OneRepublic to join Maroon 5 on tour

OneRepublic
OneRepublic
OneRepublic is getting ready to hit the road for a string of headlining dates this week as their new single “Secrets” debuts on the Top 40 radio chart at #37! The Colorado based band will head back out on tour this fall joining friends Maroon 5 for a thirteen city trek.

“Secrets,” the second single off OneRepublic’s new album Waking Up, reacted instantly at radio and is sure to top the charts just as first single “All The Right Moves.” The band will perform “Secrets” on Live with Regis & Kelly when they broadcast from Price Edward Island on July 15th! OneRepublic was also just nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “All The Right Moves” in the category ‘Choice Music: Rock Track.’ Fans can vote for OneRepublic now at www.teenchoiceawards.com. The Teen Choice Awards will air on Fox August 9th.

In 2007, after seven years together as a band, OneRepublic took the world by storm with their debut release Dreaming Out Loud. The album included the smash first single “Apologize” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide, and along with second single “Stop And Stare” propelled the album to platinum plus sales. Their sophomore set Waking Up was released in November and first single “All The Right Moves” was a Top 40 and Hot AC radio hit and has sold over 1.5 million units to date!

July headlining tour dates:

July 2nd Del Mar, CA San Diego County Fair

July 3rd Las Vegas, NV The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

July 4th Park City, UT Deer Valley Resort

July 7th New York, NY Terminal 5

July 8th Boston, MA House of Blues

July 9th Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

July 11th Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater

July 15th Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre

July 16th Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede

Fall dates with Maroon 5:

October 6th Santa Barbara, CA SB County Bowl

October 8th Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

October 10th Berkeley, CA Greek Theater

October 12th Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

October 14th Fresno, CA Save Mart Center

October 15th Sacramento, CA Arco Arena

October 16th San Diego, CA Viejas Arena

October 19th Tulsa, OK BOK Center

October 21st Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center

October 22nd Houston, TX CWM Pavilion

October 23rd Biloxi, MS Hard Rock

October 27th Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion

October 28th Minneapolis, MN Target

Ozzy Osbourne’s “Scream” tops Charts around the World

Ozzy Osbourne "Scream"“Scream”-Ozzy Osbourne’s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–has entered the charts in the Top Ten in seven countries. Beyond earning the #1 slot on the charts in Greece, SCREAM’s chart entries include: U.S., #4; Finland, #3; Japan #4 (international chart, #11 on combined chart); Norway, #5; Canada, #4; andGermany, #7. In his native England, SCREAM is at #12; it also is #11 in Australia. The acclaimed album (see quotes below) was released June 22 via Epic Records, with first single “Let Me Hear You Scream” now #1 on both Active Rock charts and still #1 at Mainstream Rock for the 5th week.

Just before SCREAM was released, the rock icon hosted a Sunday afternoon in-store CD signing at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles (June 20). The first 600 fans who purchased a copy were also given a free ticket to that night’s 10:00 PM House of Blues show. OZZY and his band–new guitar player Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman–raised the roof with a red-hot performance encompassing new material and his many classics.

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of SCREAM at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker. It was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY’s 2007 worldwide million-seller Black Rain. OZZY co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko.

OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of SCREAM. His U.S. dates will kick off with an August 12 performance at the 70th anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota before he launches this year’s OZZFest on August 14. The six OZZFest dates will feature the main stage line-up with full sets from Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool,Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.

Billy Ray Cyrus starts new band Brother Clyde

Brother Clyde
Brother Clyde
Brother Clyde is the new rock band started by country star Billy Ray Cyrus. The Los Angeles based combo also features Samantha Maloney (Mötley Crüe, Hole, Eagles of Death Metal) and guitarist Jamie Miller (theSTART, Snot), within its ranks. The band will be releasing their self-titled debut album on August 10th via Buena Vista Records/Fontana. The first single from Brother Clyde, “Lately,” is available now on iTunes.

“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll,” Cyrus says. “That was a heavy part of what I was as a young juvenile delinquent. I tried from my first album to rock like any other Southern rock band.” Fate – and country music immortality – intervened, but for Brother Clyde, he followed an oh-so-rock-and-roll dictum: No rules. No limits. No preconceptions.

Cyrus not only produced the album, he co-wrote most of the songs, several with Morris Joseph Tancredi, a musician he met under unlikely of circumstances. Tancredi was his driver in Vancouver, B.C., during production of the 2009 film, “Christmas in Canaan.” Recalls Cyrus, “This kid asks me what I’m doing now musically. I played him the first song I had written for Brother Clyde, “Crawl”, and he says, ‘I didn’t know you did that. That’s straight up alternative rock.’ Then he said, ‘I have some stuff of my own you gotta hear.”

The first single from Brother Clyde, “Lately,” was written by Tancredi, and is available now on iTunes. After a few acoustic grace notes, the song comes down hard with a broadsword of power chords and a lamentation about a faithless world. With its throaty harmonies, “Lie to Me” picks up on the theme, only writ small, tracing the lines of a ruined relationship. There’s no let-up with “Waiting,” a punishing rocker drawing from an emotional pool of deep sadness yet a will to survive. Cyrus digs even deeper on “Slip Away,” “How Long” and “Crawl,” the latter a rocker with echoes of Jane’s Addiction at its most furious.

Brother Clyde also features the irresistible track, “The Right Time,” an upbeat duet between Cyrus and a shockingly hard-rocking Dolly Parton. “Dolly she said she wanted to rock,” remembers Cyrus, who had been working with Dolly on a film. “She came to my studio, brought homemade corn, mashed potatoes and a spread of country cooking. We ate, played guitar for an hour then she just kicked ass. She became like Tina Turner. You could tell she really wanted this.”

The album ends with Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line,” recorded in 1998 with Cyrus and a line-up of all stars. “I was at a place in my life where I didn’t fit in with all the hat acts Nashville had at the time,” he says. “I just wanted to rock.” So he assembled drummer Owen Hale, keyboardist Johnny Neil, bassist Allen Woody, guitarists Mike Estes and Ed King, and harmonica player Michael Jo Sagraves, and the rest is basement tape history. Literally. It was recorded live in Johnny Neil’s basement.

Danny Gokey releases “I Will Not Say Goodbye”

Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey has this week’s most added single at country radio, with the poignant “I Will Not Say Goodbye” topping the most-added lists for Billboard and Country Aircheck stations quick to show their support for the powerful new ballad.

It’s an exciting week all around for Gokey, who’ll celebrate the 4th of July with a return to his Milwaukee hometown for a headlining performance on the final night of Summerfest. Billed as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” the 11-day, multi-stage festival will feature Gokey headlining the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage with an opening act close to his heart.

Milwaukee central-city school students participating in the after-school Sophia’s Heart Music & Arts Program – part of Gokey’s Sophia’s Heart Foundation – will showcase their talents, with the Sophia’s Heart Children’s Community Choir featuring 7th and 8th grade students, led by Music Director Jeff Krumbein, and the Sophia’s Heart Children’s Dance Team, led by Dance Instructor Val Young.

The Sophia’s Heart Music & Arts Program works to encourage students to live their dreams and provides a safe place for children to strive toward attaining their dreams through setting goals, discipline, and practice. For more on the good work of Sophia’s Heart, visit them online at www.sophiasheart.org.

Complete schedules and information on Summerfest can be found at www.summerfest.com.

Danny’s “I Will Not Say Goodbye,” a song The New York Times calls “devastating,” is the newest single from Danny’s debut album, My Best Days, which also features his recent hit, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”

About Danny: Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a finalist on Season Eight of American Idol. This past March, the Milwaukee native and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist made chart history with the release of his debut album, My Best Days, which set a digital sales record and delivered the best first-week sales of any debut country male in 18 years. Following the success of his feel-good anthem, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” Danny’s new single is the beautiful ballad, “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” Danny credits his late wife, Sophia, with the inspiration to pursue his musical dreams on Idol, and he continues to honor her with the charitable work of the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, founded in her memory. For more information and all things Danny, visit him online at www.dannygokey.com.

Brooks & Dunn add 3 dates to The Last Rodeo Tour

Brooks and Dunn tour
Brooks and Dunn tour
Country music superstar duo BROOKS & DUNN have added 3 dates to their critically acclaimed THE LAST RODEO TOUR. New tour stops include Oklahoma City, OK on August 20th, Little Rock, AR on August 21st and Holmdel, NJ on August 28th (complete list of ticket on-sale dates and tour stops listed below). In addition, country music legend MERLE HAGGARD, MIRANDA LAMBERT and SARA EVANS have been announced to appear on selected tour dates.

THE LAST RODEO TOUR was postponed on the recommendation of doctors for Ronnie Dunn to go on immediate vocal rest. Of the restart and new dates Dunn emailed “Getting better every day. Kix and I will be raring to start where we left off ….and go for 3 additional dates to say thanks to all the fans for 20 years of showing us the love!”

A member of The Country Music Hall of Fame, MERLE HAGGARD is one of the great living legends and a hero of Brooks & Dunn. Haggard will take the stage singing his classics, as well as songs from his latest release “I Am What I Am”.

2010 Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year, MIRANDA LAMBERT will join on select dates. Lambert’s hit song “The House That Built Me” spent 4 weeks at #1 on the country music charts this Summer.

CMA and ACM winner SARA EVANS is one of the preeminent voices in country music today. Her new single “Stronger” hits the airwaves later this year.

THE LAST RODEO TOUR is now routed as follows:
(All tickets will be honored on the new dates and tickets remain available at livenation.com.)

July 16 Indianapolis, IN – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 17 St. Clairsville, OH – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 18 Cincinnati, OH – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 23 Minot, ND
July 24 Cheyenne, WY
July 25 Omaha, NE – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 29 Detroit, MI – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 30 Pittsburgh, PA – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 31 Philadelphia, PA – FEATURING GARY ALLAN

August 1 Washington, DC – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 6 Kansas City, MO – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 7 St. Louis, MO – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 8 Chicago, IL – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 13 Boston, MA – FEATURING SARA EVANS
August 14 Hartford, CT – FEATURING SARA EVANS
August 15 Virginia Beach, VA – FEATURING SARA EVANS
August 20 Oklahoma City, OK *ON SALE JULY 17TH – FEATURING MIRANDA LAMBERT
August 21 Little Rock, AR *ON SALE JULY JULY 17TH – FEATURING MIRANDA LAMBERT
August 22 Atlanta, GA – FEATURING MIRANDA LAMBERT
August 26 Cleveland, OH – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD
August 27 Darien Lakes, NY – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD
August 28 Holmdel, NJ *ON SALE JULY 24TH – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD
August 29 Bethel, NY – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD

September 2 Nashville, TN

Josh Thompson Performs His First Sold-Out Show As A Headlining Act

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson
Although Columbia Nashville’s Josh Thompson is spending most of his hot summer days splashing around with Brad Paisley on the H20 World Tour, he often plays his own headlining club shows on his days off. This past weekend, Josh headed to Minneapolis where he was greeted by an over-capacity crowd and performed his first-ever sold-out headlining date at The Cabooze. Only two other acts have sold-out that venue in the past.

Josh’s crowd that night was particularly rowdy, singing along to every song he played, including his current single “Way Out Here.” After he finished his set, the audience didn’t leave until Josh came back for an encore. He informed the crowd that he was going to try out a brand-new song he had written just two weeks before. The crowd listened and by the end of the tune, they were singing along to the chorus.

“As a songwriter and an artist, the biggest payoff you can get is watching people sing your lyrics back at you,” Thompson says of the experience. Josh wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on his debut album¸ Way Out Here, in stores everywhere.

Fight Fair debut “California Kicks”

Fight Fair
Fight Fair
Wind the clock back several decades and imagine a California summer of a much simpler time. Even if you weren’t around in those years, it probably isn’t all that tough to picture. In fact, you’ve probably seen it before on television or in the movies—whether it’s Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello injecting a dose of fun in the sun as part of their “Beach Party” collection of films, or perhaps on television in the ‘60s surfer girl comedic hit series “Gidget.” San Diego based party punk rockers Fight Fair look to bring that care free beach aesthetic back on their debut LP, California Kicks, on June 29th through Triple Crown Records. The album came to life in San Diego with Mike Green (Paramore, Yellowcard) on pre-production and mixing. Brian Grider, who also produced the band’s 2008 Settle The Score EP, produced the record. On their 11-track LP Fight Fair fuses their current punk influences with records and lifestyle of the ‘60s surf community.

“We wanted to take music back to its roots and do something that’s classic but original for the modern times right now. And also mix it with a kind of aggressive early punk style—it’s like mixing the Ramones with like The Beach Boys. We just wanted to do our own style and really make something cool that people could relate to and have fun over the summer, go to the beach,” says Alex Bigman, Fight Fair’s vocalist.

Fight Fair is currently on tour alongside Kill Paradise and Honor Bright. They will join the 2010 Van’s Warped Tour on June 25th at Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Confirmed tour dates are listed below.

TOUR DATES:
* Denotes show with Kill Paradise, Honor Bright
** With We the Kings, Hey Monday, and more. See show detail for complete lineup

*May 21st The Championship Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
*May 23rd Platinum Lounge Poughkeepsie, New York
*May 24th Hangar 84 Vineland, New Jersey
*May 25th Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island
*May 26th Eldolyn Terrace Altoona, Pennsylvania
*May 27th The Basement Columbus, Ohio
*May 28th Mad Maggies Elgin, Illinois
May 29th Bled Fest 2010 Howell, Michigan
*May 30th The Vauderville Mes Des Moines, Iowa
*June 1st The Marquis Theatre Denver, Colorado
*June 3rd The Underground Reno, Nevada
*June 4th Club Retro Orangevale, California
June 5th Rockin Roots Fest Bakersfield, California

VANS WARPED TOUR
June 25th Home Depot Center Carson, California
June 26th Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California
June 27th Seaside Park Ventura, California
June 29th Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, Arizona
June 30th N.M.S.U Practice Field Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 1st AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
July 2nd The Showground Houston, Texas
July 3rd Superpages.com Center Dallas, Texas
**July 4th Never Daisy Theater Memphis, Tennessee
July 5th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis, Missouri
July 6th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Indianapolis, Indiana
July 7th First Niagara Pavilion Burgettston, Pennsylvania
July 8th Time Warner Cabel Amphitheatre Cleveland, Ohio
July 9th Arrow Hall Toronto, Ontario
July 10th Parc Jean Drapeau Montreal, Quebec
July 11th Comcast Theater Hartford, Connecticut
July 13th Comcast Center Mansfield, Massachusetts
July 14th Darien Lake P.A.C Darien Center, New York
July 15th Toyota Pavilion Scranton, Pennsylvania
July 16th Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, New Jersey
July 17th Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York
July 18th Monmouth Park Racetrack Oceanport, New Jersey
July 20th Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, Maryland
July 21st Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, Virginia
July 22nd Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, North Carolina
July 23rd Vinoy Park Petersburg, Florida
July 24th Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, Florida
July 25th Firestone Amphitheater Orlando, Florida
July 26th Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, Georgia
**July 27th Expo Five Louisville, Kentucky
July 28th Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, Ohio
July 29th Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 30th Commercia Park Detroit, Michigan
July 31st First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, Illinois
August 1st Canterbury Park Shakopee, Minnesota
August 2nd Sandstone Amphitheatre Bonner Springs, Kansas
August 5th Northlands Park Edmonton, Alberta
August 7th Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, Utah
August 8th Invesco Field Denver, Colorado
August 10th Cricket Amphitheater San Diego, California
August 11th Pomona Fairplex Pomona, California
August 12th Sleep Train Amphitheatre Wheatland, California
August 13th Idaho Center Amphitheatre Nampa, Idaho
August 14th Gorge Amphitheater Gorge, Washington
August 15th Washington County Fairgrounds Hillsboro, Oregon

Lady Gaga, Rihanna added to DJ Hero

Axe shredding rockaholics, virtual mix maestros and all of their friends will come together and party this holiday weekend with new downloadable content for Activision Publishing Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® and DJ Hero®. Available today and featuring some of the biggest hits from global pop sensations such as Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Duran Duran and Maroon 5, the Pop 1 Track Pack for the Guitar Hero Music Library and the DJ Hero Dance Party Mix Pack will provide hours of nonstop, party rockin’, beat blastin’ entertainment for the whole crew to enjoy.

Setting the ones and twos ablaze today, the DJ Hero Dance Party Mix Pack delivers a trio of new mixes – Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” Mixed With “Girls On Film” by Duran Duran, Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons” beat juggle and Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” beat juggle – that will have digital DJ’s spinning, scratching and battling as they take their 4th of July parties to the next level.

Guitar Hero fans looking to pick up their axes, grab their drum sticks or rock the mic right are in for a treat this weekend with a trio of hit pop artists in the Pop 1 Track Pack for the Guitar Hero Music Library that will have these budding musicians rocking out with all their friends to Lady Gaga’s club anthem, “Just Dance,” Maroon 5’s hit single, “This Love” and the Synthpop hit, “Fireflies,” by Owl City.

The Guitar Hero Pop 1 Track Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for $5.49 and for Wii™ for 550 Wii Points™. All songs in the track pack will also be released as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points, PLAYSTATION 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each.

The DJ Hero Dance Party Mix Pack will be available on Xbox 360 for 640 Microsoft Points and PLAYSTATION 3 system for $7.99. All mixes will be released as downloadable singles for Wii for 300 Wii Points each.

Pretty Reckless announce Vans Warped tour

Pretty Reckless
Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless are kicking off the 2010 Vans Warped Tour today in California. Stay tuned for the release of their debut album, Light Me Up, due out later this year. A brand new EP is available now.

2010 Vans Warped Tour dates:
June 25 / Los Angeles, CA / Home Depot Center
June 26 / San Francisco, CA / Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 27 / Ventura, CA / Seaside Park
June 29 / Phoenix, AZ / Cricket Pavilion
June 30 / Las Cruces, NM / N.M.S.U. Practice Field
July 1 / San Antonio, TX / AT&T Center
July 2 / Houston, TX / The Showgrounds at Sam Houston
July 3 / Dallas, TX / Superpages.com Center
July 5 / St. Louis, MO / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 6 / Indianapolis, IN / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 7 / Pittsburgh, PA / Post Gazette Pavilion
July 8 / Cleveland, OH / Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
July 9 / Toronto, OH / Arrow Hall
July 10 / Montreal, QC / Parc Jean Drapeau
July 11 / Hartford, CT / The Comcast Theatre
July 13 / Boston, MA / Comcast Center
July 14 / Buffalo, NY / Darien Lake PAC
July 15 / Scranton, PA / Toyota Pavilion
July 16 / Philadelphia, PA (Camden) / Susquehanna Bank Center
July 17 / Uniondale, NY / Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 18 / Oceanport, NJ / Monmouth Park Racetrack
July 20 / Washington, D.C. / Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 21 / Virginia Beach, VA / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 22 / Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 23 / Tampa, FL (Saint Petersburg) / Vinoy Park
July 24 / Miami, FL / Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 25 / Orlando, FL / Firestone Amphitheatre
July 26 / Atlanta, GA / Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 28 / Cincinnati, OH / Riverbend Music Center
July 29 / Milwaukee, WI / Marcus Amphitheatre
July 30 / Detroit, MI / Comerica Park
July 31 / Chicago, IL / First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 1 / Minneapolis, MN / Canterbury Park
Aug 2 / Kansas City, MO (Bonner Springs) / Sandstone Amphitheater
Aug 5 / Edmonton, AB / Northlands Grounds
Aug 7 / Salt Lake City, UT / Utah State Fairgrounds
Aug 8 / Denver, CO / Invesco Field
Aug 11 / Pomona, CA / Pomona Fairplex
Aug 12 / Sacramento, CA / Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug 13 / Boise, ID / Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Aug 14 / Seattle, WA / Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug 15 / Portland, OR / Washington County Fairgrounds

Alicia Keys starts summer tour

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
With her current single “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” claiming the #1 spot for 5 consecutive weeks on the Urban Mainstream Airplay chart, 12-time Grammy winning singer and multi-platinum superstar Alicia Keys will illustrate why she remains on top of the charts with two upcoming television performances and a headlining concert at the Essence Music Festival.

This Friday, June 25th, Keys will be in an “Empire State of Mind” when she performs her hit songs on Good Morning America’s Concert Series. Held at the Summerstage Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s Central Park, fans can join the New York native as she also announces the winner of her www.iamasuperwoman.com Head Blogger job search, powered by Monster.com.

Topping Billboard’s Artists of the Decade list, Keys will grace the stage at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday, June 27th with a career retrospective performance. The recipient of four previous BET Awards, this year Keys has been nominated for four BET Awards including Best Female R&B Artist, and three nods for her collaboration on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” in the categories of Best Collaboration, Video of the Year and Viewers Choice.

On July 3rd, Keys returns to New Orleans for a 3rd time to headline the 16th annual Essence Music Festival. Keys 90-minute set will include all of her hits spanning from her 2001 debut album Songs in A Minor to her current smash album The Element of Freedom.

Celebrating a decade in music, Alicia’s has sold over 30 million critically acclaimed albums and has garnered 12 Grammy Awards amongst other noteworthy awards and honors during her illustrious career. Alicia’s current album, The Element of Freedom, sold 417,000 copies in its first week of release and reached platinum within one month. Alicia recently capped off her sold-out U.S. and international tour with an amazing live performance at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where she continues her unwavering commitment to provide medicine to families with HIV/AIDS via her non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive (KCA).