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One Expert Predicts Concerts May Not Return Until Fall 2021

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“I think those things will be the last to return.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the live music industry into a tailspin, with widespread concert cancellations and attempts to reschedule for later this year. While some have been hoping the pain is only temporary, bioethicist Zeke Emanuel believes it could be far longer. In a recent New York Times Magazine panel about how to safely reopen the country after lockdowns expire, Emanuel predicted that concerts and other large-scale events might not return until late next year.
“Larger gatherings—conferences, concerts, sporting events—when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility,” he said. “I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.”
These types of large gatherings, which encompass nearly every live concert in the country as well as sporting events, conferences, and religious services, were amongst the first targets of coronavirus mitigation efforts. New York state, for example, banned gatherings of 500 or more on March 13, well before the larger economic lockdown (known as New York PAUSE) began on March 22.
Different events have taken their own approaches in the face of mandatory shutdowns. California’s Coachella rescheduled its two-week festival to October 2020, while New York City’s Governor’s Ball and Austin’s South By Southwest canceled outright for the year. Thus far, there’s been no clear timeline for the end of day-to-day lockdowns in the United States, let alone the resumption of large-scale gatherings.
Many artists make the majority of their money via touring, and a shutdown lasting one year or more could severely impact their incomes. Young Thug recently revealed he would lose millions of dollars due to canceled concerts this year.
Emanuel based his date on the predicted widespread availability of a vaccine, which is not expected until 2021. While the virus’ original epicenter of Wuhan, China has eased its extreme lockdown measures, other hard-hit countries like Italy, Spain, and the United States are just beginning to contemplate how to safely reopen their economies without triggering a major resurgence in cases.

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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