Los Angeles: Live Nation the world’s largest live music company, announced that a preliminary slate of summer concert tours, constituting includes artists as diverse as Alan Jackson/Brooks & Dunn, Beyonce, Brad Paisley, Chicago/America, Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner, Fall Out Boy, Family Values (Korn/Evanescence), Genesis, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Buffet, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Ozzfest, Poison, Projekt Revolution (Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance), The Police, Rascal Flatts, Roger Waters, Rush, Stevie Nicks/Chris Isaak, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Toby Keith. Information on all tours can be found on http://www.livenation.com.

The summer tour schedule is preceded by a number of successful first quarter tours including The Who, who after a 51-date North American trek which ran through the first quarter 2007, are embarking on a 35-date European tour this week; Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, who staged a highly successful…

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Los Angeles / L’ABBAYE, Switzerland: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, known for its cutting-edge innovation and forward-thinking alliances, partners with prestigious Swiss timepiece manufacturer Breguet in an exclusive, category-first relationship. With this pairing, Breguet becomes the official timepiece of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, marking the first time a luxury timepiece company has sponsored an orchestra in the United States. In addition, Breguet will be the sole sponsor for the gala opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s 2007/08 season featuring renowned soprano Renee Fleming. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this Thursday, October 4 benefit event.

This partnership marks the first time an orchestra has tapped an official timepiece and the first time a prestigious watch company has participated at such a level with a symphony orchestra. “This relationship is pioneering for both an orchestra and for a prestige watch company, and extends beyond simple sponsorship. This was a unique opportunity to marry haute horlogerie and orchestral music. Both professions share a kind of unique savoir-faire, talent and passion for perfection, as well as many common links: classical musicians and high-end watchmakers play with their instruments with a sense of art to themes written centuries ago. This partnership creates real relevance that resonates to their customer,” said Jon Holman of The Holman Group, the agency which facilitated the relationship on behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “Moreover, this pairing is another illustration of how prestige companies are reaching beyond traditional advertising to touch their customer in a more direct, one-on-one fashion,” he continued.

Breguet, the pinnacle brand of the Swatch Group Ltd., has always been attuned to the synergy between the beauty and artistry in developing fine timepieces and the inherent and timeless beauty of classical music. The brand sponsors the Summer Classical Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland and the “Concours de Musique,” contest in Geneva, among others; this will be the…

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New York: Yolanda Adams, the groundbreaking Grammy- winning contemporary gospel artist, has signed with Columbia Records, who will release her new collection of holiday songs on Tuesday, October 16.

Yolanda is currently recording the as-yet-untitled seasonal showcase with legendary production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Adams, Jam and Lewis will continue their creative collaboration on a follow-up studio album for Columbia to be released in early 2008.

“Yolanda Adams is truly the ‘first lady of modern gospel’ and we are proud to have her on the Columbia Records roster,” said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. “Her pioneering blend of R&B, pop and gospel continues to inspire her fans and transform the musical landscape. Her music has brought me a lot of joy over the years and we are all very…

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Kenny Chesney Wins Entertainer of the Year; Brad Paisley Wins Top Male Vocalist for the First Time Ever; Carrie Underwood Wins Top Female Vocalist for the First Time Ever; Brooks & Dunn Win 4 Awards, One as Producers on ‘Building Bridges’; George Strait and Carrie Underwood Win 3 Awards Each; Brooks & Dunn Win Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.

Las Vegas: Winners have been announced for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Honorees received their awards during a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE on the CBS Television Network from MGM GRAND in Las Vegas.Kenny Chesney won Entertainer of the Year for the third consecutive year, he is one of only four artists to win this honor three or more consecutive times, joining Alabama (who has won five consecutively), Garth Brooks (who has won four consecutively) and Hank Williams Jr. (who has one 3 consecutively).

Brad Paisley won Top Male Vocalist for the first-time, Carrie Underwood won Top Female Vocalist, Brooks & Dunn won their 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.

Rascal Flatts’ win for Top Vocal Group ties them with Alabama for the most consecutive wins in this category – five years running. Also, Brooks & Dunn was honored with the 6th annual Academy of Country Music / The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, which salutes an artist or group in the…

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Nashville: SanSoft Inc., and the Bluebird Cafe have opened Bluebird Cafe SL, a virtual live music venue and singer/songwriter music exhibit in Second Life. A hub of the Nashville singer/songwriter scene for the past twenty-five years, Bluebird plans to bring a wide range of nationally renowned and Nashville-based singer/songwriter acts to Second Life via live streamed performances and digital art exhibits.

“Since opening our doors twenty-five years ago, the Bluebird has attracted singer/songwriters in a very organic way — both as fans and as performers,” says Bluebird owner, Amy Kurland. “Second Life has been home to a grassroots music scene from the beginning. Musicians stream their live performances into SL, and music fans go there to discover lesser-known artists. Our participation in developing and building the Second Life music scene is…

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New York: Korean pop singer Rain hosted an event today to announce his first full U.S. concert tour to Asian American and mass market entertainment media. The announcement signaled the official beginning of the U.S. leg of Rain’s “Rain’s Coming” tour, which is set to begin in June and will include stops in Atlanta, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Tickets to these events are available through Ticketmaster.

At the event, the singer spoke about being a leading star of the “Korean Wave,” a phrase coined to describe the surging international popularity of Korean pop music and television dramas, and his desire to appeal to fans here in the U.S.

Rain’s meteoric rise and international success in both music and television has made him one of the most recognizable entertainers in Asia. His urban style, athletic dancing ability and soulful voice have translated even to fans who speak…

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Los Angeles: Southern California-based pianist, composer and songwriter Joe Rozum returns to the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University for a headlining 8pm concert on Saturday, May 19. Set on Pepperdine’s stunning ocean-view campus on PCH in Malibu, the elegant 450- seat theatre is the perfect venue for Rozum to celebrate the release of this new CD Along The Coast, which will be available for sale at the event.

Known for his seamless fusion of smooth jazz and pop – with inflections of “cool blues & classical” — Joe’s artistry shines on the new album, his third. The disc features fifteen original compositions, all of which will have their major stage debut at Smothers on the 19th. Destined to be a favorite on smooth jazz FM dial destination 94.7 FM “The Wave,” Along The Coast’s highlights include five solo piano tracks, among them Joe’s personal favorites “Footprints On My Heart,” “She’s As Pretty As A Picture” and “The Miracle.” The title track is a bluesy instrumental featuring the full band, and “Dinner By Candlelight” is an enticing R&B stand-out.

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