A source close to singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder has released a list of some the biggest names in the music industry joining in the boycott against Florida's "stand your ground" laws.
Artists joining Mr. Wonder reportedly include Rod Stewart, Madonna, Usher, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Rihanna and Alicia Keys. Rappers Jay-Z, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy and Wale also signed on to the boycott, The Hill reported.
The 63-year-old Mr. Wonder said he would not be performing in Florida or any other state that recognizes "stand your ground" laws, which some say contributed to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Mr. Wonder said July 14 while performing in Quebec City. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."
According to America Urban Radio's April Ryan, several artists on the list already have canceled performances in the Sunshine State.
Madonna, Sir Paul Mccartney, Yoko Ono and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars who have teamed up with Amnesty International officials to call for the release of two jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
More than 100 top musicians, including Adele, U2, Radiohead, Patti Smith, Sting and Ke$ha, have signed an open letter addressed to Russian authorities, urging them to set Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina free.
In the letter, the celebrity activists claim the impact of the punk rockers' "shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide", especially among their "fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world".
Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were sentenced to serve two years behind bars last August (12), after they were found guilty of hooliganism for organising a protest concert in a Moscow church in February, 2012.
They were denied parole earlier this year (13), but both have appealed the rulings and hearings are set for later this week (begs22Jul13).
A third member of the group, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also convicted for her part in the gig, but her sentence was suspended last October (12) and she was released.
Many of the artists who added their signatures to the Amnesty International campaign have previously voiced their support for the feminist rockers, with Madonna, MCCartney and Ono paying tribute to the women during concerts.
That is what can account for all the candids leaking like crazy this week
But I think whats more shocking is the fact that Madonna still uses a blackberry?
This can't be true.
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SONGS OF PRAISE is back again and in the month of our lady's birth, we're throwing our favourite Material Girl a True Blue birthday bash. That's right, love her or loathe her, Madonna is the undisputed "Queen of Pop" and we intend to have a Celebration!
For those of you that want to know What It Feels Like For A Girl, we encourage you to Express Yourself by serving us your favourite Madge inspired look - prizes for the BEST, WORST and FUNNIEST outfits, so Keep It Together and we'll be asking Who's That Girl!
As usual, our resident Angel(s) THE SUGALOW BOYS, DAVID OH and NEIL PRINCE will be making you Jump in the Altar room with a pumping pop mix of classic tunes, cool new tracks and some of the hottest sounds around - these boys will make you Open Your Heart and get Deeper and Deeper into the Music!
Plus, we have a special guest set from THE MEN THAT FELL TO EARTH / REBEL REBEL.
Get Into the Groove in the Chapel Bar with Lucky Star, PHIL MARRIOTT (JEMMONE RADIO), who'll be Burning Up the floor with club classics old and new to get you into a funky Fever that'll have you screaming like a Girl Gone Wild.
Phil has been working as a DJ and radio presenter for over fifteen years, including five years as Head of Music a GaydarRadio and regularly plays club dates nationally and internationally, including: XXL, SupermartXe and Onyx to name just a few.
Ray of Light, DJ KURT HOFFMAN (TRAFIK) will be Causing A Commotion in the Pop Confessional with a special pop-up edition of MADONNA CELEBRATE. With non-stop Madonna hits (including some rare gems) there's bound to be some Hanky Panky going on.
Kurt has worked in the music business for over 25 years and started Madonna Celebrate back in 2005, a not for profit clubbing experience dedicated to raising money for charity celebrating the Queen of Pop and her illustrious career with an annual nightclub extravaganza.
With CHEAP ENTRY before midnight, SONGS OF PRAISE: LIKE A PRAYER is the place to be for Everybody that wants to Vogue to great pop music with a Beautiful Stranger…and we're not sorry, it's Human Nature.
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