Music News 8/2/17
Written by Lola Rizer on August 2, 2017
MILEY CYRUS, JOHN LEGEND, GWYNETH PALTROW APPEAR IN NEW ‘CARPOOL KARAOKE: THE SERIES’ TRAILER
The new trailer for “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” shows previews of celebrity pairings like John Legend and Alicia Keys, “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Miley and Noah Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, John Cena and Shaquille O’Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton and more. The trailer shows the celebs singing and getting into mischief to the tune of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” The spinoff of “The Late Late Show” skit will consist of 16 half-hour episodes and will be the first video series for Apple’s music streaming service. James Corden, who started “Carpool Karaoke” on “The Late Late Show,” will not be hosting the series version but will appear in some episodes. He will continue to produce “Carpool Karaoke” segments as part of “The Late Late Show.” “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” will debut on Apple Music on August 8th.
SIA ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Sia has signed a new deal with Atlantic Records and has announced an upcoming Christmas album. The Christmas album will be the singer’s first release under Atlantic after moving on from RCA Records. The release will feature original holiday songs written by Sia and her longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin. It will be released later this year. Sia recently wrapped a tour for her Grammy-nominated 2016 “This is Acting” album. The pop star is also gearing up to direct her first feature film, “Sister.”
ANDY GRAMMER & WIFE AIJIA WELCOME BABY GIRL
Andy Grammer and his wife Aijia are proud parents to a newborn baby girl named Louisiana K Grammer – who they will call “Louie” for short. “We’re so in love. We can’t believe we get to keep her,” the 33-year-old entertainer told People. Andy and Aijia announced that they were expecting a baby girl back in March. Louie was born on July 28th, at 4:33 a.m. Andy said little Louie’s middle name is a nod to his own late mother Kathy, who died eight years ago.
SZA DEBUTS ‘SUPERMODEL’ MUSIC VIDEO
SZA has released a video for her song “Supermodel.” The clip, directed by Nabil, follows the 26-year-old TDE songstress as she journeys through a magical forest, led by children fairies, who blow pixie dust kisses at their rising diva. “I mean anything around me that’s against us ..they can’t be,” SZA tweeted after the video release. “Got God on my side thas all I need to ride.” “Supermodel” is the singer’s third video promoting her album “Ctrl,” following “Drew Barrymore” (which includes a cameo from the actress) and “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott. The album also includes guest spots from label mates Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad, along with James Fauntleroy. SZA will kick off a headlining North American tour August 16th in Richmond, Virginia.
BEYONCÉ LOOKING TO PURCHASE A STAKE IN THE HOUSTON ROCKETS
Rumor has it Beyoncé is looking to buy a stake in her hometown NBA team, the Houston Rockets. According to Bloomberg, Rockets owner, Les Alexander, purchased the team for $85 million in 1993 and is looking to sell the franchise which could yield more than the record $2 billion that Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers three years ago. Reps for Beyoncé and the Rocket have both declined to comment. Bey’s husband, JAY-Z, currently has a less than 1% stake in the Brooklyn Nets. If Bey purchases a stake in the team, she will join a number of celebrities who have done the same including Justin Timberlake (Memphis Grizzlies), Jennifer Lopez (Miami Dolphins) and Nelly (Charlotte Bobcats).
RIHANNA BRINGS SCHOLARSHIPS AND BIKES TO MALAWIAN GIRLS
Rihanna has been ramping up her efforts to further education in Malawi since visiting the impoverished southeast African country in January – and this time it involves bikes. In a new “1 KM Action” partnership, the singer’s Clara Lionel Foundation will join forces with bike-share platform ofo to not only fund scholarships for girls in Malawi through the foundation’s Global Scholarship Program, but also donate bikes to those students to relieve transportation challenges in getting to class. The first batch of ofo bikes have already been put into use in Malawi, kicking off what will become a five-year partnership.
“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna explains.
The 29-year-old singer and philanthropist recently shared a short documentary of her January trip to Malawi, where she met with educators, government officials and students as Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.
SIR MIX-A-LOT MAKES CAMEO IN JOE NICHOLS’ COVER OF ‘BABY GOT BACK’
Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 classic hit “Baby Got Back” has received a music makeover courtesy of country artist Joe Nichols, who recorded a cover of the track for his new album, “Never Gets Old.” The music video for Nichols’ version also features Sir making a cameo appearance as a judge who’s hardly impressed by a number of acts aiming to win the rapper over with their version of the song…until Joe comes along.
COREY TAYLOR BLASTS FANS WHO WATCH SHOWS THROUGH THEIR PHONES
Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor has slammed fans who film concerts with phone cameras, telling Loudwire Nights, “My thing has always been, it’s fine. Bring your phone, take pictures, do whatever you want. But why? Like, you’re there. Take pictures, it’s fine, do but why are you filming it? It’s one thing to film it, it’s another thing to just be staring at your screen while you’re filming it. It’s right there. Are you so terrified of real life that you can’t do anything unless it’s on that little four-by-four screen? Ugggh. It’s very weird.” Taylor was the center of controversy last year after he smacked a phone out of a fan’s hand at a Slipknot show. Taylor says he stands by his response to the fan texting in the front row. “Go to a show to see a show. You wanna text, stay home. You wanna find an excuse to text? Get out of the barricade! Let somebody else get up there! Don’t abuse it, because there are people who would push you down by your face to get there. Stop trying to find ways to get around it. Just shut up!” he said at the time.
BROOKLYN BASKETBALL COURT RENAMED AFTER THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
Crispus Attucks Playground on Classon Avenue in Brooklyn, New York will be renamed after The Notorious B.I.G. today. NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher will be joined by City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Biggie’s daughter Tiana Wallace, Producer, Attorney and Publisher L. Londell McMillan and members of the community for the official renaming ceremony in honor of Biggie. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.
KANYE WEST’S TOURING COMPANY SUES INSURANCE COMPANY
Kanye West’s touring company is suing Lloyd’s of London for money they owe following the cancelation of Kanye’s “Saint Pablo” tour due to an alleged mental breakdown. Very Good Touring says that their policy with the company covers cancelation or non-appearance fees, however, they have not been paid for those shows. According to the lawsuit, Lloyd’s of London might not pay the money the touring company feels they are owed because they suspect Kanye’s breakdown was caused by his alleged marijuana use. Very Good Touring says the company has no evidence for their claims and are looking for “any ostensible excuse no matter how fanciful” to deny payment on the policy. VGT is suing the company for $9.8 million, plus interest. VGT filed a claim with the company back in November.
NICKI MINAJ TEASES RECORD WITH QUAVO
Nicki Minaj has teased an upcoming track with Quavo. In a video featuring herself and the Migos member, she said, “We shooting a video for your favorite new song that you ain’t hear yet.” Quavo added, “Yeah, top secret way.”
DNCE WANTS TO HEAR YOUR COVER OF ‘TOOTHBRUSH’ FOR YOUTUBE SHOW
DNCE will be guest-starring on a new YouTube competition series premiering this fall. The band has been added to the lineup of “Best.Cover.Ever,” a show that gives aspiring musicians the chance to perform a cover of a famous artist’s original song. Contestants will compete for the opportunity to perform a duet with that artist that will then premiere on YouTube. Submissions are currently open for DNCE’s challenge. Fans are asked to upload a YouTube video of themselves performing a cover of the band’s song “Toothbrush.” Finalists will be chosen to appear on the show and one lucky winner will get the chance to perform a new song with DNCE. Other artists participating in the show include Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida and Bebe Rexha. “Best.Cover.Ever” is produced by Ryan Seacrest and will be hosted by Ludacris. It launches this fall.
MACKLEMORE INVOLVED IN CAR ACCIDENT WITH ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER
Macklemore was involved in a head on car accident Friday in Langley, Washington, and he walked away with no injuries. Apparently, a pickup truck crashed into Macklemore’s Mercedes. The pickup truck driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and hit his head on the windshield. The man was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol when police asked him how much he had to drink and he said “five o’clock,” TMZ reports. One passenger in Macklemore’s car did get a minor cut to the head.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE CANCEL OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL CITING INJURY
Queens Of The Stone Age have canceled their appearance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival, which they were scheduled to play on August 12th. The cancelation is apparently “due to injury” and the band said in a statement that they “look forward to returning to the Bay Area at a later date.” No further news has been released so far. The Outside Lands date was the band’s last scheduled festival appearance before they embark on their own tour in support of their new album, “Villains.” That tour is scheduled to kick off in Port Chester, New York on September 6th.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL LINEUP
Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers and The Chainsmokers are set to headline the upcoming Global Citizen Festival. The free event, which will take place New York City’s Central Park on September 23rd, will also feature performances from Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day and Alessia Cara. Fans can obtain tickets by taking part in Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty and fight for change by signing petitions and tweeting messages at world leaders about issues such as food security, health care, gender equality and sanitation. Participants will become eligible to enter into a lottery to obtain free tickets. The music festival will be broadcast on MSNBC and MSNBC.com.
KESHA ANNOUNCES ‘RAINBOW TOUR’
Kesha is going out on her first solo tour since 2013. The “Rainbow Tour” will span six weeks and will visit cities across North America. “My new album ‘Rainbow’ is dedicated to my fans. And I’m so excited to be able to invite you all to come boogie with me on my new ‘Rainbow Tour’,” Kesha said in a statement. “I would not have made it to this point without my animals and supporters so now come out and join the celebration with me.” Her new album “Rainbow is due out August 11th.
Prior to the official start of the “Rainbow Tour,” Kesha will also be playing three West Coast shows: “KAABOO” festival in Del Mar, California (September 15th), M Resort Casino & Spa in Las Vegas (September 16th), and “iHeartRadio Music Festival” in Las Vegas (September 23rd). Fans who purchase a ticket to the tour will receive a physical copy of “Rainbow.” Tickets will be available to the public starting August 5th at KeshaOfficial.com. A Kesha fan presale begins August 3rd. Fans can try for a chance at a presale opportunity by listening to and sharing tracks from “Rainbow” at tnspk.co/KeshaRainbowPresale. Check out the full list of tour dates:
|Sept. 26||Birmingham, AL||Iron City|
|Sept. 27||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|Sept. 29||Atlanta, GA||Coca-Cola Roxy|
|Sept. 30||Charlotte, NC||The Fillmore Charlotte|
|Oct. 02||Raleigh, NC||The Ritz|
|Oct. 04||Boston, MA||House of Blues|
|Oct. 06||Silver Spring, MD||The Fillmore Silver Spring|
|Oct. 07||Philadelphia, PA||The Fillmore Philadelphia|
|Oct. 09||New York, NY||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|Oct. 13||Lakewood, OH||Lakewood Civic Auditorium|
|Oct. 15||Detroit, MI||The Fillmore Detroit|
|Oct. 16||Toronto, ON||Rebel|
|Oct. 18||Chicago, IL||Aragon Ballroom|
|Oct. 19||Milwaukee, WI||Eagles Ballroom|
|Oct. 23||Kansas City, MO||Uptown Theatre|
|Oct. 24||Denver, CO||Fillmore Auditorium|
|Oct. 25||Salt Lake City, UT||The Complex|
|Oct. 27||Seattle, WA||Showbox SoDo|
|Oct. 28||Portland, OR||Roseland Theatre (Daze of the Dead)|
|Oct. 31||San Francisco, CA||Masonic Auditorium|
|Nov. 01||Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Palladium|