Jun 14

Andy Grammer announces fall North American tour

Robin HarperAndy Grammer is set to show off his naivete on the road.

In support of his upcoming album Naive, Andy will launch a headlining tour that starts September 2 in San Diego, CA and wraps up November 1 in Boston, MA. Tickets are on sale now, and on select dates, each single or pair of tickets purchased online comes with a physical copy of Naive.

Announcing the tour via Twitter, Andy wrote, "The thought of thousands of you singing 'Don't Give Up On Me' is giving me all the feels. Excited for this next chapter."

Naive will be out July 26; on that day, Andy will perform on NBC's Today show. Before that, though, you can see him on A Radio Disney Music Celebration on The Disney Channel June 16, and on the Sports Humanitarian Awards on ESPN July 18.

Here are the tour dates:

9/2 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
9/3 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Northern Arizona University
9/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
9/6 -- Rohnert Park, CA, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
9/7 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
9/12 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
9/14 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
9/15 -- Spokane, WA, The Knitting Factory
9/18 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
9/20 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown
9/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
9/24 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
9/26 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
9/28 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport
9/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theater of Living Arts
10/1 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
10/2 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
10/5 -- Charleston, SC, Music Farm
10/6 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
10/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
10/9 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
10/10 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
10/11 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
10/13 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
10/14 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/15 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Jones Assembly
10/17 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine
10/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National Centre
10/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Tuner Hall Ballroom
10/25 -- MC Kees Rocks, PA, Roxian Theatre
10/27 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/30 -- Providence, RI, The Strand
11/1 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues

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   Jun 14

New music round-up: Meghan Trainor, Zara Larsson, Drax Project drop new tracks

Epic RecordsA bunch of artists are giving you new music to add to your summer playlist today.

Here’s a round-up:

Kaskade and Meghan Trainor have teamed up for a new song called “With You.” On the upbeat dance track, Meghan sings about being fed up with wasting her time on a relationship that’s not giving her anything in return. Kaskade calls Meghan’s voice “infectious” and Meghan says it was a “dream come true” to work with the electronic music legend.

Zara Larsson joined forces with K-pop superstars BTS to co-write and feature on the song “A Brand New Day,” for the soundtrack to the group’s BTS World mobile game. The game comes out June 25 and its soundtrack launches June 28 worldwide. Zara also announced she’ll be releasing a new single and music video of her own called “All the Time,” on Friday, June 21.

New Zealand group Drax Project -- who scored a hit with the Hailee Steinfeld-featuring "Woke Up Late" -- have released a new tune called “All This Time.”  In a statement, the band says they are “sooo stoked” for the song and they describe it as “the closest representation of what a Drax Project show is like.”

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   Jun 14

Taylor Swift on new pro-LGBTQ single: “It’s about…people who put so much energy…into negativity”

UMG/RepublicSwifties everywhere are freaking out over Taylor Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down," which addresses online trolls, especially those who are homophobic.  In a video she made for Beats One, Taylor explains the thinking behind the song.

"I've observed a lot of different people in our society who just put so much energy and effort into negativity and it just made me feel like, 'You need to just calm down,'" she explains. "Like, 'You're stressing yourself out. This seems like it's more about you than what you're going off about. Just calm down.'"

The part of "You Need to Calm Down" which seems to be capturing most fans' attention is the second verse, where Taylor sings, "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?/Sunshine on the street at the parade/But you would rather be in the dark ages/Makin' that sign must've taken all night."

She warns, "Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate/'Cause shade never made anybody less gay" -- and adds, "You need to just stop, like, can you just not step on his gown?"

The lyric video makes sure to spell "glad" as "GLAAD", and also highlights the letters "EA" in several words. Given the song's pro-LGBTQ message, most are interpreting that as a reference to the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Taylor has started a petition in support of the Equality Act.

LGBTQ Swifties are especially happy with the song, turning #ShadeNeverMadeAnybodyLessGay into a trending topic.

One wrote, "@taylorswift13 releasing a pro-LGBTQ song, during National Pride Month, is the Pride Month present we all deserve!"

"@taylorswift13 writing a song telling homophobes to calm down is everything I never knew I needed," wrote another.

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