Top 5 Concerts
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood: Rogers Place│Edmonton, Alberta Canada│February 18th
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood continue their “Garth Brooks World Tour” into Canada. Saturday’s show is the second of nine nights. NINE.
What are they putting in their drinks?! Brooks’ concerts are so desirable that he and his wife book stints of shows in one place instead of travelling night-to-night. Rogers Place will host the couple for all nine nights. The shows run from February 17th to February 25th (sometimes twice-a-day!).
George Strait & Kacey Musgraves: T-Mobile Arena│Las Vegas, NV│February 18th
George Strait is doing something unique for the first two shows at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. His “Strait to Vegas Tour” began on the 17th, and for the first two nights (17th and 18th), he is brings Kacey Musgraves along for the ride. The two will perform together Friday and Saturday night. George Strait then takes a break until April when he begins his stint at T-Mobile Arena with scattered dates throughout the rest of 2017.
This is a unique combination because Kacey Musgraves represents the modern-day country generation while George Strait represents an older generation. They are both supremely talented, so it will be a heartwarming, enjoyable concert experience to see the intersection of these two country music generations.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Madison Square Garden│New York, NY│February 18th
Red Hot Chili Peppers perform for three nights in New York (15th, 17th, and 18th). Saturday’s show marks the last of the three. This 90’s band has had a hot tour so far, full of rave reviews and huge crowds. “The Getaway Tour” began at the beginning of 2017 and carries through July. Madison Square Garden, dubbed “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” is always an iconic venue for musicians to play. This will be the last East Coast show until April.
Bon Jovi: Bridgestone Arena│Nashville, TN│February 18th
Bon Jovi is currently on their “This House is Not For Sale Tour.” Saturday’s venue is Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. It is the biggest indoor arena in Nashville, and many big musicians use it as their Nashville tour venue. The winner of Bon Jovi’s opening act contest for Nashville is the band Jake Johnson. On Bon Jovi’s official website, Jake Johnson’s statement reads,
“‘To say what I have to say would take a decade to complete,’ said Jake Johnson. ‘This dream is the summit of the mountain we have been climbing our whole lives, and now it has become a reality. The band and I would like to thank Bon Jovi, Live Nation, and everyone involved in the contest for making this possible. When we were kids, we held broomsticks and imagined the roar of the crowd. On February 18th, we will hear that deafening roar that echoed in our imaginations… but for real.'”
Twenty One Pilots & Judah and the Lion: American Airlines Center│Dallas, TX│February 22nd
Twenty One Pilots are fresh off of their huge Grammy win for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Stressed Out”). The Columbus, OH natives made a statement by accepting their award in their underwear. It seemed insulting at first, but they then explained an endearing story that reminds fans why their dedication to Twenty One Pilots is so strong. When the duo watched the Grammys years ago before the fame, all the boys sat around watching in their underwear. Tyler Joseph turned to second member Josh Dun and said, “If we ever win a Grammy, we got to accept it in our underwear.” There they were, years later, accepting a Grammy in their underwear. The story goes to show the age-old tale that anyone can rise to greatness and success, but it takes a lot of believing in yourself.
Twenty One Pilots are currently on tour for their “EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW WØRLD TØUR” with Judah and the Lion. The tour continues until early March.
What’s In Tune
Ed Sheeran│”How Would You Feel (Paean)”
Selena Gomez and Kygo│”It Ain’t Me”
Gomez is off to a fire start of 2017. After catching the public’s attention with her heartfelt MTV VMAs speech in 2016, everybody knew she was taking a break from social media and touring due to side effects of her lupus. Then, PDA shots of her and The Weeknd flared up online news outlets. Now, she dropped a subtle yet powerful “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo on Thursday.
Though it contains a similar backbeat to many EDM tracks, Gomez’s presence and lyrics make it creative. The hair-flip, “over it” track is about moving on and leaving who she used to care about behind. Look out, Gomez is back in the ring and not playing around. If the hook, “Who’s waking up to drive you home when you’re drunk and all alone? Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning? It ain’t me…” doesn’t get stuck in your head…
Future│FUTURE (Digital Release)
After staying quiet for the later part of 2016, Future made a surprise announcement about a new project. FUTURE, a digital album, dropped today. The only notice was the same day as his “Nobody Safe Tour” announcement. Future is touring with Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black for his “Nobody Safe Tour” starting in May and going until June. A$AP Ferg and Young Thug are opening on select tour dates. It’s an epic line up and shows a strong front from Atlanta, in particular. Future always leans on his home city from his musical inspiration to close friends. Atlanta, much like New York, L.A., Chicago, is rapidly becoming the most important city for hip-hop. Future dropped this tweet on Valentine’s Day; the same day as the “Nobody Safe Tour” announcement.
I was preparing the feast. U walked away from the table too soon https://t.co/n1PFChLlyb
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 14, 2017
The tweet’s ambiguity makes the new work even more intriguing. All we know is the mysterious album cover art and that it is self-titled (as of now). There are seventeen tracks, but no features. EVOL, Future’s last full-length album, dropped in early 2016 . It featured the hit “Low Life” with The Weeknd. In addition, EVOL dropped only three weeks after his mixtape Purple Reign. Future also co-headlined with Drake for the “Summer Sixteen Tour.” Then, he dropped yet another mixtape with DJ Esco titled Project E.T. in June 2016. He was busy, but music-wise, he laid low heading into the end of the year. This is a fierce statement for the rapper, and it is exciting to hear what his new material holds.
1. “Rent Money”
2. “Good Dope”
5. “Super Trapper”
7. “Mask Off”
8. “High Demand”
9. “Outta Time”
11. “Im So Groovy”
12. “Might As Well”
13. “Poppin Tags”
14. “Massage In My Room”
16. “When I Was Broke”
17. “Feds Did a Sweep”
Flume│Skin Companion II (EP)
Flume became a hot up-and-comer in 2016 with his second album Skin. Skin included radio hits “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai and “Say It” featuring pop star Tove Lo. Both are sensual and sassy hits that delve into love’s highs and lows. Flume is an Australian DJ, producer, and musician who grew to fame through remixing songs. His debut album Flume dropped in 2012 with sufficient reviews. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that the international music community (U.S. in particular) began to take notice.
Flume then dropped Skin Companion I in the latter half of 2016 with four songs on the EP. As an addition, he dropped Skin Companion II today. It also contains four songs. However, there are features on this section of Skin Companion including Pusha T in “Enough.” Flume seems to stray away from bubblegum, mainstream music and towards an edgier, hotter side to pop. It will be exciting to see if one of these songs lands itself on radio airwaves, or if it will take another full length album to keep the world’s attention on Flume.
Flume is not touring, but he is performing at a myriad of musical festivals in the coming months including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival, Electric Forest… basically ever major summer music festival in the country.
Skin Companion II Tracklist:
1. “Enough” (featuring Pusha T)
3. “Depth Charge”
4. “Fantastic” (featuring Dave Bayley)
Bebe Rexha│All Your Fault Pt. 1 (EP)
All Your Fault: Pt. 1
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) February 1, 2017
Bebe Rexha is an up-and-coming artist in the mainstream music realm. She grew to fame through features in 2016. Huge artists like rapper G-Eazy and EDM artist Martin Garrix featured Rexha on their smashing 2016 radio hits. G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself & I” and Martin Garrix’s “In The Name of Love” include Rexha’s pop music vocals. Rexha is now looking to branch out. She is dropping her EP All Your Fault Pt. 1 that includes six tracks. Ironically, G-Eazy features on “Fuck Fake Friends;” Ty Dolla $ign features on “Bad Bitch.” That is a strong radio contender, as Ty Dolla $ign’s feature on Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home” was a staple radio sing-a-long for months.
This will be the first new music since her 2015 I Don’t Wanna Grow Up. All Your Fault Pt. 2 is set to drop this year, but the exact timing is undecided. This is the chance for Rexha to step outside the tight space of being a features-only artist, so the hope is that she will grow into a Tove Lo over the next year. Rexha is on her “All Your Fault Tour” in March, hitting cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and L.A.
2. I Got You
3. Small Doses
4. Fuck Fake Friends feat. G eazy
5. Gateway Drug
6. Bad Bitch feat. Ty Dolla $ign
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) February 1, 2017
Cher│The Talk│February 17th
Cher is continuing her Vegas residencies at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo and The Theater at MGM National Harbor until September. Titled “Classic Cher,” the show runs at two venues in 2017. February 8th to 25th and May 3rd to 20th are the runs at Park Theater at Monte Carlo. March 17th to 26th and August 31st to September 10th are the legs at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Cher will certainly discuss the upcoming residencies on The Talk to promote the shows.
Bebe Rexha│Live with Kelly│February 17th
Bebe Rexha is dropping her EP All Your Fault Pt. 1 today. She is on Live with Kelly, promoting her new work. Rexha featured on many radio hits in 2016 including G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself & I” and Martin Garrix’s “In the Name of Love.” Therefore, it’s time for her to carve her own solo career separate from features. Look out for more of Rexha on the talk show route promoting her new work before her tour starts in early March.
Mike Posner│Live with Kelly│February 20th
Mike Posner pulled an odd move on the Grammys red carpet. He and blackbear, his other half in their project Mansionz, showed up with bright green hair. Blackbear then spoke for Posner during their E! Live from the Red Carpet interview. Posner whispered into blackbear’s ear, and blackbear spoke for him to interviewer Giuliana Rancic. It apparently was supposed to attack the limited private life of celebrities, but instead, it came off as a rude and odd red carpet appearance.
Posner crashed charts with “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” in 2016. However, he is currently promoting Mansionz, a duo DJ project with Blackbear. It is a soulful, hip-hop project that will also include spoken word pieces. The duo has dropped two singles “stfu” and “rich white girls.” Posner dropped a solo album in 2016 titled At Night, Alone. He also has a poetry book coming out March 24th titled Teardrops and Balloons. Therefore, Live with Kelly will certainly incorporate the book’s promotion as well as an upcoming releases from Mansionz. And hopefully, the interview will provide some clarify on that odd Grammys moment.
Future│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│February 21st
Future had a big week. After announcing a surprise album, he also announced a huge tour with Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black hitting venues this summer. Titled “Nobody Safe Tour,” it lines up the Atlanta native for a big 2017. Future will most likely discuss his album as it drops today. It will be interesting to see how he’s progressed since EVOL, and if any of his fellow tour performers feature on his new tracks.
Gwen Stefani and Tove Lo│Late Night with Seth Meyers│February 21st
Gwen Stefani is back for her next season as a judge on NBC’s The Voice. Her public relationship with co-worker Blake Shelton sparked headlines after his divorce from Miranda Lambert. Stefani is back for this coming season, replacing Miley Cyrus. The judge lineup is Adam Levine, Shelton, Stefani, and Alicia Keys. Tove Lo had a big 2016 with the release of her sophomore album Lady Wood. It showed the pop star as an intense, seductive, twisted soul in the best way possible. She does not stay within the lines of presumed “radio worth.” Therefore, her career progressed past being a features artist.
Noah Cyrus, for years, was just Miley Cyrus’ younger sister. That has forever changed. With the release of her single “Make Me (Cry)” featuring Labrinth, Noah officially broke out into her solo career. The song lit up charts with multiple versions, and 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for the young star. No living in Miley’s shadow anymore. Expect Cyrus to continue to plug forward with this success, and maybe Corden will reveal an album announcement during her time on the show. Corden also just hosted the 59th Annual Grammys, so his talk show host career is peaking.
Lionel Richie and Bebe Rexha│The Late Late Show with James Corden│February 22nd
Lionel Richie is set to start his tour with Mariah Carey in March, and the tour goes until May. Like all of Corden’s episodes, this will be a fun banter between Richie and Corden. Bebe Rexha will also make an appearance though Richie and Rexha have not collaborated. Expect to see an interesting mix between these two stars (one aged superstar and one up-and-comer).
Migos│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│February 20th
Migos is Atlanta’s prize hip-hop jewel. For years, they grinded away and influenced the rap culture, especially in their home city. Now, CULTURE projected them to the next level of fame with hit “Bad and Boujee.” The trio then announced a huge tour with Future, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black titled “Nobody Safe Tour.” It doesn’t start until May, but in the meantime, Migos are celebrating their success with the new album. Expect an interesting interview and performance from Migos on Ellen, as the three members have known each other for years.
Jennifer Lopez│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│February 21st
Jennifer Lopez doesn’t age. She is as beautiful and as talented as ever. After presenting at the Grammys, Lopez is stopping by The Ellen Show. Lopez is continuing her Vegas residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood. The title of the residency is “All I Have.” She has a few dates left in February before a break. Then, she is back from May to June. She concludes the residency with a string of September/October dates.
Demi Lovato│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│February 22nd
Demi Lovato is also on The Ellen Show this coming week. She has not dropped a new album since Confident in 2015. Confident was a strong comeback for the pop singer. After struggling with alcoholism and drug addictions in addition to self harm, Lovato seems to be strongly moving forward in her career. Hits from the album include “Confident” and “Cool for the Summer.” Maybe her Ellen appearance will mark a new music announcement? Fans can only hope.