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Lauryn Hill apologizes to fans after 2-hour delay at Atlanta concert

Fans, musicians and media all weighed in on Lauryn Hill’s tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer’s name to trend on Twitter for much of the day Saturday.

But the one person who remained silent was the singer herself.

On Sunday, in a message posted to Facebook,  Hill said she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday.  Due to her late arrival and the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her squad was cut-off.

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show,” the Facebook message reads.

Hill, who's show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, took the stage around 10:20 p.m. She was forced to stop singing during her set because of a strict curfew that the venue, which is located in a residential area, enforces.

The crowd booes the singer when she first started the show and when she was forced to stop singing. 

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message makes no mention of the driver. 

Hill said she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

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Need Beyoncé tickets? AmEx and Uber are giving some away

Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s "Formation" World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars minimum to nab a spot from which you can worship Queen Bey live.

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But you might be able to get around that. Wednesday -- when "Formation" kicked off in Miami -- American Express and Uber announced a partnership that gives anyone (not just card members) the chance to win two tickets to one of Beyoncé’s 21 remaining U.S. shows. Here’s how the promotion works:

On the day of the concert in a participating city, you can request the “FORMATION” view in the Uber app, using the promo code FORMATIONAMEX. You can then request a FORMATION ride, and you could receive two tickets and a round-trip UberX ride to the concert in the city. Uber and American Express have both said that the demand will be high, and getting matched with a FORMATION ride isn’t a guarantee of tickets.

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Sure, the chances of hitting the Beyoncé/Uber jackpot probably aren’t great, but it may be more likely than you being able to come up with enough money to buy your own tickets and transport to the concert, at this point. As much as it would probably feel worth it at the time, the aftermath of blowing your budget to see Beyoncé will probably be as unpleasant as it is to be Rachel Roy right now.

There’s some consolation for people who request these Uber rides and don’t end up getting Formation tickets: If you happen to have an American Express credit card and are enrolled in their Membership Rewards program, you can earn two times the rewards points when you pay for an Uber ride with your card.

>> Surprise! Beyoncé serves up 'Lemonade'; fans lose their minds

American Express isn’t the only credit card with this sort of deal. It’s always smart to check with your credit card issuer to see if they offer any discounts with a certain service or if you can maximize your rewards with certain purchases. Of course, spending for the sake of credit card rewards can be a dangerous strategy, because credit card debt is expensive and high credit card balances can kill your credit score. You can keep tabs on yours by getting your free credit report summary every 30 days on Credit.com.

Prince to play two Atlanta shows next week

Ready to party like it’s 1999? You’d better be — Prince is coming to the Fox Theatre next week to play two shows.

The Purple One will perform at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. April 7 as part of his “The Piano and the Microphone Tour.”

The repertoire will be culled from Prince’s 39-album catalog and each performance will have a unique set-list. He’ll play hits, B-sides and new material.

Every ticket purchased includes a CD copy of his new album “HITNRUN.”

The tour started Jan. 21 and has traveled to Sydney, Australia and Oakland, Calif., amongst other cities. In addition to classics from albums including “1999,” “Purple Rain” and “Sign o’ the Times,” set lists have also featured covers by Joni Mitchell, Paul Robeson and Ray Charles; songs Prince has written for other acts including The Time, Sheila E. and Vanity 6; and even a Thelonious Monk-style version of the theme to Batman.

Tickets range from $100-$350 and go on sale tomorrow at noon. They may be purchased by calling 855-285-8499 or online at foxtheatre.org. The Fox Theatre box office will be open at noon for in-person sales.

Customers are limited to two tickets per person, per show. Tickets may be picked up from the Fox Theatre box office on the day of the show. Pickup for the 7 p.m. show will begin at 10 a.m., and pickup for the 10 p.m. show will begin at 1 p.m.

Rolling Stones Cuba concert was mostly politics-free

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The Rolling Stones have officially brought their music to Cuba with a performance that seemed mostly free of a political agenda.

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For years, many Cubans listened to bands like the Stones in secret because their music didn't line up with the government ideology. But Friday's massive, free performance was meant to show that Cuba is opening up to the rest of the world.

According to the band's announcement, the concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana was "the first open-air concert in the country by a British rock band."

Frontman Mick Jagger and company mostly avoided any political statement during the show, except for acknowledging the band's presence in the country was a sign "times are changing."

Some estimates say nearly half a million people attended the celebratory performance.

The event capped off a week where a sitting U.S. president visited the country in nearly 90 years.

One concertgoer told The Guardian there is a feeling among Cubans that "something good" is happening.

But not everyone saw the concert as a sign of good things to come. One democracy activist said the government was using it as a symbol of an "opening that isn't really taking place."

And at least one world leader did take issue with the event — the pope, though it wasn't because of politics. The BBC reports he asked the Stones to postpone the concert because it conflicted with Good Friday.

The concert was a part of the Rolling Stones' America Latina Ole tour that is traveling through Central and South America.

They have also started a push to donate musical instruments and equipment to benefit Cuban musicians across all music genres.

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Parents angry when football field gets $500K scoreboard while gym goes without AC

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Norcross High School in Georgia is in the spotlight after the unveiling of a new $500,000 video scoreboard built for the school's football stadium, one that the school claims to be the largest in the nation. However some parents can't help but shake their heads as their daughters play volleyball in a gymnasium without air conditioning.

The new scoreboard was paid for by boosters and businesses, not school tax money. Parents of volleyball players say it still points to the disparity they see as their children play in sweltering conditions. The volleyball season runs from August through October, and teams hold practices during the summer months, too.

"The other night with the storms coming through, it was still 92-93 degrees," said Michael Obertone. His daughter is a sophomore player and he serves as a line judge for some matches.

He worries about the health effects on the girls as they practice and play in what he calls stifling heat.

"Some kids are feeling light headed and they are having to hydrate the living daylights out of them," Obertone said.

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The Norcross High School building was built with budgeted and taxed funds back 2001. A school district spokeswoman said that it was custom back then to build schools without air in gyms or in the activity centers for middle and elementary schools.

"It's in the design stage and it should be installed next year," spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Obertone though, doesn't trust the work will get done next year. He said he understands the excitement with the new massive video board, but wonders why the community hasn't stepped in to help with the hot gym.

"One would think in 14 years the second or largest school in Gwinnett (one of the state's largest counties) could get air conditioning," Obertone said.

School administrators confirmed Norcross High is one of only two high schools in the district without air conditioning in its gymnasium. Both schools are scheduled to have coolers added in 2016.

Elton John, Drake, Van Halen and Sam Smith lead Music Midtown lineup

2015 MUSIC MIDTOWN LINEUP

Elton John

Drake

Van Halen

Sam Smith

Lenny Kravitz

Hozier

Billy Idol

Panic at the Disco

Run the Jewels

Jenny Lewis

Tove Lo

August Alsina

Icona Pop

The Airborne Toxic Event

Kodaline

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Elle King

New Politics

X Ambassadors

Jamie N Commons

Colony House

Rozzi Crane

Alessia Cara

Elliot Moss

EVENT PREVIEW

Music Midtown

Sept. 18-19. $136 (early bird two-day general admission); $156 (regular two-day general admission); $600 (VIP); $1,200 (Super VIP). On sale 10 a.m. June 27 through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Drive N.E., Atlanta.

Elton John has played every size venue in Atlanta, from the Civic Center to the Roxy to the Georgia Dome.

But his headlining gig during this fall’s Music Midtown marks the first time the occasional Atlanta resident will perform in Piedmont Park.

“There’s a lot of panache there,” said Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, in his Buckhead office last week.

John, who most recently played Atlanta in November 2013, will zip through the city on his way from London to Brazil, where he’s slated to play the Rock in Rio festival.

John is among a diverse quartet of headliners for the fifth year of Music Midtown, which takes place Sept. 18-19 in Piedmont Park, its home since returning in 2011.

Smoothie Canadian rapper Drake — who made a surprise appearance at last weekend’s Hot 107.9 birthday concert at Philips Arena — will also commandeer a headlining slot, as will veteran rockers Van Halen and British crooner Sam Smith.

The rest of the lineup is a robust parade of mainstream heritage acts, well-regarded current hitmakers and a smattering of upstarts: Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Billy Idol, Panic at the Disco, Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Tove Lo, August Alsina, Icona Pop, the Airborne Toxic Event, Kodaline, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Elle King, New Politics, X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, Colony House, Rozzi Crane, Alessia Cara and Elliot Moss.

A handful of additional acts will be announced closer to the event.

“That’s the purpose of a festival — we draw you in,” Conlon said. “Whatever demographic you are, there might be two or three people you think are worth the value, but then you’re excited about being exposed to these other acts. Someone could be a huge Elton fan, but has always wanted to see Hozier or is curious about Sam Smith.”

Like last year, only two-day admission tickets will be sold for Music Midtown.

Early bird general admission tickets are $136. The price then increases to $156. VIP tickets are $600 and Super VIP costs $1,200.

“Based on the level of talent for two days, I think it’s the most affordable festival in the country,” Conlon said.

All tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The major upgrade this year is the addition of a fourth stage, which Conlon said will be located at the Active Oval, almost lateral to the stage at Oak Hill.

About 75,000 people attended last year’s Music Midtown each day, which featured headliners John Mayer and Jack White and Zac Brown Band and Eminem and often resulted in a congested walkway between the largest stage in the Meadow and Oak Hill.

“We got high marks on the surveys we did after the fact (last year) on the experience, but people said they would like it to flow better, so we’re trying to spread things out,” Conlon said.

The three stages that have been part of Music Midtown since 2013 will remain in the same spots, but the Oak Hill stage will accommodate smaller acts while the new stage at the Active Oval, as well as in the Meadow, will host headliners.

Conlon said since the extra stage equates to more performers, his talent budget increased from $6 million last year to $8 million this year.

The investment seems to have a far-reaching economic effect on the city.

According to a study commissioned by Live Nation from the Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., the total impact on the Atlanta-area economy from the 2014 installment of Music Midtown was more than $49 million.

The study noted that Music Midtown donated $100,000 to the Piedmont Park Conservancy to go toward the maintenance of the park and also provided a $400,000 rental donation to the city of Atlanta, which has historically funded the Centers of Hope.

The overwhelming majority of tickets — 63.25 percent — were sold in Georgia, with 2.87 percent coming from the Northeast, 2.80 percent from the Midwest, 1.73 percent from the West and 29.25 percent from the rest of the South.

“It’s growing nationally,” Conlon said of the event. “We’re an urban festival and there aren’t that many of them. I like having music in an urban environment, and the artists love being on stage and seeing the skyline.”

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