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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. 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.
  2. 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 …

  3. 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.  
  4. 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.
  5. 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 …

  6. 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.

  7. Frank Ocean debuts 'Blonde,' his first album in 4 years

    Music & Concerts

    LOS ANGELES — The wait for Frank Ocean's latest album is finally over.

  8. What's the story behind ... Alan Parsons' Eye in the Sky

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    The biggest hit in the U.S. by The Alan Parsons Project almost never was released at all. The song Eye in the Sky was a top 10 hit in 1982 so why the near omission? 

  9. Were the '80s desperate times or a twist of fate for this pair?

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    We all loved Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in 1978's Grease, so it was exciting news in 1983 when the two teamed up again for movie magic with their new release Two Of A Kind. After all, what could go wrong?

  10. Ticket window: Martina McBride, Paul Anka, Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue

    Music & Concerts

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

    This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Miles Teller, left, and Jonah Hill in a scene from, "War Dogs." (Warner Bros. Pictures)