Jan 22

Halsey officially cancels Manic world tour due to COVID-19 pandemic

Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty Images for dcpHalsey’s Manic world tour has officially been scrapped due to COVID-19.

While initially postponed to 2021 from last year, the singer announced on social media Friday that the rescheduled dates would have to be cancelled.

“Despite our absolute best efforts, there is no guarantee I’ll be able to tour the currently scheduled dates,” Halsey writes. "I miss seeing all of you in the crowd every night more than anything, but I need to prioritize your health and safety.”

She adds that now she is focused on getting ticket holders their money back and advised them to be on the lookout for an email with instructions.

“This tour was supposed to be my most unique yet for a number of reasons,” she writes. “I was really looking forward to sharing this chapter of my life with you in the ways I best know how. But for now, I am dreaming of days where we can all be together again.”

Halsey concludes by promising to “find new ways to connect despite the circumstances.”

By Andrea Tuccillo
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   Jan 22

Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and more see inauguration sales boost

Mark NguyenThe songs performed during the Biden/Harris inauguration festivities this week got a nice little sales boost as a bonus.

Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons’ song “Better Days,” which they performed during the Celebrating America special Wednesday, had the biggest bump, according to Billboard. It sold 13,000 downloads that day, a gain of 15,351% compared to the negligible amount it sold the day prior.

Other noticeable boosts went to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” which was performed by Demi Lovato on Celebrating America, and Katy Perry’s “Firework,” which she sang to close out the Celebrating America broadcast. “Lovely Day” saw 2,500 downloads, up 1,897% from the day before; while “Firework” sold 1,000, up 2,292%.

In total, according to initial reports from MRC Data, the songs performed during the daytime show Parade Across America and the primetime special Celebrating America sold 39,000 downloads in the U.S. on January 20. That's a jump of 2,000% compared to the previous day's 2,000 downloads sold.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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   Jan 22

Mariah Carey releases remix EPs for 2002 album ‘Charmbracelet’

Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesMariah Carey is keeping the #MC30 celebration going.

As part of the series she started last year for the 30th anniversary of her debut album, Mariah has released a special batch of remix EPs for her 2002 album Charmbracelet.

“#MC30 is back with Charmbracelet digital EPs and HD videos!” Mariah tweeted Friday. “Yayyyy Charmie..!!! I've been told this album is sort of a fan favorite..! Subtle Invitation, My Saving Grace, Yours, The One and many others make this album a fave of mine!”

There are five separate EPs with remixes for “Through the Rain,” “I Only Wanted,” “The One,” “Boy (I Need You)” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”

Mariah plans to roll out more remix EPs and bonus content from various albums including The Emancipation of Mimi, E=MC2, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

She released her first #MC30 goody for fans last July. She dropped The Live Debut -- 1990, a four-song digital EP of her first-ever live performance, which took place at New York City's Tatou Club on October 22, 1990. 

Her self-titled debut album was released June 12, 1990.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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