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Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine, Devo, Pat Benatar among the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine, Devo and Pat Benatar are among the 17 nominees nominated for the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.  John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement announcing the nominees: “This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture. Their music not only moved generations but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”

Ten of this year’s nominees have appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in previous years: Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine, Devo, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, New York Dolls, Dionne Warwick, Fela Kuti and MC5.   Seven artists are first-time nominees: Beck, Duran Duran, Eminem, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon and A Tribe Called Quest. Artists become eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after releasing their first commercially available recording.

Fans will be able to vote for their favorite nominees on the Rock Hall’s website now through April 29. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will make up the “fans’ ballot” which will then be counted among the more than 1,000 ballots sent out to artists, historians and members of the music industry.

The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2022 will be announced in May. Details on the ceremony have yet to be revealed.

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The Mighty Mighty BossToneS breakup after 38 years

The Mighty Mighty BossToneS confirmed via a statement posted to its website and on social media that they have broken up.  The group has recorded 11 albums and 10 EP’s since forming in Boston, MA back in 1983, and is perhaps best known for “The Impression That I Get”, the 1997 hit song that appeared on the band’s fifth studio album, Let’s Face It. 

The band wrote in its statement: “After decades of brotherhood, touring the world and making great records together we have decided not to continue on as a band. Above all, we want to express our sincere gratitude to every single one of you who have supported us. We could not have done any of it without you. Love Always, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS.”  The band also posted a video on Instagram of the earth splitting in half set to the tune of their track, “Bruised.”

Since its inception in 1983 (including a hiatus from 2004 to 2007) the band has undergone several iterations. Vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, tenor saxophonist Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton, and dancer (“Bosstone”)/manager Ben Carr have remained members since the beginning. Alongside guitarist Nate Albert, drummer Josh Dalsimer, and trumpeter Tim Bridwell, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS released their first record, Devil’s Night Out, in 1989.

Six of the band’s albums made it to the Billboard 200 chart, with Let’s Face It reaching No. 27, and spending 50 weeks on the Billboard 200.

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Country singer Mickey Guyton to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVI

The NFL revealed Tuesday that the 38-year-old Mickey Guyton will sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVI, live from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Mickey tweeted: “Look at God. I am shook, I am grateful, I am praise dancing… So excited to be singing the national anthem at #SBLVI on February 13th!”

The NFL noted that Guyton will perform the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the top of the big game; while R&B singer Jhené Aiko will perform “America the Beautiful” during the pre-show telecast, with further sets from Zedd and Mary Mary.

Guyton is the first Black woman to receive a Grammy nod in the Best Country Solo Performance category. The prestigious position of singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl has been held by iconic singers including Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Gladys Knight, Beyoncé, Cher, Diana Ross, and more.

Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams will take place Sunday, Feb. 13.

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Whoopi Goldberg is suspended from ‘The View’ for 2 weeks following controversial comments about the Holocaust

ABC announced that Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from “The View” for two weeks over comments she made on Monday’s show about the Holocaust.  While discussing a Tennessee school district banning the graphic novel “Maus,” Goldberg said, “If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it because the Holocaust isn’t about race.” Instead, Goldberg said it was about “man’s inhumanity to man” and that both groups of people were white.

After swift backlash over her comments, Goldberg apologized on Monday night, tweeting: “As Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected. The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”

ABC News President Kim Godwin said in a statement on Tuesday: “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments. While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”

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Green Day shares clips of new music from the studio

In a recent Instagram post, Green Day shared some clips of what they’re working on in the studio. The band — Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool — spent time working out of London’s RAK Studios throughout 2021, and they’ve been sharing teaser videos from the studio along the way.

The trio had shared a short trailer featuring the three of them in the studio, with the only words featured “RAK Studio” in London, England, and the year “1972.”  And in early January, they posted a cryptic video of Billie Joe playing an acoustic guitar edited together with a series of random clips. The band isn’t giving too much away, but 1972 — which has been featured in all three teasers — is the birth year of all three band members.

Green Day’s last studio album, Father of All Motherf***ers, was released in February 2020.

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Shinedown release the song ‘Planet Zero’ and announce seventh studio album

Shinedown are back with a brand new song called “Planet Zero,” and the band have also announced their upcoming seventh studio album of the same name, which will be out this spring.

Frontman Brent Smith teased that the new record will be controversial, saying in a press release:  “If we shut each other down and allow ourselves to be divided by the information we consume and the way we talk to each other, we lose our humanity. When you look outside of your phone, you’ll see there are so many people doing good things and trying to take care of each other. But we’re starting to see parts of society slip into an unknown. Planet Zero was written for all of us. The fact is that we’re all here on this planet no matter what, so it’s time to actually move forward together with empathy, perseverance and strength. With that said…. welcome to Planet Zero.”

Planet Zero will be out April 22 via Atlantic Records — pre-order it now at the link here.

For additional info, visit the official Shinedown’s website.

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David Letterman to guest on ‘Late Night’ for 40th anniversary

David Letterman will be dropping by as a guest Feb. 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NBC’s Late Night. Letterman was the original Late Night host who launched the after-hours franchise in 1982, before eventually moving over to the Late Show on CBS.

Late Night’s current host Seth Meyers announced the news in a video, saying: “The 40th anniversary is next Tuesday, and to celebrate, my guest that evening will be the man who started it all, David Letterman.” Meyers added, “Now that is a show that would make college-age Seth Meyers very happy. Also, current Seth Meyers.”

Letterman moved to CBS in 1993 following the hiring of Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show.  Late Night has been hosted by Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Meyers throughout the show’s 40-year history.

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Today’s Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman end their engagement after 8 years together

Today show host Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman have ended their engagement, breaking up after eight years together. The former couple were engaged in November 2019, and will continue to co-parent their daughters, 4-year-old Haley and 2-year-old Hope.

The 57-year-old Kotb shared on ‘Today With Hoda & Jenna’“People have written in and asked why I wasn’t wearing my engagement ring. Joel and I have had, we’ve had a lot of prayerful and really meaningful conversations over the holidays, and we decided that we’re better as friends and parents then we are as an engaged couple.  We decided that we are going to start this New Year and begin it on our new path, as loving parents to our adorable, delightful children and as friends. It’s not like something happened. They say that sometimes relationships are meant to be there for a reason or a season or for a lifetime, and I feel like ours was meant to be there for a season.”

Kotb added: “This is weird and awkward. I really was struggling with this. I was like, ‘What do I say, how do I say it?’ But I feel like often we share the joyous pieces of our life… and then the difficult part sometimes you want to forget about. You want to erase them, you don’t want to share them because that’s not part of a pretty picture. But I think a lot of women know what this feels like in this moment, to be changing course in life. And I feel really brave in this moment, I really do.”   Speaking of Schiffman, Kotb said: “He’s a great guy. He’s a very kind and loving person, and I feel privileged to have spent eight years with him.”

In October 2020, Kotb shared she was considering adopting a third child with Schiffman. When announcing her breakup, however, Kotb did not mention whether she and Schiffman are still planning on going forward with another adoption.

Hoda Kotb, Joel Schiffman Split After 8 Years Together: ‘Better as Friends’

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Joe Rogan and Spotify address controversy after Neil Young and Joni Mitchell remove their music from the platform due to COVID-19 misinformation

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has announced that the platform will direct listeners to correct Covid-19 information on any and all podcasts discussing the pandemic. The announcement comes in the wake of the company losing billions in market value, after musicians including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell removed their music from the platform in protest at podcasters such as Joe Rogan sharing misinformation to millions of listeners.

Ek released a statement outlining the streaming platform’s plan to battle misinformation on the podcasts it hosts. Content advisories will be added to any podcast that discusses coronavirus directing users to a website that “provides easy access to data-driven facts, up-to-date information as shared by scientists, physicians, academics and public health authorities around the world, as well as links to trusted sources.” Spotify also revealed guidlines for creators to the public for the first time, saying that creators cannot publish “content that promotes dangerous false or dangerous deceptive medical information that may cause offline harm or poses a direct threat to public health.” 

When announcing his decision to pull his music from the platform, Neil Young singled out Rogan and a conversation he had with cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough and immunologist/virologist Dr Robert Malone on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Rogan’s podcast is downloaded an average of 11 million times per episode and is exclusive to Spotify as part of a $100 million deal the company has with Rogan.  In an Instagram video published on Monday, Rogan issued a statement about the controversy, saying “I’m not trying to promote misinformation, I’m not trying to be controversial. I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have interesting conversations.”  Rogan added he will do his best “try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people’s perspectives, so we can maybe find a better point of view.”

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KORN announce livestream event prior to release of new album ‘Requiem’

Korn will release their new LP Requiem this Friday, February 4. The band has now announced an in-person and livestream event, dubbed “Requiem Mass,” to be held at the Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA.  The concert and livestream are set for Thursday (February 3rd) at 8 p.m. PT.  Limited ticketing will be available for the in-person show at @AmoebaHollywood on Tuesday, Feb 1 at 11AM. The livestream will be available free on Korn’s YouTube channel.

For the 300 in-person attendees, a face covering must be worn, and proof of vaccination required. In addition, attendees must wear appropriate black funeral attire. The band’s press release states: “Guests are encouraged to bring a token or item of remembrance to honor a loved one who has passed to leave in the casket as part of the ceremony.”

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