Jonas Brothers announce North American Tour, Justin Timberlake dominates the charts worldwide, Shake It Up 3 and One Direction go head to head, Why Victoria Justice will be the opener on Summer Break Tour 2013, Savannah Outen to release Brave & True through Music is Medicine’s Donate a Song project, The Band Perry breaks record with hometown performance, Bean ranks 5th on Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star leaderboard, Grace Unplugged to open October 4th, Behind-the-scnes of Disney Infinity
Told you there was a tour announcement just around the corner! The Jonas Brothers will embark on their first North American tour in three years this summer as they hit cities across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets for the general public in select cities will be available beginning Saturday, April 13th. Check jonasbrothers.com for specific cities and times for pre-sales and public on-sales. Here are the dates!
10 Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
12 Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
13 Detroit, MI DTE – Energy Music Theatre
14 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
16 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
18 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
19 Darien Lakes, NY – Darien Lake PAC
20 Wantagh, NY – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre
22 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
23 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
25 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
26 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
27 Hershey, PA – Mix Tape Festival
29 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
30 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte
31 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
2 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
3 Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
7 Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
10 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
13 San Francisco, CA – America’s Cup Pavilion
14 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
16 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience continues to dominate charts worldwide for a second week in a row. Check out these amazing stats!
• #1 for second week in a row in the U.S. after selling 318,000 copies.
• #1 in the UK, Australia and Ireland.
• #1 on iTunes in 12 Countries and top 5 in 36 other countries.
Too close to call! In the Tween/Teen music marketplace it’s a toss up as to who sold the most units leading up to Easter. According to early estimates Shake It Up 3 soundtrack has sold 20,635 and One Direction: Take Me Home has sold 20,241. I guess we’ll just have to wait to see what SoundScan says.
Yesterday I ran across a Tweet that I wanted to answer, but there just wasn’t enough space. So here’s my take on why I believe Victoria Justice “is” an opening act on the Summer Break Tour 2013.
It’s not a question of who’s better, it’s who’s got the greater body of work. When it comes to sales, radio and touring Big Time Rush clearly has the upper hand.
• 1 Gold Record
• 2 Radio Singles
• 2 Headlining Concert Tours
Because of these stats it means more people are familiar with Big Time Rush which means they will sell more tickets. Would you want to see Victoria finish the night with 1/2 of the venue empty when the majority of the audience (BTR fans) leave? Back in the day I remember hearing about a group that asked to open for a less successful group on a national tour. Why? Because they realized that when it came to the performance, that group’s years of dancing would be a tough act to follow. Based on top selling albums, hit singles and choreography from previous tours Big Time Rush will be a hard act to follow. If Victoria Justice finishes the show, she will appear a lot weaker to your average concert goer than if she performs first. If you were her manager would you want to put her in this situation? I’m confident she’ll not only go on first, but she’ll perform a shorter set than Big Time Rush. To help balance it out, I’m guessing they’ll bring her out at the end with Big Time Rush and everybody will leave feeling good about both acts. Call it a double-headliner, but if one act is always first and plays a shorter set it’s fair to say that they are “the opener.”
On March 18th, Savannah Outen flew to Baltimore to meet 16 year-old, Bo – a pediatric oncology patient at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center who was paired with the artist this past summer through Music is Medicine’s Donate a Song project. After speaking with Bo over the phone, Savannah wrote and recorded an original song called Brave & True in his honor. The song will be released at iTunes on Tuesday, April 16th along with a music video filmed with Bo at the hospital. All proceeds will benefit pediatric oncology research at Johns Hopkins.
Donate a Song is the fusion of music and charity to change lives. Savannah is the second artist to participate in the Donate a Song project – a program of Music is Medicine, an organization founded by Princeton junior Leora Friedman when she was in high school and currently run by a team of Princeton students. The project aims to encourage celebrities to write and record an original song for a seriously-ill child. Savannah’s uplifting song and music video will be sold to raise money for pediatric oncology research at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and will inspire patients and people everywhere.
The Band Perry gave a special performance in their hometown of Greeneville, TN, debuting new music from their sophomore album, Pioneer. An estimated crowd of 25,000 took to the streets of the small mountain town to see the famous residents and a chance meeting in the autograph line that stretched nearly a mile down Main Street. With an invitation from The Band Perry, via Twitter, fans came from all over — from Florida, Iowa, Texas and even Canada.
The event, which was presented by the Greene County Partnership and sponsored by General Mills and Outnumber Hunger, is believed to be the largest in recorded history in the East Tennessee town. The Band Perry is among the pioneers putting this quaint town on the map and they were aptly recognized with a Proclamation honoring them, signed by Governor Bill Haslam and presented by State Representative David Hawk.
After two days, Bean is currently ranked #5 on the leaderboard for Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star contest. To help encourage fans to get voting, Bean will send you an autographed picture if you send a screenshot that proves you voted 25 times. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Head on over to Macys.iHeart.com/Macys to get started today!
The date has been set! Grace Unplugged starring AJ Michalka and Jamie Grace will open in theaters on October 4th.
Yesterday, Disney Insider premiered a behind-the-scenes video of our all-new gaming initiative, Disney Infinity. In Creating Disney Infinity, the first in a series of videos leading up to the game’s release, Disney leaders and creatives from across the company including John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Avalanche Software’s John Blackburn open up about Disney Infinity’s origins and Disney’s heritage of storytelling, creativity and exploration.
7pm CST – American Idol: Finalists Compete (FOX)
The remaining finalists perform classic rock songs.
7:30pm CST – Let It Shine (Disney Channel)
A teenage rapper must use his musical talent to battle his nemesis and win the girl of his dreams.
7:30pm CST – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (ABC Family)
A wizard trains a reluctant protege in the art of magic to help him protect Manhattan from a powerful adversary.
7:30pm CST – Suburgatory: Decemberfold (ABC)
George’s newfound obsession with his body image alienates Dallas; Lisa figures out why Dalia is being nice to Tessa.
9pm CST – Nashville: I Saw the Light (ABC)
Rayna brings her kids and sister on tour, but doesn’t like the effect Juliette is having on her girls; Juliette starts to look at Dante differently; Deacon reconsiders life on the road; a handsome new neighbor befriends Gunnar and Scarlett.
Aaron Carter and Nikki Flores
Honor Society, Simple As Surgery, and Sam James
Maroon 5, Neon Trees and Owl City
Wells Fargo Center
House of Blues
Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Citzen and The American Scene