More than 60 US venues to be retrofitted for livestreaming

Consequence Of Sound reports that venues that are part of the early rollout include both The Fillmore in both San Francisco and Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans’ House of Blues, the Bay Area’s Shoreline Amphitheater and Washington’s The Gorge.

The 10-show launch series will see performances by Freddie Gibbs, Young Thug, Young M.A, Breland, JP Saxe, LANY, Waterparks, Lucky Daye, Eyedress, and Chase Atlantic.

Virtual tickets are priced at $15 and are available to buy via The Wiltern’s website.

See the 2021 Wiltern livestreamed gig schedule below:

MAY
07 – Breland
14 – JP Saxe
21 – Young Thug
28 – LANY

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JUNE
04 – Waterparks
11 – Lucky Daye
18 – Young M.A.
25 – Eyedress

JULY
02 – Freddie Gibbs
09 – Chase Atlantic

Joel Madden said of the partnership with Live Nation: “Amongst artists, it’s often said that the one side of our careers that truly belongs to us is touring. To help an entirely new touring vertical become readily available to artists is such a huge win for our community and we couldn’t be happier. It’s the exact type of thing that shows what our partnership with Live Nation can really mean for artists.

“Now, with the flip of a switch, every artist playing in these venues can make their show a global event. We’ve already seen how livestream shows drive engagement across every other area of an artist’s business and the added ticket revenue will allow them to re-invest in their art and make what they’re offering their fans even better. It’s a real dream come true for us at Veeps and our mission to help empower artists in their careers.”

Read NME‘s deep-dive into the rise of virtual gigs during the coronavirus crisis here.

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Joe Biden hopes to make all US adults eligible for vaccine by May 1

The severity of restrictions on live performances is currently detemined by individual state. Texas and Mississippi, for example, caused controversy this month after lifting their mask mandates and increasing the capacity of all buildings to 100 per cent. Nevertheless, Biden’s move will have major impact on gigs across the country.

Tonight, I am announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adult Americans eligible for the vaccine no later than May 1. pic.twitter.com/FEIDCFLORb

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 12, 2021

His comments follow claims from the CEO of LiveNation last week that large-scale US concerts will resume this summer.

Michael Rapino said that “a clear outline to a 75 per cent to 100 per cent” capacity for outdoor US events in 2021 was looking likely to be green-lit.

In the UK, meanwhile, the government have announced a proposed roadmap out of the current coronavirus lockdown, revealing that gigs and festivals could return without social distancing measures by June 21 at the earliest.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 100 million vaccinations have been administered in the US to date. More than 23 million doses have now been given to people in the UK.

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Watch Lady Gaga sing the US national anthem during Joe Biden’s inauguration

Following Gaga’s rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, Jennifer Lopez performed a passionate medley of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘America The Beautiful’ ahead of Biden being sworn in.

The singer also declared “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” in Spanish during her performance.

You can watch Lopez’s performance blow.

WATCH: Jennifer Lopez performs "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful," at the inauguration.https://t.co/WegAJRvMdn pic.twitter.com/GACVPK4t94

— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2021

Gaga supported the Biden campaign ahead of November’s presidential election, appearing at a special drive-in event for Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she gave a speech and performed ‘Shallow’ and ‘Yoü and I’.

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In a message which she shared on her social media channels yesterday (January 19), Gaga expressed her desire for today’s inauguration ceremony to mark “a day of peace for all Americans”.

“A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls. Love, from the Capitol.”

Later tonight, a TV special, Celebrating America, will air in the US featuring the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters and Demi Lovato.

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Dr Anthony Fauci says live shows should return to the US this autumn

Revealing that between 70% and 85% of the US population would need to vaccinated for venues to re-open, Fauci said (via the New York Times): “If everything goes right, this is will occur some time in the fall of 2021, so that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing on stage, as well as people in the audience.”

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He added: “I think you can then start getting back to almost full capacity of seating,” before referencing tests done in Germany recently, where a study into the transmission of coronavirus at indoor concerts concluded the environment poses a “low to very low” risk to attendees of contracting the disease.

“What the performing arts needs to do is to do a little bit more of what the Germans are doing,” Fauci said, before telling music fans: “We’ll be back in the theatres – performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it. It will happen.”

Last month, the president of Live Nation, Joe Berchtold, said that he felt “very good” about the prospect of traditional live music returning this summer, while Barcelona festival Primavera Sound hailed a successful trial to study the idea of holding gigs without social distancing.

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It was also recently revealed that legendary London venue The 100 Club will pilot a new ventilation system in January that aims to wipe out 99.99 per cent of dangerous airborne pathogens, such as the coronavirus, within buildings.

Developed by a British team of engineers, scientists, medical experts and entrepreneurs, the PRS (Pathogen Reduction System) has been designed to fit into a building’s existing ventilation system.

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Barack Obama hails Raphael Warnock’s election victory as Georgia’s next US senator

Two Senate seats were up for grabs in special run-offs, with overall control of the chamber for the next two years within the Democrats’ reach if they manage to win both elections and split the Senate 50-50.

Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris would then have the casting vote in the Senate, enabling President-elect Joe Biden to push through his agenda when he enters the White House on January 20.

Posting on Facebook, Obama wrote: “I want to congratulate Reverend Raphael Warnock on his election as Georgia’s next U.S. Senator – and while we’re still waiting on final results in the other runoff, it’s clear that last night’s showing, alongside President-Elect Biden’s November victory in Georgia, is a testament to the power of the tireless and often unheralded work of grassroots organising and the resilient, visionary leadership of Stacey Abrams.

My friend John Lewis is surely smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as people across the state carried…

Posted by Barack Obama on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

“Georgia’s first Black senator will make the chamber more reflective of our country as a whole and open the door for a Congress that can forego gridlock for gridlock’s sake to focus instead on the many crises facing our nation – pandemic relief for struggling families, voting rights, protecting our planet, and more.”

He also pointed out that the democratic process has been “greatly tested” during Donald Trump‘s presidency over the last four years.

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“In recent years, our institutions, our democracy, and truth itself have been greatly tested by those who’ve chosen to prioritise personal gain or political ambition over our democratic principles. And even a good election will not eliminate those threats.

“Yet we should also remember that in two weeks, we will inaugurate a new president. He will have a chance to work with a new Senate and House on the business of the American people.”

It comes as the United States Capitol has been placed under lockdown as thousands of Donald Trump supporters have been clashing with police.

The president’s supporters stormed Capitol Hill today (January 6) to protest the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress, which resulted in the complex being locked down and nearby office buildings having to be evacuated.

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Dave Grohl hails the passing of $15 billion Save Our Stages Act in the US

In a statement issued on the Foo Fighters social media pages, Grohl wrote: “A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the Save Our Stages Act, which passed yesterday as a part of the economic stimulus bill.

Thank You. #SaveOurStages @nivassoc pic.twitter.com/kD95iUmanw

— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) December 28, 2020

“The preservation of America’s smaller, independent venues is not only crucial to the millions of concert goers whose lives are bettered by experiencing their favourite artists in the flesh, but to the future of music itself, as it gives the next generation of young musicians a place to cut their teeth, hone their craft, and grow into the voices of tomorrow.

“The absence of live music this year has left us all longing for that communal feeling of connection, one that is best felt when joined in a song. The Save Our Stages Act brings us one step closer to sharing that feeling again, one that I hope we can all experience again very soon. Everyday we’re one step closer. See you there, Dave.”

Senators Amy Klobuchar and John Cornyn introduced the Save Our Stages Act in July, earmarking $10 billion (£7.8billion) for venue owners, promoters and industry professionals to put toward rent, utilities, mortgages, PPE and other costs. An additional $5 billion was later added for cultural institutions such as museums and cinemas.

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In October, the Foo Fighters performed a set for the #SaveOurStages (#SOS) campaign, from LA’s iconic The Troubadour venue.

In August, the band also brought back the original designs of two of their 1995 tour t-shirts to help benefit the initiative. Proceeds from the sales of the shirts went towards #SaveOurVenues (from UK sales) and #SaveOurStages (from US sales).

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Kid Cudi breaks US chart record with 37-second long ‘Beautiful Trip’

The previous holder of the record was Japanese comedian Piko-Taro’s 45-second song ‘PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)’. Before that, the slightly longer ‘Little Boxes’ by The Womenfolk held the title. That track clocked in at 62 seconds and went on to become the theme song for the TV show Weeds.

‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’, meanwhile, is at Number Two on the Billboard 200 chart, one place behind Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’.

In a four-star review, NME said of the album: “[It’s] a cinematic masterstroke that electrifies the senses at every turn. Kid Cudi gives us every part of himself, laying out his insecurities and inner demons in the hope that it might help someone else, his words etched into a vivid backdrop of intoxicating melodies and palatial riffs. No one does mood music quite like Cudi.”

Last week (December 16), Cudi shared a short film for the track ‘Heaven On Earth’, which followed on from the visuals for ‘She Knows This’. The video for that song saw the rapper crashing his car from a great height following a high-speed police chase.

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Rodney P admits to assaulting two women

An ex-girlfriend spoke anonymously to the publication about her experiences with Edwards, saying that he had become violent towards her after they had broken up and he found out she was seeing someone else.

The woman said he had read her diary and then “back-handed me in the mouth”, giving her a split lip. He then went and locked himself in the bathroom with her diary and, when he came out, “dragged me in by the neck, pinned me up against the wall and wanted to know real intimate details”.

Rodney P CREDIT: Alamy Stock Photo

“He wanted to hear the worst possible case scenario,” she said. “Every time I answered he was just lifting me up by my throat. I thought that was it. I thought this is going to be a lights out moment.” She added that, although he was not physically violent to her again, he psychologically abused her for a year afterwards, causing an impact on her mental health.

Edwards said he “could not comment on the impact my actions may have had on her mental health”, but apologised to his former partner. “I’d like to repeat now I am still deeply sorry that I ever hurt her,” he said.

Other women have also claimed the rapper abused them in statements that have been shared on social media over the last few months. In a tweet confirming he had been dropped, Edwards’ former label Tru Thoughts said they understood those claims “have been denied”.

pic.twitter.com/Io9k9NSZ8y

— Tru Thoughts (@tru_thoughts) November 16, 2020

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“We take domestic abuse very seriously and we do not condone abusive behaviour in any way,” the statement continued. “All allegations should be investigated in the appropriate manner. Our work with Rodney P is currently suspended. We understand Rodney P will be making a full statement soon.”

Support group Dope Black Dads have also severed ties with the star, while the BBC have said they were unaware of the “serious incidents” before hiring him to work at 1Xtra.  Edwards DJed on the station between 2002 and 2008. The BBC added: “There are currently no plans to work with him in the future.”

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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Fever 333 share new track written and recorded in 24 hours after US election

Fans can hear the full version by texting “ONCEAGAIN” to 81787. Check out the clip and full details below.

24 HOUR JAM IS COMPLETE

Text “ONCEAGAIN” to 81787 to receive "Once Again" which was written and recorded in 24 hours following the US election results.#FEVER333#WRONGGENERATION#THERESAFEVERCOMING pic.twitter.com/1WOzlxCbaO

— FEVER 333 (@fever333) November 10, 2020

Speaking to NME upon the release of the Blondie-sampling ‘Supremecy’ over the summer, singer Butler opened up on the importance of music during pivotal social and political times.

“It’s the most perfect thing to accompany a movement aside from action and from actually doing the damn thing you’re talking about,” he explained in the interview. “I believe art precipitates all renaissance movements. Every romantic, intellectual, political and artistic renaissance and all real paradigm shifts, art was the catalyst.

“Art is one of the most integral and important tools in moments like this where people start to become synergistic and find themselves sharing a large collective consciousness. Art is often the mouthpiece for those movements, as well as the emotional inspiration. It’s an outlet too. We need somewhere to offload these feelings.”

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Last month, Fever 333 took on a six-date, ticketed live-streamed tour called Worldwide D333monstrations For The Wrong Generation. The band performed from an immersive LED-walled room to fans across a number of continents, taking in London, LA, Sydney, New York, Moscow and Chicago.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon perform reworked ‘Friday I’m In Love’ to celebrate US election results

Fallon ended the show with his take on ‘Friday I’m In Love’, featuring some carefully reworded lyrics: “Monday, I had no clue / Thought on Tuesday it’d be through / Wednesday, Thursday, still no news / But it’s Friday, I think it’s done.” Watch the full segment below.

It was a busy weekend for TV hosts and comedians as Dave Chappelle hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live following confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory, which also included a number of barbs directed at Trump.

Chappelle, who also hosted the post-election episode of the show in 2016, called Trump a “racist, hilarious son of a bitch” in his opening monologue last night (November 7).

“How about some bleach? Some bleach directly in our body,” Chappelle joked, in reference to Trump’s previous suggestion that the cleaning product could be used to treat coronavirus.

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“Oh boy, the Secret Service is going to have to childproof the White House now. ‘Mr. President, don’t touch that stove, it’s hot. Turn those scissors around, Mr. President, if you’re going to run around the house.’”

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Watch New Yorkers singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ after US election results

The footage was then retweeted by Lennon’s official Twitter account, along with the hashtag: “#IMAGINE”.

#IMAGINE. https://t.co/OUMG7esgW0

— John Lennon (@johnlennon) November 7, 2020

Washington Square Park right now #NYC #PresidentBiden 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/m20dG2MpbQ

— Kat Sosnick (@KatSosnick) November 7, 2020

Meanwhile, in the Fort Greene district of Brooklyn, director Spike Lee has led celebrations after Biden’s win. Lee was captured drinking and spraying champagne over a crowd as celebrations began.

Stars of the entertainment world have begun to react to the news of Biden’s victory online. “You just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen,” tweeted Lady Gaga.

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“Nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House.”

Others to share their joy at the result include Billie Eilish, who shared a video message on Instagram. “Thank you for caring about the climate, about women’s rights, about social justice, about fucking surviving right now,” she wrote.

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ also became an unofficial anthem in the global struggle against the coronavirus earlier this year. In March, Gal Gadot led an all-star list of celebrities in sharing a widely ridiculed cover of the song that aimed to raise morale in fans locked down across the world.

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Arcade Fire share new playlist for “dancing to” in celebration of US election results

“This is what we are dancing to today!” they wrote on Twitter. “The election is just a first step in the change that needs to come, but for today we can smile.”

This is what we are dancing to today! The election is just a first step in the change that needs to come, but for today we can smile.https://t.co/cakkAPYJG4

— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) November 7, 2020

 

The playlist, titled ‘Return Of The Jedi’, features Nina Simone’s cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas’ ‘Dancing In The Street’. Listen to it below now.

 

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The group previously shared a playlist on election day itself in conjunction with the #JoyToThePolls initiative. That compilation included songs from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Art Garfunkel.

On election night, Arcade Fire made a special appearance on an election TV special hosted by Stephen Colbert. During the show, they gave the live debut of a brand new song called ‘Generation A’.

Colbert introduced the song saying it was “inspired by the current climate of the country, with a hopeful message to the youths”. On the track, frontman Win Butler sang: “They say, ‘Wait a little longer and the times are gonna change’ […] I don’t think they understand that I am not a patient man”.

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Lady Gaga shares emotional message as Joe Biden wins US election: “This is so good for the world”

“I’m so happy. Thank you so much to every American for participating in this election. Thank you so much for all the people who worked to move this country for change. I am so excited, congratulations to Joe.”

She added: “We really really are so happy and we have a wonderful President now. I hope you are all celebrating. I hope all the women know that there is a really exciting moment and change.

“I hope that peoples’ voices who have been oppressed, I hope you know that your voices were heard. I am just, I am honestly kind of speechless… this is a very very special day.”

"Obrigada a todos os americanos neste país por participarem da eleição, muito obrigada a todas as pessoas que trabalharam duramente para guiar esse país à mudança e estou muito animada… Parabéns ao Joe. Eu amo vocês demais" – Lady Gaga via Instagram Live pic.twitter.com/tO3lmcAD7w

— RDT Lady Gaga 🚨 (@RDTLadyGaga) November 7, 2020

Speaking of Donald Trump’s four-year Presidency, Gaga added: “This is a day where a lot of people who have felt we were living in a state of terror and aggression all the time… that it’s over.

“You can feel warm now. I don’t know what I am on my phone talking to you. I just love the world so much and this is so good for the world. I feel like the world just got a big hug from God.

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“Go home and hug your families and hug yourself, may we all stitch ourselves back together.

“Be safe and be peaceful. There is no need to gloat in anyone’s face that Joe won or be unkind. This is a time for healing and love .. the people have spoken.”

The singer also pleaded with Donald Trump to concede the Presidency on Twitter. “please concede,” she wrote. “I know you can see how America has suffered during this election and fought over the presidency for 4 years.

“Please do your part in a peaceful transition of power so our transition can be peaceful too.”

. @realDonaldTrump please concede. I know you can see how America has suffered during this election and fought over the presidency for 4 years. Please do your part in a peaceful transition of power so our transition can be peaceful too. #Election2020

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 7, 2020

Lady Gaga also shared her congratulations to Joe Biden in a tweet posted after the former Vice President’s victory was announced earlier this afternoon.

“You just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen,” she wrote in a message directed to Biden, his running mate Kamala Harris and “the American people”.

“Nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House,” she added. Gaga performed at a Biden rally in Pennsylvania earlier this week.

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“You saved 2020”: Entertainment world reacts to Joe Biden’s US election victory

The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger said he was “so looking forward to coming back to an America free of harsh words and name-calling and be amongst people who I know have common ground and harmony”. “It’s a challenge but it can be done!” he added on Twitter.

I’m so looking forward to coming back to an America free of harsh words and name calling and be amongst people who I know have common ground and harmony. It’s a challenge but it can be done!

— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) November 7, 2020

“It was so close, and it’s because of you guys fucking pushing through that we won this shit!” Billie Eilish wrote in a video posted to Instagram. “Thank you for caring about the climate, about women’s rights, about social justice, about fucking surviving right now.”

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BIDEEENNNNNNNNN BITCHES😭😭😭😭😭

A post shared by BILLIE EILISH (@billieeilish) on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:12am PST

“You just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen,” Lady Gaga wrote in a tweet directed to Biden, his running mate Kamala Harris and “the American people”.

“Nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House,” she added. Gaga performed at a Biden rally in Pennsylvania earlier this week.

. @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris and the American people, you just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen. ❤️ 🙌🙌 nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House. Also, way to go PA 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/uXiMTWs6Hk

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 7, 2020

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Cardi B also shared her congratulations, writing: “I knew it !!!! I’m so happy ! Great way to start my day !!Congrats BIDENXKamala!”

The ‘WAP’ star also shared a lengthy video message from bed. Watch that below.

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I knew it !!!! I’m so happy ! Great way to start my day !!Congrats BIDENXKamala!

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:30am PST

Beyoncé also joined those giving congratulations to Biden and Harris, sharing a photo of the pair with the caption: “Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.”

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A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Nov 7, 2020 at 11:13am PST

2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote: “The voters have spoken, and they have chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be our next president and vice president.

“It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together.”

“You saved 2020,” Glass Animals added. “so proud of you, america. well done sleepy joe,” while The Cure’s Robert Smith tweeted a link to a video of actor Michael Rapaport celebrating Biden’s win. “It’s over, fucko!” he shouts.

so proud of you, america 💜💜💜
you saved 2020.
well done sleepy joe
🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

— Glass Animals (@GlassAnimals) November 7, 2020

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— ROBERT SMITH (@RobertSmith) November 7, 2020

Yungblud shared a video of himself dancing in the street and ripping his shirt off, captioning the post: “HE FUCKIN DID IT! WE FUCKIN DID IT! if you fight with your voice and your words, with passion and truth. we will always win. i love you all ! A GOOD DAY.”

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HE FUCKIN DID IT! WE FUCKIN DID IT! if you fight with your voice and your words , with passion and truth. we will always win. i love you all ! A GOOD DAY 🖤 #bidenharris2020

A post shared by YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:31am PST

Ariana Grande, meanwhile, shared a photo of Biden and Harris on her Instagram page, with a series of exclamation marks.

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A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Nov 7, 2020 at 9:05am PST

Elsewhere, the likes of Thom Yorke, Slowthai, Stephen King, Reese Witherspoon and more also shared their joy at the result. Blur‘s Graham Coxon directed his praise to Harris, writing: “I am massively pleased for @KamalaHarris – makes it so much even more better!!”

I am massively pleased for @KamalaHarris – makes it so much even more better!! 🎉

— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) November 7, 2020

BYE BYE DONALD!

— TYRON (@slowthai) November 7, 2020

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It’s time to hold the people in charge accountable. It’s time for them to listen. And it’s time for actual change in our policies and practices.

A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:51am PST

Thanks to all who took the PJVotes pledge and voted this historic election year. Deep gratitude to our many partners including these Pennsylvania changemakers @PeopleFor @MakeTheRoadPA and @LCVoters who worked tirelessly to help their neighbors vote.

— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) November 7, 2020

Our work is never done. Hope you will join us, stay engaged now and always. #PJVotes

— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) November 7, 2020

a message to little girls everywhere, they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. thank you Madam Vice President @KamalaHarris and President @JoeBiden 💙💙💙 https://t.co/3oaxoDbqH5

— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) November 7, 2020

Hey, Melania… pic.twitter.com/MI3rxUVylK

— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) November 7, 2020

Finally someone that will face adversity and not find it an opportunity to divide.

— Joey Santiago (@JoeySantiago) November 7, 2020

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Covfefe this morning tasting different

— James Blake (@jamesblake) November 7, 2020

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Today is a monumental day. No matter what side you are on, let's take a moment to recognize how far women have come in this country. Thinking about all those who shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for a woman to * finally * be Vice President of the United States makes me so emotional. Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kamala Harris. I salute them all. And to the young girls of our nation… DREAM BIG. Anything is possible. 🇺🇸

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excuse me while I …. pic.twitter.com/kZQvsxix7k

— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) November 7, 2020

Congratulations Joe and Kamala! pic.twitter.com/OCyFTfrEB7

— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) November 7, 2020

A Celebration Of Endings 🇺🇸

— Biffy Clyro (@BiffyClyro) November 7, 2020

💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/vz0wWY3zMS

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 7, 2020

BEGIN THE BEGIN!!https://t.co/h6SkVcwJnk

— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) November 7, 2020

To anyone who follows me or anyone else who has been talking about this election for months on end. who paid attention, saw the good that could be achieved, went out, cast a vote, encouraged a friend to vote, voted differently than your republican parents. You did this. You won.

— FINNEAS (@finneas) November 7, 2020

There’s more work than ever to be done, but a moment of pause and relief is warranted here for so many Americans who deserve it after so much fear. It’s nice to see a celebration after all these years.

— h (@halsey) November 7, 2020

First Black Women let’s goo!!!! pic.twitter.com/Z0iJLrb9aY

— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) November 7, 2020

AJ Tracey and Franz Ferdinand‘s Alex Kapranos, meanwhile, toasted the result while turning their attention to the UK government.

“BORIS GOTTA GO NEXT,” the rapper wrote, while Kapranos added: “I particularly love how this fucks up the plans of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and all the other Brexit cunts.”

BORIS GOTTA GO NEXT ! ✊🏽🥳 https://t.co/NNe1Q0bIqa

— aj (@ajtracey) November 7, 2020

I particularly love how this fucks up the plans of @BorisJohnson, @michaelgove and all the other Brexit cunts.

— Αλεξ Καπράνος (@alkapranos) November 7, 2020

Since election night, Donald Trump has continued to voice his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, accusing the Democrats of voting “shenanigans” during a White House press conference yesterday.

Speaking last night, Trump alleged that he would be “easily winning” if only the “legal votes” were counted from Tuesday’s election. “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” he claimed. “If you count the illegal votes they can try to steal the election from us.”

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Arcade Fire provide soundtrack for US election day – listen to their playlist

Arcade Fire’s playlist, which you can listen to below, features 11 tracks including Richard Hawley‘s protest song ‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ to Art Garfunkel‘s ‘Waters Of March’.

The movement, headed by the nonpartisan Election Defenders, aims to bring “joy to the polls and make voting a celebration”.

Other playlists have been made for the initiative by Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, The RootsQuestlove, and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel Miranda.

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Nelini Stamp, campaign director at Election Defenders, said in a statement: “We’re thrilled to announce these playlists from so many wonderful partners, people and communities in every corner of the country.

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“We are calling on all voters to make their own playlists to deliver a clear, joyful message that we will protect our democracy from this pandemic and from voter suppression wherever it shows up.”

US citizens are heading to the polls today (November 3) to elect the 46th president of the United States. The incumbent Donald Trump has trailed his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in a recent set of polling predictions.

Musicians have been engaging with the election. Lady Gaga performed at Joe Biden‘s final campaign rally in Pennsylvania last night (November 2), while Tracy Chapman made a rare TV appearance in which she changed the lyrics of her hit, ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution’ to: “Talkin’ ’bout a revolution/ Go vote“.

Meanwhile, Kanye West, who is facing an uphill battle in his bid to become POTUS, revealed he is voting for the first time – for himself.

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Watch fans explain why they’re voting for Kanye West in US presidential election

Another said: “I will be voting for Kanye West this year because America needs a leader who will actually listen to the kids.” Others in the clip mentioned that “America needs a strong leader with ideas,” that West is “going to help people [and] cares about families,” and his “faith-based” Christian campaign was appealing.

To prove that each person was real, their names and the states they reside in were also included in each of their “I support Kanye West” messages.

Elsewhere, as reported earlier today (October 22), West is currently polling at 2 per cent ahead of US election on November 3.

National GE:
Biden 48% (+10)
Trump 38%
West 2%
Jorgensen 2%
Hawkins 1%@Reuters/@Ipsos, RV, 10/13-15https://t.co/CrYRaqh1Us

— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 18, 2020

The rapper is fighting an uphill battle with his presidential campaign.

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His name is currently set to appear on the ballot in only 11 of the 50 US states. Of these 11, only one, Minnesota, was considered a swing state at the 2016 election.

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Watch Matt Berninger play ‘Serpentine Prison’ songs live on US television

See the three performances below.

Giving ‘Serpentine Prison’ a four-star review, NME wrote: “Sure, it rests in a lot of the sonic territory of The National, and this isn’t the departure that his peppy indie-pop side-project EL VY represents, but what we do have is an intimate and generous offering from one of 21st Century rock’s most prominent voices.

“If you’re one of those weirdos who doesn’t put their records in alphabetical artist order, then ‘Serpentine Prison’ should be filed next to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ ‘The Boatman’s Call’ and Leonard Cohen‘s ‘You Want It Darker’ as a lesson in stately, direct and personal songwriting prowess.”

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Alongside the release of the new album, Berninger took NME through a track-by-track guide to his debut solo album. Watch the video in full below.

In a new interview with NME about the album, Berninger spoke of his love for Taylor Swift’s recent album ‘Folklore’, recorded alongside his National bandmate Aaron Dessner.

“‘Folklore’ is my favourite Taylor Swift record! Of course it is,” he said. “I love the music and she does things melodically that I’ve never done. She just knows how to throw a melody and words together in such an infectious way.

“Combining Aaron’s deep blue sea music with her hooks is just incredible. That record is like a rollercoaster that’s not too fast and not too scary – but a great ride.”

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Arcade Fire, David Byrne and Pearl Jam announced for new US voting rights compilation

Pearl Jam have contributed new track ‘Get It Back’, and Arcade Fire’s live team-up with David Byrne – ‘This Must Be The Place’ – features. Byrne’s ‘People Tell Me’ demo from the Joan of Arc: Into the Fire musical is also on the compilation.

Additionally, the compilation features a live recording from the late John Prine, playing ‘Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore’, with Margo Price, Jeremy Ivey, and Kenneth Pattengale.

All proceeds from the album will go to the Voting Rights Lab, a nonpartisan organisation that seeks to “secure, protect, and defend the voting rights of all Americans”.

The first ‘Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy’ compilation came out earlier this month and featured tracks by R.E.M., Phoebe Bridgers, Hayley Williams and many others. It raised more than $250,000 (£193,750) in proceeds.

Meanwhile, Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and John Legend gave their verdict after Joe Biden faced off against Donald Trump in the first of three US presidential election debates last night (September 29).

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The President repeatedly clashed with the Democractic candidate Biden during a heated debate, which was hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio.

Responding on Twitter, Chance The Rapper wrote: “The entire country has to make a decision as to whether it will continue to downplay the fact that our President is an openly racist White Supremacist and what that means for its citizens, or… VOTE HIM OUT.”

Cardi B, meanwhile, shared a series of videos which saw her screaming at her television in anger.

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Billie Eilish, Rihanna and more urge fans to vote in US presidential election

“Long-term sustainable and systematic change happens when we demand it through activism, and when we make our voices heard in every election. Get registered now, right now.”

Don’t be the bad guy — join @billieeilish this #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and get registered to vote now: https://t.co/FZtPx93oQy (duh 😉) pic.twitter.com/m771FjFViZ

— When We All Vote (@WhenWeAllVote) September 22, 2020

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Check your voter registration status, register, and VOTE!!! Go to VOTE.ORG right now and get 👏🏿 it 👏🏿done 👏🏿. If you can, work those polls too…let’s go! Follow @claralionelfdn for updates and info on easiest steps to vote! #NationalVoterRegistrationDay

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Rihanna, meanwhile, took to Instagram, where she wrote to her 87 million followers: “Check your voter registration status, register, and VOTE!!! Go to VOTE.ORG right now and get it done. If you can, work those polls too…let’s go!”

On Twitter, Camila Cabello said: “It’s national voter registration day in America! 42 days left until the most important election of our lives. Your voice matters so make sure it’s heard.”

Other figures to have expressed their support for National Voter Registration Day on social media include Charli XCX, Bastille, Lenny Kravitz and Oprah Winfrey. You can see those posts below.

To our friends in the U.S. – today’s your #NationalVoterRegistrationDay so it’s a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote and ready to go. It just takes a minute and we all know how important it is. https://t.co/dr8zonXDYT

— BASTILLE (@bastilledan) September 22, 2020

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to the angels from the USA 💕 today is the day to ensure u are registered to vote – vote for your life & the lives of your community. it’s super easy so make it ur priority today!
make sure u are registered 💕 https://t.co/rLhQjEtcRI#nationalvoterregistrationday

— Charli (@charli_xcx) September 22, 2020

Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay. Register to vote or check your status at https://t.co/M7tiQ2fpOD. Your vote matters. #JustVote pic.twitter.com/ERl5JzRYBR

— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) September 22, 2020

Over the years I’ve said it in as many ways as I know how: VOTE! What I know for sure, it’s the only way to have a voice in moving yourself and the country forward. #NationalVoterRegistrationDay @OWNYourVote pic.twitter.com/zxrizmBX2g

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 22, 2020

Last month, Billie Eilish performed live during the virtual Democratic National Convention event. Ahead of playing ‘My Future’, the singer pleaded with her fans to vote for Joe Biden in the election on November 3.

“Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about,” Eilish said. “We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and COVID, not deny them. Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality. And that starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake.

“Someone who’s building a team that shares our values. It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden.”

Back in May, Taylor Swift accused Trump of “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism” over his controversial tweet regarding those who were protesting the murder of George Floyd.

“We will vote you out in November,” she vowed.

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Visa fees for foreign artists touring the US to increase by over 50%

Visa application waiting times are set to increase to 15 business days, but a fast track service that costs over $1000 will be available for those needing their application to be dealt with more quickly.

The new fees will take effect on October 2. For more information, visit the Federal Register website.

The fee increase will affect both the P and O visa types. CREDIT: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Commenting on the increased fees, David Martin, general manager of the Featured Artists Coalition, said: “It is incredibly disappointing to hear the latest news of increased fees and more bureaucracy for foreign artists travelling to the US.

“The US visa system is already prohibitive for UK artists and this change will see even more of our globally renowned talent shut out. Not only will the US live circuit suffer with millions of American fans missing the chance to see their favourite British artists, artists will lose the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas with creators on the opposite side of the Atlantic.”

He concluded: “At a time when we should be celebrating and building on our shared history of cultural exchange, this development instead moves us further apart. There are no winners.”

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Earlier this year, Tom Watson, the chair of UK Music, called for the UK government to back a plan for a Musicians’ Passport, allowing bands and artists to tour freely and without visas after Brexit.

As part of ongoing Brexit negotiations, the Home Office previously revealed that musicians from outside the UK will need to apply for a visa and pay to perform in the country from 2021, with EU and non-EU based creatives who wish to travel to the UK needing to prove they have nearly £1000 in savings in their account some 90 days before applying for the visa.

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Watch The Killers bring ‘Blowback’ to US television with ‘Colbert’ performance

Watch Brandon Flowers and co play ‘Blowback’ below.

In a five-star review of ‘Imploding The Mirage’, NME wrote: “In continuing ‘Wonderful Wonderful’’s atmospheric experimentation with canyon rock enormity, The Killers have made another dazzling statement of ultra-modern pomp, and one arguably even more in step with new generations of alt-rock.

“It’s a musical DeLorean: rooted in mainstream Americana but speeding into adventurous horizons.”

The band appeared on the cover of NME this week for a Big Read interview, where they discussed ‘Imploding The Mirage’, the band’s history and recent allegations of backstage sexual misconduct by crew on a 2009 tour.

“I know about what bad men can do to women. I would never turn a blind eye to that,” frontman Brandon Flowers told NME of the situation, which was subject to an internal investigation that found “no corroboration” of the allegations.

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“I feel relieved that we were actually able to get to the bottom of it, actually find this woman and make sure that she was OK,” Flowers added. “The most important thing is that there was no assault. That’s just nothing but relief. From what we see backstage, the people we hire and the people in the band, we’ve never witnessed anything like that happen. If something like that did happen, we would want to know.”

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Bruce Springsteen says Lana Del Rey is “simply one of the best songwriters” in the US

He continued to talk about Del Rey, calling her hometown of Lake Placid, NY a “fabulous little American town”, before moving on to discuss her songwriting itself. “Lana is simply one of the best songwriters in the country, as we speak,” he said.

Bruce Springsteen talking about Lana Del Rey on his radio show last night❤️ pic.twitter.com/Bk22TUXkrP

— a – chemtrails 9/5 (@theblackestdae) August 15, 2020

“She just creates a world of her own and invites you in. So a big favourite of mine, the lovely Lana Del Rey.”

Springsteen recently featured on Bon Iver’s new song ‘AUATC’. The track, whose title stands for ‘Ate Up All Their Cake’, was released earlier this month (August 6) and also features an appearance from Jenny Lewis.

Meanwhile, Del Rey released her first audiobook, ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’ last month (July 29), which finds her reading her poetry over music created by Jack Antonoff. A hardback book of her poetry will follow in September.

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Last week (August 7), the star teased a new song called ‘Tulsa Jesus Freak’ in a since-deleted Instagram post. It has been speculated that the track could appear on her forthcoming album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, which is due for release on September 4.

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Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek accused of sexual assault by three women

They report allegations by her that she went to smoke on the balcony while Kozelek took a call in his room, and when he joined her outside, she said, he was wearing only a T-shirt and underwear.

According to Golden, they went back inside, where she claims Kozelek got into one of two twin beds and he asked her to lie down with him and stay the night.

She claims she wasn’t interested, and “his whole demeanor just changed.”

Golden alleged that Kozelek then got up, pushed the beds together, and laid down on top of her.

Mark Kozelek Credit: Getty

“At that point, I was kind of in shock,” Pitchfork reports her saying. “I told him I really needed to get a cab, if he could please just call for it.”

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Kozelek called for the cab she claims and after the call, she alleged that he began masturbating, as well as grabbing at her body and clothes and trying to kiss her.

She also said he forcibly pulled her hand into contact with his penis.

Another woman, who Pitchfork identified by the pseudonym Andrea, allegedly claimed Kozelek exposed himself to her without her consent in September 2014, in a hotel room in Raleigh, North Carolina, when she was 19-years-old.

She claimed that while in the room he took a bath, leaving the bathroom door open, and proceeded to walk around the room in a towel before getting into bed.

Then, Andrea alleges that he dropped the towel, “pretty much just pounced on me,” and proceeded to have intercourse with her.

“He was on top, and I think I was visibly frozen, because afterwards he was like, are you OK?,” she said.

“Because I was stuck in this hotel room with him, I didn’t have the courage to be like, no, that wasn’t OK, and that’s not what I wanted to do.”

Despite the incident, Andrea claims that she and Kozelek had sex a number of times and continued a long distance relationship for three months afterwards.

She claims that while some of their encounters were consensual, in others “the lines [were] really blurred,” including multiple instances of public sex that she says she was uncomfortable with and felt pressured into.

“I feel like our sexual relationship, every encounter was him trying to find another thing he could do, and not in a way where he asks for consent or permission,” Andrea added.

A third woman, a female musician who asked to remain anonymous, has also alleged that Kozelek acted inappropriately after inviting her and a fellow musician to his hotel room following a 2014 festival.

NME has contacted a spokesperson for Kozelek for a response to the allegations reported by Pitchfork.

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.
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A Day To Remember bassist denies sexual misconduct claims

Woodard and the band did not respond to the allegations when they were first made. Yesterday (August 1), the bassist commented on the situation for the first time in a statement shared to his Twitter page.

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— Joshua Woodard (@joshuawoodard) August 1, 2020

“First, let me be clear that the events described never happened and these allegations are false,” he wrote.

“Up until now, I have remained silent because I do not feel it is appropriate to handle or debate this situation on social media. Addressing this is my personal responsibility and I have chosen to defend myself through the proper legal channels.”

Woodard added that it would be the only statement he would make on the allegations at present, saying he would “continue dealing with this matter privately in order to protect myself and my family”.

A Day To Remember formed in Florida in 2003 and have released six studio albums. They have toured with Slipknot and Blink-182, and sub-headlined Reading & Leeds 2019, playing beneath Foo Fighters.

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Hoops have split up following sex abuse claims against former member

Auscherman said the ex-member, who he didn’t name, left the band “for reasons unrelated to this situation.”

Hoops later split in 2018 before making a return with new music in November 2019 with a line up featuring Auscherman, Kevin Krauter, and Keagan Beresford.

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CW: sexual abuse In light of Hoops' announcement regarding allegations against a former member, Fat Possum will not be releasing their album “Halo”.  Refunds on album pre-orders will be issued as quickly as possible. The label does not tolerate sexual abuse of any kind and stands with all victims.

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Hoops were due to release new album ‘Halo’ through their label Fat Possum on October 2.

But the label has also released a statement saying it will not be released.

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It added: “In light of Hoops’ announcement regarding allegations against a former member, Fat Possum will not be releasing their album ‘Halo’. Refunds on album pre-orders will be issued as quickly as possible.

“The label does not tolerate sexual abuse of any kind.”

Hoops started as a solo project for Auscherman in December 2011. The band eventually went on to release their debut ‘Routines’ in 2017.

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.
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Kanye West says he can “beat Joe Biden” in the US election

In a second, he reiterated: “I CAN BEAT BIDEN OFF OF WRITE INS #2020VISION”. He did not share whether he thought he would also be able to beat Donald Trump. See the tweets below.

I will beat Biden off of write ins #2020VISION

— ye (@kanyewest) July 25, 2020

I CAN BEAT BIDEN OFF OF WRITE INS #2020VISION

— ye (@kanyewest) July 25, 2020

 

This statement comes after West suggested he may postpone running for President of the United States until 2024. Earlier this week (July 22), he asked his Twitter followers if he should still run this year.

“#2020VISION or maybe ’24,” he wrote in post that has since been deleted. “I guess all black people supposed to vote on [Joe] Biden? Y’all want me to run on [sic] nah???”

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Last weekend (July 19), the rapper held his first Presidential rally in South Carolina. On the same day, he gave an interview to Charleston radio station Z93 Jamz during which he suggested Jay-Z should join him as his running mate.

Meanwhile, West recently suggested that he has worked on an album with The Mars Volta. Taking to Twitter once more, he shared a clip of a sports documentary which was soundtracked by the prog-rock band’s song ‘The Widow’, and wrote: “The Mars Volta we need to finish the album.”

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Noel Gallagher says US audiences were like “unimpressed sheep” in Oasis days

Elsewhere in the interview the ex-Oasis guitarist/chief songwriter, who now heads up Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, said he was angry at his brother Liam for messing around too much while recording at Rockfield.

Liam and Noel Gallagher. Credit: Getty

Noel recalled a time when Liam brought a crowd of people back from a local pub. “I was in that studio to work, not to fuck about,” he said. “Drinking can wait. You’re trying to follow up ‘Definitely Maybe’, you’ve just written ‘Champagne Supernova’ and ‘Wonderwall’, and you can feel it, you know it’s your time, this is important.

“Then Liam brought back a load of fucking idiots from the pub and they’re wandering around, fiddling with guitars and listening to songs nobody had heard yet. I said to Liam, ‘Get these idiots out of here.’ Of course he wouldn’t, so chaos ensued.”

In other news, Noel recently labelled former Oasis guitarist Bonehead as “the most appalling singer I’ve ever heard in my entire life”

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Appearing on Matt Morgan’s Funny How? podcast, the High Flying Birds musician spoke of how Bonehead – real name Paul Arthurs – had been intended to provide lead vocals for a couple of the band’s early tracks. Referring to how The Beatles would set aside “one [song] for Ringo”, Gallagher said: “We were always going to have one for Bonehead.

“We tried to do it on both albums and it turned out shit, which I know is kind of the point right, but it was like really shit. I kid you fucking not, [he was] maybe the most appalling singer I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Appalling. No sense of anything.”

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Thom Yorke adds more UK and European dates to delayed ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ tour

The musician has also shared the details of his rescheduled Glasgow date. It has moved from the city’s SEC venue to the SSE Hydro, and now takes place on June 18, 2021.

Guests on Yorke’s tour include longtime Radiohead producer and musician in his own right, Nigel Godrich, audiovisual composer Tarik Barri, and James Holden.

Thom Yorke’s ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ world tour 2020/2021:

SEPTEMBER 2020
27 – The Anthem, Washington DC, US

OCTOBER 2020
02 – Radio City Music Hall, New York, US
03 – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, US
04 – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, US
06 – Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, US
09-18 – Coachella festival, Indio, California, US
11 – Arizona Federal Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, US
13 – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, US
19 – Mission Ballroom, Denver, Colorado, US

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JUNE 2021
12 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK
13 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK
15 – Eventim Apollo, London, UK
16 – Eventim Apollo, London, UK
18 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK (NB: tickets from SEC Hall 3 remain valid for new venue)
20 – Le Zénith, Paris, France
23 – Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
30 – Open’er Festival, Gdynia, Poland

JULY 2021
02 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
04 – Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
05 – AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
07 – Les Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon, France
08 – Lorenzini District, Milan, Itlay
10 – Pohoda Festival, Trenčín, Slovakia
11 – Forum Karlin, Prague, Czech Republic
12 – Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany

In April, Yorke debuted his new song ‘Plasticine Figures’ on The Tonight Show. He also uploaded four rare songs to streaming services in recent months.

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Bassnectar “stepping back” from music following sexual misconduct allegations

In a statement shared on Twitter, the DJ said he was “stepping back” from his career and “stepping down from [his] position of power and privilege in this community because I want to take responsibility and accountability”.

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— Bassnectar (@bassnectar) July 3, 2020

 

“I feel intense compassion for anyone I may have hurt,” he wrote. “I truly hope you allow me a chance to work together toward healing.”

Bassnectar went on to deny the claims made against him, describing them as “rumours” that “are untrue”. “But I realise some of my past actions have caused pain and I am deeply sorry,” he added.

“I am handing off our nonprofit Be Interactive to a diverse team to continue without my involvement moving forward. Sometime in the future I may share more thoughts on these matters, but for now, please take care of each other and I wish you all the brightest future.”

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He previously denied any allegations against him in a statement shared on June 29, according to EDM.com.  “I have never been involved in anything that was not absolutely, unequivocally consensual,” it read. “During a time when high profile men are being called out for their violence against women, I am proud to be an ally of women and stand in solidarity with victims. Thank you to all those who are listening to real victims of abuse and standing to support women.”

In response to the positive feedback in support of therapy for victims of sexual misconduct, we are offering…

Posted by Bassnectar on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

On June 30, he posted a lengthy message to his social media accounts announcing “scholarships for therapy” for victims of sexual misconduct. “As a man in a position of power, I have always hoped to treat people the way I want to be treated and to do the right thing,” he wrote in that post. “Since my own romantic relationships and interactions have been positive, consensual, legal, and loving, I enjoy staying in touch and maintaining friendships.”

Employees and collaborators of Bassnectar have begun to speak out on the claims made against him. Lia Holland, the executive director of Be Interactive, said yesterday (July 4) that she would resign from her position.

As a survivor of childhood abuse, I stand with fellow survivors and will resign as the executive director of Be Interactive. Friends please know that personally in this moment I need recovery time, but that I will be okay.

If you need me, I will be there.

— Lia Holland (@liaholland) July 4, 2020

 

Musician Mimi Page, who worked with the DJ on his song ‘Butterfly’, said that she was “devastated” by the claims and promised to make a longer statement today (July 5). “For now, I send love, healing, and support to the women who came forward tonight,” she added. “I send love and healing to the fans in this community who’s hearts are also breaking.”

As a female collaborator of @bassnectar I am devastated and will be making a longer statement tomorrow. For now, I send love,
healing, and support to the woman who came forward tonight. I send love and healing to the fans in this community who’s hearts are also breaking.

— Mimi Page (@MimiPageMusic) July 4, 2020

 

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Taylor Swift says US census erases transgender and non-binary people

“And when you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means that you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them. So obviously we all need to exercise our right to vote this year, we need to check out our absentee ballot policy in our states, and we need to make sure that we elect people who care about all communities.”

Earlier in her speech, Swift had highlighted some progress for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as emphasising the work still to be done. “We had a really good step forward recently with the Supreme Court ruling based on discrimination based on sex,” she said. “But we still have so far to go in terms of equality and protections for LGBTQ people and people in the trans community. The Equality Act has still not been passed and that needs to happen.”

Watch Swift’s speech in full above, from approximately 1:07:04.

Swift has been outspoken on a number of issues lately, including the need to dismantle statues to racist figures, the Black Lives Matter movement and more. Earlier this month, she announced she would be giving her employees Juneteenth off “from now on” and pledged to “never let privilege lie dormant”.

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Meanwhile, the pop star recently shared a video of her performing ‘Cornelia Street’ at her ‘City Of Lover’ concert, which took place in Paris in September 2019. The entire gig was previously released as a concert film on Hulu and Disney+.

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