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Eric Clapton Joins the Anti-Lockdown Movement, Releases New Single With Van Morrison

Majvdl (CC by 3.0) ‘Wonderful Tonight’ singer-songwriter Eric Clapton has partnered with vocal lockdown critic Van Morrison to release a new protest track, and the work’s profits will benefit the Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund. Eric Clapton and Van Morrison unveiled their anti-lockdown song collaboration – entitled “Stand and Deliver” – today, in a formal release […]

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YouTube Removes NLE Choppa Video for ‘Fake-Ass Coronavirus’ Lyric

NLE Choppa in August of 2020. Photo Credit: Bryson Johnson YouTube has removed the music video for NLE Choppa’s “Paradise” because the track contains a “fake-ass coronavirus” lyric in violation of the Google-owned platform’s “COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy.” NLE Choppa, full name Bryson Lashun Potts, recently announced that YouTube had pulled the official video for […]

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Rolling Stone Excoriates BMI Over ‘Casual Racism’ — BMI’s CEO Responds

A recent Rolling Stone piece excoriated BMI for allegedly fostering a workplace environment of “casual racism.” Now, the 81-year-old performing rights organization’s CEO has publicly addressed the shocking allegations. In summary, Rolling Stone’s expansive BMI piece, which runs approximately 2,500 words, alleges that two of the company’s higher-ups (one who’s departed the PRO following an […]

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Van Morrison Introduces ‘The Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund’ for Struggling Musicians

Van Morrison performing in Canada in 2010. Photo Credit: sahlgoode Late last month, following the release of a study indicating that the British live music industry stands to lose nearly 170,000 jobs by 2020’s end, vocal venue-lockdown critic Van Morrison lamented the ‘decimation of a sector.’ Now, the 75-year-old has established ‘The Lockdown Financial Hardship […]

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Trump Administration Thanks Ice Cube for Collaborating on ‘Platinum Plan’ for Black Americans

Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor for the Trump campaign, has thanked Ice Cube for collaborating on the “Platinum Plan” for African Americans. Pierson recently reached out to Ice Cube in a tweet, writing in part: “Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan. … […]

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Metallica Donates $250,000 to Support West Coast Wildfire Relief

Photo Credit: Joanne Francis Metallica has donated $250,000 to support wildfire relief across three West Coast states. Metallica’s All Within My Hands charity handled the donations, which will fund five organizations spread across three states. Those organizations include: California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund Oregon Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund Community Foundation Santa […]

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Jewish Advocacy Group Asks Spotify CEO to Remove Antisemitic Rapper Freeze Corleone

An exterior shot of Los Angeles’s Simon Wiesenthal Center. Photo Credit: Cbl62 The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish advocacy organization, has called on Spotify CEO Daniel Ek to remove the music of French rapper Freeze Corleone, stating that the controversial 28-year-old’s songs “incite to antisemitic hate.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, Dr. […]

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Nashville Music Industry Bands Together, Distributes Food Boxes to Out-of-Work Colleagues

Photo Credit: Michael Gigandet The Nashville music industry recently joined forces with local charities to distribute food boxes to their out-of-work colleagues. The Musicians Mission of Mercy is based in North Carolina, but they’re in Nashville helping out. A partnership with the CMA and the Music Health Alliance brought food boxes to several Nashville families. […]