The hardest working man in show business, Adam Levine, and his band mates in Maroon 5 will head out on a 2013 North American tour in February. The band, whose single, “One More Night,” has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, will be joined by Neon Trees and Owl City on the 31-date outing.
The Live Nation-produced arena tour opens at Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center on Feb. 13 and concludes April 6 outside Chicago at the Rosemont, Ill.-Allstate Arena. Tickets go on sale today for fan club members and to the general public on Oct. 27.
Levine will juggle his touring duties with his responsibilities as a coach on “The Voice,” which is already taping blind auditions for this Spring’s Season 4. He is also expanding into acting with roles on TV's "American Horror Story" and the upcoming film, "Can A Song Save Your Life."
Maroon 5 will debut “Daylight,” the third single from current album, “Overexposed,” on “The Voice” on Nov. 8.
Maroon 5 Tour Dates
February 13 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
February 14 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
February 16 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
February 17 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
February 19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
February 20 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
February 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
February 23 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
February 25 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
February 27 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 01 Moline, IL iWireless Center
March 03 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 04 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 07 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
March 09 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
March 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
March 13 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
March 15 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
March 16 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 19 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 21 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
March 22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
March 24 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
March 26 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
March 27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
March 30 Orlando, FL Amway Center
April 01 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 03 Washington DC Verizon Center
April 04 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 06 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Taylor Swift’s second collection was named “Fearless,” but that title seems more apt for her latest album, “Red. Out tomorrow (Oct. 22), the set is the biggest release of 2012 and is expected to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week.
After moving millions of albums, selling out arenas around the world, introducing oodles of younger fans to country music, and creating her own cottage industry based on songs about her good-for-nothing ex-boyfriends, Swift has crafted an album that portrays an artist in transition musically, if not thematically. The 22-year old is not just sliding further toward the pop end of the country-pop spectrum she has navigated since her 2006 self-titled debut, but also strongly gravitating toward rock. She seamlessly and fearlessly veers between these various musical styles.
1. Beyonce: Bey snags the Super Bowl halftime show. Not on the possible guest list: M.I.A. or her middle finger.
2. Microsoft Music Service: Once more with feeling. Microsoft will launch its own internet music service next week starting with XBox and then spreading to Window 8. Let’s hope it works out better for them than Zune.
3. Justin Bieber: His video for “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj, got 10.6 million views in its first 24 hours on Vevo, setting a new record. Congratulations are due, but as he’ll eventually learn that careers are measured in years, not days... (or, see below, decades)
4. The Rolling Stones: They make it official and announce four dates in November to celebrate the 50th: The two London dates sell out in seven minutes. Hey, it’s only rock and roll but we stil like it.
5. Adele: She’s making other folks rich. Rumor has it her U.K. indie label’s profits soared to $67 million in 2011, primarily on the back of “21.”
6. Taylor Swift: As the Oct. 22 release of “Red” approaches, the only question is how much more than 1 million will it sell in its first week?
7. Bruce Springsteen: Like Superman, The Boss swoops into to Ohio and Iowa to rally for Obama. Working On a Dream 2.0.
8. Lady Gaga: She puts Die Antwoord in their place after they nastily kill her off in a video. Apparently their ire comes from her asking them to open for her. What an insult! They too edgy and hip to open for her, but they’ll sure use her to get publicity. #growup #youstilldonthaveahit
9. Barbra Streisand: It’s a good time to be Babs: She’s on a sold-out tour and with “Release Me,” debuting at No. 7, she is the only act to land more than one album on the Billboard 200 in every decade since the ‘60s. Her closest competition? The Rolling Stones (see No. 4)
10. Jason Aldean: The country superstar joins the elite ranks of artists who can play stadiums. His stadium tour includes a July date at Fenway Park, making him the first country artist to ever play the Red Sox' home field.
Country superstar Jason Aldean will have a big bow next week with his fifth studio album, “Night Train.” The set will top the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 420,000, making it the second-highest debut of the year behind Mumford & Sons’ 600,000 copies for “Babel.” That album, which has spent three weeks at No. 1, drops to No. 2.
“Night Train” will be one of four debut next week: Brandy’s comeback album, “Two Eleven” will likely bow at No. 3 with sales of up to 70,000 (read my interview with Brandy here). Scotty McCreery’s holiday album, “Christmas With Scotty McCreery” is headed for a No .4 start, while Jamey Johnson’s “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran” comes in at No. 5, according to Hits Daily Double.
Filling out the rest of the Top 10 are Pink’s “The Truth About Love” is No. 5, moving up to 35,000 copies. Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream” and Little Big Town’s “Tornado” are in a dead heat for No. 7, which both projected to sell between 21,000 and 24,000.
Adele’s “21” continues its run near the top of the charts, selling up to 22,000, which is enough to land at No. 9. Kiss’s “Monster,” which bowed this week at No. 3, will drop to No. 10.
David Guetta has a lot to say in the video for his instrumental “Metropolis.” The edgy clip is a dissertation on freedom and censorship, with Guetta spray painting encouraging bromides like “Never Give Up” and “Music Is My Art” and “Freedom.” in the guerilla-style clip, which also features quick cuts of exploding earth planets, speakers, etc. and Guetta with a bandana over his face.
The clip also features Dutch DJ Nicky Romero. Following Guetta’s poppier tracks with vocals from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and Sia, this one is for his hardcore dance fans.
Every hit song begins with a writer or group of writers sitting in a room staring at a keyboard, holding a guitar, staring at a blank computer screen or a pad of paper.
The story of how a song comes together, much less becomes an enduring hit heard by millions, always seems like some kind of magical miracle. Earlier this week, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles held its annual Songwriters in the Round evening in conjunction with the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Top songwriters told the stories behind some of the biggest hits. This week’s writers included Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Dixie Chicks, Adele), Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Pink), Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna) and Rodney Jerkins (Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Beyonce).
Below are five secrets they reveals about some of your favorite songs.
Beyonce initially hated Destiny Child’s mega-hit “Say My Name”
Producer/songwriter Rodney Jerkins was in London in the late ‘90s, clubbing with the Spice Girls. It was in a club that he first heard 2-step, a jittery electronic dance style. “I wanted to bring 2-step to the States,” Jerkins said and his first session back just happened to be with Destiny’s Child. He played them “Say My Name,” which featured a prominent 2-step. “Beyonce said, ‘What is this garbage?’ I said, ‘Trust me.’ They sang it, but they weren’t happy.” When it came time to do the final mix, Jerkins “humbled” himself and stripped out all the music and built the song from the ground up again from an a capella vocal track with the trio rapping the beat that was taken out.
Adele obsessed over Wanda Jackson before writing “Someone Like You” At Dan Wilson’s first writing session with Adele after they were “blind dated” by produced Rick Rubin, “she had four lines for two songs. Two lines turned into ‘Rumour Has It’ and two into ‘Someone Like You’,” he recalls. “But for the first hour, she played me Wanda Jackson videos on YouTube.” He admits the move was brilliant in that it broke the ice and helped them “wipe the etch-a-sketch clean” in terms of their expectations.
Pink originally wrote “Throw In the towel” instead of “Blow me one last kiss”
Greg Kurstin wrote and recorded “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” in one day. Kurstin brought some tracks he’d created into the session. Pink quickly wrote the melody for the verse and Kurstin wrote the melody for the chorus. “She’s so fast. She’s an amazing lyric writer,” he says. But something wasn’t quite sitting right with them on the lyrics. Pink originally had penned “Let’s throw in the towel” and Kurstin felt it didn’t work. Next thing he knew, she’d switched it to “Blow me one last kiss” and a top 10 song was born.
Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock My World’ started as a dream
When Rodney Jerkins was 19 and coming off having worked with Mary J. Blige and Brandy and Monica, he had a very vivid dream that he would work with Michael Jackson as he slept on his mother’s couch in New Jersey. He dreamed of walking up to a structure with lots of glass and seeing Jackson in a red shirt waving to him. He woke up the next morning, the phone rang and it was legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager “asking if I wanted to write for Michael Jackson,” Jerkins said. “She said, I don’t don’t know when it will be.’ I said, ‘I’m going to come [to L.A.] tomorrow so when it’s time, I’m ready’.” As he approached their meeting point, he looked up and there was Jackson, looking out a window in a red shirt, exactly as he had appeared in Jerkins’ dream.
Beyonce’s “Halo” was inspired by Ray LaMontagne’s “Shelter”
Evan Bogart, who was still working as a booking agent at the time, was writing with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who was home nursing a ruptured Achilles tendon which has caused him to cancel his band's tour. Bogart was enamored with Ray LaMontage’s song “Shelter” and wanted to write a song that conveyed that same feeling. “Three hours later, we had the song done and four hours later, we had the word that she was going to cut it,” Bogart says. The song they submitted had no bridge, to even though Beyonce has agreed to cut it, they went back later and added a bridge that was Bogart’s tribute to LaMontagne. Don’t recognize it in the final version of “Halo?” For good reason: “When Beyonce recorded it, she ripped it out and replaced it,” Bogart said with a laugh.
It’s a candy-colored world in Carly Rae Jepsen’s lyric video for current single, “This Kiss.”
The decidedly low tech clip features the lyrics about a potential cheating kiss pop up against bright pop art backgrounds full of geometric shapes and polka dots. And drawn lips and perky hearts. There are no images of Jepsen anywhere.
Sean Lennon exhibited near superhuman strength when it came to composing the score to “Alter Egos,” writer/director Jordan Galland’s new indie film.
The comedy, which opens at New York’s Cinema Village on Thursday, is about superheroes who fall from grace with ordinary citizens. The plot revolves around a superhero who puts a mission in peril when he finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him with his own Alter Ego.
The song continues to hold off a charge from Korean rapper Psy and “Gangnam Style,” thanks primarily to continued strong radio airplay. “Gangnam Style” remains at No. 2, according to Billboard.
Taylor Swift’s decision to unveil one new track from “Red,” out Oct. 22, each week for the past several weeks results in Swift’s third song in as many weeks debuting in the Top 10. This week, “I Knew You Were Trouble” blows onto the Hot 100 at No. 3, bolstered largely by digital sales. “Red’s” first single (and former No. 1), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is at No. 3. Sandwiched between the Swift double pack is fun.’s “Some Nights” at No. 4.
Following Swift, the only other new entry into the top 10 is Ke$ha with “Die Young,” which jumps 14-8.
On the rest of the top 10, Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean rises 7-6. Alex Clare’s “Too Close” climbs 10-7. Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” holds at No. 9 and Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” slides up one notch to No. 10.
Adele’s James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” falls out of the top 10, dropping five places to No. 13 in its second week.
Now that Beyonce is confirmed for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, we’ve had a few hours to think about our dream program. When Madonna was announced last year, we already knew that she was working with Cirque du Soleil. Plus, since there were rumors she was recording with Nicki Minaj, people speculated that she might join her on the field. This time, all we have is the confirmation that Bey will be at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 3.
Here’s how we’d like to see her 12-minute show play out. We already know the production and costumes will be bright and sparking, so we’re focusing on the music. There’s not room to do all these song in totality, to we’re suggesting snippets and medleys.
1. Open with “Countdown” with a marching band. Or since she is in New Orleans, pay homage to the Crescent City by including a great brass band and a colorful Second line.
2. Even women who aren’t interested in the game usually want to tune into the Super Bowl half time so go into the arc of a relationship: Start with “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and do something fun with the dance, such as bring on NFL players to do it or Justin Timberlake (to recreate the “Saturday Night Live” sketch)
3. Segue into “Irreplaceable” as the relationship goes into turmoil. Have dancers or a marching band on the field all going “to the left, to the left.”
4. Finish the segment with a happy ending and reconciliation with a high-energy “Crazy In Love” and bring out hubby, Jay-Z, for the rap. Plus, flash a few shots of Blue Ivy. Or here’s an idea! You’ve got four months! Go ahead and conceive Blue Ivy’s sibling so you’ll be showing ever so slightly at the Super Bowl and you can rub your tummy sweetly to announce your pregnancy like you did at the Grammys a few years ago.
5. Speaking of reconciliation, everyone is hoping for a Destiny’s Child reunion. With hundreds of millions watching, here’s the time. Bring out Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Can you imagine how crazy the crowd will go if you jump into “Bootylicious.” They are definitely ready for this jelly.
6. End on an emotional high note. After a tremendously fast-paced, up-tempo fun show, finish with “I Was Here” and bring on a children’s choir.
PLAN B: If the Destiny’s Child reunion doesn’t work, do a fun salute to New Orleans with “Iko Iko” or bring on Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, and sing a sassy “(You Can Have My Husband But) Don’t Mess With My Man” or slow it down a bit with “It’s Raining.”