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Stevie Nicks Offers a Spell for COVID-19 (Featuring Harry Styles)

She called "Fine Line" Harry's "Rumours" in a sweet note to fans, but mostly to Harry.

Stevie Nicks posted a sweet note on Twitter today, encouraging fans to stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In it, she gave Harry Styles possibly the best compliment imaginable. She compared his recent LP, Fine Line, to Rumours, the legendary and perpetually relevant Fleetwood Mac classic.

"I am getting all my paintings and drawing out - listening to music (mostly Harry Styles' "Fine Line") and being inspired by him to write some new songs and poetry. Way to go H - it is your Rumours..." she wrote, essentially confirming that Harry Styles is also a witch. Clearly, their friendship must be fueled by some secret esoteric knowledge, if not genuine magical abilities.

While calling Fine Line Harry's Rumours may be a bit of stretch—it's Rumours, after all, the most healing, bitter, glorious breakup album of all time—if Stevie said it, we have no choice but to agree. Styles' effervescent, psychedelic pop is sonically distinct from Rumours, but, on the other hand, songs like "She," "Falling," and "Cherry" definitely share some of the Fleetwood Mac classic's folky, slow-burning emotional resonance.

Nicks also gave fans some more general tips, writing them out in a way that resembles a spell. "My advice for all this free time and terrible news is - Just dance - This will pass - Love will find a way - It always does," she wrote in a spirally, witchy font.

This seems like as worthy an incantation as anything else that's being passed around these days (other than good old social distancing and mutual aid). During this uncertain time when many people are trapped in their homes, lots of us are seeking new rituals and old magic in order to make it through and grow into a new and more loving future. Nicks' spell, complete with loving, dancing, and some escapism via Styles' saccharine tunes, may be the quarantine potion we need.

Fine Line

Rumours (Deluxe Edition)


HARRY STYLES - Landslide ft Stevie Nicks live in Los Angeles (13/12/2019 - The Forum) www.youtube.com


Stevie Nicks, Harry Styles - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2019) www.youtube.com

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The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Aren't Very Rock and Roll

Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. will both be posthumously inducted.

The 2020 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.

It's a big year for posthumous inductions; Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G.—who died in 2012 and 1997, respectively—will both be welcomed into the Rock Hall. Biggie will be the second-ever solo rapper inducted, following Tupac Shakur. Joining him and Houston are Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Nine Inch Nails, the latter of which were sampled last year for the longest-reigning No. 1 hit in history.

"I'm actually quite surprised," NIN frontman Trent Reznor told Rolling Stone about the big news. "When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks or we're not in this category or 'that thing.' I don't know if it's a defense mechanism, but I just assumed we'd stay in that category, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good."

Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, and Thin Lizzy were all on the ballot for this year's Rock Hall but didn't earn enough votes for the induction.

This year's inductees and nominees represent a wide array of genres, from Houston's R&B to the innovative electronica of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode's synthy new-wave. All acts considered, it seems this Rock Hall might be its least rock-centered batch of artists yet. Perhaps rock's not dead, per se, just over the limitations of genres.