Music news round-up

Hey, everybody. It’s been a while since I’ve given you any music news, but I’m back with three news stories relating to music that you should know this week.

Grimes Opts Out of the ALS Bucket Challenge: The ice bucket challenge for ALS has taken a hold of social media over the last month, with many celebrities across the entertainment industry taking part. This has proven to be very effective thus far, with over $80 million dollars being raised for The ALS Association since July 29 according to Time. However, not everyone is willing to participate. On Saturday (August 23), Grimes politely declined to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by Richie Hawton. In a statement on her Tumblr, Grimes states that she felt uncomfortable with wasting water during the California drought. She also states that she won’t donate to the ALS Association because they test on animals, which the association admitted to in an official statement that was sent to The Daily Banter. Grimes will, however, donate money to the Malala Foundation, because according to her, ‘education is the key to ending almost every issue that faces humanity and our world today’.

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Henry Rollins Apologizes for Suicide Comments: After receiving a lot of angry feedback (and rightfully so) from fans, readers, and critics alike, rock musician and LA Weekly columnist Henry Rollins issued an apology last Friday for a recent column he wrote regarding Robin Williams’ suicide titled ‘Fuck Suicide‘. In the column he wrote about how he views those who commit suicide with ‘a bit of disdain’. He goes on to say that while he appreciates what people may have done (he was referring to celebrities in particular), he can’t take them seriously and finds it ‘impossible to feel bad for them’, because according to him, ‘their lives were purposely abandoned’. In his apology on Friday, Rollins talks about how he never intended to hurt anyone but acknowledges he did. He goes on to say that he should have known better, given what he’s been though, but he still fell short. Rollins closes the blog post out by saying, ‘I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did’. Following this blog post, Rollins has also wrote another apology which was published on LA Weekly’s website on Monday.

Beyonce Receives Vanguard Award and Silences Divorce Rumours at VMA Awards: Ever since the elevator incident, rumours of Beyonce and Jay Z’s marital troubles have been spreading across the internet like wildfire. Bloggers have been jumping at any bit they can to increase their view traffic. However, Beyonce and Jay Z have remained relatively silent, except for the occasional coded message. That changed at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards after Beyonce performed a medley from her most recent and widely praised album. As she closed out ‘XO’, Jay Z came on stage holding Blue Ivy to present his wife the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Before taking the award from her husband, she shares a quick kiss and the show closes out with them embracing each other and Blue as one happy family. So it seems as if things are indeed, as Tina Knowles said, ‘perfect’. And I know many fans are hoping it stays that way. You can view these clips here.

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Well, those are three of the many headlines that have caught my attention this past week. Now, it’s your turn. What were some of the music related stories that have caught your attention? Let me know in the comment section before.

About Reggie Myers

Reggie Myers is a writer and communications professional living in Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduated from Temple University. Music, television, film, books, video games, politics, and human sexuality are just a few of the many things that make him tick. When he's not working behind a computer screen, you can find him looking for new adventures, practicing photography, scheming ways to get to the front row of a concert, or scouring the corners of the internet for new music to put his friends on to. @reggieakil