Charlie Puth Says Releasing Debut Album Is "Really, Really Amazing" 

Atlantic RecordsAfter a handful of hits, countless TV appearances and multiple Grammy nominations, Charlie Puth finally releases his debut album, Nine Track Mind, today.  The singer says releasing an album under his own name is "really, really amazing" --  because he thought he'd just be a behind-the-scenes songwriter his whole life.

"I never thought it would happen," Charlie says of becoming an artist. "I always thought...'Oh, I’ll be a YouTube cover artist and I’ll eventually move to Los Angeles to produce records and write records for other artists.'"

That's exactly what Charlie was doing...until someone noticed he was a great singer. 

"It kind of molded into people liking my voice on these [demo] records," he tells ABC Radio, "and thinking that I should be the artist."  He laughs, "I’m kinda glad that happened because I always secretly wanted to be an artist, like, low-key, but I just never admitted it I guess!"  

In fact, Charlie originally wrote "See You Again" with the plan for Sam Smith to sing the hook, but of course, he ended up singing it himself.  The track made him famous, spent 12 weeks at #1, earned him a Golden Globe nod and three Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year.

Nine Track Mind features Charlie's singles "Marvin Gaye," "One Call Away" and his new duet, "We Don't Talk Anymore," featuring Selena Gomez.  He'll appear on NBC's Today on Friday morning.  His headline tour kicks off March 3 in San Francisco, and the final show is a homecoming date in Red Bank, New Jersey on April 8.

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Steve Miller Band Lines Up First US Tour Dates of 2016

Credit: Paul HaggardWith Steve Miller set to be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in early April, the lauded rocker and his group have announced their first tour dates of the new year, which will bookend the big event. The Steve Miller Band's 2016 itinerary kicks off with a February 28 concert in Panama City, Florida, and will be followed be three more shows in the Sunshine State.

Then, after Miller gets inducted into the Rock Hall on April 8 in Brooklyn, New York, he and his band will head west for a trio of mid-April gigs.  Fans can expect many more shows to be added to the group's schedule.

When Miller spoke with ABC Radio last month after finding out that he'd been chosen to be inducted into the Rock Hall, he pointed out that he generally plays about 70 concerts a year. He also said he was looking forward to performing with his current band at the induction ceremony.

Here are all of the Steve Miller Band's confirmed concerts for 2016:

2/28 -- Panama City, FL, Marina Civic Center
2/29 -- Naples, FL, Artis Naples
3/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/4 -- St. Augustine, FL, Augustine Amphitheater
3/6 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock
4/14 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's
4/15 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Theater
4/16 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Amphitheater

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The 1975's Matt Healy Thinks "the World Needs" Band's New Album

Credit: Vijat MohindraThe title of The 1975's forthcoming sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, is 16 words long, and the album itself is 17 tracks long. Frontman Matt Healy recognizes that listening to I like it when you sleep may seem like a daunting task, but he feels that it's also a necessary one.

"I'm challenging people to sit through an hour and 15 minutes and 17 songs that all sound completely different from each other," Healy tells NME. "It's quite an emotional investment. It's art. It's what I want to do. The world needs this album."

I like it when you sleep is very much a reflection of exactly what Healy wants to do, as the singer feels that "if you don't want your art to reach people, that negates you as an artist."

"I hate that indie band bull**** of acting like you don't care so you don't get judged about being s***," he says. "That's what indie is now. That fey sense of 'we don't care'. Well, don't do it then."

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it will be released February 26.

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John Legend Talks Oscar Controversy: "There's a Lot of Progress that Still Needs to Be Made" 

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John Legend is known to voice his opinion about controversial topics, so it should come as no surprise that the singer is weighing in on the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees. In an interview with Us Weekly, the singer says there's still a considerable amount of work to be done in terms of the annual ceremony more inclusive. 

"I think sometimes the controversy comes when we look and see all these acting nominees and none of them are people of color, then you look at the Academy and it's very few women, very few people of color. You realize that there's a lot of progress that still needs to be made," Legend says. "I think the Academy made a big step in making progress by making the change in the membership and voting rules this week so they can diversify the ranks and bring in some new blood."

While many were felt Straight Outta Compton was snubbed, and that Will Smith deserved a nomination for his performance in Concussion, Legend feels there was another leading man who should have been recognized: Idris Elba.

"I though Beasts of No Nation was amazing and I though Idris Elba and the young boy that plays in the film both had a good shot of winning, or being nominated for something, so I was a little bit disappointed by that, but that's not to take away from the people that did get nominated, because I haven't seen all the films yet and maybe they deserved it."

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Legend says the issue overall is "not a new thing," adding "I love being able to use my voice as an artist to raise issues that I think are important."

The 88th annual Academy Awards air February 28 on ABC.


Travi$ Scott Says Kendrick Lamar Leading Grammy Nominees Is "Super Ill"

ABC/Randy HolmesKendrick Lamar leads all nominees for next month's Grammy Awards, a fact that Travi$ Scott feels is great for hip-hop.

Trav tells Billboard that he thinks its "super dope" that Lamar can even tell his friends and family that he's received 11 nominations for his acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly album.

"Man, I hope he brings them home man," Trav says. "I feel like in hip-hop we just need more artists like, you know, him who can like just keep the drive going, and just keep hip-hop alive, keep the name going, so I think it's super ill."

Earlier this week, Kendrick Lamar teamed up with the Recording Academy for a new Grammy Awards promotional video, part of the Academy's “Witness Greatness” campaign.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards air live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on Monday, February 15.

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Chaka Khan Announces Video Contest for New Single, "I Love Myself"

ABC/Eric McCandlessChaka Khan is giving fans the chance to appear in an upcoming music video for her new single, “I Love Myself.” Before she releases her self-love anthem next month, she's announced a contest in which fans can submit a one-minute video clip of themselves lip-synching to the song’s chorus.

According to the contest website, submissions will be accepted from January 28 to February 19; the winning clips then will be announced on February 22 and appear in the song’s accompanying music video. Additionally, a percentage of the new single’s proceeds will benefit two organizations that assist victims of domestic violence and discrimination, respectively: Face Forward and Stomp Out Bullying. 

“It is important that in these troubled times we honor our own self-respect,” Khan tells Billboard, “Beauty knows no boundaries and is accepting of us all whether black, white, gay, straight, physically or mentally challenged.”

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Call Her Frenchy: Carly Rae Jepsen Stars in "Grease Live!" Sunday Night 

Tommy Garcia/FOXFor five months in 2014, Carly Rae Jepsen starred on Broadway in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.  But she says even that live theater experience didn't make her role as Frenchy in Sunday night's two-hour extravaganza Grease Live! any easier.

"Cinderella was a great learning process for me, but I can’t say that anything could totally prepare me for Grease Live," Carly tells ABC Radio. "'Cause Grease Live! is a whole new beast!"  She explains, "It’s adding camerawork, it’s adding a different level of choreography and just all these new challenges that I find really exciting."

Grease Live! also stars Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Keke Palmer as Marty and Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie.  There also are appearances by Mario Lopez, Jessie J -- who'll sing the 1978 #1 hit Grease on Sunday night -- and Boyz II Men, who serenade Carly's Frenchy with "Beauty School Dropout."

"There’s an optimism to Frenchy which I find very endearing," Carly tells ABC Radio. "In our story, she’s the one that threads Sandy into the Pink Ladies and really wants everyone to be friends and get along."  But being convincing as a 1950s teen didn't come naturally to Carly.

"I think I came into my character once I got some of the costumes tried on," she tells ABC Radio. "And the period piece bras, the crazy hair, the nails, the pencil skirts -- all of that makes you walk, talk and act differently and that actually really helped with the character as well."

Also helping was the presence of Didi Conn, who played Frenchy in the 1978 movie Grease and who returns in Sunday night's production in a different role. "I bonded with her day one of meeting her," Carly tells ABC Radio. "We were listening to 'Beauty School Dropout' and we were both kind of crying happy tears together."

"She’s shown up on set bringing the original Frenchy Pink Lady coat and let me try it on," she adds. "[She's] just a very, very generous spirit and I feel like I gained a lot of confidence from having her guidance as I’ve been through this process."

In that scene, Carly gets to perform a song that was written just for this production.  It's called "Angel" and the "Call Me Maybe" singer says she was "so honored" to be able to get the chance to do it.

"It’s a beautiful moment. It’s sort of a beat before the Boyz II Men come down from heaven and make all my dreams come true and Frenchy’s just kind of sitting alone and she’s just sort of reflecting about needing this guidance," she says.

Since Grease debuted as a stage musical in 1971, it's been through quite a few iterations, but Carly says it's the universal themes of the storyline that always will appeal to people, no matter what era they grew up in.

"I think it’s the classic, very-hard-to-not-fall-in-love-with story of good girl goes a little bad," she laughs. "I think it’s a coming of age story for all of these friends, and that belief that they’re gonna stay connected throughout...that sort of childlike idea that this is gonna be what life is forever." 

Grease Live! airs on Fox Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET.

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Founding Jefferson Airplane Member Paul Kantner Dies at Age 74

Steve Snowden/Getty ImagesPaul Kantner, the singer, guitarist and songwriter who co-founded the pioneering San Francisco psychedelic rock band the Jefferson Airplane and its spinoff group the Jefferson Starship, died Thursday at the age of 74.

Michael Gaiman, who'd managed Kantner for 25 years, confirms to ABC Radio that the cause of death was multiple organ failure, and that Kantner had suffered a heart attack this week.

Kantner formed the Jefferson Airplane in 1965 with his friend, singer Marty Balin, and the band's initial lineup also included singer Signe Anderson, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Casady and drummer Skip Spence.  After releasing its debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, in 1965, singer Grace Slick was brought in to replace Anderson and Spencer Dryden took over for Spence. This lineup of the group went on to record the group's landmark 1967 record, Surrealistic Pillow, which featured the band's only top 10 hits -- "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit."

Jefferson Airplane was the first band from the San Francisco scene to score mainstream success.  They also performed at the three most legendary U.S. rock festivals of the '60s: Monterey Pop in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and Altamont in 1969.

Kantner contributed his voice and guitar to many of the group's songs, and wrote or co-wrote such tunes as "Today," "Martha," "Crown of Creation," "We Can Be Together" and "Volunteers." He also co-wrote "Wooden Ships" with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, a song recorded by both the Airplane and Crosby, Stills & Nash. In 1971, Kantner fathered a daughter with Slick named China.

After the Jefferson Airplane broke up in 1972, Kantner formed a new group with Slick called the Jefferson Starship, which Balin eventually joined. That group released a series of pop and rock hits throughout the 1970s and into the '80s. Kantner exited the band in the mid-'80s over the artistic direction of the group, and then formed the short-lived KBC Band with Balin and Casady.

The Jefferson Airplane reunited in 1989 for a new album and tour, and a few years later Kantner re-formed the Jefferson Starship with a shifting lineup of musicians that included Balin, Casady and founding Jefferson Starship bassist David Freiberg. In 1996, Kantner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Jefferson Airplane.

In March of 2015, Kantner suffered a heart attack, but he returned to the Jefferson Starship after a period of recovery and continued to perform with the band until his death.

Marty Balin shared the following statement regarding Kanter's death on Facebook Thursday night: "So many memories rushing through my mind now. So many moments that he and I opened new worlds. He was the first guy I picked for the band and he was the first guy who taught me how to roll a joint. And although I know he liked to play the devil's advocate, I am sure he has earned his wings now'. Sai Ram 'Go with God'. #paulkanter #jeffersonairplane #thejeffersonairplane."

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Report: Patti LaBelle to Be an Adviser on Season 10 of "The Voice"

Jim Spellman/WireImageThe next season of The Voice will feature Patti LaBelle serving as an adviser for NBC's hit singing competition show.

Sources tell Us Weekly that the R&B diva will be joined by hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and pop singer Tori Kelly for the upcoming 10th season. Word has it LaBelle will lend her vast expertise to Christina Aguilera's team, while Diddy is said to be advising Pharrell Williams' group.  The news has yet to be confirmed by the network.

The Voice returns on NBC on Monday, February 29, at 8 p.m. EST.

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Frankie Ballard Ready to "Bring the Heat" on First European Dates

Warner Music NashvilleWith his new single, “It All Started with a Beer,” currently climbing the charts in the States, Frankie Ballard is poised to play his first dates in Europe in a matter of weeks.

"This is my first time overseas, and if I'm honest, I'm both nervous and excited to see how we're received,” the Michigan native says. “What can I say? It's a big deal for me. I know one thing though, we're gonna be bringin' the heat.”

Later this year, Frankie will also be bringing the follow-up to his smash Sunshine & Whiskey album that sent three songs to number one -- the title track, “Helluva Life” and “Young & Crazy.”

Here are the European stops on Frankie’s tour:

3/11 -- London, U.K., Country to Country Festival
3/13 -- London, U.K., Country To Country Festival 
3/14 -- Birmingham, U.K., O2 Institute 3
3/15 -- Glasgow, U.K., King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
3/16 -- Manchester, U.K., Deaf Institute
3/17 -- London, U.K., Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
3/20 -- Hamburg, DE, Rock Cafe
3/21 -- Berlin, DE, Frannz Club
3/22 -- Munich, DE, Backstage

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Barry Manilow Prepared to Lose Grammy to Tony Bennett, Readies New York-Themed Album 

STILETTO EntertainmentBarry Manilow is up for a Grammy this year in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, but he says he's prepared to lose to everyone's favorite legendary crooner: Tony Bennett.

Speaking to Billboard, Manilow says, "Everybody loses to Tony Bennett, and [his latest album] is a really great album." Bennett is nominated for a disc called The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, while Manilow is up for My Dream Duets, which features him singing with late legends like John Denver, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mama Cass Elliott.

"This Grammy a big surprise," he tells Billboard. "I thought it was a great piece of work. It's really special. It was a technical marvel...It's amazing, so I'm really proud of it no matter what happens."

Meanwhile, Manilow is on to his next project: a new disc called This Is My Town: Songs of New York. It'll feature original songs with covers of classic New York-themed songs like "On Broadway," "New York, New York," "Downtown," "Lonely Town" and even Don Henley's '90s hit, "New York Minute." 

The Brooklyn-born singer says, "I just get a great feel from New York. Yes, I've been living in California for the last half of my life, but when you're born in New York you're a New Yorker. There's no doubt about it."

Barry continues his One Last Time tour tonight in Pensacola, Florida.  For dates and ticketing, visit

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Rihanna, Dave Grohl Among Stars Added to Lineup of MusiCares Person of the Year Gala Honoring Lionel Richie

Credit: Alan SilfenAn eclectic selection of artists has been added to the performance lineup for this year's 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Lionel Richie.  Among the latest acts to join the bill are Rihanna, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, U.K. pop singer Ellie Goulding, gospel artist Yolanda Adams, country star Chris Stapleton and Florence + the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch.

Among the previously announced artists who will take part in the ever are Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato and country stars Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. Jimmy Kimmel has been announced as the event's host.

The MusiCares Person of the Year award is given to a musician in recognition of their artistic achievements, as well as their philanthropic efforts. Previous honorees include Wonder, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Brian Wilson, Elton John, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Sting, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Don Henley, Phil Collins and Bono.

"I woke up one morning and someone pressed the go button to a dream, what I'm living right now is an absolute -- someone let me in the room with the rest of them," Richie says of the honor in a new interview with Pharrell.  "I'm just honored to be here that's the most important thing you have to understand. I am humbled by the acceptance, but also I'm actually honored to step forward."

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the National Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences, which awards the Grammys.  It provides programs and services to the music community, including emergency financial assistance for medical bills and treatment, as well as living expenses.

The 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will be held February 13 in Los Angeles, two days before the 2016 Grammy Awards, which also will include a special tribute to Richie.

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Falling in Reverse Rides Motorcycles in "Chemical Prisoner" Video 

Jason Squires/WireImageFalling in Reverse has released the video for their song "Chemical Prisoner." In between footage of the band powering through the Just Like You track, the video features Ronnie Radke and company hitting the open road on motorcycles.

"Filming this video was super fun," says Radke. "We did it in my hometown, Vegas, with my dad's motorcycle club. One of my favorite videos to shoot."

Falling in Reverse is currently working on a new album, which Radke believes sounds like a "huge left turn" for the band.

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David Bowie Producer Tony Visconti to Give Keynote Speech at 2016 SXSW Music Conference

Credit: Howard PitkowRenowned producer and longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 2016 South by Southwest Music Conference, which runs from March 15 to March 20 in Austin, Texas. Visconti, who will be one of multiple speakers at this year's event, will deliver his address Wednesday, March 16, at 11 a.m. local time at the Austin Convention Center.

During his long career, Visconti co-produced more than a dozen of Bowie's albums, including the late rock legend's 1969 self-titled debut, plus Young Americans, Low, "Heroes" and his final two studio efforts -- 2013's The Next Day and this year's Blackstar. Tony's expansive production credits also include most of T. Rex's albums, as well as records by Thin Lizzy, Iggy Pop, The Moody Blues, Morrissey, Angélique Kidjo and many others.

Visconti also played bass in Bowie's early backup band The Hype, a group that featured future Spiders from Mars guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick "Woody" Woodmansey.

As previously reported, Visconti's current group, Holy Holy, which also features Woodmansey, will serve as the house band at a pair of star-studded Bowie tribute concerts in New York City that will take place, respectively, March 31 at Carnegie Hall and April 1 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Nathaniel Rateliff Responds to Britney Spears Video

Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagicEarlier this week, Britney Spears posted a trio of Instagram videos featuring the pop star posing in a bikini. She did not caption or otherwise comment on the videos, but the clips did include musical accompaniment: "S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Now, frontman Nathaniel Rateliff has responded in the only way possible.

On Instagram, Rateliff posted a video of himself dancing to "S.O.B." while also wearing a bikini. The video is filmed in the same black-and-white style of Spears' videos, and Rateliff even wears a wig for the full effect.

"Reposting @britneyspears thanks for making the sexy video of our song #SOB," he writes in the caption.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are currently on tour in support of their self-titled debut album, which was released last year.

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Elle King to Perform at Pre-Super Bowl Bash

ABC/Randy HolmesElle King is getting in on the Super Bowl 50 celebrations. The "Ex's and Oh's" singer will be playing the Rolling Stone Live Big Game Bash, the music mag reports.

DJ/Producer Avicii will headline the event, which takes place at San Francisco’s Galleria on February 6 -- the night before the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 50 will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7. Coldplay is headlining the halftime show.

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John Legend, Usher, Rihanna Tapped for MusiCares Person of the Year Lionel Richie Honors

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Before Lionel Richie receives a special tribute during next month's Grammy Awards, the legendary singer will be honored with a star-studded tribute concert at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, taking place February 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Organizers have announced performers participating in the 26th annual event includes John Legend, Rihanna, the Roots, Yolanda Adams, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, and Leon Bridges.  The gala will honor Richie, who was named the MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his philanthropy and his artistic contributions.

"I woke up one morning and someone pressed the go button to a dream, what I'm living right now is an absolute -- someone let me in the room with the rest of them," Richie says in an interview with Pharrell.  "I'm just honored to be here that's the most important thing you have to understand. I am humbled by the acceptance, but also I'm actually honored to step forward."  For his part, Pharrell tells Richie he "doesn't know of anybody that can be more deserving."

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the annual event provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

The celebration culminates with the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on February 15, airing live from the Staples Center at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Shawn Mendes' World Tour to Kick Off in April

Niko Guardia + Blossom BerkofskyShawn Mendes’ song with Camila Cabello may be called “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” but we know what he’ll be doing this spring. The singer is kicking off his 38-date world tour in April.

The European leg of the tour begins April 16 in Cologne, Germany, and wraps up May 8 in Lisbon, Portugal. Shawn will then head back out on the road for the North American portion of the trek, beginning July 15 in Boca Raton, Florida. That leg concludes on August 21 with a show in Shawn’s hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Before embarking on the tour, Shawn will headline a show at Radio City Music Hall in New York on March 5. Tickets to that concert sold out in less than five minutes after going on sale this past fall.

A fan club pre-sale for the tickets to the new dates will begin on February 1 at 4 p.m. local time on American Express card members can buy tickets in select markets from February 2, at 10 a.m. local time through February 5 at 10 p.m. local time. General tickets for the European tour dates go on sale February 5, and tickets for the North American dates become available on February 6.

Here’s a list of the tour dates:

3/5 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
4/16 -- Cologne, Germany, E-Werk
4/17 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
4/19 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Falconer Salen
4/21 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Arenan
4/22 -- Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
4/24 -- Berlin, Germany, Huxleys
4/27 -- Milan, Italy,  Fabrique
4/29 -- Madrid, Spain, Barclaycard Center
5/2 -- Paris, France, Olympia
5/6 -- London, England, Hammersmith
5/8 -- Lisbon, Portugal, Sala Tejo/ Meo Arena
7/15 -- Boca Raton FL, Mizner Park Amphitheater
7/16 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
7/19 -- San Antonio TX, Freeman Coliseum
7/20 -- Grand Prairie TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/22 -- Phoenix AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/23 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University
7/24 -- San Jose, CA, Event Center at SJSU
7/26 -- Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater
7/27 -- Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Orpheum
7/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Great Saltair
7/31 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
8/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
8/4 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre
8/6 -- St. Louis, MO, Fabulous Fox Theatre
8/7 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Woods Amphitheater
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
8/12 -- Baltimore MD, Pier Six Pavilion
8/13 -- Hamburg, NY, Erie County Fair
8/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, the Mann
8/16 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC Center at Monmouth University
8/17 -- Lowell, MA, Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
8/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
8/20 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium (Show of the Summer Festival)
8/21 -- Toronto, CA, Air Canada Centre

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Tickets for Rene Angelil’s Las Vegas Memorial Now Available

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesBefore Celine Dion returns to the Las Vegas stage next month, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be holding an event in honor of her late husband, Rene Angelil. Complimentary tickets to next week’s “Celebration of Life” memorial are now available to the public through The Colosseum’s box office.  

Guests are allowed four tickets per person, and seats are available on a first come-first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A “Celebration of Life” will take place at The Colosseum -- the same venue where Celine performs her residency show -- on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. The tribute will feature a series of guest speakers celebrating Rene’s life through stories and memories.

Rene was also Celine’s manager and was the visionary behind her residency show, which began more than a decade ago. He passed away on Thursday, January 14 after a long battle with cancer.

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Avicii & Elle King Performing at Pre-Super Bowl Bash

ABC/Randy HolmesAvicii is getting in on the Super Bowl 50 celebrations. The DJ/producer will be headlining the Rolling Stone Live Big Game Bash, the music mag reports.

Elle King also will perform at the event, which takes place at San Francisco’s Galleria on February 6 -- the night before the Super Bowl.

They’re not the only music acts taking part in the football festivities. In the week leading up to the game, Nick Jonas, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic and Matt Nathanson are also playing pre-Super Bowl shows in San Francisco.

Super Bowl 50 will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7. Coldplay is headlining the halftime show, and will likely be joined by Beyonce and other, as-yet-unnamed acts.

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