Chris Martin to mentor American Idol contestants in a Coldplay-themed episode
Chris Martin is set to mentor the ‘American Idol’ contestants on a special Coldplay-themed episode this week, where the remaining seven contestants will perform a song from the band's catalogue.The 44-year-old frontman of the ‘Yellow’ hitmakers will assist the remaining seven contestants on the talent competition on Sunday’s (09.05.21) episode as they each pick a song from Coldplay’s catalogue to perform.
BTS are set to give the debut performance of their new single, 'Butter', at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. © Bang Showbiz K-Pop group BTS
The Korean septet's second English-language single, following 2020's mega-hit 'Dynamite', will be released two days before their live performance of the track is aired at the awards ceremony on May 23.
They tweeted: "We can’t hold it in any longer! Our debut performance of “#BTS_Butter” will be at this year’s @BBMAs!
"Watch on Sunday, May 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT on @nbc (sic)."
'Butter' is described as a "dance-pop track brimming with the smooth yet charismatic charm of BTS".
ABBA will release new music this year!
Bjorn Ulvaeus has confirmed ABBA will release new music this year, 40 years after the release of their last studio album, 'The Visitors', in 1981.The 76-year-old singer-songwriter and producer has insisted the ‘Mamma Mia!’ hitmakers will “definitely” be putting out new music in 2021, 40 years after the release of their last studio album, ‘The Visitors’, in 1981.
The ceremony later this month sees BTS nominated for four prizes; Top Duo/Group, Top Social Artist and Top Song Sales Artist, plus Top Selling Song for 'Dynamite'.
Gallery: Can you remember the 10 most iconic concerts in history? (BANG Showbiz)
Were you there?
It’s been three years since Beyonce cemented herself as a music legend when she became the first black woman to headline Coachella in 2018. The award-winning singer’s performance achieved critical acclaim and became the most-watched live concert on YouTube of all time, making it one of history's most iconic concerts. To mark the anniversary of the event, we take a look back at 10 other concerts that will never be forgotten...
Pink Floyd - 14 Hour Technicolor Dream show
The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream show in 1967 was a fundraiser held in the Great Hall of the Alexandra Palace, London. A number of musicians performed at the concert, but Pink Floyd closed proceedings just as the sun was beginning to rise at around five o'clock in the morning. Though details of the set-list are rather sketchy, reports say they performed material from their then-unreleased debut album, 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'.
Elvis Presley - '68 Comeback Special
After spending seven years not touring and focusing on his movie career upon the wishes of his manager Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis returned to live performing the '68 Comeback Special on NBC. The show was initially set up as a Christmas special which would feature the King of Rock 'n' Roll singing festive tracks and carols, but Elvis was able to change the concept with the help of the special's producer Bob Finkel so that he would be showcasing new material, different to what had recorded before. 'Singer Presents...Elvis', as the show was titled, aired on December 3, 1968, and was a huge success, re-launching Elvis' music career. Following the show, Elvis returned to live performances, beginning with a four-week residency at the Las Vegas International Hotel - the first show attracted an audience of 101,500.
Jimi Hendrix - Woodstock 1969
The Woodstock Festival of 1969 attracted an audience of more than 400,000 and has since been considered a pivotal moment in popular music history. Jimi Hendrix was the last to perform at the festival with his new band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows as they took the stage at 8:30 Monday morning due to delays caused by the rain. They performed a two-hour set, including his psychedelic instrumental version of the American national anthem. Many of the songs performed at the iconic event were unreleased by Hendrix until they were put out posthumously in 1994.
Johnny Cash - Folsom State Prison 1968
Johnny Cash performed two shows at the unlikely location of Folsom State Prison in California in May 1968. Although he had been arrested several times in his life, Cash was never sentenced to jail time, despite the lyrics to songs such as 'Folsom Prison Blues', suggesting that he had and making him a hero to many inmates across the US. Cash came up with the idea to record a live album from the gigs in a bid to turn around his flagging career. The idea was given the green light by Columbia Records producer Bob Johnston and the rest is history. 'Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison' became a hit record and was the first in a series of live albums recorded at prisons that includes 'At San Quentin'.
The Who - Leeds University 1970
On February 14, 1970, The Who recorded their landmark first live album 'Live At Leeds' in the hallowed 2,000 capacity of The Leeds University Refectory. It became the only live album released with the band's original line-up - singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. Since its release, 'Live at Leeds' has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time.
Sex Pistols - Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall 1976
On June 4, 1976, approximately 40 people gathered together at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester to watch the Sex Pistols perform. The gig heralded the start of the punk movement in the UK and influenced the British music scene for years to come, due to the members of that limited audience. Among those in attendance were Morrissey, who went on to form The Smiths with Johnny Marr, as well as Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, who created Joy Division, which became New Order after the death of singer Ian Curtis. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, who put on the gig, also went on to form The Buzzcocks, who supported the Pistols at their second Manchester gig just six weeks later.
Ozzy Osbourne - Veterans Memorial Auditorium 1982
Ozzy Osbourne's 'Diary of a Madman Tour' has gone down in rock 'n' roll infamy due to something that has never been repeated on stage. The tour rolled into Des Moines, Iowa, on January 20, 1982, for a concert at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Unbeknown to anyone, 17-year-old fan Mark Neal decided to bring a live bat to the gig and threw it onto the stage only for Ozzy to bite its head off believing it was a toy. Luckily, the Prince of Darkness did not fall ill from the bizarre incident, and lived to rock another day. In 2019, Ozzy commemorated the 37th anniversary of the historic moment by offering an 'Ozzy Plush Bat' toy "with detachable head" for sale on his website.
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged 1993
In 1993, grunge rock icons Nirvana ditched their electric guitars to perform an acoustic show at Sony Music Studios in New York City for the television series 'MTV Unplugged'. Frontman Kurt Cobain was nervous about playing an entirely acoustic show but managed to overcome his fears to film the TV program in a single take. The show aired on the cable television network MTV a month later to critical acclaim. Tragically, Kurt committed suicide on April 5, 1994, at the age of 27. The album 'MTV Unplugged in New York' was released posthumously in November 1994 and led to the band's only Grammy Award win when it was selected for the Best Alternative Music Performance prize at the 1996 Grammys.
The boy band had record-breaking success with their very first all-English track.
K-POP: BTS singer RM with its new hairstyle for turmoil at the fans
wore the South Korean rapper RM, member of the K-pop success band BTS, his hair pink. But at some point it handed him, he announced that he did not want to return to this color. Now he surprised the fans with a new look. © Picture Alliance / CJ Rivera / Everett Collection BTS singer RM The seven members of the South Korean band BTS are known to try new looks again and again.
With 'Dynamite', BTS became the first Asian act ever to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, with a debut sales week that outsold every track released in the last three years.
The song also broke multiple streaming records on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube, and earned the group their highest-charting single in the UK when it debuted at number three.
The 'IDOL' hitmakers - comprising RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, Jungkook, V and Suga - also became the first K-pop act to receive a major Grammy nomination, although 'Dynamite' lost out in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's collaboration 'Rain on Me'.
However, not winning has become a "driving force" for them to take home one of the prestigious golden gilded gramophone trophies in the future.
V said: “Not winning somehow refreshed me. I think it will be a driving force for becoming better.”
Suga added: “We didn’t get an award this year. But we want to be active as singers for a long time, it’s difficult of course, but perhaps next year, or the year after or before the end of our career, we want to get a Grammy.”
BTS' last album was November's 'BE (Deluxe Edition)', which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the thoughts and feelings they were feeling.
BTS Teases ‘Friends’ Reunion Appearance (Exclusive) .
Fans of the K-pop group know that RM learned English through watching the beloved hit sitcom.Fans of the mega K-pop band -- consisting of RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Suga and V -- know that RM learned English while watching the hit sitcom. Now, they're teasing an appearance in the upcoming HBO Max reunion special, premiering May 27.