It's barely Halloween, but we've already got a Christmas concert to look forward to: Jingle Ball. This year's line-up includes a slew of A-list acts, including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Ariana Grande. (Full list below.) The show takes places on Dec. 12, 8 p.m., at at Madison Square Garden. Radio personality Elvis Duran will host.
This line-up looks strikingly similar to the 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball, which will take place on Dec. 5 at the Staples Center this year; several of the artists from the Z100 show will also make appearances at various other Jingle Ball shows happening across the U.S. during the holiday season.
Be sure to visit the Jingle Ball page for more information on tickets to any of these performances.
Florida Georgia Line won't be an opening act any longer. After opening for popular acts like Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and Jason Aldean, the country duo said they are "super pumped" to finally headline their own tour.
The tour will support their upcoming album, Anything Goes, which is due out on Oct. 14; it kicks off in Toledo, OH, in January 2015, visiting cities along the East Coast and in the mid-west, before wrapping in Atlantic City, NJ, in May.
See below for tour dates and visit the Florida Georgia Line page for more information on tickets.
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The soul singer-songwriter is getting ready for his "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour. It begins November 6 and runs until December 5. After having initial onsales earlier this week, tickets for four more Stevie Wonder shows are up for grabs next Monday. The cities include D.C., Atlanta, Vegas, and Oakland.
The NBA is one of those sports that you never feel like you leave for long, given its championship games are in early to mid-June. This year was no different, and that feeling of basketball all year was only extended as LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland. The league has its initial onsales next week, with dozens of games between the Hawks, Bulls, Grizzlies, Bucks, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, and Spurs.
Stevie Wonder will embark on a multi-city U.S. tour starting Nov. 6 in New York, NY, at Madison Square Garden. Songs in the Key of Life Performance is scheduled to visit major cities like Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, and Chicago, IL, over the course of five weeks, before concluding Dec 5. in Oakland, CA.
This tour will be feature songs from Wonder's iconic album, Songs in the Key of Life. This album — which was the 18th in Wonder's career — features songs like "I Wish," "Sir Duke," "As," and "Isn't She Lovely."
See below for a selection of tour dates and visit the Stevie Wonder page for more information on tickets.
According to The Guardian, rock pioneer Chuck Berry, whose contributions to music set the scene for an entire generation of the art form, was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize, the Swedish award founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, who managed ABBA.
Up until now, I had never heard of this award, but I really like the idea. Like the Nobel, it is awarded for overall contributions, but this one fills a gap in recognition that other music organizations don't consider. For example, the big music academies tend to award for specific songs, albums, or artist/band achievement. There are also several lifetime achievement awards out there. Then there's the Germany-based Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, which is similar in nature but seems to focus more on orchestral and symphonic music and not modern popular music, though composers and conductors of these forms have been among Polar Music Award recipients.
Berry was joined this year by opera director Peter Sellars. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Yo-Yo Ma, and Elton John.