Cody Simpson & Miley Cyrus Deliver Tacos to Local Hospital ‘Heroes’

Cody Simpson and Miley Cyrus are thanking local hospital employees with a thoughtful meal amid the coronavirus crisis.

The pair delivered 120 tacos to essential healthcare workers, as seen in an Instagram clip uploaded on Saturday (April 4).

“Tacos for the incredible healthcare workers at our local hospital! So grateful for these true legends of our time dedicating their lives to battling this pandemic. Show some love to yours in your community!” Simpson wrote in a caption for his update, which featured a video and photos.

In his stories, he also referred to all the healthcare workers — who are bravely providing care through the pandemic — as “the heroes of our time.”

Watch their delivery below.

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What Taylor Swift Is Watching & How She’s Staying Connected During Quarantine

Taylor Swift was “hopefully keeping you company during your self-isolation and quarantine time” while she acted as a DJ from home for SiriusXM’s Hits 1 n chill show on Friday (April 3).

The singer, who was the first in a series of artists to have their own spin on the program airing on SiriusXM radio (channel 2) and on the SiriusXM app, curated a playlist of tracks to play — and in between songs spoke of how she’s spending her time during the coronavirus quarantine.

“During this time, I know that a lot of my friends and I have been doing a sort of weekly family FaceTime, which is always hilarious,” Swift said. “I think it’s really important that we all stay connected because, you know, isolation doesn’t have to be an all-encompassing thing. You know, we may be all isolated physically, but we can still keep in touch with people, we can still play games with our friends and families on our phones –that is one of the great things about modern technology. So I hope you guys are doing a lot of self-care in terms of staying connected to the people that remind you of home even if the situation is strange and really confusing at this moment.”

At another point, she shared what’s been on her watch list recently: “A lot of people have been watching lots and lots of TV in this time of quarantine. I have actually been going back and watching old films that I hadn’t seen before. I went and watched, I actually hadn’t seen Rear Window, and if you haven’t seen that film go check it out. It’s got Grace Kelly, it’s phenomenal, it’s Hitchcock. So, yeah, I think that we can actually take this opportunity to not only just watch really cool guilty pleasure shows that are current, but we can go back and kind of educate ourselves on films that were great in the past and still are.”

During the episode, Swift played songs from Conan Gray, Halsey, Niall Horan, Billie Eilish and more, and she touched upon how she’s been trying to help during the pandemic. (It’s previously been reported that she is quietly donating money to fans in need amid the global crisis.)

“I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, a lot of reading, a lot of watching films that I’ve never seen before, but mostly I’ve been online trying to figure out how to help others, and just constantly in awe of our first responders and our emergency workers and our healthcare professionals who are putting themselves in danger every single day that they go to work. So shout out to everyone who works in a medical profession, everybody who’s out there helping,” she said.

Check out clips of her chatter below, courtesy of Swift Twitter fan account @TSwiftNZ. To hear full episodes of Hits 1 n chill, find more information about streaming for free through May 15 at SiriusXM.

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Marianne Faithfull Hospitalized With COVID-19

Marianne Faithfull is being treated for COVID-19 at a London hospital, Billboard can confirm.

In a statement provided by Faithfull’s manager, François Ravard, on Saturday (April 4), he said that the 73-year-old singer-songwriter, actress and muse is “stable and responding to treatment.”

A Facebook post from performance artist and Faithfull’s longtime friend Penny Arcade offered additional details, mentioning that Faithfull has been receiving medical care since Tuesday. “She has withstood and survived so much in her life – including being Marianne Faithful, that to be taken down by a virus would be such a tragedy,” she wrote. “I spoke to her last week and she was hiding out from the virus but she has caregivers…” She added that she had been in touch with Faithfull’s ex-husband, John Dunbar, who indicated that “she can barely speak” and is not receiving visitors at this time.

Faithfull got her start as a folk singer Swinging ’60s London, and became a rock star in her own right with debut single “As Tears Go By” in 1964, which was penned by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham, the manager of the Rolling Stones. The song peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the Stones would go on to record a version of it themselves, which they released on 1965 album December’s Children (And Everybody’s). She has released 22 studio albums, the most recent being 2018’s Negative Capability.

Marianne Faithfull is in hospital in London having tested positive for Covid 19. She went in this past tuesday. Please…

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Bad Bunny Drops Surprise Track ‘En Casita’ Featuring His Girlfriend: Listen

Bad Bunny is making the best of his self-quarantine in Puerto Rico. He’s tanning in his backyard, playing the ukulele, he brought out his Toy Story collection, he dropped the music video for “Yo Perro Sola,” and he’s even making new music.

On Saturday (April 4), the Puerto Rican artist surprised fans on social media by announcing a new track dubbed “En Casita” (At Home) featuring his girlfriend and quarantine buddy Gabriela Berlingeri.

In the improvised trap song, which was uploaded to Soundcloud, Bunny pens all of his feelings during the quarantine. “I don’t want to die and I also don’t want to break the law / but being stuck here until May 16 really sucks,” he sings, elaborating in the song that he misses AutoTune, he had to cancel his concerts, and that he wants to see his loved ones but he can’t because of curfew.

Towards the ending of the song, Bunny’s girlfriend joins in on the infectious hook, where the two sing: “when the quarantine passes, you owe me sex.”

Listen to “En Casita” below.

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Bad Bunny Announces New Puerto Rico Concert Dates

Bad Bunny has rescheduled his upcoming concerts in Puerto Rico, the star confirmed with a song called “En Casita” (featuring Gabriela) that he posted on SoundCloud on Saturday morning (April 4).

Both shows were set to take place on May 11 and 12 at San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bad Bunny will now perform on Oct. 30 and 31.

With the coronavirus still spreading worldwide, many concerts and events have been postponed or canceled. Artists and promoters are still working hard to figure out new dates for their shows, while others have already rescheduled. Banda MS rescheduled their Monterrey Arena show for Aug. 14 and 15, and Fonseca and Andres Cepeda moved their Compadres Tour in Bogotá, Colombia, to July 9 and 10.

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Bill Withers ‘Didn’t Live Out Loud’: Engineer Dave Hampton Salutes the Man Behind the Music

Most people don’t know him by name, but Dave Hampton is one of the music industry’s top-flight audio engineers. His clientele has included Prince, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, RZA, M.I.A. — and Bill Withers, who died on Monday (March 30) at the age of 81.

In this exclusive as-told-to, Los Angeles-based Hampton goes beyond the music to focus on the special bond that he and Withers literally crafted by hand.

I met Bill Withers in the ‘90s with [musician/producer] Marcus Miller. I was working with Marcus on building a studio in Santa Monica. Bill and I struck up a friendship because he was a craftsman, just really good with his hands creatively. He was excellent at doing woodwork and masonry. He could do anything with tile. He’d built his first studio at his home in Benedict Canyon and had since moved to a new house.

When Bill met me, I gave him some advice about new materials being used in building studios. And from there we became good friends. Every time we saw each other, we would just talk for the longest [time]. I realized who he was. However, in my mind it was that’s Bill who drives a van around. He didn’t live out loud.

He was always concerned about me. I was a single dad at the time, and he admired the way that I spent time with my kids as I brought them everywhere with me. Bill was just real. Sometimes as a man, you need people like that in your life. You need people who are older and can give you a sense of wisdom.

When people like that spend time with you, it’s for you just as much as it is for them. Because Bill didn’t have to do this. He could have just stayed at home and been fine for the rest of his life. But he was there for me at a crucial time in my life when my mom passed away. I’d just been given a lot of responsibility and didn’t know who to talk to. So I remember talking specifically to Bill and his wife [Marcia] because so much was coming at me. I went to them and said, hey I’ve got some decisions I have to make. Can you give me some advice?

That’s what I liked about Bill. He had real country common sense that was very practical for me as a younger black man. I admired that; it helped me a lot.

Bill called me two years ago and said, “Dave, I’ve got something to say, so you’ve got to help me put in a studio.” He and his wife had moved to a new house, so we started on this journey of building a studio together. And working together in a creative space like that, you really start to understand more about someone as a creative and as an individual. It was a unique sharing experience, working on music he was writing or had written years ago and song material for his daughter Kori. At the same time, I’m listening to his thoughts and reflections. When a creative person shares those with you, you’re like wow, this is their sacred place.

That helped me a great deal too. I hadn’t done anything related to music since 2016 when my 27-year-old daughter died in an accident. Prince had died that April and 30 days later I lost my daughter. Music became a depressing place. But when I started to work my way back, I took a stance. I had to really love any project I decided to do or who I was doing it with. And then Bill called, saying the same words Prince said to me on New Year’s Day 2004 when we first met in Minneapolis: I’ve got something to say. He’d been recording at other studios because Paisley Park’s equipment needed upgrading. And now he was ready to come back home and work.

To be such a great artist whose music impacted the world, Bill was very humble and simply cool to be around. I hear his voice in my head now and the mother wit he laid down. He was such a prolific writer and user of words. Had his heart not given out, I think he would have had something to say. Would the world have heard him sing? When he talked or wrote, it wasn’t really necessary that he sing another note. The world has truly lost a special person and the best spokesperson for empathy and understanding at a time when we most need message music.

And I’m privileged to have just known him as a friend.


Luis Eduardo Aute, Spanish Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 76

Spanish singer-songwriter Luis Eduardo Aute, whose politically charged songs became popular during Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, died Saturday (April 4) at the age of 76, a performing arts guild said.

The Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers said Aute died in Madrid after a recent decline his health. Aute suffered a serious stroke in 2016 and never recovered fully.

His biggest hit was the song “Al alba” (“At Dawn”), an homage to the victims of the repression carried out during the decades-long authoritarian rule of Gen. Francisco Franco.

Aute released over 30 albums. In addition to music, he was also an accomplished painter, sculpture, and film director.