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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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Disney+ announces new BTS and J-hope documentaries in 2023

On Wednesday, November 30th, Disney+ announced two new documentaries about BTS are set to premiere on the streaming service next year.

The first project is a “music docu-series” called BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star and is an exclusive Disney+ original. The series will “chart the incredible journey of 21st century pop icons BTS” and will offer fans “unprecedented access” to music and video footage of the band throughout the last nine years. The series is also said to feature a look at the daily lives of BTS’ members “as they prepare for their second chapter.”

Disney+ will also release a solo documentary about J-Hope which is currently in the works and as-yet untitled. The series will “[follow] pop star J-hope in the lead-up to his recently released solo album” Jack In The Box which arrived in July. It will also feature behind-the-scenes footage from his history-making performance at Lollapalooza 2022 and footage of the Jack In The Box album listening party.

Neither project has exact release dates, but they are expected to be revealed in the coming months.

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Billie Eilish, FINNEAS and more to perform at Prince William’s 2022 Earthshot Prize ceremony

Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding, and Chloe x Halle will perform live this Friday December 2 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway at the ceremony for the 2022 Earthshot Prize, an environmental award founded by The Royal Foundation and Prince William.

The Earthshot Prize honors those working to “discover, accelerate and scale ground-breaking eco-solutions to repair and regenerate the planet.” The first Earthshot Prize ceremony took place in 2021, featuring a performance by Coldplay.

According to earthshotprize.org, The ceremony will be broadcast via PBS.org and on the PBS app at 2 p.m. ET, and then on the PBS YouTube channel at 8 p.m. PBS will broadcast the event on December 14.

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Taylor Swift releases acoustic version of her single ‘Anti-Hero’

Taylor Swift has released an acoustic version of her recent single ‘Anti-Hero’. The original track is the lead single from Swift’s tenth studio album ‘Midnights’, which was released last month.

Swift has released numerous other versions of the song, including several remixes and another version featuring frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff’s band, Bleachers.

Listen to the acoustic version of ‘Anti-Hero’ – here.

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Jon Batiste to perform at President Biden’s first state dinner

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden are hosting their first White House dinner and have tapped Grammy-winning artist Jon Batiste to perform. The Bidens will be hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Mrs. Brigitte Macron.  A statement issued by the White House read, in part: “President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will host President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for a State Visit to the United States, which will include a state dinner, on December 1, 2022.”

Batiste announced the performance on his social media accounts, writing: “From Kenner to the White House” (Baptiste is a native of Kenner, Louisiana). Vanessa Valdivia, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, said in a statement: “An artist who transcends generations, Jon Batiste’s music inspires and brings people together. We’re thrilled to have him perform at the White House for the first state dinner of the Biden-Harris administration.” 

Baptiste won five Grammys this year after being nominated in categories including R&B, jazz, classical, and roots music. His album, ‘We Are’ won the Grammy for Album of the Year.  The 36-year-old Batiste led the band for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the last seven years, departing in August to more fully pursue music.

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HBO Max announces Dec. 31 release date for ‘Lizzo: Live in Concert’

HBO Max plans to air Lizzo: Live in Concert on Dec. 31.  Lizzo tweeted: “SAD YOU MISSED MY L.A. SHOWS? I GOT SOMETHING FOR THAT FOMO!! LIZZO: LIVE IN CONCERT STREAMING 12/31!!! ONLY ON @hbomax 🎤

The program was filmed during the artist’s ‘The Special Tour’ earlier this month at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif,, and is billed as “the culmination” of her documentary ‘Love, Lizzo,‘ which premiered November 24 on HBO Max. Lizzo was joined by her band The Lizzbians and The Little Bigs, The Big Grrrls and special guests Cardi B, SZA and Missy Elliott.

Lizzo will also receive the People’s Champion Award at next month’s People’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Lizzo: Live in Concert premieres December 31 on HBO Max.

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The Weeknd announces second leg of ‘After Hours Til Dawn Tour’

The Weeknd has announced the second leg of his After Hours Til Dawn Tour, taking place in Europe and Latin America. The After Hours Til Dawn Tour kicked off in July of this year and is in support of The Weeknd’s fifth and sixth studio albums — After Hours and Dawn FM, with the North American leg grossing over $130 million.

The second leg of the tour is set to include over 27 shows and will kick-off on June 10 at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK. The tour will hit major cities including Amsterdam, Oslo, London, Paris, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago and more, with additional dates set to be announced.

Select tickets go on sale on Friday, December 2 – here.

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Machine Gun Kelly shares the title track from his new film ‘Taurus’

Machine Gun Kelly has shared the title track from his semi-autobiographic 2022 film Taurus. Machine Gun Kelly also serves as co-writer of Taurus alongside Tim Sutton; the film also stars MGK’s fiancé Megan Fox, Maddie Hasson (Malignant) and Scoot McNairy (Narcos: Mexico).

The movie spotlights MGK – real name Colson Baker – as the talented but troubled rock star, Cole, who spends his days and nights searching endlessly for the inspiration to record one last song. A film synopsis states that the project delves into “the darkness of fame, addiction, the artistic process and the music industry”.

The ‘Taurus’ track features vocals from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Naomi Wild, who portrays Lena in the film. Check out the official video for ‘Taurus’ – here.

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Jennifer Lopez announces first new album in 8 years “This Is Me… Now”

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jennifer Lopez’s album ‘This Is Me… Then,’ the artist announced her first new album in eight years, titled ‘This Is Me… Now.’  In a video shared on social media, Lopez is seen transforming from her 2002 album cover, which saw her dressed in a frilly pink ensemble, into a white corset and black leather jacket.  Said J-Lo: “This is me then” … “This is me now.”

This Is Me… Then was released during Lopez’s first engagement to Ben Affleck in November 2002. The album, which was dedicated to Affleck, drew inspiration from their relationship for songs such as the ballad “Dear Ben,” and Affleck also starred opposite Lopez in the music video for its lead single, “Jenny From the Block.”

In a similar vein as the original album, This Is Me… Now is once again a love letter to Affleck. The 13-track record includes a song titled “Dear Ben Pt. II” but also “Midnight Trip To Vegas,” a nod to the couple’s Sin City wedding in July.

This Is Me… Now will be released in 2023, nearly a decade after Lopez released her last album, A.K.A., in 2014. She has dropped multiple singles, including 2018’s “Dinero” featuring Cardi B and DJ Khaled, 2020’s “Pa Ti” with Maluma, and 2021’s “On My Way (Marry Me)” as part of her romantic comedy film ‘Marry Me.’

Jennifer Lopez Reveals Continuation of 2002 Ben Affleck-Inspired Album with ‘This is Me…Now’

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