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2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup Announced: Taylor Swift, Usher, and Jason Aldean Among Headliners

 iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup RevealedMusic fans have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of who will be playing the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival.  They got their treat this morning as the popular internet radio station revealed the lineup for their 2 day music festival that will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 21st and 22nd.

The music festival is notorious for it’s eclectic mix of musical tastes.  The 2012 edition will be no different as top acts from the world of country, pop, hip hop, electronica, and rock will embark on Las Vegas this  September.  Country music will be well represented as headlining acts Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambery, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift are scheduled to appear.    Pop and hip hop acts include Lil Wayne, No Doubt, Rihanna, Shakira, Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Mary J. Blige, Pink, and Pitbull.  Fans of electronic music ( or dubstep) will be treated to Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, and Calvin Harris.  Rock music fans will not be disappointed with the inclusion of Green Day, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and Linkin Park.

The day 1 (9/21/2012) lineup will include Green Day, Jason Aldean, Lil Wayne, Miranda Lambert, No Doubt, Rihanna, Shakira, Swedish House Mafia, and Usher.  The music will begin at 7:30 PM

The day 2 (9/22/2012) lineup will include Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Pitbull, and Taylor Swfit.  The festivities will begin at 7:30 PM

Tickets go on sale on Saturday July 14th at 10:00 AM with prices ranging from $82.40 to $447.15.  In the past,  tickets to the iHeartRadio Music Festival sold out in minutes so some luck will be needed to land these highly prized tickets.  For all the details check out the official  iHeartRadio Music Festival Page.

2011 Concert Tickets Sales Rebound

U2 still the top concert in town!

U2 is still the king as they top the list of 2011 Concerts with $85.8 million in gross revenue.

According to the Pollstar Mid Year Business Analysis, 2011 concert ticket sales are well ahead of the 2010 pace.  The top 100 North American tours have grossed 1.2 billion dollars thus far-  a 157 million more than the previous year (16.2%).  The jump in revenue can be largely attributed to a substantial increase in average ticket price.  In the first half of 2011, the average ticket price increased by $6.25 (or 10.2%).  Although the increasing price of tickets certainly influenced the bottom-line, more tickets were also sold in 2011.  This year 16.7 million tickets have been sold in comparison to the 15.9 million in 2010- an increase of 5.3%. All in all, this data suggests that the demand for concert tickets has rebounded from a very sluggish 2010.

Not surprising, U2 was the highest grossing North American tour in the first half of 2011.  Through 6/30/2011, U2 has sold nearly 1 million tickets with an average price of almost $88 each.  Their 11 city /14 show tour has netted  $85.8 million or an average of $7.8 million per show.

Coming in a distant #2 is Lady Gaga whose 38 city / 40 show tour sold 674,795 tickets with an average ticket price of a whopping $96.77 (gross $65.3 Mil).  Rounding out the top 5 are Bon Jovi ($57.4 mil), Kenny Chesney ($46.7 mil), and Luis Miguel ($33.9 mil).  Young country music star Taylor Swift came in at #6 with a gross of $29.5 million just ahead of Elton John ($28.0 mil), Lil Wayne ($26.3 mil), Celine Dion (23.9 mil), and Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks ($22.2 mil).

Many other acts did not make the top 10 in total gross revenue but had extremely high average grosses.  These acts will likely produce solid numbers in the second half of 2011.  These performers include:  Marco Antonio Solis ($1.1 mil per show), Mana ($2.5 mil per show), Shakira ($1.4 mil per show), Eric Clapton ($1.1 mil per show), Chayenne ($1.2 mil per show), Phish ($1.0 mil per show), George Strait with Reba & Lee Ann Womack ($1.0 mil per show), and Price ($1.1 mil per show).

Other high grossing performer include:  Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Rush, Iron Maiden, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Rammstein, Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Jimmy Buffet, Janet Jackson, and New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys.  Look for these acts to be some of the most popular events this summer and fall.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Performers

So, it’s Valentine’s Day.  Let’s celebrate the day with yet another list.  Who doesn’t love a good list?  My criteria for my lists are that they must be living AND performing now (hey, it’s my list, I can make whatever criteria I want).  I’m going to make two very distinctive lists.  The first list, being the top (in my opinion) romantic and heartwarming singers.  The other list, is for those of you celebrating “singles awareness day” and there for is hard, dark and heavy.  The lists are in no particular order.

 Top 10 romantic singers/performers  touring:

1.)    Celine Dion – Of course she’s on this list.  Every time you think about a large ship, you probably have “My Heart Will Go On” on repeat inside your head.  Luckily for everyone, she’s still on tour in Vegas.

2.)    Taylor Swift – So sure, sweet and good.  She’s every guys dream girl and every girl’s best friend.  She understands the female angst and sings all about it, but manages to make it sound sweet.

3.)    Bryan Adams – How many great love songs did this guy do?  His two most popular were probably “Have you Ever Really Loved a Woman” and “(Everything I do) I do it for you”.

4.)    Barry Manilow – Mr. Romantic songs himself!   With songs like “Mandy”, “Can’t Smile Without You”, and “Could it Be Magic?” he’s an obvious choice for this list.

5.)    Rod Stewart – With his career in its fifth decade, Mr. Stewart has been exceptionally popular with the ladies ever since.  Hehas sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the bestselling artists of all time.  He’s touring with another romantic artist, Ms. Stevie Nicks.

6.)    Enrique Iglesias- Yum.  Regardless of the fact that he makes good music or not, he is exceptionally attractive.  His latest album with his Latin styling is sure to woo the ladies once again.

7.)    Justin Bieber – Ah, the Bieb.  That hair!  That smile!  The ‘tweeners  just love him, and the rest of the world does too for that matter.

8.)    Harry Connick, Jr.  – He acts, he sings, he composes.  He has enough personality to fill an entire auditorium.  He makes the ladies swoon.  Gentlemen, you should take note of this man.

9.)    Rascal Flatts – Their country songs nearly all explode with love and affection for their family and friends.  You can’t listen to any of their songs and not have warm fuzzies.  They also Thave raised and donated millions of dollars to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  How can you not love that?

10.) Rush – They’re just REALLY good.  I can’t think of one guy I know that doesn’t have a “man crush” on them.

 

 

Top 10 least romantic singers/performers touring:

1.)    Apocalyptica– Yea, heavy, rock grunge music doesn’t exactly convey that loving feeling.

2.)    Lil’ Wayne – Maybe it’s just me, but I find all his tattoos to be especially offputting.  Or maybe it’s the grill….

3.)    Kid Rock – Granted, he might be slowly turning the corner from his former darker, drug and booze filled rap days, but he’s still not universally appealing on a first date.

4.)    Lewis Black – I’m surprised that man hasn’t had a heart attack yet!  He is a ball of rage!  Avoid, avoid, avoid when you want a nice romantic evening.

5.)    Social Distortion – Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Social D, but punk and romance don’t go together unless you’re Avril Lavigne.

6.)    K$sha – Someone give that girl a bath!   Her club/techno music is not good for snuggling.

7.)    Widespread Panic –  Jam Band.  You’d sooner have an urge for some munchies before looking for love at one of WP’s shows.

8.)    Dispatch – Hard Rock =/= Romance.  Sorry, it’s true.

9.)    Barney Live In Concert - Birthday Bash! – Giant Purple Dinosaur with a Baby Voice.  Need I say more?

10.) Trey Anastasio from Phish. – Pleas see description for WP.

What are some of your favorite romantic or polar opposite of romantic musicians/peformers??