“Hey young people – you’re getting older every second. It’s what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you’ll be all like ‘fuck you’ just like Madonna.” That was former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes on Twitter the night of the Billboard Music Awards. Madonna and Colombian reggaeton star … More »
Can you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »
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Woodstock 50 will go on as scheduled, despite the departure of one of its core financial partners, according to a recent statement from the festival’s co-founder, Michael Lang.
Earlier this week, Tim O’Hearn, an administrator of the festival’s chosen location, Schuyler County, New York, reported Woodstock 50’s alleged cancellation to NPR after the event’s central investors at Dentsu Aegis Network contacted him to confirm their withdrawal.
However, Lang maintains that the festival has not been cancelled, and is actively working to secure new investors.
“Although our financial partner is withdrawing, we will of course be continuing with the planning of the festival and intend to bring on new partners,” said Lang. “The bottom line is, there is going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, as there must be, and it’s going to be a blast.”
Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live released a somewhat broad statement of their own, attributing their exit to their belief that the festival would not materialize as “an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.”
The commemorative 50th anniversary affair is slated for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. The festival’s confirmed headlining roster, Jay-Z, Halsey, and Miley Cyrus, received varied feedback as to whether or not the lineup encapsulates the spirit of the original 1969 induction, which featured performances from Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, and The Who, to name a few. While the anniversary lineup is certainly a contemporary interpretation of the storied, four-day frenzy, the organizers did manage to extend notable nods to their predecessors in securing Dead & Company (consisting of multiple former members of The Grateful Dead), as well as a slew of contemporary rock outfits including The Black Keys and The Killers.
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Last year, Lil Dicky released his problematic collab with Chris Brown, “Freaky Friday.” Now, the joke-rapper is setting his sights on climate change. Thursday morning, he went on Ellen to tease a video for a new song called “Earth.” Dicky said the video features 30 of the biggest stars in the world — … More »
“HAVE U EVER SEEN A BITCH PLAY FLUTE THEN HIT THE SHOOT?” It was a reasonable question. It was also a relevant question because it accompanied footage of the woman who posed it doing just that: first busting out an accomplished flute solo and then breaking into 2018’s biggest viral dance craze with her backup … More »
“I have taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album!” Billie Eilish announces at the outset of her debut album. The 17-year-old singer then collapses into hysterical laughter with a male cohort — presumably her older brother, a fellow musician named Finneas O’Connell who’s been her close collaborator ever since … More »