Daily Archives: June 16, 2017

Dhani Harrison Preps First Solo Album, Concerts

Dhani Harrison, the son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison, will release his first solo album this fall, with the singer also setting his first concerts as a solo artist.

Harrison has signed a solo deal with BMG ahead of the still-untitled LP’s fall release, Billboard reports. Harrison previously played guitar and sang in the two-piece Thenewno2 with Oliver Hicks. That group released three albums and two EPs, most recently 2013’s Beautiful Creatures.

In recent years, Harrison has served as a composer for feature films and television shows, including Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt, The Divide and Outsiders.

“Harrison is stepping out and making music for the first time under his own name,” the announcement for Harrison’s upcoming solo debut read. “Echoing his influences over the past few years as a composer, Harrison’s new music paints a cinematic soundscape.”

In addition to the upcoming album, Harrison has booked a pair of solo shows, starting July 24th at Los Angeles’ the Echo. A week later, on July 30th, Harrison will perform at New York’s Panorama Music Festival.

In April, Harrison helped induct Electric Light Orchestra into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a personal speech about Jeff Lynne’s band; Lynne and George Harrison performed together in the Traveling Wilburys.

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Jay Z Criticizes 'Exploitative' Bail Bond Industry in Father's Day Essay

Jay Z criticized the “exploitative” bail bond industry and “predatory lending schemes” aimed at the African-American community in a Father’s Day essay.

“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” the rapper wrote for Time.

“Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”

Jay Z, who produced the docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story, writes that he “became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry” while researching Browder’s story.

“Kalief’s family was too poor to post bond when he was accused of stealing a backpack,” he wrote. “He was sentenced to a kind of purgatory before he ever went to trial. The three years he spent in solitary confinement on Rikers ultimately created irreversible damage that lead to his death at 22.”

The rapper recently applauded New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to shutter the Rikers Island prison facility.

Inspired by Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change‘s Mother’s Day efforts to bail out 100 incarcerated mothers, Jay Z is supporting similar efforts for those organizations “to bail out fathers who can’t afford the due process our democracy promises.”

“This pre-incarceration conundrum is devastating to families. One in nine black children has an incarcerated parent. Families are forced to take on more debt, often in predatory lending schemes created by bail bond insurers,” the rapper continued.

“Every year $9 billion dollars are wasted incarcerating people who’ve not been convicted of a crime, and insurance companies, who have taken over our bail system, go to the bank.”

Read Jay Z’s entire essay at Time.

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