George Michael will give a special Christmas gift to his fans when he makes his new song, December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas), a free download.
The song will be serviced to radio on Monday and will be available for download from his website and other digital services on Christmas day.
The original report of a free download said it would be with his version of Nina Simone's Feeling Good, which he recorded for the TV series Eli Stone, but that was not mentioned in the latest announcement.
It's only a rumor right now, but there are stirrings that Keith Richard is planning on recording an album of standards.
Michael Martin Murphey will release his new album, Buckaroo Blue Grass, on February 10 via Rural Rhythm Records. The album is produced by his son, Ryan Murphey, includes both new songs and some of Murphey's classics rearranged for bluegrass.
Joining him on the album are Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Ronnie McCoury, Andy Leftwich, Pat Flynn and Charlie Cushman with background vocals by Rhonda Vincent.
Soul Tracks has passed the latest along on Angela Bofill's health. Bofill had a stroke in early 2006 and a second last July.
According to her manager Rich Engel, she is now able to walk about two blocks, has been given the OK to travel and will soon be released from the nursing facility. She is looking forward to doing meet and greets next year, although singing may still be awhile away.
Aretha Franklin seems set to sign Terrence Howard to play Smokey Robinson in the biopic of her life.
Franklin says, "I was talking to him about playing Smokey (and) he said he would be delighted with a capital D and Smokey said that he would absolutely love for him to play him."
The son of Canadian music legend Tommy Hunter has plead guilty to assaulting his father last October 17. He will be sentenced in January.
Hunter, known as Canada's Country Gentleman, had his own show on CBC radio and TV from 1960 until 1992.
Live Earth India was canceled on Friday due to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Jon Bon Jovi and David Gilmour were among the artists scheduled to perform.