That post title–it’s like music to your ears. Justin Timberlake and ”Suit & Tie” featured artist Jay-Z are headlining a tour together. The “Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour” starts July 17 in Toronto and ends August 17 in Miami travelling through a total of 12 North American venues (the others include New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hershey, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia). Tickets go on sale next week on Thursday, February 28 at Ticketmaster.com; if you RSVP to the event on Facebook you can gain access to presale tickets one day earlier. Also, if you obtain tickets using the Live Nation app you can snag tix on the 27th as well. All dates excluding the stop at Yankee Stadium will be available to the general public starting 2/28; New York sale information is “to be announced soon.” Jump after the break to view all the tour dates.
In addition to a summer tour, JT is exposing his brand in other ways. On March 9 he’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live for the fifth (!) time and he’ll also be serving as the evening’s musical guest. And from March 11 through 15 he’ll be featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
For the first time since 2008′s admittedly awesome change-of-pace effort Folie à Deux, Fall Out Boy is reuniting for another record dubbed Save Rock and Roll. The lead single off their fifth studio album is the very wordy “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” and I’m happy to report that it’s way different from their previous material. Not that their first few albums were bad, but they were able to successfully revitalize their brand by going in a new direction with Folie à Deux so it stands to chance that Save Rock and Roll will do the same in 2013. “Light Em Up” is indeed an eclectic track that borrows inspiration from hip hop, hair-metal, and the group’s roots in alternative punk/pop rock. It all layers on top of each other nicely; longtime FOB fans should accept it with arms wide open and newcomers to the once overly emo punk band will be surprised to hear something unexpected.
Listen to the track in a fiery music video featuring rapper 2 Chainz in appearance only after the break.
Download “Light Em Up” at iTunes today. Save Rock and Roll releases in a few months on May 6, the same day in 2003 when Fall Out Boy dropped their debut album Take This To Your Grave. They are also going on tour from May 14 to June 30; check out the dates on their site.
It’s been ten years, FOB fans. Are you excited to hear more? (Click here for more…)
Louie Louie Louie Louieeeeeee. Sing it. You know you want to.
Tonight stand-up comedian Louis C.K. returns to your television screen in his highly lauded comedy Louie. The season three premiere is called “Something is Wrong” and the log line goes like this: “Louie has a challenging day.” This has got to be good. As you should be used to by now, C.K. wrote, directed, and edited the episode; you will see his name plastered all over the opening credits throughout the 13-episode season. He hit a high point in last year’s war-themed “Duckling,” and he’s still red hot following the massive success that was Live at the Beacon Theatre. Expect a bunch of guest stars to pop up throughout the season including Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and fellow comedians Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld (the latter will help carry a three episode arc towards the end of the season).
Louie airs Thursday nights at 10:30PM on FX. Also premiering tonight on the cable network is the return of Charlie Sheen in Anger Management (9PM) and Wilfred season 2 (10PM).
In related news, C.K. is going on tour again soon. It starts on October 3 in Cleveland, OH and comes to a close on February 1 in Washington, DC. He’s following his previous means of success (read: Live at the Beacon Theatre) by directly selling tickets to his fans through his website. Tickets go for $45, no fees, no annoying emails.
In a blog post he explained, “Making my shows affordable has always been my goal but two things have always worked against that. High ticket charges and ticket re-sellers marking up the prices. Some ticketing services charge more than 40% over the ticket price and, ironically, the lower I’ve made my ticket prices, the more scalpers have bought them up, so the more fans have paid for a lot of my tickets.” He continued, “By selling the tickets exclusively on my site, I’ve cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.” And he means business. “Also, you’ll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money). this is something I intend to enforce. There are some other rules you may find annoying but they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice the price from a thousand miles away.”
Update: He did it again, only this time he did it faster. According to the AP, Louis sold 100,000 tickets and raked in $4.5 million in sales in 45 hours. He shared his excitement in a tweet: “I guess it was a good idea.”
After releasing his new EP Live Is A Four Letter Word (out now) and his fourth studio album Love Is A Four Letter Word (out April 17), wordplay wizard Jason Mraz will be going on tour around the world. Can you guess what his next international adventure is called? That’s right: “Tour Is A Four Letter Word.” It kicks off June 8 in South Korea and in that month Mraz will also touch down in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. In July he will make his way to the US of A starting with the Aloha State. Through October he will stop at various destinations in America and Canada. During the backend of his tour (November, ending December 1) he will journey around Europe showing up in France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, Germany, Belgium, and the UK.
After the break you’ll find a listing of the tour dates. Tickets go on sale this month. Also posted is a video featuring Mr. A-Z formally announcing the tour to his worldwide fans; in it he reveals that American singer-songwriter Christina Perri will be joining him during the August 9 to October 7 North American leg of the tour.
It has been confirmed that Ryan Murphy and company will not be putting on a Glee concert this year. After spending the past two summers entertaining Gleeks around the nation in the Glee Live! In Concert! tour, the McKinley High students are taking a well deserved break (a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, to be exact) between season 3 and (the still not yet announced) season 4 of the hit FOX musical dramedy. But fear not die-hard Gleeks; Glee producers are planning a one-off benefit concert to take place this fall at the Hollywood Bowl to raise money for the arts education charity Glee Give a Note. Though ratings have been on a decline this year, Glee co-creator Murphy has made it apparent that he has exciting plans for the future of the show. Expect FOX to make an announcement concerning Glee‘s fate this spring.
Kanye West & Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour kicked off last week on Friday in Atlanta, and so did their all-access pass website called VOYR. The Throne teamed with ad agency GlobalHue to create a video-based portal that gives fans inside access to behind the scenes during the length of the 26-city tour. The cost of entry is $4.99/month, and according to Complex that gives you “a 720-degree look of the stage, rehearsals, personal exercise routines, an exclusive Kanye documentary, and an animated series based on Kanye’s Runaway film.” Five episodes of behind the scenes footage will be uploaded to VOYR each week. Visit VOYR to watch a couple previews and you’ll find a link to sign up and subscribe there, too. Paying anything to view BTS footage from a music tour might be steep for most people, but if you consider yourself to be a big fan of Kanye and Jay-Z’s collaborative effort and missed out on purchasing tickets for the tour, this kind of exclusive content should do you some good.
For those of you who couldn’t make the Glee Live! In Concert! tour, you won’t want to miss the upcoming 3D Concert Movie that’s packed with the tour’s musical numbers and behind-the-scenes action. The Kevin Tancharoen-directed 3D flick hits theatres August 12.
I just can’t get enough of that mini Warbler!
It’s all coming together now.
Last Thursday Kanye West and Jay-Z released the second Watch the Throne single “Otis” onto the ‘Net. Preview it at Kanye’s website and download it at iTunes. The soulful single (featuring a classic Otis Redding sample) follows the previously released regal symphonic piece ”H*A*M.” Check out the cover design by Ricardo Tisci of Givenchy after the break.
And now we know exactly when the collaborative album is set to release. Watch the Throne–both the standard set and the deluxe version containing 4 additional tracks–will release digitally on August 8. You can preorder the digital copy at iTunes today. The album will release in physical form four days later on August 12. But read the fine print: the physical standard set releases everywhere on the 12th, and the physical deluxe version will release exclusively in Best Buy stores on that same day. The deluxe version will will be sold everywhere else starting later in the month on August 22. Got it? Good.
To add more excitement to the mix, the rap king and his mighty apprentice are readying a Watch the Throne tour to promote the upcoming album. Together ‘Ye and Z will be known as “The Throne” and the tour is set to kick off September 22 in Auburn Hills, MI. Though a tour schedule has been released, due to overwhelming demand the duo has decided to add additional shows to the tour; once the updated schedule is released on Monday, August 1 check back here to see if they’ll be visiting your city. The presale date is August 2 at 10AM location time (the password is WWT) and public sales begin the following Monday, August 8. Tickets will be made available through TicketMaster and LiveNation.
Google is the king of search. But when it comes to social networking…well, we only have to look at Wave (an experiment that failed) and Buzz (a Twitter competitor that never caught on) for that answer. With Google+, the search giant takes aim at Facebook and it wants to become the destination for socializing with the people you know and the ones you’ll make down the road. The Google+ Project is currently in “Field Test” mode meaning that the company is still working out the kinks and tweaking and adding features to the service while a small selection of users try it out. The project is by invitation-only, and I was able to snag an invite earlier today. Read on after the break as I take you on a tour through the interface and the handful of features the service currently offers.
The Glee kids are kicking off their second nationwide Glee Live! In Concert! tour later this month. If you missed out on purchasing tickets, Twentieth Century Fox and Glee creator Ryan Murphy have plans to make things right. This summer a feature film based on the concert will hit theatres and they’re going to call it GLEE LIVE! 3D! (so many exclamation points!). The film will comprise of the tour’s musical numbers, including the memorable “Don’t Stop Believin’” cover, and some behind-the-scenes action. It’ll all be captured in three dimensions, with director Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and producer Ryan Murphy calling the shots.
Says Murphy: “This tour was all about going out and performing for our amazing fans who have supported our show from the beginning, but due to the limited time we had to travel during our hiatus, there were only so many cities we could get to before we had to resume work on the television series. We knew that not every fan who wanted to attend a concert would get that opportunity. Now, thanks to our friends at Twentieth Century Fox Film, we’ll be able to bring the concert experience to movie theaters across the country in full three dimensional glory. We promise every passionate ‘Gleek’ a cinematic experience that will have them singing and dancing in the aisles.”
The concert film releases August 12 and will remain in theatres for a limited two-week run…that will likely be extended due to the hit FOX show’s rabid fanbase.
Sony Style is a thing of the past. On April 1 Sony opened to the public the very first, totally redesigned Sony retail experience in Los Angeles and they’re calling–drumroll, please–the Sony Store. The press release details the new design quite nicely:
The new store was designed in collaboration with Klein Dytham architecture (KDa). It features a bright, open, inviting space, with products displayed on tables so that consumers can personally interact and engage with them like they would in a home environment. The layout of the store is flexible, with movable interior walls and changeable color schemes so that it can be adapted and reconfigured to highlight specific products, services, or content to engage and delight customers with fresh experiences each time they return.
The wide open store packs some really cool electronics, all made by Sony of course. Inside you’ll be able to interact with 3DTVs, 3D-capable Vaio laptops, PS3 games (with Move), digital cameras, Google TV, and so on and so forth. You’ll also spot the RayModeler, “a futuristic 360-degree display prototype that projects a 3D image that can be seen from all angles.” In the music section you can test out the Walkman and compare sound with Sony’s catalog of headphones; customers are allowed to test out the headphones on the Walkmans and their personal MP3 players. The TV section is walled with the latest and greatest Sony HDTVs and what’s neat is that every set’s price and specs are digitally labeled in the right-hand corner of each screen. And then there’s The Cube, a personal home theater dumped in the middle of the store.
The new Sony Store sounds like tech heaven, doesn’t it? Watch the video above to get a feel for the new design, and if you live in LA you can experience it first-hand by visiting the first rebranded store which is located at the Westfield Century City mall. In time all Sony Style retail locations will switch over to the new moniker, and the company plans on unleashing these new retail experiences nationwide and internationally after gaining customer feedback from the LA launch. Official PR after the break.
Glee‘s Will Schuester has an album coming up, so the man’s gotta promote his solo debut with a nation-wide tour, right? His summer tour begins Saturday, June 18 in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre, hits major cities like Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and San Diego, then wraps up Saturday, July 23 at LA’s Nokia Theatre. All tour locations and dates are listed after the break. Presales begin today for AMEX cardholders and tix go on sale for the general public on April 15 at 10AM. On tour Matt Morrison will perform songs from his upcoming self-titled album (which lands May 10), in addition to cover songs he’s performed on the FOX show. What’s even cooler is that he is getting local school glee clubs to vie to become his opening act; more details here.
Bonus! Look after the break to watch a Funny or Die video starring Morrison and his Glee co-star Jane Lynch.
If you couldn’t pick up on the not-so-subtle hint in this cryptic teaser released in late February, the exciting news has been made official today: Kanye West will perform at the South by Southwest music festival. The last time West made an appearance at the Austin, Texas event was back in 2009 when he took the stage at the Fader Fort venue with G.O.O.D. Music artists Mr. Hudson, Consequence, and Big Sean. This year he’ll be performing at the VEVO Power Station. Guests have not been revealed, but you can expect featured artists on Ye’s latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to tag along (Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Rick Ross please!). It all goes down Saturday, March 19 at midnight. If you’re not at the event don’t fret–it will stream live online so make sure to check back here for the link.
Today Chelsea Handler, host of E!’s Chelsea Lately, announced a new 19-date stand-up tour that’s slated to begin May 10, the same day her next book hits store shelves. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, the book and tour title, will feature Lately comedians Brad Wollack, Josh Wolf, and Heather McDonald. The tour begins in May at Boston’s Agganis Arena and wraps on June 25 at Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Tickets go on sale February 18 at Ticketmaster. Hop after the break to see the tour dates.
Gleeks, get this: New Directions is going on tour again! Here’s the scoop. The Glee Live! In Concert! North American concert tour will star 13 Glee cast members and they include Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine). The latter two cast members are the newest additions to the concert lineup. They will perform hit songs from the first two season’s of the FOX show including “Empire State of Mind,” “Toxic,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “It’s My Life,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The tour kicks off May 21 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Event Center and will travel to 16 locations around the country through June 18 when it will end in Uniondale, New York at Nassau Coliseum. Look after the break for the full listing of tour dates. The previously announced Glee European tour will follow in late June.
Says Glee creator Ryan Murphy: “The cast and I were so moved by the love and enthusiasm of our fans at last year’s concerts that we knew we had to do it again. There is something magical about thousands of ‘Gleeks’ coming together to share a special night with our cast, and this tour is one way we can thank them for their unbelievable support from the beginning.”
Here’s how to snag tickets to the event. If you’re an AMEX cardholder you’ll have access to an exclusive presale beginning Friday, February 11 at 10AM. Tickets go on sale to the general public for most cities on Saturday, February 19 at 10AM. (Here are the other stipulations: tickets for the Boston concert go on sale Friday, Feb. 18 at 10AM; Toronto goes on sale Friday, Feb. 18 at noon; and Sacramento goes on sale Saturday, Feb. 19 at noon.) All tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster. And if last time taught us anything, it’s that getting tix to a Glee concert is a crapshoot; within seconds virtually all venues were sold out. Have the site loaded up with your finger on the submit button at 9:59AM and godspeed.
Matthew Morrison’s album with substance is almost here, and the Glee star recently spilled the beans that he will be headlining a world tour to promote the album’s release. Rehearsals begin later this month and the tour will kick off in April just as the FOX sensation goes on its hiatus. Exact dates and locations have yet to be specified but Morrison promises that he’s “gonna go all over the world.” And what’s the story on the much anticipated solo album? “We’re almost done,” he says. “We have like two more songs to record and then it’s off to the mixing stages. I’m really really happy with it and I can’t wait for people to hear it as well.” It’s expected to hit stores this May.
Prepare for the ‘Walking Dead’ zombie invasion, coming to a city near you! [Update: video compilation]
Can you believe it!? The highly anticipated TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic book The Walking Dead is set to premiere this weekend! To promote the upcoming series premiere, AMC and Fox International Channels have teamed up to stage real live “zombie attacks” in 26 cities around the world over a 24-hour period. Inspired by the show’s makeup artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of undead extras will begin the invasion tomorrow, October 26 at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong. After speading the outbreak to major landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, and the Acropolis in Athens, the zombies will end their spree in Los Angeles, just in time for the big LA premiere event. Look after the break for a full listing of the promotional zombie tour stops.
The Walking Dead premieres this Sunday, October 31 at 9PM on AMC.
Update: Jump after the break to watch an “Invasion Compilation” of the day’s events. Hundreds of zombies literally roamed cities all around the globe–and they looked very convincing! Unfortunately no one was harmed in the filming. Want to see more? Head over to the FICTheWalkingDead YouTube channel to watch more footage categorized by city and time of day.
With his highly anticipated TBS show looming on the horizon, Conan O’Brien is readying two comedy albums for his most loyal fans. The first record, “Conan O’Brien Live at Third Man”, is a live LP that features “an amazing set of rock and roll tunes and hilarity” and includes performances by Conan and The Legally Prohibited Band (from his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour), 7 Nation Army, and The White Stripes’ Jack White duet with Conan of Eddie Cochran’s 20 Flight Rock. This 12″ vinyl is available to purchase today. The second record “And They Call Me Mad” is a 7″ vinyl; the A side features a improvisational spoken word take on the Frankenstein legend, and the B side is an interview with Conan conduced by Jack White. This record is due out August 24. Both of them were recorded at Third Man Records (founded by White) in Nashville, Tennessee during his stop there on tour. A blog post on the TeamCoco website describes the studio session:
Conan blazed through a rocking setlist of stuff from our Legally Prohibited show – as well as a few other jams that we’ve never done! The energy in the room was incredible: The band lit by a dim red light, the hot Nashville air thick with excitement; the room packed to capacity – it was a scene the likes of which I’ve never experienced. I could totally see this show being something that happened outside under a tent in the South in the 50′s. A very, very cool vibe.
And that marks the end of the interview + hands-on content. Now it’s time for the booth tours! On the last day of E3 2010 I decided to hit record on my camcorder and capture the highlights of almost every booth on the show floor. I did it so you can get a real sense of how each booth was set up and what it all looked like from the perspective of an attendee. Sure E3 is all about the games, but game studios put a ton of effort into making extravagant booths to attract those in attendance; the booths (and requisite booth babes) play a big part in making E3, well, what it has come to be. No, there’s nothing like actually being there and speaking with all the developers and playing all the games. But the following videos and pictures will bring you pretty darn close to the action.
Here’s how the booth tour posts are set up. You’ll find an embedded YouTube video at the top; this video will contain 2-3 booth tours. Below you will see various picture galleries separated by company. Next to each company’s name I hand-picked the most popular games featured at that booth. And that’s it, really. So go ahead and dive into this first one here–it’s Microsoft and Sony, two of the biggest booths on campus.
Microsoft: Kinect games, Fable III, Crackdown 2, Halo: Reach, Gears of War 3
Sony: PlayStation Move games, SOCOM 4, LittleBigPlanet 2, Twisted Metal, Killzone 3