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Four New Shows Announced as Part of Southwark Playhouse’s 2020 Season

The four new shows are Constellations, The Fabulist Fox Sister, Public Domain, and Stay Awake, Jake.

Four New Shows Announced as Part of Southwark Playhouse's 2020 Season

Southwark Playhouse today announced Nick Payne’s Constellations as the next show to follow the current run of The Last Five Years and Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist in its new socially distanced auditorium. The production will play for three weeks from 26 November – 19 December 2020 to a live socially distanced audience of 110 (just under 50% of the usual capacity). Tickets are £14 for all previews and then £22 or £18 for concessions. From December, The Little theatre space will stop becoming a bar and host a mini-season of three musical live streams: The Fabulist Fox Sister on 4 and 5 December, Public Domain on 11 and 12 December and Stay Awake, Jake on 18 and 19 December. All tickets for the livestreams are virtual and available internationally – there will be no

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NBA YoungBoy Interview: He Was Almost Ready to Play the Game

The biggest constant in YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s life is his habit of flooding the market with new music. On average, he drops two to three projects a year. And in 2020, even during a pandemic that has slowed releases for most artists, he has already dropped two albums, a mixtape, and a compilation project. He hints, however, that his prolific habits are beginning to change.

“I don’t record a lot—not no more,” he reveals. “I used to, though.” He says he previously recorded every day, usually making “at least five songs a day.” But now, he’s only averaging five songs each month. 

“I used to have fun with it,” he explains. “It grew out of fun to kind of being like a job now. Everything in the middle, outside of making music, is fun. I started taking it serious for the money point of it.”

The appetite for YoungBoy’s

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Harry Styles’ Missed Connection With A Superfan Goes Viral After Feeding Her Fish

A One Direction fan’s worst nightmare (or perhaps best?) has come true. Harry Styles went to a fan’s house, fed her pet fish, and had a cup of tea — something that usually only happens in wholesome dreams and Disney Channel Original Movies (hello, Stuck in the Suburbs). But when the One Direction alum popped up at Theadora’s place, she sadly wasn’t even home to greet him.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, noted Styles fan Theadora shared her bizarre story on Instagram, revealing that the singer’s car broke down right in front of her house. Her dad’s friend, who was house-sitting for the family, let Styles in and gave him a cup of tea while his car was being fixed. To return the favor, Styles left Theadora a note, signed her Fine Line CD (complete with adorable drawing of a mask), and fed her pet fish. Funny enough, the fish’s

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Hayley Shares Statement Following Ex-Paramore Member’s Homophobic Comments

Hayley Williams is reminding fans what Paramore stands for after a former member’s homophobic social media post made the rounds.

A Facebook post from Josh Farro, whose exit from the band alongside brother Zac Farro was announced in late 2010, appeared via a screenshot on Twitter this week. The post appears to show the former Paramore guitarist saying in a public comment that homosexuality is “a perversion” akin to pedophilia.

After the screenshot was shared, it was noted by another Paramore fan that Josh Farro had previously expressed public support for Trump by sharing a post that praised the failed steak salesman for, among other things, being “against abortion.”

In a pair of tweets, Williams—though she did not mention Josh Farro by name—made her (and the rest of Paramore’s) stance quite clear.

“There’s a reason there are only three people left in Paramore,” Williams said. “Surprise, haters, it ain’t cause

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John Fogerty Joins TikTok To Play ‘Fortunate Son’ As A Dig At Trump

In recent months, many musicians have repeatedly denied the Trump campaign’s requests to use their songs at rallies. Neil Young finally sued the campaign after Trump repeatedly played his music despite the singer’s protests, and Leonard Cohen’s estate got lawyers involved when the RNC used “Hallelujah” during their event. John Fogerty has similarly denied Trump permission to use his song “Fortunate Son” at various rallies, but the president continues to defy his cease-and-desist orders. Now, Fogerty has found a clever way to get back at the Trump campaign.

Fogerty joined TikTok in order to spread his message across generations. For his first video, the Creedence Clearwater Revival singer tapped his granddaughter to appear in the clip to offer insight into the meaning behind “Fortunate Son.” “Today, with school being online, I thought I would give a little history lesson,” she said. “My grandpa wrote a song called ‘Fortunate Son.’ He

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Luke Combs could land in the country music history books (again)

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Luke Combs wins for Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Beautiful Crazy,” at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards.

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Everything — seriously, everything — Luke Combs touches seems to reach the top of a chart. 

The 30-year-old everyman songwriter from North Carolina, who first raised a Billboard ruckus with 2016 debut single “Hurricane” and has since destroyed country music charting records, sets sights on one of the most daunting climbs in music this week: the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. 

Combs angles to reach “rarified air,” in his words, by debuting song “Forever After All” at No. 1 on the Hot 100 songs chart. If he reaches this industry pinnacle, he’d be the first artist to simultaneously debut a song atop the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Song chart, according to a video Combs posted Wednesday asking fans to support his run for

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Danny Elfman Releases ‘Happy,’ His First Pop Single Since Boingo Split

Definitely not to be mistaken for the Pharrell Williams song of the same name, the macabre “Happy” is Danny Elfman’s first solo/non-score single in 36 years, and at least a small-scale answer to the prayers Oingo Boingo fans have been offering up since the film composer’s rock ‘n’ roll band went the way of all flesh in the previous millennium.

The music video for “Happy” definitely has flesh going as it will, as a digitally manipulated version of Elfman’s face decays and has eyeballs popping in and out at will. Even images of puppies turn into skeletons in the timed-for-Halloween video. If you want creepy doll heads for the holidays, too, the video is not going to deny you doll heads. Occasionally topical lyrics — especially as the song kicks into a more thrashy mode midway through — a feeling that the song might be timed to the general election

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How Detroit Assembly Lines Changed Music Forever

Photo credit: Yale Joel - Getty Images
Photo credit: Yale Joel – Getty Images

From Road & Track

All music is a product of time and place. Often, this happens in subtle ways—composers and songwriters absorb the sounds, moods, and cultures of their environment, sometimes without even realizing it. Other times, the influence is a bit more explicit.

Berry Gordy Jr. began working at a Lincoln-Mercury plant in 1955. Gordy was an aspiring songwriter at the time, but with a young family to support, he did what so many musicians have to do, and took a day job. “Those slow-moving car frames were the loveliest sight I’d ever seen,” he wrote in his autobiography To Be Loved. “There was a pleasing simplicity to how everyone did the same thing over and over again.”

Photo credit: Donaldson Collection - Getty Images
Photo credit: Donaldson Collection – Getty Images

The work paid reasonably well—$86.40 a week—and by Gordy’s account, was fairly easy. “I learned it

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Kelsey Waldon Covers Nina Simone’s ‘Mississippi Goddam’ : World Cafe : NPR

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They’ll Never Keep Us Down is the title of a forthcoming EP from Nashville singer-songwriter Kelsey Waldon. The EP takes its title from the Hazel Dickens song and serves as a statement of allyship for social justice reform. The EP includes covers of protest and empowerment songs by Kris Kristofferson (“The Law Is For The Protection Of The People”), John Prine (“Sam Stone”), “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,” popularized by Nina Simone, and others.

Waldon also covers one of Simone’s signature songs, “Mississippi Goddam.” Written in 1963, it’s a sharp, defiant, and potent song about racial injustice. In 2018, the song was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry,

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THE CMA AWARDS Reveal First Round of Performers

Hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will take the stage together.

THE CMA AWARDS Reveal First Round of Performers

The Country Music Association today announced the first round of performers for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards.” Hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will take the stage together for an emotional, groundbreaking tribute performance. Rucker will also take the stage with Lady A. Additional performances include Gabby Barrett feat. Charlie Puth, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts and Thomas Rhett feat. McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin. “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” will mark the first time the biggest names in Country Music will come together-safely, all in one room-this year. In celebratory fashion, this year’s show will honor the very best in the genre and deliver an unparalleled evening of entertainment and surprises. Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will broadcast live

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