Danny Gokey releases “I Will Not Say Goodbye”

Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey has this week’s most added single at country radio, with the poignant “I Will Not Say Goodbye” topping the most-added lists for Billboard and Country Aircheck stations quick to show their support for the powerful new ballad.

It’s an exciting week all around for Gokey, who’ll celebrate the 4th of July with a return to his Milwaukee hometown for a headlining performance on the final night of Summerfest. Billed as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” the 11-day, multi-stage festival will feature Gokey headlining the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage with an opening act close to his heart.

Milwaukee central-city school students participating in the after-school Sophia’s Heart Music & Arts Program – part of Gokey’s Sophia’s Heart Foundation – will showcase their talents, with the Sophia’s Heart Children’s Community Choir featuring 7th and 8th grade students, led by Music Director Jeff Krumbein, and the Sophia’s Heart Children’s Dance Team, led by Dance Instructor Val Young.

The Sophia’s Heart Music & Arts Program works to encourage students to live their dreams and provides a safe place for children to strive toward attaining their dreams through setting goals, discipline, and practice. For more on the good work of Sophia’s Heart, visit them online at www.sophiasheart.org.

Complete schedules and information on Summerfest can be found at www.summerfest.com.

Danny’s “I Will Not Say Goodbye,” a song The New York Times calls “devastating,” is the newest single from Danny’s debut album, My Best Days, which also features his recent hit, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”

About Danny: Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a finalist on Season Eight of American Idol. This past March, the Milwaukee native and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist made chart history with the release of his debut album, My Best Days, which set a digital sales record and delivered the best first-week sales of any debut country male in 18 years. Following the success of his feel-good anthem, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” Danny’s new single is the beautiful ballad, “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” Danny credits his late wife, Sophia, with the inspiration to pursue his musical dreams on Idol, and he continues to honor her with the charitable work of the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, founded in her memory. For more information and all things Danny, visit him online at www.dannygokey.com.

Brooks & Dunn add 3 dates to The Last Rodeo Tour

Brooks and Dunn tour
Brooks and Dunn tour
Country music superstar duo BROOKS & DUNN have added 3 dates to their critically acclaimed THE LAST RODEO TOUR. New tour stops include Oklahoma City, OK on August 20th, Little Rock, AR on August 21st and Holmdel, NJ on August 28th (complete list of ticket on-sale dates and tour stops listed below). In addition, country music legend MERLE HAGGARD, MIRANDA LAMBERT and SARA EVANS have been announced to appear on selected tour dates.

THE LAST RODEO TOUR was postponed on the recommendation of doctors for Ronnie Dunn to go on immediate vocal rest. Of the restart and new dates Dunn emailed “Getting better every day. Kix and I will be raring to start where we left off ….and go for 3 additional dates to say thanks to all the fans for 20 years of showing us the love!”

A member of The Country Music Hall of Fame, MERLE HAGGARD is one of the great living legends and a hero of Brooks & Dunn. Haggard will take the stage singing his classics, as well as songs from his latest release “I Am What I Am”.

2010 Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year, MIRANDA LAMBERT will join on select dates. Lambert’s hit song “The House That Built Me” spent 4 weeks at #1 on the country music charts this Summer.

CMA and ACM winner SARA EVANS is one of the preeminent voices in country music today. Her new single “Stronger” hits the airwaves later this year.

THE LAST RODEO TOUR is now routed as follows:
(All tickets will be honored on the new dates and tickets remain available at livenation.com.)

July 16 Indianapolis, IN – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 17 St. Clairsville, OH – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 18 Cincinnati, OH – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 23 Minot, ND
July 24 Cheyenne, WY
July 25 Omaha, NE – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 29 Detroit, MI – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 30 Pittsburgh, PA – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
July 31 Philadelphia, PA – FEATURING GARY ALLAN

August 1 Washington, DC – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 6 Kansas City, MO – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 7 St. Louis, MO – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 8 Chicago, IL – FEATURING GARY ALLAN
August 13 Boston, MA – FEATURING SARA EVANS
August 14 Hartford, CT – FEATURING SARA EVANS
August 15 Virginia Beach, VA – FEATURING SARA EVANS
August 20 Oklahoma City, OK *ON SALE JULY 17TH – FEATURING MIRANDA LAMBERT
August 21 Little Rock, AR *ON SALE JULY JULY 17TH – FEATURING MIRANDA LAMBERT
August 22 Atlanta, GA – FEATURING MIRANDA LAMBERT
August 26 Cleveland, OH – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD
August 27 Darien Lakes, NY – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD
August 28 Holmdel, NJ *ON SALE JULY 24TH – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD
August 29 Bethel, NY – FEATURING MERLE HAGGARD

September 2 Nashville, TN

Josh Thompson Performs His First Sold-Out Show As A Headlining Act

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson
Although Columbia Nashville’s Josh Thompson is spending most of his hot summer days splashing around with Brad Paisley on the H20 World Tour, he often plays his own headlining club shows on his days off. This past weekend, Josh headed to Minneapolis where he was greeted by an over-capacity crowd and performed his first-ever sold-out headlining date at The Cabooze. Only two other acts have sold-out that venue in the past.

Josh’s crowd that night was particularly rowdy, singing along to every song he played, including his current single “Way Out Here.” After he finished his set, the audience didn’t leave until Josh came back for an encore. He informed the crowd that he was going to try out a brand-new song he had written just two weeks before. The crowd listened and by the end of the tune, they were singing along to the chorus.

“As a songwriter and an artist, the biggest payoff you can get is watching people sing your lyrics back at you,” Thompson says of the experience. Josh wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on his debut album¸ Way Out Here, in stores everywhere.

Fight Fair debut “California Kicks”

Fight Fair
Fight Fair
Wind the clock back several decades and imagine a California summer of a much simpler time. Even if you weren’t around in those years, it probably isn’t all that tough to picture. In fact, you’ve probably seen it before on television or in the movies—whether it’s Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello injecting a dose of fun in the sun as part of their “Beach Party” collection of films, or perhaps on television in the ‘60s surfer girl comedic hit series “Gidget.” San Diego based party punk rockers Fight Fair look to bring that care free beach aesthetic back on their debut LP, California Kicks, on June 29th through Triple Crown Records. The album came to life in San Diego with Mike Green (Paramore, Yellowcard) on pre-production and mixing. Brian Grider, who also produced the band’s 2008 Settle The Score EP, produced the record. On their 11-track LP Fight Fair fuses their current punk influences with records and lifestyle of the ‘60s surf community.

“We wanted to take music back to its roots and do something that’s classic but original for the modern times right now. And also mix it with a kind of aggressive early punk style—it’s like mixing the Ramones with like The Beach Boys. We just wanted to do our own style and really make something cool that people could relate to and have fun over the summer, go to the beach,” says Alex Bigman, Fight Fair’s vocalist.

Fight Fair is currently on tour alongside Kill Paradise and Honor Bright. They will join the 2010 Van’s Warped Tour on June 25th at Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Confirmed tour dates are listed below.

TOUR DATES:
* Denotes show with Kill Paradise, Honor Bright
** With We the Kings, Hey Monday, and more. See show detail for complete lineup

*May 21st The Championship Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
*May 23rd Platinum Lounge Poughkeepsie, New York
*May 24th Hangar 84 Vineland, New Jersey
*May 25th Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island
*May 26th Eldolyn Terrace Altoona, Pennsylvania
*May 27th The Basement Columbus, Ohio
*May 28th Mad Maggies Elgin, Illinois
May 29th Bled Fest 2010 Howell, Michigan
*May 30th The Vauderville Mes Des Moines, Iowa
*June 1st The Marquis Theatre Denver, Colorado
*June 3rd The Underground Reno, Nevada
*June 4th Club Retro Orangevale, California
June 5th Rockin Roots Fest Bakersfield, California

VANS WARPED TOUR
June 25th Home Depot Center Carson, California
June 26th Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California
June 27th Seaside Park Ventura, California
June 29th Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, Arizona
June 30th N.M.S.U Practice Field Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 1st AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
July 2nd The Showground Houston, Texas
July 3rd Superpages.com Center Dallas, Texas
**July 4th Never Daisy Theater Memphis, Tennessee
July 5th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis, Missouri
July 6th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Indianapolis, Indiana
July 7th First Niagara Pavilion Burgettston, Pennsylvania
July 8th Time Warner Cabel Amphitheatre Cleveland, Ohio
July 9th Arrow Hall Toronto, Ontario
July 10th Parc Jean Drapeau Montreal, Quebec
July 11th Comcast Theater Hartford, Connecticut
July 13th Comcast Center Mansfield, Massachusetts
July 14th Darien Lake P.A.C Darien Center, New York
July 15th Toyota Pavilion Scranton, Pennsylvania
July 16th Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, New Jersey
July 17th Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New York
July 18th Monmouth Park Racetrack Oceanport, New Jersey
July 20th Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, Maryland
July 21st Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, Virginia
July 22nd Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, North Carolina
July 23rd Vinoy Park Petersburg, Florida
July 24th Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, Florida
July 25th Firestone Amphitheater Orlando, Florida
July 26th Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, Georgia
**July 27th Expo Five Louisville, Kentucky
July 28th Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, Ohio
July 29th Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 30th Commercia Park Detroit, Michigan
July 31st First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, Illinois
August 1st Canterbury Park Shakopee, Minnesota
August 2nd Sandstone Amphitheatre Bonner Springs, Kansas
August 5th Northlands Park Edmonton, Alberta
August 7th Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, Utah
August 8th Invesco Field Denver, Colorado
August 10th Cricket Amphitheater San Diego, California
August 11th Pomona Fairplex Pomona, California
August 12th Sleep Train Amphitheatre Wheatland, California
August 13th Idaho Center Amphitheatre Nampa, Idaho
August 14th Gorge Amphitheater Gorge, Washington
August 15th Washington County Fairgrounds Hillsboro, Oregon

Git Fresh biography

Git Fresh
Git Fresh
In a time where cultures are merging more than ever, diversity has enriched our world in many ways, especially in the form of music. Hailing from three distinctively different backgrounds, the members of I.M.G./ Def Jam’s Git Fresh have made a name for themselves by seamlessly blending their backgrounds to create a super group that is determined to change the face of popular R&B.

“Together our cultures combine and give us a different sound and a different look than you would see in a typical R&B group,” Penny. “We all come from different backgrounds,” Rude Boi. “Me, I’m African American. Pretti Sly is from South Africa and Penny is White. Each member’s influence on the group is different.”
Hailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Penny and Rude Boi met in high school at the Dillard School of the Arts. There, they studied various performing arts including musical theatre and vocal training. “Our school was predominantly Black so that developed my interest in hip-hop and R&B and helped my swag,” says Penny. “We had a gospel choir in our school that I was a part of and that was really a big help in me learning different vocal arrangements and chords.”
Meanwhile, Rude Boi met up with Pretti Sly soon after he relocated to the US from South Africa. “As soon as I got here, I met Rude Boi at a talent show and we decided to form a group with Penny” says Sly.
In their first years of high school, the boys created the group Deep Side and instead of keeping their combined talent under wraps, they planted themselves in the center of the teenaged universe. “Every Saturday and Sunday we used to be just performing inside the mall,” says Rude Boi. “If we’d see pretty girls walking by, we’d stop them and sing for them.” The guys also entered local talent shows, where they were approached by their former manager who was their first ticket into a legitimate recording studio.

Not long after, Deep Side was invited to perform in Chicago at R. Kelly’s birthday party. At the time, they had recorded a song called “Shook” which was getting radio play in select markets. R. Kelly was thoroughly impressed by the young group’s performance and connected them to his A&R Wayne Williams who was signed the guys to their first label deal. Two years later, the group decided to leave the label and break ties with their former manager and head out once again on their own.

In 2008, the guys moved to Atlanta and wrote and recorded “Booty Music” under their new group name, Git Fresh. The highly addictive hit quickly picked up hundreds of spins in major markets across the country. It wasn’t long before the boys were fielding calls from multiple major labels. Although they incited a multi-label bidding war, Git Fresh saw the most prosperous future with Def Jam Records.

“We went into L.A. Reid’s office and we performed two acapella songs for him and he was sold after that,” says Rude Boi about Git Fresh’s audition for the Island Def Jam Chairman. “I remember jumping on L.A.’s desk! He told us we weren’t leaving New York without signing to Def Jam.”
Git Fresh solidified their deal in the beginning of 2009 and quickly got started recording their debut album. Around the same time, they also joined Strong Arm Management, who also manages hit maker Flo Rida. Git Fresh’s first single, “She Be Like” is a fresh take on Suzanne Vega’s hit “Tom’s Diner” where the guys ride through the club popping bottles, while “What’s Your Favorite Place” finds them singing about their favorite places to entertain their lucky guests.
On “Earth, Wind, and Fire” the boys express their love over a moody, up-tempo track that leads into “Singin,’” a playful song that talks about mattress springs overpowering their mood music during a raucous love making session.

“We like to go out and have fun,” says Rude Boi. “That’s who we are. We’re young guys in the prime of our lives and our album is definitely a party album, it’s all about the ladies. We don’t even like to consider ourselves as R&B, we just make good music. The sound is new and fresh, it’s something that you wouldn’t expect to hear from a three man group that’s just crooning.”

Combining their different backgrounds and experiences, Git Fresh has managed to find a perfect musical balance. Citing Michael Jackson, Jodeci, and Sam Cooke as influences, Penny, Rude Boi and Pretti Sly all bring a valuable piece to their collective puzzle.

“We have a lot of different styles—a lot of crazy melodies and different influences that you’ll hear in the music,” says Rude Boi. “We could sit down in front of you and sing harmony all day or we could sing a club song so I like to think the group is extremely well rounded in that way.”
Git Fresh—A more perfect union.

Video: Lady Gaga “You and I”

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
After much talk about Lady Gaga’s nearly completed follow-up album, the world got it’s first taste of some new material from the pop superstar at her performance at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball last Thursday.

While seated at one of her signature deconstructed pianos, Gaga told the crowd: “This is a brand-new record that no one’s ever heard before. And I’ve never, ever played it live, ever.” Gaga goes on to describe the new song, titled “You and I,” as “a bit of a rock n roll tune.”

Video: Maroon 5 sneak peak for “Misery”

Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Check out a sneak peek of Maroon 5’s video for their new single “Misery.” The action packed, Joseph Kahn (Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, U2) directed clip is set to premiere across MTV’s platform on Thursday, July 1st. “Misery,” which impacted at radio today, will appear on Maroon 5’s third studio album, Hands All Over, due out on September 21st.

To kick off their summer tour, the band just announced they will take the stage at New York City’s Beacon Theatre for “Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From the Beacon Theatre,” airing live in HD, Tuesday, July 27th at 9pm ET on Fuse TV.

Video: The Dirty Heads “Lay Me Down”

The Dirty Heads
The Dirty Heads
The Dirty Heads’ official music video for their #1 breakthrough single, “Lay Me Down”! The laid back, summery music video follows two teenagers running through the streets of Mexico avoiding the cops and looking for a place to settle down. After the two find their way to a local halfway house, they have just enough time to take part in a round of drinks with The Dirty Heads.

“Lay Me Down,” the band’s first chart topper, was featured on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List,” and is one of the most added and requested songs at dozens of radio stations across the country. The Dirty Heads will continue to sell out shows across the U.S. while touring this summer in support of Sublime with Rome and Matisyahu, as well as performing their own headlining shows and festivals.

Fred the Godson biography

Fred the Godson
Fred the Godson
Hip Hop is alive and well. For those of you who are skeptical meet South Bronx native, ‘Fred the Godson.’ Known for his cunning rhymes and smooth flow Fred has New York City Hip Hop enthusiasts believing again. Hailed as “The Next Great One,” he is impervious in his restoration of the genre where it emerged decades ago.

Born Fredrick Thomas into a household rich in music, R&B and Rap won his alliance at an early age. His father, who worked as security at the Tunnel, one of New York City’s most prominent Hip Hop clubs, frequently brought the hottest records home before they hit the air-waves, a cherished treasure among a household of seven children. Fred had fallen in love at the age of eight and would, despite being diagnosed with asthma, begin his ascent to achieving his dream of becoming a rapper.

Already known throughout Monroe High School for his quick wit, Fred began free-styling in the late 90’s turning his tongue into a lyrical gem. His delivery, seemingly effortless, and considering his severe asthma condition it was everything but. Years of maturation, over-coming personal hardships and tragedies so common to those who inhibit the ruthless streets of the South Bronx, Fred emerged as an exceptional lyricist. His astute talent for creating metaphors that register to listener’s hours later, is perhaps his most distinctive gift; a gift that won him “Best Male Rapper” at the 2007 Underground Music Awards and editorial in industry magazines such as Juice and XXL.

Attaining a devoted fan base with hugely successful mixtapes They Call Me Flow and American Gangster, and his most recent single “Get ‘em Fred,” currently flooding radio, Fred’s putting Hip Hop on notice, “The Bronx is back!” He’s gained the respect of music industries’ toughest critics and greatest tastemakers, New York’s DJs. DJ Enuff, Suss One, Self and Envy are just a few that are coining Fred the Godson as “Hip Hop’s Messiah.”

Still working with long time contributors TBM/Blockwork but under new management, Fred has returned to the studio. Now guided by famed music execs Shawn Prez (BadBoy Entertainment) and Jer-z (Interscope Records/TakeOver Entertainment), Fred the Godson forges ahead working on his first mainstream debut with his lead street single “Get ‘em Fred” already gaining momentum and “Flawless Victory” set to drop. In an industry flooded with artists claiming to bring rap back to its “Golden Era,’ Fred stands alone, capable with a myriad of talent and rhyming versatility.

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 released today

Lego Harry Potter
Lego Harry Potter
LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4, available now in North America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Windows PC.

Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO® with the magic of Harry Potter™, LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 gives gamers the chance to wield the magic and take on the adventure of the first four Harry Potter books and films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneTM, Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanTM, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTM.

The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game.

“We are very proud to launch LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, bringing LEGO creativity and humor to the rich characters and wonderful storytelling of the Harry Potter books and films,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “The game is our best LEGO game yet and offers a magical building adventure that families will be able to enjoy playing together.”

Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards.

In LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4, players will have the freedom to play alone or in two-player co-op as they explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade, as they relive the adventures like never before with the fun and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.