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Sunday
Feb072016

Beyoncé Announces The Formation World Tour

ABC NewsAfter joining Coldplay for their Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night, Beyoncé announced a stadium tour for later this year.

The North American leg of The Formation World Tour will launch in Miami on April 27 and will continue through a June 12 date in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 

Incidentally, one of the stops will be Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where Sunday night's Super Bowl was held.

As part of the tour, fans will have the chance to get involved in Beyoncé’s #BeyGOOD initiative, which is helping out the response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 16. Beyhive members can purchase tickets in advance. Visit Beyonce.com for more info.

The European leg runs from June 28 in Sunderland, U.K., through July 31 in Brussels, Belgium.

Bey's halftime show appearance and tour announcement came one day after she released a new song, "Formation."

Here are the North American tour dates: 

4/27 -- Miami, FL, Marlins Park
4/29 -- Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium
5/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome
5/3 -- Raleigh, NC, Carter-Finley Stadium
5/5 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium
5/7 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium
5/9 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
5/12 -- San Diego, CA, Qualcomm Stadium
5/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Rose Bowl
5/16 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium
5/18 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
5/20 -- Edmonton, AB, Commonwealth Stadium
5/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium
5/25 -- Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
5/27 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
5/29 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
5/31 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
6/3 -- Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium
6/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
6/7 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/10 -- Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
6/12 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium

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Sunday
Feb072016

Alice Cooper Featured in Two AXS TV Programs that Premiere Sunday Night

Courtesy of AXS TVAlice Cooper will be featured on two rocking shows that will get their premiere on AXS TV on Sunday night. First up, the legendary shock rocker will be a guest on Sammy Hagar's new reality show, Sammy Hagar's Rock and Roll Road Trip, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. That will be followed at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT by the concert film Alice Cooper: Live in Austin, which was shot at a February 2015 performance at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

On the latest episode of Rock and Roll Road Trip, the Red Rocker travels to Cooper's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and chats with his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Hagar also pays a visit to Cooper'stown, the local rock-themed bar and eatery Alice owns, and he and Cooper hit the venue's stage together.

In a preview clip of the episode, Cooper discusses the excesses of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle he shared with some other famous musicians back in the day.

"I came up with the Jimi Hendrixes and Jim Morrisons, and you had to drink with them," he recalls. "You couldn't just sit there and have a Coke."

Alice also talks about paying his dues during his pre-fame days, noting, "I played in bars longer than anybody thinks, and that's how you get good."

A trailer for the Live in Austin special features audio of Cooper performing his classic song "No More Mr. Nice Guy," which accompanies a montage of highlights from Alice's theatrically macabre stage show. As if the rocking tunes weren't enough, Alice's performance includes such creepy props as a guillotine, an electric chair, a boa constrictor, some monsters and lots of fake blood.

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Sunday
Feb072016

Chrisette Michele Covers Adele's "Hello"

Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty ImagesAfter covering of Tory Lanez “Say It,” Chrisette Michele has released her rendition of Adele’s smash hit “Hello.”

Chrisette kept the original lyrics intact but rearranged an a cappella version of  ballad, which was posted on SoundCloud.

"These @adele "Hello" lyrics spoke to me. So I remixed it a'capella," Chrisette tweeted, adding the hashtag #MusicIsNotAColorAlone.

This revamped track will appear on Chrisette Michele's upcoming mixtape Steady Gang Mix, arriving February 27. The set was designed to tide fans over until she drops her fifth album, Milestone, later this spring.

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Sunday
Feb072016

Shaman's Harvest Announces US Headlining Tour

Credit: Lou BrutusShaman's Harvest will hit the road this spring on a headlining tour in support of their latest album, Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns. The trek kicks off March 17 in Omaha, Nebraska and will wrap up the end of April. Visit ShamansHarvest.com for ticket info.

Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns, the fifth album from Shaman's Harvest, was released in 2014. It features the single "In Chains," plus a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana." "In Chains" currently sits in the top 20 of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Here are Shaman's Harvest's tour dates:

3/17 -- Omaha, NE, Waiting Room
3/18 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
3/20 -- Chipewwa Falls, WI, Every Buddy's Bar
3/23 -- Flint, MI, Machine Shop
3/24 -- Columbus, OH, A&R
3/25 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
3/28 -- Syracuse, NY, Lost Horizon
3/29 -- Northampton, MA, Pearl Street
3/31 -- Salisbury, MD, Headquarters
4/1 -- Huntington, WV, V Club
4/2 -- Winchester, VA, Blue Fox
4/3 -- Wilmington, NC, Ziggy's
4/7 -- Racine, WI, Route 22
4/8 -- Dubuque, IA, Mystique Casino
4/9 -- Springfield, MO, Outland Ballroom
4/11 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Black Sheep
4/12 -- Lubbock, TX, Jake's Backroom
4/15 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
4/16 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar
4/19 -- Johnson City, TN, Capone's

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Sunday
Feb072016

Imagine Dragons Launches New Mobile Game

ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons is flying into the mobile game world. The band has announced the release of Stage Rush: Imagine Dragons, an endless runner game that's available now for iOS and Android.

In the game, which was created by mobile game publisher Zig Zag Zoom, you can play as one of the four members of Imagine Dragons as you run through obstacle courses to the beat of the band's songs, including "Demons," "Radioactive" and "Shots."

Part of the proceeds from Stage Rush: Imagine Dragons will be donated to the band's childhood cancer charity, the Tyler Robinson Foundation.

"The ability to incorporate meaningful charitable components in ordinary, everyday activities and purchases is something the younger generation appreciates like no other," says Imagine Dragons in a statement. "We teamed up with Zig Zag Zoom to bring that giving spirit to mobile gaming, an area not really explored in the past. The game is a blast, but we're even more excited about the money it will raise to rescue pediatric cancer families by way of our charity, the Tyler Robinson Foundation."

You can download Stage Rush: Imagine Dragons now for $1.99. For the first month, $1 per download will be donated to the Tyler Robinson Foundation. After the first month, 25 per cent of the revenue for each game download will go to the charity.

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Sunday
Feb072016

Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory Headed for the Hall of Fame

ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley will soon have his own place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The new exhibit, Every Mile a Memory, opens March 4 and will showcase the singer’s stage clothes, guitars, song manuscripts and more.

The always-reverent country fan says he can hardly believe it.

“It’s crazy to be considered for something like this. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential country artists of all time. Just being in the building as a visitor is humbling, but to actually be featured in one of the museum’s exhibits is something I never would have believed if you’d suggested it back when I started chasing this dream down on Broadway," he reflects. "I’m going to have to go down there and see it for myself to really make it sink in.”

The “Somewhere on a Beach” singer will, of course, have the chance to do just that. Dierks will make a special appearance in the Hall’s 800-seat CMA Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. You can access ticket information on the Hall of Fame’s website. If you can’t make it in person, you’ll also be able to watch the interview and performance online.

Dierks Bentley: Every Mile A Memory will run through September 6.

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Sunday
Feb072016

A History of Super Bowl Halftime Performances

Al Pereira/WireImageThe Super Bowl halftime show normally features the biggest names in music, who are often veteran performers.  This year's headliners, Coldplay, aren't on the level of past headliners like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, but they're a bit more seasoned than the headliners from the last two years: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.

Coldplay, who just released a new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They will take the stage with some help from past headliner Beyonce and, rumor has it, Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2014.  Special guests have also been teased for the 12 minute performance.

It's more than been ten years since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" scandal of 2004 led the NFL to turn to "safe" classic rock acts.  In addition to the Stones and Springsteen, we saw Paul McCartney, The Who and Tom Petty take the stage over the past decade.  Contemporary pop returned to the scene in 2011, when the Black Eyed Peas took the stage; no wardrobe malfunctions ensued.

The NFL took a risk in 2012 with one of pop music's most controversial stars, Madonna, but the only controversy that emerged from that was courtesy of one of her invited guests, M.I.A., who flipped the bird during the performance.  In 2013, Beyonce delivered a widely-acclaimed performance, though some felt her outfit and her gyrations were a bit racy.  

Early in her career, Katy Perry had been a bit controversial due to her #1 hit "I Kissed a Girl," and for her cleavage-baring outfits, but last year, her spectacular headlining show went off without controversy, to great critical acclaim and record viewership.

But believe it or not, the trend of having major pop, rock and country music stars appear at the Super Bowl halftime show only dates back to 1991, when New Kids on the Block performed. Before that, the halftime show usually consisted of marching bands, older stars like Chubby Checker and Ella Fitzgerald, or the G-rated vocal troupe Up with People. That's because initially, the halftime show was designed to entertain the audience in the stands, not those viewing at home.  As the New York Times puts it, "It was decades before the N.F.L. realized that the halftime show plays not to the stadium but to the camera."

But after '91, it was all stars, all the time, especially in 1993, when Michael Jackson, the reigning King of Pop, sang "Heal the World" with thousands of children.  Writes the Times, "It was one template for the Super Bowl shows that eventually followed: a superstar, big hits, a cast of thousands and graphics for blimps to photograph from above."

Here's a reminder of who's played Super Bowl halftime shows in the modern era:

1991 -- New Kids on the Block
1992 -- Gloria Estefan
1993 -- Michael Jackson, performing with 3,500 children
1994 -- Country stars Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, and Naomi Judd
1995 -- Patti Labelle, Miami Sound Machine & Tony Bennett
1996 -- Diana Ross
1997 -- ZZ Top, James Brown, the Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi
1998 -- Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, the Temptations, Queen Latifah
1999 -- Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
2000 -- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
2001 -- Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige
2002 -- U2
2003 -- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2004 -- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kid Rock, P. Diddy
2005 -- Paul McCartney
2006 -- The Rolling Stones
2007 -- Prince
2008 -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2009 -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
2010 -- The Who
2011 -- Black Eyed Peas
2012 -- Madonna
2013 -- Beyonce (and Destiny's Child, briefly)
2014 -- Bruno Mars feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers
2015 -- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz & Missy Elliott
2016 -- Coldplay, Beyonce and guests

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Saturday
Feb062016

Beyonce Releases "Formation" Single, with Politically-Charged Video

Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesA day before she's scheduled to join Coldplay during halftime of the Super Bowl, Beyonce has dropped a surprise single and video, "Formation."

The song itself takes its title from one lyric where Beyonce commands her girls to dance -- "OK, ladies, now, let's get in formation" -- but it's also about the "formation" of Beyonce as a person.  The lyrics refer to her current superstardom, as well as her cultural upbringing and her family, and her daughter Blue Ivy appears in the video. 

"Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess/Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh/I'm so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)/
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces,"  Beyonce sings.  That last part, of course, is a reference to her husband Jay Z.   She also makes reference to her success, saying, "I may just be a black Bill Gates in the making," and "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper."

Elsewhere, she sings about her parents: "My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana/You mix that negro with that Creole, make a Texas 'Bama/I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils/Earned all this money but they never take the country out me/I got hot sauce in my bag, swag."

The video, on the other hand, is quite politically-charged.  It was partially filmed in New Orleans, with oblique references to Hurricane Katrina and slavery, and straightforward references to Martin Luther King Jr., and police violence: one shot features a wall with graffiti that says, "Stop shooting us."

If you love the song and its message, Beyonce has released a "Formation" collection of apparently on her website, featuring lyrics from the song like "Hot Sauce," "I twirl on them haters," "Slay" and "You know you that b***h when you cause all of this conversation."

We're not sure there'll be a special tie-in with this, but Bey also namechecks a certain restaurant chain hilariously in the song when she says, "When he f**k me good, I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."

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Saturday
Feb062016

27 Years After "Like a Prayer" Furor, Madonna Song Featured in New Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial 

Sire/Warner Bros.It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, all scandals will fade away.  Pepsi's big Super Bowl commercial this Sunday will include a classic Madonna song -- nearly 30 years after the soft-drink company had to pull an ad featuring another Madonna tune.

In 1989, Madonna's hit "Like a Prayer" was featured in a Pepsi commercial, but controversy soon erupted over the song's video, which featured the singer kissing a black saint and other provocative uses of Catholic imagery. The Vatican condemned the video, and family and religious groups threatened a boycott of Pepsi products.  Pepsi caved, the ad was pulled and Madonna's contract was canceled, though she kept her initial fee. 

Now, another classic Madonna tune -- "Express Yourself" -- is featured in Pepsi's new commercial, which has a theme of past, present and future.

The spot, starring R&B singer Janelle Monae, starts with her dancing to the sixties hit "Do You Love Me" by The Contours. Next, she's sporting an early Madonna outfit and dancing to "Express Yourself." The spot ends with Janelle singing her updated version of the "Joy of Pepsi" jingle.

As for why "Express Yourself," which appears on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, was chosen, Pepsi VP of marketing Chad Stubbs tells Ad Age, "It was within that album and era that we had worked with Madonna before."

Saturday
Feb062016

Super Bowl National Anthem Singers: A History

George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.  She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it. 

The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood

The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors.  By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice.  In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989.  The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.

The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's Angel Cheryl Ladd.  The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.

Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War.  Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:

1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967)
2 -- Grambling University Band (1968)
3 -- Anita Bryant (1969)
4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970)
5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971)
6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972)
7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973)
8 -- Charley Pride (1974)
9 -- Grambling University Band (1975)
10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976)
11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977)
12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978)
13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979)
14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980)
15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981)
16 -- Diana Ross (1982)
17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983)
18 -- Barry Manilow (1984)
19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985)
20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986)
21 -- Neil Diamond (1987)
22 -- Herb Alpert (1988)
23 -- Billy Joel (1989)
24 -- Aaron Neville (1990)
25 -- Whitney Houston (1991)
26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992)
27 -- Garth Brooks (1993)
28 -- Natalie Cole (1994)
29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995)
30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996)
31 -- Luther Vandross (1997)
32 -- Jewel (1998)
33 -- Cher (1999)
34 -- Faith Hill (2000)
35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001)
36 -- Mariah Carey (2002)
37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003)
38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004)
39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005)
40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006)
41 -- Billy Joel (2007)
42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008)
43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009)
44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010)
45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011)
46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012)
47 -- Alicia Keys (2013)
48 -- Renee Fleming (2014)
49 -- Idina Menzel (2015)
50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)

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Saturday
Feb062016

The Zombies to Play a Few Florida Concerts This Month; Schedule More US Dates in May

Credit: Andrew EcclesThe Zombies will come creeping back to the U.S. in the coming weeks for a few concerts in Florida that will sandwich their performances on the third installment of The Moody Blues Cruise. The famous British Invasion band will kick off its 2016 stateside itinerary off with shows in Orlando on February 24 and Fort Lauderdale on February 25.

The Zombies then will join The Moody Blues and a variety of other acts on the cruise, which embarks from Miami on February 26 and visits Key West and the Bahamas before returning to post on March 1. The band will follow that with two more gigs in the Sunshine State -- on March 2 in Clearwater and March 3 in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Meanwhile, Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone has a series of solo shows lined up in the U.K. during the latter half of April, but his band will return to the U.S. in May for another run of tour dates. Those concerts run from a May 13 performance in Uncasville, Connecticut, through a May 29 gig in St. Charles, Illinois. Three of the shows also feature The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and his current incarnation of the group on the bill.

The Zombies continue to promote their latest studio album, Still Got That Hunger, which was released in October.

Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2016 U.S. tour dates, according to TheZombiesMusic.com:

2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live Orlando
2/25 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
2/26-3/1 -- Embarks from Miami, FL, The Moody Blues Cruise III
3/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
3/3 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
5/14 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla PAC at Montgomery College
5/15 -- Phoenixville, PA, The Colonial Theatre
5/16 -- Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre
5/18 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
5/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
5/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater*
5/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury*
5/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
5/28 -- Louisville, KY, Abbey Road on the River
5/29 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre

* = with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.

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Saturday
Feb062016

Tinashe Named Face of MAC's "Future Forward" Campaign 

Credit: Smallz & RaskindTinashe is among the famous faces tapped for MAC Cosmetic's new "Future Forward" campaign.

The official rollout will begin with Tinashe, who collaborated on the "Times Nine Palette" of eye shadow, which borrows from her song "All Hands on Deck."

"I was really intrigued by the chance to bring my creative vision to this," she tells Billboard. "I got to design the packaging, pick out the colors and create something that I felt like I would use."

The cosmetics brand also tapped DeJ Loaf, and Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey saying "each visionary female taps into the core of her own creative force through a limited edition colour statement." The lines will be available March 17 via MacCosmetics.com.

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Saturday
Feb062016

Phish Plots Summer Tour Dates 

Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesPhish has announced their summer touring plans. The jam band will hit the road starting June 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota and will wrap things up with a three-night stand in Commerce City, Colorado over Labor Day weekend.

The request period for tickets to the Phish summer tour is now underway at Tickets.Phish.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning February 25.

Here are Phish's summer tour dates:

6/22 -- St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
6/24 -- Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
6/25 -- Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
6/26 -- Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
6/28 -- Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center
6/29 -- Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center
7/1 -- Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/2 -- Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/3 -- Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/6 -- Portland, ME - Cross Insurance Arena
7/8 -- Mansfield, MA -  Xfinity Center
7/9 -- Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
7/10 -- Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
7/15 -- George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
7/16 -- George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
7/18 -- San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
7/19 -- San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
7/20 -- San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
7/22 -- Inglewood, CA - The Forum
7/23 -- Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/2 -- Commerce City, CO - Dick's Sporting Goods Park
9/3 -- Commerce City, CO - Dick's Sporting Goods Park
9/4 -- Commerce City, CO - Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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Saturday
Feb062016

Halestorm's Songs Turned into Lullabies

Lorne Thomson/RedfernsYou won't miss the misery of your children refusing to go to sleep when you play them Lullaby Versions of Halestorm, the latest edition of baby-proofed rock songs from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star.

Lullaby Versions of Halestorm features soothing, tinkly instrumentals of eight Halestorm songs, including "Apocalyptic," "Love Bites (So Do I)" and "I Miss the Misery," the latter of which you can listen to now on YouTube.

Halestorm will be playing the original, much louder versions of their songs on a North American headlining tour this spring, which begins April 1 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Lullaby Versions of Halestorm is available now on iTunes. Here is the track list:

"Amen"
"I Get Off"
"I Miss the Misery"
"Apocalyptic"
"Here’s to Us"
"Mz. Hyde"
"Love Bites (So Do I)"
"Freak Like Me"

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Saturday
Feb062016

Chase Rice Reveals First Taste of New Music with "Whisper"

Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels RecordsChase Rice is re-teaming with the writers behind his hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” for “Whisper,” the lead single from his forthcoming album.

"Personally, I believe my writing has evolved since we put out the last album and it's been a hell of a ride so far, so this one will have a more mature sound to it,” the North Carolina native reveals. “‘Whisper’ is an example of that, having some of those different production elements that push the music beyond where we’ve been before.” 

The nominee for ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year also considered feedback from his fans as his crafted the follow-up to his current album.

Ignite the Night was great for us, and it opened a lot of doors both creatively and professionally. This new album is still going to have some of those songs, songs that make people want to get up and dance and party at a show, but it also takes fans on our journey with us and has a lot more depth musically because of what I see our fans craving online and at our shows," he says.

Chase’s new single “Whisper” is available now via all the usual digital outlets.  

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Friday
Feb052016

The Monkees to Release New Album, "Good Times!," in June; Will Head Out on 50th Anniversary Tour in May

RhinoHey, hey, The Monkees will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer, and the group will mark the milestone with a U.S. tour, as well as with a brand-new studio album called Good Times! that's scheduled to be released on June 10. The record will feature original tunes written specifically for the band by such modern-rock songsmiths as Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue.

Good Times! also will include songs penned by surviving Monkees members Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and is being produced by Adam Schlesinger of the indie-rock act Fountains of Wayne. In addition, the album will feature newly finished versions of tracks that the group began working on during the 1960s but never completed, including the Harry Nilsson-penned title track, Neil Diamond's "Love to Love" and Nesmith's "I Know What I Know." The vintage tracks will include contributions from the famous collective of Los Angeles session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew."

Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that he and Tork definitely will be contributing their talents to the album, although Nesmith hasn't committed to taking part in the project. He also reports that Oasis' Noel Gallagher has agreed to write a song for the record. In addition, Dolenz reveals that "Love to Love" will feature the voice of late Monkees singer Davy Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2012, and says he's hoping to add his harmonies to the track.

The 50th anniversary tour, meanwhile, currently is mapped out from a May 18 concert in Fort Meyers, Florida, through an October 29 show in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; more dates are expected to be added. Only Dolenz and Tork have signed on for the trek, while Nesmith -- who hit the road with his old band mates in 2012, 2013 and 2014 -- has declined to take part because he's busy writing a book and focusing on other projects.

"He's always invited," Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. "And at times he has blessed us with his presence. I don't see him going on the road, and certainly not for the whole grueling thing. I sure hope he does show up at some point and sing a couple of songs with us."

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, February 12, and those purchasing tickets will receive a free download of Good Times! Here's the full list of confirmed dates for the group's 50th anniversary trek, according to TheMonkees.com:

5/18 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
5/19 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
5/20 -- Tampa, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC - Belk Theater
5/26 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
5/27 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
5/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
5/29 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/1 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
6/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
6/4 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
6/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
6/7 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
6/10 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
6/11 -- Hammond, IN, The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
6/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
6/14 -- Dayton, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
6/28 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
6/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
7/1 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Grand Lakes Ballroom
7/16 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/22 -- Hot Springs, AR, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming – Finish Line Theater
9/14 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
9/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater
9/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
9/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Primm Valley Casino Resorts – Star of the Desert Arena
9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
9/21 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
9/23 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
9/24 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
9/25 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
10/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi
10/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/29 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University – H. Ric Luhrs PAC

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Friday
Feb052016

Stone Temple Pilots Are Searching for a New Singer

Credit: Ryan WilliamsDo you have what it takes to be the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots? In a statement posted on their website, the current band members -- guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz -- have announced they're searching for a new frontman, and they're asking you to send in an audition piece.

"As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott [Weiland], we had been working with the incomparable [Linkin Park frontman] Chester Bennington," the post reads. "What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in…"

"We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots," the band continues. "We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we’ve set up a way for you to do just that."

Weiland, of course, passed away late last year. He co-founded STP and remained with the band until they broke up in 2002. STP reunited in 2008, but Weiland was dismissed from the band in 2013. Bennington then joined as STP's frontman, but left the band last November in order to focus solely on Linkin Park.

"No one will ever 'replace' Scott, that was never the intent," STP's statement concludes. "The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do...make music!"

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Friday
Feb052016

Lady Gaga Stars in Spring Campaign for Barneys New York

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Barneys New YorkLady Gaga is among some famous New Yorkers starring in a new spring campaign for the high-end department store, Barneys New York.

According to Fashionista, the campaign -- titled “Our Town” -- will celebrate the opening of Barneys’ new flagship in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood later this month. The flagship will be located on the same block where the store first debuted back in 1923.

In a black-and-white image from the campaign, Gaga sports a shaggy blonde bob, a bare face and a denim jacket. Others featured in the photo series include Cyndi Lauper, Yoko Ono and punk rock icon Patti Smith. The photos were snapped by famed photographer Bruce Weber, who captured his subjects at different locations throughout the city.

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Friday
Feb052016

Super Bowl: You Can Bet on Beyonce's Outfit, Coldplay's Set List & More

ABC NewsIf you're the type who watches the Super Bowl just for the commercials and halftime show, then you probably aren't betting on stuff like which team will win, and by how many points.  However, you can bet on stuff you DO care about, like what halftime performer Beyonce will wear, and halftime headliners Coldplay will perform.

These are what are known as "prop bets" -- bets that are connected to specific, individual events in the game, like whether the coin toss will come up heads or tails.  Some offshore betting sites offer some pretty ridiculous bets every year, and this year is no exception.  Here are some of the things you can bet on at Bovada.lv, for example:

Which song will Coldplay open their set with?
"Adventure of a Lifetime"  2/1
"Fix You"  7/2
"A Sky Full of Stars"  9/2
"Viva la Vida"  5/1
"Clocks"  15/2
"Speed of Sound"   9/1
"Head Full of Dreams" 10/1
"Paradise" 10/1

What color will Beyonce's footwear be when she comes on stage for the halftime show?
Black  3/2
Gold/Brown 5/2
White 11/4
Silver/Grey 19/4
Any Other Color 7/1
(Note: Predominant color will be graded winner.)

Will "Left Shark" make an appearance on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show?
Yes 15/1

How long will it take Lady Gaga to sing the US National Anthem?
Over 2 minutes 20 seconds 1.5/1
Under 2 minutes 20 seconds  1/2

How many artists will appear on stage in total?
Over 3.5     3-2     
Under 3.5     10-21

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Friday
Feb052016

Meek Mill Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest for Probation Violation 

Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BacardiMeek Mill has been sentenced for violating the terms of his probation, stemming from gun and drug charges in 2008.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a judge has ordered the rapper, born Robert Williams, to 90 days under house arrest and six months parole. Williams sentence will begin on March 1 and during that time he will not be allowed to work while under house arrest.

A Philadelphia judge recently determined Mill had violated the terms of his probation when he traveled to Los Angeles with girlfriend Nicki Minaj for the American Music Awards on November 22 without securing a “travel voucher.”

The rapper previously spent five months in jail in late 2014 for violating the probation.

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