Grizzly Bear Extend Tour in Support of 'Painted Ruins'
Grizzly Bear have lined up a fall U.S. tour in support of the band's latest album Painted Ruins, one of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017.
Following the group's co-headlining tour with Spoon this summer, Grizzly Bear will return to the road for a 10-date trek that kicks off at Raleigh, North Carolina's Hopscotch Music Festival the weekend of September 6th through 8th. The fall trek currently concludes with a set at Phoenix's Lost Lake Festival in October.
Along the way, Grizzly Bear will also serve as Arcade Fire's special guest when the Everything Now band performs at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on September 21st.
Grizzly Bear Tour Dates
September 6-8 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
September 8 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
September 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
September 11 - Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center for the Arts
September 12 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
September 13 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
September 21 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre (with Arcade Fire)
September 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl - KCRW Series
September 24 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
October 19-21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Festival
Bob Seger Schedules Postponed Runaway Train Tour Dates
Eight months after Bob Seger postponed his Runaway Train Tour due to a vertebrae issue, the rocker rescheduled 10 dates from the trek.
Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will resume the tour on November 24th in Kansas City. The 13-date tour is currently scheduled to conclude February 23rd, 2019, but Seger will likely tack more dates onto the Runaway Train Tour. Tickets from the original shows will be honored at the make-up dates.
The Detroit News notes that Seger's representatives and promoters tried to make sure that the rescheduled tour dates coincided with the same day of the week as the original show; Saturday shows from the postponed 2017 tour will be made up on a Saturday in 2018, etc.
As Seger told Rolling Stone in January, the rocker suffered a ruptured disc prior to embark on the Runaway Train Tour and the symptoms ultimately spread to his legs. "My doctor said to me, 'Oh no, that's it, you're done with this tour. You're having surgery now," Seger said. "I'm feeling better all the time. They aren't letting me lift anything over five pounds. I can't do anything: no piano, no guitar, no nothing. But as soon as the pain stops, I'll be playing again."
Bob Seger Tour Dates
November 24 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
November 27 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
November 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Arena
December 12 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Arena
December 14 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
December 20 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena
December 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
January 19, 2019 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
January 29, 2019 – Billings, MT @ Rimrock Auto Arena
January 31, 2019 – Boise, ID @ Ford Center
February 15, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
February 17, 2019 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
February 23, 2019 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
Watch Cardi B as a Heartbroken Bride in New Video for 'Be Careful'
Cardi B marries and buries the same man in her Western-styled "Be Careful" video.
Director Jora Frantzis opens the brooding video with establishing shots of desert roads and a church filled with Jesus statues and crucifixes. Cardi B arrives in a glamorous wedding dress, marrying a man wearing a cowboy hat. The joyous scene shifts to a darker hue as the rapper returns to the church – with her husband in a casket.
"Be Careful" is one of four singles from Cardi B's recently issued debut LP, Invasion of Privacy, along with "Drip," "Bartier Cardi" and her breakout single, "Bodak Yellow." The emcee – who confirmed that she's pregnant during an April Saturday Night Live performance – recently teamed with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled for the collaborative single "Dinero" and appeared on Rita Ora's controversial "Girls" with Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha.
BBMAs: See BTS' Angst-Ridden Performance of New Song 'Fake Love'
BTS performed their new emo/hip-hop-tinged single "Fake Love" at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. The song appeared on their latest album, Love Yourself: Tear.
Fans screamed all night whenever BTS appeared on camera, and host Kelly Clarkson was immediately overwhelmed by the crowd as she tried to introduce the group. "Y'all are crazy," she said, before putting on enormous pink ear muffs.
The screaming continued as BTS delivered "Fake Love," which was made for arenas like this one. Fans shouted the song's chorus back at the group, adding a jubilant call and response to the performance. The seven members of BTS danced with rigid poise, alternating between anguished singing and staccato rapping.
This was not the first BTS appearance at the Billboard Music Awards: The group won the Top Social Artist honor, a fan-voted category, in 2017, beating out other immensely popular acts like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. BTS later included a snippet of their acceptance speech from the awards ceremony on their Love Yourself: Her album.
BTS released Love Yourself: Tear, last Friday. In South Korea, pre-orders of the album exceeded one million copies. BTS also has a wide reach around the world: "Fake Love" quickly climbed up Spotify's Global Top 50 chart.
Later this year, BTS aim to build on the success of "Fake Love" with a world tour. The tour opens in September with three consecutive performances at the Staples Center in Los Angeles; BTS will also visit Oakland, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey. Additional dates will also be announced.
See Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato's Rousing 'Fall in Line' Duet at BBMAs
Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato united for a dramatic, authoritative performance of their collaborative single "Fall in Line" during the Billboard Music Awards.
"Fall in Line" is a slow, heaving ballad, with plenty of opportunities for vocal acrobatics for Aguilera and Lovato. Both singers were dressed in shiny black leather like Nineties action movie stars, roaring the defiant lines – "I got a right to speak my mind/ ... I wasn't made to fall in line." The two women ended the performance in an embrace, with their foreheads touching.
"Fall in Line" is a single from Aguilera's upcoming album Liberation, out June 15th. The self-empowering track is the third sample from the LP, following the ballad "Twice" and the Kanye West-produced "Accelerate" with 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign. Aguilera, who performed "Fall in Line" with James Corden recently on "Carpool Karaoke," will promote her new record on an upcoming North American tour – her first in over a decade – featuring Big Boi as special guest.
Lovato has remained busy since issuing her sixth LP, Tell Me You Love Me, in September 2017, and much of her output has come in the form of collaborations like "Fall in Line." She teamed with "Despacito" star Luis Fonsi for an English rework of their single, "Échame la Culpa," joined former tour-mate DJ Khaled for "I Believe" from the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack and covered Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Q-Tip.
Watch Ariana Grande's Dynamic Performance of 'No Tears Left to Cry' at BBMAs
Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards performing her house-leaning single "No Tears Left to Cry."
Grande was lowered onto the stage on a platform made of umbrellas, where she joined a cadre of male dancers. As she stalked an intricately designed stage – full of arches, staircases and adjoining rooms – in high-heeled boots, she sang clearly and forcefully, returning frequently to the melismatic vocal runs that have long been one of her favorite tools.
"No Tears Left to Cry" captures some of the infectious energy of the crossover club singles that were popular in the Nineties. Grande performed while members of the crowd – including Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello – danced and sang along in their seats.
Grande released "No Tears Left to Cry" in April as the lead single from her upcoming fourth album, Sweetener. The song made an immediate impact, debuting in the top ten on the Hot 100, where it has stayed for three weeks.
Sweetener will follow Grande's 2016 effort, Dangerous Woman, though a release date has yet to be announced. Sweetener will reportedly feature collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, who co-wrote several of Grande's previous singles, including "Break Free" and "Bang Bang."
Per Variety, Sweetener will draw partial inspiration from Grande's tragic May 2017 concert in Manchester, where a suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded approximately 500 outside the arena. In the aftermath, Grande helped organize the all-star "One Love Manchester" benefit concert, which raised over $13 million for victims. Grande was subsequently named the city's first "honorary citizen."
On the Charts: Post Malone's 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' Continues to Reign
Post Malone spent his third consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 as the rapper's Beerbongs & Bentleys remained in the Number One spot.
The album added 147,000 total copies to its haul, 122,000 of which were streaming equivalent albums (SEAs). Despite only selling 18,000 traditional copies, Beerbongs & Bentleys joined Black Panther: The Album as the only 2018 releases to spend three straight weeks at Number One, Billboard reports.
Malone's latest fended off four new releases that cracked the Top 10, with Playboi Carti – whose profile received a boost thanks to his guest appearance during Nicki Minaj's SNL performance – and his surprise LP Die Lit leading the way at Number Three and 61,000 total copies, including 55,000 SEAs.
Charlie Puth's Voicenotes debuted at Number Four and 58,000 total copies while Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel Casino opened at Number Eight with 47,000 copies. Tee Grizzley's Activated rounded out the new arrivals at Number 10.
Eight months after its chart-topping release, Pink's Beautiful Trauma jumped all the way from Number 83 to Number Two thanks to a deal that paired concert tickets to the singer's massive 2019 tour with a free copy of Beautiful Trauma. The promotion helped add another 139,000 copies to the album's tally.
The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Number Five), J. Cole's KOD (Six), Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy (Seven) and Black Panther: The Album at Number Nine closed out the Top 10.
Next week, K-pop group BTS' Love Yourself and a surge in sales for British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at the Royal Wedding at the request of Meghan Markle, will look to end Malone's Billboard 200 reign.
Elton John Performs at Royal Wedding Reception
As rumored, Elton John performed during the lunchtime reception that followed the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The singer also attended the wedding earlier in Saturday in Windsor.
According to the Daily Mail, John took the stage after Prince Harry, following his speech, asked his guests, "Does anyone here know how to play the piano?" John then sat by the piano and performed four songs, "Your Song," "Circle of Life," "I'm Still Standing" and "Tiny Dancer"; the latter song features the lyric "L.A. lady," a nod to Markle's acting career.
Ellie Goulding similarly covered "Your Song" at the wedding of Harry's brother Prince William and Kate Middleton.
"Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the Reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle," Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement. "Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family."
John notably performed a revised rendition of his "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of Princess Diana, Harry's mother, in 1997, and was a close friend of the royal family.
"I first met an extremely shy and sweet Prince Harry at a private lunch at Kensington Palace, given by his mother Princess Diana for Gianni Versace and me many years ago," John once said. "What a joy it has been to see that young boy grow to inherit his mother's warmth, sense of humor and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in."
George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba were among the celebrities to attend the Royal Wedding.
Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out Shawn Mendes at Rose Bowl Concert
Taylor Swift brought out surprise guest Shawn Mendes Friday night during her concert at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl, where the singers performed Mendes' 2017 hit "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back."
Swift handled the opening verse of the Illuminate track by herself before welcoming Mendes to the stage. "Come on out, Shawn," Swift said.
The duet wasn't a complete surprise to Swift devotees: Earlier in the day, Swift posted pre-concert footage on social media of her and Mendes rehearsing the song. The performance came hours after Mendes unveiled a new song titled "Where Were You in the Morning?"
Swift has also frequently recruited her opening acts Camila Cabello and Charli XCX to perform "Shake It Off" with her onstage.
The Rose Bowl concert marked just the fourth show of Swift's acclaimed Reputation Stadium Tour; she'll return to Pasadena, California Saturday night for the second of two shows at the stadium.
Prince's Yellow Cloud Guitar Sells for $225,000 at New York Auction
There was a joyful mood inside New York City's Hard Rock Café where a giant collection of Prince's belongs was being sold off as part of Julien's Auctions' presentation Music Icons: Property From the Life and Career of Prince on Friday. When a ceramic Mardi Gras–style doll that was featured as a prop in Purple Rain went up, it was expected to fetch between $2,000 and $4,000. But a bidding war quickly broke out.
"It's the only one I've ever seen," says auctioneer Daniel Kruse, "don't lose it." He's sitting at a podium in front of a red curtain with monitors to either side of him, a few rock artifacts surrounding him on the stage. There's a small audience of in-person bidders and online-proxy bidders on either side of them, as a few Times Square tourists munch on mozzarella sticks in the back, taking it all in.
The doll quickly moves up to $5,000 and $6,000. "Where are you gonna see another one?" he baits the crowd. $10,000. "Quit clowning around and buy this thing." And then it hit $12,500 to a round of applause from the three dozen or so people gathered, including a table of hardcore Prince fans. Nobody else raises their star-shaped bidding paddles and Kruse bangs his gavel down and congratulates the winning bidder, who got it for $12,500. "What an awesome buy," the auctioneer exclaims.
Such was the scene many times over. A purple, stage-worn jumpsuit, from the collection of Prince's ex Mayté Garcia, was expected to get between $6,000 and $8,000 but went for $27,500, again to applause, and a dark-purple tunic Prince wore in 1996 that was estimated to go for the same went for $25,000. A white Schecter "cloud" guitar that was sitting to the right of Kruse (one of the few items actually on display) went for $30,000. The audience clapped as if Prince had just finished playing it.
The auction's most noteworthy item, Prince's custom-made yellow "cloud" guitar, sold for $225,000, well over its $60,000-$80,000 estimate. Bidding on Prince's wardrobe from the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards also exceeded six digits, landing a winning bid of over $108,000, more than $30,000 its pre-auction estimate.
The pace continued to be fast, as Kruse zipped through the 158 items in the Julien's catalogue (minus a few items such as an unreleased Dale Bozzio demo tape that Prince helped out on and some recording reels that were withdrawn from bidding at the last minute.) A raspberry beret with a love-symbol pin went for $1,750. A Sign 'O' the Times platinum record went for $1,750 (a little over its $800 - $1,200 estimate). An outfit Prince wore in his critically maligned movie Under the Cherry Moon went for double its estimate, landing $40,000, to the ooh's and applause from the audience.
"You're looking at your watch," Kruse tells someone in the crowd. "It's time to bid."