Bad Religion released “Emancipation Of The Mind,” an outtake from the 2019 album Age Of Unreason which debuted on the inauguration day of President Joe Biden.
The lyrics call for reason and open-mindedness as a new administration is welcomed into the White House. Co-songwriter and vocalist Greg Graffin said, “I think the song really is a celebration of enlightenment values that can be cultivated through enthusiastic learning and open-mindedness. So often we’re told what to think. But learning how to think (as opposed to learning what to think) is a true feeling of emancipation from the constraints of indoctrination that are so commonplace in our society.”
Lady Gaga performed the National Anthem at President Biden’s inauguration, singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as part of the event to mark President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Gaga sang from the West Front of the US Capitol, dressed in a navy blue jacket, a red dress and a gold dove pinned on her jacket. On Twitter, Lady Gaga called for peace, captioning a photograph: “A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other.”
Jennifer Lopez sang ‘This Land is Your Land’ from the balcony of the famous building, and managed to get a line of her song, ‘Let’s Get Loud ‘ into the performance.
Garth Brooks performed a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’, asking everyone at the event in person, at home and at work to join in. Brooks said: “I’m going to ask you to sing this last verse with me. Not just the people here, but the people at home, at work. As one, united.”
Tim McGraw took to social media to announce to that he and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard will be taking part in the inaugural “Celebrating America” special.
Tyler shares how he and Tim became involved with the event, “We got a call just a few days ago and got invited to play the song at the inauguration, and I think Tim and I both were extremely excited and humbled. What a crazy cool opportunity – as simple as just to get to play music again, which is exciting in itself, but then to get to spread and share this message of hope and love and unity to the world. What better platform to get to do that on, so we’re both extremely excited.”
You can listen to Tim and Tyler’s new song “Undivided” – here.
Carrie Underwood announced that her upcoming gospel album My Savior will be available on March 26th. Carrie is co-producing the project, along with David Garcia, who also co-produced her Cry Pretty album.
My Savior is filled with Carrie’s version of traditional hymns that she grew up singing, and are connected to her spiritual core. Carrie said about making My Gift, and My Savoir back-to-back, “These two albums have been on my musical bucket list since the beginning of my career and were planned long before the events of the past year, but somehow it feels like the perfect time to share these beloved songs with the world,” adding, “It’s been such a blessing to make music like this, inspirational music that is near and dear to my heart.”
My Savior is available for pre-order now. Watch the trailer for Carrie’s album My Savior – here.
Harry Brant, the younger son of billionaire publisher Peter Brant and model Stephanie Seymour, has died. The 24-year-old socialite and fashionista was found dead Sunday of an accidental drug overdose, his parents said in statement. Brant’s parents said Brant died just days before he was to re-enter rehab.
Brant and Seymour said: “It is with enormous sorrow that we share with you the news that our beloved son, Harry Brant, lost his battle with addiction and died due to an accidental overdose of prescription medication. Our hearts are shattered. We will forever be saddened that Harry’s life was cut short by this devastating disease. We ask that you please allow our family privacy as we attempt to cope with the loss of our beautiful, beautiful boy.”
Brant was a staple of New York’s fashion scene, along with his brother, Peter Brant II. Brant modeled for Balmain and Italian Vogue, and launched a unisex makeup line for MAC with his brother in 2015. His parents said he had hoped to expand his role creatively at Peter Brant’s Interview magazine.
Disney+ said in a press release Tuesday that all five seasons of The Muppet Show is coming to Disney+ in February. The variety series will start streaming Feb. 19.
The Muppet Show, created by Jim Henson and featuring his Muppet puppet characters, aired from 1976 to 1981. Seasons 4 and 5 were previously unreleased on home entertainment. The Muppet Show features beloved Muppets characters, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef, as well as a variety of famous guest stars.
Kermit the Frog said, “It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more. Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!’ And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but… here we go again.'”
Weezer has announced a new surprised album, OK Human, to arrive January 29 via Atlantic. A single titled “All My Favorite Songs” will arrive this Thursday.
The band confirmed that their previously-announced album Van Weezer is still slated to arrive May 7 and has shared three singles off that record: “The End of the Game,” “Hero,” and “Beginning of the End.”
Motley Crue released a new video online to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first time that members of the band jammed together, leading to the creation of the group. Bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, along with vocalist and guitarist Greg Leon, first jammed together on January 17, 1981. The band would go on to recruit Mick Mars and Vince Neal, parting ways with Leon.
Nikki had this to say, “40 years ago today in 1981 we started @motleycrue outta Hollywood California. I am beyond grateful to of (sic) done this journey with my brothers @thevinceneil @mr.mickmars and @tommylee. The places we’ve travelled to around the world together, the songs we’ve written, the OVER the top live shows and of course 4 generations of fans.”
Lee said, “Happy 40th my dudes…. what a f***ing ride hey!?! Like a rollercoaster we been up down and all around this damn world touching hearts and many other parts hahah of people all around the globe! Cheers to touching more!!!!”
Neil added, “Happy Birthday to my brothers! 40 years!! A lifetime of memories!!”
Kip Moore has released another new song from his upcoming extended record Wild World Deluxe, the track “How High.” Moore also shared a new video for the song produced and co-written by Moore. You can view the video at the link – here.
Moore’s 17-track collection, Wild World Deluxe, will be available on February 12 and is available to pre-order now here. To celebrate the release Moore also announced a special concert event, WILD WORLD DELUXE: LIVE AT THE RYMAN set for release day (2/12), taking place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN at 8pm CT, Tickets to the global livestream event will be available beginning Tuesday, Jan 19 at ryman.com/event/kip-moore/. The show will also benefit ACM Lifting Lives, with $1 from every ticket sold being donated to the cause.
Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra were close friends, and the two even went on to play shows together. In 2018, Nelson released My Way, remaking some of Sinatra’s best-known songs.
On February 26th, Nelson will release That’s Life, another set of Sinatra classics. In addition to hits like the title track and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” he includeslesser-known songs like “Just in Time” and “The Lonesome Road” from 1959. The album was largely recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where Sinatra recorded from 1956 to 1961.
Nelson has released the lyric video for the title track, which you can view at the link – here.