Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood Headline “Today Show” Summer Concert Series. NBC’s “Today Show” is getting ready to kick-off their annual summer concert series and they’ve announced a line-up worthy of a Grammy Awards night. Among the artists participating this year are Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Keith Urban.
Leading the pack of music stars set to rock the stage is none other than Sting, who kicks off the “Today” Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 14th. He’ll perform a half-hour concert of some of his greatest hits. Also in May, the “American Idol” winner and runner-up are both set to perform during a special Thursday performance following the show’s season finale on May 27th. Justin Bieber fronts the June line-up, performing a concert on Friday, June 4th, while Christina Aguilera takes the stage for a special Tuesday performance on June 8th, the release date for her new album “Bionic.” In July, Lady Gaga takes a break from her Monster Ball tour to hit the Plaza with her concert. John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, and Maroon 5 all take the stage during the month of July as well. In August, Ke$ha, Train, and Keith Urban are all performing, while Katy Perry takes the stage on the 27th, performing new material from her sophomore album. NBC’s “Today Show” Summer Concert Series Line-Up:
•May 14 — Sting
•May 21 — The Script
•May 27 — American Idol Winner and Runner Up (Special Thursday performance)
•June 4 — Justin Bieber
•June 8 — Christina Aguilera
•June 11 — Rascal Flatts
•June18 — James Taylor and Carol King
•June 25 — Maxwell
•July 2 — Maroon 5
•July 9 — Lady Gaga
•July 16 — Enrique Iglesias
•July 23 — John Mayer
•July 30 — Carrie Underwood
•August 6 — Train
•August 13 — Ke$ha
•August 20 — Keith Urban
•August 27 — Katy Perry
The personal assistant of rock music manager and “real estate agent to the stars” Linda Stein has been found guilty of murdering her on Tuesday. Natavia Lowery has been convicted of bludgeoning the former Ramones manager to death in 2007. In October 2007, Stein was found dead in her Manhattan apartment. It was found out that her death was caused by blunt trauma to the head and neck. Prosecutors said that 28-year-old Natavia Lowery stole more than $30,000 from her boss and clubbed her with a yoga stick. Lowery first denied she killed Stein, who managed the legendary rock group Ramones during their heyday, blaming the murder on a masked stranger who told her to keep mum about it. However, about a week and a half later, she confessed to the crime, saying she killed Stein after her employer pestered her about the pace of her work and blew cannabis on her face. Her lawyers argued that the videotaped confession was coerced. It was later revealed that Stein died without a trace of cannabis in her system. Lowery will be sentenced on March 22. Stein, who was married to Sire Records president Seymour Stein, managed the Ramones with Danny Fields before she became a real estate broker. She landed multi-million dollar apartments for A-list stars, such as Madonna, Sting, Bruce Willis, Elton John, and Angelina Jolie.
If you have missed the last night’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon performances then you can have the whole of album in just $7.99. Various stars gathered at Haiti relief telethon and tried to help those who are looking towards us for the basic needs of their lives. It will take time to restore life on Haiti Island and that needs money. “Hope for Haiti” was a step to help the Haiti victims that telecasted on various famous national and international channels who broadcasted it live on their networks. Various singers like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Sting performed for them. The funds obtained will be given to foundations like Yele Haiti, the Red Cross and Unicef so that they remain continue their relief efforts. The amount obtained from the sale of albums will also be used for their helps. You can also order any favorite audio performance in just $.99. Apple and many other artists have donated their shares for relief efforts.
Stars lined up for George Clooney’s Haiti fund-raising telethon have been named. From New York, Los Angeles, and London, star wattage will be abundant as Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Bono, and Jay-Z join the roster of celebrities who will help raise funds to help the Haitian earthquake victims. Clooney will be hosting a two-hour telethon special on all MTV networks on January 22 to benefit the victims of the catastrophe in the Caribbean country. While details are still being worked out, RadarOnline.com has obtained the line-up of celebrities for the show. Wonder, Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift will make appearances from Los Angeles, while Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow are slated to perform together.
Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting will be coming from New York, while Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna will perform together from London.
Their performances will be available online on iTunes at $0.99 per song starting January 22. All proceeds will benefit the Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.
Other celeb names are expected to show up and lend their support by manning the phones during the telethon.
Clooney will host in L.A., while Jean will take the lead in N.Y. Anderson Cooper will be reporting from Haiti.
Athlete, The Wailers, Nouvelle Vague, Imelda May and Eat Static all confirmed for Guilfest. Athlete, who are confirmed to appear on the main stage at GuilFest on Saturday 11th July, came to prominence making their own brand of British Indie music in 2003 with their debut album, Vehicles and Animals, producing hugely popular singles such as “You Got the Style” and “El Salvador”. The album earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination and went on to sell over 250,000 copies. They played their first live session on UK radio on the Dermot O’Leary Show, BBC Radio 2. Their second album, Tourist enjoyed even greater success. Driven by two No1 radio airplay hits (‘Wires’ and ‘Half Light’) ‘Tourist’s double-platinum sales well exceeded those of ‘Vehicles And Animals. The band’s ‘Wires’ single was also named Best Contemporary Song at the prestigious Ivor Novello awards. Going from strength to strength, Athletes third album also proved very successful, hitting the number 5 spot in the UK albums charts. Athlete have embarked on tours all over the world, playing their music to huge crowds and their 4th album is expected in Summer 2009.
The Wailers, the most legendary reggae group of all time, are set to bring their unique flavour of Dub/Reggae to the GuilFest Main Stage, supporting Happy Mondays on Sunday 12th July. Together with former lead singer Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, Kenny Chesney, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition – still led by original bassist and musical director Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett to this day – the Wailers have completed innumerable tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.
Nouvelle Vague, the ground-breaking French project, who take a unique twist on classic punk, post punk and new wave hits reinterpreted in a bossa nova style, will headline the 2nd Stage on Friday 10th July. After the huge worldwide success of their eponymous debut album, released in 2004, (with over 200,000 copies sold at last count) the band’s subsequent albums ‘Band A Parte’, (2006) and ‘Late Night Tales’, (2007) have taken the group even further. Their versions of “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode and “Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones have been used in major UK TV adverts, while their version of Billy Idol’s ‘Dancing With Myself’ has been featured ion adverts for TLC’s show LA Ink.
Imelda May will be wowing the GuilFest crowds on the 2nd Stage on Saturday 11th July. Imelda was crowned 2008’s Best Female Newcomer at the prestigious Irish World Newspaper Awards and it’s not much of a stretch to see more acclaim ahead in 2009. She has shared stages with such megastars as Van Morrison and the Scissor Sisters, and provided vocals for a character in the forthcoming American gangster movie ‘Dark Streets’. Her shows have a reputation for being impassioned, all-or-nothing events. ‘Love Tattoo,’ her debut album, which is almost entirely self-written, has the same unbridled feel, whether she’s getting her teeth into a massive rockabilly party track or a sleazy after-midnight torch number. In 2008 Imelda found herself on ‘Later With Jools Holland,’ wowing an audience who included Jeff Beck, Elbow and Roots Manuva. Beck, in fact, made a point of telling Holland that he was only there to see her!
Eat Static, who headline GuilFest’s Funky End dance Tent on Friday 10th July, were formed in 1989 by Ozric Tentacles drummer Merv Pepler and keyboard player Joie Hinton as a separate creative outlet for the diverse range of electronic music that the pair were writing. Always intended as a live band, Eat Static can legitimately claim to be one of the UK’s first live techno outfits, cutting their teeth at many of the ‘orbital’ raves of the early 90′s. Since that time, Eat Static have played hundreds of gigs in the UK, Europe, the USA (touring with Moby and BT) and the Far East. These shows included a number of appearances at all the big UK and European festivals including Glastonbury and Dance Valley in Amsterdam. Tickets are on sale now, available on-line at www.guilfest.co.uk or by calling Ticketline on 0871 424 0050.