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Maroon 5, The Jonas Brothers and Many More Return to Live Concerts with $20 All-In Tickets

Live Nation has just announced the celebration of the Return to Live concerts this summer by offering fans $20 all-in tickets to nearly 1,000 shows this year. As Live Nation’s outdoor venues across the U.S. begin to open, the time is here to get outside and catch live music with friends, family and loved ones at over 40 Live Nation amphitheaters all across the country. For a limited time only next week, fans will have access to exclusive $20 tickets to participating Live Nation shows, including taxes and fees.

“We can’t wait to get back on the road and in front of our fans, it means so much to be able to bring live music back to the people that support us the most,” said the Jonas Brothers.

The special promotion marks the highly-anticipated return of live music in the U.S. as artists ready to hit the stage and fans can’t wait to see their favorite acts live in-person once again. Participating artists include some of today’s biggest acts across genres including Country, Hip-Hop, Latin, Metal, Pop, Rock, and more.

“We couldn’t be more excited to get back out on the road,” said Zac Brown. “It’s been a long, difficult year for everyone and we’re fired up to be reuniting with our crew, sharing new music with our fans, and celebrating a brand new world.”

The $20 tickets will be available to the general public starting next Wednesday, July 28th at 12pm ET/9am PT on LiveNation.com for a limited time only, while supplies last.

T-Mobile and Sprint customers can score exclusive 24-hour early access to the $20 all-in tickets through T-Mobile Tuesdays starting Tuesday, July 27th at 12pm ET/9am PT.

Participating artists celebrating the Return to Live concerts include:

311, Jason Aldean, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Jonas Brothers, NF, Alanis Morissette, Judas Priest, Pitbull, Alice Cooper, Kings of Leon, Primus, Brad Paisley, KISS, Rise Against, Brett Eldredge, KORN, Rod Wave, Brooks & Dunn, Lady A, Slipknot, Brothers Osborne, Lil Baby, The Black Crowes, Coheed and Cambria, Lindsey Stirling, The Doobie Brothers, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trippie Redd, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band and more.


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All About Lizzo

Lizzo is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she later moved to Houston, Texas, where she began performing, before moving to Minneapolis, where she began her recording career. Prior to signing with Nice Life and Atlantic Records, Lizzo released two studio albums—Lizzobangers (2013) and Big Grrrl Small World (2015). Lizzo’s first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, was released in 2016.

Lizzo attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You (2019), which peaked inside the top five of the US Billboard 200. The album spawned the singles “Juice” and “Tempo”. The deluxe version of the album included Lizzo’s 2017 single “Truth Hurts”, which became a viral sleeper hit, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 two years after its initial release. Around this time, her 2016 single “Good as Hell” also climbed the charts, reaching the top three on the Hot 100 and top ten of the UK Singles Chart. Lizzo received eight nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, the most for any artist that year, including Album of the Year for the deluxe version of Cuz I Love You, Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Truth Hurts”, as well as Best New Artist. She eventually won the awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts”, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song “Jerome”.

Aside from singing and rapping, Lizzo has also worked as an actor: she served as a voice performer in 2019 for the animated film UglyDolls and appeared in the 2019 crime comedy-drama film Hustlers. In 2019, Time named Lizzo as “Entertainer of the Year” for her meteoric rise and contribution to music. In addition to her three Grammy Awards, she has also won a Billboard Music Award, a BET Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards.


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Ed Sheeran is back with some “Bad Habits”

“Bad Habits” is a song by English singer Ed Sheeran, released on 25 June 2021 through Asylum Records UK as the lead single of his upcoming fifth studio album. The song marks his first solo release from an album in over four years. A limited edition CD single was also released, containing only this track.

A slower acoustic song was planned to be released as the lead single from Sheeran’s upcoming fifth studio album. However, when the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were announced in England in early 2021, Sheeran chose to record “Bad Habits” and release it instead. “I was like, ‘I don’t know if the world needs a depressing sad, slow acoustic song when it’s all opening up'”, Sheeran said. He wrote the song in January 2021 to “surprise people” and “make something that was totally different” to what is expected of him.

“My bad habits lead to late nights, endin’ alone
Conversations with a stranger I barely know
Swearin’ this will be the last, but it probably won’t
I got nothin’ left to lose, or use, or do

My bad habits lead to wide eyes starin’ at space
And I know I’ll lose control of the things that I say
Yeah, I was lookin’ for a way out, now I can’t escape
Nothin’ happens after two, it’s truе, it’s true
My bad habits lead to you”

The music video for “Bad Habits” was directed by Dave Meyers. It portrays Sheeran as a vampire in a hot pink suit. The video starts in a hair salon with Sheeran as a vampire, withering the flower before flying across the chaos-ridden streets. He joins with several other monsters in doing various activities at the panicking crowd, until the sun began to rise. Most of the monsters went into hiding, with few vaporized by the sunlight, except for Sheeran, who he transforms back into his normal self as the video ends.

Sheeran said he wanted the video to “play on the nature of habits in a fantastical way so I decided on vampires.” It was inspired by the song’s lyrics and American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

As of July 2021, the official music video has over 72 million views. Watch and listen here.


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Usher Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Headlining Las Vegas Residency

Global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Usher took to the stage with back-to-back sold-out shows on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 as he debuted his exclusive new Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. With one standing ovation after another, fans were brought to their feet to sing along, dance and celebrate the first new headlining residency show to open on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a year and a half. Spotted in the audience over opening weekend were several of Usher’s celebrity fans, including Jermaine Dupri, L.A. Reid, Nick Cannon, Lil Jon and Akon.

Custom-designed for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace stage, and promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the show gives audiences an extraordinary immersive experience with extravagant costumes, many of which were designed by Balmain, and state-of-the-art technology in lighting, video and special effects. The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular is packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning the multi-talented showman’s 20-year career, including “U Remind Me,” “Burn,” “You Make Me Wanna…,” “Don’t Waste My Time,” “Scream” and “Yeah!” Supported by a live band and over two dozen dancers, Usher’s Las Vegas shows give fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him up close and personal in an intimate 4,300-seat world-class performance venue, with a few surprises along the way.

Usher’s Las Vegas show features creative and show direction from Outside the Box Amusements, with co-creative direction by Aakomon Jones, video design and content by Fragment Nine, lighting design by John Torres, production design by Paul Tate de Poo III, and choreography by Rio and Amy Allen, with Iz Avila and Lil Jon serving as musical directors.

Additionally, Usher, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to Usher’s Las Vegas residency to Usher’s New Look, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Usher as a young man barely out of his teens, UNL is on a mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through a comprehensive program that develops passion-driven, global leaders. UNL’s peer-to-peer program model and curriculum provides Access, Awareness and Empowerment to youth in underserved communities, in order to guide them on a pathway to leadership and help them make educational and career choices that match their passions. Over the course of 21 years, the organization has reached more than 50,000 young people.

Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher’s career since he was first discovered 20 years ago on “Star Search.” Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including eight GRAMMY Awards, and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top 10 singles.

2021 continues to be a busy year for Usher with new music and the launch of his first Las Vegas residency in July 2021. Musically, Usher’s two latest singles “Don’t Waste My Time” and “Bad Habits” both hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts. Usher is currently in the studio recording his 9th studio album which will be released late 2021.


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Learn the Lyrics: Here and Now by Kenny Chesney

“Here and Now” is a song recorded by American country music singer Kenny Chesney. It is the second single and title track from his nineteenth studio album Here and Now. The song was written by Craig Wiseman, David Lee Murphy and David Garcia.

Chesney told The Boot that “The chorus is everything I feel about my time on stage… the rush of it absolutely being the best place, best moment in the entire world. There’s no rush like it…It says everything about how we all put off living our lives because there’s so much other stuff to do.” It has a central theme about “living in the moment”.

Brian Mansfield, writing for Variety, said that “With a guitar intro that recalls the Doobie Brothers’ ‘China Grove’, the bracing title track marries Chesney’s classic-rock-infused country with his in-the-moment philosophy..Instead of ringing hollow, it might be the perfect motivational song for quarantine days — a high-energy number that doesn’t necessarily try to get you to do anything, except maybe to make the most of doing nothing.”

Check out the lyrics to the chart topping track below:

Seen the skyline of New York City
Fireflies in Tennessee
Sipped a little shine from a paper sack that’ll
Knock the horns off a Cadillac
I must’ve sat on a dozen islands
Watched the sun sink into the sea
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt and hat
But my favorite place to be is

Here and now
Nowhere else in this world enough
You and me, ain’t it good to be alive?
Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time
Than here and now
Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what?
Better get to living ’cause all we’ve got is here and now

Think I fell in love for the first time
With a girl from Mexico
Thought I found a true love in Malibu, but
That water was a little too cold
Yeah, I left a few tears in the rearview
One or two that were hard to forget
Why you think we call the present the present?
‘Cause there ain’t no better gift than

Nowhere else in this world enough
You and me, ain’t it good to be alive?
Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time
Than here and now
Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what?
Better get to living ’cause all we’ve got is here and now

A lotta people dreaming ’bout one-day-some-days
Waiting just around the bend (Waiting just around the bend)
I used to be one wonderin’ when they’d come
But now I’m livin’ in (But now I’m livin’ in)
Here and now
Yeah, I’m livin’ in the

Here and now
Nowhere else in this world enough
You and me, ain’t it good to be alive?
Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time
Than here and now
Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what?
Better get to living ’cause all we’ve got is here and now\


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