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Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia

By Andrea Dresdale

AEG LivePhiladelphia isn’t far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love. Now, he’ll be getting an award for it.

This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. The award is presented annually to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause.” Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Jon’s charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country.

In a statement, Jon said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia…and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the ‘power of WE,’ we can end …read more

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Katy Perry Unveils PSA for "Make Roar Happen" Charity Campaign, Debuts New Lyric Video

By Andrea Dresdale

Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers’ lives easier. Now, she’s debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called “Make Roar Happen.”

Staples, which is sponsoring Katy’s tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers. Many teachers don’t have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead. DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don’t have to do that.

In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her. “Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar,” she says. “Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn.”

She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples’ donation. “Join us,” she adds. “Let’s make Roar happen!”

If you’d rather watch a video that focuses on Katy’s music, she’s got you covered there, …read more

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American Authors Reveal Details of Honda Civic Tour This Fall

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Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall. Now we know the dates.

The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.

Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.

The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.

American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.

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Stevie Nicks to Release New Album "24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault" in October

By Andrea Dresdale

Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day. Now, she’s making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is due October 7.

According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995. “Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story,” she says in a statement. “They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories — the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you.”

The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.

24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5. That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she’ll begin previewing snippets of the music.

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Nico & Vinz Join Bruno Mars Tour, Promise Energetic, Fun-Filled Show

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Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: “Am I Wrong” hitmakers Nico & Vinz. They’ll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts. The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet.

“We’ll try to make you dance at some point,” Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo’s live show. “I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well. And really have that energy, and just make it…more than just a show: just, like, a great experience.”

“We love to perform. When we’re on stage, we feel free,” Nico adds. “It don’t matter if it’s five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing. That’s the reason why we came into this. Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also …read more

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Sheryl Crow Featured in New Season of Ovation Series "Song by Song"

By Andrea Dresdale

Interscope RecordsSheryl Crow is be one of the music stars whose hits will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation’s Emmy-nominated documentary series Song by Song.

The Song by Song episodes focusing on Sheryl will premiere in October and feature her discussing the songs “Strong Enough,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Redemption Day.” The episode will use the songs to tell the story of what was happening in her life at the time; she’ll reveal what inspired her to write them, and how they affected her career and popular culture.

Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are iconic New Wave rockers Blondie and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.

The series first premiered in 2012 on the Ovation cable channel.

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The Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams‘ hit “Happy” may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less popular. Here’s the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it’s featured on not one but three albums in this week’s top 10.

“Tacky,” the parody of “Happy” that appears on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1. In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song. Finally, Pharrell’s original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.

As for Pharrell’s own album, G I R L, which also includes “Happy,” it currently sits at #35. According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.

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