This Week in Music

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen has recently announced 16 more fall tour dates have been added to the North American leg of his Wrecking Ball Tour. The Boss is currently wrapping up the European leg of his tour, and will come back stateside August 14th with a show in Boston’s Fenway Park. So far performances on the Wrecking Ball Tour have gone on for four hours, and make the 62-year-old musician one of the hardest working musicians in the industry today.

 

Nas

Life is indeed good for Nas. The Queens MC’s tenth studio album Life is Good debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Not only has the album reached commercial success, but also critical success with mostly positive reviews. Nas is one of the best lyricists in world, and this album is Nas at his most personal and socially aware. Parenthood, his ex-wife, and growing up in the notorious Queensbridge Housing Project are just some of the subject matter Nas touches on in this album. The mix of old-school and modern hip-hop beats shows the rappers knowledge of hip-hop history and its evolution. Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, and Amy Winehouse also appear on this amazing album. Nas is currently touring in Europe this summer and has made no announcements for a North American tour.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga will make her acting debut in Robert Rodriguez’s action exploitation film Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010’s Machete. Lady Gaga made the announcement on Thursday on her twitter account. With a cast that includes Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, and Mel Gibson, the eccentric pop diva known for her wild live performances and even wilder attire, might be the sanest person on the lot. Although, the over the top B-movie action-exploitation film might be the only film to contain these larger than life personalities. Gaga has mentioned her interest in acting before with her ultimate dream to star in a Woody Allen film. Everybody has to start off somewhere.

Green Day

Green Day singer/guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong will be working with artists Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine. Not on an album, but on NBC’s “The Voice.” The Bay Area punk rocker will be adding some adrenaline to the show. Green Day recently completed an ambitious three-album set “¡Uno!” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!” expected be released in the coming months. Their smash-hit album American Idiot has been adapted into a smash-hit musical touring across the country. A spot in the huge red chair could also give the band greater exposure and widen their audience beyond angsty teenagers, and adults who were angsty teenagers in the 90s.

Mariah Carey

Fox has replaced 43-year-old pop diva Jennifer Lopez as an American Idol judge with 42-year-old pop diva Mariah Carey, adding some much needed youth to the judges’ table. Jennifer Lopez, along with Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler left the show last season after two seasons as judges. Mariah Carey was finishing up her new album when Fox gave her the tap. Randy Jackson will return, making him and Ryan Seacrest the only personalities left from the first season in 2002. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are keeping themselves busy this summer with their own tours. Jennifer Lopez is co-headlining with fellow Latin sensation Enrique Iglesias on the Dance Again World Tour. Steven Tyler is performing with Aerosmith on their Global Warming Tour which wrap up soon in mid-August. 

 

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