Alt-Rockers Young The Giant Ro Headline Musikfest In Bethlehem

Alternative rock group Young The Giant, which last year had two singles hit the Top 5 on Billboard’s rock chart, will headline Musikfest‘s main SteelStage venue Aug. 3, the festival announced Wednesday.

Tickets for the show — at $24 and $34 — will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday for ArtsQuest members and 10 a.m. April 13 for the general public at http://www.artsquest.com or by calling 610-332-1300.

The California-based quintet’s song “My Body” hit No. 5 on the alternative chart and “Cough Syrup” hit No. 2. Both songs are from the band’s self-titled debut album, which hit No. 42 on Billboard’s albums chart and No. 6 on Billboard’s rock albums chart. This week, it was No. 23 on the rock chart.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/music/mc-musikfest-announcement-20120404,0,235912.story

Top Selling Jazz Act Appearing At The Sands Event Center, Bethlehem

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Diana Krall, the pianist and singer who has sold more than 6 million albums in the United States — she’s the only singer to have eight albums (her last eight) debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums — and won three Grammy Awards, will play the center on July 8.

That’s according to a tour itinerary sent out by Krall’s publicist. Neither her website nor the event center’s lists the show yet.

Gerald R, Deifer, one of the founders of the event center, said only, “that would be a big show.”

Read more: http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2012/03/another-big-act-revealed-for-sands-event-center-this-ones-a-jazz-singer.html

Adele’s Out-Of-Nowhere Mega-Year Explained

It wasn’t supposed to be like this: 2011 was supposed to be the year of Lady Gaga. Coming off a mammoth first album and incredibly successful world tour, the 25 year-old was expected to rule the world with her massively hyped and eagerly anticipated sophomore album, Born This Way.

Make no mistake, Gaga’s Born This Way was a success, debuting on the Billboard 200 with over 1 million copies sold and putting four singles in the top ten. But the real zeitgeist this year was unexpected: a humble, English, 23 year-old soul singer who we know simply as Adele.

The songstress found success with her first album, 2008’s 19, but it was she, and not Gaga, who enjoyed sophomore success the likes of which have not been seen since… well, ever!

Read more: http://newsroom.mtv.com/2011/12/16/adeles-out-of-nowhere-mega-year-explained/?xrs=share_fb

Billboard Declares Adele Number One Artist Of 2011

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NEW YORK (AP) — If there is a “best-of” list for music this year, it’s a safe bet to put Adele on top.   Billboard has declared her the No. 1 artist of 2011. Rihanna was No. 2, followed by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. The list, announced Friday, takes into account album sales, charting singles, radio airplay and other factors.

Rounding out the list was Bruno Mars at No. 6, Nicki Minaj at No. 7, Taylor Swift at No. 8, Justin Bieber at No. 9 and Chris Brown at No. 10.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/article/20111209/ENTERTAINMENT01/111209595/1003/ENTERTAINMENT#.TuJmJl5f6mA.twitter