JAY-Z, Dave Matthews Band and more to headline major music festivals
Woodstock 50 announced on March 20 that JAY-Z, Dead & Co., Chance the Rapper and more will be among the leading performers at the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival in Bethel, New York, in August. Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, J Balvin and Chainsmokers will be performing at Lollapalooza 2019 in Chicago in August, according to a March 20 announcement. The Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons will be headlining the Kaaboo Del Mar music festival near San Diego in September, festival officials announced on March 21.
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K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested for sharing sex videos without consent
K-pop star Jung Joon-young was arrested on March 21 for illegally sharing sexually explicit videos of women, without their knowledge or consent, in a group chat. The singer was taken into custody just a few hours after he publicly apologized to the victims and "everyone who has showed affection for me" at a hearing in Seoul, South Korea.
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Myspace in hot water after losing 50 million songs
Myspace found itself back in the headlines on March 18 after news of a massive data loss resurfaced. The company reportedly lost 50 million songs on its site — all music uploaded to Myspace before 2015 — a little more than eight months ago. "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace," the company told users at the time. "We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your backup copies."
Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame
Country music superstars Brooks & Dunn, comedic singer Ray Stevens and music executive Jerry Bradley will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, according to an announcement released on March 18.
Ariana Grande signed away 90 percent of royalties for "7 Rings"
Ariana Grande signed away 90 percent of the royalties for "7 Rings," her second-most popular song ever, to the estate of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, according to a New York Times report published on March 19. "7 Rings" samples the melody of "My Favorite Things," a song written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for "The Sound of Music" in 1959. Concord, the music company that owns the late songwriters' back catalogue, requested 90 percent of the songwriting royalties and Ariana's record label, Republic, "accepted without further negotiation."
Acclaimed guitarist Dick Dale, also known as "the King of the Surf Guitar," died on March 17 at 81. Bernie Torme, a guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Ian Gillan's band Gillan, died on March 17 after battling virulent double pneumonia. He was 66. R&B singer Andre Williams died in Chicago on March 17 after being diagnosed with colon cancer that spread to his lungs and brain. He was 82. Up-and-coming country singer Justin Carter was fatally shot on March 21 after a gun accidentally fired during a music video shoot. He was 35.
JAY-Z, Neil Diamond works to be added to National Recording Registry
JAY-Z's 2001 album "The Blueprint" will be inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry, along with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" and more. The Library's National Recording Preservation Board announced the news on March 20.
Cardi B files paperwork to trademark "Okurrr"
Cardi B filed legal documents on March 21 to trademark her signature catchphrase, "Okurr." The rapper is requesting the trademark for merchandising purposes including paper goods such as cups and posters as well as pants, shirts and hoodies.