Essence announces it will postpone Essence Fest of Culture until "closer to the fall"

David Becker/Getty Images for Park MGMDespite previously announcing that it was still planning to move forward with its 2020 Essence Festival of Culture amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Essence Communications has now decided to postpone the annual event.

In a new statement, Essence says that after weeks of monitoring "the unfolding developments and updated information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health agencies," it will now move the fest to closer to the fall.

"As we previously indicated, we were already moving forward with identifying and securing alternate dates and will be prepared to announce those shortly," the statement reads. "We are excited to share that previously announced talent will remain in our line-up for the postponed dates, and we will honor all tickets sold for prior scheduled performances."

"Continue to visit Essencefestival.com for new updates," the message adds.

“The Essence Festival of Culture is a beloved and highly-anticipated time of year in the City of New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a statement.

“At the forefront of everything we do, public health and public safety are always our top priorities. With the significant spread of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution in the best interest of our residents, visitors, and all who attend and make ESSENCE the worldwide phenomenon that it is."

As previously reported, this year's Essence Fest, to be hosted by comedian Loni Love, includes powerhouse headliners Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars. It also celebrates Essence's 50th anniversary as a magazine.

Other entertainers scheduled to perform are Raphael Saadiq, Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle, Jidenna, Ari Lennox, Estelle and many more.

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Styx presenting YouTube event hosted by Tommy Shaw featuring stream of 2017 concert

Courtesy of StyxStyx are treating fans who are stuck at home this weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic to a special streaming concert event that will available exclusively Saturday night at the band's official YouTube channel at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The event, dubbed "Styx Fix," will feature the audio of an August 2017 show that the veteran rockers played in Trois-Rivières, Canada, accompanied by photos and videos. The presentation will also be hosted by Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw.

The band is asking fans who watch the presentation to donate to the Rock to the Rescue charity to aid its work in supporting those affected by the coronavirus crisis. Rock to the Rescue was founded by Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, Styx have postponed or canceled nearly all of its concerts scheduled through early May. Visit StyxWorld.com for more information.

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Fall Out Boy's 'Believers Never Die' greatest hits collection coming to vinyl

ABC/Randy HolmesFall Out Boy's Believers Never Die greatest hits collection is coming to vinyl for the first time.

The 18-track compilation will make its debut on wax on May 22.

Originally released in 2009, Believers Never Die includes the biggest singles from Fall Out Boy’s pre-hiatus career, such as "Sugar, We're Goin Down," "Dance, Dance" and "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race."

A second Believers Never Die album, which chronicles Fall Out Boy's post-hiatus songs, was released last November.

Fall Out Boy is scheduled to hit the road this summer on the Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Weezer.

Here's the Believers Never Die vinyl track list:

"Dead on Arrival"
"Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy"
"Saturday"
"Sugar, We're Goin Down"
"Dance, Dance"
"A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'"
"This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race"
"Thnks fr th Mmrs"
"The Take Over, The Breaks Over"
"I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)"
"Beat It"
"I Don't Care"
"America's Suitehearts"
"What a Catch, Donnie"
"Alpha Dog"
"From Now on We Are Enemies"
"Yule Shoot Your Eye Out"
"Growing Up"

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Rapper Scarface tests positive for COVID-19: "Don’t play no games with it"

Tibrina Hobson/Getty ImagesDuring a live-streamed interview with Geto Boys cohort Willie D., rapper Scarface revealed that he's tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Houston rap legend described receiving his test results on Wednesday after being in and out of the hospital for weeks with numerous symptoms: vomiting, fever, pneumonia, and kidney failure. He explained that he was actively practicing social distancing, yet he still contracted the virus.

"Don’t play no games with it," he said. "I haven’t been nowhere. I’ve been in my house. I ain’t been on no planes, I ain’t been in no restaurants. People out there thinking this is a game? You don’t want to play with this."

Scarface said he went from having pneumonia in both his lungs to his kidneys failing three or four days later, noting, "I’ve been to the point where I felt I was gonna die."

After his condition improved, Scarface was allowed to finish his recovery at home.

To end the conversation, Scarface said, "This is something I want to leave everybody with: My life is real reserved. I don’t go nowhere. I ain’t been to the Grand Canyon, I don’t go jump out of helicopters. But I’m finna go live now. I’m just glad to be alive, man. I can’t wait to go out and suck up some of this sunshine."

Considered one of the best lyricists in hip hop, Scarface has also released 11 solo albums in addition to his work with the Geto Boys.

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Aretha Franklin biopic 'Respect' starring Jennifer Hudson pushed back until Christmas Day

MGMWe're going to have to wait a little bit longer to see Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the highly anticipated biopic Respect.

The film, which was set to open wide October 9, will now head to a Christmas Day release to qualify for awards season consideration. It will then expand in theaters on January 8, with a wide release on January 15.

Directed by acclaimed stage director Liesl Tommy, Respect follows Franklin's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B.

The cast includes Forest Whitaker as C.L. FranklinMarlon Wayans as Ted WhiteMary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.

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Ariana Grande celebrates 10th anniversary of former Nickelodeon show 'Victorious'

Jesse Grant/WireImageBefore Ariana Grande was a huge pop star, she was a Nickelodeon TV star.  And she singer took to social media Friday to pay tribute to that time in her life and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her former show Victorious.

On Victorious, Ariana played the ditzy, red-haired Cat Valentine for four seasons. She posted photos of the cast, along with a nostalgic message.

“jus want to say how grateful i will always be for being on this show and for those years of my life,” she writes. “i couldn’t have spent my teenage years with a better, more funny, talented group of human beings.”

She adds that she loved playing Cat, even though “her essence will lovingly haunt me til I die,” and reminisces about the good times she had on and off set.

“i miss getting in trouble w my friends in the school room and trying not to laugh when we weren’t supposed to on set,” she continues. “i even miss waking up with red hair dye stained pillows.”

Ariana concludes with a thank you to the show's creator and her cast mates, "for some of the most special years of my life and for bringing all of us into each other’s lives."

After Victorious, Ariana starred in another Nickelodeon show, Sam & Cat, which featured her reprising her role of Cat, and Jennette McCurdy of iCarly fame playing her character from that show, Sam Puckett.

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REO Speedwagon appear on new episode of Netflix series 'Ozark,' which premiered today

Credit: Randee St. NicholasREO Speedwagon is featured on a new episode of the Netflix crime drama Ozark, whose third season premiered today.

The veteran rockers appear in the third episode of the season, which happens to be titled "Kevin Cronin Was Here," in reference to the band's frontman.

"We are big fans of Ozark here in the Cronin house, and have been waiting patiently for Season 3," says Kevin. "The family will be snuggling up and going on a major Ozark binge this weekend. Be safe and take care."

Ozark focuses on the story of a crooked Chicago-based financial adviser named Marty Byrde, portrayed by Jason Bateman, who hides out in the Ozarks in Missouri with his family after becoming indebted to a drug cartel boss, and is told to launder $500 million.

The program also features Laura Linney and Emmy-winner Julia Garner.

Meanwhile, like just about every other touring music act, REO Speedwagon has been forced to postpone some shows because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The next confirmed date still on the band schedule is a May 20 concert in Westbury, New York. Visit REOSpeedwagon.com for more info.

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Usher set to executive produce Quibi dance competition series

ABC/Image Group LAUsher is bringing his dance moves to the Quibi streaming service with a dance competition series titled The Sauce. The singer will serve as an executive producer and judge on the show. 

Dancing duo Ayo & Teo will serve as the show's hosts, going city to city to find the dancer with the most sauce. Each week, two teams go head-to-head for a chance to win $25,000. 

"Dance continues to drive much of our popular culture in increasingly more meaningful ways, and I can’t wait to help these young dancers express their extraordinary talent and vision," Usher said in a statement reported by Deadline. "I’m excited to be working with Quibi and The Front, who share my vision for cutting-edge, culture-forward content and have created an innovative platform to recognize incredibly gifted dancers from across the nation."

Ayo and Teo went viral in 2016 with their self-taught dance moves, earning an invitation to be in Usher’s music video for "No Limit" and later Chris Brown's "Party" video. 

The Sauce joins the list of series that will be released on Quibi, Friday, April 6. This includes revivals of MTV shows like Punk’d, hosted by Chance the Rapper, and Singled Out, hosted by Keke Palmer. On Elba vs. Block, Idris Elba goes head-to-head with professional rally driver Kenneth Block performing driving stunts.

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'I had no idea how hard it could be': Maren Morris went through 30 hours of labor, emergency C-section

ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd welcomed their first child, Hayes, earlier this week. The proud new parents are overjoyed to have the new addition in their lives, but in a new social media post, Maren reveals that she endured a difficult birth process.

“30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section,” the singer explains. “Not what we planned, but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool’s errand. All that matters is that he got here safely.”

On top of those challenges, Hayes was born in the middle of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

“Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are,” she went on to say. “Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that’s eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene.”

Maren also thanked all the health care professionals that helped her safely deliver her child, concluding her post by saying that she has a newfound respect for mothers everywhere. 

“Ultimately, I can’t thank every single mother enough for going through what you’ve gone through,” she reflects. “I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I’m a measly four days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I.”

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Goo Goo Dolls frontman drums up support for local businesses amid COVID-19: "They drive the entire community"

Disney DTCIGoo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik appeared on Live with Kelly & Ryan on Friday -- remotely, of course -- to promote an important message: During the COVID-19 crisis, support your town's local businesses.

The singer lives in Westfield, N.J. and he's been helping raise money to support that town's merchants -- which have been hard hit by the coronavirus quarantine -- by live-streaming songs from his front porch.  He says it's important to support local businesses, not just in Westfield, N.J., but everywhere.

"What we're trying to get out is that a lot of the mom and pop shops around here, all the great restaurants, all the great stores and bakeries and all that, they're still open, but for pickup and delivery," Johnny explained while sitting on his front porch.

"So let's support our local businesses because they drive the entire community," he added. "That's why we have a beautiful downtown, and it makes our communities such a better place to live -- because everything is not a big franchise."

He then performed the song "Fearless" from the Goo Goo Dolls' latest album Miracle Pill with just his acoustic guitar.

Johnny, who has a young daughter, also admitted that he's really been enjoying performing without having to travel all around the world.

"It's kinda cool," he laughed. "I'm kinda thinking this might be the wave of the future!"

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Listen to new lovelytheband single, "waste"

Radio Disney/Image Group LALovelytheband has premiered a new song, "waste."

The horn-laden track, which you can download now via digital outlets, follows the previously released single "loneliness for love," which dropped in January.

"'Waste' is a slight creative step outside of the box for us," says lead vocalist Mitchy Collins. "Once we started adding more and more '80s sounds to the track, we came to the conclusion that the song needed a real saxophone."

"We had to balance a line of novelty and soul with the production so that the intended introspective message of the song wouldn't be lost," he adds. "We are extremely pleased with how it all turned out."

Lovelytheband released their debut album Finding It Hard to Smile in 2018. It includes the group's breakout hit "Broken," plus the singles "These Are My Friends" and "Maybe, I'm Afraid."

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Michael B. Jordan says focus of 'Just Mercy' is Supreme Court litigator Bryan Stevenson

ABC/Paula LoboMichael B. Jordan is giving fans another reason to tune into his legal drama Just Mercy, now that it's available for streaming.

Prior to its 2019 Christmas Day release, Jordan told ABC Audio that the film, which is based on attorney Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 New York Times best-selling memoir of the same name, isn't just about Stevenson's clients, but rather the civil right's activist real-life journey to help others get proper legal representation.

Jordan, who plays the attorney in Just Mercy, says Stevenson worked to make time for him, even though he was was "extremely busy."

"He was in and out of the Supreme Court, fighting cases," Jordan reveals. "The very thing that this movie is based on everyday. And which is amazing."

Like Jordan says, Just Mercy centers on Stevenson fighting for justice for his clients. One particular client, played by Jamie Foxx, is Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death in 1987 in Alabama for a crime he didn't commit.

"But he still found time to come to set and answer my phone calls and text messages," Jordan continues, referring to Stevenson. "And, you know, allowing me to kind of be a sponge. He allowed me to come jump in his back pocket and follow him around as much as I could. So I spent a fair share amount of time with him getting to know him and the work that he's doing." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Just Mercy, also starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan and Brie Larson, is now available to stream.

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'Everywhere but On': Matt Stell can’t outrun his pain in brooding new video

Matthew BerinatoMatt Stell can’t let go of a long-gone love in the music video for his new single, “Everywhere but On.” 

The clip follows Matt as he tries everything he can to ease the pain, traveling from city to city, performing a sold-out show and even trying to numb his memories with a glass or two of whiskey. No matter what, the clip keeps flashing back to a breakup scene in an apartment overlooking Nashville at night. 

“Everywhere But On” follows Matt’s breakout chart-topping hit, “Prayed for You.” The new single is currently a top-40 hit at country radio.

The singer premiered his new music video on Friday, celebrating its release with a live fan Q&A. “From the studio to the road, I had a blast bringing the story to life,” he says of the song on social media

While he’s off the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Matt has been hosting a weekly Instagram livestream series called Penned Up. The virtual shows began on March 25, and will feature appearances from special guests such as Lindsay EllHardy and Jameson Rodgers. Matt hosts Penned Up every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. CT. 

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Barry Gibb, Michael McDonald among many artists taking part in Twitch's Stream Aid

Rune Hellestad/Corbis; Timothy WhiteThe Bee Gees' Barry Gibb and The Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald are among dozens of artists who'll be performing on Stream Aid, an online benefit event this weekend that's being hosted by the streaming site Twitch.

The 12-hour stream will take place this Saturday, March 28, from noon to midnight GMT -- that's 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Other musicians performing include John Legend, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Joe Jonas, Jordin Sparks and many more.

For the full schedule, visit StreamAid.Twitch.tv.

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Twitch Stream Aid goes live March 28 at 9am PT.

Stars from the worlds of music, gaming, and sports are coming together to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.

See the full lineup and learn more: https://t.co/dBUjviw9gL pic.twitter.com/3E1zViJQSi

— Twitch (@Twitch) March 26, 2020

 

Grandson releases new single, "Whole Lotta," featuring Dreamers

Fueled by RamenGrandson has premiered a new single called "Whole Lotta," featuring "Die Happy" band Dreamers

The track, which you can download now via digital outlets, is a part of the "Blood//Water" rocker's XXwhy series, during which he's releasing one collaborative, acoustic song each month leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election in November.

The first XXwhy song was February's "Peaches," which features K.Flay.

As part of the campaign, grandson is also raising awareness for voter registration by including the phrase "Text Voter XX to 40649" in the title of each song released. Texting that number will allow you to receive updates about how you can register to vote in your area.

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Joe Diffie diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus

Crystal K. MartelJoe Diffie has contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus. The singer released a statement to his fans on Friday sharing his health update, and asking for privacy during his illness.

“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” the 61-year-old singer explained. “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Known for hits such as “Pickup Man” and “Third Rock from the Sun,” Joe is one of the ‘90s most successful country stars. He is also one of the era’s most name-checked stars, with the likes of Chris Young and Jason Aldean tipping their hat to his influence in their songs. 

Diffie's among the only mainstream country performers to confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis, although Americana mainstay John Prine’s wife, Fiona Whelan, also announced last week that she's been diagnosed with the virus.

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Cicely Tyson to return to 'How to Get Away With Murder' for final season

Amy Sussman/Getty Images95-year-old Cicely Tyson is staying booked and busy. After being featured as a series regular on OWN's anthology series, Cherish the Day, Tyson is headed back to primetime for a second stint on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.

Deadline has learned that the legendary star will reprise her role as Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Viola Davis' Annalise Keating, for the second half of the sixth and final season.

As you may recall, Tyson first appeared as the dementia-ridden Ophelia in the first season. Her portrayal earned her three Emmy nominations.

Additionally, Deadline reports that Anne-Marie Johnson has also been tapped to recur in the second half of HTGAWM's final season. She will play Kenda Strauss, the chic, high-powered defense attorney of Michaela Pratt, played by Aja Naomi King.

Johnson’s new gig officially marks her return to Shondaland after appearing on Grey’s Anatomy and the short-lived For the People

How to Get Away With Murder returns Thursday, April 2 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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While self-quarantining on his tour bus, Brett Young is missing his wife and baby daughter

ABC/Mark LevineBrett Young has spent the better part of two weeks self-isolating on his tour bus. The singer doesn’t have any symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but after returning from an overseas trip, he wants to make sure he’s keeping his wife and five-month-old daughter Presley safe. 

“As much as it sucks not to be with my family and see my daughter, it seemed like a small sacrifice compared to what the alternative could mean,” he explains to ET

The most difficult part of the experience has been being separated from his loved ones, Brett adds, especially since Presley is at an age where every day brings new growth and developments.

“She’s gained almost two pounds in the last month and I’ve been gone for three weeks of it,” he reflects. “The hardest thing is just how much she’s changing and growing right now.”

On social media, he posted a snapshot of a smiling baby Presley.

"As difficult as it is to be away from my girls right now, it's easy to remind myself how blessed we are that our family is safe and healthy," he wrote.

Still, the singer says he’s grateful that he and his family are healthy, and he’s trying to keep busy and stay positive while sequestered on the bus. 

“I’ve been wearing more of the work hat lately, trying to make sure everything is running smoothly and the things that need to be taken care of still are, even though we’re not on the road,” Brett says.

“I think that has probably helped me deal emotionally with the personal stuff...I’ve been handling dad stuff in a boss headspace. I haven’t gotten super emo about it.”

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Update: Rammstein's Till Lindemann tested negative for COVID-19

Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori via Getty ImagesRammstein frontman Till Lindemann has tested negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus, despite earlier reports.

On Friday morning, German publication Bild reported that Lindemann was quarantined in the intensive care unit of a Berlin hospital after testing positive for the virus. In a statement posted Friday afternoon, Rammstein confirms that Lindemann was indeed hospitalized, but tested negative for COVID-19.

"Yesterday evening Till Lindemann was admitted to a hospital on the band's doctor's advice," the statement reads. "He spent the night in intensive care but has been moved as he is feeling better. Till has tested negative for the coronavirus."

The 57-year-old musician had been touring with his band Lindemann as recently as last week.

Rammstein, meanwhile, is scheduled to launch the band's first-ever North American stadium tour in August.

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The Glorious Sons premiere new song, "Don't Live Fast"

TGS MusicThe Glorious Sons have premiered a new single called "Don't Live Fast."

The track, which you can download now via digital outlets, pre-dates the COVID-19 pandemic, even though it includes lyrics such as "Wake up and wash your hands of it."

"I swear to God I wasn't trying to write a song about COVID-19 four months ago, but I've been dying for a break from the grind like this for the better part of 7 years," says frontman Brett Emmons.

Emmons, meanwhile, has been sharing acoustic solo songs he's written while in quarantine for a series he's dubbed "Isolation Songs."

The Glorious Sons released their most recent album, A War on Everything, last September. It includes the singles "Panic Attack" and "Closer to the Sky."

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Mariah Carey celebrates 50th "life anniversary" by recording a new song

ABC/Image Group LAMariah Carey is celebrating her 50th birthday – or “life anniversary” as she prefers to call it -- by recording a new song at her home studio.

The singer shared a fresh-faced selfie on Instagram Friday, showing herself standing in front of a microphone with headphones around her neck. “Starting 327 with a new song,” she wrote, adding, “#stayhome.”

She also gave an Instagram shoutout to some of her fellow artists who were born under the same sign as she was.

“Happy anniversaries to all my super-talented fellow Aries!! Cheers!!!” she wrote, tagging Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Elton John, Celine Dion, Fergie and Lady Gaga.

Mariah’s boyfriend Brian Tanaka, meanwhile, posted a birthday tribute to Mariah on his Instagram Story, featuring a photo of the two of them from the lock screen on his phone, screencapped at 3:27 on 3/27. He included the hashtag #HappyAnniversary, with confetti emojis.

He also encouraged his followers to participate in the #AlwaysBeMyBabyChallenge on TikTok and share it in honor of Mariah's special day, and posted many of their submissions on his Story.

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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward releases digital EP featuring two new songs

Eagle Rock EntertainmentMoody Blues singer/guitarist Justin Hayward released a new digital-only EP today featuring two new original songs: "One Summer Day" and "My Juliette."

"One Summer Day" is a romantic tune that tells the story of a series of unexpected events that occurred during a single day in the summer.

"[It] just sprang out of my old Martin guitar late one evening," Hayward says the song. "I had been playing the riff for a while just for fun, without realizing it could actually be a song."

"My Juliette" was inspired by Justin's fascination with the theater as a child. When he was young, he played guitar for a repertory theater company for which his mother played piano, and he found himself drawn to various aspects of stage performance, including Shakespeare and pantomime.

"I was entranced and I still treasure every moment of that theater life," Hayward explains. "I had the song for years before I was sure I wanted to actually finish or record it because I enjoyed just playing around with it."

The tune also features a reference to South African singer Danny Williams' 1961 version of "Moon River," which was a #1 hit in the U.K.

Hayward recently announced the postponement of the 2020 On the Blue Cruise, which he had been slated to headline, as well as a series of U.S. concerts in April and May.

In a statement posted on his official website, Justin noted that the cruise's promoter was looking to reschedule the event for sometime in 2021. As for his stateside shows, he said, "As soon as we know rescheduled dates I will share them."

Hayward added, "I am desperately sorry for those individuals and families that are seriously impacted by the current situation and my heart goes out to them."

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New music Friday: Hear tracks from Kygo & Zara Larsson, Alicia Keys and more

@JOHANNESLOVUNDAs we all continue our social distancing this weekend, at least we’ll have some new tunes to listen to. Here are some of the latest tracks to add to your self-quarantine playlist:

DJ/producer Kygo is back with a new song and music video featuring Zara Larsson and rapper Tyga. The song, called “Like It Is,” is the first single from Kygo's upcoming third album, Golden Hour. The track serves as a blunt rejection of someone you know isn’t right for you.

Alicia Keys has dropped a new remix of her single “Underdog,” featuring reggae artists Chronixx and Protoje. The new version of the song has a breezy island vibes and some new lyrics, with Alicia singing on the hook, “I am destined for greatness/Time to embrace it.” The original single, co-written by Ed Sheeran, will be featured on Alicia’s upcoming album, ALICIA. Unfortunately, its release has been postponed.

And Ava Max has released the music video for her latest song, “Kings & Queens.” In the clip, Ava sits on a throne wielding a sword and reigns over a group of dancers. There are exotic birds, electric guitars and a banquet scene fit for royalty.

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Bush releasing 'Live in Tampa' concert film

Credit: Dove ShoreBush is releasing a new live album and concert film on April 24.

Titled Live in Tampa, the show was filmed in 2019 at the MidFlorida Amphitheater. It includes performances of Bush hits such as "Glycerine" and "Comedown," as well as the group's John Wick 3 single, "Bullet Holes."

Meanwhile, Bush plans to release their new studio album, The Kingdom, featuring the single "Flowers on a Grave," this summer. They're scheduled to hit the road in support of the record on a tour with Breaking BenjaminTheory of a Deadman and Saint Asonia in July.

Here is the Live in Tampa track list:

"Machinehead"
"The Chemicals Between Us"
"This Is War"
"Everything Zen"
"The Sound of Water"
"Body"
"Swallowed"
"The Disease of Dancing Cats"
"Bullet Holes"
"Little Things"
"Glycerine"
"Comedown"

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Garth Brooks will revisit his Library of Congress Gershwin Prize celebration in new TV special

Courtesy of Scott Henrichsen/PBSEarlier this month, Garth Brooks took home a huge honor when the Library of Congress awarded him its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Now, the country superstar is reliving that unforgettable night in a new TV special, set to air on PBS this Sunday.

“That was a fun week. And everybody was really, really, really sweet,” Garth reflected during a recent installment of his live Facebook series, Inside Studio G

Not only did Garth perform a medley of his own all-time favorite songs during the event, but he was lauded by some of today’s biggest artists. Keith UrbanChris StapletonRicky Skaggs and Lee Brice all performed, as did Grammy-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ and Garth’s wife and fellow superstar, Trisha Yearwood.

Garth is also slated to receive the Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, but that event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In the meantime, the singer is tiding fans over with the new TV special.

Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song airs on PBS on Sunday, March 29 at 9PM ET.

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Rihanna makes her return to music on PARTYNEXTDOOR's "Believe It"

ABC/Lou Rocco; Daniel PrakopcykFans have waited the past three years for new music from Rihanna: Now we've got her first feature since 2017's N.E.R.D. collab, "Lemon."

Today, Rihanna releases the empowering new anthem "Believe It" with PARTYNEXTDOOR; it's featured on the OVO artist's new album PARTYMOBILE.  The two have previously worked together on ANTI's "Work" and "Sex With Me."

PARTYMOBILE is the Canadian star's most vulnerable work yet. The title of the 15-track project is a nod to the inspiration behind it.

"This album was inspired by the experience you get when riding in your car and you're listening to music by yourself," he said in a statement. "It is the soundtrack for those late drives."

Previous singles "The News,"Split Decision," and Drake-assisted "Loyal" are also featured on PARTYMOBILE, which also includes a "Loyal" remix featuring Bad Bunny.

In addition to his own music, PARTYNEXTDOOR has also written hits for Summer WalkerZAYNUsherNe-Yo and more. 

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Dave Grohl joins lineup for Fox's 'Living Room Concert for America'

© FOX 2020Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has joined the lineup for Fox Presents The iHeart Media Living Room Concert for America benefit special.

The hour-long TV event features artists performing from their homes while quarantined amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Previously announced participating musicians include Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Billie EilishElton John will host the special.

The Living Room Concert airs this Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Fox. It will be broadcast commercial-free, and will encourage viewers to donate to Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation, two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals. 

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Bob Dylan releases new 17-minute song, "Murder Most Foul," about the Kennedy assassination

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has released his first new original song in eight years, an almost-17-minute-long epic called "Murder Most Foul" that centers on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The mournful tune, which features Dylan accompanied by piano, violin and understated percussion, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can listen to it at Bob's official YouTube channel.

Regarding the tune, Dylan posted a message on his official website that reads, "Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty over the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant, and may God be with you.

"Murder Most Foul" not only recounts the violent murder, but seems to delve into the effect the Kennedy assassination has had on the American psyche. Throughout the tune, Dylan also mentions various other cultural events of the 1960s, included the emergence of The Beatles, and the Woodstock and Altamont festivals.

In addition, Bob namechecks a variety of celebrities, musicians and songs, among them The Who, Marilyn Monroe, Wolfman Jack, The Eagles' Don Henley and Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train," Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and many others.

In other news, Dylan has postponed a planned tour of Japan that was slated to kick off April 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The folk-rock legend is still scheduled to launch a U.S. trek on June 4 in Bend, Oregon.

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Quality Control Music CEO Pierre "P" Thomas supports Atlanta families with free groceries amid coronavirus crisis

Rich Polk/Getty Images for Capitol Music GroupCEO Pierre "P" Thomas and his label Quality Control Music are continuing their efforts to give back to their community in Metro Atlanta, helping families in need during this critical time of economic uncertainty.

With support from both his label and GOODR, which helps distribute unused food to the hungry that would otherwise be wasted, Thomas will provide 1,000 Atlanta families with groceries.

Thousands of people are out of work and unemployment applications last week exceeding three million because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  "This Global Pandemic has majorly affected the Global economy that the US was not prepared for," P wrote on Instagram.  "We're not in a time for us to be greedy, rather we're in a time to pay-it-forward any way we can. We see you and are here for you."

Each day up to 100 residents of the Metro Atlanta area will be chosen to receive donations. Deliveries begin on Monday, March 30, and families with children and seniors are encouraged to submit a request form today.

The partnership was announced just hours after P revealed on Twitter that he wanted to help supply families in Atlanta with essentials like groceries, diapers and formula milk for babies.  "It's a rough time but we will get through this," he tweeted.

The move was highly supported in the comments by other Atlanta natives like Gucci Mane, DC Young Fly, and Trouble

Thomas founded Quality Control Music with Kevin "Coach K" Lee in 2013, signing MigosLil BabyCity GirlsLil Yatchy and a roster of chart-topping artists.

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Kip Moore previews next album, 'Wild World,' with meditative title track

Universal Music GroupKip Moore has announced plans to drop his fourth studio album, Wild World, on May 29. Ahead of the full project’s release, he’s sharing the title track, a timely meditation on finding moments of sweetness in an uncertain world. 

Kip co-wrote 12 of his album’s 13 tracks, and the singer says he hopes fans will find just as much meaning in the collection as he does.

“My first hope at all times is that it does something to your soul when you’re listening to it,” the singer tells Billboard. “I never want it to be fodder and just words and melodies. I hope that it somehow applies to other people’s lives and brings them a little peace with questions they have and their own internal struggles they’re having.”

He adds that “Wild World” comes directly from personal experience. The song was inspired by advice Kip got from his parents at a young age. 

“They were always inspiring me to chase joy and keeping things simple and that’s how ‘Wild World’ came about,” he explains. 

Kip will go live on Instagram and Facebook today at 3PM CT to discuss the new music with his fans. His next album is available for pre-order now.

Here’s the full track list for Wild World

“Janie Blu”
“Southpaw”
“Fire and Flame”
“Wild World”
“Red White Blue Jean American Dream”
“She’s Mine”
“Hey Old Lover”
“Grow on You”
“More Than Enough”
“Sweet Virginia”
“South”
“Crazy for You Tonight”
“Payin’ Hard"

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