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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rihanna's New Single is Days from Release - Atlanta Black Star

Fans of pop sensation Rihanna will need to wait a few more days to hear her newest single, after the French radio DJ who supplied the original rumor failed to release the track on Monday. September 17th was the rumored date for the debut single off Rihanna’s new album, but Benjamin Galouye of French radio station NRJ announced via Twitter that the release had been pushed back.

“We were notified that #Rihanna and her staff decided to delay her new single. It should premiere later this week,” he wrote.

Shortly after NRJ amended its report songwriter Sia Furler posted a cryptic tweet of her own, saying simply “Next Monday should feel pretty good.” Furler has been listed as one of the writers for Rihanna’s upcoming seventh album, and is believed to be the writer of the still unnamed single. The new album has been rumored for a November release, with artists David Guetta and Ne-Yo already confirmed as contributors.

Rihanna has also earned six nominations for MTV’s European Music Awards, which come just 2 weeks after the star took home Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards. The video that won her the VMA trophy, “We Found Love,” has been nominated for Best Song as well as Best Video in Europe, with Rihanna also getting the nod for Best Female and three other categories. Taylor Swift was the only other artist to earn as many nominations.

The 24-year-old star has shown no signs of slowing down, with her seventh album in as many years nearing completion, and her fifth tour, the Diamonds World Tour set to open in March of next year. A week long wait for Rihanna’s newest single might seem like a long time, but we’ll be hearing plenty from her for the rest of the year.

Drake, Rihanna And The Throne Are Most Pirated Artists - MTV.com (blog)

By Miranda Johnson

Amongst the many wins for Drake, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West this year, the superstars also seem to be topping another chart, the “most pirated." Ironically, all of their albums have been certified platinum but a recent poll reveals that the three acts also claim the slots for “most illegally downloaded single," “most illegally downloaded LP," and “most illegally downloaded LP worldwide."

Spin reports that during their study's six month tracking period Drake, Rihanna, and the Throne ranked the highest on their lists. With Drizzy’s “The Motto” being illegally downloaded 458,038 times in the U.S, that made the Y.O.L.O advocate a shoe-in for the most illegally downloaded single in the States.

That was followed by the 71,132 illegal downloads Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne scored, resulting in their spot as the number one most downloaded LP in the US. Rihanna’s Talk That Talk grabbed a whopping 1,228,313 illegal downloads, making her latest album the most illegally downloaded LP worldwide.

The study also showed that the United States tops the list for most pirated countries, downloading 96.6 million illegal music files in the first half of 2012. Dropping to about half that of the U.S., the United Kingdom claims the second slot on the list with 43.3 million downloads.

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Rihanna Is Forgiven By Bikini-Bashing Farmer - MTV.com

One year after Rihanna left one Irish farmer feeling very uncomfortable for baring a bit too much on his farm, DUP Alderman Alan Graham is opening up once again about her "state of undress" during the "We Found Love" video. It seems that in the time since she shot the video on his land, he has reassessed some of the comments he made about the singer and her award-winning clip.

"I will not judge her and I will never condemn her. I found her to be a nice girl," he told U.K. newspaper The Sun. He added though that he still believes that the video "focused too much on sexuality."

At the time, Graham objected to Rih's wardrobe, which included a bikini top and jeans, but eventually included fewer and fewer of those clothing items. In September 2011, he shared, "The issue was that I felt Rihanna was in a more state of undress than a bikini top. She was wearing jeans, of course she was. It was only when they moved for five or ten minutes into our field that I felt things were getting inappropriate."

"From my point of view, it was my land, I have an ethos and I felt it was inappropriate," he added about her look in the video. "I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God."

Rihanna released the video in October of that year and director Melina Matsoukas dished to MTV News about the video's provocative imagery, which not only included a lack of clothing on the star, but also references to drug use and domestic violence.

"We love, obviously, to do provocative imagery ... we always try to definitely push the limits," Matsoukas said. "I think because, in the end, it's not really at all about domestic violence. It's really just about it being toxic, and they're on this drug trip and that definitely plays a part, but I think it's also about being triumphant over those weaknesses, and she leaves him. It's not trying to glorify that type of relationship. The bad parts of it, that's what you don't want. In the end, her leaving, it represents her getting that out of her life. The drugs and the addiction and the toxic -- that's what brings her downfall and brings a lot of harm."

Graham's comments about the clip come weeks after she took home the Moonman for Video of the Year at the VMAs for the clip. The video is also up for Best Video at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards next month.

What do you think about the provocative energy in "We Found Love"? Let us know in the comments!

The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci interview: 'I'd much rather bump into Rihanna at ... - Digital Spy

The Killers

Since 2004's Hot Fuss, The Killers have entertained the world with their radio and festival-friendly anthems to become an international success.

Digital Spy caught up with drummer Ronnie Vannucci to chat about the band's fourth studio album Battle Born, whether they would consider a Rihanna hook-up and why they'd never team up with a DJ.

Congratulations on the new album Battle Born, do you ever get nervous before big releases?
"Of course, it's a big time for us. When the record's out of our hands you've just got to see what happens."

It's preceded by new single 'Runaways' - why did you decide to make it the lead track?
"It was the song that felt more like the right one to start with. I don't think we were trying to say anything other than, 'We heard you missed us and now we're back'."

The album has a classic Killers sound, but did any other artists influence the record in any way?
"Yeah, I think we've always been shameless about who we like and who's on our radar at the moment. The influences don't really show themselves until after the bones of the songs are built. When it comes to texturing the songs, that's when I think the influences come out."

Did any of the songs change dramatically during that process?
"Yeah, we did a couple of versions of our song 'Be Still'. We did one version that was electronic and had this drum machine - it's the one we ended up using on the record. It had very little guitar, but we used these old vintage synthesisers and it had this vibe to it. Then the other version was a very organic feeling - it was the band in the room and it was also beautiful. But for the record we stuck with the more modern, futuristic sounding one."

There's an impressive lineup of producers on the record, but was there anyone you couldn't get hold of who you'd like to work with in the future?
"We basically got hold of everyone. The reason we had so many producers is because it was this massive scheduling nightmare! We had to wait until the very last minute to see if these guys could do it - obviously they're booked well in advance - so we only got them for a limited time."

The Killers 'Battleborn'

It's been four years since the last record and dance music has dominated the charts since; were you ever worried about coming back with a rock sound?
"I think we've been pretty good at going against the grain a little bit. It's not really a conscious decision, but we have got our own kind of temperament. We gauge what we do and we've been really lucky so far - luck has a lot to do with it - so hopefully the star will align again."

Did you ever toy with the idea of working with a DJ?
"Working with a DJ? No. You're talking to a guy who's been playing in garages since he was 7 years old."

Did any of your respective solo projects filter through into the making of Battle Born?
"Yeah, lots of ideas. At least with my stuff; a lot of it was new, but I remember when I started working on it I was working with old Killers cutting room floor stuff. But a couple ideas here and there [made it onto Battle Born]."

Coldplay recently teamed up with Rihanna for 'Princess Of China', but would you ever consider collaborating with a major female solo artist?
"I don't know. I won't say no, but it hasn't been on my radar really."

Are there any major stars you would like to work with?
"Yeah, tons of people - we all have our heroes. Things like that have to come naturally. It would leave a bad taste in my mouth if our manager calls their manager and arranges some type of weird red carpet-yet-off-the-red carpet meeting to try and sell a s**t load of records. I think whoever it is who we want to work with - from any genre - it has to be a natural meeting.

"I'd much rather bump into Rihanna at Whole Foods produce isle and say, 'Hey, why don't you come around and we'll gather around a guitar, write a song and see what happens?' Rather than, 'Hey, let's Skype and meet at a studio in New York City and try and make a million bucks'. There's something very off-putting about that whole thing for me."

The Killers The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Fifth Anniversary Celebration at The Mirage Las Vegas, Nevada

Streaming music seems to be on the rise, while album sales continue to fall. Do you think alternative access to music should contribute to the mainstream chart?
"Absolutely, the landscape is changing for music - for better or worse - but needs to constantly keep evolving. But also as we get into the future with all these different ways of getting music, we have to have something that keeps track of who's doing what."

What have you been listening to this year?
"I'm really excited to sit down and listen to Tempest, the new Bob Dylan record. I'm not really that excited about much that's out. There's a couple bands that caught my attention and made me check who's on the radio, but nothing has stood out as being the next big thing for me."

You have an arena tour coming up - what can fans expect from the shows?
"It's hard not to sound like a used car salesman here! I think the most important thing is to realize that we want to make the people who pay for these tickets happy and have good sound and good visuals. The drums should be really loud! I just want to make sure they get their money's worth."

The album is out now, but what are your plans for the rest of year?
"More touring and getting out to promote the record. It's nice to have such a big catalog now. I remember when we'd get on stage and blow down eight songs, but now we have 70 songs. It's crazy."

The Killers' fourth studio album Battle Born is available to buy now.

Watch the music video for The Killers' latest single 'Runaways' below:

Kesha Hints at Rihanna Collabo on New Album - PopCrush

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Kesha and Rihanna? On one song? That’s certainly a collabo that would cause the world to stop spinning on its axis and make speakers implode. That’s a whole lotta bad girl on one track, and we would absolutely love to see it happen.

Kesha hinted that she might duet with Rihanna on her new album by tweeting a photo of an older woman brandishing a piece of paper with the letter “R” on it. So why do we think it’s RiRi?

Well, for one thing, it’s written in the same style and script as the “R” that Ri uses on all of her album covers. It’s fairly obvious that it’s the Rihanna “R.” Kesha’s tweet asked the following philosophical question for the ages: “What’s it all mean?”

Oh, Kesha, we know what it means. It means that our worlds would be slayed.

If these two hot-to-trot, dirty girls got together and did their thing on record, overseen by Dr. Luke, Kesha’s right-hand man and producer, we’d lose our minds. We don’t even need to hear it (yet) to know it’d be badaâ€"!

What do you think PopCrushers? Do you think Kesha will partner with Rihanna? Do you think it’d be one of the hottest pop collabos in recent years?

Oh, and while you’re at it, check out a snippet of Kesha’s new single ‘Die Young,’ which the hellion previewed on a Tokyo subway.

Tickets: Rihanna, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Indigo Girls - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

149866661PB00031_2012_MTV_VRihanna will play Phillips Arena in April. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 21. Photo: Getty Images

RESCHEDULED
Yeasayer. 8 p.m. Nov. 18. The Tabernacle. $22.50. LN.

ON SALE NOW
Mark Tremonti, Ultradrive. 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Vinyl. $25; $22 in advance. TA.
Makeshift Prodigy, Alchemy, Phynx. 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
Makeshift Jukebox, Justin Monday. 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Vinyl. $10. TA.
Pathfinder MetalFest V featuring Raven. 6 p.m. Nov. 10. The Loft. $20; $15 in advance. TA.
Scrilla, Levi Leer, Jackie Chain. 9 p.m. Nov. 24. Vinyl. TA.

ON SALE SEPT. 19
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. Concert kicks off fundraising efforts to build “smart homes” for local heroes Army SFC Michael Schlitz and Marine Cpl. Todd Love. 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $39.50-$59.50. TM.

ON SALE SEPT. 21
Nas, Lauryn Hill. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The Tabernacle. $59.50-$69.50. LN.
ZZ Ward. 8 p.m. Nov. 12. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
Of Monsters and Men. 8 p.m. Nov. 29. The Tabernacle. $25. LN.
Jonathan Coulton. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Variety Playhouse. $25; $22.50 in advance. TM.
Indigo Girls with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $35-$85. TM.
Brian Regan. 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $47.50- $63. TM.
The Machine Performs Pink Floyd. 8 p.m. Jan. 13. Variety Playhouse . $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Variety Playhouse . $20; $17.50 in advance. TM.
Rihanna. 7:30 p.m. April 22. Philips Arena. $39.50-$125. LN.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Ben Folds Five. 8 p.m. Sept. 18. The Tabernacle. $39.50 reserved; $32.50 general admission. LN.
Brendan James, Brian Jarvis, Risa Binder. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Vinyl. $15; $12 in advance. TA.
John Hiatt & the Combo. 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Variety Playhouse. $35; $32.50 in advance. TM.
Bellwether Station. CD release show. Sept. 19. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Rosco Bandana. Sept. 20. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Amon Tobin. 8 p.m. Sept. 20. The Tabernacle. $40; $35 in advance. LN.
Fishbone. 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Masquerade. $15 in advance. TM.
The Rocketboys, Bearcat, Maggie Smith. 8 p.m. Sept. 20. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
Beth Orton. 8:30 p.m. Sept.21. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 in advance. TM.
Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $40-$100. TM.
Circa Survive, Touche Amore, Balance and Composure. 9 p.m. Sept. 21.  Center Stage. $19. TM.
Music Midtown. With Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, T.I., Ludacris, Girl Talk, Florence and The Machine, Avett Brothers, Civil Twilight, LP and more. Check the Music Midtown website for updates. Sept. 21-22. $55 per day; $100 both days; VIP tickets $250-$1000. Piedmont Park. LN.
New Edition. 8 p.m. Sept. 22. Delta Classic Chastain series. $39-$89; $25 lawn. TM.
Gbanjah. Sept. 22. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Jimmy Herring. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
Glen Hansard. 8 p.m. Sept. 23. Buckhead Theatre. $25-$30. TM.
The Wallflowers. Sept. 24. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $25 in advance. TA.
The Walkmen. 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Variety Playhouse. $20. TM.
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays “Thick as a Brick” and “Thick as a Brick II.” 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $45-$85. LN.
Seether, Sick Puppies, Kyng. 7 p.m. Sept. 27. The Tabernacle. $29.50. LN.
Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy. 9 p.m. Sept. 27. The Loft. $20; $17 in advance. TA.
Noah Pine. CD release show. Sept. 27. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $8 in advance. TA.
CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival. With Big Boi, Skrillex, Bassnectar, M83 and more. Sept. 27-29. $165. For more info and tickets, see the CounterPoint website.
Green River Ordinance. 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Vinyl. $15; $12 in advance. TA.
The King’s Men featuring Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton. 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $55-$65; $35 lawn. LN.
Bangkok Fight Night. 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Center Stage. $35-$55. TM.
The Spring Standards. Sept. 28. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Stars. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Variety Playhouse. $25; $22 in advance (each ticket includes a download code for new album, “The North,” when it is released on Sept. 4). TM.
Off!, Negative Approach, Double Negative. 8 p.m. Sept. 28. The Loft. $27; $25 in advance. TA.
Soul Rebels Brass Band. Sept. 28-29. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Marcus Miller. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29.Variety Playhouse. $40; $35 in advance. TM.
Alabama Shakes. Sept. 29. Masquerade Music Park. $26 in advance. TM.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Center Stage. $20; $18 in advance. TM.
Animal Collective. 8 p.m. Sept. 30. The Tabernacle. $30. LN.
The Tannahill Weavers. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Red Light Cafe. $25; $22.50 in advance. TM.
Blue October. 8 p.m. Oct. 1. Center Stage. $27; $25 in advance. TM.
Dinosaur Jr. 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Variety Playhouse. $30.50; $28.50 in advance. TM.
Fiona Apple. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. The Tabernacle. $49.50. LN.
David Byrne, St. Vincent. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $40-$73. TM.
Eric Johnson. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
Allen Stone, Sister Sparrow, Tingsek. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The Loft. $16.50-$18.50. TA.
Renaissance. 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Variety Playhouse. $32.50; $30 in advance. TM.
EDUBB. Oct. 4. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Gotye, Missy Higgins, Jonti. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $34.50-$46.50; $29.50 lawn. LN.
Gungor. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $18.50 in advance. TM.
Jackie Greene. Oct. 5. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The Tabernacle. $30; $27.50 in advance. TM.
Journey, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and Loverboy. 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. $35-$135; $25 lawn; $94 lawn four-pack. LN.
Kicks 101.5 Country Fair with Alan Jackson. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $29-$79; $20 lawn. TM.
Vicente Fernandez. 8 p.m. Oct. 6. $65-$250. Gwinnett Arena. TM.
Raju Lama. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Center Stage. $15. TM.
Yarn. Oct. 6. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Crane, BNMC. 9 p.m. Oct. 6. Vinyl. $10; $5 in advance. TA.
Pat Metheny Unity Band. 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Variety Playhouse. $50; $45 in advance. TM.
Themestock. Oct. 7. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Prince Royce. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. The Tabernacle. $ 40. LN.
The Shins. 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $27.50-$43. TM.
Jovanotti. 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Variety Playhouse. $25; $22.50 in advance. TM.
Silversun Pickups, Cloud Nothings, Atlas Genius. 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Tabernacle. $30. LN.
Jack White. 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Fox Theatre. $39.50-$85. TM.
Julian Velard. Oct. 10. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Ryan Bingham. 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 in advance. TM.
No Justice. Oct. 11. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Dispatch, Good Old War. 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Fox Theatre. $46. LN.
Leagues. 9 p.m. Oct. 12.  Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
YTF Legacy Concert with Ryan Higa & Friends. 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Center Stage. $30; $75-$125 VIP. TM.
Matt & Kim. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Variety Playhouse. $25; $20 in advance. TM.
I.O.Z. Oct. 12.Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Sinbad. Oct. 13. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $35.50. TM.
Emeli Sande. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Variety Playhouse. $17.50; $15 in advance. TM.
Dub FX. 9 p.m. Oct. 13.  Center Stage. $20 in advance. TM.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show. 5 p.m. Oct. 14. $58-$98. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. TM.
Jens Lekman, Taken By Trees. 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Variety Playhouse. $20; $18 in advance. TM.
Ryan Leslie. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The Loft. $25; $20 in advance. TA.
Ben Miller Band. Oct. 17. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Alex Cuba. 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Vinyl. $16; $14 in advance. TA.
Henry Rollins: “Capitalism.” 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Variety Playhouse. $25. TM.
Los Lonely Boys. 8 p.m. Oct. 18.  The Loft. $22; $20 in advance. TA.
2Mex. Oct. 18. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Packway Handle Band. Oct. 19. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington. 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $26-$77. TM.
The Temper Trap. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Center Stage. $22; $20 in advance. TM.
Bronze Radio Return. 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Vinyl. $10; $8 in advance. TA.
The Weeknd. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. $23.50-$73.50. TM.
Mickey Hart Band. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Variety Playhouse. $30; $27.50 in advance. TM.
John Legend, Stacy Barthe. 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $56-$66; $46 lawn. LN.
Die Antwoord. 9 p.m. Oct. 20. Center Stage. $24. TM.
Ron  Pope. 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Vinyl. $15; $12 in advance. TA.
Please Rock Presents “Thriller” and “Purple Rain.” Both albums performed in their entirety by the Yacht Rock Revue. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Variety Playhouse. $25; $20 in advance. TM.
The Producers, Angie Aparo. 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Buckhead Theatre. $29-$39. TM.
Rufus Wainwright, Ingrid Michaelson, Lucy Wainwright Roche. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. The Tabernacle. $34.50 reserved balcony seating; $29.50 general admission floor. LN.
Afghan Whigs. Oct. 20. Masquerade. $29.50. TM.
Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. $32.25-$72.25; $21.25 lawn; $65; lawn four-pack. LN.
Xavier Rudd. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Center Stage. $22; $19 in advance. TM.
Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
Marah. Oct. 22. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $10 in advance. TA.
AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragon, Zeale. 8 p.m. Oct. 23. The Tabernacle. $22. LN.
Jason Boland and the Stragglers. Oct. 24. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $12 in advance. TA.
Minus the Bear, Cursive, Girl In A Coma. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Variety Playhouse. $25; $22 in advance. TM.
Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, J Devil. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. $75 general admission pit; $25-$75 reserved; $25 lawn; $76 lawn four-pack. LN.
Alanis Morissette. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. The Tabernacle. $48.50 reserved balcony; $32.50 general admission floor. LN.
The Psychedelic Furs, the Lemonheads featuring Juliana Hatfield. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Variety Playhouse. $32.50; $28.50 advance. TM.
Lagwagon, Dead to Me, The Flatliners, Useless ID. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. The Loft. $22; $20 in advance. TA.
Cirque du Soleil: Totem. Opens Oct. 26. Atlantic Station. $48.50 â€" $153.50. On sale through the Cirque du Soleil website.
Sound Tribe Sector 9. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Fox Theatre. $29.50-$54.50. TM.
Propagandhi, the Menzingers. 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The Loft. $20; $18 in advance. TA.
Escape Vehicle. 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers. Oct. 27. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
WWE: Hell in a Cell. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Philips Arena. $29-$404. TM.
Freelance Whales, Geographer. 8 p.m. Oct. 28. The Loft. $20; $15 in advance. TA.
Into It.  Over It., Hostage Calm, Owen. 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
An Evening with Primus. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The Tabernacle. $39.50. LN.
The Honky Tonk Halloween Ball with the Western Sizzlers. Oct. 31. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Rush. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $59-$129; $40 lawn. TM.
Cassandra Wilson. 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Variety Playhouse. $40. TM.
The Dirty Guv’nahs. 8 p.m. Nov. 2. The Loft. $15; $12 in advance. TA.
The English Beat. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 advance. TM.
Mac Powell of Third Day. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 advance. TM.
The Kicks. Nov. 3. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
The Script. 8 p.m. Nov. 3. The Tabernacle. $ 32.50. LN.
Wolf Gang. 8 p.m. Nov. 4. Vinyl. $15; $13 in advance. TA.
The Who. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Gwinnett Arena. $59.50-$129.50. TM.
Alesana. 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Masquerade. $15.50 in adavance. TM.
Cabinet. Nov. 6. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Heart. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Fox Theatre. $39.50 â€" $59.50. foxatltix.com.
Joshua Radin, a Fine Frenzy. 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Buckhead Theatre. $24. TM.
Walk Off the Earth. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Center Stage. $19; $17 in advance. TM.
Citizen Cope. 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Tabernacle $26.50 LN.
Taking Back Sunday, Bayside. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Center Stage. $29. TM.
Donavon Frankenreiter. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 advance (each ticket comes with a copy of his new CD “Start Livin’”). TM.
Billy Martin & Wil Blades Duo. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The Five Spot. $15. TM.
Regina Spektor, Only Son. 8 p.m. Nov. 10. The Tabernacle. $36 reserved; $30 general admission floor. LN.
Keller Williams. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Variety Playhouse. $25; $22.50 in advance. TM.
Ben Gibbard. Solo show from the frontman of Death Cab For Cutie and the Postal Service. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Variety Playhouse. $35; $32 in advance. TM.
Social Distortion, Lindi Ortega. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. The Tabernacle. $30. LN.
March Fourth Marching Band. Nov. 11. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $12 in advance. TA.
Yellow Dubmarine. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. The Five Spot. $12. TM.
Melissa Etheridge. 8 p.m. Nov. 12. Atlanta Symphony Hall. $37.50-$102.50. TM.
Timeflies. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. The Loft. $20. TA.
David Choi, Clara C. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Vinyl. $20; $15 in advance. TA.
Stephane Wrembel. Nov. 15. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Atlanta Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Madonna. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Philips Arena. $49-$355. LN.
Rosie Flores, Marti Brom. Nov. 18. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Asia. Featuring all the original members: Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, John Wetton playing the 1982 debut album “Asia.” 8 p.m. Nov. 19. Variety Playhouse. $40; $35 in advance. TM.
Waka Flocka Flame,Wooh Da Kid. 8 p.m. Nov. 21. The Tabernacle. $30; $25 in advance. LN.
The Whigs. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Variety Playhouse. $20; $17.50 in advance. TM.
Martina McBride: “The Joy Of Christmas.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Fox Theatre. $39.50-$59.50. TM.
Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Show. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. Fox Theatre. $34-$65. TM.
Zach Deputy. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Jackie Evancho with Orchestra: “Songs from the Silver Screen.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Atlanta Symphony Hall. $39-$125. TM.
Megadeth. 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Tabernacle. $34.50. LN.
Ray LaMontagne. 8 p.m. Nov. 28. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $32.50-$62.50. LN.
Pentatonix. 8 p.m. Nov. 29. Variety Playhouse. $22; $20 in advance. TM.
Red Wanting Blue. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Two Man Gentlemen Band. 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Variety Playhouse.  $22; $20 in advance. TM.
Cigar Store Indians. Nov. 30. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012. 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $38-$78. TM.
White Animal. 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $20 in advance. TA.
Kevin Hart. 9 p.m. Dec. 1. Philips Arena. $55.50-$125. LN.
The Whiskey Gentry, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Variety Playhouse. $17.50; $15 in advance. TM.
Morrissey, Kristeen Young. 8 p.m. Dec. 3. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $37-$53. TM.
Mike Zito. Dec. 6. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $10 in advance. TA.
Second Annual the Sundogs presents The Tom Petty Show. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $15 in advance. TA.
Tyler Ward. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Vinyl. $20; $15 in advance. TA.
Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza. 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $40-$60. TM.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok, All That Remains, Machine Head, the Black Dahlia Murder. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Tabernacle. $35.50. LN.
Buddy Valastro Live: “The Cake Boss.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $35.75-$45.75; VIP with meet and greet $85. TM.
A John Waters Christmas. 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Variety Playhouse. $40; $35 in advance; $99 VIP seating with meet and greet. TM.
Carrie Underwood. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Gwinnett Arena. $46-$66. TM.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich. 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Vinyl. $15; $12 in advance. TA.
JJ Grey & Mofro, Swamp Cabbage. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 in advance. TM.
Umphrey’s McGee. 8 p.m. Dec. 28-29; 7 p.m. Dec. 30; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. The Tabernacle. $35 Dec. 28-30; $65 Dec. 31; four-show bundle $170. LN.
New Orleans Suspects. Dec. 31. Smith’s Olde Bar â€" Music Room. $25 in advance. TA.
Perpetual Groove. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.  Center Stage. $30; $25 in advance. TM.
“Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” An evening with William Shatner. 7 p.m. Jan. 13. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $36-$123. TM.
Justin Bieber. Jan. 23. Philips Arena. $39.50-$89.50. TM.
One Direction. 7:30 p.m. June 21, 2013. Philips Arena. $29.50-$89.50. LN.

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Rihanna delays new single premiere - Digital Spy

Rihanna has pushed back the premiere of her new single.

The singer was expected to debut the lead track from her upcoming seventh studio album yesterday (September 17), but has now delayed the release until the end of the week.

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"We were notified that #Rihanna and her staff decided to delay her new single. It should premiere later this week," confirmed Benjamin Galouye, a music programmer at French radio station NRJ who were due to play the song.

Sia Furler, who is heavily rumored to have penned the song for Rihanna, later tweeted: "Next Monday should feel pretty good."

Rihanna's seventh studio set, which serves as the follow-up to 2011's Talk That Talk, is expected to be released in November.

Meanwhile, Rihanna is nominated in six categories for the MTV Europe Music Awards, which will take place at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday, November 11.

Watch the music video for Rihanna's 'Where Have You Been' below: