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Euro 2020 postponed until summer 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic

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Uefa has officially postponed Euro 2020 until 11 June 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

The European governing body held a teleconference on Tuesday with all 55 associate members, the European Club Association which represents almost 250 clubs across the continent, the European Leagues which represent 32 leagues as well as a representative from FifPro.

Uefa confirmed that the European Championship will now become Euro 2021 and get underway on 11 June next year, with the final taking place on 11 July.

“Uefa today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, Uefa Euro 2020, due to be played in June and July this year.  The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the Covid-19 emergency, to be completed.

“All Uefa competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice.  The Uefa Euro 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation.”

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said: “The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, Uefa tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.  There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.

“It was important that, as the governing body of European football, Uefa led the process and made the biggest sacrifice.  Moving Euro 2020 comes at a huge cost for Uefa but we will do our best to ensure that the vital funding for grassroots, women’s football and the development of the game in our 55 countries is not affected.  Purpose over profit has been our guiding principle in taking this decision for the good of European football as a whole.”

He added: “I would like to thank Fifa and its President, Gianni Infantino, who has indicated it will do whatever is required to make this new calendar work.  In the face of this crisis, football has shown its best side with openness, solidarity and tolerance.”

The tournament was due to take place across 12 cities in 12 different countries from 12 June to 12 July this year, but the near-blanket ban on sport across Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak has left sport authorities scrambling for crisis plans.

The final and semi-finals will be held at Wembley with the Football Association welcoming Uefa’s decision.

“People’s health and well-being has to be the primary concern for us all, so we fully support Uefa’s decision to postpone Euro 2020,” CEO Mark Bullingham said in a statement.

“We will continue to work in collaboration with the PL, EFL and our football partners on the scenarios that could follow Uefa’s decision today and ensure we are ready to put them into immediate action once it is appropriate to do so.

“Until then, we will continue to follow the advice of Government and the health authorities.”

The Euro 2020 play-offs initially scheduled for later this month had to be postponed, along with the Champions League last-16 second leg ties due to be played this week, while the quarter-finals have also been postponed.

But such a delay has seen Uefa able to reschedule the play-offs to later this year, initially now set for June, to decide the last four teams to qualify, though it is likely to heavily impact the second season of the Nations League.

There are as yet no new dates for remaining Champions League and Europa League games while the Women’s European Championships, originally set for next year, is set to shift to 2022.

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DOE BOY UNLEASHES ANXIOUSLY AWAITED NEW ALBUM OH REALLY

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Returning with a bang, critically acclaimed Cleveland rapper Doe Boy unleashes his anxiously anticipated new album, OH REALLY, today. This marks his first full-length release since the collaborative Demons R Us with Southside in 2020.

Get it HERE via Freebandz/Epic Records.

To celebrate the project’s arrival, he just dropped the music video for the new single and opener “BIG OH REALLY.Watch it HERE. Over a skittering beat, he leans into a fiery flow punctuated by airtight rhymes.

 

Elsewhere, 808s grind against ominous piano on “3AM IN LA” between samples of a news report on the uptick of Ohio gang violence. On “OPP PARTY” [feat. Nardo Wick & G Herbo], he launches into a vicious cadence before Nardo Wick and G Herbo pull up with incendiary cameos of their own. Moneybagg Yo blesses “BOFFUM” with his presence, making for yet another anthem together. Then, there’s “REAL RECOGNIZE REAL” [feat. Roddy Ricch]. A soulful hook resounds as Roddy’s delivery proves both magnetic and melodic all at once. “CRY FOR ME”[feat. Ty Dolla $ign] represents an emotional apex. Doe Boy’s confessional bars give way to a smooth and emotionally charged refrain from Ty. Finally, heavenly guitar underscores “SNATCH YO SOUL,capturing raw longing in his woozy tone.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

Last year, he set the stage for the project with a string of bangers. “LOW KEY” [feat. Lil Uzi Vert] check out his acoustic Fine-Tuned performance on Audiomack. On its heels, “AIN’T MY FAULT” [feat. 42 Dugg] with Rowdy Rebel cracked 1.3 million YouTube views on the music video. It also boasts “ONNA HOOD” [feat. Babyface Ray], which attracted widespread critical acclaim.

OH REALLY ignites what promises to be a massive year for Doe Boy.

Stay tuned for more soon.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. BIG OH REALLY
  2. 3AM IN LA
  3. RESPECTFULLY
  4. AIN’T MY FAULT [feat. 42 Dugg] with Rowdy Rebel
  5. OPP PARTY [feat. Nardo Wick & G Herbo]
  6. I A DO IT
  7. BOFFUM [feat. Moneybagg Yo]
  8. GENUINE
  9. REAL RECOGNIZE REAL [feat. Roddy Ricch]
  10. CRY FOR ME [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]
  11. LEMON SQUEEZE
  12. NO BAP [feat. Lil Double O]
  13. ONNA HOOD [feat. Babyface Ray]
  14. PERFECT TIMING [feat. Vory]
  15. LIFE GOES ON
  16. FEAR NOBODY [feat. Johnny Blaze]
  17. MYSELF
  18. SNATCH YO SOUL
  19. LOW KEY [feat. Lil Uzi Vert]
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LGBTQ+ Short Film FEMME starring Paapa Essiedu and Harris Dickinson longlisted for a 2022 BAFTA

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Writer/director duo Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping’s FEMME takes a traditionaly testosterone-drenched genre and flips it, reimagining the darker edge of London’s nightlife through a queer lens. It was born of their love for the crime-thriller genre, but also – as queer artists – out of feeling excluded from it. This topical film premiered at the Oscar-Qualifying SXSW, alongside the London Film Festival and took home the top prize at the BIFA’s.

 

Jordan is a femme gay man – a label he wears proudly. But every time he steps out of the house with his lipstick on, he remembers his dad’s stark warning: the world will always be a dangerous place for a boy like him.

After suffering heartbreak at a nightclub, Jordan meets Wes, a drug dealer, out on the street. Wes is flirtatious, masculine, and exactly the kind of boy Jordan’s dad warned him about. Throwing caution to the wind, Jordan gets in Wes’s car, and the night takes a dangerous turn…

 

The film stars Paapa Essiedu (I MAY DESTROY YOU/GANGS OF LONDON) and Harris Dickinson (THE KING’S MAN/BEACH RATS).

Writer/Director Ng Choon Ping is a BIFA winning writer/director. He is set to direct THATCHER IN CHINA at the National Theatre, an epic multi-generational political drama about the troubled return of Hong Kong by the British to Beijing. Recently Ping directed Macbeth at the Bristol Old Vic, and a new adaptation of Strindberg’s MISS JULIE at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He’s the recipient of multiple prestigious awards in recognition of his work which has featured at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Young Vic.

Writer/ Director Sam H. Freeman is also a BIFA winning writer/director who has just wrapped running the writers’ room for his own original series THE CORRIDOR, with Bad Wolf producing for HBO Max. His serialised thriller ARCADIA is being produced by Scott Free for the BBC, and he recently wrote the lauded episode 3 of INDUSTRY for HBO/BBC. His first original series UNMASKED sold to Disney.

Producer Sam Ritzenberg is a BIFA winning producer whose films have played at major film festivals around the world. As an executive producer, his TV series have resulted in deals with CBS and Quibi. Sam took over the head of TV and Film position at Agile in 2019. Fellow Producer Hayley Williams is a BIFA winning producer. Before landing as a development producer for Agile Films, Hayley was the head of music videos for Agile where she developed and produced for top UK directors. Producer Rienkje Attoh has worked on long and short-form content across documentary, fiction, and animation. In 2020, Screen International announced Rienkje as a UK and Ireland’s Star of Tomorrow.

Agile Films produce unique and character-driven films and television that aim to inspire and entertain. They work with rising and established writers, directors, and on-screen talent from both the UK and internationally to develop and produce bold and distinctive stories across all genres.

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Laureus World Sports Awards 2022 to take place in April

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The world’s foremost sporting honours will return in April when the winners of the 2022 Laureus World Sports Awards are announced.

Due to the ongoing limitations and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 Awards will build on the success of Laureus’ 2021 ‘virtual’ Awards.  The showcase event will continue to celebrate the achievement of athletes and the inspirational stories from the world of sport, which last year included the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and Euro 2020.

With the Nominees selected by a panel of 1300 sports journalists due to be announced on 2nd February, the Awards will follow to announce the winners of the most prestigious Awards in sport following a vote by the 71 Members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

The Laureus Academy form the ultimate sports jury, consisting of many of the greatest Olympic gold medallists, world champions and most famous achievers in sport. This group provide the insight and understanding of what makes exceptional sporting achievement and the concept of ‘athletes celebrating athletes’ ensures the value of the awards to the world of sport more widely.

Sean Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “We know for sure, after such an amazing and challenging year for sport, that 2022 will be an Awards to remember. The Academy are certainly going to have a difficult job selecting the Winners from so many outstanding sportsmen, sportswomen and teams.”

In addition to the seven Nominated categories: Sportsman, Sportswoman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback, Disability and Action Sports, Laureus will recognise the efforts of community based programmes through its ‘Sport for Good Award’.  The Laureus Academy will also select winners of special Awards which have included Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Sport and Athlete Advocacy.

Last year’s winners included Rafael Nadal (Sportsman), Naomi Osaka (Sportswoman), Bayern Munich (Team), Patrick Mahomes (Breakthrough) and Max Parrot (Comeback) as well as Billie Jean King (Lifetime) and Lewis Hamilton (for the inaugural Laureus Athlete Advocate Award).

The Award presentations and related news stories will be fully available to the world’s media and broadcast extensively on Laureus social media platforms. A broadcast show will continue Laureus’ record of extensive global syndication, delivering annual television audiences of over 600 million for the Awards and associated news content, along with many millions more across social and digital channels.

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Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi arrested for allegedly attacking baby mother

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Rapper Slim Jxmmi was arrested in Miami early Tuesday after allegedly attacking the mother of his young child during an argument. (more…)

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Cardi B Wins $1.25 Million in defamation lawsuit against YouTuber Tasha K

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Cardi B won her defamation lawsuit against Latasha Kebe a blogger and YouTuber known online as Tasha K — and has been awarded $1.25 million in damages, Billboard reports. (more…)

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2022 in Music: The Year TikTok Takes Over

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Music research and analytics platform Viberate have just published their annual “State of Music” address. To make it, Viberate analyzed massive amounts of data (more than a trillion data points, thousands of artists and playlists, millions of tracks and videos, and hundreds of festivals) gathered from key social media and music channels, including Spotify, TikTok, Instagram, Beatport and radio.

The report draws unbiased conclusions, such as which artists performed the best in their respective genres, what got played and liked on different channels in 2021, and which key music trends to look out for in 2022.

The data shows that of all the analyzed artists, only 1% rule the social media and music channels. The lion’s share of engagement and fanbase growth belongs to the top 500 artists, pushing the artists in the long tail of streaming and social media into inventing solid promotional strategies if they wish to break through.

It is also interesting to see that Hip Hop and K-Pop artists are smashing it in streaming but are snubbed on the radio. While online engagement numbers crown Hip Hop and K-Pop as two of the most popular genres, radio is all about Pop and Rock. Multilingual (non-English) tracks thrive online but seem to have trouble getting through radio gatekeepers. Trends suggest that may yet change in 2022.

According to the data, some of the trends that will define the music business in 2022 are: (1) multilingual music going more mainstream, (2) personalization at the forefront, (3) TikTok acting as a career launchpad, (4) short videos gaining power, and (5) further blending of genres. Here’s a short rundown of each trend (for the full list, see the link below):

Multilingual music will go more mainstream. South Korean sensation BTS made it onto Viberate’s top 5 list on almost every channel, while YouTube saw a huge rise in the popularity of Asian Pop and Latin genres (especially Reggaeton). Unlike radio or TV, online music channels have little to no gatekeepers, thus pushing non-English music into the mainstream.

“Personalized everything” will drive an artist’s success. This means that labels, artists and other professionals will benefit from fan-first approaches to their promotion, merch and distribution. Personalized experiences also go hand-in-hand with securing digital revenue such as tipping, NFTs or paid subscriptions.

TikTok will act as a career launchpad. Not only was TikTok the most visited website in 2021, it also helped artists like Tokischa, Will Paquin or Crawlers break through and boost their streaming numbers. In a way, Spotify “seals the deal” – the artists who transform a TikTok hit into solid streams are the ones with real potential. We can therefore expect more talent discovery and promotional efforts to focus on TikTok and social media.

Short videos will rule. Easily digestible formats such as TikTok videos will be the most useful promotional format for artists to stand out and get discovered. As audiences celebrate the DIY approach, content will be more important than production value.

Genre lines will blur further. Rising and breakthrough acts such as PinkPantheress prove genre bending and blending is more popular than ever. Artists and their audiences prefer moods to traditional genre labels, with the trend extending to popular streaming playlists for specific occasions (driving, studying, relaxing, etc.). For example, Spotify’s “Songs to Sing in the Shower” playlist has a hefty 6.4M followers.

See the “State of Music” address for the full list of trends, best-performing artists and music tastes of 2021.

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