Alan Peters, Katy Perry in News Notes

Former Agnostic Front bassist Alan Peters has died. He also performed in Crawlpappy and Absolution

Katy Perry has said on Howard Stern‘s radio show that she will return as a judge on American Idol if the show will have her back…

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider said in an interview on Sirius/XM that he doesn’t see the band reuniting “in this lifetime.” He noted that he is currently working on movies, a second novel and that Twisted Sister would have to come after that…

Neil Young announced that he is suing President Donald Trump for copyright infringement for unauthorized use of his music and is seeking the maximum amount possible. Young’s lawsuit states that the Trump campaign has “willfully ignored” the musician’s past public objections and has continued to play his music despite lacking the license to do so… 

Uproxx’s cultural critic Steven Hyden has published a ranked list of the 100 best Bruce Springsteen songs…

Harry Styles tops Billboard Hot 100

Harry Styles‘ “Watermelon Sugar” jumps from No. 7 to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making him the second member of One Direction to have a solo No. 1 single on the chart. 

The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” rises from No. 5 to No. 4 and spends his record-tying 18th week a”irit No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, matching the Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris” (which spent its 18th week on that chart August 1, 1998) and breaking the record with its 21st week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart. 

Billie Eilish‘s “My Future” debuts at No. 6. This mark’s Eilish’s third top 10 single and highest charting track. No other new releases entered the top 10 this week. 

Metallica to play Encore Drive-In concert

Metallica will play its first concert of 2020, August 29, a one-night performance that will air exclusively at drive-in theatres. The band will perform in an empty theatre but the show will be broadcast to drive-in theatres in the United States and Canada. 

“As many of you know, we’ve not played together in quite some time — actually since the ‘S&M2′ concerts last September,” drummer Lars Ulrich, said in a video posted on Twitter and Instagram. “But that’s all changing now as we’re gearing up to record a live show especially for you, just for you.”

Madonna, Bryan Adams in News Notes

Madonna is out of her deal with Interscope Records after nearly a decade. The singer signed a three-album deal with the label in 2011 and the 2019 release of Madame X marked the final album in the deal… 

Live Nation will host a Bryan Adams concert in Düsseldorf, Germany, September 4, in front of a crowd of 12,000, at the Merkur Spiel Arena, an outdoor soccer stadium. The company is billing the event as Return to Live. Adams said that he would play acoustically with no band. Tickets for the show go on sale Tuesday (August 11). Also appearing at the show are Sarah ConnorRea GarveyThe BosshossJoris, and special guest Michael Mittermeier… 

Martin Birch, who produced albums by WhitesnakeIron Maiden, and Black Sabbath, has died. He was 71. No cause of death was announced at press time… 

Simon Cowell is said to have undergone surgery after breaking his back Sunday (August 9) after falling from an electric bike in the courtyard of his house in Malibu…

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will no longer take place at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. Instead, the network will stage performances in and around New York City. The August 30 event will feature outdoor performances with limited or no audiences…

The New York Times published a story about a documentary that looks at Creem magazine, the famous magazine home of legendary writer Lester Bangs

Pearl Jam releases posters for each city on postponed tour

Pearl Jam has announced the release of posters for the Gigaton tour of North America, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Each poster has the venue name, city and original date of Pearl Jam’s planned tour. The posters also follow the theme of Gigaton and showcase some natural disasters.

The band will be making the posters available for purchase on their website. They have yet to release makeup dates for the 2020 tour of North America.

Taylor Swift remains at No. 1 for second straight week

Taylor Swift‘s latest album, Folklore, remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week. though it fell 84% in album-equivalent units after opening with 846,000 units; the best opening week for any album in 2020. 

No other new album entered the top 10 this week, but Beyoncé‘s, The Lion King: The Gift re-enters the chart with 27,000 equivalent units and landed at No. 10. 

Taylor Swift tops album, singles charts

Taylor Swift topped both the Billboard 200 album chart and the Hot 100 singles chart after her latest album, Folklore, moved nearly 900,000 album-equivalent units last week and the first single, “Cardigan,” debuted No. 1 on the respective charts.

This is the eighth time in her career – and first time since 2015 – that Swift has held the No. 1 position on both charts simultaneously.

Trent Reznor, Sebastian Bach in News Notes

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross received Emmy nominations for their work on HBO’s Watchmen, which received 26 nominations. In addition,  Kamasi Washington was nominated for his score for Netflix documentary Becoming, and Devo‘s Mark Mothersbaugh was nominated for his Tiger King score. RZA was nominated for his theme to Wu Tang: An American Saga and, Ólafur Arnalds was nominated for the main title theme for Defending JacobLabrinth got two nominations for HBO’s Euphoria: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The awards will take place virtually, September 20, at 8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel will host… 

Skid Row‘s Sebastian Bach spoke to Esquire, conducting a wide-ranging interview that touched on Tweeting, Skid Row, wine rage, and much more… 

Best Coast announces virtual anniversary show

Best Coast has announced a virtual 10th-anniversary show in celebration of their debut album. Crazy For You  The streamed event, scheduled for August 14, will feature special guests, interviews, archival footage, and more. 

Members Bethany Consentino and Bobb Bruno filmed a performance of the entire album while in quarantine and will be joined by special guests  Hayley Williams of ParamoreMark Hoppus of Blink-182Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches and others.

Lana Del Rey releases spoken word performance

Lana Del Ray has released a spoken word audiobook of her new poetry collection, Violet Ben Backwards Over the Grass. The project features music from Jack Antonoff. The audiobook consists of 14 poems. The hardcover and ebook versions will be released September 29, with the CDs and LPs October 2. 

Del Ray has a second collection, behind the iron gates, due to be released later this year.