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MTV Video Music Awards Opt Out Of Indoor Event At Barclays Center After Health Warnings – Deadline

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards have decided against holding an indoors event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Instead, it will stage a series of outdoor performances in various NYC boroughs.

The show will still be held on Aug. 30. The outdoors shows will take place in front of limited or no audiences.

“In close consultation with state and local health officials‎, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event,” said an MTV statement. “The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved.”

The New York Post’s Page Six reported that some staffers said they did not feel safe with an indoors show.

Keke Palmer will host the show, with performances scheduled from K-pop group BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga have the most nominations with nine apiece, followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, who each have six nominations.

It would’ve marked the first time the show has been at Barclays since 2013.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally confirmed the date and venue Monday during one of his regular briefings about the pandemic. During the governor’s brief mention of the event, one of his prepared slides declared, “The event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”

MTV later confirmed the plan in a press release, asserting that “the health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance.”

Producers of the show, in co-operation with Barclays management, “have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for everyone involved,” the release noted. Precautionary measures will include social distancing procedures, capacity limitations and the “virtualization of components where possible.”

The release said details and potential options will be released at a later date, “based on the science and data in New York.”

The VMAs have been held in the New York area for the past couple of years, hitting Newark, NJ last year after Radio City Music Hall in 2018.

New York City faced the worst of the early weeks of COVID-19, with total deaths exceeding 800 a day in April, taxing hospitals and emergency resources, but the tide has turned recently. As the rest of the nation copes with a major surge in COVID-19, New York is headed the other direction.

While other public events scheduled in the city and the restart of restaurant table service have been focused on outdoor events, the VMAs would have been one of the first major indoor events.

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Google Play Music will shutdown completely in December – here’s how to save your music – TechRadar

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Say goodbye to Google Play Music, the service will be going away for good in December 2020 and with it, all your music if you don’t transfer it over.

According to a new blog post from Google, you’ll no longer be able to access the service to stream your favorite music starting in September if you live in New Zealand or South Africa, and everyone else gets cutoff from streaming in October of this year.

As Google prepares to close down its long-running Play Music streaming service, the company has enabled a new transfer function inside the YouTube Music app to bring your music, playlists and preferences to their new home on YouTube.

According to Google, all Google Play Music subscribers should have received an email with detailed instructions on how the migration works, but essentially it’s as simple as downloading the YouTube Music app and clicking the transfer button.

The good news is that you’ll be able to take all your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences along with you in the transition, and there’s no difference in price between the services.

For now you’ll still be able to use both services, but Google is telling people to start making the transition early to avoid a panic when Play Music shuts down later this year.

How to save your Google Play Music songs to YouTube Music 

According to Google, Play Music subscribers should have basically no issues transitioning to the new service and have provided three steps to moving over all your songs, playlists and preferences:

Step 1. Download the YouTube Music app (iOS/Android).

Step 2. Click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner. 

Step 3. Touch Settings.

Step 4. Select Transfer from Google Play Music.

Step 5. That’s it. Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen, and Google will notify you when your music library transfer is complete.

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Are there any advantages to YouTube Music?

If you’ve been using Google Play Music for years, it can be tough leaving it behind. You’ve probably gotten used to how things work inside the app and are more than a little leery transitioning to a service that hosts a billion cat videos. 

But honestly, YouTube Music does have some huge advantages over Play Music.

For starters, YouTube Music has a larger song library – somewhere in the ballpark of 50 million songs compared to the 30 million you might’ve had on Google Play Music.

For another, you’ll get YouTube’s highly advanced recommendation engine by using YouTube Music, which should make finding new songs easier and faster. 

Last but not least, if you’re already a heavy YouTube user, Google is offering a subscription that combines ad-free YouTube and YouTube Music Premium for $11.99 (£11.99, AU$14.99) per month that offers offline listening, too.

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Bill and Ted Face the Music drops final trailer with a new release date – Ars Technica

It’s time to save the world, dudes! —

Because of the pandemic, the film will premiere September 2 in theaters and on demand.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their iconic roles in the final trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music.

We finally have the official full trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music, courtesy of Orion Pictures, plus a new release date: September 1, 2020. And for those of us who are skeptical that the majority of theaters will have opened their doors by then, the studio will be releasing the film simultaneously on demand. That’s most excellent news all around.

As we reported last month, in the original 1989 film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are high school students in danger of flunking history. If that happens, Ted’s father will ship him off to a military academy, thus breaking up their band, Wyld Stallyns. But the band is destined to usher in a future utopia, which is now threatened. With the help of a time machine in the form of a phone booth—provided by Rufus (George Carlin), a messenger from the year 2688—the pair travels through history, meeting Socrates, Billy the Kid, Sigmund Freud, Beethoven, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, and Abraham Lincoln, among others.

The movie was a surprise hit, grossing $40.5 million against its modest $6.5 million budget. So naturally it spawned a sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), in which the boys must defeat their evil robot doubles from the future to preserve the utopian society based on their ideals. Among the highlights: Bill and Ted must play a game against Death in order to free their souls and return to Earth to win the Battle of the Bands. It’s a clear nod to Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957) where a man plays a game of chess in hopes of defeating Death. Bill and Ted challenge the Grim Reaper to Battleship, Clue, and Twister, easily winning every time.

The official premise describes the new movie:

The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan. Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.

  • “We’re a couple of couples, right?” Couples therapy isn’t going as well as the princesses had hoped.

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  • Jillian Bell plays Dr. Taylor Wood, Bill’s & Ted’s family therapist.

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  • Giving a bizarre musical “performance” at a wedding reception.

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  • Hal Landon Jr. reprises his role as Captain Jonathan Logan, Ted’s father. He remains disappointed in his son.

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  • Greetings! It’s Kelly (Kristen Schaal) with a message from the future. The name is a tribute to Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late George Carlin, who played Rufus in the first two films.

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  • You’d think they’d be used to random visitors from the future by now.

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  • It’s a first for Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving), however.

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  • On their way to the future in their trusty old time traveling phone booth.

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  • Bill and Ted meet a Future Bill and Ted.

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  • Another version of Future Bill and Future Ted ends up in prison.

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  • Meanwhile, Billie and Thea decide to form their own band featuring some of the greatest musicians in history.

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  • This is most likely Mozart.

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  • Every band needs a flautist.

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  • Kid Cudi plays himself.

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  • Respect for the music.

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  • Bill and Ted find Death playing hopscotch by himself.

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  • Another trip to hell.

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  • Billie and Thea are in hell, but overall they’re still good.

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  • Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!

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An official teaser dropped in June, giving us our first look at what the dynamic duo has been up to since their bogus journey. Answer: not much. They’re having a bit of a mid-life crisis, with Wyld Stallyns reduced to playing gigs “in Barstow, California, for 40 people, most of whom were there for two-dollar taco night,” as the future utopia’s Great Leader (Holland Taylor) observed. We got a brief glimpse of William Sadler’s Grim Reaper and Bill’s and Ted’s two daughters, Wilhelmina/Billie “Little Bill” Logan (Brigette Lundy-Paine, Bombshell) and Theodora/Thea “Little Ted” Preston (Samara Weaving, Ready or Not). Bill and Ted concoct a plan to travel to the future to steal the song that saves the world from themselves after they’ve already written it. (“How is it stealing if we’re stealing it from ourselves, dude?”)

The full trailer opens with Bill and Ted in marital counseling with their respective wives, Princess Joanna (Jayma Mays, Glee) and Princess Elizabeth (Erinn Hayes, Medical Police)—although as the therapist, Dr. Taylor Wood (Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon), points out, joint couples therapy is probably not what the princesses had in mind.

Hal Landon Jr. returns as Ted’s father, Captain Jonathan Logan, this time chastising his son about his “delusions” of having traveled through time. “Here’s a real idea for you: be role models to your daughters! Get real jobs.” But the duo is tired of trying to unite the world after all these years; Ted in particular is feeling discouraged. That’s when Kelly (Kristen Schaal, Bob’s Burgers) arrives from the future in a cute egg transport to bring them to the Great Leader. The Great Leader informs them that they must perform an original song by Preston and Logan to save “reality as we know it.”

Note the wording there: a song by “Preston and Logan,” not necessarily Wyld Stallyns. Clearly, the daughters have a musical destiny, too. Billie and Thea realize their dads are in trouble and resolve to help them out. So while Bill and Ted travel to the future in their trusty old phone booth to steal the song they supposedly wrote from themselves, Billie and Thea use Kelly’s egg to travel through time collecting famous musicians throughout history to be in their band, including Kid Cudi (playing himself). Bill and Ted track down the Grim Reaper and find him playing hopscotch by himself (and cheating). And it looks like Billie and Thea, like their dads, get into a bit of trouble and wind up dead. And in hell. But otherwise, you know, they’re good.

Bill and Ted Face the Music will premiere on September 1, 2020 in select theaters (i.e., those that are open by then) and on demand.

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Country Music Legend Hank Williams Jr.’s Daughter Dead at 27 – E! Online

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The daughter of country music legend, Hank Williams Jr., has passed away.

According to multiple reports, from People, USA Today and the WKRN local news station, Katherine Williams-Dunning died in a car crash on Saturday night in Henry County, Tennessee. She was 27 years old.

Her sister, Holly Williams, confirmed the news in a heartbreaking Instagram post that was shared on Sunday morning. The photo Holly posted was a family portrait that was taken on Friday, June 12.

“I have no words. On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie,” Holly’s message began. “We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one. ALL we need is prayers.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed Katherine’s death with the outlets mentioned above and shared that she was driving on the highway in a SUV at the time of the crash. Local officials also told the publications that the vehicle, which was towing a boat, crossed the median highway and rolled over around 7:45 p.m. CST.

Katherine’s husband, Tyler Dunning, was also in the SUV at the time of the crash. According to multiple reports, he was transported to a nearby hospital.

In her message, Holly shared that Tyler was “awake and responding,” however, they “don’t know injury extent yet.”

In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2020

Katherine was the youngest daughter of country singer Hanks Williams Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane Thomas. The 27-year-old was also the proud mother to two kids.

E! News has reached out to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Williams’ family rep for our own confirmation. We haven’t received a response at this time.

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BTS Wins Favorite Music Group At 2020 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – soompi

BTS took home an award at the 2020 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards!

This year’s Kids’ Choice Awards was held on May 2 (local time) and took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards and performances were presented remotely instead of having audiences and performers attend an in-person event.

BTS won Favorite Music Group at the Kids’ Choice Awards, and a clip of the group accepting the award was shared during the virtual ceremony.

RM kicked off their speech saying, “Wow this is amazing. Thank you so much. So happy to get this award.” V said, “Thank you for voting for us, ARMY. Your love keeps us going,” and Jin continued, “Thank you so much for loving our new album ‘Map of the Soul: 7.’ Hope we can see you soon.” Suga shared, “We are doing great working very, very, very hard on our music,” while Jungkook expressed, “We miss you, ARMY, so, so much, and hopefully, see you soon!” J-Hope said, “Stay safe and connected. We hope everything will get better soon,” and Jimin wrapped up with the words, “Thank you ARMY and thank you Kids’ Choice Awards.”

BTS previously won Favorite Global Music Star at the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards.

Congratulations to BTS! Watch them accept the Favorite Music Group award below:

this one’s dedicated to the BTS Army ? congrats on your #KCA2020 win @BTS_twt!

— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) May 3, 2020

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