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Iggy Azalea cancels her Great Escape tour

Iggy Azalea’s great escape has turned into a nightmare.

The Grammy-nominated pop-rapper has shuttered her first arena tour months after postponing the planned trek.

An email was reportedly sent out to ticket holders on Friday informing them that the show would not go on.

"The Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour scheduled for this fall has been canceled, and refunds are available at point of purchase," the email reads. "There will be a new tour planned around Iggy's new record to be released in 2016, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

Ticketmaster has already pulled sales of the show and marked the previously listed dates as canceled. No further details were announced, and her label, Def Jam, has yet to comment.

Azalea’s tour has been troubled from the beginning.

In March, her label announced she needed to reschedule the trek "due to tour production delays," but the announcement arrived after reports that the show was in jeopardy because of lack of promotion and conflict between Azalea...

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HBO's 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction special coming Saturday

I haven’t seen the highlights special from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that HBO will premiere on Saturday, but I’ll donate $20 to the hall if one of my favorite moments from the ceremony held in April in Cleveland didn’t end up on the cutting room floor.

That came courtesy of Ringo Starr, inducted individually this year as the final member of the Beatles’ inner circle to be enshrined in the hall separately, following the solo inductions of John Lennon (1994), Paul McCartney (1999), George Harrison (2004), as well as Beatles producer George Martin (1999) and manager Brian Epstein (2014).

Rock Hall ceremony organizers saved the living Beatles for last — Paul McCartney inducted his chum — putting it after midnight when Starr finally got his moment in the spotlight following the extended segments welcoming the other 2015 inductees: Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Green Day, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

As Starr began...

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Country radio consultant: 'If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out'

A country radio consultant has ignited a war of words among musicians and fans for referring to female musicians as “the tomatoes of our salad,” and suggesting that stations play fewer records by female artists if they want to improve their ratings.

“If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,” said Keith Hill, a consultant to some 300 country stations, in an interview published earlier this week in Country Aircheck magazine. “Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

The online responses came fast and furious. Miranda Lambert quickly tweeted her unambiguous response: “This is [t]he biggest load of ... I have ever heard.” Martina McBride took to her Facebook page to write, “Wow…just wow,” and asked her Facebook followers to respond.

Kacey Musgraves retweeted her friend and songwriting...

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U2 paused arena tour to thrill 500 fans at the Roxy

“I’ve got to catch my breath,” Bono said after ripping through “Vertigo” during U2’s tiny club gig at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on Thursday night.

It was a rare break in the tight, hourlong show, and the frontman had rightfully earned his brief reprieve.

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For the record, 3 p.m. May 29: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to a U2 album as "All That You Can Leave Behind." The correct title is "All That You Can't Leave Behind."

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In the 45 minutes leading to this moment, the superstar Irish rockers had already moved through an exhilarating set that saw the band rip through some of their earliest tunes and a few of their defining smashes for just 500 fans.

With Thursday’s show, U2 were making good on their promise to make up for pulling out of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in December after its frontman was injured in a bike accident weeks before.

The special show -- tickets were given to contest winners -- came during a whirlwind week for...

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Kendrick Lamar takes to the sky in downtown L.A. for 'Alright' video
Live: Primavera Sound shines on the global festival circuit

To get to several of the stages at the 15th Primavera Sound in Barcelona, you have to walk over a giant concrete esplanade that is underneath a monumental arch of solar panels. It’s a little trippy – the angle of the structure at the Parc Del Forum site makes it look like the street is swaying, and at night it takes on an eerie silhouetted gleam from the Barcelona waterfront.

But with a crowd of almost 100,000 fans beneath it, some of the best acts in independent music around it and with a resplendent scene of downtown Barcelona just over the bridge, this monolith appeared to be metaphorical. Primavera has used the global music-festival explosion to become a sustainable, essential source of power for Spanish tourism, and for Barcelona’s brand among young music-fan travelers.

For curious Coachella fans, much here will be familiar. But Primavera has a fundamentally different relationship to Barcelona than does Coachella, Bumbershoot, SXSW or any number of other festivals prominently tied...

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