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California rock act BURN HALO has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music with plans to release an all new LP WOLVES OF WAR later this summer. “It was important for us to find the right team,” says frontman James Hart. “With Scott Givens and his staff at eOne, we believe we have found that team. We’re all very excited about the future of Burn Halo.”

WOLVES OF WAR will be the highly anticipated follow up to UP FROM THE ASHES released in 2011. The band teased their fans late last year with a lyric video for the title track seen below.

Toronto is looking to be the music capital of the world – for real – as UK Fest Bestival has expanded to North America, coming to Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Islands, on June 12-13.

Check out the lineup below:

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE / NAS / FLUME / CARIBOU / SBTRKT (DJ) / FLOSSTRADAMUS / ROBIN SCHULZ / JAMIE JONES / ZHU / CLEAN BANDIT / WAVVES / JAMIE XX / RUDIMENTAL (DJ) / OWEN PALLETT / KEYS N KRATES / BORN RUFFIANS / BAKERMAT / OMAR SOULEYMAN / CASHMERE CAT / GRANDTHEFT / JUSTIN MARTIN / DUSKY / SKREAM / ROBERT DELONG / DJ TENNIS / CASSY / SHAMIR / LANE 8 / NATHAN BARATO / MATOMA / MUSEUM OF LOVE / HUNTER SIEGEL / SHAUN FRANK / KILL THEM WITH COLOURS / HUMANS / TOPS / WHILK & MISKY / TEI SHI / RIVER TIBER / HARRISON / COLEMAN HELL & MORE

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PLUS ARENAS AND IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS:
THE BOLLYWOOD TEMPLE / THE BESTIVAL INFLATABLE CHURCH / YARN BOMBING TENT / COSTUME PARTY & PARADE / THE DRESSING UP BOX / THE DAY OF THE DEAD COCKTAIL BUS / SUNDAY BEST BALEARIC BEACH BAR / HULA HOOPING / FLASHMOB TAKEOVERS / CIRCUS TROUPES / MARCHING BANDS

Bestival curator Rob da Bank says:

Canadian promoters Embrace and SFX Entertainment. Bestival Toronto is a partnership between Bestival, To say that we’re excited at Bestival HQ about launching our very first Bestival outside of the UK is a serious understatement. We’ve spent 12 years working up to this moment and are so proud to be teaming up with Toronto to launch the good ship that is Bestival overseas. I’m also very proud of our first heavy hitting line-up with typically diverse headliners, Florence and The Machine and Nas! Two amazing talents. We are also announcing; the best leftfield acts around with Caribou and Omar Souleyman, electronic music from Jamie xx and Flosstradamus. I really hope you can join us on the ferry to Toronto Island in June. See you on the beach!

Tickets go on general sale on Thursday March 5th at 10AM here.

One of the world’s best-selling female artist in history, Shania Twain, has announced her first North American tour in more than 11 years entitled ROCK THIS COUNTRY.   The 48 date run comes hot on the heels of her hit two-year residency in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Shania’s tour kicks off in North America on June 5 in Seattle, WA where she will perform her extensive catalog of iconic hits in a brand new production for fans coast to coast in major US cities such as New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others. Additionally, the tour will hit Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal, presented by AEG Live.  American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets through Front Of The Line for the Canadian shows only before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 10th at 10am through Thursday, March 12 at 10pm local time, with the public on-sale for most North American shows beginning Friday, March 13 at 10:00 am local on axs.com. Exceptions noted below.  ShaniaTwain.com presale begins Tuesday, March 10 at 10am local time through Thursday, March 12 at 10pm local time.

A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages also will be available. Theses offers can include premium reserved tickets, access to Shania Twain’s preshow VIP sound check, exclusive merchandise and much more. A $1.00 donation from each ticket purchased will go to the Shania Kids Can Foundation. Opening acts include Canadian musician and actor Wes Mack from June 5 – June 28, and Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw from June 30 – August 23.

“This is a celebration tour. It’s party time!  The ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour will have a different spirit than my past tours,” said Twain. “It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before.  A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Beloved by millions worldwide, Shania has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries with over 75 million albums sold, and 17 top 10 singles. Three of Shania’s albums (The Woman In Me, Come On Over, Up! ) reached Diamond certification, making her the only artist to have three consecutive albums sell more than 10 million copies in the US.

Rising to fame with her debut album Shania Twain (1993), Shania became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of Come On Over (1997), which became the best-selling country album of all time, and the best-selling album released by a female artist. Most recently, Shania performed 105 shows during her two-year Las Vegas residency, Shania: Still The One, beginning on December 1, 2012 at The Colosseum at Ceasars Palace and wrapping in December of 2014. The show garnered rave reviews throughout its tenure.

Shania Twain 2015 Summer Tour

Opening acts include Wes Mack from June 5 – June 28, and Gavin DeGraw from June 30 – August 23

Jun 5 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Jun 7 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
Jun 9 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
Jun 11 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Jun 12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Jun 14 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Jun 15 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Jun 19 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Jun 20 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Jun 22 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
Jun 24 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Jun 25 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Jun 27 Ottawa, ON Wesley Clover Parks ****
Jun 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre *
Jun 30 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Jul 1 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
Jul 3 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena **
Jul 7 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Jul 8 Boston, MA TD Garden
Jul 10 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
Jul 11 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Jul 13 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse **
Jul 15 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jul 16 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul 18 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Jul 19 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Jul 21 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Jul 22 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Jul 25 Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul 26 Moline, IL iWireless Center
Jul 28 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Jul 29 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Jul 31 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Aug 1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Aug 3 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Aug 4 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Aug 6 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Aug 7 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Aug 9 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Aug 10 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Aug 12 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Aug 14 Denver, CO Pepsi Center ***
Aug 15 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
Aug 17 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Aug 19 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Aug 20 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Aug 22 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
Aug 23 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center

 

* On sale Saturday March 21

** On sale Friday March 20

*** On sale Friday March 27

**** Festival date with The Doobie Brothers also performing

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, happening from June 24-28, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta is excited to announce its first wave of 2015 artists. The ninth annual festival sets itself apart from the pack by presenting a thoughtfully-chosen selection of intimate musical performances in more than 30 venues. Today, organizers are proud to announce a sample of the more than 250 bands that will descend on the festival this June.

Each year, Sled Island invites a guest curator to help to set the direction and tone of the festival through specialized programming choices and with their presence at the event. This year, the festival is thrilled to have Godspeed You! Black Emperor in that role. The band, which recently announced a new LP to be released this spring, will bring their stunning orchestral post-rock to the city’s beautiful Central United Church for two nights. It’s the first time Godspeed You! Black Emperor will play Calgary.

They’ll be joined by New York legends Television, a band known for profoundly changing the vocabulary of punk and post-punk music, as well as Drive Like Jehu, newly-reunited San Diego-based post-hardcore legends who will be playing a very rare show. Also playing are dizzying noise rock icons Lightning Bolt and the collaborative experimental electric guitar duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace Body/Head. In partnership with the National Music Centre (NMC), Daniel Lanois, the famed record producer, guitarist and songwriter, will be completing an artist residency at NMC before delivering an intimate performance at the Republik. NMC will be giving Lanois special access to its instrument and music technology collection as they prepare to move into their new facility, opening Spring 2016.

Other bands to join this spectacular collection of artists will be infectious power pop trio Ex Hex, charismatic and fun neo-garage rockers King Tuff, pioneers of American doom metal Pentagram, and Southern California fuzzed-out stoner rock progenitors Fu Manchu.

In what will be a massive night for one of 2015’s hottest bands, Viet Cong will play a special hometown show. Also confirmed is beautifully loud, heavy, noisy punk rockers Pissed Jeans, Ninja Tune’s Norwegian experimental jazz phenoms Jaga Jazzist, celebrated Detroit-based soulful hip hop artist and producer Black Milk, and digital folk artists Hundred Waters.

Additional artists announced include Son Lux, Lydia Ainsworth, The Coathangers, Iceage and Oxbow.

As part of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s guest curation (which includes the selection of Body/Head), they have also invited The Ex, Matana Roberts, Fred & Toody, Carla Bozulich, Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, Big Brave and David Dondero to join.

Canadian Music Week has announced the second round of 2015 festival headliners, including Joey Bada$$, Swervedriver, Lucki Eck$, The Psychedelic Furs, Mick Jenkins, Death Cab for Cutie, Leon Bridges, JMSN and more (see below). The new additions join the already stacked line-up featuring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Jesus and Mary Chain: 30th Anniverary of Psychocandy, Faith No More , GoldLink, FIDLAR, King Tuff and more. For full line up go here:

From March 3rd-10th, fans who buy one wristband, can get a second wristband free! Simply visit here and enter the special promotional code CMWBOGO. CMW will showcase over 800 bands in 60 different venues across the city.

ADDITIONAL HEADLINERS INCLUDE:
Brave Shores
Coasts
Death Cab for Cutie
Jazz Cartier
JMSN
Joey Bada$$
Leon Bridges
Lucki Eck$
METZ
Mick Jenkins
Monster Truck
Rich Aucoin
SABA
Scott Helman
Single Mothers
Smallpools
Swervedriver
The Death Set
The Flatliners
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The Psychedelic Furs
To see full list of artists performing at CMW please visit: http://cmw.net/music/

Kanye West gave a typically wide-ranging and awesome speech at Oxford University on Monday, talking about everything from The Matrix and the Bible to greed and emptiness to President Obama and daughter North to Twitter and Nicki Minaj.

“I’ll take one question. I wanted to vibe off an idea, and then I can riff off of that…they said I’ve got 20 minutes or so, I might go longer.

“OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it’ll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that’s when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off.

“Today was the first time I realised, If I could have done it again I would have gone to the Art Institute over the American Academy of Art, I would have researched where I could have got the best and the strongest education.

“And I’m sure this will end up online, so I don’t want to diss anyone at the American Academy, I’m sure it’s equal to the Art Institute of Chicago by now, but at the time I was going I would look around at the work of the class and not feel inspired by the teachers, and I kinda, the idea of being a fine artist, that’s a really difficult profession to get into, to be respected in, to make money at.  Maybe the goal for some of the people was just to work at an advertising agency or at a record label.

“My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.

“That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you’re not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.

“Some of you here probably remember the night when the Donda tweets came through me and I started talking about professions that you guys are going into, that seemed they had nothing to do with a rapper. I was talking about a band of thinkers that could remove religion, race, gender, and somehow come together to find solutions for a broken planet.

“We have the resources as a civilisation to find a utopia, but we’re led by the most greedy and the least noble.

“What I notice about creatives is that, and one of the reasons why I get into trouble, is, not only do I want to design video games, or make music, or ride bikes, I think one of the most important things to my ability to create so much in the past 30 years is my desire to play sports. I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE FUCKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH!

“We’re all creatives here, we’re all born artists. Some people are artists of business, some people are artists of composition.

“We were taught to hide our black fingernail polish and put our head down in the back of the class and not notice out of fear that someone might laugh at one of our ideas – that our idea could become a mockery or a failure in some way.

“There’s a Bible saying, ‘No weapon formed against me shall prosper’. Recently I’ve been doing interviews and I’ve had to go back to this verse because I don’t think there’s a living celebrity with more weapons formed against them, but I also don’t think there’s one more prosperous. So what weapons have prospered? The smoke and mirrors of other opinions.

“I was sitting with Steve McQueen, he shot the visuals for All Day 2 days ago, it’s completely different to the Brit awards.

“So it doesn’t get taken out of context, I’m going to use the word ‘like’. I’m not saying it is, I’m using it as a comparison. So people that want to say ‘Kanye goes to Oxford and tells everyone blah blah blah’. And I’m not telling you this. I’m telling you what I told Steve McQueen in private.

“What I said was The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age.

“I compared it like, when the hundred guys come at Neo, those are opinions, that’s perception, that’s tradition. Attacking people from every which angle possible. If you have a focus wide and master senseis like Laurence Fishburne and you have a squad behind you, you literally can put the world in slow motion.

“It’s still February, right? (security guard shakes his head, everyone laughs).

“By the way, I don’t know the days of the week. I just go to exactly when my appointment is.

“We’d just look at each other and say, it’s still February. For the sheer mount of work that we were able to put into the world. Some of the stuff had been worked on for years coming, months coming. But nonetheless they came back to back to back to back. Answering every crazy interview question, blocking every shot, catching every rebound. Aside from the right I don’t have to give my opinion publicly about artists, I probably would have been batting 2000. I know that’s incorrect also.

“This humanity that I talk about, this civilisation that I talk about, this future utopia I talk about…it can only happen through collaboration.

“I love Steve Jobs, he’s my favourite person, but there’s one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn’t give the ideas up. That’s kinda selfish. You know that Elon’s like ‘yeah, take these ideas’. Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won’t like that, the stock holders wouldn’t like that idea, but ideas are free and you can’t be selfish with them.

“I think that progression of mind with the advent of a human being named Drake (laughs, smirks, crowd laughs) you know, this idea of holding onto a number 1 spot. And then you get this guy that comes and blows out the water every number 1 of any band ever. Be it me, or Paul McCartney [laughs].

“I understand that I’m a servant. And with my voice, with my ability to build relationships with amazing people, speak to amazing people. Call Elon Musk out of the blue, or call Obama out of the blue…he calls the home phone, by the way.

“With that, I have a responsibility to serve. Why do I say the Matrix is like the Bible? What is my definition of the Matrix? [he never answered this].

“I work with an artist called Vanessa Beecroft, and she bought my daughter some toys.

“I’d see toys that some people would buy for my daughter and I’d say this toy isn’t quality. I don’t want my daughter playing with this. There’s not enough love put into this, this is just manufactured with the will to sell, and not the will of inspiration.

“Vanessa is very focused, she’s like my eyes, she’s a piece of my brain. She bought my daughter these three wolves, knowing the whole collection, that it’d play with the song Wolves, and based on this concept. And when my daughter saw these wolves, I’ve never seen her so happy. She was going so crazy, she was grabbing one, she was riding on top of one…I’ve never seen her happier than this moment. That level of happiness seems to be the thing that we’re fighting for every day, that we’re trying to buy back, trying to work for, especially in America.

“In America people really do wear $3000 shirts. For real. Here and in Stockholm people will be like ‘oh dude, it’s a $3000 shirt’.

“I’m assuming I’m probably wearing a $2000 shirt but I got it for free from the designer so.

“We’ve been sold a concept of joy through advertising, through car advertising, through fashion branding. It’s not the concept of time, time with your family, time with your friends, the little time that we do have on earth and what we do with that. It was somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag or something.

“Time is the only luxury. It’s the only thing you can’t get back. If you lose your luggage – I’m not gonna say the obvious brand of luggage that I’d normally say because I’ve got a meeting with them soon – if you lose your expensive luggage at the airport, you can get that back. You can’t get the time back.

“It feels like people do everything in life to get this BMW, this Benz, to get this townhome, to get 2.5 kids exactly. One of them has to be small, y’know!

“And you’re looking for this moment where you sit in your BMW after all the work you’ve done and all the accolades you get, and you somehow think you’re gonna get that level of joy that my daughter had when she received those wolves. And when you’re sitting in traffic in your BMW, it’s something that feels empty. To everyone who reaches that point. This concept of the selfish human, this idea of separation by race, or gender, or religion, or age, or my favourite thing to hate, class.

“People say it takes a village to raise a child. People ask me how my daughter is doing. She’s only doing good if your daughter’s doing good. We’re all one family.

“We have the ability to approach our race like ants, or we have the ability to approach our race like crabs.

“This is a generation that is far less racist – yes, small remnants remain of even thinking of calling something of a racial slur.

“White people that listen to rap say ‘nigger’…in the privacy of their own home.

“That idea [racism], has passed. We’ve had The Cosby Show, Obama’s president, Beyonce’s great…that’s passed. But there’s still something you’re taught every day, especially in the UK, and that’s division by class. Our main focus, in my opinion…Imagine a world with no war, and imagine if everyone’s main focus, more so than going out to a club, their main focus was to help someone else.

“I was joking with an interviewer earlier today…people talk about the number of viewers the Brits get, or the number of viewers the Grammys get. They need to do award shows for the Nobel Peace Prize, but I guess that doesn’t sell as many MasterCard commercials. Oh, I mentioned a brand! [looks disappointed]…I had two things…I was trying to get a flawless victory on my speech! No offence to MasterCard…but that was a big fucking logo in the middle!

“You guys have been taught, without you knowing, ways to separate yourselves from each other. If you’re separated, you can be easily controlled. If you’re too busy pointing fingers at each other, rather than holding hands, you can’t get anything done.

“You know, Chris Rock called my album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy…well, Chris Rock and everyone else at every single media publication called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the best album of the last 25 years. This only came through collaboration.

“One of the most memorable things about MBDTF was Nicki Minaj, and the fact that she kicked my ass, on my own song, on one of the best albums…the best album – I’m just saying what the critics said – of the last 25 years. The best album of the past 25 years that I spent a year and a half making, out there. I was exiled from my country, it was a personal exile, but exile. To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined…to be beat by a girl, basically.

“This was necessary. I think it was one of the most important points of working on that album, was to not stop her from her moment because of how good she is. Just think of a comparison, if you think about why did it take so long for the new Yeezys to come out? Why did I have to leave one group and go to another group? Why did that group not want to speak to me? I think the Yeezys I was doing over there were comparable to that Nicki Minaj verse. Because these guys were like ‘we’re worrying about this shoe, we’re gonna put it on this celebrity’. And the head’s son would come and say ‘my favourite shoe is the Yeezy’. And it’s like ‘ahhh, I can’t hear about these YEEZYS anymore!’. Like everyone talking about Nicki’s verse, ‘I can’t hear about this verse anymore!’. It was gonna work for her anyway, but let’s just say that in some way in helped give her exposure. She was able to go on and become a successful, and fly, and run, and dream, and provide. And it was not locked because of my career.

“One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.

“When I talk about collaboration and the creative process, the best idea wins.

“I’m proud of the consistency of the performances I’ve done since I’ve been out here. And it comes from four would-be egomaniacs coming out and being forced to work together. The best lighting guy on the planet, the best staging guy, the best video guy, another staging guy, a guy with a laptop for no reason…To be able to deliver, back to back to back, extremely successful, inspiring, groundbreaking, visual, visceral, creative moments that otherwise would have been challenged. And the kid from Chicago screaming from the top of the stage for 40 minutes in a row. I’ve had to pull that card out a few times. Not particularly screaming, but remember, I will scream.

“My momma taught me that if I was in a grocery store and I’m by myself and a stranger grabbed my hand, scream at the top of your fucking lungs. If I’m at an awards show and a stranger grabs my hand and they say so we’re going to use these moving lights, or we’re gonna play the music right now before we define the look, or we’re gonna cut the TV cameras in a traditional way. I’ll scream at the top of my fucking lungs.

“People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building. They want you to have a reputation of tucking your black nail polish into your pockets and sitting in the corner of the class, and not fighting for your ideas out of fear of being ridiculed.

“That’s one of my favourite ones…to be called crazy.

“I remember when I was young and saw my dad working on computers. And the guy he was working with ended up being a bad guy. And the guys that helped him, that he had the voice to find, didn’t have the same motivation, a high enough skill set to match up to his vision, to his dream, for it to be considered to be a success. But the success is that his successor will be successful in his lifetime. You could say but you are successful. I’m successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people. But in learning that, being brought up, middle class, it’s something that is beating out of my chest. ‘Wait a second, I was middle class, and I didn’t get to see none of this shit!’.

“Let’s have an NBC telethon moment, and say that beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them under the concept of luxury!

“It’s illegal to not wear clothes, and also possibly too cold. That means someone is imposing an idea on you that should legally have to do! Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5000 sweater. You know what should cost $5000? A car should be $5000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people. And I am so fucking serious about this concept that I will stand in front of anyone and fight for it. Because I was 14 and middle class. I know what it felt like to not get what I have.

“People say to me ‘you’re successful, what are you crying about?’. I’m crying about the people. I’m crying about their daughters. Our daughters, as one family. What good is it. What good is anything that everyone can’t have. Every ism. They think we’re done with racism. What about elitism, what about separatism, what about classism? That’s all.”

Earlier today on Good Morning America, global superstar and GRAMMY Award winner Kelly Clarkson announced her 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR. The 36-city tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will start on July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania and culminate on Sept. 20 in Camden, New Jersey. Joining Kelly on the tour will be recent GRAMMY winners Pentatonix and singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson. Kelly will be touring in support of her sixth studio album, Piece By Piece, which is available in stores and digitally today.

Fans will be able to access special pre-sales by being members of Kelly’s free online fan club, Kellebrities. To sign up and get more details, visit www.KellyClarkson.com.  Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Saturday, March 14. For more information on the tour and specific on-sale dates, please visitwww.KellyClarkson.com or www.LiveNation.com.  Join the 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR conversation at #PieceByPieceTour.

Kelly kicked off her U.S. promotion on Sunday with a profile on CBS Sunday Morning, followed by a performance and skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. Critics have been raving about Piece By Piece, TIME saying it’s, “a record that’s loaded with slick power-pop and uplifting empowerment anthems,” while Billboard states, “Clarkson doubles down on songs that put her skyscraping voice first. And it sounds better than ever.” Kelly can also be seen on the cover of this week’s People Magazine.

Kelly Clarkson 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR Dates

All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.

Date

City

Venue

On-Sale Date

Sat July 11

Hershey, PA

Hersheypark Stadium

Sat March 14

Sun July 12

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

Sat March 21

Tue July 14

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Sat March 21

Thu July 16

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

Sat March 21

Fri July 17

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

Sat March 21

Sun July 19

Pittsburgh, PA

First Niagara Pavilion

Sat March 14

Tue July 21

Darien Center, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Sat March 14

Thu July 23

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

Sat March 21

Sat July 25

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sat March 21

Sun July 26

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sat March 14

Tue July 28

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Sat March 14

Thu July 30

Indianapolis, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Sat March 14

Sat Aug. 1

Rosemont, IL

Allstate Arena

Sat March 21

Sun Aug. 2

St Louis, MO

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sat March 14

Tue Aug. 4

St Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

Sat March 21

Thu Aug. 6

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Sat March 14

Sat Aug. 8

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheatre

Sat March 14

Mon Aug. 10

Portland, OR

Moda Center

Sat March 14

Wed Aug. 12

Seattle, WA

KeyArena

Sat March 14

Sat Aug. 15

Las Vegas, NV

Mandalay Bay Events Center

Sat March 28

Sun Aug. 16

San Diego, CA

Viejas Arena

Sat March 14

Wed Aug. 19

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

Sat March 28

Fri Aug. 21

Wheatland, CA

Toyota Amphitheatre

Sat March 21

Sun Aug. 23

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sat March 21

Tue Aug. 25

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Sat March 14

Thu Aug. 27

Albuquerque, NM

Isleta Amphitheater

Sat March 14

Sat Aug. 29

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater

Sat March 14

Sun Aug. 30

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Sat March 14

Tue Sept. 1

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sat March 14

Thu Sept. 3

Little Rock, AR

Verizon Arena

Sat March 14

Sat Sept. 5

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

Sat March 14

Thu Sept. 10

Atlanta, GA

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Sat March 21

Sat Sept. 12

Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts

Sat March 21

Sun Sept. 13

Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts

Sat March 21

Tue Sept. 15

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sat March 14

Thu Sept. 17

West Palm Beach, FL

Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Sat March 21

Sat Sept. 19

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

Sat March 14

Sun Sept. 20

Camden, NJ

Susquehanna Bank Center

Sat March 21

GRAMMY® Award-winner Kelly Clarkson has released six studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger, Piece By Piece), one Greatest Hits album, one Holiday album; has sold over 20 million albums worldwide; and has had 10 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of three GRAMMY® Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and one CMA Award. Clarkson’s last studio effortStronger was certified platinum, won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album and produced the smash singles, “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” which marks Kelly’s 9th and 10th Top 10 hits. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart for two consecutive weeks (three weeks total) marking her third #1 on the Hot 100 Chart.  In 2013, Kelly released her very first Christmas album Wrapped In Red, which is certified platinum and debuted at #3 marking the biggest holiday album debut for a female since 2010.

GRAMMY® Award-winners and platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix consists of vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado andMitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola.  Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, the group has sold more than 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and amassed over 860 million views on their YouTube channel with more than 7.7 million subscribers. Their latest holiday album – That’s Christmas To Me – sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U. S., becoming one of only four acts to release a platinum album in 2014. In February 2015, the group received their first GRAMMY® Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and A Cappella for their “Daft Punk” medley. The group is currently on the North American leg of their “On My Way Home” tour which has already sold out of all of its 100,000 tickets. This spring, Pentatonix will make their film debut in Pitch Perfect 2.

Eric Hutchinson made his full-length debut in 2007 with the independently released Sounds Like This, which entered Billboard’sHeatseekers chart at No. 1 and yielded three radio hits, including the Gold-certified “Rock & Roll.” 2012’s Moving Up Living Downbowed in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200 and Pure Fiction, his latest album, debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes’ overall albums chart. A late night TV favorite, Hutchinson has appeared on Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Esquire.com said, “He’s got chops… and his sunny lyrics reveal a wry double edge” and Idolator.com called Hutchinson’s music “inescapably catchy.” Pure Fiction – which was produced by Jerrod Bettis (Adele) and Aben Eubanks (Kelly Clarkson) – includes the single “A Little More,” which was tapped by Netflix for a worldwide advertising campaign.

Music Freedom Day on March 3 is established as an international day to celebrate freedom of expression and to demonstrate support for persecuted and threatened artists on the music stage worldwide.

Since the freedom of expression organisation Freemuse took the initiative in 2007, more than 100 partners in 36 countries have joined, and Music Freedom Day today is an important celebration of the freedom to create and to play music without intimidation or persecution.

Music Freedom Day is a powerful, united manifestation to support persecuted, prosecuted and imprisoned musicians, many of whose only crime has only been that they have spoken up against authorities and insisted on the right to express themselves through their music. Musicians and composers rights’ to freedom of expression are violated worldwide, but the strong support for Music Freedom Day every year demonstrates the will to continue the advocacy and defence for the universal rights to compose, perform and take part in musical expressions.

Music is a human right, but music is being censored all over the world, and musicians are being prosecuted and imprisoned. This three-minute video contains short interview excerpts and music clips with Outspoken (Zimbabwe), Roger Lucey (South Africa), Manu Chao (Spain), Kris Kristofferson (USA), Ramy Essam (Egypt), Mahsa Vahdat (Iran), Mari Boine (Norway), Didier Awadi (Senegal), Ferhat Tunc (Turkey), Khaled Harara (Palestine), Deeyah (USA / Norway).

More than 40 trophies were handed out Saturday, at a pre-show gala, and Sunday during the CBC televised ceremony at the Four Season’s Centre for the Performing Arts. Highlights pertinent to musicians and the music biz:

Achievement in Music: Howard Shore for Maps To The Stars, David Cronenberg’s satirical drama about a child star and a washed up actress.

Achievement in Music: Manjeet Ral, Parmjit Sarai for Dr. Cabbie, and the song “Dal Makhani.” The Bollywood-style Rom-Com tells the story of an Indian doctor who emigrates to Canada and runs into red tape that leads him to become a taxi driver.

Achievement in Overall Sound: Greg Chapman, Peter Persaud, Andrew Stirk, Andrew Tay, Mark Zsifkovits – Pompeii.

Achievement in Sound Editing: Steve Baine, Kevin Banks, Stephen Barden, Fred Brennan, Alex Bullick, J.R. Fountain, Kevin Howard, Jon Mooney, Jill Purdy – Pompeii.

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award: Super Duper Alice Cooper – Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen. Celebrated Toronto production firm Banger Films earns kudos for its fast, funny and stylized tale of Vincent Furnier’s journey from preacher’s son to the shock rock superstar known as Alice Cooper.

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary: Reginald Harkema, Alex Shuper –- Super Duper Alice Cooper.

1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound in noisy entertainment venues, according to the World Health Organization. Under the theme “Make Listening Safe”, WHO draws attention to the rising problem of noise-induced hearing loss due to recreational exposure to loud sounds.

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Data from studies in middle- and high-income countries analysed by WHO indicate that among teenagers and young adults aged 12-35 years, nearly 50% are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices and around 40%
are exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues. Unsafe levels of sounds can be, for example, exposure to in excess of 85 decibels (dB) for eight hours or 100 dB for 15 minutes.

“As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss,” notes Dr Etienne Krug, World Health Organization (WHO) Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk.”

Safe listening depends on the intensity or loudness of sound, and the duration and frequency of listening. Exposure to loud sounds can result in temporary hearing loss or tinnitus which is a ringing sensation in the ear. When the exposure is particularly loud, regular or prolonged, it can lead to permanent damage of the ear’s sensory cells, resulting in irreversible hearing loss.

WHO recommends that the highest permissible level of noise exposure in the workplace is 85 dB up to a maximum of eight hours per day. Many patrons of nightclubs, bars and sporting events are often exposed to even higher levels of sound, and should therefore considerably reduce the duration of exposure. For example, exposure to noise levels of 100 dB, which is typical in such venues, is safe for no more than 15 minutes.

Teenagers and young people can better protect their hearing by keeping the volume down on personal audio devices, wearing earplugs when visiting noisy venues, and using carefully fitted, and, if possible, noise-cancelling earphones/headphones. They can also limit the time spent engaged in noisy activities by taking short listening breaks and restricting the daily use of personal audio devices to less than one hour. With the help of smartphone apps, they can monitor safe listening levels. In addition they should heed the warning signs of hearing loss and get regular hearing checkups.

Governments also have a role to play by developing and enforcing strict legislation on recreational noise, and by raising awareness of the risks of hearing loss through public information campaigns. Parents, teachers and physicians can educate young people about safe listening, while managers of entertainment venues can respect the safe noise levels set by their respective venues, use sound limiters, and offer earplugs and “chill out” rooms to patrons. Manufacturers can design personal audio devices with safety features and display information about safe listening on products and packaging.

To mark International Ear Care Day, celebrated each year on March 3rd, WHO is launching the “Make Listening Safe” initiative to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe listening and promote safer practices. In collaboration with partners worldwide, WHO will alert young people and their families about the risks of noiseinduced hearing loss and advocate towards governments for greater attention to this issue as part of their broader efforts to prevent hearing loss generally.

Worldwide, 360 million people today have moderate to profound hearing loss due to various causes, such as noise, genetic conditions, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, and ageing. It is estimated that half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable. To address this issue, WHO collates data and information on hearing loss to demonstrate its prevalence, causes and impact as well as opportunities for prevention and management; assists countries to develop and implement programmes for hearing care that are integrated into the primary health-care system; and provides technical resources for training health workers.