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Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson to co-headline summer tour

Posted by Emily Wright March 17, 2014 11:24 AM

Lexington's hometown boy, Matt Nathanson, will head home to the Bay State for a pair of shows with Gavin DeGraw this summer.

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Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne unite for 2014 tour

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 14, 2014 02:14 PM

Backstreet's back -- again.

And this time they're bringing Canadian punk-pop rocker Avril Lavigne with them.

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The "Everybody" boy band will hit the road in North America for two months, beginning this May, stopping at the Xfinity Center in Manfield June 20.

According to the press release, the continuing comeback tour is happening because you wanted it.

Due to the overwhelming demand and in answer to the request of thousands of fans, the Backstreet Boys have extended their In A World Like This U.S. tour to reach additional cities and return to those markets that sold out so quickly in 2013.

Chad Kroeger's wife (lol) will open for the group for the U.S. dates. Perhaps an unusual pairing, but BSB-er Brian Littrell notes in the same release, "Avril is an unbelievably talented artist who's a perfect fit to make these shows extra special for our fans."

The new dates are being promoted as an extension of the Boys' 2013 "In a World Like This" tour, during which they stopped in the Boston area twice. The 24-date trek featured Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D (LOL) and was followed by the ever-popular 20th Anniversary Cruise, where fans were invited on-board a Carnival Imagination ship to party with the band. This all wraps up in October with yet another iteration of buoyant fun aboard the Carnival Ecstasy.

Tickets go on sale March 21 via Live Nation.

Listen to Daft Punk and Jay Z's "Computerized"

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 11, 2014 12:23 PM

An unreleased, unofficial track featuring Daft Punk and Jay Z has surfaced online and it's all kinds of awesome.

When the track was recorded is pretty unclear, but we'd say the frequent Blackberry references date it back quite a few years. Rolling Stone notes that the intro is sampled on the French electronic duo's "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack in 2010, but Jay's portion of the song is not used.

According to the site, the song reemerged on a Daft Punk fan site and was rumored to have been produced by Kanye West -- but Pitchfork confirms that he did not. They also confirm that the song is in fact real (as in, recorded by the artists associated) and note that it "seems to have been made before the Samsung-sponsored days of Magna Carta Holy Grail."

H/t RollingStone.com

Adam Lambert and Queen join forces for a 19-date tour

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 6, 2014 01:46 PM

"American Idol" alum Adam Lambert will join Queen for a North American tour kicking off June 19 in Chicago. The "Whataya Want from Me" singer will fill in for the late Freddie Mercury with original bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor for the 19-date run through July 20. Lambert, May, and Taylor first appeared together for a performance of "We Are the Champions" during the 2009 season finale of "American Idol."

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'Game of Thrones' releasing rap mixtape featuring Big Boi, more stars

Posted by Matthew Juul March 5, 2014 01:53 PM


In anticipation of the "Games of Thrones" season four premiere, the show will be releasing a rap mixtape on Friday featuring a variety of notable hip-hop artists.

Aptly titled "Catch the Throne," the mixtape will feature contributions from stars such as Outkast's Big Boi, Common, Wale, and Daddy Yankee, according to Rolling Stone.

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Beyonce's emoji-fied 'Drunk in Love' video you need to watch right now

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 5, 2014 10:59 AM

What? You like expressing life in emojis, too?

Some genius Jesse Hill of Austin decided to translate Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" into emoji for our viewing pleasure.

So, if you didn't get it this time. Or this time.

Maybe you'll get it this time:

Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) "Drunk in Love" Unofficial Emoji Video from JESSE HILL on Vimeo.


Berklee to give Harry Belafonte honorary doctorate March 6

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 02:23 PM

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After a concert Berklee College of Music in his honor, Harry Belafonte will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his "inspiring musical and humanitarian achievements," the school announced on Monday.

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Coldplay releases new single, track list for 'Ghost Stories'

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 11:02 AM

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Coldplay may have gone on a touring hiatus, but that didn't mean that the band stopped making music.

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5 times Justin Timberlake left us speechless during his Feb. 27 concert

Posted by Emily Wright February 27, 2014 11:49 PM

Update: We found the selfie! See below.

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Justin Timberlake delivered a TKO in Boston on Thursday night.

"The 20/20 Experience Tour" visited the Hub for its first of two 2014 stops (the second is on July 19), and Timberlake put on a spectacle that puts his former tours to shame. From having a flying stage, to performing some classic hits, here are the five times that he left us speechless during the show.

Spoiler alert: If you're going in July and want to be surprised, don't read further.

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Justin Timberlake plays Boston tonight; Here are 5 songs we wish he would perform

Posted by Emily Wright February 26, 2014 03:53 PM

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Justin Timberlake performed at The Staples Center on Nov. 26, 2013.

Spoiler alert: We looked up Justin Timberlake's set list for his "20/20 Experience World" tour, stopping in Boston tonight.

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Eminem and Rihanna to go on tour together this summer

Posted by Emily Wright February 24, 2014 11:09 AM

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Eminem and Rihanna will be heading out on a three-city stadium tour this summer, riding on the tails of their "The Monster" duet success, according to a XXL exclusive.

"There are some shows coming up with Rihanna," Eminem told the magazine for the upcoming issue, which hits newsstands March 11. "It's a three-city tour: New York, L.A. and Detroit coming in August. The Monster Tour."

Think there's any way they'll add a Fenway stop? Pretty please?


Emily Wright can be reached at emily.wright@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @missemilywright.

Mos Def to headline Together Boston festival at the Wilbur on May 15

Posted by Emily Wright February 14, 2014 12:32 PM

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Local hip-hop fans will get a chance to see Mos Def perform in Boston this May.

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Billy Ray Cyrus drops hip-hop sequel to 'Achy Breaky Heart'

Posted by Matthew Juul February 12, 2014 09:40 AM

Thought Miley was the only Cyrus family member to delve into the world of hip-hop? Think again.

Rapper Buck 22 joins the proud papa, Billy Ray Cyrus, on his recently dropped rap-infused sequel to his 1992 country hit, "Achy Breaky Heart."

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Bruce Springsteen announces 15 tours dates, but none in Boston

Posted by Emily Wright February 10, 2014 10:40 AM

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The Boss is hitting the road, but the Hub isn't in his sights -- not yet, at least.

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What did you think of the Beatles tribute on CBS?

Posted by Matthew Juul February 10, 2014 09:45 AM

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CBS aired "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" on Feb. 9, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Musicians of various genres showed up to pay tribute to the iconic band.

Did you catch the festivities? What did you think?


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Bob Marley would have been 69 today; What's your favorite Marley song?

Posted by Emily Wright February 6, 2014 02:02 PM

Today would have been Bob Marley's 69th birthday. The laid-back, Jamaican, reggae singer died in 1981, but his music has lived on through the decades.

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Vote: Did you like Renée Fleming's national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII?

Posted by Emily Wright February 3, 2014 08:44 AM

Four-time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming kept the national anthem classy before Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. She was backed up by members of the United States armed forces and kept her no-frills version simple and to the point. It wasn't the most memorable "Star Spangled Banner" rendition we can remember, but it did the trick.

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Bruno Mars smashes Super Bowl set; Chili Peppers heat up show

Posted by Emily Wright February 2, 2014 08:01 PM

Bruno Mars smashed that Super Bowl XLVIII halftime set.

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Bruno Mars, Renée Fleming talk about Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII performances

Posted by Katie McLeod January 30, 2014 02:20 PM

Can viewers expect any spectacle from Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performer Bruno Mars on Sunday when the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks?

"I'm gonna give it all I got," the Grammy-winning artist said during a live press conference at the Rose Theater in New York City about the Pepsi halftime show. "Whatever happens, happens. I ain't scared if that's what you think." Noting he doesn't do trapeze or any of that stuff, Bruno said he wants to get people dancing, and hopes that's enough.

The "Locked Out of Heaven" singer, who said he's just honored to be there, spoke about what it was like watching Beyonce perform during last year's halftime show, thinking to himself how cool it would be to get that call someday, and then he got it sooner than he thought.

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Billy Joel concert at Fenway Park confirmed for June 26

Posted by Emily Wright January 30, 2014 11:20 AM

Fenway Park will be rocking again this summer.

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Live Nation and the Red Sox confirmed that "Uptown Girl" piano man Billy Joel will take the Fenway stage on June 26, after rumors swirled on Wednesday of a possible performance.

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