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Pollstar says U2 top touring act over the last decade

Nov. 22, 2019 9:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a beautiful decade for U2 on the touring front, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers raked in over $1 billion in sales to be named the artist of the decade by Pollstar. The touring trade publication tracks data on tours globally. It says U2 grossed $1.03 billion in ticket sales f rom...

Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands

Nov. 22, 2019 9:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays. You can find other pillars of culture with bottles, including TV shows and the high-brow auction house...

James Taylor audio memoir coming early next year

Nov. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor isn’t working on a typical rock star memoir. The singer-songwriter has a deal with producer-distributor Audible for the audio-only “Break Shot,” focusing on his early years and ending on “the cusp” of his 1970s fame. Scheduled for early 2020,...

Coldplay decides not to tour for environmental reasons

Nov. 21, 2019 10:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British band Coldplay has decided not to launch a global tour because of environmental concerns. Frontman Chris Martin told the BBC Thursday that the band is not going on tour to promote its latest album because it wants to take time to determine how a tour can be beneficial to the...

15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out

Nov. 20, 2019 4:31 PM EST

Fifteen things worth noting about Wednesday’s nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to the comeback kids. _______ SNUBBING SPRINGSTEEN Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” didn’t shine bright enough for the Grammy Awards. The rock legend’s...

Review: Tom Waits’ songs shine on female-focused tribute

Nov. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Various artists, “Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits” (Dualtone) Hard-times troubadour Tom Waits gets the Great American Songbook-style treatment in “Come On Up to the House,” a classy collection of covers performed by two generations of female singer-songwriters. The album,...

New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in noms

Nov. 20, 2019 8:49 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act. Lizzo picked up nominations for album of the year with her...

Review: Beck shoots into the galaxy for latest trippy album

Nov. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Beck, “Hyperspace” (Capitol Records) We’ve heard Beck when he’s down. And we’ve heard Beck when he’s up. Now hear Beck go past up to something else. Cosmic? Celestial? The 11 songs on the aptly named “Hyperspace” are airy and psychedelic, with warm textures...

Doobie Brothers unite with Michael McDonald for tour

Nov. 19, 2019 2:29 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers are joining with singer and songwriter Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour next year. McDonald, who sang with the band starting in 1975 before starting his own solo career, surprised fans at The Doobie Brothers...

Review: ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack struggles in shadow of first

Nov. 18, 2019 12:41 PM EST

Various artists, “Frozen 2” (Walt Disney Records) No, there’s no new “Let It Go.” Let it go. The “Frozen 2” soundtrack brings together everyone’s favorite princesses — Elsa and Anna — the snowman Olaf, good guy Kristoff and his faithful...