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.
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:
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.
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!
Part of me feels like I'm getting too old to watch the VMAs. I had to Google a good portion of the artists/celebrities mentioned during the red carpet event prior to the show and found myself thinking more than once, "So this is what the kids like these days, huh?" But I persevered through the entire show... for Beyonce.
Last night, Beyonce was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — aka the Lifetime Achievement Award — which is awarded to artists who have greatly impacted music culture. Last year, this award was supplemented by a 15-minute performance by its recipient, Justin Timberlake.
And this year, Beyonce won, and gave us a 16-minute, flawfree medley of the each song from her most recent album (sans "Heaven"). Here's the full performance, including some sweet moments featuring Jay Z and Blue Ivy, too. Enjoy!