Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Watch: Phil Collins Performs "In the Air Tonight" on "The Tonight Show"

by VVN Music

Phil Collins has been slowly making his way back to regular performing with occasional short performances and a short European tour coming next year.

On Tuesday night, he continued the media barrage promoting his new autobiography Not Dead Yet and hits set The Singles with an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that also included a performance of his first solo hit, 1981's In the Air Tonight.

ABBA to Return (in Some Form or Another)

by VVN Network

ABBA has plans to return but the form is a bit of a mystery.

All four members of the band along with Simon Fuller, creator of American Idol, have joined forces to develop a "new entertainment experience" using digital technology.

Whether this digital technology is robotics, holograms or something brand new won't be known until next year but Fuller said "We are exploring a new technological world that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn't have previously imagined." Reports say that Fuller has been working for the last few years on the development of "hyper-realistic digital humans".

Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have only performed together once since the band's breakup in 1982, on June 6, 2016 at a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of when Ulvaeus and Andersson first met.

Andersson said of the new venture "We're inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were and are."

Lyngstad added "Our fans around the world are always asking us to re-form and so I hope this new Abba creation will excite them as much as it excites me!"

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Almanac: October 26, 2016

  • 1911 - Mahalia Jackson (d. 1972)
  • 1929 - Neal Matthews, Jr. (Jordanaires) (d. 2000)
  • 1936 - Al Casey (d. 2006)
  • 1944 - Mike Piano (Sandpipers) (72)
  • 1944 - Alan Henderson (Them) (72)
  • 1946 - Keith Hopwood (Herman's Hermits) (70)
  • 1951 - Bootsy Collins (65)
  • 1951 - Maggie Roche (Roches) (65)
  • 1952 - David Was (born David Weiss) (Was (Not Was)) (64)
  • 1953 - Keith Strickland (B-52's) (63)
  • 1962 - Kristen Hall (Sugarland) (54)
  • 1963 - Natalie Merchant (53)
  • 1967 - Keith Urban (49)
  • 1978 - Mark Barry (BBMak) (38)
  • 1981 - Guy Sebastian (35)
  • 1994 - Wilbert Harrison - Stroke (65)
  • 1999 - Hoyt Axton - Heart attack (61)
On This Day
  • 1958 - Bill Haley & the Comets played the first Rock and Roll show in Germany. 7,000 turned out and it ended in a riot.
  • 1959 - The Everly Brothers said they were thinking of leaving Cadence Records for RCA or Warner Brothers.
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan signed with Columbia Records.
  • 1963 - Bob Dylan sold out Carnegie Hall. He had played at the venue for 53 people just one year before.
  • 1965 - The Beatles are given their MBE's by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
  • 1970 - A wake was held for Janis Joplin in San Alselmo, CA. The singer left $2,500 in her will for the celebration should she pass away.
  • 1970 - The Rolling Stones were sued by the mother of the man killed by the Hells Angels at Altamont.
  • 1978 - The Police played their first U.S. show at the Rat Club in Boston.
  • 1980 - Paul Kantner suffered a stroke during a Jefferson Starship recording session. He eventually recovered after two weeks in the hospital.
  • 1984 - John D. McCollum, 19, committed suicide after listening to Ozzy Osbourne records all day. His death would kick off a landmark court case over whether music can lead to violence and suicides.
  • 1991 - Ozzy Osbourne broke his foot while performing in Chicago.
  • 1992 - Pearl Jam set a record for the time by selling 950,000 copies of Vs. in the first week.
  • 1993 - The Catholic Church of Puerto Rico protested the upcoming concert by Madonna by asking members to tie black ribbons in trees.
  • 1998 - The RIAA loses its battle to have MP3 devices banned.
  • 1998 - Marilyn Manson opened their Mechanical Animals tour in Kansas City, MO.
  • 1998 - It was announced that Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Roberta Peters and Fats Domino would receive the 1998 National Medal of Honor.
  • 2000 - The attorney-general of the province of Ontario asked the federal government to not allow Eminem to enter the country for a tour based on hate speech.
  • 2000 - Capitol Records threw a huge party for Garth Brooks to honor his being the first artist to sell 100 million albums in a decade and have four 10 million sellers. Brooks used the occasion to announce that he was retiring but would record one last album. 
  • 2001 - Courtney Love played her first solo show in Ventura, CA.
  • 2002 - The Statler Brothers played their final date in Salem, VA.
  • 2006 - Reba McEntire was honored at the taping of a CMT Giants show.
  • 2007 - TI was released on $3 million bail to await trial on a charge of unlawful possession of firearms, machine guns and silencers.
  • 2007 - Britney Spears was relieved of hit-and-run charges after she compensated the other driver. She still faced charges of driving without a license.
  • 2011 - Aerosmith postponed a South American show for 24 hours after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom, requiring stitches and emergency dental work. 
  • 2013 - Quincy Jones sued the estate of Michael Jackson over reedited songs, saying they were depriving him of royalties and production fees. 
  • 1969 - Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
  • 2002 - Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (98 Degrees)
  • 2010 - Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish (filed)
  • 1936 - The Great Speckled Bird & The Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff (his first recording session)
  • 1962 - Close Together, You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover, Soon Forgotten - Rollin' Stones (sic) (first recording session)
  • 1962 - Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (first session with a band)
  • 1964 - Beatles for Sale - Beatles (last day of recording for the album)
  • 1981 - Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
  • 1973 - Mind Games - John Lennon (single)
  • 1993 - World Gone Wrong - Bob Dylan
  • 1993 - The Song Remembers When - Trisha Yearwood
  • 2004 - Twice the Speed of Light - Sugarland (debut)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1974 - Then Came You - Dionne Warwick and the Spinners (1 week)
  • 1985 - Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston (1 week)

Reba McEntire, Tricia Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson & Jason Aldean Help Garth Brooks Celebrate Record Seven Diamond Awards

by Newsdesk

Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire were among the fans and friends who made Garth Brooks' Monday night show in Nashville, Tennessee one to remember.

The ladies joined Jason Aldean, Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood to mark the country superstar's landmark seven diamond album feat, performing tracks from each of the releases that helped Garth break sales records last month.

Brooks knew McEntire would be joining him onstage and guessed Yearwood would be part of the show, but he seemed taken aback when Aldean and Clarkson were introduced as special guests.

Clarkson sang Long Neck Bottle and We Shall Be Free, while Aldean performed Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old). Trisha belted out Walkaway Joe and Reba tackled Not Counting You.

Garth and his wife also teamed up to perform their hit In Another's Eyes from his Sevens album.

Brooks has become the first artist to earn seven career Diamond Awards, according to the Recording Industry Association of America's Gold & Platinum Program.

RIAA officials hand out Diamond Awards to artists whose releases have each hit the 10 million sales mark. Brooks has managed this feat seven times, and he now has one more album certified diamond than the Beatles.

The singer/songwriter's diamond albums include The Ultimate Hits, The Hits, No Fences, and Sevens.

Neil Young to Release New Album, "Peace Trail", on December 2

by VVN Music

Last weekend at his Bridge School Benefit, Neil Young played three new songs during his set, Peace TrailShow Me and Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders. All three of those songs are among the ten new tracks on his album Peace Trail, due on December 2 via Reprise.

The album is a continuation of the conservation and humanitarian themes of his last two albums, The Monsanto Years and Earth. Along with the three previously mentioned tracks, the album also has Indian Givers which was released as a video in September.

Unlike his last studio effort, The Monsanto Years, Young is not using his recent backup band Promise of the Real, instead going with a smaller group of musicians, Paul Bushnell on bass and Jim Keltner on drums. Young has co-produced with John Hanlon with recording done at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios.

Look for the CD, cassette (!) and, of course, lossless download for Young's Pono System on December 2 with vinyl coming after the first of the year.

The track list:
  • Peace Trail
  • Can’t Stop Workin’
  • Indian Givers
  • Show Me
  • Texas Rangers
  • Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders
  • John Oaks
  • My Pledge
  • Glass Accident
  • My New Robot

Mariah Carey Cancels South American Shows, Blames Promoter

by VVN Music

Mariah Carey has cancelled shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, blaming the promoters.

Carey has messaged her fans on a number sites.  On E! News (via Billboard):
To all of my lambs in South America, I am devastated that a portion of this tour had to be cancelled. Thank you for all of the excitement and love—I hope to see you soon, my darlings!
She went into a little more detail on Facebook:
Devastated my shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil had to be cancelled. My fans deserve better than how some of these promoters treated them. I love my lambs in #SouthAmerica and will do everything I can to come in 2017 the proper way. Thank you for understanding. LYM, Te Amo❤️MC
The shows are part of her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour which she began earlier this year in Europe.

Cancelled shows are:

  • 10/28 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 10/30 - Santiago, Chile
  • 11/01 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 11/05 - Porto Alegre, Brazil

Toni Braxton Performing Wearing Heart Monitor

by Newsdesk

R&B singer Toni Braxton is performing with a heart monitor strapped to her chest following her recent hospital stints.

The Un-Break My Heart hitmaker was hospitalized in Los Angeles earlier this month for complications related to her battle with the autoimmune condition lupus. She postponed the start of her The Hits tour, but after only performing a couple of dates, she was back in hospital for a second time.

She returned to the road on October 16 and it appears she is taking extra measures to keep her health in check during her shows as she was spotted wearing a heart monitor during a concert in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday.

Pictures circulating online show the device secured to her chest as she sat on a piano stool wearing a plunging leather jacket, while the monitor could also been seen behind a sheer panel on a glittery dress she wore later on in her concert.

According to, doctors have encouraged Braxton to wear it all the time so they can detect chest pains and any oncoming heart attacks or strokes.

Toni was diagnosed with lupus in 2010, and after her first hospitalization earlier this month, she told E! News, "I am so excited about going back on the road and seeing all of my wonderful fans and friends. Everyone's life is complicated and this is just a condition that I live with."

Her spokesperson later released a statement noting that the condition needs to be "constantly monitored" after she was forced to postpone a show in Cleveland, Ohio following her second bout of ill health.

Toni is next due to perform at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on Wednesday (26Oct16) and she recorded a special message for her fans, in which her heart monitor can again be seen through the sheer fabric of another outfit.

"What's up Hollywood, Florida? I'm so excited to see you guys. I'm getting myself cute, getting myself ready, I feel so much better," she said. "Thank you for being patient."

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Releasing Catalog in Vinyl Via Two Box Sets

by VVN Music

The full studio catalog of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is being reissued on vinyl via UMe and Reprise/Warner Brothers Records.

The release is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album that launched their career with such classics as Breakdown and American Girl.

Interestingly, the sets are being released in reverse order, two weeks apart.

The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) begins with Petty's first release for Warner Bros Records, Wildflowers (featuring the Grammy-winning single You Don't Know How It Feels), and includes his most recent album, 2014's Hypnotic Eye, which entered the Billboard album chart at Number 1. This box contains seven albums on twelve pieces of vinyl and will be released on November 25th. Volume 2 features:
  • Wildflowers (2-LP) 
  • She's The One
  • Echo (2-LP)
  • The Last DJ (2-LP)
  • Highway Companion (2-LP)
  • Mojo (2-LP) 
  • Hypnotic Eye 
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) features nine vinyl albums and will be released on December 9th. Volume 1 features:
  • Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  • You're Gonna Get It!
  • Damn The Torpedoes
  • Hard Promises
  • Long After Dark
  • Southern Accents
  • Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
  • Full Moon Fever
  • Into The Great Wide Open

Green Day in Top Ten For Second Week; Phil Collins Has Highest Debut From a Veteran Artist

Green Day continues to sell well with their new album Revolution Radio. After a number 1 debut, the third of their career, the album drops to number 10.

Revolution Radio is the only album by a veteran artist in this week's top thirty and the next biggest is Keith Urban's Ripcord which moves up to 32 in its 24th week on the chart, an impressive position and longevity for an album that has almost been out a half year.

Phil Collins has the highest debuting album from a veteran artist with The Singles which starts at 64 while another compilation, The Essential Bob Dylan (2014 edition) premiers for the first time at 76.

At 131 is the latest archive release from the Jimi Hendrix estate, Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show 12/31/1969. Finally, a new salute to Jerry Garcia, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, with contributions from the likes of Phil Lesh, Allen Toussaint, David Grisman, Peter Frampton, Jimmy Cliff and moe., opens at 140.

The top forty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard
200 position in parenthesis). Debuts are in blue:
  1. Revolution Radio - Green Day (10)
  2. Ripcord - Keith Urban (32)
  3. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (42)
  4. Hard II Love - Usher (63)
  5. The Singles - Phil Collins (64)
  6. The Essential Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (76)
  7. The Eminem Show - Eminem (80)
  8. Chapter & Verse - Bruce Springsteen (85)
  9. Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand (88)
  10. Metallica - Metallica (90)
  11. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (103)
  12. Mis Numero 1...40 Aniversario - Juan Gabriel (104)
  13. Greatest Hits I, II & III - The Platinum Collection - Queen (114)
  14. Greatest Hits - Journey (115)
  15. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (116)
  16. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (121)
  17. 1 - Beatles (123)
  18. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (124)
  19. Keep Me Singing - Van Morrison (128)
  20. Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys (129)
  21. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East: First Show 12/31/1969 - Jimi Hendrix (131)
  22. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (135)
  23. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem (138)
  24. Ones - Selena (139)
  25. Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia - Various Artists (140)
  26. Thriller - Michael Jackson (142)
  27. International Superhits! - Green Day (150)
  28. Unleashed - Skillet (152)
  29. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (155)
  30. Recovery - Eminem (159)
  31. Blue Mountain - Bob Weir (161)
  32. In the Now - Barry Gibb (162)
  33. California - Blink-182 (175)
  34. Back in Black - AC/DC (179)
  35. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (187)
  36. Pure and Simple - Dolly Parton (188)
  37. Nevermind - Nirvana (190)
  38. The Essential Billy Joel - Billy Joel (193)
  39. The Violent Sleep of Reason - Meshuggah (194)
  40. Memphis Rock and Soul - Melissa Etheridge (196)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Walls - Kings of Leon
  2. Views - Drake
  3. Suicide Squad: The Album - Soundtrack
  4. 1992 - The Game
  5. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  6. Mad Love - JoJo
  7. Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast
  8. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
  9. Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight - Travis Scott
  10. Revolution Radio - Green Day
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. Dissociation - Dillinger Escape Plan
  2. Walls - Kings of Leon
  3. Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
  4. Ones - Selena
  5. Ruminations - Conor Oberst
  6. Revolution Radio - Green Day
  7. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
  8. Worry - Jeff Rosenstock
  9. Only Ghosts - Red Fang
  10. A New Place 2 Drown - Archy Marshall
The top ten singles:
  1. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  2. Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
  3. Heathens - twenty one pilots
  4. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber
  5. Broccoli - D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  6. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  7. Cold Water - Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & M0
  8. Side to Side - Ariana Grande Featuring Nicki Minaj
  9. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  10. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Catalog Albums - The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks
    • Blues Albums - Memphis Rock & Soul - Melissa Etheridge
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya
    • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel

  • Tracks/Singles
    • Rock Airplay - Bang Bang - Green Day
    • Country Songs - Setting the World on Fire - Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
    • Country Airplay - Setting the World on Fire - Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
    • Country Digital Song Sales - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
    • R&B/Hip Hop Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • R&B/Hip Hop Digital Song Sales - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • R&B/Hip Hop Streaming Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • R&B Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • R&B Streaming Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • Rhythmic Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Laguna Beach - Marc Antoine
    • Hot Latin Songs - Shaky Shaky - Daddy Yankee
    • Latin Streaming Songs - Shaky Shaky - Daddy Yankee
    • Latin Pop Songs - De Pies a Cabeza - Mana & Nicky Jam
    • Christian Streaming Song - Monster - Skillet

Justin Timberlake Not Facing Prosecution in Voting Selfie

by Newsdesk & VVN Music

Justin Timberlake was almost in big trouble after posting a shot of himself voting early online.

The busy star didn't want to miss the chance to cast his vote for America's next leader, so he flew home to Memphis, Tennessee after the Trolls premiere in Los Angeles on Sunday so he could stand up and be counted.

He shared a picture of himself at the polls on Instagram on Monday as he cast his ballot, and added the caption: "No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don't, then we can't HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE!"

However, initial reports said his snapshot could spell trouble for conscientious Justin. Tennessee law prohibits voters from taking photos or recording conversations while voting. Violators face 30 days behind bars and a fine and Shelby County lawmakers were initially taking Timberlake's oversight seriously.

Since then, TMZ has reported that the incident is no longer under investigation adding that "the D.A. was aware of the selfie, no law enforcement agent, election commission official or police officer had filed a formal complaint, so the matter wasn't on the table for review."

The law was passed last year and, if officials chose to punish Timberlake, he would become the first person to be prosecuted.

After voting, Justin also posed with fellow voter Suzanne Jones, who posted the snap online.

There's no big mystery surrounding who the singer voted for. He has been a vocal supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton for months. Justin and his wife Jessica Biel even threw a celebrity fundraiser for her campaign at their Los Angeles home in August, stepping in at late notice for Leonardo DiCaprio, who had to pull out as host due to scheduling issues.

The former First Lady and Secretary of State faces off with Republican rival Donald Trump at the polls.