Jul 10

“American Reckoning”: Social justice movement inspires new Bon Jovi song

Island RecordsEarlier this year, Jon Bon Jovi wrote a song called "Do What You Can," inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, he's written a new song, "American Reckoning," inspired by the social justice movement sweeping the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

The song, written by Jon and available now on all digital platforms, starts with the words "America's on fire," and refers directly to Floyd's murder, with the lyrics "God damn those eight long minutes/laying face down in cuffs on the ground." 

Jon also sings, "When did a judge and a jury become a badge and a knee," and "Another mother's crying as history repeats/I can't breathe."

Elsewhere in the song, Bon Jovi muses on the white privilege that keeps him from truly understanding the struggle of Black Americans:  "I'll never know what it's like to walk a mile in his shoes/and I'll never have to have the talk so it don't happen to you."

In the chorus, Jon sings, "Stay alive/Shine a light/Stay alive/Use your voice and you remember me/American Reckoning."

"I was moved to write 'American Reckoning' as a witness to history,” says Jon in a statement. "I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

100% of the band's net proceeds and its record label's net proceeds from "American Reckoning" downloads through the end of the year will support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative.

"American Reckoning" will be included on Bon Jovi's forthcoming album Bon Jovi 2020, due out this fall. According to the band's rep, it "takes a critical view of this staggering and historic year."

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Jul 10

Ellie Goulding admits she’s losing fans over her environmental activism

Mike Marsland/WireImageEllie Goulding believes if there’s an upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that people have become more environmentally aware.

The singer and environmental activist, whose first new release in five years, Bright Blue, drops July 17, will be doing her part by selling the album in biodegradable packaging, using recycled materials.  She’s also looking at ways of reducing her carbon footprint when she heads out for her 2021 concerts

While quarantining in England, Goulding tells Time magazine, “People have been really getting to know themselves in quarantine.  They’re really learning about issues they may not have known anything about."

“People are more connected to nature than ever,” she says. “And now people want answers.”

However, it’s not a message some of her fans are ready to hear right now.

“When I post things to do with my activism, I do lose followers,” she says.  “It’s something that’s scary to confront, and scary to think about. With people just generally having to survive through this period… it’s tough in itself.  So for us to say, actually, we need you to do more, we need you to be more of an activist, people have understandably shied away from that.”

Still, Goulding remains hopeful the pandemic will inspire people to become acquainted with how political activism works.

“We’ve seen the power of protest, we’ve seen the power of activism, not just from groups but also individuals,” she explains.  “I just want people to keep that spirit, and know what their activism is worth.”

By George Costantino
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   Jul 10

Meghan Trainor drops new COVID-19 inspired tune “Make You Dance”

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor has had enough of sitting at home and watching the same shows over and over again while waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic, so, she made a song about it.

The 26-year-old released her new song "Make You Dance" on Friday, which is all about... you guessed it ... making you dance.

The ultra-relatable and spirited tune serves as a resounding anthem for those feeling worn down by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Trainor not only admits during the song that she hasn't exactly been acting like a role model while in lockdown but frames the new tune as a gift to those who are bored out of their minds thanks to quarantine.

"Dance/ I dropped this [stuff] to make you, make you dance/ Don't act like you ain't makin' any plans/ Imagine, baby, it's your only chance," Trainor sings in the disco-inspired tune that is rife with funky bass licks and her signature soaring vocals.

The Grammy-nominee confesses to all the bad habits she's fallen to since the pandemic started, such as drinking rosé "since 1" and staying up all night to watch dumb videos on her phone.

"And lately I've been lazy/ I've been drownin' in my head/ With these thoughts makin' me crazy/ I'd rather dance instead/ I can't be the only one/ So if you get lonely, just/ Dance," Trainor boldly invites.

"Make You Dance" is one of three new songs the "No" singer has created especially for a deluxe edition of her third studio album Treat Myself.  

Treat Myself Deluxe drops July 17 and will feature the new tracks "Make You Dance," "You Don't Know Me" and "Underwater" featuring Dillon Francis.

The album will also feature stripped-down acoustic versions of her fan-favorite singles "Workin' On It" and "Ashes."

Here are all the tracks that will be available in her expanded album:

"Wave [feat. Mike Sabath]"
"Nice To Meet Ya [feat. Nicki Minaj]"
"Workin’ On It [feat. Lennon Stella & Sasha Sloan]"
"Lie To Me"
"Here To Stay"
"Genetics [feat. Pussycat Dolls]"
"Evil Twin"
"After You [feat. AJ Mitchell]"
"Another Opinion"
"No Excuses"
"Have You Now"
"Make You Dance"
"Underwater Feat. Dillon Francis"
"You Don’t Know Me"
"Ashes (Acoustic)"
"Workin’ On It (Acoustic)"

By Megan Stone
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