Hanson announces new album and summer tour

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Remember “MmmBop”? Or maybe you do but you wish you didn’t? Whatever, Hanson is back, and it’s April 2 so you know I’m not joking.

The thing is, for Hanson fans, the band never left, as they’ve been releasing albums and touring since their “MmmBop” fame.They have ten albums under their belt, eleven tours, and this year marks their 21 year anniversary. Pretty impressive.

Yesterday, the band members announced they will be releasing another record, “Anthem,” on June 18, followed by a tour, which kicks off in June. Tickets will likely be available over the next few days, so keep checking back. Until then, if “MmmBop” was the last Hanson song you heard, there’s a lot of catching up to do. Or you can check out this Taylor Swift cover they recently did, because why not?

Justin Timberlake plans solo tour for fall 2013

 

Justin Timberlake is pretty much on fire after selling nearly 1 million records his first week (almost unheard of these days) and planning what’s arguably one of the biggest tours of the summer with Jay-Z.

On the heels of his latest single, "Mirrors," he announced that following the Legends of Summer tour, he’ll head back out on the road, sans Jay-Z, for a fall tour.

His manager said, "Yeah. Probably he’ll go out sometime in the fall. We haven’t routed that yet or figured out what cities we’re going to play. I know we’ll start in North America first. But again, our focus is getting the album out and getting the Jay/Justin piece done. And I would say sometime in April/May we’ll announce when Justin is going to put his own solo tour out."

I take that "probably" and argue it's a "needs to happen, and likely will." I should totally be his manager.

Lady Gaga cancels Born This Way tour

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Lady Gaga has announced that she will have to cancel the remainder of her "Born This Way" tour. Earlier this week, Gaga postponed four shows, citing a performance injury.

She tweeted, "I've been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now. Over the past month it has worsened. I've been praying it would heal. To the fans in Chicago, Detroit, and Hamilton, I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. I'm devastated and sad. It will hopefully heal as soon as possible. I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and I'm sorry."

At the time of her tweets, which came Feb. 12, Gaga believed she’d just have to postpone four shows, which she’d make up at the end of her tour.

As it turns out, she will need surgery for a "labral tear of the right hip," according to LittleMonsters.com. While some are likely disappointed, most of Mother Monster’s fans have been supportive, and I can only imagine how Mother Monster feels, considering she seems to care about her fans a great deal. Get well soon, Gaga!

George Strait: A look back at recent tours

If you haven't heard yet, country icon George Strait is going on his final tour next year. The first leg of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, with Martina McBride as the opener, will kick off on January 13 in Lubbock, TX, and end on June 1 in San Antonio, TX. The full tour will last about two years, ending in 2014.

The King of Country has been popular since he began singing in 1982. Beginning at a time when country music was under heavily influence by pop and rock, Strait took a different path, becoming the standard bearer for the traditional country sound.

The preference has helped him stand out among other pop and rock-influenced country artists, particularly when it comes to touring. Here are a few factoids:

  • Collectively, Strait's tours with Martina McBride have sold the eighth highest number of tickets among country tours on the TicketNetwork.com exchange.
  • When his tours with other artists are included, he is the fourth highest-selling country artist on the exchange.
  • George Strait is only of two neo-traditionalist artists to have concert series in the Top 20 list of country tours on the exchange. The other is Reba McEntire, due to the touring she's done with Strait.

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Aerosmith announces new leg of Global Warming Tour

If you didn't get to see Aerosmith the first time around, fear not, as the band will be returning to the road in November with a new set of tour dates. Under the announced schedule, 14 shows will make up the second leg of the Global Warming Tour. Everything will kick off on November 8 in Oklahoma City, OK, and end on December 13 in Nashville, TN. Cheap Trick will join Aerosmith as a supporting act.

Although they've been off the touring circuit for more than a month, the band hasn't been vacationing. They're currently finishing up their latest album, Music from Another Dimension!, which will be released on November 6.

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