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Yusuf/Cat Stevens Returns to the U.S. for the First Time Since 1976

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Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, is returning to the U.S. for a tour for the first time since 1976. The five date "Peace Train... Late Again" tour will begin December 4 at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA, and end December 14 at Nokia Theatre Live in Los Angeles, CA. Yusuf is promoting his upcoming album, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, which will be released in October.

As Stevens, Yusuf was a popular artist in the early-mid 1970s, releasing albums such as Tea for the Tillerman and singles such as "Peace Train." In 1977, Yusuf converted to Islam and left the music industry for nearly 20 years. He re-emerged in 1995 with a series of spoken-word albums, and in 2006 released An Other Cup, his first since 1978.

See below for tour dates and visit the Cat Stevens page for more information on tickets.

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Stevie Wonder will embark on a multi-city U.S. tour starting Nov. 6 in New York, NY, at Madison Square Garden. Songs in the Key of Life Performance is scheduled to visit major cities like Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, and Chicago, IL, over the course of five weeks, before concluding Dec 5. in Oakland, CA.

This tour will be feature songs from Wonder's iconic album, Songs in the Key of Life. This album — which was the 18th in Wonder's career — features songs like "I Wish," "Sir Duke," "As," and "Isn't She Lovely."

See below for a selection of tour dates and visit the Stevie Wonder page for more information on tickets.

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One Direction Announces New Album, Single

It's kind of a big week for One Direction: this morning, they announced a new album and a new single for their throngs of fans. 1D's fourth album — appropriately titled "Four" — will be out Nov. 17, while their single is currently available for free on their official website for the next 24 hours. Co-written by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, "Fireproof" is a soft pop song reminiscent of their recent tracks "You & I" and "Story of My Life." Listen here:

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Chuck Berry Wins Nobel-Like Music Award

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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Usher Reveals First 8 U.S. Cities to UR Experience Tour

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On Sunday's VMAs, Usher performed his latest single, "She Came to Give It To You" alongside Nicki Minaj and now, he's announced an upcoming album and tour. Yesterday, the singer tweeted the first round of cities for The UR Experience Tour (or #URXTour, if you're on Twitter). Usher is scheduled to visit Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL.

Update: 8/27/14 9:30 a.m. The second round of U.S. cities has been announced: San Jose, CA; Memphis, TN; Detroit, MI; Uncasville, CT; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL.

He also released a 30-second teaser trailer, which you can see below. The remainder of his tour, plus concrete dates, have yet to be announced. But Usher did drop a second single, "Believe Me," as well as his own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.

See below to watch the trailer for The UR Experience Tour and be sure to check back on the Usher page for more information on tickets!

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