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U2 announce 2020 Collaboration

It has been announced thar a new creative partnership with U2 is slated to launch U2X RADIO, which will include a dedicated SiriusXM channel and exclusive content available only to SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners*.

The announcement was made by U2, live from The Joshua Tree Tour stage at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, with a cut-in from front man Bono to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM channel “Howard 100,” which saw the tour’s massive 200×40 ft screen light up with a video tribute to radio ahead of a live performance of the band’s hit ‘Elevation’. A simultaneous stream by U2 on Facebook Live allowed fans around the world to hear the news of U2X RADIO as it happened.

U2 has sold more than 170 million records worldwide and has won 22 Grammy awards, more than any other band or group. Their most recent album ‘Songs Of Experience’ (2017) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, setting the recently declared “Artist Of The Decade” (Pollstar Magazine) apart as the only band in history to have topped the chart in four successive decades, including eight albums that reached number one in the U.S.

U2X RADIO will launch in 2020 with the band themselves taking to the airwaves and will feature music from U2’s acclaimed decades-long career; never before heard interviews and live concert recordings; favourites and surprises from the archive; band curated playlists sharing personal influences both new and old; plus content celebrating their Dublin roots and much, much more.

Bono said – “Generally when I open my mouth people prefer if I’m singing, but on U2X RADIO, maybe they’ll forgive me the odd interruption…”

Adam Clayton said – “I’m not entirely sure what this is but what it isn’t is an opportunity to hear some bass solos… U2 24/7. Welcome to the last 43 years of my life.”

Larry Mullen said – “It all sounds exhausting to me but if people really want to listen to us for 24 hours a day, this is the way to do it.”

The Edge added – “So I get to sit around having a laugh with my musician friends and playing our favorite music. As I always say, I have the best job in the world!”

“U2 has unparalleled influence as musicians, social activists and global cultural icons. The band’s ability to evolve has enabled it to create a large and diverse library of hit songs, as well as four-plus decades’ worth of renowned live performances. U2X RADIO and the offering on Pandora will provide listeners new access and insights into one of the world’s most accomplished bands. We could not be more excited to welcome Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry to the SiriusXM family,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

U2 joins LeBron James’ UNINTERRUPTED, platinum recording artist Drake and comic book giant Marvel Entertainment in coming to SiriusXM and Pandora for exclusive content and access. They also join other iconic and leading artists who are featured on their own dedicated SiriusXM channels, such as Phish, Garth Brooks, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.


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Maroon 5 Announces 2020 North American Tour

Three-time GRAMMY® Award winning multiplatinum band Maroon 5 has announced dates for their upcoming 2020 U.S. tour produced by Live Nation. These upcoming tour dates mark the biggest U.S. shows of the band’s career, with the group playing iconic venues such as at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Citi Field and Banc of California Stadium. The band’s multi-country tour will kick off on May 30th at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. Leon Bridges will appear on all stadium dates. Meghan Trainor will appear on all show dates.

Most recently Maroon 5 released their latest single “Memories” to critical acclaim. Leon Bridges’ new collaborative EP with Khruangbin, Texas Sun will be released February 7th and the title track is out now. Meghan Trainor will release her anticipated third studio album entitled Treat Myself, coming January 31st on Epic Records.

Tickets for the tour are set to go on sale starting on Monday, December 9th and will be available to the public on Friday, December 13th. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more. Click HERE for LaneOne details. For more information, please see tour dates below and click HERE.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Monday, December 9th at 12pm local time through Thursday, December 12th at 10pm local time.

Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets in select markets beginning Monday, December 9th at 12pm local time until Thursday, December 12th at 10pm local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

The band’s tour announcement follows the debut of their most recent single, “Memories” (222 Records/ Interscope Records). The release of “Memories” marks the first new music from the Los Angeles band since the release of their global anthem “Girls Like You.” Produced by Adam Levine and The Monsters & Strangerz and Executive Produced by Jacob “J Kash” Hindlin, “Memories” marks a moment of creative and personal progression for the musicians. The minimalist ballad starkly pairs a lilting clean guitar with chantable and evocative lyrics from Levine. In addition to representing another sonic side, it tackles uncharted subject matter for the group— namely loss—but from a different angle.

Following its release, “Memories” quickly claimed Maroon 5’s 22nd appearance on Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40. The track is currently holding at peak position #4 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, their 10th Top 5, and their 12th Top 10 this decade; that includes at least one new song sent into the Top 10 each year since 2011. The track just reached #1 on Billboard Hot AC chart, their 14th #1 which is the most by any act. The David Dobkin directed music video has garnered over 185 million views on Youtube; pushing their video catalog to 12 BILLION views across all official channels on YouTube.

Check out the list of tour dates below:

May 31: Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion

June 3: Albuquerque, New Mexico – Isleta Amphitheater

June 5: Denver, Colorado – Pepsi Center

June 7: Austin, Texas – Austin360 Amphitheater

June 8: The Woodlands, Texas – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

June 10: Dallas – Dos Equis Pavilion

June 13: Chicago – Wrigley Field

June 14: Noblesville, Indiana – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

June 16: Clarkston, Michigan – DTE Energy Music Theatre

June 18: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Blossom Music Center

June 19: Burgettstown, Pennsylvania – KeyBank Pavilion

June 24: Boston – Fenway Park

June 25: Flushing, New York – Citi Field

June 27: Darien Center, New York – Darien Lake Amphitheater

June 28: Toronto – Budweiser Stage

Aug. 2: North Little Rock, Arkansas – Simmons Bank Arena

Aug. 4: Oklahoma City – Chesapeake Energy Arena

Aug. 6: Lincoln, Nebraska – Pinnacle Bank Arena

Aug. 8: Fargo, North Dakota – Fargodome

Aug. 9: St. Paul, Minnesota – Xcel Energy Center

Aug. 12: Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place

Aug. 14: Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

Aug. 15: Auburn, Washington – White River Amphitheatre

Aug. 17: Portland, Oregon – Moda Center

Aug. 19: Mountain View, California – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Aug. 21: Los Angeles – Banc of California Stadium

Aug. 24: Salt Lake City – USANA Amphitheatre

Aug. 27: Kansas City, Missouri – Sprint Center

Aug. 29: Maryland Heights, Missouri – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Aug. 30: Milwaukee – American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Sept. 1: Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center

Sept. 3: Camden, New Jersey – BB&T Pavilion

Sept. 5: Hershey, Pennsylvania – Hersheypark Stadium

Sept. 6: Saratoga Springs, New York – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sept. 9: Hartford, Connecticut – XFINITY Theatre

Sept. 11: Bristow, Virginia – Jiffy Lube Live

Sept. 12: Raleigh, North Carolina – Coastal Credit Union Music Park

Sept. 14: Charlotte, North Carolina – PNC Music Pavilion

Sept. 16: West Palm Beach, Florida – Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Sept. 17: Tampa, Florida – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre


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Lea Michele is Partnering Up to Produce a Brand-New Holiday Light Show

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. and iHeartMedia today announced that the annual Empire State Building holiday music-to-light show, presented by Kay Jewelers®, will feature Lea Michele’s brand-new song “Christmas in New York,” from her new album Christmas in The City.

“The Empire State Building’s annual holiday light show is an iconic part of the holiday landscape in New York City and across the globe,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, and CEO of ESRT. “This year, we are proud to partner with Kay Jewelers, along with our great partner on all our music-to-light shows, iHeartMedia, as we bring to life Lea Michele’s ‘Christmas in New York’ with our world-famous tower lights.”

Kay Jewelers will serve as presenting sponsor of this year’s holiday light show, bringing together the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry and the crown jewel of New York City, the Empire State Building.

“For more than 100 years, Kay Jewelers has been a part of countless holiday moments,” said Virginia C. Drosos, Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers, the parent company of Kay Jewelers. “We are thrilled to be presenting this year’s Empire State Building holiday light show, one of New York City’s most dazzling traditions, as people all around the globe gather to Celebrate Life and Express Love® to kick-off the holiday season.”

“Christmas in New York” is a new original track from Lea Michele’s first-ever holiday album Christmas in The City. Available everywhere now, Lea Michele’s Christmas in The City is an 11-track holiday collection inspired by the singer’s fond memories of growing up in New York City. Reuniting with Glee songwriters/producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom, the album features timeless hits like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” as well as star-studded collaborators handpicked by Lea, including fellow Glee alum Darren Criss, Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff and Broadway favorite Cynthia Erivo.

“As someone who was born and raised in New York City, lighting the iconic Empire State Building and having my holiday album be a part of that is a dream come true,” said Michele. “Christmas in The City is a love letter to my hometown of NYC, and I couldn’t be more honored to share it with the annual lighting tradition.”

The ESB music-to-light show is the perfect tree-topper to Empire State Building’s months-long celebration featuring classic holiday decorations in the Art Deco lobby, museum-quality displays in the Fifth Avenue lobby windows and special holiday touches in the 34th Street Observatory entrance. Visitors to the iconic landmark during the holiday season also experience surprise appearances by celebrities, a pianist playing a selection of holiday favorites and another year of beloved themed light shows.


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Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino and More Gain Support from Redrock Entertainment

Redrock Entertainment Services announced today its recent support of key initiatives for Post Malone, IMAX/Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover.

On November 2, Redrock produced Post Malone’s 2nd annual Posty Fest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to a sold-out crowd. The artist-curated festival featured Malone as headliner, along with Pharrell Williams, Jaden Smith, Meek Mill, Tyla Yaweh and others. According to its official website, Posty Fest featured “music, games, food, prizes, free stuff, giant things, jousting, limited merch, guitar smashing, and so much more.”

Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Film, was released exclusively in IMAX theatres on October 25, the same day as West’s ninth studio album, Jesus Is King. Redrock was enlisted by IMAX to run an exclusive four city pop-up tour to support the film. In just 48 hours, Redrock’s event production team assembled, designed and built a temporary IMAX theater experience with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.

No stranger to last-minute projects, in April, during a complex installation to debut the Donald Glover and Rihanna film Guava Island (Amazon Studios) at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Redrock was called upon to produce a Celebration of Life tribute for the late musical artist Nipsey Hussle at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Over 21,000 fans packed the arena on April 11 to pay their respects to the fallen star. Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has also enlisted Redrock to bring his Pharos Experience to life. A November 2018 event at Tapapakanga Regional Park in Orere, New Zealand featured a free-standing 160-foot dome, with 360-degree projected visuals and audio, creating an immersive virtual reality experience for his fans.

Adding to its string of current artist partnerships, Redrock will produce Pharrell Williams’ critically acclaimed Something in The Water festival next year along with Live Nation. The multi-day music and cultural experience, happening from April 20-26, 2020, has a mission to unite the community and celebrate the diversity of Williams’ hometown of Virginia Beach, VA.


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Laryngitis Causes Shawn Mendes to Cancel Concert

Doctor’s Orders. On Saturday, November 30th, Shawn Mendes has called off his São Paulo, Brazil, concert due to illness. The singer-songwriter had been diagnosed with laryngitis and a sinus infection and was unable to perform Saturday night.

Mendes’ next tour date is currently scheduled for December 3rd in Rio de Janeiro.

The superstar took to social media to break the news to his South American fans. “São Paulo, im so so sorry to have to tell you this, but today I woke up feeling ill, and went to the doctor, to find out I have laryngitis and a sinus infection which has caused swelling of my vocal cords.. It breaks my heart to do this but my doctors told me I can not perform tonight or it would risk long term damage to my voice. I love you all so much and apologize from the bottom of my heart as I wish I could be there on stage tonight. I promise I will make it up to you next time I’m back in South America. Te Amo.”

“Im so sorry,” he added in social media post.


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