“Shop Safe” act could end up utterly destroying the online reselling community – Speak up NOW!

RED ALERT! CALL TO ACTION! If you are part of the online reseller community, or regularly make purchases online from merchants in the Discogs Marketplace (or ANY other platform that specializes in reselling), it’s time to MOBILIZE! And you CANNOT afford to take this lightly! A new bill sponsored by Rep. Gerald Nadler (D-NY), called the “Shop Safe” act, could and according to most experts on the subject WILL destroy the online sellers community as we all now know it. It’s long and confusing in places, but it focuses on burden of proof for not selling “counterfeit mark” goods, and

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Eurovision ’21 – Dadi Freyr says Gagnamagnid likely out of live competition due to positive COVID test

Iceland’s Dadi Freyr tweeted the following message to his fans this morning: A member of Gagnamagnið got a positive test result this morning. Unfortunately this probably means that we will not take part in the rehearsal today or live show tomorrow and a recording from our second rehearsal will be used in stead. pic.twitter.com/93yravOHSY — Daði Freyr 🥑 (@dadimakesmusic) May 19, 2021 and the follow up tweet: We have all been extremely careful the whole trip so this comes as a huge surprise. We are very happy with the performance and super excited for you all to see it! Thank

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Eurovision supervisor Osterdahl talks to Variety about running the contest in pandemic mode

Variety has a great interview with newly appointed Eurovision executive supervisor Martin Osterdahl on their website this morning. In it, he goes into great detail about the difficulties of producing the contest during a pandemic, how the Will Ferrell Eurovision film on Netflix helped bolster brand recognition in the U.S. and more! You can check out the whole interview here: https://variety.com/2021/music/global/eurovision-song-contest-2021-netflix-israel-1234976327/ NBC’s streaming network Peacock became the new U.S. home of the Eurovision Song Contest this year. You can catch the replay of Semifinal #1 from Tuesday on the service now. Semifinal #2 will stream live on Thursday and the

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PASSAGES: Menudo’s Ray Reyes passes at 51

If you were a teen girl in the 1980s, chances are you had a poster of Menudo somewhere on your wall; the year (or even the month, heh heh) you had it up would have determined which members of the rotating always youthful Puerto Rican boy band would have been featured. Ray Reyes, who was a member of the band during the days when Menudo attempted (and unfortunately largely failed) to conquer America as they had other countries, passed away on April 30 2021 from a heart attack; he was just 51 years old. Reyes, born in New York City

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ESC Chart Watch – It’s not over for “Arcade” yet, peeps…

As noted recently, 2019 Eurovision champ Duncan Laurence has done the nearly-impossible – two weeks ago, he broke the 25 year drought of ESC songs on America’s oldest, and most-revered chart, the Billboard Hot 100! “Arcade” debuted on the Hot 100 AT number 100 two weeks ago…and then fell off the chart after just one week. This week, he rebounds, re-debuting at #94, six notches above his first debut!  No matter what happens in the future, though, Laurence’s  2019 Eurovision champ was the little song that could, becoming the first ESC-connected song to chart in the USA since 1996’s “Ooh

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PASSAGES: Bay City Rollers’ singer Les McKeown dead at 65

Another day, another part of my teen years gone… Les McKeown, who sang lead for the major hits from mid-70s teen heartthrob Scottish band Bay City Rollers, died suddenly Tuesday (4/20), he was 65 years old. McKeown was the lead singer for the band during their major hitmaking period from 1973-78, which saw Rollermania spread around the world. They had more hits in their native UK and in Europe than they managed in the U.S. but still managed a number of smashes here, the biggest of which was their 1975 #1 smash “Saturday Night” (which ironically was NOT a single

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PASSAGES: Jim Steinman, creator of “Bat Out Of Hell”, dead at 73

He was an incredible songwriter, and an even more incredible producer. Jim Steinman, the man who put Meat Loaf on the map in 1977 with “Bat Out Of Hell” and who helped his career resurgence in 1993 with “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell“, has died, he was 73. Steinman became one of the most prolific writers and producers in the 1980s and 1990s, writing and/or producing huge hits for a variety of acts that crossed genre lines, including Barry Manilow (“Read ‘Em And Weep“), Barbra Streisand (“Left In The Dark“), Bonnie Tyler (“Total Eclipse Of The Heart”,

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ESC/Billboard Chart Update: “Arcade” misses again, and sadly may not have the fire to do it…

I reported a couple of weeks ago here on TKR that Duncan Laurence‘s 2019 ESC-winning entry “Arcade” was mere millimeters from becoming the first ESC-connected song to hit Billboard‘s revered Hot 100 chart in in 25 years. Now, sadly, the moment for the Netherlands’ winner MAY have passed. In checking Billboard‘s other reference charts, despite still-growing airplay on AC and Hot AC radio, and decent runs on those charts, “Arcade” hit #101 – just ONE FRIGGIN’ SPOT below the official Hot 100 – two weeks ago. As of this morning’s issue, the song is at #109 on what is known

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Road to Eurovision ’21: Albania decides; Lesley Roy, Hurricane return in ’21

Hi all, welcome to Road to Eurovision ’21, where I will have reports every weekend beginning today, bringing you the latest on the performer updates, the national finals contests and more! First up this session, Albania has selected singer Anxhela Peristeri to head to Rotterdam in May (Coronovirus willing) for ESC ’21. Their official entry into the contest this year is “Karma“, performed in Albanian. It joins Cypress’ entry “El diablo” by Elena Tsagrinou, announced waaaay back at the end of November 2020. Israel, Latvia, and France will announce their entries later in January. France is the only one of

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THINGS N STUFF: Eurovision 2021: Here’s what we know so far

Come hell or high water, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest WILL go on! The European Broadcast Union announced several weeks ago that they are running four different scenarios as planned to make sure the contest comes to pass for sure next year. The four scenarios are referred to as Normal, Social Distancing, Travel Restrictions, and Lockdown, and each have their individual points that deal with the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The just-completed 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest was conducted mostly under the “travel restrictions” scenario, with one or two exceptions, using some incredibly innovative and groundbreaking live television techniques that

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