News Round-Up: Kings Of Leon, Dua Lipa and more

Kings Of Leon have been added to Mad Cool 2021 (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Kings Of Leon performing for NBC’s Today Show (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Our recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the past seven days includes a major festival booking for Kings Of Leon and the star-studded live event hosted by Dua Lipa.

Spain’s Mad Cool festival has added to its line-up for July next year in a big way with the additions of The War On Drugs, Kings Of Leon, Cardi B and Haim.

In total, 27 new names have joined the previously announced Red Hot Chili Peppers, Twenty One Pilots and The Killers, more of these including Phoebe Bridgers, Zara Larsson and Editors.

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All You’re Dreaming Of has been released, with all proceeds from Liam Gallagher‘s new track going towards the Action For Children charity until the end of the year.

The seed of the song was first planted by songwriter Simon Aldred, while another of the Oasis frontman’s solo collaborators, Andrew Wyatt, later took up production duties.

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To coincide with the live album recorded at her ‘folklore’ collaborator Aaron Dessner‘s Long Pong studio in Hudson, New York being made available for streaming, Taylor Swift has shared a video of her ‘exile’ performance from the session, joined remotely by another album collaborator, Justin Vernon.

Each track from the album, which went number one around the world during the summer and was been Grammy-nominated last week, was recorded during the session.

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Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia artwork

Elton John and Miley Cyrus were confirmed to be joining FKA twigs at the multi-faceted live event which Dua Lipa hosted last week.

Music, theatre and dance were all incorporated into the production which was livestreamed from Studio 2054, built around live tracks from Dua Lipa’s disco-pop hit album Future Nostaliga which last week bagged a Grammy nomination.

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Billie Eilish, Haim and Fontaines D.C. are some of the artists to have received nominations at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Given the list of categories is interminable, let’s focus in on some of the main ones; Record Of The Year has big names such as Beyonce, Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa competing.

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A look at some of the nominations during the years immediately leading up to its last ceremony in 2017 probably tells its own story of how the MOBO Awards had begun to lose sight of its M.O., but the nominations unveiled for its first ceremony since then reflect a return to a genre-spectrum British scene in rude health.

Alas, the comeback won’t have the audience it deserves due to lockdown restrictions, but founder Kanya King has partnered with YouTube and the BBC to bring nominees such as Stormzy, Lianne La Havas, FKA Twigs, Dave, Skepta and Little Simz to as many people as possible.

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