Midland released a new five-song EP, Guitars, Couches, Etc., Etc., and the title pays homage to Dwight Yoakam’s 1986 debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, the trio who comprise Midland, have included their current single, “Cheatin’ Songs,” as well as chart-topper “Drinkin’ Problem,” “Burn Out” and more on the new EP
You can take a listen to “Drinkin’ Problem” at the link: here
A “Rocky” documentary titled 40 Years Of Rocky: The Birth Of A Classic, will debut this month. Narrated by Sylvester Stallone, the behind-the scenes film will delve into Stallone’s experiences working on the original “Rocky.” The documentary is written and produced by Derek Wayne Johnson, and in a statement he said the film will “give audiences an intimate, and at times, emotional experience.”
“Rocky” was released in 1976 and became a box office sensation. It won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and spawned seven sequels.
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic will be released digitally on iTunes/AppleTV and Amazon on June 9. You can watch the trailer at the link: here.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds took to Instagram to share that they have donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In a post they shared to both of their social media accounts, the couple wrote:
“We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”
Lively added that the two “want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it, especially our own complicity. She wrote that the couple’s donation, which comes during days of protests across America after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, is “just a start” and that they “want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them.”
The music industry is standing in solidarity after the death of George Floyd with a “Blackout Tuesday” initiative. Floyd is the black man who was killed while being restrained by Minneapolis police.
Atlantic Records’ senior director of marketing, Jamila Thomas and Platoon’s senior artist campaign manager, Brianna Agyemang, are behind the blackout, which is also circulating on social media as #TheShowMustBePaused. The blackout calls for the music industry to stop operations on Tuesday, June 2, to bring awareness to the police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.
A statement read, “The music industry is a multibillion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations and their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of black people accountable. To that end, it is the obligation of these entities to protect and empower the black community that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent.” The statement continued, “This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. We are tired and can’t change things alone.”
“Blackout Tuesday” has received support from major record labels, including Interscope Records, Def Jam Recordings, Warner Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Capitol Records and Columbia Records, among others.
The initiative is a response to the widespread protests that have broken out across the country since Floyd died under police custody.
Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts have officially postponed their North American Stadium Tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Motley Crue shared a joint statement from all of the bands on Monday, June 1st:
“We wanted to continue to communicate with our fans and update you with valid information as it becomes available.
“The official decision has been made to move all 2020 North American Stadium Tour dates into the summer of 2021. The new stadium dates are being rescheduled, your tickets will be honored for all postponed shows and refund policy information will be made available shortly.
“Stay tuned, be safe and we will see you next year. Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.”
Kip Moore’s fourth studio album, Wild World, was released on May 29 and the musician shared a 26-minute documentary film titled 7 Days at the Rock, which chronicles the weeks leading up to the album release.
Moore said in a statement: “7 Days at the Rock came around really organically leading up to the release of this record. This is a unique moment in time for all of us that none of us will ever forget and so it felt right to kind of reflect on everything that is going on, as well as shed some light into the process of releasing Wild World.”
Wild World features 13 songs, 12 of which Moore co-wrote. You can take a look at the documentary 7 Days at the Rock at the link: here.
Dolly Parton has released a new quarantine-inspired song, “When Life Is Good Again.” Dolly debuted the song’s new video while speaking virtually with Time magazine for its newTIME100 Talks: Finding Hopeproject. The live virtual event series convenes leaders from different disciplines to spotlight solutions to urgent global problems and encourage cross-disciplinary action.
“Since our world was forever changed by the COVID virus, I have felt a deep respect and appreciation for all of our frontline responders,” says Dolly. “This video is to pay respect to them and to remind all of us that this too shall pass. If we pull together as a community, we can rise above and look forward to more beautiful days on the horizon. I hope you love this song as much as I have loved bringing it to you.”
Watch Dolly’s video for “When Life Is Good Again” at the link: here.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich announced they are separating after nearly three years of marriage.
“We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” they said in a joint statement. “We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.”
Hough, 31, and Laich, 36, married in 2017 after four years of dating. The couple has been spending time apart, quarantining separately amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to insiders, the breakup was “a long time coming.” “They argued a lot and just had different viewpoints on important issues,” the source said. “There’s still a love there, but not in a romantic sense.”
As protests continue against police brutality throughout the United States surrounding the police killing of George Floyd, Chrissy Teigen is using her platform to help those protestors who have been arrested. Teigen shared on Twitter that she would first donate $100,000 to help pay for protestors’ bailouts, but later increased the amount to $200,000.
“I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country,” Teigen tweeted before increasing the amount to another $100,000 after someone replied in a now deleted tweet that the protestors were “rioters and criminals.”
George Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled in his neck for more than seven minutes after arresting him for suspicion of forgery. Derek Chauvin was fired from the Minnesota Police Department and then four days later was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail.
The INXS‘ 1991 concert film Live Baby Live captured one of the band’s largest performances as they played a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London to over 72,000 fans. The film was restored from the original 35mm recording into a remastered widescreen 4K Ultra HD version and was shown in theaters across the world late in 2019.
Now the band has announced the release of the remastered version of the movie on home media, available in a variety of formats including digital download, 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. The non-digital formats come with a variety of goods including 4K-sourced photos from the concert, new liner notes from the band, an essay by British TV broadcaster Jamie East, and a poster from the Australian release of the film.