Posts Tagged ‘concert’

RIAA to Count Streaming Towards Album Certifications

The Recording Industry Association of America has changed its rules to now factor streaming sales into its singles and albums certification process. The change has now made 17 albums either platinum or gold automatically. Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ to Benefit From Revised RIAA Policy “For nearly six decades, whether it’s vinyl, CDs, downloads or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace,” RIAA’s Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement . “We know that music listening — for both albums and songs — is skyrocketing, yet that trend had not been reflected in our album certifications. Modernizing our Album Award certifications to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.” In the organization’s new formula, 1,500 streams will be the equivalent of 10 single-song sales or one album sale. The new rules affect a diverse collection of albums, mostly from newer artists. Debut albums from Halsey and Fifth Harmony are now certified gold, while Shawn Mendes’ Handwritten is now platinum.

Flashback: Watch Gilda Radner Hilariously Spoof Patti Smith on ‘SNL’

Last week, the producers of Robert Mapplethorpe biopic  Mapplethorpe  revealed that Girls actress Zosia Mamet will portray the late photographer’s close friend Patti Smith in the film. She will not be the first actress to play the punk singer onscreen, though, as actress Mickey Sumner played Smith in the 2013 film CBGB  – and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner hilariously spoofed her in 1979, a few months before the Patti Smith Group put out Wave . ‘Saturday Night Live’: All 141 Cast Members Ranked In the lengthy sketch, Radner played tank-top-wearing, bouffant-armpitted punk yelper “Candy Slice” who was performing at a benefit concert to help end yeast infections. It begins with a backstage look at the festival, in which Garrett Morris plays Bob Marley, Laraine Newman takes on Olivia Newton-John, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi portray different-era Elvis impersonators (“the Elvii”), Jane Curtin does her best Dolly Parton and Paul Shaffer impersonates Don Kirshner. Guest host Ricky Nelson played himself. Before the Smith spoof even begins, Bill Murray’s concert promoter character offers Newton-John a “tootski,” and Parton compliments Marley’s “reggie music.” When Candy Slice finally makes her entrance, she’s like a burping, vomiting wet noodle.

Smashing Pumpkins Plot ‘Acoustic-Electro’ ‘In Plainsong’ Tour

After a 2015 that witnessed the Smashing Pumpkins ‘ first acoustic trek  and a joint jaunt with Marilyn Manson , Billy Corgan’s group will head back out on the road this spring for the In Plainsong Tour, which promises an “acoustic-electro evening” of music. Billy Corgan on Touring with Manson, Battling Nostalgia The 20-show In Plainsong Tour kicks off March 22nd in Portland, Oregon and concludes a month later with an April 20th performance in Houston. After rejoining the Pumpkins in 2015 , drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will remain in the lineup for the In Plainsong trek alongside guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Liz Phair will serve as the trek’s opener. The Smashing Pumpkins will head back to the studio following the tour to begin work on their follow-up to 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy . Tickets go on sale February 5th, with a Citi card pre-sale scheduled for February 2nd. Check out the Smashing Pumpkins’ site for full ticket details. Smashing Pumpkins Tour Dates March 22 – Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Hall March 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount March 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic March 26 & 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel March 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall March 30 – Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House April 1 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore April 2 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre April 4 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre April 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre April 9 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre April 10 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre April 12 – Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall April 14 – Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House April 15 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater April 16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium April 18 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater April 19 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall April 20 – Houston, TX @ Cullen Performance Hall Related Smashing Pumpkins Announce First Acoustic Tour Manson, Corgan Press Conference: 10 Funniest Lines Jimmy Chamberlin Rejoining Smashing Pumpkins on Tour

Coachella Sues Hoodchella Over Festival Name

The organizers of Coachella  filed a lawsuit Thursday against a self-described “underground music festival” called Hoodchella, claiming the indie fest infringes on Coachella’s trademarks, creates unfair competition and diluting their brand. The inaugural Hoodchella took place in 2015, and this year’s fest was scheduled to take place April 8th and 9th, the weekend before the Indio, California festival itself. Coachella: Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem Lead Lineup According to Billboard , the Coachella lawsuit – which seeks $100,000 as well as the immediate abandonment of the “Hoodchella” moniker – takes aim at Hoodchella organizer Kamil Al-Ahdali. The burgeoning popularity of the festival – the underground fest is expanding from a one-day event in 2015 to a weekend-long party in 2016 – ultimately placed Hoodchella on Coachella’s radar. Coachella organizers Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live, previously asked that Hoodchella change its name, a request that was reportedly denied, fueling the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs have no objection to Al-Ahdali’s holding a music festival; but Al-Ahdali has ignored repeated requests from plaintiffs to adopt his own distinctive festival name,” the suit stated, with Goldenvoice also claiming it spent nearly $700,000 in 2015 on “media and related content to promote Coachella.” Coachella’s lawsuit arrives just as tickets for the second annual Hoodchella went on sale, with this year’s fest taking place at a still-unannounced “secret location” in Los Angeles. The Hoodchella website , which drew accusations of “cybersquatting” in the Coachella lawsuit, calls the fest “a completely independent supporting independent art & artist from around the world and overall engaging the Underground community & keeping the culture alive.” Supporters of Hoodchella created a petition  hoping to “save” the festival from Coachella’s legal maneuvering

Vince Neil, Boy George Join ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reign as the new host of Celebrity Apprentice will begin with a diverse round-up of contestants. Musicians Vince Neil, Boy George and Carnie Wilson are just a few of the names competing to donate $250,000 to the charity of their choice. Arnold Schwarzenegger Named Host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ The other 13 contestants include Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams and Ricky Williams. With Schwarzenegger replacing presidential candidate Donald Trump as the new host, a new panel of advisors have also been tapped for the eighth season. Warren Buffett, Tyra Banks, Steve Ballmer and Jessica Alba will be assisting the former California governor throughout the season. NBC severed ties with Trump following derogatory comments he made about Mexicans and immigration. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the network said last June.

Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Rihanna Song?

Rihanna surprised long-waiting fans this week with the sudden release of her eighth album, Anti . The LP followed the longest drought of new music for the singer, who typically releases new music yearly. On Anti , Rihanna swerved left from the singles she debuted throughout 2015, ditching the trap-folk of ” FourFiveSeconds ” and the fun banger “Bitch Better Have My Money” as she explored her more psychedelic side. Rihanna Looks for Something More on ‘Anti’ Now we have a question for you: What is the best Rihanna song? We’ll count anything as long Rihanna officially released it as a lead artist, either on an album or as a non-album single. Feel free to go back to her roots as a teen pop star with songs like “Pon de Replay” or “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want,” a massive hit like “Umbrella” or “Diamonds” or even a deep cut like “Rockstar 101” featuring Slash or “California King Bed.” Just please only vote once and for a single song. You can vote here in the comments, on or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeekendRock

Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan Join Lionel Richie Tribute

In addition to being his first platinum-selling album in nearly 30 years, Lionel Richie’s 2012 release  Tuskegee was remarkable for illustrating the distinctly broad influence he’s had in popular music. By pairing him with country artists like Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain on his classic hits, it positioned him as an important figure in country’s ongoing flirtation with more smoothed out, R&B-tinged sounds. Related: 2016’s 31 Hottest Country Tours and Festivals A handful of country’s more soulful purveyors will pay tribute to Richie at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala, scheduled for February 13th in Los Angeles during Grammy Awards week. R&B-influenced belter Chris Stapleton — a multiple Grammy nominee  — is the latest to join the lineup, along with stars Rihanna, Dave Grohl, Ellie Goulding, Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges and Florence Welch. Previously announced country performers include Luke Bryan — who once sang with Richie at the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year event — and Lady Antebellum.

Elvis Presley on TV: 10 Unforgettable Broadcasts

Although it’s hard to believe in the context of today’s media-saturated culture, Elvis Presley  made only 17 major television appearances during the course of his lifetime. Together, they tell the King’s story from his meteoric rise to his tragic downfall.  Elvis Presley’s Albums to Comprise 60-Disc New Box Set After making his national television debut 60 years ago, on January 28th, 1956, Presley shattered viewership records, challenged social mores and helped bring the rock & roll revolution into American living rooms. Even on the small screen, Elvis Presley was larger than life. These are his 10 most important broadcast moments. January 28th, 1956: Stage Show Though he had performed on the regional TV program Louisiana Hayride in March 1955, this spot on Stage Show  was Elvis Presley’s first national television appearance. Hosted by sibling big-band leaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, the show was broadcast live from CBS Studio 50 in New York — which also housed The Ed Sullivan Show. The special aired just a day after his first major-label release, “Heartbreak Hotel,” and Presley was virtually unknown

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