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This Week in Music News

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By Sharon Oliver

With the Grammy Awards behind us and future songs, festivals and other award shows ahead of us, there's still a lot going on in between.

Seasoned artists are bound to surprise the listening public one way or another and a fresh crop of new artists will likely spring up before the year's end.

As music lovers brace themselves for what's next from those talented individuals in the music industry, here's a brief rundown of what's happened or about to happen so far.

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Billie Eilish and the New James Bond Theme Song

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Teenage sensation Billie Eilish, who just wiped out The Grammys in miniature phonographs recently debuted her much-anticipated James Bond theme song No Time to Die. She will perform the song on February 18 at the Brit Awards.

The youngest person to write a theme song for the 007 franchise, along with brother Finneas, Eilish said in a state:

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

Universal Music Group to Offer Shares

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Universal Music, the world’s largest record company, is planning to pitch shares on the stock market. The news comes following one week after rival Warner Music Group announced similar plans. UMG is home to the Beatles, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, among others. UMG’s French parent,Vivendi, has plans to offer a 50 percent stake possible partners.

Record labels, practically eulogized and left for dead years ago, have seen a profitable revival in recent years due to a growth in music streaming.

Beale Street Festival Lineup Announced

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The city of Memphis is gearing up their annual Beale Street music festival and has announced an impressive lineup sure to cover nearly all genres of music. While some acts remain unconfirmed, the bulk of the 60-plus artists are locked in.

Performers set to set stage include: The Smashing Pumpkins, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Sax great Mavis Staples, Lindsey Buckingham, and octogenarian Bobby Rush.

Three-day passes are available for $15. Single-day tickets cost $55 each and a limited number of VIP passes go for a fetching $699. The festival will run May 1-3 at Tom Lee Park.

Justin Bieber Carpools and Releases New Album

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Justin Bieber has not only sung the praises of multi-Grammy winner Billie Eilish, confessed to wanting to protect her, but the "All I Want is You" singer also celebrated Valentine's Day by dropping his first album in five years.

The soon to be 26-year-old even dared to get back in the car again with 'The Late Late Show' host James Corden. However, at one point during his three-day appearance on the show, it was revealed that Corden does not actual drive the car as he and his passengers sing down the road. Their vehicle is towed.

Oh, what scandal.

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