Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Almanac: October 22, 2014

  • 1925 - Dory Previn (d. 2012)
  • 1939 - Ray Jones (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) (d. 2000)
  • 1942 - Annette Funicello (d. 2013)
  • 1942 - Bobby Fuller (d. 1966)
  • 1945 - Leslie West (Mountain) (69)
  • 1945 - Eddie Brigati (Rascals) (69)
  • 1949 - Stiv Bators (Dead Boys) (d. 1990)
  • 1952 - Greg Hawkes (Cars) (62)
  • 1958 - Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) (56)
  • 1960 - Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains) (54)
  • 1964 - TobyMac (born Kevin McKeehan) (50)
  • 1965 - John Wesley Harding (born Wesley Stace) (49)
  • 1968 - Shaggy (born Orville Richard Burrell) (46)
  • 1968 - Shelby Lynne (46)
  • 1976 - Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) (38)
  • 1980 - Garrett Tierney (Brand New) (34)
  • 1985 - Zac Hanson (Hanson) (29)

  • 1969 - Tommy Edwards - Brain aneurysm (47)
  • 1983 - Keith Barrow - AIDS (29)
  • 1986 - Jane Dornacker (Tubes) - Helicopter crash while working as a traffic reporter (39)
  • 1989 - Ewan MacColl (74)
  • 1994 - Jimmy Miller (producer) - Liver failure (52)

On This Day

  • 1946 - Bill Monroe recorded for the first time with Mac Wiseman.
  • 1955 - Carl Perkins wrote Blue Suede Shoes.
  • 1963 - David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sentence for car theft. 
  • 1964 - The High Number receive a letter from EMI asking them to submit original material after their original audition. They later became the Who.
  • 1965 - Ernest Tubb was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1966 - Eddie Arnold, Jim Denny, Uncle Dave Macon and George D. Hay were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1975 - The marriage of Hank Williams and Billie Jean was ruled valid by a federal judge, awarding her 50% of the singer's future royalties.
  • 1978 - Earth, Wind & Fire started a 75-date U.S. tour in Louisville, KY.
  • 1982 - It's Van Halen Day in Worcester, MA.
  • 1990 - Pearl Jam played their live debut in Seattle.
  • 1990 - Tim McGraw signed with Curb Records.
  • 1993 - Oasis signed with Criterion for six albums.
  • 2005 - Madonna DJ'ed at the Misshapes Club in New York to debut her new album Confessions on a Dance Floor.

  • 1963 - Kenny Rogers and Margo Gladys Anderson
  • 1970 - James Brown and Deidre Jenkins

  • 2003 - Liza Minnelli and David Gant (filed)
  • 2007 - Chris Robinson (Black Crows) and Kate Hudson

  • 1963 - Act Naturally - Buck Owens

  • 1965 - Get Off My Cloud - Rolling Stones (U.K. single release)
  • 1966 - Good Vibrations - Beach Boys (single)
  • 1974 - Hotter Than Hell - KISS
  • 1976 - The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin (soundtrack)
  • 2012 - Red - Taylor Swift

  • 1961 - Ed Sullivan Show - Chubby Checker
  • 2005 - Tuckerville (TLC) - Tanya Tucker (debut)

Seventeen Rare James Brown Albums Released Digitally

James Brown fans have a reason to rejoice. Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) has released seventeen rare Brown albums digitally on all of the major retailers and streaming sites.

Also out is the box set James Brown Live at the Apollo, Volumes I-IV which includes the previously unreleased fourth volume in the set.

The seventeen albums include rare, influential instrumental albums that have been long sought after by fans and have never been available before for download or streaming. The titles are:
  • Good, Good Twistin' With James Brown (1962)
  • Showtime (1964)
  • Grits and Soul (1964)
  • Handful of Soul (1966)
  • James Brown Plays James Brown Today and Yesterday (1966)
  • Mighty Instrumentals (1966)
  • Plays Nothing But Soul (1968)
  • Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things (1968)
  • Sho' is Funky Down Here (1971)
  • Hot (1976)
  • Everybody Doin' the Hustle and Dead on the Double Bump (1976)
  • Take a Look at Those Cakes (1979)
  • The Original Disco Man (1979)
  • Jam 1980's (1978)
  • People (1980)
  • Nonstop! (1981)
The James Brown Live at the Apollo Volumes I-IV includes the following titles:
  • Live at the Apollo 1962 (1963)
  • Live at the Apollo Volume II (1968)
  • Revolution of the Mind: Live at the Apollo, Volume 3 (1971)
  • Get Down With James Brown: Live at the Apollo, Volume 4 (previously unreleased)
The track list for Get Down With James Brown: Live at the Apollo, Volume 4:
  • Introduction of the J.B.'s
  • Hot Pants Road
  • From the Back Side
  • Wines Spot
  • Introduction of James Brown
  • Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Pass the Peas
  • Honky Tonk
  • Gimme Some More
  • There It Is
  • Introduction of Lyn Collins
  • Do Your Thing
  • Think (About It)
  • I'll Take You There
  • Introduction of Bobby Byrd
  • I Know You Got Soul
  • (If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want to Do Right
  • Keep on Doin' What You're Doin'
UMe has also released several James Brown albums on vinyl: GET ON UP: The James Brown Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring songs heard in the Universal Pictures feature film, including two previously unreleased, scorching live performances, and the best-seller 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!, each making their vinyl debuts as newly mastered 2-LP sets. The Payback, a classic double-LP from 1974 featuring the No. 1 hit title song; In The Jungle Groove, the original 2-LP compilation from 1986 featuring extended versions of the foundations of hip-hop, including Soul Power, Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Nothing, Funky Drummer and more; and Motherlode, a 1988 collection of rarities and unreleased sides, have been newly reissued on vinyl.

In his lifetime, Brown released over seventy studio albums, 14 live albums and almost fifty compilations of his music.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bob Seger Looking At Highest Charting Album in 28 Years; U2 May Fail to Break Top Ten

Bob Seger's new album, Ride Out, is projected to have sales of around 56,000 albums during it's opening week, good enough to put it at number 3 for the week.

Hits Daily Double has released their weekly Building Album Sales Chart based on a sampling of retailers and they show Florida Georgia Line (200,000) and Jason Aldean (92,000) leading the way with Seger in third. If that position holds when the final charts come out on Thursday, it will be Seger's highest position since 1986's Like a Rock went to number 3. Bob's 1981 live album, Nine Tonight, also peaked at 3 while his 1980 set, Against the Wind, took him to the top.

Barbra Streisand continues to hold well, only dropping from 3 to 5 with sales of 41,000. That should be enough to put her on the cusp of 500,000 for gold record status.

U2's Songs of Innocence is projected to have sales of about 23,000, giving them a projected start at number 11. That would be the lowest that one of their studio albums has gone since 1984's The Unforgettable Fire peaked at 13.

Metallica to Release a 10 Year Anniversary Edition of Their Film "Some Kind of Monster"

by Newsdesk

Metallica will be releasing a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-Ray and DVD of their out of print, groundbreaking movie, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster on November 24, 2104 on Blackened Recordings via Virgin/EMI.

Originally released on July 9, 2004, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster follows the band through three of the most turbulent years in their over three-decade long career. It gives viewers an incredibly raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history as they battle their way through addiction, domestic life, backlash from their fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of their St. Anger album.

The documentary, directed by the award-winning team of Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost 1-3), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.

This ten-year anniversary release marks the first time METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster will be available digitally and via Video On Demand. The updated version will contain an additional bonus feature, Metallica: This Monster Lives, a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band's second film, Metallica: Through the Never, which features interview footage with the band and Berlinger & Sinofsky that looks at the decade since the release of the documentary film.

In more Metallica news, on November 28th the band will be releasing a limited edition etched 12" vinyl single of Lords Of Summer. The A-side will feature the First Pass (studio) version as well as a previously unreleased live version recorded in Europe this summer at the Rock In Rome Sonisphere Festival. Side B will feature a laser etching of the Metallica 'M' logo.

Lionel Richie Says He is Not Khloe Kardashian's Father

by Newsdesk

Lionel Richie has dismissed claims he's Khloe Kardashian's birth father.

The reality TV star has been dogged by claims her late father, Robert Kardashian, isn't her real dad and most recently Lionel became the focus of paternity rumors but the All Night Long singer insists the reports have no basis in truth.

While noting the Kardashian sisters often visited his home, Lionel, who is father to reality TV star Nicole Richie, insists he's not the dad. "No! Of course not," he told Celebuzz. "But you know what, they are my kids. I mean, they grew up in my house,' he added, clarifying: 'But no I'm not the dad."

Rumors about Khloe's birth father first surfaced after she discussed her doubts about her biological parents on her family's show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. While she threatened mother Kris Jenner she would have a paternity test, the star never followed through.

Khloe dismissed claims linking her to Lionel earlier this month. "I've had so many dads my head is spinning," she mused to Gossip Cop.

She has previously entertained the rumors with humor. In one incident in 2012, she laughed that Tracy Morgan was actually her father after the comedian poked fun at the speculation while on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show in the US.

"Its been really tough keeping it quiet but thank goodness he said something. Tracy Morgan is my father... Maury we no longer need you. LOL (sic)," she tweeted.

She's also said she's grown tired of the speculation, particularly from photographers following her every move. "I learn so much from the paparazzi. LOL Apparently they know who my dad is.... :) Laughter is the best medicine (sic)," she wrote on the micro-blog.

The Top Ten New Releases by Veteran Artists For the Week of October 20, 2014

The following are the top ten albums on Amazon released this week by veteran artists.
  1. Neil Diamond - Melody Road
  2. Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
  3. Annie Lennox - Nostalgia
  4. Billy Idol - Kings & Queens of the Underground
  5. Primus - Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
  6. Earth, Wind & Fire - Holiday
  7. Jerry Garcia - Garcialive 5: December 31st 1975 Keystone Berkeley
  8. Bush - Man on the Run
  9. Slatter-Kinney - Start Together (Limited Edition 7-LP Box Set)
  10. Dennis DeYoung - ...And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles (2CD/DVD)
To see the full list of new releases by veteran artists, click here.

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Goes Twenty-Times Platinum; No Album Released in 2014 Has Made It to One-Million in Sales

Everyone knows we are in the era of declining album sales, but it's is hard to fathom just how bad it has gotten.

To date, no album that has been released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status, indicating sales of over one-million units. As of now, only the soundtrack from Frozen, released in 2013, has sold more than one million copies this year.

Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson's Xscape and the 70's infused Guardian's of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.

Where there is a lot of gold and platinum being awarded is in "singles" (aka individual track downloads). For veteran artists, much of this action is in country music with Tim McGraw, alone, receiving four platinum singles in the last three months.

Continuing sales of older tracks is also moving some over the threasholds, including Fishin' in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which was released on June 1, 1987 and has just received its platinum certification, and the Mighty Mighty Boss TonesThe Impression That I Get which has gone gold.

The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty million units. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S.:
  1. Their Greatest Hits - Eagles  (29 million)
  2. Thriller - Michael Jackson (29 million)
  3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (23 million)
  4. The Wall - Pink Floyd (Double) (23 million)
  5. Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 - Billy Joel (Double) (23 million)
  6. Back In Black - AC/DC (22 million)
  7. Double Live - Garth Brooks (Double) (21 million)
  8. Come On Over - Shania Twain (20 million)
  9. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (19 million)
  10. The Beatles - The Beatles (Double) (19 million)
The latest gold and platinum certifications for veteran artists:

Platinum Album (1,000,000 units per certification)
  • Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (20x's Platinum)
Gold Album (500,000 units)
  • Xscape - Michael Jackson
  • The Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1 - Various Artists
  • God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Platinum Single (1,000,000 units per certification)
  • Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw (featuring Keith Urban & Taylor Swift) (2x's Platinum)
  • Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson
  • We Were Us - Keith Urban
  • American Kids - Kenny Chesney
  • Truck Yeah - Tim McGraw
  • One of Those Nights - Tim McGraw
  • Meanwhile Back at Mama's - Tim McGraw
  • Fishin' in the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Gold Single (500,000 units)
  • The Impression That I Get - Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven - Kenny Chesney (featuring the Wailers)
Platinum Long Form Video (100,000 units per certificate)
  • Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 - Eric Clapton, Various Artists

Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana to Perform National Anthem at the World Series

Baseball's biggest games begin tonight Kansas City as the San Francisco Giants meet the Royals in the fall classic but, for music fans, it's all about the minutes before the game.

Over the years, there have been glorious performances of The Star Spangled Banner at sporting events (Whitney Houston) and the truly awful (Rosanne Barr) so it is a wonder that artists are willing to put the spotlight on themselves in front of such big audiences. For this year's series, four adventurous performers have accepted that challenge.

For the opener tonight, it's three-time Grammy Award winner Trisha Yearwood, taking a break from touring with husband Garth Brooks. Then, on Saturday in San Francisco for game 4, we get a rarity, a purely instrumental version of the national anthem by Carlos Santana and his son.

In between comes American Idol winner Phillip Phillips for game 2 and country's Little Big Town at game 3.

Of course, if the Royals can be stopped (they've won their last eight games), there could be games 5, 6 and 7 in the series with a new cast of singers. Names will be announced when/if those games are needed.