Miranda Lambert will kick off 2015 in style, as the country superstar’s Certified Platinum Tour is set to roll through nearly 30 cities next year. The trek follows up the singer’s critically acclaimed Platinum Tour, which launched earlier this year in conjunction with the chart-topping album of the same name. (See a list of the cities on the tour below.) Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson Reveal Secret Talents ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore will serve as an opening act on the tour, which will also include appearances at various stops by up-and-coming female artists Sunny Sweeney, Ashley Monroe, Danielle Bradbery and RaeLynn. Lambert will be in Las Vegas this Saturday, October 4th, for the Route 91 Harvest Festival and has just a couple of additional concert dates on the calendar for the remainder of 2014.
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Kenny Rogers will deck the halls in 22 cities this November and December, as he crosses the U.S. and Canada on his 33rd holiday tour. The country legend’s Christmas & Hits Through the Years trek, with special guest Linda Davis, will kick off November 12th with a four-night run in Niagra Falls, Ontario, and will wrap December 23rd in Westbury, New York. (See a full list of cities and dates below.) Each stop will have its own set of unique backup singers: a local choir and local children. Related: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Dolly Duets & Michael Jackson Talks Rogers promises a mix of holiday classics such as “O Holy Night” and “White Christmas” with several of his beloved hits, including “Lucille” and “The Gambler.” Though he’s sung those latter tunes night after night for almost four decades, the 76-year-old entertainer promises he’ll never be the kind of artist who abandons his signature songs in favor of road-testing new ones
Adele is one of the most acclaimed soul singers of her generation. But now she’s earned major “Respect” from the all-time greatest, Aretha Franklin, who’s shared her cover version of “Rolling in the Deep.” Franklin gives the 2011 smash a fiery makeover, tossing off melismatic vocal runs and even incorporating the chorus from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Related: Where Does Aretha Franklin Rank on Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Singers? The cover tune, available to stream below, is the first single from the 72-year-old Franklin’s new covers LP, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics , out October 21st on RCA Records. The album’s track list spans numerous eras and styles of soul – from Etta James’ bluesy 1960 staple “At Last” to Sinéad O’Connor’s minimal 1990 pop ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U” to Alicia Keys’ anthemic 2007 R&B smash “No One.” In addition to singing throughout, Franklin also plays piano on a version of the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” The album was co-produced by Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis and features additional production work from André 3000, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Harvey Mason Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper. A limited edition vinyl will be available for pre-order on September 30th, and select retailers are offering a download of Franklin’s “Rolling in the Deep” with digital pre-order. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics track list. 1. “At Last” (Etta James Cover) 2. “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover) 3
Carrie Underwood is once again wearing her faith on her musical sleeve. Carrie Underwood’s NFL Video Co-Stars Revealed It’s been nine years since the country superstar released “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” the Grammy-winning, double-platinum-selling song that spent six weeks at Number One. Back then, she was fresh off her American Idol win and the new toast of Nashville. Fast forward to today, and she’s the top-earning Idol alum of all time, according to Forbes, and is kicking off her first greatest hits compilation with another spiritual heartstring-tugger.
Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Theresa Wayman plays guitar and sings for Warpaint, a Los Angeles indie rock quartet known for their blurry jams, sultry beats, and cascading layers of noise and melody.
Following the global success of their most recent album 13 , which debuted at Number One in the United States and several other countries, Black Sabbath have decided to record another album. Ozzy Osbourne told Metal Hammer that he hoped to begin the writing sessions with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler in early 2015. “We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour,” he said. Black Sabbath Offer a Peek Into the Studio Osbourne reported that the experience of making and touring around 13 was positive all around and that the band left things off on friendly terms after their tour earlier this year
Lifetime offered viewers a first look at its Aaliyah biopic this weekend, releasing a brief, 15-second trailer that shows its new star, Alexandra Shipp, taking on the role of the late R&B singer. Aaliyah: 1979-2001 While the short trailer shows little more than a moody glimpse of Shipp undertaking some of Aaliyah’s distinctive choreography and channeling her fashion and attitude, it also offers some reassurance that the production is back on track after a rocky start earlier this summer. At the end of the clip comes a note that Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B will premiere on Saturday, November 15th. In late June, the production was put on hold after Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman announced that she was dropping out of the title role.
BitTorrent helped shepherd Thom Yorke’s surprise new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes onto the internet on Friday as the service’s first paygated music bundle and a potential new distribution model for artists who want to take control over file-sharing. The company’s Chief Content Officer, Matt Mason, spoke with Fader shortly after the release about how the experiment came to be and what he hopes can come out of it. Thom Yorke’s ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes': Track-By-Track Guide According to Mason, the idea of the BitTorrent bundle was inspired by Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want model for In Rainbows . “It’s just been the absolute gold standard for how to do something direct-to-fan on the internet,” Mason said, noting that BitTorrent’s goal was to scale the method so that anybody could publish something in the same way. He was introduced to Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich through Radiohead’s manager, and told them about his bundle idea
In between two New York kickoff dates for his North American fall tour, Robert Plant stopped by The Tonight Show to talk with Jimmy Fallon about his new solo album, Lullaby and. . . The Ceaseless Roar . During Plant’s visit to the show, Fallon enlisted the Led Zeppelin singer into joining him on one of his iPad-aided doo-wop experiments.
“This is the part where we introduce ourselves,” André 3000, clad in his signature white wig and black jumpsuit with a sold out tag attached, said a few songs into last night’s Outkast show – their first in Atlanta since going on hiatus in the late aughts. “But if you’re here, you probably know who we are.” 5 Blazing Hot Outkast Performances That may be an understatement for the estimated 20,000 fans crammed into Downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park: Friday night was not just about celebrating Outkast, the hip-hop outfit, but Outkast, the symbol of Atlanta’s identity. Still, even though the duo is partially responsible for transforming Georgia’s capital city into the nation’s hip-hop mecca, their summer 20th anniversary tour originally included no local dates. Despair gave way to relief, however, when the beloved ATLiens later revealed that they would begin fall with not one, not two, but three consecutive hometown shows
R.E.M. may have broken up, but 2014 has become a very fruitful year for the band, which has just announced another box set. The six-disc DVD box set REMTV collects decades of television appearances, featuring footage of performances culled from concerts, award shows, their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and general TV appearances from between 1983 and 2007. It contains both of the band’s MTV Unplugged appearances from 1991 and 2001 – which was released on CD earlier this year as Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions – and the band’s VH1 Storytellers show from 1998, all of which contain previously unreleased outtakes. Michael Stipe Pens Incisive, Critical 9/11 Essay The band has dedicated three discs to live performances from the mid-Nineties to the late 2000s, including two free concerts that were filmed for broadcast in Cologne in 2001 and in Athens, Greece in 2008.
In February 2010, when sultry Alabama-born singer Allison Moorer released her last album, Crows , she was married (to fellow musician Steve Earle) and was just two months away from the birth of the couple’s son, John Henry. Now, nearly five years later, as she prepares for the release of her next LP, the brilliant — and extraordinarily candid — Down to Believing (due March 17, 2015, on E1 Records), she is separated from Earle and navigating the bewildering diagnosis of John Henry’s autism. Justin Townes Earle’s Label Fight It’s hardly the first time Moorer has addressed personal struggles (or tragedies) on record. Those tragedies include the murder-suicide of her parents in 1986, when Moorer was 14 and older sister, singer Sheby Lynne, was 17. Moorer was in Nashville last week to debut songs from the new album at the Americana Music Association conference.