Lana Del Rey bombarded by frothing armchair activists

Looks like Lana Del Rey has been consigned by the internet to the celebrity Nazi club (from which very few return). As I wrote a few months ago, she was raked over the coals by social media people for wearing a ridiculous mesh mask during a book signing. It was a stupid thing to do, but …

Kanye West was ‘shaking in bed’ with Covid-19 earlier this year

Kim Kardashian has provided some detail about Kanye West’s experience with Covid-19, which she said he contracted in the spring, “during the time that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced that they had COVID.” Hanks and Wilson went public with their coronavirus diagnoses on March 11. “Kanye had it way at the beginning, when nobody …

Lana Del Rey scolded for mesh Covid mask

The inadvisability of turning Covid-19 masks into fashion statements was on full display this past weekend when Lana Del Rey wore a mesh face mask during a book signing. “I’m doing a little book signing and we are at the Barnes and Noble in The Grove [shopping mall in Los Angeles],” the singer said in …

Justin Bieber thumbs nose at public health orders in LA

As I wrote in my last post, Van Morrison is not a fan of using social distancing to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps he should move to Los Angeles, where pop stars are flouting the city’s public health orders by hosting garish house parties. This past Sunday Justin Bieber and his wife …

Van Morrison takes a swing at covid ‘pseudo-science’

The practice of social-distancing during the covid-19 pandemic is based on “pseudo-science,” according to Van Morrison. The “Gloria” singer, who was knighted in 2016, made the claim in a short note posted to his official website. Titled “Save Live Music,” the post derides the idea of playing live music to less than full capacity crowds, which …

Elton John’s ex says he breached their divorce terms and she wants him to pay a hefty price

Did you know Elton John has an ex-wife? Me neither. But he does, and she’s not happy with him. In fact she’s suing the “Levon” singer for £3 million. Renate Blauel, a sound engineer born in Germany, married Elton in 1984, divorcing him four years later in 1988. Her lawsuit, details of which were filed …

TikTok curries favor with American music industry

TikTok, the Chinese social media for teeny-boppers that has the US government all aflame, just signed an agreement with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the American trade association that exists to protect music copyright and intellectual property. In the NMPA’s words, the agreement “accounts for TikTok’s past use of musical works” and “ sets …

Don McLean says modern music ‘doesn’t mean anything’

Don McLean, the man behind the smash hit “American Pie,” dislikes modern music, arguing that it reflects the “nihilistic” nature of Western society. The 74-year-old folk rocker made the remarks during an interview (seemingly shot around Christmastime, but only uploaded this month) with Tom Cridland on Cridland’s “Greatest Music of All Time” YouTube program. I watched …

Taylor Swift accused of promoting ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theories’

Taylor Swift is being accused of “anti-Semitism” after she used Instagram to lash out at her former record label for making an album of a live radio performance she did when she was 18. As she sees it, the “tasteless” new release was motivated by “shameless greed.” “I’m always honest with you guys about this …

Rolling Stones release Covid-themed single (sort of)

For the first time in eight years, the Rolling Stones have released new music. The song, “Living in a Ghost Town,” is a howling, apocalyptic lamentation that speaks to the current times, wherein people are isolated and whole industries (including live music) are fighting to keep their heads above water, though there is still Equipment Hunt …