Welcome back to The Weekly Buzz! Our weekly column that keeps you in the know about everything going on in the world of pop culture that you can’t afford to miss! From music to TV and everything in between. We’re buzzin’ about it.
Taylor Swift was crowned Woman of the Decade at this year’s AMAs, where she proved how worthy she was of being the recipient by performing a medley of her songs from the past ten years. Congrats, Tay!
As well as that incredible honor, Taylor joined a number of our other faves including Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, and Lewis Capaldi have been nominated at the 2020 GRAMMYs. Taylor is nominated for three awards, while Ariana is nominated for five, and Lizzo a whopping eight!
But, despite the prestigious nominations, the nominees have had no time to celebrate as they’ve been on the grind. Camila announced her UK and European ‘Romance’ tour, while Lewis dropped an extended edition of his debut album, which features his new single, ‘Before You Go’.
In other news, Yungblud has announced some London shows, Shane Dawson uploaded the finale of his Jeffree Star series, Normani was announced as the first Savage X Fenty ambassador, Ariana Grande held a Victorious reunion on tour, and Adam Lambert appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’!
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You Oughta Know…
There’s some hot music news fresh outta the oven that we’re so stoked about here at The Honey POP that we just had to share with you in The Weekly Buzz…
Chicago based singer/rapper Dying in Designer has announced his first headliner ‘Happy in America’ Tour which will see him hit the road in the US to perform his debut full-length album ‘Nobody’s Happy’. He will be joined by Lil Extra who will be the support act for the shows. You can find more info here.
Nu Deco Ensemble has announced the launch of ‘Nu Deco NXT’, a revolutionary youth ensemble that aims to develop compassionate, socially conscious, dynamic musicians in South Florida, grades 8 through 12. Through the ensemble’s three pillars of Interpretation, Composition and Improvisation, these young artists will be able to use their talents to create social change through music. The program will be comprised of music rehearsals, workshops, jam sessions, guest lecturers, and invitations to Nu Deco rehearsals during the fall and early spring, with a week-long intensive during Spring Break (March 21-28, 2020) culminating in a public performance by the youth ensemble. Such workshops will include mindfulness, meditation, ensemble etiquette, practice techniques, entrepreneurship, improvisation, collective composition, and other music and life skills. Both traditional and nontraditional orchestral instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, and drum set are welcome to audition. Fancy taking part? Check out more info here.
Speaking of Nu Deco, Sam Hyken recently joined Sam Bunny on stage at the Latin GRAMMYs to perform a four-song classical overture. Crafted by Hyken himself in less than a month, the overture was performed with a 35-piece orchestra modeled after Nu Deco Ensemble, and included renditions of ‘Estamos Bien, ‘Solo de Mí,’ ‘Ni Bien Ni Mal’ and ‘Caro’. Following the overture, the orchestra joined Bad Bunny for a performance of his hit song ‘Callaita’, arranged by Hyken. . The performance followed the release of Nu Deco Ensemble’s self-titled debut album, available now
We recently told you about ‘Songs That Saved My Life’ following the release of Vol 2. We’re now excited to report that Hopeless Records along with their non-profit arm, Sub City, have crowned Hannah and Charlie Lucas the winners of the ‘Sub City Songs That Saved My Life’ grant, which will benefit their suicide prevention app, ‘notOK’. The app notifies trusted contacts in time of crisis when used by sending a text blast as well as the users current location to ensure that the people they care about are able to reach them in their time of need. Check out the app here.
Time for another tour announcement here at The Weekly Buzz! Barns Courtney is kicking off their Spring 2020 leg of his ‘404’ Tour across the East Coast next year, with shows at The Hollow in Albany, NY (April 28) and the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ (May 1). The run, which will take him across North America, will be even more extensive than his massively successful fall 2019 North American tour. Tickets are available here.
Alternative Pop singer/multi-instrumentalist VAINES has officially been signed to Hopeless Records and has shared his brand new single ‘Punchdrunk’. VAINES is ready to shatter genre boundaries and break the traditional recording model. Not only does he write his own music, but he plays all of the music, records all of the mixes, and produces all of his own songs, and in his bedroom of all places! Check the single out here.
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Alx James’ reaction to the Tie-Dye frappuccino at Starbucks is everything 😂
So, what are you buzzing about this week? Did you love Taylor’s AMAs performance? Who are you rooting for at The GRAMMYs? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP and be sure to come back here this time next week for another installment of The Weekly Buzz!
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