Many artists are going to be out and about his 4th of July weekend. Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Meghan Linsey, Barry Manilow and Nicole Scherzinger will appear on "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington DC on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The show will air around the country as well as to the troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network and over NPR stations nationwide.
Martina McBraide will be part of the downtown Nashville July 4th celebration on Saturday night. She will kick off the celebration by performing at 8:10 p.m. More than 300,000 are expected to be in attendance.
Also in Nashville, The George, an open-air restaurant and bar above the new George Jones Museum will host a special reserve seating with a buffet dinner with a view of Riverfront Stage, the fireworks and the Cumberland River. Tickets are $200 and include admission to the museum.
Lee Greenwood is making many appearances to help publicize his new patriotic children's book "Proud To Be An American." He will appear on "Inside Edition," "The Phil Valentine Show," "All American Summer Concert Series and Fox & Friends," "SiriusXM" and more.
According to "The Verge," Facebook has spoken with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group about its interest in music. Talks are in the very early stages and it seems as though Facebook doesn't know exactly what it plans to do.
Facebook would be interested in a kind of music service because of engagement of members. Those who use Facebook spend over 40 minutes a day with it in the US. The time spent with Facebook would grow exponentially if a music experience was tied to the service.
Facebook Video has also been growing rapidly and it would make sense that the social media platform would have an interest in growing that portion of the site. The company partnered with Spotify to launch in the US and has tried to integrate music a number of times but it hasn't gone any further than that. They have been very careful about making extensive changes to its core service and adding a musical component would be a big shift.
With 1.44 billion users and 7.98 million mobile users on the service every day, Facebook can potentially match the reach of Apple Music. Facebook could easily be one of the companies that could make a big dent into a streaming market.
At this point, Facebook is not talking nor are Sony Music Warner Music and Universal Music.
More to come...