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Musicians Institute Launches Partnership With Chinese Talent Competition YinYueTai

YinYueTai Is Selecting Top Contestants From Its Talent Competition, YinYue Stage, For The Opportunity To Enroll At MI


Celine Dion Makes Emotional Return To Her Las Vegas Residency At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace On Tuesday, February 23

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Tonight, Celine Dion made an emotional return to a sold-out crowd at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to resume her Las Vegas residency which has been on hiatus since her husband and former manager, René Angélil, passed away on Jan….


Watch Demi Lovato's Chilling, Cathartic 'Stone Cold' Video

Demi Lovato scales a mountain and washes away the pain of a lost love in the powerful new video for “Stone Cold.”

The clip alternates between gritty, handheld shots of the distraught pop star fully clothed in a bathtub, and vast epic ones that capture her trudging up a snow-covered peak. The imagery is simple, but poignant, like “Stone Cold” itself, and most importantly places Lovato’s stunning vocal performance at the forefront.

“Stone Cold” marks the third single off Lovato’s 2015 album, Confident, following the title-track and “Cool for the Summer.” The singer is set to kick off a massive North American tour in support of the album on June 24th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida that will stretch through the summer and wrap September 17th at the Forum in Los Angeles. The Future Now Tour also boasts Nick Jonas as co-headliner.

Lovato has been busy in the lead-up to her trek, recently paying tribute to Lionel Richie at the Grammys and imitating everyone from Fetty Wap to Christina Aguilera on The Tonight Show. The singer has also been speaking out on behalf of rape victims and voicing her support for Kesha amidst her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke over allegations that he raped and abused her. 

“It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men,” she wrote on Instagram. “All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society.”

Kesha Thanks Supporters in First Public Statement Since Court Ruling

Kesha thanked her supporters in a short note on Instagram, marking her first statement since a judge denied her request for an injunction against producer Dr. Luke.

“I am beyond words in gratitude,” the singer wrote in a post accompanied by a selfie. “Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. A million times over and forever thank you. The support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. I love you all so much.”

Kesha added that a longer statement about her ongoing legal battle against Dr. Luke and Sony Music would be coming soon.

The “Tik Tok” singer has received an outpouring of support from peers and fans since a New York judge ruled last Friday that Kesha could not record music outside of Sony Music. The ruling came as courts in New York and California hash out suits filed by both Dr. Luke and Kesha revolving around the producer’s alleged abuse of the singer.

In October 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke in California in an attempt to void her contracts with him and his business subsidiaries, claiming that over 10 years the producer had “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused [her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.” In New York, that same month, Dr. Luke countersued for defamation and breach of contract.

After Kesha’s injunction was denied, Dr. Luke posted a series of tweets regarding the lawsuits, saying, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her.” He also included a link to a New York Daily News article with the headline “Kesha denied date rape by Dr. Luke in 2011 testimony, court records reveal,” as well as a TMZ article showing a deposition in which Kesha said she never had a sexual relationship with Dr. Luke, nor did he drug her.

Among those in the music community that have spoken out in support of Kesha include Lady Gaga, Lorde, Grimes, Demi Lovato, Lilly Allen and Kelly Clarkson (who has also worked extensively with Dr. Luke). Taylor Swift also donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any financial needs.

Composer Christopher Lennertz Collaborates with Tony Winner David Zippel for "MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER" Original Song

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz collaborates with Tony winner and two-time Oscar nominee David Zippel to write an original song, “Whatcha Gonna Do (It’s Up To You),” for “Marvel’s Agent Carter.”  “Whatcha Gonna Do…


'Weird Al' Yankovic Schedules Second Sprawling 'Mandatory Fun' Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic will follow his massive 2015 world tour with a 78-date North American trek in support of his 2014 Grammy-winning album, Mandatory Fun.

The proceedings begin June 3rd at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida, continue throughout the summer and end with a September 24th date at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The trek also includes a concert at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House on June 16th, and a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, July 22nd and 23rd. A complete list of dates is below.

Pre-sale tickets for the Return of the Mandatory World Tour will be available February 24th at 10 a.m. local time. General sale dates have yet to be announced, though information will be made available on Yankovic’s website.

Along with his extensive tour itinerary, “Weird Al” is also set to appear as the new bandleader and co-host of Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott Aukerman’s surreal IFC talk show. Yankovic has made several appearance on the show — and Aukerman’s podcast of the same name — but the gig marks his first regular TV series role since The Weird Al Show in 1997. Season Five of Comedy Bang! Bang! will feature 20 half-hour episodes and is set to begin this spring.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Tour Dates

June 3 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
June 4 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
June 5 — Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
June 7 — Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre
June 9 — Lakeland, FL @ Youkey Theatre
June 10 — Miami, FL @ Adrienne Arsht Center
June 12 — Birmingham, AL @ BJCC
June 15 — Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 16 — Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry
June 17 — Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
June 18 — Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre
June 19 — Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
June 21 — Portsmouth, VA @ Portsmouth Pavilion
June 22 — Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome Theatre
June 24 — Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Theatre
June 25 — Bay City, MI @ Veterans Memorial Park
June 26 — Ft. Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
June 28 — Evansville, IN @ Victory Theatre
July 1 — Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
July 2 — Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
July 3 — Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza Theatre
July 6 — Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
July 7 — Indianapolis, IN @ White River State Park
July 8 — Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
July 9 — Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
July 10 — Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater
July 12 — Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
July 14 — Houston, TX @ Brown Theater at Wortham Center
July 15 — Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
July 16 — Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
July 17 — Enid, OK @ Enid Event Center
July 19 — El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre
July 21 — San Diego, CA @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
July 22 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
July 23 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
July 24 — San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
July 26 — Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo
July 27 — Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo
July 28 — Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
July 29 — Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
July 30 — Rohnert Park, CA @ Sonoma State University
August 2 — Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
August 3 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
August 5 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
August 7 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
August 9 — Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheater
August 10 — Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
August 13 — Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground
August 14 — Regina, SK @ Conexus Arts Centre
August 15 — Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
August 18 — Thunder Bay, ON @ Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
August 19 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
August 20 — Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
August 21 — Madison, WI @ Overture Hall
August 23 — Rockford, IL @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
August 24 — Paducah, KY @ The Carson Center
August 26 — Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
August 27 — Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
August 28 — Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
August 30 — Wilmington, DE @ The Playhouse Theatre
September 1 — Lowell, MA @ Boarding House Park
September 2 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire
September 3 — Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
September 4 — Big Flats, NY @ The Budweiser Summer Stage at Tag’s
September 7 — Columbia, SC @ Koger Center for the Arts
September 8 — Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Community College
September 9 — Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
September 10 — Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
September 11 — Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
September 13 — Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
September 14 — Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
September 16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
September 17 — Schenectady, NY @ Proctor’s Theatre
September 18 — Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theatre
September 22 — Charleston, WV @ Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
September 23 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Caesars Atlantic City
September 24 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

Rachael Sage Announces New Album CHOREOGRAPHIC Due May 20

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning singer/songwriter Rachael Sage has announced the release of her forthcoming full-length studio album, “Choreographic”, due May 20  (MPress/ILS/Caroline). Through this self-described album of…


Talent Manager Steven Salisbury joins The Cartel

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Steven Salisbury has joined The Cartel as a talent manager. He brings with him an astute roster of young up & coming American and international talent including the Australian teen heartthrob Matt Testro (NOWHERE BOYS), British teen star…


Hear Wire's Stirring, Shivering New Song 'Nocturnal Koreans'

British punk veterans Wire have released a disquieting, foreboding new track, “Nocturnal Koreans,” the titular song from an upcoming mini-album out April 22nd via the band’s Pinkflag label.

While “Nocturnal Koreans” is a fast-paced tune awash with dreamy guitars, the melody takes several sinister turns as singer Colin Newman soaks his vocals in reverb and keeps them at an eerily low level. The song’s build is subtle but chilling, tapering back for a bridge boasting quick-footed electronic percussion and Newman’s frank coo.

Nocturnal Koreans follows Wire’s 2015 self-titled LP, though its songs were first conceived during the sessions for that album. Still, Newman said in a statement that Nocturnal Koreans would be much different from Wire. “It’s the band being less respectful to itself,” he said, “in that it’s more created in the studio, rather than recorded basically as the band played it, which was mostly the case with Wire. A general rule for this record was: any trickery is fair game, if it makes it sound better.”

Since releasing their seminal debut, Pink Flag, in 1977, Wire has gone through multiple phases and taken several lengthy breaks, including an eight-year gap between 1979’s 154 and 1987’s The Ideal Copy, and then 12 between 1991’s The First Letter and 2003’s Send.

Wire officially reunited in 2000, and in a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Newman spoke about how important it was for the group to not be viewed as a legacy act. “You have contemporary, which means younger artists, or you have classic, which means older artists,” he said. “And the thing about classic is that nobody’s interested in the new album… Wire doesn’t feel comfortable with that. We want to be a contemporary band, and we fought very, very hard for that status. It means more to us than anything else. Yeah, we’re not young. Get over it, as we say in Britain.”

Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver Lead 'Luck Reunion' Lineup

Next month, while the annual South by Southwest rages some 45 minutes to the southeast, the first-ever Luck Reunion will bring artists like Willie Nelson, Jenny Lewis, Billy Joe Shaver, Blitzen Trapper and Lucius to the streets of an old western movie set. 

Nelson has served as one of South by Southwest’s unofficial mayors for decades, hosting showcases and throwing parties for many of the attendees who flood his home state. In recent years, he’s been hosting daylong mini-festivals at his ranch in nearby Spicewood, too, setting up a series of stages, food trucks and beer tents on the streets of a western town originally built as the set of his 1986 film Red Headed Stranger. Some things have changed this year, but the inaugural Luck Reunion, which begins at noon on Friday, March 18th, promises to give its patrons a familiar break from the chaos and clutter of Austin’s Sixth Street, without skimping on the bands. 

Loosely focused on Texas legends, roots-rock favorites and Americana up-and-comers, the event’s lineup also includes John Moreland, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Pug, Sam Outlaw, Parker Millsap, Margo Price, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jonny Fritz, Andrew Combs and nearly 20 additional acts, as well as a yet-to-be-announced special guest. Shows will take place in a revival tent, on a main stage and inside a cozy, 40-seat chapel. In additional to headlining Friday’s show, Nelson will also perform a nighttime set during the Chefs’ Pot Luck on Thursday, March 17th.