Daily Archives: May 15, 2017

Mary J. Blige Plots 'Strength of a Woman' North American Tour

Mary J. Blige announced a North American tour behind her recently released 13th LP, Strength of a Woman. The 21-date trek kicks off July 30th in Chicago and concludes September 9th in Oakland, California. The majority of the shows go on sale Friday, May 19th at 10 a.m. Eastern.

The April-issued Strength of a Woman features several high-profile guests, including Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Quavo, DJ Khaled, Kaytranada and Prince Charlez. The album followed 2014’s The London Sessions and entered the Billboard 200 at Number Three. It was Blige’s 14th career Top 10 placement. The lead single “Thick of It” earned the fastest climb to Number One on the Adult R&B chart in over two decades, Billboard reported.

Blige performed single “Love Yourself” earlier this month on The Tonight Show, backed by the Roots. 

Mary J. Blige 2017 North American Tour Dates

July 30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
August 1 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
August 2nd – Cleveland, OH @ Hard Rock Live
August 4th – Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts Center
August 5th – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater
August 6th – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 8th – Atlanta, GA @ Wolf Creek Amphitheater
August 10th – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
August 13th – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
August 18th – Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
August 19th – New York City, NY @ Theater at Madison Square Gardens
August 22nd – Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
August 23rd – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
August 25th – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
August 26th – Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park
August 30th – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
September 1st – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
September 2nd – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 6th – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theater
September 8th – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
September 9th – Oakland, CA @ The Paramount Theatre

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Forever 21 Debuts 2017 Summer Digital Campaign Featuring Khalid

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Hear Broken Social Scene's Kinetic New Song 'Hug of Thunder'

All-star Canadian collective Broken Social Scene have trumpeted their upcoming new album Hug of Thunder with the arrival of the LP’s kinetic title track.

The new album will feature contributions from all 15 of the collective’s original members – including Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Leslie Feist, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Milian and more – as well as new vocalist Ariel Engle. Many of those collaborators appear on the title track, which constantly evolves and blossoms over its five-minute runtime.

“Hug of Thunder” follows the previously released “Halfway Home,” which the group debuted on The Late Show in late-March. Hug of Thunder, Broken Social Scene’s first album since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, is due out July 7th. 

The album is available for pre-order in a variety of formats – including a first-run “coke bottle clear vinyl” complete with a vinyl-only bonus track – through their official site.

Broken Social Scene also announced a North American tour in support of Hug of Thunder, their first full U.S. tour since 2011. That trek begins September 16th in Ithaca, New York. One dollar from every ticket goes towards providing access to arts education for young people in disadvantaged communities. Check out the group’s site for full ticket information. Additional tour dates will be announced at a later date.

Broken Social Scene Tour Dates

June 3 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip
June 24 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
July 21-23 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
August 5 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
September 16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
September 17 – New York, NY @ Meadows Music & Art festival
September 19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
September 21 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
September 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
September 24 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
September 26 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman
September 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
September 28 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace
September 29 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
September 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
October 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater
October 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
October 5 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
October 6 – New Haven, CT @ College Street
October 7 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues  

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Masterworks Broadway Proudly Announces The Release Of The New Broadway Cast Recording Of Michael Stewart And Jerry Herman's Musical Theater Masterpiece – Bette Midler In Hello, Dolly!

The New Broadway Cast Recording of Hello, Dolly! is available now.NEW YORK, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Masterworks Broadway proudly announces the release of The New Broadway Cast Recording of the 10-time Tony Award®-nominated Hello, Dolly! starring three-time Grammy Award-winning legend Bette Midler as Dolly Gallagher Levi. Produced by multiple-Grammy…


Watch Niall Horan's Behind-the-Scenes 'Slow Hands' Lyric Video

Niall Horan takes fans onstage, backstage and into the rehearsal room in his lyric video for new single “Slow Hands.” The One Direction singer plays guitar and drums, gazes out at an empty arena and chills behind the recording console in his behind-the-scenes clip.

Horan released the seductive funk-pop track earlier this month. It’s the second preview from his upcoming debut solo LP, following the more reflective, folky “This Town.”

On “Slow Hands,” Horan croons come-ons over a stomp-laden beat and muted guitar riff. “We should take this back to my place/ That’s what she said right to my face,” he sings. “I’ve been thinking ’bout it all day/ And I hope you feel the same way.”

Prior to debuting the track via Sirius XM, Horan revealed that he drew on late Seventies and early Eighties inspirations, like Don Henley, to craft the song. “When he went solo in the early Eighties, he just had this funky feel to it – heavy bass, heavy guitar – so I just thought, ‘Let’s give this a crack,'” he said.

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The Silent Profession of Piano Tuning, Reconditioning and Restoration – Theo Piano Tuner (TPT)

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Currently in the UK there are over 2000+ piano tuners and not more than 250 tuner technicians. The economy can sustain up to 10,000 piano tuners and technicians. Over 80% in the profession are nearing the retirement age while there is a big gap…


Paramore to Support 'After Laughter' With Tour Two

After releasing their new album After Laughter, Paramore will hit the road this fall for the North American leg of their Tour Two.

Singer Hayley Williams and co. will start September 6th in Jacksonville, Florida and wind through the U.S. and Canada before concluding six weeks later with a hometown Nashville show in October 17th. Later, Paramore and their diehard fans will set sail on the previously announced Parahoy! Cruise, leaving Miami on April 6th.

Ticketmaster Verified Fans and AT&T customers will have first stab at Paramore concert tickets starting May 17th and 18th respectively, with a general on-sale to follow on May 20th.

In addition to the tour dates, Paramore will promote their new LP during upcoming appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live (May 17th), the Late Late Show With James Corden (May 24th) and Good Morning America (August 25th).

Paramore Tour Dates

September 6 – Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theater
September 8 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
September 9 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
September 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
September 13 – Washington, D.C. @ MGM National Harbor Theater
September 15 – Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre
September 16-17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
September 19 – Sioux City, IA @ Orpheum Theatre
September 21 – Denver, CO @ BellCo Theatre
September 22 – Orem, UT @ Utah Valley University Events Center
September 24 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
September 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
September 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comercia Theatre
September 29 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center
September 30 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre
October 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Fox Theater
October 4 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
October 7 – Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House
October 10 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
October 12 – Montreal, QC @ St. Denis Theatre
October 13 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
October 15 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Theatre
October 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
April 6-10 – Miami, FL @ Parahoy! Cruise

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Mazzy Star Drummer Keith Mitchell Dead

Keith Mitchell, longtime drummer for Mazzy Star and a member of Opal, Monitor and Green on Red, died Sunday. The band confirmed Mitchell’s death, though a cause of death was not revealed.

Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and David Roback said in a statement, “Our hearts are broken. We have lost the much beloved Keith Mitchell, a very talented and amazing drummer that we have had the privilege to work with for many years, he will live in all of our hearts forever… We’ll miss you Big Fella.”

After stints with Monitor and Green on Red, Mitchell joined Opal alongside Roback and singer Kendra Davis. After a pair of EPs and 1987’s Happy Nightmare Baby, Davis left the group. Roback then recruited Sandoval to join Opal before the band was reborn in 1989 as Mazzy Star.

With the dream-pop group, Mitchell provided drums on all four of Mazzy Star’s albums: 1990’s She Hangs Brightly, their breakout 1993 album So Tonight That I Might See (featuring the hit “Fade Into You”), 1996’s Among My Swan and the band’s 2013 reunion album Seasons of Your Day.

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SoundExchange Acquires Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA)

SoundExchange is the organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry.WASHINGTON and TORONTO, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SoundExchange today announced that it has acquired the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), a music licensing collective representing the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada on behalf of…


Jazz Vocalist Kris Russell Releases New Single, 'Down in Brazil,' Along With New Tristeza lll Fragrance

Kris Russell's New Single, 'Down in Brazil.' Vocals and Arrangement by artist Kris Russell and the Mystery Jazz EnsembleLAS VEGAS, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jazz Vocalist Kris Russell will release her newest single titled ‘Down in Brazil,’ a contemporary bossa nova with music and lyrics written by Jazz singer and award winning artist and composer Michael Franks, with a new arrangement by Kris Russell…