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Dua Lipa Announce as Co-Host of 2020 iHeartRadio Prom. Order your boutonnieres and get those prom dresses steamed, because you're invited to the prom of the century. Dua Lipa and KIIS FM co-host JoJo Wright are going to host the first-ever iHeart Radio Prom on May 8. The event will kick off at 8 p.m. local time and will end at midnight sharp, which should be no problem for those with a curfew as this all can be enjoyed from the comfort of the home. And this will be no ordinary prom, because Marshmello, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Loud Luxury and will.i.am. are creating their own custom mixes for the festivities. In addition, speeches will be made by quite a few individuals from the Class of 2020, including John Legend, Noah Cyrus, Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson, among others. To top it all off, Lewis Capaldi will sweep you and your partner off your feet when he sings "Before You Go" for the slow dance portion of the night. The prom might not make up for the actual event being cancelled across the country, but this next part will: listeners and fans that tune in will have the opportunity to submit photos in their prom attire on iHeartMedia's social platforms using #iHeartProm and #iHeartDuaLipa for a chance to win a virtual prom meet and greet with the artist following the show. To tune in on May 8, head over to an iHeartradio station or download the iHeartRadio app! (Eonline)

Beyonce's back and bringing more hot sauce to throw on Megan Thee Stallion's fire track, "Savage." Queen Bey's teamed up with the rapper for a savage remix of the song, which has blown up, especially on TikTok, during the coronavirus pandemic. Beyonce even name-checks TikTok in one of her verses. The "Savage" remix is a pretty big deal -- it's B's first new music since her "Lion King" companion album last summer -- and fans have quickly taken notice. The music video's already racked up nearly half a million views on YouTube just a little over an hour after premiering. Meg's stoked on the collab too, saying ... "I'm literally crying ... being from HOUSTON MF TEXAS this sh** means EVERYTHING to me !!!!" Both artists hail from H-Town. The Beyonce remix will also help battle COVID-19. The women are donating their share of proceeds to benefit Bread Of Life COVID-19 Relief efforts in their hometown. That's what's up. UPDATE: Megan just got super emotional talking about Beyonce hopping on the remix ... tearing up in a heartfelt Instagram Live video. MTS says her late mother woulda been so proud -- she was a huge fan of Bey's. Meg also talks about the first time her and her mom met Beyonce, and the story is pretty cool. (TMZ)

Contrary to popular belief, DJ Paul's "rap battle" with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is NOT going down on "Verzuz" ... at least not yet, anyway. The Three 6 Mafia MC tells TMZ ... his "Face Off" with the legendary Cleveland rap group has ZERO affiliation and is most definitely NOT a rip-off of Timbaland and Swizz Beatz's super-popular IG Live program "Verzuz." Check out the video ... DJ Paul says the group's got zero beef with Bone Thugs. It's not even a battle ... it's more of a friendly celebration between 2 groups who have amassed more than 50 years of classic tracks combined. As for how it got reported that Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs were the latest get for "Verzuz" ... after DJ Paul posted on Instagram the groups were going to "Face Off," multiple outlets ran with it assuming it was the latest "Verzuz" virtual rap battle. It didn't help that DJ Paul reposted some of the headlines on his Instagram feed. But DJ Paul wants to make it crystal clear ... this is NOT a "Verzuz" production. That being said ... he says he'd LOVE to get down on the mic on "Verzuz." Just gotta pick up the phone. Your move, Timba and Swizz. (TMZ)

Talent Doesn't Skip a Generation: Watch Lars Ulrich's Sons Crush This Beatles Classic. If you need proof that talent doesn't skip a generation, just check out a video Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shot of his sons, Myles, 21, and Layne, 18, rocking the Ulrich house during quarantine with their very unique, super heavy instrumental take on a Beatles classic. According to Rolling Stone, the blazing cover of "Eleanor Rigby" from Revolver came about after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff invited Ulrich to sit in on one of his company's weekly fireside chats. Realizing that nobody wanted to watch him a drum solo to close the broadcast, "it's just kind of not the right moment for that type of thing," he said, Ulrich tapped his sons to take his place. The lads, home from NYU for the summer due to the coronavirus, were pressed into service. After he asked them if they could record a song, they came back after a half hour with something very tasty. "It was like this insane, three-minute Blue Cheer, crazy, garage-rock version of 'Eleanor Rigby,'" proud papa Ulrich said. "Obviously, there's been some incredible versions of 'Eleanor Rigby' along the way, but I'm pretty sure there's never been one that had this kind of sound, this kind of feel, this kind of energy and madness to it. I was like, 'You know what, boys? You done me proud.'" The bass and drums version of the song, which has a Radiohead-meets-jazz-fusion feel to it, was shot by Ulrich and the results are pretty impressive. (Billboard)

APRA Music Awards 2020 Announces New Date, Briggs to Host. The "virtual" APRA Music Awards is taking shape with the announcement of its host, an official streaming partner, and a new date. The 2020 Awards were scheduled to take place May 26, but have been shifted to May 25 to pay respect to "Sorry Day," a national day of reflection where all Australians can acknowledge and recognize the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people, in particular the Stolen Generations. It's "not an appropriate time for a celebration," reads a statement from the award's organizers. "We were moving so quickly to ensure our 2020 APRA Music Awards nominees could have an event to recognize their success over the past year, that we overlooked the very important fact that May 26 is 'Sorry Day,'" the statement adds. The hour-long feed will take place at 7:00pm AEST (5am ET), emceed by rapper Briggs and featuring one-off performances curated by musical director Kate Miller-Heidke. A presenter at last year's APRA Awards in Melbourne, Briggs is well accustomed to the big stage. As one half of the hip-hop duo A.B. Original, Briggs' trophy cabinet includes the J Award for album of the year (for Reclaim Australia), a pair of ARIA Awards and a stack of AIR Awards. At the 2018 APRAs, A.B. Original won for songwriter of the year, creating history as the first Indigenous act and the first hip-hop artists to win the big prize. The 2020 APRAs action starts earlier with a "virtual red carpet," for which music fans from around the world are invited to dress up in their best rockstar getup and share selfies with customized #VAPRAs red carpet Instagram filters. The Australasian industry event was slated to take place April 28 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, but the COVID-19 emergency put an end to those plans. Established in 1982, the Australasian Performing Right Association's annual songwriters' ceremony is one of the Australian music industry's most treasured events, one which recognizes excellence in songwriting. Visit hyvio.com/apraawards for more. (Billboard)

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