A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects headlining 2024 Four Chord Music Festival

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A Day to Remember and The All-American Rejects are headlining the 2024 Four Chord Music Festival, taking place June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The bill also includes the reunited Something Corporate, Motion City Soundtrack, The Story So Far, Senses Fail, State Champs, The Get Up Kids and Relient K.

For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit FourChordMusicFestival.com.

You can also catch a number of those bands at October’s When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas, including A Day to Remember and The All-American Rejects, who will be performing their respective albums Homesick and The All-American Rejects in full.

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Music notes: Nicki Minaj celebrates bestselling tour to date, Gunna’s “more mature” album and more

Nicki Minaj is grateful for the fans who have helped her upcoming Pink Friday 2 tour outsell her previous treks. Alongside a screenshot of a Live Nation press release announcing the tour “is now her best-selling tour to date with more than 25 sold-out arena shows in just days of presale,” she wrote, “This happened within days of presale. Now we are 10 days away. So grateful. SOOOOO grateful & honored to have you in #GagCITY.”

After releasing his single “Bittersweet” Friday, Gunna revealed there’s a project in the making that he describes as special and more mature. “It’s not expected, and it’s needed,” he told GQ. “It’s like something that the world don’t know they need yet.”

Luther Vandross‘ first two albums, Luther and This Close to You, will be rereleased in April and June, respectively, becoming commercially available for the first time in over four decades. They can now be preordered on vinyl, CD and digital, among other configurations. Also available for preorder are exclusive bundles with newly designed merch.

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Blur announces pre-Coachella headlining show

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Blur has announced a one-off headlining concert ahead of their performance at Coachella 2024.

The show will take place April 10 in Pomona, California. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, at noon local time.

Blur hasn’t performed live in the U.S. since 2015. The group reunited in 2022 to record their latest album, 2023’s Ballard of Darren, but has so far only played internationally in support of it.

Coachella takes place April 12-14 and April 19-21.

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Music notes: Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and more

It looks like new music from Billie Eilish is on the way. The singer posted a series of selfies to Instagram on Wednesday, in which she teased a new detail about her upcoming record. “my album is mastered,” Billie captioned the photos.

She looks up grinning like a (Tasmanian) devil. Taylor Swift spent one of her days off in Australia visiting the Sydney Zoo before her upcoming run of Eras Tour shows in that city. The singer played tourist on Wednesday alongside several of her backup singers and dancers, and was spotted taking photos of the animals with a digital camera.

Justin Timberlake just posted another lengthy clip from his upcoming new single, “Drown.” In the Instagram video, Justin paces back and forth in a recording studio while the track plays in the background. “DROWN 2/23,” he captioned the post.

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Music notes: Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand and more

Justin Timberlake just posted another lengthy clip from his upcoming new single, “Drown.” In the Instagram video, Justin paces back and forth in a recording studio while the track plays in the background. “DROWN 2/23,” he captioned the post.

Jennifer Aniston is set to present Barbra Streisand with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 30th annual SAG Awards ceremony. Jennifer, who is a longtime fan of Barbra’s, will honor her during the event on Saturday, which streams globally on Netflix at 8 p.m. ET.

It looks like new music from Billie Eilish is on the way. The singer posted a series of selfies to Instagram on Wednesday and teased a new detail about her upcoming record. “my album is mastered,” Billie captioned the photos.

She looks up grinning like a (Tasmanian) devil. Taylor Swift spent one of her days off in Australia visiting the Sydney Zoo before her upcoming run of Eras Tour shows in that city. The singer played tourist on Wednesday alongside several of her backup singers and dancers, and was spotted taking photos of the animals with a digital camera.

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Jeezy graces NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ stage

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NPR Music’s Tiny Desk got a visit from Jeezy, who performed a few of his tracks, keeping in line with the acoustic vibe the series is most known for. 

With the help of a string quartet, live drums, keys and bass — with all the musicians wearing Jeezy’s Snoman shirts — he performed “Standing Ovation,” “Air Forces,” “Bottom Of The Map,” “And Then What,” “Go Crazy” and “Everythang.” He also provided background stories for the tracks and told fans to rap along.

The full performance is now available on NPR Music’s YouTube.

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Bonnie Raitt’s latest ‘Austin City Limits’ episode to air February 24

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Bonnie Raitt is returning to Austin City Limits. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer appears on the Saturday, February 24, episode of the PBS series, performing classic tunes and highlights from her 2022 album, Just Like That… .

Raitt taped the episode back in October and was joined by Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sunny War.

Raitt’s appearance is her first ACL performance in over a decade. She made her ACL debut in 1984 and last appeared on the program in 2012, although she did perform on the 40th anniversary special in 2014. She was also inducted into the ACL Hall of Fame in 2016.

In addition to PBS, fans can catch the episode streaming via PBS.org. 

The ACL performance is a preview of what fans can expect when Raitt hits the road this spring. Her tour kicks off April 26 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A complete list of dates can be found at bonnieraitt.com.

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Nashville notes: Dolly’s “Puppy Love” + Travis Denning’s new track

Dolly Parton has dropped a new recording of “Puppy Love.” “‘Puppy Love’ was the very first single I ever released, and now in honor of my Pet Gala special, I’m releasing ‘Puppy Love (Billy Version)’!” she shares on Instagram.

Travis Denning will release “Roads That Go Nowhere” on Friday, February 23. You can watch a trailer of the track now on Travis’ Instagram.

Kacey Musgraves is slated to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on March 2. It’ll air at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.

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Julian Casablancas’ The Voidz releases new song, “All the Same”

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Julian CasablancasThe Strokes side project The Voidz has released a new song called “All the Same.”

The track is one of several one-off tunes The Voidz has put out over the past couple years, including 2023’s “Flexorcist,” “Prophecy of the Dragon” and “American Way.” The group’s most recent album is 2018’s Virtue. If you’re wondering whether a follow-up is in the works, well, perhaps you can decipher this cryptic statement written by Casablancas and company in a press release.

“Does the sacred art known as ‘the album’ still hold sway over the covetous gaze of the body electric?” the statement reads. “Does it stir the quills of old and capture the fleeting attention of the people? Or if one packs the press release of a single track (surrounded by enough other accouterments), does it elicit the same anticipation and excitement?” 

It continues, “A wager among the titans ensued, marked by the exchange of crypto, and now dear reader, this is where you find yourself as part of the discourse….. what say you?”

While you try to figure that out, you can listen to “All the Same” via digital outlets. It’s also set to be featured in an upcoming movie called Drugstore June.

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PJ Morton releasing memoir, ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,’ in November

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PJ Morton is reflecting on his life journey in his new book, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.

The memoir recounts his upbringing in the church as the son of two pastors and gospel artists who struggled to understand the R&B, pop and soul songs he would later write. Despite the “mounting pressure, rejection and constant miscategorization … he committed himself to a steadfast path of independence: making music on his own terms, launching his own record label, joining one of the biggest bands in the world while staying true to his New Orleans roots,” according to the book’s overview. PJ hopes that his story, which documents his transformation “from preacher’s kid to the busiest man in showbiz,” gives readers the push they need to overcome hardships while on the pursuit of their dreams.

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning will be released on November 12 via Hachette Book Group imprint Worthy Publishing but is now available for preorder. 

Before then, PJ will release “Please Be Good,” featuring Nigerian producer P.Priime, the lead single from a forthcoming album he made during a “life-changing 30 days” spent traveling across Africa, according to a press release. He’ll then hit the road for tour dates, a few festivals, the next leg of Maroon 5‘s Las Vegas residency and more before the release of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure this summer. He wrote, arranged and produced original music for the Disney film, making him the first Black composer to write an original song for a Disney attraction.

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