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Zella Day’s ‘The Dream Police’ Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. This edition features rising singer-songwriter Zella Day: Hello from California! I don’t know about you but I’ve been very emotionally exhausted from the world caving in around us. I’ve been reading articles about quarantine dreams and how there have been a lot of reports of vivid dreaming as a result of lockdown. The idea of entering new worlds in a dream state is very comforting to me, it’s a reminder that we are more than our bodies; we can experience freedom from within. For my playlist, I’ve chosen songs that take me on a journey without having to open the front door. Art has been there for you and it is here for you now asking t...

Lionel Richie Leads All-Star ‘Idol’ Rendition of ‘We Are The World’: Watch

If you lived through the ‘80s, you’ll remember “We Are The World” was just about the biggest number of them all. Featuring a “Dream Team” of pop stars, the song dropped in 1985 to shine a light on famine in Africa. Written by Lionel Richie and the late Michael Jackson, the charity single ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for four successive weeks after its release, and an all-star Artists for Haiti remake in 2010 was also a hit. Sunday night (May 17) during the American Idol finale, Richie assembled an all-star Idol lineup for a lockdown-era rendition of the blockbuster. Joined by his fellow judges, Richie led a cast that included 2020 winner Just Sam, Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty, Fantasia, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Philli...

Katy Perry Debuts ‘Daisies’ on ‘American Idol’ Finale: Watch

The American Idol finale had some massive moments, not all of them involved the contestants. Idol judge Katy Perry delivered her debut live performance of “Daises,” inside of a spectacular digitally-enhanced environment. Wearing a pink dress, no shoes and showing her baby bump, Perry looked like Alice in her animated wonderland, as walls and cartoon furniture appear around her and steep falls appear under her feet. “Daises” dropped last week, a triumph against the haters. Watch the performance below. [embedded content]

Bluesman Lucky Peterson Dies at 55

American bluesman Lucky Peterson, a master of the six string and the Hammond B3, died Sunday (May 17) at his home in Dallas. He was 55. Peterson was at home when he “became ill and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but unfortunately did not recover,” reads a statement posted on his social pages. The cause of death is not immediately known. Born Judge Peterson in Buffalo, New York in 1964, Peterson had blues in his veins. His father James Peterson was a notable blues guitarist and owner of The Governor’s Inn, a roadhouse club where many of the genre’s greats would stop by. [embedded content] A prodigious talent, “Little” Lucky Peterson gave his first concert when most of us were still learning to use cutlery and his talents were spotted early on by blues legend Willie Dixon....

Drake Retains Australian Chart Crown, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s ‘Stuck With U’ Starts High

Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes (Republic/Universal) enters a second week at No. 1 on Australia’s albums chart, while SAINt JHN’s “Roses” (Sony) scores a sixth week atop the national singles survey and “Stuck With U” (Universal), the Ariana Grande–Justin Bieber collaboration, is the week’s highest debut. “Stuck With U” opens at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart, just behind The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic/Universal), to give Grande her first Australian chart entry for 2020 and Bieber his fourth. Proceeds from the single will benefit the First Responders Children’s Foundation, which funds scholarships for kids of frontline workers who’ve been affected by the health crisis. Over the past two weeks, DaBaby’s “Rockstar” (Interscope/Universal) has risen 14-9–4 and no...

Perfume Genius: Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Each Perfume Genius album is a metamorphosis. Over the past decade, Mike Hadreas has transfigured from confessional balladeer to glittering prima donna to our baroque-pop bard. On his terrific fifth album Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, Hadreas emerges with all new contours. Guided once more by the meticulous work of producer Blake Mills and an expert troupe of musicians, including experimental saxophonist Sam Gendel and renowned session drummer Jim Keltner, Hadreas glides between sublime melodies and grimy, guttural dissonance. It is his strongest work to date—a three-dimensional, dust-blown world that is cinematic in its grandeur and intimate in its inspection of the human form. On 2017’s fantastic No Shape, Hadreas sang of liberating the body. Each song seemed to unhitch his spirit fr...

Consequence of Sound Launches Specialty Face Masks

Consequence of Sound has relaunched our official web store with a capsule of face masks. The initial four designs are now available in two, four, and six packs, as well as a variety pack. Each mask is reusable and washable, made in the USA from recyclable bottles, and of the highest quality. The MSRP value for a 2-pack is $40.00, but we are offering them at a 25-42% off discount along with free shipping. Better yet, by purchasing them you’ll be supporting Consequence of Sound, an independently owned media company amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also be donating a portion of the proceeds to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund benefiting artists and other music industry professionals. Stay tuned for more designs, as well as other pieces of limited-edition merch, to be revealed in t...

Ranking: Every Joy Division Song In Honor of Ian Curtis

Joy Division never wrote a bad song; there just wasn’t any time. In the four years the Manchester outfit existed, Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris were a force of creativity — pure and unadulterated. They weren’t just talented, they were in sync, and their tragic gasp of a timeline has nurtured an enduring legacy. “I’ve never been in a group as solid as Joy Division,” Hook recently told Consequence of Sound. “The four members were so balanced and so equal, and their inputs and their creativity were so important to the group as a whole. There were no passengers in Joy Division. It was absolutely perfectly balanced. We never got to appreciate ‘It’ because ‘It’ was overshadowed by Ian’s death.” Editors’ Picks “We didn’t want to become famous and sell millions o...

What’s Behind the Ratings Slumps for Remotely Shot Shows

Declining TV usage and maybe the end of the novelty for at-home production have driven shows like ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ to season lows recently. American Idol and The Voice made a big deal about continuing with their final rounds in recent weeks, with the remaining contestants on each singing competition performing from their homes and hosts and judges all weighing in remotely. Yet the ratings for the remotely produced “live” episodes have fallen flat: Both ABC’s Idol and NBC’s The Voice have recorded same-day season lows in the past two weeks. A similar fate befell ABC’s second Disney Family Singalong special on Sunday, which drew little more than half the audience of the first edition of the special on April 16. Similarly, t...

Selena Gomez Rocks Subtle Makeup & Natural Curls for Stunning Quarantine Selfies

Selena Gomez must be spending her days at home with no makeup like most of us, but today she was inspired to get a little dolled up and take some pictures. The selfies, posted on Instagram, show the singer wearing a light and pretty look, accentuated with a dark cat-eye — and some wild, gorgeous curls. “I had an urge to put my make up on,” Gomez wrote Sunday (May 17). “My papa noticed then proceeded to ask ‘why do you look like that?’ He whistled as he walked away. So there’s that. Wearing all @rarebeauty.” Rare Beauty is her new beauty line, which will be launching in North America this summer exclusively at Sephora. Swipe to see all four lovely photos below.

‘American Idol’ Season 18 Winner Crowned in First At-Home Finale

[Spoiler alert: This article contains the name of the winner of Sunday night’s American Idol finale.] No matter who ended up in the winner’s circle after Sunday night’s (May 17) two-hour American Idol finale, they were destined to make history as the first champ to celebrate from the comfort of their own home. Not by choice of course, by due to the way the 18th season of the beloved singing competition had to completely change things up mid-way due to the COVID-19 lockdown. And, like all aspects of the show since everyone was sent home, the coronation was… different, with host Ryan Seacrest calling the action from his garage instead of the big stage in Hollywood, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie dialing in from their homes and the contestants making t...

Taylor Swift’s ‘City of Lover Concert’ Special: 8 Best Moments

Although Taylor Swift’s 2020 touring plans have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the superstar presented her fans with a special performance with the Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert, a powerful special that aired on ABC on Sunday night (May 17). Filmed last September at Paris’ L’Olympia Theater in front of an intimate audience of fans from around the world, the concert captured Swift at a particularly jubilant moment, weeks after the release of her acclaimed seventh album, Lover. The special also offered some insight into the creation of Lover, with Swift breaking down the themes streaking throughout her longest album to date and stripping down their live presentation. “A lot of these songs on this album that just came out, I’ve never played live before!” Swift remarked e...