Weekly music agenda: Sheryl Crow's star-studded soul album
Friday 16 July 2010
100 Miles from Memphis, an album inspired by late-1960s soul and featuring guests including Keith Richards and Justin Timberlake, releases internationally on July 19.
Sheryl Crow's '100 Miles from Memphis'
Topping pre-order charts in the US and UK is American singer Sheryl Crow's latest endeavor, a soul-influenced album set to include collaborations with Keith Richards, Justin Timberlake, and more. Crow's inspiration comes from American soul musicians of the late 1960s and early 1970s such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Sly Stone. The Rolling Stones guitarist will play on the reggae-influenced track "Eye to Eye," while Memphis native Timberlake will perform in an Al Green-styled cover of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name." Sheryl Crow has sold more than 35 million records and won nine Grammys Awards.
July 25-August 30
The oldest and one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2010. Highlights in 2010 will include concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic and featuring pianist Evgeny Kissin, as well as opera productions including Elektra by Richard Strauss, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and Alban Berg's Lulu. Also on the program: seven concerts devoted to the music of Johannes Brahms, as well as concerts featuring the music of Schumann, Chopin, and Wolfgang Rihm; and a performance by international stars Rolando Villazón and Hélène Grimaud.
Jonas Brothers international tour begins
Teen heartthrobs the Jonas Brothers are set to make a multi-continent summer concert tour with guest Demi Lovato, beginning July 27 in Dallas, Texas, and continuing through North America, Latin America, and Europe throughout the summer and fall. The brothers will tour in support of the sequel to their film Camp Rock, which has reached more than 137 million viewers. That movie's soundtrack has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and spent ten weeks in the top ten on the US Billboard 200 chart. The Jonas Brothers' previous tour was among the top-grossing concert tours in 2009, with more than 1.5 million attendees and sold-out shows on three continents.
July 30-August 1
Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Set on the Naeba Ski Resort, the Fuji Rock Festival is a favorite for its picturesque location. More than 100,000 people attend the annual festival, where they can watch music on seven different stages, the largest of which can accommodate 40,000 people. The 2010 festival will feature Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, Roxy Music, Massive Attack, and more than 100 other artists, most of them from the UK, the US, and Japan. Advance three-day tickets are 39,800 yen, or about €350, and campsite or car pass tickets are an addition 3,000 yen (€26).
Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs'
Montreal-based indie band Arcade Fire is generating considerable buzz for forthcoming album The Suburbs, the follow-up to 2007's The Neon Bible. The album is high on international pre-order charts more than two weeks before its release, and its popularity is likely to continue to rise as the band sets out on tours of North America and Europe. Arcade Fire's 2004 album Funeral was named by Billboard critics as the number-one album of the decade and was placed among the top ten of the decade by Rolling Stone and NME. Neon Bible was named among the top albums of 2007 by NME, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Spin.
U2's re-starts 360° Tour
After a string of North American dates were canceled to allow lead singer Bono to recuperate from emergency back surgery, Irish band U2 continues its epic 360° Tour, which launched more than a year ago and has included many tour legs in North American, Europe, and worldwide. The latest North American dates were rescheduled for 2011, making this upcoming jaunt the first following Bono's recovery. The band will begin in Turin, Italy on August 6, continuing on to 15 other cities including Frankfurt, Moscow, Vienna, and Paris, and ending in Rome on October 8.
First launched in 1991 by Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza is an iconic American festival with its roots in the alternative music scene. The 2010 festival lineup includes Lady Gaga, Green Day, newly reunited Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix. Other acts on the lineup include MGMT, Hot Chip, The Black Keys, The National, Spoon, Devo, Cypress Hill, The New Pornographers, Erykah Badu, Grizzly Bear, and The xx. Three-day passes are $215, while single-day tickets are available for $90 per day. Lollapalooza is an urban festival in Chicago's Grant Park and includes no on-site camping.
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