On the Beat Music News – Stevie Wonder, Stranger Things, 21 Pilots

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Motown Legend Stevie Wonder addressed poor health rumors during a concert in London over the week. The 69 year-old told the audience he’s taking a break from touring to undergo a kidney transplant in September. Not to worry, he already has a donor and says everything will be just fine.
Detroit Free Press Article

21 Pilots reached a milestone, Most Album Streams ever.  Blurryface reached over 3.5 billion streams on spotify alone.  The actual album sold only 4 million copies.  To compare, the best selling album of all time is Michael Jackson’s Thriller with more than 66 million physical copies sold.

Ingrid Michaelson’s new album Stranger Songs is completely influenced by the Netflix show Stranger Things according to the “Be Ok” singer.

“I’m just obsessed with the show..I just have this weird connection: The nostalgia, the 1980s-ness of it,” she tells ABC Radio. “This is kind of geeky, but it started out [where] I was writing poems about the show…and I thought, ‘Well, if I’m writing poems, I should probably be writing music.'”

The tunes on Stranger Songs are written from the show’s characters’ points of view, but Ingrid notes you don’t have to have watched the show to enjoy them.

“You wouldn’t know it if you don’t know the show. You would just think it’s metaphorical, and it’s very universal,” she says. “But that’s what’s so great about that show. It’s, like, everyone loves it.”

The young stars were thrilled to hear the news:
“I heard about that! I didn’t know it was her!” Noah Schnapp, who plays Will on the show, tells ABC Radio. “That’s really awesome.”

“Oh my God! I can’t wait to hear it,” adds Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike.

Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, and Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas, agree that this is one of more creative things someone has done with Stranger Things.

“That’s actually pretty cool to hear,” Gaten told ABC Radio after being informed of Ingrid’s album. “That’s different. That’s new…to hear that it’s an inspiration for someone’s craft is really cool.”

Stranger Songs is out now; Ingrid’s tour starts September 24.



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