Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Producer Sues Michael Jackson Estate & Paul Anka Over This Is It

Michael Jackson's estate and Paul Anka have been sued over the song This is It.

An alleged music producer who claims he worked on the hit track is suing the late singer's estate for $24 million, TMZ reports.  Michael Jackson's collaborator Paul Anka is also named in the suit.

The plaintiff, Michael Jonzun, filed documents in Massachusetts federal court. He claims he helped to remake Paul and Michael's original 1983 song I Never Heard into the 2009 hit This Is It. Jonzun also alleges he owns one-third of the track but was never awarded his share.

Paul Anka has meanwhile denied the claims.

The music producer told the website he never heard the name Michael Jonzun before the lawsuit was filed, calling any claims to the contrary 'BS'.

Michael died of acute Propofol intoxication at his Los Angeles home in June 2009.

A spokesman for the late singer's estate has yet to comment on the report.

Ron Wood Reportedly Proposes to 34-Year-Old Girlfriend

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood has reportedly proposed to girlfriend Sally Humphries. The Rolling Stones guitarist is believed to have popped the question last week.

A source tells UK newspaper The Sun that Ronnie, 65, has been dating the 34-year-old theater producer for the last six months. But things have quickly turned serious.

"Ronnie and Sally have been friends a long time. He always had an eye for her but she was in a relationship," the insider said. "They've been inseparable for months and he decided to tie the knot again."

The marriage would be Ronnie's third.

He was previously wed to Krissy Findlay from 1971 to 1978.  He separated from second wife Jo in 2008 after 23 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalised in 2011, while he was dating waitress Katia Ivanova.

Ronnie has four children, including a stepson with Jo. The pair also share two biological children; and Ronnie has an adult son with Krissy, who passed away in 2005.

A spokesman for the rocker was unavailable for comment at press time.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ronnie Wood Sells Rolling Stones Memorabilia at Auction

Wood's Leather Jacket (Photo:Juliens)
Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones has auctioned off memorabilia and personal artwork from his decades with the band.

Julien's Auctions told Reuters on Sunday memorabilia provided by the rocker and his ex-wife, Jo Wood, was sold online and at their Beverly Hills gallery on Friday and Saturday.

Items included leather and velvet jackets, guitars and a signed lithograph of Eric Clapton, which sold for $5,120. The 65-year-old rocker's 1955 Fender Stratocaster guitar went for $60,800. A white leather coat worn by Ronnie himself sold for $8,960. A cardboard guitar cutout given to the star by bandmate Keith Richards fetched $6,875.

The auction was announced in September following months of feuding between Ronnie and Jo over jointly owned items. The former couple separated in 2008 after 23 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalised in 2011.

Proceeds from the auction will be donated in part to Grammy Awards charity MusiCares. The organisation offers help to those in the music industry in need of financial, medical or emergency assistance.

Review: The Calling - Neal Schon

by Andy Snipper

I would say that there are only a handful of guitarists that could pull off an album of guitar leads – Jeff Beck is definitely one and Joe Satriani another and the third would be Neal Schon.

He has linked up here with Jan Hammer (alumni of both Jeff Beck and another virtuos, John McLaughlin), his bandmate from Journey Steve Smith and Igor Len on piano.

My immediate reaction was pretty negative – huge amounts of Jazz-Rock fusion twiddling and a total lack of melody but by the time I got to Six String Waltz I was hearing the songwriting and it was becoming clear that Schon is not just a great soloist but he has a real ear for a huge and vaulting sound – positively anthemic in scale.

Irish Field changes the mood completely – a light Celtic lilt underpinning the multi-tracked guitars and a delightful touch of mist about the number but then it is back to the heaviosity on Back Smash.

He suggests Eastern influences with electric sitar on Fifty Six and then gives the listener a fully overblown ballad on True Emotion. Thankfully Primal Surge gets the ear working again and the Vietnamese style percussion against a melodic guitar line is one of the highlights on the album.

The closer is Song Of The Wind II and he channels his inner Santana to pretty good effect.

It isn’t the album I would choose to take to my grave but it is a set of excellent guitar pieces that reward regular listening and he is one hell of a guitarist.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chart Watch Britain: Daniel O'Donnell Has 13th Top Ten Album; Steve Hackett in Top 40 For First Time Since 1983

Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell, who has been crooning since the early-80's, places his new album Songs From the Movies and More at number 7 on the British Albums chart. It's his 13th album to make the top ten and his first since 2009's Peace in the Valley.

Steve Hackett has placed an album in the top forty for the first time in 29 years as Genesis Revisited II debuts at 24. His last top forty album was 1983's Highly Strung which peaked at 16.

Also new this week is Dionne Warwick's Now, a rerecording of some of her best known songs along with four new ones. The album debuts at 57.

Chart of November 3, 2012

Top 100 Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 N Red Taylor Swift
2 9 Our Version of Events Emeli Sande
3 1 Jake Bugg Jake Bugg
4 N Chapman Square Lawson
5 2 Babel Mumford & Sons
7 N Songs From the Movies and More Daniel O'Donnell
24 N Genesis Revisited II Steve Hackett
30 10 The Singer Art Garfunkel
38 17 All Over the World: The Very Best of ELO Electric Light Orchestra
46 R So Peter Gabriel
56 31 Long Wave Jeff Lynne
57 N Now Dionne Warwick
68 55 The Ultimate Collection John Denver
69 74 The Very Best INXS
71 23 Sunken Condos Donald Fagan
73 63 Take Me Home John Denver
81 85 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel
85 42 Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
92 134 The Very Best of Andy Williams
96 66 Tempest Bob Dylan
Dropped Out:
44 44 Greatest Hits Squeeze
77 77 Born to Sing: No Plan B Van Morrison
92 92 Monster KISS

Tops on the other British Charts (#1 Followed by top veteran artist):

Chart Title Artist
Singles Beneath Your Beautiful Labrinth Featuring Emeli Sande
Annie's Song John Denver (#63)
R&B Albums Bad Intentions Dappy
No Veterans Charting
R&B Singles Beneath Your Beautiful Labrinth Featuring Emeli Sande
Thriller Michael Jackson (#17)
Country Albums Own the Night Lady Antebellum
Ashes and Roses Mary Chapin Carpenter (#7)
Rock & Metal Albums House of Gold and Bones: Part 1 Stone Sour
Genesis Revisited II Steve Hackett (#3)
Rock & Metal Singles Bring Me to Life Evanescence
Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses (#4)
Dance Singles Don't You Worry Child Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
No Veterans Charting

Madonna Is Top Selling Female Artist of the Last 60 Years in the U.K.; No Brits Make Top Ten

As part of their celebration of sixty years of British charts, the Official Chart Company has been surveying the biggest selling artists of the era. Last week, they named Elvis Presley the top selling male artist by a slim margin over Cliff Richard, but the race is nowhere near as close on the female side.

Madonna is the top selling female artist of the last sixty years in Britain with 17.8 million in sales, over six million more than second place Rihanna who has 11.4 million. Kylie Minogue is third as the only other artist in the ten-million-plus category with 10.2 million.

Amazingly, with all the wonderful British female vocalists over the last sixty years, there is not one Brit in the top ten. One is from Canada (Celine Dion), one from Barbados (Rihanna), two from Australia (Minogue and Olivia Newton-John) and the other six from the U.S.

The top ten with their sales and biggest U.K. hit:
  1. Madonna (17.8 million, Into the Groove)
  2. Rihanna (11.4 million, We Found Love (Featuring Calvin Harris))
  3. Kylie Minogue (10.2 million, Can't Get You Out of My Head)
  4. Whitney Houston (8.5 million, I Will Always Love You)
  5. Lady Gaga (7.329 million, Poker Face)
  6. Britney Spears (7.324 million, Baby One More Time)
  7. Beyonce (6.9 million, If I Were a Boy)
  8. Celine Dion (6.7 million, My Heart Will Go On)
  9. Mariah Carey (6.62 million, All I Want For Xmas is You)
  10. Olivia Newton-John (6.61 million, You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta))

Cyndi Lauper to Welcome Roberta Flack, Rita Coolidge, Terri Nunn and More Home For the Holidays

For the second year, Cyndi Lauper is inviting a number of outstanding artists to the Beacon Theatre for her Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert. The show is scheduled for December 8.

The show will help raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness and support the True Colors Fund's Forty to None Project.

Lauper, co-founder of the fund, said "When I first learned that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in this country identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I was shocked and saddened. For far too long homeless youth have not received the attention, resources and funding necessary to bring an end to this epidemic. My hope is that through this inspiring evening of music and comedy we can raise awareness and much needed funds to help these young people through our newly launched Forty to None Project."

Joining her for the evening will be Sarah McLachlan, Whoppi Goldberg, Adam Lambert, Rosie O'Donnell, Roberta Flack, St. Vincent, Terri Nunn (Berlin), Emily West, Rita Coolidge, Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Hunter Valentine and Andy Cohen. Hosting will be Carson Kressley.

Gary Glitter Arrested Again on Sex Abuse Charges

70's star Gary Glitter (aka Paul Gadd) has been once again arrested on child sex charges as part of the investigation into the late BBC-host Jimmy Savile.

68-year old Glitter (Gadd) was taken into police custody over a UK police investigation into their Operation Yewtree.

London Police report that, “The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 0715 on suspicion of sexual offences. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘Savile and others’."

Women have come forward after the death of Savile claiming that he molested them when they were children. He has been recently described as the “predatory sex offender”.

Gary Glitter was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for child sex offences. One of the world’s biggest stars in his day, Gary Glitter sold over 18 million records with hits like Rock and Roll, I Didn’t Know I Loved You Till I Saw You Rock and Roll and I Love You Love Me Love.

Jimmy Savile OBE died on 29 October, 2011.

Set List: Prince Plays Second Secret Show in L.A.

Prince showed up again at the Sayers Club in Hollywood on Thursday for a second secret show, two days after he played for a star-studded audience.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were amongst the stars in attendance this time and, according to music blogger Dr Funkenberry, were making the most of the fact that everyone had to check their mobile phones at the door, showing each other a lot of affection throughout the night.

At one point dubbing his band TMP, “Too Many People”, Prince was band leader to well over a dozen musicians, including an 11 piece horn section. Sayers has a capacity of around 200 people, making for an intimate audience for the 90 minute set that wrapped up around 2am.

LA Weekly reported that Prince let his protégé, Andy Allo, open the show with People Pleaser, the first single off her upcoming album, Superconductor, while he played guitar at the back.

Then it was time for him to play his own latest single, Rock and Roll Love Affair, which, despite entering the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart at #22 on radio airplay alone earlier this month in the US, is currently scheduled for a Europe-only release on digital, CD and vinyl by Swiss label Purple Music on November 16.

The set list:

  • People Pleaser (Andy Allo)
  • Rock and Roll Love Affair (including When U Were Mine)
  • D.M.S.R.
  • Pop Life
  • Musicology (including Tighten Up)
  • Let's Work
  • U Got the Look (featuring Damaris Lewis)
  • Shhh
  • Everyday People
  • The Dance Electric (featuring Andre Cymone & Damaris Lewis)
  • Shop Talk 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Preview: Live at Hull, Vinyl Box Set and Mono My Generation - The Who

Artist: Who
  • Live at Hull
  • The Studio Albums
  • My Generation (Mono)
Release Date:
  • Studio Albums - Available Now (U.K.), December 4, 2012 (U.S.)
  • Live at Hull - November 6, 2012 (U.S.), November 19, 2012 (U.K.)
  • My Generation - November 19, 2012 (U.K.), TBD (U.S.)
Label: Geffen (U.S.), Polydor (U.K.)
  • CD, DD (My Generation)
  • 2-CDs, DD (Live at Hull)
  • 14-LPs (The Studio Albums)
The Who are treating their fans in the U.K. to some great holiday gifts with the release of three archive sets.

Live at Hull captures the February 15, 1970 performance by the group in Hull, the night after the Live at Leeds shows. The set was originally part of the multi-disc Live at Leeds set but will now be released as a 2-CD set and will, for the first time, contain John Entwistle's bass part which had originally been lost. The set is housed in a six-panel digipak.

Already out is the 14 LP set The Studio Albums which contains all eleven of the group's studio recorded sets from 1965's My Generation through 2006's Endless Wire. All of the albums have been remastered by Jon Astley in 24-96 format on virgin heavyweight vinyl. The albums in the set include Tommy in its original six-panel foldout and 12-page colour booklet, Face Dances with its 24” by 24” poster insert and The Who Sell Out, with the same 20” by 30” poster as on the original 1967 pressings. Quadrophenia has it’s lavish Pete Townshend and Ethan Russell photo book restored which at the time cost £10,000 and was shot over two weeks in London, Brighton and Cornwall.

The last release is the mono version of the group's debut album, My Generation. "Something of a holy grail for Who aficionados this original Mono version is as close as possible to how the band envisaged it sounding in the studio and contains overdubs which were lost in previous Stereo masterings."

Track List:

Live at Hull

Disc 1
  • Heaven and Hell
  • I Can’t Explain
  • Fortune Teller
  • Tattoo
  • Young Man Blues
  • Substitute
  • Happy Jack
  • I’m a Boy
  • A Quick One, While He’s Away
  • Summertime Blues
  • Shakin’ All Over
  • My Generation
Disc 2
  • Overture
  • It’s a Boy
  • 1921
  • Amazing Journey
  • Sparks
  • Eyesight to the Blind
  • Christmas
  • The Acid Queen
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Do You Think It’s Alright?
  • Fiddle About
  • Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
  • There’s a Doctor
  • Go to the Mirror!
  • Smash The Mirror
  • Miracle Cure
  • Sally Simpson
  • I’m Free
  • Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It
The Studio Albums (Each Have Original Track List)
  • My Generation (1965)
  • A Quick One (1966)
  • The Who Sell Out (1967)
  • Tommy (double) (1969)
  • Who’s Next (1971)
  • Quadrophenia (double) (1973)
  • The Who By Numbers (1975)
  • Who Are You (1978)
  • Face Dances (1981)
  • It’s Hard (1982)
  • Endless Wire (double) (2006)
My Generation (Mono)
  • Out In The Street
  • I Don’t Mind
  • The Good’s Gone
  • La La La Lies
  • Much Too Much
  • My Generation
  • The Kids Are Alright
  • Please, Please, Please
  • It’s Not True
  • I’m A Man
  • A Legal Matter
  • The Ox

Watch: The Rolling Stones Perform Jumping Jack Flash in Paris

The Stones are getting ready for their four shows in London and New York before the beginning of the year by playing a few small club gigs including Thursday night's show at La Trabendo nightclub in Paris.

The band, in casual gear, rocked through a short but predictable setlist starting with Route 66, ending with Brown Sugar and featuring the new song Doom and Gloom.

They also played the Muddy Waters classic Champagne and Reefer, a sometimes played live song at their gigs.

The audience paid 15 Euros ($19 U.S.) for a ticket.

Meanwhile, tickets for the two US shows went on sale today and both sold out in minutes.

The Stones will perform at The O2 Arena in London, UK on November 25 and 29 and in Newark, New Jersey, USA on December 13 and 15.

Watch a piece of Jumping Jack Flash:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Preview: Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Edition - Marvin Gaye

Artist: Marvin Gaye
Title: Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: November 19, 2012
Label: Hip-O Select
Format(s): 2-CDs, DD

The followup to Marvin Gaye's 1971 landmark album, What's Going On, came out of left field for most of his fans. The jazz-soul soundtrack to the movie Trouble Man was mostly instrumental, yet it managed one top ten hit with the title track.

On November 19, Hip-O Direct will issue a new 40th Anniversary Edition of the album that includes the original soundtrack along with 29 previously unreleased tracks including alternate takes, rare vocals and the full score for the film.

Included is a 28-page booklet with photo outtakes, rare photos and detailed text and track-by-track annotations.

Track List:

Disc 1
  • Original Album
    • Main Theme From Trouble Man
    • "T" Plays It Cool
    • Poor Abbey Walsh
    • The Break In (Police Shoot Big)
    • Cleo's Apartment
    • Trouble Man
    • Theme From Trouble Man
    • "T" Stands For Trouble
    • Main Theme From Trouble Man
    • Life Is A Gamble
    • Deep-In-It
    • Don't Mess With Mr. T
    • There Goes Mr. T
  • Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks
    • Main Theme From Trouble Man (alternate take with strings)
    • "T" Plays it Cool (unedited version)
    • Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2 (Take 1)
    • Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2 (Take 2)
    • Trouble Man (extended version)
    • Theme From Trouble Man (vocal version)
    • "T" Stands for Trouble (unedited vocal version)
    • "T" Stands for Trouble (alternate version)
    • Main Theme from Trouble Man (vocal version)
Disc 2
  • Previously Unreleased Original Film Score
    • Trouble Man
    • Pool Hall
    • "T" Plays It Cool
    • Cadillac Interlude/Cleo's Apartment
    • Man Tied Up/Jimmy's West/Conversation with Cleo
    • Crap Game (a.k.a. The Break In)/Getting Rid Of Body/Talking To Angel
    • Outside Police Station
    • Bowling Alley Parking Lot
    • Stick Up
    • Cleaners/Cleo
    • Closing Jimmy's
    • Police Break In
    • "T" Cleans Up/Police Station
    • Packing Up/Jimmy Gets Worked/Saying Goodbye/"T" Breaks In/Movie Theater
    • Car Ride/Looking for Pete
    • Parking Garage/Elevator
    • Penthouse
    • Getting Pete
    • My Name Is "T"/End Credits
  • Previously Unreleased Film Band Bonus Track
    • "T" At The Cross

Jackson 5ive: The Complete Animated Series Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray

Very little has been announced at this time, but Amazon has put up two listings for Jackson 5ive: The Complete Animated Series on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

The Jackson 5ive debuted on ABC on September 11, 1971 and was on the schedule until October 14, 1972. A total of 23 episodes were made by Rankin-Bass who were best known for Christmas specials like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Coming to Town along with animated series for the Beatles and the Osmonds. They were also the first to take a crack at the Tolkien catalog with the animated The Hobbit and The Return of the King.

While the original recordings were used, none of the members of the group voiced their animated counterparts nor did Barry Gordy whose character was never given a name but was widely accepted as being the Motown head. The only person in the group's career that did voice their own character was Diana Ross and it was only done for the premier episode.

Amazon lists a release date of January 15.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Aston Barrett of the Wailers Honored With Bass Player Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award

Bass Player Magazine honored Bob Marley's Music Director and First Lieutenant, Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, with a Lifetime Achievement Award last Saturday, October 20, 2012 at a special presentation at The Key Club in Los Angeles.

Aston 'Family Man' Barrett has been the driving force of the Wailers for more than 40 years, and is known internationally for his signature bass-patterns that have come to define contemporary reggae music. As he continues his year-round touring with his Wailers, 'Family Man's' commitment to the mission he started with Bob Marley more than four decades ago is firmly in place. His promise to spread the message of peace, love and equality to all people of the world is now stronger than ever before. In his own words, "Reggae is for all people, all ages, and all times- past, present, and future. It is the language of the people, and we are chosen for the mission of spreading the message of reggae music to the world."

Fifty years ago, with the liberation from British control in 1962, Jamaica realized a new potential for expressive freedom. On the journey to construct their own national identity, two movements emerged as the leading forces of Jamaican culture- ska music and the Rastafarian religion. Bob Marley famously combined these two movements and became the voice that spread them both to an international audience. As Jamaica's toughest singer/songwriter, it wasn't until his talents were combined with the renowned musical abilities of the Barrett brothers (Family Man and Carly) that Jamaican music was catapulted onto the worldwide musical stage. Through the incorporation of Rastafarian beliefs into ska music and the use of unique bass patterns specific to the Barrett brothers' rhythm section, Marley and Barrett together defined reggae as a genre and Jamaican culture in a way that no one, before or since, has been able to accomplish.

Aston 'Family Man' Barrett said of the award, "This is the first award I have ever received in America, and it was such a great honor because it means the message of reggae music from Jamaica is reaching all the people of the world. The opportunity to speak to other musicians is always an honor, and I was so thrilled the hour had come for me to be able to speak to other bass players and musicians about reggae music. Reggae is the music of the people, and this [Bass Player Awards ceremony] allowed me to speak to the people. I've been on the road from 1969 until 2012, and this reminds me why it is my mission to spread the message of reggae music to the world."

Chart Watch America: Donald Fagan's Sunken Condos Debuts at 12, Highest in 19 Years

Donald Fagen's fourth solo album, Sunken Condos, debuts at number 12, giving him his best chart position in 19 years. His last album, 2006's Morph the Cat, only made it to 26 so you have to go all the way back to 1993's Kamakinad, which peaked at 10, to find him higher.

Only one other album by a veteran artist, Placido Domingo's Songs, premiers this week at 158. Three years ago his Amore Infinito: Songs Inspired By The Poems Of John Paul II - Karol Wojtyta made it to 119. 

Finally, it appears to be the start of the Christmas season as Elvis Presley's It's Christmas Time reenters the Album chart at 149. Look for a host of holiday albums to join him in the coming weeks.

Veteran Artist Index for
November 3, 2012:
+94 (+5.0%)
High: 3863
(w/o 6/30/12)
Low: 1724
(w/o 10/20/12)

The Veteran Artist Index tracks the impact of albums by veteran artists on the Billboard Top 200. Any album that is by or, in the case of soundtracks and various artists albums, has a majority of track by artists who have been recording for 25 years or more is included in the index. Points are awarded on a reverse basis with a number 1 album receiving 200 points and a number 200 album receiving 1 point.

Chart Date November 3, 2012


Top 200 Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 N Night Train Jason Aldean
2 1 Babel Mumford & Sons
3 N Two Eleven Brandy
4 N Christmas With Scotty McCreery Scotty McCreery
5 N Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran Jamey Johnson
12 N Sunken Condos Donald Fagen
14 3 Monster KISS
19 7 Release Me Barbra Streisand
37 23 Born to Sing: No Plan B Van Morrison
53 195 Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse
55 49 Tempest Bob Dylan
64 162 Greatest Hits Journey
100 96 La Futura ZZ Top
102 R Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John
110 104 3 Pears Dwight Yoakam
112 R Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
148 119 Bad: 25th Anniversary Edition Michael Jackson
149 R It's Christmas Time Elvis Presley
152 82 Fanatic Heart
156 R Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
158 N Songs Placido Domingo
159 R The Legend of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash
163 167 Clockwork Angels Rush
164 159 Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers Bob Marley & the Wailers
175 R The Best of Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel
178 175 Thriller Michael Jackson
192 R Greatest Hits Neil Young
194 R Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix
195 R Tuskegee Lionel Richie
197 R Mothership Led Zeppelin
198 R 16 Biggest Hits Johnny Cash
199 R Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
Dropped Out:
X 44 Songs For the End of the World Rick Springfield
X 57 Magical Mystery Tour (Soundtrack) Beatles
X 116 50 Big Ones: Greatest Hits Beach Boys
X 118 Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
X 133 Long Wave Jeff Lynne
X 173 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys
X 180 Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings Waylon Jennings
X 181 MDNA Madonna

The balance of the American charts are after the cut.

Set List: Rolling Stones in Paris

The Rolling Stones twelve song warm-up set on Thursday night in Paris, highlighting their new single, Doom and Gloom, and a number of their greatest hits.

The Stones opened with Route 66, the song written by Bobby Troup in 1946 and first made famous by Nat King Cole that same year before the Stones recorded it in 1964. Doom and Gloom from the upcoming 50th anniversary Greatest Hits album was midway through the 12 song set.

The show was a warm-up for the four Rolling Stones shows in the UK and USA in November and December.

The setlist from Paris was:

Main Set
  • Route 66
  • It’s Only Rock n Roll
  • Shattered
  • When The Whip Comes Down
  • Champagne and Reefer
  • Doom & Gloom
  • Miss You
  • Start Me Up
  • Midnight Rambler
  • Tumbling Dice
  • Jumping Jack Flash
  • Brown Sugar

Bon Jovi to End Their Two Year Hiatus in February

On February 1, 2010, Jon Bon Jovi announced that that the band would be taking a two year hiatus once their tour completed in July.

They didn't quite make it two years but, after a good year-and-a-half, Bon Jovi are ready to go back out on the road for what is being called Because We Can - The Tour. They'll open with a string of Canadian dates starting February 13 in Montreal and following with dates in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. U.S. dates will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

The band will be premiering songs from their upcoming album What About Now, due in the spring.

The first dates:
  • 02/13 - Montreal - Bell Centre
  • 02/17 - Toronto - Air Canada Centre
  • 02/20 - Ottawa - Scotiabank Place
  • 04/02 - Calgary - Scotiabank Saddledome
  • 04/03 - Edmonton - Rexall Place
  • 04/05 - Winnipeg - MTS Centre

Rolling Stones Playing Paris Thursday Night

The Rolling Stones are playing a "practice" show as this story is being posted for an audience of 350 in Paris.

The Stones made the concert public via a post of Twitter.

They then posted “Which of these albums will be featured in tonight’s set?” and uploaded a photo of CDs from their back catalogue in a music store including Goats Head Soup, Some Girls, Exile On Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Emotional Rescue and Let It Bleed.

At 15 euros, the Stones in Paris is the best value ticket on the tour.

The show is a warm-up gig for the upcoming two London and two New Jersey gigs next month.

Dates are:
  • 11/24 and 29 - London - O2
  • 12/13 and 15 - New Jersey - Prudential Center

Olivia Newton-John to Tour U.K. For First Time in 34 Years

For the first time in 34 years, Olivia Newton-John is about to tour the U.K.

With a career spanning more than four decades and over 100 million albums sold, multiple Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John celebrates her 40th year in music with a very special concert tour in March 2013.

The tour, is her first in the UK since the Totally Hot World Tour in 1978. Olivia Newton-John tickets go on-sale at 9 A.M. on Friday October 26.

In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. The film's best-selling soundtrack featured the duets You're The One That I Want and Summer Nights with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, Hopelessly Devoted To You. To date Grease remains the most successful movie musical in history.

For the 2012 Christmas season, Olivia and Travolta have reunited for the first time in over 30 years and combined their iconic voices for This Christmas, available November 13 from Universal Music Enterprises.

With her current and ongoing projects and philanthropic endeavors, Olivia's worldwide popularity is as strong as ever.

Tour dates:
  • 03/10 - Cardiff, Wales - Motorpoint Arena
  • 03/11 - Bournemouth - BIC
  • 03/13 - London - Royal Albert Hall
  • 03/14 - Brighton - Brighton Centre
  • 03/15 - Birmingham - NIA Academy
  • 03/17 - Manchester - 02 Apollo
  • 03/18 - Glasgow, Scotland - Clyde Auditorium

Preview: The Beach Boys: Live in Concert - 50th Anniversary Tour (DVD & Blu-Ray)

Artist: Beach Boys
Title: The Beach Boys: Live in Concert - 50th Anniversary Tour
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Label: Blastmusic
Format(s): DVD, Blu-Ray

The Beach Boys' recent 75-date 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour has been caught on film and will be released by Blastmusic on November 20 on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

The new video presents a shortened version of the Beach Boys' show with 21 songs, including classics and deep album cuts, from the band's regular 40 to 50 songs sets each night of the tour.

Said Marc Bennett, Co-Director of The Beach Boys 50 - Live in Concert: "To document this once-in-a-lifetime moment in music history as The Beach Boys embarked on their 50th year anniversary world tour was an experience I still have not come down from. This show is a solidification of their legacy and a tribute to creative endurance and artistic achievement that crosses all cultural and geographical boundaries. In spite of the obstacles they may have encountered over the years, they have reached this 50th year milestone as few bands have ever done, or even imagined. What they leave behind, as captured in this performance, is a body of work that is indelibly etched in music history and popular culture on a global level."

"It was truly an honor to be allowed to capture this historic performance. The song selection allows fans both new and old a chance to fully appreciate the span and depth of the Beach Boys catalogue. This DVD includes performances from their hits in the early 60s to selections from their latest Top 3 Album. To be able to film all five surviving members of this historic band, together one more time... was certainly a dream come true." Joe Thomas, Co-Director of The Beach Boys 50 - Live in Concert

"The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour meant so much to me personally; performing with the guys again was an absolute thrill. I'm so glad we captured it on film so that everyone, whether you were there or not, will be able to see what an historic event it was." Brian Wilson

"The 50th Anniversary Tour was a historic, special event. This DVD captures the tour brilliantly and marks an important, iconic moment in time in our band's history. It's a moment I am deeply proud of." Mike Love

Track List:
  • Do It Again
  • Catch A Wave
  • Hawaii
  • Marcella
  • Isn't It Time
  • Little Deuce Coupe
  • 409
  • Shut Down
  • I Get Around
  • Heroes And Villains
  • Sloop John B
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice
  • All This Is That
  • That's Why God Made The Radio
  • Sail On, Sailor
  • Good Vibrations
  • California Girls
  • Help Me Rhonda
  • Rock And Roll Music
  • Kokomo
  • Fun, Fun, Fun

Rod Stewart Says New Album is In the Can; Out in Spring

For the first time in eleven years, Rod Stewart will release an album made up of mostly original songs.

Stewart told Billboard that "It's all done mate" adding that he produced the album. Tentatively titled Love the Life You Live, it is expected sometime next spring.

At first, the singer wasn't interested in new material.
"About a year ago I was sitting at my house in England, and [Jim Cregan] came around and said, 'Come on, let's try to write a song,' " Stewart recalls. "And I said, 'No, I can't be bothered. Those days are over.' But we sat down, I started humming a melody and he took it away and sent it back and said, 'Listen, this is pretty good,' so I wrote some words for it and ever since then it's been just flowing like a river. The songs just keep going. An issue which I thought had long past and which I'd given up, songwriting, has come back, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it."

But while the new songs do rock, Stewart says "the themes are a little more adult now. There's no 'Hot Legs' or 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy.' But they're, I think, songs people can relate to."

Rod's new autobiography is now in the stores and his holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby, hits stores next Tuesday.

To see the rest of the article, go to Billboard.

Prince Plays Surprise Show For Celebrity Crowd

Prince wowed a host of famous faces who turned out for the legendary artist's surprise show at the Sayers Club in Hollywood.

Celebrity guests rumoured to have been present include Christina Aguilera, Dita Von Teese,, Adam Levine and Nicki Minaj.

According to the New York Post, Prince put on the exclusive performance straight after his appearance on American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The audience, which was restricted to 200 guests, gathered outside the Kimmel studios on Hollywood Boulevard to witness Prince and his band's show followed by an after jam at the club.

Although attempts were made to keep the event top secret, the newspaper reports it was a sold out affair.

Music blogger Dr. Funkenberry was in attendance at the pre-concert recording of the Jimmy Kimmel programme.

On his blog today, Dr. Funkenberry hinted at what the Prince concert had in store for guests.

"After the cameras stopped rolling and loud chants of 'We Want Prince', Prince performed Take Me With U. Prince then stopped the band and went into Raspberry Beret and then Cream complete with a Maceo solo. Prince closed out the show doing a long version of Cool....." he revealed.

"Now, it is on the Sayers Club for the Kimmel after jam. Here is hoping there will be more shows that fans get a chance to go to later this week."

Earlier this year Prince announced he had exited his deal with Universal Music Publishing in a mutual agreement with the company.

At the time, Prince's manager Kiran Sharma said in a statement:

"We are pleased to announce that Prince and Universal have reached a mutual agreement in terminating their long standing publishing deal. It is an exciting opportunity for Prince to consider fresh and new ideas for all his music."

Here he is performing Rock and Roll Love Affair on Jimmy Kimmel.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Michael Jackson Loses Crown of Top Earning Dead Celebrity to Best Friend

Michael Jackson had quite a run in the years after his passing. According to Forbes magazine, he was the top earning dead celebrity for both 2010 and 2011, taking in $275 million and $170 million respectively. His income fell again in 212, to $145 million, pushing him to second place on Forbes' yearly list behind one of his best friends in life, Elizabeth Taylor.

Taylor brought in $210 million in the year after her death. According to the magazine, a majority of that money ($184 million) was from a Christie's auction where every lot put up for bid was sold.

Forbes' list takes into account earnings from October 2011 to October 2012. Other veteran artists making the list were Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, John Lennon and George Harrison.

Forbes' Top 13 with their rank last year:

  • 01. (05) Liz Taylor - $210 Million
  • 02. (01) Michael Jackson - $145 Million
  • 03. (02) Elvis Presley - $55 Million
  • 04. (04) Charles Schulz - $37 Million
  • 05. (---) Bob Marley - $17 Million
  • 06. (05) John Lennon - $12 Million
  • 07. (03) Marilyn Monroe - $10 Million
  • 07. (07) Albert Einstein - $10 Million
  • 09. (08) Dr. Seuss - $9 Million
  • 10. (09) Steve McQueen - $8 Million
  • 10. (13) Bettie Page - $8 Million
  • 12. (09) Richard Rogers - $6 Million
  • 13. (13) George Harrison - $5.5 Million

Dropping off the list were Jimi Hendrix, Stieg Larsson and Andy Warhol (because of ties, there were 15 names on the list).

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Preview: Darker Than Light - Bobby Bare

Artist: Bobby Bare
Title: Darker Than Light
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Label: Plowboy Records
Format(s): CD, DD

Bobby Bare has had a pretty incredible music career starting in the 1958 with the number 2 hit All-American Boy (under the name Bill Parsons). Five years later, he started a long string of country hits with the classic Detroit City. Overall, he had 34 top twenty Country singles, including the 1974 number 1 Marie Laveau, and six top ten albums.

Bare returns with his first new album in seven years, Darker Than Light, on November 13 via the new Plowboy Records. Produced by Plowboy co-founder Don Cusic, the album contains folk songs both traditional and from the pens of Bob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo, Lead Belly and others. Putting a more progressive twist to the track list is a cover of U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and an original, The Devil and Billy Markham, which sets to music a poem by Shel Silverstein.

Joining Bare on the record are guests Escovedo and Vince Gill while his band includes Buddy Miller and Randy Scruggs on guitar, Byron House on bass, Marco Giovino on drums and other members of Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy.

Bare, 77, will tour in support of Darker Than Light with dates coming soon.

Track List:
  • Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (I Ain’t Going To Be Treated This Way)
  • John Hardy
  • Boll Weevil
  • Farewell Angelina
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Lookout Mountain
  • I Was Drunk
  • Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Dark as a Dungeon
  • I Was a Young Man Once
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Shenandoah
  • Woody
  • Tennessee Stud
  • Tom Dooley
  • The Devil and Billy Markam

Simple Minds To Tour Their Greatest Hits

Following a summer of festival appearances and their hugely acclaimed 5X5 tour, Simple Minds will be performing their Greatest Hits Live next year on a huge 28 date tour around the U.K.

Simple Minds are one of the U.K.'s most successful rock groups to date. Having topped America's Billboard chart, the Glasgow band have achieved six No.1 albums in the UK as well hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Expect to hear songs from their extensive back catalogue including Alive and Kicking, Don't You (Forget About Me), Waterfront and more. The show will be in two halves with an interval and no support - a whole evening of Simple Minds, who will be releasing their greatest hits collection, Celebrate, in March to coincide with the tour (and which will include 2 new tracks).

"When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands. A band that had the desire to go all around the world - playing everywhere and anywhere. That challenge is ongoing and we will relish touring the UK next Spring, getting up close to so many who have supported us over the last three decades and more." Jim Kerr

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

Simple Minds Greatest Hits Tour:
  • 03/28 - Belfast - Waterfront
  • 03/29 - Carlisle - Sands Centre
  • 03/31 - Newcastle - City Hall
  • 04/01 - Aberdeen - Music Hall
  • 04/02 - Dundee - Cairo Hall
  • 04/04 - Llandudnow - Venue Cymru Arena
  • 04/05 - Leicester - De Montfort Hall
  • 04/06 - Wolverhampton - Civic Hall
  • 04/08 - Brighton - Dome
  • 04/09 - Plymouth - Pavillion
  • 04/11 - Lincoln - English Shed
  • 04/12 - Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall
  • 04/13 - Leeds - 02 Academy
  • 04/15 - Bournemouth - 02 Academy
  • 04/16 - Margate - Winter Gardens
  • 04/17 - Southend - Cliffs Pavillion
  • 04/19 - Blackpool - Opera House
  • 04/20 - Liverpool - Empire
  • 04/22 - Cambridge - Corn Exchange
  • 04/23 - Guildford - G Live
  • 04/25 - Reading - Hexagon
  • 04/26 - Sheffield - City Hall
  • 04/27 - Hull - City Hall
  • 04/29 - Bristol - Colston Hall
  • 04/30 - Portsmouth - Guildhall
  • 05/02 - Oxford - New Theatre
  • 05/03 - Norwich - UEA
  • 05/04 - Ipswich - Regent

Top Artists Come Together For John Denver Tribute Album

ATO Records will release a tribute album to the late-John Denver in February with performances by artists from a variety of genres. The release date commemorates the 15th anniversary of the singer's death and the 40th anniversary of the release of Rocky Mountain High.

The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver will contain performances of some of the singer's best known songs and a few deep cuts by the likes of Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Brandi Carlisle and Train.

A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to environmental initiatives in Denver's name.

The track list for the album:
  • Take Me To Tomorrow - Dave Matthews
  • Leaving, on a Jet Plane - My Morning Jacket
  • Sunshine On My Shoulders - Train
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads - Brandi Carlile
  • Some Days are Diamonds - Amos Lee
  • Back Home Again - Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Darcy Farrow - Josh Ritter and Barnstar
  • All of My Memories - Kathleen Edwards
  • Annie’s Song - Brett Dennen and Milow
  • Eagle and the Hawk - Blind Pilot
  • Prisoners - J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
  • Looking For Space - Evan Dando
  • I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Wooden Indian - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Song selection TBA - Lucinda Williams