Kiss Concert Canceled After Paul Stanley Tests Positive for COVID

Kiss announced late Thursday night (Aug. 26) that their concert scheduled just outside Pittsburgh had been canceled after lead vocalist Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID. While a new date is yet to be announced, the band said the show has been postponed.

“Tonight’s #KISS show at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA is unfortunately postponed due to Paul Stanley testing positive for COVID,” the band tweeted alongside a full statement. “More information about show dates will be made available ASAP.”

The statement also clarified that “everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated.”

Ahead of the band’s announcement, Stanley took to Twitter to shoot down rumors about how severe his symptoms were. “PEOPLE!!! I am fine! I am not in ICU!” Stantey tweeted. “My heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike! I don’t know where this came from but it’s absolute nonsense.” In a subsequent tweet, he wrote, “I had been sick with flu-like symptoms and was tested repeatedly and was negative. As of late this afternoon I tested positive. The crew, staff and band have all tested negative once again. More to follow.”

The glam rockers are currently on their End of the Road Tour, billed as  their final trek ever, which kicked off in January 2019 and then had to reschedule dozens of 2020 dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. They resumed touring just last week in Massachusetts and have U.S. dates scheduled through October in Florida, followed by a December stint in Las Vegas and international dates booked through July 2022.

See Kiss’ and Stanley’s messages below:

Watch Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Run from a Huge Ribbon in New ‘Gentenkaihi’ Video

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu shared the new music video accompanying her latest single called “Gentenkaihi,” which dropped Aug. 17.

The video produced by the creative team N2B+peledona depicts Kyary’s efforts to shake off the lingering public image of her being an icon of Harajuku “kawaii” culture donning a big ribbon in her hair. The 28-year-old artist actually runs away from a huge — about 6.5 ft high, 8.2 ft wide — custom-made red ribbon throughout the video while also expressing her evolving style.

Kyary shares that the day of the shoot was hot and the scene in the forest was tough to do, but that she’s proud of the result. “I’m being chased by a huge ribbon, which is my ‘genten’ (origin, roots), and also dance with a big ribbon on my head,” she says. “The day we shot it was really hot so the scene where I run through the forest was difficult, but it’s a great work so I hope you’ll check it out.”

The title, “Gentenkaihi,” is a play on the Japanese phrase “gentenkaiki,” which means “to go back to basics,” with “kaihi” meaning to avoid or dodge something.

Check out Kyary’s video below:

Tomorrowland Forms Dance Label With Universal Music Germany

Tomorrowland, the global festival brand based in Belgium, is branching out by creating a new dance music label in partnership with Universal Music Germany.

The Tomorrowland Music label will allow the company, which is known for its annual namesake festival in Boom, Belgium, to release music and sign artists through UMG’s global distribution network, the companies said in a joint release.

The label’s first release will be the single “You Got The Love” from Never Sleeps, a new project from Afrojack featuring Chico Rose, which will be available Friday on all streaming platforms worldwide.

Through the partnership, Tomorrowland will enjoy direct access to a collective pool of UMG’s international label divisions, including Virgin Records and Astralwerks in the U.S. Leading the partnership will be Berlin-based Virgin Records executives Alexander Neipp, Daniel Schmidt and Magnus Textor, and Tina Adams at Virgin Music Label & Artist Services.

“Over the past 15 years Tomorrowland has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading festivals and electronic music brands by consistently expanding and evolving their relationship with music fans,” Frank Briegmann, chairman and CEO, Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, said in a press release. He added that the partners had created a “uniquely flexible model” that will “help drive success and create global hits for Tomorrowland.”

This is not the first time an EDM festival brand has extended into the label business. Los Angeles-based Insomniac, the creators of Electric Daisy Carnival and Beyond Wonderland, created Insomniac Records in 2014. Initially a partnership with Interscope Geffen A&M, Insomniac took its A&R and distribution operations in-house in 2018 and formed Insomniac Music Group. The label’s initial signings included Arty, Bingo Players and Chris Lake.

(Although they share similar names, Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Ultra Music Records, an electronic music label in New York City, are not directly tied together. They announced a global alliance in 2012 that allows them to collaborate on cross-promotion and marketing.)

The label partnership comes as Tomorrowland is having a tough two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Government-imposed virus restriction forced the cancelations of the 2020 and 2021 flagship Tomorrowland festivals in Belgium, which normally draw more than 400,000 people over two weekends in the summer, as well as Tomorrowland Winter in the French Alps. To partially compensate for the lost revenue, organizers created virtual pay-per-view events in July of both years, and a New Year’s Eve event, all featuring DJs performing in green-screen studios. (The first livestream fell short of turning a profit, despite selling just under 140,000 tickets.)

“We have taken the extra time to focus on projects that were on our list for a long time and one of them was definitely launching our own Tomorrowland Music label,” Michiel Beers, Tomorrowland’s CEO and co-founder, said in a press release.

Beyond live events and digital livestreams, Tomorrowland has grown into a global and lifestyle brand, with its own fashion label TML by Tomorrowland and the radio station One World Radio.

Selena Gomez & Camilo Team Up for Pop Track ‘999’: Stream It Now

After releasing her first Spanish-language EP Revelación in March — with which she became the first woman to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart since 2017 — Selena Gomez is placing all her bets once again on a new Spanish song, “999.” This time, it’s in collaboration with Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo.

Produced by Edgar Barrera and penned by Camilo, “999” — a rhythmic pop song that is a ballad at its core — marks the first collaboration between the Mexican-American artist and the Colombian singer/songwriter. The track, which drops alongside a music video directed by Sophie Muller, finds the two artists trading verses about true love over a sparse drumbeat. “I don’t want to go slow. I know you think of me … If you want to go at 1,000, I’m at 999,” they sing.

“Camilo is a fantastic songwriter and singer who proudly wears his heart on his sleeve which is something we connected on immediately,” Gomez said about Camilo. “I couldn’t have been more excited to collaborate with him.”

“Working with Selena Gomez is a huge honor. From the beginning, ‘999’ was written with the sound of her voice in mind and would not exist if it were not created dreaming of this collaboration,” Camilo added. “I’m so excited about the opportunity it represents for me and my career, a song as precious as this, with an artist whom I respect and have followed for so long. I couldn’t believe it because just two or three years ago they asked me in an interview with whom I dreamed of making a song and my answer was, ‘with Selena Gomez’ and now it’s a reality.”

“999” follows Gomez’s seven-track Revelación released March 12 via Interscope/IGA that marked the biggest week for a Latin album by a woman since 2017. The EP featured collabs with rising Latin acts Myke Towers and Rauw Alejandro.

“I was the most nervous I have been in a long time because my heritage means so much to me and I have been talking about doing this for over 10 years,” Gomez previously told Billboard about Revelación. “I wanted it to be perfect. I am thrilled to see the response from my fans and also from people who might not have listened to my other music.”

Most recently, Camilo collaborated with Shawn Mendes on a remix for his ultra tropical love anthem “Kesi.” He’s currently on tour in Spain.

Amazon Launches Free Prime Membership for Students, Plus Music Streaming from 99 Cents

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Back to School season is here and Amazon is offering up some big discounts and offers for students. Right now, students can get a six-month free trial to Amazon Prime — the longest free trial that Amazon has ever offered (for comparison, non-students get a 30-day free trial to Prime). After that, students can continue with Amazon Prime for 50% off.

Amazon Prime Student Discounts

Here are some of the other Amazon deals and discounts for students for 2021.

1. Music Streaming

New to Amazon’s Prime Student program is the ability to access Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99/month which includes free access to Amazon Music HD — the highest-quality streaming audio you can currently find online.

2. TV and Movie Streaming

Your Prime membership already gets you access to all of Amazon Prime Video, which includes shows like The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Making the Cut and hundreds of other shows and movies. Want to upgrade your streaming channels? Prime Student members can also add Prime Video channels for just $0.99/month (normally $3.99 to $10.99/month). Channels available at the 99-cent price-point include SHOWTIME, Epix, Sundance Now, Lifetime Movie Club, Acorn TV and more. Lock in the $0.99/month price for up to 12 months.

3. Free Access to Calm

Prime Student has a number of offers with outside partners as well. Right now, Prime Students can get premium access to Calm – the popular meditation app for meditation and sleep. Use your Amazon account to access Calm’s content, including the app’s popular “Sleep Stories,” narrated by celebrities like Harry Styles, Nick Offerman and — just announced — a bedtime story reading from Bridgerton star, Regé-Jean Page.

4. Free Grubhub Membership

You can order groceries from Whole Foods through Amazon Prime, but your Prime Student account now includes a free Grubhub+ Student monthly membership too, which gets you unlimited food delivery for on off-campus orders over $12, special perks, donation matching and more.

5. Discounts on Tech, Electronics and Entertainment

Amazon Prime subscribers already get access to free, two-day shipping and access to thousands of daily deals. And Amazon Prime members are the only ones who can shop Prime Day deals.

Prime Student subscribers have access to a ton of discounts too, on everything from speakers and TVs, to home decor, kitchen gadgets and more. See the full list of savings at amazon.com/offtocollege. A recent study by e-commerce analytics firm Profitero found that Amazon offers the lowest prices on back-to-school products and college supplies, with at least an average 10% savings over other retailers.

See all the Prime Student perks and student discounts you can get right now by heading over to Amazon.com.

DaBaby Calls Himself a ‘Hard Headed MF’

Two days after he jokingly called himself a “canceled ass” in his “Whole Lotta Money” freestyleDaBaby gave himself another descriptor: “hard headed.”

The embattled rapper shared a message on his Instagram Story that was originally from Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke. “We don’t walk away to teach people a lesson. We walk away because we finally learned ours,” Burke’s post read.

But DaBaby personalized the message by adding: “& IMA HARD HEADED MF.”

Despite his controversial July 25 set at Rolling Loud Miami, where he made homophobic and misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and which cost him several festival gigs and live performances, he hasn’t walked away from performing. DaBaby officially returned to the stage at Hot97’s Summer Jam 2021 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Sunday. And he’s due for his second festival performance this Saturday at Boosie Badazz’s Boosie Bash at Southern University’s A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

But the Blame It on Baby rapper said he was open to learning his lesson in his formal apology “to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,” which has since been removed from his Instagram account. “As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me— knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance— has been challenging,” he wrote in the since-deleted statement. “I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”

Soon after, 11 leading organizations in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment penned an open letter to the 25-year-old MC and offered to schedule a private educational meeting. Elton John also chimed in and broke down the stigma behind HIV/AIDS with an informative post.

Nevermind That Nirvana Child Pornography Lawsuit, Attorneys Say

The naked swimming baby on the iconic Nirvana Nevermind cover is now a 30-year-old man — and he’s suing just about everyone connected to the album with claims that the photo amounts to child pornography and an invasion of his privacy. While it makes for splashy headlines, attorneys consulted by The Hollywood Reporter say the complaint will likely be dismissed early.

On Tuesday, Spencer Elden filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Nirvana, Universal Music Group, Warner Records, music mogul David Geffen, the band members (even the late Kurt Cobain via his estate and three individuals who oversee it, including his widow Courtney Love), the photographer and others. Elden alleges the image depicts him “like a sex worker — grabbing for a dollar bill that is positioned dangling from a fishhook in front of his nude body with his penis explicitly displayed.” He also claims he had a “reasonable expectation that the images depicting him would remain private” and maintains his legal guardians didn’t sign a release authorizing the use of the images.

Bryan Sullivan, an entertainment litigation partner at Early Sullivan, says the suit is “ridiculous,” and that even if there wasn’t a written agreement, which he doubts, Elden’s claims are weak. “I think it is highly unlikely that a record company would use a photograph for an album cover without verifying the existence of a release signed by the parents,” he says. “But, if is there is no release, it does not mean he has a claim for child pornography. As to the right of privacy, you can waive it by your actions or by his parents’ actions in allowing him to be photographed.”

Elden’s attorney James Marsh, whose practice focuses on victims of sex abuse, insists permission wasn’t given. “Our understanding is there was no release,” he says. “In a culture in which we are trying to upload consent as one of the highest values, an image of a child naked that he didn’t consent to should cause people concern.”

Another entertainment litigator with experience in invasion-of-privacy and right-of-publicity matters tells THR, “Depending on which federal judge this case is assigned to downtown, plaintiff’s counsel is likely going to be in for a very rough ride. Sanctions are a definite possibility.”

That attorney — who is often on the plaintiff’s side in these matters — adds there are a “plethora of defenses” to the suit. He notes, “I think what will be most troubling for any judge will be the amount of time that has elapsed since the photo was published, the fact the kid’s parents did this knowingly (more or less, but they knew the naked baby was being photographed), and the numerous times that the plaintiff himself embraced the photo and sought publicity for himself.”

Entertainment litigator and Lavely & Singer partner Andrew Brettler agrees that publicity will be a key issue: “What I think really damns their case is the fact that this kid sat for all these interviews and re-created the album art.”

For example, in a 2015 essay in The Guardian Elden said his parents agreed to the shoot and said it had opened doors for him: “I don’t think my parents really gave my taking part in this shoot too much thought. They knew who Nirvana were, but weren’t really into the grunge scene. I was four months old and my dad was attending art school at the time, and his friends would often ask for help with their projects. So his friend the photographer Kirk Weddle called him and said, ‘Do you want to make some money today and throw your kid in the pool?’ And he agreed. My parents took me down there, apparently they blew in my face to stimulate my gag reflex, dunked me in, took some pictures, and pulled me out. And that was it. They were paid $200 and went to eat tacos afterwards. No big deal. Weddle had shot a number of babies to find the right image, and they ended up choosing me. I think it’s because of my penis — a lot of the other babies were girls. Also, the composition seemed very natural. I am glad they chose me.”

Marsh doesn’t think Elden’s past comments are relevant to the key issue: whether the photo is child pornography. To a certain extent, he’s correct. If the court determines the image is child pornography, nothing else matters. If the court determines it isn’t, that’s when the other claims will come into play.

“Hindsight is 2020,” says Marsh, “You can cherry-pick all kinds of things he’s said over the years. He’s also said he felt profoundly humiliated and exposed by this image.”

Brettler suspects the suit will be brought to a swift end thanks to California’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) statute, an avenue for defendants to bring an early end to frivolous complaints arising from protected activity like artistic expression, which qualifies as protected speech under the First Amendment. “My initial reaction to reading about the suit yesterday was that it is a SLAPP under California law and should be promptly dismissed,” says Brettler, noting that the statute’s provision regarding fee awards could get expensive for Elden. “If an anti-SLAPP motion is granted, he’d have to pay the legal fees for all the defendants.”

He continues, “I’ve represented actresses whose nude photos were released when they were minors. That’s very different. A naked baby is not necessarily pornographic.”

Marsh disagrees. “I’m not an expert on California law, or California SLAPP law, but for what I understand it only extends to protected speech, and child pornography is not protected speech,” he says. “We vetted this case very carefully over many years before we filed this. We chose to bring this case forward because we have a good-faith belief that this qualifies under the law as child exploitation material.”

So what’s the line between art and child pornography? Both Brettler and Sullivan point to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous 1964 quote from his concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio: “I know it when I see it.”

“There is no bright-line rule, says Brettler. “It has to be something created to stimulate prurient interests. There’s nothing in my view that a reasonable person would see as sexual about that image.”

If an image doesn’t depict actual or simulated sexual conduct (which is explicitly defined), in order for an image to be “sexually explicit” under the law it must contain a “lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area.” The factors for determining such a finding include whether the genitals are the focal point of the picture, whether the setting or pose are sexually suggestive, the amount of nudity, whether the image suggests a willingness to engage in sexual activity, and whether it is designed to elicit a sexual response in the viewer.

“The Plaintiff and his attorney attempt to inject sexuality into it by arguing the baby grabbing at the dollar bill on a fishhook is ‘like a sex worker,’ but that is an extreme interpretation in an attempt to support the frivolous allegations in the complaint and ignores the artistic message,” says Sullivan. “I doubt any judge or jury would find this album cover to be pornography.”

Brown Rudnick’s Michael Bowe — who’s currently representing nearly three dozen plaintiffs in a lawsuit against PornHub parent MindGeek alleging “the most powerful online pornography company in the world was built and sustained in material parts on child pornography, rape, and human trafficking” — agrees.

“This seems like an unserious college philosophy argument in a bar,” Bowe says. “Most serious-minded people would — and have for decades, with respect to this image — understood this was not sexually explicit or suggestive. Just like my parents’ home movies of me in the tub as a baby were not. I think one could debate whether it is the best parenting decision to let someone take pictures of your naked baby underwater for a rock album cover. And he may have a fair complaint about not being paid or about his privacy being invaded unfairly then or now. And maybe they should just respect his concerns now out of decency. But those are different issues.”

Bowe adds, “I am always concerned when people hijack a word that has the most serious meaning and dilute it by applying it to far different, less serious, and sometime frivolous things.”

Sullivan agrees the claims minimize the seriousness of child pornography. “It is an insult to true victims of such heinous crimes who have suffered inhuman conditions and degradations,” he says. “This is the type of frivolous case that makes it more difficult for true victims to obtain justice.”

Marsh says it’s “mystifying” that the suit is generating criticism and says he’s heard the “you’re not a real victim” narrative for “far too long” in his line of work.

He also tells THR they didn’t send demand letters to the defendants prior to filing the suit, but notes there has been press coverage over the years that his client “tried to reach out to people and has had the door slammed in his face.”

The upcoming 30th anniversary of the album was a catalyst for the complaint. “We needed to get this done and try to put a stop to the re-issuance prior to the anniversary,” says Marsh, adding that the motivation for choosing this image over another one isn’t being adequately scrutinized.

“Would the album have been as iconic without his penis as it was with it? If it could have, why did they pick the image that displayed it?” Marsh says, pointing to an allegation in the complaint that Cobain wanted to cover the baby’s genitals with a sticker that read “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile” if the album cover couldn’t be left uncensored. “We want the sticker on there. That’s what it’s all about. I think Nirvana, given the publicity from this lawsuit, will more than make up for the cost of the sticker.”

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.