Kings Of Leon, The Strokes Headline San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival. The annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco just announced its full line-up. Among the top rock and indie acts headlining the festival, taking place August 14th and 15th at the Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, are Kings of Leon, The Strokes, and My Morning Jacket. Along with Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, and the newly re-banded Strokes, also performing at this year’s Outside Lands festival are Phoenix, Al Green, Social Distortion, Gogol Bordello, Nas & Damian Marley, Cat Power, Janelle Monae, and Wolfmother.Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Temper Trap, Pretty Lights, Amos Lee, The Devil Makes Three, Tokyo Police Club, Electric Six, Dawes, The Whigs, The Soft Pack, and more are all scheduled to perform across the two days. The full schedule will be available on the festival website. Tickets are set to go on sale Wednesday, June 2nd and will run $125 for both days. Previous performers at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, now in its third year, have included Radiohead, Incubus, Dave Matthews Band, Beck, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam, Wilco, Black Eyed Peas, and more.
eHarmony’s Perfect Mixtape Challenge has identified Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’ as Britain’s favourite love song. The online challenge, helping to breathe fresh life into the art of the ‘mixtape’, today reveals the ultimate mixtape collection based on user downloads. From love ballad classics to modern-day favourites, the ultimate mixtape is compiled from over 400 mixtapes created at perfectmixtape.co.uk. The final playlist begins with the Kings of Leon, but transitions quickly in to smoother grooves, with the top three love songs completed by ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye and Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. Created to launch eHarmony’s relationship service within the UK, the Perfect Continue reading →
Currently on its 35th series, BBC2’s later live with, Jools Holland remains the unmissable Tuesday night 10pm essential for music fans of all ages backgrounds and tastes. Coupled with its perfectly timed 11.35pm extended version on Friday nights, the show truly exists as the most visible and consistent champion of quality music on the nation’s TVs, a fifteen year institution that has become as valued a friend and resource to the artists and musician featured n the show as for the audience themselves. Like its TV counter-part, ‘Later Live 2, with Jools Continue reading →
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Parlophone / Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late. Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of Continue reading →
Legendary vocalist, musician and Academy Award winning songwriter, Annie Lennox celebrates the release of her new album, ‘The Annie Lennox Collection’, with a signing session at HMV’s Flagship store on Oxford Street in London’s West End on Thursday 12th March 2009.
Annie will be at the store from 6.00 pm to meet fans and sign copies of the new album which is released through Sony Music on 9th March 2009.
Included on the track listing are songs from four of Annie’s solo albums and two new songs. One of these is a cover of Irish rockers Ash’s single, ‘Shining Light’, which has Lennox performing all the parts of the band in the music video.
More about Annie Lennox
BORN: December 25, 1954
Annie Lennox was born in Scotland on December 25, 1954. Annie’s musical interest was evident to her parent from the time she was three years old, which ultimately led her to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study the flute. Although Annie’s debut LP wasn’t released until 1992, Annie is no stranger to musical success. Annie was one-half of the 1980′s super duo, Eurythmics. While living in London, Annie met guitarist Dave Stewart and joined a band named The Tourists who gained marginal success in the U.K. in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Annie and Stewart soon left the band to form the Eurythmics.
The group disbanded quietly in 1991 when Annie took time off to have a child, and eventually work on her solo debut. In 1989, Annie had some non-Eurythmics success when she teamed up with Al Green to record a remake of “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” for the soundtrack to Scrooged.” But in the 90s, Annie emerged as a solo act: a white girl from Scotland with a lot of soul in her voice. Before Annie had even gone solo, she was awarded with 4 Brit Awards for Best British Female Artist (in 1984, 1986, 1989, and 1990).
1992 Annie’s first solo LP, Diva, was released in May. Annie’s style and vocals on the LP were described as more mature. Her LP had shown a departure from the electronic sounds of the 1980s, and an arrival into the adult contemporary sound. Singles such as “Walking On Broken Glass” and the haunting “Why” established Annie as a successful solo singer. Her video interpretations of the songs were equally admired by music fans. The LP sold over 2 million copies in the U.S., and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including “Album of the Year.” The music video for “Why” also won a MTV Music Award for Best Female Video, and Rolling Stone readers proclaimed her the “Best Female Singer” of 1992.
Diva went on to sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. Annie had proven herself as a successful solo artist with Diva. She had also moved from the technopop-80s into a sophisticated sound of the 90s all her own. Not only were Annie’s vocals praised and admired, but her abilities as a songwriter were equally lauded. But Annie’s next LP release would not showcase her songwriting abilities.
1993 Annie won 2 Brit Awards for Best British Album and Best British Female Artist.
1995 Annie’s second LP, Medusa, was released in March. The LP was a collection of cover tunes and included the hit “No More ‘I Love You’s’.” Other tracks include Blue Nile’s “Downtown Lights,” The Temptations’ “Can’t Get Next To You,” Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain,” and Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.” Annie continued to display her eccentric style in her videos and live musical performances. It’s hard to forget Annie’s male backup singers in ballet wear or bear suits. Medusa went on to sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. Late in 1995, an LP, Live In Central Park was released to fans in the U.K. and an accompanying video in the U.S.
1996 Annie could be heard at the movies. Annie wrote and sang backup on the Whitney Houston song “Step By Step” used in the film The Preacher’s Wife. Other contributions to soundtracks and compilations LPs by Annie include: “Every Time We Say Goodbye” from the Red Hot + Blue compilation LP and video (1990) and “Love Song For A Vampire” from the Dracula soundtrack (1992), as well as House Of Groove (1993), MTV Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1 (1994), and Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing (1995). Annie’s voice can also be heard on a couple of tracks from Apollo 13 (“Dark Side Of The Moon” and “End Titles”). Annie won a Brit Award for Best Female Artist.
1997 Never one to be labeled “status quo,” Annie Lennox has achieved a musical style that other artists can only dream of. Recently, Annie has been keeping a low-profile but in 1997 she contributed a track called “Dream Angus” to the Carnival compilation to benefit the rainforests. Annie is also focusing on what she has referred to as her most important role – motherhood.
1999 Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox will be teaming up publicly once again as the Eurythmics in February at the 1999 Brit Awards where they will also receive a lifetime achievement award: Outstanding Contribution to the British Music Industry award.
With only a few days to go until the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is atwitter with news of additional performers and presenters — literally. The Grammy Twitter feed lit up this morning with word that Kanye West would be performing with U.K. newcomer Estelle, pretty much guaranteeing a rendition of one of 2008’s hottest singles, “American Boy.” (How good was it? It hit Number Seven on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Singles of 2008.)
And Sunday night will feature another duet: Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus are teaming up for the former’s sweet song “Fifteen” from the chart-topping Fearless, according to Ryan Seacrest’s Twitter. In addition, Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx have been confirmed as performers for the Four Tops tribute, which will feature original member Duke Fakir. Adele, Chris Brown and Sugarland will also take the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, while Sheryl Crow, Craig Ferguson, Al Green, Jay Mohr, Queen Latifah and T-Pain will head to the podium to make awkward banter and present trophies.
Just last week, the Grammys added a slew of big-name artists to Sunday, February 8th’s performance lineup: U2, Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Rihanna joined Radiohead, Coldplay, Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, T.I., Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers and Jennifer Hudson.
As always, Rolling Stone will be on the ground in L.A. Grammy night bringing you the latest from the red carpet to the green room to the afterparties. But for now, check out artists’ predictions for who will walk away with the biggest honors in our Grammy Faceoff ‘09 — and don’t miss all our other essential Grammy coverage on our Grammy hub.
Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome.
Rounding out the bill are Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Teena Marie, Eric Benet, Jazmine Sullivan, Janelle Monae, Raphael Saadiq, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Zap Mama, The Knux, Irvin Mayfield, Lalah Hathaway, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ledisi, Marva Wright, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Brand New Heavies, Dan Dyer, DJ Soul Sister, Keri Hilson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.
The Essence Festival is also known for its empowerment seminars, which are free and open to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis. Among the personalities participating in these events are Bill Cosby, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Donna Brazile, Tom Joyner, Hill Harper and Donnie McClurkin.
In addition, there will be a tribute to TD Jakes featuring CeCe Winans and Marvin Sapp, among others.
Tickets for the Essence festival are available from Ticketmaster. Weekend packages are discounted by 15% through Feb. 15.