Green Day, Stevie Wonder, The Killers to headline the Global Citizen Festival

Green Day, the Killers, and Stevie Wonder are just some of the big names set to invade New York City later this year for the 2017 Global Citizen Festival. On Tuesday (Aug. 1), the annual, good-cause music festival announced a diverse lineup for the 2017 incarnation of the musical event. Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, the Lumineers, Alessia Cara, and the Chainsmokers will also be featured on the lengthy bill. According to a press release from the music festival, more special guests will be announced over the upcoming weeks.

The goal of the Global Citizen organization is to ask their followers, referred to as Global Citizens, to hold their leaders accountable for major world issues. Prior to the big concert event, Global Citizen will be campaigning to create major changes in the areas of education, food security, healthcare, gender equality, and sanitation. In addition to that, the group also aims to end poverty, take on climate change, and fight all kinds of inequalities by 2030.

“We’re grateful to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival,” begins Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement. “American aid programs make a significant difference in the betterment of lives at home and around the world, and we should all want these programs to become stronger, not weaker. We all play a part in seeing this mission through and it starts with calling on all our leaders.”

“In this crucial time, there is nothing more exciting to me than having the honor of giving my gift of song, words and motivation to the Global Citizen Festival,” said two-time performer Stevie Wonder. “When we commit ourselves to life issues, we are showing love of the Most High. I was, I am and will always be, a citizen connected to the spirit of everyone on this planet moving forward. Let’s go!”

“We can’t wait to get back to our hometown of New York City and play for 60,000 people who have done amazing things to change the world,” begins the Chainsmokers’ statement. “We are so thankful to our fans for getting online and taking action to support less fortunate people around the world. We’ll see you on Sept. 23!”

The 2017 Global Citizen Festival will take place on Sept. 23 at New York’s Central Park. According to the music festival’s website, they are expecting approximately 60,000 Global Citizens to attend the musical event. Like the past years, tickets for the show will be distributed via a lottery system. Fans can get involved and informed on how to become a Global Citizen by checking out the music festival’s website here.

Glastonbury 2015 Announce Complete 2015 Line-Up

When Glastonbury isn’t letting the selfie generation know that this festival is a “selfie stick optional” event, they are revealing the super long and jammed packed line-up for this year’s event.

Previously, festival organizers had revealed that acts likes Kanye West, Foo Fighters, The Who, Florence and the Machine, Pharrell Williams, Alt-J, Lionel Richie, Motorhead, Patti Smith, and many, many more would be making the trip to Pilton, Somerset (England) at the end of the month for the five-day music event.

With about three weeks left until gates open to let in all the musical craziness, organizers revealed the rest of the long list of acts.

Check out some of the new additions, and the official poster with the updated line-up, below.

New additions include: SBTRKT, Benjamin Booker, Jon Hopkins, Goat, Idris Elba, The Districts, Palma Violets, Frank Turner, Leon Bridges, Alvvays, Tricky, FFS (the joint project from Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), Mini Mansions, Shlomo, The Cribs, SOAK, Milky Chance, The Gaslamp Killer, Donovan, The Proclaimers, Nick Lowe, Burt Bacharach, and many more.

Russian band Pussy Riot will also appear at the event for a “live conversation” while Stephen Hawking and the Dali Lama will also make appearances.

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Like the poster states, Glastonbury 2015 will take place from June 24-28.

YouTube Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit from Musicians

YouTube are in a little bit of a legal bind which can cost them up to $1 billion.

Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that Pharrell, The Eagles, and other musicians had filed a lawsuit against the popular music streaming site which can result in a major pay out. Lawyers for the artists have demanded that YouTube take down over 20,000 videos from the streaming site which they reportedly have no rights to.

According to Irving Azoff, the founder of a new legal group named the Global Music Rights, YouTube does not have the performance right to thousands of songs from his clients which include the previous named musicians as well as Chris Cornell, John Lennon, and Smokey Robinson, and more.

Azoff also claims that even though YouTube negotiated with the respected record labels for the rights to the music, they did not reach out to negotiate with the artists themselves. Azoff also says that his clients want to pursue YouTube first because they are the least cooperative of the companies and that their clients feel they are the worst offenders.

Google, who will be launching their own subscription music service next year in a partnership with YouTube, claim that the site does in fact have the performance rights from previous deals that had been made.

Global Music Rights’ lawyer Howard King says that has yet to be seen.

“Without providing a shred of documentation, you blithely proffer that YouTube can ignore the Notices because it operates under blanket licenses from performing rights organizations other than Global,” reads the letter King sent to YouTube earlier this month.

“However, you refuse to provide the details of any such license agreements, presumably because no such agreements exist for YouTube’s present uses of the songs in any service, but certainly with respect to its recently added Music Key service.”

But this streaming site vs artist battle is nothing new and has been escalating more a more over the past few months. The major hit came when Taylor Swift decided to pull her entire catalog off of Spotify which resulted in the music streaming giant trying to coax her back with “cutesy” letters. That did not work as we all know.

Recording Academy Reveal First Couple of Grammy Categories, Nominees

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It’s that time once again. The time of year when the Grammys announce the nominees for the 2015 incarnation of the yearly award ceremony. Earlier this morning, the Recording Academy revealed the first set of categories and their nominees during CBS’s This Morning with the help of previous collaborators and nominees each, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran.

Check out the first four categories below as well as their nominees.

Best Rock Song:

“Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore

“Blue Moon” – Beck

“Fever” – The Black Keys

“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams

“Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Rock Album:

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Morning Phase – Beck


Turn Blue
– The Black Keys

Hypnotic Eye – 
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Songs of Innocence
– U2

Best Country Album:

Riser – Dierks Bentley

The Outsiders – Eric Church

12 Stories – Brandy Clark

Platinum – Miranda Lambert

The Way I’m Livin – Lee Ann Womack

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Ghost Stories – Coldplay

Bangerz – Miley Cyrus

My Everything – Ariana Grande

Prism – Katy Perry

X – Ed Sheeran

In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Sail Out – Jhené Aiko

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

X – Chris Brown

Mali Is – Mali Music

G I R L – Pharrell

Record Of The Year:

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

“Chandelier,” Sia

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

“All About That Bass,”  Meghan Trainor

As for the rest if the 75 categories that have yet to be announced, the Recording Academy will announce the rest around 11 a.m. PST while the big award of Album of the Year will be announced around 7 p.m. PST as part of CBS’ A Very Grammy Christmas special airing tonight.

“Baby Don’t Lie,” Gwen Stefani Has a New Song Out

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It feels like ages since Gwen Stefani has released any new music, but the No Doubt frontwoman has returned with a new track.

After months of hinting at new music and that mega-producer and fellow The Voice judge Pharrell Williams would be producing her new record, the first single has been unleashed.

The song, which is titled “Baby Don’t Lie” is catchy, much like her previous albums without being too “juvenile.”

Instead of being a full-blown, overproduced, dance floor tune, the track seems to take those elements mix it together with some maturity and there you have it. With that being said, it feels like the opposite of what “Hollaback Girl” was, but then again, that was eight long years ago.

Check out the catchy song below.

“Baby Don’t Lie” which was co-written by OneRepublic maverick Ryan Tedder, will of course appear on Stefani’s third solo album which is expect to be released before the end of 2014.

As of now, no official title has been given for the upcoming record, though we assume with a release time frame of 2014, we’ll be getting the album title any day now.

2014 American Music Award Nominees Unveiled

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The 2014 American Music Award nominees are here and like many of the other music-centric awards shows that are upcoming, many of the nominees include those that have taken over the radio.

Coming in with the most nomination is Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea with a total of six. With a total of five each, we have a tie between John Legend, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams.

Check out the full list of nominations below.

2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S:
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR:
“Fancy”- Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Rude” – MAGIC!
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK:
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK:
Pure Heroine – Lorde
Midnight Memories – One Direction
Prism – Katy Perry

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY:
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY:
Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences – Garth Brooks
The Outsiders – Eric Church
Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP:
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP:
The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Nothing Was The Same – Drake
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B:
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Love in the Future – John Legend
G I R L – Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK:
Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY:
Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN:
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL:
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM):
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK:
Frozen
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

The AMAs will take place on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater and will air on ABC. Newcomer and nominee, Charli XCX has already been confirmed as the first performer of the award show.

Voting for all categories, except for “New Artist of the Year” are currently up on the AMA’s website. The New Artists category will open on Nov. 1 and will close during the first hour of the telecast.

BBC Form Supergroup to Cover Beach Boys Song

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What happens when you get together tons of musicians for a worthy cause? Usually one hell of a song.

Thanks to the BBC, tons of musicians were asked to come together to cover the Beach Boys “God Only Knows” from Pet Sounds to officially launch of BBC Music. The TV spot featuring the reported 27 artists began to air yesterday (Oct. 7).

Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Chris Martin, Florence Welch, Stevie Wonder, Brian May, One Direction, Chrissie Hynde, Baaba Maal, Sam Smith, Lorde, Dave Grohl and many more can be spotted in the video. Also making the list of performers was Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; how else do you pay homage to the guy (or band) that wrote and the song.

As if the long list of singers on the track wasn’t enough to get your head spinning, the BBC also used their 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra on the song.

We warned you, epic might be an understatement. Give the track as listen.

When asked by The Guardian about the remake of the song, Wilson said: “All the artists did such a beautiful job. I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honored ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The cover will be released as a single to raise funds for the BBC’s Children in Need charity. This isn’t the first time the BBC has done such a supergroup for charity. Back in 1997, the network released a version of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” featuring Elton John, Bono, and Reed himself.

2014 MTV Europe Music Award Nominees Unveiled

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It feels like it’s only been a few weeks since the MTV Video Music Awards took place (which we think it did) and now the music network has revealed the nominees for the European version of the award ceremony.

For being an award show due to take place across the pond, quite a big chunk of the nominees seem to be from North America, unless you count those nominated for regional awards.

Coming in at the top of the list with the most nominees is Katy Perry with a total of seven. Ariana Grande comes in next with six nominations while Pharrell and 5 Seconds of Summer are tied with a total of five. Iggay Azalea, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and breakout Sam Smith comes in with a total of four nominations a piece.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

2014 MTV EMA NOMINEES:

Best Song

Ariana Grande – “Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea
Eminem – “The Monster” ft. Rihanna
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” ft. Juicy J
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Best Pop

5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus
One Direction

Best Female

Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift

Best Male

Ed Sheeran
Eminem
Justin Bieber
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams

Best Live

Beyoncé
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Katy Perry
One Direction

Best New

5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Charli XCX
Kiesza
Sam Smith

Best Video

Iggy Azalea – “Black Widow ft. Rita Ora”
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse ft. Juicy J”
Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”

Best Rock

Arctic Monkeys
The Black Keys
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park

Best Alternative

Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Lorde
Paramore
Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Hip Hop

Drake
Eminem
Iggy Azalea
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Electronic

Afrojack
Avicii
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Hardwell

Biggest Fans

5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Nicki Minaj
One Direction

Best Look

Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Rita Ora
Taylor Swift

Best Push

5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Charli XCX
Cris Cab
John Newman
Jungle
Kid Ink
Kiesza
Lorde
Sam Smith
Zedd

Best World Stage:

Afrojack – “MTV World Stage Live in Amsterdam”
B.o.B – “MTV World Stage Malaysia”
Ellie Goulding – “MTV World Stage Wireless London”
Enrique Iglesias – “MTV World Stage Isle of MTV Malta”
Fall Out Boy – “MTV World Stage Monterrey”
Flo Rida – “MTV World Stage Mexico”
Hardwell – “MTV World Stage Isle of MTV Malta”
Imagine Dragons – “MTV World Stage Live in Amsterdam”
Kings of Leon – “MTV World Stage Rock am Ring Germany”
Linkin Park – “MTV World Stage Rock am Ring Germany”
Nicole Scherzinger – “MTV World Stage Isle of MTV Malta”
Pharrell Williams – “MTV World Stage Wireless London”
Simple Plan – “MTV World Stage Monterrey”
The Killers – “MTV World Stage Live in Amsterdam”

Voting for the yearly award show is open at mtvema.com until Nov. 8. The MTV EMAs will air live at 7 p.m. ET from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow the next day (Nov. 9). Pre-show festivities will take place in Miami, though no hosts or guests have been unveiled yet.

Meet Ed Sheeran the Puppet in “Sing”

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Ed Sheeran might be referred to as a teddy bear by fans and himself alike (just check his Instagram user name), but did you think you’d see the day when the British singer would be turned into a puppet?

That’s exactly what we got with the official music video for his current single, “Sing.” In the video the Ginger singer hangs out with super-producer Pharrell as well the Ed Sheeran puppet which kind of looks more like Rupert Grint than Ed Sheeran.

Considering that one time that girl at a show screamed, “I love you Rupert Grint,” it should come as no surprise. Mix the creepy puppet with some strippers, alcohol and some Koreans singing karaoke and this is what you get. Keep an eye out for Ed and Pharrell’s faces when puppet Ed busts through the video shoot.

His new album X is scheduled to be released on June 23, just in time to add to your Summer playlist.

Pharrell and Gwen Stefani Make Their ‘Voice’ Debut

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The Voice have been changing judges every season lately with only Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and country singer Blake Shelton holding onto their bright red spinning chairs.

In the upcoming seventh season of the hit NBC singing competition, it was already announced that mega-producer and “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams will be taking the seat that was once occupied by former judge, Cee Lo Green (or Usher).

Last week, talk began that No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani would be taking the place of Christina Aguilera for the upcoming season since she would, reportedly, be eight months pregnant by the time the show begins to air. After a few days of hushed negotiations, Stefani was confirmed to be rounding out the judges’ panel when she posted a picture of her hand on Instagram with a microphone and the peace sign/ “V” symbol.

During last night’s episode of the show, the people behind the show decided that there was no time like the present to start introducing the rookie judges to the large audience watching from both the taping location and from the comfort of their homes.

Stefani made her entrance by performing “Hollaback Girl” which was produced by who else, Pharrell, rocking his new hat. Pharrell then went on to perform his latest single, “Come Get it Bae” which he collaborate with Miley Cyrus on, hence the ridiculous pattern outfits the dancers were sporting.

Watch “Hollaback Girl” below.