January 2012 News Grammys to honor Glen Campbell The Grammys have announced their plans to give the Lifetime Achievement award to the “Rhinestone Cowboy” Glen Campbell. Campbell, currently battling Alzheimer’s, has won five Grammys. He will perform with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton (both whom are nominated for Grammys). Tune in Sunday, Feburary 12 at 8 PM on CBS. Springsteen announces tour dates The Boss is back on the road starting in March. His tour opens in Atlanta and ends in Jersey. Below are the dates on the first leg of the tour. March 18 – Atlanta, GA March 19 – Greensboro, NC March 23 – Tampa, FL March 26 – Boston, MA March 28 – Philadelphia, PA March 29 – Philadelphia, PA April 1 – Washington, DC April 3 – East Rutherford, NJ April 4 – East Rutherford, NJ April 6 – New York, NY April 9 – New York, NY April 12 – Detroit, MI April 13 – Buffalo, NY April 16 – Albany, NY April 17 – Cleveland, OH April 24 – San Jose, CA April 26 – Los Angeles, CA April 29 – New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) May 2 – Newark, NJ The Grammys add more performers Coldplay will perform with Rhianna on “Princess in China” from their latest album Mylo Xyloto. Paul McCartney will also be performing. The Grammys air Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 PM on CBS. Etta James passes away After a lengthy battle with dementia and leukemia, music legend Etta James passed away on Friday. She was 73. James was seen by many as a pioneer in the music industry. She won four Grammys, as well as 17 Blues Music Awards. In 1993, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though she had many hits such as “All I Could Do Is Cry”, “A Sunday Kind of Love” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, her signature song will always be “At Last”. Here is one of her last live performances from 2009: At Last on Dancing with the Stars The Boss releases a new single Bruce Springsteen has released “We Take Care of Our Own” from his forthcoming CD, Wrecking Ball on March 6. You can listen to it now. The Grammys get a host LL Cool J will be the award show’s first host in seven years. No stranger to the awards show, LL has two Grammys and has hosted Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night since 2008. The awards show will air on Sunday, February 12 at 8 PM on CBS. For a list of performers announced so far, see our last entry. Friday the 13th Music News ~Music’s biggest night is shaping up to have great performances. Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, The Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and a duet by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have been scheduled to perform so far. Tune in to the Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 12. ~John Mayer has announced that he will be playing SXSW. He will be performing at Stubb’s BBQ on Saturday, March 17. Mayer recently had throat surgery to remove a granuloma from his vocal cord. The SXSW performance will be his third since undergoing surgery in October. ~Clear Channel Radio has announced that they are now Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. The rebranding came about to encompass I Heart Radio and the I Heart Radio Music Festival, as well as other ventures. SPIN Magazine moving reviews online Embracing technology, SPIN Magazine will now post its reviews on Twitter (@SPINReviews) and on their website, www.spin.com. They will no longer be printing them in each issue. To find out more, go here. 2011 albums sales strongest in seven years Nielsen reports that while physical album sales were down, digital album sales were up. According to Billboard, album sales grew 1.4 percent (326.2 million units to 330.6 million units) last year. Adele’s monster album, 21 no doubt influenced this number as it was #1 for 15 weeks. It was the top selling album for all of 2011. Also on a positive note, vinyl sales were also up from 2.8 million to 3.9 million. Oh happy day.