Janet Jackson To Resume Touring in 2017
Janet Jackson recently announced that she’s postponing dates on her Unbreakable Tour, but fans hopefully won’t have to wait too long to see her live.
Just a couple days after the singer cited plans to start a family with her husband, Wissam Al Mana, as the reason for the tour postponement, Live Nation released a statement (via Us Weekly): “The Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour in North America will be postponed until 2017. New dates will be announced at a later time, and tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at the point of purchase. Stay tuned to JanetJackson.com and LiveNation.com for further info.”
Jackson posted a link to the news article on social media, confirming the report.
"We're in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change. I thought it was important that you be the first to know," Jackson had previously said in a video posted on Twitter. "My husband and I are planning our family. I'm gonna have to delay the tour. Please if you can try and understand that it's important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor's orders."
"I can't wait for us to get started again,” she added.
Coldplay Adds Arena Shows To Tour
In what is shaping up as one of the biggest tours of 2016, Coldplay has announced the addition of 12 North American arena dates to their summer A Head Full Of Dreams world tour. The arena shows augment the previously announced stadium dates already on-sale, most of which are at, or near, sellout.
Coldplay, currently playing to sold out stadiums in South America, added arenas in Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis, Denver, Louisville, Columbus, Buffalo, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City to the tour. The North American leg, produced by Live Nation under the direction of Ryan McElrath, begins on July 16-17 at New York City’s MetLife Stadium. Stadium markets, in addition to New York, include Chicago (two shows), Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles (two shows), Dallas, and San Francisco. Singer/songwriter Alessia Cara will join the tour as a special guest.
The stadium dates in America are Saturday night plays (except where second nights were added), and the arena dates are during the week. This not only keeps the crew busy and revenue flowing as Coldplay makes its way across America, but, more importantly, allows Coldplay to return to many markets where it has history, according to manager Dave Holmes. “We’ve always played a lot of markets in America, so we try to hit as many markets as we can,” Holmes tells Billboard. “This ‘stadium on the weekends and arenas during the week' model enables us to try to play to as much of our fan base as possible.”
Ticket prices top out at less than $200, below what the top-level superstar acts are currently charging at the high end -- which is by design, Holmes says. “We have always charged a reasonable ticket price, yet delivered a world class production,” says Holmes. “On this tour, there is a price point for everyone. We even have a $27.50 ticket.”
Coldplay’s previous tour was Mylo Xyloto in 2011-2012, which grossed $187 million and moved 2.2 million tickets to 77 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore.
A stadium-level act in most of the rest of the world, Coldplay will embark on a stadium run in North America for the first time this summer, which Holmes attributes to his being somewhat “risk-adverse” in plotting previous tours. “On this tour, I knew we were ready to do stadiums in America,” says Holmes. “To be honest, I think we were ready on the last tour, but I have to be 100 percent we can sell every last ticket in every building we play. This band does not like to see empty seats.”
Taylor Swift To Receive Award From BMI and Other News
It seems like Justin Timberlake has officially joined Taylor Swift's all-star squad. JT got the crowd laughing on Sunday night when he lobbed a few jokes about Swift's runaway success while presenting her with the best tour award presentation at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
"I am very happy to be back with all of you in this arena to help honor a great young woman who has accomplished extraordinary things in arenas and stadiums all around our world," Timberlake said. "This extraordinary singer, songwriter and performer, has been elevating the place of music in our lives, bringing all types of people together in big and powerful ways as a touring sensation."
Swift appreciated JT's kind words and the lovefest continued after the show, with Timberlake posting a picture from the stage of Taylor giving her acceptance speech, addressed to "my good friend, Taylor… Congrats, dear!!!"
Britney Spears to Release New Single ‘Make Me (Oooh)’
by Bradley Stern April 11, 2016
Britney Spears: back for more (MOAH)? Oooh, yes.
After Robin Leach’s surprise late night Twitter revelation of Britney’s plans to release her new single and video in May with her ninth studio album to follow, the former Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host further expounded upon the Blackout Living Legend’s upcoming career moves in a column for the Las Vegas Sun‘s Vegas DeLuxe on April 11.
Britney’s new single is called “Make Me (Oooh),” and will be released in four weeks once editing of the video, which is being shot next Monday, is completed.
“‘The concept for the video is all set,'” a source on Britney’s team tells Leach.
The album will follow one month after the single’s release “if all goes as planned.”
“’The single and the video will thrill fans because it’s all new, totally different and somewhat unexpected. It’s different; it’s a turn. She’s gone from pretty straight-forward pop to a really interesting vibe with a lot of really cool stuff,'” the Las Vegas Sun source adds.
According to Leach, “Make Me (Oooh)” will be added to her Piece of Me residency beginning on June 17.
“Honestly, I’m just particular with this record. It’s my baby, and so I really want it done right,” Britney told V Magazine in a recent cover story.
“I just know that the direction I’m going in is so good. It’s the best thing I’ve done in a long time. I’m proud of the work, and it’s very different; it’s not what you would think at all. But I’m not rushing anything. I just want it to be done right, so that my fans will truly appreciate it.”
This will be Britney’s first album in three years since 2013’s Britney Jean. In the past few months, she’s recorded songs with Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, along with DJ Mustard, Burns and Mischke Butler.