Not on all occasions, but usually album releases and tours go hand it hand. In 2015, artists seem to be keeping up with the long time tradition. Check out these four artists/bands who have recently dropped albums and will soon be touring in their support.
New Album: Song & Color
Although they first began gaining popularity a few years back, Alabama Shakes have really taken off in 2015. In April, the band, led by singer and guitarist Brittany Howard released their sophomore album, Song & Color. The album sold 96,000 copies in its first week and became Alabama Shakes first number one album. Song & Color was met with almost all positive reviews and was given a four out of five by Billboard and The Observer.
With news that Eminem and Rihanna will be teaming up for a very brief, three-city tour in August, I'm daydreaming about other artists I'd like to see together. It seems to be becoming a bit of a trend for popular artists to co-headline tours — Jay Z and Justin Timberlake; Paul Simon and Sting; Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5; Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green; and Fall Out Boy and Paramore have all recently taken part.
These are a few other artists I'd like to see co-headline a tour together.
Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga
After the release of their version of "Do What U Want," they could easily justify a co-headlined tour. Both women have big voices and likely share some overlap in fans; they both release radio-friendly pop hits that tend to top the charts. It's been a while since Aguilera went out on tour (her last was in 2010 for her album "Bionic") so a co-headlined tour with one of music's biggest superstars could be just what she needs.
Kanye West announced he will be adding at least seven additional U.S. tour dates to his most recent tour, extending the Yeezus Tour into 2014. The next leg begins Feb. 13 in University Park, PA. Other cities that will be added to his tour roster included Baltimore, MD; Newark, NJ; and Albany, NY.
The dates are part of West's first solo tour in five years. Rapper Kendrick Lamar joined West on most of the 2013 tour dates. However, the Yeezus Tour proved to be challenging when it suffered a setback in November. West had to postpone and cancel several tour dates due to equipment that was damaged.
The 2013 Yeezus tour was the second highest grossing tour of 2013. See below for the 2014 U.S. dates and visit the Kanye West page for more information on tickets (which officially go on sale Jan. 10).
Journey and the Steve Miller Band are the latest to announce a joint tour. The two iconic bands will perform a North American tour over four months next year. Their 2014 summer tour starts May 15, 2013 in Chula Vista, CA and is scheduled to conclude Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets for the first batch of dates go on sale Nov. 22, while tickets for the rest of the tour will be available Dec. 6.
The 2014 schedule for the Journey and Steve Miller Band tour is below. Click here for more information on tickets and upcoming tour dates.
Hot off of the announcement that he'd been selected as one of GQ's Men of the Year, Justin Timberlake announced this morning that he'd extend his 20/20 Experience World Tour with several additional 2014 summer dates.
Timberlake began the 20/20 Experience World Tour Nov. 6. He'll visit cities across North America through March 2014, when he'll head overseas for a brief European leg. In July 2014, Timberlake will return to North America for 14 shows.
For a full schedule of the newly added U.S. dates, see below. Presales for this leg of the tour start tomorrow, Nov. 13.