Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes Perform for America
Posted on March 31, 2020, 9:00 am
On Sunday, MArch 29th, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes performed for the iHeart Living Room Concert for America. And Cabello’s “My Oh My” got a softer, more subdued interpretation for the occasion.
Before the performance, the pair took a moment to show appreciation for the first responders who are aiding those affected by the coronavirus virus.
The stripped-down version highlighted Cabello’s delicate falsetto, while also displaying her rap abilities. Since featured guest DaBaby wasn’t on hand, Cabello opted to rap his verse by looking at the lyrics on her phone. While Mendes didn’t look up much from his guitar, the romantic energy they shared was present.
Mendes shouted out the “brave nurses and doctors out there working so hard every day.” He continued: “We’re thinking about you so much. Thank you for everything you’re doing.”
Cabello followed up by stating, “We love you, we’re in this together, stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind and compassionate with your self and each other. Let’s pull through this together like we always do.” Cabello, who was stationed at her Miami home, was joined by boyfriend Shawn Mendes, who assisted with his acoustic guitar. And with a strum of the guitar, the singer jumped into performing “My Oh My.”
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Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and More Come Together for COVID-19 Relief
Posted on March 30, 2020, 9:00 am
Bell Media announced today the all-new one-hour music benefit event, THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT, broadcasted on Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Much, MTV, and CP24, with audio available on the iHeartRadio Canada app and iHeartRadio.ca.
Airing commercial free, the benefit concert provides entertainment relief and support to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus while celebrating the resilience of Canadians during this pandemic.
The event was hosted by Elton John, and Canadian viewers were invited to support the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 response by online, SMS, and phone donations.
THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT features performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and more. Artists come to viewers live from their own homes, filmed with their cell phones, cameras, and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
In addition to featuring music, the concert pays tribute to frontline health professionals, first responders, and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help fight the spread of the virus.
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Bruno Mars Pledges $1 Million To The MGM Resorts Foundation
Posted on March 27, 2020, 9:00 am
GRAMMY Award-winning entertainer Bruno Mars, who has been a performer at the Park MGM theater, announced today that he has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support MGM employees impacted economically by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mars has performed a series of limited dates at The Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas since 2016.
A representative for Mars says, “The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he’s in the creative process of working on his next album. With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we’ll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon.”
The money will go toward The MGM Resorts Foundation’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund & Children’s Medical Support Fund, which is designed to help MGM employees and their immediate families with short-term assistance during unexpected hardships and emergencies. The Grant Fund may also provide disaster relief assistance to furloughed or laid-off employees whose compensation is suspended or employment terminated as a result of an extraordinary event (or events) that severely impacts a community in which MGM Resorts conducts business, such as the COVID-19 public health crisis.
“We consider Bruno Mars as part of the MGM family and appreciate what he is doing to help our employees and their families during these uncertain times,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. “We recently expanded the eligibility requirements for the fund to help as many employees as we can who are impacted by the crisis, and this donation will help us expand our reach even further.”
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Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Release has been Postponed
Posted on March 26, 2020, 9:00 am
On Tuesday, March 24th, Lady Gaga took to her social media to announced the postponement of her extremely anticipated album, Chromatica.
“While I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this,” she wrote on Instagram, “it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on with this global pandemic.” Gaga also postponed her residency shows in Las Vegas scheduled through May 11.
Covid-19 has taken over the world, and because of that, live concert organizers began postponing and canceling everything from small shows to whole tours to prevent large gatherings where the disease can spread. Now, artists in every genre are pushing back their spring album releases until closer to summer.
Michael Jackson Estate Donates To COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Posted on March 26, 2020, 9:00 am
The Michael Jackson Estate is donating $300,000 to coronavirus response efforts to help three communities that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
Broadway Cares, Three Square Food Bank (Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization) and MusiCares will each receive a $100,000 donation.
“This virus strikes at the heart of the communities we are close to. We learned today that the legendary Manu Dibango, (“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”) passed away from the virus. Other performers and support staff in music and on Broadway are sick or have been left without work and are facing an uncertain future. And in Las Vegas, which has been so welcoming to Michael Jackson, the entire city has been shut down leaving thousands of workers and their families devastated and without an income,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.
“Michael’s spirit of generosity and helping others during his lifetime is legendary. These donations are inspired by him,” they concluded.
In New York, the Estate is answering the challenge made by more than 20 Broadway producers who are matching up to $1 million in donations, doubling the impact of contributions to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. Jackson loved attending Broadway performances and the Estate is currently in production on MJ the Musical with its partner Lia Vollack Productions.
“With every passing day that theaters remain dark, entertainment and performing arts professionals face unprecedented and immediate challenges,” said Tom Viola, executive director Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. “This incredibly generous donation from the Michael Jackson Estate will help ensure those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes get lifesaving health care, emergency financial assistance and counseling during and after this crisis.”
In Las Vegas, the Estate’s donation will provide 300,000 meals to the needy, and help to maintain Three Square Food Bank’s supplies, the largest foodbank in Southern Nevada. Since opening in February 2013, Michael Jackson ONE, produced by Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson, has been one of the most popular shows in Vegas. “Before the pandemic, 1 in 8 Southern Nevadans lived in a food-insecure household and that number will increase exponentially with the displacement of thousands of workers in our community. Thank you to the Estate of Michael Jackson for stepping up to help children, families, veterans and senior citizens who may need help now more than ever,” Michelle Beck, Chief Development Officer.
The Recording Academy and MusiCares will support the music makers who Michael Jackson worked with and loved in a time where the industry is being challenged at every level from the virus. “MusiCares is very grateful for the outpouring of generosity we’ve seen from many in the music industry to grow the COVID-19 Relief Fund,” said Steve Boom, MusiCares Chair. “The challenges that our industry is facing right now are enormous. It is contributions such as these that will help our community survive in this unprecedented time of tremendous need.”
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