Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kristofferson to Receive BMI Icon Award

Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the BMI Icon Award at the 57th annual BMI Country Awards on November 10. The Icon Award is given to "songwriters and artists who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."

Per the BMI press release:
As often as the monikers are interchanged, "poet" and "songwriter" are not necessarily synonymous—unless, of course, one is referring to Kris Kristofferson. With the penetration of a poet and the humbling grace of a troubadour, Kristofferson built a legendary career most recognized for its versatility, authenticity, and sheer brilliance. He has received 48 BMI Country and Pop Awards for his compositions including Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down, Why Me, Me and Bobby McGee, Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again), which was also the BMI Country Song of the Year in 1972, Help Me Make It Through the Night, which garnered seven BMI Country and four BMI Pop Awards, and For the Good Times, which won a BMI Country Award each consecutive year between 1971 and 1979 as well as five BMI Pop Awards between 1970 and 1974. Three Grammys line his shelves. He is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, and eight of his compositions have generated substantially more than one million performances. While he wrote most of his masterpieces alone, his co-writers include giants Shel Silverstein, Marijohn Wilkin, and Fred Foster. He has starred in numerous films, including Lone Star, the Blade trilogy, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, A Star Is Born, for which he garnered the Golden Globe trophy for Best Motion Picture Actor, and Songwriter, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Original Song Score. Along with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash, Kristofferson also formed the Highwaymen. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame, which also honored him with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award in 2006. Recording now for New West Records, he will release a new album in September of this year. A Rhodes Scholar capable of choosing virtually any path, Kristofferson decided to write songs, and for that, purveyors and lovers of American music are eternally grateful.
Past winners of the award include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels and Loretta Lynn.

Set List: U2 Opens Their 360 Degree Tour

U2 kicked off their 360 Degree Tour on Tuesday night in Barcelona, Spain at the 97,500 capacity Camp Nou Stadium.

The following set list has been posted on a number of sites:
  • Main Set
    • Breathe
    • No Line On the Horizon
    • Get On Your Boots
    • Magnificent
    • Beautiful Day
    • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    • Angel of Harlem
    • In a Little While
    • Unknown Caller
    • The Unforgettable Fire
    • City of Blinding Lights
    • Vertigo
    • I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
    • Sunday Bloody Sunday
    • Pride (In the Name of Love)
    • MLK
    • Walk On
  • Encore 1
    • Where The Streets Have No Name
    • One
  • Encore 2
    • Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
    • With or Without You
    • Moment of Surrender

R.E.M. Live Digital EP to Be Released July 7

R.E.M. will be releasing a four-song EP titled Reckoning Songs From The Olympia on July 7 through all of the major digital services.

The songs were recorded during the July 2007 "working rehearsals" at Dublin's Olympia Theatre. The band used the live shows to test out material for their Accelerate album.

All four songs on the EP were originally released on their album Reckoning. The album is meant as a preview of R.E.M. Live at the Olympia which will be released this fall.

The track list:
  • Harborcourt
  • Letter Never Sent
  • Second Guessing
  • Pretty Persuasion

Genesis 10-CD/3-DVD Live Set May Be Coming, Ray Price Has Surgery, more

European EMI websites are listing a 10-CD/3-DVD boxset called Genesis Live 1972-2007 with a release date of September 14. The rumors are that the set will contain Live, Seconds Out, Three Sides Live, The Way We Walk and Live Over Europe, possibly with omitted tracks added. It is also expected that The Way We Walk, which was originally released as two albums (Shorts and Longs) will be put back in the original set list order.

Country great Ray Price has undergone surgery to have pre-cancerous polyps removed. Publicist Marty Martel reports that the June 23 surgery was a complete success. "Today, Ray's wife Janie who has been by his side throughout the process, reports that Ray is making a slow, steady recovery with family and friends around him. Ray is alert and wishes to thank everyone across the country who have held him, and Janie up in their prayers and to let you all know he will be back on the road in a few weeks. Thank you for all of the love, prayers and consideration."

A recent report had the Beastie Boys collaborating with Bob Dylan on their new album, Hot Sauce Committee. Mike D clarified the situation with Drowned in Sound, telling them that Dylan will be on Part 2 (no date yet). "He has a radio show on satellite and he was speaking about Beastie Boys… So we collaborated with that."
Janet Jackson is set to reprise her role as Patricia in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, Too?

Ray Stevens has told the Tennessean that he is currently filming a sitcom called We Ain't Dead Yet. There was no mention of where the program will be shown (RFD-TV?). His co-stars are NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip, George Lindsey (Goober, Andy Griffith Show), Louise Mandrell and Phil Everly.

New Releases: June 30, 2009

Jackson May Set Multiple Records on This Week's Billboard Charts

Full numbers will not be released until Wednesday, but it looks like Michael Jackson is set to dominate the Billboard charts for the coming week. It appears that three albums (Number Ones, Essential and Thriller) will each have sold 100,000 copies and there is an outside chance that the entire top ten on the Pop Catalog Chart will be either Jackson or the Jackson 5. The previous record was five by AC/DC and the Beatles (although we expect the Fab Four will have the entire top ten the week after the release of their remastered catalog on September 9).

Billboard is also reporting that the number one album on the current chart will be the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. with sales of less than 100,000. It will be the first time a catalog album (and possibly three this week) will outsell the top selling current LP.

Unlike foreign charts, such as Britain's which we reported earlier in the day, the U.S. charts are divided into current and catalog. Once an album which has charted in the upper regions of the current chart falls below a specific level, it is moved to the catalog chart for the rest of its days. This includes re-releases of older albums with new tracks such as Jackson's Thriller 25 set.

Also look for a big entrance on the Digital Songs chart as Jackson's sales went from 40,000 last week to 1.8 million this week.

Digital sales will be very important in all Jackson titles as retailers, including on-line stores like Amazon, ran out of physical product almost immediately last Thursday and Friday. The only source after that point was from iTunes, Amazon Digital Store and other on-line retailers.

Source: Billboard

Monday, June 29, 2009

Chart Watch Britain: June 29, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Michael Jackson is obviously the story this week on the British charts. Not only has his Number Ones album shot from 121 to 1, but he has a total of seven albums new to the top 100 and 27 tracks.
  • Also new, at number 15, is The Music of My Life by Neil Sedaka, the two CD set with a new album and an album of hits.
  • Jackson also has 15 of the top 40 R&B tracks for the week with Man in the Mirror scoring highest at number three. He also has the number 1 R&B album with The Essential Michael Jackson, but it's his only album in the top 40.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.

Top 100 British Albums
Top 100 British Singles
  • #1 (-) - Bulletproof - La Roux
  • #2 (1) - When Love Takes Over - David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland
  • #3 (3) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #4 (8) - Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
  • #5 (5) - Knock You Down - Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo
  • #11 (-) - Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
  • #23 (193) - Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • #25 (-) - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • #28 (-) - Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
  • #30 (-) - Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • #38 (-) - Earth Song - Michael Jackson
  • #44 (-) - You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson
  • #45 (-) - Black or White - Michael Jackson
  • #47 (-) - The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • #48 (-) - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
  • #50 (-) - Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
  • #55 (-) - I Want You Back - Jackson 5
  • #57 (-) - Bad - Michael Jackson
  • #58 (-) - Ben - Michael Jackson
  • #65 (-) - ABC - Jackson 5
  • #71 (-) - ABC - Jackson 5
  • #72 (-) - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson
  • #73 (-) - Rock With You - Michael Jackson
  • #75 (-) - Blame It On the Boogie - Jacksons
  • #76 (49) - Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) - Ironik/Chipmunk/Elton John
  • #78 (-) - Heal the World - Michael Jackson
  • #85 (-) - Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
  • #86 (-) - Can You Feel It - Jacksons
  • #92 (-) - I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson
  • #95 (-) - She's Out of My Life - Michael Jackson
  • #96 (-) - Ain't No Sunshine - Michael Jackson
  • #97 (-) - You Rock My World - Michael Jackson
  • #99 (-) - One Day in Your Life - Michael Jackson

The balance of the charts are after the cut.

Top 40 British R&B Albums
  • #1 (-) - Essential - Michael Jackson
  • #2 (1) - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (2) - Relapse - Eminem
  • #4 (3) - I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
  • #5 (4) - In a Perfect World - Keri Hilson
  • #36 (-) - Ultimate - Whitney Houston
  • #37 (14) - Just Go - Lionel Richie
Top 40 British R&B Singles
  • #1 (1) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (2) - Knock You Down - Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo
  • #3 (R) - Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
  • #4 (3) - Kiss Me Through the Phone - Soulja Boy Featuring Sammie
  • #5 (4) - Number 1 - Tincy Stryder Featuring N-Dubz
  • #7 (39) - Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • #10 (R) - Earth Song - Michael Jackson
  • #12 (R) - You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson
  • #13 (R) - Black or White - Michael Jackson
  • #15 (R) - The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • #17 (R) - Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
  • #21 (R) - They Don't Care About Us - Michael Jackson
  • #23 (-) - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson
  • #24 (-) - Rock With You - Michael Jackson
  • #25 (11) - Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) - Ironik/Chipmunk/Elton John
  • #26 (R) - Heel the World - Michael Jackson
  • #31 (-) - Human Nature - Michael Jackson
  • #32 (-) - Remember the Time - Michael Jackson
  • #34 (-) - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson
  • #36 (-) - Stranger in Moscow - Michael Jackson
Top 40 British Rock Albums
Top 40 British Rock Singles
  • #1 (1) - New Divide - Linkin Park
  • #2 (2) - If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback
  • #3 (4) - What I've Done - Linkin Park
  • #4 (3) - Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  • #5 (5) - Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
  • #10 (10) - Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
  • #12 (R) - Paranoid - Black Sabbath
  • #13 (12) - Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • #16 (18) - Epic - Faith No More
  • #18 (13) - Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
  • #21 (21) - Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  • #22 (19) - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • #25 (20) - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf
  • #28 (33) - We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions - Queen
  • #30 (36) - Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • #32 (40) - Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
  • #40 (29) - One - Metallica
Top 40 British Dance Singles
  • #1 (1) - When Love Takes Over - David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland
  • #2 (-) - Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) - Freemasons & Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • #3 (-) - Raindrops - Basement Jaxx
  • #4 (5) - Bonkers - Dizee Rascal/Armand Van Helden
  • #5 (2) - Warrior's Dance - Prodigy
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

Franklin Play the Bowl, McCartney Says No Dylan Collaboration, more

Aretha Franklin made her first appearance in 35 years at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl and the LA Times review says it was an evening filled with "plenty of oldies (a bravura I Never Loved a Man, a less-than-strong Chain of Fools), torchy turns, church blessings and self-deprecating jokes. Songs included Respect, Angel, Today I Sing the Blues, Ain't No Way and The Greatest Love of All.

Paul McCartney told the Daily Telegraph that he has no plans for a collaboration with Bob Dylan. "That's a newspaper thing. He just said some very complimentary things about me in some interviews and I love him.

"I think he's a great poet and writer so I've always admired him. I don't rule it out and I admire him. But we're not the kind of people who would ring each other up."
The O'Jays received the Lifetime Achievement Award at last night's BET Awards. Tevin Campbell, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson and Johnny Gill performed a medley of the group's songs followed by the presentation of the award by Don Cornelius. After telling the crowd “It’s great to have a hit record, but it’s more important to have a hit act,” the group performed Let Me Make Love To You, For the Love of Money and Use Ta Be My Girl.

Dolly Parton will be releasing Dolly Live in London on CD & DVD in early November. Her Very Best of Dolly Parton album was recently certified Platinum in the U.K. for sales of over 300,000 copies.

Moon, the directorial debut of Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, took the Best Feature Film prize at this past weekend's Edinburgh Film Festival. The film stars Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.

Television star and recording artist Gale Storm passed away on Saturday at the age of 87. On TV, she starred in My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show. As a recording artist, she was known for performing sanitized pop versions of rock and R&B songs. Her hits included:
  • I Hear You Knocking (1955/#2 Pop/#15 R&B)
  • Never Leave Me (1955/#2 Pop)
  • Ivory Tower (1956/#6 Pop)
  • Memories Are Made of This (1956/#5 Pop)
  • Teenage Prayer (1956/#6 Pop)
  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1956/#9 Pop)
  • Dark Moon (1957/#4 Pop)

Latest Jackson News: BET Awards, Ticket Refunds, Beatles Catalog, more

Janet Jackson made a short appearance at last night's BET awards, coming on stage at the end to say “My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful, and they elected me to speak to all of you. To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family, and he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, and thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much.”

Father Joe Jackson had a statement read by his assistant while walking the red carpet. "Our family sincerely thanks all of you around the world during our time of grief. Our beloved son Michael Jackson loved you all. Michael’s children are our first priority. We will have further announcements to discuss our plans gong forward. Until such time however, we have the personal and legal authority to act and solely Katherine and I have authority for our son and his children. We wish to handle his memory and legacy with dignity."

Jackson's music appeared throughout the show, including an opening of New Edition doing ABC and The Love You Save and a closing of Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx performing I'll Be There. There were also many heartfelt comments made about Jackson during presentations and acceptance speeches.

AEG Live has announced that ticket refunds for the fifty shows in London will begin on Wednesday and, unlike many companies, the refund WILL include the service fees.

Those who would like to keep the special tickets for the event that were designed by Jackson may do so "in lieu of the full refunds." Full details are not available, but we believe they are saying that you can obtain the tickets, which may not have been fully distributed yet, instead of receiving a refund.

AEG President Randy Phillips said, "The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest entertainer the world has ever known. Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death."
A spokesman for Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, co-owned by Michael Jackson and Sony Corporation, has said that the company will retain control of the publishing rights for the Beatles' songs. It is said that Jackson's 50% stake in the company is worth upwards of $1 billion. For more information, see the article on the Bloomberg site.

Joe Jackson has told reporters that there are no plans to bury his son at the Neverland Ranch. He stated that the family is waiting for the results of the second autopsy before making any funeral plans.

Katherine Jackson has been granted temporary guardianship of Jackson's three children. She will return to court on August 3 for a hearing on becoming the permanent guardian.

Martin Bashir's 2003 documentary, Living With Michael Jackson, will be aired twelve times on cable's MSNBC (six airings have already occurred). NBC will show its own dateline special tonight (Monday) with Bashir who in now working for their network.

The Thriller musical that was planned by Broadway's Nederlander Organization is being put on hold for the time being. The group had licensed the songs from Off the Wall and Thriller for the show. Jackson was going to be part of the creative team for the show. The Organization has said they are unsure what direction, if any, the show will now take.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Update: New Doctor Info, Last Rehearsal May Have Been Filmed, more

The lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with Michael Jackson when he collapsed on Thursday, has told the Los Angeles times that claims that Jackson was injected with a drug right before his death were "absolutely false. There was no Demerol. No OxyContin."

It has also come out that Dr. Murray did not flee Jackson's house after the body was taken to the hospital, but actually travelled with Jackson and stayed to help comfort the family.

Although AEG Live will not confirm it, a number of sources are saying that Michael Jackson's last rehearsal for the This Is It! shows was recorded in multi-camera, high-definition video and multi-track audio.

The recordings were made as part of the singer's deal with AEG Live. An AEG official was overheard saying "We have a live album in the can."

No funeral arrangements have been announced and some are saying it is because there are discussions about burying Jackson at his Neverland Ranch. The aim would be to turn Neverland into a Graceland type attraction.

Jackson's former manager, Tohme Tohme, is the one pushing the idea; however, a previous attempt to make such a change was rejected by the town of Los Olivos because the property is well off of main roads and access would be difficult.

It is known that Jackie, Jermaine and Tito Jackson visited the ranch on Sunday afternoon and had lunch with Owen Blicksilver who is part of the joint venture that now owns the ranch.

Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter are saying that a tour with Janet Jackson and the brothers is being considered either as a fulfillment for some of the London shows or as a new set of dates.

At the beginning of last night's ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, new president Paul Williams asked for a moment of silence for Jackson after which he said, "My first instinct was to maybe postpone this event, but Nicole George said no, we don’t want to postpone. We want to celebrate Michael and music. The last time I saw Michael was at Liza Minnelli’s wedding. I was stunned by his gentle spirit. When I first heard his Man in the Mirror, I wrote him a letter saying I’d never heard a song like this … about a man who wanted to be a better man than he was today. Michael, that’s my remembrance of you."

Ne-Yo performed Jackson's song Lady in My Life while other award presenters and recipients also paid homage.

Barry Gordy, who was presenting the ASCAP Heritage Award to Smokey Robinson, said "I stand here today still in a state of shock. Michael’s legacy will always be his music and artistry. But for me, it will be so much more. Memories of watching him grow from a nine-year-old with boundless energy and talent into perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time. It’s a bittersweet moment for all of us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown to have to say goodbye to a vital member of our family."

Robinson, in his acceptance speech, said "I miss Michael so much."

There are also rumors that most or all of the family will be in attendance at tonight's BET awards in Los Angeles. Also look for numerous salutes to Jackson, including a medley of Jackson 5 songs opening the show by New Edition with Bobby Brown. Also performing Jackson music will be Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and Maxwell.

Chart Watch Australia: June 29, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Australian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Simon & Garfunkel continue to be the top charting veteran artist in Australia, but the album leading the way has changed. After a couple of weeks of The Essential Simon & Garfunkel being on top, the Old Friends: Live on Stage set moves 27 to 22 to take the lead.
  • There doesn't seem to be a lot of love for Chickenfoot down under. The album premiered at 50 last week and has fallen off the list in its second week.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.

Top 50 Albums
  • #1 (1) - State of the Art - Hilltop Hoods
  • #2 (2) - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (3) - Funhouse - Pink
  • #4 (4) - It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen
  • #5 (-) - Lines, Vines and Trying Times - Jonas Brothers
  • #22 (27) - Old Friends: Live on Stage - Simon & Garfunkel
  • #24 (26) - Essential - Simon & Garfunkel
  • #43 (35) - Black Ice - AC/DC
Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (2) - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (1) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (3) - Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
  • #4 (4) - Not Fair - Lily Allen
  • #5 (13) - You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 40 Urban Albums

  • #1 (1) - State of the Art - Hilltop Hoods
  • #2 (2) - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (3) - Relapse - Eminem
  • #4 (-) - Crave, Volume 2 - Various Artists, Mixed by DJ Havana Brown
  • #5 (4) - Doll Domination 2.0 - Pussycat Dolls
  • No Veteran Artists Charting
Top 40 Urban Singles
  • #1 (1) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (4) - Chase That Feeling - Hilltop Hoods
  • #3 (-) - Hush Hush; Hush Hush - Pussycat Dolls
  • #4 (2) - Because - Jessica Mauboy
  • #5 (3) - We Made You - Eminem
  • #20 (19) - Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) - Ironik Featuring Chimpmunk & Elton John

Top 20 Country Albums
  • #1 (1) - Fearless - Taylor Swift
  • #2 (2) - Defying Gravity - Keith Urban
  • #3 (5) - I Love This Place - Troy Cassar-Daley
  • #4 (3) - Cowboy Town - Brooks and Dunn
  • #5 (4) - Greatest Hits: 18 Kids - Keith Urban
  • #8 (10) - Essential - Johnny Cash
  • #9 (7) - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane - Elvis Costello
  • #15 (16) - Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • #18 (R) - Essential - John Denver
  • #19 (18) - Hillbilly Road - John Williamson
  • #20 (19) - Very Best of - Dolly Parton

Sky Saxon of the Seed and Guitarist/Songwriter Tim Krekel Pass Away

In all of the media attention that was given to the passing of Michael Jackson, a couple of other passings failed to be noted.

Sky Saxon, the founder of the garage band the Seeds, passed away Thrusday morning in Austin, Texas. He had been hospitalized since Monday with an internal infection. Saxon's age is not officially known as he listed his birthday with various years.

Saxon started his career in the early-60's under the name of Little Richie Marsh (his real name was Richard Marsh) singing Doo Wop. By the middle of the decade, he had experimented with a number of rock bands and finally settled into the Seeds with guitarist Jan Savage, keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Aldridge.

The group signed with GNP Crescendo in late-1966 and, the next year, placed four singles into the top 100 with Pushin' Too Hard going highest to number 36. The singles were garage rock but the associated albums added more psychedelia and blues.

By their third album, Future (1967), they went total psychedelia and tried their hand at a concept album. The effort gave them their best charting album, reaching number 87. After the release of a live album and an LP credited to the Sky Saxon Blues Band (A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues), the band broke up.

Saxon tried to form a number of new bands during the 70's and 80's along with resurrecting the Seeds with different members and doing a stint with the Chesterfield Kings. His last show was on Saturday, June 20 at Antone's in Austin and he was scheduled to go out on the California '66 Revue tour with the Electric Prunes and Love.

Also passing away was guitarist/songwriter Tim Krekel. He died on Wednesday at his home in Louisville, Kentucky after surgery for abdominal cancer. He was 58.

Krekel had a wideranging career, including lead guitarist in Jimmy Buffett's band on two different occassions along with working with artists like Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton and Billy Swann. Over the years, he also released five solo albums with the last being 2007's Soul Season.

His songs included Turning Away, a hit for Crystal Gayle, You Can Feel Bad (Patty Loveless), Come Around (Martina McBride), Send Somebody to Love (Rick Nelson) and No Mo Do Yakamo (Dr. Feelgood).

Set Lists: Glastonbury Festival (Updated)

Throughout the weekend, we are going to post some of the set lists from the veteran artists that are playing this weekend's Glastonbury Festival. Check back as they come in.

Bruce Springsteen
  • Coma Girl
  • Badlands
  • Prove It All Night
  • My Lucky Day
  • Outlaw Pete
  • Out In The Street
  • Working On A Dream
  • Seeds
  • Johnny 99
  • The Ghost Of Tom Joad
  • Raise Your Hand
  • Because The Night
  • No Surrender
  • Waiting On A Sunny Day
  • Promised Land
  • The River
  • Radio Nowhere
  • Lonesome Day
  • The Rising
  • Born To Run
  • Hard Times
  • Thunder Road
  • American Land
  • Glory Days/Louie Louie
  • Dancing In The Dark
Set lists for Tom Jones, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Madness, Nick Cave, the Specials, Ray Davies, Spinal Tap, Status Quo, Tony Christie and Rolf Harris are behind the cut.

Tom Jones
  • The Green Green Grass Of Home
  • Delilah
  • If I Only Knew
  • I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  • If He Should Ever Leave You
  • Mama Told Me Not To Come
  • Linda Lu
  • She's A Lady
  • What's New Pussycat?
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On
  • Sex Bomb
  • Stoned In Love
  • Venus
  • It's Not Unusual
  • Kiss
  • Unbelievable

Neil Young

  • Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
  • Mansion On The Hill
  • Are You Ready For The Country?
  • Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere'
  • Spirit Road
  • Words
  • Cinnamon Girl
  • Mother Earth
  • The Needle And The Damage Done
  • Comes A Time
  • Unknown Legend
  • Heart Of Gold
  • Down By The River
  • Get Behind The Wheel
  • Rockin' In The Free World
  • A Day In The Life
Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Southern Cross
  • Military Madness
  • Marrakesh Express
  • Long Time Gone
  • Rock And Roll Woman
  • Uncle John’s Band
  • Helplessly Hoping
  • Guinnevere
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Déjà Vu
  • Chicago
  • Almost Cut My Hair
  • For What It’s Worth
  • Wooden Ships
  • Teach Your Children
  • One Step Beyond
  • Embarrassment
  • The Prince
  • NW5
  • My Girl
  • Dust Devil
  • The Sun And The Rain
  • I Chase The Devil
  • Clerkenwell Polka
  • Bed and Breakfast Man
  • Shut Up
  • Forever Young
  • House of Fun
  • Wings Of A Dove
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Our House
  • It Must Be Love
  • Madness
  • Night Boat to Cairo
Nick Cave
  • Tupelo
  • Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  • Red Right Hand
  • Deanna
  • Midnight Man
  • The Ship Song
  • Henry Lee
  • We Call Upon The Author
  • The Mercy Seat
  • There She Goes My Beautiful World
  • The Weeping Song
  • Papa Won't Leave You Henry
  • Stagger Lee
  • Do The Dog
  • Gangsters
  • It's Up To You
  • Rat Race
  • Monkey Man
  • Blank Expression
  • Too Hot
  • Doesn't Make It Alright
  • Concrete Jungle
  • Friday Night Saturday Morning
  • Man At C&A
  • A Message To You Rudy
  • Do Nothing
  • Hey Little Rich Girl
  • Nite Klub
  • Little Bitch
  • Too Much Too Young
  • You're Wondering Now
  • Ghost Town
Ray Davies
  • I Need You
  • Where Have All The Good Times Gone
  • 'Til The End Of The Day
  • Apeman
  • Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
  • One More Time
  • Autumn Almanac
  • Sunny Afternoon
  • Celluloid Heroes
  • A Well Respected Man
  • I'm Not Like Everybody Else
  • Dead End Street
  • Tired Of Waiting For You
  • Days
  • All Day And All Of The Night
  • Waterloo Sunset
  • Lola
Spinal Tap
  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
  • Back From The Dead
  • Hell Hole
  • Stinking Up The Great Outdoors
  • Short And Sweet Because It's Long And Sour
  • Gimme Some Money
  • Warmer Than Hell
  • Stonehenge
  • Saucy Jack
  • The Majesty Of Rock
  • Sex Farm
  • Big Bottom
  • Heavy Duty
Status Quo
  • Caroline
  • The Wanderer
  • Rain
  • Mean Girl
  • Softer Ride
  • Beginning Of The End
  • What You're Proposing
  • Island Girl
  • Big Fat Mama
  • The Oriental
  • Creeping Up On You
  • In The Army Now
  • Roll Over Lay Down
  • Down Down
  • Whatever You Want
  • Rockin' All Over The World
Tony Christie
  • You've Lost That Loving Feeling
  • Las Vegas
  • Walk Like A Panther
  • Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
  • Avenues And Alleyways
  • Danger Is A Woman In Love
  • Don't Go Down To Reno
  • I Did What I Did For Maria
  • Every Word She Said
  • So Deep Is The Night
  • Is This The Way To Amarillo
Rolf Harris
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
  • The Court Of King Caractacus
  • Jimmy My Boy
  • The Irish Rovers
  • Pavlova
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Sun Arise
  • Two Little Boys
  • Stairway To Heaven
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport (British version)

Jagger Leads List of Rock's Worst Actors, Men at Work Sued, more

Mick Jagger has topped a list of Rock's Worst Actors as published in Britain's Independent. Movie's cited included Performance, Ned Kelly and Freejack. Following Jagger on the list were Sting, Madonna, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltry, Jon Bon Jovi, Ringo Starr, the Spice Girls and Ozzy Osbourne.

You would think there would be a statute of limitations. Publisher Larrikin Music has filed suit against the group Men at Work, Sony BMG and EMI Songs Australia claiming that the flute part in the hit Down Under was stolen from the 1934 children's song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.

Sony and EMI are quetioning that Larrikin even owns the copyright to the song which was written for a Girl Guides (similar to the Girl Scouts) competition in the 1930's. The original songwriter died in 1988.

Eddie Van Halen married Janie Liszewski, his girlfriend of three years, on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Son Wolfgang was best man.

Paul McCartney joined Neil Young on stage at London's Hard Rock Calling Festival on Saturday. McCartney came out half way through Young's final song, a cover of the Beatles' A Day in the Life, to sing the central section of the song ("Woke up, got out of bed...").

Willie Nelson received the Maverick Award at the Maui Film Festival. Officals noted "He has the courage of his convictions, a willingness to speak his mind and the backbone to withstand the heat from those who take issue with his vigorous expression of our collective constitutional right to the freedom of artistic and political expression."

Nelson's new film, One Piece at a Time, premiered at the festival. The film covers solutions to global problems.

Whitney Houston has announced the title of her new album will be I Look to You. Release is set for September 1.

Britain's Classic Rock Magazine Announces First Nominees for Classic Rock Awards

Britain's Classic Rock Magazine has announced the nominees in the first six categories of the Fifth Annual Classic Rock Awards. Readers are able to vote on these artists and recordings that were released between August of 2008 and June of 2009.

The awards will be presented in November with additional statues given in categories selected by a panel of judges, including The Classic Rock Living Legend Award, Classic Songwriter and Showman Award.

Leading the way are AC/DC who are up for Album (Black Ice), Band and Event along with Iron Maiden who are nominated for Band, DVD/Film (Flight 666) and Event. Metallica received nods for Album (Death Magnetic) and Band. A flock of other veteran artists received a single nomination.

The list of nominees is below the cut.

Best New Band
  • Crippled Black Phoenix
  • Steadlur
  • New Device
  • The Parlor Mob
  • Chickenfoot
  • Diagonal
Album of the Year
  • Black Ice - AC/DC
  • Death Magnetic - Metallica
  • Folklore and Superstitions - Black Stone Cherry
  • The Ballad of John Henry - Joe Bonamassa
  • Everyday Demons - Answers
  • Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses
  • Consolers of the Lonely - Raconteurs
  • And You Were a Crow - Parlor Mob
  • The Devil You Know - Heaven and Hell
  • Black Clouds and Silver Linings - Dream Theater
Band of the Year
  • Kings of Leon
  • AC/DC
  • Faith No More
  • Iron Maiden
  • Metallica
Reissue of the Year
  • Eliminator - ZZ Top
  • Pyromania - Def Leppard
  • No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith - Motorhead
  • The Who Sell Out - Who
  • Ten - Pearl Jam
  • Reissues - Black Sabbath
  • Picture Book - Kinks
  • Stormbringer - Deep Purple
  • Anthology - Move
DVD/Film of the Year
  • Kissology, The Ultimate Kiss Collection - Kiss
  • Shine a Light - Rolling Stones
  • Archives - Neil Young
  • Flight 666 - Iron Maiden
  • Woodstock
  • Anvil
Event of the Year
  • Download Festival
  • The Resurrection of Anvil
  • The Return of Spinal Tap
  • Iron Maiden Get a Brit Award
  • AC/DC Take Over the World

Statement Issued By Jackson Family, Second Autopsy Sought, Doctor Talks With Police

A statement has been issued by the Jackson family on the death of son and brother Michael Jackson.
In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter. Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times.

We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you – who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever.

In addition, Joseph Jackson wishes to personally convey: "My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson."

Joseph Jackson & Family
It is also being reported that the Jackson family will be having a second autopsy done on the body after the inconclusive results from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke on behalf of the family, saying that they were not satisfied with the time it would take to get additional tests and answers to the cause of death. Jackson also said that they want answers from Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with Michael when he died.

"When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did they inject him, if so with what? He owes it to the family and to the public to say: 'These were the last hours of Michael's life and here's what happened.'"
The Los Angeles Police have finally questioned Dr. Murray, who went missing in the hours after Jackson's death. Dr. Murray was accompanied by a lawyer when he voluntarily went to police headquarters. In a statement, the police department said:
Detectives assigned to Robbery-Homicide Division met with Dr. Murray and conducted an extensive interview. Dr. Murray was cooperative and provided information which will aid the investigation.

During the meeting Dr. Murray helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies. Dr. Murray has been in Los Angeles since the death of Mr. Jackson. He rode in the ambulance to the hospital and stayed at the hospital for hours comforting and consoling the Jackson family.

Investigators say the doctor is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chart Watch America: June 26, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Chickenfoot hangs on to the top album by a veteran artist for the third week, falling from 4 to 7. The album retains the number 1 spot on the Hard Rock Album chart.
  • Hank Williams, Jr. premiers at number 19 on the Album chart with 127 Rose Avenue. It's his best showing on that chart for an album of new material since 1965's Your Cheatin' Heart, the soundtrack to the movie of his father's life. Williams, Jr. was 15 when he recorded the album.
  • George Harrison's Let It Roll premiers at number 24 on the Album chart, a rather mediocre start based for the realtively high-profile compilation.
  • Spinal Tap, the fictitious rock band first conceived for Rob Reiner's comedy documentary, has their highest charting album this week as Back From the Dead premiers at 52. Christopher Guest (director of Best in Show and A Mighty Wind), Michael McKean (also known as Lenny from Lavern & Shirley, among many other rolls) and Harry Shearer (actor and the voice of many characters on the Simpsons) continued reviving their characters from the film over the years but had never gotten higher than number 71 for their 1992 album Break Like the Wind.
  • Iron Maiden's Flight 666 drops completely off the top 100 Albums after premiering last week at number 30. Slightly less precipitous drop came in the second week for Teena Marie (20 to 68) and Sonic Youth (18 to 81).
  • Charlie Wilson (ex-Dazz Band) has three singles in the R&B top 50, two solo songs from his album Uncle Charlie along with Download by Lil Kim where is featured with T-Pain. We've also added the Adult R&B Airplay chart that tends to feature more veteran artists and includes the two hits from Wilson's solo album.
  • Levon Helm's Electric Dirt breaks onto the Americana chart at 12, one week before its release. The Americana chart is based on airplay and advanced copies benefited the album. Also new to the chart is The Loving Kind by Nanci Griffith, which starts at 31.
  • Look for HUGE changes next week, especially in the Catalog Album charts, due to the death of Michael Jackson.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.

Top 100 Albums

Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (1) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (2) - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (27) - Best I Ever Had - Drake
  • #4 (3) - Knock You Down - Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo
  • #5 (4) - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

See the rest of the charts after the cut.
Top 25 Digital Songs
  • #1 (1) - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (2) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #3 (R) - Best I Ever Had - Drake
  • #4 (3) - Fire Burning - Sean Kingston
  • #5 (4) - LoveGame - Lady Gaga
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 25 Pop Catalog Albums


Top 50 R&B Albums
  • #1 (1) - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (3) - Relapse - Eminem
  • #3 (-) - Classique - Will Downing
  • #4 (7) - Epiphany - Chrisette Michael
  • #5 (2) - The Introduction of Marcus Cooper - Pleasure P
  • #9 (4) - Congo Square - Teena Marie
  • #13 (17) - Uncle Charlie - Charlie Wilson
  • #29 (20) - Just Go - Lionel Richie
  • #37 (36) - Lotus Flow3r/MPLSoUND/Elix3r - Prince/Bria Valente

Top 50 R&B Songs

  • #1 (1) - Best I Ever Had - Drake
  • #2 (2) - Knock You Down - Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo
  • #3 (3) - Every Girl - Young Money
  • #4 (4) - Birthday Sex - Jeremih
  • #5 (6) - Ego - Beyonce
  • #21 (28) - Download - Lil Kim Featuring T-Pain & Charlie Wilson
  • #28 (34) - Give You Up - Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton
  • #35 (23) - There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson
  • #41 (50) - Can't Last a Day - Teena Marie Featuring Faith Evans
  • #49 (59) - Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson

Top 20 Adult R&B Airplay
  • #1 (2) - Pretty Wings - Maxwell
  • #1 (2) - On the Ocean - K'Jon
  • #3 (3) - sobeautiful - Musiq Soulchild
  • #4 (8) - From My Heart to Yours - Laura Izibor
  • #5 (5) - The Point of It All - Anthony Hamilton
  • #6 (6) - Give You Up - Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton
  • #7 (4) - There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson
  • #14 (16) - Can't Last a Day - Teena Marie Featuring Faith Evans
  • #18 (19) - Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson

Top 10 R&B Catalog Albums


Top 25 Country Albums
  • #1 (1) - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Soundtrack
  • #2 (2) - Fearless - Taylor Swift
  • #3 (5) - The Foundation - Zac Brown Band
  • #4 (3) - Greatest Hits, Volume 2 - Kenny Chesney
  • #5 (4) - Unstopable - Rascal Flatts
  • #7 (-) - 127 Rose Avenue - Hank Williams, Jr.
  • #16 (17) - Troubadour - George Strait

Top 25 Country Songs
  • #1 (1) - Out Last Night - Kenny Chesney
  • #2 (5) - Whatever It Is - Zac Brown Band
  • #3 (3) - Sideways - Dierks Bentley
  • #4 (2) - Then - Brad Paisley
  • #5 (4) - Kiss a Girl - Keith Urban
  • #12 (13) - Strange - Reba (McEntire)
  • #15 (20) - Living For the Night - George Strait

Top 10 Country Catalog Albums


Top 10 Rock Albums

  • #1 (1) - Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews Band
  • #2 (-) - Moments and Melodies - Incubus
  • #3 (2) - Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith and Joe Satriani)
  • #4 (3) - 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
  • #5 (4) - Only By the Night - Kings of Leon
  • #9 (-) - Let It Roll - George Harrison
  • #10 (9) - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane - Elvis Costello

Top 10 Hard Rock Albums
  • #1 (1) - Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith and Joe Satriani)
  • #2 (2) - Dark Horse - Nickelback
  • #3 (3) - The Sound of Madness - Shinedown
  • #4 (4) - Scars & Souvenirs - Theory of a Deadman
  • #5 (6) - Swan Song - Hollywood Undead
  • #7 (9) - Mothership - Led Zeppelin

Top 20 Mainstream Rock Tracks
  • #1 (1) - Sound of Madness - Shinedown
  • #2 (3) - New Divide - Linkin Park
  • #3 (4) - Drowning (Face Down) - Saving Abel
  • #4 (2) - The Night - Distrubed
  • #5 (6) - Champagne - Cavo
  • #13 (11) - All Nightmare Long - Metallica

Top 20 AAA Tracks
  • #1 (1) - Funny the Way It Is - Dave Mathews Band
  • #2 (2) - Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  • #3 (3) - Live in Technicolor ii - Coldplay4
  • #4 (5) - You Never Know - Wilco
  • #5 (8) - 21 Guns - Green Day
  • #6 (4) - Magnificent - U2
  • #14 (12) - Beyond Here Lies Nothin' - Bob Dylan
  • #15 (16) - Complicated Shadows - Elvis Costello
  • #20 (19) - Wrong - Depeche Mode

Adult Contemporary

Top 20 Adult Contemporary Tracks
  • #1 (1) - Love Story - Taylor Swift
  • #2 (5) - The Climb - Miley Cyrus
  • #3 (3) - What About Now - Daughtry
  • #4 (2) - I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  • #5 (4) - Better in Time - Leona Lewis
  • #13 (11) - Just Go - Lionel Richie

Top 20 Adult Top 40 Tracks
  • #1 (1) - Second Chance - Shinedown
  • #2 (2) - If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback
  • #3 (5) - Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas
  • #4 (4) - Not Meant to Be - Theory of a Deadman
  • #5 (3) - You Found Me - The Fray
  • No Veteran Artists Charting


Top 25 Dance Club Play
  • #1 (2) - Bad, Bad Boy - The Perry Twins Featuring Niki Haris
  • #2 (6) - Now I'm the Bitch - Livvi Franc
  • #3 (7) - Body Rock - Oceana
  • #4 (1) - When Love Takes Over - David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland
  • #5 (8) - Magnificent - U2
  • #11 (10) - I'm Not Getting Enough - (Yoko) Ono
  • #25 (33) - Money's Too Tight to Mention 2009 - Simply Red

Top 10 Dance Singles Sales
  • #1 (2) - Halo - Beyonce
  • #2 (3) - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull
  • #3 (5) - Magnificent - U2
  • #4 (4) - Just Dance - Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis
  • #5 (1) - Boom Boom Boom - Black Eyed Peas


Top 15 Jazz Albums

Top 15 Contemporary Jazz Albums

  • #1 (1) - In Boston - Chris Botti
  • #2 (2) - The Real Thing - Vanessa Williams
  • #3 (3) - New Beginnings - Ski Johnson
  • #4 (4) - Send One Your Love - Boney James
  • #5 (8) - Rhythm & Romance - Kenny G
  • #12 (7) - Down to the Wire - Spyro Gyra
Source for all charts above: Billboard


Music Association Top 40 Airplay
Source: Americana Music Association