Shaun's Music News

Independence Day is Saturday and Macy’s just announced the lineup for their annual “4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” although the fireworks will be a little different this year, thanks to the coronavirus. 

The show, hosted by “Today” anchor Craig Melvin, will feature performances by Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, the Black Eyed Peas and the Killers,

Like always, the telecast will conclude with fireworks, but to discourage gathering, instead of one huge set of fireworks, New York will be hosting a series of weeklong surprise displays across the five boroughs. There will be one grand finale at the Empire State Building, which will be broadcast, along with tape of the previous night’s fireworks.

The “Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” airs Saturday at 8 pm EST on NBC.

Well, there’s at least one big event that won’t be stopped by the coronavirus. New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the MTV Video Music Awards will take place August 30th at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

The show will be the first non-virtual award show since the coronavirus lockdown began, although Cuomo did say all safety measures will be followed, “including limiting or no audience.” The show also promises"epic performances from various iconic locations” in all five boroughs.

last month reports claimed MTV was hoping to still be able to go on with the VMAs as planned, and were considering either a virtual show, or one without an audience.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are happily engaged and expecting their first child this year, but back in 2017 they briefly broke up, and Katy says it did not leave her in a good place. 

At the time, her album “Witness” had tanked and she shared in a new interview, “My career was on this trajectory when it was going up, up, and up, and then I had the smallest shift, not that huge from an outside perspective. But for me it was seismic.”

She says her struggles, "literally broke me in half," adding, "I had broken up with my boyfriend, who is now my baby daddy-to-be and then I was excited about flying high off the next record," noting, "but the validation did not make me high, and so I just crashed." 

As for how she survived, Katy says, “gratitude is probably the thing that saved my life because if I did not find that I would have wallowed in my own sadness and probably just jumped.” 

  • She also says her faith played a role in her becoming happy again, explaining, "It was so important for me to be broken so that I could find my wholeness in a whole different way," adding, "and be more dimensional than just living my life like a thirsty pop star all the time." 

The Weeknd is once again opening up his wallet for a good cause. The singer revealed yesterday that he has donated $1 million to help coronavirus relief efforts. 

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, donate $500K each to MusiCares Covid relief fund, and to frontline workers at Scarborough Health Network, the hospital network in his Ontario home town.

“I was raised in Scarborough,” he shared, “and felt it was important to give back to the community that raised me during the hard times of this pandemic.”

In addition to the money, The Weeknd is once again selling facemasks, with the money raised going to COVID-19 relief. What’s more, he is matching every dollar raised.

  •  This isn’t the first time The Weeknd has opened his wallet to help a worthy cause. earlier this month he donated $500K to organizations fighting for racial equality.