Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Leon Bridges, Ace Frehley tribute, Katy Perry

Here's a roundup of news and notes to land in my inbox today...

The two breakout tracks from soul revivalist and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, “Coming Home” and “Better Man”, have been added to digital retailers and can also now be streamed on VEVO.
Bridges' soul, R&B and gospel-influenced songs and clean, direct vocals have more than fairly earned him comparisons to Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge and landed him on NPRand NME’s Ones to Watch lists.

The two tracks, produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim, have been riding multiple influencer media waves since making their debut last October. “Coming Home” specifically premiered on the influential site Gorilla Vs. Bear, which proclaimed, “…we can’t escape the promise of greatness we keep hearing in his timeless songs.”  Through word of mouth, fans quickly and organically gravitated to Bridges’s well-crafted songs and honeyed voice.

Bridges, a trained choreographer with a background in dance, is bringing his energetic live show to the stage with a series of sold-out live shows, including a show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on February 17th which sold out in less than one minute, and a show in Los Angeles at Hotel CafĂ© on February 24th.

For more information, please visit http://www.leonbridges.com.  

Deadline Music Pays Tribute To Kiss Guitar Legend Ace Frehley With The Release Of 'Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley' – February 2, 2015

Features performances by metal giants Dimebag Darrell, Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger) plus members of Megadeth, Anthrax, L.A. Guns, Skid Row and more

Los Angeles - Deadline Music will be releasing a space-tacular salute to legendary KISS axeman Ace Frehley performed by the legions of rockstars he inspired on February 3, 2015! Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley features performances by metal giants Dimebag Darrell, Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger) plus members of Megadeth, Anthrax, L.A. Guns, Skid Row and more!

Ace Freheley is best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of Kiss. He took on the persona of the “Spaceman” or “Space Ace”, and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a successful reunion tour. His second round with Kiss lasted until 2002. His most recent solo album Space Invader, was released on August 19, 2014. Guitar World magazine ranked him “14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time”.

Packaged in a digipak, 'Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley' includes blistering versions of songs from Frehley’s platinum-selling debut solo album including “New York Groove” and “Snowblind” plus Frehley-penned KISS classics “Shock Me,” “Cold Gin” and more!

Track List:
1. Deuce - Marty Friedman
2. Shock Me - Gilby Clarke
3. Rip It Out - Scott Ian
4. Hard Luck Woman - Ron Young & Jeff Watson
5. Snowblind - Snake Sabo
6. Rock Bottom - Sebastian Bach
7. Parasite - Tracii Guns
8. Cold Gin - John Norum
9. New York Groove - Bruce Bouillet
10. Fractured Mirror - Dimebag Darrell

To purchase 'Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley': http://geni.us/2Gvi

Katy Perry's February 1, 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show is most-watched and highest-rated halftime show featuring entertainment in history

Katy Generated Three Million Tweets During Event

Her Performance Of "Firework" Was Top Shazamed Moment Of Game

Katy Is Nominated For Two GRAMMY® Awards 

Interest in global superstar Katy Perry skyrocketed across numerous platforms during and after her headline performance at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Seen on NBC by 118.5 million viewers, it was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show featuring entertainment ever (dating back to 1991). It earned a 48.2/72 household rating, making it the highest-rated halftime show featuring entertainment in history.

Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 30 seasons. It was also the most-Tweeted Super Bowl ever - and Katygenerated more than three million Tweets during halftime. She was getting nearly 300,000 Tweets Per Minute (TPM) as her performance drew to a close with "Firework." Katy continues to be the most followed person in the world on Twitter, with more than 64 million followers. "Katy Perry" was No. 1 on Google Trends on game day.
"Firework" was theTop Shazamed moment of the game overall (including the halftime show).Rolling Stone noted, "It was a natural choice for her closing number, and a fitting way to end a performance in which she inspired with both her theatricality and her endurance."

Her career-spanning performance propelled PRISM, Teenage Dream and One of the Boysinto the Top 15 of the iTunes Album Chart. Released in October 2013, PRISM(Capitol Records) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, hit No. 1 on iTunes in more than 100 countries and has been certified quadruple Platinum. It is nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Pop Vocal Album while the 8x multi-Platinum single "Dark Horse" (feat. Juicy J) is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Katy Perry's PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is a hugely successful global spectacle, visiting 17 sold out arenas in the UK, 66 sold out arenas in North America and 25 sold out arenas in Australia/New Zealand in 2014. The next leg of the tour kicks off on February 16 and will take Katy throughout Europe, Asia and South America, where she will headline Rock In Rio in Brazil on September 25. Premium entertainment network EPIX will present the world television premiere of "KATY PERRY: THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR" on Saturday, March 28, at 8PM. The recently filmed, high-energy, two-hour concert special will air during the EPIX Free Preview Weekend (March 26-29) and features Katy performing her biggest hits from "I Kissed a Girl" to "Dark Horse."

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