Christina Aguilera is back after years out of the new music spotlight. Aguilera spent seasons on The Voiceduring its early years. Though she doesn't seem fond of the show's evolution through her opinions in interviews, Aguilera held her coach position due to her extraordinary vocal abilities. That doesn't distract from the years since her last album. 2012's Lotus was Aguilera's last album; the pop star retreated into motherhood and kept out of the television or charting spotlights.
Aguilera is back in 2018 with her new album Liberation. Even from the title itself, fans can tell this is a new side of Aguilera after her time away. The first single "Accelerate" features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz on a Kanye-produced beat. Though the single itself didn't catch fire, the follow-up songs hinted more at the vocal range that fans fell in love with. "Twice" and "Fall in Line" featuring Demi Lovato demonstrated her powerhouse voice as well as attitude. Without the distractions of overly-worked backbeats, Aguilera began to show the naked, raw talent that encompasses her album marketing strategy. Used to seeing Aguilera hidden behind makeup, Liberation shows a natural side to the star. Her shoots show a natural makeup with very little flair similar to Lady Gaga's Joanne.
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Openers: Camila Cabello and Charli XCX
'reputation' World Tour
Taylor Swift ferociously returned to the charts in 2017 with her first album in three years titled reputation. After public feuds that dragged around Swift's once-flawless character, reputation was the album to address her growth and struggles over the past three years. Its name and persona spoke for itself. The marketing strategy focused around black and red. Ads included the snake that Swift's Instagram account so famously swarmed with after her fallout with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Swift's entire tour personality also focuses around the dark. As her lead single "Look What You Made Me Do" stated, "I'm sorry, the Old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead." reputation's lead-up to release was just that: aggressive, image-altering, and a little petty. Fans squirmed at the idea that the red-lipped. smiling girl who danced around in sun dresses and looked shocked when she won awards was truly gone.
However, the album itself spoke to a different Swift than the hype warned for. Though her album clearly discusses the trials that her reputation went through, Swift also continues to focus on that one thing that grounds all of her music: the importance of love. Throughout the past three years, while Swift herself has struggled in her career, she has also stumbled through her twentysomethings into true love. The album is not about West or Perry or what they made her do. Instead, Swift rips out the ugliness that hides in every young woman figuring s*** out and puts it on the record for fans to hear. She openly discusses sex for one of the first times in her career. She also swears; though not often, it's enough to once again demonstrate that she is grown and now unafraid.
Swift's 'reputation' World Tour will bring the alternate Swift persona around the world. However, Swift has also acknowledged that the tour will include old hits, as well, for longtime fans. The tour began in Arizona and will continue until early October.
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With warm summer days right around the corner, we’re here to get you ready for all of the upcoming music festivals you won’t want to miss. From EDM to hip-hop, rock and more, it’s time to grab your festie-bestie and start planning your next musical adventure!
Read below for a list of popular festivals & their lineups to ensure you don’t skip a beat.
Boston Calling Music Festival
Boston Calling Music Festival is one of the most popular music festivals in the Northeast. Not known for its consistent weather, the Northeast isn't a common place to hold music festivals, as other areas of the country are warmer and sunnier more of the year. However, come summertime, New England hosts Boston Calling in the heart of Massachusetts's capital. Boston Calling was originally held next to Boston City Hall in downtown Boston. As the festival grew in popularity, the fall and spring lineups changed to one spring lineup at Harvard Athletic Complex in Cambridge. More room and more entertainment - Boston Calling is now a full-fledged music festival with a Ferris wheel and more. In 2018, the festival goes over Memorial Day weekend. Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White are headlining. Other notable acts include Khalid, Portugal. The Man, Tyler, The Creator, and Paramore.
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The new MLS rivalry brewing between LAFC and LA Galaxy is going to be a can't-miss event in the upcoming seasons. After LAFC officially opened their stadium doors, the battle between the two teams has started on an intense note that hints at much more to come for MLS fans. LA Galaxy won their first matchup 4-3, but the level of play and aggression made fans excited for a heated rivalry in the games to come.
Los Angeles Football Club, or LAFC, is the new MLS team in Los Angeles. They shoulder up against the well-known LA Galaxy in the major West Coast city. LAFC's journey began in 2014 when the MLS awarded L.A. with a new team. The modern stadium began to come to fruition in in the heart of L.A., and LAFC's vision was born. In 2015, The 22,000-seat stadium plans were revealed. It is located next to the LA Memorial Coliseum in South L.A.
In January 2016, LAFC revealed the team's crest and colors to the public. The team's colors are black and gold. In mid-2016, the City of Los Angeles permitted the stadium construction. A team broke ground in August 2016, beginning what would soon come to be the Banc of California Stadium. In 2017, LAFC hired Bob Bradley as the Head Coach. Bradley is a two-time MLS Coach of the Year and a former U.S. Men's National Team coach. The rest of the team followed. In 2018, LAFC's stadium and first season opened.
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The 2018-2019 NFL schedule has been released. This announcement arrives a little over four months away from the season's kick-off. Pre-season will begin in August with the official start date in September. Ticket Galaxy is covering the major game highlights to look forward to this coming season.
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Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Thursday, September 6th
The opening game of the 2018-2019 NFL Season holds the Atlanta Falcons against the Super Bowl LII Champions the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be held at the Eagles' home stadium Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles will open the season as reigning champions, and it will be exciting to see if they can hold up their success for another season. Carson Wentz got injured last season, and backup quarterback Nick Foles performed the impossible and carried his team to a Super Bowl victory. The Super Bowl has never been won by a backup quarterback, and the Eagles made history. With Wentz back at the helm, the Eagles will face the Falcons who lost to the Patriots in another iconic Super Bowl in 2017. The matchup will kick off the entire season and feature two Super-Bowl friendly teams to demonstrate the level of talent in the game this year.
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New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sunday, September 16th
The New England Patriots, run by quarterback Tom Brady, are always a dominant force in the NFL year after year. Whether it's due to their solid base, extensively talented lineup, or smart coaching, the Patriots are never to be underestimated. The Jacksonville Jaguars were a force last season; their intense, aggressive playing style landed the Jags far into the NFL Playoffs. This will be a redo of the AFC Championship last season. The Pats stole the win to head onto the Super Bowl, but the Jags didn't bow out easily. It'll be exciting for fans to see a rematch early in the new season.
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'Tis the season for warm summer nights and country concerts. Whether your specialty stays in the tailgate parking lot or sings the word to every song, country concerts truly bring life to venues in the summertime. The biggest country artists purposefully plan major tours touring the summer to experience the electric crowds, and this time of year is no different. Most charting country stars are gearing up for their Summer 2018 tour trips including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, and many more. Here is an overview of the most-anticipated country tours to watch for:
Luke Bryan continues his "What Makes You Country Tour" through the summer and into September. Major special guests will also join him on his stadium tour stops including Sam Hunt and Jon Pardi. "What Makes You Country Tour" is hitting stadiums after a first leg in late winter. After early summer dates, the tour will pick up again from August through September. Bryan is making the most out of the summer tour potential, and his huge country guests for his stadium dates will certainly be crowd pleasers. The stadium dates are scattered throughout the summer and fall months.
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The MLB season is underway heading into the summer months where warm nights and Saturday afternoons are filled with America's greatest pastime. However, baseball games have a tradition beyond home runs and strikeouts. The experience of a MLB game includes venue history, team traditions, and most importantly, a ballpark's iconic food and drink options. Ticket Galaxy breaks down the top ballpark foodie cravings in America because with Major League Baseball, there are always Major League Eats:
Boston Red Sox: Fenway Park
The Fenway Frank is a prized food item sold at Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park. The oldest MLB stadium in America, Fenway holds a legacy in MLB nestled in the heart of Boston. The bars directly surrounding the ballpark hold enough good eats to keep fans full for seasons, but the food inside the stadium is not to be underestimated. A Fenway Frank is as simple and true as the park itself. The Fenway Frank went under a revamp in 2009, only being modified after careful taste testing. Unlike other ballpark's hot dogs, The Fenway Frank is both boiled AND slightly grilled. It's placed on a standard hot dog roll, and the toppings are up to the customer to decide from there.
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Our TG College Basketball Finals Experience winner John Doyle treated his dad to the Experience of a lifetime over the weekend.
After applying to Ticket Galaxy's College Basketball Finals Experience weeks earlier, their very own Loyola Ramblers made it into the Final Four® as an 11 seed. Impossible? No. However, the odds were stacked against Loyola, and their performance in the tournament granted them the prime underdog and potential Cinderella story.
Doyle's father graduated from Loyola, and the pair have been attending Loyola men's basketball games since he was a little kid. The family grew up in Chicago and carried their deep-rooted fandom to San Antonio for the 2018 Final Four®.
"It was an amazing experience and a dream come true for my dad and I to be able to see our team in the Final Four, all thanks to [Ticket] Galaxy tickets!" said Doyle.
The Week of TG National Championship
It's the Week of TG National Championship: 2 teams advanced to the final round of our TG Fantasy Tournament! Unfortunately, none of our TG Fantasy brackets submitted by YOU matched our Final Four®. Apply to our TG College Basketball Experience and win 2 Men's Final Four® & National Championship tickets.
Here are the 2 teams that advanced:
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The Lockwood family arrived to Hartford's XL Center on Saturday afternoon to see The Harlem Globetrotters do what they do best: entertain audiences across the globe with basketball tricks and contagious humor.
However, the Lockwoods weren't your average family attending the game. They won the Ticket Galaxy #GalaxysStars Experience for the Globetrotters. This VIP-level Experience included Magic Passes to play on the XL Court and meet the players before the show, the Game Ball Presentation, and free VIP seats near all of the action.
Sandra Lockwood entered into the contest and won for her family. Her husband John Lockwood, son Brayden Lockwood, and his two friends joined Ticket Galaxy on Saturday. Brayden is a basketball player himself, watching games from the Globetrotters to the Hartford Hawks to the UCONN Huskies. His friends in attendance have played on the same AAU team as him for the past two years, and each of them holds a deep relationship with the sport.
"I just wanted to thank you so much for making this Experience even more special for the boys!" said Sandra Lockwood.
Before the game began, the Magic Pass portion allowed the Lockwoods to meet some of the Globetrotters including learning basketball tricks and shooting on the court.
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