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Queen × Adam Lambert

The legacy of Freddie Mercury, the late singer of the band Queen, has been able to live on for the past decade as Adam Lambert took over the vocals of the band.

Following the parting of former stand in singer in 2009, Paul Rodgers, the band was looking for someone who could embody all that Freddie Mercury stood for as well as bring power and strength with their vocals. This happened to be the same year that Adam Lambert auditioned for American Idol, choosing to sing the band’s hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody” for it. 

Lambert, however, did not win the show’s eighth season but instead was second runner up. But it seems he won a greater prize: an opportunity to sing for Queen.

Throughout the season, the original guitarist of the band had become aware of Lambert’s rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and knew he was a top contender. Lambert was then asked to step in and become the lead singer of Queen.

Following this, the band went on tour in 2014 and have held concerts all around the world. Over the last decade, Queen has continued touring, releasing albums, and even debuted a documentary in 2019 entitled The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story

Most recently, the band gained their first number one album in the U.K. in 25 years with “Live Around the World” which featured live music and highlights from the last decade of the bands’ tour with Lambert. This is also Lambert’s first ever number one in the U.K.

Queen is no stranger to winning titles and setting records in the music world. Almost 45 years ago did they achieve their first number one album, A Night at the Opera, and the band’s resilience has not wavered.

Amazon hosted a live Q&A on October 14 with Lambert, in correlation to the company’s music streaming service, to give fans a way to get to know the Queen singer a little better and answer some questions fans were curious about.

With Lambert leading the way, and with original guitarist and drummer, Brian May and Roger Taylor, the band has been able to keep Queen’s legacy alive and give fans decades more music to enjoy.

The band has been able to do so by sharing the music the original group wrote and produced, but Brian May says they might release some new music with Lambert. According to the U.K. news outlet The Express, May revealed to them that they “have dabbled” in the studio with some original pieces.

Regardless of old or new music, it is safe to say that the band has been able to withstand the test of time. All generations of fans are able to still feel the emotion behind the lyrics Freddie Mercury sang originally, and the ones Adam Lambert embraces now.

THANKS AMY

By Althea Champion

By the time of Amy Winehouse’s death in 2011, the death itself was no shock. Today, more than nine years after her death, people still wallow in the sorrow it brought and celebrate the birthday of a legend.

In the weeks leading up to her death, her antics were well-documented. She developed tumultuous relationships with rehab facilities that she entered and exited frequently, engaged in fights, and attracted unwanted attention from the press.

Winehouse insisted that she came by her popularity honestly.

“I don’t write a song and think, ‘oh, a million people will hear this,'” she told E! News in 2007. “I write a song because I need to make sense of why I do certain things.”

And the public loved it. Winehouse relished in her pain and imperfection, sporting big boobs, thick eyeliner, and a mane of hair that stood in contradiction to the rest of her small frame—but it undeniably worked.

Her fame began with the debut of Frank, a 2003 album that garnered acclamation from critics and others in the U.K. That success was followed by the infamous Back to Black album in 2006, known most well by Rehab, which shot her to Grammy-winner status, despite her inability to physically accept the awards in 2008; she couldn’t secure a visa in time.

Her talent was undeniable. Her sultry voice, embellished by a darling rasp, captivated her audience and made her a star. The musical contributions she gifted the world are still sung today from rooftops—now, with indisputable irony.

During 2010, she was singing, performing, and alternating between sobriety and heavy drinking. In Jan. 2011, she had a seizure that she allegedly had no recollection of. And for the rest of 2011, until her death in July, she alternated between hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and her apartment.

Then on July 23rd, she was found dead by her security guard, Andrew Morris, accompanied by three empty vodka bottles.

On the day of her tragic death, stars like Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Tony Bennett, and Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to the singer, expressing their grief on social media. Today, a Winehouse birthday does not pass by without someone noticing. On what would have been her 37th birthday, the same occurred.

Famous figures like Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, and Nas took to social media, expressing how they missed the icon, and commemorating the gift she gave to everyone, despite herself.

Like the rockstars who preceded her, she lives on in the hearts and ears of many, reminding us to be proud of who we are.

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Hiccup in COVID-19 Vaccine Development

By Althea Champion

In a statement from AstraZeneca, reported by STAT News, the biopharmaceutical company reported a halt in their global research trial. The company, which is working with the University of Oxford and is one of the few waist-deep in the process of developing a COVID-19 vaccination, reported that the halt is a “routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials.”

The company is in Phase 3 of their clinical trial in the U.S., as well as Brazil and South Africa, according to the New York Times, and in Phase 2/3 in England and India. AstraZeneca began the third phase of its clinical trial not much longer than a week ago, on Aug. 31.

Phase 3 efficacy trials involve thousands of volunteers, some of which are administered the vaccine in question, and others the placebo.

AstraZeneca and its most close competitors, Moderna and Pfizer, which have each been in phase 3 of their clinical trials since July 27, are backed by the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, a targeted allocation of resources meant to hasten the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The halt of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine—AZD1222—is the first made public by its drug maker, and will allow a safety review to take place. 

“A volunteer in the U.K. trial [of AZD1222] had been found to have transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and is often sparked by viral infections,” reported the New York Times. “However, the timing of this diagnosis, and whether it was directly linked to AstraZeneca’s vaccine, is unclear.”

The vaccine was first developed by Oxford University’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group, according to nih.gov, and was then “licensed to AstraZeneca for further development.” Oxford-Astrazeneca began the third phase of its clinical trial not much longer than a week ago, on Aug. 31

The company stressed in its statement that the safety of their participants is a priority.

“We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline,” said the company in their statement. “We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our trials.”

US Premiere of Sinatra: Raw

Richard Shelton, best known by U.K. television fans as the murderous Dr. Forsythe on the long-running drama, Emmerdale Farm, as well as recurring roles on Showtime’s House of Lies and CW’s Jane the Virgin in the U.S., is bringing his sensational, sold-out show, ‘Sinatra: Raw,’ to Beverly Hills for the first time. After an extended engagement in the U.K., including an acclaimed run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, Shelton will premiere his one-man show in the U.S. this month at the Taper Amphitheatre at Coldwater Canyon Park. The one-night-only event on Sunday, June 30 is part of Tree People’s ‘Once Upon a Canyon Night’ series. Showtime is 8:00 PM.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Sinatra prepares for his last intimate pre-retirement gig. People jostle to see, and the air is electric. Frank drinks, sings “One for My Baby,” and things take a turn. This is the 2:00 AM Sinatra you dream of meeting. Dangerous, unpredictable, brilliant. And Richard Shelton channels Sinatra like no one else, giving you an Ole Blue Eyes that you’ve never seen before. 

Tickets for this dynamic, benefit performance as part of Tree People’s ‘Once Upon a Canyon Night’ series are available now for $25.   

Visit http://www.treepeople.org/canyonnights to purchase tickets.

Parking is limited. Transportation via Uber and Lyft is recommended.

 

WikiLeaks Founder Arrested in U.K.

by Tara McDonough

Earlier today WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested inside the Ecuadorian embassy for breaching U.K. bail conditions. He has also been further arrested by U.S. authorities with an extradition warrant on a conspiracy charge for publishing classified information by former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

On Thursday the Justice Department prosecutors confirmed that Assange was charged with conspiracy to hack into a classified U.S. computer. Prosecutors said WikiLeaks founder aided Manning in cracking a password and therefore logging into SIPRNET, a classified U.S. government network.

While Manning’s sentence was commuted under President Obama just before his term ended in 2017 and released from prison that May, she was arrested in March 2019 for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

The process of extraditing Assange from the U.K. to the U.S. could take years and the outcome is not a foregone conclusion.

Calum Scott

In honor of National Coming Out Day, breakout U.K. artist, singer, and songwriter, Calum Scott premieres “A Coming Out Story” on Vevo. The poignant profile, is an incredibly personal look at how Calum found the courage to be honest about himself through music and discusses his emotional journey from childhood into adulthood to find his authentic self.

“I know that there are people young and old struggling with the same questions, and living with that relentless fear and heartbreak,” says Calum. “I make the music I do because I want to inspire the right kind of conversations. If one less kid can grow up without hiding who they are along the way or having to believe that who they love is something that will make them lonely, then everything I went through will be worth it.”

Calum showcases his soaring falsetto on his debut album Only Human out now on Capitol Records. Only Human hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 countries, sold over 1 million in adjusted album sales, and has amassed over 1 billion combined streams. Billboard said, “Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the (album’s) tracks are vulnerable and raw.His hit single, You Are The Reason featuring three- time Grammy nominee and vocal powerhouse Leona Lewis, is already certified Gold and has over 750 million streams worldwide. Calum’s new track, “What I Miss Most” out now, unfolds as a triumphant homage to his hometown of Kingston upon Hull, located in Northern England. He will release his new single, “No Matter What” on October 19th.

Calum was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single, for his version of Robyn’s Dancing On My Own, which became a global sensation with over 1 billion streams worldwide, and is now Platinum in five countries.

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Maggie Rogers

[On Give A Little] Rogers churned out a cathartic pop song about empathy and unity

Toss in a righteous guitar riff, plus a cascade of affirming handclaps, and Rogers emerges with a much-needed sunbeam of a song.” – Pitchfork

Give A Little is a natural and groovy extension of her stunning organic soundscapes.” –V Magazine

Like every song she puts out, [Give A Little] is a surprise that further proves her dexterity and versatility as an artist.” –Paper

It’s a warm, rippling pop song that makes the most of Rogers’ graceful, approachable voice. It already sounds like a hit.” –Stereogum

Today Maggie Rogers debuts the video for her new track Give A Little from her forthcoming debut album on Capitol Records. Filmed in Pacoima, CA the video was co-directed by Rogers and Alan Del Rio Ortiz and features Rachel Matthews, Camila Mendes, Myriah Rose, Firefly, Makayla Menard and Bridget Gamble.

Watch it HERE.

I had so much fun directing this video alongside Alan Del Rio Ortiz,” says Rogers. “I was obsessed with 70s skate culture in high school and really just wanted to have a silly day recreating my favorite scenes from Lords of Dogtown and paying homage to my favorite Farrah Fawcett photos. Those early skate videos feel so raw and powerful, it was important to me to show that that energy could also be female. It was super special to have my two college pals, Rachel Matthews and Camila Mendes, along for the ride. We’ve been friends since the first week of our freshman year, but our schedules have gotten so beautifully and amazingly kind of crazy since we graduated a couple years ago. It was so much fun just to spend the day dancing and giggling with each other like the old days.

Produced by GRAMMY winning producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Foo Fighters) and Rogers, the upbeat, effervescent song can be streamed / downloaded HERE. Give A Little follows the acclaimed single Fallingwater, which NPR hailed as a powerful, mesmerizing depiction of Rogers’ transition over the last two years a celebration of the terrifying yet thrilling process of change.

Rogers will kick off a North American headline tour on October 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. The run will include shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (October 18), The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL (October 30) and Royale in Boston, MA (November 5). Mallrat will support on all dates- see all dates here. The outing marks Rogers’ first headline tour since her summer 2017 outing, which sold out in minutes.
Rogers will also headline two sold out shows at Koko in London (August 29 + 30) following her performances at the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds festival. She will also perform at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN (September 22 + 23) and co-headline the 2018 All Things Go Fall Classic, one of Washington, DC’s largest signature festivals. She and LPX (Lizzy Plapinger) curated for opening day, October 6.

Maggie Rogers is a producer, songwriter and performer from Easton, Maryland. After her education at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she released her breakout single Alaska and subsequent critically acclaimed debut EP, Now That The Light Is Fading. Alaska has since charted in Spotify’s Viral 50 in 40 countries, hit #1 in 23 countries and now has over 100 million global combined streams to date. The BBC, Tidal, Google Play, Vevo, Pandora and numerous publications including Rolling Stone, NYLON, SPIN, Billboard and more have tipped her as an artist to watch. NPR named her one of its Favorite Musicians and The New Yorker declares, Maggie Rogers is an artist of her time.

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Maggie Rogers’ “Give A Little” Out Today

If you haven’t heard of Maggie Rogers yet..it’s about time you seriously do.

Just earlier today, the 24-year old music artist released her new song “Give A Little” that is available for listening on Spotify and the song is available for download HERE

Produced by Grammy-award winning producer, Greg Kurstin, Rogers’ new upbeat song exhibits a soft touch of romance as it is aground by darkness and defensiveness.

Kurstin has previously worked with Adele, Sia, Foo Fighters and many others so it’s to no surprise that his help with Rogers’ “Give A Little” is such a success already.

Ever since Rogers released her first album The Echo back in 2012, her talent in the music industry has evolved and blossomed into something more beautiful every time. This change is evident throughout her music over the course of years as she gains an even larger fan base during the process.

Interested in seeing where Rogers will be showing? She will be the headline for two sold out shows at Koko in London which takes place the 29th and 30th of August, following her performances at the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds Festival at the BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is yet another event where Rogers’ will be performing at which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of September.

Did you think that was the last of Maggie Rogers’ appearance this year? Think not! She will also perform as a co-headline at All Things Go Fall Classic which is one of Washington D.C.’s LARGEST signature festivals. By her side on October 6th is also LPX (Lizzy Plapinger).

A fan of hers already? We knew you would. You can all her tour dates right here –RSVP fast!

As for her “Give A Little” song, stay tuned in the next upcoming weeks for her official music video!

CALUM SCOTT!!

CALUM SCOTT PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR “WHAT I MISS MOST” TODAY

CALUM TO PERFORM “YOU ARE THE REASON” WITH LEONA LEWIS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA ON JUNE 6TH LIVE ON ABC.

DEBUT ALBUM – ONLY HUMAN – OUT NOW ON CAPITOL RECORDS.

U.K breakout artist Calum Scott releases the new video for “What I Miss Most” today. Directed by Ozzie Pullin and filmed in the U.K., the video and song unfold as a triumphant homage to Calum’s hometown and country. Says Calum, “This song is all about nostalgia and missing home, for me that’s Hull! Watch the video HERE and check out Calum perform the bright and soaring track live from Abbey Road Studios HERE.

Calum’s debut album, Only Human hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 countries. Tracks from the album, out now on Capitol Records, have over 1 billion combined streams and his new single, “You Are The Reason” is already certified Gold. Calum will perform the song live with vocal powerhouse and 3-time Grammy nominee, Leona Lewis on Good Morning America on June 6th on ABC. Calum was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single, for his poignant version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” which became a global sensation with over 750 million streams worldwide, and is now Platinum in five countries.

“Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the (album’s) tracks are vulnerable and raw.”

“With Only Human, (Calum Scott) makes an impressive splash, a compelling debut album.”

“What I Miss Most” is propulsive, a soaring mid-tempo track about homesickness.”

“A record filled with lyrical gold, Only Human reveals an intense and honest vulnerability to songwriting.
Wholesome and hopeful, Scott elegantly transforms pain into beauty, soulfully unwinding his personal life throughout the album.”

HALSEY x ALONE

GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-platinum artist Halsey releases a new version of her latest single Alone featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don. Get the track HERE.
Originally featured on her chart-dominating second full-length album, hopeless fountain kingdom, Astralwerks, Alone has already amassed almost 20 million cumulative streams and counting. It’s also a critic’s favorite, with The Guardian calling it the album’s standout song, Pitchfork describing it as a plush sound with brass and cellos.In this fresh take, Halsey’s song crisscrosses a swaggering verse from Big Sean and an island-swept cameo courtesy of U.K. trailblazer Stefflon Don.