On Tuesday (Jan,. 19), Rihanna posted pictures from a road trip she took last summer to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
“Finally found em’…. got cabin fever last summer and took a road trip to Memphis,” RiRi wrote along with three snaps from her journey to the Tennessee site where King was murdered in 1968 at age 39.
The post features the singer in a mask standing under the iconic Space Age design sign for the location — which is part of the National Civil Rights Museum honoring King’s legacy — as well as images of her pointing to the balcony where King was shot outside room 306 and standing near the building’s iconic neon sign.
The singer shared the photos one day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18).
“MAN… I can’t describe the feeling that came over me, you gotta go to experience it for yourself!” Rihanna said of her pilgrimage to the important location in the nation’s civil rights history.
Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Sen. Kamala Harris honored the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday with a United We Serve celebration day of service that included appearances from two the late icon’s children, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, as well as Aloe Blacc, Chesca, Rosario Dawson, Andra Day, Yo-Yo Ma, Diane Warren and Bebe Winans, among others.
Check out Rihanna’s pictures below.
Mac Miller’s longtime tour companion, DJ Clockwork, released a 48-minute remix album, Mac Miller Remixxed, on Tuesday (Jan. 19) to celebrate what would have been the rapper’s 29th birthday. The album pulls together 16 remixes of some of Miller’s most beloved songs, including “Nikes on My Feet,” “Jump,” “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza,” “Ladders” and “Dang!” among others.
“Thank you to Mac Miller’s family for giving me their blessing to do this this mix. Happy Birthday Mac Hope you listening up in the clouds! One love,” wrote Clockwork in a dedication on the Soundcloud mix. In addition to the songs, the album features spoken-word interludes from some of Mac’s pals and admirers, including Thundercat, Peanut, his first tour manager, Willy Whipz, as well as Bill Waves of Daily Bread.
Miller’s final album, Swimming, was released in August 2018, just one month before his accidental drug overdose. The Jon Brion-produced posthumous collection Circles was released in Jan. 2020.
Listen to the remix album and see more tributes to Miller below.
Cardi B complained that she can’t go on late-night McDonald’s runs because she doesn’t drive, so Olivia Rodrigo said she’d use her “Drivers License” to help her out. “Just like that girl wrote a song about getting her drivers license Imma write a song about the struggle of not having a drivers license,” Cardi tweeted on Tuesday night (Jan. 19). “I really wanted my McDonald’s at 4am last night instead of today but I couldn’t so I felt asleep hungry.”
Rodrigo felt Cardi’s pain and hit her back right away, replying, “girl i will pick u up and take u wherever u wanna go,” which made Cardi very, very happy. “Yaaayyy !!! Let’s go to McDonald’s and get happy meals !” she responded.
In addition to bonding with Cardi, it’s been a pretty good week for Rodrigo overall, as her breakout smash “License” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as the most-streamed and top-selling song of the week. The single, released Jan. 8, marks the 17-year-old’s first Hot 100 No. 1, following its first week of availability.
The singer-songwriter and actress initially broke through with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark in 2016 and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in 2019. Her background helped spark the high profile of “Drivers License,” which has also been buoyed by scrutiny about its lyrics, the song’s TikTok presence and a co-sign from Taylor Swift, among others.
Check out their back-and-forth and watch the “License” video below.
It’s an important day in the United States, with the President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris being sworn in to the White House on Wednesday (Jan. 20). In true presidential inauguration fashion, a wave of artists will partake in various events, including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks performing at the official swearing-in ceremony.
Joining the slew of events is Mariachi Joya de Las Vegas High School, which will form part of the virtual “Parade Across America” event Wednesday afternoon. The mariachi, led by musical director Stephen Blanco, is composed of about 20 students between the ages of 14 and 18.
“We had already performed for President-elect Joe Biden at one of his campaign rallies back in January of last year,” Magelyn Cabral, harpist and vocal soloist, tells Billboard of the opportunity. “Mr. Blanco stayed in contact with his team and they reached out again to form part of the inauguration.”
Because of the current health crisis, the mariachi band pre-recorded their performance, which will be livestreamed during the inaugural event taking place at 3:15 p.m. ET via the official Biden Inaugural website. (Watch here.)
“It will be a medley of our original theme song called ‘Tema’ and our version of Mariachi Sol de Mexico’s ‘Tierra de Mariachi.’ The song talks about how proud we are of being mariachi and Mexican, since the majority of us are from Mexico or of Mexican descent,” Cabral, who is half Mexican and half Dominican, states.
In addition to Mariachi Joya, Latin artists will shine throughout many events Wednesday, including Ozuna and Luis Fonsi, who have been confirmed for the Celebrating America primetime special from 8:30 to 10 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC.
“It’s a milestone for Latinos. This means that Biden wants to represent us,” the 17-year-old high school senior adds. “These last four years, speaking for myself, I felt like the Latino community was very passed on and looked down upon. When we got the invitation, it felt very accepting. Our music is a big part of our culture and this definitely shows more than just a performance. It shows that we belong with everyone else.”
Cabral is hopeful about the new U.S. president and vice president.
“There’s not one single thing that needs its undivided attention,” she says. “I’m sure it’s going to be hard for President Biden and Vice President Harris but the main thing I feel that they should focus on is keeping peace and unity, not only to make the Latino community rise but everyone.”
As for meeting Biden in person during his campaign stop in Las Vegas, Cabral says it was very exciting.
“It didn’t feel real! At that time, we didn’t know what the outcome of the election was going to be but Mr. Blanco reminded us that if he won the election, we would have officially met the President of the United States,” she recalls. “It was cool. He was such a sweet guy and very inspirational. He let us know that the sky is not the limit, the only thing limiting us is ourselves. He definitely implanted a seed in my head that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.”
According to the official Biden Inaugural website, Mariachi Joya will join “a diverse and dynamic lineup that includes communities in all 56 states and territories, celebrating America’s heroes, and highlighting the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country.” The event can also be watched on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
Music stars, including Elton John, Sting, Bob Geldof and Ed Sheeran, said on Wednesday (Jan. 20) that the U.K. government “shamefully failed” creatives with its post-Brexit trade deal and urged it to reach an agreement with the European Union to ensure visa- and bureaucracy-free tours. They highlighted that the trade pact, unveiled at Christmas, leads to “extra costs” and work that would “make many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water owing to the COVID ban on live music.”
Instead, they called for “paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment.” One key concern is that under the trade pact touring musicians and their teams need separate visas for each of the 27 EU member states. More than 100 well-known music personalities signed the open letter, organized by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and published in The Times. “British musicians, dancers, actors and their support staff have been shamefully failed by their government,” it said.
“The deal done with the EU has a gaping hole where the promised free movement for musicians should be.” Representatives of the U.K. and the European Union have played the blame game about why such an arrangement wasn’t reached in the trade deal. U.K. Minister of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Caroline Dinenage had told a parliamentary committee that the EU had made a “very broad” offer that “would not have been compatible” with the promise of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s conservative government to “take back control of our borders.”
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.