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Jewel is planning an album for release next fall. But for now, she's giving away her latest song for free.

Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity.

Cheryl James relies on her kids to tell her what’s cool, and relies on Salt-N-Pepa’s legacy to create buzz for shows like Charlotte’s Funk Fest.

1 DJ Mustard, “10 Summers”

Tom Warlick doesn’t remember a time when he was not aware of the WBT Briarhoppers, the hillbilly act created in 1934 as a house band for Charlotte’s WBT Radio.

Brad PaisleyFriday  7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $38.91-$81.13, www.livenation...

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