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Santigold Cancels Tour, Cites 'Unsustainable' Industry

Her tour was to start in less than two weeks

(Newser) - We're all eager to "make up for lost time" in the wake of COVID lockdowns, but for the singer Santigold, rushing into that was like barreling into a brick wall. The musician announced on her website that she has decided to cancel her North American tour, which Rolling ...

2K Irish Artists Now Getting Universal Basic Income

3-year pilot program could transform lives, boost sector, backers say

(Newser) - Ireland's government has begun paying $325 per week to 2,000 artists—including actors, musicians, writers, and painters—as part of a research program on the effects of universal basic income. The 707 visual artists, 584 musicians, 204 film artists, 184 writers, 173 theater artists, 32 dancers and choreographers,...

Elvis Actor Found Dead
Elvis Actor
Found Dead
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Elvis Actor Found Dead

Shonka Dukureh dies in Nashville at age 44

(Newser) - Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in this year's movie about Elvis Presley , was found dead Thursday in a bedroom at her home in Nashville, police say. She was 44. Nashville police say there were no signs of foul play, per the AP . Autopsy results are pending from...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

Fans Send Millionaire Artist $448K in 48 Hours

Afrobeats artist Davido of Nigeria apparently wanted to get his luxury car out of port

(Newser) - Nigerian-American Afrobeats star Davido is a multimillionaire, notes the Guardian . But that didn't keep him from asking fans for donations this week. And they jumped at the opportunity to help "one of the biggest African stars in the world," per the BBC . The singer with 31.6...

Fellow Musicians Perplexed by Clapton's Hard Turn
Fellow Musicians Perplexed
by Clapton's Hard Turn
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Fellow Musicians Perplexed by Clapton's Hard Turn

Robert Cray, for example, has cut ties over Clapton's stance against COVID lockdowns

(Newser) - Eric Clapton has emerged as a loud voice opposed to COVID lockdowns and vaccine mandates , along with fellow music legend Van Morrison. As a result, he's attracted a ton of criticism , prompting a lengthy Washington Post story by Geoff Edgers on the subject headlined, "What happened to Eric...

Paul McCartney Nixes Practice He Calls 'a Bit Strange'

Ex-Beatle will no longer be signing autographs for fans

(Newser) - Nearly 15 years ago, Ringo Starr "put his foot" down, and his pen, and informed fans he wouldn't be signing autographs anymore. Now, the only other surviving Beatle has jumped aboard the same no-autographs train. The AV Club reports on a new Paul McCartney interview with Reader's ...

Flutist Who Shared Conspiracy Theories Is Out of a Job

Baltimore Symphony fires Emily Skala

(Newser) - A flutist who courted controversy with online posts about everything from COVID to the 2020 election results is out of a job in Baltimore. The city's orchestra this week fired principal flutist Emily Skala, reports the Baltimore Sun . The move comes about six months after the orchestra publicly rebuked...

Ted Nugent: 'Everybody Told Me I Should Not Announce This'

Right-wing singer announces he has COVID after claiming pandemic is a 'scam'

(Newser) - Months after claiming there was "not a real pandemic," Ted Nugent found himself sicker than he'd ever been in his life. "I have had flu symptoms for the last 10 days. ... I thought I was dying," the rocker said Monday on a Facebook Live stream...

Member of Alabama Shakes Accused of Child Abuse

Arrested drummer Steven Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to violating ex's protective order

(Newser) - A member of the rock band Alabama Shakes was arrested last week and hit with child abuse charges, a year after pleading guilty to breaching a protective order from his ex-wife. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama confirms to Rolling Stone that drummer Steven William Johnson was arrested...

World's 'Fastest Girl Drummer' Is Gone
World's 'Fastest
Girl Drummer' Is Gone
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World's 'Fastest Girl Drummer' Is Gone

Viola Smith has died at 107

(Newser) - The "fastest girl drummer in the world" is gone. Viola Smith, a swing musician who fought for female inclusion in the big-band era, died Wednesday at home in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Washington Post reports. She was 107. At a time when jazz giants like Artie Shaw and Benny...

Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Dead at 73
Guitarist Who 'Gave Me
the Cold Sweats' Has Died
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Guitarist Who 'Gave Me the Cold Sweats' Has Died

Peter Green had 'the sweetest tone I ever heard,' said guitar legend BB King

(Newser) - Peter Green, the dexterous blues guitarist who led the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac in a career shortened by psychedelic drugs and mental illness, has died at 73, the AP reports. A law firm representing his family, Swan Turton, announced the death in a statement Saturday. It said he died...

RIP, Little Richard —'a Genius, Pure and Simple'

Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones are among those reacting to Little Richard's death

(Newser) - Reactions are rolling in to the death of rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard, who died Saturday at 87, the AP reports. Among them:

Coronavirus Leads to Death of New Orleans Jazz Legend

Ellis Marsalis Jr. had pneumonia caused by COVID-19

(Newser) - Ellis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist, teacher, and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan that includes famed performer sons Wynton and Branford, has died after battling pneumonia brought by the coronavirus, one of his sons said late Wednesday. He was 85. Ellis Marsalis III confirmed in an interview with the...

Musician at Forefront of the 'Paisley Underground' Dies at 61

Mazzy Star, Rain Parade co-founder David Roback was key figure in LA's neo-psychedelia genre

(Newser) - David Roback, a driving force in the neo-psychedelic genre and co-founder of California alt-rock band Mazzy Star, has died at age 61, per a representative for the band. The cause of death hasn't yet been released. In the early '80s, the producer, guitarist, and keyboardist co-founded Rain Parade,...

Billboard's 'Top New Artist' Is Dead After Medical Emergency

Juice WRLD was just 21 years old

(Newser) - Chicago-area rapper Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday after a "medical emergency'' at Midway International Airport, the AP reports. Police and fire officials confirmed a 21-year-old male was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago...

Stolen Strad Reborn After Nearly 40 Years

Violinist Nathan Meltzer revives prize instrument in Cambridge, Mass.

(Newser) - A Stradivarius violin stolen four decades ago from the virtuoso Roman Totenberg and returned to his family by a federal prosecutor came alive again—at the crime scene, the AP reports. Nineteen-year-old star violinist Nathan Meltzer revived the prize instrument of the late Polish-born musician on Friday at a public...

UMG Tried to Downplay Big Fire. Now, a Bigger List of Names

Cher, Dolly Parton, Styx, Rodney Dangerfield—all apparently lost master recordings in 2008 blaze

(Newser) - What's been called "the biggest disaster in the history of the music business" now has an even longer list of victims. A New York Times story documented the destruction of master recordings in a 2008 fire that burned a Universal Music Group vault, with 100 or so artists...

Meet the World's Richest Female Musician and Her $600M

That would be Rihanna, per 'Forbes'

(Newser) - The world's richest female musician has a net worth of $600 million—and it's mainly not from her music. Forbes has bestowed the honor upon Rihanna, noting that the bulk of her fortune (about $570 million of it) comes from the Fenty Beauty cosmetics line she co-owns with...

Leon Redbone, Unintentionally Mysterious Musician, Dies

Jazz and blues artist's fans included Dylan

(Newser) - Leon Redbone, the blues and jazz artist whose growly voice, panama hat, and cultivated air of mystery made him seem like a character out of the ragtime era or the Depression-era Mississippi Delta, died Thursday. He was 69, the AP reports. No details about his death were provided. Redbone's...

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