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Tuesday
Feb282017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock In 1982, this anonymous hit by Sylvia not only made it to #1 on the country chart, is also became a top-15 hit on pop stations. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Nobody."

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Tuesday
Feb282017

New AXS TV special documenting 2016 Robert Plant concert premieres Sunday

Courtesy of AXS TVA new concert special featuring a 2016 performance by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, will get its televison premiere this Sunday, March 5, on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The show captures Plant and his group playing a headlining set at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption, an immersive multimedia experience curated by the film director that took place last October at the Ace Hotel and Theatre in Los Angeles.

The intimate concert included reworked versions of such classic Led Zeppelin songs as "Black Dog," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Whole Lotta Love," plus renditions of tunes from Plant's latest solo album, 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

Festival of Disruption was a two-day benefit event that featured musical and dance performances, DJs, discussions, art exhibits, virtual reality displays, film screenings, meditation sessions and more. Proceeds from the fest went toward the David Lynch Foundation, which provides Transcendental Meditation education programs to domestic-violence victims, veterans suffering PTSD, at-risk young people and others.

"Throughout the history of rock, few artists have been as influential and enduring as Robert Plant," says AXS TV executive Evan Haiman. "This incredible concert showcases the music icon at the top of his game, putting his signature vocals and effortless charm on full display as he blazes through an expansive set list that will satisfy both die-hard fans and curious newcomers, alike."

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Still not ready: Lauryn Hill postpones Pittsburgh concert due to "scheduling conflict" 

Brad Barket/Getty ImagesLauryn Hill's Pittsburgh concert date on Monday at the Byham Theater was postponed "due to a scheduling conflict," says the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

"Ms. Lauryn Hill's performance at the Byham Theater has been moved to Friday, June 2. All tickets purchased for the February 27 show will be valid for the new date," the organization added on its website. 

Monday night's show was a make-up date for fans who waited several hours for Lauryn to show up at her Pittsburgh show in January.  

As previously reported, the singer placed the blame for her tardiness on bad weather, which also caused some of her band members to arrive late for their performance in turn. 

Hill finally emerged on stage around 11:20 p.m. for her 8 p.m. show and performed until nearly 1 in the morning. Still, many fans headed back to a ticket booth for a refund.    

Last year, Lauryn wrote a message on Facebook to fans, explaining why she often arrives late to her live performances.

"I don't show up late to shows because I don't care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn't easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others," she wrote.   

However, it seems that this time around, Lauryn's energy in alignment with time was not the sole issue at all. 

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Justin Timberlake complains that his son's "terrible twos" have come early

ABC/Adam RoseJustin Timberlake may have just opened the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday with his Oscar-nominated song, but when he goes home, he's just like every other parent having to deal with his toddler's problems.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, JT said his son Silas, who turns two in April, is getting a little ahead of himself in the "difficult" department. "He does not want the diapers changed," said Justin. "He's hitting his terrible twos a little early, so we're hoping he'll get out of them a little early."

Justin's wife Jessica Biel added, "He's doing amazing, but it's one of those things where you're like, I love you, but I don't know if I like you."  JT then chimed in, "There's other moments where you're like, 'This is really hard and I don't know what the hell I'm doing.'"

The singer and actor also talked about the fact that Ryan Gosling was also a nominee Sunday night; he was up for Best Actor for La La Land.  The two men got their start together appearing on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

While the two haven't been close in recent years, Justin said, "Listen, let me say something about Ryan. He is so talented, so gifted."  He also predicted that if he didn't win this year, he will in the future, saying, "He's just one of those guys."

Ultimately, both Ryan and Justin went home empty-handed.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Avenged Sevenfold launches official fan club

Credit: Jeff ForneyNow's your chance to prove your Avenged Sevenfold fandom. The band is launching a free-to-join fan club, which will give you access to "all kinds of content, exclusive merchandise, special events and contests."

"We have spent a lot of time over the years trying to find ways to thank you, the fans, for your loyalty and support," Avenged Sevenfold writes in introducing the club. "It is completely FREE to join, and there are no 'tiers' separating fans based on how much money you spend."

You can sign up now via Fanclub.AvengedSevenfold.com. In addition to joining, you can suggest a name for the fan club. A7X will collect their favorite name submissions before opening up the decision to a fan vote.

Avenged Sevenfold currently is touring Europe in support of their new album, The Stage. They'll be spending their summer on the road through the U.S. opening for Metallica.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

The Lumineers to wrap up world tour with hometown show

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaThe Lumineers have announced a hometown show in Denver, Colorado, which will be the final date of their world tour in support of their album Cleopatra. The concert will take place August 25 at the Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre. For ticket info, visit TheLumineers.com.

The spring leg of The Lumineers' Cleopatra North American tour kicks off Tuesday, February 28 in Grand Prairie, Texas. That run will wrap up March 31 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after which the folk rockers will travel to Japan, Australia and South Africa. They'll return to the U.S. in May to open for U2 on their The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, followed by a trip to Europe. In August, The Lumineers will support Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for two North American dates.

Cleopatra, The Lumineers' sophomore album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Goo Goo Dolls hitting the road with Phillip Phillips this summer

PR Newswire/Live NationGoo Goo Dolls have announced an extensive summer tour as well as a new EP.

The veteran group will kick off the tour, in support of their current album Boxes, on July 14 in Mountain View, California.  The tour will wrap up September 13 at L.A.'s Greek Theater.  Opening all dates will be Phillip Phillips, who's currently working on his third album.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 3 at 10 a.m. local time, but fan club and VIP pre-sales are available now.

In addition, Goo Goo Dolls will release a new EP on May 12 called You Should Be Happy.

Here are the tour dates:

7/14 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre     
7/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center     
7/16 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre     
7/18 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre     
7/20 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena     
7/21 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs - Stir Concert Cove     
7/24 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island     
7/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn At White River State Park     
7/27 -- Peoria, IL, The Riverfront     
7/28 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Stadium     
7/29 -- Plymouth, MN, Hilde Performance Center     
7/31 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater     
8/2 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center At The Heights     
8/3 -- Rochester, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre     
8/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica     
8/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier     
8/8 -- Vienna, VA, Filene Center At Wolf Trap     
8/9 --  Uncasville, CT,    Mohegan Sun Arena     
8/11 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater     
8/12 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center     
8/13 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater     
8/15 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion     
8/16 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier     
8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center     
8/19 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts     
8/20 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center     
8/22 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion     
8/23 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater     
8/25 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater At Virginia Beach     
8/26 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate     
8/27 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre     
8/30 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live     
9/1 --  Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheater     
9/2 --  Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place     
9/4 --  Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre     
9/7 --  The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion     
9/10 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino Amphitheater     
9/12 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre     
9/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

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Tuesday
Feb282017

'The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani returns as season 12 gets underway with start of the blind auditions

Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice kicked off its 12th season Monday night with two hours of blind auditions.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys are back as coaches. They're joined this season by returning coach Gwen Stefani, who nabbed a couple of artists.

Here are the highlights of Monday night's episode:

Albany, Georgia native JChosen  -- aka Joshua Hunter -- kicked off the blind auditions. The former basketball player had dreams of playing in the NBA, but when he shattered his knee his hoop dreams were shattered as well. His version of the Marvin Gaye classic “Sexual Healing” convinced all four coaches to turn their chairs around, but Gwen had the winning pitch, noting that she could offer him a not only a “female perspective” and a male perspective, thanks to her experience fronting No Doubt, a band with other men.

Season 11 hopeful Johnny Hayes, a 29-year-old Mobile, Alabama native who failed to get a coach to turn around, got a better reaction on Tuesday. Johnny covered “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, convincing Adam and Gwen to hit their buttons. Adam praised Johnny, insisting that you can’t sing Otis unless you do it right, and Johnny pulled off the impossible and convinced Johnny to join his team.

Temecula, California 16-year-old Anatalia Villaranda once came close to a record deal as a member of a singing and dancing group. The four-foot-nine-inch powerhouse sang Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby,” earning a four-chair turn. Fellow Californian Stefani pointed out their obvious similarities, including staring out young and singing in bands, but Alicia won out by noting that Villaranda has more than a voice and is an artist who is not afraid to express herself.

Stephanie Rice is a gay preacher’s daughter who was shunned by her family after coming out to them. She went on to earn a degree in biology and went on to use her education to conduct HIV research. Rice sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece,” convincing Blake and Gwen to turn around. Despite Stephanie’s country roots, Blake didn’t stand a chance when Gwen said she was “moved” by the singer, adding that she was on the show for a reason and that reason was to work with Rice. Stephanie joined Team Gwen.

Felicia Temple is a 28-year-old nurse and cancer survivor. However, music is also in her blood -- her father was a member of The Sugarhill Gang, who had a big 1980 hit with the pioneering single “Rapper’s Delight.” She blew Alicia, Blake and Gwen away with her version of Beyoncé’s “All I Could Do Was Cry (Church Bells)” There was never really any contest as to which coach Felicia would pick, especially after Alicia joined Temple for a duet on Keys’ “Fallin’.”

The blind auditions continue with a one-hour episode airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Ed Sheeran, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Sing "The Shape of You" with Classroom Instruments

Ed Sheeran will be Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Friday's The Tonight Show, but on Monday, he joined Jimmy and his house band The Roots for a performance Sheeran's hit, "The Shape of You," with classroom instruments.

In the recurring segment, Fallon and The Roots back musical artists for a version of one of their popular songs using instruments you'd find in a classroom, like tambourines, xylophones, clappers and kazoos.

Sheeran's segment was recorded earlier that day.

Other artists that have joined Fallon for classroom versions of their songs include Adele, Ariana Grande, One Direction, Mariah Carey, Madonna and Metallica.

"The Shape of You" is the latest single from Sheeran's upcoming album Divide, due out Friday.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Linkin Park Gets “Heavy” with Kiiara on 'The Late Late Show'

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington performs with Kiiara; Terence Patrick/CBSJames Corden welcomed Linkin Park Monday night to The Late Late Show to perform the band’s new song, "Heavy," on the program alongside pop singer Kiiara.

Singer Chester Bennington wore sunglasses and a suit and resembled Justin Timberlake, while Kiiara wore huge platforms and looked like she was doing her best Harley Quinn impression. The rest of Linkin Park appeared backlit and in shadows for the duration of the song, a lush ballad.

"Heavy" is the lead single from Linkin Park's forthcoming new album, One More Light, which will be released May 19. The track is much more pop-sounding than LP's previous material, which vocalist/producer Mike Shinoda says represents the "core sound" of the new album.

The Late Late Show airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Kiiara gets “Heavy” with Linkin Park on 'The Late Late Show'

Kiaara performs with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington; Terence Patrick/CBSJames Corden welcomed Linkin Park Monday night to The Late Late Show to perform the band’s new song, "Heavy," which features “Gold” singer Kiiara.

Singer Chester Bennington wore sunglasses and a suit and resembled Justin Timberlake, while Kiiara rocked huge platforms and looked like she was doing her best Harley Quinn impression. The rest of Linkin Park appeared backlit and in shadows for the duration of the song.

The platinum-selling performer just wrapped her tour in November but will be going back out opening for The Chainsmokers, which kicks off April 13 in Miami and wraps June 10 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York.

Here are the tour dates:

4/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
4/14 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/15 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
4/18 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
4/20 -- Bridgeport, CT, Webster Bank Arena
4/21 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
4/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
4/25 -- Cleveland, OH, Wolstein Center
4/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
4/27 --  Detroit, MI,  Joe Louis Arena
4/28 -- Madison, WI, Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/29 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
4/30 -- Des Moines, IA,  Wells Fargo Arena
5/2 -- West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
5/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
5/5 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic
5/6 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic
5/8 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
5/9  -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
5/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Freeman Coliseum
5/13 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/16 -- Tulsa, OK  BOK, Center
5/17 -- Kansas City, MO,  Sprint Center
5/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/19 -- Memphis, TN,  FedEx Forum
5/20 -- Louisville, KY,  KFC Yum! Center
5/23 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
5/24 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/25 -- Hampton, VA, Hampton Coliseum
5/26 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
5/30 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/1 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/2 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
6/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Liacouras Center
6/4 -- Philadelphia, PA,  Liacouras Center
6/7 -- Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center
6/9 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
6/10 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

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Tuesday
Feb282017

The Pardi starts early: Why Jon Pardi is "Head Over Boots" for his fans

ABC/Image Group LA  These days, things are pretty good for Jon Pardi. He just got his first ACM nomination, and "Dirt on My Boots" is on track to follow in the chart-topping success of his first #1, "Head over Boots."

What's even more gratifying is that fans are turning out early to see him open Dierks Bentley's What the Hell Tour.

“It's been really cool to watch that,” Jon says. “Of course, Nashville was really full, and Dierks was above the moon. He was like, 'Man it's full here!'”

Fellow performer Chase Rice put it into perspective for Jon after attending the opening weekend show in Music City.

“He was like, 'Man, I had the same slot with Kenny Chesney and this arena was half empty. They're all here to see you.' He was like, 'That's awesome, dude!’”

Most of all, Jon says he’s thankful to his fans for making the extra effort that means he doesn’t have to sing to empty auditoriums.

“We played South Dakota, and there might have been like 200 seats open when I was playing, into like a big arena,” he recalls. “So it's pretty cool that fans are coming out early and that means like leaving early, getting to the venue on time, you know, finding your seats. So it's really cool,” he adds.  

Jon’s next date with Dierks is April 21 in Lethbridge, Canada.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Alison Krauss' new album, Windy City, debuts at #1 on the country albums chart this week, selling more than 36,000 copies during its first week.

Kix Brooks is the subject of the latest episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather Tuesday night. You can catch the conversation at 8 p.m. ET on AXS-TV.

Martina McBride performs with rock legend John Mellencamp Tuesday on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. They'll perform John's new single, "Grandview," from his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, which comes out April 21.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Bad Company's Simon Kirke reveals inspirations behind his diverse new solo album, "All Because of You"

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Earlier this month, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke released a new solo album called All Because of You, on which he showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitar player. The diverse collection finds Kirke exploring an array of musical genres, including rock, pop ballads, R&B, country, folk and gospel.

The 67-year-old rock veteran tells ABC Radio he didn't set out to create an album featuring so many different styles.

"I just play the songs, and as they come out that's how they come out," Simon explains. He also notes that his biggest musical influence is James Taylor, an artists whom, he points out, "straddles that world of pop and country."

Kirke reveals that beyond his musical influences, the inspiration behind many songs on All Because of You is his fiancée, Maria.

"She was the muse for several songs on the album, and the album is kind of dedicated to her and for her…All Because of You," he notes, adding that the record also is dedicated to "the people that championed me to explore songwriting."

One of the album's tracks that's sure to interest Kirke's fans is unique, reggae-flavored rendition of Band Company's 1975 hit, "Feel Like Making Love" that features Simon on ukulele. Kirke tells ABC Radio that one day Maria heard him playing the tune -- which she didn't know -- on a ukulele shortly after he bought one and she loved the way it sounded. Although he was worried about how Bad Company fans would react to his version, his fiancée convinced him to record it.

"It's not sexy, but it's cheeky and cheerful," Simon says of his rendition of the song. "I think it turned out really well."

Find out more details about All Because of You at TheEndRecords.com.

Tuesday
Feb282017

New artist Starley lives up to her name with "Call on Me" success, live "GMA" debut 

ABC NewsRising star Starley -- yes, that's her real name -- made her worldwide live TV debut Monday on ABC's Good Morning America Oscars recap show, performing her hit "Call on Me." The Australian singer says her parents were so psyched that they woke up in Australia at 3 a.m. to catch her live.

"Oh man, they're so excited," Starley told ABC Radio after her performance.  "They said it was so amazing, and they're so stoked."

"They're more excited than I am!" she laughs.  "It makes me super happy 'cause they finally feel, 'All these years we believed in her...and now we don't look crazy anymore!'"

Starley wrote "Call on Me" during a low point in her life: She'd moved to London to try and be a songwriter, but wasn't having much success.  She returned to Australia, moved back in with her parents, and wrote "Call on Me" in her bedroom as a pep talk to herself. 

"When I finished writing it, I felt, 'Well, no one else is gonna deliver this like I can, 'cause this is really my life, so I'm gonna give it one last shot,'" she recalls.  "When I sent it out to a bunch of producers, I got a version back...and I played it in my car...and...I cried."

She adds, "I was like, 'There's something special about this record, I'm gonna go for it'....and things just snowballed from there."

As for her GMA performance of "Call on Me," Starley says, "It was full on!  It was so cool...it was the Oscars recap thing and there was...a lot of people dancing.  It was great, 'cause my song's very uptempo, so having people around to give me the energy was awesome."  

Starley will be opening for the U.K. trio Clean Bandit on their U.S. tour starting next month.


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Tuesday
Feb282017

The Weeknd stars in full-length visual for H&M Spring Icons campaign

Nabil ElderkinThe full-length visual for H&M's Spring Icons campaign stars The Weeknd wearing self-selected threads from the collection. A teaser clip was unveiled earlier this month.  

The video features the "Can't Feel My Face" artist walking on the streets of Los Angeles as he talks about his sources of inspiration and what being icon means to him. "I don't believe in icons. Or at least, I don't look for them. They don't define me," he begins in the clip.  

"Iconic clothes become icons for a reason. They are like dreams. Or music. They are fundamental," he adds. 

The new collection, curated by the artist himself, will be available in all H&M stores that carry menswear, and online, starting March 2.  

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Missio opening for Muse & Thirty Seconds to Mars; schedules headlining tour

RCA RecordsMissio will be raising their middle fingers to a whole lot of people this summer when they open for Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars for a show this summer, taking place June 15 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte.

In addition, Missio has announced a headlining tour of their own, which kicks off April 4 in New Orleans and will conclude May 5 in Houston, Texas. Visit MissioMusic.com for ticket info.

Earlier this year, Mission released their single "Middle Fingers," which currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and top 40 on Mainstream Rock Songs. The track appears on Missio's forthcoming full-length debut album, Loner, which is due out later this year.

Meanwhile, the Muse/Thirty Seconds to Mars tour begins May 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will run all the way into September.

Here are Missio's North American tour dates:

4/4 -- New Orleans, LA, Parish Room at House of Blues
4/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
4/6 -- Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge
4/8 -- Charlotte, NC, The Underground
4/10 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theater
4/12 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
4/17 -- Detroit, MI, The Shelter
4/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave Bar
4/21 -- Denver, CO, Marquis Theatre
4/22 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
4/25 -- Sacramento, CA, Goldfield Trading Post
4/29 -- San Diego, CA, Voodoo Room at House of Blues
4/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom
5/3 -- Austin, TX, The Parish
5/4 -- Dallas, TX, Cambridge at House of Blues
5/5 -- Houston, TX, Bronze Peacock at House of Blues
6/15 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*

*with Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars

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Monday
Feb272017

Mick Jagger says he's working on songs for next Rolling Stones album

Credit: Claude GassianAround the time The Rolling Stones' recent blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome, was released this past December, the band members revealed that they also were working on a record of original tunes. Now, frontman Mick Jagger says that things are moving forward with the latter project.

Speaking with Showbiz411.com's Roger Friedman at Vanity Fair's pre-Oscars party a few days ago, Jagger revealed, "I'm working on new songs now." Mick attended the bash with three of his children.

Blue & Lonesome debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 in December. The album includes songs previously recorded by such influential blues artists as Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin' Wolf, and features Eric Clapton on guest guitar on two tracks.

The Rolling Stones haven't announced any official touring plans for 2017, although their expansive Exhibitionism memorabilia exhibit, which will be on display at New York City's Industria gallery until March 12, will re-open at Chicago's Navy Pier on April 15.

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Monday
Feb272017

He's in it to win it: Charlie Wilson's latest album debuts in top-10

ABC/Image Group LACharlie Wilson's new album In It to Win It has debuted on the Billboard 200 at #7.  

The R&B artist's latest disc is his fourth top 10 and features the hit single "I'm Blessed," with a guest vocal appearance from T.I. That song became Charlie's 10th top-10 hit on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs airplay chart.  

Charlie is gearing up for more dates on the road to support In It to Win It with special guests FantasiaJohnny Gill and pop music duo Solero. Ticket information can be found at charliewilsonmusic.com.  

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Monday
Feb272017

Dierks, Kenny, Miranda and more help Willie Nelson stage an all-star tribute to Merle Haggard

Courtesy Blackbird PresentsWillie Nelson is partnering with Merle Haggard’s family to put on an all-star tribute to his late friend and fellow legend.

"Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard" will come to life April 6 on the stage of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The date is significant because it’s not only the one-year anniversary of the Hag’s passing, it also would have been his 80th birthday.

Willie, Dierks BentleyKenny ChesneyMiranda Lambert and John Mellencamp lead the stellar lineup. Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., Alison KraussRonnie DunnJamey JohnsonKacey MusgravesLynyrd SkynyrdLucinda WilliamsJohn AndersonConnie Smith and Bobby Bare also are on board. Expect more announcements about talent as the date approaches.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. CT. The evening will also be filmed and recorded for distribution as both a special and an album.

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