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Tortuga Music Festival postponed to October

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ABC/Image Group LAAnother country music festival has been postponed due to COVID-19. 

Tortuga Music Festival will move from April to October. The Florida-based festival, which was originally scheduled to take place April 17-19, will now take over Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park on October 2-4. Headliners Luke BryanMiranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are still slated to perform, along with Kelsea BalleriniJimmie AllenJon PardiRunaway June and many more.

The mixed-genre festival is also drawing the likes of PitbullBarenaked Ladies and Vanilla Ice. Country up-and-comers Caylee HammackHardyTenille Arts and others will also take the stage.

Passes already purchased for the original April dates will be honored at the event in October.

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Warner Music Nashville releasing compilation album to help tornado relief efforts

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ABC/Image Group LAWarner Music Nashville and its artists are banning together to help those affected by the tornado that struck Nashville two weeks ago. 

The country music label has selected 21 songs from its artist roster for a benefit album called Nashville StrongAll proceeds from the album — featuring songs by Blake SheltonBrett EldredgeAshley McBryde and more — will be donated to The Community Foundation’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, which gives money and necessary goods to those affected by the storm.

You can look forward to hearing such songs as Blake’s “God Country” alongside “Drunk on Your Love” by Brett and Ashley’s “One Night Standards,” plus Gabby Barrett‘s climbing single “I Hope,” Ingrid Andress‘ top-10 hit “More Hearts Than Mine,” “You Should Be Here” by Cole Swindell, and many more.  

The digital compilation is available now.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his four-legged friends encourage fans to self-quarantine

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Photo by Martin Rauscher/SEPA.Media /Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Still not convinced the COVID-19 coronavirus will affect you because you’re young? Well, your favorite stars have taken to social media to tell you you’re wrong.

Arnold Schwarzenegger shared a video Sunday emphasizing the importance of staying at home.

“See, the important thing is that you stay home because there’s a curfew now,” the 72-year-old shared in the video, in which he’s feeding a donkey and a miniature horse in his kitchen.

Yes, you read that right. Arnold explains that staying at home feeding carrots to the donkey named Lulu and her horse pal, Whiskey, is an example of a fun “at home” activity. 

“No one is allowed out, especially someone who is, like, 72 years old,” Arnold says. “After you’re 65, you’re not allowed out of the house anymore in California so just stay home and we eat here.”

As reported, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga left similar safety messages to their fans.  Minus the donkeys.

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2020 Met Gala postponed "indefinitely" amid COVID-19 restrictions

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Looks like we won’t get to see celebrities’ interpretations of the 2020 Met Gala theme any time soon. Fashion’s biggest night has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Vogue confirms.

The event was originally set to take place May 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Last week, the museum itself announced it was closing “until further notice” after two employees showed symptoms of the virus.

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks, Vogue reports the museum made the decision to cancel or postpone all programs and events through May 15.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala was supposed to be “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The gala, which this year would have marked the 150th anniversary of the Met, serves as the formal unveiling and opening night of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, which shares the concept and theme.

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour serves as chairperson of the gala. Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Nicolas Ghesquière and Lin-Manuel Miranda had been announced as this year’s co-chairs.

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Reba McEntire and family postpone mother Jacqueline's funeral

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ABC/Image Group LAReba McEntire has announced that she and her family are postponing their mother’s funeral. 

Reba’s mother, Jacqueline McEntire, passed away on Saturday, March 14, at the age of 93. The singer turned to social media on Monday to share they’ve decided to “indefinitely” postpone the services to honor her life due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

“After much thought and careful consideration among our family, we have decided to indefinitely postpone Mama’s funeral and burial at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as possible about future plans to celebrate her life when it is safe for everyone to attend,” the country legend writes on Instagram. She also thanked fans for the outreach of support in the form of “calls, cards, thoughts and prayers.” 

Government and local officials around the country are encouraging people to stay away from large crowds amid the outbreak. City officials have begun to close bars, restaurants and nightclubs in an effort to stop the virus from spreading, including Nashville Mayor John Cooper, who ordered a temporary shutdown of bars on Lower Broadway and other locations in Davidson County.

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