Song Of The Week 5/4/13

The winner this week is “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes. For more about the song, check out Push Play & Listens write up.

The winner this week coincides with an exciting announcement he made this morning.

Platinum selling country artist Hunter Hayes is partnering up with CMT on tour to bring his fans the Let’s Be Crazy Tour. The tour will support Hayes’ new album “Hunter Hayes Encore” out on June 18th. Tickets for the tour go on sale June 14 and 21. Those fans who preordered Hayes’ new album or download his new app will be eligible to purchase tickets earlier.

The tour will stop in 21 cities and will feature special guest Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies. You can find the list of dates below.

Hunter Hayes’ CMT on Tour: Let’s Be Crazy Tour Dates:

10/10 – Knoxville, Tenn. | Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/11 – Savannah, Ga. | Johnny Mercer Theatre
10/12 –  Columbia, S.C. | South Carolina State Fair
10/17 – Atlanta, Ga. | Fox Theatre
10/18-19 – Nashville, Tenn. | Ryman Auditorium
10/24 – Muncie, Ind.| Emens Auditorium at Ball State University
10/25 – Chicago | Rosemont Theatre
10/26 – Louisville, Ky. | Louisville Palace Theater
11/1 – Birmingham, Ala. |  BJCC Concert Hall
11/2 – Greensboro, N.C. | War Memorial Auditorium
11/8 – Evansville, Ind. | Aiken Theatre at the Centre
11/9 – Cleveland | State Theatre at Playhouse Square
11/10 –Detroit | Fox Theatre
11/14 – St. Louis | Fox Theatre
11/15 – Sioux City, Iowa | Orpheum Theatre
11/16 – Omaha, Neb. | Orpheum Theater
11/20 – Lafayette, La. | Heymann Performing Arts Center
11/22 – Dallas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/23 – Tulsa, Okla. | Brady Theater
12/4-5 – Minneapolis | Orpheum Theatre
12/6-7 – Kansas City, Mo. | The Midland by AMC

Backstreet Boys Announce New Tour

Last summer the Backstreet Boys announced that Kevin Richardson, who left the band in 2006, had reunited with the band and they were currently working on a new album.

This morning, the news for Backstreet Boys fans, got even sweeter. The band announced this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that they would be hitting the road in August for their In A World Like This Tour.

The tour will feature special guests Jesse McCartney and former “Jersey Shore” start DJ Pauly D. Members of the Backstreet Boys Fan Club will be eligible for presale tickets that go on sale this Wednesday May 15. Fans who RSVP on this Facebook page will have access to presale tickets on May 16. Tickets will be available to the general public starting on May 17 (some dates won’t be available until May 18th)

The band has already announced a slew of details about the tour. You can find all the dates at the band’s website. You can also find the VIP upgrade packages here. Stay tuned at www.backstreetboys.com  for more details regarding the band and the tour.

It’s been a big year for the band. Last month the band celebrated its 20th anniversary, they received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, their fourth studio album as a quintet will be out later this year and the group is currently filming a documentary that is rumored to be released in 2014.

To get you ready for the tour Push Play & Listen has made a playlist with some of the biggest hits from the Backstreet Boys and Jesse McCartney. So push play, listen, enjoy and then make sure you purchase tickets to the In A World Like This Tour.

Music News Round Up 4/30/13

Check out the new episode of Music News Round Up, which features music news of all kinds, from new music videos, new singles, upcoming tours to musical television news.

This episode features news about Hunter Hayes, Big Time Rush, Emblem 3, Lee Dewyze, Cody Simpson and more. Push play and listen as I get you caught up on some of music’s biggest news, right here on Push Play & Listen.

JLS Timeline: Celebrating the Boy Band

As promised, Push Play & Listen presents a JLS Timeline, celebrating the band and all it’s successes. So without further ado, here we go.

First up, as most band stories start, we have the audition. JLS, a band composed of London friends Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan “JB” Gills, and Oritsé Williams, auditioned for the fifth season of “X-Factor” in 2008. Check out how it went below.

The group then went to the next stage, judges houses, where they sang for their coach, Louis Walsh. Walsh has had pervious experience with boy bands. He was the manager for Irish boy bands Boyzone and Westlife.

It was this performance that led to Walsh picking JLS to continue on the the live show part of the show. Here the performed many songs, week after week, while they built up a loyal fanbase.

One being their first week performance of the Boyz II Men classic “I’ll Make Love To You,” have a look.

The band hit a high note and made a believe out of Simon Cowell in week four.

Then JLS gave one of their best performances of the competition during the “X Factor” finale.

While the band didn’t win the competition, they went on to receive a recording contract with Epic Records at the beginning of 2009. Then in July of that year, JLS fans proved to be loyal when the sent the band’s debut single “Beat Again” to the number one spot on the UK charts. You can see a live performance of the song below, the performance begins at 2:55.

Just before the release of their debut album, the band released their second single “Everybody In Love,” which once again topped the UK charts.

In November, JLS released their self-titled debut album. It debuted at number one on the UK charts selling over 1 million copies.

Due to their success of their first album, JLS won the BRIT Award for British Breakthrough and Best British Single for “Beat Again.” These awards marked the first “X Factor” contestant to win a BRIT Award. (For those of you who don’t know the BRIT’s are the British equivalent of the Grammy’s in the U.S.)

In July of 2010, the group released the lead single off of their second album. The track, entitled “The Club It Alive” marked the band’s third number one single.

Two months later, the band released the second single off of their second album entitled “Love You More.” The song was a charity single for BBC Children in need. Once again the song reached the number one spot on the UK Charts.

The band’s second album “Outta This World” was released on November 22, 2010. It reached number two on the charts being beat out by long time boy band Take That’s album “Progress.”

In July of 2011 the band released the lead single off their third album. “She Makes Me Wanna,” which features American singer Dev, became the fifth number one single for JLS. The song was also nominated for the 2012 BRIT Award for “Best British Single.”

November 4th, the band released their second single, “Take A Chance On Me” a nice ballad to follow up the dance club feel to “She Makes Me Wanna.” The song reached number 2 on the UK charts.

Shortly after the release of “Take A Chance On Me,” JLS released their fourth studio album entitled “Jukebox.” The album reached number two on the UK charts and was certified platinum in the UK.

In October of 2012, the band released their brand new single from their upcoming fourth studio album. The song, “Hottest Girl In The World,” brought a new, mature sound to the band. The single reached number 6 on the charts.

The next month, JLS released “Evolution,” their fourth studio album. It continued to build the mature sound that audiences heard with “Hottest Girl In The World.” The album also shows more off more of a R&B influence than their previous albums. The album reached the number three spot on the UK charts.

On April 23, 2013, the band released a statement on their website stating that the band had decided to spilt after it’s successful five-year run. You can read Push Play & Listen’s summary of the statement here.

The following Friday, April 26th, JLS appeared on the UK talk show “Alan Carr Chatty Man” to talk about their spilt and it does get quite emotional. The video is provided below. The interview with JLS starts at 23:57. As a warning the video does reference drugs and sex so be warned.

In JLS’s statement released on April 23, the band did state that their will be a final album, “Goodbye: The Greatest Hits,” and a final tour. According to JLS a new single will be released later this year to coincide with the final album.

It’s very sad news for the many many JLS fans everywhere and only time will tell what will become of the talented Merrygold, Humes, Williams and Gills. For now, fans can await for the new album and tour, as well as celebrate the great accomplishments of JLS.

Stay tuned to the band’s website for all the latest news.

JLS: Goodbye to the Talented Boy Band

JLS fans everywhere today were struck with some unexpected news. JLS, a British boy band of 5 years, will call it quits. They released a message to their fans through their website stating that they “have decided to bring [their] time as a band to an end.”

Their message gave no specific reason for the split but stressed that they were grateful for all the success that they have received. Whatever the reason, fans everywhere are saddened by the news.

The good news to the announcement,  (if you can even call it that), is that the band is currently in the studio recording the final album “Goodbye: The Greatest Hits.” They will release the single from that album later this year and following that release they will embark on a goodbye arena tour to give their fans one last memory of them.

It’s seems here the boy band five year curse may not be myth at all. However, could JLS really be over forever? Well only time will answer that question for us and who knows what the future will hold. Many boy bands have reunited after breaks. New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys are perhaps the biggest example. Both bands spilt up for years only to be reunited years later to continue sharing their music with their loyal fans.

While the spilt is going to happen, even though fans everywhere are praying it’s just a joke, I wish nothing but the best for Marvin, Aston, Oritsé and JB.

For those of you who don’t know, JLS  is a quartet made up of Aston Merrygold (25), Marvin Humes (28), Jonathan “JB” Gills (26) and Oritsé Williams (26). The band was signed in 2008 after being the runner-up in the fifth season of UK’s X-Factor.

They have seen a lot of success in the UK. They have sold over 10 million albums, accumulated 5 number one hits and won 2 Brit awards (the British equivalent of the Grammys). They’ve caused fan pandemonium over in the UK and several other countries for years before band’s like One Direction and The Wanted hit the scene.

It’s a sad moment when a band’s journey comes to an end and talent, no matter what genre, ceases to be showcased. Time will tell whether solo careers will emerge or if a reunion will happen, but for now it is time for music fans alike to come together and celebrate the talent that is JLS. For that reason Push Play & Listen will launch a special Celebrating JLS post later this week.

But for now I leave you with one of my favorite JLS songs, so Push Play & Listen and rejoice in JLS.

Music News Round Up Week of April 1st

Check out this week’s episode of Music News Round Up for new music and tour news from artists Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Hanson, Big Time Rush and Hunter Hayes.

You can check out more details about the Jonas Brothers at their website.

Demi Lovato’s album artwork and details are talked about here.

More details on Hanson’s new album, single and tour are located on their website.

Check out Big Time Rush’s Summer Break Tour details and see if they are coming to a city near you.

Visit Hunter Hayes’ website for his new single and album details.

Scotty McCreery Performs at Arizona State’s Devilpalooza

Arizona State University held its fifth annual Devilpalooza on Feb. 8 with a performance by special guest Scotty McCreery.

Devilpalooza is hosted by the school’s Programming and Activities Board (PAB) and this year the event was held at the Polytechnic Campus. The board’s website states, “Devilpalooza is the largest ASU student event with multiple opportunities for interactive fun! There will be Midway Carnival Rides, Carnival Games, Vendors with free stuff, Food Trucks, a student Battle of the Bands and much more. The end of the event will be a concert featuring a national touring artist.”

McCreery is a country singer who won Season 10 of “American Idol.” His debut album “Clear As Day” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in October of 2011 and went platinum in 13 weeks.

The concert kicked off at 7 pm with opening act Carolina Liar. McCreery hit the stage shortly after 8 pm.

McCreery’s performance at ASU marked the beginning of his first headlining tour. McCreery’s Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013 will continue through the middle of July.

McCreery performed most of the songs on his album “Clear As Day.” He also debuted some new songs, including a song he wrote which he said would be on his next album.

McCreery also performed a handful of cover songs including George Straight’s “Check Yes or No,” Garth Brooks “The Dance,” and Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity.”

For those who watched McCreery on “Idol,” his performances are even more captivating live. During his set, he did not miss a note and had a great stage presence. He also took the opportunity to engage with the audience. McCreery provided a variety of performances including up-beat, band driven tracks with a light show and spotlight performances with just McCreery and his guitar.

Caitlin Ivey, a sophomore at ASU, attended Devilpalooza and said she came away with a bigger appreciation of McCreery.

“I don’t have any of his music, but I listen to him on Spotify and Pandora,” Ivey said. “I would definitely buy his music now that I’ve heard him live and I am planning on buying [his new album] when it comes out.”

From what McCreery said at the concert, Ivey and the rest of McCreery’s fans might not have to way much longer for the country star’s sophomore album.

During the concert, McCreery played a couple of  a hand full of new material and told the audience that he was in the process of recording for the new album.

“I’ve had a lot of success with [my debut album], but we can’t just live on one album alone, we’ve got to keep making more music,” McCreery said “So, I’ve spend the last month or so in Nashville, Tenn. making that music for you and we are about a quarter of the way to halfway there.”

McCreery’s is a country singer through and though and he made that clear during his concert when he told stories about what life was like when he went to Los Angeles to compete on “American Idol.”

“My main mission out there was to hold the country music flag, while I was out there in a world of pop music and R&B,” McCreery said. “So I went in there and I told the guys what I wanted to sing. I wanted to sing Travis Tritt. I wanted to sing George Straight and all those guys and they wouldn’t have it. I had to look at those LA people in the eyes and I had to tell them three words. I said ‘I…am…country.'”

Dan Arcuri also attended Devilpalooza. He hadn’t heard of McCreery before the event and was surprised by his sound.

“He’s young and southern, but he has a very mature voice,” Arcuri said. “I like how much he sounds like George Straight.”

Ivey said her preconceived notions about McCreery were correct.

“He is a wonderful artist and brings something unique to country music that is needed.”

Part of his uniqueness comes from his deep voice.

“I never had expected for his voice to come from a guy looking like him,” Ivey said.

Arcuri agreed with Ivey.

“His voice [was the most surprising element], he sounded like a 60 year old country singer,” Arcuri said. “He voice does not match his face.”

Arcuri also enjoys McCreery’s approach to the genre, adding, “It’s classical country. It’s George Straight country, not like the new stuff.”

While McCreery seemed to have many appealing qualities, Ivey said it was his passion that stood out the most.

“I think that once someone sees him live, they’ll be able to see the passion he has for what he does,” Ivey said. “That passion is almost contagious.”

When asked to describe the atmosphere while McCreery was on stage, Ivey said it was “entergetic” and “uplifting.”

Whatever word is used, there is no denying that McCreery gave the audience what it wanted. The constant shouting of “I love you Scotty,” the roar of the crowd when the band started to play one of his songs and the sing-a-longs that accompanied McCreery’s biggest hits showcased the reason why the teenager from a small town in North Carolina was crowned the winner of “American Idol.”

2013 ACM Nominations

All right country music fan, the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards announced their nominees Wednesday morning.

“Springsteen” loving Eric Church leads the pack with 7 nominations while one of the scenes hottest rising stars, Hunter Hayes, closely follows with 6. The leading ladies are not to far behind. Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift both picked up five nominations.

Eric Church picks up nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and  Album of the Year, this is the second year that Church’s album “Chief” has been nominated in this category. His number 1 hit “Springsteen” is nominated for Single of the Year and Song of the Year, where Church is nominated as both the artists and composer. Church’s current single “Creepin'” is nominated for Video of the Year. He is also nominated alongside Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan for Vocal Event of the Year for their performance of “The Only Way I Know.”

Hunter Hayes picked up a nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year, a nomination he also received at last years ACM Awards. Hayes’ number 1 song “Wanted” picked up the rest of Hayes’ nominations. The music video is nominated for Video of the Year. Hayes also received double nominations for the song in the Single of the Year and Song of the Year categories, as both artist and producer as well as artist and composer respectively.

The ACM Award’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, doesn’t look too different from last year’s nominees. This year, reigning champion Taylor Swift will compete with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and married couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

Album of the year nominees include  Eric Church’s “Chief,” Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” and Little Big Town’s “Tornado.

View the complete list of nominees here.

Stay tuned to ACM for the announcement of this year’s performers and how you can get involved in voting.

The ACM Awards will air Sunday April 7 on CBS.

Who do you think should win Entertainer of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards?

2013 Grammy Awards

The Grammys awarded some the industry’s best musicians with music’s most prestigious awards last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gotye, Fun, and The Black Keys were among the nights biggest winners.

The show opened with Taylor Swift performing her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” featuring an elaborate staging production reflecting “Alice In Wonderland.” It included everything from a rabbit and magicians to a man pinned on a wheel.

The bridge of Swift’s song contains Swift talking to a friend about how her ex called her up telling her he still loved her and her replying that the relationship was “exhausting.” Swift made some lyric changes for the Grammy performance, which included a fake British Accent and stating that she was “busy opening up the Grammy’s.” Speculation has it that the fake British accent symbolized Swift’s recent breakup with One Direction singer Harry Styles, but Swift has not spoken about performance.

Last year’s host, LL Cool J, returned this year and his opening monologue was one of the rappers most memorable highlights of the night. It’s message showcased the symbolism of the Grammy’s. He took the stage after Swift’s performance and stated, “Here at the Grammys, we always get back together and that is what make’s it music’s greatest night.”

LL Cool J then when on to talk about how music brings people together as he highlighted the many places today’s stars come from, stating the an appearance at the Grammy’s was a blessing for all of them by saying, “A Grammy isn’t just a shiny trophy, it’s a dream come true.”

While the Grammys is about honoring the past year’s best music makers, the show is also known for it’s performances and collaborations. This year was no different, as we saw some unlikely artists come together, some memorable tributes and some show stopping solo performances.

“I just love getting to see all the various artists perform together on one stage,” Meek said. “There were many great performances.”

The first collaboration of the night came in form of a British “A Team,” which included new comer Ed Sheeran and hit maker Sir. Elton John. The two turned Sheeran’s Grammy nominated song, “The A Team,” into a duet.

Meek enjoyed the performance.

“Ed and Sir Elton were fantastic,” Meek said. “It must be a sheer honor to have a legend such as Elton John be such a fan of Ed’s to perform together on the Grammys.”

Arizona State University student Kyle Payne, found the performance to be a “nice complement,” stating that it was mix of the old and new sound.

Arguably the most talked about performance comes with the return of Justin Timberlake, who took to the stage to perform part of his new single “Suit & Tie” and a new song, “Pusher Lover Girl.”

“I really did like Justin Timberlake,” Payne said. “He is such a talented performer and getting Jay Z on stage was more that his own wife could get him to do a week ago.”

Timberlake’s performance was filmed to look like an old black and white movie for his first song, giving it a classic throwback feel. The staging and props behind him complimented the look.

Carrie Underwood lit up the stage with her performance and brought a special effect with her. Underwood’s vocals were flawless as she performed an acoustic version of her two time Grammy winning song “Blown Away.” She then jumped into her current single “Two Black Cadiallacs,” in which her beautiful, floor length, silver gown becomes animated.

Underwood’s tour mate and three time grammy nominee Hunter Hayes performed a snippet of his number one single “Wanted” and then passed the stage to Underwood.

The Grammys also honored Bob Marley with a tribute performed by Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting as well as Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damien Marley. The powerful performance has the Staples Center audience on its feet and clapping along.

“Bob Marley’s tribute was appreciated,” Meek said. “He would have been 68 this past January and he is well missed.”

Judging by this years winners we are seeing a new trend into alternative/indie music. Last year’s grammy was a pop music sweep as British songstress Adele won 6 awards. While, Adele’s music is pop, her power lyrics could have alluded to the strong sweep of alternative artists who won big this year.

Many of the Grammy’s most popular awards were handed to alternative artists.

Gotye was a three time winner Sunday night. His hit song with Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know” won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Dup/Group Performance. Gotye’s album, “Making Mirrors,” won for Best Alternative Music Album.

Fun. took home Grammy’s for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for their hit “We Are Young.”

Mumford and Sons won the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year for “Babel.”

A full list of winners can be found on the Grammy website.

New Kids On The Block Premiere New Single

The New Kids On The Block have premiered their new single “Remix (I Like The)” tonight on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. It’s been almost 5 years since the New Kids released their comeback single “Summertime” in April of 2008.

The song shows off a new sound for The New Kids. Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntrye take the lead as they talk about the school nerd remixing herself into the girl every guy wants. This fast paced, drum driven track even includes the signature oh, oh, oh line that the New Kids coined in the late 1980s.

Wahlberg took to twitter Friday afternoon to explain the meaning behind the song.

 

The band took to their twitter earlier this evening to announce that the premiere of the song, that was originally scheduled for tomorrow morning, would be pushed to tonight at 7.

As the clock hit 7 Ryan Seacrest’s server went down. Seacrest took to twitter to inform the anxious listeners.

The single will be available on iTunes Jan. 28. The band’s 6th studio album, “10,” comes out April 2.

The New Kids announced on “The View” Tuesday that they would be going on tour this summer with 98 Degrees and Boys II Men.

The Package Tour on May 31 in Connecticut and as of right now runs until mid July.

What do you think about the New Kids’ new single.