As we’ve been reporting for several days now, a lot of artists have been upset over politicians, using their music without permission, and now some of them are fighting back, in a pretty hysterical way. In case you missed it, on Sunday’s edition of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” the host discussed Donald Trump’s unauthorized use of songs by Queen and the Rolling Stones at the RNC and then shared with a song that expresses just how upset artists are getting. The tune, “Don’t Use Our Song,” featured a whole host of musicians including Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Sheryl Crow and Josh Groban, with the chorus driving home their message:
“Don’t use our song because it used it wrong / It might seem appealing but you’re just stealing,” they sing. “Don’t just use our song it just seems wrong / By the time this tune is through you’ll be lucky if we don’t sue.”
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The off-Broadway musical, “Lazarus,” is based on David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Fell To Earth” and opened just days before the icon’s death. Now, the production, which was co-written by Bowie himself, is moving “across the pond.” Original stars Michael C. Hall, Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso are the only cast members announced for the London production. “Lazarus” is scheduled to run October 25th through January 22nd. The movie to London shouldn’t come as too big a surprise. “Lazarus'” director, Ivo van Hove, said backstage at last month’s Tony awards, “It would be wonderful, and the producers said it would be inevitable. It is David Bowie’s hometown.”
It looks like there’s no more trouble in paradise for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. “The Talk” cohost announced back in May that she couldn’t “keep living like this” after rumors of Ozzy’s affair with a hairdresser surfaced. Now, however, the Black Sabbath rocker tells Good Morning America their marriage is “back on track.” Ozzy calls the cheating scandal a “bump in the road,” but says those are all a part of being married. Adding, “You just, you make mistakes, and you learn by your mistakes, I think.” This comes after photos surfaced of the Osbournes out for a walk in Los Angeles but so far, Sharon hasn’t commented on the couple’s status.
A documentary about the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence is in the works. Universal Music Group and Passion Pictures will co-produce the film, which will be directed by Richard Lowenstein, a longtime friend of the singer, and director of the Aussie band’s video for the hit, “What You Need.” “I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years,” said Lowenstein. “To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners …is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can.” For those who don’t recall, Hutchence died in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997 of an apparent suicide.
The lineup for the sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival was just announced and it’s guaranteed to be epic. This year’s festivities will include performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher. This year’s fest is set for September 23rd and 24th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the Daytime Village once again returning on September 24th across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Artists scheduled to appear there include Hunt, Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih, Lissie, Cold War Kids, Daya, Cage The Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Bryson Tiller and DNCE. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday at pm ET, while tickets for the Daytime Village will also go on sale at the same time.
- And fans not lucky enough to make it out to Vegas, can still catch the show. Both nights will be broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations around the country, and the CW Network will live-stream both nights. In addition, the CW will air a two-night television special dedicated to the festival on October 6th and 7th from 8pm to 10pm.