FOO FIGHTERS TO PLAY PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERT
ATLANTA (AP) — The Foo Fighters will headline a pre-Super Bowl concert in Atlanta.
News outlets report the 12-time Grammy award-winning group will headline the DirecTV Super Saturday Night concert Feb. 2 at a temporary venue to be constructed onsite at Atlantic Station. The event’s executive producer said Wednesday that the three-tiered complex will be around 72,000 square feet, with the capacity for about 6,000.
Valerie Vargas with AT&T says the Foo Fighters are known to collaborate with a wide range of performers who attract music lovers across the board.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow through www.ticketmaster.com . All general admission tickets will be standing-room only, floor level. The Super Bowl will be Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
ARIANA GRANDE - YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande is giving fans an all-access pass into her musical life through a new documentary series on YouTube.
The streaming service says Grande will be featured in “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries.” The four-part series is set to launch today on the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer’s YouTube channel.
The series will show highlights from the making of Grande’s latest album, “Sweetener,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in August. The documentary will also show new footage from her Dangerous Woman Tour, which was suspended after a terrorist bombing killed 22 and injured more than 500 at Manchester Arena in May, 2017.
Parts of Grande’s One Love Manchester concert that helped raise money for the bombing victims will also be shown.
MISSY ELLIOTT - SONGWRITING
NEW YORK (AP) — For Missy Elliott, being a good friend and listener turned into songwriting gold.
Conversations with her girlfriends fueled a great deal of her songwriting, Elliott said, resulting in her turning those stories into smash hits, from Monica’s “So Gone,” a No. 1 R&B success, to Fantasia’s “Free Yourself.”
“I would be around friends and a lot of times (and) everybody’s just laughing and playing, but I would listen to the stories and use those in songs because they were like everyday topics for the girls that I hung around (with),” Elliott said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. “They didn’t know that, but I was just sitting there like, ‘Wow, that’s a song.’”
Elliott could probably write a song about anything. Her wild, eccentric style and creative lyricism make her one of music’s best storytellers and recently earned her a nomination for the prestigious 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame class. She could be the first female rapper to enter the organization and the third overall rapper after recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
“I feel so humbled and truly blessed to be even nominated — that’s huge,” she said.
BEYONCÉ, JAY-Z, ED SHEERAN - MANDELA CENTENNIAL
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran are among the stars scheduled to perform at a South African concert on Sunday in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be hosted in Johannesburg by South Africa’s Motsepe Foundation, which seeks to reduce poverty through education and job creation.
The foundation is partnering with Global Citizen, an international advocacy group that supports sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. The group is also promoting other events ahead of the festival.
Oprah Winfrey is among the influential figures taking part in activities, delivering a keynote address about Mandela’s legacy at the festival.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died in 2013 at age 95.