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#LetTheMusicPlay - Little Mix, Dua Lipa & More Artists Call For UK Government Support As Live Music Industry On Brink Of Collapse
The UK's most influential artists such as Little Mix, Dua Lipa, Sigala & more are backing an open letter to the government to "save" the UK's live music industry.
âUK based artists are worried the live music scene will "eventually collapse" due to the impact of Coronavirus, with gigs and festivals highly unlikely to make a return anytime soon.
Pop stars across the UK have signed an open letter calling for support due to fears thousands will loose their jobs who work in the UK live music industry.
There have already been âhundreds of redundanciesâ across venues.
The letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden reads: âWith no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak."
The campaign asks three pointers from the government:
- A clear conditional timeline for reopening venues without social distancing
- An immediate comprehensive business and employment support package
- Full VAT exemption on ticket sales.
The Weeknd has very kindly donated a large sum of money towards Coronavirus relief efforts.
$500,000 is going to MusiCares and the other half to to the front-line hospital workers of Scarborough Health Network, the hospital network in the Ontario city where he was raised.
"I was raised in Scarborough and felt it was important to give back to the community that raised me during the hard times of this pandemic," he said in a statement obtained by Variety.
According to the outlet, he also brought back a line of face masks themed for his XO company, and all of the proceeds from sales will be donated to COVID-19 relief, with the artist matching every dollar raised.
He shared a screenshot of the announcement, writing, "Massive thanks to the fans for buying the xo masks and doing your part in helping fight Covid. I promised to match what was sold. We need to keep fighting. Also a big shout out to everyone in Scarborough!"
Jade Thirlwall & Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens Spotted At Black Trans Lives Matter March Amid Dating Rumours
Jade Thirlwall and her rumoured new boyfriend, Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks, have been spotted marching at a Black Trans Lives Matter march in London.
The Little Mix star, 27, shared a series of photos from the event as she voiced her support for the cause on Instagram.
In a fan-taken photo, she was seen with her back to the camera while Jordan, 28, had his arm around her shoulders. Jade told her followers: âThis Pride and every Pride we must remember that it was Transgender Women of colour who initiated the Stonewall riots and helped to give the LGBTQIA movement the voice, platform and rights that they have today.
ââSince Pride canât take place as it usually would this year, letâs use this time to educate ourselves more and do what we can from home. âSign the necessary petitions, write to parliament on issues which oppress the community, donate to the right organisationsâ¦Awareness and knowledge can lead to effective action.
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/01/jade-thirlwall-rizzle-kicks-jordan-stephens-head-black-trans-lives-matter-march-amid-dating-rumours-12929144/?ito=cbshare
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The 2020 MTV VMAs are happening despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the exciting and unexpected news during a press conference Monday (June 29), telling viewers that summer’s buzziest awards show will officially be held in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Sunday, August 30.
This year's VMAs, which will likely be one of the first Hollywood ceremonies to not be held virtually, will follow all safety guidelines, including "limited or no audience."
The news comes after MTV told Billboard they "were exploring with government officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center" back in May, with a spokesperson adding, "The health of everyone involved remains our No. 1 priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music's biggest night to audiences everywhere."
At the time, New York was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the city will enter Phase III of its four-phase reopening plan on July 6.
Read More: 2020 MTV VMAs Date and Location Revealed | https://popcrush.com/2020-mtv-vmas-date-location/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral
The English city of Leicester has been placed on FULL lockdown, as is the first city in the UK to experience a localised lockdown.
It comes after a deadly rise of Coronavirus cases in the city.
What are the lockdown rules?
- All non-essential shops will close again from Today (June 30).
- Schools in the area will close from Thursday and will not reopen until next term, but some will stay open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
- People living in the restriction zone are encouraged to "stay at home" as much as possible and only use public transport for essential travel.
- Restaurants, pubs, cafes, hairdressers and cinemas will stay closed.
How long will the lockdown last?
There is no straightforward answer, but reviews will be carried out in two weeks time to see if any restrictions can be lifted.
Blackpink just made their official comeback with "How You Like That," their first single in over a year.
The long-awaited new song dropped Friday (June 26) after weeks of teasers — and let's just say Jisoo, Lisa, Jennie and Rosé definitely exceeded all our expectations... like we knew they would. In fact, the "How You Like That" music video has already become the biggest premiere in YouTube history.
According to the BBC, nearly 1.65 million fans across the world tuned in to watch the clip as it was unveiled. The previous record was held by BTS' "ON," which was watched by 1.52 million people during its premiere.
The "How You Like That" video is a beautiful explosion of color and high fashion that sees the ladies in a multitude of exotic destinations, including a magical rainforest and an Egyptian-style market. Plus, the quartet serves some gorgeous looks with Lisa channeling her inner Cleopatra in a bejeweled bra and blunt haircut. It's perfection.
The best part comes at the very end though, when the group breaks out into an epic dance routine.
Check out Blackpink's "How You Like That" music video, below:
Love Island's Maura Higgins has launched her own make up line called "Fanny Flutters" after her famous catchphrase.
The 29-year-old revealed her collection along with a YouTube channel yesterday.
The Irish reality TV star posted a screenshot of her YouTube channel, including its stylish ‘Fanny Flutters’ banner, saying: "Got there in the end with all of your help. Thank you all very much."
She will also be posting a range of hair and make up tutorials and told her followers to "stay tuned".
Love Island 2020 winners Paige Turley & Finn Tapp have officially moved in together!
The loved up couple now have a lush three-bedroom apartment in Manchester, overlooking the city.
They also have a walk-in wardrobe and a dressing room in one of the bedrooms.
Paige revealed she never actually visited the new apartment, but put all her trust in Finn to pick a nice apartment.
She said: âWe viewed a couple of apartments in a different block to what weâre in but only Finn was able to see our actual apartment. Iâd only seen a video so I had to put my trust in him.â
Watch more about their new apartment, below:
Lady Gaga and Blackpink released the lyric video for their hit collab, "Sour Candy."
Gaga debuted the new video game-inspired visualizer for "Sour Candy" on Tuesday (June 16). The new video keeps with the 34-year-old "Rain On Me" singer's futuristic vibe for her sixth studio album, Chromatica.
The lyric video shows Gaga and Blackpink members Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo and Rosé as players in a video game, while each woman has their own personalized virtual reality avatar that looks somewhat like a blobby Y2K alien creature. Lyrics, in both English and Korean, show up inside their chat boxes as the "game" progresses.
Watch the video, below:
Read More: Lady Gaga and Blackpink Release 'Sour Candy' Video Game Visual | https://popcrush.com/lady-gaga-blackpink-sour-candy-lyric-video/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral
If you a Disney fan as much as as the Power crew are, you know we can't wait for that first trip back to Disneyland Paris!
When is Disneyland Paris going to reopen?
It's time for magic! Disneyland Paris will begin a phased reopening on July 15.
The park was forced to close it's doors back in March due to Coronavirus restrictions.
Things will looks different though, because ‘enhanced health and safety measures’ will be put in place.
A statement on the official website reads: “Disneyland Paris will gradually reopen from July 15, 2020, including Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney's Newport Bay Club and Disney Village.
“This reopening will be accompanied by reinforced health and safety measures for all visitors and our employees.
“The capacity of our theme parks will be limited in accordance with the standards recommended by the competent public authorities, and a new reservation system, available at the beginning of July and subject to availability, will make it possible to regulate the attendance within the Theme Parks.”
Are Disneyland Paris still accepting bookings?
Yes, you can still book a Disney hotel and / or park tickets on the DLP website, they are accepting bookings from Mid-July.
Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & More Celebs React To Supreme Court Ruling Which Protects LGBTQ+ Workers From Discrimination
On Monday (June 15), the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling officially protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.
In a 6-3 vote, the court made it possible for the LGBTQ community to be protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, meaning it is now illegal for an employer to fire a worker based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The ruling is a huge moment for LGBTQ rights in the United States. It's even bigger than when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015 since not every single person will decide to get married, but everyone will need to work in their lifetime.
As news broke, activists, politicians and celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Mandy Moore, Laverne Cox and Ellen DeGeneres, celebrated the landmark decision on social media.
"YES!! Thank you to the Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor and all the advocates who have fought so hard for this! We still have a long way to go to reach equality, but this is a beautiful step forward," Swift wrote on Twitter.
It looks like Ariana Grande has decided to unfollow Starbucks, following the coffee chainâs recent Black Lives Matter policy.
The singer, 26, has reportedly unfollowed Starbucks on Instagram and seems to be stocking up on her caffeine fix from elsewhere. Ariana previously partnered with Starbucks as a brand ambassador and the two teamed up to create the Cloud Macchiato, released last year.
But, in her latest posts, Ariana has been picking up her coffee-based beverages from different stores in Los Angeles, with the 7 Rings hit-maker recently sharing a snap of her iced coffee from Undergrind Coffee instead.
People reports Ariana also stopped by Nimbus Coffee, a wizard-themed coffee shop in LA recently, telling fans via her Instagram story: âmmmmmmmm @nimbus_coffee_la â¡,â she wrote with the brew recommendation.â And her decision to do so may have been because of the backlash Starbucks has faced, after the chain prevented employees from supporting the Black Lives Matter movement at work.
Too Hot To Handle couple Francesca Farago and Harry Jowsey have split, with Francesca sharing an emotional video revealing her thoughts on the break-up.
The couple met on the first series of the new Netflix dating show and stayed together after filming ended, but announced they had broken up on Tuesday. Francesca shared a video on YouTube called ‘Our Breakup’ in which she revealed she thought she and Harry would be together forever.
She explained: ‘Harry and I are not together anymore, I obviously was heartbroken. ‘I genuinely thought we were going through a rocky period and that we were going to figure it out. ‘I thought we were going to end up together. I thought we were going to get married.’
Harry had ended their relationship after finding making it work long-distance was too hard, with him living in Los Angeles while she is in Vancouver.
Francesca says she visited Harry in Los Angeles while she was in the city for work, even thinking about moving out there permanently to be with him.
She added: ‘There are a lot of things I personally believe, for my mental health, that I cannot tolerate anymore. ‘I cannot fake a relationship. I cannot pretend that everything is going to be okay. I’m deciding to come forward with this video to announce that we’re not together and we’re not getting back together because I needed to solidify that in my own brain.
‘I can only tolerate so much and I need to move on, and the only way I can move on is by making this video and telling everyone.’
While she didn’t go into details about the reasons for their split, Francesca admitted neither of them were perfect but that she was willing to fight for their relationship.
She added: ‘For me, I would’ve stuck by this person no matter what. The love I had for him was very, very, very, very real.
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/06/17/hot-handles-harry-jowsey-francesca-farago-split-thought-wed-get-married-12863028/?ito=cbshare
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Taylor Swift has called for Tennessee’s confederate status to be taken down.
The “You Need To Calm Down” hit maker hopped onto Twitter and said the monuments represent “racist historical figures who did evil things, it makes me sick”.
Black Lives Matter protesters have taken down multiple statues across the world, most recently a confederate president state Jefferson Davis in Virginia.
Swift also said Trump is “stoking the fires of white supremacy”, by also tagging him and saying she’s going to rally against him in the election this coming Autumn.