Wendy Geller

  • Luke Bryan on Career Evolution, Grammy Prospects, and Duet Dreams with Beyoncé

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 6 mths ago

    On Friday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Luke Bryan's concert from Irving Plaza in New York City. Tune in HERE to watch!

    It goes without saying that country music has found its way into the mainstream—be it via blends with other musical genres, or simply that people are catching on to how fun Nashville can be. It also goes without saying that Luke Bryan is leading the pack of crossover artists making a mark on the non-country world.

    When asked which pop, rap, or rock star he’d most like to collaborate with outside of his native genre, Bryan doesn’t even pause to think. “Beyoncé,” he declares, adding that he’d love to throw down a duet of “Single Ladies.

    “I love the whole evolution,” Bryan says of his career’s rocketing launch from Georgia country to nationwide mainstream. “I’m proud of that. At the end of the day I have enjoyed every step of the way, and I tried to be positive from A-Z. In a 10-year career, you have to evolve, and it’s all about the fans coming along on the ride.”

    We think Beyoncé would have to agree.

  • Dierks Bentley Inspires Singalongs, Beer Chugs, Maddie & Tae in Flight Attendant Costumes

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 7 mths ago

    "This is my Thursday night, too," noted Dierks Bentley from the stage June 18 in St. Louis, speaking not only to the crowd at hand, but to the world at large: The show was being live streamed to an unlimited audience via Yahoo Live. Luckily, the country star had no problem holding down the fort when it came to making the masses want to party. 

    Opening up with his 2009 No. 1 hit "Sideways," Bentley lost no time engaging hmself with fans, drawing a guy in the audience up on stage right away to shotgun a beer with him (the two exchanged high fives and a bro-friendly hug after). From there, it was a total country singalong party, with the audience following along to nearly every of Bentley's dozen-year hit catalog, ranging from 2003's "What Was I Thinkin'" all the way to his current single, "Riser." 

    After waving to the crowd, Bentley took considerable time to sign numerous autographs, proving that he is the workingman's musician, an image he himself has never tried to contradict. 

     

  • Dierks Bentley Talks Partying, Pyro, Planes, and ‘People’

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 8 mths ago

    On June 18 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Dierks Bentley's concert from the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO. Tune in HERE to watch!

    “I never put so much time into prepping a tour,” says Dierks Bentley of his headlining Sounds of Summer Tour, which just kicked off this month and is promising to be one of the most fun-filled shows on country music’s busy touring season. "We’ve been working really hard the past six months getting this thing ready....It feels like it’s the best it’s ever been. Fresh and raw, going for stuff every night on stage!”

    The tour, in support of his Grammy-nominated album Riser , will reach an unlimited amount of fans on June 18, when his St. Louis date is live streamed by Yahoo. Bentley is a bit awed by the prospect, but feels up to the exposure: “It’s pretty cool. It makes me a little nervous, but it’s exciting,” he notes. “I’ve always said to the band, the bigger the crowds, the better we play, and so this is a pretty large crowd!”

    Yahoo Music: So I understand you have some pyro on this tour?

  • Black Keys Frontman Has 'Fighting' New Project

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 9 mths ago

    The Black Keys have plenty of hits under their belt, but frontman Dan Auerbach is hoping for a different kind of knockout with an upcoming new solo project.

    Under the name the Arcs, Auerbach will release two boxing-related songs on May 2 to coincide with the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight. But the singer/guitarist isn’t just trying to ride the fight’s hype – Auerbach is a boxer himself, and regularly spars to warm-up before shows.

    The two songs are called “Stay in My Corner” and “Tomato Can” and will be released exclusively on vinyl at independent record stores. A full album from the Arcs is scheduled to come out this summer, although it sounds like Black Keys fans shouldn’t expect their typical brand of blues-rock.

    Auerbach told Rolling Stone : “I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead…it's basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record.”

    Back in 2009, Auerbach released another solo album, under his own name, called Keep it Hid . Despite the new direction, it’s still business as usual for the Black Keys, who are touring through the summer.

  • New Sia Video Stars Heidi Klum, GoT Hunk...But Where's Maddie?

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 9 mths ago

    What do you get when you mix Heidi Klum, a hot TV series star, and an empty bedroom? Why, the latest music video from Sia, appropriately called “Fire Meet Gasoline.”

    If you didn’t happen recognize the smokin’ hot guy, you probably don’t watch Game of Thrones . His name is Pedro Pascal, and last season he played fan favorite Oberyn Martell.

    Of course, everyone knows Heidi Klum, the superest of the supermodels. But she had some big -- well, actually, little -- shoes to fill in Sia’s latest video, subbing in for 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler who became the singer’s go-to muse first in “Chandelier," then opposite Shia LaBeouf in the more controversial video for “Elastic Heart," and finally in “Big Girls Cry” where she continued her streak of wildly expressive dance moves.

    So why is Maddie missing from “Fire Meet Gasoline”? You could argue the steamy content is inappropriate for a 12-year-old; however, the tween's dance moves with LaBeouf in "Elastic Heart" (already and also) raised eyebrows, making her absence from this clip even more mysterious.

  • Jumping the Shark: Katy Perry Fails to Secure 'Left Shark' Trademark

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 9 mths ago

    The back-up dancer, who grooved next to Perry during a beach-themed medley of her hits, shot to viral stardom after his awkward moves suggested he'd forgotten the choreography.

    It was easily, and surprisingly, the most talked-about moment of Perry's show, leading one enterprising designer to try and make a few bucks by selling his own “Left Shark” merchandise on Etsy.

    Perry, however, was not having that, and jumped that shark promptly -- sending him a cease-and-desist letter, and following it up by attempting to trademark Left Shark’s iconic design.

    The U.S Trademark Office rejected her request this week, with the explanation that not enough people immediately make the connection between “Left Shark” and a Katy Perry performance.

    So for now, Left Shark belongs to all of us, and he's been getting around. He recently appeared at the iHeart Music Awards and Coachella, and apparently has landed an upcoming role in the hugely popular video game “World of Warcraft”, although “SB-Nation” said this about it's poor dancing skills: “if it is keeping with true Left Sharkness, it will be bad at fighting”.

    Watch Katy Perry's music videos below:

  • Sister Tween/Teen Trio Shows Internet That Girls Can Rock it Metal-Style

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 9 mths ago

    Ever feel like you’re not living up to your true potential? Well, hate to make your day a little dimmer, but a bit of music news we've discovered just might make you feel even worse.

    A trio of girl rocking out to tunes by Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica is the latest kids-gone-viral story to hit the Internet. And not only are these girls talented, they are extremely young to be displaying such metal prowess. The band, dubbed the Warning, is made up of three Mexican sisters: 10-year-old Alejandra, 13-year-old Paulina, and 16-year-old Daniela.

    Watching the sisters, it's easy to see how they've charmed millions of viewers on YouTube with their combination of hard-rock sensibility plus girly-girl charm. The band first caught fire in 2014 with a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” which balanced some seriously heavy riffs with some seriously cute outfits.

    And in addition to all the views, middle sister Paulina, who plays the drums, recently received the highest compliment from Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett himself, who tweeted that she “kicks maximum a**.”

  • Hey Mama? Nicki Minaj Disappoints at Coachella Weekend Two

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 9 mths ago

    Nicki Minaj walked on-stage during two separate shows yesterday – by David Guetta and Drake - drawing cheers from a crowd that obviously expected her to perform. However, disappointingly, Nicki’s appearances were only that – appearances.

    First, she joined David Guetta to promote their new single “Hey Mama,” but opted to very briefly lip sync a verse instead of rapping it live. Afterwards, she waved, blew a kiss to the crowd, and left.

    That routine felt pretty familiar just a few hours later when Nicki did the same thing during Drake’s set. Following his performance of her song “Truffle Butter,", Nicki walked out, hugged Drake, blew a kiss to the crowd and left.

    The only interesting thing about the short cameo was Drake congratulating her, fueling current speculation that Nicki recently got engaged to rapper Meek Mill.

    So leave it to Kanye to dominate Coachella’s unscheduled surprise appearance news. Just like Nicki Minaj, he hijacked two other artists’ shows – The Weeknd and Belgian artist Stromae – but unlike her, he actually performed.

  • Florence Welch Breaks Foot at Coachella, Show Will Go On

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 10 mths ago

    Welch posted what looks like an x-ray of her foot on Instagram, along with a note to her fans explaining how her injury will affect her upcoming tour. She wrote: “While this heals, my performances will have to be somewhat stripped back…I’m pretty devastated, but I still want to do the shows.”

    A broken foot might require Welch to go easy on the stage dives, but at least her main attraction -- her powerful voice -- remains intact.

    In a stroke of coincidence, Florence + the Machine’s new music video, “Ship to Wreck," also indulges the singer’s self-destructive side, although in that case the singer is literally fighting with herself.

    And while breaking her foot was an accident, it’s a recurring theme for the group’s forthcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful . Welch found the silver lining in it all, writing on Instagram: “This album was so much about making something from what was broken, so lets see what we can do with this.”

  • Drake Feels the Love Regarding Coachella Kiss With Madonna

    Wendy Geller at Live Nation 10 mths ago

    Suffice to say, the smooch was all Madge's idea and took poor Drake by surprise. And, it wasn't apparent that he liked it very much, either. After coming up for air, the rapper looked not only traumatized – but disgusted.

    Despite what his face may have revealed, Drake recently took to Instagram to clarify that he totally enjoyed their makeout sesh, writing “don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever."

    After giving his side of that story, Drake dropped a new track about a different romantic relationship. It’s called “My Side” and will be included on next week’s physical release of his massively successful mixtape, If You’re Reading this It’s Too Late. If you're interested in seeing Drake perform some of those songs live, he just announced the Jungle tour with Future, which is hitting a very select six cities starting in May.

    In between the new music, new concerts and new make-out buddies, Drake still has time to show off his b-ball skills on Instagram, draining a three from way, way back in a pick-up game.