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Elton John: Classic Concert Series

Elton John is set to launch a weekly archival concert footage series entitled “Elton John: Classic Concert Series,” featuring some of his most monumental concerts from around the world on his Official YouTube Channel.

Beginning this Friday, July 3, at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST exclusively on YouTube and available digitally in its entirety for the first time ever, the series will Premiere with “Live at Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh” from 1976. Following this Friday’s episode, a new, epic two-hour concert set will Premiere on Elton John’s YouTube Channel every Saturday at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST for a total of six weeks. The series will raise funds towards the Elton John AIDS Foundation in support of COVID relief efforts.

Elton John says: ‘My Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund helps frontline partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities,’ says Sir Elton John, ‘We cannot jeopardise HIV testing and care during this time or else the results could be disastrous for the 37.5 million people living with HIV. So, I’m really happy to connect this YouTube Concert series to benefit our Foundation’s urgent COVID response.’

Recorded as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Popular Music on 17th September 1976, ‘Live at the Playhouse Theatre’ gives fans an exhilarating view of Elton at the height of his ’70s popularity, having just enjoyed his first UK #1 single with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.’ This electrifying solo performance kicks off with Skyline Pigeon (taken from ‘Empty Sky’) before ending with a riotous version of ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’. The setlist rips through classic after classic, including ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Daniel and ‘Bennie and the Jets.’ It was also the first time Elton performed ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ solo. Climbing on his piano and stomping his way through this virtuoso performance, Elton leaves every ounce of himself on the stage, in a classic concert that was to be the last time he would perform a full show for another 7 months.

Watch the teaser Trailer for this Saturday’s “Live at Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh” HERE and be sure to tune in each week for a new show and access to limited edition Merch commemorating this special concert series.

What: Elton John: Classic Concert Series
When: Weekly series starting this Friday, July 3 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST
Where: Streaming exclusively on YouTube


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Learn the Lyrics: Blinding Lights by The Weeknd

“Blinding Lights” is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd that serves as the second single of his fourth studio album After Hours (2020). It was released on November 29, 2019, two days after the release of “Heartless”. The Weeknd wrote and produced the song with producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional writing credits. A Chromatics remix of the song was released alongside the deluxe edition of its parent album on March 23, 2020.

“Blinding Lights” peaked at number one in thirty-two countries, including the United States and Canada, where it became The Weeknd’s fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100 for four and seven weeks, respectively. It also became his first number one single in Germany for ten weeks, United Kingdom for eight weeks, and Australia for eleven weeks, thus making it his biggest hit single to date.

“I said, ooh, I’m blinded by the lights
No, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch
I said, ooh, I’m drowning in the night
Oh, when I’m like this, you’re the one I trust
Hey, hey, hey
I’m running out of time
‘Cause I can see the sun light up the sky
So I hit the road in overdrive, baby”

The lyrics of the song reference the on-and-off relationship that The Weeknd has with model Bella Hadid. Throughout the song, The Weeknd sings about the rekindling of a relationship and the importance of his partner. The singer also mentions the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he refers to it by its nickname “Sin City” in the pre-chorus.

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Group, the record is written in the key of C minor with a Vivace tempo of 171 beats per minute. The Weeknd’s vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of C5. From its scale-laddering verses to its tension-filled chorus, the song exhibits the polish and “melodic math” for which Max Martin is renowned, according to Chris Molanphy from Slate.

Check out the music video for the chart topping record below:


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Lady Gaga Shares Her IG To Give A Voice To The Black Transgender Community

Recording superstar Lady Gaga selected The Marsha P. Johnson Institute to take over her Instagram account and called on her 42.5 million followers to advocate for Black transgender women to help end the daily fight they endure against systemic racism. This date signifies the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, led by trans women of color, a year after the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn. Decades later, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute continues to advocate for justice and equality.

On June 28, 2020, Elle Hearns, founder and executive director the institute, will use this generous opportunity to familiarize people with trans rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, and her work on behalf of Black transgender people. Until her tragic death in 1992, Marsha P. Johnson also was a self-identified drag queen, performer and survivor, in addition to being a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by “Black Marsha” before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The “P” stood for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender. It is the consideration of who “Black Marsha” was that inspired The Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

The institute was also founded in response to the high rate of murders of Black trans women and women of color. In addition, the institute works tirelessly to fight against the exclusion of this community in social justice issues, namely racial, gender and reproductive justice, as well as gun violence.

In 2019, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to violence, the majority of whom were black transgender women. In 2020, 15 trans women have already been murdered. Statistics prove transgender women of color are disproportionately victims of violent death, in addition to racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobia bias.

“As the world continues to make their voice louder on the topic of racial and social injustice in our country, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is honored to lend our voice to the millions of followers on Lady Gaga’s Instagram,” said Elle Hearns, founder and executive director. “We never imagined Ms. Johnson’s life work would reach so many and we only hope they will listen and put their power behind advocating for Black trans women.”

“I support the unsupported voices of the Black community and I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies,” said Lady Gaga, one of many influential artists who have selflessly given their online platform during this movement to those needing to share their message with a larger audience. “I encourage my followers to learn about the important work these organizations do and how they can get involved.”

In another show of support, on Wednesday, June 24, PAPER x Club Quarantine returned for a digital “Fundrager” to celebrate Lady Gaga’s Chormatica during Pride. The event featured a diverse lineup of DJs, drag queens, personalities, and fans dancing “together” while raising money for The Marsha P. Johnson Institute.


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Jennifer Hudson, Justin Beiber and More Came Together for ‘Global Goal: Unite For Our Future’

International advocacy organisation Global Citizen and the European Commission are partnering on Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert, a globally televised and digitally streamed special that aired over the weekend. The show highlighted the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities – including people of colour, those living in extreme poverty and others facing discrimination.

Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, The Concert featured performances from Chloe x Halle, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay, For Love Choir, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, J’Nai Bridges with Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic & YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), Justin Bieber and Quavo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and select members of the Original Broadway Production of HAMILTON with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Usher and Yemi Alade. The Concert will also include appearances from Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, David Beckham, Derrick Johnson, Diane Kruger, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Ken Jeong, Kerry Washington, Naomi Campbell, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olivia Colman, Opal Tometi, Salma Hayek Pinault and more.

Usher performed his new song ‘I CRY’ for the very first time during The Concert, and also donated his proceeds from the record to LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in support of black-owned small businesses and community organizations. LISC is a core Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign partner.

The Summit also featured panel discussions and interviews with experts and thought-leaders moderated by journalists Katie Couric, Mallika Kapur, Morgan Radford, Isha Sesay and Keir Simmons. Global leaders, and leading artists and advocates, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Miley Cyrus, Angelique Kidjo and Ken Jeong will join the conversation. Experts and thought-leaders including Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Melinda Gates, Dr. Vin Gupta, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Eddie Ndopu, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander will also participate in The Summit.


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Demi Lovato Announces YouTube Docuseries

On Thursday, June 25th, YouTube made the announcement that they will be releasing a four-part docuseries in partnership with Demi Lovato. The project will be directed by Michael D. Ratner, and is a follow up to her 2017 YouTube Originals documentary, Simply Complicated.

Some of the other projects YouTube announced were season two of Instant Influencer With James Charles, a gaming tournament called The Creator Games Presented by MrBeats, an interactive special with YouTube creator Markiplier, season two of Retro Tech, a kids and family series titled Lockdown and the Stephen Curry hosted UHC: Ultimate Home Championship.

The currently untitled show will give fans a glimpse into the ups and downs of the star’s personal and musical journey over the past three years.


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