Adele Says She Has ‘No Idea’ When Her Album Is Coming

Ever since the 2015 release of Adele’s 25, fans have been itching for another album by the powerhouse vocalist. However, it’s unclear when that day will be.

On Friday (Aug. 14), the singer took to Instagram to share a book she just read, Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living by Glennon Doyle. “If you’re ready – this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream,” she captioned the photo. “I am so ready for myself after reading this book! It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew!”

Some fans in the comments were disappointed, initially thinking that the post was a new song announcement. “Adele where’s the album?” one fan commented with a laughing face emoji.

To their surprise, the Grammy-winning star replied, though it wasn’t the answer they were likely hoping for. “I honestly have no idea,” she simply wrote.

See the post here.

Four Takeaways From MSG Entertainment’s Near-Zero Revenue Debut Quarter as a Standalone Company

Crippled by venue closures, concert promoter MSG Entertainment’s fiscal fourth quarter revenue fell 96% to $9 million from $215.2 million for the same period a year earlier, according to financial results released Friday (Aug. 14). These aren’t the sort of numbers investors might have hoped for in the first full earnings report since MSGE spun off from the Madison Square Garden Company on April 20, but amid a pandemic that has shut down concerts since March perhaps there is some solace that this decline in revenue was still slightly better than the 98% drop Live Nation announced Aug. 5.

Shares of MSGE dipped 4.7% to $67.99 at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. In all, MSGE’s revenue for the full fiscal year, from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, fell 27% to $762.9 million from $1 billion the year prior.

MSGE’s portfolio of venues includes Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater and others, and the company canceled this year’s Boston Calling music festival earlier this year and last week canceled its annual Christmas Spectacular production at Radio City Music Hall that was set to run almost daily from Nov 6 to Jan. 2, 2021.

Here are five takeaways from MSGE’s 8-K filing:

Misery is par for the course:

Near-zero revenue is not how MSGE wanted to report its first earnings as a standalone company. But live entertainment companies, after their doors were closed for the entire quarter, should be graded on an easy curve. After all, the shocking income statement is not MSGE’s fault. MSG Sports, now also a standalone company, fared even worse. With professional basketball and hockey suspended for the entire quarter, MSG sports had negative $7 million revenue compared to a positive $68.2 million in the same period in 2019.

In the quarter covering April 1 to June 30, MSGE reported a $103.5 million operating loss if two one-time items are removed: a $240.8 million gain on the $400 million sale of The Forum and a $105.8 million charge from writing down the carrying value of Tao Group, a hospitality company in which MSG acquired a majority stake in 2017 (before spinning off entertainment from the sports division).

Liquidity is in good shape:

MSGE has a comfortable amount of liquidity: $1.2 billion in cash and short-term investments, not including about $200 million in deferred revenues primarily from ticket sales and sponsorships for postponed concerts. The monthly cash burn is $25 million. The only long-term debt on its books is a $33.8 million term loan at Tao Group, for which the lender granted relaxed covenants from June 30 to the end of 2020.

At the same time, MSGE is “continually” seeking $500 million of debt financing to bolster liquidity and help pay for The Sphere at the Venetian venue in Las Vegas, said executive vp and CFO Mark Fitzpatrick during Friday’s earnings call.

Deep staff and cost cutting were inevitable:

The pandemic forced MSGE to reduce costs that will save $100 million over a 12-month period. Last week, MSGE laid off 350 employees, eliminated 50 job openings and reduced “non-essential” spending such as travel and expense and training, said Kirpatrick. At the end of May, it stopped supporting its 600 event-level employees at its venues. Also in the second quarter, the Tao Group let go essentially all of its venue staff and reduced its corporate headcount.

Expect the Sphere in three years now:

MSG will also save cash by lengthening the construction period of the MSG Sphere’s timetable, the company revealed in the earnings release. The MSG Sphere, originally planned to debut in 2021, is an ambitious project designed to have a “wow” factor: the 17,500-seat venue will have a 160,000-square-foot, wrap-around LED screen and cutting-edge audio technology. Now the expected open date is 2023 — but the pandemic’s uncertain economic effects means that is not etched in stone. Not content with one groundbreaking project at a time, MSGE has a second Sphere in London is in the early stages — but last November the company announced its production was delayed indefinitely from a 2022 launch. President Andrew Lustarten said during the earnings call that the Sphere in London will get planning approval in autumn 2020 at the earliest.

A few positive notes on 2021:

MSGE has “a backlog of live bookings for 2021 that’s twice the size of where it was this time last year,” said Lustarten. He added that 80% of ticket holders to postponed concerts opted to keep the tickets rather than require refunds (the same metric was 86% for Live Nation). As for the fan experience, Lustgarten said the company will modify the venue where necessary — e.g. capacity constraints — to make fans feel safe.

Annie Lennox Is Living For the YouTube Twins Discovering ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’

Annie Lennox wrote and performed one of Eurythmics’ inarguably greatest hits when “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” came out and became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. But some fans are just getting around to it in 2020.

Lennox was made aware that Tim and Fred Williams, a set of twin brothers from Gary, Ind., came across her hit for the first time this week. The 21-year-old brothers have grown to fame as of late for discovering hits from the decades and filming their reaction upon listening for their “First Time Hearing” series on their popular YouTube channel TwinsthenewTrend. And in an Aug. 9-dated video, the two strap in for their first time experiencing “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

And Lennox felt beyond delighted to watch their reaction video, which she shared on her Twitter Friday (Aug. 14). “Oh my GOD!!! I saw this for the first time a couple of days ago… It’s amazing from my perspective, watching these two incredible young guys picking up on Sweet Dreams – recorded in ’83,” she wrote. “THAT’S where the true power of music lies… A bridge to the soul and intellect!”

In a separate tweet, she noted that “Sweet Dreams is a surrealistic futuristic dystopian mantra for the existential nature of our human dilemma!!!!! Ya think?!!!!”

Twitter users also alerted Lennox in the replies section that the twins filmed a reaction video for her 2014 solo hit “I Put a Spell On You” just yesterday (Aug. 13).

Some other well-known No. 1 Hot 100 classics the Williams brothers have come across just in the last week for their “First Time Hearing” series include Toto’s “Africa,” Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” and OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” Their most famous reaction video captures their initial encounter with Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” last month, which gave both parties a big up in numbers. The Williams brothers’ video has since garnered more than five million YouTube views, and Collins himself experienced an incredible surge in streaming and sales numbers, with “In the Air Tonight” racking up 1.1 million streams and 6,000 downloads in the three days following the video’s virality last Friday, Aug. 7.

See Lennox’s reaction to their first listen of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” as well as the extended video of the twin brothers’ listening experience, below.

First Country: New Music From Kane Brown, Morgan Wallen, Jon Pardi, Caylee Hammack & More

Kane Brown, Mixtape Vol. 1

Brown’s collection shows off the country star’s range, whether it’s duetting with Nelly on the breezy “Cool Again,” his gorgeous ballad with John Legend, “Last Time I Say Sorry,” expressing his utopian view on “Worldwide Beautiful,” or, of course, his current rising pop hit, “ Be Like That,” featuring Swae Lee and Khalid. The 7-track set also includes three previously unreleased songs including “Worship You,” a radiant ode to his wife.

Morgan Wallen, “7 Summers”

With “More Than My Hometown” still climbing the chart, Wallen releases this swoon-worthy nostalgic track co-written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. If “easy listening” were still a bonafide genre, the languid “7 Summers” would go straight to the top of the charts as the melody, Wallen’s wistful vocals, Joey Moi’s pitch-perfect production and the yearning for a time and love long gone pack a gentle wallop.

Jon Pardi, Rancho Fiesta Sessions

The pandemic lock down is bringing out the best in some artists. On this surprise release, Pardi takes on six country classics recorded during a jam session with his crack touring band at his Nashville home. Neo- traditionalist Pardi covering such spirited tracks as Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down,” Dwight Yoakam’s “Honky Tonk Man,” and Keith Whitley’s Somebody’s Doin’ Me Right” is no surprise, however the other two remakes rounding out the set, a faithful take on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “The Waiting” and a mournful reinvention of Prince’s “Nothin’ Compares 2 U,” should equally delight fans.

Jeannie Seely, All American Classic

The aptly titled album, produced by Don Cusic, features the 53-year member of the Grand Ole Opry and one of country’s grand dames duetting with everyone from Lorrie Morgan and Vince Gill (on the exuberant “That’s How I Roll”) to The Whites (on the jaunty “So Far, So Good) and Willie Nelson (on the heartbreaker “There’s Not a Dry Eye in the House.” Young’uns, take heed— at 80, Seely is showing you how it’s done. A joy all around.

Eric Paslay, Nice Guy

Incredulously, this is only Paslay’s second full-length album (his debut came out in 2014 and then an EP earlier this year) Paslay is not the first artist you’d expect to cover Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” but as this 12-track collection shows, there’s not really anything beyond Paslay’s reach. From the breezy “Boat in a Bottle” to retro 
“Endless Dream,” Paslay shines throughout.

Lindsay Ell, Heart Theory

One of Nashville most talented guitarists returns with her first set in three years with a concept album that explores the seven stages of grief after a breakup. Ell turns her heartache into art with a uniformly strong pop-country set that pairs her with co-writers including FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, Brandy Clark, Kane Brown, Laura Veltz and Nicolle Gaylon. There’s a song for every emotion here, but the album demands to be listened to as a whole from start to finish to appreciate fully the journey Ell is taking us on. You’ll be rooting for her long before she realizes life isn’t so bad without her ex on “The Other Side of You.”

Caylee Hammack, If It Wasn’t For You

Almost two years after Capitol Records Nashville started introducing her, Hammack has arrived with this 13-track adrenaline blast. Fans will be familiar with previous single “Family Tree,” previously available tracks like “Small Town Hypocrite” and “Forged in the Fire,” but every song on here plays out like an entry in Hammack’s diary—and is just as compelling— including the rollicking opener, “Just Friends,” which shows off Hammack’s estimable pipes, and “Redheads,” featuring another feisty ginger Reba McEntire. Hammack deserves to be a star.

Orville Peck, Show Pony

By now you’ve hopefully identified  Peck as one of the most fascinating new voices in modern country music, a classic singer-songwriter with a deep, smoky voice, an intrinsic understanding of western camp and complex songs with the LGBTQ community in mind. His long-awaited Show Pony EP makes good on his promise, as his rustic vision is impressively sprawled across six tracks… but even if you’re unfamiliar with Peck’s oeuvre, it’s high time to soak in the glorious “Legends Never Die,” a duet with Shania Twain that’s been given a video which lengthens Peck’s fringe mask and revives Twain’s legendary leopard print. “Legends Never Die,” indeed, and new legends are being created every day. (Jason Lipshutz)

Raelynn, Baytown

The Voice alum makes her label debut after switching to Florida Georgia Line’s Round Here Records and it’s a confident, joyous effort, especially on the delightful “Keep Up,” and the hilarious, post break-up tune, “Bra Off,” but then RaeLynn goes right for the heart with “Fake Girl Town,” which may or may not be an indictment of the mean girls she’s met in her career where she’s searching for another “two-lane girl” like her.

Devin Dawson, “I Got a Truck”

Following his 2018 major label debut, Dark Horse, Dawson returns with the chugging “I Got a Truck.” “I’ve got a story to tell” sings Dawson on the track about a truck that is the vehicle to bring him to his dreams. The song, which Dawson wrote after a late-night conversation with Tim McGraw, builds to a killer bridge and becomes more memorable with repeated listenings. Deserves to be big at radio.

Drew Parker, “While You’re Gone”

Parker submits another entry in the “you go see the world, I’ll be here waiting” canon that seems to be so popular of late, and yet the co-writer of Luke Combs’ “1, 2 Many” and Jake Owen’s “Homemade,” manages to add something refreshing to the theme between his twangy voice, a driving melody, screaming guitars and the appeal of a BPPBR (A Pabst Blue Ribbon beer obtained at a BP gas station, for those in the dark)

Various Artists, “On the Road Again” 

The Academy of Country Music is behind a new version of Willie Nelson’s timeless ode, dubbed the ACM Lifting Lives Edition, to the touring life featuring the 55th ACM Awards new female and new male nominees, including Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Caylee Hammack, Russell Dickerson and Morgan Wallen. Nelson joins in about half way through. It’s all for a good cause: all proceeds benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 fund while fans are reminded of the nominees following the award show’s postponement from April to Sept. 16.

Also Noteworthy:
As “Pretty Heart” continues to climb the chart, Parker McCollum treats fans to another winner, “Young Man’s Blues,” about the tug of growing up and moving away from home…’90s hitmaker Clay Walker make a very welcome return sounding stronger than ever with mid-tempo twanger, “Need a Bar Sometimes,” his first release for  Show Dog Nashville Records … Rachel Wammack shows off her powerful, soaring pipes and salutes her husband on the romantic “What He Does”….After previously tackling the songs of Bacharach/David, British singer Rumer turns to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Hugh Prestwood for stirring, heartfelt interpretations of some of his best tunes, including “The Song Remembers When,” “That’s That” and “Hard Time for Lovers” on Nashville Tears.

SuperM Talk the Powerful Message of ‘100,’ Dream Collabs, Potential Grammy Nomination & More: Watch

K-pop supergroup SuperM brought the heat on Friday (Aug. 14) with the dynamic new single “100,” the first taste of their upcoming full-length debut album, Super One.

In a new interview with Billboard, the group discussed the meaning behind the amped-up new track. “The song itself is very strong and dynamic, but it also holds a positive message and we want to tell our fans that with our 100% energy, we wish to give our 100% to you guys,” Mark explained. “We hope you receive our energy, and know we can overcome all of our negativity through that energy together.”

The album itself has an equally important meaning, according to Ten. “We are as one united and with our strength we can overcome all the obstacles and difficulties we are having right now,” he explained. “Inside this album, there are so many genres in it.”

While it’s still unclear whether any collaborations will appear on Super One, Kai admitted that he would love to team up with The Weeknd or Post Malone. “I’ve thought about how cool it’d be to work with them.”

SuperM’s fanbase has been hyping up a possibility of the supergroup catching a best new artist nomination for the 2021 Grammys, a concept they are blown away by. “I think the fact that we’re being mentioned in itself is such an honor,” Taemin admitted. “After hearing about that, part of me wants us to nab the nomination, and also just continue to work hard.”

Super One is out Sept. 25. Watch the full interview above.