Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ABBA Reunion Comment Was a Joke, Jackson & Franklin Going Into Apollo Hall of Fame, more

The Definitive CollectionLast week it came out that Benny Andersson of ABBA thought the idea of a one-off reunion of the group was a good idea.  It turns out he was just kidding. 

Andersson made the comment during an interview, saying "It's not a bad idea, actually."  The group's manager, Görel Hanser, quickly set everyone straight, saying "It’s simply not true.  It was a passing comment Benny made, almost as a joke – nothing more than that. I’ve spoken to Benny and given him a stern telling off. I have told him not to make such ridiculous suggestions anymore. There is no prospect of ABBA getting back together – it’s never going to happen. I think the fans know that deep down but we’re sorry if we got anyone’s hopes up."

Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame on June 14 during their Spring Benefit.  Jamie Foxx will host the night, which will include a gala concert and the presentation of the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award to Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony.

Nowhere Boy (OST)Nowhere Boy, the acclaimed film on the early life of John Lennon, will finally be released in the U.S. on Friday, October 8, the day that Lennon would have turned 70.   The film has already finished its run in U.K. theaters and the film festival circuit and is about to come out on DVD; however, the U.S. release into theaters has been delayed a number of times by the distributor, The Weinstein Company, most likely because of their financial problems.

Cliff Richard has been asked to sing his song Congratulations at the 70th birthday of Queen Margrethe II in Denmark this April.  Of course, it's more than appropriate as Cliff will be reaching that landmark this year, too.

Ralph Martin of the doo wop group the Willows passed away back on February 19 in New York City at the age of 70.  He had been suffering the aftereffects of a stroke he had over a year ago.

The group originally formed as the Dovers in 1950 and included Ralph's twin brother Joe.  They recorded for Pee Dee, Allen and Herald Records before finally hitting it big on Melba with Church Bells May Ring (written by Martin) (1956/#62 Pop/#11 R&B).  The song was their only charting hit but they continued to record until 1965 on the Eldorado, Gone, Club, Warwick and Heidi Records.

Preview: Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood (1-CD & 4-CD)

Artist: Steve Winwood
Title: Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood
Release Date: June 15, 2010
Label: Island
Format(s): 1-CD, 4-CDs

Island Records is releasing a career retrospective of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member Steve Winwood with selections picked by Winwood himself.  The multi-format release takes in all of his groups (Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic) along with his extensive solo work. 

The album will be released in two formats, as a single CD for casual fans and as a four-CD set.  The box will also include a 60-page book with notes by Dylan Jones.

Inexplicably, one of Winwood's biggest solo hits, Roll With It, is not listed on the four-CD even though it is on the single-disc version.  This may be an error in the provided list.

Track List: 

Single CD Version
  • Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group - The Second Album & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • Gimme Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • I'm A Man (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66)
  • Forty Thousand Headmen (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Paper Sun (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • No Face, No Name, No Number
  • Dear Mr Fantasy (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith - Blind Faith)
  • While You See A Chance (Arc of the Diver)
  • Valerie (Talking Back to the Night)
  • Spanish Dancer (Arc of the Diver)
  • Higher Love (Back in the High Life)
  • Back In The High Life (Back in the High Life)
  • Roll With It (Roll With It)
  • Dirty City (Nine Lives)
Four-CD Box Set

Disc 1
  • Keep On Running (Spencer Davis Group - The Second Album & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • Somebody Help Me (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • Gimme Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • I'm A Man (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66)
  • Paper Sun (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Coloured Rain (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • No Face No Name No Number (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Heaven Is in Your Mind (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Smiling Phases (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Dear Mr Fantasy (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Pearly Queen (Traffic - Traffic)
  • Forty Thousand Headmen (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • No Time To Live (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (Traffic - Mr. Fantasy)
  • Shanghai Noodle Factory (Traffic - Last Exit)
  • Medicated Goo (Traffic - Last Exit)
  • Withering Tree (Traffic - Last Exit)
  • Well Alright (Blind Faith - Blind Faith)
  • Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith - Blind Faith)
  • Presence Of The Lord (Blind Faith - Blind Faith)
Disc 2
  • Stranger To Himself (Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die)
  • John Barleycorn (Must Die) (Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die)
  • Glad (Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die)
  • Freedom Rider (Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die)
  • Empty Pages (Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die)
  • The Low Spark Of The High-Heeled Boys (Traffic - The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys)
  • Rainmaker (Traffic - The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys)
  • Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (Traffic - Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory)
  • Something New (Traffic - When the Eagle Flies)
  • Walking In The Wind (Traffic - When the Eagle Flies)
  • When The Eagle Flies (Traffic - When the Eagle Flies)
  • Mozambique (Traffic - Far From Home)
Disc 3
  • Vacant Chair (Steve Winwood)
  • While You See A Chance (Arc of the Diver)
  • Arc Of A Diver (Arc of the Diver)
  • Spanish Dancer (Arc of the Diver)
  • Night Train (Arc of the Diver)
  • Valerie (Talking Back to the Night)
  • Higher Love (Back in the High Life)
  • Freedom Overspill (Back in the High Life)
  • Back In The High Life Again (Back in the High Life)
  • Don't You Know What the Night Can Do (Roll With It)
  • Spy In the House Of Love (Junction Seven)
  • Different Light (About Time)
  • Dirty City (Nine Lives)
Disc 4
  • This Hammer (Spencer Davis Group - The Second Album)
  • Waltz For Lumumba (Spencer Davis Group - Best of)
  • When I Come Home (Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 & Gimme Some Lovin')
  • Love (Traffic - When the Eagles Fly)
  • In The Light Of Day (Refugees of the Heart)
  • There's A River (Talking Back to the Night)
  • Hold On (Steve Winwood)
  • The Morning Side (Roll With It)
  • Far From Home (Far From Home)
  • Holy Ground (Far From Home)
  • State Of Grace (Far From Home)
  • Why Can't We Live Together (About Time)
  • Domingo Morning (About Time)

Investigation Reopened in Murder of Bassey's Daughter, Cooper Goes Into Studio, more

Live at Carnegie HallPolice in Britain have reopened their investigation into the of Dame Shirley Bassey's daughter in 1985.  Samantha Novak's body was found in a river and the investigation at the time pointed to a suicide.  Shortly after the investigation was concluded, Bassey came out and said she "never believed" that her daughter had taken her own life.

As late as October of last year, Bassey was still discussing the case, pointing out that her daughter had no water in her lungs, meaning she could not have drowned.  Then, earlier this year, the police received a letter from a woman whose daughter had been murdered in 2001 alleging that the same man, Michael Moffat who is serving an eleven year sentence, had also been involved in the death of Bassey's daughter.  Per the police, "The mother of Moffat's victim wrote to us with some information in the last couple of weeks. Her daughter had said that Moffat told her he was involved in the murder of Samantha Novak."

Alice Cooper has started work on the followup to his 2008 album Along Came a Spider.  "(The album) hasn’t been recorded yet but we’ve got ten demos done already on it. I think it’s gonna be called The Night Shift."

Janet Jackson will be the headliner at the Essence Festival in New Orleans during the first weekend in July.  It will be her first full concert in two years.  Also on the bill are Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Arrested Development, LL Cool J, Mint Condition and more.

The Show of Peace Concert, originally scheduled for April 17 at Beijing, China's Bird's Nest Stadium has been postponed until October 10.  Headliners for the show include Jimmy Page.

Athens, Georgia will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.'s first performance as a band this coming weekend.  Included will be bus tours visiting important sites in Athens' Music History, a three day retrospective of R.E.M. concert films and rarities and a tribute concert.  Although R.E.M. announced the weekend on their website, there in no mention of them making an appearance.

Every 4th of July, Willie Nelson has a picnic in Austin, Texas for a few thousand of his friends and fans.  The lineup for the show, which will be at The Backyard at Bee Cave, includes Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allen Coe, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Paula Nelson, the Randy Rogers Band, Ray Price, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more to be announced.

The Glitter Band Makes It Clear That They Aren't Associated With Gary Anymore

The Bell Singles CollectionThe Glitter Band (or, as they were originally called, the Glittermen) were formed to back Gary Glitter when touring and making media appearances.  Although they never played on any of his records (Mike Leander played all the instruments) they were spun off from Glitter and started having their own hits starting in late-1973. 

Unfortunately, in the last few years, they have lived in the shadow of Gary Glitter's sentencing in Viet Nam on child molestation charges and his subsequent return to Britain and labeling as a sex offender.  They now make it clear on their website that they are in no way affiliated with Glitter and do not condone his actions.
The Glitter Band were the musicians who backed Gary Glitter on his hit records under the direction of the late great Mike Leander, and then went on to have a string of international Top 10 hits in their own right, including Angel Face, Goodbye My Love and Let's Get Together Again.

After many years living under the cloud of Gary Glitter's spectacular fall from grace, The Glitter Band are striking out and taking back the songs they performed on and that were the soundtrack to an entire generation.

Those songs will NOT be allowed to disappear into the mists of time because of the actions of one selfish individual. SHOUT IT LOUD AND SHOUT IT PROUD, HEYYYY!
The group will be going on the road staring on April 9 in London with additional shows to be added.  They are also releasing a new album, Making Hey at the Farm, which started out as just recordings of their rehearsal sessions.  "It sounded so good that we decided to mix and release it complete with gaffs, bum notes, laughs and all. It really is a fab listen."

Here is a track from that album.

Preview: U2360° At the Rose Bowl - U2 (DVD, Blu-Ray)

Artist: U2  
Title: U2360° At the Rose Bowl
Release Date: June 3, 2010
Label: Interscope Records
Format(s): DVD, 2-DVDs, Blu-Ray

To coincide with the start of the second year of the U2 360° tour, Interscope is releasing U2360 At the Rose Bowl, capturing the group's last performance of the 2009 leg.

The Rose Bowl show was the biggest of the first part of the tour and their biggest ever in the United States with attendance of over 97,000.  The show, which was originally streamed around the world on YouTube, was filmed using 27 hi-definition cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who also did the film U23D.

The single-DVD version of the release will include only the concert while the 2-DVD and Blu-Ray versions will have the new documentary Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°.  The Blu-Ray will also have the bonus track Breathe, three videos from the group's latest album and making of documentaries for two of those videos.

Track List:
  • Get On Your Boots
  • Magnificent
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Beautiful Day
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  • Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
  • No Line On The Horizon
  • Elevation
  • In A Little While
  • Unknown Caller
  • Until the End of the World
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • MLK
  • Walk On
  • One
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  • With Or Without You
  • Moment Of Surrender
Additional content on Blu-Ray DVD:
  • Squaring The Circle: Creating U2360° Documentary
  • U2360° Tour Clips
  • Bonus Track Breathe (Live At The Rose Bowl)
  • Berlin Timelapse Video
  • Videos:
    • Get On Your Boots
    • Magnificent
    • I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Animated)
    • I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Live At Barcelona)
  • The Making Of Get On Your Boots Video
  • The Making Of Magnificent Video

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Peter Gabriel & Bon Iver Talk About Their Double A-Side Release

Peter Gabriel has released the latest of his "Double A-Sides" from the Scratch My Back project.  This month's release has Gabriel performing Bon Iver's Flume and Iver doing Peter's Come Talk to Me.   The two songs are now available for digital download.

The following is a ten-minute background video on the two tracks:

New Releases by Veteran Artists for March 29 & 30, 2010

 This Charming LifeSomewhere Down The Road
 Stax Number OnesJ Is for Jackson 5

The full list of all the new releases is after the cut.

Stars to Celebrate Kenny Rogers' First 50 Years

A Love Song CollectionArtists from the worlds of country, rock and R&B will come together on April 10 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Ledyard, CT to film the special Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years.  The TV special is being directed by Mark Lucas, who recently did concert films for the Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon, and will be shot with in hi-definition.

“When this was first proposed to me as a 50-year celebration, something about that sounded final, and I didn’t want that, so I suggested we call it ‘The First 50 Years,’” Rogers said. “I will tell you this, the first 50 years TV show is gonna be awesome – the next 50 years TV show is gonna be a bitch.”

Performers are still being lined up but, at this time, on-site performers will include Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Smokey Robinson, Chris Isaak, Wynonna Judd, the Oak Ridge Boys, Shena Easton and original members of the First Edition.  Being shown from remote locations will be Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Billy Currington.

Details on what network will be airing the special will be announced at a future date.

Preview: Disintegration: Deluxe Edition - The Cure

Disintegration: 20th Anniversary EditionArtist: Cure
Title: Disintegration: Deluxe Edition
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Label: Rhino
Format(s): 3-CDs

After numerous changes in the schedule, it looks like the Deluxe Edition of the Cure's album Disintegration will be available on May 24.   Fans will get plenty for their wait as the album will contain three discs including a remastered version of the album, a disc of twenty rarities and live versions of all twelve songs on the album.

Disintegration was originally issued in 1989 as the Cure's eighth studio album and made it to number 12 in the U.S. and number 3 in the U.K.  Singles from the album included Fascination Street (U.S. Pop #46/Modern Rock #1/Dance-Club Play #7), Lovesong (U.S. Pop #2/Modern Rock #2/Dance-Club Play #8//U.K. #18), Lullaby (U.S. Pop #74/Modern Rock #23/Dance-Club Play #31//U.K. #5) and Pictures of You (U.K. #24).

The rarities disc includes instrumental demos, studio out-takes, unreleased songs and a solo performance by Robert Smith of Judy Collins' Pirate Ships.  The live disc is a remixed and expanded version of the live album Entreat, adding the four missing tracks from Disintegration to make a complete live performance of the album.  The tracks were recorded over three nights at Wembley Stadium in 1989.

Track List:

Disc One: Remastered Album
  • Plainsong
  • Pictures Of You
  • Closedown
  • Lovesong
  • Last Dance
  • Lullaby
  • Fascination Street
  • Prayers For Rain
  • The Same Deep Water As You
  • Disintegration
  • Homesick
  • Untitled
Disc Two: Rarities (1988 - 1989)
  • Prayers For Rain – RS Home Demo (Instrumental)
  • Pictures Of You – RS Home Demo (Instrumental)
  • Fascination Street – RS Home Demo (Instrumental)
  • Homesick – Band Rehearsal (Instrumental)
  • Fear Of Ghosts – Band Rehearsal (Instrumental)
  • Noheart – Band Rehearsal (Instrumental)
  • Esten – Band Demo (Instrumental)
  • Closedown – Band Demo (Instrumental)
  • Lovesong – Band Demo (Instrumental)
  • 2 Late (alternate version) – Band Demo (Instrumental)
  • The Same Deep Water As You – Band Demo (Instrumental)
  • Disintegration – Band Demo (Instrumental)
  • Untitled (alternate version) – Studio Rough (Instrumental)
  • Babble (alternate version) – Studio Rough (Instrumental)
  • Plainsong – Studio Rough (Guide Vocal)
  • Last Dance – Studio Rough (Guide Vocal)
  • Lullaby – Studio Rough (Guide Vocal)
  • Out Of Mind – Studio Rough (Guide Vocal)
  • Delirious Night – Rough Mix (Vocal)
  • Pirate Ships – RS Solo, Rough Mix (Vocal)
Disc Three: Entreat Plus
  • Plainsong
  • Pictures Of You
  • Closedown
  • Lovesong
  • Last Dance
  • Lullaby
  • Fascination Street
  • Prayers For Rain
  • The Same Deep Water As You
  • Disintegration
  • Homesick
  • Untitled

Chart Watch Britain: April 3, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
  • It has been a very static week for veteran artists on the British charts.  Journey retains the title of biggest selling album (Greatest Hits) and single (Don't Stop Believin') by a veteran artist as do Whitney Houston in R&B Albums, Them Crooked Vultures in Rock Albums and Bon Jovi in Rock Singles.
  • The only premier of importance is the Scorpions final studio album, Sting in the Tail, which premiers down at number 96.
  • On the Dance Tracks, Cheryl Lynn jumps back on the chart at 17 with her 70's hit Got to Be Real.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.

Top 100 British Albums
Greatest Hits
  • #1 (3) - Brother - Boyzone
  • #2 (1) - The Fame - Lady Gaga
  • #3 (33) - My World - Justin Bieber
  • #4 (N) - I Speak Because I Can - Laura Marling
  • #5 (2) - Glee: The Music: Season One: Volume 2 - Glee Cast
  • #27 (18) - Greatest Hits - Journey
  • #35 (39) - Ultimate Collection - Whitney Houston
  • #41 (37) - Very Best of - Fleetwood Mac
  • #48 (98) - Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
  • #49 (30) - Valleys of Neptune - Jimi Hendrix
  • #57 (55) - Some Guys Have All the Luck - Rod Stewart
  • #59 (41) - Soldier of Love - Sade
  • #64 (31) - Songs of Love - Simply Red
  • #79 (107) - Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  • #81 (51) - That's Amore - Dean Martin
  • #83 (46) - The Greatest - Matt Monro
  • #84 (67) - American VI: Ain't No Grave - Johnny Cash
  • #85 (79) - Absolute Greatest - Queen
  • #91 (120) - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA
  • #94 (100) - Bad - Michael Jackson 
  • #96 (N) - Sting in the Tail - Scorpions
  • #99 (80) - 25: The Greatest Hits - Simply Red

Don't Stop Believin' b/w Natural ThingTop 100 British Singles
  • #1 (1) - Telephone - Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce
  • #2 (2) - Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
  • #3 (4) - Baby - Justin Bieber Featuring Ludacris
  • #4 (3) - Rude Boy - Rihanna
  • #5 (6) - Parachute - Cheryl Cole
  • #21 (28) - Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
The R&B, Rock and Dance Charts are after the cut.

Monday, March 29, 2010

KC Distances Himself From Richard Finch Arrest

Give It UpHarry Wayne Casey, also known as KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, has released a statement distancing himself from former bandmate Richard Finch who was recently arrested on allegations of having sexual contact with a minor.
RICHARD FINCH HAS NOT BEEN A PART OF KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND FOR OVER 30 YEARS, NOR IS HE A CO-FOUNDER OF THE BAND.  Because of the recent allegations, I would like to clarify certain misinformation about Mr. Finch in relation to the band. 

I created KC & The Sunshine Band in 1973.  Mr. Finch subsequently joined the band a year later in 1974.  While his talent contributed to the early success of the KCSB sound, his involvement ended in 1980.  In the 30 years since, Mr. Finch has continuously held onto the illusion and given the impression that his contribution was much more integral than it actually was.  Those stories are categorically untrue.  Hence, that is why the band has always been called "KC" & THE SUNSHINE BAND.

KC & The Sunshine Band continues to successfully flourish, having toured around the world for over 37 years.

The serious allegations confronting Mr. Finch have nothing to do with me nor with KC & The Sunshine Band.  Those legal issues associated with this case will be dealt with via the judicial system of the state of Ohio.  Our hearts go out to the alleged victims and their families.

Daltrey to Carry On if Townshend Can't Tour, Flaming Lips Want to Put Yoshimi on the Stage, more

Daltrey Sings TownshendRoger Daltrey says he will carry on the Who legacy if Pete Townshend is unable to continue live touring due to tinnitus.  "Would I carry on? Of course I would. I mean, I don't want to stop singing. I just can't keep going on trying to keep singing like I did 40 years ago. I'm realistic about where I am in my life now.  Pete and I are agreed on this.  We don't see any time that we're going to stop, but we are realistic that one day it will retire us. We'll just no longer be able to do it."

Yoshimi Battles the Pink RobotsThe Flaming Lips are planning on turning their album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, into a Broadway musical.  Wayne Coyne told WENN  "We've talked about doing something with Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots now for about five or six years. They did it with Tommy and Des McAnuff was the director, and he's the one that wants to do Yoshimi.

"We've actually pursued it to a certain extent and I think that where it sits is really just me deciding to dedicate a couple of years of my life to making it."

Suzanne Vega will be playing a three week residency at the City Winery in New York City, kicking it off on May 1 with a full performance of her debut album.  The show celebrates the 25th anniversary of the album's release.

A new Ozzy Osbourne song, Let Me Hear You Scream, will premier on the April 14 edition of CBS' CSI: New York. 

Dolly Parton will make her third and final appearance on the Disney Channels Hannah Montana as Miley Stewart's (Cyrus) Aunt Dolly.  The show is ending after four seasons.  Not date has been set for the airing of the episode.

The American Red Cross has added eight new members to their National Celebrity Cabinet, including Wynonna Judd, LL Cool J and Reba McEntire.  All have been involved previously with the Red Cross, recording TV Public Service Announcements (LL Cool J), Radio PSA's (McEntire) and hosting blood drives (Judd).  Also added to the cabinet, which now numbers more than 40, were Penn Badgley, Giselle Blondet, Josh Duhamel, Alyssa Milano and David Spade.

Matthew Sztumpf, who managed the careers of Madness and the Smiths, passed away on March 21 from a brain aneurysm.  Along with organizing the early 2 Tone tours in the late-70's, he also managed Swing Out Sister and Scouting for Girls. 

Mark Knopfler's manager, Paul Crockford, said "'Matt was one of the good guys in the business. He did the best for his acts with honesty, dignity and most importantly, a sense of humour. He will be sorely missed."

Rush's Peart is Glad to Get Into Songwriting Hall For the Fans, OMD Readies New Album, more

Permanent WavesRush drummer Neil Peart told the Canadian Press that he is more excited about being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for the fans than for the band. know who it matters to, is the fans. It would matter a lot to our fans for us to have that validation. It doesn't matter to me. I've got the success and respect that we've had, and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years, do we need them to make us feel better? No, not at all. Being in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, that's 10 times — 100 times — more (important) than being in some critics' list.

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) announced on their site that the mixes are well underway on their new album and should be complete in about two weeks and an announcement on the releasing label should be made by the end of April.

Love on the WireJohn Cimabotti, founding bassist of the country-rock band Clover, passed away last Wednesday from an abdominal aneurysm in Glendale, California at the age of 67.

Clover worked in general obscurity through the 70's, finding their biggest success as the group that backed Elvis Costello on his debut album, My Aim is True, and the subsequent tour in support of the LP.  The group broke up in 1978 and Cimabotti worked as a studio musician, eventually quitting music and becoming a chiropractor specializing in musician injuries.

He may be best know, though, as the man who turned down the Rolling Stones who asked him to replace Bill Wyman in the late 80's.

Beck, who is currently without a label, has been keeping himself busy recording new versions of some of his favorite albums with some notable musicians.  The fourth album in the series will be the 1987 INXS album Kicks with guests the Liars, St. Vincent and Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes.

You're Never Alone with A Schizophrenic (30th Anniversary Edition)Ian Hunter told WENN that he was afraid that he was going to get shot once at Graceland in Memphis.
I burst into Graceland through the back door. I walked into a room... knocked on a door and it was answered by Alberta, Elvis' maid. I told her I'd come all the way from Britain to see my hero but she said Elvis was in a bad mood.

He'd just come back from a movie theater and hated the film. She warned me that he would bounce me off the walls or worse. She said the last time he'd hated a movie, he'd grabbed a gun and put a bullet through the TV set. I was half-cut but sobered up quickly. I was glad to get out of Graceland.

Chart Watch Australia: March 29, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Australian music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Make it six weeks in a row for k.d. lang's Recollection as the top selling album in Australia by a veteran artist.  This week it drops from 6 to 8.
  • Australian country singer John Williamson debuts on the Album chart at 23 and on the Country Album chart at number 2, displacing Johnny Cash as the top selling country artist. 
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) indicates new entry. (R) indicates re-entry.

Recollection 2 CD SetTop 50 Albums
  • #1 (1) - Down the Way - Angus & Julia Stone
  • #2 (2) - The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
  • #3 (4) - Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
  • #4 (3) - Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
  • #5 (5) - Jason Derulo - Jason Derulo
  • #8 (6) - Recollection - k.d. lang
  • #13 (8) - Valleys of Neptune - Jimi Hendrix
  • #23 (N) - Absolute Greatest: 40 Years True Blue - John Williamson
  • #24 (17) - Soldier of Love - Sade
  • #25 (16) - Purity of Essence - Hoodoo Gurus
  • #39 (R) - Your Songs - Harry Connick, Jr.
  • #41 (42) - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  • #42 (R) - Absolute Greatest - Queen
  • #43 (40) - Number Ones - Michael Jackson
  • #45 (27) - The Ultimate Collection - Whitney Houston

Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (1) - Hey, Soul Sister - Train
  • #2 (2) - In My Head - Jason Derulo
  • #3 (9) - Telephone - Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce
  • #4 (3) - Rude Boy - Rihanna
  • #5 (4) - Memories - David Guetta Featuring Kid Cudi
  • No veteran artists charting
The Urban/R&B and Country charts are after the cut.

See 367 Upcoming Releases by Veteran Artists

This week we have 367 upcoming CDs,Vinyl, MP3s and DVDs from veteran artists (and now they are all on one page).

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Preview: The Essential Carole King - Carole King, Shirelles, Bobby Vee, Righteous Brothers, more

The Essential Carole KingArtist: Carole King and other Various Artists
Title: The Essential Carole King
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Label: Legacy
Format(s): 2-CDs

Carole King has two distinct phases to her career, the pure songwriter portion and the singer/songwriter.  For the first time, those two worlds meet on Legacy's upcoming The Essential Carole King.

Disc one of the two disc set is essentially a greatest hits collection, going all the way back to her 1962 minor hit, It Might As Well Rain Until September and including nine of her thirteen top forty hits from the 70's (missing are Smackwater Jack, Believe in Humanity, Hard Rock Cafe and One Fine Day).

Disc two collects the original versions by other artists of 15 songs written by King from the Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow to the Billy Joel update of Hey Girl

Track List: 

Disc 1
  • It Might As Well Rain Until September (1962/#22 Pop)
  • Child Of Mine
  • I Feel The Earth Move (1971/#1 Pop (as double sided hit with It's Too Late)
  • So Far Away (1971/#14 Pop/#3 AC)
  • It's Too Late (1971/#1 Pop/#1 AC)
  • You've Got A Friend
  • Sweet Seasons (1972/#9 Pop/#2 AC)
  • Been To Cannan (1973/#24 Pop/#1 AC)
  • Corazon (1973/#37 Pop/#5 AC)
  • Jazzman (1974/#2 Pop/#4 AC)
  • Nightingale (1975/#9 Pop/#1 AC)
  • Only Love Is Real (1976/#28 Pop/#1 AC)
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Some Kind Of Wonderful/Up On The Roof
  • Really Rosie
  • Pierre
  • You Can Do Anything
  • The Reason
  • Now And Forever (1992/#18 AC)
Disc 2
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles (1961/#1 Pop/#2 R&B)
  • Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee (1961/#1 Pop)
  • Every Breath I Take - Gene Pitney (1962/#42 Pop)
  • Crying In The Rain - Everly Brothers (1962/#6 Pop)
  • The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (1962/#1 Pop/#1 R&B)
  • Up On The Roof - Drifters (1963/#5 Pop/#4 R&B)
  • Chains - Cookies (1962/#17 Pop/#6 R&B)
  • One Fine Day - Chiffons (1963/#5 Pop/#6 R&B)
  • Oh No Not My Baby - Maxine Brown (1965/#24 Pop/#24 R&B)
  • Just Once In My Life - Righteous Brothers (1965/#9 Pop/#26 R&B)
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday - Monkees (1967/#3 Pop)
  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin (1967/#8 Pop/#2 R&B)
  • No Easy Way Down - Dusty Springfield
  • Wasn't Born To Follow - Byrds
  • Hey Girl - Billy Joel

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Prince Hit With Second Financial Setback, Pat Benatar Announces Memoir, more

Prince - The Hits CollectionIt hasn't been a good month for Prince from a monetary standpoint.  First, the state of Minnesota told him that his PRN Music Corporation owes them $227,000 in taxes due in 2009 and an additional $450,000 from previous years.  Now, a Dublin judge has ordered him to pay $2.95 million in damages to a promoter for canceling a 2008 show on short notice.

The Dublin judgment from February 26 was originally to be confidential, but the judge in the case announced the amount after Prince failed to make any payments to the promoter.  The Dublin company says that they may move for a European Enforcement Order if the money is not received soon.

Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A MemoirPat Benatar's autobiography, Between a Heart and a Rock Place, will be released on June 15 via Harper Collins.  The book covers her rise to fame, the early days of music videos and MTV, her years on the road and how she avoided the trappings of a life in rock music. 
Benatar will be appearing on the Today show on June 14 and will have book singings in New York and Los Angeles.  It's also expected that there will be some publicity tied in with her summer tour with REO Speedwagon.

Tom Jones is suffering from what is described as acute laryngitis and has been put on complete vocal rest, forcing the cancellation of shows in Singapore and Manilla.  There was no mention on his site on the expected recovery time, leaving the April 2 show in Seoul, Korea questionable.

Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention has been asked to become a patron of the Classic Rock Society.  He joins existing patrons Rick Wakeman, Rod Argent, Carl Palmer, Steve Hackett, Fish, John Wetton, Dave Greenslade (Colosseum), Bob Harris and Gordon Giltrap.

It's still a bit away, but fans of AC/DC who have been waiting for the release of the 1980 concert film Let There Be Rock will finally see a DVD in January of 2011.  The film was shot during an appearance at Pavilion De Paris in December of 1979 and is being cleaned up both visually and sonically

Yusuf's Cafe SessionThe former Cat Stevens has opened the Yusuf Islam Foundation in the U.K. which will be in charge of his schools, caring for orphans and running his cultural initiatives.  While Islam's ongoing donations will be the basis for the foundation, they will also be seeking third party monies to help grow the projects.

Yusuf will not be an executive with the new foundation, although his wife is on the board, and will instead be writing new music and being with his grandchildren.  "I’ve reached that stage in my life where I feel ready to make another big change. There are many good people able and willing to take over my work in the UK.

"Passing sixty has an impact on your outlook, but I was never one to stand still. In the words of my song, 'There’s a way and I know that I have to go.'"

Alabama Music Hall of Fame Inducts Eddie Levert, Blind Boys of Alabama and More

Spirit of the CenturyThe 13th Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Show was held Thursday night in Montgomery, honoring both natives of Alabama and those spent much of their music career in the state.

Both honorees and others took the stage for performances, including the Blind Boys of Alabama (Amazing Grace, Down By the Riverside with Jamey Johnson), Mac McAnally (Down the Road), Bobby Denton (A Falling Star), Travis Wammack (A Little Shot of Rhythm and Blues), Atlanta Rhythm Section (Spooky, Champagne Jam), Eddie Levert (Backstabbers, Love Train) and Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman). 

Among those inducted and winning awards:
  • Eddie Levert (O'Jays) - Performing Artist/Group Award
  • Blind Boys of Alabama - Performing Artist/Group Award
  • Paul Hornsby (Producer for Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker & session musician) - Entertainment Industry Award
  • Buddy Buie (Writer of Spooky, Stormy, So Into You, Imaginary Lover) - Music Creator Award
  • Jerry Carrigan (One for first session drummers from Muscle Shoals) - Music Creator Award
  • Terry Thompson (Member of Muscle Shoals' Rockets & writer of A Shot of Rhythm and Blues) - John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award
  • Bobby Denton (Early artist who recorded for Tune Records in Muscle Shoals) - John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award
  • Tony Ruffino (Promoter who brought Hendrix, Presley & Rolling Stones to Alabama) - Sam Phillips Innovator Award
  • Mac McAnally - Arthur Alexander Songwriting Award
  • Mac Davis - Jerry Wexler Award
  • Alan Hunter (Original MTV VJay) - Media Award
  • Jamey Johnson - Alabama's Rising Star Award

Chart Watch America: Week of April 3, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Sade holds at number 6 on the American Albums chart, moving her ahead of Jimi Hendrix who fell 4 to 7 to retake the biggest selling album by a veteran artist for the fourth non-consecutive week.
  • Record companies, take notice.  This is what happens when you lower the prices on music.  Last week, Amazon had a sale on the debut album by Them Crooked Vultures which had started to drop off a number of charts after months of good sales.  The album shot from 118 to 36 on the Albums, 37 to 10 on the Rock Albums and 11 to 2 on the Hard Rock Albums charts.  
  • Sax player Kirk Whalum takes over the top seller on the Jazz Album chart by a veteran artists as The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III debuts at number 4.  
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.


Soldier of LoveTop 200 Albums
  • #1 (3) - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
  • #2 (N) - Here I Am - Marvin Sapp
  • #3 (1) - Battle of the Sexes - Ludacris 
  • #4 (N) - The Edge - Various Artists
  • #5 (8) - The Fame - Lady Gaga
  • #6 (6) - Soldier of Love - Sade
  • #7 (4) - Valleys of Neptune - Jimi Hendrix
  • #36 (118) - Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures (John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Joshua Homme)
  • #42 (31) - American VI: Ain't No Grave - Johnny Cash
  • #46 (34) - San Patricio - Chieftans Featuring Ry Cooder
  • #68 (77) - Number Ones - Michael Jackson
  • #72 (76) - This is It - Michael Jackson
  • #83 (128) - Greatest Hits - Journey
  • #86 (68) - Scratch My Back - Peter Gabriel
  • #105 (116) - Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • #106 (124) - Essential - Michael Jackson
  • #107 (125) - Legend: The Best of - Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • #111 (119) - Still - BeBe & CeCe Winans
  • #118 (44) - Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • #131 (173) - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA
  • #134 (137) - Keep On Loving You - Reba McEntire
  • #136 (121) - Recollection - k.d. lang
  • #138 (130) - The Circle - Bon Jovi
  • #141 (146) - Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • #149 (167) - Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
  • #161 (193) - Greatest Hits - Motley Crue
  • #163 (166) - Best of - Sade
  • #164 (60) - Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • #171 (162) - Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
  • #172 (63) - First Rays of the New Rising Sun - Jimi Hendrix
  • #174 (141) - Greatest Hits - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • #178 (67) - Axis: Bold As Love - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • #186 (180) - Greatest Hits - Who
  • #199 (R) - Revelation - Journey

    Soldier of LoveTop 100 Singles
    • #1 (1) - Rude Boy - Rihanna
    • #2 (5) - Nothin' On You - B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
    • #3 (9) - Telephone - Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce
    • #3 (2) - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
    • #4 (3) - Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris
    • #88 (79) - Soldier of Love - Sade
    • #100 (N) - I Gotta Get to You - George Strait
    The Digital, Radio Airplay, R&B, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Dance, Jazz and Americana charts are after the cut.

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Robert Plant and Band of Joy to Tour South in July

    Robert Plant will be on the road in July with his new group, Band of Joy, previewing material from his new album which is due in the fall.

    Band of Joy is a fairly amazing group of musicians who are also supporting him on the new album, including:
    • Patty Griffin, vocals
    • Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals
    • Byron House, bass/vocals
    • Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals
    • Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals, co-producer of album
    Plant commented "It’s been a blast working on these new songs…and I’m enjoying such creativity and vitality. It’s been a remarkable change of direction for all of us and as a group we all seem to have developed a new groove."

    Work is ongoing on the new album, Plant's first since the multi-platinum Raising Sand with Alison Krauss.  Krauss is not a part of this project as she is recording and touring with her group Union Station, but she is expected to get back together with Plant possibly next year to record a follow-up to the six-time Grammy winner.

    The following are the dates for the July tour.  A fall tour is expected to be announced later in the year.
    • 7/13 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theater
    • 7/15 - Little Rock, AR - Robinson Center Music Hall
    • 7/16 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
    • 7/18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino Amphitheater
    • 7/20 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
    • 7/21 - Tuscon, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
    • 7/23 - Dallas, TX - Meyerson Symphony Hall 
    • 7/24 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
    • 7/26 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
    • 7/28 - Mobile, AL - The Saenger Theatre
    • 7/30 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
    • 7/31 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater

      Don't Bet on It, But Ulvaeus and Anderson Hint of Possibility of ABBA Reunion

      Super TrouperThey were once the biggest group in the world and top or are near the summit of many lists of artists people want to see reunite.  ABBA was reportedly offered $1 billion a few years ago to tour and they turned it down.  What could possibly get them to do it now?

      Pete Paphides of the Times talked to Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus recently and, as happens in every interview, the conversation eventually came around to a reunion.  Paphides didn't suggest the full tour.  He went for a much smaller event.  "A lucrative world tour might be out of the question, but what about something more low-key? I float the idea of an intimate, one-off performance for invited guests and families, perhaps with a small orchestra, focusing on some of the more “mature” material from the later albums. The whole thing could be filmed and the rights licensed out to TV stations around the world."

      Ulvaeus responded with "We could sing The Way Old Folks Do!", a song from their final album, Super Trouper, but it's Andersson who gives a glimmer of hope "Yeah, why not?  I don’t know if the girls sing anything any more. I know Frida was in the studio. ... It’s not a bad idea, actually."

      The two male members of the group are in London overseeing rehearsals for their show Kristina, which opens at Royal Albert Hall on April 14.  The show is based on a 2,000 page book by Vilhelm Moberg about Swedish emigrants in the 19th century.

      The entire interview is on The Times site and there is a lot more insight into ABBA, their songwriting (Pete Townshend once told Ulvaeus that SOS was the best pop song ever written) and the show.