Monday, January 26, 2015

Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne Added to Songwriters of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me"; How Will Grammys React?

Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne have been added to the list of songwriters for the international hit Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

Fans of Petty noticed a distinct similarity between Smith's song and the tune of I Won't Back Down. When the comparison was brought to the attention of Smith, he made the decision to not go to war in court and settled with Petty and Lynne who are now listed as co-songwriters with Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.

The agreement, which grants Petty and Lynne 12.5% of the songwriting credit each, was made last October but was only brought to light this past weekend by Britain's Sun.

The question now becomes how does the Recording Academy handle this situation. Smith has the possibility of being the first artist to sweep the top four Grammy Awards (Record, Album and Song of the Year and Best New Artist) since Christopher Cross did it in 1981, the only artist to pull off the feat. If Smith wins Song of the Year, will Petty and Lynne be included on the award? They are not currently listed as songwriters on the official Grammy ballot.

The news will not affect Smith's chances of winning Song of the year as the ballots were due back on January 16. The Grammys will be awarded on February 8.

I Won't Back Down was the first single from Petty's debut solo album Full Moon Fever reaching number 12 on the Hot 100 and topping the Album Rock Tracks chart.

Passings: Greek Singer Demis Roussos (1946 - 2015)

by Newsdesk

Greek legend and singer Demis Roussos has died at aged 68 at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens.

A veteran selling over 60 million albums, he was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and Quand je t'aime.

He became a familiar figure when a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite's Child. Roussos was best associated with his off-screen role in Mike Leigh's 1977 TV play Abigail's Party, having provided the party's soundtrack.

He had been in the private hospital with an undisclosed illness for a period of time

Fellow Greek, Nana Mouskouri paid tribute on French radio RTL: "He had a superb voice, he travelled in the world ... he loved what he was doing. "He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world."

The singer was born Artemios Ventouris Roussos in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1946, to a Greek father and Egyptian mother of Italian origin. He was raised there until his parents moved to Greece in the early 60s after losing their possessions during the Suez Crisis.

Roussos began his music career at 17, when he joined the a band called The Idols, where he met his future Aphrodite's Child bandmate Vangelis. Aphrodite's Child produced three albums including It's Five O'Clock and The Apocalypse of St John, and enjoyed huge success in Europe in the late 1960s, especially France.

Roussos went on to enjoy a successful solo career, topping the charts in several countries with Forever And Ever in 1973, before doing the same in the UK in 1976. In 1978 he decided to keep a lower profile and moved to Malibu Beach in the US.

Almanac: January 26, 2015

  • 1899 - Goebel Reeves (d. 1959)
  • 1926 - Ronnie Hilton (d. 2001)
  • 1928 - James O'Gwynn (d. 2011)
  • 1932 - Claude Gray (83)
  • 1932 - Coxsone Dodd (Jamaican producer) (d. 2004)
  • 1934 - Huey "Piano" Smith (81)
  • 1939 - Marshall Leib (Teddy Bears) (d. 2002)
  • 1942 - Dave Rowland (Dave & Sugar) (73)
  • 1943 - Jean Knight (72)
  • 1944 - Merilee Rush (71)
  • 1945 - Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention) (70)
  • 1946 - Deon Jackson (d. 2014)
  • 1948 - Corky Laing (Mountain, West Bruce & Laing) (67)
  • 1949 - Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band) (66)
  • 1950 - Paul Pena (d. 2005)
  • 1951 - David Briggs (Little River Band) (64)
  • 1951 - Andy Hummel (Big Star) (d. 2010)
  • 1953 - Lucinda Williams (62)
  • 1955 - Eddie Van Halen (58)
  • 1958 - Anita Baker (57)
  • 1958 - Norman Hassan (UB40) (57)
  • 1960 - Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) (55)
  • 1961 - Tom Keifer (Cinderella) (54)
  • 1963 - Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (52)
  • 1963 - Jazzie B (born Trevor Romeo) (Soul II Soul) (52)
  • 1964 - Susannah Melvoin (Prince) (51)
  • 1970 - Kirk Franklin (45)
  • 1976 - William Adler (Lamb of God) (39)
  • 1986 - Matt Heafy (Trivium) (29)

  • 1989 - Donnie Elbert - Stroke (52)
  • 1998 - S.P. Leary - Cancer (67)
  • 2011 - Charlie Louvin (Louvin Brothers) - Pancreatic cancer (83)
  • 2011 - Gladys Horton (Marvelettes) - Stroke (65)

On This Day
  • 1966 - Eric Burdon filled in on lead vocals for Manfred Mann for a London show.
  • 1968 - Pink Floyd played their first show without Syn Barrett.
  • 1969 - Led Zeppelin played a four-hour set at the Boston Tea Party.
  • 1970 - Elvis Presley opened at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and, for the first time, wears his one-piece jumpsuit.
  • 1974 - The Doobie Brothers open their first European Tour in London.
  • 1977 - Ex-Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green was committed after threatening his accountant with a gun.
  • 1977 - Patti Smith fell off the stage while purforming in Tampa, FL, injuring her vertebrae and needing 22 stitches in her head.
  • 1984 - Michael Jackson is hospitalized with burns to his scalp after his hair catches fire while shooting a Pepsi commercial.
  • 1986 - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins crashed his car, killing his girlfriend and paralyzing him from the waist down.
  • 1989 - Bon Jovi opened the North American portion of their New Jersey Syndicate Tour in Dallas, TX.
  • 1991 - Cher made the video Cher's Video Canteen for the troops in Operation Desert Storm. Her guests included Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt.
  • 1997 - The Super Bowl XXXI half-time show stars ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers.
  • 1999 - The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that John Denver's plane crashed two years earlier because he did not have enough fuel in one tank and had trouble switching the plane to the other tank. Denver was killed in the crash.
  • 2000 - Courtney Love and a photographer fought at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • 2001 - Reba McEntire opened on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun.
  • 2003 - Billy Joel ran his car into a tree and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
  • 2004 - A judge orders R. Kelly to keep his distance from Michael Jackson during the Grammy Awards. Kelly had been charged with child pornography while Jackson had recently plead not guilty.
  • 2004 - Dig!, a documentary on the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Masacre, wins the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • 2005 - Irv Gotty of the Inc. surrenders to the police on charges of money laundering.
  • 2006 - Pete Doherty was arrested twice in one day for drug possession.

  • 1980 - Kristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) and Leonard Arnold

  • 1956 - Buddy Holly made his first recordings for Decca.
  • 1970 - Instant Karma - John Lennon (wrote, recorded and mixed in one day)

  • 2010 - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum

  • 1998 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male, Soul/R&B Male - Babyface
    • Pop/Rock Female - Celine Dion
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group, Pop/Rock New Artist - Spice Girls
    • Pop/Rock Album - Spice - Spice Girls
    • Soul/R&B Female - Mariah Carey
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - Boyz II Men
    • Soul/R&B Album - Share My World - Mary J. Blige
    • Soul/R&B New Artist - Erikah Badu
    • Country Male Artist - George Strait
    • Country Female Artist - Reba McEntire
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Alabama
    • Country Album - Carrying Your Love With Me - George Strait
    • Country New Artist - Lee Ann Womack
    • Adult Contemporary Artist - Elton John
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
    • Alternative Artist - Bush
    • Latin Artist - Julio Iglesias
    • Award of Merit - Frank Sinatra
  • 2014 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    • Album of the Year - Random Access Memory - Daft Punk
    • Song of the Year - Royals - Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little
    • New Artist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • Pop Solo - Royals - Lorde
    • Pop Duo/Group - Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    • Pop Vocal Album - Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
    • Dance Recording - Clarity - Zedd & Foxes
    • Dance/Electronica Album - Random Access Memory - Daft Punk
    • Traditional Pop Album - To Be Loved - Michael Buble
    • Rock Performance - Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
    • Metal Performance - God is Dead? - Black Sabbath
    • Rock Album - Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin
    • Alternative Album - Modern Vampires in the City - Vampire Weekend
    • R&B Performance - Something - Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway
    • Traditional R&B Performance - Please Come Home - Gary Clark, Jr. 
    • Urban Contemporary Album - Unapologetic - Rihanna
    • R&B Album - Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
    • Rap Performance - Thrift Shop - Macklamore & Ryan Lewis
    • Rap Album - The Heist - Macklamore & Ryan Lewis
    • Country Solo - Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
    • Country Duo/Group - From This Valley - Civil Wars
    • Country Album - Same Trailer Different Park - Kasey Musgraves
    • Americana Song - Love Has Come For You - Edie Brickell & Steve Martin
    • Americana Album - Old Yellow Moon - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
    • Bluegrass Album - The Streets of Baltimore - Del McCoury Band
    • Blues Album - Get Up! - Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
    • Folk Album - My Favorite Picture of You - Guy Clark
    • Reggae Album - Ziggy Marley in Concert - Ziggy Marley
    • Music Video - Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay-Z
    • Music Film - Live Kisses - Paul McCartney

  • 1975 - Cracked Actor (BBC) - David Bowie (documentary)
  • 1980 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Prince (television debut)
  • 2003 - Jimmy Kimmel Show (ABC, premier) - Coldplay
  • 2004 - I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here (U.K.) - John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (walked off the show after four days)

How Mark Ronson Got Stevie Wonder on His New Album

by Newsdesk

Mark Ronson found collaborating with Stevie Wonder quite a 'heavy' experience.

The 39-year-old musician released his fourth studio album, Uptown Special, earlier this month and it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number five.

Mark worked with Stevie on two songs for the album, Uptown's First Finale and Crack in the Pearle, Pt. II, and according to Mark, the collaboration came about quite magically.

"I wrote his manager a letter. I had written that melody and was singing it in my head, and it had a harmonica sound - and I just thought, 'What the hell'," he recalled to UK newspaper The Mirror.

"I didn't hear anything for a couple of months - then I suddenly got a message from his manager saying, 'Yes.'

"I've spent most of my adult life listening to his music - he's my favourite musician and singer-songwriter of all time - so it was heavy."

Mark has worked with numerous legendary musicians in his career, which spans over two decades but his relationship with late songstress Amy Winehouse will always be dear to him, as producing her album Back to Black was deeply impactful.

"I'm going to think about her for the rest of my life," Mark mused to British newspaper Daily Star previously. "There are things on this [Uptown Special] record I think she'd like, and others she'd f**king hate.

"Most people would judge her Back to Black [album] as my strongest and most impactful work. It's important to start each record with the same motivation and expectation to make the best record you can."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Listen: New, Stripped Down Version of "Every Breaking Wave" by U2

U2 have released a new, stripped down, version of Every Breaking Wave from their album Songs of Innocence.

The band had previously said that Every Breaking Wave was meant to be the first single from a planned album called Songs of Ascent that they were recording back in 2009. They performed the tune at three of the shows during that tour but, when they went back in the studio in 2013, the recorded a new version of Wave with a totally reworked chorus melody.

When Songs of Innocence was released via the iTunes promotion, the song The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) was the first single put out but it failed to make an impact on the major charts around the world. Every Breaking Wave was put out as the second single in December but there is hope that this new version might catch on with radio programmers and the public.

British Charts Light Up With New Releases; Bjork In at 11; Waterboys at 14; Marilyn Manson at 16

Well, the music charts are finally starting to come to life. After a prolonged post-holiday slowdown, the record companies have opened the floodgates with new releases.

The top debut by a veteran artist wasn't even on the calendar. Bjork surprised the world with the digital release of Vulnicura after the album leaked on the internet. Although she will hold the March date on the physical versions of the album, the digital version sold enough copies to put it at number 11 on this week's British Albums chart. 2011's Biophilia only made it to 27 so, even with a short sales week and no CD or vinyl, Vulnicura is looking like a big album for the singer.

The Waterboys debut at 14 with Modern Blues, their best chart showing in 22 years. In 1993, their Dream Harder went to number 5; however, none of the four studio albums released since then had made it higher than number 30.

Marilyn Manson sits at 16 with his new album The Pale Emperor, placing it right in the middle of the chart performance over the last few years. 2009's The High End of Low went to 19 while 2012's Born Villain peaked at 14.

Sleater-Kinney hit the British charts for the first time with No Cities to Love. The album debuts at 27.

Aphex Twin makes it to the Albums chart for the second time in a year with Computer Controlled Acoustic Part 2. The album, which is billed as an EP although it has thirteen cuts and runs almost a half hour, premiers at 36. His 2014 Syro started at 8.

The top five albums this week in the U.K.:
  1. Uptown Special - Mark Ronson
  2. American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy
  3. X - Ed Sheeran
  4. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  5. Wanted on Voyage - George Ezra
The top five singles:
  1. Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
  2. Lips Are Movin' - Meghan Traynor
  3. Take Me to Church - Hozier
  4. Wish You Were Mine - Philip George
  5. Up - Olly Murs Featuring Demi Lovato
Veteran artists at the top of other Official Chart Company charts:
  • Country Compilation Albums - Blue Smoke / The Very Best of Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton
  • Catalog Albums - Tapestry - Carole King

Preview: "They Rise" - The First Album in 29 Years For Ruthless

Artist: Ruthless
Title: They Rise
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Label: Pure Steel Records
Format(s): CD, DD

The 1980's was an extremely busy and fertile time for heavy metal, as quite a few sub-genres first rose to prominence during this time, including thrash metal, hair metal, and power metal. And one of the unsung heroes/trailblazers for the latter style is Ruthless. Hailing from Los Angeles and responsible for two classics of the metal underground (the 1984 EP Metal Without Mercy and 1986's full-length Discipline of Steel), Ruthless is reloaded with a powerful new line-up, and a brand new full-length, They Rise' which will be released on Friday, January 30th.

Comprised of members Sammy D (vocals), Kenny McGee (guitars/vocals), Dave Watson (guitars), Jack Black (bass/vocals), and Jason Van Slyke (drums), Ruthless' reunion was not a pre-planned proposition, according to McGee. "This just kinda happened. Me and Sam were just thinking of doing some recordings...not even thinking Ruthless would ever happen again. But, after our new drummer, Jason, came down, the first practice, we went, 'Wow!!!' We fit together perfectly!"

"I threw out some guitar riffs and Sammy started singing, and we knew we had something. In 8 months we were ready to record. It came together naturally. The great thing about now is the line-up! All 5 of us are good friends and can actually hang out together. In the old line-up, we always had a member or two that was a problem. It is so awesome to be firing on all five cylinders."

And McGee is a firm believer in the new material (which was produced and engineered by Bill "Slayer, W.A.S.P., Armored Saint" Metoyer) - "I think this new album compares to the Metal Without Mercy album. The opening song, Defender, just kicks your ass! Second song, Laceration, is very melodic/slow picking in the intro, and then kicks into a killer double harmony riff. Third song, They Rise, is another favorite - heavy bass riff and guitars. It lifts you up and drops you down. Also, Time Waits is a slower song with very emotional singing - Sammy tears it up on the vocals."

With European festival appearances lined up for the summer and headline shows being arranged for Southern California, Ruthless is set to pick up exactly where they left off, warns McGee. "The one thing fans can expect is a high energy show that will crush some heads!”

Track List:
  • Defender
  • Laceration
  • Traitor
  • They Rise
  • Hang Man
  • Time Waits
  • Out Of The Ashes
  • Frustration
  • Systematic Terror
  • Gates Of Hell
  • Metal Without Mercy
  • Bury The Axe
  • The Fever
  • Mass Killer

80's Music Returns to the U.K. Once Again This Summer With Three Rewind Festivals

Once again this summer, the 80's will live in the U.K. with three Rewind Festivals.

The first festivals were held in 2009 and 2010 at Temple Island Meadows, Remenham, near Henley-on-Themes, England. In 2011, a second fest was added at Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland while, last year, it expanded to three separate sites with the addition of Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.

Tickets for all three festivals went on sale on Friday.

Rewind - Scotland (July 24 to July 26)
  • Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins
  • OMD
  • Bananarama
  • Jimmy Somerville
  • Kim Wilde
  • Sister Sledge
  • Nik Kershaw
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Altered Images
  • Kid Creole
  • Howard Jones
  • Five Star
  • Hue & Cry
  • Joe Lynn Turner, ex-Rainbow lead singer 
  • The Orchestra
  • From The Jam featuring original Jam bassist, Bruce Foxton
Rewind North (August 7 to August 9)
  • Human League
  • OMD
  • The Boomtown Rats
  • Jimmy Somerville
  • Heather Small
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Kim Wilde
  • Soul II Soul
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • ABC
  • Bananarama
  • The Selecter
  • Chesney Hawkes
  • Howard Jones
  • Imagination ft. Leee John
  • Dr & The Medics
  • John Parr
Rewind South (August 21 to August 23)
  • OMD
  • Human League
  • Billy Ocean
  • ABC
  • T’Pau
  • Midge Ure
  • Kim Wilde
  • Nik Kershaw
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Go West
  • Soul II Soul
  • Bananarama
  • Black Box
  • Dave Edmunds
  • Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats
  • British Electric Foundation featuring M’s Robin Scott, Thomas Dolby, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, The Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, and Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader