Kenny Chesney Hits #1 With The Single "Live A Little"
May 2, 2011 - 1:00am
Kenny Chesney, the superstar who has already topped 850,000 tickets on the biggest tour of the year, his 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's "Goin' Coastal" Tour, achieved another milestone, his 21st #1 Country single in Canada with the anthemic hit "Live A Little". This is the second #1 single in a row from Hemingway's Whiskey, which debuted Top 10 on the Nielsen SoundScan Current Album Chart. Chesney has achieved the most #1 singles of any artist in the history of the Nielsen BDS Chart.
"I'm going to keep reminding people through music that you've got to love life, and you've got to live it, and you can't work all the time," says Kenny. "And I look at myself in the mirror and say that every single day. And I hope to think I'm getting a little better at it. You've got to 'Live A Little!'"
South of the border, "Live A Little" went #1 last week and marked his 22nd #1 Country single in the U.S.
The only artist to sell one million tickets for eight consecutive summers, Kenny Chesney and his "Goin' Coastal" tour have drawn excited reviews for their fun-focused, summertime party vibe. The Dallas Morning News raved of the Cowboys Stadium encore with surprise guests and covers that, "had the roof been closed at the stadium, might have blown it open."
2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour dates:
Kings Of Leon Announce North American Summer 2011 Tour Dates With Special Guests Band Of Horses For U.S. Dates
May 2, 2011 - 1:00am
Kings of Leon have confirmed summer 2011 tour dates with special guests Band of Horses (U.S. only). Coming off a triumphant headlining slot at this year's Coachella, about which the LA Times said the Kings "touched down into something wistful and real, as nostalgic as rock 'n' roll itself," the tour is the first multiple date U.S. run and the first coast to coast Canadian run since the release of the band's fifth album, Come Around Sundown.
The complete U.S. tour (w/ Band of Horses) dates are below:
"Weird Al" Yankovic to Release 'Alpocalypse' On Tuesday, June 21st
May 2, 2011 - 1:00am
Grammy Award-winning artist "Weird Al" Yankovic is set to release his 13th studio album 'Alpocalypse'on Tuesday, June 21st. It is his first full studio release since the 2006 Grammy nominated album 'Straight Outta Lynwood' that spawned the platinum hit single "White & Nerdy."
'Alpocalypse' will be available in both standard and deluxe formats and will include the much talked about Lady Gaga parody, "Perform This Way," that generated two million Youtube hits within two days and at its fever pitch was the #5 trending Twitter topic in the world. The deluxe set will have a bonus DVD containing 10 music videos.
The highly anticipated "Perform This Way" video is currently being shot in LA with Al once again taking the helm as director.
"Weird Al" recently announced Spring/Summer tour dates that kick off May 19th at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.
Tour Dates Are As Follows:
May 19 New Brunswick, NJ The State Theatre
May 20 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
May 21 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 22 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE - Outdoor Stage
May 24 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino
May 26 Marion, OH Marion Palace Theatre
May 27 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino
May 28 Waukegan, IL The Genesee Theatre Fri 04/22
May 29 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
May 31 St. Charles, IL The Arcada Theatre
Jun 1 Effingham, IL Effingham Perf. Arts Center
Jun 2 Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Casino
Jun 3 St. Charles, MO The Family Arena
Jun 5 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
Jun 10 Chandler, AZ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
Jun 11 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
Jun 12 Riverside, CA Fox Perf. Arts Center
Jun 15 Del Mar, CA San Diego County Fair
Jun 16 Santa Ynez, CA Chumash Casino
*Additional dates are scheduled to be added.
"Weird Al" Yankovic has reigned for three decades as the best-selling comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold. He has won 3 Grammy Awards with 12 career nominations. With the recent release of his children's book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Weird Al adds "New York Times best-selling author" to his list of accomplishments.
Britney Spears Reaches Platinum Status With Femme Fatale
May 2, 2011 - 1:00am
Britney Spears achieves another benchmark with her current album, 'Femme Fatale'. This week, Britney's seventh album - which spawned the No. 1 hit "Hold It Against Me" and the Top 5 smash "Till The World Ends"- is certified platinum by the RIAA. This latest news brings Britney's U.S. albums certifications to the 32 million sales mark.
The certification comes as tickets for her highly anticipated all female Femme Fatale Tour with special guest Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo go on sale April 30th. The tour kicks off on June 16th in Sacramento.
Britney's impressive reach goes beyond the U.S. as fans world wide are embracing her latest project. 'Femme Fatale' has also achieved platinum status in Canada and is gold-certified in the UK, France, Mexico, Czech Republic, Brazil, Korea & Singapore. The current single, "Till The World Ends" is in the Top 10 on iTunes charts in Canada, Mexico, Australia, France, Spain and Denmark and the song ranks in the Top 20 on radio airplay charts across Europe.
With the release of the critically-acclaimed 'Femme Fatale', Britney has earned more distinctions and set new records: she is the only woman to have six albums debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart; she and Mariah Carey are the only artists to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with more than one song; Britney's one of only seven artists- and just three women- with Hot 100 No. 1's in three decades; Femme Fatale is one of the Top 10 longest running trending topics on Twitter.
Brad Paisley Moves Up Release Of New Album, 'This Is Country Music', To Monday, May 23 2011
April 26, 2011 - 1:00am
CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley moves up the release of his 9th studio album, 'This Is Country Music', to Monday, May 23. This week the album's second single, "Old Alabama" (featuring Alabama), races into the Top 10 on the Billboard and Country Aircheck airplay charts, and both the Mediabase and BDS charts in Canada in only 7 weeks. This Is Country Music marks Paisley's first all-new studio album since 2009's 'American Saturday Night'. Brad Paisley will play the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in P.E.I. on July 09.
A 15-track collection, with 12 co-written by Paisley, 'This Is Country Music' once again teams Paisley with longtime producer and collaborator Frank Rogers. The diverse and star-studded project sports an array of special guests, including Carrie Underwood (who duets on the recapturing-love tale of "Remind Me"). Don Henley joins Paisley for "Love Her Like She's Leavin'," while Blake Shelton is in on the fun of "Don't Drink the Water," and Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, and Carl Jackson come together to continue a Paisley tradition of including a gospel song on his albums with "Life's Railway to Heaven."
Paisley is also ready to make our day with the spirited Western instrumental of "Eastwood," featuring none other than Clint Eastwood.
'Track listing is below for 'This Is Country Music'.
1. This Is Country Music
2. Old Alabama (Featuring Alabama)
3. A Man Don't Have To Die
5. Remind Me (Duet With Carrie Underwood)
6. Working On A Tan
7. Love Her Like She's Leavin' (Featuring Don Henley)
8. One Of Those Lives
10. Be The Lake
11. Eastwood (Featuring Clint Eastwood)
12. New Favorite Memory
13. Don't Drink The Water (Featuring Blake Shelton)
14. I Do Now
15. Life's Railway To Heaven (Featuring Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow and Carl Jackson)
Click here to pre-order 'This Is Country Music' on iTunes and receive the track "Old Alabama" immediately.
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMYs, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards which includes five consecutive Male Vocalist awards. He has 18 #1 singles and has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums. Paisley's innovative and entertaining H20 World Tour played to over 879,000 fans in 2010 and placed #1 country tour for attendance by Pollstar. His 2011 tour, H2O II: Wetter & Wilder, will kick-off May 28th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen has been awarded The Ninth Glenn Gould Prize. The international award is presented biennially to a living luminary who has made a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts and manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation. A tribute to Glenn Gould's artistry and his multifaceted contributions to culture, the prize promotes the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives.
"I want to thank The Glenn Gould Foundation for their kindness. It is a great honour, sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould, and our collective appreciation of his invigorating and enduring presence in the world of Music and Imagination," stated Leonard Cohen.
Leonard Cohen was chosen from a distinguished list of international candidates nominated by the general public and will receive a cash prize of $50,000 (CDN) and the opportunity to choose an outstanding young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CDN). Mr. Cohen and his protégé will receive their awards at a gala ceremony in Toronto and their work will be honoured through a series of public events later this year.
Jury Chair Paul Hoffert said, "The jury was unanimous in selecting Leonard Cohen as the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize laureate. His poetry and music transcend national boundaries and cultures by touching our common humanity. His unique voice is nonetheless the common voice of people around the globe telling our stories, expressing our emotions, reaching deeply into our psyches. Like Glenn Gould, his work touches audiences far outside his main genre. Hallelujah!"
The illustrious jury for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize included singer/songwriter, indie producer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dadawa (China); screenwriter, film and opera director Atom Egoyan (Canada); actor, screenwriter, author and director Stephen Fry (UK); celebrated pianist, teacher, author and music administrator Gary Graffman (United States); film producer, founder and director of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI Group Phoebe Greenberg (Canada); singer, educator and vocal producer Elaine Overholt (Canada); and recording industry executive Costa Pilavachi (Canada/UK/Greece).
For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, relentlessly examining the central issues in human experience, and reporting with passion, insight and wisdom. His body of work is a reflection of the zeitgeist of the late 20th century and beyond. His songs are works of great poetic depth and profound emotional force, and set new standards for quality, range and seriousness in pop music. Artists and music-lovers alike are drawn to the dignity, ambition and sheer power of his songs.
An accomplished literary figure before he began recording music in the late 1960s, his collections of poetry, including Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956) and Flowers for Hitler, and his novels including The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966), had already brought him considerable recognition. His dual careers in music and literature have continued feeding each other over the decades - his songs revealing a literary richness rare in the world of popular music, and his poetry and prose informed by an intense musicality. Collectively, Cohen has published 12 books including Book of Longing (2006), a collection of prose, poetry and drawings which was the first book of poetry to reach the top of Canada's bestsellers' lists, and which formed the basis of a memorable musical and theatre collaboration with composer Philip Glass which premiered at Toronto's Luminato festival.
Leonard Cohen is one of the most covered artists alive today, influencing generations of songwriters, and his music has earned the accolades of other artists in tribute albums in France, Norway, Canada, Spain, the Czech Republic, South Africa, and the United States. "Hallelujah", one of Cohen's best-known and best-loved songs has been covered by over 150 artists including Willie Nelson and Bono. Numerous documentaries, awards, and tribute albums acknowledge the far-reaching contribution Cohen has made to music. He continues to refine and deepen his art, and as a musician he is constantly exploring new territory.
The Glenn Gould Foundation honours Glenn Gould's spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation's signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize. Past laureates include Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's free music education program for children and youth, Pierre Boulez (2002), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Yo-Yo Ma (1999). For more information on the foundation, prize and jurors visit www.glenngould.ca.