Zoom where up to 100,000 people will join, with footage broadcast live from the protest, virtual protesters adding their voice to the crowd and speeches from a range of activists. Enabling people to share vital information and resources with each one another while standing in solidarity. Together, our voices will be heard. Black Lives do, have, and always will Matter. Link in bio

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A number of people have taken to the streets across the UK in support of racial inequality following the death of George Floyd.

However UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged the public not to breach lockdown restrictions in order to protest. He said in Downing Street’s daily briefing yesterday (June 5) that he was “appalled” at Floyd’s death, but that coronavirus remains “a real threat”.

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Among those protesting in London was Star Wars actor John Boyega, who addressed crowds in London’s Hyde Park with a powerful speech.

“Black lives have always mattered,” he said. “We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.”

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See Soccer Mommy’s rescheduled UK tour dates for 2021

Soccer Mommy will play:

February 2021

18 – London, Electric Ballroom
19 – Birmingham, Castle And Falcon
20 – Brighton, Concorde 2
21 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
22 – Manchester, Gorilla
24 – Glasgow, Oran More
25 – Leeds, Belgrave Hall & Canteen

In a four-star review of ‘Color Theory’, NME said: “Allison is a master at painting vivid pictures with lyrics, coupling earworm melodies and warm instrumentation with shattering words that pack an emotional punch. The rich imagery that shone on ‘Clean’ remains a highlight of Soccer Mommy’s music; only this time it feels like Allison is delving into far more private subject matter.”

Meanwhile, the musician launched a new singles series last month, with proceeds going to Oxfam’s coronavirus relief fund. The Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series will see Allison team up with the likes of Beabadoobee, MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden and Beach Bunny, while she has already shared the project’s first collaboration with Jay Som.

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Three US police officers charged over the murder of George Floyd

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 following an altercation with police officers. The incident has since led to hundreds protesting on the streets in Minnesota.

Chauvin was sacked following Floyd’s death, and was later charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

At the time, musicians including Janelle Monáe and Ice Cube led calls for justice in the US following the death along with John Boyega.

Results from an independent autopsy earlier this week confirmed that Floyd died due to to asphyxiation resulting from pressure applied to his back and neck. These results differed from an initial autopsy that did not find evidence of “traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”, and that underlying health conditions played a role in the unarmed man’s death [via BBC].

Meanwhile, people in the UK were tonight (June 3) encouraged to undertake a peaceful protest from their doorsteps in support of Floyd and Black Lives Matter.

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Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) led a “take the knee” protest to show support for the anti-racist protests that began in the US last week.

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Tinie Tempah on George Floyd death: “We wouldn’t accept this for an animal”

Tinie Tempah performs live in 2017

The artist said that watching the video footage that appears to show a white police officer kneeling on the black man’s neck on May 25 was “pretty shocking” but something we “just keep seeing”.

“You know, we wouldn’t accept this for an animal so to keep seeing it happen to human beings – more importantly, to black people, people of colour – you definitely have a feeling of being marginalised,” Tempah said.

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 following his arrest for allegedly using a fake $20 note.

Results from an independent autopsy conducted earlier this week confirmed that Floyd died due to to asphyxiation resulting from pressure applied to his back and neck. These results differed from an initial autopsy that did not find evidence of “traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”, and that underlying health conditions played a role in the unarmed man’s death [via BBC News].

Protests for George Floyd are continuing – credit: Getty

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Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was last week charged in connection with Floyd’s death, has since seen his charge upgraded from third-degree murder to second-degree murder. Three more police officers have been charged in connection with the murder.

Tempah, whose real name is Patrick Okogwu, is one of many music artists speaking out about racism. He joins Jaz-Z, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Dre Dre and numerous others in lending his voice to the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for justice for Floyd.

He also told Sky News that for people to claim that racism isn’t as prevalent in the UK as it is in the US is “the height of ignorance”.

Tempah said: “I’m even gonna go as far as to say, shame on you, whoever says that, shame on you. Because we all know that racism exists in the UK.

“Even for someone to say that officers aren’t armed [in the UK], it’s almost like… I don’t know how the best way to describe this is… it’s almost excuses, almost trying to find a justification for why we are better or not.”

He added: “The fact is that racism is wrong. And if racism exists anywhere, on any level, it’s wrong. It’s inhumane. It’s evil.”

John Boyega speaks at a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park on June 3, 2020 (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, people in the UK were encouraged to undertake a peaceful protest from their doorsteps earlier tonight in support of Floyd and Black Lives Matter. Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) led a “take the knee” protest to show support for the anti-racist protests that began in the US last week.

Star Wars actor John Boyega addressed a huge crowd gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest held in London’s Hyde Park earlier today. You can watch footage of his speech here.

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Watch Poppy cover Tatu’s 2002 chart topper ‘All The Things She Said’

Earlier this month, Poppy also shared a cover of Pokémon theme song ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’.

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All The Things She Said⁣ ⁣ Out Now

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Poppy confirmed the rescheduled dates for the UK and European legs of her ‘I Disagree’ tour earlier this year.

The US pop star was forced to postpone the run of shows, which were originally scheduled to begin in March, because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“I Disagree UK / EU tour is back,” she told fans on Twitter at the time. The tour will now begin in Madrid on November 19 and will arrive in the UK with a gig in Newcastle on December 7.

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The rescheduled ‘I Disagree’ tour dates are as follows:

November 2020

19 – Madrid, Cool
20 – Salamandra, L’hospitalet De Llobregat
23 – Milan, Santeria Toscana 31
24 – Vienna, Flex
25 – Zurich, Dynamo
26 – Munich, Strom
28 – Berlin, Columbia Theatre
29 – Hamburg, Grüenspan

December 2020

1 – Amsterdam, Melkweg
2 – Bochum, Zeche Bochum
5 – Paris, Trabendo
7 – Newcastle, Riverside
9 – Glasgow, Garage
10 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
11 – Bristol, SWX
12 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
13 – London, O2 Empire Shepherds Bush

Poppy released her latest album, ‘I Disagree’, in January 2020. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “[This] is her most accomplished record, full of daring theatre and snarling forward motion. While all our favourite rock bands are going pop, Poppy is unapologetically embracing her desire to go heavy.

“It might be inspired by the bands she grew up listening to, but there’s not a moment on ‘I Disagree’ that feels like a throwback. Try and keep up with her.”

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Artists plea for police to stop using rubber bullets at US protests

“This hit me through layers of fabric and for that, I am extremely privileged. At close range it would have caused serious injury.”

A petition to stop the use of these rubber bullets https://t.co/KeD1P9hwFo

— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) June 1, 2020

I signed 💌 https://t.co/bbj4nVlKPC

— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) June 2, 2020

A petition has now been launched asking for a ban on the use of rubber bullets, which both Musgraves and Victoria Monét have supported.

“There have been various occurrences where peaceful protesters have been shot with rubber bullets by the police, despite them doing nothing wrong to begin with. Multiple people have been majorly injured from these rubber bullets,” reads the petition, which you can view or sign here.

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 following an altercation with police officers. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest. Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Meanwhile, people in the UK are being encouraged to undertake a peaceful protest from their doorsteps tonight (June 3) in support of Floyd and Black Lives Matter.

Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) is leading a “take the knee” protest to show support for the anti-racist protests that began in the US last week. The organisation is asking people to bend a knee at 6pm outside their homes.

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Diana Ross reschedules UK shows to 2021 due to coronavirus outbreak

Diana Ross. CREDIT: ShowBizIreland/Getty Images

Her UK arena tour is not the only event she has to halt. The veteran was also due to perform at festivals including the Eden Sessions and Glastonbury’s Legends Slot in 2020.

The news of her rescheduling comes as Nile Rodgers revealed that Ross “didn’t understand” that her 1980 hit ‘I’m Coming Out’ “was a gay thing.”

Diana Ross Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows: 

Tue June 15 2021 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Wed June 16 2021 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Fri June 18 2021 – MANCHESTER Arena
Sat June 19 2021 – LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena
Mon June 21 2021 – LONDON O2 Arena
Tue June 22 2021 – LONDON O2 Arena
Thu June 24 2021 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Wed July 14 2021 – MANCHESTER Arena
Thu July 15 2021 – LONDON O2 Arena

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If you cannot attend the rescheduled dates then you should contact your point of purchase for a refund.

Meanwhile, new tickets are to be released for the new shows via Ticketmaster and AXS.

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Thom Yorke’s Sonos Radio mix now available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music

Yorke shared the mix on Twitter, writing: “thought you may be interested in the tracks that made up my first Sonos radio mix.. ‘ere tis.”

..thought you may be interested in the tracks that made up my first Sonos radio mix.. ‘ere tis https://t.co/7LdLOxxkNZ

— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) May 28, 2020

Listen to ‘In The Absence Thereof…v1’ in full below.

Earlier this week, Thom Yorke shared rescheduled dates from his ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ tour, with all UK and European shows now set to take place next summer.

UK fans can expect to see Yorke’s new live show – featuring producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual composer Tarik Barri – in June 2021, though there has been no confirmation yet on whether the originally planned Glasgow SEC date will be rescheduled.

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Meanwhile, Radiohead announced that they will be streaming their classic 1994 show held at The Astoria in London tonight (May 28).

The concert will be broadcast via YouTube at 10pm as part of the band’s ongoing series of archive performance uploads.

Announcing the upcoming stream, Radiohead tweeted: “One from deep down in the vaults this week, we’re dusting off Live At The Astoria, London from May 1994.” The message captioned a brief clip of the classic performance.

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Watch unseen footage of Christine & The Queens’ All Points East 2019 show

Posting “unseen” pro-footage of Chris’ set closer ‘Intranquillité’, APE wrote: “This time last year, we were thrilled to present Christine & The Queens’ first UK festival headline set in what was an absolutely magnificent performance that we will never forget.

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This time last year, we were thrilled to present @ChristineandtheQueens' first UK festival headline set in what was an absolutely magnificent performance that we will never forget. We are excited to share the final track, 'Intranquillité' with you all to mark the anniversary of the show. If you haven't seen it already, check out Christine and the Queens' latest EP and film 'La Vita Nuova' ❯ apefe.st/10chris

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“We are excited to share the final track, ‘Intranquillité’ with you all to mark the anniversary of the show.”

Meanwhile, Christine & The Queens has been busy offering up a number of home performances during her time in lockdown. Earlier this month she sang recent single ‘People, I’ve Been Sad’ from the window of her Paris residence, before taking part in the new quarantine-adapted Later… with Jools Holland series.

In April, Letissier spoke to NME about how her plans to promote her ‘La vita nuova’ EP had been affected by the pandemic. “I was going to do some American TV, stick around in LA and do some sessions with musicians,” she explained.

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“I decided to take this [the lockdown] as a sign to write a lot on my own first instead. It feels a lot like the usual process when I start a new album. The mindset is different, because on my third album I’m looking for something very vast and hopeful.”

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Check out Faith No More’s rescheduled UK and European tour dates

Today (May 26), Faith No More took to their social channels to confirm the tour would now be taking place in 2021.

Apologies to all who have bought tickets. Due to the current health situation there is no way we will be able to perform these shows scheduled for June/July.
We will reschedule.. We plan on finishing what we started.
We’ll see you in 2021
xoxo Billy, Jon, Mike B, Mike P, & Roddy pic.twitter.com/QNtDJcGWgd

— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) May 26, 2020

“Apologies to all who have bought tickets. Due to the current health situation, there is no way we will be able to perform these shows scheduled for June/July,” they wrote. “We will reschedule. We plan on finishing what we started.”

Faith No More’s 2021 UK and European tour will begin on June 7, 2021 at the Manchester Apollo, where they will play two consecutive nights.

Over the weekend, the band confirmed new dates for their joint shows with System of a Down and Korn in Los Angeles.

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Back in January, Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum said that the group had “no plans at all” to record new music, reasoning that their “legacy speaks for itself”.

“I think we’re all at an age, or at a time in our lives, where looking back at what we’ve done is a profound place to be,” he explained. “I’m super-proud of what we’ve done in a way that I haven’t been before.”

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Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform intense quarantine version of ‘Phenomena’ in a closet

Vocalist Karen O, meanwhile, stands in the smoke-filled room with streamers behind her, and proceeds to emphatically dance and perform the song.

“Party anywhere (closet) anytime (any day of the week) safe at home,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing the performance. Watch it below.

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Party anywhere (closet) anytime (any day of the week) safe at home 💥 @little_vampire @brianchase123 @yeahyeahyeahs #barneyclay #django #2020

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs last released an album with 2013’s ‘Mosquito’. Earlier this year, Karen O said she was “ready to make” new music with the band.

“I feel ready to make some music. That’s pretty much all I could say to that,” she told Australian radio station Triple J.

“It feels like time to have something new out there. But that’s yet to happen, so we’ll see how this year goes.”

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs made their long-awaited live comeback in the UK back in 2018 when they played All Points East festival for their first gigs on these shores in half a decade.

Reviewing the show, NME wrote that the trio’s set saw the band “stake their claim as the best live band on the planet”.

Last month, Karen O performed a rare Yeah Yeah Yeahs track from 2001 in quarantine. It comes after the singer spoke out about the racist abuse that Asian people have been experiencing globally since the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brockhampton share three new songs including Ryan Beatty collaboration

The US rap group recently confirmed they’re working on two new albums for release this year but would share songs not set to feature on either record each week.

At the start of the month the band made their comeback with the double release of ‘N.S.T.’ and ‘Things Can’t Stay The Same’, which they then followed up last week with another two songs: ‘M.O.B’ and ‘Twisted’.

Those four previously shared songs have now been removed from YouTube but the band are still sharing new material every week. Listen to the three new tracks, which feature regular Brockhampton collaborator Ryan Beatty, below.

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The band’s new series of songs are their first since the release of last year’s ‘Ginger’ album. Reviewing ‘Ginger’, NME wrote: “The boyband’s fifth album is short on potential hits but sees them move past the intense, dogged emotion of predecessor ‘Iridescence’, proving they’re built for distance.

“[It’s] an album that resets Brockhampton’s compass and sees them straying away from the danger of implosion that ‘Iridescence’ seemed to suggest.”

Brockhampton were set to bring ‘Ginger’ to the UK for a summer tour, including two nights at Brixton Academy in London, this year. The tour has now been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

See every gig, festival and tour date affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on NME here.

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ABBA will be releasing new music this year, says Björn Ulvaeus

Asked by CNBC when fans could expect some new music, the producer-songwriter replied: “I think sometime this year. Yes, I think so.”

His comments come after Benny Andersson said in February that the iconic group were hoping to release some new music later this year.

“They’re coming this year. I’m guessing after the summer,” he said. “But I can only guess, because I’m not really sure. But I would think so.”

ABBA in 1975. CREDIT: Chris Walter/WireImage

A new song titled ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ was due to premiere on the BBC in December 2018. It was due to then be followed up by the release of another new song called ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, but neither surfaced. It is unclear as to whether the new music Ulvaeus has mentioned includes these songs.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ulvaeus was asked what it was like to be back in the studio with the rest of ABBA after 35 years. “Oh, that was so great,” he replied. “It took half a minute and somehow we were back in time like we had been there yesterday as well. It was so strange.”

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He added: “That feeling between us was extraordinary.”

Last week, ABBA‘s ‘Waterloo’ was crowned the UK’s favourite Eurovision song of all-time.

On May 16, a one-off BBC TV special called Come Together saw the British public vote on performances from previous years.

Hosted by Graham Norton, the show gave viewers the chance to vote on a shortlist compiled by experts and celebrity super fans, including Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills, Ken Bruce, Adele Roberts and Mel Giedroyc, as well as former UK acts SuRie and Nicki French.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that ABBA will be reissuing their entire back catalogue on coloured vinyl for the very first time.

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Check out Bright Eyes’ rescheduled UK and European tour dates for 2021

“Regretfully, we have to postpone or cancel our 2020 European tour dates,” the band wrote on Instagram. “Most tour dates have been rescheduled for the same time period in 2021 and we very much look forward to seeing you then.”

See the full list of rescheduled dates via the Instagram post below.

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Regretfully, we have to postpone or cancel our 2020 European tour dates. Most tour dates have been rescheduled for the same time period in 2021 and we very much look forward to seeing you then. Existing tickets for rescheduled shows remain valid for the new dates. If you can’t make the new date, please check at your point of purchase for a refund. xo, Team Bright Eyes

A post shared by Bright Eyes (@brighteyesofficial) on May 22, 2020 at 8:20am PDT

The UK and European tour news comes after Bright Eyes recently cancelled a host of upcoming North American tour dates and rescheduled a number of others.

Bright Eyes returned after nine years away at the start of 2020 and have since shared two songs: comeback single ‘Persona Non Grata’ and recent follow-up ‘Forced Convalescence’. It marked the band’s first new material in nine years.

Speaking to NME in an exclusive interview about the band’s comeback, frontman Conor Oberst said the band never truly broke up. He spoke about making their long-awaited return in the middle of a global pandemic.

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“It’s so weird to talk about it in this perspective,” Oberst said. “Everyone in the music industry is trying to keep it as business as usual. Part of me was like, ‘Shit, shall we just put the whole record out now?’

“There’s a hope that things will get back to normal sooner rather than later. People have got a lot of time of their hands, so the more you can find to enrich your life, the better.”

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Government announces new Culture Commissioner and recovery taskforce

“Our culture holds us together,” Mendoza said with regards to the role. “Arts, music, theatre, museums and heritage and culture in all its other forms are a vital part of people’s lives up and down the country. Our outstanding creativity and arts excellence sets an example for the world.

“The people that work in cultural sectors want to work, to help continue to support and inspire their communities. DCMS [Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport] intends to help them do just that through this pandemic and be ready for renewal once social distancing is over.”

To support the recovery of the cultural sector following the #coronavirus pandemic, @OliverDowden has today appointed @neilfmendoza as Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewalhttps://t.co/6ZxAiO6Qiu pic.twitter.com/lbLLsjsAIC

— DCMS (@DCMS) May 20, 2020

Charities and social enterprises are the beating heart of our communities, so we are unlocking £millions more for good causes.

Read more about the funding packages announced by @OliverDowden in today’s press conference ⬇️https://t.co/M6LTeHvQri pic.twitter.com/e3YKaZHWzm

— DCMS (@DCMS) May 20, 2020

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden also spoke about the taskforce’s role in supporting the arts through coronavirus, stating the move is “all part of the government’s commitment to help get the cultural and creative sectors back up and running.”

Working with organisations such as Society of London Theatres (SOLT), UK Theatre and Arts Council England (ACE), the group will focus on a number of key issues, including how and when to safely reopen music venues to the public.

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Yesterday (May 19) it was reported that around 140 UK music venues at risk of permanent closure have been temporarily saved thanks to a campaign – but many remain at risk.

Last month saw the Music Venue Trust launch the Save Our Venues campaign, with a crowdfunding bid to prevent 556 independent UK venues from closure and stop “damage that would undermine the UK music industry for 20-30 years”.

“The fact we have managed to remove 140 grassroots music venues off of our critical list in the last three weeks is, of course, a cause for celebration. But we are not complacent as this is only a relatively short-term fix,” said Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd.

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Listen to Yungblud’s new remix of 24kGoldn’s ‘City Of Angels’

The new version of ‘City Of Angels’ is slightly longer than the original, and features vocals from Yungblud himself as well as 24kGoldn. It arrives with accompanying animated artwork depicting the two artists stood side by side.

This comes after Yungblud was forced to postpone his planned UK tour due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The run was set to kick off on May 22 at Glasgow’s Barrowland.

Meanwhile, Yungblud previewed his forthcoming second album with ‘Weird’ last month. Speaking to NME about the track, the Doncaster artist explained: “I wanted a naivety to the song because this is a coming of age record.”

Elsewhere in the chat, the singer revealed album two was “done” and that he would begin “rolling it out”.

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“There’s a lot of diversity on this one – it’s like an episode of Skins in an album,” he explained. “Since the beginning of time, humans have been so complex and like 15 different personalities at once – but we’re the first generation to accept it and know that it’s alright to be who you are.”

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Bullet For My Valentine are working on a “brutal, heavy, and technical” new album

“So it’s not ideal, and we did have a lot of plans for the rest of the year for writing and making the record, which are on the backburner now until further notice,” he said.

Pressed on the sound of their upcoming album, Tuck replied: “It’s pretty brutal, to be honest. It couldn’t be more of a contrast with ‘Gravity’ in a ferocious style. It’s very technical.

“I don’t know why. You’ve just gotta go with what you wanna go with – as a band, as a musician, as a songwriter, you’ve just gotta go with what’s floating your boat, and this time around, the heavy stuff is just coming out in masses.

“The riffs are crushing. There’s probably 60 percent aggressive vocals, 40 [percent] clean, which is a ratio we’ve never really dabbled with before.”

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He continued: “It’s very heavy, it’s very technical. For the Bullet fans out there that kind of like that side of this band, it’s very cool and very exciting. It feels good.”

Tuck also confirmed that production duties have once again been taken on by Carl Bown, who helmed ‘Gravity’ and its predecessor ‘Venom’. On the latter release, Bown served as co-producer alongside Colin Richardson.

You can watch the full interview in the above video.

Bullet For My Valentine performed in the UK this time last year as part of 2019’s Slam Dunk Festival, which was held in Leeds and Hertfordshire.

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Glastonbury urge public to stay away from festival site during lockdown

“Worthy Farm and its surrounding farms are private property and, given the current circumstances, the land used by Glastonbury Festival is closed to the public,” the message begins.

Glastonbury 2019. Credit: NME

“Despite this, we have seen increasing numbers of visitors attempting to access the site used by the Festival.

“For the sake of those who continue to work and live on the site, we would ask that you please do not consider visiting. Those who do attempt to access the site will be asked to leave.”

The statement comes after UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of the country’s lockdown restrictions on May 10, with members of the public now permitted to drive to other destinations and “take more and even unlimited” time outside.

Announcing Glastonbury 2020’s cancellation in March, Michael and Emily Eavis said: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”

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Meanwhile, one Glasto-goer has recreated the festival with Lego in his garden. Adam Hardman enlisted the help of housemate Jonathan Oakes to create the piece, which quickly went viral.

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Jake Bugg releases new short film to accompany latest single ‘Saviours Of The City’

Watch the video for ‘Saviours Of The City’ below:

The footage ends with the message: “Dedicated to all the saviours of the city.”

“I wrote this last year with my mate Robert (ONR),” Bugg said of the track. “It’s a song I didn’t envisage releasing this early, but it seems to resonate with what’s going on right now and makes sense of it for me in some ways.”

At the end of last year, Bugg shared new country blues song ‘Kiss Like The Sun’, his first since signing a new record deal with RCA.

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He’s due to release a new album later this year, although a title, tracklisting and official release date are yet to be shared. New singles are promised to be arriving soon.

Before the coronavirus halted live shows in the UK, Bugg played a handful of warm-up gigs ahead of the release of his new as-yet-untitled album, including a London gig at the Roundhouse.

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Yungblud hopes second album will be “naïve and full of contradictions”

He added: “I want it to be naïve and full of contradictions. This record doesn’t give a fuck what people think about it, because it’s telling the listener what life is truly about.

“I have a dialogue with my fanbase that allows us to say what we think – we’re rebelling against the idea that speaking our minds is wrong.”

Yungblud CREDIT: David M. Benett / Getty Images

In February, Yungblud confirmed the news of his second album backstage at the NME Awards after he won Best Video for ‘Original Me’.  He said: “There’s a song coming imminently and an album coming in August. I haven’t really said that to anyone.”

He recently announced that he has had to postpone his upcoming UK tour due to the ongoing pandemic.

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The rocker revealed details of a UK tour earlier this year, kicking off on May 22 in Glasgow at Barrowland. He was also due to play five shows in London at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on May 26-28 and June 3-4.

Last week he shared that he had to postpone the tour even after trying his “best to try come up with an innovative way of keepin’ them on.”

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ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ crowned UK’s favourite ever Eurovision song

ABBA, who won the Eurovision song contest back in 1974, beat off competition from Bucks Fizz, Conchita and Gina G to claim the top spot this year.

“Of course it’s ABBA,” said Norton, as he announced the winner, “it was always going to be.”

Graham Norton shared the news on ‘Come Together’. CREDIT: Lia Toby/Getty Images

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The singing contest, which attracts a TV audience of nearly 200 million people each year, was due to take place in Rotterdam after the Netherlands won it in 2019.

An official statement confirmed: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

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Last week it was announced that ABBA will be reissuing their entire back catalogue on coloured vinyl for the very first time this summer.

All eight of the Swedish pop group’s albums will be neatly collected in a box set titled ‘ABBA: The Studio Albums’, complete with replicas of each LP’s original artwork.

Meanwhile, Benny Andersson said the iconic group are hoping to release some new music later this year.

In a clip shared by ABBA Talk, the Swedish musician was asked where the ABBA songs were that he’s been promising for such a long time.

“They’re coming,” he answered in his native tongue. “They’re coming this year. I’m guessing after the summer. But I can only guess, because I’m not really sure. But I would think so.”

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Damon Albarn announces Boiler Room isolation performance for this weekend

The performance comes as Albarn was due to start a new European tour showcasing ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’. The tour would have seen the star play alongside an ensemble of 14 musicians and four singers, led by conductor André de Ridder.

Damon Albarn CREDIT: Nathan Prince/Press

The run of shows was initially scheduled to begin in Brussels on May 17, with UK date to be held at London’s Barbican on May 26. The dates have been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with new dates set to be announced soon.

The live-stream will see Albarn perform by himself from his home studio The Barn and marks his first live appearance of 2020.

‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’ was written and workshopped in Iceland and takes its title from John Clare’s Love And Memory poem.

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Meanwhile, Albarn has released a handful of new songs this year with Gorillaz, most recently with ‘How Far?’ – a collaboration featuring Skepta and late Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen. The group shared the track in response to Allen’s death last month (April 30). A press release at the time called it “a tribute to the spirit of a great man”.

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