Musiqtone.com

A one-stop music website for all the music fans out there, including interviews, reviews, concert footage, contests, and more!
Recent Tweets @musiqtone
Posts I Like

Happy Monday!  The opening leaderboards for the 9th cycle of The Countdown and Countdown Mobile are official!!!

So here we go!

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

image

1.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart
2.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
3.  Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull | MMM Yeah
4.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me
5.  Shakira | Empire
6.  5 Seconds of Summer | She Looks So Perfect  
7.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
8.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
9.  Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan | This Is How We Roll
10.  We Are The In Crowd | The Best Thing (That Never Happened)
11.  Breathe Carolina ft. Danny Worsnop | Sellouts
12.  Aloe Blacc | The Man

The Bubble:

image

13.  Little Mix | Move
14.  The Pretty Reckless | Heaven Knows
15.  Sam Smith | Stay With Me
16.  One Direction | Story of My Life
17.  Demi Lovato | Neon Lights
18.  Fifth Harmony | Me and My Girls
19.  HAIM | If I Could Change Your Mind
20.  Justin Bieber ft. CHANCE | Confident

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

image

1.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
2.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart
3.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me
4.  Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan | This Is How We Roll
5.  Sam Smith | Stay With Me
6.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
7.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
8.  Shakira | Empire
9.  The Vamps | Last Night
10.  We Are The In Crowd | The Best Thing (That Never Happened)
11.  Katy Perry ft. Juicy J | Dark Horse
12.  Aloe Blacc | The Man

Recap:

image

In The Web Tally:  The British Pop Invasion invades The Countdown once again as newcomers Rixton opens an early but small lead over defending champ David Archuleta!  Austin Mahone rises from the ashes of the last cycle at no. 3 while defending runner-up Lucy Hale finds herself behind the 8-ball at no. 4.

Shakira checks in at no. 5 with her new video “Empire,” Scotty McCreery checks in at no. 6, rounding out the Top 6.  Aussie pop upstarts 5 Seconds of Summer is on the outside looking in at no. 7. 

Danielle Bradbery tumbles down to no. 8, Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan opens up at no. 9, We Are The In Crowd is steady at no. 10, Breathe Carolina reemerges in the Top 12 at the early going at no. 11 and Aloe Blacc is “The Man” rounding out the Top 12.

Little Mix is your early leader of the Bubble, The Pretty Reckless tumbles out of the Top 12 at no. 14, UK newcomer Sam Smith checks in at no. 15 and fellow countrymen One Direction rounds things up at no. 16.

image

In The Mobile Tally:  The script is flipped in the Top 2 as David Archuleta holds his own slim lead at no. 1 over no. 2 Rixton.  Lucy Hale checks in at no. 3, Florida Georgia Line at no. 4, UK soul newcomer Sam Smith checks in at no. 5 and Danielle Bradbery rounds out the Top 6 and once again, Scotty McCreery is on the outside looking in the Top 6 at no. 7.

The next leaderboard update is set for Wednesday April 16 at 7 pm ET!  Keep the votes coming on both tallies…at the outset, it looks to be a close one!!!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

Ed-Sheeran-PUB1-credit-Christie-Goodwin

By Alan Ho

Breakout UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will be coming to North America in the late summer/early fall as he embarks on a set of arena tour dates.  This will be his first ever headlining tour on this side of the Atlantic.  The trek begins August 22 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle and is in support of his upcoming sophomore album x, due out June 23rd on Atlantic Records.  Pre-sale tickets for stops in Toronto, Boston, and Chicago are available starting April 22nd, with general on sales for these dates beginning on April 25th.  More tour dates and on sales will be announced soon.  For more ticket information and tour updates, please visit www.edsheeran.com.

AUGUST

22                    Seattle, WA    Wamu Theater

23                    Vancouver, BC Ambleside Live

29                    Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan

30                    Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan

31                    Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena

SEPTEMBER

2                      Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

4                      Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center

8                      Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

9                      Boston, MA Xfinity Center

11                    Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

12                    Atlanta, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center

13                    Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

15                    Minneapolis, MN Target Center

16                    Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

18                    Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

(More dates to be announced)

Share

By Alan Ho

3 Doors Down will not be denied!  The long-time alt pop-rockets have announced today (Monday April 14, 2014) their summer plans that will see them hit the road for an extended engagement to promote their “3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From The Basement” AND an album announcement that has them releasing an album sometime in 2015.  This album will be the group’s sixth effort.

Their “Basement” dates are borne out of a series of performances back in January that saw the group perform some of their biggest hits in their song catalog in acoustic form and due to popular demand, the group is taking this from coast to coast with further digging up of their old music and restoring it in acoustic format.  Singer Brad Arnold shares,

“The acoustic shows are a blast, and we have an amazing connection with our fans during the performances. We are excited to get back out on the road and play these songs for the rest of America!”

In further detail of the album announcement, the group will be bunkering down in a Nashville studio to begin writing the aformentioned sixth effort that will be released next year.  Alongside the founding members, the new repertoire is a collective effort with all members participating in the writing process.

In addition, the band will be returning to the Hawaiian Islands for the 4th of July celebrations at Pearl Harbor- Hickman in Oahu to support the troops, an ardent and very close cause to the group.  This will be their first appearance on the islands since July 5, 2008 when they performed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Honolulu.  Before their return, they will be at the Kadena Air Base at Okinawa, Japan for Freedom Fest June 28th and 29th.  This will be the band’s first visit to Okinawa.

Confirmed appearances include:

5/30     Friant, CA                               Table Mountain Casino *

5/31     Temecula, CA                         Lake Skinner Regional Park* (Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival)

6/03     Coquitlam, BC                        Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

6/04     Prince George, BC                  CN Centre

6/06     Calgary, AB                            Cowboys

6/07     Bonnyville, AB                       C2 Flint Field House

6/09     Regina, SK                              Casino Regina Show Lounge

6/10     Winnipeg, MB                        Club Regent Casino – Event Center

6/11     Apple Valley, MN                  Weesner Amphitheater

6/14     Las Vegas, NV                       “Rock Of Vegas” – Fremont Street Experience*

6/28     Okinawa, Japan                      Kadena Air Base*

6/29     Okinawa, Japan                      Kadena Air Base*

7/04     Oahu, HI                                 Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickman*

7/12     Springfield, MO                      Gillioz Theater

7/13     Cedar Rapids, IA                    The Paramount Theatre

7/15     Chicago, IL                              House of Blues

7/18     Oshkosh, WI                           Rock USA*

7/19     Goshen, IN                             Elkhart County Fair*

7/20     Norfolk, NE                            MusicFest 2014 – DeVent Center*

7/23     Lewiston, NY                         Artpark – Outdoor Amphitheater*

7/24     Jim Thorpe, PA                      Penn’s Peak

7/26     Readington, NJ                       Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning*

7/27     Hyannis, MA                          Cape Cod Melody Tent

7/29     Westbury, NY                        The Space at Westbury

7/30     Cohasset, MA                         South Shore Music Circus

8/01     Newport, RI                           Newport Yachting Center

8/02     Hampton Beach, NH              Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

8/03     Portland, ME                          Maine State Pier

8/05     Hershey, PA                           The Hershey Theatre

8/07     Cincinnati, OH                        Taft Theatre

8/08     Washington, MO                    Washington Town & Country Fair*

8/17     Durham, NC                           Durham Performing Arts Center

8/19     Charlotte, NC                         The Fillmore Charlotte

8/20     Norfolk, VA                            The Norva

8/23     Durant, OK                             Choctaw Event Center*

8/24     Midland, TX                           Wagner Noël Performing

8/26     Corpus Christi, TX                 Selena Auditorium

8/27     Pharr, TX                                Pharr Entertainment Center

8/29     Charenton, LA                        Pavilion at Cypress Bayou Casino

8/30     Beaumont, TX                        Jefferson Theater

8/31     Abilene, TX                            Paramount Theatre

9/03     Lake Buena Vista, FL             House of Blues

9/05     Tampa, FL                              Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

9/06     Fort Myers, FL                        Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

9/07     Jacksonville, FL                      Florida Theatre

9/10     Atlanta, GA                            Tabernacle

9/11     Louisville, KY                         Palace Theatre

9/13     Hutchinson, KS                      Kansas State Fair*

*  Cites Electric Performance

Share

The 8th cycle of The Countdown and Countdown Mobile is over!  We have the final overall Top 12 and Bubble (The Top 16) finalized and tallied up!

So here we go!

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
2.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | She Looks So Perfect 
4.  Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan | This Is How We Roll
5.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
6.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
7.  Aloe Blacc | The Man
8.  The Pretty Reckless | Heaven Knows
9.  The Vamps | Last Night
10.  We Are The In Crowd | The Best Thing (That Never Happened)
11.  Little Mix | Move
12.  One Direction | Story of My Life

The Bubble:

13.  HAIM | If I Could Change Your Mind
14.  Lorde | Team
15.  Taylor Swift | The Last Time
16.  Katy Perry ft. Juicy J | Dark Horse

Recap:

Archies unite!  In the re-relaunch of The Countdown and Countdown Mobile, David Archuleta reclaims the no. 1 spot, once again over perpetual runner-up Lucy Hale, who used her no. 1 finish in the mobile tally to do so.  Unfortunately for now former defending champ Florida Georgia Line, it was too little, too late as their no. 7 finish on the mobile tally sank their hopes at a back to back despite finishing up at no. 2 on the web tally side of things; ultimately they finished at no. 4 overall behind Aussie pop upstarts 5 Seconds of Summer.

Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery round out the Top 6, Aloe Blacc is “The Man” at no. 7, followed by The Pretty Reckless at 8.  Little Mix and One Direction round out the Top 12.  HAIM is your latest leader of The Bubble at no. 13.

The next cycle, the 9th begins today at 2 pm ET and the first leaderboards will be issued Monday April 14 at 6 pm ET.  There are five new videos entering the cycle, which means we bade farewell to five existing videos that could not crack the Top 20!

The new vids are:

1.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart
2.  Sam Smith | Stay With Me
3.  Coldplay | Magic
4.  Shakira | Empire
5.  Before You Exit | Dangerous

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

Happy Thursday!  We have the final leaderboards for The Countdown and Countdown Mobile all set in hand!!!

So here we go!

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
2.  Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan | This Is How We Roll
3.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me
4.  5 Seconds of Summer | She Looks So Perfect  
5.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
6.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
7.  Aloe Blacc | The Man
8.  The Pretty Reckless | Heaven Knows
9.  We Are The In Crowd | The Best Thing (That Never Happened)
10.  The Vamps | Last Night
11.  Little Mix | Move
12.  Breathe Carolina ft. Danny Worsnop | Sellouts

The Bubble:

13.  One Direction | Story of My Life
14.  Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull | MMM Yeah
15.  Katy Perry ft. Juicy J | Dark Horse
16.  Tiffany Houghton | Love Like That
17.  Zedd ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
18.  Taylor Swift | The Last Time
19.  Todd Carey | Nintendo
20.  Shakira ft. Rihanna | Can’t Remember to Forget You

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me
2.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | She Looks So Perfect
4.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
5.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
6.  Lorde | Team
7.  Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan | This Is How We Roll
8.  The Vamps | Last Night
9.  HAIM | If I Could Change Your Mind
10.  Aloe Blacc | The Man
11.  Justin Bieber ft. CHANCE | Confident
12.  We Are The In Crowd | The Best Thing (That Never Happened)

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  David Archuleta remains in the no. 1 spot in the web tally as he creates distance between defending champ Florida Georgia Line (whose no. 1 defense is dashed by a significantly weakened position in the mobile tally) and fellow defending runner-up Lucy Hale at no. 3.  5 Seconds of Summer checks in at no. 4 while Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery close out the Top 6.  Aloe Blacc remains “The Man” at no. 7 while One Direction is your leader of The Bubble at no. 13!

In The Mobile Tally:  Lucy Hale remains in the no. 1 spot, but she will need a big push here to squeak her first career no. 1 on The Countdown; David Archuleta is not too far behind, climbing to no. 2.  5 Seconds of Summer drops to no. 3, Danielle Bradbery and Scotty McCreery remain steady at no. 4 and no. 5 while Lorde closes out the Top 6.

Once left for dead in this tally, Florida Georgia Line is about to complete a huge comeback as they climb all the way to no. 7, sending The Vamps to no. 8, HAIM tumbles down to no. 9, Aloe Blacc is steady at 10.  Justin Bieber takes a big big tumble down to no. 11 and We Are The In Crowd breaks back inside the Top 12 at no. 12!

This is the final leaderboard update.  5 new videos will enter the 9th cycle of The Countdown and Countdown Mobile, which means 5 videos that do not make the Top 20 will be cut!  In the meantime, we now enter the stretch run; this current cycle ends tomorrow at noon ET, the 9th begins tomorrow at 2 pm ET!  Vote, vote, vote!!!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

rixton_review_screencap

By Alan Ho

The British Pop Invasion has a new player in the form of Manchester quartet Rixton, who recently released their EP Me and My Broken Heart on Schoolboy/Interscope on Tuesday (April 08).  The group now will finally hit the road in the US in May, checking out LA, Las Vegas and New York City.  The group starts off in LA May 13, then head over to Sin City for three shows before wrapping things up May 28 in New York City’s Webster Hall.  The LA and NYC dates go on sale April 12 at 10 am local time while Vegas dates are currently open right now as of this writing.  The band is also set to perform the title track first single on the TODAY Show live from Rockefeller Center on May 28th, while the song has already cracked the Top 40 chart coming in at #16 this week and continues to climb also ranking as the # 1 Most Shazzamed new track this week in the US.

Tour:

05/13/14          Los Angeles, CA         The Roxy

05/23/14          Las Vegas, NV            The Cosmopolitan – The Book and Stage

05/24/14          Las Vegas, NV            The Cosmopolitan – The Book and Stage

05/25/14          Las Vegas, NV            The Cosmopolitan – The Book and Stage

05/28/14          New York, NY             The Studio at Webster Hall

Share

By Hailey Sager

Musiqtone.com sat down with Spencer Sutherland before he kicked off The Dangerous Tour in support of Before You Exit back in March! Spencer Sutherland is a pop singer/song-writer on the rise and you definitely want to get to know him now! Musiqtone.com talked with Spencer about his must haves on tour and what it was like walking the red carpet at the Vampire Academy premiere in Los Angeles!

Musiqtone: Hi Spencer! Thanks so much for talking with us at Musiqtone. Would you mind telling our readers a little bit about yourself, and what got you involved in pursuing music? 
Spencer Sutherland: Hey! Thank you so much for having me! Ever since I can remember, I’ve always HAD to sing. Even in high school, I would play at all kinds of restaurants (mostly for free). Mexican, Italian, Greek… You name it, I played it! After I graduated high school, I got an opportunity to audition for a lady who is now my manager! Five days later, she put me on a show opening for Big Time Rush in front of 20,000 people! That’s when I knew I had to do it!

Musiqtone: You just recently attended the Vampire Academy premiere in Los Angeles. How was it? What was it like walking the red carpet with so many of your entertainment peers?
Spencer: I had SO MUCH fun at the Vampire Academy premiere! It was so crazy and awesome to have all those cameras flashing at me because that’s something you see on TV! It was also great to meet and hang with a lot of people in the movie!

To see more of the interview, click here.

Latest and more at http://www.musiqtone.com/musiqtoneblog/?p=1857

UPDATE: Reunited Amber Pacific announces new album

By Alan Ho

Amber Pacific fans rejoice.  This came up about 2 hours ago from a recently reunited Amber Pacific!

Herrera is best known for his work as the vocalist and bassist for long time prog punk rockers MxPx but has done some producing work for Marine View Drive and The Water Town Bucket Boys, making Amber Pacific his biggest producing project yet.  Like his previous projects, he will also be providing support on the performance side of things as well.

The album enters pre-production April 17 with full recording commencing on April 21st!

Are you excited?!

appy Thursday!  We have the final leaderboards for The Countdown and Countdown Mobile all set in hand!!!

So here we go!

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
2.  Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan | This Is How We Roll
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | She Looks So Perfect
4.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me  
5.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
6.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
7.  Aloe Blacc | The Man
8.  The Pretty Reckless | Heaven Knows
9.  The Vamps | Last Night
10.  We Are The In Crowd | The Best Thing (That Never Happened)
11.  Katy Perry ft. Juicy J | Dark Horse
12.  Little Mix | Move

The Bubble:

13.  Breathe Carolina ft. Danny Worsnop | Sellouts
14.  One Direction | Story of My Life
15.  Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull | MMM Yeah
16.  Taylor Swift | The Last Time
17.  Demi Lovato | Neon Lights
18.  Zedd ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
19.  Tiffany Houghton | Love Like That
20.  Paolo Nutini | Scream (Funk My Life Up)

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Lucy Hale | You Sound Good To Me
2.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
3.  5 Seconds of Summer | She Looks So Perfect
4.  HAIM | If I Could Change Your Mind
5.  Danielle Bradbery | The Heart of Dixie
6.  Lorde | Team
7.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
8.  The Vamps | Last Night
9.  Justin Bieber ft. CHANCE | Confident
10.  Aloe Blacc | The Man
11.  Little Mix | Move
12.  The Pretty Reckless | Heaven Knows

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  In the relaunch of the 8th cycle of The Countdown, David Archuleta retains the no. 1 spot while defending champ Florida Georgia Line remains in the runner-up spot.  Aussie pop upstarts 5 Seconds of Summer check in at no. 3 and the back half of the Top 6 is all country, led by Lucy Hale at no. 4, then Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery wrap it up at no. 5 and no. 6 respectively.

In The Mobile Tally:  The mobile tally presents some interesting development in the relaunch as Lucy Hale retakes the top spot over David Archuleta.  Florida Georgia Line is nowhere to be seen in the Top 12, opening at no. 15!

5 Seconds of Summer opens up at no. 3, HAIM starts big at no. 4 (no. 22 web), Danielle Bradbery opens at no. 5 and Lorde rounds out the Top 6 here at no. 6 (no. 21 web).

The next leaderboard update is set for Monday April 7 at 6 pm ET! Keep voting…

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

Latest and more at http://www.musiqtone.com/musiqtoneblog/?p=1855

David Archuleta releases first video since mission

davidarchuleta_review_screencap

By Alan Ho

American Idol Season 7 runner-up and singer-songwriter David Archuleta has just released a new video after coming back home from his two-year mission with the Mormon Church.

During the minute-plus long video, David says:

“I’m spending time with my family and catching up with them. I just wanted to thank you for all of your messages, for all of your letters, for all of your warm greetings. I’m coming back…I thank you for your patience as well [while] I adjust. I’m still in that process.”

Watch the video: