Ed Sheeran has announced that he will embark on an eight-day arena tour in Australia and New Zealand next year. With that, the x star will become the first artist in 20 years to do a solo headlining arena tour in that region, following the late country-rock singer John Denver.
The tour kicks off on March 20 in Brisbane, Australia, and wraps up on April 11 in Auckland, New Zealand. Tickets will go on sale starting October 2. “Ed wanted to ensure that his shows were accessible to all of his fans,” a statement said. “It’s incredibly rare these days to have all tickets at one price in arena venues but Ed wanted to make it happen.”
Sheeran last performed in Australia earlier this year, doing six shows in just two days across Melbourne and Sydney to promote his new album, x. He announced his new set of dates as he preps for this year’s iTunes Festival in London on September 29.
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Yeezy season is finally approaching! We’ve been getting teasers, snippets and brief interview mentions of Kanye West‘s forthcoming seventh studio album, but it seems like the LP release date is near.
West has been in Paris enjoying the city’s fashion week events alongside wife Kim Kardashian, but last night (September 24) the rapper previewed his new album for a small group of guests at a dinner party. Theophilus London, a fellow rapper and West’s mentee, Instagrammed a photo of the two at the event, stating that ‘Ye played the album – not one – but THREE times in a row! More »
Ready to be seduced by four new, handsome players on the pop scene? Meet The Heydaze, a band from New York’s Upper West Side that consists of Jesse Fink (vocals, guitar), Andrew Wonderberg Underberg (producer, keyboardist), Andrew Spelman ([lead guitar) and Alexander Glantz (drums). “We classify ourselves as Windows Down, Stereo Up music,” Jesse says. “It appeals to a wide range of people, and it’s meant to be catchy and make you feel good.”
Case in point: The guys’ debut single “Don Juan,” a slick pop production with irresistible guitar licks, a danceable beat and an undeniable synth hook. As you might guess from the title, the song’s lyrics are a play on literature’s legendary lothario. More »
:: The Princess of Pop may soon become friends with the Duchess of Cambridge! Well, not yet. During her promotional tour stop in London for her lingerie collection, Britney Spears expressed that she’d love to see Kate Middleton in her designs. “That would be splendid. I’m going to send her one of every piece. So she’ll have plenty to choose from,” the singer said. [Vanity Fair]
:: Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff were spotted on California’s Venice Beach shooting a secret music video. The odd pairing apparently worked out well, as Hasselhoff thinks the singer is pretty cool: “We had a lot of fun, and he’s a cool guy. You’ll hear more about it, but we’re just keeping it quiet because it’s really a cool video, and we had a blast.” [People]
:: Andre 3000 has acted as the legendary Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side, but for a potential OutKast movie the rapper has someone special in mind to depict him on the big screen. Andre 3000 told Rolling Stone that he’d cast Leonardo DiCaprio as himself and Kevin Hart as Big Boi. He also wants it to be a comedic biopic. That actually sounds pretty awesome! [Rolling Stone]
:: Taylor Swift had a secret listening party for her fans at her Los Angeles home on September 23, as the lead-up to her forthcoming album 1989. But it wasn’t just as listening party, this is Taylor Swift we’re talking about! The singer reportedly baked cookies and had a dance party for her fans. Sounds fun! [Los Angeles Time]
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Can “All About You” hurry up and be a hit? Hilary Duff‘s true comeback single (let’s just forget “Chasing The Sun”) is one of the perkiest pop songs of 2014 and deserves to be huge. A quick trip to Australia earlier this month paid huge dividends chart-wise, so perhaps all the former teen queen needs is a couple of high-profile performances to let everyone know she’s back and means business.
The song’s cute video, which dropped tonight (September 24), can only help her cause. Hilary spots a hot dude in a cafe and secretly takes a photo of him (but not in a creepy way). The object of her affection then walks off but leaves a record behind — such a hipster — and she spends the rest of the clip trying to find him. At least, I think that’s the plot. There’s also lots of dancing and a sunny car ride. Watch up top. More »
Jessie J‘s return to relevance continues with the release of “Burnin’ Up”. Produced by Ricky Reed and Axident, the chunky club-banger is a worthy follow-up to comeback single “Bang Bang”. I’m still not sure if I buy the Brit’s transformation into a raunchy R&B diva but there’s no faulting her label’s A&R department. All the song needs is a killer video and that’s only a couple of days away.
Music’s favorite Sweet Talker teased the visual on Instagram today (September 24) and it looks like a choreography-heavy extravaganza with some interesting leather fashions. I’m getting B-grade Beyonce teas but that’s pretty good for Jessie. (It looks like a mix of “Single Ladies”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Yonce”). Watch a sneak peek of the hitmaker’s new video after the jump. More »
It still doesn’t feel real that Gwen Stefani and Fergie are both releasing new solo singles in the next couple of weeks. We’ve already heard a snippet of the BEP babe’s “L.A. Love (La La)” but details of the No Doubt frontwoman’s comeback track have been largely kept under wraps. In fact, all we knew was the title and expected radio release date (October 6).
More information about the project is finally starting to emerge. For example, “Baby Don’t Lie” was reportedly co-written by omnipresent hitmaker Ryan Tedder and produced by the ever-reliable/awesome Benny Blanco. To emphasize the fact that Gwen and Interscope aren’t playing with this release, Sophie Muller has been tapped to direct the video. She has a long association with the 44-year-old. They first worked together on No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” visual way back in 1997. Revisit some of their best work after the jump. More »
We knew that Robbie Williams was not going to be a part of Take That‘s upcoming seventh studio album (due to artistic and personal commitments), but news came today that member Jason Orange has decided to permanently quit the popular UK band.
“I want to start by saying how proud I am of what we have achieved together over the years,” Orange, 44, says in a statement posted on Take That’s official site. “However, at a band meeting last week I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album.” More »
With the release of debut LP Sound Of A Woman on the horizon (October 21 to be exact) and breakthrough hit “Hideaway” rapidly climbing the Billboard Hot 100, it’s time for Kiesza to step up her promo game and she totally rises to the occasion with a knockout performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (September 24).
This could be the flame-haired diva’s best rendition of “Hideaway” yet, which is saying something given her knack for gimmicky but totally enjoyable performances. Canada’s rising star recreated the song’s blockbuster video by dancing her way from a photo booth to the stage — via the green room and audience. Watch Kiesza turn the studio into a nightclub up top. More »
Kylie Minogue‘s Kiss Me Once Tour kicked off in Liverpool this evening, and as a celebratory gesture, the singer has offered up four somewhat experimental dance-pop tracks as free downloads through SoundCloud. Produced by Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga), the EP-like release is being billed as Kylie + Garibay. And, hey — we’re always all for Kylie veering off the pop path and trying out new things!
The tracks included are moody dance jam “Glow,” mid-tempo reggae-pop cut “Wait,” clubby “Break This Heartbreak” and futuristic surf rock track “Chasing Ghosts.” Give a listen to all four below, then download each one for free! More »