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Bono Among Those Paying Respects At Nelson Mandela Funeral
It wasn't just world leaders who showed up to bow, pray and otherwise pay their respects to former South African president Nelson Mandela. Among the celebrities who passed by Mandela's flag-draped casket yesterday was Bono of U2 — who is known internationally as a social activist as well as a singer. Model Naomi Campbell — who considers Mandela an inspiration — was on hand for Tuesday's memorial service. Yesterday's final goodbye took place at an amphitheater in Pretoria, where Mandela was sworn in 19 years earlier as South Africa's first black president.
"He changed the world. That's all HE did." Those are the words Tony Bennett used to sum up the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The veteran singer was among those who spoke about Mandela in Washington on Sunday before the Kennedy Center Honors. Bennett says not only did Mandela help stop the racist apartheid of his native country, in doing so, Mandela helped us all take "a big step in having a better world."
Nelson Mandela Tribute Channel On Siriusxm
Stevie Wonder, Bono, , Alicia Keys and Paul Simon will be among the musical artists whose works will be featured on a satellite radio channel devoted to a tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela. The channel — on SiriusXM — will be called "The Nelson Mandela Music Tribute Channel" — and will launch on Friday at noon — and run through Sunday. Other acts to be featured include Sting and South African artist Hugh Masekela — as well as Carlos Santana and Bob Marley.
Lorde On "Royals"
Lorde says she's kind of surprised no one has done a song like "Royals" before. She says the idea of speaking out against materialism is something that she has always thought about — and figured that others artists had, too. She says the subject matter was "such an obvious thing" to her — but now figures out that it might have been "less obvious than" than she thought. Lorde also says with the Internet being such a big deal these days, there is a lot of talent out there that people otherwise might not have heard of. She says these days a person can be "making beats out of your bedroom and be a superstar" — and that helps break down boundaries for those who have talent, but no outlet for sharing it.
Beyonce Touring Overseas
Fans of Beyonce overseas will get to catch her act soon. She has announced new dates for what's being called "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2014, starring Beyonce." Carter is the last name of Beyonce's rap star husband, Jay-Z. Promoters say the five-week tour will include stops in Portugal, the UK, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Among the stops in London will be the 02 Theater, as well as the 02 venue in Dublin. Last month, Beyonce won the MTV European Music Award for best live act.
Flaming Lips To Play New Orleans Festival
The Flaming Lips are among the acts to headline a music festival in New Orleans next year. The group will be on the Buku music festival, which is set for late March. Also on the bill are rapper Pusha T and singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. The festival, in its third year, will be held at Mardi Gras World — the studio and warehouse where the city's annual Carnival floats are made.
Led Zeppelin Catalog Hitting Spotify
Good news for Led-heads. The music streaming service Spotify will now start rolling out the entire Led Zeppelin catalog. It wasn't the only news the streaming service announced yesterday. Spotify also says it has started a new free streaming service for mobile devices. It will let users stream playlists for free — so long as the songs are shuffled randomly. The ability to pick songs and albums on demand is featured for Spotify premium members — who shell out $10 a month for the privilege.
John Mayer And Johnny Rockets
John Mayer sharing a bill with Johnny Rockets? Johnny Rockets won't "open" for Mayer when he plays at the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia on Friday. But it will BE open for the show. That's because the old-school comfort-food eatery will begin serving its offerings at the Coliseum for the first time for the Mayer show. The burgers, fries shakes and other fare will be served up in a 520 square-foot section on the lower level of the Coliseum seating area.
Ricky Skaggs Coming To Washington
Veteran country star Ricky Skaggs will be coming to Washington next week. And like most people who come to DC on official business, he'll be there mostly to talk, not to perform. He's to be the featured luncheon speaker at the National Press Club a week from today. He will share memories of his 50-year career in country and bluegrass music. And it's expected he will break out his guitar and sing some of his biggest hits for the audience.
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