Mariah Carey, Neptunes, Lennox in Songwriters Hall of Fame
After a glittering career stuffed with No. 1 hits — not to mention a two-year pandemic delay — Mariah Carey was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but not before challenging her new fellow members to do better by women.
3 dead in triple shooting in Baltimore on Memorial Day
Police said three men are dead after a shooting on Spaulding Avenue in the Park Heights neighborhood. Two men died at the scene and a third was taken to a hospital, where he later died. During a news conference at the scene late Monday night, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the victims appeared to have been in a gun battle that spanned three city blocks with people shooting at each other. What's even more troubling is that this is one of three areas that officers were patrolling while working overtime this holiday weekend.news.yahoo.com
Music stars slam UK's 'shameful' failure on EU touring rules
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Elton John performs "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" nominated for the award for best original song from "Rocketman" at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle on Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, say musicians have been shamefully failed by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union. Britain and the EU disagree about who is to blame for the omission, each accusing the other of rejecting a deal for touring artists. The new rules mean U.K. performers have to comply with differing rules in the 27 EU nations, negotiating visas for musicians and permits for their equipment. Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage acknowledged the situation was “incredibly disappointing,” but said “the door is open” to talks with the EU on a deal for musicians.
Billboard: Interscope Geffen A&M named No. 1 label of 2020
Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), the home to Eilish, Lady Gaga and Lamar, has been named the No. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Interscope Geffen A&M — the home to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga — has been named the No. Billboard announced Thursday that the label, which is also known as IGA, tops its year-end chart for the first time since 2013. IGA is also the top Billboard 200 label with 68 albums released during the tracking period, 25 of which hit the Top 10. Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records was 2019’s top Billboard 200 label.
In Peru's Cuzco, pandemic devastates tourism and economy
Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca empire near Machu Picchu lives almost entirely from international tourism and is suffering the worst crisis in its recent history. But the arrival of the novel coronavirus in March and travel restrictions turned Cuzco, which received more than 1.8 million international visits annually, into a near ghost town. Fredy Deza, Cusco’s regional director of tourism, said there are 8,000 tour guides in the region who do not have access to these benefits. At the moment, 129 Cuzco guides and artisans have received grants of $830 for guides and $415 for artisans, according to official data. Tourism entrepreneurs in Cuzco believe things could normalize in 2022, but expect that in 2021 they will barely reach 30% of what they earned in 2019.
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. It lands on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday at 8 p.m.— AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Piano-playing pop star Alicia Keys is putting out her seventh album on Friday. — Kim Cattrall is at the center of Fox’s “Filthy Rich,” a prime-time soap opera loaded with money and betrayal that debuts 9 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 21.
Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry announce birth of daughter Lyra
LONDON Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry, have announced the birth of their daughter, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. The singer-songwriter said in an Instagram post that the couples beautiful and healthy daughter was born last week. Sheeran, 29, and long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn married last year. Sheeran and Seaborn, 28, met at primary school in eastern England and announced their engagement in 2018. At the end of 2019, Sheeran announced he was taking a break from work and social media after two years of touring in support of his best-selling album Divide.
Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira picked up four nominations, including outstanding variety special (live). It was not clear if Lopez and Shakira were specifically nominated, though past halftime singers, including Beyonc, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, have earned Emmy nominations as performers. For their work on Watchmen, they scored a second Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition for a limited series, movie or special. They earned nominations as producers for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special and as writers for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who composed music for the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, picked up a nomination for outstanding music composition for a documentary series of special.
YouTube’s list of the most viewed music videos of the decade will have you humming ‘Despacito’
(CNN) -- Pasito a pasito the song "Despacito," won the decade. With a whopping 6.5 billion views, the music clip topped the list. Here are the rest of YouTube's most viewed music videos of this decade:‘Shape of You’Released in 2017, Ed Sheeran's tune had more than 4.5 billion views. ‘Counting Stars’No more counting stars, they are counting views. ‘Thinking Out Loud’Sheeran is the only artist to have two singles in this top 10, closing the list with “Thinking Out Loud,” which had 2.8 billion views.
Review: Liam Payne stumbles badly with embarrassing debut CD
Liam Payne, “LP1" (Capitol)One Direction fans have reason to rejoice this holiday season: They get not just one, but two full albums from former members — Liam Payne and Harry Styles. Payne's 17-track “LP1" never really gets off the ground, a collection of monotonous club songs that often sound like warmed-over Justin Beiber rejects. There’s a good reason for the first tune being good — it’s co-written by Ed Sheeran and Payne doesn’t try to disguise its origins, mimicking Sheeran vocal tics and flow. For a first album, Payne surprisingly doesn't show up: He had a hand co-writing only four songs and fails to do anything interesting with his voice. While Styles is off making fascinating, intriguing music, Payne is clearly phoning in his debut from the club.
Meghan Markle Delivers a Touching Speech in Honor of International Day of the Girl
In honor of International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11 -- a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide -- the 38-year-old royal took to the Sussex Royal Instagram to share some powerful words aimed at young girls. "She has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play and to discover. The video comes just one day after Meghan's husband, Prince Harry, teamed up with Ed Sheeran for an adorable video made in honor of World Mental Health Day. I'm going to go and film a thing with Prince Harry. RELATED CONTENT:Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry Team Up in Hilarious Video for World Mental Health DayPrince Harry and Meghan Markle Aren't Moving to Canada, But Want to Have Extended Trips in More Countries
Ed Sheeran, Prince Harry unite in video for World Mental Health Day
Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran teamed up in a video to raise awareness about World Mental Health Day. (CNN) - Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran have teamed up in a video to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day -- with a light-hearted jibe at their own plight as Britain's most famous redheads. "Umm slightly awkward," Prince Harry responds, noting that he had invited the singer to his house to discuss World Mental Health Day. Prince William and Prince Harry are heard in the first half of the ad. World Mental Health Day is marked annually on Oct. 10, and the World Federation for Mental Health chose suicide prevention as the main focus for this year's event.
Ed Sheeran Teams Up With Prince Harry in Hilarious Video for World Mental Health Day
Ed Sheeran was under a false impression about the subject matter of his visit when Prince Harry asked him to team up. In a cute new clip for World Mental Health Day, the 35-year-old Duke of Sussex invites the 28-year-old "Perfect" singer into his home. When the pair finally meet up, Sheeran thanks Prince Harry for inviting him, saying, "This is something I'm quite passionate about." Harry then informs Sheeran that the video is actually about World Mental Health Day, as an embarrassed Sheeran deletes the phrase "Gingers Unite" from his computer. The video ends with Harry and Sheeran encouraging people to seek help if they're struggling with mental health.
Ed Sheeran Is Invited Into Prince Harry's House for World Mental Health Day: Watch!
Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry are teaming up for World Mental Health Day on Thursday, and in a the teaser clip of the interaction, which was shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, is, ahem, "Perfect." In the clip, Sheeran approaches a door, ringing the bell, which is set to the tune of "God Save the Queen." It appears Sheeran will be giving fans a look inside Harry and Meghan Markle's home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England, for World Mental Health Day. Sheeran also sat next to Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Edward, at the Cricket World Cup earlier this year. For more from the royals, watch the clip below:RELATED CONTENT: Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys Royal Tour of Africa Embed Code RestartMeghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Prince William Team Up for Mental Health PSAWhy Thomas Markle Shared the Letter That Led to Prince Harry's LawsuitPrince Harry Sues Additional Media Outlets Over Alleged Voicemail Hacking
Ed Sheeran plans on taking a break
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(CNN) - Ed Sheeran has been touring since 2017 and is reportedly planning on taking an extended break. "There is something very bittersweet about it," Sheeran was quoted as saying. He also noted that he'd played all around the world to massive crowds during the tour. All these amazing venues, America, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America it's been a wild one," Sheeran said. And while he has more than earned a break, Sheeran thanked his supporters and told concertgoers it wasn't easy.
Ed Sheeran Announces 18-Month Hiatus From Music
At the final show of his Divide tour on Monday, the 28-year-old singer revealed that he planned to take a break from music for a while. According to The Sun, Sheeran told the crowd in Ipswich, England, that it would be his "last gig for probably 18 months." What a wild ride this Divide tour has been," he wrote alongside pics of his tour crew. "The Divide tour - 2017 -2019," he concluded. Additionally, in a post to his Instagram Story on Wednesday, Sheeran assured his fans that his break from music would be temporary.
Kevin Woo Reveals His Dream Music Collaborators at KCON L.A. 2019 (Exclusive)
"Right now I'm listening to a lot of Ed Sheeran, so I definitely want to do an Ed Sheeran cover," Woo revealed, adding that Sheeran would also be a dream collaborator as well. "Ed Sheeran, if you're watching, I'm Kevin Woo and I am totally down to do a collaboration with you!" While answering some questions from fans, Woo revealed, "Hands down, my ultimate [artist] in the world is Ariana Grande." "I would love to collaborate with her one day," Woo shared. Check out the video below to hear Woo answer a whole bunch of other fun fan questions from KCON L.A. 2019.
Ed Sheeran Mourns the Loss of Graham, His One-Time Pet Cat
Ed Sheeran shared some devastating news with fans on Thursday -- Graham, a cat he once owned, has died. The singer-songwriter broke the tragic news with a sweet photo of the feline standing on one of his guitars when he was just a kitten. He offered the image a simple caption -- a broken-heart emoji. Liberty Shaw, the partner of Sheeran's manager, Stuart Shaw, offered some details on Graham's death in a post. He also revealed that he saved Graham, while also lamenting that he "missed Graham growing up pretty much."
Ed Sheeran Speaks Out After Fans Slam Him for Not Defending Taylor Swift Amid Scooter Braun Feud
Ed Sheeran has responded after some Taylor Swift fans took to Instagram to criticize him for not coming out in support of his good friend during her feud with manager Scooter Braun over her master recordings. The fan defended him from the negative comments he was receiving in regards to Swift. Bieber later apologized to Swift for an old social media post she brought up featuring Braun and Kanye West -- which he captioned at the time, "Taylor Swift what up" -- but also criticized her for taking her fight with Braun public. Meanwhile, Sheeran and Bieber are friends, having collaborated on multiple songs together, including Sheeran's current hit, "I Don't Care." For more on celebrities speaking out over Swift calling out Braun, watch the video below:RELATED CONTENT:Scooter Braun Reached Out to Taylor Swift to Talk Out Feud Privately, Source SaysTaylor Swift's Record Label Drama: 7 Other Artists Who Have Fought For Their Music CatalogTaylor Swift Likes Pointed Messages About Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber