Date: Aug 22, 2021
    Posted By: Roula Lynch
Dutch music fans have been banned for months from going to large-scale festivals due to coronavirus restrictions. On Saturday (Aug. 21), the festivals came to them.

Hundreds of performers and festival organizers held marches through six Dutch cities on Saturday to protest what they argue are unfair restrictions that have forced the cancellation of summer music festivals and other events.

Thousands of people attended one of the “Unmute Us” marches in Amsterdam, walking and dancing behind a convoy of trucks carrying DJs and sound systems pumping out music.

Leonie der Verkleij, a freelancer who works in hospitality services at events, was among those marching in Amsterdam.

“The festival industry feels like an unwanted child,” she said. “It feels like all sectors are important except ours.”

Amsterdam municipality appealed mid-afternoon for no more people to join the march as it was too crowded.

The Dutch government has banned large-scale events such as festivals until at least Sept. 19 amid fears over the spread of the highly infectious delta variant. One-day events with a maximum of 750 visitors are allowed for people with a COVID-19 app showing they have been vaccinated, have recently tested negative or have recovered from a case in the past six months.

Organizers of Saturday’s protest want the ban lifted on Sept. 1. They point to overseas events and the return of crowds to soccer stadiums — with proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test — as evidence that people can congregate in large numbers without infection numbers surging.

Jasper Goossen of Apenkooi Events, which organizes dance festivals, said hundreds of festivals have been canceled due to the pandemic, crippling an industry that employs 100,000 people.

“There are so many passionate people working in this industry and they are all having a tough time. We want to move forward, not stand still,” he said.

Dutch organizers point to festivals in other countries that have not turned into superspreader events, such as the summer’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Authorities in Chicago said they had linked 203 COVID-19 cases to the four-day event that drew 385,000 people.

Marchers carried home-made banners reading: “Music = Medicine” and “Don’t Cancel Culture.”

Festivals are a traditional feature of the European summer, but many have been canceled or postponed this year. In England, many of the biggest events, such as Glastonbury in southwest England and BST Hyde Park in London, were cancelled for the second year running because of the pandemic.

But the lifting of all remaining restrictions on social contact in England on July 19 has at least allowed some to take place. However, organizers of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London, which is billed as Europe’s biggest street fair, decided before those restrictions were lifted to cancel the two-day event in late August because of the “ongoing uncertainty and risk” posed by COVID-19.

In France, festivals are allowed for people with a virus pass showing they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or recently recovered from the virus. Yet many organizers have reduced the maximum number of people per day. The country’s biggest festival, the Vieilles Charrues, set a limit of 5,000 spectators each day.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Netherlands eased slightly over the past two weeks, going from 16.45 new cases per 100,000 people on Aug. 6 to 15.05 new cases per 100,000 people on Aug. 20. Nearly 18,000 people have died in the Netherlands of COVID-19.

Melvin van Pelt, a DJ and producer who works under the name Tahko, said he’s worked in government testing and vaccination centers to help pay his rent and agrees with many coronavirus measures, but he’s had enough of the festival ban.


    Date: Jun 02, 2021
    Posted By: Roula Lynch
First he took a pill in Ibiza. Now Mike Posner has climbed Mount Everest, for a good cause.

The Detroit artist flexed his adventurer skills by scaling the summit of the worlds highest mountain, and, importantly, making the return journey.

Early Tuesday (June 1), Posner and his team mates Dawa Chirring Sherpa, Jon Kedrowski and Dawa Dorje Sherpa reached the top of the world, posing for snaps and remarking, That’s what I call a sunrise.”

Posner kept his followers updated on social media. We are now back at camp 2 but not out of the woods until we descend to base camp tomorrow am. Please keep us in your prayers, reads his most recent tweet.

The trek was years in the planning, and saw the Grammy-nominated singer devote much of 2020 to intensive high altitude training in Colorado.

Posner is raising money via corporate sponsors and a GoFundMe page for The Detroit Justice Center (DJC), a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities.

At the time of writing, Posners fundraiser had raked in 223,619 of the 250,000 goal.

Speaking ahead of his peak feat, Posner explained, “While my walk across America was about me finding myself, I want my climb to be about others. He continued, Before my dad died (in 2017), he was a criminal defense attorney in Detroit for 40 years. I’ve decided to dedicate my climb to the Detroit Justice Center because they’re doing criminal justice reform work in my city that would make my dad beam with joy.”

Its not the first time Posner has reached a summit. His 2016 hit I Took a Pill In Ibiza reached No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, and stayed there four weeks.

Last month, Posner released the new song “Jealousy” (Arista Records) a collaboration with blackbear, written alongside Mat Musto and Justin Bieber and produced by RetroFuture.


    Date: Apr 28, 2021
    Posted By: Roula Lynch
Britney Spears is getting a chance to speak to the court directly about her conservatorship.

Samuel Ingham, Spears’ court-appointed attorney, made the request for his client to address the court herself at Tuesday’s (April 27) hearing in Los Angeles. Ingham told Judge Brenda Penny, who is overseeing the singer’s conservatorship, as well as Britney’s parents, James and Lynne Spears, that Britney wants to talk to the court herself over the status of her conservatorship. The request came at the end of the Tuesday’s hearing when Ingham said he still had some “housekeeping issues” to discuss.

“Conservatee asks the court for a status hearing so she she can address the court directly,” Ingham told the judge.

In addition, Ingham said Britney was requesting that the hearing take place as soon as possible.

“My client has asked that it be done on an expedited basis,” said Ingham.

Penny agreed to Britney’s request, setting the hearing for June 23 and saying “the purpose of the status hearing would be the status of the conservatorship.”

The other matters, including Britney’s request to appoint Jodi Montgomery, a private professional fiduciary, as her conservator instead of her father James, who she asked to resign, were continued until July 14 by mutual agreement of Britney and her parents legal teams.

The original hearing was scheduled to address Inghams motion filed on March 23 asking James to resign as Britneys conservator and to appoint Jodi Montgomery, a private professional fiduciary, in his place. Montgomery has been serving as the pop singer’s temporary conservator since Sept. 9, 2019 when her father temporarily relinquished his role citing health reasons at the time.

Spears court documents filed at the time also make clear that her requested appointment of Montgomery does not mean in any way that she is giving up her rights in the future to end the conservatorship entirely.

“[Spears] expressly reserves the right to petition for the termination of this conservatorship,” states the court filing. “Nothing in the within petition shall be deemed to constitute a waiver of that right.”

If approved by the court, Montgomery will have the sole authority to retain 247 caretakers and security guards for Spears. She will also have the power to restrict and limit visitors except for Ingham. Montgomery will also be given the power to communicate with any of Spears’ doctors.

According to the boxes checked on the petition form, Spears requires a conservator because she is unable to properly provide for her personal needs of “physical health, food, clothing, or shelter” and unable to manage her financial resources or to resist fraud or undue influence.

Last August, when Judge Penny extended Spears conservatorship until 2021, Ingham filed a motion saying his client did not want her father to continue to serve as her conservator. Ingham said at the time in court papers that the “conservators rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin.”. Ingham described the first phase of her conservatorship as a “triage” to save her, but he says since then, her life and needs have changed. Ingham says he believes that the changes being requested by Britney are in her best interest.

He describes Britneys second phase of her conservatorship, that ran until her Las Vegas residency ended on Dec. 31, 2017, and her last live tour performance on Oct. 21 , 2018, as her performing period. During that time, Spears needed the assistance of a personal manager, a business manager as well as many other individuals. But now, Ingham says Spears is in a new phase with different needs and wishes and she has no desire to perform.

“We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes,” Ingham writes in the motion.

Ingham also said at the time that Britney is “strongly opposed” to her father continuing as the sole conservator of her estate. Instead, she prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role, according to Ingham. Ingham said in those court papers that he expected her dad to “aggressively contest” Britney’s wishes.

There were technical issues during Tuesday’s hearing, which took place remotely. At one point, James blurted out, “Lynne, mute your phone!” Things between the two parents appeared strained. Prior to Tuesdays hearing, James legal team filed court papers on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Britney’s mother Lynne of not acting in her daughter’s best interests. According to his court papers, James says Lynne has not been involved in her daughter’s conservatorship until very recently and is causing undue delay and “stirring up more unnecessary media attention.” While James says he has been “very cautious, limited, and thoughtful in dealing with the media,” the filing says Lynne has “exploited her daughter’s pain and trauma for personal profit by publishing a book about (Britney).”

James also accuses Lynne of intentionally or carelessly serving Sam Lutfi, Britney’s former manager, with court papers. “Factually speaking, the Conservator obtained two permanent restraining orders against Mr. Lutfi and was in litigation with him for about seven years after Mr. Lutfi sued the Conservatorship in 2009,” reads James motion. “Mr. Lutfi does not have any interest in this Conservatorship, and his counsel should not have been served with Lynne Spears’ objections.

According to James court papers, “Despite having zero involvement in her daughter’s conservatorship until very recently, Lynne Spears is asserting claims as if she were a party directly involved in the litigation (which she is not).”


    Date: Dec 05, 2020
    Posted By: Roula Lynch
JoJo Siwa is the latest celebrity to share her experience with coronavirus.

I did end up getting it, the big, dreaded COVID-19. It got through my whole family, the 17-year-old told ET, noting that thankfully, symptoms were mild. We had headaches, we were tired, we had shortness of breath, we had all the things. All my family actually lost their taste and smell, but all have it back. But I never did.

She added that her brother and parents tested positive before she contracted the virus. Everyone who gets this virus, its gonna affect them differently, she said. We were all, like, three days apart.

Siwa also discussed her new festive album, JoJos Rockin Christmas. I love the holidays, its such a fun time of the year! she shared. Its fun because [theres] always something happening. For us, its Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year -- and you just always have something to look forward to!


    Date: Oct 09, 2020
    Posted By: Roula Lynch
Bebe Rexha is back, she’s jealous and she’s got feline support.

Doja Cat assists on Rexha’s slinky, self-reflecting new tune “Baby I’m Jealous,” which pounced at midnight.

On it, Rexha sings: “This is me, a woman in dichotomy I love me, until I dont My apologies for looking on your history Im trying to let it go.”

Doja unleashes her own verse and the pair team up for the chorus in the back half of the song, which can be streamed in full below.

Produced by Jason Gil and Jussifer, “Baby I’m Jealous” is Rexha first single for 2020, and the followup to 2019’s You Cant Stop the Girl.

Doja is set to perform a medley of her biggest hits at the Oct. 14 Billboard Music Awards. A first-time nominee, shes up for top RB song with Tyga for their collab, Juicy.

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