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Damon Albarn Apologizes After Suggesting Taylor Swift Doesn't Write Her Own Songs

Damon Albarn Apologizes After Suggesting Taylor Swift Doesn't Write Her Own Songs

Damon Albarn has apologized to Taylor Swift over his comment that she "doesn't write her own songs."

The Blur lead singer made the comment in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

When the interviewer pointed out that Swift co-writes her music, Albarn replied, "That doesn't count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I'm not hating on anybody, I'm just saying there's a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes."

Taylor replied to his comments on Twitter, tweeting, "I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don't have to like my songs but it's really f-ed up to try and discredit my writing. WOW."

Albarn, who has a history of making controversial criticism of pop stars, later apologized to Swift for his statement.

"I totally agree with you. I had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait. I apologise unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you understand," he tweeted in reply to Swift's tweet.

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Interscope To Release Iconic Albums On Vinyl For 30th Anniversary

Interscope To Release Iconic Albums On Vinyl For 30th Anniversary

Interscope Records have announced a new museum exhibit, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, and a limited-edition vinyl series featuring the new artwork on classic albums from its iconic artists as part of the label's 30th anniversary celebration.

Artists whose works are featured in the vinyl series include Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Eminem, U2, Nine Inch Nails, 2Pac, Mary J. Blige and Lana Del Rey.

"While this groundbreaking art exhibit will be on view at LACMA only for a limited time, we thought launching a series of limited-edition vinyl to honor both our recording artists and the extraordinary visual artists who contributed pieces to this effort, would be a great way for this celebration to live on for years, and at the same time was a cool way to invite music fans into the Interscope's 30th celebration," said Steve Berman, vice chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M.

Berman added, "NTWRK, who specializes in highly curated cultural artifacts from art and music, are a perfect retail partner as we celebrate the legacy of all of the artists who have made Interscope Records a success for the past 30 years. The fact that the sales of these albums will help fund Jimmy and Dre's high school makes it an even more special endeavor."

The Interscope 30th anniversary museum exhibit runs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13, 2022.

"We're honored to work with Interscope to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic record label alongside some of the most culturally significant musicians and artists on this amazing project that raises money for a great cause helping support Jimmy and Dre's high school," said NTWRK CEO Aaron Levant.

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Eric Church Pays Tribute To Meat Loaf With 'I'd Do Anything For Love' Cover

Eric Church Pays Tribute To Meat Loaf With 'I'd Do Anything For Love' Cover

Eric Church performed a cover of "I Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" during his stop at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday (January 22), paying tribute to Meat Loaf, who passed away on Thursday (January 20) at age 74.

Church and his band were at Little Caesars Arena as part of the Gather Again Tour. Church, who had the over 16,000-person crowd singing the late musician's 1993 comeback hit along with him, finished his version, pointing towards heaven.

"I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," the opening track and lead single from Meat Loaf's sixth album, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, was the singer's first and only Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 of his career.

During the show on Saturday, Church also honored Bob Seger, a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer from Detroit, who Church opened for in 2006 after being kicked off a Rascal Flatts tour.

"He saved my career," Church told the crowd. "I would not be standing here if it was not for Bob Seger."

Church performed two tracks by the hometown hero, including "Get Out Of Denver" and "Ramblin' Gamblin Man."

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Adele's 'Easy On Me' Earns Tenth Week Atop Billboard Hot 100

Adele's 'Easy On Me' Earns Tenth Week Atop Billboard Hot 100

Adele's "Easy on Me" has earned the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the tenth week.

"Easy on Me," released in October, earned 99 million radio airplay audience impressions and 14.3 million U.S. streams and sold 5200 downloads in the January 14-January 20 tracking week, MRC Data shows.

The ballad also leads Billboard's Radio Songs chart for a ninth week.

This is Adele's second song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks. The first one was her 2015-16 hit, "Hello."

"Easy on Me" is followed by "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from Encanto, Glass Animals's "Heat Waves," The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay," and and Kodak Black's "Super Gremlin" in the next five positions on the Hot 100.

The Billboard Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data.

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Demi Lovato Holds Funeral For Their 'Pop Music'

Demi Lovato Holds Funeral For Their 'Pop Music'

Demi Lovato has officially bid adieu to her pop music days, according to a series of Instagram Stories and posts that they published.

The 29-year-old singer, who appears to have hit the reset button on her Instagram account by getting rid of all previous posts, has recently shared a photo of their team chilling at the recording studio, with Lovato front and center, flipping the bird on both hands.

The caption of the photo reads, "A funeral for my pop music," a suggestive hint at what the follow-up to their April '21 record, Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over, might sound like.

Though it is unclear when the next album is dropping, fans will be happy to know that it will mark a pronounced departure from Lovato's previous work centered around the pop genre.

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Gin Blossoms Announce Tour To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of 'New Miserable Experience'

Gin Blossoms Announce Tour To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of 'New Miserable Experience'

Gin Blossoms have announced a tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their multi-platinum breakthrough album New Miserable Experience.

The "Celebrating 30 Miserable Years" tour, which begins in February, will see the band performing the 1992 album in its entirety.

The tour will kick off on February 18 with a show at the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts in Fort Pierce, Florida. The trek will also feature stops in Nashville, Houston, and St Louis.

The New Miserable Experience record sold over five million albums and was on the charts for almost three years. "Till I Hear it From You," which was the lead single from the record, was then described by Billboard as "the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory."

Lead vocalist Robin Wilson recently reflected on the anniversary of the album, saying, "It was hard to make NME, but we knew it was special. It's humbling that it still resonates and we still have jobs in the music biz."

Guitarist Jesse Valenzuela adds, "Its funny how time slips away. We are still so proud that even after all these years the album still resonates with fans."

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Eric Clapton Opens Up About How Opposition To Covid Policies Gave Him New Motivation

Eric Clapton Opens Up About How Opposition To Covid Policies Gave Him New Motivation

In a new interview, rock icon Eric Clapton opened up about how his opposition to the government's Covid policies gave him new motivation.

Clapton, who is the writer of the anti-lockdown song "Stand And Deliver," told the Real Music Observer that he decided to release the politically charged song titled "This Has Gotta Stop" as a way of protest against federal policies in dealing with the pandemic.

"In the U.K., we have BBC, and it used to be an impartial commentary on world affairs and state affairs. And suddenly it was completely one-way traffic about following orders and obedience. And I felt really motivated, musically. It instigated something which really was laying dormant," Clapton said about the origin of "Stand And Deliver" and "This Has Gotta Stop."

He continued, "I was just playing live gigs up until the lockdown without really being socially involved in any way. . I have a tool, I have a calling, and I can make use of that. So I set about it and started writing."

Vaccinated people may be victims of "mass formation hypnosis," according to the English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

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Taylor Swift Named First Record Store Day Global Ambassador

Taylor Swift Named First Record Store Day Global Ambassador

Taylor Swift has been named the first-ever Record Store Day global ambassador.

Swift will serve as Record Store Day Ambassador for this year's event on April 23, marking the 15th anniversary of the annual celebration.

The global superstar said she is very proud to be this year's Ambassador for Record Store Day.

"The places where we go to browse and explore and discover music new and old have always been sacred to me," Swift said in a statement. "Record stores are so important because they help to perpetuate and foster music-loving as a passion. They create settings for live events. They employ people who adore music thoroughly and purely."

"Those people and shops have had a rough few years and we need to support these small businesses more now than ever to make sure they can stay alive, stay eccentric, and stay individual," she added. "It's been a true joy for me to watch vinyl sales grow in the past few years and we, the artists, have the fans to thank for this pleasant surprise. Happy Record Store Day, everyone! Stay safe out there."

"We're thrilled to learn that Taylor Swift is our 2022 Record Store Day Ambassador!" Grimey's Anna Lundy and Doyle Davis said.

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Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher & More To Perform At 2022 BRIT Awards

Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher & More To Perform At 2022 BRIT Awards

Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Liam Gallagher and many more are set to perform during the 2022 BRIT Awards.

The awards show is set to take place at London's O2 Arena on February 8 and will be broadcast live on ITV and ITV Hub and streamed for non-U.K. viewers via the Brits' YouTube channel.

"With Omicron continuing to present many challenges in terms of planning, organizers are working around the clock to pull together the best possible show and The BRITs will continue to lead the way in terms of putting on a live music event safely as the UK navigates the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic," the organizers announced in a statement. .

They added, "Artists, Nominees and all guests will be asked to show a negative LFT test on arrival to the venue, and fans will this year be offered to purchase stall seats on the arena floor, where nominated artists will also take their seat in an exclusive area."

Other artists announced to perform during the show include British rappers Dave and Simbiatu Ajikawo, aka Little Simz, and Holly Humberstone.

Among the performers, Dave and Little Simz and Sheeran have four nominations each. Meanwhile, Doja Cat has two Brit nominations this year.

Little Simz said, "Thank you BRITs. It's an honour to be nominated for 4 BRIT Awards and I can't wait to be performing on the night too. I'm so happy and grateful the music has connected and resonated. Congratulations to everyone nominated."

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My Chemical Romance, Paramore To Headline When We Were Young Festival

My Chemical Romance, Paramore To Headline When We Were Young Festival

The Las Vegas-based "When We Were Young Festival" has confirmed My Chemical Romance, Paramore and Avril Lavigne as headliners for this year's edition.

"We've missed you," tweeted the band Paramore, along with a link to the festival's website.

Due to overwhelming demand, the festival organizers have added a second date with the same lineup. The festival is now scheduled be held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on October 22 and 23.

Other musical acts set to perform at the festival include Dance Gavin Dance, Jimmy Eat World, 3OH!3, We The Kings, Manchester Orchestra, A Day to Remember, Palaye Royale, The Used, Senses Fail, Bright Eyes, PVRIS, Knocked Loose, The Wonder Years, Mayday Parade Pierce the Veil, Bring Me the Horizon, Boys Like Girls and Wolf Alice, as well as TikTok stars Lil Huddy and Jxdn.

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Fugees Cancel 25th Anniversary Tour Due To Covid-19

Fugees Cancel 25th Anniversary Tour Due To Covid-19

The Fugees have canceled their 25th anniversary tour due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Fugees, the hip-hop group comprised of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, announced on social media, "We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen."

"The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe," the statement read. "An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of 'The Score' but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work."

"We're grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety, and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon," the statement continued. "Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the years."

The tour was announced in celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Score. The tour was initially set to run between November and December last year but was postponed three days before it was to begin.

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Adele Tearfully Announces Postponement Of Las Vegas Residency

Adele Tearfully Announces Postponement Of Las Vegas Residency

Global superstar Adele recently shared a tearful message announcing the postponement of her Las Vegas residency as a result of Covid-related production delays.

"I'm so sorry, but my show ain't ready," Adele says in the video posted on social media. "We've tried absolutely everything we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID."

"Half my crew, half my team is down with Covid. They still are, and it's been impossible to finish the show," she adds. "And I can't give you what I have right now, and I'm gutted."

Adele apologized for the last-minute announcement, which came just a day before the residency was originally scheduled to kick off on Friday, January 21.

The "Easy On Me" singer promised all 24 dates of the "Weekends With Adele" residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be rescheduled.

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Legendary 'Bat Out Of Hell' Rocker Meat Loaf Dead At 74

Legendary 'Bat Out Of Hell' Rocker Meat Loaf Dead At 74

Legendary rock singer and actor Meat Loaf died Thursday night, January 20, at the age of 74, his longtime agent Michael Greene confirmed.

Greene released a statement revealing that Meat Loaf passed away surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.

"We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man," Greene said.

"We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time," he added. "From his heart to your souls.don't ever stop rocking!"

Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and starred in dozens of movies, including Fight Club, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne's World.

Meat Loaf's debut album Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time, while he won a Grammy for the song "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

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Silk Sonic Announce 2022 Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic Announce 2022 Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic, the supergroup comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, have announced a Las Vegas residency for 2022.

The pair will perform 13 shows at the 5,200-capacity Dolby Live theatre between February 25 and April 2. Dubbed "An Evening With Silk Sonic," .Paak and Mars will perform songs from their debut album of the same name.

"The terms is locked and Vegas might not ever be the same Jack!!" .Paak wrote to announce the shows on social media. "You're invited to the hottest show in sin city!"

Mars added, "Its happening! [sic] The sexiest party of the year! Them Silk Sonic Boyz are performing Live in Las Vegas!"

An Evening with Silk Sonic had debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard's all-genre chart 200.

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Avril Lavigne Drops 'Love It When You Hate Me' From Newly Announced Album

Avril Lavigne Drops 'Love It When You Hate Me' From Newly Announced Album

Following "Bite Me" Avril Lavigne has dropped her next single in collaboration with blackbear, titled "Love It When You Hate Me."

The song features on her seventh full-length album, Love Sux, which is scheduled to release on February 25, via Travis Barker's DTA and Elektra Records.

The album also features Machine Gun Kelly and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus.

The video shows the Canadian superstar entangled in the madness and chaos of a toxic relationship as she sings along with blackbear, "Don't call me baby/I love it when you hate me/I know it's crazy/I love it when you hate me/The highs the lows the yes, the no's/You're so hot when you get cold."

Shortly after the release, Avril took to Twitter with video footage of herself grooving to the track while sitting in a car.

Meanwhile, Lavigne is set to embark on her 2022 world tour, which starts in Amsterdam on February 26 and finishes in Victoria, California, on May 25.

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Whitesnake's David Coverdale Sells Catalog To Round Hill Music

Whitesnake's David Coverdale Sells Catalog To Round Hill Music

Whitesnake frontman and Deep Purple lead singer David Coverdale has sold his music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties to Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Ltd.

Round Hill has also entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighboring rights income from the catalog of Coverdale.

Coverdale is best known for being the frontman of Whitesnake, of which he was also a founding member. He was also the lead singer of Deep Purple from 1973 to 1976.

The acquired catalog includes recordings from Coverdale's career as a solo artist and as the frontman of Whitesnake. It also includes master royalty participation from recordings during Coverdale's tenure as the lead singer of Deep Purple.

Whitesnake hits in the agreement include "Here I Go Again", "Is This Love", "Crying In The Rain", "Still Of The Night" and "Fool For Your Loving"

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Katy Perry Announced As Musical Guest For 'Saturday Night Live'

Katy Perry Announced As Musical Guest For 'Saturday Night Live'

Katy Perry has been confirmed as musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" later this month.

The pop superstar is set to appear on the January 29-date episode, which will be hosted by actor Willem Dafoe, who recently reprised his role of Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in Marvel blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The appearance will mark Perry's fourth time performing on the show following her performances in 2010, 2013 and 2017, while Dafoe will be making his debut.

"Live from New York, it's PLAY," Perry tweeted while sharing the iconic corkboard SNL post with her and Dafoe's names pinned to it. "Can't wait to bring my slice of Sin City to the Big Apple (and ur [TV])."

Meanwhile, the Italian rock band Måneskin will make their SNL debut as the January 22-dated show's musical guest, which will be hosted by former SNL cast member, actor and comedian Will Forte.

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Eddie Vedder Shares New Solo Single 'Brother The Cloud'

Eddie Vedder Shares New Solo Single 'Brother The Cloud'

Eddie Vedder recently released a new solo single entitled "Brother the Cloud."

The song will feature on the Pearl Jam singer's highly anticipated new album, Earthling, which is set to drop on February 11 via Seattle Surf/Republic Records.

The album features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Glen Hansard, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Earthling, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Watt, is Vedder's first album since 2011's Ukulele Songs. Vedder had previously dropped "Long Way" and "The Haves" from the Earthling.

Vedder is also set to embark on a tour next month in support of the album.

Earthling Track List:

01. Invincible02. Power of Right03. Long Way04. Brother the Cloud05. Fallout Today06. The Dark07. The Haves08. Good and Evil09. Rose of Jericho10. Try11. Picture [ft. Elton John]12. Mrs. Mills13. On My Way

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Lionel Richie To Receive Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize

Lionel Richie To Receive Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize

Pop music icon Lionel Richie will be awarded with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced that Richie will be honored with an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will be broadcast nationally on PBS stations on May 17.

A songwriting superstar of the first order, Richie is known for his mega-hits such as "Endless Love," "Lady," "Truly," "All Night Long," "Penny Lover," "Stuck on You," "Hello," "Say You, Say Me," and "Dancing on the Ceiling." He co-wrote one of the most important pop songs in history, "We Are the World," for USA for Africa.

Richie has mentored young artists as a judge on ABC's "American Idol" for the past four seasons and is set to return for the show's 20th season.

"In so many ways, this national honor was made for Lionel Richie whose music has entertained and inspired us - and helped strengthen our global connections," Hayden said. "Lionel Richie's unforgettable work has shown us that music can bring us together. Even when we face problems and disagree on issues, songs can show us what we have in common."

Richie's songs are part of the fabric of pop music and American culture. The Tuskegee, Alabama, native has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. He has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy Awards, the distinction of MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016, and was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017.

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Shawn Mendes Strolls Through Snowy Toronto In New 'It'll Be Okay' Video

Shawn Mendes Strolls Through Snowy Toronto In New 'It'll Be Okay' Video

Pop sensation Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello's breakup in November was one of the talks of the world after the duo rose to fame together and continued to date for two years.

Mendes recently released a video to his emotional single "it'll be okay," which has portrayed the singer's mood in a snow-skied canvas.

The song itself was launched back in December, showing that the electric duo was truly separated. The video, directed by Jay Martin, shows Mendes back in his hometown in Toronto, Canada, in a snowy evening where he sings the song with no one around in a feeling of blue that is characteristic of losing in love.

"If you tell me you're leaving, I'll make it easy/ It'll be okay/ If we can't stop the bleeding/ We don't have to fix it/ We don't have to stay/ I will love you either way/ Ooh-ooh, it'll be oh, be okay" a heart-broken loner sings on as flakes of snow fill the rest of the frame.

Mendes is planning to take "Wonder," his chart-topping single on a tour around the world in 2022 starting in spring.

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