Quickies: Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Lana Del Rey & More
TAYLOR SWIFT ANNOUNCES SURPRISE CENTRAL PARK CONCERT AHEAD OF ‘LOVER'S' LAUNCH DATE: Taylor Swift made a brief appearance via video on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday to announce she's playing a concert in New York City's Central Park on August 22nd. She'll be taking the stage the day before her new album Lover debuts. "Taylor Swift will be playing her newest hits in a very special Central Park concert," co-host Michael Strahan said. "It's the day before her album Lover is released, and all of you can have a front row seat." Lover features the previously released songs "ME!," "You Need to Calm Down" and "The Archer."
KELLY CLARKSON TO PROMOTE PET ADOPTION WITH TV SPECIAL ‘CLEAR THE SHELTERS': Kelly Clarkson is hosting a pet-adoption TV special called Clear the Shelters. The special is a companion to the pet-adoption campaign of the same name supported by NBC TV stations nationwide. On August 17th, thousands of rescue shelters will reduce or waive their adoption fees to encourage people to give a pet its forever home. Kelly's TV special will begin airing on NBC stations on August 23rd. At one point, Kelly owned a "rescue ranch" in Texas, on which she kept more than 80 rescue animals, including 30 dogs, 14 horses and goats, pigs and ponies. Meanwhile, the American Idol icon's new talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, will debut September 9th on stations across the U.S.
LANA DEL REY REVEALS ‘NORMAN F*CKING ROCKWELL' ALBUM ART, TRACK LIST & RELEASE DATE: After months of teasing the title of her sixth studio album, Lana Del Rey has revealed the release date, track list and album art for the record. The album includes previously released tracks "Venice Bitch," "Doin' Time" and "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for Woman Like Me to Have – but I Have It." Norman F–king Rockwell will be released on August 30th and features Jack Nicholson's grandson Duke on the cover, which was shot by her sister Chuck Grant.
WOODSTOCK 50 OFFICIALLY CANCELED: The long, troubled saga of Woodstock 50 is officially over. Organizers issued a statement announcing that the festival, scheduled for August 16-18, has officially been canceled. "We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the Festival we imagined with the great line-up we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating," Michael Lang, co-founder of the original Woodstock festival, says in a statement. Lang goes on to ask the artists and agents, who've already been paid performance fees, to donate 10 percent of that money to either HeadCount "or causes of their choice, in the spirit of peace." Artists who were originally set to perform at the festival included Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Janelle Monáe, The Lumineers, Santana, Dead & Company, David Crosby, John Fogerty, Robert Plant, and John Sebastian. Prior to the cancellation, a variety of artists had reportedly pulled out of the event, including The Lumineers, Jay-Z, Dead & Company, John Fogerty and Miley Cyrus.