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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces 2023 nominees including George Michael, Cyndi Lauper

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for its Class of 2023. The Rock Hall tweeted the list nominees along with the caption: “Congratulations to the #RockHall2023 Nominees. The Official Fan Vote is now open: http://rockfa.me/FANVOTE23”

Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Sheryl Crow and Missy Elliott lead the list of 14 nominees, with those selected for induction to be announced in May. Iron Maiden, Rage Against the Machine, The White Stripes, Soundgarden, Kate Bush, Joy Division/New Order, Willie Nelson, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, and Warren Zevon are also nominated for induction this year. Crow, Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Lauper, Michael, Nelson, and Zevon are first-time nominees.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation chairman John Sykes said in a press release: “This remarkable list of nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates. These artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”

Five artists will be selected by fan vote to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Fans can vote for their favorite artists online or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland through April 28. This year’s inductees will be announced in May, with the induction ceremony to take place in the fall.

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Beyoncé announces ‘Renaissance World Tour’ of Europe and North America

Beyoncé announced on Wednesday that she will launch a 2023 world tour of Europe and North America, dubbed the ‘Renaissance World Tour’.  The superstar shared the news on her website, and posted a photo on Instagram of her riding a silver horse (a picture that matches the art on her Renaissance album cover) along with the caption: “RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR 2023.”

The Renaissance tour will kick off in Stockholm, Sweden on May 10, and travel across Europe for the following two months.. The North American leg of the tour begins July 8 in Toronto, Ontario, with her first stop in the U.S. on July 12 in Philadelphia. The tour official wraps up on Sept. 27 in New Orleans, La.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 6., with presale tickets available for members of BeyHive (register here). Citi credit card holders can also purchase presale tickets: here.  Tickets for North American tour dates require registration for a Verified Fan code via Ticketmaster: here.

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Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the funeral of Tyre Nichols in Memphis

The office of Vice President Kamala Harris announced that she will travel to Memphis, Tennessee, to attend the funeral of Tyre Nichols on Wednesday.

Civil rights lawyer and Nichols’ family attorney Ben Crump said Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, and stepfather, Rodney Wells, spoke by phone with Harris for more than 30 minutes on Tuesday about Nichols’ death. Crump said in a statement: “Tyre’s parents invited Vice President Harris to the funeral tomorrow, and were pleased that she accepted their invitation. Mr. and Mrs. Wells are grateful for Vice President Harris reaching out to them during this heartbreaking time and for her sensitivity on the call.”

The 29-year-old Nichols, a black man, died on Jan, 10, three days after he was beaten by Memphis police officers at a traffic stop. Graphic footage of the incident was recorded on officers’ body cameras, and the footage was released to the public on Friday, sparking nationwide outrage. As a result, five officers were fired and charged with second-degree murder in Nichols’ death. Two other officers were relieved of duty amid an ongoing investigation. Three fire department personnel (two EMTs and a lieutenant) who responded to the scene were also fired.

The funeral will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, where Harris will join several other senior White House officials, including Keisha Lance Bottoms, senior adviser to the president for public engagement, Mitch Landrieu, senior adviser and infrastructure implementation coordinator, and Tara Murray, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement. Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, will also be in attendance. The service is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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President Biden highlights infrastructure grants for NYC train tunnel

President Joe Biden announced during a visit to New York City on Tuesday $1.2 billion in federal funding for nine key infrastructure projects, the largest of which is the Hudson Tunnel Project on the northeast commuter rail corridor.  The $292 million for the Hudson Tunnel Project will see an entirely new tunnel built, followed by heavy refurbishment of the two existing single-track crossings. The multimillion-dollar investment comes from the National Infrastructure Project Assistance Discretionary Grant Program, part of Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, passed in late 2021.

The current tunnel’s two separate tubes opened in late 1910 and carry Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains under the Hudson River and connect Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station with Weehawken, N.J. They allow for a maximum of 24 trains per hour on what is the busiest commuter rail corridor in the country. More than 450 trains carry 200,000 passenger trips per day during the week through the tunnel. Both underpasses were damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The U.S. Department of Transportation says on the project website: “It is in poor condition as a result of storm damage and requires regular and, occasionally, emergency maintenance that disrupts service for hundreds of thousands of rail passengers throughout the region. Despite the ongoing maintenance, the tunnel’s systems continue to degrade and can only be addressed through a comprehensive rehabilitation of the tunnel.”

Biden also highlighted eight other large infrastructure projects across several states. The other major grants announced is $250 million for the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, as well as $150 million for the Louisiana Department of Transportation for improvements to the Calcasieu River Bridge along a busy stretch of interstate, and also $117 million to improve a two-mile corridor of Illinois’ Metra Commuter Railroad. That corridor includes 11 separate bridge replacements.

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Chase Rice shares short film for the song “Bench Seat”

Chase Rice has released a short film video for his brand new single, “Bench Seat”, which comes from his forthcoming album, “I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell,” set for release February 10th.  The video puts the spotlight on mental health struggles.

Says Rice of the song: “My buddy was in a really dark place – to the point where he was ready to end his own life. It took a lot for him to take me back to that moment, but when he told me what stopped him it stopped me in my tracks: his dog came and laid his head on his lap, and that connection saved him. I wrote this song by myself with the point of view from the dog’s perspective – which might not be obvious right away – and what that moment might have meant for the two of them if not for that intervention.”

The video, directed by Kaiser Cunningham, comes in the form of a 7+-minute short film spotlighting the mental health struggle that affects countless people. The intention of the video is to encourage viewers to feel comfortable talking about the topic and seeking the assistance they need, with its conclusion pointing to available resources via wannatalkaboutit.com and for anyone in crisis to call/text 988.

Watch the video for “Bench Seat” – here.

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Morgan Wallen shares three songs from upcoming album ‘One Thing At A Time’

Morgan Wallen took to social media to announce his third studio project, the 36-track album ‘One Thing At A Time,’ which will drop on Friday, March 3rd. To pre-order ‘One Thing At A Time,’ head here.

Wallen shared the details on Instagram: ‘March 3. Wallen 3. 36 New Songs. “One Thing At A Time” – MW. This announcement has been a long time coming. I’m releasing my album pre-order tonight!! And releasing 3 new songs to celebrate – “Last Night”, “Everything I Love” and “I Wrote The Book”.

As mentioned, Wallen dropped the tracks “Last Night,” “Everything I Love” and “I Wrote The Book” from his forthcoming studio album after his announcement.  You can take a listen to the three new songs: here.

Wallen will also be kicking off his world tour. The “One Night At A Time World Tour”, featuring special guests HARDY, Parker McCollum, ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman.

BREAKING: Morgan Wallen Announces New Album, ‘One Thing At A Time’

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Harry Styles set to perform at 2023 Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy confirmed that Harry Styles will perform at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 5. Styles will appear at the ceremony alongside previously-announced acts, including Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Mary J. Blige, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, Luke Combs and Steve Lacy.

Styles is nominated for six Grammy Awards this year. His recent LP, ‘Harry’s House,’ is up for album of the year and best pop vocal album, and his song “As It Was” is nominated for record of the year, song of the year, best pop solo performance and best music video. In 2021, Styles took home the award for best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar.”

The 2023 Grammys will be broadcast live on CBS on February 5 beginning at 8 p.m. ET from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, hosted by Trevor Noah.

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Niall Horan announces new single ‘Heaven’

Niall Horan has announced that his new single “Heaven” will be released on February 17th. Horan wrote on Instagram: “I could not be happier to let you know that my new single ‘Heaven’ is being released February 17. Pre-save and pre-order link in bio.”  To pre-save ‘Heaven’, head here.

Horan had teased new music back in October 2022: “I’m back. I’ve got new music coming in the new year that I’m really proud of, and I appreciate you being so patient with me while I’ve done it.”  He again recently spoke about dropping new music, sharing: “I’ve been working really hard on my music over the last couple of years and it’s almost time to get things going now. I have so much coming over the next few months.”  In addition, Horan launched a new website (heavenwontbethesame.com) where he teased fans about “NH3” coming soon.

Horan’s new project will mark his third studio album, and the follow-up to ‘Heartbreak Weather‘ in 2020 and his debut solo album ‘Flicker‘ in 2017.

Niall Horan announces ‘Heaven’

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7th officer is relieved of duty, 3 first responders fired after death of Tyre Nichols

The Memphis Police Department said a seventh police officer has been relieved of duty regarding the Jan. 7 death of Tyre Nichols. In a statement, the seventh officer was not identified, and it was not indicated whether that person would face departmental or criminal charges.

The department had previously confirmed that a sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, had been relieved of duty, saying: “Officer Preston Hemphill and other officers’ actions and inactions have been and continue to be part of an investigation since its inception” on Jan. 8, the day after Nichols’ traffic stop and the day all seven officers were relieved of duty. The statement added that “numerous” impending charges are developing: “We expect the next phase of personnel actions in the coming days … Hemphill’s actions and involvement has been under investigation as he participated in the initial traffic stop and the use of a TASER.”

In addition, three members of the Memphis Fire Department were fired after an investigation concluded they violated department policies when they responded to the scene. The department announced on Monday that EMTs Robert Long and JaMichael Sandridge, as well as Lt. Michelle Whitaker, were fired following an internal investigation. Fire Chief Gina Sweat said in a statement that the department received a call from police to respond to a report of a person who had been pepper-sprayed, and that the workers arrived while Nichols was handcuffed and leaning up against a squad car. Long and Sandridge, based on the nature of the call and information they were told by police, “failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment of Mr. Nichols.” An investigation determined that all three violated “numerous” policies and protocols.

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Court rejects Johnson & Johnson bankruptcy filing in talcum powder lawsuits

On Monday, a federal appellate court rejected a bankruptcy filing from Johnson & Johnson, in an attempt to protect itself from thousands of lawsuits claiming its talcum-based powder causes cancer. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the pharmaceutical giant erred when it put its subsidiary LTL Management into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. J&J created the subsidiary in 2021 to specifically handle the thousands of lawsuits against its baby powder. The court ruled “only a putative debtor in financial distress” is able to file for bankruptcy protection. Monday’s ruling means the subsidiary is ineligible to file for bankruptcy protection from some 38,000 lawsuits. Had it ruled differently, the majority of lawsuits against the company would have been protected from financial penalty.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Johnson & Johnson in June 2021, letting a lower court verdict stand and awarding nearly $2.1 billion to a group of 22 women in a class action lawsuit. The women contended the talcum powder contained asbestos and was the cause of their ovarian cancer. Overall, the company faces costs of about $3.5 billion related to verdicts and settlements.

The Jersey-based company originally said in 2020 that it was discontinuing the talc-based baby powder product, amid the thousands of claims filed by customers in North America alleging it causes ovarian cancer and other illnesses. J&J then said last August it would end sales of the product at some point this year.  Johnson & Johnson said in a statement Monday: “As we have said from the beginning of this process, resolving this matter as quickly and efficiently as possible is in the best interests of claimants and all stakeholders. We continue to stand behind the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder, which is safe, does not contain asbestos and does not cause cancer.”

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