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For music planner on 8/25/16: Handout photos of Dillon Francis, performing at Beach Bar in Tampa on 8/28/16. Credit: Sony Music.

Music Planner: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler goes solo, Fifth Harmony, Brantley Gilbert roll into Tampa

GIRLS EMPOWERED: Fifth Harmony Before Fifth Harmony's Work From Home hit No. 1 in May, it had been 15 years since a girl group had snared the top spot on Billboard's airplay chart. Hard to believe, right? For all the astonishing success enjoyed by solo women over the past 15 years — Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele, …

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  1. Could this Triffids tune by Australia's ultimate earworm?

    Blogs

    In the U.S., there are scores of songs that didn't chart well in the '80s but still emerged as signature songs of the decade. Songs like I Melt With You and What I Like About You never broke the Top 40 but still are some of the most (over)played songs on retro radio today. …

  2. This long-lost Aussie anthem could be our '80s rallying cry

    Blogs

    The Stuck In The '80s blog and podcast, now in its 11th year, has been a great meeting place for those to relive their glory days and the music and movies of our youth. Even in the '80s, we started to feel the nostalgia and perhaps you might see a little bit of your past in Noisework's …

  3. Visit Florida, Pitbull pull plug on tourism partnership

    Business

    Pitbull may still #LoveFL. But he's no longer getting paid to say so.

    Pitbull performs at Amalie Arena in Tampa during the 2016 Bad Man Tour.  [Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

    Music & Concerts

    Nine seconds after hopping on the phone, Steven Tyler is already promising a night of unfiltered, uncensored, bacchanalian delight.

    Steven Tyler performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June. In July, Tyler released a country album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, his first big project outside Aerosmith.
  5. Music Planner: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler goes solo, Fifth Harmony, Brantley Gilbert roll into Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    GIRLS EMPOWERED: Fifth Harmony

    Before Fifth Harmony's Work From Home hit No. 1 in May, it had been 15 years since a girl group had snared the top spot on Billboard's airplay chart.

    For music planner on 8/25/16: Handout photos of Dillon Francis, performing at Beach Bar in Tampa on 8/28/16. Credit: Sony Music.
  6. If you didn't love this Aussie tune in the '80s, you're mental as anything

    Blogs

    If you could go back in Spearsy's podcast time machine, would things really be simpler in the '80s? Maybe so since as teens we lacked the burdens and responsibilities of being an adult in 2016. But even in the '80s, one could concede that The World Seems Difficult - or at least in …

  7. Column: Drake is the musical equivalent of salad and breadsticks

    Music & Concerts

    When it comes to Category: Spirited Debates, the arts and entertainment side of the newsroom has it in spades. While talk of politics and crime typically circulate around the building, pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin and I recently had this Spirited Debate:

    Drake.

    St. Petersburg bar the Bends will host a Drake Night Friday, the night before Drake’s show at Amalie Arena Saturday.  
  8. Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

    Music & Concerts

    Your friendly Canadian rap god is a people person. He aims to please, and largely does. He works well with others, mostly, aside from the odd beef here and there. His songs are the 2016 definition of music for the masses — insanely popular, largely free of controversy, a fit on any playlist. He's like that old ad: …

    Drake, left, performs with fellow rapper Gucci Mane at a July show in Atlanta. The two reportedly have collaborated on a mixtape.
  9. New podcast: Tiffany talks MTV, prom night and the '80s cruise

    Blogs

    Sometimes it's the artists who have been interviewed the most who have the best stories. Tiffany has been interviewed since she was 10 years old. The former Star Search runner-up was one of America's pop princesses in the late '80s (along with Debbie Gibson) and still maintains a busy recording and touring …

  10. Please report to the dance floor for these 'under the radar' tunes

    Blogs

    You know Don't Stop Believing and 99 Luftballons by heart, so on Lost and Found we target the '80s songs that 30-plus years later, still remain underneath the radar. Today's song by Underworld literally is Underneath The Radar.