Think back to 2002 and the few years following; what show did you watch religiously on Tuesday and Wednesday nights? Most likely your answer is American Idol. Now in its 14th season, American Idol is struggling to maintain its once enviable ratings. As a result, winners in recent years haven't been gaining the same level of stardom as some of their counterparts in the previous decade. However, in the earlier years of the show, winning the contest did not guarantee a life of Grammy Awards and stardom. On more than one occasion, finalists who didn’t come in first saw more success than the finalists who did.
Def Jam Recordings, the management company that’s overseeing Iggy Azalea’s Great Escape Tour, announced yesterday that the tour has been postponed due to “tour production delays.” Just one month before the tour was set to take off, the oft-maligned rapper is pushing off the start date of her tour from the original April 25 kick-off all the way to September 18. Rumblings from outside Azalea’s camp indicate there might be serious conflict between the rapper and her “core team.”
The tour postponement comes on the heels of several well-publicized social media feuds with which the rapper has been involved, culminating in her “break” from Twitter, explaining it’s too “negative and draining.” Her management is now running her social media accounts, and she hasn’t been heard from personally since her February 18 proclamation that:
While we can’t disagree that the Internet can be ugly, postponing her tour has set lips flapping that there’s increasing trouble brewing in Azalea’s camp. Moreover, the rescheduled tour means that popular opening acts Nick Jonas, who is currently enjoying the success from his top 10 single “Jealous,” and up-and-coming R&B artist (and actress) Tinashe won’t be joining Azalea on her tour at all. Both Jonas and Tinashe have scheduled their own separate tours for this spring and summer, instead.
Keep it here for more on rescheduled dates for The Great Escape Tour and whatever other juicy tidbits might drop out of the always-in-the-mix Azalea. And, stay tuned for Nick Jonas and Tinashe tour news, as well!
As always, tickets purchased through the TicketNetwork exchange for shows that have been affected by the postponement will be valid for the rescheduled dates in the location and venue for which they were originally intended.
Perhaps most well-known stateside for her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in 2007’s The Queen, Dame Helen Mirren has been providing audiences with command performances on stage and screen for nearly 50 years. Now, she’s bringing the role of Queen Elizabeth II to Broadway in the production of The Audience.
An episodic production that follows the matriarch’s reign from her coronation in 1953, through scandals and drama, straight up to modern day, The Audience depicts visions of the confidential meetings between Britain’s Queen and her Prime Ministers. From Churchill to Thatcher, Major to Blair, and even touching upon the sitting PM, David Cameron, we watch Queen Elizabeth as she grows older, hopefully wiser, and her influence changes among the statesmen of Britain. Though few ever know what actually takes place in these weekly audiences between the Queen and her Prime Minister, the play offers a rare glimpse of what may transpire among these history makers. More a character portrait than an historical fiction, The Audience deftly draws out the humanity in the icon that is Queen Elizabeth II. Indeed, one might venture that the perfect venue for such portraiture is not Britain herself, but the United States, where our national attention is so easily rapt by Britain’s Royal Family.
Mirren herself began her career in show business in roles with far less realism but no less gravitas, often playing in BBC productions of Shakespeare, and later making a serious and scandalous splash in Gore Vidal’s 1979 biopic Caligula, and as Victoria in the penultimate Brit gangster flick The Long Good Friday alongside the late Bob Hoskins. In the 1990s, she became a household presence in the Prime Suspect television series, playing jaded DCI Jane Tennison, a detective with a knack for attracting the criminal element and a penchant for gin & tonics.
With over 103 awards for acting and acting-related causes, among them one Oscar, two Golden Globes, three Emmys, and five BAFTAs, Mirren is perhaps well on her way to a Tony Award with The Audience. Now if only we can secure her a role that will nail a Grammy, she’ll be on her way to that EGOT we know every true actor covets.
Sure, they got their starts in the decade of decadence, but Madonna and Prince have each been going strong for over 30 years – and neither shows any signs of stopping. More importantly, both have just announced tours to support their new albums and tickets are onsale today. The “me” decade might even have been the “we” decade for these two musicians; they were briefly linked romantically sometime around 1985, but their split must have been acrimonious, as they have thrown verbal jabs at one another in the press since.
Tickets for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour are onsale today, as well. Her first time hitting the road in three years will see Madge making at least 20 North American stops in the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 12 in Europe. The Rebel Heart album and its first single, Living for Love, have received a warm critical welcome, with business insiders proclaiming the album and tour a return to Madonna’s dance-pop roots after MDNA failed to hit home with consumers. Check out her tour dates to see when the Rebel Heart hits a venue near you!
His Purpleness, in a style suiting his flair for the dramatic, has held off on announcing the specifics of his 2015 tour until now. The eccentric and multi-talented musician kicks off the US leg of his Hit and Run tour this week with a show in Louisville, KY on March 14. The venue has just been announced to be the Louisville Palace, and tickets are onsale Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Prince crisscrossed Europe for much of 2014, playing spontaneous shows to support both his solo album Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, his debut with 3rdEyeGirl, and now takes his show stateside. Don’t miss your chance to see the artist formerly and currently known as Prince. Check the Prince page often to see when he might add another spontaneous show! Tickets for Prince shows are almost as elusive as the musician himself, so be sure to check back often to see when seats are available.