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GRAMMY-nominated indie rock singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has announced an expansion of her previously announced summer tour in support of her forthcoming new album Tell Me How You Really Feel, due out on May 18.
Along for the ride for the new run of dates will be the buzz rock outfit Waxahatchee, fronted by acclaimed songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Crutchfield and her her twin sister Allison (who also plays in Waxahatchee) have been called "D.I.Y. punk's twin elders" by the New York Times and have been listed by many publications among the ranks of female performers who are keeping rock alive.
Barnett's new run of dates will kick off on Sept. 29 at Ogden Theater in Denver, and run through Oct. 27, where it will wrap up at Stubb's BBQ.
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The 41st GRAMMY Awards played host to a number of historic musical moments. Aside from being a massive evening for female creators across the board – with Madonna, Alanis Morissette, Dixie Chicks, Celine Dion, and Sheryl Crowe all taking home one or more awards – the evening also saw a compelling performance by Ricky Martin that ignited a Latin Pop explosion in the coming year, as well as a series of landmark wins by Lauryn Hill including the first time in GRAMMY history that the coveted Album Of The Year honors went to a hip-hop artist.
Hill's hugely acclaimed solo debut album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill – which to this day remains her only career solo release – was a force to be reckoned with.
Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the album broke the standing record for first-week sales by a female artist, selling close to 423,000 copies in its first seven days. The album chronicles Hill's reflections on a disintegrating relationship, having emerged stronger and wiser on the other side of a period of personal darkness.
Presenting a uniquely strong female perspective on life, love and relationships that was (and still is) noticeably absent in contemporary pop music, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was packed with lyrically deep songs that managed to be inescapably catchy and poignant at the same time. All three singles serviced to radio – "Doo Wop (That Thing)," "Ex-Factor," and "Everything Is Everything" – charted Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Doo Wop" eventually claiming the chart's top spot. "Everything Is Everything" is also notable for standing as the first recorded appearance by a young John Legend in commercial music. Legend, credited under his birth name of John Stephens, played backing piano on the track.
The album earned a total of 10 nominations at the 41st GRAMMY Awards, and Hill took the stage during the evening's festivities for a rousing performance of "To Zion," with the notable accompaniment of Carlos Santana, with whom she would share in an Album Of The Year Win at the 42nd GRAMMYs for the legendary guitarist's globally successful Clive Davis-produced smash hit album Supernatural.
Altogether, Hill took home five GRAMMY Awards for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including Album Of The Year, Best R&B Album, Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance – the latter two both for "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
With her previous wins for Best Rap Album (The Score) and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal ("Killing Me Softly With His Song") as a member of the hip-hop/soul supergroup Fugees, Hill's wins at the 41st GRAMMYs brought her total career wins to seven (rising to eight total the following year, thanks to her shared win for Supernatural). Hill also remains one of just five female artists who can count two or more Album Of The Year wins among their career honors.
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With SXSW in full swing, the 2018 music festival season has officially begun. To add to the excitement, the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival has revealed its full lineup, and it is amazing.
Joining previously announced headliner Tame Impala, Pitchfork announced Fleet Foxes and Lauryn Hill will also receive top billing. Hill will present a special 20th anniversary celebration of her Album Of The Year GRAMMY-winning album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill on the final day of the fest.
— Pitchfork Music Festival (@pitchforkfest) March 13, 2018
"Since the festival's inception, we've tried to present the most unique and eclectic musical lineup," said festival producer Mike Reed in a press release announcing the lineup. "Unlike other festivals, music is always at the forefront, so it's great to step back and see how diverse and inclusive the music makers and listeners have become. We hopefully do our best to reflect that by simply staying true to our initial ideals."
The 13th annual Pitchfork Music Festival will be held in Chicago's Union Park from July 20–22. Tickets are available via the festival's website.
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For her first GRAMMY showing, it wasn't a bad night for Best New Artist winner Alessia Cara.
She was nominated for a total of four awards at the 60th GRAMMY Awards — Best New Artist Song Of The Year and Best Music Video for "1-800-273-8255," and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Stay" with Zedd. She took home her first career GRAMMY when she earned Best New Artist honors. The other nominees were Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA.
this is so weird and I’ll never quite process it but thank u so much for ur continuous love and support and belief in me and wow and yeah
— ac (@alessiacara) January 29, 2018
The Canadian singer/songwriter broke through with her 2015 debut single, "Here." She followed with her debut album, 2015's Know-It-All. This spawned the empowering song "Scars To Your Beautiful," which not only reached a generation looking for positive messages, but it charted Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
From there Cara featured on several high profile songs, including "1-800-273-8255," "Stay" with Zedd and "Wild" with Troye Sivan. She even made an appearance during Taylor Swift's 1989 tour and lent her voice to Disney's Moana's "How Far I'll Go."
Not only does Cara reach out to her core audience of teenagers, but she is positively redefining what it means to be a successful star, which makes Best New Artist a fitting accomplishment.
"All I'm really good at is making music and singing and doing this. I'm not good at fashion, so I don't see a point in trying to be good at that," Cara told Cosmopolitan. It's important to show that there's different ways of doing things. … I'm just trying to show people that there's another side of it. It's not only a one-sided thing. You don't have to do that to be a star. You can do anything and be a star. You can dress like however you want, and you can do whatever you want. … So that's just what I'm proving to people."