Coldplay Adds More Tour Dates for 2023, Rihanna Bags Her First Oscar Nomination, and More

From Justin Bieber selling his music catalog worth $200 million to Panic! At The Disco announcing disbandment, here’s last week in music!

Coldplay Adds More US and Canada Tour Dates for 2023

Coldplay’s ongoing Music of the Spheres World Tour will not see an end in sight anytime soon! The British rock band have added four more dates to the US and Canada leg of the tour this week. They will play in Seattle on September 20, Vancouver on September 22, San Diego on September 27, and the final stop in Los Angeles on September 30, 2023. H.E.R. and 070 Shake will support the band during these dates.

Music of the Spheres World Tour will resume in March 2023 after a brief hiatus caused by lead singer Chris Martin’s lung-related illness. Coldplay will carry on with the tour from São Paulo in March, stopping by Barcelona, Rio De Janeiro, Manchester, Naples, Milan, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and other cities thereafter.

Rihanna Bags Her First-Ever Oscar Nomination for ‘Lift Me Up’

The 2023 Oscars have presented Rihanna with her first Oscar nod! Rihanna’s latest release, ‘Lift Me Up,’ from the movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ earned her a nomination in the Best Original Song category. Written by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, and Ryan Coogler, the song is a tribute to Black Panther’s late actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from cancer in 2020.

Lady Gaga and Bloodpop (‘Hold My Hand’ from ‘Top Gun Maverick’), Diane Warren (‘Applause’ from ‘Tell It like a Woman’) and Mitski (‘This Is A Life’ from ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’) are the other pop stars who have been nominated alongside Rihanna in this category.

Justin Bieber Sells Music Catalog Worth $200 Million

Pop sensation Justin Bieber is the newest artist to sell the rights to his music catalog. Earning a whopping USD 200 million, 100% of his catalog has been bought over by Hipgnosis Songs Capital. With this move, Justin overrules the rights to copyright, recording credits and neighboring rights for over 290 songs. The deal includes his six studio albums, including the acclaimed ‘Purpose,’ ‘Believe,’ and ‘Changes,’ as well as his other musical projects. 

“Justin is truly a once-in-a-generation artist and that is reflected and acknowledged by the magnitude of this deal,” said Justin’s longtime manager, Scooter Braun, in a statement regarding the deal. “For 15 years I have been grateful to witness this journey and today I am happy for all those involved. Justin’s greatness is just beginning.”

Chlöe Bailey Announces Debut Solo Album, ‘In Pieces’

A debut album is on the way from Chlöe Bailey! Due to be released on March 2023, the long-awaited record comes after two years of single releases from 1/2 of the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle. She announced the album titled ‘In Pieces,’ sharing a 17-second teaser video on her social media. Ahead of the release, Chloe also shared a music video of her first single, ‘Pray It Away.’ The tracklist and exact date of release are yet to be announced. 

Panic! at the Disco Announces Breakup

Brendon Urie’s Panic! at the Disco has run its course after nearly two decades. As per a statement shared by the sole member, the band will adjourn its activities following their Europe & UK tour later in the year. Brendon announced his impending fatherhood, effectively ending his involvement with Panic! at the Disco.

“But sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin,” read the statement. “I am going to bring this chapter of my life to an end and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more. Thank you all for your immense support over the years.”

The band became popular in the mid-2000s for creating iconic emo-pop songs through the years. It functioned as a solo project for Brendon Urie since 2015, following the departure of former bandmates Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Panic! at the Disco have released seven studio albums and is known for their hit singles ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies,’ ‘High Hopes,’ ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and more.

Musci video and songs released last week –

Ava Max – Diamonds & Dancefloors
Daniel Caesar – Do You Like Me
Fall Out Boy – Heartbreak Feels So Good
Zara Larsson – Can’t Tame Her
Rita Ora – You Only Love Me
Sam Smith – Gloria
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