Live Nation global touring chief Arthur Fogel has discussed the challenges of producing tours by Madonna and U2 in the same year.

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Live Nation global touring chief Arthur Fogel has discussed the challenges of producing tours by Madonna and U2 in the same year.

Fogel (pictured) is promoting Madonna’s Rebel Heart and U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE arena dates later this year, but pointed out it is not the first time they had crossed on the touring circuit.

In an interview with Billboard, he said: “They’ve overlapped before. It makes for an interesting year. I suppose some would look at it as problematic, just in terms of time and attention, but part of the art form is managing multiple projects at the same time.”

He declared ticket sales for U2’s first arena tour in 10 years “a home run”.

“We made the decision to come out a totally different way this time – in arenas, not stadiums, so they could play more shows in one city,” he said. “And the results – 99% of tickets have been sold – are absolutely fantastic.”

Fogel also praised Live Nation’s impact, 10 years on from its spin-off from Clear Channel, and the work of the company’s president and CEO Michael Rapino.

“I see a true global company footprint – an industry leader with a great culture,” he said. “This all comes from the leadership and vision of Michael Rapino.”

Music Lanterns light up as Stones warm up’s revealed

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The Rolling Stones have played a warm-up show at LA’s 1200 capacity Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
The Stones promised to play every song from the Sticky Fingers album and they did as well as a tribute to BB King with ‘Rock Me Baby’.
‘We’re gonna do a bit of a tribute to BB King who was a hero of ours. He was a lovely guy & who was so influential on us,’ Mick Jagger said introducing the song.

Two songs from Sticky Fingers, ‘Moonlight Mile’ and ‘Sister Morphine’ had not been played since the 90s. ‘You Gotta Move’, had not been played live by The Stones since 1976.
‘This one is by Mississippi Fred McDowell, with a 12string & Keith’s gonna do the 12string tonight YOU GOTTA MOVE,’ Mick announced.

Rolling Stones, May 20, Los Angeles setlist
Start Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981)
When The Whip Comes Down (from Some Girls, 1978)
All Down The Line (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Sway (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Dead Flowers (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Wild Horses (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Sister Morphine (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
You Gotta Move (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Bitch (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
I Got The Blues (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Moonlight Mile (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Brown Sugar (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Rock Me Baby (BB King cover)
Jumping Jack Flash (single 1968)
Can’t Turn You Loose (Otis Redding cover)


Music Lanterns highlights Kyla’s new single “Beautiful U”

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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 14.08.04An accomplished singer-songwriter and producer based in Sheffield called Kyla will release her latest single “Beautiful U” on KYPO Records on 29th June.

DJs and producers including Liquid, Klubfiller, Andy Whitby, Andy Littlewood and Max Porcelli have used songs written by Kyla, who also provided the vocals. For Max Porcelli, she wrote and featured on Give Us Thunder, released on 12 inch vinyl and digitally by 989 Records.

Kyla’s track Under Your Spell was on The Sound of Hardcore in 2009, which reached number 4 in the compilation chart.

Amongst other writing and session work for other artists, Kyla wrote and featured on Klubfiller’s track On A Cloud, which featured on Clubland Extreme Hardcore and also Summer of Love for Fretman & Darwin, which featured on Hardcore Underground 4.

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 13.48.18She also features on Liquid Vs Billy Daniel Bunter and Sparky’s Movin’ To The Beat and Everything’s Alright, named on the track alongside Andy Whitby, Klubfiller and Cally Gage.

Having travelled the world as a session musician and providing songs for other artists, Kyla’s own recordings are touching, melodic and uplifting, while sometimes edgy and dark.

Kyla’s new single “Beautiful U” was produced by Glenn Boulton of Creative Studios and features Cary Baylis on guitar with Kyla providing piano, keyboards, synths, percussion and vocals.

The guitarist in Kyla’s band, Cary Baylis has written hit records for Take That, The Spice Girls and Lulu including Everything Changes and Independence, both of which were Number One chart toppers.

Artists such as Pink, Sia, Ellie Goulding, Lilly Allen, Mary J Blige, Lauren Hill and Lana del Ray have inspired Kyla to mould pop, rock and RnB to create her own sound.

Kyla has already performed at many festivals and LGBT Prides in places ranging from Edinburgh, Hull, Lincoln, Tameside, Liverpool and Hull including the Freedom Festival, Tamsweg Festival in Austria, Temple Newsom in Leeds, Hull’s Mardi Grass and the Marvellous Festival in Wellington Country Park.

The brand new single “Beautiful U” will be released on KYPO Records on 29 June 2015 and the video can be seen here:






Music Lanterns highlights Michael Push’s new single

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Michael Push is a London based pop dance house DJ, producer and music artist who grew up in a small town in Sardinia, Italy. As a child, Michael took up singing and playing keyboards, which lead to him being accepted into Italy’s biggest music school.

The release of “Freeze” featuring Moonfish on Restylers Records in 2012 saw Michael enter the mainstream.

DJ Mag Italia featured Michael on their DJ’s Got Talent Page.

Michael writes and produces his own music and is influenced by current pop and club music. His energetic tracks combine romantic lyrics and choruses with powerful beats in the pop-house, tech-house and minimal techno dance genres.

“Freeze” reached number 3 in MTV’s Top 10 Dance Chart, between J.Lo and Madonna. The single was later licensed to the Disco Wax label in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Then his single “Above The Clouds” featuring X-Factor contestant Allie Phalc, was released by Restylers Records and licensed to the Spanish independent label, Roster Music.

The latest single from Michael Push, “Falling Down” feat. Semih, will be released by White Lips on 1 June and will be available via digital music retail online including iTunes.

Here is Falling Down on YouTube




Music Lanterns music gossip goes Ga Ga over Bieber !

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Lady Gaga thinks Justin Bieber has “a sweetness to him”. Both stars were at the Met Gala on Monday, where they hung out and posed for a cute picture. In it, the 29-year-old star shuts here eyes and pouts, while Justin, 21, gazes up at the camera.
He may have been in plenty of legal trouble in the past, but Gaga has nothing but praise for the Baby crooner. “He really has a sweetness to him. He grew up in front of the whole world. I reminded him to not get bothered. Because at the end of the day. He’s the boss, and life isn’t always Roses. Lots of thorns. (sic),” she defended Justin in the caption on Instagram.

Last year was tumultuous for Justin, who was fined for egging his neighbour’s home and caught driving without a licence.
Since then he’s turned over a new leaf, publically apologising to his fans. But he’s also asked others to put themselves in his shoes.

“It’s definitely hard having so many people judge you from a distance. Sometimes you just want to explain yourself but then that’s giving in to gossip and it makes things worse,” he recently told Hero magazine. “I hope people felt the sincerity in my apologies.
“There are a lot of things that have happened in the last couple of years that I’m not very proud of and I feel a responsibility to my fans and to the public who believe in me to make it right. I hope everyone believed it ‘ because it was honest.”

Joni Mitchell not in a coma say Music Lanterns

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Big Yellow Taxi singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is not in a coma, despite “rumours circulating on the internet”, a statement on her website has insisted.

The 71-year-old has been in hospital since 31 March and her friend, Leslie Morris, has now filed legal documents seeking authority over the singer’s personal affairs.

The document was accompanied by a doctor’s declaration stating that Mitchell would be unable to attend a court hearing for four to six months, but giving no details about what was wrong with her.

The doctor had ticked a box saying Mitchell was unable to take an active involvement in her medical care.


“At this time (Mitchell) remains unconscious and unable to make any responses, and is therefore unable to provide for any of her personal needs,” the signed document said, according to the celebrity news website TMZ.

However, the singer’s website insisted the application has been misunderstood.

“Contrary to rumours circulating on the internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected,” it said.

“As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.


“The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her long-time friend, Leslie Morris, the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital.”

Mitchell has no close family who can act on her behalf and the court filing would not give Morris control over her financial affairs.

The singer was taken to hospital after reportedly being found unconscious at her home.


No details were given about her illness but a statement on her website said she was expected to make a full recovery.

The Canadian-born star with a distinctive soprano voice was one of the most influential, successful and respected singers from the late ’60s and ’70s with Big Yellow Taxi and Clouds being among her most famous songs.


A two-time Grammy winner at the height of her career, she earned a third Grammy when she brought out her Turbulent Indigo album in 1995.

Mitchell has withdrawn from public performing in recent years because, she said, of the effects decades of heavy smoking on her voice.

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Music Lanterns Highlights Amy Lerie’s new folk pop EP

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AmyLerieTornImageAmy Lerie is a French singer songwriter who is based in London and delivers a catchy melodic pop folk sound. She has been writing songs for seven years, since was given a guitar and played it for three hours every day.

Although born in France, Amy’s roots are from Madagascar, from where people have singing, music and rhythm in their veins.

Amy says: “Malagasy music is really rousing, using a djembe (an African percussion instrument), with lots of guitars, some maracas etc.”

Amy met her guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Arias when he listened to her songwriting via a link Amy posted to Facebook. Alex and Amy embarked on live gigs including her first appearance at a Malagasy event at currently popular venue, Proud Camden.


At Westfield Presents in White City, Amy played for an hour with her EP producer Maxime, who performs all the instruments except the lead guitar on her recordings. Next, Amy and Alex will be live at the Troubadour on 6 May 2015.

Amy’s real name is Valerie and she describes how she put together her artist name: “My first name is Valerie and my middle name is a Malagasy name which means lovely or sweet, which is Mamy. I took out the ‘M’ of Mamy and the ‘V’ and ‘a’ of Valerie and there it is: Amy Lerie.”

Amy is a big fan of country music and lists her influences as Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.


In 2009, a friend persuaded Amy to record her songs. Her first single Torn has a lively melody with ukulele and harmonica as well as a nod to country music with some slide guitar.

The brand new E.P. produced by Maxime Raguideau out on 25 May 2015 and features the catchy and melodic single “Torn”.