Anyone who's ever read Miley Cyrus' frequently frank Twitter contributions knows the 19-year-old has a tendency to get political. But rather than align herself with a specific candidate in the days leading up to this year's presidential showdown, Cyrus is using her starpower to encourage participation in the democratic process. The newly blonde Cyrus, along with Miranda Cosgrove, Michelle Branch, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale, stars in the most recent Rock the Vote campaign which encourages young people to make their voices heard come November 6. Miley, hun, we think you got a little schmutz on your face. Oh, it's your one line for the video? Our mistake.
While it doesn't have the same kind of fatal consequences as Diddy's 2004 "Vote or Die" platform, using Cyrus and the Glee kids is as good a tactic as any to get the younger demographic into their local voting booths. We know they're not eligible, but it might be a good idea to throw Justin Bieber or Niall Horan in there, explaining that if they could vote in American elections, they most definitely would. It's good craic!
Lack of star power and corporate backing is causing the show to lose steam.
With the entire world stuck at home sheltering in place, musicians have had to resort to entertaining fans (and themselves) virtually.While some entertained the weary masses in the form of TikTok videos and Instagram challenges, others went as far as performing concerts and DJ sets from the comfort of their homes. But it would be the platform created by super producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland that would become the frontrunner in quarantine entertainment.
On March 24, Verzuz was born as a showdown between accomplished artists, songwriters, and producers playing their most popular songs against each other in the spirit of friendly competition. Instagram Live would act as the battleground for the clash of musical titans. Swizz and Timbaland would not only serve as the masterminds of the series but its inaugural battle participants.
Here's what to listen to this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.