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Pentatonix Launch “The Lucky Ones” NFT Collectible Set

Three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix partners with Sweet to launch their first ever digital collectibles set in celebration of the release of their new original album, The Lucky Ones. You can purchase and stream the album here. This marks their first foray into blockchain digital collectibles, leveraging Sweet’s leading Non-Fungible Token platform.

The debut series consists of six digital collectibles beginning with The Lucky Ones Tracks collectible that premiered on February 10th with all 500 claimed by fans and collectors in less than 25 minutes. Each collectible varies in rarity and exclusivity, culminating in the launch of the rare The Lucky Ones coin today February. All 500 of the premiere NFT drop, “The Lucky Ones Tracks”, were claimed in less than 25 minutes.

“We’re so excited to be launching our first digital collectible set alongside our new original album. We’ve always wanted our fans to engage with our music in as many fun and unique ways as possible, and this collaboration feels like a great way to commemorate this release and these songs!” said Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix.

Sweet founder and CEO Tom Mizzone said, “Using Sweet’s technology, Pentatonix can reward fans with authentically scarce, tradable digital collectibles. They are pioneers in this new era of digital merchandise and we could not be more excited to be working with them and their whole team.”

Sweet offers Pentatonix fans one-of-a-kind, tradable, collectible coins and cards that are custom designed around the artist’s brand, minted, and authenticated on the public blockchain. “The future of rare, collectible merchandise is in the digital arena, as evidenced by the growing interest in NFTs. We are thrilled to be the ones giving Pentatonix fans a new way to own exclusive digital goods,” says Mizzone.


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Driver’s License Still Going Strong on Pop Charts

“Drivers License” is the debut single by Olivia Rodrigo. It was released on January 8, 2021 by Geffen Records, as the lead single from her upcoming debut EP. Rodrigo and Dan Nigro penned the song, with production from the latter. Containing poignant lyrics detailing heartache, “Drivers License” is an atmospheric power ballad that has been described as a bedroom pop, indie pop and power pop song. It is characterized by its minimalist production built around a piano, incorporating kick drums, harmonies, syncopated hand-claps, and a dreamy bridge.

The song unpacks the “multifaceted” emotions Rodrigo endured after a heartbreak. She teased the song on her social media for many months in 2020, before announcing it on January 4, 2021. The official music video was posted to YouTube alongside the song’s release, in which Rodrigo drives around a suburban area after receiving her driver’s license, and reminisces over her memories of the song’s subject who encouraged her to receive the license. “Drivers License” received widespread acclaim from music critics, who praised Rodrigo’s cathartic songwriting and emotional vocals, and the song’s stirring production; many noted its Taylor Swift and Lorde influences.

“Drivers License” broke a string of records, including the Spotify record for the most single-day streams for a non-holiday song (achieved on its fourth day of release), and the biggest first-week for a song on Spotify and Amazon Music. The song debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 as one of the most dominant number-one hits in history. It made Rodrigo the youngest artist to score a number-one single in the United States, and the first artist born in the 21st-century to debut at the top spot. Elsewhere, “Drivers License” topped the charts in numerous countries, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, and Singapore, as well as spending multiple weeks at the top of the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It also peaked within the top ten in many territories, including Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.

Listen to the chart topping track here.


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Billie Eilish, H.E.R. and Many More Team up with Global Citizen

Global Citizen has officially launched a Recovery Plan for the World – a campaign to end COVID-19 for all and kickstart a global recovery. The Recovery Plan for the World is a year-long campaign and series of events that aims to: 1) end COVID-19 for all; 2) end the hunger crisis; 3) resume learning everywhere; 4) protect the planet; and 5) advance equity for all.

Leaders in music and entertainment, including: Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Femi Kuti, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Idris & Sabrina Elba, Jonas Brothers, Lang Lang, Lars Ulrich, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rachel Brosnahan, SuperM, Usher and Yemi Alade have already raised their hands to support the campaign, many of whom are long-time partners of the organization. Global Citizen Ambassadors Jill and Olivia Vedder have also signed on to support the Recovery Plan for the World campaign.

“I am incredibly proud of Global Citizen’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but massive inequalities remain and we urgently need to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are made available equitably. Our ‘Recovery Plan for the World’ sets a clear agenda that will inspire millions of citizens to advocate for five of the most critical health, social and economic challenges that currently face humanity, as a result of the pandemic,” said Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen. “A virus anywhere remains a virus everywhere, and our goal is to unite world leaders, artists and entertainers, philanthropists and CEOs to end COVID-19 for all and kickstart a global recovery.”

In 2020, Global Citizen rallied to help deliver critical financial commitments to fight COVID-19 and led advocacy efforts, which resulted in nearly USD $1.1 billion being disbursed to support the pandemic response. Global Citizen’s efforts centered on the equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines for everyone everywhere, and the organization’s advocacy also addressed the effect of the pandemic more broadly. Acting as a continuation of the impact achieved through Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home and Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaigns, Global Citizen’s efforts in 2021 will focus on the final push to end the pandemic and get the world back on the path to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“Global Citizen has been a leading force in bringing together civil society and the private sector. We need citizens of the world to mobilise again. We need out of the box thinking and using all means available,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission. “This is why I’m proud to support, as President of the European Commission, the new Global Citizen campaign, called ‘Recovery Plan for the World.”


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Learn the Lyrics: Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

“Don’t Start Now” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). It was released by Warner Records as the album’s lead single on 31 October 2019. Lipa wrote the track with Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, and its producer Ian Kirkpatrick. “Don’t Start Now” is a nu-disco song with a percolating funk bassline, inspired by music by the Bee Gees, Daft Punk and Two Door Cinema Club. It has numerous 1980s and disco elements in its production, including handclaps, a crowd noise, cowbell, synth bursts and accented strings. A post-break up song, its lyrics find Lipa celebrating her independence and instructing a former lover to forget about their past relationship.

The track was critically acclaimed upon its release, with many reviewers noting a significant growth in Lipa’s sound and vocals. Critics also favoured its 1980s and disco elements for standing out among pop releases at the time. The song peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, surpassing 2017’s “New Rules” to become her highest-charting single in the US. In the UK, it registered the fourth-longest top 10 stay on the chart, and broke a record for the most weeks spent in the top 10 without reaching number one. Internationally, the song charted in the top 10 in more than 40 countries, including Brazil, Ireland and Singapore where it peaked at number one.

The music video for “Don’t Start Now” was directed by Nabil Elderkin, and features point-of-view and high-angle shots of Lipa dancing at a crowded nightclub and masquerade ball. To promote the single, Lipa performed it on many television programmes and awards shows, including the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2019 American Music Awards and the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Check out the lyrics and the music video below:

If you don’t wanna see me
Did a full 180, crazy
Thinking ’bout the way I was
Did the heartbreak change me? Maybe
But look at where I ended up
I’m all good already
So moved on, it’s scary
I’m not where you left me at all, so
If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me
Don’t show up, don’t come out
Don’t start caring about me now
Walk away, you know how
Don’t start caring about me now
Aren’t you the guy who tried to
Hurt me with the word “goodbye”?
Though it took some time to survive you
I’m better on the other side
I’m all good already
So moved on, it’s scary
I’m not where you left me at all, so
If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me
Don’t show up, don’t come out
Don’t start caring about me now
Walk away, you know how
Don’t start caring about me now (’bout me now, ’bout me)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out, out
Don’t show up, up, up
Don’t start now (oh)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out
I’m not where you left me at all, so
If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me
Don’t show up (don’t show up), don’t come out (don’t come out)
Don’t start caring about me now (’bout me now)
Walk away (walk away), you know how (you know how)
Don’t start caring about me now (so)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out, out
Don’t show up, up, up
Walk away, walk away (so)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out, out
Don’t show up, up, up
Walk away, walk away, oh


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Demi Lovato will “Dance with the Devil” in Upcoming Documentary

Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil is an upcoming 2021 documentary series about the life and career of American singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato. Beginning on YouTube on March 23, 2021, it is set to cover a range of topics including Lovato’s near-fatal overdose in 2018. The documentary is named after Lovato’s song by the same name, which can be heard playing throughout the official trailer for the documentary.

The series was announced by YouTube in June 2020, saying that it would “showcase the singer’s personal and professional journey over the last three years”. Michael D. Ratner was announced as director the same day. The series, which is made up of four-parts, is a follow up to Lovato’s 2017 YouTube Originals documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.

In January 2021, Lovato shared the titled of the series in a social media post, exclaiming that “there has been so much that I’ve wanted to say” and she felt that this was the right way of doing so. Lovato said that she wants to set the record straight with her documentary on what exactly happened in 2018, and in the process both help others who are dealing with similar struggles and keep herself accountable moving forward, which she learned is helpful during the 6 years of sobriety she had prior to her 2018 relapse. Lovato also said she experienced tremendous “growth” during her experiences, and was fundamentally eager to share that with others.

A trailer for the four-part series was released on February 17, 2021. Similarly to Simply Complicated, the documentary features interviews with friends and family speaking of Lovato’s near-fatal 2018 overdose and the health scares she experienced from the event. Elton John and Christina Aguilera make appearances to talk about the toll of fame on young artists. The documentary doesn’t focus exclusively on Lovato’s overdose. It also includes Lovato speaking of her since-broken-off engagement to actor Max Ehrich and how music is helping her heal from her past traumas. The trailer includes a snippet of Lovato’s new song, “Dancing With the Devil”.

Dancing with the Devil will debut as the opening night headliner at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 16th, 2021 before being released on YouTube on March 23rd, 2021.

Watch the powerful trailer here.


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