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Lea Michele Announces Holiday Album Christmas In The City

Acclaimed actress, singer and author LEA MICHELE will release her first-ever holiday album, Christmas in The City, on October 25th via Sony Music Masterworks. Inspired by her fond memories of growing up in New York City, Lea has captured the unique magic of the city’s holiday spirit throughout the 11-track collection, which is available now for preorder. Officially kicking off the holiday season, Lea debuts “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” giving fans an early taste of the album and showcasing her imitable style.

“This album is something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time,” says LEA MICHELE of Christmas in The City. “Christmas is my favorite holiday and it has always been such a special time with my family. I always go back home and spend Christmas in New York, so when I think of the holidays I think of the city. This album is really a celebration of that magic and spirit of my hometown. I am so excited to share the songs I grew up with and I hope it brings listeners a lot of joy this season!”

Christmas in The City reunites Lea with songwriter and producer Adam Anders, as the two return for their first collaborative project since working together on Glee. Produced by Anders and fellow Glee collaborator Peer Astrom, the album features timeless hits like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and more, as well as “Christmas in New York,” a new original co-written by Lea and Adam that is sure to become an instant classic. With star-studded collaborators handpicked by Lea, including fellow Glee alum Darren Criss, Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff and Broadway favorite Cynthia Erivo, Christmas in The City delivers the spirit of the holidays in true New York style.

LEA MICHELE – CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY
TRACKLISTING

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Christmas in New York
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (feat. Jonathan Groff)
Do You Want To Build a Snowman?
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Silent Night
White Christmas (feat. Darren Criss)
Silver Bells
Angels We Have Heard on High (feat. Cynthia Erivo)
O Holy Night


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P!nk Drops New Music Video For ‘Hurts 2B Human’

On Tuesday, September 17th, P!nk and Khalid dropped the music video for the title track from her eighth studio album, titled Hurts 2B Human.

The visual begins with moody scenes of New York City individuals in their apartments, undergoing the daily stresses of life. Such as receiving an upsetting text or fighting with a spouse. However there are also positives in the video, like being cheered up by a friend, P!nk and Khalid both make appearances,  and eventually cross paths.

“God it hurts to be human/ Without you, I’d be losin’/ Yeah, someday we’ll face the music/ God it hurts to be human/ But I’ve got you,” the pop star sings on the gently strumming chorus before Khalid takes over on the second verse.

P!nk released her album, Hurts 2B Human, back in April of 2019, on the 26th.

Watch the brand new video here.


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Taylor Hicks is back with a Concert Tour Benefiting Veterans

NS2 Serves, an independent nonprofit organization that offers technology training and employment assistance to veterans. GRAMMY- winning singer-songwriter Taylor Hicks is gearing up for a concert tour to raise money for the next class of veterans in the program. The series of intimate performances will feature songs from Hicks’ American Idol playbook along with a preview of new material from his highly-anticipated album due out next year. Performing in venues across the East Coast from October 10-24, Hicks has donated a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet packages for all six shows to a silent auction that will directly benefit NS2 Serves.

Hicks became a household name after winning the fifth season of American Idol, and is known for his cover of the military tribute song “Nineteen.” While traveling across the country for album tours, Hicks met with several military families and grew passionate about helping veterans struggling to find employment.

“NS2 Serves is an incredible organization improving the lives of veterans across the country, and I’m honored to use this tour as platform to elevate its mission,” said Hicks. “We owe an insurmountable debt to our nation’s heroes, and this concert series is a chance for fans to support a program helping veterans transition from boots to suits and excel in high-tech careers.”

Since being established in 2014, NS2 Serves has provided free IT industry training to nearly 300 veterans, ultimately helping them secure jobs in high-tech careers. Supporting post-9/11 veterans from all over the country, the program has boasted a 100% graduation rate since its inception. NS2 Serves has trained and placed 315 veterans in high-tech careers, continuing its success with the next fall 2019 Leesburg class.

“We are so grateful to have Taylor Hicks champion the NS2 Serves mission of re-skilling veterans and closing the IT tech talent gap in America,” said General (Ret.) John Campbell, chairman of the NS2 Serves program. “We view our program as a promising model on how to reintegrate members of society when their existing skillsets no longer match the job market. Mr. Hicks truly shares our passion for this important issue, and we’re excited to have such a prominent public figure bringing veteran employment initiatives like ours to the center stage.”

Hicks will kick-off the concert tour on October 10 in New Hampshire, followed by shows in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Ohio. The bidding for concert ticket packages will start at $150, which include the opportunity to meet Hicks back stage and receive a signed harmonica. NS2 Serves also encourages those unable to attend the concerts to support the cause by placing a bid to send a veteran and their guest to a show.


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A Dreamy Lullaby Cover Album from Katy Perry is Coming!

Following in the footsteps of Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Drake and Tom Petty, and more; It has been announced that Katy Perry has teamed up with Rockabye Baby! for an entire covers album of the pop icon’s top hits.

In a recent interview, Rockabye founder Lisa Roth talked about their incredible experience working with the superstar. “For all of Katy Perry’s whimsy, humor, talent, and colorfulness, she also has a grit and a knowing that only comes with being a woman and making it to the top in the music industry.. It’s ramified air where female artists of her stature live. I have the utmost respect and regard. Just wow.”

The project is slated to drop on October 25th later this year,and will feature 12 toddler-friendly instrumental versions of Perry’s biggest hits, including “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream” and breakout single “I Kissed A Girl.”

Check out the full track list below.

1. California Gurls

2. Roar

3. I Kissed A Girl

4. Hot N Cold

5. Dark Horse

6. Swish Swish

7. Waking Up In Vegas

8. Part Of Me

9. Chained To The Rhythm

10. Firework

11. Teenage Dream

12. Unconditionally


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Laine Hardy Announces Fall Headline Tour

Hollywood Records/Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings artist Laine Hardy announced his first headline tour today. After a triumphant show at this past weekend’s KABOO Festival, which included Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Maren Morris, Mumford & Sons amongst dozens of other music luminaries, Hardy also has a homecoming show next weekend on September 28 at North Park in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Laine has two additional pre-tour shows with Toby Keith October 5th in Charleston, South Carolina, and with Jimmie Allen October 24th in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets for the 2019 Tour go on sale this Friday, September 20. “This is the moment I’ve been working toward…going out on my own tour!” said Hardy. “I can’t wait to share the new songs I’ve been working on.”

Earlier this year, Hardy was voted the winner of ABC’s American Idol. The Livingston, Louisiana-born Laine wowed fans and judges alike throughout the season with his honey-toned swampy bayou rock performances. Hardy charmed viewers, and showed his versatility with covers by artists ranging from Queen, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and Elton John to The Beatles. Since then, the humble Hardy has spent time at home with his family, and fishing and boating on his beloved Bayou. In addition, Hardy has been in Nashville hard at work, writing and preparing to release new music soon. Tour dates are below.

11/14/19 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II

11/15/19 Springfield, IL – Boondocks

11/16/19 Indianapolis, IN – 8 Seconds Saloon

11/17/19 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

11/20/19 Chicago, IL – Joe’s Live

11/22/19 Warrendale (Pittsburgh), PA – Jergels

11/23/19 Rootstown (Akron), OH – Dusty Armadillo

11/24/19 Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage

11/30/19 Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave Big Bear

12/1/19 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

12/5/19 Denver, CO – Summit

12/6/19 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

12/7/19 Minneapolis, MN – The Barn at Cowboy Jacks


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