Lorde’s “Royals” could be crowned with Grammy gold. The breakthrough singer will perform at the Grammy Awards nominations special on Friday in Los Angeles. She released her debut, Pure Heroine, on Sept. 30 – the final day to be considered for Grammy nominations.
Frontier Touring managing director Michael Gudinski was honoured with the inaugural ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Industry Icon Award. Flume and Tame Impala took home the most trophies this year, with four and three wins respectively.
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre chief exec John Sharkey is stepping down after five years in the post. He’ll leave the SECC around Easter and the venue will soon start a recruitment process to find his successor.
Arcade Fire adds a handful of dates to its American tour … Metallica reveals the final round of gigs for its European outing … One Direction schedules a few more North American shows … Bruno Mars expands his “Moonshine Jungle” world tour.
Maynard James Keenan is turning the big 5-0 next year and to mark the occasion he’s taking the stage with his bands Puscifer and A Perfect Circle at a birthday celebration he’s calling “Cinquanta.” The lineup also includes a reunion performance by Failure.
Breathe Carolina is taking 2014 by storm with a U.S. headlining tour set to kick off Feb. 5 in Tucson, Ariz. The outing includes stops in including Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
Billy Joel is following up yesterday’s news about his franchise at Madison Square Garden by adding a sixth show at the NYC venue. He’s also made plans outside the Big Apple with a gig in the Detroit area and another in Pittsburgh.
Two new venues are headed to Shawnee, Okla. Rodney Carrington will open the Grand Event Center with two shows Dec. 27-28, followed by Heart, Colt Ford, and Billy Currington next year.
The Rolling Stones have already expanded next year’s tour plans. What looked to be an Australian/New Zealand excursion has turned into a global outing thanks to new dates in Abu Dhabi, Japan and China.
Hundreds of thousands of people who attended concerts at a New Jersey amphitheater over eight years would get free tickets and discount coupons under a preliminary court settlement reached with promoter Live Nation.
French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The charges of “public insult and inciting hate” were filed against the musician in mid-November.
Katy Perry said Tuesday that becoming a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. children’s agency has made her realize there’s more to happiness than material possessions and social status.
Grouplove will soon be spreading rumours throughout the States. The Los Angeles-based indie rock band has announced dates for its first run of headline dates in 2014 starting with a gig in Cincinnati March 20.
James Taylor is one smart cookie. He’s turning a ride across the Atlantic into an opportunity for a tour. After playing two concerts during the Queen Mary 2’s voyage to England this summer, he’ll get off the ocean liner and stick around Europe for a few weeks.
The Essence Music Festival is rolling out the purple carpet next year with the addition of none other than Prince. The Purple One, who played Essence in 2004, has signed on to headline the 20th edition of the festival, scheduled for July 3-6 in New Orleans.