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GRAMMY winners are bringing in the money, according to Pollstar's 2013 Mid-Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart. Bon Jovi ranked No. 1 with $142.1 million in ticket sales from January to June 2013. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band landed at No. 2 with $103.9 million, followed by the Rolling Stones at No. 3 with $87.7 million. Other GRAMMY winners cracking the top 10 included Taylor Swift (No. 8), Fleetwood Mac (No. 9) and Beyoncé (No. 10). … The lineup for the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced and features GRAMMY winners Benny Benassi, Chris Brown, Elton John, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw, Miguel, Muse, Phoenix, Justin Timberlake, and Keith Urban. … Stone Temple Pilots' Eric Kretz, Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo will hit the road with their new frontman Chester Bennington of Linkin Park beginning Sept. 4 in Bethlehem, Penn. The band will reportedly release an EP this fall.
Little monsters, rejoice. On Aug. 19 Lady Gaga will release a currently untitled new single from her forthcoming album, Artpop. Fans can pre-order the album and Gaga's accompanying smart phone app beginning Sept. 1, and both will be released on Nov. 11, aka the Fame Monster's "big bang" day. … Four years after the release of their GRAMMY-nominated 2009 album Backspacer, Pearl Jam will return Oct. 18 with Lightning Bolt, which features the recently released single "Mind Your Manners." Pearl Jam will tour in support of the new album beginning July 19 in Chicago. … At a concert in New Jersey on July 13 Taylor Swift told Rolling Stone she's already looking forward to her next album. "I'm getting to that point where I'm irritating to be around," said Swift, "because I'll be with you for half the conversation and then the second half of the conversation I'm clearly editing the second verse of whatever I'm writing in my head."
Nominations for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards were announced July 17 with GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake among the leading nominees with six, including Video of the Year for "Mirrors." Additional GRAMMY winners garnering multiple nominations include Drake, Fun., Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars, Pink, and Taylor Swift. The awards will take place Aug. 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
GRAMMY winner Fantasia Barrino has been announced as the first headlining guest star for "After Midnight," a new Broadway production celebrating Duke Ellington's years at Harlem's famed Cotton Club. The production will officially open Nov. 3 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Barrino previously earned acclaim on Broadway for her role as Celie in "The Color Purple."
Sub Pop Records, the Seattle label that yielded GRAMMY winners Nirvana, Soundgarden and Flight Of The Conchords, celebrated 25 years of business with a concert in Seattle on July 13. Though expecting 25,000 fans, there were 40,000 in attendance to see acts such Greg Dulli, Shabazz Palaces and Pissed Jeans. Two books will also be released to highlight the anniversary: Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt will mark the label's anniversary with publication of Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988, due in 2014. … Adam Levine has moves like Jagger and Casanova. The Maroon 5 frontman recently proposed to girlfriend Behati Prinsloo, promising that she will be loved. Details on a wedding date were not disclosed. Meanwhile, Levine revealed via Twitter on July 17 that "love is my religion." … The Rolling Stones may be 50 and counting, but frontman Mick Jagger is almost 70 and counting. The rock and roll icon, who turns 70 on July 26, got his birthday started early with a private party at Loulou's in London.
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