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Johnny Marr Announces New UK Tour

Johnny MarrJohnny Marr has announced a UK solo tour.

The former Smiths musician is embarking on a series of live gigs this autumn, starting on October 13 in Lincoln and finishing up in Leeds on October 29. The guitarist is expected to play songs from his 2013 solo debut, The Messenger, as well as from his second album, which is due for release around the time of the tour. He will also no doubt be performing fan favorites from The Smiths' back catalogue of hits.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Friday.

Johnny recently told NME he was already back in the studio recording his new album, which boasts a London feel: "I think I've got all the songs written now. It's cool. It's got a real London feel, this album. I'm recording it down there at a studio near the river - I want to capture this busy, loud, very modern place."


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Dr. Dre Sells Beats for $3 Billion

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Industry News

Dr. DreDr. Dre has secured a deal to sell his Beats Music business to Apple for $3 billion, making him the richest artist in hip-hop.

The co-founder, who launched the headphones and streaming service with friend Jimmy Lovine, will leave Interscope, which he founded, to work with Apple alongside his business partner.

"I've always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple. The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple's unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple's deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special," Dre said, according to NME.com.

Dre could be set to become hip-hop's first billionaire after Apple announced they will buy the business for $2.6 billion, as well as spending $400 million "that will vest over time." Talking about the deal, which has been rumored for weeks, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said, "Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple. That's why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world."

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Taylor Swift Cancels Concert in Thailand

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Concerts / Tours, Country, Pop

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift has canceled her upcoming concert in Thailand due to the political unrest in the country.

The "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer was due to perform in Bangkok on June 9 but has decided to pull the plug on the show now the Far East nation is under military rule following the army's coup last week.

Taylor, 24, took to Twitter to express her regret over the canceled concert, tweeting, "I'm sending my love to the fans in Thailand. I'm so sad about the concert being canceled."

Concert promoter BEC-Tero posted a statement on its website confirming that Taylor would not be appearing in Bangkok. The statement revealed that "due to recent events in Thailand" the musician would not be coming to Bangkok but it was "a difficult decision for all parties."

The next stop on Taylor's Red Tour is the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, on May 30.


One Direction Announces 2015 Tour

One DirectionOne Direction have announced a new tour for 2015.

The "You & I" heartthrobs - who are currently on their Where We Are stadium world tour - are set to visit South Africa and the United Arab Emirates for the first time next year as part of their On the Road Again tour. The jaunt marks the group's second stadium tour and will kick off in Australia in February 2015 for their first shows in the country in two years.

The boys - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - will perform in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, before jetting off to Asia at the end of February for gigs in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. March will see the "Best Song Ever" hitmakers visit South Africa for the first time to perform two gigs at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, followed by a concert at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town. On April 4, 2015, the boy band will head to Dubai for their first gig in the country.

The busy stars recently kicked off their third world tour in South America and are due to begin the UK and Ireland leg this week. The latest tour will travel across Europe and North America over the summer, culminating in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 1.


Pink Floyd Hint at Reunion Tour

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Reunions, Rumors, Rock

Pink FloydPink Floyd fans are speculating the band could be set to tour again or release a new album.

The "Comfortably Numb" hitmakers have teased them by posting a countdown to a big announcement today on a website marking the 20th anniversary of their final record, The Division Bell.

Divisionbell20.com features a continuous clip of satellite images of the moon and urban landscapes to a soundtrack of Pink Floyd's music. The site has also teased the hashtag #TBD20, referencing the fact the band's last record was released two decades ago in March.

Members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason - who haven't performed together publicly since the Live 8 benefit show in 2005 - briefly reunited during Waters' The Wall tour stop at London's O2 Arena but they have previously hinted at the possibility of a reunion.

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Maroon 5 Announces New Album and Tour

Maroon 5Maroon 5 will release their new album V in September.

The "Moves Like Jagger" hitmakers have spent the last year recording material for their fifth album in Los Angeles, California and they've now announced that it will be available later this year. The Grammy award-winning band has also confirmed that they will be releasing a new single this summer before the album's release in the autumn.

Keyboardist Jesse Carmichael has been reunited with band members Adam Levine, Mickey Madden, James Valentine and Matt Flynn following his hiatus from the group while they recorded their fourth album Overexposed.

The band - who have also signed a worldwide tour deal with Live Nation and are expected to announce tour dates in the coming weeks - worked with producers Max Martin, One Republic's Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Shellback and Sam Martin on V.

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Paul McCartney Cancels Japanese Tour

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Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney has been forced to cancel his Japanese tour due to illness.

The former Beatle is believed to have contracted a virus and has scrapped the two remaining dates on his Out There Japan Tour 2014 - a gig at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo, where the band first during their first Japan tour in 1966, and a concert at Yanmar Stadium in Osaka.

A message on the 71-year-old star's website states that doctors have ordered him to have a "complete rest." Promoters Kyodo Tokyo said in a statement that Paul "will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable."

The star is reportedly "upset" about the situation as "he has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career" and hates disappointing fans. A statement from Paul on his website reads, "Thank you so much for your kind messages of support. I'm so very touched. Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I'd be feeling better today. I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down."


Culture Club Announce First Tour in 15 Years

Culture ClubCulture Club has announced their first tour in 15 years.

The band - fronted by Boy George - will play 11 UK dates and will also head back into the studio to record new material with producer Youth, who has worked with Paul McCartney, The Verve and Embrace, for an album to be released early in 2015.

The "Karma Kameleon" hitmakers - Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Jon Moss and Boy George - sold in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million albums, and were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s. They achieved seven Top 10 hits in the UK and also had big success in American and Australia. Culture Club were also the first group since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album.

Boy George also recently released his first solo album is 20 years, This Is What I Do, and said being sober for six years has helped him to focus more on his career: "Certainly being sober clears things up, it gets rid of all the cobwebs in the clouds and you start to think about things in a more professional, functional manner. It's more a question of following my instincts. As an artist, you just follow what you feel, and it felt like the right time."


Foo Fighters Announce Documentary About New Album

Foo FightersThe Foo Fighters will star in a documentary following the making of their new album.

The five-piece band have announced an eight-part TV series airing on HBO and directed by the band's frontman Dave Grohl. Each episode will follow the "Rope" rockers' journey to a different US city - Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington DC and New York - where they'll visit legendary studios to record tracks for their eighth album.

The documentary will act as a follow up to Dave's award-winning directorial debut Sound City which followed the history of the recording studio Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California and opened to commercial and critical acclaim in January last year.

"Dave's heartfelt passion for this project is contagious and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable. We are excited to go on this journey with him and the Foo Fighters for this insider's look at how regional music inspired them to create their own new music," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming.

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Bob Dylan Working on New Album

Bob DylanBob Dylan is working on a new album.

The 72-year-old singer has treated fans on his website bobdylan.com by posting a cover of Frank Sinatra's Full Moon & Empty Hearts, which will reportedly be featured on his 36th studio album.

A spokesperson for the musician told Rolling Stone, "This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year," which will be the follow-up to Tempest, which was released in 2012.

The song was written by Ted Mossmann and Buddy Kaye and was based around Sergei Rachmaninoff's 1901 composition "Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor." However, Sinatra made the song famous and Dylan's version can now be streamed on his site.

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