2014 March Madness Festival Line-Up Revealed

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The 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival had unveiled who will be performing during the annual event that is slated to take place next month at Reunion Park in Dallas.

Festival organizers revealed yesterday that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Killers, fun., Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw will all be part of the three-day festival that will happen in conjunction with the Men’s Final Four Bracket next month. Between each of the games, artists will take the stage to entertain fans.

On Friday, April 4, Jason Aldean will take the stage btween 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Aldean and other artists performing during the time block at the AT&T Block Party.

Tim McGraw will take the stage at the Coke Zero Countdown on that Saturday, April 5, performing until the first semifinal game is set to begin. Right after the game is over and the winner from that bracket is announced, The Killers will headline that stage.

Fun. will kick off the Capital One JamFest on Sunday, April 6th, with Springsteen closing out the the three-day festival.

But while all these big names have already been announced and given an appointed time to perform, many more acts will be revealed in the upcoming weeks before the official NCAA March Madness begins.

The show is free, but is based on a first-come, first-serve bases, so if want to see any of the acts, you may want to get on that quickly. Check out the official trailer for the festival and start putting your money on who will win this year’s March Madness.

Jack Antonoff NOT Leaving fun.

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Fans of fun. have nothing to worry about because Jack Antonoff is not leaving the band. Ever since it was revealed that Antonoff had started another side band named Bleachers, speculations have begun online that the drummer/vocalist would be leaving the band to pursue Bleachers full-time.

After sensing the confusion among fans, Antonoff has taken to his blog to explain that he is not leaving the band even though he does explain that neither fun. nor Bleachers are a side project, because he frankly hates using the term. Antonoff’s full post can be read below and don’t forget, he’s been in this position before; remember his other group Steel Train?

“hi everyone!

it’s jack. i’ve been getting a lot of questions about Bleachers and felt like all of you deserves to hear about it directly from me. first off, i can’t thank you all enough for the amazing support. you’re my fucking favorite.

there is no world in which I’ve ever thought about leaving fun. my new project is not about one thing taking over another, its about adding something new to the equation. sometimes you go months without any good ideas, and then sometimes you are flooded with things you need to create. i’m sure a lot of you can relate to that in the work that you do. while on tour the past 2 years with fun. i started recording an album. i didn’t know what it was at the beginning. it was just happening. i’d go to the studio on off days, work all night in my hotel room, create time where there wasn’t any etc etc etc. i felt compelled to make bleachers exist during a time when it wasn’t necessarily ideal to do so. that’s something that’s special about the work you love – you don’t always get to chose when you need to do it.

neither bleachers or fun. are side projects. to be honest, i truly dislike the term ‘side project’ and I’ve been hearing it a lot lately. its a simple way of categorizing something that maybe isn’t simple or maybe shouldn’t be categorized at all. i’ve never been able to categorize or fully wrap my head around my love for fun., and now i feel the same way about bleachers as well. i don’t have kids, but it feels similar to the way people react when you ask them what its like to have a second kid. bleacher + fun. == my children. i’m so cheesy i hate myself!

i’ll put it this way – i plan on making the work i feel compelled to make for as long as I’m alive. i don’t think you would want it any other way even if it’s occasionally non traditional. but i do think you all deserve to know where my head is at for as long you as you all are being so supportive of me and my bands.

can’t wait for the months to come. gonna make a new fun. album, tour with bleachers and release the full album —- AND just new things all around. talk soon!

love,
jack”

People’s Choice Awards 2014 Nominees Announced

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This is about the time where we would make a “the people have spoken” joke, but let’s be honest, you’ve probably heard it enough times since the People Choice Awards’ nominees were announced.

The awards show which is all chosen by the public rather than a panel of people in the entertainment industry, announced today all the nominees for the long list of categories. From today until December 5, fans of selected shows, movies, musicians and actors can go onto the website which can be found here, and vote on their favorites.

The full list of nominees in their appropriate categories can be found below:

Favorite Movie:

Fast & Furious 6
Iron Man 3
Monsters University
Star Trek Into Darkness

Favorite Movie Actor:

Channing Tatum
Hugh Jackman
Johnny Depp
Leonardo DiCaprio
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress:

Gwyneth Paltrow
Jennifer Aniston
Melissa McCarthy
Sandra Bullock
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Movie Duo:

Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers)
Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 3)
Sandra Bullock & George Clooney (Gravity)
Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy (The Heat)

Favorite Action Movie:

Fast & Furious 6
Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Wolverine
World War Z

Favorite Action Movie Star:

Brad Pitt
Channing Tatum
Hugh Jackman
Robert Downey Jr.
Vin Diesel

Favorite Comedic Movie:

Grown Ups 2
The Hangover Part III
The Heat
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We’re the Millers

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor:

Adam Sandler
Bradley Cooper
Chris Rock
James Franco
Zach Galifianakis

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress:

Emma Watson
Jennifer Aniston
Melissa McCarthy
Sandra Bullock
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Dramatic Movie:

Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Prisoners

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor:

Channing Tatum
Chris Hemsworth
Hugh Jackman
Leonardo DiCaprio
Ryan Gosling

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress:

Amy Adams
Emma Stone
Halle Berry
Oprah Winfrey
Sandra Bullock

Favorite Network TV Comedy:

2 Broke Girls
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family

Favorite Comedic TV Actor:

Chris Colfer
Darren Criss
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jim Parsons
Neil Patrick Harris

Favorite comedic TV Actress:

Jane Lynch
Kaley Cuoco
Lea Michele
Melissa McCarthy
Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Network TV Drama:

Chicago Fire
The Good Wife
Grey’s Anatomy
Nashville
Parenthood

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor:

Jim Caviezel
Josh Charles
Kevin Bacon
Mark Harmon
Patrick Dempsey

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress:

Julianna Margulies
Mariska Hargitay
Pauley Perrette
Sandra Oh
Stana Katic

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series:

Andy Samberg
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Joseph Morgan
Michael J. Fox
Robin Williams

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series:

Allison Janney
Anna Faris
Ming-Na Wen
Rebel Wilson
Sarah Michelle Gellar

Favorite TV Crime Drama:

Bones
Castle
Criminal Minds
The Mentalist
NCIS

Favorite Competition TV Show:

America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
MasterChef
The Voice
The X Factor

Favorite Cable TV Comedy:

Awkward.
Cougar Town
Hot in Cleveland
Melissa & Joey
Psych

Favorite Cable TV Drama:

Downton Abbey
Pretty Little Liars
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead
White Collar

Favorite Premium Cable TV Show:

Californication
Game of Thrones
Girls
Homeland
True Blood

Favorite On-Screen Chemistry:

Castle & Beckett (Castle)
Damon & Elena (The Vampire Diaries)
Derek & Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy)
Emma & Hook (Once Upon A Time)
Kurt & Blaine (Glee)

Favorite Daytime TV Host(s):

Ellen DeGeneres
Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
Dr. Phil McGraw
Rachael Ray
Steve Harvey

Favorite New Talk Show Host:

Arsenio Hall
Bethenny Frankel
Jenny McCarthy
Queen Latifah
Ross Mathews

Favorite Series We Miss Most:

30 Rock
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Fringe
The Office

Favorite Male Artist:

Avicii
Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Michael Bublé

Favorite Female Artist:

Britney Spears
Demi Lovato
Katy Perry
P!nk
Selena Gomez

Favorite Pop Artist:

Britney Spears
Bruno Mars
Demi Lovato
Justin Timberlake
Katy Perry

Favorite Country Artist:

The Band Perry
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist:

Drake
Jay Z
Kanye West
Lil Wayne
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Favorite R&B Artist:

Alicia Keys
Ciara
Justin Timberlake
Rihanna
Robin Thicke

Favorite Band:

Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic
Paramore

Favorite Song:

Just Give Me A Reason (P!nk feat. Nate Ruess)
Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)
Radioactive (Imagine Dragons)
Roar (Katy Perry)
When I Was Your Man (Bruno Mars)

The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards will air live on CBS on January 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

Watch Adam Lambert and Queen at iHeartRadio

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Remember how happy we were last week when we announced that fun. would be performing alongside the remaining members of Queen and Adam Lambert at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this past weekend. Well, we were definitely excited even though we weren’t able to make it to Las Vegas (or the festival for that matter) to give you a firsthand encounter of the event.

The same night after the show, Lambert actually took to his Twitter to give fans the chance to watch the performance of that evening even if they couldn’t make it to Sin City themselves.

The video from the show can be seen below (FYI, you can forward to the 11:10 mark to see the beginning of fun. joining in on the show).

Fun. Meets Queen at the iHeartRadio Music Festival

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Fun. frontman, Nate Ruess might have been suffering from some vocal conditions last week which left him unavailable to perform at a festival with Mumford & Sons, but it looks like things are looking up just in time for the singer.

It was reported that the “We Are Young” crooner and the rest of his band, will be appearing with classic rock icons, Queen, during the iHeartRadio Music Festival tomorrow. The show, which has now become an annual event with some of the biggest artists in music taking to the stage will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, will be taking over Las Vegas for the next two days.

Billboard reported that an inside source had seen Ruess rehearsing with Brian May and Roger Taylor on some tracks including “Somebody to Love” and “Fat Bottomed Girls” this past Tuesday, September 17.

Ruess isn’t the only musician that has joined Queen in the past; one of the most famous musicians to have joined the band is former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert. For quite sometime, the former reality TV show contestant had been filling the frontman position and will be resurrecting that role during Queen’s performance at the music festival.

The festival is slated to start tomorrow and for the first time ever, will feature a Fan Village officially named  the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village which will include performances by Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, AWOLNATION, Pete Tong, Twenty One Pilots and Jason Derulo.

Friday’s performers on the main stage will include  Katy Perry, Elton John, Keith Urban, J. Cole, Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown and Benny Benassi while Saturday’s line up will feature  Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Tim McGraw and Bruno Mars and many more.

Who else is looking forward to Fun. and Queen maybe performing “We Are Young” together?

Fun. Frontman Released Message About Cancelled Show

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In what was sad news for fans of fun., the band had to cancel their appearance at t festival alongside Mumford & Sons sue to vocal issues that had been plaguing frontman Nate Ruess since the beginning of the year. The band had been scheduled to perform at the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover in St. Augustine, FL last night, but a doctor had advised Ruess that the best thing he could do was sit out the show due to vocal concerns.

Today, Ruess has taken to the web to explain what exactly went on and why the band were forced to pull out of the event. The full message can be read below:

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to take a second and explain the unfortunate circumstances in which we had to cancel our set today with Mumford & Sons.

Since Xmas time last year, I had been experiencing some crazy and annoying vocal issues. For me it’s been particularly tough, because in all of my years of touring (including the early years of doing 12 straight shows), I’ve never had to cancel a show because of my voice. However, last winter my vocals finally started getting the best of me.

After seeing a doctor, we decided that it was best that we change a few things in the touring schedule, as well as in the way we would approach shows in the future.

Because of that, I’ve been able to get away with almost 10 straight months of touring, without any issues.

But the last few weeks, things have started to change again. This is really hard on me…my voice is my life. As much as it might suck for fans to miss the show, it feels equally as terrible for us. After all, our live performance is what we’ve built this band around, and to be honest, right now in the middle of this tour, we are really rolling.

But in order to keep the tour going (as well as any sort of tour in the future), I found it necessary to cancel the show today. I went to the doctor the other day, fortunately there isn’t any permanent damage, but he concurred that a few days off would be crucial.

It’s a massive drag to cancel a show/festival with a band that we not only admire as artists and live musicians, but also as people. If we could be there, we’d be wearing bells.

Our apologies to the ticket buyers, and to everyone involved in the Mumford show tonight. We promise to make it up to you. We always do.

See you soon,
Nate

As of right now, there has been no comments on whether they will also be rescheduling or cancelling the rest of their Most Nights tour which is scheduled to pick up tomorrow in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Billboard Award Nominees Revealed

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Last month, we were given word that some of pop music’s biggest stars would be gracing the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the annual Billboard Awards.

Today, the people behind the show have announced the nominees for the categories and in what might be a first; there’s a three-way tie for who has the most nominations for this year’s awards. Maroon 5, fun. and Taylor Swift have each become finalists in 11 of the categories.

Right behind them are Rihanna with 10, Carly Rae Jepsen with nine and One Direction with eight (cue all the One Directioners tears). But the fun doesn’t stop there; Swift, Maroon 5, Rihanna, One Direction and Justin Bieber have become finalists for the top artist award.

As for album of the year, it looks like another tough race with Adele’s “21” being in the running alongside Mumford and Sons’ “Babel,” Swift’s “Red” and what might not be fair, but totally predictable, One Direction have two albums in this category, “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home.”

The Billboard Awards will air live on May 19th with performances by Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Prince.

Tegan and Sara Announce Summer Tour

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Tegan and Sara are heading out on tour with fun. this coming Fall, but now the duo have announced that they will be headed out on a headlining tour this Summer. Their headlining tour stops will be interwoven between the already scheduled dates when they are opening for fun., so they won;t be missing out any of the “Most Nights” Summer Tour. For full information like ticket sale, you can head on over to their official site.

TOUR DATES:

July 8 / Town Ballroom / Buffalo, NY
July 17 / Capitol Theatre / Chatham, ON
July 26 / The Wang Theatre / Boston, MA
July 27 / State Theatre / Portland, ME
July 29 / Mile One Centre / St Johns, NL
July 30 / Metro Centre / Halifax, NS
July 31 / Casino New Brunswick / Moncton, NB
Aug 30 / Britt Pavilion / Jacksonville, OR
Sept 13 / Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre / Austin, TX
Sept 15 / House of Blues / New Orleans, LA

Fun. Guitarist Writing Songs for Children’s Show

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Fun. guitarist, Jack Antonoff, has something else to add to his resume right next to Grammy award winner, songwriter for children’s show. The guitarist will be lending his skill to the PBS children’s show Super WHY!  by writing an album’s worth of new material based on the theme, ‘you’ve got the power.’ The music will also appear on the program’s live tour this Spring.

“I produced and recorded the whole thing, and I must have written at least 15 songs,” Antonoff told Billboard, recently.

While this might come as a surprise to some, this isn’t his first time writing songs for a child’s program. He wrote a song titled, “It’s Fun to Dance” for Nick Jr.’s hit television show, Yo Gabba Gabba! For those not familiar with the show, a long list of musicians have appeared on the program, performing original songs aimed for children, but it doesn’t stop adults from watching the program for their favorite bands.

Antonoff’s former band, Steel Train, even performed the song live when the show went on its live tour. “We played it on tour every night for thousands of little kids and it was a wonderful experience to do that,” he said about his experience on the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live tour.

Fun. is currently in the middle of their Some Nights tour all the way through October with opening act, Tegan and Sara. The Super Why! tour will begin its run on April 2 and visit 27 cities.

Behind the Scene of fun.s’ “Carry On”

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fun. have become one of the year’s biggest bands thanks in part to their super catchy song, “We Are Young” which was then followed by “Some Night.”

Now you can see the band in some behind the scenes look at the making for their newest music video for the song “Carry On”

In case you haven’t already heard, their album Some Nights has been certified platinum.