The Rolling Stones announce US tour dates!

Standard

I’ve been hearing now for weeks, practically months, that The Rolling Stones…

rolling-stones-1

…were going to announce US tour dates and now they finally have!

I’ve never been a crazy Stones fan or anything, but I feel as though I owe some kind of allegiance to the band for making me interested in music since my mother attended one of their concerts when she was 8 months pregnant with me in 1990! She will kill me for saying that, but I can’t write about this band and not somehow mention that they were the first band I’ve ever seen…technically! 😀

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 2.15.54 PMHopefully I had this onesie too!

So it’s FINALLY and I mean finally out in the open now that The Rolling Stones are going on a North American stadium tour this year! I’ve been waiting on that news to break for what seems like all year long! HAHA

So much to my surprise the tour is only going to be 15 dates long from May 24th – July 15th, but I guess when you’re the Stones you can just hit the highlights and know that your fans will travel from all over the US and the world to see you anyways! 🙂

Check out “The Zip Code Tour” dates here:

May 24: San Diego, CA (Petco Park)
May 30: Columbus, OH (Ohio Stadium)
June 3: Minneapolis, MN (TCF Bank Stadium)
June 6: Dallas, TX (AT&T Stadium)
June 9: Atlanta, GA (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
June 12: Orlando, FL (Orlando Citrus Bowl)
June 17: Nashville, TN (LP Field)
June 20: Pittsburgh, PA (Heinz Field)
June 23: Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest @ Marcus Amphitheater)
June 27: Kansas City, MO (Arrowhead Stadium)
July 1: Raleigh, NC (Carter-Finley Stadium)
July 4: Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
July 8: Detroit, MI (Comerica Park)
July 11: Buffalo, NY (Ralph Wilson Stadium)
July 15: Quebec, QC (Le Festival D’Été de Québec)

I kept hearing from a lot of people this year that The Rolling Stones were going to come here this year and play LP Field and lookey-here! They are coming to Nashville and they are playing at LP Field! HAHA I guess this proves that Music Row Girl’s sources are quite reliable!

The tour kicks off in San Diego on May 24th as you can see and then they end in Canada at Le Festival D’Été de Québec on July 15th!

The tour was just officially announced today and the cities they have chosen were calculative since they’re all major markets that the band visited in 2012 on their 50th Anniversary tour!

Shepard-Fairey-rolling-stones-50th-anniv-500x500I’d like to high-five their graphic designer for this!

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 13th although if you’re an American Express cardholder, you can start buying your tickets on Wednesday, April 8th!

The Stones frontman Mick Jagger had this to say about their upcoming tour: “We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer! We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.”

The Stones guitarist Keith Richards (who literally wrote the guitar riff for “Satisfaction” in his sleep) said: “We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America! I can’t wait to get back on the stage!”

I like how dedicated they are to playing shows for their fans and for those who are curious like me…I remember my Music Publishing professor telling our class a story about how often times songwriters will keep a pad of paper and/or a tape recorder on their nightstand so if they dreamt about a lyric or a chord progression, they could jot it down. Well, Keith Richards practiced this! He just so happened to have been drunk one night so he had no recollection of doing it but when he pressed play on his tape recorder when he woke up the next day: he heard the riff for “Satisfaction” (the Stones most notorious song)! So yeah…he wrote it in his sleep! HAHA Now THAT’S what I call talent, people!

tape-recorder-marantz“I can’t get no-ohhhh…Sat-is-fac-tion”

Stones tickets are SO expensive! Definitely more expensive than when my mom and I went to see them in 1990, so I’m not sure if I can go see them again…but to all those who can…get out there and go!

Congratulations to the Stones on your new tour & best of luck in 2015!

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 2.32.49 PM

Prince gets sued for poaching Judith Hill from The Voice!

Standard

It’s not often that Prince gets bad press because well, he’s Prince! But today…

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 6.56.10 PM

…I’m hearing that he’s been sued for poaching Voice contestant Judith Hill

Okay, so I’ll be honest. When I first read the news I couldn’t help but become thrown off my rocker by the word “poach”. I’ve never heard it used in any other way that poaching animals for their skin like bad people do specifically with tigers & lions or killing elephants to get their ivory tusks. It’s certainly a heinous act that I won’t ever support, but how did the artist known as Prince “poach” someone?!

So upon further research, here’s the definition of poach from Google:

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 7.00.11 PM

#Poach

So now I see what they mean by Prince was “poaching” someone. Basically the word poach can be used to described people of value who are stolen away from someone who does not own any rights to them as seen in the trained workers example seen above.

Alright, let me take off my English teacher hat now and let us continue! HAHA

Prince has been sued by Jolene Cherry, a record producer who is claiming that he poached a former contestant from Season 4 of The Voice, Judith Hill.

Judith is an incredible singer and I know this to be true because she was chosen to sing a duet with Michael Jackson on his This Is It tour in 2009 and from seeing that concert movie several times now, I got to hear her sing with Michael in rehearsals! Their song together was “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and WOW what an incredible duo they were! Her voice just soared and I’m so happy to know that’s who that was! 🙂

maxresdefaultGo here to watch their performance: [https://youtu.be/q8Hwp_xF_GY]

So now another legendary artist has shown interest in Judith and people who’ve been working with her for years in development are getting pretty angry!

Jolene Cherry slapped Prince with some papers saying that she heard it through the grapevine that he was holding recording sessions with Judith at his studio in Paisley Park and she wasn’t going to have him steal her away!

Miss Cherry signed Judith to The Cherry Party after The Voice concluded in 2013. The Cherry Party Jolene’s imprint through Sony and she’s been working for over a year developing Judith as a solo artist.

Judith-Hill#JudithHill

Sony Music was planning to release her debut album and Jolene feels that Prince was poaching Judith and interfering with the process of completing the album for The Cherry Party!

This lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County on Friday and claims that Judith asked for permission to record a joint album with Prince and was denied. Now let me just say that I’m unsure of whether she was interested in doing a Prince produced album or in doing an album with Prince of duets of them together…that’s up in the air for interpretation as far as I’m concerned!

Prince made a big no-no last week when he released Judith’s album “Back in Time” for free download with a link via Live Nation’s mailing list!

In the lawsuit, Jolene Cherry stated: “Judith Hill’s first album – Back in Time — is now out, but rather than cheering along with her, the people who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her career and album and worked to position Hill for her first release (as well as those who co-wrote many of the songs) are sitting dumbfounded on the sidelines while Prince gives away their investment for free.”

That’s heart-wrenching!

I cannot even imagine the anguish and disappointment of Judith’s team to have been taken over like this. Is this really all for the sake of Prince being her mentor and founder?…because he’s not!

prince-smileYou can’t put your flag in a land that was already discovered, bro!

Jolene wants to recoup her financial investment in Judith’s career and she is seeking punitive damages from Prince for making it “economically unfeasible for them to ever release Hill’s first album.”

And now go figure that Judith Hill has filed a lawsuit in New York Superior Court against Jolene! She’s claiming that she tried to smear her as an artist in national press! I mean, c’mon lady! You can like Prince all you want, but you have a record deal and you’re team said No, you can’t release your album with Prince!

I’m so stunned by the amount of unprofessionalism on both Judith’s part and Prince’s part! I honestly thought much higher of Prince before this lawsuit and now he’s gone down several notches 😦

Bottom line is, I want Prince to apologize, to pay Judith’s former team, and for Jolene Cherry to get more than enough money back for the pain and suffering Prince and Judith put her through! I think this whole thing is OUTRAGEOUS!

Judith, you’re an amazing singer, but don’t make a mistake like this again.

MtIjshlUEV2l

Selfie sticks are banned at Coachella & Lollapalooza!

Standard

Just when you thought “the selfie” had died, apparently is hasn’t because…

picstick-selfie-stick-iphone

…selfie sticks are being banned from pretty much all music festivals!

Coachella and Lollapalooza are two of the major music festivals in the US and they have decided to put a ban on selfie sticks this year!!

Selfie sticks were kind of like the newest gag gift for Christmas last year although having seen them…I don’t think there’s anything gag-worthy about these sticks! HAHA They actually seem like not only do they work, but they reach way farther than the average person’s arm could, so I’d say: THEY’RE AWESOME!

Check it out in action here:

selfie-stick Jacqueline-Jossa ueionbxtqywyu6xwl32d 102325158-RTR4KHKP.530x298 selfie-stick-3

#EpicSelfies

I don’t know about you…but that just seems like the greatest invention I’ve seen recently! HAHA I mean this is golden! So why can’t it be used at festivals?!

Well, I’m sorry to say that selfie sticks are prohibited at Coachella and Lollapalooza because they are seen as a nuisance to other festival attendees since anything that blocks the view of others is not welcome to festivals…i.e. umbrellas! 😉

no_umbrellasDon’t even think about bringing them! LOL

Also, there is a level of concern that selfie sticks could be used to encourage the unauthorized recording of festival performances so I guess that’s a good thing they were banned even though I think they’re awesome!

London’s O2 Arena has banned them as well so it’s really catching on that these sticks are a nuisance during a concert where everyone has the right to not have an obstructed view.

I love a good concert photo and concert photography is a great hobby of mine, but I don’t ever think to take a picture of myself with the band or artist in the background. I don’t know why HAHA but there might only be less than 5 of those kinds of photos taken of me in my lifetime! Weird, huh?!

I feel like festivals are coming up so quickly here that it’s almost summer and considering that both Tin Pan South and Ultra Music Festival were this week alone really gets me excited for festival season 🙂

I’m all for selfie sticks, but leave them at home for music festivals & concerts!

obama_selfie_150217a-2-800x430

Tin Pan South: Songwriters in the spotlight!

Standard

Last night I had the joy of going to see a show during Tin Pan South week…

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 7.21.12 PM

…that celebrated some of the world’s best Pop music songwriters!

I’m always pumped when March comes around because that means Tin Pan South is upon us! HAHA

TPS is an incredible 5 day festival around Nashville in local venues that celebrates the songwriters who are behind the scenes writing all the hit songs we know and love! The festival is celebrating its 23rd year this year and is put on by NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).

From Tuesday to Saturday there are so many different writers you can go see around the city! I would love to do the passes next year which I hear for only $90 you can get a lanyard that will get you into any shows all week long! NOW that’s what I call a deal!!! Otherwise, if you’re a starving blogger like me, you go to the show(s) you want to and pay the door price to get in.

I always end up going to see Kara DioGuardi every single year because I love her DUH and because she’s one of the most well known songwriters in pop music. She’s written some of the most incredible songs that I know and love. The list could go on forever, but specifically: “Lost” by Faith Hill, “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood, “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson, “Sober” by P!nk, “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera, “Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson, and most recently “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson!

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 7.42.37 PMWhat has she NOT written?! I mean, really!

Last night was a smörgåsbord of Pop music songwriting extraordinaires! Kara DioGuardi (as I mentioned), Jeff Cohen, Sacha Skarbek, and Jamie Scott!!

Now for those who don’t usually go to “songwriter rounds” it basically goes in the format of the songwriters sitting in an even line along the stage and it goes in “rounds” where each writer will sing 1 song and then the rotation starts over again until you’ve got a good 4-6 songs performed from each writer 🙂

To make a long story short I’ll take you through each writer’s setlist, if you will…

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 7.56.42 PM#JeffCohen

Jeff is a seasoned songwriter! He’s always played at Tin Pan with Kara since I’ve seen her for the 3rd year in a row now and last night he played his hit songs “Crazy For This Girl” by Evan and Jaron, “In Her Eyes” by Josh Groban, “Holy Water” by Big and Rich, and “Postcard From Paris” by The Band Perry. Jeff was wonderful as he always is and we even got an impromptu joke out of him…

G, B flat, and C walk into a bar and what did the bartender say to them?

“Sorry, we don’t serve minors.”

Obama-lol

That made me LOL! 😀

Let it be known too that Jeff was the organizer of the songwriter round last night and since I failed to mention it until now HAHA it was at The Listening Room Cafe on 2nd Avenue!

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.20.19 PM#JamieScott

Jamie is a hot to trot, young whippersnapper that I’ve been hearing about a lot recently! His voice is REEEDICUELUSS! He has such a strong set of pipes and he was a standout in the room last night! He sang songs on his album: “Gold”, “Carry You Home”, and some little unknown song he wrote for One Direction called “Story Of My Life” HAHA I sang my heart out on that one and he sang it beautifully 😀

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.37.11 PM#SachaSkarbek

Sacha was fierce! Yes that was a Beyoncé reference! HAHA More like a Beyoncé pun! Either way, I’m just trying to say that this guy got better as the night went on! The songs that he’s written are so impressive! He sang “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt, “Cold Shoulder” by Adele, and “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus! Some pretty impressive cuts and he was a very delightful guy!

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.51.11 PM#KaraDioGuardi

And last but certainly not least, Kara! She was great and funny as always 🙂 She unfortunately was sick with the croup and was only able to sing three songs for us which were “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson, “Sober” by P!nk, and “Undo It” by Kelly Clarkson. I always love when she performs “Sober” and I’ll give it to her for being a good sport and singing as much as she possibly could!! I did love it when Kara went off the cuff and said that us coming to the show was a donation and our show of support for songwriters. She mentioned that it’s a scary time in the music industry where the next generation of songwriters as well as songwriters now may not be able to afford being a full-time songwriter. I love her for shedding light on that topic and for thanking us for our support!

Kara was joined by a few of the songwriters she supports and holy crap this one girl made you hang on every single word! I don’t know her name and they only said it really briefly one time, but the lyrics were “You’re more to me than all these broken things”.

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.58.16 PMIf anyone knows her name…tweet me!!!

Overall, what a night it was for songwriting and for Nashville! I had a great time and apparently I have some major research to do on who exactly that mystery songwriter was! HAHA I’ll keep you in the know!!!

Thanks NSAI for bringing Kara & all the amazing writers to Nashville this week!

 NSAILogowithTag

Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris seen in Nashville!

Standard

Normally I’m not covering love lives on here, but I’ll make an exception for…

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 5.56.40 PM

…the amazing new couple that is Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

Taylor has been all gung ho about the fact that she’s single and independent. I get it! It’s kinda cool for her to shove it in the media’s face that she hasn’t dated anyone since One Direction’s Harry Styles, but that was all laid to rest last night!

Taylor’s in Nashville, y’all! At least I think she still is, but she didn’t text me HAHA She’s a busy girl as we all know and yesterday on her social media she just wanted us to know that:

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 6.01.35 PM

Her world tour starts in 40 days! HAHA

That news is the least of my worries because last night Taylor showed up in Nashville with her brand new boy toy to attend the Kenny Chesney concert at Bridgestone Arena! Talk about two A-list attendees!

Taylor is of course Nashville’s princess that is fully committed to Pop music now and her new guy Calvin Harris is one of the most well known DJs in the world and the highest paid one at that! He made $46 million in 2013 and $66 million in 2014!!! It’s outrageous to think of a DJ making that much money, but Calvin is the man and he’s serious about his career in music 😀

So first off let me just say that Calvin & Taylor were seen at Whole Foods on Wednesday night right here by the Green Hills mall…which everyone in Nashville knows good and well where that is! HAHA Check out the 2 pictures below:

0326-taylor-swift-calvin-harris-twitter-7What a lucky little girl in Whole Foods! 😀

Then last night was the huge outing for the new couple when they attended Kenny Chesney’s concert together and Calvin’s arm was seen wrapped around Taylor’s waist! It’s getting serious, y’all!

0327-taylor-swift-calvin-harris-at-concert-twitter-6Thanks TMZ for capturing the PDA!

Taylor even got onstage to perform “Big Star” with Kenny!

tumblr_inline_nlvw9zuFL01t4g1ap_500

She’s SO adorable! HAHA

So it looks like things are heating up as Taylor went to one of Calvin’s live shows in Las Vegas earlier this month! I’m speculating that he must be serious about her because today started Ultra Music Festival in Miami and even though Calvin doesn’t often perform at EDM festivals, wouldn’t he want to be there for it?! I know I would want to go see all my friends there, but maybe being there to support Taylor was more important to him which I’ll go ahead and give him kudos for!

I give them the new couple name: “Tayvin” or “Callor”…You decide!!!

I absolutely love this couple for many reasons. One of them being that Taylor’s BFF Selena Gomez in now dating DJ Zedd so now their boyfriends will have a lot of things in common which is so cool. Another reason would have to be that Calvin seems like a very nice, sensible guy and Taylor could use a steady man in her life that isn’t with her for the attention. I like where this is going!

Congrats to Taylor & Calvin on your new romance! How about a song together?

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 6.24.10 PM

Ultra Music Festival starts tomorrow!

Standard

I’m SO wishing I was in Miami right now because Ultra Music Festival…

13478030985_e92408e923_b

…officially starts tomorrow and lasts through Sunday night!

From the beautiful shores of Miami Beach will begin a movement of another annual celebration of love, unity, and music.

EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is taking over South Beach with the wonderful message I mentioned above and that’s probably what attracts me most to EDM. They’re talking about partying, loving those around you, and being present in the moments of the day because the world might end tonight. What’s not to love about that?!

Ultra is a celebration of EDM in which fans flock to Miami from all over the world to celebrate the genre of music that they love so much!

The party has already been beginning at the downtown Miami hotels as famous DJs play live sets by the pool for the lucky fans who stop by to listen and to dance! Talk about the best days of the year to go pool hopping! HAHA

According to the official website for the festival [ultramusicfestival.com]:

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 9.15.46 PM

The festivities begin with AronChupa at 4 pm!

The first night you end with AAA (Afrojack, Alesso, & Avicii) AND my all-time favorite DJ…Tiësto!

ffcaf561-3d3b-488f-b137-4a8b3ff7d4e9I can’t freaking wait to see another set of his at Ultra!

Then Saturday you’ve got Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, and Axwell /\ Ingrosso! And Sunday finishes off with Matthew Koma, Cazzette, Robin Schulz, DJ Snake, Nicky Romero, Knife Party, Steve Angello, David Guetta, and Skrillex!

holy-cowHOLY COW, WHAT A FESTIVAL!!!

I think 2016 is going to be my year for Ultra because I can’t hardly stand to wait much longer HAHA but I’m looking forward to watching the live stream all weekend long on YouTube and tweeting back and forth with all you beautiful fans!

Everyone not in Miami, go to watch Ultra right here: [youtube.com/UMFTV]

Cheers to Miami, EDM, & Ultra on another amazing weekend to come!

ultrafest-entrancehd-wallpaper-picture-ultra-music-fest-2013-wmc-miami

Zayn Malik leaves One Direction!

Standard

This is the biggest news of the day in music that I’ve heard from everywhere…

zayn_malik_comic_book_style_wallpaper_by_believe91-d75nt3g

…and that is that Zayn Malik is officially no longer a part of One Direction!

I’m a fan of One Direction! I was ashamed to say that years ago, but I’ve grown into my cringe-worthy love for the boys of 1D! HAHA My friends have been egging me on for years to like them and whenever I heard “Story Of My Life” for the first time…that was it!

one-direction-story-of-my-life-video-650-430That song was the point of no return for me!

I don’t have posters of the boys on my walls, or have a t-shirt, and I’ve never attended a concert of theirs…so basically I like them safely from afar! HAHA

On this gloomy Wednesday, March 25th, one of every girl’s favorite One Direction members, Zayn Malik, officially announced his departure from the band!

See the update on the band’s official Facebook page:

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 7.53.09 PM

#AndThenThereWereFour

“…if I’ve let anyone down.” You mean the MILLIONS of One Direction fans all over the world that know you and love you?!

Sorry guys HAHA Just had to get that out of my system 😉

I like how One Direction and Simon Cowell (who is essentially their creator) made it entirely clear that the band is going to continue on as a four member group. I honestly think they did that so that the internet would not break! LOL One Direction fans are passionate and they really did need a confirmation that the band is carrying on without Mr. Malik.

Zayn took off two tour dates recently due to “stress” after online rumors that placated that he had cheated on his fiancée Perrie Edwards of the English girl group Little Mix!

528037_zayn-y-perrie#ZaynAndPerrie

I guess he just wants to do as he said and become a normal 22 year old, but don’t you think it will take a while for his fame to wear off? Well I guess maybe not because as long as he doesn’t pull a Justin Timberlake and go solo, he might be able to pull off living a normal life like Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC! 😀

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 8.05.07 PM#FlyingUnderTheRadar

My best friend is obsessed with Zayn and she texted me the news today with a crying emoticon. I know she’s going to be pretty upset by this for a while and to be honest…it’s difficult for me to imagine this band as a 4 member group, but I guess the Backstreet Boys are proof of it working since Kevin Richardson left the group from June 2006 until he rejoined in April 2012!

n51d8901f76fe4And I thought he’d never be back, alright! 😉

I’m sincerely hoping that Zayn doesn’t go the Timberlake or Kirkpatrick route, but that he pulls off a seamless Kevin Richardson and shows back up in the group within the next 5-6 years! That may be all the time he needs to be “normal”.

I know Twitter is on fire right now with the many broken hearts, but hey! Maybe he did actually cheat on his fiancée and all you girls might have a chance at becoming Mrs. Malik again! Okay! I’m just trying to find a silver lining!!

Good luck Zayn on all your future endeavors & long live One Direction!

medium_49643