Elton John helms Music Midtown, Joni Mitchell improving, musicians react to marriage equality ruling
Elton John will headline this fall’s Music Midtown, marking the first time the iconic singer/pianist has performed a full concert in his occasional hometown of Atlanta, GA. Other acts on the bill include Drake, Van Halen and Sam Smith.
The Who wind down, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones surprise NYC, Taylor Swift on iTunes
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend revealed he'll likely be done with the band after this year, though he plans to continue collaborating with lead singer Roger Daltrey. Townshend told Mojo magazine recently that he believes the legendary band will call it a day this year.
Beyonce headlines Made in America, Smashing Pumpkins return, Whitney Houston's daughter in hospice
Beyonce will headliner her husband’s own festival, Budweiser’s Made in America, in Philadelphia in September alongside co-headliner The Weeknd. Other performers on the books include J. Cole, Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, Big Sean, Santigold, Future, Banks, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, DJ Mustard and Nick Jonas, among others.
Rick Ross denied bond, Lady Gaga channels Van Halen
Rick Ross has been denied bond after being charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The arrest warrant states Ross allegedly assaulted Jonathan Zamudio with a handgun on June 7 and forced him to stay in a guest house on Ross's property. The victim suffered jaw and neck injuries, two chipped teeth, and multiple scratches and contusions.
Kacey Musgraves is bringing her sparkly cowboy boots to stages worldwide this summer and fall in support of her new album "Pageant Material." The tour kicks off Aug. 27 in Atlanta and will hit six countries before wrapping up Nov. 22 in Amsterdam.
Sean Combs arrested, Dixie Chicks to hit Europe, Journey raises money
Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested Monday (6/22) at a UCLA athletic complex on charges of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly had a "violent confrontation" with his son’s football coach. Combs’ spokeswoman said reports that Combs was the aggressor are inaccurate, as he was actually defending himself with a cast iron kettlebell.
Arrests at Chesney concert, Little Big Town pauses tour, Tove Lo tours
More than 250 people were ejected from the Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean concert Saturday (6/20) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, due to unlawful conduct at a public event and resisting arrest. Alcohol factored into the arrests of 25 people, and police confiscated tickets from at least 125 others.
Brooks and Yearwood surprise Opry, Foo Fighters delay, The Who adds dates
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise visit to the Grand Ole Opry stage last Friday (6/19). Introduced by Vince Gill, Yearwood joked, "I didn’t have a chance to bring my band or call them or anything, but luckily, I live with a Grand Ole Opry member, so if you all would welcome my guitar player tonight -- my husband, Mr. Garth Brooks."
Taylor Swift prompts change, Paisley duets, Def Leppard faces cancer
Apple will now pay labels for the rights to stream their music as it offers a free, 90-day trial for its new product. Apple officials announced the change after pop-country darling Taylor Swift penned a letter to the technology company, writing that the move to not pay artists was "disappointing."