From backstage at his recent performance at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, Columbia Records pesented Hozier was with some hardware. Pictured are: Columbia's Kelly Bottoms, Lisa Sonkin, Mary Madden, Matt Amoroso, Dennis Desmond (Hozier's manager), Rob Stringer (Chairman/CEO), Hozier, Joel Klaiman (GM/EVP), Greg Linn, Daniel Abramowitz, Justin Eshak and Betsy Whitney.
With most of his summer tour dates already sold out, Ed Sheeran has announced a second leg to his North American tour, kicking off in Houston, TX, on September 3. The month-long trek includes some of the singer/songwriter's biggest headlining shows in North America to date. Pre-sale tickets will be available for select dates starting on April 6, followed by general public on-sale tickets starting on April 10. In other news, Sheeran has been tapped to host Canada's Much Music Video Awards on Sunday, June 21. Sheeran has performed at the MMVAs for the past three years. "Canada, canít wait to come back for my fourth MMVAs," he said in a statement. "I'm thrilled they asked me to host this year. I hope this isn't an early April Fool's joke."
Sheeran's newly-added tour dates:
September 3 - Houston, TX September 5 - Dallas, TX September 8 - Orlando, FL September 9 - Miami, FL September 10 - Tampa, FL September 12 - Atlanta, GA September 13 - Nashville, TN September 15 - St. Paul, MN September 16 - Chicago, IL September 17 - Cincinnati, OH September 18 - Cleveland, OH September 20 - Toronto, ON September 22 - Washington, DC September 23 - Washington, DC
Ariana Grande has extended her Honeymoon Tour into the summer. The trek originally kicked off on February 25 and has been a success with sold out dates throughout the first leg. Now, the summer run will kick off July 16 in Tampa Bay, FL and visit nearly 40 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada before wrapping on October 15 in El Paso, TX. Prince Royce will be a special guest on all dates. Tickets for the summer run go on sale Saturday, April 4.People magazine has confirmed that Britney Spears' anticipated collaboration with Iggy Azalea will be released on May 5. Spears is profiled in this week's People, discussing her family life and raising her two sons. Justin Bieber has gone back to the drawing board for his next album with Kanye West and Rick Rubin, according to a new interview in USA Today. Bieber says he has been growing up and changing a lot lately, so he needed to make a new album that reflects the new him. "My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I'm thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music," Bieber said. "I had to re-do my whole (new) album. It was done but it didn't match up to where I am now and where my head's at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it's about getting out of that rut. It's about knowing there's sunshine on the other side."It sounds like Rihanna is going for a more mature musical vibe on her forthcoming eighth album, as she told MTV that the music will be timeless. "I've made a lot of songs that are just really, really big songs. From the jump, they just blow up," she told MTV in a new interview. "And I wanted to kind of get back to - not that they weren't real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever." Rihanna added, "When I get on stage now, I don't want to perform a lot of my songs because they don't feel like me. So I want to make songs that are timeless." The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17. TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen will host the show with rapper and actor Ludacris. The award finalists will be announced on April 7, and Ludacris will appear on Good Morning America that day along with Pete Wentz to reveal a portion of the categories. Meanwhile, Luda's eighth album, Ludaversal, comes out this week.