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Posted 1/30/17


Justin Bieber, Drake, and Kanye West Reportedly Skipping Out On Grammys


The Grammys might be losing more high profile attendees. Frank Ocean became the most clear-cut dissenting voice against the awards ceremony when he failed to even submit his album Blonde for voting eligibility last fall. Ocean described the decision as his “Colin Kaepernick moment,” and said, “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated.” Before that even happened, though, Kanye West said he would not attend the Grammys if Ocean wasn’t nominated. Now TMZ is reporting that in addition to West and Ocean, Justin Bieber and Drake will be skipping out on the Grammys, too. Drake and Bieber’s motivations are not clear — there has not been a statement of protest issued from either performer — but if it ends up they just decided to be elsewhere on Grammy night, that’s an indication in and of itself for where the broadcast lands on their priority list. If Taylor Swift is in attendance, expect a constant, picture-in-picture dance cam to make up for the waning star power.

 

Posted 1/30/17

Prince’s Music Is Finally Coming to Apple Music and Likely Spotify Soon


Ever since Prince embraced streaming in 2015 after years of shunning the internet, Tidal has been the sole hub for the majority of his catalogue. But there's a significant shake-up in that exclusivity underway: Sources with knowledge of the deal have confirmed to Vulture that Apple Music will be bringing Prince's catalogue to its streaming service shortly. They've partnered with Warner Music Group — home to Prince's discography — to widen the accessibility of Prince's music. Following Prince's death, fans had to scramble all across the internet to legally stream his music; months later, Tidal added 15 more Prince albums to its already stacked collection (though whether or not they had the rights to stream any of these albums has been contested by Prince's estate). Apple Music may not be alone in landing the Purple One: Spotify is also said to be nearing a similar deal, as evidenced by new purple ads that have popped up in New York's Union Square this morning. Billboardreports that Prince's music could arrive on both Spotify and Apple Music surrounding the Grammys. Spotify has declined to comment to Vulture.

 

Posted 1/30/17



Bruce Springsteen Speaks Out Against ‘Anti-Democratic and Fundamentally Un-American’ Muslim Ban


Though Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band may be on the other side of the world — they're currently performing in Australia —they haven't distanced themselves from the chaos that's unfolded back home during Donald Trump's first week in office. Springsteen recently used these concerts as a platform to publicly support the Women's March and back the "new American resistance" to Trump's presidency. Tonight in Adelaide, he joined the throngs of celebrities and protesters across the country in denouncing Trump's Muslim and refugee ban, calling the executive order "anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American." "America is a nation of immigrants," Bruce added. In 2010, Springsteen accepted his Ellis Island Family Heritage Award on behalf of his family of immigrants, which included his grandparents, and offered "God's grace, safe passage, and good fortune to those who are crossing our borders today." Springsteen closed his remarks in Adelaide by dedicating a performance of "American Land" to all immigrants.

 

Posted 1/28/17

Anti-Abortion Activists Said a Prayer for Madonna at the March for Life


While President Donald Trump chose to slam Madonna as “disgusting” for her recent Women’s March speech, others on the right took a different approach. On Friday, anti-abortion activists gathered on the National Mall for the annual “March for Life” event. One order of business: saving Madge’s soul. Speaking to the crowd, author and radio host Eric Metaxas implored the marchers to pray for the singer’s salvation. Calling himself “outraged” by remarks Madonna had made about how she had considered “blowing up the White House” after Trump’s election, he decided to channel his anger into a shared moment of prayer:

Yes, I have not thought a lot about blowing up Madonna’s house. And the reason is because the lord I follow commands me to love my enemies. Because I and many of us here are Jesus freaks — we follow the lord of life. I would like you to join me right now in praying for Madonna — Madonna, Jesus loves you. And we’re going to pray that his love be revealed to you and everyone who was at the Women’s March.