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Elton John confirmed as headliner for 2023 Glastonbury Festival

Elton John has been confirmed as the first headliner for 2023 Glastonbury Festival, who will perform on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, June 25, 2023.  Glastonbury organizers tweeted“We are incredibly excited to announce that the one and only @EltonOfficial will headline the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night at Glastonbury 2023, for what will be the final UK show of his last ever tour.”

Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis added: “It gives me enormous pleasure to let you know that the one and only Elton John will be making his first ever Glastonbury appearance, headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night next year. This will be the final UK show of Elton’s last ever tour, so we will be closing the Festival and marking this huge moment in both of our histories with the mother of all send-offs. We are so very happy to finally bring the Rocket Man to Worthy Farm!”

John posted on social media that he “couldn’t be more excited” to be headlining “the greatest festival in the world” next summer: “Every week I speak to new artists on my radio show and Glastonbury is often cited as a pivotal moment in launching their careers – the festival’s genuine, enthusiastic support for the best emerging talent is something I’ve long admired.  Thank you for having me Emily Eavis for my final UK show – it’s going to be emotional.”

No other acts have yet been confirmed for the 2023 Glastonbury Festival, taking place between June 21-25, 2023. Arctic Monkeys and Harry Styles are the rumored remaining two headliners; however, the official announcement of performers is expected to be revealed in March.

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BTS’ RM shares video for ‘Wild Flower’ off debut solo album

BTS’ RM has released his debut solo album Indigo and shared the video for its lead single “Wild Flower.” Indigo is the follow-up to RM’s two mixtapes – 2015’s RM and 2018’s mono – and is the third solo project to be released by a member of the K-pop group this year.

According to a press release, Indigo is a “record of [RM’s] twenties and a candid introduction of who RM truly is. Each track portrays RM’s outspoken opinions, prevailing thoughts, reminiscence of the past and instant feelings.”  The album features collaborations with artists from across the globe, including neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Mahalia, Korean R&B singer Paul Blanco, iconic Korean singer and actor parkjiyoon, Epik High’s Tablo, and more.

You can check out the video for Wild Flowerhere.
Buy or stream Indigohere.

RM drops ethereal music video for new single, ‘Wild Flower’

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Supreme Court set to review legality of Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

According to a SCOTUSblog report, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the legality of the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan during an oral argument in February. Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan would cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for eligible student borrowers, however, the plan has since been brought to a standstill due to several lower court rulings. The Supreme Court report comes almost two weeks after the Department of Education extended the student loan payment moratorium from its Dec. 31 expiration date to June 2023.

The Biden administration unveiled the federal student loan debt program in August, stating it would cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt for anyone making less than $125,000 or for households making less than $250,000 a year. Pell Grant recipients, who receive aid based on financial need, would get an additional $10,000 in debt relief. It expected around $32 billion in federal student debt to be canceled for more than 1.6 million Americans during through administration’s student loan forgiveness actions.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement: “We’re extending the payment pause because it would be deeply unfair to ask borrowers to pay a debt that they wouldn’t have to pay, were it not for the baseless lawsuits brought by Republican officials and special interests.”  The Department of Education wrote in a statement that the pause will extend 60 days after the Biden administration is allowed to implement its student loan forgiveness plan or legal challenges are resolved. Officials said the 60-day period will give the Supreme Court an opportunity to resolve the case during its current term. If the Department of Education can’t proceed with its policy and the legal challenges are still in play by June 30, 2023, student loan payments will resume 60 days after that date.

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Trump special master overturned by appeals court in Mar-a-Lago document review

A panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday to overturn the appointment of a special master tasked with reviewing thousands of documents seized by the FBI from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate this summer. The ruling by the three-judge panel goes into effect in seven days, absent intervention by the full circuit court or the Supreme Court.

The judges found: “The law is clear. We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so.”  The order eliminates a major obstacle in federal authorities ongoing criminal investigation into whether Trump illegally retained highly classified records after leaving the presidency and obstructed efforts by the government to recover them. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

The appellate judges repeatedly expressed concern that the appointment of third-party judge Raymond Dearie by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida lacked any clear precedent. Cannon had empowered Dearie, as special master, to evaluate the approximately 13,000 materials taken from Trump’s club, including roughly 100 documents with classification markings. Dearie was supposed to analyze if any of the documents that were taken raised privilege concerns, either executive privilege or attorney-client privilege.

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Morgan Wallen announces 2023 ‘One Night At A Time World Tour’

Morgan Wallen has announced a massive 2023 World Tour dubbed ‘Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour,’ which will visit 4 countries and 2 continents. The trek will feature support from ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman on all dates, and from HARDY and Parker McCollum on select dates. Wallen is also celebrating the announcement of his world tour with the release of a three-song collection on Dec. 2nd, dubbed ‘One Thing At A Time – Sampler.’  That project features the tracks  “One Thing At A Time,” “Tennessee Fan,” and “Days That End In Why.”

Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour is set to kick-off on March 15 with shows in New Zealand and Australia with HARDY. Then on April 15, Wallen will head back to North America with stops at 17 stadiums, various arenas, amphitheaters, and festivals. Wallen will play at several ballparks throughout North America, including New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Milwaukee’s American Family Field, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and more.  The North American leg of the trek will wrap up on October 7 at Tacoma Dome in Washington.

The tour comes after Wallen’s successful Dangerous Tour, which included more than 50 dates and broke records at 30 venues across the U.S., including historic sellouts at 11 venues.  Said Wallen “Man, what a year 2022 has been with the ‘Dangerous Tour.’  I had the time of my life, and I cannot begin to express how grateful I am that my fans connected with the Dangerous album the way they did  I’ve had so many people ask me if I wanted to take some time off; but the truth is – I have been writing and making so much music in my off-time because I feel as inspired as I ever have. It feels like new songs are pouring out of me, and I love that feeling. We are going to run it back next year with the One Night At A Time World Tour. Bigger venues. New countries. Bigger memories. See y’all there.”

There is no official pre-sale in North American for the One Night At A Time World Tour, so fans should only purchase tickets through verified fans. For more information, visit www.morganwallen.com.

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Carrie Underwood adds 18 shows to her ‘REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency’

Carrie Underwood’s REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre will return in 2023. The news was announced on Thursday, Dec. 1 — the one-year anniversary of the debut of her residency. Underwood is adding 18 new dates, beginning June 21, 2023.  Said Carrie: “I’m thrilled to be returning to Resorts World Las Vegas next summer. REFLECTION is a show I’m so proud of and have so much fun performing. I love being out on the road with THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR and look forward to returning to Vegas once that wraps, as it has become our home away from home where we get to play to audiences from all over the world.”

Underwood was the first artist to grace the Resorts World Theatre stage when she made her debut with a sold-out show on Dec. 1, 2021.  Underwood sold out all of 18 of her Las Vegas shows in 2022. Underwood took a brief hiatus from her Las Vegas residency to embark on the fall leg of her 43-city Denim & Rhinestones Tour  She will again hit the road for her headlining stint in February of 2023 before returning to Vegas in the Summer of 2023.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets to the new shows before the general public beginning Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. PT. REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency general tickets go on sale beginning Friday, Dec 9 at 10 a.m. PT at rwlasvegas.com/entertainment/carrie-underwood and AXS.com/carrieinvegas.  One dollar from each ticket sold for REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency is donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America; Carrie has been involved with the organization for more than 15 years, granting wishes since the beginning of her recording career.

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U.S. House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries to become first Black party leader

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York has been elected the next Democratic House leader, making history as the first black lawmaker to lead a political party’s caucus. The 52-year-old Jeffries was elected on Wednesday in a unanimous vote, as Democrats prepare to relinquish control of the House in January. Jeffries will take over for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced earlier this month she would not seek leadership next session. Pelosi has served as the House Democratic leader since 2003.

Jeffries was first elected to Congress in 2012; his top deputy will be Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., 59, who served under Jeffries as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and rose to assistant speaker in this Congress. The trio represents a generational shift for Democrats, who are currently led by a trio in their 80s.  Jeffries told reporters in the Capitol: “This is a moment of transition  We stand on the shoulders of giants, but are also looking forward to being able to do what’s necessary at this moment to advance the issues.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Jeffries’ election a turning point in the history of the United States Congress: “It’s not surprising that House Democrats are turning to someone from Brooklyn to lead the way next year, because when you’re from Brooklyn, you learn quickly traits like persistence and serious mettle. It’s a crowded place and a diverse place. You learn how to work with all kinds of different people. You learn how to stand your ground. You learn to not take things personally.”

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House of Representatives passes legislation to avoid railroad strike

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to avoid a railroad strike; national railroad workers had vowed to strike on Dec. 9 if no agreement was reached. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 290-137, and still needs to be approved by the Senate.  If enacted the measure would require companies and railway employees to adhere to a tentative agreement that was brokered earlier this year by the Biden administration.

President Joe Biden issued a personal appeal for Congress earlier in the week, saying in an official White House press release: “I am calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators — without any modifications or delay — to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown.” 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had expressed his intention to hold up the legislation unless a measure was added to guarantee seven days of paid sick leave to railroad employees, tweeting: “At a time of record profits in the rail industry, it’s unacceptable that rail workers have zero guaranteed paid sick days. It’s my intention to block consideration of the rail legislation until a roll call vote occurs on guaranteeing seven paid sick days to rail workers in America.” A separate piece of legislation, mandating paid sick leave for railroad workers, passed the House by 221-207.

The National Railway Act allows congress to intervene in labor disputes related to national railroads but the law has not been invoked since the 19

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Tidalwave Music Festival shares 2023 lineup featuring Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and more

The TidalWave Music Festival will return in 2023, with headliners Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn and Thomas Rhett set to perform on the Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey on Friday, August 11th through Sunday, August 13th. The fest shared the news on Instagram: “Your 2023 #TidalWaveFest lineup is here! Passes go on sale to everyone Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 am ET. See you on the beach 👀 #ridethetide 🤫 Layaway plans will be available for $43 down if you buy before Jan 3. Mark your calendar, and buy fast!”

The festival’s main stage will also host performances by Cooper Alan, Priscilla Block, Lindsay Ell, Randy Houser, Corey Kent, Dustin Lynch, Jo Dee Messina, Jelly Roll, Lily Rose, Dylan Scott, Nate Smith, Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, Hailey Whitters and DeeJay Silver. TidalWave will also continue to introduce fans to country music’s most exciting acts, bringing a stacked second stage lineup, dubbed “Next from Nashville.”

Three-day passes for the one-of-a-kind experience will go on-sale beginning Friday, December 16th At 10 am ET at tidalwavefest.com.

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Jimmie Allen, Elle King and Rachel Smith to host ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

Jimmie Allen and Elle King will host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash along with Entertainment Tonight host Rachel Smith. The special will air live on Friday, Dec. 31 from Music City at 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. CT to 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT on CBS. It will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Says Smith: “This hometown gal is thrilled to be back for round two of Nashville’s Big Bash. Hanging with my talented country friends in Music City on New Year’s Eve is the ultimate way to kick off the new year!”

Allen added: “When I got the call to host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, I was super excited and started looking forward to it right then. I was part of the show last year as a performer, so being able to co-host it this year with Elle King and Rachel Smith and see all the great performances that are lined up – it’s going to be awesome. Hosting is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and to do it on CBS is a big deal. I get to represent not only Nashville and country music but my home state of Delaware – primetime television on New Year’s Eve! Let’s bring this new year in right!”

King also shared: “New Year’s Eve has always been one of my favorite nights to celebrate because we get to reflect on the year we’ve had while getting a fresh start. Nashville has been so amazing and welcoming to me this year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am so excited to be hosting the festivities live from Music City!”

New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will ring in 2023 with performances by some of country music’s biggest stars such as Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, and more. Additional performers and information will be announced at a later date.  The five-hour celebration will also include the famous Nashville music note drop and fireworks at midnight.

Jimmie Allen, Elle King, Rachel Smith hosting ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

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