Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:20 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Rapper Wiz Khalifa speaks onstage at the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards and Festival on March 13, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images for MTV)

A hip-hop heavy lineup has just been announced for this year’s “Under the Influence of Music” summer tour. Wiz Khalifa (the tour's originator), Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan will perform at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA on Thursday, July 24 and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Friday, July 25.  Supporting acts include Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU!, and DJ Drama.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25 at 4:20 p.m. – clever. Today, fans can RSVP to get early access to presale tickets that will become available on Thursday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time. All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a digital copy of Wiz Khalifa’s forthcoming new album Blacc Hollywood. Mobile users can text “LNAPP” to 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app (available for iOS and Android).

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets available now through Citi’s Private Pass Program. Details can be found here.


POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:24 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Katy Perry as "Yosef Shulem" in the teaser video for her new single 'Birthday.' (via YouTube)

Katy Perry’s teaser for her new music video ‘Birthday’ is generating a lot of buzz. That’s because the ‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer is nowhere to be found in the clip. Instead, she plays a slew of characters from a male Jewish bar mitzvah host to an alcoholic birthday clown.

Perry is known for her playful, imaginative songs and videos but ‘Birthday’ just might (wait for it…) take the cake.

Funny as it may be, Perry is in a bit of hot water for a joke she told during the clip while disguised as Yosef Shulem, the bar mitzvah emcee. The joke involved a rabbi and circumcision and was exacerbated by Perry’s already over-the-top, stereotypical portrayal of a Jewish man.


POSTED: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 3:36 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The singer released a surprise new single on Friday just before midnight. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File)

After reaching an agreement with Warner Bros. Records earlier this week in which he owns the rights to music he recorded while under the label, Prince released a surprise single Saturday called ‘The Breakdown.’

The single comes on the heels of Prince’s announcement about a new studio album in the works and a new partnership with Warner Bros.

Most recently the pop idol guest starred on an episode of ‘New Girl’ on Fox where he and Zooey Deschanel debuted a song called ‘FALLINLOVE2NITE.’ Prince had also been featured on an album he recorded with his band 3RDEYEGIRL in February.


POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:19 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Andre Johnson, a.k.a. Christ Bearer. (Photo via Facebook)

I think that headline just about sums it up. TMZ is reporting that L.A. rapper Andre Johnson, who is affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan, attempted alleged suicide by jumping off of a second story balcony Wednesday morning, after he had cut off his own penis.

After receiving a phone call, police arrived at a North Hollywood apartment building at 1 AM and found Johnson lying on the sidewalk in critical condition… without his Johnson. But as Gawker put it, “The status of his penis is unknown.”

Andre, who goes by the name Christ Bearer, is part of the rap duo Northstar. Wu-Tang member RZA discovered the group in 1998 outside of L.A. radio station The Beat. 

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:51 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
"It's such an iconic city. It's time, and I have a long relationship and love affair with the City of Philadelphia," said Jay-Z in 2012 when first announcing the annual festival.

The rumors are true!

On Wednesday, April 16 in Los Angeles, Jay Z, alongside L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced that the Budweiser Made in America Festival will not only take place in Philadelphia this year, but in Los Angeles as well.


POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:40 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
(Top L-R) Finalists Jessica Meuse, Dexter Roberts, Jena Irene, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Emily Piriz, Ben Briley, Kristen O'Connor (Bottom L-R) Caleb Johnson, Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf, Majesty Rose and C.J. Harris attends FOX's "American Idol XIII" finalists party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

This summer, the top ten finalists from the latest season of American Idol will go on a 41-city tour, stopping at Philadelphia’s Mann Center on Tuesday, July 15

This major concert event gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with season 13 finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, May 9.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:38 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Beyonce, left, and Jay-Z perform "Drunk in Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

It seems very likely! Page Six reports that the musical power couple might be heading out on a 20-city U.S. tour together beginning in June. 

Jay Z and Beyoncé recently wrapped up their own solo stadium tours, in support of their new albums, and the two frequently collaborated on each other’s latest tracks, including “Drunk in Love” and “Part II (On The Run).” 

One of the dates will bring them to New York City on July 4.



POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to the Beatles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles epic arrival into the music world. On Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling “Classical Mystery Tour” for a symphony show all about Liverpool’s most exciting export.

From their earliest sounds all the way through their solo careers, the Orchestra will perform more than two-dozen songs in the style that they were originally recorded.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the musical scores note-for-note from Beatles recordings, will conduct with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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