In an interview on On Air with Ryan Seacrest today, Selena Gomez announced that she is set to hit the road this summer for a 56-date world tour. Gomez’s “Stars Dance” kicks off Aug. 4 in Vancouver.
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Norway, like, really likes Justin Bieber — which would usually be a useless sentiment (don’t we all?) except that five different Norwegian schools have rescheduled midterms so as not to conflict with the pop star’s oncoming “Believe” tour.
Five schools have moved their midterm exams up a week to allow students to go to the concert on April 16 and 17, Norway’s Ministry of Education and Research announced yesterday. “I am concerned that students should be concentrating when they take tests and midterms,” the country’s education minister Kristin Halvorsen told the Associated Press. READ FULL STORY
This morning, Maroon 5 announced they will be headlining the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, and the bill will also feature Kelly Clarkson. PJ Morton, Rozzi Crane, and Tony Lucca round out the lineup for the mini-festival, which kicks off August 1 in St. Louis.
In a press release, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine said, “We are very excited to team up with the Honda Civic Tour. Kelly, PJ, Rozzi and Tony are all such unique and amazing artists. I’m really looking forward to hitting the road with them. Each night will be a great night of music.”
Maroon 5 continue to score with singles from last year’s Overexposed — the latest track “Daylight” currently sits at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been dominating radio as well. Meanwhile, Clarkson is touring in support of her compilation Greatest Hits: Chapter One, which spawned the new singles “Catch My Breath” and “People Like Us” (which, sadly, is not a Talking Heads cover).
Tickets for the Honda Civic Tour go on sale this Friday, April 6. Check out the full list of tour dates below. READ FULL STORY
On Thursday night, Green Day made their long-awaited official return to the road at the Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago. I was there both as a professional (you can read my full critical take on the show in next week’s issue of EW), and as a longtime admirer of the group whose fandom has waxed and waned over the course of their career. Below is a series of musings about the scene that was.
1. Green Day performed a handful of club dates leading up to their South By Southwest showcase, but this was the first show of the proper arena tour (dubbed the 99 Revolutions Tour, after the track on ¡Tre!) the band was supposed to start a few months ago. Though frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has been in rehab for the last few months, there were no references made by the band that they had ever been away. It was business as usual, without any nods to the news.
2. Just because the band ignored it didn’t mean the crowd did as well. There were a handful of signs held up by fans on the GA floor expressing their support of Armstrong through his recovery. One read: “You are always here for us, now we’re here for you.” There was also a guy who brought a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber, a reference to Armstrong’s infamous on-stage rant in Las Vegas last fall—the incident that led directly to his rehab stint. (Too soon, dude!)
3. Even if the show wasn’t strictly sold out, the band will most certainly make up the difference in merch: The lines for T-shirts (and hoodies and hats and copies of Kerplunk on vinyl) were huge, which meant that the bulk of the crowd missed opening act Best Coast in favor of snagging gear. READ FULL STORY
Taylor Swift takes on critics during Newark concert: 'They're building you up just to knock you down. But they haven't yet.'
It was a sea of red as Taylor Swift kicked off the first of three shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ last night as part of her Red tour — red spotlights, giant red flags, sparkly red dress, sparkly red microphone, sparkly red guitar, even a sparkly red violin bow…you get the point.
The concert featured most of Swift’s new album, a soulful new arrangement of one of her biggest hits, one technical gaffe on a duet with opening act Ed Sheeran, and several references to the media’s treatment of her song topics and personal life.
After opening the concert with “State of Grace” and “Holy Ground,” Swift addressed the screaming masses before launching into the title track from her recent Red album: “I write about my feelings. I’m told I have a lot of feelings,” she said with a smile. “But 13,000 of you opted into hearing about my feelings for the next two hours.” And she wasn’t kidding. READ FULL STORY
Last night, the stage at New York’s City Winery hosted three musicians whose names you may not recognize, but whose songs you’ve already heard on shows like Vampire Diaries to Grey’s Anatomy (or just may be hearing more of soon).
Brett Young kicked off the night with a glass of wine in one hand and a guitar in the other. Accompanied by Jay Ollero, Young brought charming country vocals, his heartfelt lyrics and the occasional Bruno Mars cover as he sang about young love, lost love and everything in between. Young kept things short and sweet, ending his set with his newest single, “Kiss by Kiss.”
Contemporary singer/songwriter Brendan James followed, sitting down behind his keyboard and belting out fan favorites “Green” and “None of Them Are You.” James sang about his days spent in New York City, gun violence and even a song he wrote for his younger sister when she was experiencing her first break-up. But it wasn’t until he brought his drummer, Craig Meyer, on stage that the tempo picked up, switching seamlessly from heavy ballads to dance-worthy jams.
Then came the main attraction: Tyrone Wells. Opening with “Sink or Swim,” — which many know from Grey’s Anatomy season six promo — Wells’ vocals were just as strong live as on any CD, a soothing combination of falsetto and gruffness. Wells mixed old songs with new, adjusting his set list to incorporate audience requests, which led to at least one incident of yodeling.
Wells, whose set included a ukulele and a drum solo, won the audience over with a folksy diva mash-up that included Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” As the show came to a close, Wells belted out every last note to “When All is Said and Done,” even stepping away from the mic and finishing the last verse acapella — and just when the audience thought it was over, he brought the band back out to perform fan favorite, “I Will Remain.”
Wells and his openers are playing dates across the U.S. through April; give them a chance and go catch them if you can.
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Remember when John Mayer released Born and Raised last year? If you don’t, that’s probably because Mayer was sidelined by vocal problems that led to multiple throat surgeries, months of vocal rest, and the cancelation of most all of his promotional efforts.
He’s apparently back in good health; during a Google+ Hangout last night, Mayer revealed a 40-date tour—his first in three years. The trek kicks off April 25 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and will keep him intermittently on the road into October.
In an interview with Billboard, Mayer talked about his extended hiatus and the frustration that set in when he couldn’t speak for weeks on end. “I was forced to type on my iPad to communicate anything,” Mayer told the magazine. “It wasn’t liberating. Is breaking your leg liberating? No. All complexity is gone when you don’t have a choice.”
Check out all of Mayer’s upcoming tour dates below. And while you’re at it, watch the video for “Shadow Days,” one of the more underrated rock singles from 2012. READ FULL STORY
Rumors are swirling that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, and The Killers just might be the chosen ones headlining Lollapalooza.
Two anonymous Twitter accounts have been slowly leaking names of artists who will be featured at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, and today the Chicago Tribune reported that the three-day event would feature the above bands as well as The National and The Postal Service.
The lineup hasn’t officially been announced yet, but The Killers are participating in Lollapalooza Brasil and according to their tour schedule, Phoenix will be geographically posed to pop in for a show in Chicago on those dates.
The other bands’ tour schedules show an opening during that weekend as well, so let’s say it’s safe to hope. Calls by EW to Lollapalooza organizers for confirmation were not immediately returned.
Early-bird tickets and special packages go on sale this week for the ninth Lolla festival at Grant Park. The festival runs August 2-4.
Mumford & Sons split four ways for ‘Whispers in the Dark’ video: Watch it here!
Phoenix to release new album in April
Vampire Weekend premiere new songs ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step’: Hear them here
Time to send Rihanna some get-well cards.
RiRi only started her six-month Diamonds world tour last Friday, but she’s already had to cancel a date due to laryngitis. The “Stay” singer was scheduled to perform at a sold-out show at Boston’s TD Garden last night but dropped out on the advice of a doctor, according to a Live Nation statement.
“Unfortunately, following her sold out concert on Friday, Rihanna has contracted laryngitis and per doctor’s instruction is unable to perform this evening,” the statement read. READ FULL STORY
The rumor has been running since Jigga dropped another luxury verse on Justin Timberlake’s comeback single “Suit & Tie,” but now it’s official: Jay-Z and JT are spending the summer together.
Or at least part of the summer. This morning, the duo announced a 12-date tour that will take them into some of the country’s best baseball and football stadiums. The pairing will launch the trek—dubbed Legends of the Summer—at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on July 17 (a few days after they co-headline the Wireless Festival in London), and they’ll wrap up at Miami’s Sun Live Stadium on August 16.
In between, they’ll hit New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Baltimore, Detroit, Boston, Hershey, and Philadelphia. Sorry, most of the South and the non-California West—no Jay and Justin for you! Don’t feel bad though; Brooklyn also gets denied a show even though Jay-Z kinda sorta has his own arena there.
The complete list of tour dates is below. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 28, save for the concert at New York’s Yankee Stadium (the details on that one will come soon). READ FULL STORY
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