PR Newswire: The Jerry Garcia Foundation Partners with Starchive on Archive Project and Announces August 1st Concert to Celebrate Jerry’s 80th Birthday

PR Newswire: The Jerry Garcia Foundation Partners with Starchive on Archive Project and Announces August 1st Concert to Celebrate Jerry’s 80th Birthday (PRESS RELEASE). “The Jerry Garcia Archive, a new community resource created to preserve the historical and artistic contributions of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends, will begin accepting community contributions this August and host a benefit concert to celebrate the launch.”

Ukraine war: Eurovision trophy sold to buy drones for Ukraine (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: Eurovision trophy sold to buy drones for Ukraine. “Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band which won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have sold their trophy for $900,000 (£712,000; €838,000) to raise money for the war in Ukraine. The crystal microphone was auctioned on Facebook, with the aim of buying drones for Ukraine’s military.”

Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and Kate Bush: the multimillion-pound deal that could turn them into 3D works of art (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and Kate Bush: the multimillion-pound deal that could turn them into 3D works of art. “British photographer Gered Mankowitz has an archive that spans 60 years, capturing an extraordinary array of stars that include Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Slade, Elton John and Kate Bush. Now, he hopes that vast treasure trove will be given a new lease of life after selling the lot to a company that plans to use digital technology to turn the images, among other things, into three-dimensional works of art.”

NBC News: BTS’ Jungkook tests positive for Covid days ahead of Grammys

NBC News: BTS’ Jungkook tests positive for Covid days ahead of Grammys. “K-pop star Jungkook tested positive for Covid and is in self-quarantine after having arrived in the U.S. States for BTS’ Grammy performance. In a statement posted Monday on the Korean fan app Weverse, BTS’ management company, BigHit Music, said Jungkook, 24, has no symptoms aside from a ‘mild sore throat’ and that he is in self-quarantine.”

Discogs: 15 Million Releases Added to the Discogs Database

Discogs Blog: 15 Million Releases Added to the Discogs Database. “The Discogs Community has reached another milestone. Contributors have added more than 15 million releases to the Database! This is an extraordinary achievement — but what does that much music actually look like? After taking a closer look, Discogs determined that getting through all of the genres, styles, and formats represented in the database would require several lifetimes of non-stop listening. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of mind-boggling information that could only come from the world’s largest online music database.”

Billboard: BTS Earns Three New Social Media Guinness World Records

Billboard: BTS Earns Three New Social Media Guinness World Records. “Thanks to the loyal ARMY and pop fans worldwide, the boy band collected three new social media records in the last month, according to Guinness World Records’ official website. BTS now boasts the record for most followers on Instagram for a music group. As of February 2022, they reached 60,151,959 followers on the social media platform.”

NME: FAC launches database of venues charging zero commission on merch

NME: FAC launches database of venues charging zero commission on merch. “The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has announced a new directory highlighting music venues that charge zero commission on the sale of merchandise. Supported by Peter Hook, the ‘100% Venues’ database aims to address the ‘outdated and unfair’ practice of performance spaces taking a cut of acts’ merch proceeds at gigs.” This appears to be UK-only; the directory currently lists over 300 venues.

Billboard: Every 2022 Concert & Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19

Billboard: Every 2022 Concert & Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19. “As announcements of cancellations and postponements roll in, we’re keeping track of the latest in this updating list. Below, find all the 2022 concerts and festivals that have been canceled or rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (These are listed in descending order of announcement, so find the latest cancellations at the very top.)”

Washington Post: Rolling Stones Altamont concert footage found in Library of Congress archives

Washington Post: Rolling Stones Altamont concert footage found in Library of Congress archives. “When Library of Congress film expert Mike Mashon heard about newly found reels of Rolling Stones concert footage, he thought they were copies from a show the band did in London in 1969…. The footage was not from the London concert that July. It was from the notorious show five months later at the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco, where one fan was killed, three others died and, many believe, the social revolution of the 1960s began its end.”

NBC News: 3 members of K-pop superstars BTS test positive for Covid-19

NBC News: 3 members of K-pop superstars BTS test positive for Covid-19. ” Three members of the K-pop group BTS on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 following their return to South Korea from the band’s first pandemic-era concerts in the United States, their management company Big Hit Music said. Rapper RM, 27, and vocalist Jin, 29, were diagnosed with Covid-19 a day after Suga, a songwriter and rapper for the seven-member group, tested positive.”