The biggest music news of 2021

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The biggest music news of 2021

After a year like 2020, which crippled the live music industry with the Covid-19 pandemic, many bands (and fans) were excited to return to concerts, festivals and other in-person events. In order to do this, however, participants had to dress up and get vaccinated, which seems to have become a fairly controversial topic. Of course, there are artists like Neil Young who have taken a stand against a return to live music until the virus is under control. Even though there has been an increase in in-person live events again, many of these events have always been canceled, whether due to mental health issues related to the pandemic or the presence of the virus itself. same. Here are the top 10 newsworthy stories from mxdwn in 2021!

10. Kanye is truly released Donda

It’s been an eventful year for Kanye West (or should we say YE), his split from Kim Kardashian is still being debated online. Through it all, he actually released his highly anticipated album. DONDA, but Kanye wouldn’t be Kanye if this outing wasn’t a little different. The artist organized three listening evenings to celebrate the release, one at church, the other two in stadiums, with some rather controversial appearances. These included Marilyn Manson and DaBaby. The two artists have been quite controversial this year, with Manson being accused of sexual assault and DaBaby being criticized after saying homophobic things live on stage. The West team announced a new release date on several occasions, until it was released on a Sunday. The album was both celebrated and criticized (even by Kanye himself).

– Alison Alber

9. Metallica celebrates the 40th anniversary and 30th anniversary of its legendary black album

Metallica celebrated not just one but two important birthdays this year. They celebrated their 40th anniversary as a band and the 30th anniversary of their revolutionary Black Album. To celebrate the album, the band released a massive anniversary edition of the album and a cover album featuring 50 tracks from artists like Ghost, Phoebe Bridgers, Jason Isbell, Weezer, OFF! And more. They also did several shows in their hometown, San Francisco. Tickets for the shows were only available to fans who are part of their fan club. The shows also included small events spread across San Francisco. The city even dedicated an entire day, December 16, to the group.

Photo credit: Mauricio Alvarado

– Alison Alber

8. Marilyn Manson is charged with alleged sexual assault

Ever since he started making music, Manson has always been a bit controversial. Many myths and rumors have earned him the reputation of a “shock-rocker”. His character on stage was shocking and artistic. His fans celebrated him, his enemies, well, they hated him. But this year, the artist who has inspired many women has been accused of sexual assault by several women, including his ex-fiancee and musician Evan Rachel Wood. More and more women came forward and the police began to investigate Manson. His label let him down, his manager quit and old acquaintances walked away from him, with the exception of Kanye West who recorded a song with him, got Manson nominated for a GRAMMY, even though it didn’t. was only temporary, and took him to the Sunday service.

Photo credit: Owen Ela

– Alison Alber

7. 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Each year a new class of talented musicians is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. This year’s list is one of the most star-studded with artists including Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, The Go-Go’s, Todd Rungen and Carole King. The three female artists who have been inducted, especially in the Performing Artist category, are something more remarkable about this year’s inductees, making them one of the most gender-diverse inductees in the world. history of the organization. The list of speakers for the induction ceremony was also impressive with Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift speaking on behalf of Carole King, Paul McCartney of The Beatles speaking for The Foo Fighters, Drew Barrymore speaking for The Go-Go’s and Angela Bassett speaking on behalf of Tina Turner.

Photo credit: Boston Lynn Schulz

– Skyy Rincon

6. Tour group equipment (and merchandise) is stolen

The tour in 2021 was difficult enough due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the theft of equipment only added to the predicament for these groups. In mid-October, the Russian Circles had their gear stolen while on tour with System Of A Down and Korn. The list of missing items included four guitars, nine drum pieces, thirteen microphones, and 11 pedals. At the end of October, Mannequin Pussy had her van and trailer stolen containing their equipment, personal effects and merchandise. In November, another burglary took place, this time with the Metz whose stolen trailer contained two amps, three cables, four boxes, fourteen pieces of drums and eighteen pedals. Fortunately, some groups like Citizen were able to recover the stolen items on the same day.

Photo credit: Mauricio Alvarado

– Skyy Rincon

5. Proof of vaccination divides fans and groups

Now, if the shows weren’t canceled this year, many bands, venues and cities have opted for proof of vaccination or a negative test, just so fans can enter the venue or the festival grounds. Not a bad idea, but like everyone else, a few people really hated the idea of ​​not being able to see their favorite band because they refused the vaccine or paying $ 40 for a quick COVID test. on the spot. The Foo Fighters protested during one of their concerts because some Anti-Vaxx felt discriminated against after they couldn’t attend a concert. Country star Jason Isbell refused to perform in venues that would require no proof of vaccination, but guitar legend Eric Clapton went the other way and refused to perform in venues that DO, as he believed also that it would be discriminatory.

– Alison Alber

4. Britney Spears preservative-free

After nearly 14 years under her court-ordered guardianship, which began in 2008, Britney Spears was finally released in November. The #FreeBritney movement has taken off in recent years with fans voicing their support for the release of Spears. Under guardianship, her father Jamie Lee Spears had control of her finances, which led to allegations of alleged financial abuse and extortion. Spears’ attorney requested Jamie’s impeachment as Tory, which ultimately led to his suspension from his role. His legal battle with his trusteeship led to the introduction of a bipartisan trusteeship reform bill in the United States House of Representatives.

– Skyy Rincon

Photographer credit: Boston Lynn Schulz

3. Cancellations, cancellations, cancellations

In 2021, more and more people received their COVID-19 vaccines, but unfortunately many shows and festivals have still been canceled due to concerns about the still ongoing pandemic. We could make a list of all the bands that canceled their shows this year, but that would be depressing and way too long. Recently Every Time I Die canceled three shows from their tour due to a case of COVID and Faith No More and Mr. Bungle canceled their tour due to the mental health effects of the pandemic on Mike Patton. There is a lot of hope for 2022, as many bands are rescheduling their shows for another time next year, but with the rise of the Omicron variant, we can always hope, we can enjoy our favorite bands soon. live with others.

Photo credit: Boston Lynn Schulz

– Alison Alber

2. (alleged) involvement of musicians in the January 6 Capitol riots

One of the most notorious events of this year was the Capitol Riots of January 6, in which hundreds of people forced their way into the United States Capitol building. At least 5 people have died and more than 700 have been arrested in connection with the siege, including a notable name in the heavy metal genre, Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth. Schaffer was indicted and pleaded guilty to trespassing with a lethal weapon and obstructing formal congressional proceedings. After Schaffer’s arrest, Iced Earth frontman Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton left the group. Schaffer was not the only musician with alleged ties to the Capitol headquarters, former Misfits frontman Michale Graves was scheduled to perform at a Proud Boys rally on January 6, however, the event was never took place because of the riots.

– Skyy Rincon

Travis Scott on day 1 of the HARD Summer Music Festival 2016

1. Astromonde tragedy

November was certainly a milestone month for the music industry, but not always one of the most positive events. Travis Scott’s annual Astroworld Music festival, which took place on November 5, has become associated with the deaths of 10 people as well as the injuries of hundreds of festival-goers. The deaths and injuries were due to a wave of crowds that left many onlookers stomped on and struggling to breathe. One of those victims was Ezra Blount, 9, who died after being placed in a induced coma. Another victim was Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old Texas A&M student who died of serious injuries she sustained. The tragedy has left Scott, Drake, Live Nation and Apple Music open to lawsuits totaling approximately $ 750 million. Lawmakers have since opened an investigation to investigate the alleged poor security planning.

Photo credit: Mauricio Alvarado

– Skyy Rincon

Photo credit for featured image: Mehreen Rizvi

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