Comebacks and concerts: new artists going on tour this year

2015 was full of musical triumphs such as comebacks from pop icons Adele and Justin Beiber, as well as killer album releases from alternative bands. This year, countless musicians are preparing for twelve months of sweet tunes. Whether you’re into rock, pop, rap, or anything in between, hopefully some of these artists (both new and old) will catch your eye.

Panic! At the Disco
After releasing various new songs such as their single, “Hallelujah” in 2015, a new single on New Year’s Day, and a new album, “Death of a Bachelor,” on Jan. 15, the rock band Panic! At the Disco kicked off its tour at the Tower Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 19. However, the band now only consists of its lead singer, Brendon Urie, after bassist Dallon Weekes announced his departure in October 2015.

This powerful singer dropped her new album, 25, on Nov. 15, 2015. The album  became a huge success, selling 2.433 million copies on its release date. Her single “Hello” climbed the charts and reached No. 1, after four years with no album or new music. Adele Live 2016, Adele’s tour, will reach Los Angeles at the beginning of August.

Justin Bieber
Beliebers watch out because Justin is coming to Los Angeles starting March 20. Despite his blunders within the last couple of years, 2015 was Justin’s year to come back to the light side of fame. He released the album, “Purpose” on Nov. 13, which sold 649,000 copies in the first week. Singles “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?” also landed a No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, meaning that “Bieber Fever” is catching fire once more.

Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa’s 2015 was in no way small, despite not releasing an album. He toured with Fall Out Boy, hit major success with his single, “See You Again,” and was nominated for three Grammys. In 2016, he plans to release a new mixtape and album, “Project Khalifa.” The album has “unreleased music that nobody’s ever heard before,” according to Khalifa in a YouTube video posted on Dec. 26, 2015.

Pearl Jam
2016 is Pearl Jam’s 25th anniversary, and the band by no means plans to celebrate in silence. The 90s alternative band announced its 2016 North American tour, and according to the band’s manager, is constantly writing new songs in the studio. The actual 25th anniversary celebration, however, remains a secret. Here’s to 25 years of good alternative rock!

When you think of Sia this year, one word should specifically come to mind: Coachella. The unique pop icon is performing at the popular music festival, but that is not all to come from her this year. She also plans to release her new album, “This is Acting”,  on Jan. 29. Singles “Alive” and “Cheap Thrills” have already begun climbing the charts, and the hype for the mysterious singer-songwriter will only grow as the year progresses.

Cage the Elephant
Celebrating ten years since the band’s formation, late December brought excitement for this band’s new album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” With a new aesthetic vibe, the band’s hit, “Mess Around” made it on Spotify’s Top 100 Alternative playlist. The alternative rock band also announced its tour, which came to Santa Ana on Jan. 19 and will be coming back to California in February.

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