ARIANA GRANDE, ALICIA KEYS, JONAS BROTHERS ROCKED THE VOTE – (06/24/2020)
Yesterday, (Tuesday June 23) marked the final Presidential primary of the month and Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys and Jonas Brothers were among many artists that filled their social media with encouragement to vote. And now they encourage fans to vote in November.
Alicia Keys posted, “I’m ready! And Jonas Brothers promoted voting by mail.
Ariana Grande sent food and coffee trucks – for voters standing in line in Louisville, Kentucky. And a pinned tweet on her page reads: “A lot of things feel scary, dangerous and uncertain right now… but there are things within our control: voting, contacting lawmakers, and taking the census. The most important thing you can do right now to take the power back is become a voter and know when your next election is.”
RIHANNA, ARIANA GRANDE AND MORE SIGN OPEN LETTER REQUESTING POLICE REFORM – (06/24/2020)
Rihanna, along with celebs like Robert Deniro, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Meek Mill and more have signed an open letter in support of the U. S. House of Representatives’ Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The letter, which was addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ends by asking that they vote “Yes” on the pending legislation.
It says, “The Justice in Policing Act is not about marginal change; it takes bold steps that will make a real, positive difference for law enforcement and the communities they serve. We celebrate the long-overdue rejection of qualified immunity, emphasizing that law enforcement officers themselves are not above the law –that bad cops must be held accountable and victims must have recourse. We applaud the provisions to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, to establish a national police misconduct registry, to collect data and improve investigations into police misconduct, to promote de-escalation practices, to establish comprehensive training programs, and to update and enhance standards and practices.”
The letter continued, “This legislation will not only promote justice; it will establish a culture of responsibility, fairness, and respect deserving of the badge. Our communities and nation look to you to take a stand in this extraordinary moment and we respectfully ask that you vote YES on the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.”
BTS DONATES $1 MILLION TO OUT OF WORK CREW MEMBERS – (06/24/2020)
BTS has decided to give back in a big way. Along with their management company the group donated $1 million to Crew Nation, which is Live Nation’s campaign to support live entertainment employees and crew members that are out of work due to the pandemic. The fund provides a one-time grant of $1,000 to crew members who make 50% or more of their income from live performances.
BTS commented: “We are aware that a lot of communities need help due to COVID-19, and we wanted to support the music industry crews by making a donation. We hope to meet again on stage very soon.”
With the cancelation of the BTS tour alone, over 70 live concert crew members are out of work. Crew Nation was launched in March with an initial $5 million donation, which it promised to match up to a further $5 million given by artists, fans and employees, dollar for dollar.
BTS also donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter earlier this month.
AMERICAN IDOL WINNER LAINE HARDY DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 – (06/24/2020)
The 2019 winner of American Idol, Laine Hardy says he has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but his symptoms are mild, and he is recovering under home quarantine. He announced it on his Facebook page and wrote: “This wasn’t what I expected on the first day of summer.”
The 19-year-old singer from Livingston, Louisiana, went on to say that his doctor confirmed it, but his symptoms are mild.
He most recently performed the National Anthem last week at the swearing-in ceremonies of his hometown Sheriff.
KATY PERRY REVEALS INSPIRATION BEHIND NEW SONG – (06/24/2020)
In a radio interview in Connecticut this week, Katy Perry talked about her decision to go forward with releasing a new album in the middle of a pandemic and said there was conversation about not putting it out this year.
She talked about the inspiration behind the yet-to-be-released title track and said, “I mean, There is one song on the record called ‘Teary Eyed’ and it’s really about just dancing through your tears. And I’m like, ‘Wow that really resonates. That slaps. That hits hard for me right now.’ So, I’m excited for it. I’m excited for all of it.”
As for the video for her current single, “Daisies,” She said, “I think I’ll look back at it in 10 years and go, ‘Oh I gave myself a little gift to let my guard down and kind of be vulnerable and naturalistic, cause I’m not that — I love glam. I love more is more. I’m a crow, I’m attracted to the shiny objects and the big things, you know?”
Katy Perry’s new album is set to be released on August 14.
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