It’s the start of a new year, which—in the pandemic era edition of live music—signifies that fans and officials alike are left with a slew of unanswered questions surrounding important festivals such as Coachella.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has not been held since 2019 due to ongoing COVID-19 worries. The lineup for the ultimately cancelled 2020 event, which was initially revealed, included confirmed headliners Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, and Rage Against the Machine.
The full 2022 Coachella line-up has not been officially revealed, despite the fact that it is (at the time of this writing) set to reprise in April. However, a number of recent events have indicated that Coachella’s return (possibly featuring a Donda-era performance from Ye) may not follow (at one point, at least) anticipated 2020 plans as much as previously expected.
We’ve compiled a list of names that have been discussed as potential 2022 headliners, including speculation about where their involvement with this year’s event presently stands. We contacted representatives for Kanye West, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, Travis Scott, and the Coachella organization Goldenvoice for comment.
Fans will recall that in 2011, Ye delivered a traditional Coachella performance, and he is the most recent artist to be announced as having been added to the 2022 lineup. While nothing has been formally verified, Variety reported on Wednesday that Ye and Billie Eilish are set to headline this year’s festival (more on Eilish below).
With Ye having been confirmed to be in the early stages of working on a Donda sequel, and with the original Album of the Year at the 2022 Grammys up for consideration, a headlining festival set from the always-memorable artist doesn’t seem unlikely.
Eilish is currently working on her third album, which may be released in 2021. Despite the fact that nothing has been formally announced, recent reports from both Hits Daily Double and TMZ suggest that Eilish will headline Coachella in 2022. Fans will note that Eilish’s current tour plans for 2020 do not include any prior performances at other festivals starting on or near Coachella dates. According to TMZ, Eilish “has committed” to headlining this year’s event.
There hasn’t been any official word on the matter, but there have been no official announcements confirming either option. However, last year’s Astroworld Festival tragedy (which resulted in the deaths of 10 attendees) has many people believing that it is unlikely that Scott will make an appearance at this year’s Coachella headliners.
The tragedy, which has prompted a number of lawsuits and was the subject of an interview with Charlamagne tha God in December, has fueled Dior’s decision to “indefinitely” delay a collaborative Cactus Jack collection, according to a recent WWD-shared announcement.
According to TMZ, Scott will “most likely” not headline Coachella this year. According to a December 2021 Variety report, the rapper had been “completely removed from the lineup,” although no official announcement has been made about the matter.
Rage Against the Machine
While the current tour schedule of the near-mythical rock band appears to indicate that the Battle of Los Angeles artists will be included in 2022, HDD claimed Wednesday that plans for 2022 have been hampered by RATM’s withdrawal. According to the news, “RATM has withdrawn.”
Swedish House Mafia
The house music group has been announced as performing this year, but it’s still unclear whether they will headline. TMZ and HDD reported that they would be performing in a headlining capacity, although this was not confirmed by the band or their representative.
Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett revealed in August of last year that Ocean would, in fact, headline the event. However, in 2022, he will not be a part of the lineup and will instead perform as a headliner at the 2023 edition of the festival.
What Louis Tomlinson Thinks About A Possible One Direction Reunion
After breaking out in the media with hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Story Of My Life,” “Best Song Ever,” and more, 1D took the world by storm (via Digital Spy). However, in 2015, the boy band shocked their devoted followers when they announced that they will be taking a break. According to E! News, the group shocked their fans by announcing that they would go on hiatus in 2015. After Zayn Malik announced his intentions to leave 1D, the band decided to disband in order to focus on their own solo projects.
“They are great friends and fully support one another,” a source said of the group. “They are very aware that they are able to work on their own stuff as well as remain together. This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group.” However, it appears that at least one member of One Direction was in opposition to the split.
Before the break, Tomlinson told The Guardian that he was feeling optimistic about the band. “In the last year of One Direction, I was probably the most confident I ever was,” he said. “And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!'” He acknowledged that he struggled against it, but ultimately lost.
Since then, One Direction has yet to record any new music. The group’s future, on the other hand, appears promising.
Did Louis Tomlinson hint at a possible 1D reunion?
According to Cheat Sheet, since announcing the group’s hiatus in 2015, One Direction members have been working on their solo careers and other activities like beginning families. Louis Tomlinson recently spoke out about a possible reunion and left fans wondering if there could be hope for the group in the future, despite Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik all remaining quiet on the subject of a reunion.
In 2021, Tomlinson took part in the WIRED Google autocomplete challenge, answering queries about himself that fans most search for on the internet. He went through his tattoos, color of his hair, eye color, and more before finally getting to One Direction. When asked about the group he replied, “Good time in my life. Hopefully, we come back.” The return of an iconic logo inspired fans to believe that perhaps, just maybe, the band was reuniting. Fans also noticed that when Tomlinson referred to 1D as the band he “is” in before correcting himself to say “was,” he made a minor slip of the tongue.
Could Harry’s comments be hinting at a One Direction reunion? Despite the fact that it appears improbable for now, fans have not stopped hoping for the group to reunite and create new music in the future.
This Is How Elton John Got His Name
Elton John is one of the most famous names in modern music, with his distinctive appearance and voice, as well as instantly-recognizable songs. It’s difficult to find many individuals who haven’t heard Elton John, better known as “The Rocketman,” thanks to his signature song of the same name. In fact, the Elton John biopic film released in 2019 was called “Rocketman” because the word is so easily identifiable with John (via IMDb).
However, prior to his career as “The Rocketman” and even before he earned the moniker “Elton John,” he was known by a different name. He actually went by his birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, and dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a music career (via Biography). He eventually changed his name because he was becoming more successful, however even the film documenting his life didn’t get his change of name right.
Elton John chose a new name on the fly
The film “Rocketman” tells audiences that Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton John after meeting John Lennon, the famous Beatle. Lennon, on the other hand, had nothing to do with how Elton John got his name. Another singer known as John also existed.
According to a 1991 interview with Rowan Atkinson, Reginald Dwight was a member of the group “Bluesology” and decided to go it alone, hence the name change. He said he chose the name Elton after a saxophone player in the group because he wanted to branch out on his own. In a 1990 interview conducted after the release of his CD box set entitled “To Be Continued…”
“I was in Bluesology, and we were coming back from a Long John Baldry gig somewhere, and we got a bus from London airport to London and someone said, ‘We’ve made it now, so what are you going to call yourself?'” John said (via The Wrap). “The saxophone player in the band was called Elton Dean, a very good jazz sax player, and the only other Elton I could think of was Elton Hayes, who recorded the song ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ So I took ‘Elton’ from Elton Dean and ‘John’ from Long John Baldry. I wanted to choose a name that nobody had, and it was as quick as that.”
Fans Think Britney Spears Is Pregnant According to Them
When Britney Spears updated her Instagram Story, she may have started a rumour about herself. The singer and her partner Sam Asghari are relaxing on Maui, Hawaii at present. While posing for photos with her adoring public, Spears revealed that lately she hasn’t felt too well (via Fox News).
“I think I have a small bug … the only thing that is similar to this feeling is when I was pregnant…” the star wrote as a caption to the clip. She continued, “it’s the nausea that is the worst … It’s like I can’t wake up so I go to the gym trying to wake my system up !!!”
Spears continued her post by writing, “It’s like clockwork … I break my first sweat then I go to the bathroom and throw up… it’s absolutely horrible but then I stay at the gym because I don’t want to go home and lay sick in bed …. I keep going and [at] night I go dancing and my system starts to get clarity … Dude … this has been going on for a month and if someone has this you’re not alone !!!”
Following her return to Instagram, fans immediately started speculating about whether she is expecting again, with one user writing, “She’s pregnant again.” “Awwww baby on the way.” “Morning sickness my dear,” echoed another fan.
More Spears fans were reacting to her tweet about pregnancy on Twitter.
She has confirmed that she wants to conceive again
The celebrity’s message about being sick for a month caused Twitter to go wild. “Britney girl…your nausea has lasted for a month and the only other time you felt like this was when you were pregnant???? who’s gonna tell her?” asked one fan. “I think it’s time to get a pregnancy test PLS,” someone else tweeted.
The rumor mill was still in operation, with another individual adding, “Girls Britney is pregnant. Throwing up every morning for a month…. And she even said herself she’s never felt like this except when pregnant….”
Although she enjoyed her first title, Spears is still determined to have another kid. As the whole world heard during her conservatorship hearing as she tried to terminate it, Spears, who is a mother of two adolescent sons, wants to conceive another child. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” the pop star testified. “I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children,” she said (via Billboard).