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Escape The Fate Begins Work on New Album, Announces Tour Dates

August 1st, 2010 · Comments Off on Escape The Fate Begins Work on New Album, Announces Tour Dates

Notorious Rock Band’s Third Album Expected Later This Year

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SANTA MONICA, California /PRNewswire/ — Escape The Fate is set to shock the world with an album whose unexpected music is being described as a twisted offspring, blending arena rock reminiscent of the 90s with some new flavor, creating a fresh perspective and making a stamp on what the future for rock is.

The group’s third full-length album, but first on a major label, will be released on DGC/Interscope Records in November. “This record is the cure for the modern day music epidemic,” says bassist Max Green. “We are wiping the slate clean and re-writing rock music as you know it.”

Produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Hollywood Undead), the album blends metal and melody, guitar solos and anthemic choruses into an epic sound only hinted at on the group’s previous album, 2008’s This War Is Ours. That album charted Top 35, as did the band’s indie debut, 2006’s Dying Is Your Latest Fashion. Infamous for its edgy stage performances and Sin City lifestyle, Escape The Fate will burn up the road prior to the album’s release. After heading to Mexico and South America in July, the band will support Bullet For My Valentine in the U.S. and Canada from September 16-October 27.

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Date Location Venue
8/4 Mexico City, Mexico Vive Cuervo Salon
9/16 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
9/17 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
9/18 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
9/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ
9/21 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
9/23 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
9/24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
9/25 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
9/26 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
9/28 Scranton, PA Scranton Cultural Center
9/30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/1 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
10/2 Albany, NY Washington Ave. Armory
10/5 Providence, RI Lupo’s
10/6 Montreal, Canada Metropolis
10/8 Toronto, Canada The Sound Academy
10/9 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amph.
10/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
10/12 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
10/13 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
10/14 Fargo, ND The Venue
10/17 Edmonton, Canada Edmonton Event Centre
10/18 Calgary, Canada MacEwan Hall
10/20 Vancouver, Canada Commodore Ballroom
10/21 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
10/22 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
10/23 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
10/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
10/26 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
10/27 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium

SOURCE Interscope Records

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B.o.B Is “Shootin’ For Stars” on Major Tour

July 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on B.o.B Is “Shootin’ For Stars” on Major Tour

B.o.B Is “Shootin’ For Stars” on Major Tour; Global Superstar Announces Debut Headline Tour; North American Itinerary Begins July 31st With MySpace Live Show at Atlanta’s Center Stage; “Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)” Hits #1 in the UK and Lands in the Top 3 in the States

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NEW YORK, New York –(Marketwire) – JuRebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B has unveiled details of his upcoming live schedule, to be highlighted by his first-ever North American headline tour. The tour — dubbed “The Shootin’ For Stars Tour” — will kick off its North American leg on August 3rd at Six Flags in St. Louis and then continue through October (see below itinerary).

B.o.B — who is currently blowing away fans on tour in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan — has also slated a few additional performances, including a free MySpace Live show slated for July 31st at Center Stage in the rapper’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, which will also be streaming live on August 1st will then see the worldwide sensation joining The Black Eyed Peas and Jason Derulo for a one-night-only triple bill at Ottawa, Ontario’s Scotiabank Place.

Furthermore, B.o.B will also be featured at a number of upcoming summer festivals, including the annual Lollapalooza extravaganza in Chicago’s Grant Park on August 6th. The multi-talented rapper will then join Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Janelle Monáe, and Chuck Brown for the 5th Annual Summer Spirit Festival, slated for August 7th at Columbia, Maryland’s world famous Merriweather Post Pavilion. Next, B.o.B will head north for Z103.5’s Summer Rush Toronto, slated for August 8th at Toronto’s Kingswood Music Theater. Then, on August 10th, he will headline 104.5 WSNX’s Rock The Rapids concert at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

B.o.B’s acclaimed debut album, “B.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY,¿ has proven one of 2010’s most popular and significant releases. The album — which debuted atop the Billboard 200 upon its April arrival — is highlighted by a pair of platinum certified singles in the #1 sensation, “Nothin’ On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)¿ and the top 3 smash, “Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore).¿ The latter track is currently #3 with-a-bullet on Billboard’s “Hot 100¿ while also coming in at #2 on both the “Pop Songs¿ and “Rap Songs¿ charts, and also holds the #1 spot in the UK. As of this writing, the combined singles sales from both tracks is currently approaching 5 million with no sign of slowing down.

What’s more, B.o.B has recently been nominated for an outstanding six Teen Choice Awards, making him one of the most-nominated artists of the night. Some of the nominations include “Choice Music: Breakout Artist Male,¿ “Choice Music: Album Rap,” “Choice Music: Single¿ for “Nothin’ On You,¿ and will be announced on August 9 on FOX (check local listings.) No stranger to accolades, B.o.B recently received three prestigious nominations at the 2010 BET Awards, including “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist¿ and “Video of the Year.¿ The night also saw B.o.B taking the stage for a show-stopping performance of “Airplanes¿ alongside rap veteran Eminem and Keyshia Cole, which many raved as the best performance of the night.

“B.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY¿ sees the resourceful rapper producing the majority of the album by himself, while also playing multiple musical instruments, including piano, trumpet and French horn. In addition, B.o.B is joined by a star-studded line-up of surprising special guests, including Hayley Williams of Paramore, T.I., Eminem, Janelle Monáe, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Playboy Tre, and Lupe Fiasco. Endlessly inventive tracks such as “5th Dimension¿ and “Magic¿ offer a funky and fascinating journey into a gifted new talent’s far-reaching imagination.

“I just want to show people that there are endless possibilities of what you can do,¿ B.o.B says. “You don’t just have to be a rapper, you don’t just have to be a trapper; you can be anything you want to be and whatever you do, just love it and it will show.

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ON TOUR 2010
All Dates “The Shootin’ For Stars Tour” Except *
21 Melbourne, AU Billboard Melbourne
24 Osaka, JPN Club Quattro
25 Tokyo, JPN Tokyo Garden Hall
31 Atlanta, GA MySpace Live @ Center Stage *
1 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place *
3 St. Louis, MO Six Flags
4 Gurnee, IL Six Flags
6 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza *
6 Dallas, TX House of Blues
7 Columbia, MD Summer Spirit Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
8 Toronto, ONT Z103.5 Summer Rush Toronto @ Kingswood Music Theater *
10 Comstock Park, MI 104.5 WSNX’s Rock The Rapids @ Fifth Third Ballpark *
11 Austintown, OH Club Gossip
13 Springfield, MA Six Flags
14 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
15 Boston, MA House of Blues
17 New York, NY Irving Plaza
18 Jackson, NJ Six Flags
20 Washington, DC American University
21 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
22 Atlanta, GA Six Flags
24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
25 Orlando, FL University of Central Florida
26 Jacksonville, FL University of Northern Florida
28 Richmond, VA Virginia Commonwealth
31 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
4 Oneonta, NY SUNY Oneonta
16 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech University — Burris Hall Auditorium
17 Detroit, MI Grey Goose Event — Venue TBA
18 Utica, NY Utica College
19 Princeton, NJ Princeton University
21 Lawrence, KS University of Kansas — Liberty Hall
22 Columbia, MO University of Missouri
14 Fresno, CA Big Fresno Fairgrounds
21 Lexington, KY Memorial Coliseum
22 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt University
23 Atlanta, GA Emory University
24 Towson, MD Towson University
28 Harrisonburg, VA James Madison University — Wilson Hall
29 Lewisburg, PA Sojka Pavilion
30 Washington, DC Grey Goose Event — Venue TBA

Additional Dates To Be Announced

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Jayhawks Co-Founder Mark Olson Begins at End of August

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Jayhawks Co-Founder Mark Olson Begins at End of August

Jayhawks Co-Founder Mark Olson Solo CD “Many Colored Kite” Out Today

U.S. Tour Begins End of August in Support of July 27th Ryko Release; “Mark Olson, Founding Member of the Jayhawks, Has the Autonomy and Musical Prowess to Defy That Unnecessary Descriptive Clause That Often Comes After His Name…” — American Songwriter Magazine

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NEW YORK, New York –(Marketwire – July 27, 2010) – Ryko Recording artist Mark Olson, founder of legendary Americana band The Jayhawks, is set to release today “Many Colored Kite,” his follow-up solo CD. The critically-acclaimed artist, whose influential catalogue spans 25 years, has also just announced his upcoming U.S. tour in support of the July 27th release. Olson will be accompanied on this acoustic tour by multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold, who co-wrote two songs with Olson on “Many Colored Kite.”

“Many Colored Kite” is the gifted troubadour’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2007 personal milestone, “Salvation Blues,” a soul-searching album of loss and change which further cemented Olson’s reputation as one of the true heroes of the folk/roots scene and garnered rave reviews for its autobiographical, often painful songs, as noted by The New York Times Critics pick.

It’s a hopeful Olson who greets the listener on “Many Colored Kite,” with its earthy, neo-folk feel. Paste Magazine observes “‘Many Colored Kite’ finds Olson fusing his ‘desert country’ sound with classic and ’60s British folk tropes for an album buoyed by harmonies from girlfriend Ingunn Ringvold… opening track ‘Little Bird of Freedom’ features vocals from Jolie Holland… Vashti Bunyan lends her talents to ‘No Time to Live Without Her,’ a song that celebrates love.” The Dallas Observer calls Olson, “a songwriter of unique vision…” and Popmatters considers “Many Colored Kite” “unpretentious but not un-ambitious — daring to be almost embarrassingly forthright and earnest,” adding “that’s always been Olson’s way: never trendy… so steeped in classic American song that his body of work seems to exist out of time.”

Produced and engineered by Beau Raymond (Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, Mark Olson and Gary Louris) and featuring the core group of Olson, Neal Casal and Danny Frankel, this is a wide-eyed, uplifting album with soaring, ethereal harmonies contributed by Ringvold.

The opening track, “Little Bird of Freedom” sets the tone of the album: these are songs by a man who has made it through the eye of the tempest and is looking at the world as if he’s seeing it for the first time. Elsewhere “Many Colored Kite’s” airy, uncluttered songs celebrate life and nature (“Wind and Rain,” “Morning Dove”) and love (“Bluebell Song” and “No Time to Live Without Her,” featuring renowned folk legend Vashti Bunyan).

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Track Listing:
Little Bird Of Freedom
Morning Dove
Many Colored Kite
Bluebell Song
No Time To Live Without Her
Your Life Beside Us
Wind & Rain
More Hours


08/27 Los Angeles, CA McCabe’s Guitar Shop
09/07 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
09/09 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
09/10 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
09/11 Bellingham, WA Green Frog Café Acoustic Tavern
09/12 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
09/14 Duluth, MN Pizza Luce
09/15 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
09/16 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi
09/17 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
09/18 Louisville, KY The Rudyard Kipling
09/19 St. Louis, MO The Old Rock House
09/21 Easton, MD Nightcat
09/22 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
09/23 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
09/24 New York, NY Joe’s Pub
09/25 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
09/26 Cambridge, MA Club Passim
09/27 Portland, ME Online Longfellow Square
09/28 Ithaca, NY Wildfire Lounge
09/29 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop

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Pop Diva Meeghan Henry Releases New Single “When I’m 18”

July 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Pop Diva Meeghan Henry Releases New Single “When I’m 18”

AZUSA, California, July 21 /PRNewswire/ — Meeghan Henry won’t have to wait until she’s 18 to be famous. At 15, the fetching Indonesian-born singer/songwriter is already making a name for herself, creating an industry buzz that puts her on the same path to pop stardom as the likes of LeAnn Rimes and Miley Cyrus. Her newly released single, “When I’m 18,” is currently playing on radio stations all across the U.S. and charting on NMW, FMQB, IMN and beyond.

“I always wanted to entertain people,” said Meeghan, who moved with her family to California before she was five. A gifted straight-A student, Meeghan juggled performing arts school with modeling, television commercials, beauty pageants and voice lessons, always with the full support of her family.

Meeghan’s big break came when she was discovered at California Sound Studios by music industry powerbroker Ronnie King. An internationally renowned producer and virtuoso keyboardist, King is known for his behind-the-scenes work with Mariah Carey, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg. Also on her production team is C Minor (Fallin’ For You, Dance Wit’ Me) and Terence Davis (Best Friends Forever, Spooky), a collaboration that resulted in her breakout album, “When I’m 18,” on the indie MHI Records label. Rich with pop hooks and catchy lyrics, “When I’m 18,” is already attracting thousands of fans to Meeghan’s music video on YouTube.

An electrifying live performer, Meeghan wowed a sold-out crowd at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre earlier this year when she shared the bill with Colby O’Donis, whose duet with Lady Gaga, “Just Dance,” reached #1 on the Billboard charts. She was also recently featured on The Ryan and Randi Show . On July 31st, Meeghan will perform in San Francisco’s Union Square, headlining the annual Indonesian Day parade.

Determined not to let the attention and accolades go to her head, the precocious and preternaturally talented Meeghan keeps her eyes on the prize. Poised beyond her years, Meeghan understands that talent alone won’t get her to the top. “It takes a lot of focus and hard work,” said the Indonesian beauty. “I’m dedicated to making it.” And chances are, she won’t have to be 18 to meet her goal.

Her album, “When I’m 18,” is available on iTunes and in music stores nationwide.

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Taylor Swift’s Third CD, Speak Now, Set for US & International Release on October 25th

July 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on Taylor Swift’s Third CD, Speak Now, Set for US & International Release on October 25th

Taylor Swift’s Third CD, Speak Now, Set for US & International Release on October 25th

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 20 /PRNewswire/ — Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated third studio album will be released worldwide on October 25th, Taylor herself announced this afternoon during a web chat with her fans.

Entitled SPEAK NOW, the album will be released on Big Machine Records and contains 14 tracks, all written solely by Taylor. Taylor co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman, and the first single from the new record, “Mine,” will be released on August 16th.

“Saying the right thing at the right moment is so crucial that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I’ve begun to fear more than that is letting the moment pass without saying anything,” Taylor says of the very personal collection that is Speak Now. “These songs are made up of words I didn’t say when the moment was right in front of me. These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person.”

Four-time GRAMMY award winner Taylor Swift is the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in both 2009 and 2008. This year, at the age of 20, she became the youngest artist in history, and the first female solo country artist ever, to win the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Also at the 2010 GRAMMYs, she took home the awards for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Female Vocal Performance.

In 2009, she was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and also became the youngest artist in the 43-year history of the Country Music Association, and the seventh female act ever, to be awarded country music’s top prize when she took home the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Taylor’s sophomore release, Fearless, reached double-platinum in just four weeks and in addition to the Album of the Year GRAMMY, was voted 2009’s Album of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Fearless also won the 2009 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album, and was 2008’s biggest debut for any female artist, and the fourth highest debut of the year, overall. Now 6X-platinum, Fearless has spent more weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre CD sales chart than any other album this decade. Taylor, whose career record sales now top 13 million, currently holds the Billboard all-genre records for most first-week downloads by a female artist, for the longest charting album of this century and for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year, as well as the Billboard record for the largest overall airplay audience for a country-based act. Taylor headlined her first arena tour last year, the TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR. Every show on the tour sold out within minutes, including Madison Square Garden in one minute, and Los Angeles’ STAPLES center in just two minutes. Taylor’s 40-date FEARLESS 2010 North American tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 32 cities in 26 states and provinces in the US and Canada.

At the age of 17, Taylor became the youngest person ever to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own, and Taylor is the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. When Taylor was just 14, she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music, and in 2006 released her self-titled debut CD on Big Machine Records. Taylor Swift has surpassed quadruple-platinum status and spent more than 20 weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Country CD Sales Chart. Taylor is consistently ranked Country’s #1 artist on MySpace, and was named Country Music’s Hottest Female Artist by AOL Music and Best New Artist by the editors of iTunes. Taylor has more than 7.4 million Facebook friends, more than 3.6 million followers on her Twitter account, and has had more than 273.8 million music plays on her MySpace page.

In 2009 Taylor won AMA Awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist (Country), Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock), Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and Favorite Album (Country). She also took home CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year and International Artist Achievement. The same year, Taylor was awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Crystal Milestone Award, given for Outstanding Achievement in Country Music. Taylor was the 2nd artist in history to receive this prestigious award — Garth Brooks received the award in 2007. She is also the first Country artist to win an MTV VMA Award, taking home the 2009 Moonman for Best Female Video. In 2009 Taylor won CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, awards she was also honored with in 2008. In addition, she won 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Female Artist and Choice Music Album – Female Artist. Taylor was named 2008’s Favorite Female Country Artist at the American Music Awards, and Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. She was named Choice Breakout Artist at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, and was honored as the 2008 Superstar of Tomorrow at the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, making her the first musician to ever receive this prestigious award. She was named Songwriter / Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International in both 2009 and 2007, and she won the 2007 CMA Horizon Award, as well as receiving a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

In 2009, NBC dedicated an entire hour to the primetime special “Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift.” Taylor’s other television appearances include a guest-starring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and in 2009 she became only the twelfth person in 35 years to both host and perform on Saturday Night Live. Taylor’s numerous television guest appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The View, and Live with Regis & Kelly. Taylor made her feature film acting debut in 2010, as part of the ensemble cast of the Garry Marshall film Valentine’s Day.

Taylor has been featured on the covers of Rolling Stone (twice), Billboard (twice), Elle, Glamour, People, InStyle, New York Times T magazine, Allure, Marie Claire, People StyleWatch, Blender, USA Weekend, Seventeen (twice), Redbook, Self, Us Weekly, CosmoGirl, Girl’s Life, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, First, Your Prom, and Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine. She was featured in a Vanity Fair spotlight, was profiled in Vogue, was named one Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, was named one of People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People of 2008, 2009 & 2010, was Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fun Fearless Female, was Allure’s Face of December, was named a Style Star of 2008 and 2009 by the editors of Seventeen, and was featured on Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2008, 2009 & 2010.

Source: Big Machine Press Release

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Jason Mraz Hits the Highway for Fall Tour

July 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on Jason Mraz Hits the Highway for Fall Tour

Jason Mraz Hits the Highway for Fall Tour; Trek Includes Top-Billed Performance at Life Is Good Festival 2010 as Well as Wrigley Field Shows With Dave Matthews Band; Tickets for Headline Tour Go on Sale This Week

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NEW YORK, New York–(Marketwire – July 20, 2010) – Jason Mraz has announced details of his upcoming North American tour. The Atlantic recording artist kicks off on September 11th at Bangor, Maine’s Bangor Waterfront and then continues through early October (see itinerary below). For up-to-the-minute ticket on-sale, pre-sale and tour information, please visit

In tandem with his own tour, Mraz will also be making a series of additional appearances, including a September 12th headline performance at the Life is Good Festival 2010 in Canton, Massachusetts. The Grammy Award-winning tunesmith will also join his longtime pals Dave Matthews Band for a pair of shows at Chicago’s world famous Wrigley Stadium on September 17th and 18th.

Having spent much of the past few months in the studio working on his next studio album, Mraz scheduled the upcoming itinerary as a way of getting fans’ response to some of his new material. Moreover, the San Diego-based troubadour wanted to take the opportunity to visit a number of markets missed by his previous North American tour: “Even though we performed 250 shows all around the world in 2008 and 2009, I still got emails and Facebook messages from fans whose hometowns we missed,” said Mraz. “When I found out I had some time off, I called up the band and said, ‘Let’s get to some of these places.'” Support for most dates on the trek will come from acclaimed singer/songwriter — and fellow Atlantic recording artist — Robert Francis. Also Christina Perri, whose song “Jar of Hearts” has created a national stir, will appear on a few select dates.

Throughout his career, Mraz has received praise as a consummate live performer. From his earliest days in the coffee shops of San Diego to his recent sold-out performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Mraz’s live show has always been a testament of his true musical chops. Earlier this year, Mraz took home Grammy Awards for both “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” (for “Make It Mine”) and “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals,” honoring his alliance with Colbie Caillat, “Lucky.” Both tracks are featured on 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.”

The album’s first single, “I’m Yours,” proved a momentous #1 smash, earning ASCAP’s 2010 “Song of the Year” award at their Pop Music Awards while also setting the record for the longest-running song in the 52-year history of Billboard’s “Hot 100.” The first song ever to top the charts at four different pop radio formats, “I’m Yours” is the sixth best-selling digital track of all time, with sales of more than 5 million downloads.

Fueled by the success of “I’m Yours,” “Lucky,” and “Make It Mine,” “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” became a genuine worldwide sensation. In addition to the album’s platinum certification in the US, the album has received multiple platinum certifications in Korea (6x), France (5x), and Indonesia (3x); double platinum certifications in Australia and Canada; and platinum certification in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to the aforementioned Grammys, Mraz has been feted with an array of other honors, including the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s esteemed “Hal David Starlight Award,” presented to gifted songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. A committed activist as well as an artist, Mraz was honored last year by the Environmental Media Association for his impassioned efforts.

Mraz’s most recent release is “JASON MRAZ’S BEAUTIFUL MESS – LIVE ON EARTH,” a two-disc CD/DVD set capturing him at his onstage best, performing a wide array of his greatest hits. Filmed and recorded in August 2009 as Jason’s blockbuster “Gratitude Café Tour” hit Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion, the collection includes a DVD — directed by Darren Doane (“I’m Yours,” “Lucky,” as well as videos from such diverse artists as Van Morrison and Shinedown) — featuring the full-length concert, never-before-seen backstage footage, and the exclusive new mockumentary, “Un Beau Désordre.”

JASON MRAZ North American Tour 2010

9/11, 9/13-9/16, 9/20-22, 9/28-10/6 – Robert Francis supports
9/24-26, 10/8 – Christina Perri supports

11 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
12 Canton, MA Life is Good Festival *
13 Utica, NY Stanley Performing Arts Center
15 Buffalo, NY SUNY Buffalo – Baird Point Amphitheater
16 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
17 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field (w/Dave Matthews Band) *
18 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field (w/Dave Matthews Band) *
20 Charleston, WV Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences
21 Greenville, SC Peace Center
22 Charleston, SC Carolina First Arena
24 Starkville, MS Mississippi State University Bulldog Bash
25 Searcy, AR Benson Auditorium/Harding University
26 Murray, KY Regional Special Events Center
28 Newark, DE Bob Carpenter Center
29 Columbus, OH The LC Outdoor Pavilion
30 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium

4 London, ONT John Labatt Center
5 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank Place
6 Quebec City, QUE Colisee Pepsi Arena
8 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl

SOURCE: Atlantic Records

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Queensryche’s Triple-Platinum ‘Empire’ Remastered and Expanded for 20th Anniversary Edition

July 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on Queensryche’s Triple-Platinum ‘Empire’ Remastered and Expanded for 20th Anniversary Edition

Queensryche’s Triple-Platinum ‘Empire’ Remastered and Expanded for 20th Anniversary Edition, to be Released September 14 by Capitol/EMI

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HOLLYWOOD, California /PRNewswire/ — Queensryche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the September 14 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band’s triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire. The new 2CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash “Silent Lucidity,” as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The 2CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring rare photos from the band’s personal archive.

After building a devoted fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988’s critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire. In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad “Silent Lucidity” quickly became a heavy rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard’s Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensryche the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song’s music video. Empire also made the U.K.’s Top 10, and the album’s international success led to Queensryche’s 18-month headlining “Building Empires” world tour, the band’s longest trek to date.

Empire also features the Billboard Top 10 Modern Rock hits “Jet City Woman” and “Another Rainy Night,” the Top 20 single, “Anybody Listening?,” and the Top 30 singles “Best I Can” and Empire.” In addition to the aforementioned live recordings, Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)’s bonus tracks include “Last Time in Paris” from the Ford Forlaine soundtrack, “Dirty Lil’ Secret,” and the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.”

Since forming in Bellevue, Washington in 1981, Queensryche has sold more than 20 million albums around the world. The band continues to tour and record; American Soldier was released last year. Get Queensryche Concert tickets here

Queensryche: Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) [2CD, digital]


1. Best I Can
2. The Thin Line
3. Jet City Woman
4. Della Brown
5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
6. Empire
7. Resistance
8. Silent Lucidity
9. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?

Bonus Tracks

12. Last Time In Paris
13. Scarborough Fair
14. Dirty Lil’ Secret

DISC 2 (previously unreleased: all tracks recorded live 11/15/90 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon)

1. Resistance
2. Walk in the Shadows
3. Best I Can
4. Empire
5. The Thin Line
6. Jet City Woman
7. Roads To Madness
8. Silent Lucidity
9. Hand On Heart
10. Take Hold Of The Flame

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The Avett Brothers to Release Live CD and DVD, Live, Volume 3 on October 5

July 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Avett Brothers to Release Live CD and DVD, Live, Volume 3 on October 5

The Avett Brothers to Release Live CD and DVD, Live, Volume 3 on October 5

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NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records — American/Columbia recording artists The Avett Brothers will release Live, Volume 3 on CD and DVD on October 5, 2010. This electric performance was recorded on August 8, 2009 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC. A special thrill for the band after seeing artists like Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Queen and Bob Dylan grace this same stage. Live, Volume 3 will feature material culled from their decade-long career including their most recent, critically acclaimed album I and Love and You. Live, Volume 3 showcases the amazing live performances that have helped The Avett Brothers build a legion of loyal fans; growing exponentially with each release, performance and appearance.

Live, Volume 3 DVD is comprised of highlights from the Bojangles Coliseum, shot in HD and mixed by Ryan Hewitt, the engineer/mixer of I and Love and You. Additionally, the DVD will include documentary-style episodes, interspersed with interviews from the band and fans in attendance. The Live, Volume 3 CD will be comprised of a selection of songs from the Charlotte performance. Live, Volume 3 is available for pre-order at

A new video for “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” will premiere on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered blog ( on Wednesday July 14, 2010. Comprised of artwork painted by Jason Ryan Mitchum and inspired by notable modern artists such as Phillipe Halsman and William Kentridge (who just put on a major show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York), the video displays the importance of fine art in The Avett Brothers’ work, furthermore demonstrated by Scott Avett’s burgeoning art career. His own original artwork, “Julianne in Vain”, served as the cover art for the Avett Brothers’ 2009 American/Columbia release, I and Love and You.

The Avett Brothers continue to tour in support of I and Love and You with notable headlining performances at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and culminating with two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium (see below for full itinerary).

The Avett Brothers on tour:

7/1 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
7/2 Qunicy, CA High Sierra Music Fest
7/8 Winnipeg, CAN Winnipeg Folk Fest
7/9 Bayfield, WI Bigtop Chautauqua
7/10 Minneapolis, MN Basilica Block Party
7/16 Vancouver, BC Folk Music Festival
7/17 Portland, OR Edgefield
7/18 Seattle, WA Paramount, Theatre
7/20 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theatre
7/22 Calgary, AB Folk Fest
7/24 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
7/25 Louisville, KY Hullabalou Music Fest.
7/31 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) **
8/1 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival
8/11 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest
8/13 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center **
8/14 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amph**
8/15 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Amph**
8/19 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
8/20 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
8/21 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
8/28 Quincy, WA The Gorge **
9/2 Las Vegas, NV Silverton Casino
9/3 Park City, UT Deer Valley Ski Resort
9/4 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater.
9/10 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amp
9/24 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
9/25 Kansas City, MO Crossroads KC
9/26 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center
10/1 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
10/3 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/8 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
10/13 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
10/14 Boston, MA House of Blues
10/29 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
10/30 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

** Opening for John Mayer

SOURCE Columbia Records

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U2 360 Degree Tour Confirms Rescheduled North American Tour Dates

July 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on U2 360 Degree Tour Confirms Rescheduled North American Tour Dates

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LOS ANGELES, July 13 /PRNewswire/ — Live Nation Entertainment announced today that the U2 360 degree tour dates in the US, which were recently postponed due to Bono’s emergency back surgery, have all been rescheduled for Spring/Summer 2011 with all tickets being valid at the rescheduled performances.

The 2010 European tour, which has not been affected, begins as scheduled on August 6th in Turin.

U2’s manager Paul McGuinness thanked fans for their ongoing support, “We’re delighted the dates are rescheduled and in all the same venues we originally planned to play. It hasn’t been easy to accomplish this and I’d like to thank the managers of the many venues and sports teams across North America and Live Nation Global Touring for their help and cooperation in making this complex new plan possible. Above all we want to thank the U2 fans for bearing with us. They’re the best and the band wants to get back to where they belong, surrounded by their audience.”

The U2 360 degree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored in 2010 by BlackBerry.

The North American Tour rescheduled dates, are confirmed as follows:

May 21 Denver, CO Invesco Field (formerly June 12/10)
May 24 Salt Lake City, UT Rice Eccles Stadium (formerly June 3/10)
June 01 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium (formerly June 23/10)
June 04 Seattle, WA Qwest Field (formerly June 20/10)
June 07 Oakland, CA McAfee Coliseum (formerly June 16/10)
June 17 Anaheim, CA Angels Stadium (formerly June 6/10)
June 18 Anaheim, CA Angels Stadium (formerly June 7/10)
June 26 East Lansing, MI Spartan Stadium at MSU (formerly June 30/10)
June 29 Miami, FL *Sun Life Stadium (formerly July 9/10)
*(previously Dolphin Stadium)
July 05 Chicago, IL Soldier Field (formerly July 6/10)
July 08 Montreal, QC Hippodrome (formerly July 16/10)
July 09 Montreal, QC Hippodrome (formerly July 17/10)
July 11 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre (formerly July 3/10)
July 14 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field (formerly July 12/10)
July 20 East Rutherford, NJ New Meadowlands Stadium (formerly July 19/10)
July 23 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium (formerly June 27/10)

SOURCE Live Nation

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Sugarland Currently on Tour with Fourth Album to Debut October 19

June 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Sugarland Currently on Tour with Fourth Album to Debut October 19

Multi Grammy Award-Winning Country Duo Sugarland To Unveil Highly-Anticipated Fourth Record The Incredible Machine October 19

LEAD OFF SINGLE “STUCK LIKE GLUE” TO DEBUT JULY 26 Click here for Sugarland Tickets

NASHVILLE, Tennessee /PRNewswire/ — Multi Grammy award-winning Mercury Nashville country duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland will debut their highly-anticipated fourth studio album The Incredible Machine October 19. Nettles and Bush co-wrote the entire record and co-produced with Byron Gallimore. Lead off single “Stuck Like Glue”, written by Nettles, Bush, Kevin Griffin and Shy Carter, goes to radio July 26.

“‘Stuck Like Glue’ is just plain, unashamed, Sugar-fun!” exclaims Nettles. “It sticks in your brain, no pun intended. To me it feels young, hip and of course sassy! I can’t wait for it to get out there so we can play it live in our show. We’ve been sitting on our hands to not play it live ’til it was released!”

Sugarland has sold over 8 million records and achieved six #1 singles since exploding onto the music scene in ’04 with Twice The Speed Of Life (“Baby Girl”/”Something More”). Enjoy the Ride (“Want To”/”Settlin'”/”Stay”) quickly followed in ’06 and their third studio album Love On The Inside (“It Happens”/”Love”/”All I Want To Do”/”Already Gone”) in July ’08, which skyrocketed them to superstardom, drawing fans from all genres and critics abroad. Sugarland is credited with co-writing all tracks from all three albums and co-producing the last two. As a thank you to their loyal fans, in August ’09, the duo released Live On The Inside, a CD/DVD set of live tracks, covers and footage from their “Love On The Inside” tour. The same month ABC aired an hour-long network special featuring the pair in their most beloved setting…on stage.

The holiday season brought about Gold And Green, a 10-track holiday collection consisting of half standards and the other half originals, all of which Nettles and Bush co-wrote. They also co-produced. They’ve received trophies from the Grammys, American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards and the Country Music Association. Nettles performed at the Obama Presidential Inauguration celebration and the duo has made two appearances on “Oprah”. They’ve performed in six European countries and headlined multiple U.S. tours. The duo is currently headlining “The Incredible Machine” tour and will vie for best “Country Group” at next month’s Teen Choice Awards.

SOURCE Mercury Nashville

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