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Remastered Versions of George Harrison’s First Six Solo Albums Coming this Month

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Capitol/UMeDigitally remastered versions of George Harrison’s first six solo albums — released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles’ Apple Records label — are hitting stores later this month.

The albums — Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, Dark Horse and Extra Texture (Read All About It) — will arrive September 23.  They’ll be available both as individual albums, and as a deluxe, eight-disc boxed set called The Apple Years 1968-1975. 

In addition to the six albums, including the double disc All Things Must Pass, that boxed set includes an exclusive DVD featuring videos, promos and unreleased footage, as well as a book with an introduction written by George’s son, Dhani, who oversaw the project.

In a statement, Dhani says, “Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”

All the albums feature previously-unreleased or rare additional tracks.  They’re available for pre-order now.

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“Key Largo” Gets Huge Sales Boost from Lauren Bacall’s Death

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by

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Kat Family Records/Epic RecordsThe death of screen legend Lauren Bacall earlier this month had an unintended consequence on the charts:  the 1982 hit “Key Largo” by Bertie Higgins, which mentions her, experienced a massive sales increase.

According to Billboard, “Key Largo,” whose chorus features the lyrics, “We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall,” saw its download sales increase by 625% following Bacall’s death on August 12.  In the week after her death, the song sold 3,000 downloads; the week before, it had barely sold any.

Similarly, Madonna’s “Vogue,” which also mentions Bacall, saw a 28% sales increase.  That was likely due to the reporting of the factoid stating that with Bacall’s death, all the screen icons who are mentioned in the song are now dead.  No doubt fans wanted to refresh their memories as to who, exactly, was on that list.

Meanwhile, the death of Robin Williams, who died the day before Bacall, propelled two of his comedy albums back onto the Billboard album chart.  In addition, the song “Friend Like Me,” which he performed in the animated film Aladdin, experienced a sales increase of 1,169 percent, while the movie’s soundtrack posted a 666% sales increase.

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Barry Manilow to Sing with Dearly Departed Legends on New Album “My Dream Duets”

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/STILETTO EntertainmentSure, anyone can make an album of star-studded duets these days, but Barry Manilow has come up with his own twist on the concept: he’s going to be singing only with artists who are no longer with us.

The album, due in late October, is called My Dream Duets, and it’ll feature Barry teaming up with late, great singers like John Denver, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and even Whitney Houston.  Speaking about teaming up with Whitney, who was one of his label mates, he said on his website, “I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!”

“The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically,” he wrote on his website. “I’ve been working with a team of geniuses that have made these duets sound as if they were recorded yesterday.”

More details of My Dream Duets will be announced soon.   October will also mark the 40th anniversary of Barry’s breakthrough it, “Mandy.”

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Is Paul McCartney Secretly Recording Music with Kanye West?

Monday, August 18th, 2014 by

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MPL/Mary McCartney; Universal Music GroupPaul McCartney is a fan of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, but is he actually making music with him?  According to a new report, yes.

Source tells the New York Post’s Page Six column that the former Beatle and Kim Kardashian’s husband have been “quietly collaborating” on several tracks, which could eventually turn into an album.  One of the songs is reportedly called “P*** on My Grave,” with Page Six claiming Kim has been overheard telling friends that she’s surprised that the two would use such a provocative title.

West attended McCartney’s concert at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium last week.

During a Twitter interview last year, McCartney revealed that West’s disc Yeezus was one of the albums he’d purchased recently, along with Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail.

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Fans Celebrate #MadonnaDay as Queen of Pop Turns 56

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by

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Credit: Mert & Marcus/InterscopeHoliday! Celebrate! Today — Saturday, August 16 — is Madonna‘s 56th birthday, and fans everywhere will be saluting the Queen of Pop by marking #MadonnaDay across various social networks.

In honor of Madonna’s Art for Freedom initiative, fans have been asked to create photos that illustrate their visions of what the world would be like if we all had the same rights and freedom to be who we are, and add a birthday message for the singer.  Today, fans are invited to post those photos to their favorite social networks, using the hashtags #MadonnaDay and #ArtForFreedom. 

Madonna’s ArtforFreedom website will host some of the singer’s own favorites, and some lucky fans even will be sent Madonna merchandise to thank them for participating.

A message on Madonna’s website reads, “Happiness, love, joy, peace, etc… Let’s make your picture something that will bring a smile to Madonna’s face and make her feel we are all one on her special day!”

As for the Queen herself she may or may not be celebrating her birthday in France, which is where she was last week.  On August 11, she celebrated her son Rocco Ritchie‘s 14th birthday.  Lourdes, the oldest of Madonna’s four children, will be a freshman in college this fall, reportedly attending her mom’s alma mater, the University of Michigan. 

The singer is also hard at work on a new album, and while we have an idea of who she’s working with, and a constant stream of hints on Instagram, nothing’s been announced officially.

Meanwhile, Madonna continues to be the gold standard to which female pop stars aspire.  In a new Billboard cover story, 21-year-old pop star Ariana Grande gushes that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is “strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension.”

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Madonna’s “Vogue:” With Lauren Bacall’s Death, All Icons Mentioned Are Now Gone

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by

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Sire/Warner Bros. RecordsThe lyrics of Madonna’s smash hit “Vogue” feature a laundry list of glamorous style and movie icons of the 20th century.  With the passing of screen legend Lauren Bacall on Tuesday, however, every one of them is now gone.

As Slate points out, Bacall was the last star out of the 16 name-checked in “Vogue” who was still living when the song came out in March of 1990.  At the time, many of the stars had, of course, already passed, such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, and Bette DavisGreta Garbo died a month after the song’s release.  Before Bacall’s death, the most recent star name-checked in the song to pass away was Marlon Brando, in 2004.

From Slate, here’s a list of the stars in “Vogue,” in the order in which they’re mentioned, followed by their death dates:

Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)
Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962)
Marlene Dietrich (May 6, 1992)
Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)
Marlon Brando (July 1, 2004)
James Dean (Sept. 30, 1955)
Grace Kelly (Sept. 14, 1982)
Jean Harlow (June 7, 1937)
Gene Kelly (Feb. 2, 1996)
Fred Astaire (June 2, 1987)
Ginger Rogers (April 25, 1995)
Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)
Lauren Bacall (Aug. 12, 2014)
Katharine Hepburn (June 29, 2003)
Lana Turner (June 29, 1995)
Bette Davis (Oct. 6, 1989)

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Culture Club Announce US Tour Dates, New Album Due Early 2015

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by

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Photo Credit: Dean StockingsEarlier this year, Culture Club frontman Boy George said that he and the rest of the band would be regrouping for a new album and tour.  Now, we know details about both those projects.

The tour, featuring George and all the other original Culture Club members — Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig — will kick off November 15 in Rancho Mirage, California.  As of now, there are only six dates, wrapping up November 28 in Atlantic City, NJ.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at  This is the band’s first U.S. tour with the entire original lineup in 14 years.

Boy George will discuss the tour Thursday when he appears on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, alongside Taylor Swift.

In addition, the band has been working on a brand-new album with acclaimed producer Youth, and the disc is set to arrive in early 2015.  Asked in April what the new Culture Club material sounds like, Boy George told ABC News Radio that it’s like their old stuff — sort of.

“Y’know it’s kind of eclectic,” he said of the new songs. “I mean, Culture Club, although we were lumped in with all the other eighties bands, we didn’t really have an eighties sound.” 

Laughing, he added, “We had, in a way, the same consumption of hair spray, but our music was quite eclectic. We weren’t, like, an electro band, y’know, we kinda threw everything in there.  So…the same as that, really.”

But there are some differences, says the singer.  “Obviously, [we're] trying to write songs that maybe will resonate with our audience now,” he explained. “Really thinking about, ‘OK, what do I wanna say to the people that are gonna come to the show?  What do we want our message to be?’  So that’s been fun.”

Culture Club hasn’t released a new album of all-original material since 1999.   George put out a solo album, This Is What I Do, in 2013.

Here are the tour dates:

11/15 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
11/17 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
11/19 — Los Angeles, CA, Shrine Auditorium
11/22 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
11/25 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/28 — Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena

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Barbra Streisand Finally Confirms Star-Studded Duets Album, “Partners”

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright BarwoodIt’s been talked about for months now, but Barbra Streisand has used her brand-new Instagram account to finally confirm the details of her upcoming star-studded duets album, Partners.

“You heard it here first… my new album PARTNERS is coming September 16th,” the diva wrote alongside a photo of the album’s cover.  She also revealed that the people she’ll be singing with include opera star Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Steisand’s son, Jason Gould, and even the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

“What an extraordinary collection of talent!” Barbra adds.

This will be Streisand’s first new studio album since 2011′s What Matters Most.

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Elton John Takes His Charity Tennis Match Home to the U.K.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 by

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ABC/Lou RoccoFor more than two decades, Elton John and his good friend, tennis icon Billie Jean King, have been co-hosting Smash Hits, a charity tennis event that raises money for his AIDS foundation.  But this year, the event will take place outside the U.S. for the first time.

The 2014 edition of Smash Hits is scheduled for December 7 in London, England, at that city’s famed Royal Albert Hall.  So far, players who’ve confirmed their participation include tennis legend John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters, Tim Henman and Sabine Lisicki.  This will be the 22nd installment of World Team Tennis Smash Hits.  Last year’s edition in Orlando, Florida, raised more than $700,000 for Elton’s foundation and local AIDS charities.

During the event, Elton and King, who’ve been friends for years, each captain a team.  Over the years, Elton’s team has won 11 matches to Billie Jean’s 10.

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Lionel Richie to Receive “Billboard’s” “Legend of Live” Award

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by

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Paul Drinkwater/NBCLionel Richie, currently touring the U.S. with his hit-packed show, will be honored for his skills as a live performer at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards.

Lionel will receive the Billboard “Legend of Live” award at the event, which takes place November 20 in New York City.  The “Legend of Live” award is given to artists who’ve made “significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry.”  It also recognizes “professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and reaching fans through the concert experience.”

That certainly describes Lionel, who’s been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades, first as part of the Commodores, and then as a solo artist. His current tour, with special guest Cee Lo Green, wraps up August 2 in Bethel, NY.

In a statement, Ray Waddell [wah-DELL], Billboard’s executive director for touring and live entertainment, says, “Mr. Richie is an international superstar whose talent transcends musical trends. His fans span generations, and he is committed to making his live shows the best possible experience, and, as such, he personifies a Legend of Live.”

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