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Music News of 2015

LCD Soundsystem offers first song in five years

Friday, December 25, 2015 – LCD Soundsystem, which last released any material five years ago, gave fans a holiday present on Thursday with the release of a new song.

"Christmas Will Break Your Heart" is a prelude to reports that the New York rock band fronted by James Murphy will reunite and tour in 2016.

"so, there's been this depressing christmas song i'd been singing to myself for the past 8 years, and every year i wouldn't remember that i wanted to make it until december, which is just too late to actually record and release a christmas song... but this year, al doyle had a short break between hot chip tours where he could be in nyc, and pat (Mahoney) and nancy (Pope) were home, and tyler (Pope) agreed to fly out from berlin for a few days, so we all recorded this together, reserved a pressing plant slot, and our friend bob weston was available to master it quickly—so that means, less than 2 weeks after we recorded it, there is actually a christmas 7", which feels like something that could only have happened a very, very long time ago," Murphy wrote on a YouTube post.

"anyway, for the holidays we give you the previous, very long run-on sentence, and this song: "christmas will break your heart", which is another one of those songs which had about 75 lines of lyrics, though we've knocked down to 8 to keep the suicide rate in check. have fun!"

The web site Consequence of Sound reported on Thursday that the band also would play the Coachella festival in California.

Radiohead releases would be Bond song

Friday, December 25, 2015 – Radiohead put out a new song today – the song that was to be the theme song for the James Bond film "Spectre."

"Last year we were asked to write a tune for Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were," Yorke tweeted. "…. It didn't work out ... but became something of our own which we love very much ....As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you ... soundcloud.com/radiohead/spec…

The song, which clocks in at 3:19, is available for listening at Soundcloud.

The film features a theme song from Sam Smith.

The band's last release was "The King of Limbs" on Feb. 18, 2011. Since then, band members have been involved in their own projects, including releasing solo albums and movie soundtracks.

The Beatles give Xmas present to fans - streaming

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – The Beatles are giving their fans a Christmas present at midnight Thursday - the streaming of their catalogue on nine seats.

The band made its announcement via a 35-second YouTube video released today.

The Beatles' music is available for streaming worldwide via the following nine services: Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster / Rhapsody Amazon Prime Music, Slacker Radio, Spotify and Tidal.

The message on YouTube said, "Happy Crimble, with love from us to you.'

The streaming will be from 13 albums and 4 compilations: "Please Please Me," "With The Beatles," "A Hard Day's Night," "Beatles For Sale," "Help!," "Rubber Soul," "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Magical Mystery Tour," "The Beatles," "Yellow Submarine," "Abbey Road," "Let It Be," "The Beatles 1962 – 1966," "The Beatles 1967 – 1970," "Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2)" and "1."

New PJ Harvey release coming in '16

Friday, December 18, 2015 – PJ Harvey returns in 2016 with a new record documenting her artistic journey, which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C.

There was no word on an exact release date.

The album was recorded during a month-long, open to the public recording in progress residency at London arts and cultural center Somerset House. Audiences witnessed Harvey at work with her band and producers in a custom-built studio.

Harvey's ninth album follows 2011's "Let England Shake," a release that made Harvey the only artist to be awarded the Mercury Prize twice (the previous win being for "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea" in 2001).

Cheap Trick signs with Big Machine

Thursday, December 17, 2015 – On the heels of the announcement that Cheap Trick will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year, the band announced today it is signing with Big Machine Label Group with a new disc out in April.

"Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello" is slated for release on April 1, 2016. Produced by Julian Raymond, the project marks Cheap Trick's 17th studio album and first in more than five years.

"We can't thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enough for honoring Cheap Trick. Thanks to all the fans who have supported us for all these years and to the Hall of Fame members who cast their votes. We are excited," said Cheap Trick bass guitarist Tom Petersson.

"Coinciding with their entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I am beyond proud and excited to announce that Cheap Trick are the newest members of the Big Machine Records family," said Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta. "As a band, they've never stopped rock'n the free world and they play every night with as much conviction as their first power-pop-punk club shows from the mid '70's. I can't wait for Cheap Trick fans everywhere to have the new album."

Eligible since 2002, Cheap Trick was nominated for the first time this year. More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry professionals determine the annual honorees, who are considered qualified 25 years after releasing their first single or album – 1990, for the newest crop of nominees. The 2016 Induction Ceremony is scheduled for April 8.

The band is Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Daxx Nelsen (drums).

Adele unveils North American tour

Monday, December 14, 2015 – Adele will launch a North American tour this summer and fall behind her third disc, "25."

The tour launches in St. Paul, Minn. On
July 5 and concludes in Mexico City on Nov. 15.

The British superstar generally is playing at least two shoes per city. She is playing six nights at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and a similar number at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 17 at 0 a.m. local time via Adele's official site.
July 5 - St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 6 - St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 10 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 11 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 13 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 16 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 17 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 25 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
July 26 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
July 30 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
July 31 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Aug. 2 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Aug. 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Aug. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Aug. 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Aug. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Aug. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Aug. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Aug. 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Aug. 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 6 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 7 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 14 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Sept. 15 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Sept. 19 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 20 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 22 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 23 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 25 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 26 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 30 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Oct. 1 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Oct. 3 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct. 4 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct. 6 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct. 7 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Oct. 10 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Oct. 11 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Oct. 15 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 16 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 25 - Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Oct. 26 - Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Oct. 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Oct. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Nov. 1 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Nov. 2 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Nov. 4 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Nov. 5 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Nov. 8 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov. 9 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov. 14 - Mexico City, DF @ Palacio de los Deportes
Nov. 15 - Mexico City, DF @ Palacio de los Deportes

Bowie announces new release

Monday, October 26, 2015 – David Bowie will release a new album in 2016, he said on his web site.

"Blackstar'" is the forthcoming single and album from Bowie.

Bowie said on his web site, "Contrary to inaccurate reporting on the sound and content of the album, only the following can be confirmed:

The single will be released on November 20th and is not part of David's theatre piece ‘Lazarus'.

The album will be released on David's birthday, January 8th 2016.

Enya announces "Dark Sky Island"

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – Enya announced Thursday she would release "Dark Sky Island' Nov. 20 on Warner.

Enya, producer and sound engineer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan - started work on the album in the spring 2012. Inspired by Ryan's work on a series of poetry books themed around islands and specifically the island of Sark's decision to be designated as a dark sky island, the album's title track was the first song to be written for the collection.

"This album has a theme of journeys," said Enya. "Journeys to the island; through the length of a lifetime; through history, through emotions; and journeys across great oceans. So although it's not a 'themed' album, as such, we nevertheless have an underlying connection between songs."

"Echoes in Rain" is the first single.

"Echoes in Rain" also shares a coincidence with its famous predecessor. Back in 1988, Enya's signature song, "Orinoco Flow," was the final song that was recorded during sessions for the "Watermark" album. "Echoes in Rain" was the final track to be completed for the album.

The song list is:
1. The Humming
2. So I Could Find My Way
3. Even in the Shadows
5. Echoes in Rain
6. I Could Never Say Goodbye
7. Dark Sky Island
8. Sancta Maria
9. Astra et Luna
10. The Loxian Gates
11. Diamonds on the Water

Rihanna releases album cover

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – Rihanna unveiled the cover for her eighth album, "ANTI," which features Braille.

In a recent exhibition at the MAMA Gallery, Rihanna and contemporary artist Roy Nachum showed seven original oil paintings that will be used as the official artwork for "ANTI."

Included in these seven paintings is the album cover, which depicts a young girl with a gold crown covering her eyes, and a black balloon strung tightly to her wrist, painted in multiple, intersecting views. The back cover features an oil painting of the same young girl seen from behind.

Both paintings are inscribed with sculpted Braille poetry by Chloe Mitchel that spreads between the front and the back cover of the album. Additional paintings featured as inside album artwork include poetry sculpted in Braille by Roy Nachum.

RIhanna said in a press release that this is the first time an album has ever incorporated physical Braille. "The Braille inscription will also allow people who are blind to experience an entire album by touch."

No release date was given.

The Who postpone 50th anniversary tour, Daltrey sick

Friday, September 18, 2015 – The Who said today that they are postponing all remaining dates on their "The Who Hits 50!" North American tour due to Roger Daltrey having viral meningitis.

The band had initially postponed four shows on doctors orders after Daltrey contracted a mystery virus.

"Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral meningitis and prescribed a period of rest," the band said in a statement. "The band apologize to fans and realize that the postponement will cause an inconvenience for ticket holders. It wasn't a decision taken lightly–The Who always give their fans 100 percent and were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour.

Daltrey was "particularly disappointed as he had been especially looking forward to the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles, a charity that he and THE WHO have worked tirelessly for," the band said. "Thankfully he is already getting better and said, "We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year."

Pete Townshend said, "We are rescheduling all the shows for next spring 2016. We apologize to all our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well, we will come back stronger than ever, and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember."

Smith sings Bond theme song

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, "Spectre."

"Writings on the Wall," which Smith co-wrote, will be released Sept. 25. The film comes out Nov. 2 in the U.S.

Smith posted on his web site, " I am singing the next James Bond theme song!!!!"

This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it."

Mastodon cancels tour dates

Monday, July 20, 2015 – Mastodon cancelled tour dates in Canada and Eyurope in August and September "due to a personal family member," the group said in a press release today.

The shows were to start Aug. 7 in Montreal and end Sept. 3 in Athens. The Sept. 5 show in Iceland was rescheduled to Dec. 5.

No specific reason was given for the cancellation.

Holmes Brother dies

Friday, June 19, 2015 – Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died on Friday,at his home in Rosedale, Md. of complications due to pulmonary hypertension at 71.

Holmes retired from touring earlier this year when he was first diagnosed.

He was born in Christchurch, Va. on Dec. 19, 1943. He and his older brother Sherman were raised by their schoolteacher parents, who nurtured the boys' early interest in music. As youngsters they listened to traditional Baptist hymns, anthems and spirituals as well as blues music by Jimmy Reed, Junior Parker and B.B. King.

"It was a small town, and my brother and I were about the only ones who could play anything," Holmes said. "So we played around in all the area churches on Sundays." The night before, though, they would play blues, soul, country and rock at their cousin's local club, Herman Wate's Juke Joint. "When he couldn't get any good groups to come from Norfolk or Richmond, he'd call us in," Holmes said. "That's how we honed our sound. We used to say we'd rock ‘em on Saturday and save ‘em on Sunday."

Once he finished high school he joined Sherman, who had already begun playing professionally in New York. The two brothers played in a few bands before forming The Sevilles in 1963. The group lasted only three years, but they often backed up touring artists like The Impressions, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Butler. Sherman and Wendell met drummer Popsy Dixon, a fellow Virginian, at a New York gig in 1967. Dixon sat in with the brothers and sang two songs. "After that second song," recalls Wendel Holmesl, "Popsy was a brother." They continued to play in a variety of Top 40 bar bands until 1979, when the three officially joined forces and formed The Holmes Brothers band.

The band toured the world, releasing 12 albums starting with 1990's "In The Spirit" on Rounder.

In September 2014, The Holmes Brothers were honored with a National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the U.S. bestows upon its folk and traditional artists.

Holmes is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughters Felicia and Mia, brothers Sherman and Milton, and three grandsons.

Love returns with new album

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Darlene Love will release her first album in decades after signing to Stevie Van Zandt's Wicked Cool label, partnering with Columbia Records.

"Introducing Darlene Love" will be out this fall. Van Zandt, a member of the E Street Band, arranged and produced the album, enlisting Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, Joan Jett and songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

"Darlene's legendary status is well deserved but I felt the time was long overdue to show a younger generation why she has earned that reputation," Van Zandt said. "Partnering with Columbia Records is a dream come true because now I know the world will hear her."

Love's five-decade career spans the Los Angeles native nurturing her talent early as a member of the Blossoms, a local trio who began providing backup vocals at recording sessions for artists such as Sam Cooke and Bobbie Day. The Blossoms also were featured as part of the house band for the popular ‘60s music show Shindig. Love became one of the most sought-after background singers in music history, recording with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick and The Righteous Brothers. Her early work with producer Phil Spector on songs such as the pioneering "He's A Rebel," "He's Sure The Boy I Love," and "Why Do Lover's Break Each Other's Hearts," would garner her legend status. She is featured in the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary ‘20 Feet From Stardom,' chronicling the behind-the-scenes lives of background singers. The accompanying album won a 2014 Grammy in the Best Music Film category.

Foo Fighters bag tour after Grohl breaks leg

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – A broken leg suffered by Dave Grohl in falling off the stage in Sweden on Friday resulted in Foo Fighters canceling their European tour.

"Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl's fall from the stage during Foo Fighters' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band's dates in the UK and Europe. After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave's full recuperation time is still to be determined," the band said in a press release.

The band previously canceled its June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival and June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

The following shows also were canceled:
June 19- 20 - London, UK - Wembley Stadium
June 23 - Edinburgh, UK - BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 25 - Werchter, Belgium - Festivalpark Werchter
June 26 - Glastonbury Festival 2015

In a letter to fans, Grohl wrote:
"Two songs into our set at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, I made a mad dash to the right of the stage during MONKEY WRENCH to shred some tasty licks for the kids up front. It was a beautiful night, beautiful stadium, 52,000 screaming people….dream gig! Well….wait for it….I definitely shredded something (ZING!) Wound up feet first over the Edge (pun intended), dropping about 12 feet, dislocating my ankle and snapping my fibula like an old pair of take out chopsticks. Whoopsie daisy. Not good. Without realizing the extent of my injuries, I stood up to get back onstage and crumbled like a sack of Joe Theismanns (look it up, kiddies). That shit was B-R-O-K-E.

As I lay there on my back, I just thought, "Are you kidding me? We haven't even gotten to the screamy bit of the song and the gig is fucking OVER?" So, I asked for a microphone and told the audience I'd get fixed up and come right back to finish the show ASAP. Shock? Probably. But, I couldn't stand the thought of such a perfect night going to waste! I looked at our drummer Taylor and said, "Bust out some Chevy Metal covers while they fix me up!" So, as the band kicked in to "Stay With Me" by The Faces, the medics poured me onto a stretcher, took me off to the side, cut my favorite pants off (so bummed) and popped my ankle back into place. I asked if I could get back onstage to finish the show, but they said I needed a cast (which was 20 minutes away at the hospital) to hold my ankle in place. So I looked my EMT, Johan in the eyes and said "Well, then you're coming up there with me right now and holding it in place until they can bring the cast here. Ready?" He stared at me wide-eyed for a second and said, "OK, lets' go…"

I don't know who was more scared, me or Johan. 5 minutes later, I don't know who was having more fun, me or Johan. (I actually looked at him in between songs and said "This is pretty fun, isn't it?" He smiled and nodded yes.)

Like clockwork, the cast arrived, I walked offstage for a song or two as they put it on me, and then came back to finish the gig. Let's just say that singing our song "Walk" with a straight face was pretty goddamned hard. "These Days" was a good one, too. (Easy for you to say! Your leg has never been broken!) All in all, it was without a doubt the single most bizarre Foo Fighters show in the entire 20 years of being a band. Hands down. What seemed like a tragedy at first turned into a triumph, and we all walked away with a new sense of appreciation for what we've got…

Straight to the hospital for x-rays, where we finally saw the extent of the damage. That's when things got really real. I was told I needed surgery to fix the break. I decided to fly back to London and find a doctor that could see me ASAP. (Thanks for the recommendation, Paul!) An MRI and a few x-rays later, we set a date and prepared for the operation.

Operation went well. Had a great team and nice stay in hospital. Good curry, too! Thank you to everyone involved.

So….here I am, recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo….damn.

Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I'm really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I'm afraid it's just not physically possible for me at the moment. We're doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we're good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us….

You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn't be here if it weren't for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Until then…my sincerest apologies.

Your friend, Dave

Trump doesn't rock Young's world

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president of the U.S. on Tuesday, and Canadian citizen Neil Young is not happy.

That's because Trump used Young's song "Rockin' in the Free World" during his announcement event.

Trump issued a statement, "Donald Trump was not authorized to use "Rockin' In The Free World" in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."

U2 road manager dies.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

American Idol to end

Sunday, May 10, 2015 – American Idol is calling it quits after its 15th and final season, which launches in January, it was announced today.

The new series will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final Idol winner and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of contestants.

The show lost its luster in recent years with declining numbers and few bona fide stars coming out of the show.

Secrest tweeted today, "next season will be emotional yes, but next season will be unforgettable" and "i can't wait."

AI also has a revolving set of hosts in recent years once Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson left the show. Among the hosts were Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Mariah Carey.

fun. singer Nate Ruess announces debut

Monday, April 6, 2015 – fun. front man Nate Ruess announced the release of his debut solo album. "Grand Romantic," on June 16 via Fueled By Ramen.

The disc's first single is "Nothing Without Love."

"Grand Romantic" sees production from longtime collaborators Jeff Bhasker (fun.'s "Some Nights," Beyoncé, Drake) and Emile Haynie (Eminem, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey) and contributions from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and LL/Atlantic recording artist Lykke Li, both of whom guest on "Nothing Without Love." Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy lends a guitar solo to "Take It Back."

New disc coming from Ocean in July

Monday, April 6, 2015 – Frank Ocean announced today on his web site that he would have releases in July.

One is his third album, while the other is a magazine.

""I got two versions. I got twoooo versions." #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY."

The web site shows a photo of Ocean in a room with a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry."

Ocean broke through with "Channel Orange" in 2012.

Stones return to States, reissue "Sticky Fingers"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – The Rolling Stones are returning to the U.S. this summer for the Zip Code Tour, hitting 15 stadiums. The band also announced the reissue of "Sticky Fingers,"

The tour starts in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park. Stops include Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, N.C., Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo, N.Y. before wrapping in Quebec, Canada on July 15.

"We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer! We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs," said Mick Jagger.

"We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America. I can't wait to get back on the stage," said Keith Richards

Tour dates are:

May 24 San Diego, CA Petco Park
May 30 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
June 3 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium
June 6 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
June 9 Atlanta, GA Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17 Nashville, TN LP Field
June 20 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
June 23 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
July 1 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
July 11 Buffalo, NY Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15 Quebec, QC

The 1971 classic includes "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," "Bitch," "Sister Morphine" and "Dead Flowers," will be reissued by Universal Music in a variety of formats on May 26.

"Sticky Fingers" is also for its iconic cover by Andy Warhol, featuring a zipper on a pair of jeans. The record was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala., Stargroves, Mick Jagger"s country home and Olympic Studios in London, and produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, Sticky Fingers was released shortly after the Stones became exiled in the south of France, leaving Britain after a farewell tour.

The release will include previously unavailable material contained within the Deluxe and Super Deluxe formats. These include the alternative version of the chart-topping single "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased interpretations of "Bitch," "Can"t You Hear Me Knocking" and "Dead Flowers"; an acoustic take on "Wild Horses" and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler."

The Super Deluxe edition will also house Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!, the 13-track audio recording of the Stones" gig in Leeds in March 1971, shortly before their "exile" in France began. The set included versions of the just-completed "Brown Sugar," "Bitch" and "Dead Flowers," one of their many forays into country music.

Rihanna puts her money on "Bitch Better"

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – "Bitch Better Have My Money" is the new song from Rihanna's upcoming eighth studio album.

Rihanna will perform the song for the first time ever at The iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 29, live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on NBC at 8 p.m.

Malik leaves One Direction

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – One Direction is down to a quartet.

Zayn Malik announced today via Facebook that he is leaving the boy band. The announcement came one week after he left the band's tour due to stress."

The said on Facebook, "After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year."

Malik said, "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."

The band in its response that they were "really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."

Simon Cowell, who discovered the band on X Factor UK, said "I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond - and immensely proud - of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band."

Phish launches summer tour, Magnball

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – Phish will launch a summer tour, which will include a three-day fest in Watkins Glen, N.Y. in August.

Phish's summer tour will begin on the West Coast with two evenings at Les Schwab Amphitheatre in Bend, Ore. on July 21-22. The band will also play two-night stands in Atlanta, East Troy, Wisc., Philadelphia and Columbia, Md.

The three-day fest, Magnaball, scheduled for Aug. 21-23, will feature numerous activities, attractions and art installations in addition to a series of performances by the band. Watkins Glen International, which was also the site of Phish's 2011 festival, Super Ball IX, is one of the premier road racing tracks in the U.S.

The event continues a tradition that Phish forged in August 1996 with The Clifford Ball.

Tickets for Magnaball will go on sale this Friday, March 20, at noon eastern time.

An online ticket request period is currently underway for all other shows. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, April 2.

Phish will celebrate Record Store Day with the April 18 release of its first-ever full-length live vinyl box set, "New Year's Eve 1995: Live At Madison Square Garden." The deluxe six-LP collection includes previously unpublished photos from the show and an essay by author Parke Puterbaugh. The collection will be available exclusively at participating independently owned record stores across the country.

Tour dates are:
July 21-22 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 24 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 25 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
July 28 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
July 29 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 31-Aug. 1 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
Aug. 2 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Aug. 4 Nashville, TN Riverfront Park Amphitheater
Aug. 5 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Aug. 7 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Aug. 8-9 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Center
Aug. 11-12 Philadelphia, PA The Mann
Aug. 14 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Aug. 15-16 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 21-23 Watkins Glen, NY Magnaball
Sept. 4-6 Commerce City, CO Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Pink Floyd's Gilmour announces tour

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – David Gilmour of Pink Floyd announced Wednesday he is going to tour later this year.

Gilmour will perform several dates across Europe in September – in Croatia, Italy, France, Germany and England.

Gilmour wrote on his blog, "Sorry to disappoint anyone outside Europe, I feel your pain and anticipate your grumbles, but there are no other dates planned at this time. Further details, concerning personnel and such like, will follow as and when they become available, so please sit tight."

Reports have surfaced that Gilmour will release a solo album. Pink Floyd released "The Endless River" in November 2014.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 12 – Pula, Croatia, Pula Arena
Sept. 14 – Verona, Italy, Arena
Sept. 15 – Florence, Italy, Ippodrama Delle Mulina
Sept. 17 – Orange, France, Theatre Antique D'Orange
Sept. 19 – Oberhausen, Germany, Konig - Pilsener Arena
Sept. 23-25 – London, Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday

"Good luck, everyone, and do let us know if you'll be attending any of these concerts. I want to know how excited you are. Please tell me," Gilmour said.

Blur announces first disc in 12 years

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Blur will release its first album in 12 years in late April, the band announced today.

"The Magic Whip" will be out April 28 on Warner. The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in spring 2013 – at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong – were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.

Last November, Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur's early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Damon Albarn then added lyrics.The band also includes Alex James and Dave Rowntree.

Songs are:
Lonesome Street
New World Towers
Go Out
Ice Cream Man
Thought I Was a Spaceman
I Broadcast
My Terracotta Heart
There are Too Many of Us
Ghost Ship
Ong Ong
Mirror Ball

"Go Out" is available now as a video.

As the only artists to play Hyde Park four times, blur will return to the London park for a headline show on Saturday, June 20 as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Tickets go on general sale at 9 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Friday, Feb. 27 and are priced from 75 British pounds or about $116.

The band's last album was "Think Tank' in 2003.

Florence + The Machine announces new album

Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Florence + The Machine will be out with their first album in more than four years, "How Big How Blue How Beautiful" on June 2.

For Florence Welch, the success of her first two Florence + the Machine albums "Lungs" (2009) and "Ceremonials" (2011) meant five years of back-to-back recording, promoting and touring. "Lungs" ran straight into the making, promoting and touring of the Grammy-nominated "Ceremonials," an album written while on the road and recorded straight after coming off tour.

A pop star at 21, Florence discovered that in giving seven years to her music, some elements of real life had been left by the wayside. Finishing a tour and moving out of her mother's Camberwell home, Florence went back to life off the road.

"It was sort of a crash landing" Florence admits, "I guess although I've always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I'm not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do."

The songs were written and recorded over the course of 2014. The disc was produced by Markus Dravs (Bjork, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

"Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums," Florence said, "and he's done Bjork's ‘Homogenic,' which is a huge record for me. And I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds. And, you know, he's good with big sounds. And I like big sounds. And he's good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record," she said of a group of musicians who were arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.

"And with Markus, I wanted to make something that was big, but that had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that was rooted. I think that's why we went back more to the live instruments. Something that was band-led almost."

"‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful' was the first song I wrote for this record, literally as I just came off tour," she said, "and then I went off and had this incredibly chaotic year, and that all went into the record. But in the end, the feeling of ‘How Big How Blue' is what I came back to. The trumpets at the end of that song— that's what love feels like to me. An endless brass section that goes off into space. And it takes you with it. You're so up there. And that's what music feels like to me. You want it just to pour out endlessly, and it's the most amazing feeling."

Songs on the CD are:
Ship To Wreck
What Kind Of Man
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Queen Of Peace
Various Storms & Saints
Long & Lost
Third Eye
St Jude

Barenaked Ladies spend Last Summer on Earth on the road

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – Barenaked Ladies return to the road this summer for their 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. Joined by special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work, the Ladies kick off the shows on June 5 in Columbus, Ohio, ending July 26 in Seattle.

Guitarist/Vocalist Ed Robertson said, "It's the Last Summer On Earth... Again. It's not a doomsday prediction; it's a call to action. We sincerely hope this won't be the Last Summer on Earth, but just in case, we're going to rock like it is."

The tour coincides with the release of the band's, as yet untitled, new album due out on Vanguard Records later this summer. Fans that purchase tickets to the 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour will instantly receive one track from the new album and a digital download of the full album upon release.

The band features Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart.

Tour dates are:
June 5 – Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
June 6 – Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 7 – Toledo, OH - Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
June 8 – Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre
June 10 – Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 12 – Red Wing, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino Island Events Center
June 13 – Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Pavilion
June 14 – Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove at Harrah's Council Bluffs
June 16 – Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 17 – Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
June 19 – Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
June 20– Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 21– Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
June 26 – Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
June 27 – Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
June 28 – Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 29 – Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 1 – New York, NY - JBL Live at Pier 97
July 2 – West Windsor, NJ - Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
July 3 – Solomons, MD - PNC Waterside Pavilion
July 4 – Raleigh, NC - The Red Hat Amphitheatre
July 8 – Charlotte, NC - Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory
July 10 – Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
July 11 – St. Augustine, FL - St Augustine Amphitheatre
July 12 – Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
July 13 – Nashville, TN - Woods at Fontanel
July 15 – Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 17 – Albuquerque, NM - Venue TBD
July 18 – Las Vegas, NV - Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
July 19– San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union OAT
July 21– Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
July 22 – Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
July 24 – Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden
July 25 – Portland, OR - Edgefield
July 26 – Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre

Rodgers, CHIC return to Warner

Monday, February 2, 2015 – Nile Rodgers and CHIC are back with Warner Records, the label announced today.

Warner also entered into a deal with Land of The Good Groove, the label formed by Rodgers and veteran music executive Michael Ostin. WBR will handle all distribution and label services for artists signed by Rodgers and Ostin, who will act as the imprint's creative supervisors.

Rodgers is currently finalizing the first new CHIC album in nearly 25 years, with the first single scheduled to drop on March 20, followed by the album in June.

"Nile Rodgers' influence on the course of modern music cannot be overstated," said Cameron Strang, Warner chairman and chief executive officer. "For the past four decades, his visionary work as a songwriter, producer, bandleader, and musician has reverberated across genres and generations. From groundbreaking guitar work, to an uncanny hit making instinct, to shaping the sound of countless artists, he has created a phenomenal musical legacy. Nile has never stopped moving forward, so I am thrilled to welcome him into the WBR family as he begins a dynamic new chapter of his extraordinary career. And I'm doubly thrilled that Michael Ostin will be returning to the WBR fold as Nile's label partner."

"My relationship with Warner and Michael formerly started with 'Like A Virgin.' The album is Double-Diamond, just like our friendship is," said Rodgers.

"Nile and I have had a long rich history as creative collaborators and close friends," said Michael Ostin. "To be partnering with him during this exciting chapter of his career and to be back in Burbank at Warner Brothers, a building that served as my second home since childhood, is an unimaginable dream come true."

The co-founder of Chic, Rodgers pioneered hits like "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love," sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times," and gave Sister Sledge the smash "We Are Family." He produced David Bowie and Madonna and has collaborated with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure and Sam Smith.

Rodgers released the album "CHIC-ism" on Warner Bros. Records in 1992 after reforming the group with Bernard Edwards. Ostin was Warner senior vice president from 1988 to 1996, overseeing the day-to-day U.S. operations of the creative department as well as creative coordination of the careers of such artists as Madonna, Prince, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Van Halen, B-52s, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and Seal.

"Le Freak" will be inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame on Feb. 3, and Rodgers will receive the President's Merit Award during the Recording Academy's eighth Grammy week celebration for the Producers & Engineers Wing of NARAS. He'll also appear on the new PBT series Speakeasy for a 60-minute interview with Valerie Simpson.

Knopfler tours in September

Monday, January 26, 2015 – Mark Knopfler will celebrate the release of his new record, "Tracker," with a 36-city North American tour that kicks off in Vancouver in September and ends in late October.

The tour is in conjunction with Knopfler's new CD, "Tracker," due March 17 on Verve Records,

Fans that purchase tickets to ‘An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band' online will receive a physical copy of "Tracker" for each pair of tickets purchased. Fan club presales begin Jan. 27. Public on sales begin Jan. 30.

‘Part of the fun is thinking what you might have a go at, for a new tour," Knopfler said. "For me, that's part of the joy of it, getting that little crew together again, and setting sail once again. It's a real adventure."

"‘The songs ‘Lights of Taormina' and ‘Silver Eagle' came into being partly through my trips in Europe and the U.S. with Bob Dylan," he said.

"Tracker" is the eight solo recording from Knopfler. Recorded at his own British Grove Studios in West London, the set includes 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The album was producer by Knopfler and his long-time collaborator Guy Fletcher who also plays keyboard on the record. Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, John McCusker on fiddle, Glenn Worf on bass and Ian Thomas on drums also play on the release. Guest musicians include Ruth Moody (from The Wailin' Jennys) on vocals, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Phil Cunningham on accordion.

"Tracker" will be available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a box set that will include the album on both CD and vinyl with a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler where he talks about the new record. Sleeve notes have been specially written by acclaimed U.S. author Richard Ford and also contain a numbered art print and six photographic prints.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 10 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 11-12 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery*
Sept. 13 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
Sept. 16 Las Vegas, NV The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Sept. 18 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre
Sept. 19 Los Angeles, CA The Dolby Theatre
Sept. 20 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl*
Sept. 21 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
Sept. 23 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Sept. 25 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Sept. 26 Dallas, TX The Majestic Theatre
Sept. 28 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Sept. 29 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 30 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
Oct. 2 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Oct. 3 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre—Murat Theatre
Oct. 4 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
Oct. 6 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Oct. 7 Montreal, QC Place Des Arts—Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
Oct. 9 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 10 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino—Grand Theater
Oct. 11 Albany, NY Palace Theater
Oct. 13 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall
Oct. 14 Niagara Falls, ON Fallsview Casino Resort*
Oct. 16 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Oct. 17 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music
Oct. 18 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Oct. 20 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Oct. 22 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
Oct. 24 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater*
Oct. 25 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Oct. 27 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 Melbourne, FL King Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 30 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct. 31 Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts

* On-sale at a later date

Death Cab For Cutie drops "Kintsugi"

Monday, January 12, 2015 – Death Cab for Cutie announced the release of their eighth studio album. "Kintsugi" on March 31.

"Kintsugi, the follow-up to 2011's "Codes and Keys," marks Death Cab for Cutie's first new album since the departure last year of founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla.

Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, the album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them.

"Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us – the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty," said bassist Nick Harmer, who suggested the name to singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard and drummer Jason McGerr. "Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs."

The band will tour behind the release, but no dates were announced.

The track listing is:
1. No Room in Frame
2. Black Sun
3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
4. Little Wanderer
5. You've Haunted Me All My Life
6. Hold No Guns
7. Everything's a Ceiling
8. Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
9. El Dorado
10. Ingenue
11. Binary Sea

AC/DC, Drake, White headline Coachella

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline this year's Coachella music festival being held again on consecutive weekends in April.

Tame Impala, Interpol, Alabama Shakes Ride, Azealia Banks, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah and Lykke Li are among the acts playing both Fridays.

The Saturday line-ups include The Weeknd, alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, Hozier, Bad Religion, FKA Twigs, Father John Misty, War on Drugs, Royal Blood, Phox and Benjamin Booker.

The Sunday schedule features British act Florence + The Machine, Kaskade, Ryan Adams, David Guetta, St. Vincent, Marina and the Diamond, Fitz & the Tantrums, Brand New, Stromae, Jenny Lewis, Built to Spill, and St. Lucia.

The festival will be held April 10-12 and 17-19 with the exact same line-up each weekend, something Coachella did last year as well.

Tickets go on sale at 3 p.m. eastern time today (Wednesday).

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