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Demi Lovato's Nassau Coliseum setlist, fan connection

Demi Lovato performs on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Demi Lovato’s Nassau Coliseum show Tuesday night was a step into a new age of fan participation.

Right before Lovato reached her current dance hit “Neon Lights,” she urged fans to get their Demi Lovato apps ready. “It’s time to tap that app!” read the giant video screens.

And when the song started, it became clear why. Fans who had the app could hold up their smartphones and see them...

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Kanye West's 5 biggest surprises at Nassau Coliseum

Kanye West performs on his Yeezus tour, which

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        Kanye West is always full of surprises.

        However, for the final North American show of his “Yeezus” tour, he was practically a different person from earlier in the tour and from his outrageous controversial public persona.

        Could it be that ‘Ye, a new father...

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Intro 9.16.13: Videos from Vampire Weekend, Pixies, Jake Bugg and more

Pictured from left: Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra

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Vampire Weekend graduate to arena-rock status, stopping at Barclays Center Friday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

VAMPIRE WEEKEND, “Diane Young.” At Barclays Center Friday....

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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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Jay-Z + Nas = Hip-hop's biggest night?

Jay-Z rocks the Yankees cap during the 2010

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Mets and Yankees fans dream of another Subway Series, where the World Series shuttles between the Bronx and Queens. But if the gods of baseball smile on hip-hop fans Friday night, there could be a legendary night in the making.

Sure, everyone knows by now that Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are taking over Yankees Stadium Friday night for their “Legends of the Summer” tour. But did you know Nas...

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Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z and more new music videos

Megastars Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will perform together

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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, a.k.a. the Legends of the Summer, take over Yankee Stadium Friday and Saturday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE feat. JAY-Z,...

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'Magna Carta Holy Grail' proves Jay-Z still rules

Jay-Z attends Samsung Mobile's celebration in Brooklyn for

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Jay-Z has never been short on ambition.

But on his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc-a-Fella), he raises the stakes to new Hov-ian heights -- tackling everything from race relations and religion to fatherhood and his relationship with wife Beyoncé. If his classic “Blueprint” albums were about achieving success in the music industry, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” which was released to Samsung...

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Jonas Brothers, Big Time Rush and more ticket price cuts for 4th of July

The Jonas Brothers will play the Nikon Theater

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Live Nation is celebrating the Fourth of July with ticket specials at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Starting Tuesday and running through 10 p.m. Sunday, two reserved tickets or four mezzanine seats are $40 for several shows: 311 with Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce (July 13); Sublime with Rome with Descendents and Pennywise (July 14); Daughtry & 3 Doors Down (July 17); Big...

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Governors Ball: Day 2 (Axl was early!) recap

Caleb Followill, right, and Nathan Followill from the

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Here's when it became clear that the second day of Governors Ball, the three-day music festival held on Randall's Island, stood in marked contrast to the first: Guns N’ Roses went on 10 minutes early.

That occurrence -- the musical equivalent to a minor act of God -- was the capstone of a day that fought harder and accomplished more than its predecessor, a day whose acts were characterized...

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New Kids on the Block hang tough at Nassau Coliseum

New Kids on the Block, from left, Joey

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Boy bands of today, take note! New Kids on the Block has cracked the code on how to turn your 15 minutes of fame into a career that spans 25 years.

The Boston quintet’s two-hour show at Nassau Coliseum Saturday night was practically a clinic on staying relevant while keeping longtime fans happy. Donnie Wahlberg says the concert experience should be like a movie – starting big, ending big,...

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