Jack Johnson has announced his first North American tour in three years, as the singer-songwriter will play 17 dates this June and July. The tour begins in Chicago on June 2 and runs up to July 28 in Stateline, NV. Fans who purchase a ticket will receive a download of Johnson's new song, "Fragments," which is also available for purchase or streaming on all music services on February 17. The song comes from the environmental documentary The Smog Of The Sea.
Aretha Franklin says she is formally retiring from music after releasing one more album. In an interivew with WDIV-TV/Detroit, the Queen of Soul said she is making a record with Stevie Wonder and it is a love letter to Detroit. However, Franklin did say she is open to the occasional live performance in the future.