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a month in music: july 2023

Your monthly summary of music news and gossip.


important news


legendary jazz singer tony bennett dies at aged 96


The iconic singer passed away in New York after Alzheimer's diagnosis a few years ago. Bennett's impressive and dedicated 70 year long career gained him generations of fans and over 60 studio albums.


Many famous names posted tributes online, including most recently his friend and collaborator Lady Gaga.




iconic singer and activist sinead o'connor dies aged 56


The Irish singer was not only known for her incredible music, including hit song Nothing Compares 2 U, but also for her brave activism which caused a huge amount of controversy during her career. Tributes have poured in from thousands of fans and friends, expressing their sadness at her death and looking back at the unfair treatment she experienced during her career.


malaysian festival cancelled after the 1975 take a stand against country's anti-LGBTQ+ laws


The 1975 are under fire after getting a 3-day festival cancelled after frontman Matty Healy kissed his band member and did a speech criticising Malaysia's anti-LGBTQ+ laws. Whilst lots of people consider it a brave act and are thankful Matty used his platform to talk about these issues, others are wondering why they agreed to perform at the festival in the first place and are calling them out for not thinking their act through.


This Guardian article goes into detail as to why the move was so controversial: The 1975’s Matty Healy has hurt Malaysia’s queer community, not uplifted it




big album releases


AUSTIN - Post Malone


UTOPIA - Travis Scott


The Loveliest Time - Carly Rae Jepsen


Barbie: The Album - Various Artists


Speak Now (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift


live on tour


Harry Styles: Love on Tour ends after 2 years


Harry Styles mammoth tour finally ended this month at his final show at Reggio Emilia in Italy. The performer extended his usual setlist, featuring a performance of Falling which he had not performed since the beginning leg of the tour, as well as a self-written 10 minute long piano piece performed after the final song of the night.


Family and friends were there amongst the fans in the crowd, enjoying his final performance.


Kylie Minogue announces Las Vegas residency


Australian pop iconic Kylie Minogue has announced her Las Vegas residency which will begin in November this year. She's going to be the first performer at the Venetian's new venue 'Voltaire'.


Billie Eilish joins Paramore on stage in Los Angeles

Paramore recently brought music sensation and long-time Paramore fan Billie Eilish out on stage to perform with them. At the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, Billie joined the band to perform the iconic track All I Wanted.


nosy news


Ariana Grande splits from husband...and starts dating Wicked co-star

Ariana Grande has recently been the talk of the tabloids after her spit from her husband Dalton Gomez, was announced just before the revelation that she was dating her co-star Ethan Slater. Ethan Slater is also currently married with a newborn child, although he has filed for divorce since the news about him and Grande hit social media.


Grande has come under fire after fans noticed a pattern of her cheating and dating men who are already taken, and Slater has also come under fire for his disrespectful behaviour towards his wife and child.


It's very messy.


Doja Cat lashes out at her own fans


Doja Cat has made some of her fans very unhappy by lashing out at them on social media.




Whilst it's completely valid for artists to feel uncomfortable with parasocial relationships, the attitude towards the fans that support her has left a bad taste in people's mouths.

Some fans are speculating whether this is part of her character Scarlet.



Little Mix's Leigh-Anne reveals she got married in June


Leigh-Anne from Little Mix, who recently started her own solo career, has revealed that she got married in June to her long-time partner and father to her children footballer Andre Gray. The wedding took place and Jade from the band was present.


Congrats to the newly weds!




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