Weekly music agenda: BRIT Awards, Ke$ha spreads $leaze around

Coming up, the UK's biggest music awards, the BRIT Awards, will air on February 15 from London's O2 Arena. American pop singer Ke$ha launches her first international concert tour, dubbed The Get $leazy Tour, with scheduled stops throughout North America, Japan, and Australia. 

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' opens in theaters
February 11/February 18

Tween fans of the US pop star Justin Bieber can flock to the theaters in February to see his 3D biopic, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film is directed by Jon Chu ( Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D), and features Miley Cyrus, Jaden Smith, Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, and the boy wonder himself. His first full studio LP, My World 2.0, was released on March 23, 2010 and reached number one in seven countries.

Eric Clapton
February 11/Feburary 14-20/February 25 - March 8/May 9 - June 1
Middle East/Asia/North America/Ireland/UK

In support of his 2010 studio album Clapton, Eric Clapton will play a gig at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi on February 11, followed by a four-city tour of Asia. He begins his North American tour on February 25 in Vancouver with a final stop in Los Angeles on March 8. On May 9, he heads to Dublin, continuing on to Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, and London, where he'll perform a six-night run at the Royal Albert Hall. Clapton, with 20 studio albums under his belt, was inducted three times into the US-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer as well as a bandmember of The Yardbirds and Cream. He ranks fourth in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. 

53rd Annual Grammy Awards
February 13
Los Angeles, CA, US/worldwide coverage

The Recording Academy's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards takes place live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET. Current nominees Arcade Fire, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Muse, and Katy Perry are set to perform on the telecast. Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, Dr. Dre, and Bob Dylan are also set to take the stage. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be handed out to Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton and The Ramones. The UK's version of America's Grammy Awards, the 2011 Brit Awards, is on February 15 at London's O2 arena. Canada's equivalent, the Juno Awards, celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 27 in Toronto. The Grammy Awards will air on CBS Television and will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online on Grammy.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For coverage, updates and breaking news, visit Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/thegrammys, http://www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

BRIT Awards
February 15

Begun in 1977, the BRIT Awards are one of the UK's biggest music awards shows, honoring the best in pop music each year. Leading the 2011 nominees are Tinie Tempah with four nods and Plan B, Mumford & Sons, and Take That with three each. Other nominees include Arcade Fire, Katy Perry, Eminem, The xx, and Ellie Goulding. Designer Vivienne Westwood restyled the coveted statue for this year's event, which will be held at London's O2 Arena. Performing at the event are Mumford & Sons, Adele, Cee Lo Green, and Arcade Fire. The show will air live at 8 p.m. GMT and will broadcast on ITV1.

Ke$ha Tour
February 15 - May 6
North America/Japan/Australia

American pop singer Ke$ha is launching her first international concert tour, dubbed The Get $leazy Tour, with scheduled stops throughout North America, Japan, and Australia. The tour kicks off February 15 in Portland, Oregon, then travels to Brisbane, Australia, on March 3. She then plays six other Australian cities before heading to Japan for four shows, then returns to North American to wrap up her tour. Her 2009 debut single, "TiK ToK," reached number one in 11 countries and her debut album, Animal, scored three top ten singles. Her 2010 EP, Cannibal, has had mixed reviews, however, and peaked at 15 on Billboard's US chart.

U2 Tour
February 18 - July 30
South Africa/South America/North America

U2 will continue its 360° Tour, rescheduled from 2010 due to Bono's back injury, with a February 18 show in Johannesburg, South Africa. The band will play a show in Cape Town before heading to South America for a slew of shows in Chile and Brazil. May 11 through July, U2 will tour Mexico, the US, and Canada, wrapping up on July 30 in Moncton, Canada, at the Magnetic Hill Music Festival. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Lady Gaga Tour
February 19 - May 6
North America

Pop-dance music artist Lady Gaga recently added 12 more North American dates to her international The Monster Ball tour. On February 19, she will play Atlantic City, New Jersey, before traveling to New York, Washington DC, Dallas, and Montreal, among others. Her final stop is Mexico City on May 6. Her 2010 The Fame Monster topped charts in 11 countries, and Gaga has sold more than 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide.

Katy Perry Tour
February 20-April 9/April 28-May 15/May 22-26/June 7-August 14/October 12-November 8
Europe/Australia/Japan/North America/Ireland & UK

US pop star Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour launches in Lisbon, Portugal on February 20, followed by a stint in Australia. She will play four shows in Japan before hitting North America on June 7. She will finish off her tour with 14 shows in the UK and Ireland, October 12 through November 8. "California Gurls," the first single from 2010's Teenage Dream, topped charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US, with more than four million digital downloads worldwide.

NME Awards online voting
Through February 23

Voting is currently underway for the 2011 Shockwave NME Awards, awarded by UK music magazine NME ( New Music Express). The awards began in the 1950s, lasted for more than ten years, and then came back in 1994 as an alternative to the pop-focused Brit Awards. The NME Awards are distinguished by their online voting system, which is now open leading up to the February 23 awards ceremony in London. Headliners to perform at the show include Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses, and No Age. For tickets to the event, go to nme.com/tickets. To vote, visit the NME website.

Noise Pop Festival
February 22-27
San Francisco, California

Now in its 19th year, San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival doesn't draw the same crowds as Austin's South by South Southwest or New York's CMJ. But this six-day celebration of indie artists, music, and culture has played a role in catapulting the careers of major bands such as the White Stripes, Modest Mouse, and the Flaming Lips, according to Variety magazine. The lineup includes Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Yo La Tengo, Wavves, Best Coast, Alexi Murdoch, and Peter Butter Wolf. The event includes a few free events (details forthcoming) and tickets for scheduled individual shows can now be purchased online. Badges costs $150-$160 (about €112-€120) and allow entrance to all events, even sold-old performances. In addition, the festival includes a film series that explores the intersection of music and art, a local designer fair, workshops on the music business, art shows, happy hours, and more. For full details, stay tuned to http://www.noisepop.com/main. To purchase a badge: http://2011.noisepop.com/event/22233/

Rihanna Tour
February 25-March 12/June 4-July 23/September 29-December 17
Australia/North America/Europe

American recording artist Rihanna brings her Last Girl on Earth stadium production in support of Rated R to Australia February 25 through March 12, with stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Newcastle. She will tour North American June 4 through July 23 (more dates likely to be added), before hitting Europe on September 29. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Rihanna has sold more than 15 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide.

R.E.M.'s 'Collapse Into Now' album release
March 7/8

Famed US band R.E.M. will drop their 15th studio album, featuring musicians Eddie Vedder, Pattie Smith, and Peaches, on March 7 in the UK and the following day in the US. The new album, Collapse Into Now, follows the band's 2008 hit release Accelerate. Garret "Jacknife" Lee of Snow Patrol and U2 fame produced the upcoming 12-track release, which includes the rock track "All the Best" and the album's closing song, "Blue," which features vocals from Patti Smith. A track titled "It Happened Today" features Pearl Jam's Vedder. The group's last album, Accelerate, reached number one in eight countries and was described by Rolling Stone as "one of the best records R.E.M. have ever made."

Avril Lavigne: 'Goodbye Lullaby'
March 7/8

Pop-punk chanteuse Avril Lavigne plans to release her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, on March 7 in the UK and March 8 in the US. A long-awaited follow-up to 2007's The Best Damn Thing, the album has been in the works for two years and features collaborations with producers Butch Walker and Max Martin, who has worked with Katy Perry, Pink, and Britney Spears. The album will also include collaborations with her former guitarist Evan Taubenfeld and ex-husband, rock singer Deryck Whibley of Canadian rock band Sum 41. The star is claimed to have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and she has earned eight Grammy Award nominations and pocketed seven Canadian Juno Awards. Her last album, The Best Damn Thing, reached number one in 12 countries.

Catch some BRIT Awards buzz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTlLn7qg4CQ

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