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Demi Lovato gave fans a chance to unlock songs from her upcoming album a week early, simply by tweeting the names of the songs from 'Demi.' (Source: Keith Hinkle/WikiCommons) Demi Lovato gave fans a chance to unlock songs from her upcoming album a week early, simply by tweeting the names of the songs from 'Demi.' (Source: Keith Hinkle/WikiCommons)

(RNN) - Demi Lovato's new album doesn't come out until May 14, but thanks to the tweets of some tenacious fans, you can hear the whole album online now.

In one genius stroke of a marketing campaign, Lovato gave fans a chance to unlock songs from her upcoming album a week early, simply by tweeting the names of the songs from Demi.

Fans hashtagged the songs, sending them up the trending topic list quickly and unlocking all the tracks.

You can hear all the tracks on http://www.lovaticsspeeduptime.com/.

In the meantime, check out Never Been Hurt.

Boston Strong

When tragedy strikes, artists help by doing what they do best - grabbing their guitars and using the power of their art to bring healing.

Aerosmith, James Taylor and the band Boston are just a few of the local acts gone national who have signed on to play Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration.

The show will raise money for the One Fund Boston, a charity to support those impacted by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

Other artists include Massachusetts act J. Geils Band, New Kids on the Block, who are from Boston, and a few non-locals like Jimmy Buffett and Jason Aldean.

The show is May 30 at the TD Garden in Boston.

Lauren Hill releases new music, then gets sentenced to jail

Lauren Hill released a new track, just days before she was sentenced to three months in jail for failing to pay taxes.

Hill released Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix) on Friday, writing on her Tumblr, "Here is a link to a piece that I was 'required' to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline."

On Monday, she was sentenced to three months in jail, plus three months probation for failing to pay around $1 million in taxes.

In late April, Hill confirmed she had signed a record deal and would be releasing new music.

There's no word on when the new album will be released.

Tickets for activism

Good deeds can add up to hot tickets to see your favorite artists.

Global Citizen, a learning and action tool designed to help people get involved in the fight against extreme poverty, is now teaming up with the music industry to give away concert tickets.

Global Citizen members can watch videos, make calls, sign petitions and do other activities in order to gain points, which can be used toward getting free concert tickets.

Participating artists include Beyonce, One Direction, Depeche Mode, Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, Ke$ha, Brandi Carlile, Dierks Bentley, Animal Collective and more. Music festivals like Sasquatch!, Voodoo Music Arts Experience and Lollapalooza are also participating.

For more information on the project as well as a full list of participating artists and concert locations, visit the Global Citizen website.

A hippie with soul

R&B artist Allen Stone has been compared to such artists as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, but the humble singer-songwriter refers to himself simply as "a hippie with soul."

His wide-range vocals create refreshing, feel-good music that lifts your spirits and makes you want to tap your feet.

Stone was asked to perform on Conan O'Brien after he was seen on YouTube performing the song Unaware in his mother's living room.

Since then, he hit Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and Live from Daryl's House ... all before being signed to a record company. 

For a limited time, a few of Stone's songs are available for download on Noisetrade.

He will also be performing at Bonnaroo in June. His song Celebrate Tonight off of his self-titled album is featured in Noisetrade's Bonnaroo Sampler.

New Releases

Lady Antebellum: Golden - May 7

Rod Stewart: Time - May 7

She & Him: Volume 3 - May 7

Jessica Sanchez: Me, You & The Music - April 30

Lights: Siberia Acoustic - April 30

Kenny Chesney: Life On A Rock - April 30

LL Cool J: Authentic - April 30

Upcoming

Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City - May 14

George Strait : Love Is Everything - May 14

Demi Lovato: Demi - May 14

Darius Rucker: True Believers - May 21

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories - May 21

And finally…

What started out as an idea to create a YouTube channel that combined both classical and pop music through original instrumentation eventually turned into The Piano Guys.

The Piano Guys' fanbase quickly escalated due to not only beautiful music but also their original self-made videos.

The Piano Guys have more than 35,000 followers on YouTube and have just released their second album, The Piano Guys 2.

Check out this video of piano player Jon Schmidt and cello player Steven Sharp Nelson performing Taylor Swift's Begin Again.

What we're listening to

Walk Off the Earth - Summer Vibe

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