Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
Like Elvis’ no-hips-allowed appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” or the Beatles’ arrival in America, or Woodstock, it is considered one of the milestone moments in rock history: Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
The annual Hangout Music Festival on Alabama’s Gulf Coast provides a big boost to the region’s economy, generating about $31 million for the local economy from businesses related to lodging, food and entertainment, according to an Auburn University study.
Billy Joel’s big week continues with a few more gigs added to his schedule … Jimmy Buffett cancels Saturday’s show because of “severe weather” … Boston Calling expands to three days … Rockapalooza calls it quits
Steve Martin, longtime North American President of The Agency Group, has emerged at APA. Martin has been named exec VP of Worldwide Music and will report to APA President Jim Gosnell. Martin is tasked with expanding APA’s music roster.
Looks like 2014 is already shaping up to be a good year for Emblem3. After opening for Selena Gomez earlier this year the reggae pop rock is ready to embark on its first national headline tour. The #BandLife Tour begins in February in Dallas.
Dolly Parton wants to make sure her American fans know she didn’t forget about them. She’s added another round of U.S. dates to her “Blue Smoke World Tour,” as well as additional performances in Australia and New Zealand.
Richard Thompson is giving his Electric album an acoustic spin. The British singer / songwriter / guitarist is touring his latest LP “solo” – except for the accompaniment of his son Teddy as a special guest on many of the dates.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have set dates for the band’s first North American tour since 2011. That was the last year the indie rockers released an album – and what do you know, the group has a new LP coming out next month.
Now that Garth Brooks has wrapped his Las Vegas residency we’re still waiting for him to fulfill those rumors of a return to touring. In the meantime he’s announced he’s going back to the Encore Theater at Wynn for a few shows – with his band.
The Doobie Brothers and Elvis Costello & The Imposters are the major acts announced so far for the inaugural Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival in New Zealand. The outdoor event will be at the Queenstown Events Centre April 26.
Someone was willing to pay big bucks for an early glimpse of what would become the Boss’ “runaway American dream.” A handwritten, working lyric sheet for Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 hit “Born to Run” sold at Sotheby’s Thursday for $197,000.
Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new feature that will allow users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices for free. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak about the feature.
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger’s “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world.