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Luke Bryan to launch Barclays Center's 'Brooklyn Country' series

Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards at

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In a year full of firsts, Luke Bryan is ready for another one.

Bryan is set to announce plans today to become the first country star to headline Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn stop of his “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” will be Sept. 14. Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

“It’s just amazing,” said Bryan, calling from a tour stop in Charlotte, N.C. “Brooklyn is...

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Pussy Riot, Flaming Lips surprise at Amnesty International concert

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at

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Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at Barclays Center ended as the watchdog group’s shows traditionally have, with the artists gathering onstage for Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”

This time, though, it featured The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne atop what looked like a 12-foot tall angel’s gown with flashing neon lights, waving the massive silver fringe wings attached...

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Jay Z rules Barclays Center

Jay Z, seen here in December, said his

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As Jay Z was wrapping up “Encore,” the fitting start of his encores at Barclays Center Sunday night, he made a startling declaration: “Tonight might have been the best show I’ve ever done in Brooklyn.”

Considering how he opened the Brooklyn arena -- built only three miles from the Marcy Projects where he grew up -- with an emotional string of shows in 2012, it was a bold statement. But like...

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Barclays Center debuts as America's top arena

Beyonce is scheduled to perform at Barclays Center

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 The Barclays Center has officially opened with a bang.

 The Brooklyn arena was named the top-grossing venue in America for the first half of 2013, according to Billboard, with $46.9 million in gross ticket sales revenue. According to Pollstar, the venue – which has hosted 51 concerts since it opened in September and will bring in Beyonce and Justin Bieber next week – was the third-biggest...

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