The dog days of summer are upon us, but another week of livestream shows from around the globe are here to keep music fans entertained.
As always, there’s something for everyone — from Lady A, Tim McGraw, Third Eye Blind and more taking the virtual stage at a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this Thursday (Aug. 13) to Jasmine Thompson, Niki DeMartino and Mali Music stopping by Billboard’s Facebook page for this week’s Billboard Live At-Home series.
Check out a running list of the week’s best virtual concerts below.
Aug. 10: Grace Potter will continue her ongoing at-home concert series, Monday Night Twilight Hour, on both YouTube and Facebook. The rocker’s weekly livestream will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Nick Cannon will host a live webinar on Monday dedicated to discussing Judaism, antisemitism, racism and standing up to hate. The chat marks Cannon’s first appearance on a Jewish program following his controversial comments on a recent podcast that were widely viewed as anti-Semitic. While he has since apologized for his remarks, the actor and host was fired by ViacomCBS from Wild ‘N Out, and plans for his upcoming daytime talk show have been pushed back in the wake of the scandal. The webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET and registration is open here.
Aug. 11: Jasmine Thompson will kick off this week’s Billboard Live At-Home lineup with a performance at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, exclusively on Billboard’s Facebook page.
Aug. 12: YouTube star-turned-rising pop singer Niki DeMartino will take over Billboard’s Facebook page for her own Billboard Live At-Home set.
Aug 13: Lady A, Tim McGraw, Luis Fonsi and more will join forces for Music Gives: Together for St. Jude, a virtual festival raising money for the famed children’s hospital. Across six stages, artists including Brad Paisley, Third Eye Blind, Johnnyswim, CeCe Winans, Keith Urban, For King & Country and more are set to perform while well-known chefs will also present cooking demonstrations in between supporter messages from the likes of Darius Rucker, Drew Holcomb, Bobby Bones and Kirk Franklin. The livestream will air at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on the St. Jude YouTube channel.
Mali Music will finish off the week’s round of Billboard Live At-Home concerts at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Billboard’s Facebook page. Throughout the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Billboard’s weekly livestream series has raised money for a multitude of nonprofit organizations including Direct Relief, Meals on Wheels, Feeding America and more.
Lucinda Williams will perform an at-home set for Seattle public radio station KEXP, which can be streamed via the nonprofit’s official YouTube channel at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT.
Aug. 15: Biffy Clyro will present a unique one-off performance of their 2020 album A Celebration of Endings from an as-yet-unrevealed venue in their native Glasgow. The live-streamed performance of the band’s latest LP will kick off at 3 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased Biffy Clyro’s official website.
Aug. 16: Wallows is set to kick off their virtual world tour with the first of four live performances recorded at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. During the “West Coast Show” — which begins at 7 p.m. PT — the indie trio will perform their 2019 debut album, Nothing Happens, in its entirety. Tickets are on sale for all four shows here.
DaBaby Talks Finding a ‘Middle Ground’ Between Comfort & Style Ahead of BoohooMAN Collaboration
“I love me some mutually beneficial partnerships,” DaBaby tells Billboard of the fun new team up. “It’s always a blessing, so them wanting to work with me made things pretty easy. Them giving me the opportunity and creative input on the designs and what was going on with everything — that definitely made it a silky smooth…
“I love me some mutually beneficial partnerships,” DaBaby tells Billboard of the fun new team up. “It’s always a blessing, so them wanting to work with me made things pretty easy. Them giving me the opportunity and creative input on the designs and what was going on with everything — that definitely made it a silky smooth collaboration.”The boohooMAN x DaBaby collection, which includes everything from relaxed yet sleek track sets, tees and statement graphics to loud and expressive fits in matte satins and paisleys, was inspired by the effortlessly cool lifestyle led by the star. “I love being comfortable when I dress because I do so much moving around,” DaBaby says of his mindset while designing the collection. “But I also like looking good while being comfortable, so I like to find a middle ground with making clothes that you can still move around in but at the same time, they’re still very expressive and give some sense of style.”As for his favorite style in the collection, DaBaby loves the “all white shorts set with the white shirt and daisy dukes” pictured in the campaign image above.”I feel free when I wear it,” he reveals. “It’s all white, nice and clean. I feel like that’s to move for the summertime. If it had nothing to do with me, I would still buy it.”While DaBaby has no problem rocking iced-out chains and fashion-forward fits, he knows that finding your own sense of style can be intimidating. “Just be yourself, that’s what fashion is,” he advises those interested in fashion. “Expressing yourself. If you’re being yourself, you can’t go wrong.”Ahead of the June 30 launch, shop boohooMAN’s range of summer styles here.
‘The Voice’ Ties With ‘The Masked Singer’ at 2021 Critics Choice Real TV Awards
RuPaul’s Drag Race was the only series to take home multiple awards. It also won for best ensemble cast in an unscripted series.1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) won for best limited documentary series.The late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was honored posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an individual for…
RuPaul’s Drag Race was the only series to take home multiple awards. It also won for best ensemble cast in an unscripted series.1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+) won for best limited documentary series.The late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was honored posthumously with this year’s Impact Award, which recognizes an individual for career excellence in the world of nonfiction content. Trebek’s children Matthew and Emily Trebek accepted the award on his behalf. Their speeches can be viewed here.Netflix, which led the networks in nominations, also led in wins, with a total of six.Though this year’s ceremony wasn’t held in person due to the pandemic, acceptance videos from the winners can be viewed or downloaded here.Bob Bain and Joey Berlin served as executive producers for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards. Michelle Van Kempen was executive producer for NPACT, the trade organization which was formed in 2017 through the merger of the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS.Here’s a partial list of winners for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards.Best competition series (tie): RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1), The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)Best competition series: talent/variety (tie): The Masked Singer (Fox), The Voice (NBC)Best structured series (tie): Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network), The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)Best business show: Shark Tank (ABC)Best ongoing documentary series: Frontline (PBS)Best limited documentary series: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+)Best short form series: Issa Rae Teaches Creating Outside the Lines (MasterClass)Best live show: Dancing with the Stars (ABC)Best game show: Jeopardy! (CBS Television/Syndicated)Best lifestyle: fashion/beauty show: Queer Eye (Netflix)Best ensemble cast in an unscripted series: RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)Best show host: John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Vivendi’s Universal Music to Sell 10 Percent Stake to Bill Ackman SPAC, Valuing Label at $40B
“As you can see from PSTH’s announcement, this investment represents a strong validation of UMG, our strategy, our people, our legendary catalog and our amazing roster of artists and songwriters,” UMG CEO Lucian Grainge wrote in a staff memo on Sunday. “And the fact that we now have, in addition to Vivendi, two committed investors…
“As you can see from PSTH’s announcement, this investment represents a strong validation of UMG, our strategy, our people, our legendary catalog and our amazing roster of artists and songwriters,” UMG CEO Lucian Grainge wrote in a staff memo on Sunday. “And the fact that we now have, in addition to Vivendi, two committed investors — the consortium led by Tencent, as well as PSTH — is as powerful an endorsement as one could imagine from the investment and technology communities.”Grainge added, “On Tuesday, at Vivendi’s General Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders will consider Vivendi’s proposal to distribute 60% of the UMG share capital and list UMG’s shares on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. I will keep you updated on all these developments.”Vivendi previously sold a 20 percent stake in UMG to a consortium led by Chinese online giant Tencent. It has said it plans to distribute 60 percent of UMG, while retaining the remaining 10 percent for a minimum period of two years.UMG is the world’s biggest music label and follows Warner Music to the public markets. Warner Music IPOd in 2020, with a $15 billion valuation. it is currently valued at just under $18 billion. The rise of streaming services like Spotify and social platforms like TikTok have significantly bolstered the music business in recent years.Blank check companies, or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), take over privately held firms and usually take them public in an alternative to a traditional IPO. Over the past year-plus, Wall Street has seen a big number of SPAC IPOs.This deal would be different, however, with UMG still set to go public via an IPO in the third quarter of 2021. Instead, Pershing Square Tontine said it will have about $1.5 billion left over after the UMG deal is complete, which it will use to try and find another company to take public. The company will also create what it calls a “SPARC,” which will be given to shareholders, trade separately and which will also seek to merge with another private company.The deal is subject to the authorization of the plan to take UMG public by Vivendi shareholders at a shareholder meeting on June 22. The transaction would be the largest SPAC deal on record, according to Dealogic data.Vivendi, led by CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, has previously said: “In addition, the Pershing Square funds and their affiliates have indicated that they may acquire additional economic exposure to UMG by acquiring Vivendi securities and/or by acquiring UMG securities following the distribution of UMG shares by Vivendi.”Alex Weprin contributed to this report.This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.