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Guitarist Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

SANTA MONICA—Eddie Van Halen, guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, died on Tuesday, October 6, from complications of throat cancer. He was 65. According to reports, he died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,”...

Lady Gaga Dominates MTV Video Music Awards

HOLLYWOOD—We are starting to get some semblance of reality with award shows somewhat returning to the airwaves. The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were held on Sunday, August 30, live and taped from New York City. Yes, it was promoted the ENTIRE week that it was all live, but we know some of those performances were taped in advance...

Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle Dies At 38

NASHVILLE—Justine Townes Earle, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter, died on Sunday, August 23, and police told Rolling Stone that it was probably from a drug overdose.  A spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department told Rolling Stone that after one of Earle's friends notified them that they had not heard from him since Thursday, the Nashville Fire Department checked his residence and...

Gaga, Grande Lead MTV VMA Nominations

HOLLYWOOD—The contenders for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were announced on July 30 and leading the pack were Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande who each picked up seven nominations for their collaboration “Rain on Me.” Lady Gaga also earned a nomination for Artist of the Year, and both women are also nominated for Best Quarantine Performance; yes that...

Leon Fleisher, SF-Born Pianist, Dies At 92

BALTIMORE—Leon Fleisher, a famous American pianist, died Sunday in Baltimore at the age of 92. Born in San Francisco, Fleisher saw great success as a concert pianist during the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout his career, he focused on classical works from the 19th century, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and others.  Leon Fleisher was born in San Francisco in...

Taylor Swift Sells 2 Million Copies Of New Album

BeverlyHills—“Folklore," the new album by Taylor Swift has sold over 2 million copies internationally since its release on Thursday, July 23, according to Billboard charts. Folklore had 80.6 million streams on Spotify in the first day. Taylor described the album as, “my own imagination has run wild and this is the result." The album is available in the form of...

Pandora Starts A New Live Concert Series

UNITED STATES—Pandora embarked on a new free live concert series for the modern virtual world on Tuesday, July 28. Pandora started their new series with country artist Kane Brown. Fans were able to tune in 15 minutes early for exclusive pre-show activities including artist trivia, and other Pandora Live events. The series will all be free and open to the...

Hardly Strictly Music Festival Cancelled, Moved To Virtual

SAN FRANCISCO—The free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival put on in the city of San Francisco by the Hellman Foundation since 2001 was canceled for this year. The event had been hosted at Golden Gate State Park, but organizers have made it virtual for October 2-4. The festival will stream a selection of "newly recorded performances, archival footage from fans...

Stern Grove Festival Goes Virtual

SAN FRANCISCO—The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the 2020 Stern Grove Festival season. Organizers have found a way to entertain fans through Best of the Fest, a series of video playlists featuring archived performances, scenery of the Grove, and special guests. According to Stern Grove Festival's press release, Best of the Fest began airing on Sunday, June 14 and...

Roddy Ricch, Major Winner At 2020 BET Awards

HOLLYWOOD─Another day, another award show. When I heard a week ago that the BET Awards would still host its 20th anniversary of the show, while also highlighting its 40th anniversary on the air, I was baffled to figure out just how they planned to make it happen. Low and behold the network still held the awards show, but it...
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