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Blondie, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, And Miley Cyrus To Perform In New York’s Times Square As The Country Counts Down To The New Year!

Blondie, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and previously announced Miley Cyrus to ring in the New Year on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014” with live performances from New York’s Times Square, in front of an estimated 1 million people and tens of millions of television viewers nationwide. Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy (“The View”) will be live from Times Square as Ryan leads the traditional countdown to midnight.

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” is a bi-coastal celebration with a West Coast celebration hosted by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Coverage of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” will feature hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, beginning at 8:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.”

“New York’s Times Square is one of the most iconic places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This year we once again will have megastars in our line up including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Jenifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Blondie, Miley Cyrus at midnight, and many more. We’re going to have the country’s biggest party,” said Ryan Seacrest.

“There’s nothing like New Year’s Eve in New York with the energy and excitement from all of the people that gather throughout Times Square,” added Jenny McCarthy. “I have such a great time with Ryan Seacrest, these amazing artists and fans across the country. You never know what’s going to happen and, as the saying goes, what happens in Times Square…is seen by millions of people around the world, so you better keep it classy. Or so they keep telling me.”

Previously announced West Coast performers include Capital Cities, Daughtry, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke and The Fray.

The complete lineup Tuesday night, December 31 on ABC is:

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music” Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host a fascinating two-hour countdown of the 30 greatest female artists in music, through clips and interviews from the archives of dick clark productions. (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014″Ryan Seacrest spotlights some of the year’s hottest artists, groups and songs. Fergie hosts the Los Angeles party, and Jenny McCarthy is live with all the festivities in Times Square. (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014, Parts 1 & 2″Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year’s hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York. (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. – 1:08 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:08 – 2:12 a.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014” is a presentation of dick clark productions, with Ryan Seacrest and Allen Shapiro serving as executive producers and Barry Adelman as co-executive producer. Larry Klein is producer.

For additional information “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” visit Facebook.com/NewYearsRockinEve. Join the Twitter conversation by following @officialNYRE or by using the official NYRE hashtag #RockinEve.

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Katy Perry To Perform At MTV EMAs


Katy Perry has been confirmed for a performance at the upcoming MTV European Music Awards. According to the network, Perry will sing her latest single “Unconditionally” at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on Sunday, November 10.

“I’m so excited to return to the EMA stage! I have tailor-made a performanceof a brand new song from Prism to share with fans from around the world on November 10,” Perry said in a statement.

MTV also announced that Will Ferrell, star of Anchorman 2, will be a special guest, showing up to the Ziggo Dome in the guise of his character Ron Burgundy.

Leading the pack of nominees at the EMAs are Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with five apiece. Trailing them are Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, who were nominated for four awards apiece.

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Lady Gaga to Open the 2013 ‘MTV Video Music Awards’ With World Premiere Performance of New Single "Applause"

The 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” will raise its curtain with a thunderous first act as Lady Gaga (LadyGaga.MTV.com) will open the show with the debut live performance of “Applause,” the first single from her highly anticipated album ARTPOP from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 25 at 9pm ET/PT.

From her powerful and bloody rendition of “Paparazzi” to the gender bending, adrenaline fueled version of “You and I,” Lady Gaga is the mastermind behind some of the most memorable VMA performances in recent years. This year, she’ll continue that legacy with what’s sure to be an unforgettable performance of “Applause” from her forthcoming album, ARTPOP, available on November 11.
As one of the most talked about and innovative artists of this generation, Lady Gaga has left an indelible mark on the “MTV Video Music Awards” by winning an astounding 13 Moonmen since 2009, including “Best New Artist,” “Video of the Year” for “Bad Romance” as well as “Best Video with a Message” for “Born This Way.”

Additional performers for the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” include Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.


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Long-Awaited Inductions and Surprises at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Tommy Chong, Chuck Brennan and Cheech Marin at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, scheduled to air on HBO starting May 18, included surprising outbursts, long awaited recognition and performances by some of music’s most iconic representatives. “It was everything you expect when you put such a widely diverse group of musicians, performers and fans in a room together,” said Chuck Brennan, founder of Rock and Roll Academy, Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and CEO of Dollar Loan Center. The Academy was one of two exclusive sponsors of the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Held at Hollywood’s Nokia Theatre last month, the event will be televised on HBO beginning this Saturday, May 18. “Viewers will get a chance to see truly authentic reactions and performances from some of the greatest musicians in history,” said Brennan.

Among the evening’s most memorable moments was the band Rush’s induction by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. Rush, a Canadian rock band that has been eligible for induction since 1998, “played upwards of 250 shows a year,” said Grohl. “No hype, no bulls**t. They did it from the ground up…without any help from the mainstream press. For 40 years.”

“Their influence is undeniable,” said Grohl. “And their devoted fan base is only rivaled by the Grateful Dead.”

During the evening Jennifer Hudson performed in honor of Donna Summer, Usher performed Michael Jackson songs for Quincy Jones and inductees Randy Newman, Heart, Rush and Public Enemy performed.

“It was an incredible evening filled with very diverse musical representation,”said Brennan. “It was a great thing for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy to support, as it shows that music can be amazing and life-changing in all different genres.”

Brennan recently organized a series of rock concerts at the Academy, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to celebrate its grand opening. Performances from stars including Night Ranger, Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Louie Anderson, Vince Neil, Stephen Pearcy and many other entertainment icons helped raise $1.4 million for its students in the Boys & Girls Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy grand opening had its own surprises, with Gene Simmons of KISS surprising the sold out crowds by performing and donating to the event’s silent auction. Cooper performed with Robby Krieger of the DOORS and a Who’s Who of the rock industry including Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer of KISS, Sebastian Bach and Joey Allen of Warrant.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy serves hundreds of children in the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire. “They learn to play instruments, vocals and about the band environment,” said Brennan. “I grew up six blocks from here and was a Boys & Girls Club member. It is a great feeling to share my love of rock and roll with future generations.”

Brennan has a lifelong passion for Rock & Roll music. Before founding Dollar Loan Center he opened and operated one of the largest Rock & Roll concert halls in the Midwest, The Blitz Ballroom. Iconic bands including Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Quiet Riot and Blue Oyster Cult all graced the stage at the Blitz.

ICONIC RECORD PROMOTER TO THE BEATLES AND ROLLING STONES DIES

The man Billboard Magazine named “World’s Top Promotion Man,” Pete Bennett, 77, died suddenly of a heart attack Thanksgiving day in Connecticut.

Bennett, born in the Bronx, NY is credited for propelling the careers of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor and many others.

Described by Paul McCartney as “the promotion man responsible for getting the Beatles on the radio,” Bennett was named Director of Promotion for the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968. After the break-up of the group, Bennett guided the promotional efforts to radio for the solo releases by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and McCartney.

Over the years in interviews when Bennett was asked why his services were in such demand, he would say “I make unknowns into stars and stars into superstars.”

Among his many legendary achievements, Bennett, working side-by-side with Harrison, produced the world’s first global charity event, “The Concert for Bangladesh,” at Madison Square Garden in 1971. The former Beatle requested Bennett to use his clout and relationships to secure some of the biggest rock stars of the time, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.

In 1975 when Michael Jackson and his brothers were looking to leave Motown Records, Bennett orchestrated a deal to bring the Jacksons to Epic Records

Well known for his eye for talent, Bennett is recognized as the first music executive to discover Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, when he was in a Yonkers, NY band called Chain Reaction.

As impactful as Bennett’s accomplishments were in the music industry, his long list of relationships spanned a who’s who of politics, sports, television and movies, including Bob Hope, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, Dick Clark, Nat King Cole, John Wayne and Bobby Vinton.

Bennett is survived by his wife of 47 years, Annette, and his two sons, Peter and Joseph, all of Connecticut. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Rock On The Range: Daily Lineups Revealed For Fifth Anniversary, May 21-11 at Columbus Crew Stadium

The daily performance lineups have been revealed for the Fifth Anniversary of Rock On The Range–America’s premier destination rock festival–May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
A limited number of Rock On The Range Saturday and Sunday single day Stadium GA tickets will be available for only $59.50 beginning March 28 at 10:00 AM EST. In addition, as a way to honor those who serve their country, ROTR will again offer a $30 single day Stadium GA ticket to members of the military.  To qualify for the $30 ticket, concertgoers must present a photo ID with military ID to the Columbus Crew box office Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm between May 1 and 21, 2011. Two-day weekend Stadium GA festival passes (which include entrance to the Friday pre-party) start at just $99.50 plus service and transaction fees.
The daily artist lineups for Rock On The Range are as follows:
Friday, May 20 Pre-Party (doors open at 6pm):
Steel Panther, Danko Jones, Lez Zeppelin
Saturday, May 21 (doors open at 11am):
*Monster Energy Stage: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Staind, Alter Bridge, Hinder, Sick Puppies, Rev Theory, Finger Eleven
*The f.y.e. Stage: Danzig, Escape The Fate, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Asking Alexandria, Trust Company
*Jägermeister Stage: P.O.D., Black Veil Brides, 2 Cents, Egypt Central, Bad City, Downplay
Sunday, May 22 (doors open at 11am):
*Monster Energy Stage: A Perfect Circle, Disturbed, Stone Sour, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society, All That Remains, Saving Abel, 10 Years
* The f.y.e. Stage: Hollywood Undead, A Day To Remember, Trapt, Cavo, PopEvil, Hail The Villain
*Jägermeister Stage: The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, Evans Blue, Art Of Dying, Red Fang
Rock On The Range 2011 will once again activate their annual “Go Green Initiative” whereby concertgoers trade their old, broken or unused cell phone and video games for ROTR award points that can be redeemed for special ROTR prizes.  Drop boxes will be located throughout the Columbus Crew Stadium during the festival. 
The Rock On The Range celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with the nation’s biggest pre-festival Anniversary Party at the venue, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists–Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin, along with rock band Danko Jones and the Scratch ‘N Sniff rock DJs spinning throughout the night.  Best of all, admission to the Anniversary Party will be absolutely FREE with every Rock On The Range  weekend ticket purchase!
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium,Rock On The Range is a two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages.  The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn crowds in excess of 30,000 per day since its inception in 2007.