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What's Trending Wednesday: Van Halen Tour

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Heavy metal band Van Halen has just announced they will embark on a massive North American tour in 2015. The tour, which will take them to every corner of the country, will make stops in almost 40 cities, giving Van Halen fans far and wide a chance to see the band. It will kick off on July 5th in Seattle, WA and will finally wrap up on October 2nd in Los Angeles, CA. As with the band’s last two tours, original Van Halen front man, David Lee Roth will be taking on the role of lead vocalist.

Last time Van Halen went on tour was in 2012 on the “Viva La Van Halen Tour,” which was in support of the band’s twelfth studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. The first leg of the “Viva La Van Halen Tour” went on as planned, but the second North American leg of the tour was postponed and eventually cancelled. While it was rumored that the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to fighting between band members, David Lee Roth released a video denying those rumors, stating, “as usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling.” The “Viva La Van Halen Tour” had over 90 shows scheduled across three continents, which is a heavy workload for any band, let alone a band whose members were close to 60 years old.

With less than half of the number of shows scheduled this time around, Van Halen fans have little to worry about in terms of dates getting cancelled. Their upcoming tour will follow the release of the album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, which will come out on March 31. They are also releasing remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984 on the same day. Later this spring, the band will be releasing new versions of Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down. Van Halen, who currently consists of David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, will be joined by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, who will perform as their opening act.

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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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Music Monday: Nicki Minaj, Crazy Like a Fox

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Our offices have been buzzing since the announcement of Nicki Minaj’s "Pinkprint Tour" and the show’s US dates. But aside from her knack for hook-driven hits, what really has our gums flapping is the “Anaconda” singer’s antics off stage. We’ve essentially come to realize our office is split into two camps: those who think Nicki Minaj is crazy, and those who do not.

Minaj: A Study in Bananas

1) Picks fights on Twitter with everyone’s favorite purveyors of pancakes:

 

2) May have threatened Mariah Carey with Physical Violence

Back on the twelfth incarnation of American Idol, whereupon Minaj was a judge alongside Carey on the popular reality show, rumors surfaced of troubles at the judges table. Allegedly, the two divas had words more than once. And with this clip, we can see that Ms. Minaj just does not want to share the spotlight, mic time, or pretty much anything else.

My point is, you can’t out-crazy Our Lady of Butterflies and Unicorns, so you’d have to actually be crazier than Carey to even try. I actually kind of feel bad for Keith Urban in this clip, and my feelings on Keith Urban are rarely sympathetic.

3) Once Got So “Method” She Practically Brained a Fellow Student with a Rotary Phone During Drama Class

It looks as though Ms. MInaj has been chasing stardom a while, and before she made it big in hip hop, she didn't back down from an acting challenge. She sure knows how to ... emote.

Minaj: Only Crazy Successful

I honestly don’t think Minaj is crazy at all. In fact, she strikes me as exceptionally bright and an intensely successful product of her own design – a well-honed publicity machine that delivers on every promise that our culture of consumption demands from our celebrities: controversy, catchy hits, and enough sexuality to keep us watching. (Yes, like that banana scene in the Anaconda video.) What’s more is that Minaj seems to be entirely self-aware; she’s not just in on the joke, she’s the one telling it, and challenging many preconceptions in the process.

Nicki Minaj, nee Onika Tanya Maraj, crashed onto the hip hop scene in 2007 after being signed to Dirty Money Entertainment on a short contract. Lauded for her incredible flow and intensely visual lyrics, Minaj was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards, and produced three critically acclaimed mix tapes with Dirty Money Records before getting noticed rapper by Lil Wayne, who brought her aboard his own production company, Young Money Entertainment in 2009.

Capitalizing on her incredible talent and voluptuous figure – itself the subject of much speculation – as well as her penchant for fashion with bite, Minaj launched her debut album with Young Money in 2010. Pink Friday, which showcases Minaj’s killer flow and knack for metaphor, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Minaj herself was the first woman included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List that year and was the first solo female artist to have 7 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 concurrently.

Of course, her commercial and critical success has been occasionally overshadowed by her public persona. Whether it’s being accused to threatening Mariah Carey with violence on the set of American Idol or throwing shade at Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj is no stranger to controversy. She’s quick to snap back at foolishness – such as IHOP’s recent and ill-fated attempt to cultivate #brandengagement (something we social media marketers are constantly harassing otherwise well-meaning individuals with) by changing the lyrics of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type” to accommodate for some flapjack-related puns.She will give your lazy attempt to say something relevant no quarter, dearest International House of Pancakes! (Seriously, though, no shade from this lady, that is legitimately how I make my living, too.)

What is remarkable about Minaj, and what makes many folks uncomfortable, is that she’s wholly committed to her goals. Sure, we’ve all seen that video from Onika’s time in high school wherein the young drama student/method actor lobs a telephone at a fellow student, but who hasn’t? My point is, Minaj is not now nor has she ever been out of bounds of nuts. She’s a driven businesswoman, a talented performer, and a commercial goldmine. When our society lampoons women who refuse to cow to our culture’s expectations as “crazy,” “bitchy,” or otherwise, we undermine their success. You can call Minaj crazy if you’d like, but I’m pretty sure she’s laughing all the way to the bank.

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What People Are Talking About

Will Ferrell is Little Debbie

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Get Hard, the much anticipated comedy film starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is set to come out on Friday, and in preparation for the film’s release, Ferrell is making his round of public appearances. However, it is fair to say Ferrell isn’t taking the most orthodox approach to promote the film. The week before last he played for 10 different MLB teams in the Cactus League, which also served as a fundraiser for Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer. Then, last week he headed to New York where he appeared on the The Late Show With David Letterman dressed as a leprechaun in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

While the leprechaun outfit was understandable, his next television appearance was random and downright creepy. On Wednesday, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon dressed as Little Debbie; complete with a blue plaid dress, curly wig, and straw hat. He insisted he was the new spokesperson for the company that’s known for snacks, such as Cosmic Brownies, Swiss Cake Rolls, and Zebra Cakes. This stunt would lead you to think McKee Foods, the owner of Little Debbie has some sort of partnership with Ferrell. Well they don't. It turns out McKee Foods was surprised to find out about their new spokesperson, however, they did welcome the free publicity with open arms.

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Major Onsales This Week: The Eagles, Nicki Minaj, and More

The Eagles

The iconic rock band is extending its History of the Eagles Tour into 2015 with a slate of shows from mid-May to the end of July. Most of the tour goes on sale this weekend, including Miami, FL; Atlantic City, NJ; and Dayton, OH.

Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj launched her new new Pinkprint World Tour earlier this week and also announced North American dates. Onsales for the leg are today and tomorrow for many dates.

Madonna

After several consecutive weeks of them, onsales for Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour wrap up this Monday for shows in cities including Detroit, MI; Glendale, AZ; and Portland, OR.

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