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As one of Rock’s biggest bands, Bon Jovi’s legacy is as much about giving back as it is about anthemic performances and box-office-smashing tours. In that spirit, Jon Bon Jovi today announced on Facebook Live an opening act contest that allows bands to upload an audition for the chance to open an arena date on Bon Jovi’s upcoming 2017 This House Is Not For Sale Tour.

It is the third time in recent years that the Grammy Award-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage (2006’s Have A Nice Day Tour and 2010’s The Circle Tour). Those chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open an arena show.  A different artist(s) will open for Bon Jovi on each one of the Live Nation-promoted concerts listed below.

Jon Bon Jovi said, “Every great band starts small and builds their rep one show at a time. That’s the opportunity we were given and now we want to pay it forward. If you’re ready for the arena stage, submit your audition tapes and join us in playing for the best audiences in rock music.”

Bands will upload audition videos beginning now at www.bonjovi.com/2017-opening-act-contest/ or the Bon Jovi and Live Nation Facebook pages. Submissions will be displayed in a live gallery for viewing and sharing.  Live Nation will choose 10 finalists, and Bon Jovi management will select the opening act contest winner for each tour date. All musicians who are selected as tour openers will be featured across Live Nation and Bon Jovi’s Facebook pages. For rules, visit http://livemu.sc/OACRules.

Winners will be notified they have won on the following dates:

First round of participating dates – winners announced on or about January 27, 2017:

  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC – concert on February 8, 2017
  • Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA – concert on February 10, 2017
  • BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL – concert on February 12, 2017
  • Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL – concert on February 14, 2017
  • BJCC in Birmingham, AL – concert on February 16, 2017
  • Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN – concert on February 18, 2017
  • Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO – concert on February 19, 2017

Second round of participating dates – winners announced on or about February 4, 2017:

  • Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK – concert on February 21, 2017
  • American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX – concert on February 23, 2017
  • T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV – concert on February 25, 2017
  • Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA – concert on February 28, 2017

Third round of participating dates – winners announced on or about February 8, 2017:

  • SAP Center in San Jose, CA – concert on March 1, 2017
  • Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ – concert on March 4, 2017
  • Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA – concert on March 5, 2017
  • The Forum in Los Angeles, CA – concert on March 8, 2017

Fourth round of participating dates – winners announced on or about February 26, 2017:

  • Pepsi Center in Denver, CO – concert on March 14, 2017
  • FedExForum in Memphis, TN – concert on March 16, 2017
  • Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH – concert on March 18, 2017
  • Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH – concert on March 19, 2017
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN – concert on March 22, 2017

Fifth round of participating dates – winners announced on or about March 7, 2017:

  • United Center in Chicago, IL – concert on March 26, 2017
  • Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN – concert on March 27, 2017
  • Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI – concert on March 29, 2017
  • Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA – concert on March 31, 2017
  • Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT – concert on April 1, 2017

Sixth round of participating dates – winners announced on or about March 12, 2017:

  • PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA – concert on April 5, 2017
  • Madison Square Garden in New York, NY – concert on April 7, 2017
  • Madison Square Garden in New York, NY – concert on April 8, 2017
  • Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON – concert on April 10, 2017
  • Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON – concert on April 11, 2017

The This House Is Not for Sale Tour is Bon Jovi’s first outing since the band’s 2013 Because We Can World Tour, which was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished only by The Rolling Stones previously).  On tour, the iconic rock band will present anthems, fan-favorites, and new hits from their newly released 14th studio album, This House Is Not for Sale (Island/UMG). Tour dates are on sale now at LiveNation.com and through participating venue Box Offices. Bon Jovi Fan Club tickets, including exclusive VIP packages are on offer now as well.

Bon Jovi released This House Is Not for Sale on Nov. 4, 2016. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving the rock band its sixth No. 1. The title track reached the Top Ten of the AC Radio Chart (Bon Jovi’s highest debut on that chart to date). This House Is Not for Sale is Bon Jovi’s first major release since What About Now (2013), the band’s third consecutive multi-platinum album to debut at No. 1 on the Top 200 (Lost Highway in 2007, and The Circle in 2009).

Visit www.bonjovi.com for updated information.

With over 130 million albums sold, an extensive catalog of hit anthems, and nearly 3000 concerts performed in 50 countries for over 35 million fans, Bon Jovi is simply one of the world’s most successful bands, ever. As their new album, This House Is Not For Sale, debuts at #1 in the US, Australia and Japan and in the Top 5 in 54 other countries, Island/UMe announces that a comprehensive vinyl box set of 25-LPs, entitled Bon Jovi: The Albums, will be released in February 2017. It will include all Bon Jovi albums and additional titles (as outlined below) for premium collectors. The box set release will coincide with the kick-off of the band’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour in North America.

Alternately, Island/UMe has made every Bon Jovi album from the past thirty-two years available for individual purchase on high-quality vinyl now.

Every vinyl album preserves the original look and sound of the originals – all LP jackets are exact replicas of the original album cover and songs have been mastered to the band’s specifications to ensure exceptional audio quality. There are also plenty of “firsts” – this will be the first time Bon Jovi’s albums from the 2000’s have been pressed in any territory before, others will receive their first-ever U.S. vinyl releases, while many are being pressed for the first time in decades.

Bon Jovi has created some of the most recognizable songs ever. From ubiquitous hits like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Band Name,” “Bad Medicine,” “Always” and “It’s My Life” to back-to-back-to-back-to-back #1 albums – Lost Highway, The Circle, What About Now, and This House Is Not For Sale – their music, filled with indelible melodies and infectious hooks has created an enduring, ongoing legacy.

The band’s 14th album, This House Is Not For Sale, is available now on Island/UMG, and reunites Bon Jovi with Grammy Award®-winning producer John Shanks, who began working with the band in 2005, on the RIAA platinum Have A Nice Day, which entered the charts at #1 in 15 countries worldwide. This is Bon Jovi’s first major release since 2013’s What About Now, which was the band’s third consecutive multi-platinum album to enter Soundscan at #1 (following Lost Highway in 2007 and The Circle in 2009).

Bon Jovi today announced that the This House Is Not for Sale Tour, presented by Live Nation, will kick off in February 2017. Hitting arenas across the U.S., the iconic rock band will present anthems, fan favorites, and new hits from their upcoming 14th studio album, This House Is Not for Sale (out Nov. 4 on Island/UMG). As an added bonus, fans will receive a physical copy of This House Is Not For Sale with every ticket purchased.

This will be the band’s first outing since Bon Jovi’s 2013 Because We Can World Tour, which was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished by only The Rolling Stones previously). Bon Jovi’s touring legacy will be recognized Nov. 9thwith the 2016 “Legend of Live” award at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards.

As Bon Jovi rocks October to launch This House Is Not for Sale, the title track is already inside the Top Ten of the AC Radio Chart – it is Bon Jovi’s highest debut on that chart to date. Appearances/features are set with The Ellen DeGeneres Show (airing today), ABC’s Good Morning America, Nightline, Charlie Rose, Howard Stern, People and Billboard Magazine. On the road, the TIDAL X: Bon Jovi series brings Bon Jovi to four historic venues to perform live listening parties to reveal the album, start to finish, in New Jersey (Count Basie Theatre was held on Oct. 1), London (Palladium London, Oct. 10), Toronto (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Oct. 17) and for the first time on Broadway for a TIDAL livestream (Barrymore Theatre, Oct. 20). This will be Bon Jovi’s first major release since What About Now (2013), the band’s 3rd consecutive multi-platinum album to debut at #1 on the Top 200 (Lost Highway in 2007, and The Circle in 2009).

For the This House Is Not For Sale Tour, “Backstage with Jon Bon Jovi” Fan Club ticket presales, including exclusive VIP packages, go on presale on Mon., Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. local time (except Greenville, Sunrise, San Jose, San Diego, Memphis and Cleveland, beginning on Oct. 17). American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Mon., Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. local time and ending on Fri., Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. (except Greenville, Sunrise, San Jose, San Diego, Memphis and Cleveland on Oct. 17 through Oct. 21).  Live Nation pre-sales will begin Thurs., Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. local time (except Greenville, Sunrise, San Jose, San Diego, Memphis and Cleveland on Oct. 20).  Public tickets will be available for purchase on Sat., Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. local time (except Greenville, Sunrise, San Jose, San Diego, Memphis and Cleveland on Oct. 22) at LiveNation.com and through participating venue Box Offices. Visit www.bonjovi.com for updated tour and ticketing information.

This House Is Not for Sale Tour Dates:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017  – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Friday, February 10, 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Center
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

When researchers at the University of St. Andrews began studying the science of earworms, they realized people really, really love Queen songs.

In case you already don’t have a few of their hits in your head by now, the group takes the No. 1 spot, “We Will Rock You.” That 1977 song’s News of the World other song, “We Are the Champions,” came in at No. 3, while 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” finished at No. 6.

The list was compiled following a mathematical formula developed by the university’s School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies. And you thought you’d never need math in your life after high school.

An earworm required five key elements including rhythmic repetition, predictability, melodic potency, surprise and listener receptiveness, St. Andrews researcher Bede Williams said.

So, ready? And don’t blame me if you can’t get these songs out of your head.

University of St. Andrews Top 20 Earworms
1. Queen, “We Will Rock You”
2. Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
3. Queen, “We Are the Champions”
4. The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
5. The Village People, “YMCA”
6. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
7. Europe, “The Final Countdown”
8. Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”
9. Various artists, “Jingle Bells”
10. Baha Men, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
11. Psy, “Gangnam Style”
12. Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You Up”
13. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’”
14. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”
15. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
16. Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
17. Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby”
18. Cast of The Rocky Horror Show, “The Timewarp”
19. Meghan Trainor, “All About the Bass”
20. Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon”

100 million. Think about that for a moment. The artists in this infographic from Completely Ignored have sold that much around the world, according to Wikipedia. You’ll find the very best in soul, rap, country, RnB, disco and old-fashioned rock’n’roll. One band that surprised me on this list was Chicago, until I saw they are second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands. There you go!


Not be confused with “Shot Through the Heart”, an unrelated song from Bon Jovi’s 1984 self-titled debut album, “You Give Love a Bad Name” was a monster hit, the first single from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 to become the band’s first number one hit. In 2007, the song reentered the charts at No. 29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol. In 2009 it was named the 20th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals

Richie Sambora’s giutar

…and here’s the full-on glorious ’80s video:

Bon Jovi is releasing a special fan album leading up to its overseas fall tour, Billboard has learned.

The band is releasing two new tracks not even one month before the Aug. 21 release of their new album, Burning Bridges.

A spokesperson for Bon Jovi tells Billboard: “Burning Bridges, which will be released August 21st, is an album for fans and will accompany an upcoming international tour. The band is hard at work on their next album, which will see a full-scale release in 2016.”

Via Billboard


The Top 25 Tours of 2013 are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 14, 2012, to Nov. 12, 2013.

2013′s Top Grossing Tours:

1. Bon Jovi ($205,158,370)
Total Gross: $205,158,370
Total Attendance: 2,178,170
Total Capacity: 2,178,170
No. of Shows: 90
No. of Sellouts: 90

2. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil ($157,299,100)
Total Gross: $157,299,100
Total Attendance: 1,425,442
Total Capacity: 1,853,022
No. of Shows: 205
No. of Sellouts: 0

3. Pink ($147,947,543)
Total Gross: $147,947,543
Total Attendance: 1,581,939
Total Capacity: 1,583,801
No. of Shows: 114
No. of Sellouts: 111

4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ($147,608,938)
Total Gross: $147,608,938
Total Attendance: 1,389,778
Total Capacity: 1,454,499
No. of Shows: 53
No. of Sellouts: 36

5. Rihanna ($137,982,530)
Total Gross: $137,982,530
Total Attendance: 1,595,161
Total Capacity: 1,600,851
No. of Shows: 87
No. of Sellouts: 84

6. The Rolling Stones ($126,182,391)
Total Gross: $126,182,391
Total Attendance: 326,998
Total Capacity: 326,998
No. of Shows: 23
No. of Sellouts: 23

7. Taylor Swift ($115,379,331)
Total Gross: $115,379,331
Total Attendance: 1,363,510
Total Capacity: 1,363,510
No. of Shows: 66
No. of Sellouts: 66

8. Beyonce ($104,358,899)
Total Gross: $104,358,899
Total Attendance: 883,062
Total Capacity: 934,021
No. of Shows: 59
No. of Sellouts: 40

9. Depeche Mode ($99,972,733)
Total Gross: $99,972,733
Total Attendance: 1,390,141
Total Capacity: 1,400,298
No. of Shows: 54
No. of Sellouts: 51

10. Kenny Chesney ($90,932,957)
Total Gross: $90,932,957
Total Attendance: 1,186,925
Total Capacity: 1,214,694
No. of Shows: 44
No. of Sellouts: 31

11. Roger Waters ($81,305,650)
Total Gross: $81,305,650
Total Attendance: 830,123
Total Capacity: 915,081
No. of Shows: 27
No. of Sellouts: 0

12. One Direction ($78,311,383)
Total Gross: $78,311,383
Total Attendance: 1,223,144
Total Capacity: 1,236,308
No. of Shows: 81
No. of Sellouts: 43

13. Justin Bieber ($77,423,264)
Total Gross: $77,423,264
Total Attendance: 959,886
Total Capacity: 982,523
No. of Shows: 65
No. of Sellouts: 55

14. Madonna ($76,752,277)
Total Gross: $76,752,277
Total Attendance: 577,169
Total Capacity: 577,169
No. of Shows: 16
No. of Sellouts: 16

15. Jay Z & Justin Timberlake ($69,753,905)
Total Gross: $69,753,905
Total Attendance: 622,559
Total Capacity: 622,559
No. of Shows: 14
No. of Sellouts: 14

16. Paul McCartney ($69,584,403)
Total Gross: $69,584,403
Total Attendance: 565,705
Total Capacity: 566,696
No. of Shows: 21
No. of Sellouts: 15

17. Fleetwood Mac ($61,899,473)
Total Gross: $61,899,473
Total Attendance: 554,548
Total Capacity: 579,480
No. of Shows: 45
No. of Sellouts: 13

18. Maroon 5 ($54,354,974)
Total Gross: $54,354,974
Total Attendance: 930,953
Total Capacity: 933,867
No. of Shows: 60
No. of Sellouts: 57

19. Dave Matthews Band ($52,960,667)
Total Gross: $52,960,667
Total Attendance: 882,287
Total Capacity: 1,152,025
No. of Shows: 61
No. of Sellouts: 17

20. André Rieu ($49,983,266)
Total Gross: $49,983,266
Total Attendance: 484,599
Total Capacity: 558,467
No. of Shows: 70
No. of Sellouts: 5

21. Jason Aldean ($47,814,095)
Total Gross: $47,814,095
Total Attendance: 1,004,303
Total Capacity: 1,043,158
No. of Shows: 62
No. of Sellouts: 42

22. Lady Gaga ($46,957,070)
Total Gross: $46,957,070
Total Attendance: 544,333
Total Capacity: 550,122
No. of Shows: 23
No. of Sellouts: 22

23. Bruno Mars ($46,417,795)
Total Gross: $46,417,795
Total Attendance: 666,926
Total Capacity: 668,110
No. of Shows: 48
No. of Sellouts: 44

24. Luke Bryan ($45,558,589)
Total Gross: $45,558,589
Total Attendance: 1,143,727
Total Capacity: 1,153,536
No. of Shows: 75
No. of Sellouts: 65

25. Iron Maiden ($44,980,749)
Total Gross: $44,980,749
Total Attendance: 684,200
Total Capacity: 764,186
No. of Shows: 34
No. of Sellouts: 13

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From Forbes:

Lady Gaga and Madonna have a superstar rivalry made in gossip-blog heaven. The former burst onto the scene five years ago with a provocative pop sensibility reminiscent of the latter’s. Last year, Madonna accused Gaga of ripping off one of her songs; this year, the “Born This Way” singer insisted she doesn’t want the Material Girl’s throne.

1. Madonna ($125 million)

The bulk of Madge’s millions this year come from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. Madonna augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.

2. Lady Gaga ($80 million)

Though her ARTPOP album was released after the end of our scoring period, the Queen Monster raked in cash on the road before succumbing to a hip injury earlier this year. The tour still grossed $168 million; had she been able to finish, she would have likely topped $200 million.

3. Bon Jovi ($79 million)

The ageless New Jersey rockers said it best themselves: Because We Can. That’s the name of their latest stadium tour, which is grossing over $3 million per city. All in all, the group earned more than Kanye West, Skrillex and Carrie Underwood. Last fall, frontman Jon Bon Jovi celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Soul Kitchen, a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Red Bank, N.J.

Let’s see who else is on the list:

12. Diddy ($50 million)

Hip-hop’s richest man pulled in another $50 million over the past year (“You started learning how to count right, I see,” he told FORBES earlier this year). The bulk came from his wildly successful Ciroc vodka deal. Other ingredients in his cash cocktail: record label Bad Boy, clothing line Sean John and marketing firm Blue Flame. His Revolt TV network, launched in October with 25 million subscribers, should provide a big boost to future earnings.

14. Calvin Harris ($46 million)

Discovered on Myspace eight year ago as a singer-songwriter, Harris is now the world’s highest-paid DJ. In February, he signed on to play more than 70 shows over a two-year period in Las Vegas. While the majority of his money comes from performing, he also earns from writing and producing songs like “We Found Love” for Rihanna. “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years and I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he told FORBES earlier this year.

Muse actually tied with Rihanna:

17. Muse ($43 million, tie)

Perhaps the least famous name among music’s 25 top earners, Muse nevertheless earns with the best of them, playing 70 shows with a gross of about $1 million per city, according to concert data provider Pollstar.

17. Rihanna ($43 million, tie)

The Barbados-born diva continues to rake in the dough, playing over 40 shows during our scoring period and releasing new album Unapologetic, her seventh in seven years. Even if you’re not one of her 30 million-plus Twitter followers, it’s hard not miss her recent singles “Diamonds” and “Stay” and her ubiquitous Vita Coco ads. And that’s a formula that should keep the cash coming for years.

Continue reading the rest of the list on Forbes