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Chuck Berry Wins Nobel-Like Music Award

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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.

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Music's Australasian Invasion Is Here. Are You Ready?

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Everybody's heard of the British Invasion, the period in the mid-1960s when a bunch of artists and bands, led by The Beatles, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to perform in front of audiences in America for the first time. That two year span of time brought us now-household names like The Rolling Stones, The Yardbrids, The Kinks, The Who, Small Faces, and many more. The period had a large influence on popular music and culture in the United States, and British artists have been a major part of the American music scene ever since.

Is the same thing that happened in the 1960s now happening with artists from Australia and New Zealand? Are we seeing an Australasian Invasion? I believe so.

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July's Top 10 Events

I might say I'm surprised that the Ringling Bros. circus secured another month in the first spot of the TicketNetwork.com Top 10*, but as we all know by now, it's been in a stride for most of the year. So instead of focusing on Ringling Bros. for the discussion about July, I'll skip to the runner-up, Garth Brooks.

Single City and Late Announcement Success

The number of tickets for Brooks sold in July here at TN.com showed that, despite the somewhat unique manner of announcing his tour dates, fans can't wait to see him again. Although the number of tickets sold weren't at the same level as say, Jay-Z & Beyonce from earlier this year, they were at a point where I'm pretty confident saying that, had he released his entire schedule all at once, it likely would have been one of the biggest months for concerts we ever saw.

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Garth Brooks, 5 Seconds of Summer Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Fri Garth Brooks Buy tickets
Sat 5 Seconds of Summer Buy tickets
Fri Ray LaMontagne Buy tickets
Fri The Fresh Beat Band Buy tickets
Fri Chicago - The Band Buy tickets
Sun Phantom of the Opera Buy tickets
Mon Aladdin Buy tickets
Tue Ringling Bros. Circus Buy tickets
Tue Cleveland Browns Buy tickets

There are several big onsales this coming week, including some major concert tours as well some theater shows.

First up, Garth Brooks has his Atlanta, GA, show going on sale Friday. This will be one to keep a keen eye on as Brooks might release more dates in the city throughout the day as he did for Chicago. We'll also be keeping watch, and if any more go on sale, we'll get them up as quickly as possible.

Then, on Saturday, Aussie pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer has its first major tour on sale. Following its guest spot with One Direction, the freshman band will begin its tour with a few dates in November. It will then pick things back up in May in Europe and Australia, before heading back stateside next July.

Other acts with tickets up for grabs in the coming days include Ray LaMontagne, Chicago, and The Fresh Beat Band.

In theater, Phantom of the Opera has 16 shows onsale for Atlanta, GA, on Sunday. Following it on Monday are eight more shows for the NYC production of Aladdin and on Tuesday eight shows for the Ringling Bros. circus in Pittsburgh, PA.

Finally, in sports, the Cleveland Browns have 10 games on sale this coming Tuesday.

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Phish, Kinky Boots Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Next Thu Phish Buy tickets
Fri Kinky Boots Buy tickets
Fri Luke Bryan Buy tickets
Fri Jason Aldean Buy tickets
Mon Aladdin Buy tickets
Tue The Book of Mormon Buy tickets
Next Thu Billy Elliot Buy tickets

Next Thursday, Phish has the first five onsales for dates on its upcoming fall tour. Two of the sales are for Santa Barbara, CA, and three are for San Francisco, CA. There are also onsales for the band on Friday and Saturday of next week.

Other concert events with onsales coming up include Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on Friday. And the onsale date for Garth Brooks' Atlanta stop is Friday, August 8.

There are also several onsales in theater, including Kinky Boots, which has 48 shows on sale for the production in Los Angeles, CA, this Friday. There are also 8 shows for San Diego, CA, onsale Sunday, as well as one for Portland, OR. Additionally, Aladdin has eight shows on sale Monday for New York, The Book of Mormon has a show in Syrcause, NY, on sale Tuesday, and Billy Elliot has eight shows on sale for Raleigh, NC, next Thursday.

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