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5SOS deliver true power-pop – Black Sabbath prolong ‘The End’

Five Seconds of Summer, “Sounds Good Feels Good” (Capitol)

The hair gel divided by raw energy that is Australian power-pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer are out with their second studio album, “Sounds Good Feels Good.” The album sounds OK and feels exactly like what you’d expect from a band with the sole mission of delivering palatable rock songs to a global audience of teenage girls.

5SOS is not in a position to gamble away their fame by veering too far off course here. The result is 17 tracks that push no musical boundaries and explore no topics so salacious as to deter fans of this generation’s Blink-182.

“Permanent Vacation” speaks to the underachiever in us all, asking us to take ownership of it and treat ourselves to a grand old time out from the pressures of life that weigh in too heavy. It’s an admirable artistic aim, but the track sounds like every song Green Day might have left on the cutting room floor because it was too soft around the edges.

That’s where these four Aussie heartthrobs come in. Soft is their specialty.

“Na na na na, na na na na” begins the song “Fly Away,” and other words surely follow but they hardly matter because when your 14 and you’ve got 5SOS pumping through your iPhone 6 Plus in the back seat of your mom’s SUV, you’re waiting for the hook, whatever the words may be.

No fear, 5SOS will be there for you, just charming enough to deliver songs you’ll disavow liking as soon as you hit college.

Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath on Tuesday announced a slew of new concerts as the band extended a 2016 tour that it insists will be its last.

Ozzy Osbourne’s band, previously scheduled to call it quits in April in New Zealand, will play across Europe and North America throughout the summer.

The final concert is now scheduled to take place on Sept 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour — dubbed “The End” — opens on Jan 20 elsewhere in the United States, in Omaha.

Even though the band originated in Birmingham, England, only one concert is scheduled in Britain — at the Download heavy metal festival in the English Midlands.

The new dates include shows on Jones Beach, a popular summer venue outside New York City, and at the Hollywood Bowl ampitheater in Los Angeles.

Black Sabbath said in a statement that the new shows came in response to “overwhelming demand” and insisted that the tour would mark the definitive end of the band.

Black Sabbath, with its thunderous guitars and keen interest in the occult and other dark subject matter, helped create heavy metal in the early 1970s.

While the 66-year-old Osbourne has gone on to a successful solo career with his famously sensational shows, guitarist Tony Iommi in recent years has battled cancer, clouding previous talk of a reunion.

“The End” will reunite Osbourne, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, who has been the band’s primary lyricist, but not longtime drummer Bill Ward who is believed to have a bad relationship with Osbourne.

Stevie Wonder, Usher, Lenny Kravitz and Demi Lovato will honor Lionel Richie when he’s named MusiCares person of the year in 2016.

John Legend, The Roots and Zac Brown will also pay tribute to Richie at the Feb 13 event in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy said Tuesday.

Previously announced performers include Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum.

The event, scheduled two days before the 2016 Grammy Awards, will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Richie has had massive success as the lead singer of the Commodores and as a solo artist, with hits ranging from “Three Times a Lady” to “All Night Long (All Night).”

France’s Deezer has postponed its planned IPO, citing market conditions, in what would have been the first music streaming service to go public.

The company, which sought to raise at least 300 million euros ($330 million), said it “will review its fundraising options in the future” in a statement released on Tuesday.

“Deezer is well funded and well positioned as it continues to pursue its growth strategy,” it added.

The company had favoured an IPO over private funding to give it more visibility as it seeks to take on its better-known Swedish rival Spotify in a music streaming market that is becoming more crowded with the entry of Apple.

The IPO would have valued Deezer at between 900 million and 1.1 billion euros, just a fraction of Spotify’s estimated value of more than $8 billion.

Some 20,000 New York City public high school students will be offered cut-rate $10 tickets to attend performances of the hip-hop musical sensation “Hamilton,” the hottest show on Broadway, in a bid to hook them on history.

The Rockefeller Foundation, a New York philanthropic organization, will subsidize the tickets with a $1.46 million grant to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit group that is developing educational programming to use the musical in the classroom.

“Hamilton” uses rap and R&B influences and color-blind casting to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States who served as treasury secretary under president George Washington and led the creation of the US financial system. (Agencies)

By Ron Harris

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