This week there isn't anything big, but several artists have onsales for a few cities here and there that haven't yet gone onsale, or else they are putting up second shows of a certain city.
This Friday: Justin Timberlake will have several second shows onsales, include one at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Meanwhile, Jason Aldean has another show onsale in Virginia Beach, English-Irish boy band The Wanted have shows onsale in Atlantic City, NJ; Bethlehem, PA; and Las Vegas, NV; and MGMT has one for The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV.
Finally, on Friday and Saturday, Tim McGraw will have shows onsale in Kansas, Michigan, and Arizona.
After spending 2012 away from the stage, Michael Buble is back with a new tour in support of his latest album, To Be Loved, and initial onsales are this Friday and Monday. The ever-popular Buble will visit 40 cities on this tour, including stops in Indianapolis, IN; Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; and San Diego, CA. The tour's U.S. concerts are scheduled to begin on September 7 at Chicago's United Center. They will end on November 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
Released on April 22, To Be Loved has proven to be yet another hit, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200. This is Buble's fourth straight album to do so. It also debuted at number one in Buble home country Canada, the fifth time it has done so there.
Other onsales this week include Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour, which has another seven concerts on sale this Friday. If your city isn't up this week and hasn't gone up yet, never fear as there are more onsales next Friday, May 24. Also, Christmas has come early for fans of the Radio City Rockettes. You didn't misread that — all 200+ Radio City Christmas Spectacular shows are onsale this coming Tuesday, May 21.
Finally, the Backstreet Boys are back. As we reported earlier this week, they're following up on their successful tour with New Kids on the Block in 2011 with their very own 25-date tour during the second half of the summer. The In a World Like This Tour will begin on August 2 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago and end on September 8 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA. Jesse McCartney and Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D will join them. Initial onsales are on Friday and Saturday.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article listing six songs that weren't specifically written for a movie, but are now forever associated with that film. Now it's time to go full circle. Which songs were written for a certain movie, but have since stood apart from the movie on their own merits? I began the last post by listing a few, and I'll include a couple of those here, along with a few others.
By the way, this doesn't mean you can't still associate them backwards to their origin. Last time, you knew that "Johnny B. Goode" actually came from Chuck Berry first, right? Likewise, the theme of this article means you can listen to these songs on their own, without immediately needing to see the movie. Here they are, in no particular order:
Bob Dylan - "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
It may seem hard to believe that such a classic song was ever anything else but a hit from one of Dylan's studio albums, but it was in fact written for a little known 1973 movie called Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The Western, in which Dylan also had a minor role, was directed by Sam Peckinpah. After editing was complete, the movie was taken out of Peckinpah's hands by production company MGM, heavily re-edited, and then released, where it become a box office bomb. I guess if there's a silver lining to the story, it's that Dylan still made out good on the movie's failure.
This weekend, the outgoing commander of the International Space Station, Canada's Chris Hadfield, gave a bit of a farewell message as he prepared to depart the space station. With acoustic guitar in hand, he (with some help from "Ground Control") produced a music video from the space station, featuring a slightly modified cover of David Bowie's classic tune "Space Oddity." The revised lyrics are great, and with that voice Hadfield could probably make it as lead singer of a band back home, but it's the visuals that really make the thing come together. Take a look.
This week, Justin Timberlake is back on the onsales radar, with nine new concerts on sale this coming Monday. The pop and R&B icon is staying busy throughout the year with a second new tour in the fall and winter, in support of his latest album The 20/20 Experience. Timberlake, who is also going on tour during July and August with Jay-Z, is wasting little time before heading back on the road again during the end of the year.
The tour's U.S. dates, which are split roughly evenly between November, December, and January, kick off on November 13 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. The tour is currently slated to end on February 10, 2014 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE. However, it is possible that more dates will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information.