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  • Jason Mraz Announces Additional Dates for YES! World Tour

    Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz has added more dates to his ongoing YES! world tour. The new dates kick off March 9 in Ames, Iowa and continue with shows throughout the month in Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.

    The run of intimate U.S. shows will be followed by two special concerts in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China.

    As previously announced, Jason will make stops next month in England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and South Africa. The singer/songwriter began his YES! tour in 2014 with the intent of performing at smaller venues across the globe. He’s expected to announce even more dates soon.

    The fan pre-sale for the new string of U.S. shows begins February 3. Here are the dates for February and March:


    2/4 -- Plymouth, ENG, Plymouth Pavilions
    2/6 -- Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome
    2/8 -- London, ENG, Eventim Apollo
    2/11 -- Glasgow, SCO, Royal Concert Hall
    2/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall (SOLD OUT)
    2/15 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theatre (SOLD OUT)
    2/16 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
    2/18 -- Miami, FL, Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
    2/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center
    2/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
    2/22 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
    2/26 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
    2/27 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
    3/1 -- Cape Town, SA, Grand Arena at Grandwest
    3/9 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
    3/10 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
    3/12 -- Denver, CO,  Bellco Theatre
    3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
    3/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    3/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
    3/17 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
    3/21 -- Bangkok, TH, Impact Arena
    3/27 -- Hong Kong, CH, Asia World Expo Arena


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  • Phillip Phillips Files Lawsuit Against "American Idol" Producer 19 Entertainment Over "Oppressive" Contract

    Nick WalkerIn a move that could have far-reaching implications for past, present and future American Idol contestants, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has filed a major lawsuit against show producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies, claiming he was “manipulated” into accepting jobs since winning the competition series.

    Phillip filed his petition with the California Labor Commissioner on January 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His post-Idol allegations include being forced to perform for free to promote JetBlue, one of American Idol’s sponsors. He also claimed he didn't even know the title of his last album before it was announced publicly. Phillip’s lawyer described the singer's agreements with 19 as “oppressive, fatally conflicted.” The 24-year-old is seeking to void all contracts with the production company.

    "I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol," Phillip said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.  I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans."

    At the heart of the lawsuit is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states only licensed talent agents can procure employment for clients. Phillip is hoping to show that 19 Entertainment violated the TAA by lining up gigs for him, despite not being a licensed talent agent.

    Phillip's season 11 coronation song, “Home,” became the best-selling coronation song in the show’s history. His debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, was released in 2012, and his second album, Behind the Light, came out last spring.


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  • Adam Levine to Perform on the Academy Awards

    The Weinstein CompanyAdam Levine isn't nominated for an Oscar, but he'll be performing at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

    Adam will sing the Oscar-nominated song "Lost Stars" on the telecast, which airs on ABC February 22 at 8 p.m ET with host Neil Patrick Harris.  Adam sang the song in the movie Begin Again, which cast him as a musician who dumps his girlfriend, played by Keira Knightley, after finding fame.  Keira's character is a singer/songwriter, who writes the song for Adam's character as a present, and then feels betrayed when he releases a "commercialized" version of it that she doesn't like.

    In a statement, the Oscar show producers said, "Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We're thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year."

    "Lost Stars" was written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, both of whom were in the '90s band New Radicals.  The song is competing against "Glory," from Selma, "Everything Is Awesome," from The Lego Movie, “Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights, and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell...I’ll Be Me.


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  • Alicia Keys Celebrates Birthday "House Party" Style

    ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys turned 34 years old on Sunday, and her husband Swizz Beatz turned the clock back 25 years for a birthday celebration with the cast of the 1990 flick, House Party.

    “My husband surprised me with the craziest party ever!!!!!!." Keys wrote on Instagram." Str8 out of the movie house party!!! He brought the party to me!! Come on’!! You remember this." 

    The movie’s stars Kid ‘N Play performed, and they were joined by their co-stars, Tisha Campbell and Adrienne-Joi Johnson.

    “Worlds best Patna, husband, BFF and party planner!!!! ( 2nd to me shhhhh don’t tell him!!), "Alicia wrote in another Instagram post. Thank you soooo much my love @therealswizzz for loving me on a whole other stratosphere #mygreatestinspiration,”

    "Happy Bday @Aliciakeys my Love. House party at The Dean Estate," Swizz commented on Instagram, "We did House Party 4 Real. Much love for the entire cast that came out." He posted a video leading the party in singing "Happy Birthday."

    In tribute to the film’s sequel, House Party 2, the couple wore matching 8-ball pajamas.

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  • Sam Smith Gives Tom Petty Writing Credit on "Stay with Me," Says Similarities Were "Complete Coincidence"

    Josh ShinnerIn a peaceful resolution to a copyright dispute, Sam Smith is sharing the songwriting credits on his Grammy-nominated song “Stay with Me” with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. While Sam and his team acknowledged the similarities between “Stay with Me” and Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down,” they say any likeness was a “complete coincidence.”

     

    "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," Sam’s rep told Rolling Stone Monday. "Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay with Me' listened to 'I Won’t Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."

    Sam’s rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

    Tom Petty's reps haven't yet commented. It’s unclear if he or Lynne will receive royalties from the song.


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