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Taylor Swift Cancels Tour Dates

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Taylor Swift Cancels Tour Dates

Tickets to “Lover Fest” shows will be automaticaly refunded.

By Matthew Ismael Ruiz

February 27, 2021

Taylor Swift performs the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)

Taylor Swift has officially canceled her previously postponed “Lover Fest” tour dates. In a note on Twitter, Swift admits that “no one knows what the touring landscape is going to look like in the future.” An additional note on her website adds that refunds will be processed automatically. Check out the full statement below.
Swift first announced European and U.S. tour dates in support of her then-new album Lover in September 2019. After the dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she released two new studio albums, folklore and evermore, the latter of which drew a lawsuit from a fantasy theme park in Utah. Swift has since countered. 
Read “5 Takeaways From Taylor Swift’s New Album, folklore” on the Pitch.

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Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama Discuss Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, and More in New Podcast Clip: Listen

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Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama Discuss Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, and More in New Podcast Clip: Listen

“First album I bought with my own money—Talking Book, Stevie Wonder,” the former president told the Boss on Renegades: Born in the USA

By Matthew Strauss

February 26, 2021

Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama, photo by Rob DeMartin

The third episode of Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama’s new Renegades: Born in the USA podcast gets released on Spotify on Monday, March 1. The episode, called “Amazing Grace: American Music,” will cover Springsteen’s early musical influences, the inspiration behind Springsteen on Broadway, Obama’s adolescent musical memories, and more. Hear a clip from the episode below.
In the clip, Springsteen and Obama reminisce about hearing Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Paul, and Joni Mitchell in the 1970s. The former president even tries his hand at sining Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark song “Help Me.”
“First album I bought with my own money—Talking Book, Stevie Wonder,” Obama tells Springsteen on the podcast. “I would sit with a banged up little old turntable, kind of plasticky looking turntable.”

Revisit the 2016 feature “The Presidential Suite: A Look Back at Obama’s Musical Milestones.”

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Vinyl Record Sales Increased Almost 30% in 2020, RIAA Says

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Vinyl Record Sales Increased Almost 30% in 2020, RIAA Says

Streaming expectedly continued to grow throughout the pandemic while downloads and CD sales continued to decline

By Noah Yoo

February 26, 2021

Photo by Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images

The RIAA has released its annual year-end revenue report, surveying the state of the recorded music industry at the end of 2020. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, trends across the past several years carried on: Streaming is up 13.4%, generating $10.1 billion last year compared to $8.9 billion in 2019, accounting for 83% of the total revenue of the industry. Vinyl sales have continued to rise, too, increasing a whopping 29.2% to $619.6 million, compared to $479.5 million in 2019.
The rise in vinyl sales made up for the continued decline in CD sales, leading to a marginal 0.5% decrease in revenue across all physical media from to 2019 to 2020. Music downloads continue to trend downwards, too, decreasing by 18% to $674.4 million last year as compared to $822.8 million in 2019. The RIAA report concludes that streaming has driven the industry to grow for the fifth consecutive year, with revenues increasing 9.2% in 2020, generating $12.2 billion in total. Read the full report here.
Read “Buy Music Club Gives Playlist Lovers a Community-Driven Alternative” over on the Pitch.

Freddie Gibbs Covers Gil Scott-Heron’s “Winter in America”: Listen

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Freddie Gibbs Covers Gil Scott-Heron’s “Winter in America”: Listen

Produced by Leon Michels

By Matthew Strauss

February 26, 2021

Freddie Gibbs at Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 (Pooneh Ghana)

Freddie Gibbs has covered Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s 1974 song “Winter in America.” He made the song for The Undefeated’s new Black History Always / Music for the Movement Vol. 2 EP. Hear Gibbs’ cover, produced by Leon Michels, below.
Freddie Gibbs released the Grammy-nominated Alfredo last year. Earlier this month, he teamed up with ScHoolboy Q for the single “Gang Signs.”
Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Winter in America.

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21 Savage & Metro Boomin – “Glock In My Lap”

This is how horror movies would really end for Black people, if Black people were the ones who did them.In 21 Savage and Metro Boomin‘s video for “Glock In My Lap,” the Savage Mode 2 pair encounter a Jedidiah Sawyer-type while driving at night, which forces them to crash. Now on the run from their antagonist, they meet up with song’s co-producer, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., and… shoot him. They shoot him multiple times. They shoot him dead.
That’s it. That’s how Black people survive horror films.
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Marzz – “So Frequently” (Video)

The Keep Cool roster just got bigger.Hailing from Louisville, Marzz has signed onto the label that is home to other acts like VanJess, Lucky Daye, Normani, and more. In addition to joining the team, the singer also laid off a video for her “So Frequently” single.
The track is a strong display of her vocals out of the gate while it finds her seeking clarity in an undefined relationship. The 21-year-old singer spoke about the track and video in a press release.
“One [scenario] is me going through a horrible relationship that I thought I was going to be excelling in but I guess it had a different turn,” she said. “The other is just me growing up and seeing things that my mom went through. So I tried to be my mom’s shoulder to lean on.”
You can watch the video below and make sure to stay tuned for more from Marzz.
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