Marillion to Release Limited Edition Series of Live Albums from January through September 2018 via earMusic

Marillion to Release Limited Edition Series of Live Albums from January through September 2018 via earMusic

For the very first time available in retail stores, each limited to 5,000 units worldwide

Often referred to as the leaders of the neo-progressive movement of the early ’80s, Marillion are a great deal more than that. They are purveyors of soulful, powerful, and deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation of impressive live shows and an imposing, faithful and loyal global fan base.

As the first of their peers, Marillion have started to embrace the potential of the Internet for both their commercial approach and to interact with their audience. Throughout their over 35 year-long career and over 15 million records sold, they have become the most outstanding representatives of their genre.

With their latest studio album “F*** Everyone And Run (F E A R),” the second released by earMusic and the band’s highest charting album across the globe since Steve Hogarth joined in 1989, Marillion have shown that they are as brilliant and vital as ever.

From January through September 2018, a carefully curated and strictly limited and numbered series of Marillion live albums will be released in retail stores across the globe for the very first time.

Each of these individual concerts perfectly captures the unique magic around Marillion. This Limited Edition series consists of 10 fantastic live albums — each limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and which will be released in pairs in a bi-monthly cycle.

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TesseracT’s New Studio Album Sonder Out April 20, 2018

TesseracT’s New Studio Album Sonder Out April 20, 2018

Band Premieres New Single “Luminary” – Listen!

North America Tour set for April + May

TesseracT are a band that sits outside the bounds of any genre specificity. They are pioneers of the ever-evolving metal scene and unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies, and disorientating atmospherics. They will release their fourth studio album Sonder on April 20, 2018, through Kscope.

Sonder adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015).

Sonder is streamlined, honest, and direct, with all the trademark TesseracT dreamy atmospherics and bending grooves. Sonder was recorded in the UK at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds and Project Studios, and engineered by the band and Aiden O’Brien, with mastering by Acle Kahney and cover artwork designed by Amos Williams.

Listen to the new single “Luminary” here and here.

The song is described by vocalist Daniel Tompkins as “conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind Sonder.” Also featured is an extended and re-worked version of last summer’s single “Smile.”

Sonder will be released on CD and a 2-CD deluxe package featuring a binaural album bonus disc. Also available will be a Vinyl LP edition in multiple color variants as well as a Picture Disc (exclusive to the band’s webstores). Digital album pre-orders will receive “Luminary” as an instant download.

The album is available for pre-order here.

For audiophiles, TesseracT have produced a binaural version which will be available exclusively as part of the 2-CD version. This version is a 360-listening experience designed by Klang: Fabrik for headphones listening. 

Bassist Amos Williams explains, “The concept is to push past the restrictions of a stereo headphone mix and create an accurate ‘3D’ space in which positioning outside of the normal Left Right axis can occur. This is something that every artist that uses in ear monitors on stage wishes to recreate; the real and accurate positioning of instruments. We immediately felt that this technology could be applicable to us in the studio. TesseracT loves to bring what it does in the studio to the stage, but this time it’s experimenting with bringing a live element to the studio.”

SONDER TRACK LISTING:
“King”
“Orbital”
“Juno”
“Beneath My Skin”
“Mirror Image”
“Smile”
“The Arrow”

Building on their phenomenal success with worldwide tours in support of Polaris over the last two years, as both headliners and as special guests for the likes of Megadeth, Meshuggah, DevinTownsend Project, and Gojira, TesseracT area gearing up take Sonder to worldwide audiences beginning in North America in April.

On this tour, they will be supported by Plini and Astronoid, with the first show in Boston on April 19 and the tour culminating at New York’s Irving Plaza on May 24.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 9 at this location.

“North America is where TesseracT first took off and is always the leg of the album cycle that holds the most sentiment to me,” said Williams. “There are a lot of good memories made and good friends discovered along those long and bumpy roads. This time we’re lucky enough to share the road with two boundary-pushing bands: Astronoid, a wall of euphoric noise who have a bright and noisy future ahead of them. And Plini, with his genre-defying effortless virtuosity. It’s going to be a fun tour for us, especially as we’ve got a bunch of new tunes to add to the set!”

TESSERACT ON TOUR:
4/19 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
4/20 — Philadelphia, PA — TLA
4/21 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Sound Stage
4/22 — Greensboro, NC — Arizona Pete’s
4/24 — Tampa, FL — Orpheum
4/25 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade
4/27 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/28 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
4/29 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
5/1— Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine
5/2 — Phoenix, AZ — Club Red
5/3 — Los Angeles, CA — Regent
5/4 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
5/5 — Berkeley, CA — The UC Theatre
5/7 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre
5/8 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
5/9 — Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw Theater
5/11 — Edmonton, AB — Starlite
5/12 — Calgary, AB — Marquee
5/14 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
5/15 — Denver, CO — Summit
5/16 — Lawrence, KS — Granada
5/18 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway
5/19 — Chicago, IL — Metro
5/20 — Detroit, MI — Majestic
5/22 — Toronto, ON — Opera House
5/23 — Montreal, QC — Club Soda
5/24 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza

53rd Academy of Country Music® Awards Radio Award Nominees Announced

Splice Magazine has been honored to work with Roxanne Steele of 99.5 WYCD Detroit, MI a number of times. We would like to congratulate our friend on her nomination!

53rd Academy of Country Music® Awards Radio Award Nominees Announced 

Congratulations to the Radio Awards nominees for the 53rd Academy of Country Music™

Though not presented during the live telecast, the Radio Awards are given out during the annual Radio Winners Reception held on Saturday, April 14 in Las Vegas, NV, the day prior to the ACM Awards live telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The full list of 53rd ACM Awards nominations will be announced in early March.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 

Cody Alan                                                                            CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan

Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie                      The Bobby Bones Show

Terri Clark                                                                            Country Gold with Terri Clark

Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase                            Crook and Chase Countdown

Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks                      Ty, Kelly & Chuck

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

Bud and Broadway                                                          WIL-FM                                                St. Louis, MO

Cadillac Jack                                                                        WQYK-FM                                           St. Petersburg, FL

Chris Carr, Kia, Maverick and McKaila                      KEEY-FM                                              St. Louis Park, MN

Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight                 WKKT-FM                                            Charlotte, NC

Roxanne Steele                                                                WYCD-FM                                           Detroit, MI

99.5 WYCD’s Roxanne Steele


ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

Dale Carter                                                                                         KFKF-FM                              Kansas City, MO

Double-L                                                                                              KWNR-FM                           Las Vegas, NV

Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman             WFMS-FM                          Indianapolis, IN

Johnson and Johnson                                                                    KUBL-FM                             Salt Lake City, UT

The Randy, Jamie and JoJo Show                                              KAJA-FM                             San Antonio, TX

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

The 97.5 WPCV Breakfast Club with Roger Todd,
Julie Kay and DJ Thee Trucker                                                     WPCV-FM                           Lakeland, FL

Carina With A Twist Of Lime                                                        WCYQ-FM                           Knoxville, TN

Buzz Jackson                                                                                      KIIM-FM                              Tucson, AZ

Steve & Geoff                                                                                   KUZZ-AM/FM                    Bakersfield, CA

The Odd Squad                                                                                 CKRY-FM                             Calgary, AB

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews                                                   WCOW-FM                         Sparta, WI

Bobby and Steve (and Mandi!)                                                                  WKYQ-FM                           Paducah, KY

Dave Daniels                                                                                      KHAY-FM                             Ventura, CA

Pat James                                                                                            KHUT-FM                            Hutchinson, KS

The Q Crew with Jason and Ashley on Q100.3                     KRWQ-FM                           Medford, OR

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

KILT-FM                                                                                                                                               Houston, TX

KMLE-FM                                                                                                                                            Phoenix, AZ

KSCS-FM                                                                                                                                              Dallas, TX

WIL-FM                                                                                                                                                St. Louis, MO

WPOC-FM                                                                                                                                           Baltimore, MD

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)

KAJA-FM                                                                                                                                             San Antonio, TX

KUBL-FM                                                                                                                                             Salt Lake City, UT

WFMS-FM                                                                                                                                          Indianapolis, IN

WKDF-FM                                                                                                                                           Nashville, TN

WSIX-FM                                                                                                                                             Nashville, TN

WSM-FM                                                                                                                                             Nashville, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

KUZZ-AM/FM                                                                                                                                    Bakersfield, CA

KXKT-FM                                                                                                                                             Omaha, NE

WGKX-FM                                                                                                                                           Memphis, TN

WQMX-FM                                                                                                                                         Akron, OH

WUSY-FM                                                                                                                                           Chattanooga, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

KCLR-FM                                                                                                                                              Columbia, MO

KHAY-FM                                                                                                                                             Ventura, CA

KTHK-FM                                                                                                                                             Idaho Falls, ID

KTTS-FM                                                                                                                                              Springfield, MO

KYKZ-FM                                                                                                                                              Lake Charles, LA

 

 

 

Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce Album Release April 6 And Headline Summer 2018 “The Monolith Tour”

Thirty Seconds To Mars Announce Album Release April 6 And Headline Summer 2018 “The Monolith Tour”

Walk the Moon, K.Flay, MisterWives, Joywave and Welshly Arms will also join as support

Tickets on sale to the general public starting February 16 at livenation.com

LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2018)  –  Today, the multi-platinum selling band   THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS announce their headline North American “The Monolith Tour”, promoted by Live Nation, kicking off June 6 in Toronto, ON. Jared Leto made the announcement today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, giving each lucky member of the audience a ticket to an upcoming show. Walk The Moon, K.Flay, MisterWives, Joywave, and Welshly Arms will join as support on select dates.

In addition, the group announces their highly-anticipated fifth studio album will be available April 6, 2018 via Interscope Records. The album is available for pre-order now at  http://smarturl.it/MARSpreorder   Each ticket purchase will include a copy of the new album.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card of “The Monolith Tour”. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 13 at 10am local time until Thursday, February 15  at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit  www.citiprivatepass.com   Please see below for full tour itinerary, fans can check www.thirtysecondstomars.com/tour for more details.

Fans can expect live performances of songs from the new album, and fan favorites including “City of Angels” and “Up in the Air.” The band most recently released “Dangerous Night,” the follow up to their highly successful first single off the upcoming album. “Walk On Water” spent 5 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Rock Airplay Chart, 4 weeks at #1 on radio’s Mediabase Alternative Chart and is currently on the Top 40 charts. “Walk On Water” was also used in collaboration with ESPN’s college football programming for the 2017 season across a variety of platforms. The official music video for the single is a sneak peek into the upcoming documentary film, “A Day in the Life of America.” Filmed on a single day, July 4th, 2017, in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, the documentary includes footage from 92 professional film crews, 10,000 fan submissions, and news & social media content. Directed by Jared Leto, the film presents a unique and historic portrait of America on a single day. Thirty Seconds to Mars encourages people to continue the conversation by posting their thoughts and images with the hashtag #WhatAmericaMeansToMe across social media.

Thirty Seconds to Mars – 2018 Summer Tour

Date City Venue Support Acts
06/06/18 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/08/18 Montreal, QC Place Bell Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/09/18 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/10/18 Boston, MA Xfinity Center Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/12/18 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/13/18 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/15/18 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island MisterWives, Joywave
06/16/18 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/17/18 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/19/18 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/20/18 New York, NY** Madison Square Garden Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/21/18 Holmdel, NJ** PNC Bank Arts Center Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/23/18 Monterrey, MX Machacha Festival
06/26/18 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/27/18 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/29/18 Miami, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
06/30/18 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
07/01/18 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Walk The Moon, MisterWives, Joywave
07/03/18 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, Welshly Arms
07/06/18 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/07/18 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/08/18 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/09/18 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/11/18 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/12/18 Oklahoma City, OK The Zoo Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/14/18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/18/18 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/19/18 Los Angeles, CA The Forum Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/21/18 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms
07/22/18 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion Walk The Moon, K.Flay, Welshly Arms

*All dates and venues subject to change

About THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS 
Thirty Seconds to Mars, comprised of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic hail from Los Angeles, CA. The band’s eponymous debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars, was released in 2002 and remains a cult favorite. They went on to achieve worldwide success with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie (2005), which sold over 5 million copies. Their next release was This Is War in 2009. The recording process of the album was marked by a legal dispute with record label EMI that eventually became the subject of the award-winning and acclaimed documentary film Artifact (2012). Thirty Seconds to Mars then released the fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), to critical and commercial success. The band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and sells out arenas and stadiums globally.

Thirty Seconds to Mars has received numerous awards and accolades throughout their career, including a dozen MTV Awards, a Billboard Music Award and a Guinness World Record for the Longest Running Tour in history. On July 4th, the band shot a documentary titled A Day In the Life of America. Including over 90 crews in all 50 states (plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico), the project captures American life in a single day. A Day in the Life of America is due for release in 2018. Thirty Seconds to Mars are currently working on their highly anticipated 5th studio album.

About WALK THE MOON

Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (singer/keyboardist), Kevin Ray (bassist), Eli Maiman (guitarist), and Sean Waugaman (drummer). The band’s latest single “One Foot” off of their recent album What If Nothing, hit Number 1 at Alternative Radio. Since the single’s release, “One Foot” has quickly made its way up the charts with over 44 million streams across all partners to date and it is nearing the Top 20 at Top 40 Radio. In 2015, the band catapulted to stardom when their hit single “Shut Up and Dance”, which is included on their RIAA Certified Gold album TALKING IS HARD, became a multi-platinum global smash that also peaked at No. 1 on the Alternative, Hot AC, AC charts, No. 4 on the  Billboard Hot 100, and went to No. 2 at Top 40 radio. The track also broke the record for consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart at the time.  “Shut Up and Dance” racked up over six million downloads and 850 million streams in the process leading to a slew of honors including winning two Billboard Music Awards, a nomination for an MTV Music Video Award for Best Rock Video, American Music Award nominations for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo Or Group, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist. They were also nominated for an iHeart Radio Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Alternative Rock Song of the Year for “Shut Up and Dance”. WALK THE MOON has been praised by music industry tastemakers across the board since their explosive first single “Anna Sun” was released in 2012, as Interview Magazine proclaimed, “There’s something about WALK THE MOON that’s absolutely out of this world. Their music is addictive, energetic, and fun.” Rolling Stone also raved about the band’s live show, “The precocious Ohioans stack melodies upon melodies in new-wave-infected songs that attack the ear like a starving Mike Tyson.” WALK THE MOON is currently on the road on their North American “Press Restart” tour.

Big Sean To Headline North American “Unfriendly Reminder Tour”

Big Sean To Headline North American “Unfriendly Reminder Tour”

– Tickets On Sale to the General Public Starting February 9th –

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7, 2018 — Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings artist, Big Sean, announced today his North American headlining “Unfriendly Reminder Tour”, which is set to kick off April 12th in Orlando, FL. The multi-city trek produced by Live Nation will hit a number of major U.S. cities including Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Detroit. The outing will feature direct support from acclaimed rapper Playboi Carti, along with opening sets from Shy Glizzy and GASHI. Big Sean will perform fan favorites spanning his entire discography, going beyond a normal album tour. The 31-city tour is scheduled to wrap June 3rd in Toronto, Canada. See full routing of concert dates and venues below.

The “Unfriendly Reminder Tour” will be a celebration of Big Sean’s decade-long career signed to G.O.O.D. Music and pay tribute to his fans. Each fan will be able to vote and choose their top 20 songs for their respective cities and help curate the setlist from his entire discography. Voting will be available starting on Thursday, February 8th only at uknowbigsean.com. All stops will have brand new tour merchandise available and in select cities, fans will have the option to customize handpicked pieces.

Live Nation pre-sale tickets will be available on Thursday, February 8th between 10AM-10PM local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 9th at 10AM local time at LiveNation.com.

“Unfriendly Reminder Tour” Art:
Full-Size Admat with Dates: https://www.dropbox.com/s/99tss5u9tkv3xfa/BS-UnfriendlyReminder-ADMAT-FULLsz.jpg?dl=0

IG Size Admat with Dates: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zkpmelk597fjpve/BS-UnfriendlyReminder-ADMAT-IG.jpg?dl=0

Big Sean Image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u9kgzo9ifhq18ft/BIGSEANPRESS-2018.jpg?dl=0

Big Sean To Headline North American “Unfriendly Reminder Tour” (PRNewsfoto/Live Nation Entertainment)

“Unfriendly Reminder” Tour Dates:

April 12th Orlando, FL CFE Arena
April 14th Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
April 15th Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
April 18th Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
April 19th Austin, TX H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
April 20th Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
April 23rd Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
April 24th San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
April 25th Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
April 28th San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
April 29th San Jose, CA Event Center at San Jose State University
May 1st Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre
May 3rd Vancouver, Canada PNE Forum
May 5th Edmonton, Canada Shaw Conference Center
May 8th Minneapolis, MN Armory
May 9th Kansas City, MO Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
May 10th Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
May 11th Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy
May 14th Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 15th Washington, D.C. Anthem
May 18th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
May 19th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
May 20th Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
May 22nd Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
May 25th Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 26th Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
May 27th Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
May 29th Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Pavilion
May 30th Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion
June 2nd Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
June 3rd Toronto, Canada RBC Echo Beach

 

About Big Sean:
7-time BET Award-winning and Grammy® nominated superstar Big Sean has enjoyed a massive career in hip-hop since he emerged in 2011, with his debut album Finally Famous on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam imprint.  The album spun off consecutive top-charted pop/R&B/rap crossover smashes with “My Last” featuring Chris Brown (RIAA gold), “Marvin & Chardonnay” featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash (platinum), and “Dance (A$$)” featuring Nicki Minaj (3x-platinum).  Sean was a major collaborator on Kanye’s groundbreaking Cruel Summer album in 2012, and shared multi-platinum success with Kanye on the Grammy®-nominated “Mercy” (also featuring Pusha T and 2 Chainz), and “Clique” (with Jay Z).  Sean’s Hall Of Fame album followed in 2013, including “Guap” (platinum) and “Beware” featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko (gold).  Dark Sky Paradise (2015) was Sean’s first platinum and first album to debut #1 on Soundscan. It reigned on the charts with the #1 “IDFWU” featuring E-40 (3x-platinum), “Blessings” featuring Drake and Kanye West (2x-platinum), and “One Man Can Change the World” featuring Kanye West and John Legend (gold).  I Decided. (released Feb 2017, RIAA platinum) debuted at #1 on the momentum of the two pre-order instant grat tracks that turned into smash singles, “Bounce Back” (RIAA double platinum with over 300 million streams globally), and “Moves” (RIAA gold). His latest album, Double or Nothing (released December 8, 2017) with Metro Boomin has 261,376,362 global streams to date.

Ozzy Osbourne Announces “No More Tours 2”

Ozzy Osbourne Announces “No More Tours 2” North American Dates with Press Conference at His Los Angeles Home

SHOWS ARE PART OF THE ROCK ICON’S FINAL GLOBAL TOUR AND WILL CELEBRATE FIVE DECADES OF PERFORMING WITH TWO-YEAR WORLD TOUR

TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AT LIVENATION.COM

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE earlier today (February 6) revealed details about his forthcoming “NO MORE TOURS 2,” a reference to his 1992 “No More Tours” trek.  The announcement by the legendary musical icon about the North American dates–with his longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards)–was made to international media in attendance at his Los Angeles home.

The initial North American dates produced by Live Nation kick off August 30 in Allentown, PA and conclude October 13 in Las Vegas, NV with a Thursday, October 11 stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los AngelesOZZY will be joined by Stone Sour for this leg of the tour.  Tickets for these shows go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM (local time) at LiveNation.com and through the Live Nation app.  Citi® is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 AM (local time) until Friday, February 16 at 10:00 PM (local time) through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Prior to the full North American run, OZZY will officially launch the “NO MORE TOURS 2” in Mexico in May, before heading to South America for solo shows in three countries.  Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to begin Friday, June 1 in Moscow, Russia.

“I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers,” OSBOURNE says.  “I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”

On his upcoming farewell world tour, produced by Live Nation, OSBOURNE will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968).  This tour, expected to take OZZY around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows in the future.  Throughout his career, OZZY has sold more than 100 million records.

Want to hear more about the OZZY tour from the Prince of Darkness himself?  OZZYhas partnered with Ticketmaster to spread the word about the tour with a new message on the Ticketmaster app for the Google Assistant on phones, speakers like Google Home and other compatible devices. Fans can trigger the app by saying, “Hey Google, talk to Ticketmaster,” which will offer special messages from the Prince of Darkness himself. Fans will then be invited by Sharon Osbourne to hear details about OZZY‘s upcoming Live Nation tour dates. This new marketing tool expands the ways for OZZY‘s millions of fans to find out about his tour and provides a fun, first of its kind experience.

For the tour, OZZY has teamed with the LOVE, HOPE, STRENGTH, FOUNDATION.  At Love Hope Strength (LHS), their mission is to save lives, one concert at a time.  We, along with Love Hope Strength, believe that all people deserve quality cancer care, a marrow donor if needed, and most importantly, hope.  Founded by cancer survivors, LHS leverages the power of music to expand the marrow registry through THEIR “Get on the List” campaign.  At LHS, they believe in offering real hope to people currently living with cancer.

OZZY‘s North American tour dates:

DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 27-Apr Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
Sun 29-Apr Fort Lauderdale, FL FortRock
Thu 30-Aug Allentown, PA PPL Center
Sat 1-Sep Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Tue 4-Sep Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Thu 6-Sep Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Sat 8-Sep Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Mon 10-Sep Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed 12-Sep Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri 14-Sep Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sun 16-Sep Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center
Wed 19-Sep Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Center
Fri 21-Sep Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sun 23-Sep Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Wed 26-Sep Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
Fri 28-Sep Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 30-Sep Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Tue 2-Oct Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thu 4-Oct Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sat 6-Oct Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 9-Oct Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Thu 11-Oct Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sat 13-Oct Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

 

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OZZY‘s overseas tour dates:

DATE COUNTRY/CITY VENUE
Sat 5-May Mexico Heaven & Hell Festival
Tue 8-May Santiago, Chile Pista Atletica
Fri 11-May Buenos Aires, Argentina Geba
Sun 13-May São Paulo, Brazil Allianz Parque
Wed 16-May Curitiba, Brazil Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Fri 18-May Belo Horizonte, Brazil Esplanada Do Mineirao
Sun 20-May Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Apoteose
Fri 1-Jun Moscow, Russia Olympiisky
Sun 3-Jun St. Petersburg, Russia Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed 6-Jun Finland Rockfest
Fri 8-Jun Solvesborg, Sweden* Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 10-Jun Donington, UK* Download Festival
Wed 13-Jun Prague, Czech Republic* Prague Rocks Festival, Airport Letnany
Fri 15-Jun Paris, France* Download Festival
Sun 17-Jun Italy* Firenze Rocks Festival
Wed 20-Jun Halden, Norway* Tons of Rock Festival
Fri 22-Jun Copenhagen, Denmark* Copenhell Festival
Sun 24-Jun Dessel, Belgium* Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 26-Jun Krakow, Poland* Impact Festival
Thu 28-Jun Oberhausen, Germany* König-Pilsner Arena
Fri 30-Jun Madrid, Spain* Download Festival
Mon 2-Jul Lisbon, Portugal Altice Arena
Thu 5-Jul Barcelona, Spain Rock Fest Barcelona
Sun 8-Jul Tel Aviv, Israel Live Park

 

Poison, Cheap Trick And Pop Evil Join Forces For “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” U.S. Summer Tour

Poison, Cheap Trick And Pop Evil Join Forces For “poison…nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” U.s. Summer Tour Starting May 18 In Irvine, Ca

Tickets on sale starting February 9 and 10

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2018) — Music fans wanting a little variety with their summer tour package will get that very thing with the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour. Iconic rock band POISON, with all original members, will be joined by CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on its trek across the U.S. this summer. The tour is set to launch May 18 in Irvine, CA at Five Points Amphitheatre.

Check out this video to learn more about the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour: https://youtu.be/3Hdu4_ha66Q.

Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. Each band will be offering their own exclusive VIP packages and meet & greet opportunities beginning February 6 at 12pm local time. POISON will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales at PoisonOfficial.com for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages. VIP Packages for CHEAP TRICK will be available for all dates, details for which can be found at www.CheapTrick.com. POP EVIL will also be offering VIP meet & greets at PopEvilVIP.com. For more information about the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour, please visit Livenation.com.

The bands are fired up to make the journey across the U.S. together. Bret Michaels, POISON lead singer and noted philanthropist says, “The all original POISON is headlining again this summer. It’s going to be a mega concert and party combined. We will be playing all the hits and bringing high energy rock and roll good times. I promise this will be awesome. My friends CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL will be joining us as well as some special guests on select dates. Again, I know all the bands with all the hits will be giving 1000%!!! Over the last years, POISON has got to co-headline with some great bands: Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few, but I promise again, C.C., Bobby, Rikki and myself together will bring NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME!!!”

“POISON is a just great American Rock and Roll Band,” declares Bob Roux, President of U.S. Concerts, Live Nation. “Along with CHEAP TRICK, this show is going to be Nothing But A Good Time – The Full Tilt Party of the Summer. POISON and CHEAP TRICK always deliver the goods.”

Rick Nielsen, CHEAP TRICK (lead guitar) proclaims, “Another Poison/Cheap Trick Tour!!! It’s always been FUN with these guys!”

While POP EVIL singer Leigh Kakaty concludes, “This summer is going to be an exciting one for POP EVIL, that’s for sure! What a fantastic opportunity to bring our live show across the country on the big stage with such legends like POISON and CHEAP TRICK.”

POISON, fronted by reality TV superstar Bret Michaels (lead vocals/guitar), Bobby Dall (bass), Rikki Rockett (drums), CC DeVille (guitars) is known around the world for their high energy, big hits, live show and is one of America’s legendary Rock bands. They have sold over 40 million albums and DVDs worldwide and have sold over 15 million records in the United States alone. POISON, whose career has spanned over 25 years, may be one of the most successful independent bands to have such a long multi-Platinum career. Proof that their have fun, but get it done attitude does just that. They’ve released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio. They’ve charted 12 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard “Hot 100,” including six Top 10 singles “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Something To Believe In,” as well as the #1 smash hit, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Their breakthrough debut album, the multi-Platinum LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN, was released in 1986 and they hit their peak with the second album, OPEN UP AND SAY… AHH!, which became the band’s most successful album, being certified five times Platinum in the U.S. The popularity continued into the new decade with their third consecutive multi-Platinum selling album, FLESH & BLOOD. In the 1990s following the release of the band’s first live album, SWALLOW THIS LIVE, the band experienced some lineup changes, but despite that, the band’s fourth studio album, NATIVE TONGUE, still achieved Gold status and the band’s first compilation album, POISON’S GREATEST HITS: 1986–1996, went double Platinum. In the 2000s, with the original lineup back together, the band found new popularity after a successful greatest hits reunion tour in 1999.The band celebrated their 20-year anniversary with “The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock” tour and album, which was certified Gold and marked POISON’s return to the BillboardTop 20 charts for the first time since 1993. Throughout the years, Bret Michaels has released several chart topping solo albums and starred in some of the highest rated, record breaking reality TV shows on NBC, ABC and VH1. A philanthropist, the type 1 diabetic, Michaels has donated a portion of the proceeds from his latest single, “Jorja Bleu,” to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and through is Life Rocks Foundation supports many other charitable causes. After more than 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing live to audiences around the world.

CHEAP TRICK: Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar) are part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Since the ‘70s, they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender,” CHEAP TRICK, now with drummer Daxx Nielsen, are a musical institution. The Rockford, IL band is as vital today as ever, having released three records in the last three years — BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO (2016), WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT (2017and CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS (2017) –and toured relentlessly to packed audiences around the world. 2016 saw CHEAP TRICK’s long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honored both the band and the pioneering sound that has earned them total record sales well in excess of 20 million featured appearances and more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications. 2017’s WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT! was yet another undisputed triumph for the band as the album’s first single, “Long Time Coming,” enjoyed an unprecedented run of 18 weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.

POP EVIL: Leigh Kakaty (vocals), Dave Grahs (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Nick Fuelling (lead guitar, backing vocals), Matt DiRito (bass, backing vocals), Hayley Cramer (drums)—will release their fifth self-titled album February 16 on Entertainment One. Produced by Kato Khandwala, POP EVIL captures Kakaty and his bandmates at their most inspiring. Every song on the album offers a different spin on the concept behind the band’s name and in an era when many rock bands create a few strong singles, and six or seven less memorable songs and call it an album. POP EVIL is all killer, no filler – the best 11 songs culled from 30 demos. It’s a surging, contemporary sounding release that incorporates metal, alternative, hard rock and even some electronic music. In the wake of the band’s peppy, upbeat 2015 album UP, which debuted #1 on the Independent Artist Billboard Album Chart, it went on to produce their biggest single to date, “Footsteps.” It’s a wake-up call, a musical rebirth that inspired the band to self-title the release, partially since they’d never done so. ONYX the bands best-selling album to date was POP EVIL’s breakthrough album that features three straight #1 Rock Singles, “Trenches”, “Deal with the Devil” and “Torn To Pieces.” Their first album, LIPSTICK ON THE MIRROR, came out in 2008 (leading to iTunes naming them “Top New Artists of ’08”), and while it introduced listeners to the band’s core sound with well-received singles like “Hero” and “100 in a 55,” POP EVIL has grown exponentially since then.

Check out the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour at any of the following stops.

05/30/18 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
06/01/18 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
06/02/18 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
05/18/18 Irvine, CA Five Points Amphitheatre
* 05/19/18 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
* 05/20/18 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
05/22/18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
05/23/18 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
05/25/18 Kansas City, KS Sprint Center
* 05/26/18 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
05/31/18 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre
* 06/02/18 Dallas, TX Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
* 06/03/18 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
* 06/05/18 Atlanta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
06/07/18 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
* 06/08/18 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
* 06/09/18 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
* 06/10/18 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
* 06/12/18 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
06/13/18 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheatre
06/14/18 Hartford, CT The Xfinity Theatre
06/15/18 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
* 06/17/18 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
06/19/18 Toronto, ONT. The Budweiser Stage
* 06/21/18 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach
06/22/18 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
* 06/23/18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
06/24/18 Allentown, PA PPL Center

* POISON, CHEAP TRICK, to be announced

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Bill Anderson Announced as 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee

Bill Anderson Announced as 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee

Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor P/K/A “Kool & The Gang,” Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis also to be inducted.

NEW YORK (Feb 6, 2018) – Musical titans Bill Anderson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor P/K/A “Kool & The Gang,” Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis will become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.

These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, “Mama Sang a Song,” “Celebration,” “Through The Years,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Chattahoochee,” “Jack And Diane,” and “I’ll Be There For You.”  The star-studded induction event is slated for Thursday, June 14th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel inNew York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.

“The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone,” said SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and president/CEO Linda Moran. “Each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor. We could not be more excited to preside over this year’s event and to give these songwriters their due respect.”

Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future.  In the Hall, musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while the organization’s outreach to the music community grooms the next generation of troubadours. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs.

Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson is the rare songwriter whose first major label cut went to No. 1 on the charts, was named Song of The Year, and sparked a writing career that is currently in its seventh decade. The song, “City Lights,” was written when Anderson was a 19-year old Georgia disc jockey and became a career-defining hit for Ray Price in 1958.  The song opened doors for him in Nashville, leading him to signing with BMI and Tree Publishing.

Anderson was far from a one-hit wonder. He followed “City Lights” with country standards like “Tips Of My Fingers,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Once A Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts Of Life,” which earned him another GRAMMY nomination, “Mama Sang A Song,” the crossover smash, “Still,” and countless others. He was voted country Songwriter Of The Year six times during his first decade in Music City.

His success continued into the seventies with award-winning hits like “Slippin’ Away,” “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking,” “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and the disco-flavored, “I Can’t Wait Any Longer.” The eighties saw Anderson’s chart-topping career take a hiatus as he became a TV network game show host, spokesman for a national restaurant chain, and a nonstop touring Grand Ole Opry performer. In the nineties , e came roaring back with a vengeance, however, as he seriously turned to co-writing for the first time.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, his collaborations with the newer generation of Nashville tunesmiths resulted in hits like “Wish You Were Here,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Two Teardrops,” “A Lot Of Things Different,” for Kenny Chesney, “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn),” for Vince Gill and two Song Of The Year awards for “Whiskey Lullaby,” with Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and George Straight’s “Give It Away,” in 2005 and 2007 respectfully.  He continues to write today with songs like Brad Paisley’s “Dying To See Her.” For more information, visit billanderson.com.

Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor P/K/A “Kool & The Gang”
In 1964, Robert “Kool” Bell and his brother, Ronald Bell joined George Brown and other Jersey City neighborhood friends to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. After performing for five years under various monikers, Kool & The Gang officially launched in 1969 with the release of their self-titled debut album, which was an introduction to their signature sound.

The band’s stellar reputation grew with each album, but 1973’s gold disc “Wild & Peaceful” took Kool & The Gang to another level, spurred by the immortal party anthems “Funky Stuff,” “Hollywood Swinging” and the platinum smash “Jungle Boogie.” The 1970’s brought hits like “Higher Plane,” the classic “Summer Madness” (featured on the GRAMMY-winning movie soundtrack Rocky) and “Open Sesame,” which was featured on the top-selling movie soundtrack of all-time, Saturday Night Fever, earned the group a GRAMMY.

In 1978, James “JT” Taylor, joined Kool & The Gang. His distinctive voice was discovered at age seven, leading him to start a band and perform at the Apollo Theater by age thirteen. As a songwriter and lead vocalist, his appreciation for all music led him to numerous bands and, ultimately, the group as lead vocalist/songwriter. JT’s contributions made an instant impact. In 1979, the group unveiled a smooth new sound with Ladies Night, their first platinum album, produced by the legendary pop/jazz musician and mentor Eumir Deodato, which heralded an unprecedented decade of mainstream domination, creativity, and innovation.

In 1989, JT pursued a solo career. His first release, the Diane Warren-penned duet with Regina Belle, “All I Want Is Forever,” was featured in the film, Tap. JT’s uninhibited 1st album, Master of the Game, steered him towards industry giants like Teddy Riley, Jeff Lorber, Barry Eastman, Whitney Houston, and George Benson. His next endeavors included projects, such as “The Promised Land” for Ghostbusters II with Bobby Caldwell and Jeff Porcaro, the Simon Law-co-produced Feel the Need album featuring “Long Hot Summer Night,” as well as “Baby I’m Back,” and “A Brand New Me”. Today, JT continues to develop projects, always reaching for new horizons.

Kool & The Gangs iconic songs, including “Celebration,” which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame and remains de rigueur at joyous occasions worldwide, have earned two GRAMMY Awards, 25 Top Ten R & B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, 31 gold and platinum awards, 5 American Music Awards, and numerous Grammy nominations. Marking their 50th anniversary this year, they were honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award and a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and continue to tour the world.

Steve Dorff
Steve Dorff’s career as a songwriter spans five decades and includes more than forty BMI awards, twenty Top 10 hits, twelve No. 1 hits, and an American Music Award. The GRAMMY- and Emmy-nominated songwriter and composer has had songs recorded by more than four hundred artists from all genres of music, as well as twenty-eight movie scores and numerous theme songs and placements on TV series.
Dorff’s songs have been recorded by iconic artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Dusty Springfield and countless others. A few chart hits include Rogers’ “Through the Years,” Murray’s “I Just Fall in Love Again,” Strait’s “I Cross My Heart,” and Eddie Rabbitt’s “Every Which Way But Loose”—the title track from Clint Eastwood’s 1978 film.

Dorff has composed TV music for shows such as Murphy Brown, Growing Pains, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Reba, Spenser: For Hire, Just the Ten of Us, and The Singing Bee. His film contributions include songs and scores for Pure Country, Bronco Billy, Rocky IV, Tin Cup and Honky Tonk Man. Branching into stage productions, he wrote the music for the theatre production, Josephine. Dorff published the 2017 memoir, I Wrote That One Too…A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney, and he enjoys performing his best-loved songs at venues across the country.

Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri  wrote his first song “Single” at the young age of 15, then his first platinum selling single a mere four years later with the mega hit “Jump” (Kriss Kross) and he hasn’t stopped writing hits since.

Dupri’s songwriting accomplishments have continued for over two decades with over 30 number one hits including “My Boo” (Usher featuring  Alicia Keyes) “Nice & Slow” (Usher),  “Don’t Forget About Us” (Mariah Carey), “Grillz” ( Nelly featuring Paul Wall), “Confessions Part II” (Usher), “Burn” (Usher), “You Got It Bad” (Usher), “The First Night” (Monica), “Jump” (Kriss Kross) and “We Belong Together” (Mariah Carey).  His songwriting transcends across all genres of music, with hits “Shake It Off” (Mariah Carey) and “Money Aint  A Thang” (Jermaine Dupri feat Jay Z), “Give it 2 U” (Da Brat),“Just Kicking It” (Xscape) and “Where The Party At” (Jagged Edge).

The most iconic singers/rappers of the past quarter-century have recorded his songs: Usher, Aretha Franklin, The Notorious B.I.G., Ludacris, Bow Wow, Aaliyah, 3LW, Destiny’s Child, 112, Anthony Hamilton, Nelly, Fabulous, Lil John, Alicia Keyes, Master P, Da Brat, Jagged Edge,  Xscape, Run DMC, Isley Brothers, Mase, TLC, New Edition, Tamia, Monica, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey amongst others.

Now in his third decade of writing and producing  songs,  GRAMMY award-winning Jermaine Dupri shows no signs of slowing down as he continue to pen his way to the top.

Alan Jackson
Recently inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among country music’s all-time greats is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Beginning with his first hit, “Here in the Real World,” Jackson’s pen has given us some of country music’s most-memorable songs of the past 30 years –the immediately-recognized “Chattahoochee,” the haunting “Midnight in Montgomery,” the touching “Remember When,” the autobiographical “Livin’ On Love,” “Drive,” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and the inspired “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular new tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown (along a stretch of Broadway known as the “Honky Tonk Highway”) featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of GRAMMY’s and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation.   He is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock & roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, inequality and fervent political dissent. With dozens of hits to his credit, the singer has taken on the plight of the family farmer, issues with authority figures and, of course, his own musings on relationships. Throughout his prolific career, John Mellencamp has written more than twenty Top 40 hits, Hits like “Jack and Diane,” “Small Town,” “Crumblin Down,” “The Authority Song,” “Rain On The Scarecrow,” “Lonely Ol Night,” “”R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.,” “Paper In Fire,” “Check It Out,” “Pink Houses,” “Pop Singer,” and “Jackie Brown.” These iconic American songs have played an important role in defining Midwestern music and developing the rock genre.

Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a GRAMMY® winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.   He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.  The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.

His latest song, “Easy Target” offers a raspy diagnosis of America’s current political ailments. John wrote the title song for the 2017 film, The Yellow Birds, an American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.  The film debuted at Tribeca Film Festival and aired on the Nat Geo Channel.

John continues to focus on another facet of his artistic expression: painting. His style has progressed over the years as evidenced by several museum shows and published portfolios, and in recent years, he has increased his output by completing over 100 new works. He was also involved with an extraordinary collaboration for The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett.

Allee Willis
Allee Willis is a one-woman creative musical think-tank – a multi-disciplinary artist and visionary thinker whose range of imagination and productivity knows no bounds and whose songs integrate into all fields she works in. The GRAMMY ®, Emmy, and Tony award-winning and nominated songwriter’s hits include the seemingly ubiquitous “September,” “I’ll Be There For You (the Friends theme), “Boogie Wonderland,” “Neutron Dance,” “What Have I Done To Deserve This,” “Lead Me On,” “Stir It Up,“ “In The Stone,” and “You’re The Best”. Willis also co-authored the Oprah Winfrey-produced Tony and GRAMMY-winning musical The Color Purple.

Willis, who writes both music and lyrics, has written for artists across many genres, including Earth, Wind & Fire, The Pointer Sisters, Pet Shop Boys, Justin Timberlake, Patti LaBelle, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff, Debbie Harry, DMC, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Toto, Bryan Adams, Diana Ross, Chaka Kahn, Jennifer Hudson, Ray Charles, Weather Report, Dusty Springfield, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Tina Turner, Taylor Dane, The Emotions, Boy George, Cher, Ashford & Simpson, Thomas Dolby, Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert, Gladys Knight, and more.

Willis began writing songs in 1972 when she worked at Columbia/ Epic Records writing ads, radio commercials, and liner notes for the artists including, Laura Nyro, Barbra Streisand, Santana, Simon & Garfunkle, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Willis’s first song was recorded in 1974 by Bonnie Raitt. But her big break came in 1978 when Patti LaBelle started regularly recording her songs. LaBelle placed Willis with Herbie Hancock, who she wrote three songs with. A few months later she began collaborating with Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire who introduced her to his brother Maurice, founder and lead singer of the band. Within five minutes of meeting they started writing “September”.

In 1997, representing 3 million BMI songwriters, Willis became the first pop artist to address Congress on artist rights in cyberspace.  Throughout the 90’s she consulted with tech and media companies including Microsoft, Intel, AOL, Fox, Disney and Warner Bros. on their music and entertainment web strategies.

Willis most recently completed writing, recording producing, directing, and animating “The D,” a song for her hometown of Detroit. It features 5000 vocalists, more people in history than have ever been on a record before. Willis also started performing a series of sold-out one-woman shows, combining her songs with her comedy, art, videos and technology.

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About The Songwriters Hall of Fame
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. West Coast educational activities are held at The GRAMMY Museum, which hosts the permanent Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery, and at the University of Southern California. Out of the tens of thousands of songwriters of our era, there are approximately 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. The list of inductees include Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland, Smokey Robinson, Paul Williams, Hal David & Burt Bacharach, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes & David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Don Schlitz, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Diane Warren, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Mac Davis, Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Donovan, Cyndi Lauper,  Desmond Child, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Chip Taylor, Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Lionel Richie, Bill Withers, Neil Diamond, Jay Z, Tom Petty, Toby Keith, Max Martin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Berry Gordy, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Robert Lamm & James Pankow among many others.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available on the Songwriters Hall of Fame website at songhall.org. Joining online is quick and easy: https://www.songhall.org/join.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1,500 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, 914-579-1000. Net proceeds from the event will go toward the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.  Songwriters Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 organization.  The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $170. Contributions, for which no goods or services are received in exchange, are fully tax-deductible as provided by law.

Motor City Muscle – Press Release

American Icons Combine for Giant U.S. Celebration in the Motor City

In the Spirit of Rock and Muscle, Forces Unite | Summer 2018

DETROIT, USA – Motor City creativity drives the world. Detroit rock is legendary. The unification of these two American icons in a first-of-its-kind, free-of-charge festival next summer in downtown Detroit will make history and launch the party of the century in authentic Motor City style.

On the weekend of August 17th – 19th, Motor City Muscle® – the Rock-n-Muscle Car Festival – will honor a powerful creative legacy by telling the story of muscle cars and rock, the story of how the coolest car fueled the creation of the coolest music. The first muscle car, Rocket 88, inspired the very first rock-n-roll record – “Rocket 88.” Songwriter Jackie Brenston created rock music from the pure love of his new car. MCM will showcase this tale of American ingenuity in a number of historic ways including a free-of-charge, three-day rock festival, special recordings, broadcasts, Official Gear, a book, documentary and much more. This is the first major free-admission rock festival in Detroit Rock City. We say, “Bring it.”

250+ of the finest muscle cars and 100+ of the top rock bands will be presented on seven stages spanning the recognized Father of U.S. Highways – M-1 | Woodward Avenue; the city’s premier waterfront center, Hart Plaza; and award-winning Campus Martius Park. This celebration will utilize the same general site plan as the renowned Detroit International Jazz Festival and will make the entire downtown come alive by harnessing the unmatchable raw power of rock and muscle. Coincidentally, this new rock festival is being held on the same weekend as the legendary Woodstock, and MCM will pay homage to its history in memorable ways.

Motor City Muscle® is produced by American Entertainment Technology in partnership with the USA TODAY NETWORK and the Detroit Free Press. Carol Marvin, Festival Executive Director & Producer, is an award-winning event veteran who, along with the rest of the core MCM production team, has spent over 20 years making good things happen in Detroit. “This is an authentic Detroit party thrown by hardcore Detroiters whose love and incredible talents have produced top results for over two decades in our beautiful city,” Marvin says. “This is an old-school Detroit real deal for those kindred badasses who have rock and cars in their DNA.”

The Detroit Metropolitan Visitors & Convention Bureau helped inspire Marvin to create Motor City Muscle®. DMCVB COO, Mike O’Callaghan, had witnessed Marvin’s previous successes and wanted to know if she had anything else up her sleeve to once again generate tens of millions in revenue for the city. “For us, this event showcases our belief that for Detroit – It’s Go Time. We applaud Carol for creating big events of this nature that bring visitors and positive attention to a world-class city like ours,” says O’Callaghan. “Motor City Muscle is that event that will celebrate our heritage – its music and automobile. The best of Detroit, all in one weekend for the world to enjoy.”

Up the road 8 miles on M-1, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one-day car event, will be held on August 18th – the midpoint of the festival. Motor City Muscle® will complement this excellent tradition by finally shining a major auto spotlight on Detroit proper during this special time. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan voices his excitement: “If there are two things that people from around the world think when they think of Detroit, it’s cars and music. Motor City Muscle promises to be a signature event for our city, one that Detroiters can be proud of and people everywhere will want to experience. I appreciate the many sponsors who have pledged their support for making this event a great success for our city.”

The gift of Motor City Muscle® would not be possible without the exceptional Founding Partnership of the USA TODAY NETWORK and the Detroit Free Press. This powerful collaboration is engineering an event that will be unprecedented in several influential ways, creating a truly original American celebration. “We’re excited, through our partnership in Motor City Muscle®, to continue to play a part in the amazing economic and cultural renaissance of our great city,” says Brian Priester, president of the Detroit Free Press and president of Michigan.com.

We look to surface and amplify the best of the communities we are a part of,” says Andy Yost, chief marketing officer of the USA TODAY NETWORK, “and no doubt muscle cars and music reflect the unique personality of Detroit.”

Motor City Muscle® will launch with the greatest bands and fans right by our side from the start. Together, we are producing The Motor City Muscle® I – Motor-Rock Album that will feature The Motor City Muscle® – Motor-Rock Anthem Contest winners. This contest is a rock song composition competition that will award special status to up to ten original songs about Detroit and its cars. A rock anthem fuels celebration in every respect and we want the best and brightest to ignite the party they were born to throw. Bands can submit their work by visiting the festival website for more information. Fans can support this historic LP’s production and gain one of its first copies as well as exclusive, limited edition Official MCM Gear by becoming a supporter of the Motor City Muscle®Motor-Rock Album Kickstarter as a Project Backer. Help celebrate Detroit as the rock and car capital of the world, and make history while you’re at it.

Camilo, designer of the 2005/2006 Ford GT, Detroit artist & winner of Tru TV’s – Motor City Masters, will be the 2018 Official Motor City Muscle® Artist and creator of its inaugural, commemorative poster, which will be released in early 2018. Pardo says, “Mixing guitars and cars will reach the speed of sound.”

The complete Motor City Muscle® festival program, entertainment and event schedule will be announced in the spring of 2018. To join the party and make history as an Official Partner, Band, Muscle Car, Special Activity, Exhibitor, Concessionaire, Vendor, Volunteer or in any other way, please visit Motor City Muscle® at www.motorcitymuscle.us.

Motor City Muscle®
    

Shenandoah Reloaded with First New Album in 20 Years Available for Pre-Order Now

Shenandoah Reloaded with First New Album in 20 Years Available for Pre-Order Now

Shenandoah Celebrates RELOADED Pre-Sale During CRS with Performance at George Jones Museum with Country Rebel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2018) – Their timeless catalog of No. 1 hits and harmonies led by frontman Marty Raybon, and founding member Mike McGuire, solidified Shenandoah as a country music mainstay. And now, back together and on the road, they’re RELOADED with new music on a new album released by BMG packed with their iconic hits recorded LIVE last year on tour, along with 3 brand new songs produced by Jay DeMarcus. CLICK HERE to pre-order RELOADED (available everywhere March 16).

In an exclusive premiere on Billboard.com, the GRAMMY®, CMA, and ACM-winning country music trailblazers revealed the track listing and cover art for RELOADED. “We had always wanted to capture our show live,” Raybon told Billboard. “I think it’s a way of getting a little more of an insight into the artist, what they are all about, and what their show consists of. I think it’s a great way to advertise what you do so that people will come out to see you.”

Shenandoah will be seen all over Nashville this week promoting their new single and album during Country Radio Seminar, including a performance at the George Jones Museum for Country Rebel.

Shenandoah – Reloaded

RELOADED TRACK LISTING:
1. Next To You, Next To Me (LIVE)
2. If Bubba Can Dance, I Can Too (LIVE)
3. The Moon Over Georgia (LIVE)
4. Mama Knows (LIVE)
5. Sunday In The South (LIVE)
6. I Want To Be Loved Like That (LIVE)
7. Ghost In The House (LIVE)
8. Two Dozen Roses (LIVE)
9. The Church On Cumberland Road (LIVE)
10. Noise
11. That’s Where I Grew Up
12. Little Bit of Livin

Shenandoah continues captivating audiences nationwide with their high-energy show and new single “NOISE,” which is currently No. 33 in the nation on the Music Row Radio Chart. Over the last 30 years, the band has recorded 9 studio albums, 13 No. 1 records and charted 26 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their No. 1 hits include “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road,” “Next to You, Next to Me,” “I Want to be Loved Like That,” “Sunday In The South,” “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” and many more.

SHENANDOAH 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR:
Feb. 16 Black River Coliseum’ Vets Fundraiser – Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Feb. 17 Milltown Music Hall – Breman, Ga..
Feb. 24 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
March 22 Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre – New Braunfels, Texas
March 23 Municipal Auditorium – Greenville, Texas
March 24 Sugar Creek Casino Hinton, Okla.
April 12 Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Dollywood
April 14 Swisher Hospital Fundraiser – Tulia, Texas
April 20 Ho Chunk Casino – Black River Falls, Wisc.
April 21 New Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
April 28 – Boots & Badges Fundraiser – Lubbock, Texas
May  04 Gilley’s Choctaw Casino – Polola, Okla.
May 12 Niswonger PAC – Greenville, Tenn.
May 18  Camp Douglas Armed Forces – Camp Douglas, Wisc.
May 26 City of Grafton Celebration – Grafton, W.V.
June 02 Leon County Expo Center – Buffalo, Texas
June 09 Downtown Carlsbad – Carlsbad, N.M.
June 16  Cameron Elks Lodge’ Fundraiser – Cameron, Mo.
June 17 Porterfield Country Music Festival – Marinette, Wisc.
June 22  Rockbox Theater – Fredericksburg, Texas
June 23 – Texas Opry Theater – Weatherford, Texas
June 30 Tolchester Marina – Chestertown, Md.
July 07 The Smiling Goat Saloon – Zanesville, Ohio
July 14 Moonshine Ranch – Ranger, Texas
July 21 – Private Birthday Event for Hagees – San Antonio, Texas
July 28 Dundy County Fair – Benkelman, Neb.
August 01 Gallia County Fair – Gallipolis, Ohio
August 22 Grange Fair – Centre Hall, Pa.
August 25 Tivoli Theatre – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sept. 01 Loretta Lynn Ranch – Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Sept. 08 The Coyote Store – Gail, Texas
Oct. 05 Come And Take It Celebration – Gonzales, Texas
Oct. 11 The Ritz Theatre – Greenville, Ala.
Oct. 19 Country Tonite Theatre – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nov. 08 Center for Rural Development – Somerset, Ky.
Nov. 24 The Caverns – Pelham, Tenn.
(more dates to be announced soon)

ABOUT SHENANDOAH:
GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM-winning hitmakers Shenandoah are celebrating 30 years of chart-topping hits as the group gears up for new music and non-stop touring in 2018. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career. Raybon and McGuire formed the band in 1984 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with bassist Ralph Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn and guitarist Jim Seales. Shenandoah inked a deal with the legendary label and began establishing a national fan base with their self-titled debut in 1987. However, it was the band’s sophomore effort, The Road Not Taken, that spawned their first top ten hits—“She Doesn’t Cry Anymore” and “Mama Knows.” Shenandoah followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits—“Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” “The Church on Cumberland Road” spent two weeks at the top of the chart and made country music history as it marked the first time that a country band’s first No. 1 single spent more than one week at the summit. It also helped propel sales of the album to more than half a million units thus giving Shenandoah their first gold album. Shenandoah became known for delivering songs that celebrated the importance of faith and family while reveling in the joys of small town life. “Next to You, Next to Me” topped the charts for three weeks and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss, won a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the year and a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Shenandoah also won the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1991. Shenandoah recorded nine studio albums and placed 26 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

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