'Tis the season for Holiday music. Radio stations across the nation have flipped their format to play 24 hours of Holiday music from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day and if you aren’t in the spirit yet then this list of Holiday albums you should be bumpin’ will surely do the trick!
Elvis’ Christmas Album – Elvis Presley. The first ever Christmas album by the King,originally released in 1957, this album was still the best selling Holiday album according to Billboard last year. It would be surprising if that still isn’t the case. This album is comprised of eight Christmas songs and four gospel songs. You only have time to listen to one song? Play “Blue Christmas”, though there are plenty of versions of this song the King’s take has an extra sadness about it.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio. Maybe you won’t necessarily “bump” this but if it is smooth jazz you are looking for, than light a fire, heat up some hot chocolate and relax as the instrumentals you know and love from the classic Peanuts special of the same name fill the room. You only have time to listen to one song? Play “Christmas Time is Here”. The soundtrack offers this classic in instrumental or vocal version, you can’t go wrong either way.
Merry Christmas – Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey’s first Holiday album is #7 on the Best-Selling Christmas/Holiday albums list. With classics like “Silent Night”, and “Joy to the World” this album is a joy from track 1 to 10. You only have time to listen to one song? Play “All I Want for Christmas is You”. This original has been remade by Michael Bublé, Lady Antebellum, and more and now sits atop Billboards’ Holiday 100 for the 21st week. Carey’s song has been at number 1 on this chart 21 of the 26 weeks since Billboard introduced it in 2011.
In 1998 a little known boy-band released this gem of a Holiday album mixed with classics such as “The Christmas Song”, “The First Noel” and originals like “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”, “Under My Tree”. Selling over 4 million copies worldwide this has become a classic among those who were tweens when it was first released. You only have time to listen to one song? While all 14 tracks are worth a listen, play "Merry Christmas, Happily Holidays" and check out the video as the boys are recruited to fill in for a sick Santa by Gary Oldman. The late 90’s were a strange time what can I say?
A Very Decent Christmas – Major Lazer. If there ever was a Holiday album that could be played in the club, this is it. Chock full of holiday beat drops and a remix of “Santa Clause is coming to Town” this one might not be best to play for Grandma, unless Grandma likes EDM. The label, founded by Major Lazer member, Diplo released their first Holiday compilation back in 2013. You only have time to listen to one song? Play “Christmas Trees” the Holiday song by Major Lazer feat. Protoje, sure to bring a bit reggae to your Holiday this season.
Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comment section. Happy Holidays!
Written by Kristen
Blake Shelton has announced a short winter tour with fellow Voice star, RaeLynn.
The “Doin’ It to Country Songs” tour will consist of a series of weekend shows from mid-February to mid-March. Kicking off in Bakersfield, California and concluding in Omaha, Nebraska, the trek will see the two country stars crisscrossing the Western and Midwestern U.S., with six dates in California alone.
Shelton is currently supporting his latest album, If I’m Honest, which is 2016’s top-performing Country album thus far.
During her 2012 stint on The Voice, RaeLynn was largely seen to have a protégé/mentor relationship with Shelton. Her debut album, Wildhorse, is due next year.
The Doin’ It to Country Songs Tour with Blake Shelton and RaeLynn
2/16 – Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
2/17- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
2/23 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
2/24- Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
2/25- Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
3/03- Fresno, CA @ Savemart Center
3/04- Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
3/09- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
3/10 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
3/11- San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
3/16- Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
3/17 – Chicago, Illinois @ Allstate Arena
Written by Eugene
The show was jam-packed with performances including a standing ovation worthy one from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Green Day, and Sting. Sting performed a medley of his greatest hits and accepted the ‘Award of Merit’ presented by Robert Downey Jr.
Drake, who arrived to the event with a record breaking, 13 nominations took home the award for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip Hop, Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop for Views, and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop for “Hotline Bling”.
Not to be out done, Rihanna took home the hardware for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, Favorite Album – Soul/R&B for Anti, and Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for “Work”.
Justin Bieber took home the Video of the Year award for “Sorry”, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock, as well as Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for Purpose and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock, “Love Yourself”.
Ariana Grande took home the biggest award of the night, Artist of the Year and Zayn made it very clear he’s going in one direction when he joked “This one just has my name on it, right?” as he accepted his award for New Artist of the Year.
The night took a somber turn when the Top Soundtrack award went to Prince posthumously for Purple Rain. His sister, Tyka Nelson accepted on his behalf bringing tears to the eyes of the audience members.
Full list of winners:
Written by Kristen
Bruno Mars has announced an 84 date world tour a few days before the release of his new album, 24K Magic.
The North American portion of the tour starts on July 15th in Las Vegas and concludes on November 11th in Los Angeles.
24K Magic is due November 18th via Atlantic Records. In early October, Mars released the title track as well as an accompanying video and has since released another song, “Versace on the Floor.” The follow-up to 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox is rumored to feature an appearance from Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex), who told Billboard in June, “I’m actually working with Bruno Mars right now” and added that their collaborative work sounds like “nothing else that’s happened before.”
Bruno Mars North American Tour Dates:
7/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
7/18- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
7/20 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
7/23- Portland, OR @ Moda Center
7/24- Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
7/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
7/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
8/02- Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
8/04- Fargo, ND @ Fargo Dome
8/05- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
8/07- Lincoln, NE @ Pinacle Bank Arena
8/09- Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
8/12- Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
8/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/15- Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
8/16- Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
8/24- Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
8/26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
8/27 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
8/29 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
9/14- Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
9/17 – Memphis TN @ FedEx Forum
9/19 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
9/20 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
9/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
9/26 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
9/27 – Buffalo, NY @ Key Bank Center
9/29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
10/04- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/05- Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
10/07- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/12- Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
10/14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
10/15- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
10/18 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Center
10/19 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
10/21- New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
10/22- Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
10/24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
10/25 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
10/27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10/30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/02 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
11/03 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/05- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/08- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Written by Eugene
All good things must come to an end and this is part four of our four-part series, Throwback Thursday: First Concerts.
Today we hear from two Ticket Galaxy employees who each shared their first concert experience with a very important man in their life, their dad!
“My first concert was Mark Knopfler at Rosemont Theatre when I was 15. I went with my dad, because we share a lot of same tastes in music. It’s a fond memory I’ll never forget!” – Ashley
“My father wouldn’t allow me to go to any concert until I saw KISS live. “You can’t see the rest until you’ve seen the best” he always used to say. So when they came around, we hiked it up to Boston to see them at the Fleet Center (TD Bank Arena now) Thanksgiving eve, with Aerosmith. We didn’t have a turkey that year, and the side dishes were certainly lacking, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world!” – Doug
We hope you enjoyed this glimpse into getting to know our employees better. Be sure to check out Part One, Two and Three.
Written by Kristen
Abel Tesfaye (also known as The Weeknd) has announced “phase one” of a 2017 world tour in support of his upcoming album, Starboy.
The run starts April 25th in Vancouver, BC at the Rogers Arena and concludes June 9th in Cincinnati, OH at the US Bank Arena. The tour’s flyer promises “surprise special guests” to be announced at a later date.
Starboy is due November 25th and will follow 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness. During a Saturday Night Live performance, Tesfaye premiered two new songs, “Starboy” and “False Alarm.” French electronic pioneers Daft Punk are credited on “Starboy” and are slated to appear elsewhere on the album.
According to a profile of Tesfaye in The Wall Street Journal, the album was inspired by the deaths of David Bowie and Prince, the title being a nod to Bowie’s iconic 1972 song “Starman.”
The Weeknd Tour Dates:
4/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
4/26 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
4/28 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
4/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
5/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
5/04- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
5/06 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
5/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
5/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
5/12 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
5/13- Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
5/17 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
5/18 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
5/19 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
5/23 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
5/24 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
5/26 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
5/28 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
5/30 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
5/31 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
6/02 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
6/03- Nassau, NY @ Nassau Memorial Coliseum
6/04 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
6/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
6/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
Written by Eugene
We're back with our 3rd edition of our Throwback Thursday series: First Concerts. If you missed our first two posts sharing Ticket Galaxy employee's first concert stories Click Here and Here.
This week Eugene tells us about his first concert, a festival he attended with his dad.
"My first concert was a radio-sponsored festival called Big Field Day that my father took me to when I was 11. This was in 2001, so it was at the height of the nu-metal fad and the bill was stacked with long-since-forgotten bands with wallet chains and gigantic JNCO jeans. Staind was the headliner and I just remember them being totally blown out of the water by Rammstein, the co-headliner, as they had all kinds of cool stuff like severed heads in jars and pyrotechnics.”
Our throwback video of the week is Staind's 2005 hit, "Right Here", check it out below!
Written by Kristen
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