Mariah Carey Announces Holiday Tour to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Her Christmas Album

Mariah Careyis proving to be the Queen of Christmas

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress and “All I Want for Christmas is You” singer has announced a holiday tour in the form of a limited engagement trek in five cities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her iconic album Merry Christmas.

Mariah Carey

Carey’s festive tour will begin in November with a five-show holiday residency at Caesars Palacein Las Vegas, which was announced earlier this year. The new batch of dates includes five more shows in December, beginning in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 7, with the grand finale at New York’s Madison Square Gardenon December 15. 

The All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour will feature tunes from Carey’s Merry Christmas as well as her biggest non-holiday hits. 

In addition to the tour, Carey announced last month that she will re-release Merry Christmas in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary. The two-disc deluxe edition will feature the original album as well as another disc with rare remixes and unreleased live performances.

Tickets for the All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour dates will go on sale October 4 at 10:00 am. local time. Those who pre-order the deluxe editionof Merry Christmas will have access to a pre-sale beginning October 1 at 11:00 am local time, and Mariah Carey fan club members will also be able to purchase tickets on October 1 at 10:00 a.m. local time. 

Additionally, Citi cardmembers will have access to a presale beginning October 2 at 10:00 am local time. All presales will end on October 3 at 10:00 pm local time. (Tickets for her Las Vegas Christmas residency and 2020 shows are already available.)

Carey is spreading the holiday cheer even further with her Christmas tour, as $1 from each ticket sold will benefit Toys for Tots. The superstar also encourages fans to bring unwrapped toys to donate at each tour stop.

Here’s full list of Mariah Carey’s tour dates, including both her holiday shows and 2020 Las Vegas residency:

Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You presented by Hallmark Channel Tour Dates

Nov 22 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Nov 23 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Nov 27 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Nov 29 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Nov 30 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Dec 7 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Dec 9 — Washington, DC @ The Theater MGM National Harbor
Dec 12 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec 13 — Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre​
Dec 15 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

The Butterfly Returns 2020

Feb 14, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Feb 15, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Feb 19, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Feb 21, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Feb 22, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Trujillo & Metallica to Share Grammy Awards Stage with Lady Gaga

Robert Trujillo will be going gaga at the Grammys

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates, previously announced performers at this year’s Grammy Awards, will be taking the stage with Lady Gaga.

Robert Trujillo

Fresh off her acclaimed Super Bowl LI halftime show, Lady Gaga will mash up with Metallica for a very special one-time hook-up on the show airing Sunday.

Metallica was recently forced to postpone a show in Copenhagen due to vocal issues affecting singer James Hetfield. But back on January 14, the metal icons teased “something very unique and special” in store when they announced they would be hitting the Grammy stage again.

“It’s been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we’re thrilled to be asked back,” the wrote. “We have something very unique and special planned for this celebratory night, so tune in to watch on CBS-TV.”

The Grammy Awards will take place on February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with host James Corden. It will be broadcast live at 8 :00 pm EST on CBS.

Following the show, Trujillo and his bandmates will rush over from their performance at Staples Center in downtown L.A. to Hollywood to perform as part of “Citi Sound Vault,” Citi‘s new live music initiative in conjunction with Live Nation.

Trujillo & Metallica to Help Launch Citi Sound Vault During Grammy Week

Robert Trujillo is about to get all intimate…

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates will be getting in the Grammy-spirit with a special performance in Los Angeles.

Robert Trujillo

Next week, Metallica, a legit arena-level act, will play the far more intimate Hollywood Palladium (capacity 3,700) to inaugurate “Citi Sound Vault,” Citi‘s new live music initiative in conjunction with Live Nation whereby card holders can obtain tickets to see major acts play smaller venues.

Coinciding with Grammy week, Metallica will join The Chainsmokers, Beck and Sting as acts set to play between February 8-12 with tickets going on sell already, exclusively to Citi credit or debit card users via Live Nation’s website.

The shows are as follows:

Sting, February 8 -9
Beck, February 10
The Chainsmokers, February 11
Metallica February 12.

Metallica, in fact, will have to sprint from their Grammy awards performance at Staples Center in downtown L.A. to Hollywood to make their Palladium show. Metallica is also nominated for Best Rock Song for the track“ Hardwired.”

“For nearly a decade, Citi has been providing our cardmembers with incredible access to entertainment,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, managing director, media, advertising and global entertainment for Citi, in a statement. “Now we’re excited to take it to the next level to bring cardmembers true once-in-a-lifetime experiences with some of the world’s biggest artists. Citi Sound Vault brings our cardmembers, access they will never forget.”

Blacc Appears in the Yahoo! Screen Web Series “Culinary Beats”

Aloe Blacc’s career is heating up

The 35-year-old Panamanian-American singer is taking a stab at cooking as one of the stars of Culinary Beats, a six-part web series that returned for its second season on Friday on Yahoo! Screen and Citibank’s YouTube channel.

Aloe Blacc

The series is sponsored by Citi’s Thank You Preferred card and produced in partnership with Columbia Records and Backroads Entertainment.

New two-part, 12-to-14 minute episodes will premiere throughout the month of September, featuring musicians and chefs discussing their shared creative inspirations over cooking demos and intimate performances filmed on-location at some of the hottest restaurants on both coasts.

Culinary Beats demonstrates the perfect symbiosis between food and music,” said Elyssa Gray, Citi’s director of creative and media, North American Consumer Marketing. “The new episodes are immensely entertaining and artfully showcase the dining and entertainment elements our ThankYou Preferred cardmembers have a strong affinity for.”

For his episode, which was made available on Monday, Blacc and his lifelong friends were reunited when clandestine supper club, Stag Dining, brought their innovative dining experience to Los Angeles. Over a meal inspired by Blacc’s Panamanian roots, they catch up and talk shop before treating guests to a stellar performance.

Other parings include Alex & Sierra with chef Hung Hunyh at New York’s Catch; Walk Off The Earth and Eric Greenspan at Los Angeles’ The Roof; Ella Henderson and chef Jessica Koslow at Hollywood’s SQIRL; Foster The People and chef Josef Centeno at downtown L.A.’s Baco Mercat and Magic Man and chef Ivan Orkin at New York’s Ivan Ramen.

Last December’s first season featured St. Lucia, MKTO, Passion Pit and DJ Cassidy as well as Gavin DeGraw and The Fray.