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POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 3:56 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Stevie Wonder (Born Stevland Hardaway Morris) performs on Day 2 of the Calling Festival at Clapham Common on June 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie (Getty Images)

“Isn’t She Lovely,” “Sir Duke,” “I Wish” — all from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 landmark album “Songs in the Key of Life,” which will be getting the live concert treatment on Wonder’s upcoming tour.

Adapting the legendary album for the road, Songs in the Key of Life Performance brings the Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, Nov. 16, the fifth stop in an 11-city trek.

Purchase your tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, or if you’re a Citi card member, get your presale, beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:21 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Ariana Grande performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on June 27, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Getty Images for Clear Channel)

She’s definitely got one less problem now. Nickelodeon star turned pop princess Ariana Grande announced her first headlining tour, making a stop locally at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, March 12.

Set your alarms for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 — that’s when tickets for the Honeymoon Tour officially hit the market. Though, if you’re an Ariana Grande fan club member or Live Nation VIP member, you’ll have access to a presale running Monday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 19. Citi card members get their own presale on Tuesday, Sept. 19 starting at 4 p.m.

This announcement follows the release of her sophomore album, “My Everything,” currently sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a Best Pop Video VMA win and performance, and two Teen Choice Award category triumphs: Choice Female Artist and Choice Single.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 9:54 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 11: John Mellencamp performs onstage at ACL Live on April 11, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dustin Finkelstein/Getty Images)

Get your 2015 concert calendar ready: John Mellencamp is coming to town. The Grammy winner embarks on an impressive 80-date tour starting in January but won’t make it to Philadelphia until next summer.  

The Plain Spoken tour makes a stop at the Merriam Theatre on Tuesday, June 16, with tickets up for sale on Friday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m.

Citi card members can get their hands on presale tickets from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 through 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Singer CeeLo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, attends a hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court House on August 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)

Singer/rapper CeeLo Green has lost another big gig in light of his controversial comments about rape.

The singer had been due to perform at the BayFest Music Festival in Mobile, Alabama on October 4, but event CEO Bobby Bostwick has since axed Green's set after the star posted a series of Twitter.com comments, implying women who are unconscious during a sexual assault cannot cry rape.

Green made the ill-advised remarks on September 1, days after pleading no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy with an ex-girlfriend, who had accused him of slipping her the drug during a 2012 dinner date and then having sex with her.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:18 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Bono of U2 performs onstage during the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala. (Getty Images for J/P Haitian Rel)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Apple is giving away U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," for free on its iTunes store through Oct. 13. 

The company made the announcement after the band performed at the company's press event, where it unveiled larger iPhones and the first Apple Watch, its foray into the wearable tech market.

Apple is offering the U2 album to every iTunes customer in 119 countries.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 4:01 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Usher, Usher performs live in concert on NBC's 'Today' show as part of their Toyota Summer Concert Series. (Dan Jackman/WENN.com)

R&B superstar Usher has removed his forthcoming album from the 2014 release schedule in a bid to spend more time perfecting the project.

The singer had been expected to unveil "UR", his eighth studio disc, by the year's end to accompany his upcoming tour, "The UR Experience", but he has since decided to delay its release.

He tells Billboard.com, "The album isn't scheduled anymore. I've basically taken it back. I'm taking my time with it. At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio (and) go with how you feel."

POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Cruisr performs at Made in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, August 31, 2014. (Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com)

Another Made in America has come and gone, and we’ve finally recovered from the rain and general epicness. We had a great time running around like crazy people, and seeing local acts like Pissed Jeans and Cruisr alongside big names like Kanye.

But what was the experience like for the bands playing the festival? We talked to a few of the local acts on the roster — about security, free beer, and what they felt they gained (or lost!) as a result of the festivities.

Overall, most of the bands I talked to had a great time: “The festival was awesome, easily one of the most meaningful and exciting sets [of our career] thus far,” says DeQuincy Coleman-McRae, otherwise known as “Moosh,” from local hip-hop OCD: Moosh & Twist. 

POSTED: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:41 PM
Singer/Songwriter Miranda Lambert headlines Country Thunder USA - Day 2 on July 25, 2014 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)

Miranda Lambert works the same thematic turf about growing up and growing older in rural America as her (almost entirely male) competitors atop the country charts. She just does it way better than they do.

The Texas songwriter’s show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday wasn’t perfect. She did falter during “Over You,” a banal power ballad that does not play to her strengths, and “Automatic,” an admittedly catchy weak link on her formidable new album Platinum that goes in for an easy nostalgia that Lambert is usually too tough minded to fall for.

But other than that, Lambert’s hour and half show before an amphitheater full of thoroughly stoked country fans was a model of consistency and intelligence.

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