Music agenda: New Orleans jazz fest to feature Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Bon Jovi

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On April 29, music lovers head to New Orleans for the ten-day New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival featuring Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, and The Strokes. Also soul singer Sade and US folk pop band Fleet Foxes launch European and North American tours. 

42nd New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 29 - May 8
New Orleans, Louisiana, US

A ten-day cultural feast filled with thousands of musicians and an audience of 400,000 enjoying music on 12 stages, spanning genres from blues to R&B and African to Latin. Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Willie Nelson, The Strokes, Robert Plant, Lauryn Hill, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Sonny Rollins, and John Legend & The Roots are among the top acts included this year. Arts and cuisine are also features of the fair. The festival is a hybrid of the city's Mardi Gras event and summer jazz fests from Detroit to Montreal. Single day tickets cost $45 (€37) when purchased in advance/$60 (€47) at the door.

Sade Tour
April 29 - May 31/June 16 - September 3
Europe/North America

Sade, led by smooth soul vocalist Sade Adu, is touring Europe, the UK, and North America beginning on April 29 in Nice, France. The North American leg of the tour, featuring American recording artist John Legend and Sade's first tour in the region in 10 years, begins in Baltimore on June 16, followed by stops in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The band's new 28-track two-disc collection, The Ultimate Collection, is set to drop May 2 in the UK and May 3 in the US. The group's 2010 album Soldier of Love, their sixth studio release, peaked at number one in 13 countries and earned a Grammy Award. Tickets for the North American shows can be purchase via and To find out more and to purchase tickets for the European tour, visit:
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Fleet Foxes Tour

April 29 - July 24
North America/Europe

US folk pop band Fleet Foxes is launching a tour on April 29 in Vancouver, followed by a string of shows throughout the US and Canada before setting off for Berlin on May 25. After select gigs in Europe, they will return to the US to play at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 16. Fleet Foxes are releasing their second album, Helplessness Blues, on May 2 in the UK and May 3 in the US via Sub Pop Records. The Seattle-based band received critical praise for their debut album, which peaked at number three on UK album charts and is cited as one of the best albums of 2008 by magazines Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Spin, and Q.


Beastie Boys: 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 '

May 2/3

Hip hop legends Beastie Boys are dropping their long-awaited eighth studio album on May 3 in the US, May 2 in the UK. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will be their first non-instrumental full-length in seven years. The new album will include a collaboration with rapper Nas titled "Too Many Rappers," which released in July 2009 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The band has won three Grammy Awards and received critical acclaim for its albums such as Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty, the latter of which hit number one on charts in the US, the UK, and Australia.


Splendour in the Grass tickets on sale
May 5 online
Byron Bay, Australia

Australia’s innovatively green Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay just announced Kanye West and Coldplay as its headliners for the eleventh annual event (July 29-31), along with 79 other acts performing on three stages. In both 2009 and 2010, the event sold out in a few hours, and this year the same is expected, with tickets going on sale May 9 at 9 a.m. EST. Tickets range from AUD$401.50 to AUD$525.60 (around €290 to €380). The Splendour festival combines a relatively small capacity (only 15,000 tickets every year, in comparison to the notorious Big Day Out with upwards of 50,000) with a collection of headline acts that come for the festival and stay for the weekend. Other acts included in the lineup are Jane's Addiction, The Hives, The Kills, Cut Copy, James Blake, Thievery Corporation, and DJ Shadow. Tickets are available through Moshtix: To learn more about the lineup and event details:

Radiohead: 'King of Limbs' newspaper album
May 9

British rock group Radiohead is releasing a "newspaper album" of the band’s eighth album, The King of Limbs, available for preorder on the band's website and shipping May 9. Following the album's digital release in February, the newspaper release will include two 10-inch vinyl records, a CD, several large pieces of artwork, and 625 small pieces of artwork. The album has reached number six in US album charts, and number seven in UK album charts. The band's last LP, 2007's In Rainbows, reached number one on album charts in five countries, including the UK, the US, and France. To preorder:

Lil Wayne: 'Tha Carter IV'

May 16

US rapper Lil Wayne's highly anticipated upcoming album, Tha Carter IV, is set to drop on May 16 in the US. No announcement yet on the exact release date for other countries. This album will be Lil Wayne's fourth in his Tha Carter series, and features Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Corey Gunz, and T-Pain. His last and eighth studio effort, I Am Not a Human Being, released digitally last September and peaked at number one on US album charts. Lil Wayne's 2008 album Tha Carter III won a Grammy for Best Rap Album, debuted at number one on the US Billboard chart and has sold 3.2 million copies worldwide.
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Lady Gaga: 'Born This Way'

May 23

Lady Gaga's third album, Born This Way, hits stores worldwide on May 23, following the massive success of the album's two singles, "Born This Way" and "Judas." "Born This Way," which dropped on February 11, peaked at number one in 16 countries and is the fastest-selling single in iTunes history, selling more than 1 million copies in five days. Gaga's 2009 The Fame Monster topped charts in 11 countries, and she has sold more than 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide.
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