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Neil Young slams Trump's use of his songs at Mount Rushmore speech


President Donald Trump has once again aroused the wrath of a popular musician.

Two Neil Young songs — "Rockin’ in the Free World" and "Like a Hurricane" — were heard playing before Trump's Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday.

Observers on Twitter noted the use of the songs, and Young soon voiced his displeasure on his official account, also voicing his support for the Lakota Sioux tribe. Mount Rushmore was carved into a mountain in South Dakota's Black Hills after the U.S. government seized the land from the Lakota in the 1870s.

"This is NOT ok with me," Young tweeted, before adding, "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me."

This is not the first time Trump has run afoul of this particular musician. Back in 2015, the president used “Rockin’ in the Free World" to accompany the announcement of his candidacy. Young released a statement claiming Trump was not authorized to use the song.

Young, who became an American citizen earlier this year, has also been an outspoken critic of the president.

He recently penned an open letter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, writing, "[Trump] is, in the end, just a poor leader who is building walls around our house. I believe he will be powerless soon… That sorry man will not destroy the American Dream."

Young also modified the lyrics of his protest song "Lookin' for a Leader" to criticize Trump during a recent virtual concert.

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Pop Smoke's First and Final Album Released Almost 5 Months After His Death



The young rapper initially rose to fame in July 2019 with the release of his first EP, Meet the Woo. That summer, his song  “Welcome to the Party” became a hit single, and was famously remixed by Nicki Minaj.

He later went on to collaborate with Travis Scott on the song “Gatti” that December.

Shortly before his death in February, Pop Smoke released his second mixtape, Meet the Woo V.2, which received rave reviews and secured him his first top 10 placement on the Billboard charts.

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Sia Reveals She's a Grandmother After Her Son 'Had 2 Babies': 'They Call Me Nana'




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Sia added that her youngest son is still "processing" his own trauma, but she remains hopeful that "he can manage."

"It took me until I was 41, I think, to deal with my early developmental trauma," she said. "I don't want that for them, but you can't force anyone.

"Trauma has to come out when you're in a safe environment, when you're ready — psychologically ready. So, I'm just trying to do my best for them."

The "Chandelier" hitmaker later got emotional while talking about her sons, revealing that they played a massive part in teaching her an important lesson about race and privilege.

"I'm embarrassed that it took me to adopt two Black sons to really understand what they go through on a daily basis," she tearfully confessed. "There are things to do. We can actually act, and we can actually try and get justice for Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain."

"I've very scared for my children. I love them very much," she continued. "I've only experienced white privilege and I know that now. I am fully aware of how much I've experienced white privilege, and now I have these two Black sons who tell me how it really is."

Looking back at her transition to motherhood in the past year, Sia said she's "grateful" to have a successful career that can provide support and care for her kids.

"I have reached my professional and my personal goals, and I'm at a very interesting place," she said. "I think being … able to be a compassionate and nonjudgemental mother to my two sons, and to have the resources to really help them, I've now reached my personal goals."

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Twins Go Viral for Hilarious 'First Time Hearing' Videos Showing Them Reacting to Classic Songs

Free music appreciation classes for all are being taught on YouTube by a set of 21-year-old twins in Gary, Indiana.

Titled "First Time Hearing: Twins the New Trend," the video series finds Tim and Fred Williams — who grew up listening to the likes of rapper Twista and Lil Wayne — giving their heartfelt thoughts about songs they admittedly might never have heard.

Among the artists they've been discovering are Freddie Mercury and Queen, Luther Vandross, Tom Jones, opera star Luciano Pavarotti and Aerosmith — but that's just the start.

“There’s more than just rap out there,” Fred tells PEOPLE. “There’s so much more than I ever thought.”

It was Tim who came up with the idea 10 months ago while Fred was away studying criminal justice at Indiana State University. His goal was to broaden the duo's music repertoire, which was largely focused on church music — songs that gave them "goosebumps" during their childhood.




"My grandfather always used to say to me, 'Listen to Frank Sinatra,'" says Tim. "You’ve got to listen to it before you judge."

When he plays "I’ve Got You Under My Skin," viewers can see Tim instantly falling in love with Sinatra’s beat.

“Okay! Come on now," he says. "Hey, this is something I can vibe to. I wasn’t expecting this!”

Then there's the celebration of the Carpenters, the brother-sister pop duo who dominated radio waves in the '70s.

As “Rainy Days and Mondays” plays, Fred says, “Nobody likes Mondays!”

Adds Tim, “This is the kind of music you listen to at a barbecue!”

No one's more amused by their love for the Carpenters than mom King-Richardson, who laughs as she tells PEOPLE, "Now that was surprising!"

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Beyoncé announces new visual album 'Black is King' set to debut on Disney+


Beyoncé is activating the Beyhive with the announcement of her new visual album Black Is King, based on the music from 2019's The Lion King: The Gift.

The star released the trailer for Black Is King on her website.

The film, written, produced, and directed by Beyoncé, is set to debut via Disney+ on July 31 to coincide with the anniversary of Disney's live animated The Lion King that saw the popular singer and actress voice Nala.

A release from the streamer explains the visual album, which was in production for a year, reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. It follows the voyages of Black families, throughout time, who are honored in this tale about a young king’s transcendent journey whose ancestors help guide him toward his destiny.

Variety reports guest artists will include Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, and Jessie Reyez, as well as African artists including Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Busiswa, and Salatiel.

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Justin Bieber and Quavo Perform 'Intentions' for Global Goal: Unite for Our Future Concert

Justin Bieber and Quavo are giving fans a treat with a new performance.

The duo sang their hit collaboration "Intentions," from Bieber's latest album Changes, during Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert, hosted by Global Citizen on Saturday.

For the performance, Bieber played the melody on a piano as he sang into his microphone. Meanwhile, Quavo sat on a stool nearby in the same recording studio, wearing sunglasses.

Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Bieber has been keeping busy filming projects at home with his wife Hailey Baldwin, including their Facebook Watch series, The Biebers on Watch, for which they documented at-home activities and candid conversations.

In addition, he released the charity duet "Stuck with U" with Ariana Grande and participated in virtual specials, including Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble for his native Canada.

Meanwhile, Quavo is set to take part in the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday.


Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, Global Goal will also feature performances by Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Lin Manuel-Miranda and the original Hamilton cast with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Chloe x Halle, Yemi Alade, and Christine and the Queens.

Global Goal aims to call on citizens to tackle global injustices by using our collective voice to drive change for everyone and everywhere, in addition to ending COVID-19 and building equity for all.

Other celebrities appearing from around the world include Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, David Beckham, Derrick Johnson, Salma Hayek Pinault, Billy Porter, Diane Kruger, Antoni Porowski, Ken Jeong, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olivia Colman and Opal Tometi.

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Miley Cyrus Covers The Beatles Hit 'Help!' on Global Goal: Unite for Our Future Concert

Miley Cyrus is performing for a good cause.

The singer, 27, sang her hit TK during Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert, hosted by Global Citizen on Saturday. Performing from an empty Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Cyrus sang "Help!" by The Beatles and wore a metallic blue gown.

This is not Cyrus' first virtual performance amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In May, Cyrus performed her 2009 hit "The Climb" during #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020. During the pre-recorded appearance, she told graduates: "As I was thinking about you, the class of 2020 and how you inspire me, I knew I wanted to share this song with you. It feels full of a new meaning. Keep the faith, keep on moving, keep climbing, here's 'The Climb.' "

During the coronavirus pandemic, Cyrus spread positivity with her weeks-long Instagram Live series Bright Minded, in which she interviewed celebrity guests and spoke candidly about mental health.

More recently, the star opened up about her decision to embrace sobriety following vocal cord surgery in November 2019. "I’ve been sober sober for the past six months," she said to Variety. "At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery, but I had been thinking a lot about my mother. My mom was adopted, and I inherited some of the feelings she had, the abandonment feelings and wanting to prove that you're wanted and valuable."

Cyrus added, "It's really hard because especially being young, there's that stigma of 'you're no fun.' It's like, 'Honey, you can call me a lot of things, but I know that I'm fun.' The thing that I love about it is waking up 100%, 100% of the time. I don't want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready."

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Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, Global Goal will also feature performances by Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Lin Manuel-Miranda and the original Hamilton cast with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Justin Bieber and Quavo, J Balvin, Chloe x Halle, Yemi Alade, and Christine and the Queens.

Global Goal aims to call on citizens to tackle global injustices by using our collective voice to drive change for everyone and everywhere, in addition to ending COVID-19 and building equity for all.

Other celebrities appearing from around the world include Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, David Beckham, Derrick Johnson, Salma Hayek Pinault, Billy Porter, Diane Kruger, Antoni Porowski, Ken Jeong, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olivia Colman and Opal Tometi.

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Tenille Townes Decides a Pandemic Is the Perfect Time for Her Hope-Filled Album The Lemonade Stand




To promote the album, Townes has scheduled the LemonAID Stand Virtual Tour, a series of benefit concerts including one next Tuesday that will assist the Grande Prairie nonprofit that she's supported since was 15 years old.

"Big Hearts for Big Kids" will be streamed from the stage of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and it will feature at-home performances by Dierks Bentley, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Andy Grammer, Lori McKenna, Chrissy Metz, John Osborne and Lucie Silvas. Proceeds will benefit Sunrise House, the youth shelter that Townes has raised more than $1.9 million for over the years.

In this time of quarantine, Townes says she's "grateful for social media to be able to feel like we're still connected." But she's also anxious to resume face-to-face encounters.

"I miss being able to talk to people after the shows and hearing those stories," she says. "Feeling that connection is very much my very favorite part about doing this."

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Cole Swindell Debuts Music Video for 'Single Saturday Night': 'It's a Reflection of My Quarantine'

The opening of Cole Swindell's latest music video is a familiar scene: the country star sits on his couch flipping through channels and hears nothing but bad news related to the current coronavirus crisis.

As he drifts into sleep, however, Swindell is transported to a different world. A mysterious redhead appears and Swindell belts out his new song, "Single Saturday Night," detailing him going from single to taken.

"Sitting over in the corner, baby, I saw/Pretty red lips working on a White Claw/Shaking to a little, shook me all night long/And I thought, man, what a beautiful sight," Swindell sings in the chorus. "Ain't a morning you don't wake up in my shirt now/Even holding hands walking out of church now/Who'd of thought, baby, looking back that/That would be my last single Saturday night."


Swindell says he is "so excited" for the song’s music video, which dropped Thursday.

"I had a blast filming and editing this one," he tells PEOPLE. "We had to get creative shooting a video during quarantine, but I love the way it turned out."

He adds, "It’s a reflection of my quarantine — tuning out the bad news and escaping to anywhere I want to be, doing the things I love."

"Single Saturday Night" premiered in late May, reaching No. 7 on the iTunes charts the week of its release. Swindell's new single came after the star had to reschedule the remainder of his Down to Earth tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During a YouTube livestream ahead of the video's release, Swindell reiterated that it is a "good representation" of his time during the pandemic.

"Every news channel you flip is just bad news, bad news and that's why I love this song," he told fans. "I love having it out right now because it's just a feel-good song and I think we all need one of those right now."

"This video puts a smile on my face," he continued. "Because it reminds me of all the places I wish I had been the past couple months."

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Kenzie Ziegler Teams Up with Sia on New Single 'Exhale': 'She's Always So Supportive'

Kenzie Ziegler is ready to get people dancing again — with a little help from her friend Sia.

The singers teamed up for Kenzie's latest single, "Exhale," an upbeat track that sees the pair trading lines about letting go and having a good time.

"I wanted to make a song that everyone can just have fun to," Ziegler, 16, tells PEOPLE exclusively about her new song. "It's about needing to just breathe and have a party. It's something everyone can get up and dance to, which is what I really love about it. Obviously the world's a little crazy right now, so I feel like this song can definitely make you let everything go and just dance in your room and have fun."

Ziegler's 2018 single "Wonderful" was written by Sia, but she admits she was still nervous the Grammy-nominated singer wouldn't be interested in performing a duet.

"I sent her the demo and she was like, 'Oh my gosh, I love this song so much,'" she explains. "I wrote the song, but I wasn't sure if I was going to release it, and she was like, 'Oh my gosh, if you don't release it by yourself, I'll take it from you or I'll just be on it with you.'"

"I was like, 'Wow, that sounds perfect,'" Ziegler says. "She's always so supportive, but I never thought that she would do a song with me. I'm just so grateful for that because I look up to her so much as a role model and she's my inspiration in music."


Kenzie and older sister Maddie Ziegler have both worked with Sia for years since Maddie's breakthrough performance in the "Chandelier" music video in 2014. Kenzie says the singer-songwriter couldn't be sweeter.

"She is so encouraging and so humble, and if I am stressing out about something, she's just like, 'Don't stress, just have fun,'" says Ziegler. "Honestly, she's such a great person and I wish everyone knew her. It's amazing to work with her because she's like family."

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Sia, 44, has had a busy year of her own. The notoriously private musician confirmed that she welcomed two sons into her family last year during an interview with SiriusXM's The Morning Mash Up in May, sharing that she adopted the teenage boys when they were leaving foster care due to their age.

Ziegler reveals she's met one of Sia's sons, and adds that they couldn't be nicer. "She's a great mom. I mean, she acts like a mom to my sister and I, so I've always thought that about her," Ziegler says. "It's really awesome. She's the sweetest person and she does anything for everyone."

Ziegler also debuted a music video for the track, filmed in quarantine with the help of her sister Maddie and Lauren Einbinder. The clip features home-shot content from Kenzie's friends like Johnny Orlando, Dove Cameron, Dylan Conrique, Abbi Dicenso, Cameron Field, Charlize Glass, Tati McQuay, Gio Pilla, Sage Rosen, Emily Skinner, Lucas Stadvac and Hayden Summerall.

"My sister filmed the whole thing on an iPhone for me and we made up a dance to the song, so I just asked all of my friends to dance to the song and send me videos," says Ziegler. "They all wanted to do it, and it just means the world because I have such great friends and family that always stand by me and are so supportive.

"I was a little nervous about it because obviously I wouldn't expect a video filmed in quarantine to turn out good just because it was filmed by my family," she adds. "But I'm actually really happy with how it turned out. It's such a fun video and I'm so glad that everyone's a part of it."

Kenzie reveals she and her sister created the choreography with TikTok in mind and hopes to see everyone doing it on the social networking app where she currently has 17.9 million followers.

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Ziegler has spent the last few months social distancing at home with her family and has enjoyed the abundance of quality time they've received amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am always working, so it's really good that I get to spend time with my family, especially for my birthday," she says. "I have been learning to play piano, I've been bingeing a lot of shows, I've been working out a lot, and I've been FaceTiming my friends because I miss them so much, so we've been keeping ourselves busy."

Ziegler has also been using this time to write new music and is hoping to put out an EP when things get back to normal.

"I have lots of songs that I've done, but I'm still trying to figure out which ones are my favorite," she admits. "So after quarantine is over, I'm definitely going to be back in the studio."

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