Burna Boy Best International Act
Global Afro-fusion pioneer Burna Boy was awarded Best International Act at the 2021 BET Awards, marking his third consecutive win in the category. The artist’s fifth studio album, Twice As Tall, earned more than 5 million worldwide streams within its first hour of release. Twice As Tall received the 2021 GRAMMY Award for “Best Global Music Album,” making history as the first time a Nigerian artist received back-to-back nominations.
Randy Travis Surprises Nashville Artists
Randy Travis showed his support for up-and-coming Nashville artists. Pictured (l-r): Angie K, Regan Stewart, Randy Travis, Alexis Wilkins, Timmy Brown, Karissa Ella, at 3rd and Lindsley for Timmy Brown's Good Life public album release party.
Sweden's New Avicii Arena
One of Sweden's most visited and well-known venues, the Ericsson Globe, has a new name: Avicii Arena, honoring the late electronic producer, Avicii (Tim Bergling), who took his life in 2018 at 28 years old. This collaboration between the Tim Bergling Foundation and ASM Global’s Stockholm Live will promote mental health and suicide prevention. Avicii Arena was inaugurated by The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of the Avicii song “For A Better Day.”
Peace, Love and Ringo
Since 2008, Ringo Starr has invited everyone to think, say or post #peaceandlove on July 7 to fulfill his birthday wish of spreading Peace and Love across the globe. For this year’s 81st, Ringo donated a 800-pound scultpure of a hand making an eternal peace sign, and presented the work in Beverly Gardens Park, near his Beverly Hills Home. Starr is pictured at the event with his wife, actress Barbara Bach, and Joe Walsh.
Death Row Records Experience
Iconic Death Row Records has launched the ‘Death Row Experience,’ a virtual retrospective gallery that celebrates this year's 30th anniversary of the label. The exhibit includes the story of the label’s rise, plus its legendary artists and albums, including: 2Pac’s 10x platinum All Eyez on Me, as well as multiplatinum Until the End of Time, Don Killuminati and Better Dayz, Snoop Dogg’s 4x platinum Doggystyle and The Doggfather, among countless others
Jason Mraz Looks for the Good
Nederlander Concerts and 88FIVE LIVE presented Grammy-winning artist Jason Mraz: Look For The Good Live at City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC with three sold-out shows in April. Nederlander Concerts donated to the California Family Farmer Emergency Fund in Jason’s honor, and presented him with a custom Reserved Parking sign in celebration of the sold-out shows. Pictured (l-r): Vanessa Kromer (Nederlander), Jordan Harding (Nederlander/ General Manager of City National Grove), Mraz, Mike Goldsmith (Nederlander), Patrick Osburn (General Manager 88.5 FM).
American Fairness Act
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) were joined at the U.S. Capitol by artists and musicians—including music legends Dionne Warwick, Sam Moore and Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey (pictured)— to introduce the American Music Fairness Act.