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Ed Sheeran Begins US Leg of Tour on May 6 in Austin

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English pop/folk/R&B/acoustic star Ed Sheeran has burst on to the popular music scene within the past couple of years, after he appeared on Taylor Swift’s 2012 album RED. He is crossing the Atlantic for the much-anticipated American leg of the current Ed Sheeran tour, which will start on May 6 and end on May 31. Sheeran also plans to make an appearance at the Rock in Rio festival in Las Vegas on May 15.

According to TicketNetwork, the average price for Ed Sheeran tickets to the American leg of the concert is $152.26 on the secondary market. The tour will kick off on May 6 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. That show is going for an average price of $150.35 on the secondary market. However, fans can still pay a get-in price of $23 to attend. Prices have decreased by five percent in the last seven days, and tickets to this show are 1.3 percent less than the tour average.

Sheeran will play shows around the midwest and southwest, including concerts in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Then, the tour will shoot north to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh to start its journey through the northeast on May 12. Despite a brief hiatus in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 19, the remainder of the shows on the tour will be played in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maine.

The most expensive concert of the tour will be on May 30 when Sheeran will take his musical talents to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets to this show are going for an average price of $216.92 on the secondary market, and will cost at least $74 to get in at the door. Tickets for this show have decreased by six percent in the last seven days, and the current prices are 29.9 percent more expensive than the tour average.

Fans in the Albany area should look to purchase tickets for the May 13 show at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Tickets are going for an average price of $95.92 on the secondary market, and the get-in price is just $18 to see one of music’s brightest stars. Prices have decreased by 19 percent in the past seven days, and this average price is 37 percent less than the tour average.

Although the U.S. leg only makes up for a small fraction of the overall tour, the fans should still come out in droves to hear singles such as “Thinking Out Loud” and “Don’t.” Sheeran has shot up the musical charts in recent years, and his tour numbers definitely indicate that.

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A year removed from California Chrome making one of the more unprecedented runs in horse racing history, the Kentucky Derby may be the starting point for the narrative of another horse looking to achieve the elusive Triple Crown.

Before the first leg of horse racing’s three big races begins, all eyes are on legendary horse owner and trainer, Bob Baffert. Early predictions have Baffert’s two horses, American Pharoah and Dortmund, as the two favorites in the race. Kentucky Derby tickets have an average price of $1,1015.83 with a get-in price of $71.*

Baffert is looking to add to his illustrious career; a career that includes three Kentucky Derby victories, five Preakness wins, one Belmont and 10 Breeders' Cup wins. According to an article from YahooSports.com, Pat Forde writes, “Longtime Derby oddsmaker Mike Battaglia said the American Pharoah-Dortmund combo may be the best any trainer has had since Ben A. Jones had Citation and Coaltown run 1-2 here … in 1948.”

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Top Music Festivals of 2015

Written by Nicole Lajoie
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There’s snow doubt about it, this winter was particularly rough for most us in the U.S. Between record breaking snow falls in the Northeast and below average temperatures across the South, I think we’re all ready for some spring sunshine. With outdoor concert season right around the corner, the festival lineup announcements continue to roll in. Music festivals continue to grow in popularity and with the opportunity to see several top artists in one place, for one price; we think this trend is here to stay. Whether you’re a festival frequenter or just looking to see a fantastic outdoor show, this festival season delivers.

Ultra Music Festival

When: March 27-29
Where: Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida

Can’t wait to get your outdoor concert season started? Consider heading to Ultra Music Festival at the Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami this weekend. Not only is it the most famous EDM festival in North America, it’s also held in Southern Florida, so if you live in a part of the country still anticipating a few straggling snow storms this could be exactly what you need to hold you over. Although Ultra has seen a huge spike in popularity over the past decade as the EDM genre has exploded, the festival has been around since 1999 and continues to bring together some of the best acts EDM has to offer. This year’s headliners include Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta, and Skrillex!


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Madonna Needs to Bare Her Claws

The following is a guest article by Doris Schmidt.

Madonna

"More material, girl!"

That was critics' best advice to Madonna as she flashed her thong-enhanced bottom and exposed acres of bustier-boosted cleavage on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. When she took the stage to perform “Living for Love,” the grande dame of pop music seemed to be up to her old tricks: Fishnet stockings? Check. Horned, bare-chested dancers? Check. Levitation? Check.

What could be wrong with that? Madonna was playing the provocateur, as she has done so well for more than three decades. But that was precisely the problem. After all, this was the diva known as Madonna, Mother of Reinvention. She’s been praised by music magazines and marketing gurus alike for her quick-change artistry; the Los Angeles Times even named her "the world’s most famous chameleon."

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5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were on Broadway

Written by Nicole Lajoie

Starring on Broadway is a dream come true for many actors, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. While some celebrities seize the opportunity to show off their acting skills in front of a live audience, many are overshadowed by the spotlight. The following celebrities are currently trying to make their mark on Broadway:

Emma Stone - “Cabaret”

Most of you know Emma from mega movies like “Superbad,” “Easy A,” and “The Amazing Spider Man,” but did you know that she is currently starring as Sally Bowles in the Broadway staple, “Cabaret?” Stone was originally selected to play Sally early last year, but scheduling issues forced her to drop the part and focus on other projects. After Emma’s sudden resignation, Michelle Williams took over the role and unfortunately critics found her performance to be mediocre at best. The quality of Ms. Stone’s voice has been questioned, but her passion and acting skills seem to have made up for any vocal shortcomings. Critics find Emma’s performance to be solid as ‘Stone.’

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