JAY Z AND MEEK MILL TO DONATE 10 MILLION MASKS TO PRISONS ACROSS AMERICA
Jay Z and Meek Mill’s criminal justice organizations REFORM Alliance have teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate 10 million surgical masks to prisons and jails across America to help inmates and guards protect themselves and each other from continuing to spread the coronavirus. Bob Pilon, president of the REFORM Alliance said in a statement, “This is 2.3 million Americans that don’t usually have the loudest voice. That’s why we’re doing this, to give that population a voice and answer their call to be treated like humans.”
LUMINEERS RAISE MORE THAN $600K WITH LIVESTREAMED BENEFIT – (05/15/2020)
The Lumineers announced that they have raised more than $600,000 so far from Colorado Gives Back, the livestreamed music event that the band presented last weekend.
Donations are still being accepted, with proceeds going to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares fund and the Colorado Restaurant Association. Through the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, Spotify has matched all donations, dollar for dollar, to MusiCares.
The live stream included performances by the Lumineers, OneRepublic, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Isaac Slade of The Fray, plus video messages from legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, current Colorado Governor Jared Polis and others.
Lumineers frontman Wesley Schultz said, “Proud to call Colorado my home for the last 10 years, and so grateful to every person who tuned in and donated. Thank you to all the Colorado-based musicians, athletes, politicians, and chefs who took part in this fundraiser and special thanks to Spotify and MusiCares. With your help we came together to see that Colorado Gives Back.”
The event is still viewable on YouTube and the link to donate is still active. In addition, T-shirts commemorating Colorado Gives Back are available for purchase with all profits going to the two Colorado Gives Back charities.
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BILLIE EILISH POSTPONES ALL 2020 TOUR DATES: Billie Eilish has postponed all of her 2020 tour dates due to the pandemic. “Out of an abundance of caution, all dates on Billie’s WHERE DO WE GO? WORLD TOUR have been postponed,” reads a statement posted to the singer’s Twitter. “All dates are proactively being rescheduled.” “As soon as dates are finalized, Billie will share the updated schedule and all tickets will be honored accordingly,” the statement continues. “Thank you for understanding. Stay safe, and stay home.” Eilish had been scheduled to kick off a tour of Mexico and South America at the end of May, followed by a summer run through Europe and a trip to Asia in August and September.
MAREN MORRIS DELAYS TOUR UNTIL 2021 – (05/15/2020)
Maren Morris has postponed her 2020 RSVP The Tour dates until 2021. She shared the news on social media writing, “In tears writing this but given the unprecedented circumstances, I’ve decided to postpone the RSVP The Tour to 2021. These months have been a rolling wave of uncertainty, hope and reality. Let’s do this at the right time when we can all be together again. Safe, connected and awake to that fact that live music, as a fan or as the one on stage, is even more precious now. Thank you for understanding.”
Tickets purchased for the tour will be honored for the new dates. For refunds, visit the point of purchase for more information.
BTS ANNOUNCES LIVE STREAMING CONCERT, ‘BANG BANG CON THE LIVE’: BTS have announced a new paid live streaming concert, BANG BANG CON The Live, set to take place next month via their social media channels and the community platform Weverse. Fans from all over the world are invited to watch the 90-minute show, which will take place June 14th. More details on the concert are coming soon. BTS was forced to suspend their Map of the Soul world tour due to the COVID-19 crisis. Their North American dates had been scheduled to kick off April 25th.
BBC TO RESUME FILMING IN JUNE: BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore says that filming will be resumed on Top Gear and EastEnders next month after the widespread shutdown amid coronavirus. Moore said: “How we make shows will continue to evolve in the months ahead as lockdown restrictions are eased and government advice develops. But we all want the whole industry to safely return to production. Our shared goal is to find new ways of working to help fire up the engines of British TV production – safely and sensibly.”
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