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Alicia Keys Launches Contest To Find Backup Singer For World Tour

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Despite having had to cancel several shows due to vocal illness, Alicia Keys was able to tell fans about her contest to find a new backup singer to join her on her world tour.

If you’re 21-30 and have a valid passport, all you have to do is submit a video of yourself singing acapella for at least 30 seconds. But it has to be an original compositions as cover songs are not allowed. Also you must be in shape and able to dance, so Martha Wash types need not apply.

Get details and entry information here.


P. Diddy Announces Danity Kane, Day26 Tour

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 Fresh on the heels of making Billboard chart history with back-to-back No.1 album debuts from acts Danity Kane and Day26, P. Diddy has announced his intention to let the good times keep rolling by putting the two groups on the road.

Read more about the tour…

Danity Kane – Welcome To The Dollhouse Album Review 

08, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Doug E. Fresh And More To Take A Bite Of The Apple Festival

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Earth Day Network & Green Apple Festival have added a bevy of genre-crossing top names to its Earth Day celebrations on Sunday, Apr. 20th, including, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and Jordin Sparks.

The festival will take the form of eight free simultaneous Earth Day celebrations in landmark parks across the country in cities: New York City (Central Park), Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo), Miami FL (Bicentennial Park), Denver CO (City Park), Dallas TX (Fair Park), San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park), Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier) and Washington DC on the National Mall.
Interspersed with the live music will be environmental addresses by prominent speakers, green-minded business and educational displays on ways to combat the climate crisis.

Green Apple Festival Schedule:

WASHINGTON DC “Earth Day on the National Mall”
The Roots & Friends (, Ne-Yo, Doug E. Fresh, Talib Kweli, Chrisette Michele)
Gov’t Mule
Toots and the Maytals
Thievery Corp – DJ set
Warren Haynes – solo acoustic set
Umphrey’s McGee
DC Boys Choir
City Dance
*The National Anthem with Jordin Sparks
*Acoustic performance with O.A.R.

NEW YORK (Central Park)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
The Bacon Brothers
Vusi Mahlasela
Vienna Teng

SAN FRANCISCO (Golden Gate Park)
Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums (with Jon Fishman of Phish and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue)
Yonder Mountain String Band
Brett Dennen

MIAMI (Bicentennial Park)
Arrested Development
Baby Loves Salsa
Caravan of Thieves

CHICAGO (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Meshell Ndegeocello
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Miss Lori Holton Nash
The Gwalla Gwallas
Event MC- Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears

DALLAS (Fair Park)

Los Lonely Boys
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown
Cas Haley
The Steps
George Stanford

LOS ANGELES (Santa Monica Pier)
Taj Mahal
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic
Escalera (with pro-skaters Danny Way and Bob Burnquist)
Juliette and the Licks
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency
Coby Brown

DENVER (City Park)
The Neville Brothers
The Benevento/Russo Duo
Rose Hill Drive


Mariah Carey Drops New Single, Starts Album Cover Contest

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Fresh on the heels of beating Elvis for No. 1 songs, Mariah Carey is already dropping “Bye Bye,” the second single from her upcoming E=MC².

Check out this exclusive performance of the song from T4 4Music on the U.K.’s Channel 4.

“Mariah Carey – “Bye Bye”

In addition to the single, Carey’s also launching a contest that will give contestants the opportunity to create their own E=MC² cover. The winning design won’t be the final album cover (too bad cuz these naked Mariah pics are getting tired), but the winners get some cool swag. Get the details.

And if that isn’t enough, Carey is also slated to appear on Idol Gives Back (Apr. 9), The Oprah Winfrey Show (Apr. 14) and will actually be a mentor for the Idol hopefuls on Apr. 16.

E=MC² Official Album Tracklist:
1. Migrate feat. T-Pain
2. Touch My Body
3. Cruise Control feat. Damian Marley
4. I Stay In Love
5. Side Effects feat. Young Jeezy
6. I’m That Chick
7. Love Story
8. I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time
9. Last Kiss
10. Thanx 4 Nothin’
11. O.O.C.
12. For The Record
13. Bye Bye
13. I Wish You Well


It’s Cool To Be Smart Teens Chum It Up With Trey Songz

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This month, hand-picked teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Music Mentor program in collaboration with Atlantic Records and It’s Cool To Be Smart got the opportunity to chum it up with Trey Songz.

Songz is currently on tour with J Holiday.

Teens were chosen to attend the concert by their Club Directors from Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New Orleans with current Music Mentees and Mentors from the It’s Cool To Be Smart organization.

After the show, the lucky teens were escorted backstage for a Q&A session and photo session with Trey Songz.

“We wish there were more Record Executives like Mr. Margetson who over the years has committed to making sure the artists support their communities and give back a portion of their time for the youth,” stated Curtis B., Executive Director of It’s Cool To Be Smart.


New R&B/Soul Releases: Lizz Wright – The Orchard

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new R&B soulAlong with the release of mega-artist Janet Jackson’s Discipline today, we also have a gem of an album from the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Lizz Wright.

Wright releases her third major album called The Orchard which the New York Times has already called her “best album.”

Wright is also getting ready to kick off a national tour. Check out the dates below as well as the album’s lead single “My Heart.”

VIDEO: Lizz Wright – My Heart

AUDIO: Lizz Wright – My Heart (Audio) Windows|Quicktime

Confirmed Lizz Wright Tour Dates:
Wed 3/5/2008 Seattle WA Century Ballroom
Thu 3/6/2008 Oakland CA Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
Fri 3/7/2008 Oakland CA Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
Sat 3/8/2008 Oakland CA Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
Mon 3/10/2008 Los Angeles CA Hotel Cafe
Thu 3/13/2008 Alexandria VA Birchmere
Fri 3/14/2008 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage
Tue 3/18/2008 New York NY Highline Ballroom
Wed 3/19/2008 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live


Trey Songz And J. Holiday Co-Headline Spring U.S. Tour

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Boy crooners J. Holiday and Trey Songz will hit twenty-one cities across the U.S. as they take their silky romantic vocals to audiences in Chicago, Holiday’s hometown of Washington DC, Atlanta and more.

Songz will perform stuff from his Top 10 set Trey Day and his current hit single “Can’t Help But Wait” featuring Plies. Holiday will offer sexy vibes from his No. 1 debut Back Of My Lac’ which features his massive hit “Bed.” Check out their latest hits, Songz’ “Can’t Help But Wait” and Holiday’s “Suffocate.” (see both below)

The trek will start Feb. 25 and end in late March.

Feb.25th Chicago, IL House of Blues
Feb.26th St. Louis, MO Pagent
Feb.28th Philadelphia, PA TLA
Feb.29th (2 shows) Baltimore, MD Rams Head
Washington, DC H20
March 2nd New York, NY Nokia Theatre
March 4th Philadelphia, PA TLA
March 6th Richmond, VA The National
March 7th Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
March 8th Miami, FL Bank United Center
March 9th Orlando, FL House of Blues
March 12th Myrtle Beach, NC House of Blues
March 13th Atlanta, GA Dreamz
March 14th New Orleans, LA House of Blues
March 15th Memphis, TN Cannon Center
March 17th Dallas, TX House of Blues
March 19th Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
March 20th Anaheim, CA House of Blues
March 21st Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
March 22nd San Diego, CA Viejas Casino
March 23rd San Francisco, CA Mezzaine


Alicia Keys Grabs Jordin Sparks For North American Tour

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Alicia Keys will kick off her As I Am tour in April along with American Idol Jordan Sparks as the opening act.

The entire tour, consisting of 30 dates, will feature 18-year old Sparks who just won the Outstanding New Artist award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards. The North American trek will end in New York on June 18th.

Both ladies will perform material from current releases, Keys from her No. 1 set for which the tour is named and Sparks from her eponymous debut.

Alicia Keys As I Am tour dates:

April-19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
April-20 Philadelphia,PA Liacouras Center
April-22 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
April-24 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
April-26 Columbus, OH Value City Arena at Schottenstein Ctr
April-27 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
April-30 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
May-1 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May-5 Los Angeles, CA TBA
May-7 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
May-9 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
May-10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
May-12 Phoenix, AZ Arena
May-14 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
May-18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
May-22 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
May-24 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
May-25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
May-28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
May-30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
May-31 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
Jun-3 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Jun-5 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State
Jun-6 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Jun-8 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Jun-11 Boston, MA TD Bank North Garden
Jun-13 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
Jun-15 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Jun-17 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Jun-18 New York, NY Madison Square Garden


Winehouse, Hancock, Obama Win At The Grammys

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Troubled Brit singer Amy Winehouse proved she’s still one of the most dynamic performers we’ve seen as she swept the Grammys last night picking up five trophies including best new artist, best female pop vocal performance for “Rehab” and best pop vocal album for her sophomore set Back to Black.

Winehouse’s closest competitor, Kanye West, picked up four awards including best rap album. Both were up for the best album prize, but were surprised when industry legend Herbie Hancock took the award for his tribute to Joni Mitchell. River: The Joni Letters features artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones doing covers of Mitchell’s songs.

Also winning a Grammy was Democratic presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, in a contest that offered bragging rights but no delegates, defeated Bill Clinton in the category of Best Spoken Word Album with his audiobook “The Audacity of Hope.”

The highlight of the evening was Winehouse’s performance of her hits “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab,” beamed via satellite from the UK where she is actually in rehab.

Kanye while receiving his best album award spoke to his mom’s spirit, saying, “I know you’re really proud of me right now, and I know you wouldn’t want me to stop.” He also performed a song in her memory complete with angels.


Michael Jackson To Join Brothers For 21st Century Jackson 5 Reunion

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Rumors are circulating as to the level of involvement Michael Jackson will have in the upcoming 21st century reunion of the Jackson 5 which has been rumored off and on for years.

The event, which may include a tour, is scheduled to take place sometime in 2008, according to MTV; over 20 years since the last time the group last toured.

In a recent conversation with BBC, Jermaine was confident that Michael would be involved in the tour, saying, “He has to be. … He is a Jackson. He was at the meetings. Michael will be involved.”

It is unclear whether Michael will record new material with his brothers, who are allegedly in the studio. The controversial artist reportedly has been honing his next solo album for over than a year.

The siblings’ last outing was the 1984 Victory tour.

Source: MTV