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Wednesday
Apr262017

Brad Paisley dropping visual album to accompany "Love and War"

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has revealed that he'll be releasing a "visual album" style video companion to his new album, Love and War, with concept videos for all of the album's 16 songs coming initially as an Apple Music exclusive on Friday, April 28.

Brad tells Variety he didn't come up with the idea to do a complete visual companion until he had finished the video for "Today."

"I saw the way that just blew up and was really connecting. So I went to the label and half-jokingly said, "I can do this with every song on this record. They’re all very visual,'” he says.  "And we went guerilla-style, everywhere we could do this."

Although his "visual album" is not intended to be the kind of coherent single story like Beyonce's Lemonade, there is emotional flow. "I hope that 'One Beer Can' cracks you up, and I hope to tug on the emotions with the one-two punch of 'Love and War,' with me and John Fogerty on the deck of an aircraft carrier, which fades into 'Today,' as the soldiers come home. I hope that there’s not a dry eye watching that," he explains.

He also shot videos anywhere and everywhere including a Sleep Number mattress store in a mall, and, yes, his parents' house.  "In “One Beer Can,” that’s my parents’ house. We cast 30 Belmont students [for a raucous high school party scene]. I never did that to my mother — I never threw that party — so it serves her right that finally at my age I’m trashing her house. With a donkey," he said.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Report: Dr. Luke and Sony cutting ties

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicSony Music and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald reportedly are in the process of cutting ties, amid the ongoing legal battle between the producer and Kesha.

Variety cites court documents that reveal that Luke is out as CEO of Kemosabe Records, the label he founded which came under Sony's control in 2011.  And while the producer and label still have production deals in place, an unnamed source tells Variety the relationship is "winding down."

In 2014, Kesha accused Dr. Luke of being physically, emotionally and sexually abusive toward her during the course of their work together, suing and seeking to be released from her contract with Kemosabe.  Dr. Luke has denied all the allegations, and a series of court proceedings in New York and California have failed to free Kesha from her deal with Sony/Kemosabe, though appeals are pending.  Luke also filed a defamation suit against Kesha.

Neither Sony nor Luke have commented publicly on reports of a split.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

John Legend rips Donald Trump: "He’s one of the worst people I’ve ever encountered in public life"

ABC/Paula LoboDon't invite John Legend and Donald Trump to the same cocktail party.

John was one of the honorees Tuesday night at TIME magazine's TIME 100 party celebrating the magazine's list of the world's most influential people, and on the red carpet he paused to give reporters a piece of his mind on the subject of the president, reports Entertainment Weekly.

"I think he's a terrible president," John said. “He’s manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or doing anything that his job requires.”

But that wasn't all.  “He doesn’t have any depth about any subject and he’s also using the office of the presidency as a way to make money for himself with his business, so he’s corrupt,” John said. “I can’t say anything nice about the guy. I think he’s one of the worst people I’ve ever encountered in public life.”

As for the least bad thing Trump has done in his first 100 days in office, John offered, “We haven’t gotten in a nuclear war…yet.”

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Wednesday
Apr262017

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder on that one time Bono blew him off...for the Pope

ABC/Donna SvennevikIn addition to scoring hits with his own band, OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has worked with many of the biggest names in the business, like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Beyonce and more.  But one day, Ryan was working with Bono -- who he calls "the most famous" person he's met -- when they were interrupted by a phone call from someone even more impressive.

Ryan worked with U2 on their most recent album, and considers himself good friends with Bono.  He tells Forbes that one day, he and Bono were working on music when Bono's assistant interrupted and told him he had a call.

Ryan says Bono told the assistant, “No, we’re writing, we’re working on this song, can you tell the person to call me back?”  But the assistant knocked on the door again and pleaded with Bono to take the call.

"He’s like, 'For God’s sake, who is it?'” Ryan recalls. "She goes, 'Oh, it’s the Pope.' And he turns and looks at me and cocks an eyebrow, he’s got a mischievous grin on his face and he goes, 'I’m sorry, Ryan, duty calls. I’m gonna go save the world.'”

Despite being around all these legends, Ryan admits that the only time he lost his cool was when he met Annie Lennox and made a fool of himself with his non-stop babbling.

"I go over and basically fawn over her for 30 minutes. What I thought was five minutes was me talking non-stop for 30 minutes and just losing it," he tells Forbes.

"I was saying the dumbest stuff to her for 30 minutes. And the beauty of it is she didn’t remember, 'cause I ended up at...brunch with her last week....and she had no recollection she ever met me!"

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Zedd calls his "Stay" collaborator Alessia Cara "so brilliant" and "really skilled"

Interscope RecordsZedd has scored hits with songs featuring vocals by Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Hayley Williams and Foxes, but he says "Stay," his current collabo with Alessia Cara, was effortless because she's "so brilliant."

"She's just a really skilled singer," Zedd says of Alessia. "I've never had to work less to get a vocal that sounds so good!" 

"Obviously, in the time we live [in], you can pretty much make anyone sound good," he adds.  "But when you have something so brilliant to begin with, it's really easy to make it sound great."

Zedd says when he first wrote "Stay," he immediately thought Alessia would be perfect for the song, because her unique voice just seemed to reflect the feel of the piece.

"I think she has a really moody, breathy frequency in her voice that I really love," he tells ABC Radio. "The song generally, sonically, is very dark in certain parts...it's very haunting, and there's something about her voice that just fits the track so well."

"Stay" has just entered the top 10. It's each artists' third trip there: Zedd previously scored with "Break Free" and "Clarity," while Alessia's other top-10 hits are "Here" and "Scars to Your Beautiful."

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTyler Farr's new single will be titled "I Should Go to Church Sometime."

Newcomer Kane Brown is engaged to Philadelphia singer/songwriter Katelyn Jae. He revealed the news to a hometown crowd in the City of Brotherly Love last week.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith will join her husband Marty Stuart for his 16th annual Late Night Jam during this year's CMA Music Festival. Rhiannon Giddens and many more are on the bill for the Wednesday, June 7 show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Teach Your Children Well: Little Big Town leads the way, as country music honors music educators

ABC/Image Group LATonight at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town honors music educators from all across the country, as they host the 2nd Annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner.

If you’ve ever wondered where the money goes from your ticket to CMA Music Festival, Karen Fairchild wants you to know, it’s your dollars they’ll be passing out tonight.

“Every year when the artists play at CMA Fest, they're playing for free, and then [the] CMA Foundation donates money to music education,” Karen says. 

“It's become such a big thing now,” she goes on, “that we literally are supporting complete music programs in some schools. Not just providing instruments, but taking care of the educators and on and on and on this list goes.”

This evening, thirty-one music teachers from all across the country will all get a financial gift to honor their accomplishments.

“They're gonna give teachers not just like a little financial gift, but also something for their classroom,” Karen says.

“It's really about celebrating those music teachers who often don't get much of anything…. They're the leftover budget in the school,” she adds. “They end up spending their own money on their classroom.”

Brett Eldredge hosted 2016’s inaugural ceremony. This year, Dustin Lynch, William Michael Morgan, Kristian Bush, Jerrod Niemann, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and more will all turn out to pay tribute to the educators as well.

Multiple landmarks across the Nashville skyline will also be lit in blue Wednesday night in honor of the teachers.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Foes no more: Damon Albarn talks working with former rival Noel Gallagher on new Gorillaz album

Image courtesy GorillazIn the '90s, there was perhaps no rock feud more bitter than the one between Blur and Oasis. Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher have since made up, and the two even collaborated on the song "We Got the Power," which appears on the upcoming Gorillaz album, Humanz.

"It was the ultimate self-congratulatory Britpop moment," Albarn tells Rolling Stone. "It was the victory lap, these geezers singing about all the power they had."

The rivalry was mostly generated by the press, which pitted the working class Oasis against the art school students in Blur. But things got personal when Gallagher was quoted in an interview as saying that he hopes Albarn and Blur bassist Alex James "catch AIDS and die," a remark for which he's since apologized.

"There was a point when [Oasis] were set against us," Albarn now says. "And he had the advantage. He was from the working-class band. He was playing up to that and using it very successfully. I found it difficult to counter."

On "We Got the Power," Albarn found he enjoyed working with his former foe.

"He's really musical. He's got a great tone to his voice," he says of Gallagher. "I love his guitar playing. And he's funny as s***. He's f****** brilliant company."

Humanz will be released April 28.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Sevendust to play debut album in full on 20th anniversary mini-tour

Scott Legato/Getty ImagesSevendust will play a quick headlining tour this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled debut album.

The five-show run kicks off June 21 in Baltimore and will conclude June 25 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 28 via Sevendust.com.

During the tour, Sevendust will be playing their debut album, which features the singles "Black" and "Too Close to Hate," in its entirety. The band performed Sevendust in full last month during a special one-off show in their hometown of Atlanta.

In addition to playing the Sevendust dates, guitarist Clint Lowery will be touring in Seether's live lineup this spring and summer in support of the South African band's upcoming new album Poison the Parish. That disc is due May 12.

Sevendust's most recent album is 2015's Kill the Flaw, which boasts the Grammy-nominated single "Thank You."

Here are Sevendust's 20th anniversary tour dates:

6/21 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live!
6/22 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
6/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
6/24 -- Long Island, NY, The Space at Westbury Theater
6/25 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Khalid says his track "Saved" is about lost relationships, not his missing cat

ABC RadioKhalid wants his fans to know that his song, "Saved," isn't about his long-lost cat Lily.  

The 19-year-old singer admits that his tweet about the origins of the track was a joke that got out of hand, and tells ABC Radio the real story behind it. 

He explains, "It was actually just about my move from New York to El Paso. Just the fact that I lost a lot of relationships that meant a lot to me."

"But even though whatever I went through was just painful and heartwrenching, I just could not allow myself to delete their number," he adds. "I had to keep it saved for a sense of closure, eventually. At the end of the song I find out, 'You know what? I wanna call you to let you know that I'm over you.'"

Khalid's raw and unflinching honesty, heard throughout his debut album, American Teen -- which debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 last month -- has helped earn him a legion of fans. He also knew before releasing the project that it would change his life forever. 

He says, "The day that the album came out, I really knew that it was gonna be a big difference for me because it was finally the day that I got to express all of me. Emotionally, physically, just every part of me."

"I put this body of work together," the singer explains. "I put all of me into it. I'm like, 'You know what? It's time to get this baby free.'" 

The young artist also trusted his gut instinct when it came to his ambitions.

He adds, "I knew that music was gonna be my career choice because I'm in love with music."  

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Procol Harum returns with new album, 'Novum'

Credit: Eagle RecordsFor the first time in 14 years, there’s a new Procol Harum album.

Novum, the veteran British progressive rock band’s first new studio album since 2003’s The Well’s on Fire, was released April 21. The group continues to be led by one of its founding members, singer/keyboardist/composer Gary Brooker, who’s been the distinctive voice of Procol Harum since they exploded on the scene in 1967 with the legendary single, “Whiter Shade of Pale.”

Novum is Procol Harum’s 13th album overall and helps mark the band’s 50th anniversary. Brooker tells ABC Radio that milestone was the inspiration to record new material: “So off we went. And the band, we've been playing live, this outfit as we stand today, for 10 years, and this was the first time we've been in the studio. So we suddenly got very excited about it.”

Most of the lyrics on the new album came courtesy of Pete Brown, best known for his work with Cream in the 1960s. The music was a collaborative process between Brooker and the other band members. He recalls, "I thought I would like to sit down with a couple of the people from the band…very, very capable creators. So I sat down with (keyboardist) Josh Phillips, and then we got (guitarist) Geoff Whitehorn involved as well, and we started to think up new ideas.”

Novum features 11 new tracks, one in particular that Brooker enjoys singing: the first single, “Sunday Morning.” He explains, “You can really get into that one. I mean, they're all good songs to put yourself into as a vocalist.”

Brooker proudly adds that he considers Novum “to be one of the finest Procol Harum albums ever.”

Here's the track list for Novum:

“I Told on You”
“Last Chance Motel"
“Image of the Beast”
“Soldier”
“Don’t Get Caught”
“Neighour”
“Sunday Morning”
“Businessman”
“Can’t Say That”
“The Only One”
“Somewhen”

Tuesday
Apr252017

In This Moment schedules summer leg of Half God/Half Devil tour

Atlantic/RoadrunnerIn This Moment is currently in the middle of their Half God/Half Devil tour, and now they've added a summer leg. The newly announced outing will kick off June 20 in Peoria, Illinois and will conclude August 5 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Visit InThisMomentOfficial.com for ticket info.

Joining In This Moment on the summer tour will be Motionless in White, ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison's new band Vimic, and "rock and roll burlesque" troupe Little Miss Nasty. Additionally, Starset will provide support on select dates.

Along with the headlining dates, In This Moment will open for Avenged Sevenfold at a show in Mt Pleasant, Michigan on June 19, and they'll be supporting Papa Roach at a stop in El Paso, Texas on June 23.

The spring leg of In This Moment's Half God/Half Devil tour will conclude May 6 with the band's set at the Carolina Rebellion festival.

Here are In This Moment's summer tour dates:

6/19 -- Mt Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino*
6/20 -- Peoria, IL, Limelight
6/21 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
6/23 -- El Paso, TX, Streetfest**
6/24 -- Lubbock, TX, Lonestar Pavilion
6/25 -- Abilene, TX, Abilene Civic Center
6/27 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
6/28 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
7/1 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House Of Blues
7/2 -- Norfolk, VA, The Norva
7/3 -- Lancaster, PA, Freedom Hall
7/5 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre
7/7 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Asbury Park Convention Hall
7/11 -- Rockford, IL, Coronado Theatre
7/12 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheater
7/14 -- Mansfield, OH, Ink in the Clink
7/15 -- Inwood, WV, Shiley Acres Farm
7/19 -- Little Rock, AR, Metroplex
7/21 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
7/23 -- Midland, TX, La Hacienda Center
7/25 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
7/26 -- Des Moines, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
7/28 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
7/29 -- Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Auditorium
7/30 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Civic Auditorium
8/1 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Event Center
8/3 -- Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium
8/4 -- Sturgis, SD, Ironhorse Saloon
8/5 -- Lincoln, NE, Centennial Mall & M Street

*opening for Avenged Sevenfold
**opening for Papa Roach

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Lorde to headline 2017 Bumbershoot festival 

Brendan WalterThe Emerald City will receive an extra dose of "Green Light" this fall when Lorde headlines the 2017 edition of the Bumbershoot festival, held September 1-3 in Seattle.

Joining Lorde on the Bumbershoot lineup are Weezer, Spoon, Kaleo, Highly Suspect, Haim and X Ambassadors, among others.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. PT. Visit Bumbershoot.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Lorde, who just played Coachella, has a number of festival dates on her 2017 schedule, including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Lorde adds two more festivals to her schedule 

Brendan WalterTwo major festivals can now boast Lorde in their lineups: the New Zealand star will perform at both Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas this fall.

Bumbershoot, held September 1-3, also features X Ambassadors, Flo Rida, Lil Yachty, Big Sean and many other acts. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. PT. Visit Bumbershoot.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Life Is Beautiful takes place September 22-24 in Las Vegas, and in addition to Lorde, the lineup features Blink-182, Wiz Khalifa, Kiesza, Muse and tons more.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PT. For all your Life Is Beautiful needs, visit LifeIsBeautiful.com.

Lorde, who just played Coachella, has a number of other festival dates on her 2017 schedule, including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.  Her new album, Melodrama, is out June 16.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Mike Rutherford open to Genesis reunion

Fred Duval/FilmMagicMight we be able to add Genesis to the list of superstar rock reunions? Mike Rutherford, for one, says he'd be down with that.

The guitarist/bassist tells England’s Daily Mirror the group’s 50th anniversary offers the opportunity for he, keyboardist Tony Banks and singer/drummer Phil Collins to perhaps do a few shows together.  If it happens -- and it's a big "if" -- it would mark the first Genesis concerts since the trio’s reunion tour a decade ago, after which Collins retired due to ongoing medical issues.

Rutherford says thoughts of reuniting coincided with both he and Collins publishing recent memoirs.

Mike explains, “I think both of us have gone through this [period of] slightly looking back in our lives in writing the book. I came away, as he did too, with a feeling of what an incredible time we’ve had. How lucky we’ve been. And more importantly, what a great friendship we’ve had.”

He didn't address whether original lead singer Peter Gabriel, who split from Genesis in 1975, or guitarist Steve Hackett, who departed two years later for a solo career, might be involved in any reunion or anniversary celebration.

Regarding their friendships, Rutherford says, "Obviously, all of us, but especially the three of us -- myself, [Phil] and Tony -- it was quite a special relationship.”

Collins recently announced he'd be coming out of retirement to do a series of concerts in London, Cologne, Germany; Paris and Dublin, Ireland in June. A few of those shows will feature opening sets from Rutherford’s long-running band Mike + The Mechanics, who recently issued their eighth album, Let Me Fly.

Tuesday
Apr252017

Harry Styles signs up for week-long residency on "The Late Late Show"

Harley WeirHarry Styles will be gracing your late night TV screens with a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden next month.

Following the release of his debut solo album, the singer will perform a new song each night starting Monday, May 15 and going through Thursday, May 18. He’ll also join fellow Brit Corden for various Late Late Show segments.

Harry’s self-titled debut album, featuring his first single “Sign of the Times,” will be released May 12.  

While promoting the album on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show this week, Harry received some insightful questions from Ed Sheeran. Ed, who has written songs for One Direction in the past, asked Harry in a recorded message: "What was the process of this album? How many songs did you write, where did you make it and how long have you been making it for and did you enjoy making it?"

Harry said he worked on the album for three weeks before taking a break for five months to film the movie Dunkirk. He then returned to the studio in July and continuing working on songs until the end of the year. He said he wrote about 30 full songs during that time and then whittled it down.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Madonna says anyone who tries to tell her story is a "fool" 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCOne person who won't be buying a ticket for a planned Madonna biopic?  Madonna herself.

Following a report that Universal plans to make a movie called Blond Ambition, focusing on Madonna's early career, the Queen of Pop took to Instagram to denounce the project.

Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story," she captioned a 1980s'-era photo of herself. "Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

While Madonna has starred in any number of films -- from Desperately Seeking Susan and the documentary Truth or Dare, to Evita and the James Bond flick Die Another Day -- she's never told her story in movie or book form. The day she decides to spill it all, though, expect a multi-million-dollar bidding war.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Darius Rucker goes undercover for a new spin on a reality hit

ABC/Image Group LACBS is putting a celebrity spin on its reality hit Undercover Boss, and Darius Rucker will be the first star to try out the new take on the show.

Using state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup, the series will disguise the Hootie & the Blowfish front man as he heads to Austin, Texas to look for new talent. Along the way, he’ll work as a roadie, host an open mic night, and scour Austin’s famed Sixth Street for stand-out street performers.

You can check out Darius’s episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss when it premieres May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

All aboard: Blackstreet, Salt N Pepa, Naughty by Nature and more to perform on I Love the 90's cruise

Photo Courtesy of Ship-HopIf you still long for the days of rocking overalls and FUBU hoodies while jamming to Blackstreet and Salt N Pepa, you're in luck. Both groups, among others, are set to perform next year on the Ship-Hop Starring I Love the 90's Tour cruise. 

Fans will spend four days of '90s fun on the high seas, grooving to the iconic bands and artists of that decade, including Naughty by Nature, Kid N' Play, All-4-One, Vanilla IceColor Me BaddCoolioSisqoTone LocBiz MarkieRob BaseDJ Kool and C+C Music Factory.  

The cruise will set sail January 11, 2018 from Miami on the Carnival Sensation, and stop at Key West and the Mexican island of Cozumel. Cabins go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET via shiphop.com

Tickets for the popular I Love the 90's and I Love the 90's - The Party Continues tours are currently on sale as well.  

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Tuesday
Apr252017

The Roots to perform at Live Nation's National Concert Day NYC Event

Photo Courtesy of Live NationSome of the artists who'll be hitting the road this summer will gather in New York City on May 1 for a special concert and event to promote Live Nation's National Concert Day.

The Roots will perform at the concert, held at New York's Irving Plaza, along with stars of rock, pop and country.  

It's the kickoff to Live Nation's Summer Ticket Promotion, which will which will make more than a million tickets to a variety of summer tours available for just 20 bucks, all in, with no additional fees.

Among the summer tours for which the $20 tickets will be available: Chris BrownEarth, Wind & FireCHIC featuring co-founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers and Future.

Also included are package tours featuring New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men, Jermaine Dupri's SoSoSUMMER 17 tour, Lionel Richie with special guest Mariah Carey, and Nelly with country stars Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane.

The on-sale for the promotion stars May 2 at 8 a.m. local time, and runs for one week. 

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