Music News for Wednesday

January 3, 2018 - 6:45am

EMINEM, BEYONC, THE WEEKND TO HEADLINE COACHELLA 2018: The Weeknd, Beyonc, and Eminem will headline this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. The festival spans two weekends in April, with The Weeknd performing on April 13th and 20th, Beyonc on April 14th and 21th, and Eminem on April 15th and 22nd. Beyonc was set to appear last year, but had to bow out due to her pregnancy. Other 2018 performers include SZA, St. Vincent, and Jamiroquai on the 13th and 20th; Haim, Tyler the Creator, and David Byrne on April 14th and 21st; and Portugal the Man, Migos, and A Perfect Circle on April 15th and 22nd.

ARIANA GRANDE SHARES NEW MUSIC WITH INSTAGRAM TEASER: Ariana Grande is hard at work on new music, and she's got the song snippet to prove it. The singer has shared a short tease of the new music that she's making with the caption, "See you next year." The short clip reveals lush, layered vocals, with the lyrics "you can feel it feel it" over the top. Grande's latest revelation comes after she confirmed last month that she is indeed working on a new album. If Grande releases an album this year, it will be her fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2015's Dangerous Woman.

DJ KHALED IS THE NEW WEIGHT WATCHERS SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR: DJ Khaled has been announced as Weight Watchers' new social media ambassador. Khaled's new role will include documenting his experience on Weight Watcher's new WW Freestyle program via his social media channels. He'll also be working with a Weight Watchers coach during the entire process. Fans can follow DJ Khaled's progress with Weight Watchers this year through his Snapchat at @djkhaled305, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

TAYLOR SWIFT CONTRIBUTES $100K TO NEW 'TIME'S UP' ANTI-HARASSMENT INITIATIVE: She was one of a group of women who made TIME magazine's Person of the Year cover under the name "The Silence Breakers." Now, Taylor Swift is putting her money where her mouth. Taylor has donated $100,000 to the legal defense fund for Time's Up, a new initiative launched by some of Hollywood's most powerful women. Oprah Winfrey also gave $100,000, while Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, and Cate Blanchett kicked in $50,000 each. More than 300 notable actresses, female directors, executives and producers — including Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston - are behind the initiative. Time's Up includes a legal defense fund to help less privileged women protect themselves against sexual misconduct, a drive for gender parity, a call for legislation to punish companies that tolerate harassment, and a request that women at the Golden Globes wear black on the red carpet.

LOUIS TOMLINSON WANTS FANS TO HELP HIM DECIDE WHAT MUSIC TO RELEASE: Louis Tomlinson wants to give the people what they want. The singer tells U.K.'s Metro he'd prefer to have his fans decide what kind of music he releases. "I am only guessing what they want, so are the label," he says. "They f****** know what they want! There is a way of us working together." He adds, "I don't think they get enough responsibility...give them more." While he'd love to get the fans more involved in his music, Louis draws the line at so-called fans who approach him at a bar just to ask for a photo for Facebook. He prefers when people are genuine. "It sounds simple, but when people say, 'Your latest single was amazing,' it means a lot," he says. "So it's nice sometimes to hear something other than, 'Can I have a photo? Can you follow me on Twitter?' To actually have a chat with people is cool."

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