Alanis Morissette Scraps Tour of Australia and New Zealand

Alanis Morissette won’t be making the trip Down Under later this year.

The Canadian singer was scheduled to play arena shows across Australia and New Zealand this November, a 25th anniversary celebration of his classic album Jagged Little Pill.

On Wednesday (June 22), however, Live Nation, the promoter of those five rescheduled dates, announced the tour would be scrapped.

“My friends in Australia and New Zealand, I am crestfallen to announce that the upcoming Jagged Little Pill anniversary tour dates have been cancelled,” she explains in a message. “I love you all and will be back as soon as we can. Until then, big hug.”

After two years of near silence, the touring market in these parts has sprung back to life. Some promoters say there’s too much inventory on the way.

In a statement, Live Nation blames the Jagged Little Pill cancelation on “scheduling issues and to the unprecedented logistical challenges of global touring in 2022.” The concerts promoter and her management “feel it’s best to refund the ticket holders now and have all committed to rescheduling these dates at the earliest possible time.”

Julia Stone was booked to open for Morissette on the four-city run, which was intended to visit Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

The “Ironic” singer is currently on the road in the U.K., with North America dates due to kick off July 10 at Ottawa Bluesfest.

Chris Stapleton Delays Shows After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Chris Stapleton has postponed a string of shows following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

As a result, the country star will push back his forthcoming concerts at Salt Lake City, UT and Denver, CO to the following weekend.

“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has waited so long for these shows,” he writes in a social post. “We are incredibly grateful for your patience, love and support and can’t wait to see you next week.”

It’s not the first time the novel coronavirus has put a dent in Stapleton’s touring plans. Back in April, the Lexington, KY-raised singer and songwriter postponed a run of dates in Canada, on that occasion due to a positive case within the band and “subsequent exposures.”

Despite the ongoing frustrations with COVID-19 infections, Stapleton has had another fine year.

This August, he’ll be honored with the Academy of Country Music’s spirit award, which recognizes a singer-songwriter “who is continuing the legacy of country music legend Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs, and epitomizing Haggard’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling.”

With that nod, Stapleton becomes a 14-time ACM Award-winner.

Also, his “A Concert for Kentucky,” held at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in April, raised more than $1 million for the Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund.

Stapleton is touring the U.S. in support of his fourth and most recent studio album, Starting Over, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart following its release in 2020.

 

Dropkick Murphys Launch Woody Guthrie-Inspired “This Machine…” Tour

Boston punk-rock legends the Dropkick Murphys are hitting the road this October to honor American folk hero Woody Guthrie for their This Machine…Theater Tour.

The outing, which begins Oct. 20 at Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, will be the band’s first seated theater tour, bringing Guthrie’s words to life on their new 10-song acoustic album This Machine Still Kills Fascists, to be released digitally and on CD Sept. 30, with a special edition vinyl out in November.

The first single and video from the album “Two 6’s Upside Down” will be released on July 6.

“The project has been a long time in the making,” Dropkick Murphys founder Ken Casey said in a statement. “Nora Guthrie thought her father would’ve got a kick out of us, would’ve liked us, that we were somewhat kindred spirits so to speak, which to us was a huge honor,”

Nora Guthrie provided the band with lyrics written by her father that was incorporated into their 2004 hit song “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and was featured in the film The Departed.

For the past decade, Nora Guthrie has continue curating a collection of her father’s never-published lyrics for the band. In 2021, Dropkick Murphys co-lead vocalist Al Barr took a leave of absence to care for his ailing mother. Instead of making a “normal Dropkick Murphy’s album,” a press release explained, the band began combing through the lyrics Nora Guthrie had compiled for the band and came up with This Machine Still Kills Fascists, a record the band says is “the true fruition of like-minded rebellious artists collaborating – albeit nearly a century apart.”

The album title pays homage to the text Woody Guthrie famously painted on his guitars in early 1940s in the midst of World War II — “this machine kills fascists.”

The new record includes guest appearances by Nikki Lane, Turnpike TroubadoursEvan Felker and Woody Guthrie’s grandson Cole Quest. Tour dates and ticket info can be found at www.DropkickMurphys.com.

Beyoncé & Drake Collide on the Dance Floor: Breaking Down the Surprise A-List Releases

Just one week ago, fans had no clue about Beyoncé‘s Renaissance or Drake‘s Honestly, Nevermind, beyond some subtle social media hints from Queen B. Now, we have a full new album from Drake and a release date (July 29) for Beyoncé, as well as the first taste of her project in lead single “Break My Soul.”

And in a further coincidence, both Drizzy and Bey have taken their sounds in a decidedly dancey direction, with Drake teaming up with some unexpected electronic artists for the project and Beyoncé reuniting with queen of bounce Big Freedia on her house-inspired new song.

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, Katie & Keith are talking all about the left-field releases from these A-list artists and what we think about their dance-floor moves.

Also on the show, we’ve got chart news on how BTS score their sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the retrospective compilation Proof — just as the South Korean pop group announced they were going on a break to pursue solo projects. Plus, Joji charts his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “Glimpse of Us,” while Carrie Underwood keeps up her streak on the Billboard 200, as her latest effort, Denim & Rhinestones, marks her 10th consecutive top 10 album.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s executive digital director, West Coast, Katie Atkinson and Billboard’s senior director of charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)

The Best Pride Merch Available on Amazon

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Pride Month ends next week, but love is love all year long! For those attending New York City Pride on Friday (June 24) and other Pride celebrations, we collected a list of rainbow T-shirts, fans, flags, shoes, face masks and other merch that you can buy on Amazon in honor of Pride Month. (By the way: Amazon Prime members get free shipping on millions of items. Click here to start your free 30-day trail to Amazon Prime.)

Looking for a queer-owned beverage to support? Check out Say Gay Rosé. The Asian-owned and queer-owned wine brand features a sugar-free, dry, sparkling canned rosé that’s perfect for summer and available at Drizly, Total Wine and SayGayRose.com. A portion of Say Gay Rosé sales supports LGBTQ charities in cities where the brand is sold.

Keep reading for a list of Pride merch that we found on Amazon. The items listed can also be purchased as a gift for Pride. And did we mention that everything is under $40?

Happy Pride Month!

Love Wins T-Shirt
$13.07

Love wins! This rainbow tee is available in men’s and women’s sizes ranging from small to 3XL. Choose from a 10 different colors including black, red, purple and blue.

Human Rainbow T-Shirt
$14.99

This “Human” tee with rainbow text comes in various colors including black, blue and gray. Other Pride shirts you might like are the Gay Pride Science Is Real tee ($19.99) and the Purride Rainbow T-Shirt ($20.99).

 

Staont Rainbow Flag
$5.95 $6.85 13% OFF

Put your flags up! This rainbow flag measures 3 x 5 feet, making it large enough to wrap around yourself and wear as a cape. If you’d rather use it more traditionally, the double-printed flag is designed to hang by itself or slip into a flag pole. Click here for handheld Pride flags.

 

Starqueen Unisex Adult Pride Canvas Shoes
$40

These Canvas sneakers feature a rainbow heart on one side and “Pride” on the other side. The lightweight, lace-up sneakers are available in black or white and in unisex sizes ranging from 5-9.

Balasami Metallic Rainbow Bikini
$24.99

It’s bikini season! Show your pride in this rainbow metallic triangle bikini. This festive two-piece is available in sizes S-XL. Want rainbow swim trunks instead? Click here.

Nanafast Titanium Stainless Steel Rainbow Bracelet
$8.49

Add a little Pride to your wrist with this cute bracelet. The budget-friendly jewelry piece has a stainless-steel magnetic clasp that makes it easy to put on and take off.

Bedbay Rainbow Rainbow Flag Throw Blanket
$25.99

Snuggle up with this rainbow throw blanket, available for a twin, queen or king-size bed. Soft, breathable and lightweight, this premium microfiber blanket features vibrant colors and warm flannel, plus it’s easy to store or pack up and carry around.

Giavuwn Embroidered Pride Hat, 2 Pack
$36.99

These rainbow baseball caps are perfect for couples! The cotton baseball caps feature an embroidered rainbow heart on the front and a metal buckle closure in the back to adjust the size. The baseball caps come with matching rainbow bracelets.

Home Tune Rainbow Tumbler with Straw
$11.99

Thirsty? Drink your favorite ice coffee and more in this glittery rainbow tumbler with an attached straw. The 21 oz. tumbler is double-walled to keep beverages cold or hot for a longer time.

OMyTea Rainbow Fan
$15.99

Practical and affordable, this rainbow fan is perfect for Pride celebrations! It adds a little extra drama to any look, and it’ll keep you cool when it’s hot. According to the seller, this rainbow fan is 100% handmade with “high quality fabric and bamboo.”

Spacelab Rainbow Heart Sunglasses
$14.99

These stylish shades feature rainbow colored lenses and a glittery frame, complete with UV protective an impact resistant lenses. Find more rainbow colored shades here.

Montagnes Rainbow Mask, 2 Pck
$13.99

The pandemic isn’t over yet. If you’re still masking up, why not make it festive with a Pride face mask? The design pictured above feature the word “Love” written in white cursive with a rainbow heart and “Love Is Love” in rainbow script.

Offset Goes Down Water Slide With Kulture in Adorable Video

Offset treated three-year-old Kulture to some fun father-daughter time at a waterpark, according to a video his wife Cardi B shared on her Instagram Story over the weekend, and the clip has since been circulating around social media.

In the heartwarming video, the Migos rapper is seen holding his smiling daughter’s hand as they slide down a waterslide together. Kulture instantly starts squealing with joy when they make it to the bottom, and the duo burst into an adorable dance.

For Father’s Day, Cardi and the couple’s kids, Kulture and Wave, brought the Migos MC breakfast in bed on Sunday (June 19) as he was swarmed by four of his five offspring.

They brought in a tray piled high with a breakfast fit for a king, with bacon, pancakes, eggs, pastries, potatoes, sausage, chicken and a big pile of fruit.

In fan-captured video from Cardi’s Insta Story, a surprised-looking Offset marvels at the big plate in front of him but it’s unclear if he even got a chance to dig in, since the clip then cuts to him leading the kids down the steps to the front hallway of the couple’s mansion, which is festooned with a giant Father’s Day balloon display.

Meghan Trainor Announces New Single ‘Bad For Me’ With Teddy Swims

Good news, Meghan Trainor fans. The star’s upcoming single “Bad For Me” with Teddy Swims is on its way.

Trainor took to social media on Tuesday (June 21) to reveal that the song will be arriving on Friday (June 24). She shared the news along with the cover art, which features the musical collaborators in enchanting green outfits, sitting among a floral landscape at sunset.

When teasing the song on TikTok, fans got a taste of the lyrics that capture an addiction to a toxic relationship. “Please don’t make promises that you can’t keep / Your best intentions end up hurting me / No matter what I love you endlessly.”

Trainor released her latest album, Treat Myself, in January 2020. “I’ve heard weird opinions from everyone [about what the album should be], so I kept writing the best songs I could,” she told Billboard of the album. “Every time I accomplished a new step in my songwriting world, my brain would go, ‘Uh-oh, the rest of the album needs to be this good.’ And finally I got to a place where my label and I were like, ‘Okay, I can’t beat these songs.’ ”

“I wanted respect from other musicians, I didn’t care if radio would play it or not,” she said of tracks like “Wave.”