Music News of 2021

Adele announces Vegas residency

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Fresh off the release of "30," Adele announced a Vegas residency this morning, starting in January.

Weekends With Adele will be held in the Colosseum of Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace Hotel beginning Friday Jan. 21, 2

Presale tickets for these shows will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration opens at 6 a.m. Pacific time today and continues until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday.

Registration is open. The Verified Fan Presale will begin Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Only fans that have received a unique code will have the chance to purchase tickets for performances on a first come, first served basis.

While Ticketmaster Verified Fan does not guarantee that every fan will get a ticket, it does make the ticket buying experience fairer by ensuring only other fans are competing for tickets. Due to the limited quantity of tickets available, if demand for tickets from Verified Fans exceeds supply, there will not be a public on-sale.

Hansard, Irglova reunite for tour

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard are reuniting this spring to hit stages on the East coast for the first time in more than 10 years.

The pair came to prominence starring in the 2007 film "Once" and winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song with their composition “Falling Slowly” in 2008. Their collaboration continued as The Swell Season, who released the album "Strict Joy" in 2009 via ANTI-. The two branched out into solo careers in 2011.

The two have remained in regular contact making the odd appearance on each other’s records or on stages randomly whenever paths would cross.

Irglova has released three long-form singles in the last two years - “Mother”, ”Among the Living” and ”Quintessence” – and has a new full length album planned for 2022. She just released a video/short film for the song “Among the Living,” which was filmed in and around her home in Iceland.

Hansard most recently collaborated with Cat Power and Eddie Vedder on the soundtrack for the film "Flag Day," released in August. Hansard is also preparing new music for 2022.

Tour dates are:
March 11 – Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
March 12 – Chicago, IL - Cadillac Palace Theatre
March 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Cultural Campus
March 15 – Boston, MA - Emerson Theatre
March 17 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
March 18 - Washington DC - The Anthem

Dion forced to delay Vegas shows due to medical issues

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – Celine Dion is postponing the opening of her new Las Vegas show due to medical issues.

Dion was slated to pen her show Nov. 5 at Resorts World Theatre but she decided to delay the opening and cancel the performances scheduled Nov. 5-20, 2021 and Jan. 19-Feb. 5, 2022.

Dion has been experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms, which are preventing her from performing, according to a press release. Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat her. However, the symptoms she is experiencing are prohibiting her from participating in the ongoing rehearsals for the new show.

“I’m heartbroken by this,” said Dion. “My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and to not be able to open this November saddens me beyond words. My partners at Resorts World Las Vegas and AEG have been working around the clock to get this brand-new state-of-the-art theatre ready, and it's absolutely beautiful. I feel so bad that I'm letting them down, and I’m especially sorry for disappointing all the fans who’ve been making their plans to come to Las Vegas. Now, I have to focus on getting better. I want to get through this as soon as I can.”

“Celine is family to us, and the most important thing now is for her to focus on feeling better,“ said John Meglen, President and Co-CEO of Concerts West/AEG Presents. “In our two-decade long relationship with Celine, we’ve certainly learned how dedicated and resilient she is, and that she is most happy when she’s on stage doing what she loves most, performing for her fans. We’re ready to announce new Las Vegas show dates whenever Celine is ready.”

“If there’s anything these trying times have taught us, it’s that nothing is more important than your well-being,” said Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World Las Vegas. “While we are eager to debut the theatre, we support Celine in what we know was an incredibly difficult decision to delay her shows. On behalf of the entire Resorts World Las Vegas family, we wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her to her new home when she feels ready and able to perform again.”

ABBA is back after 40 years with new album, concert

Thursday, September 2, 2021 – Four decades later, ABBA is back.

The Swedish pop superstars announced Thursday that the quartet will release a new studio album, "Voyage," along with staging a concert with the group performing digitally with a live 10-piece band, in a purpose-built arena in London on May 27th 2022.

The digital versions of ABBA - Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus,Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad have been created following weeks and months of motion-capture and performance techniques with the four band members and an 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by George Lucas, in what is the company’s first foray into music.

”It’s been a while since we made music together,” the band said in a statement. “Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982, and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it. They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to ‘The Visitors.’ To tell the truth, the main inspiration to record again comes from our involvement in creating the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of. We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. Weird and wonderful!”

”To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades: thank you for waiting. It’s time for a new journey to begin.”

Anderson said,“We simply call it “Voyage” and we’re truly sailing in uncharted waters. With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future. It’s not easy to explain but then it hasn’t been done before.” “It’s hard to say what’s been the most joyful thing for me with this project. If it’s the involvement in creating the concert together with everyone or being back in the studio together again after 40 years. I think hearing Frida and Agnetha singing again is hard to beat. When you come to the arena you will have the four of us together with an absolutely glorious 10-piece band. And even if not in the flesh, we will be right there, thanks to the work of the creative team and ILM.”

ABBA's last album was "The Visitors." Since then, they have only recorded two new songs, "I Still Have Faith In You" and "Don’t Shut Me Down."

Recorded together at xxx studio Riksmixningsverket in Stockholm, Sweden, "Voyage" will be released worldwide on Nov. 5 on Capitol Records.

ABBA Voyage will open May 27th 2022 at the ABBA Arena, a 3,000-person capacity arena located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Pre-registration for tickets opens at 6 p.m. tonight on with tickets on general sale on Sept. 7.

The ABBA Voyage concert is made with the help of producer Svana Gisla (David Bowie Blackstar/Lazarus, Beyoncé and Jay Z for HBO, Springsteen and I), producer Ludvig Andersson (And Then We Danced, Yung Lean - “In My Head”, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), director Baillie Walsh (Flashbacks of a Fool, Being James Bond, Springsteen and I), co-executive producer Johan Renck (Spaceman, David Bowie Blackstar/Lazarus, Chernobyl) and choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE (The Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor, Paris Opera Ballet).

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