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Credit: Travis ShinnNot only will Journey be touring Asia in 2017, but the band will be touring with Asia too! Journey has lined up a series of 12 U.S. dates with the '80s prog-rock supergroup in March and April that will follow on the heels of a February headlining trek of the Far East.

The joint stateside tour kicks off on March 15 in Yakima, Washington, and is plotted out through an April 4 concert in Dayton, Ohio.

Asia frontman John Wetton says his band "is honored to be asked to share the stage with Journey." The singer/bassist, who has been battling cancer during the past year or so, adds, "On a personal note, this couldn't have come at a better time for me; I remain determined and my road to a full recovery continues. I look forward to seeing everyone on the tour next year."

In other news, Journey has announced a new nine-show Las Vegas residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino that will run from May 3 to May 20. Tickets for the Las Vegas performances and most of the concerts with Asia will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit JourneyMusic.com for more details.

Journey's Asia trek gets underway February 1 in Osaka, Japan, and winds down with a February 19 in Taipei, Taiwan. The band will also play three shows in Hawaii in late February before returning to the mainland U.S.

Here are all of Journey's confirmed 2017 U.S. concerts:

2/23 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
2/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
2/28 -- Maui, HI, A&B Amphitheater - Yokouchi Pavilion
3/15 -- Yakima, WA, Yakima Valley Sundome*
3/16 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena*
3/18 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena*
3/20 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena*
3/21 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse*
3/24 -- Fargo, ND, Fargodome*
3/27 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center*
3/28 -- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center*
3/31 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum*
4/1 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center*
4/3 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center*
4/4 -- Dayton, OH, Nutter Center*
5/3 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/5 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/12 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
5/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

* = with Asia.

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Courtesy of Webster PRKenny Rogers is among the first stars confirmed to join Dolly Parton for Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. The three-hour telethon will air next Tuesday, December 13, at 8 p.m. ET on the Great American Country channel, AXS TV, RFD and The Heartland Network, and it also wil be live-streamed on USAToday.com and simulcast on radio.

"My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special," Parton says. "Wildfires have affected many of the people -- my people -- who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet."

Dolly's My People Fund is providing $1,000 per month to families in Sevier County, Tennessee, that lost their primary residences in the fires last week. Parton was born in Sevier County. During the telethon, viewers will be able to call 1-866-CARE-MORE to donate to the cause.

The telethon's lineup also includes Alison Krauss and Reba McEntire. Expect announcements about more of Parton's celebrity friends who'll be joining her at the fundraiser as the event approaches.

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Credit: Lee MillwardIn the wake of the sad news that Emerson, Lake and Palmer frontman Greg Lake died Wednesday at age 69 after a battle with cancer, a variety of fellow rock stars have come forward to pay tribute to the influential prog-rock musician.

The members of Yes have posted a joint statement on the band's Twitter feed that reads, "Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend legendary Greg Lake[.] Our thoughts & condolences are with [his wife] Regina & [his daughter] Natasha & all the family."

The Who, who tapped Lake to play bass on its 2004 single "Real Good Lookin' Boy," posted a message on its official Facebook page sending condolences to Greg's "family and close friends." The band also posted a link to a video that offered a behind-the-scenes look at the "Real Good Lookin' Boy" sessions.

Longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman paid homage to Lake in his own tweet, while acknowledging the death earlier this year of Greg's ELP band mate Keith Emerson. "Another sad loss with the passing of Greg Lake," Wakeman wrote. "You left some great music with us my friend & so like Keith, you will live on."

Asia frontman John Wetton, who played in King Crimson early in his career after Lake left that group, wrote, "I'm so sad to hear of the passing of a musical giant in my genre."

Here are some tributes to Lake from a number of other well-known musicians:

Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett: "Music bows its head to acknowledge the passing of a great musician and singer, Greg Lake."

Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes: "Very sad news about Greg Lake. I had the privilege of working with him on several projects. His great talent will be sorely missed by all."

KISS frontman Paul Stanley: "Very sad news. Greg Lake has passed away. Such talent. I saw ELP. Loved King Crimson. Thank you for your music. RIP."

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer: "Greg Lake RIP, loved your music & your voice. 'Lucky Man' was the first song I ever learned on guitar."

Whitesnake singer David Coverdale: "Our Thoughts & Prayers to the Family, Friends & Fans of Greg Lake…RIP."

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Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesJames Brown will be the subject of a new episode of Unsung that will air during the TV One documentary series' upcoming 10th season. Billboard reports that the show's new season will premiere on January 4 with a program focusing on 1990s female R&B trio SWV.

The Godfather of Soul's episode will premiere on February 22 and will be the season finale. The show will feature appearances by actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Brown in the 2014 biopic Get On Up, and veteran R&B act Full Force.

The new season of Unsung also will feature episodes looking at the lives and careers of ex-Tower of Power frontman Lenny Williams, founding Blackstreet singer Dave Hollister, rapper Fat Joe and others.

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Dave J Hogan/Courtesy of JA Digital and Eagle Rock Film Productions In July, news broke that Mick Jagger was expecting a baby with his 29-year-old American girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick. Now, the new baby has arrived -- and it's a boy.

A statement provided to ABC News by The Rolling Stones' rep says, "Melanie Hamrick & Mick Jagger's son was born today in New York and they are both delighted. Mick was at the hospital for the arrival. Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time."?

The baby is the 73-year-old rock legend's eighth child: he has four with Jerry Hall, one with Marsha Hunt, one with his ex-wife Bianca Jagger and one with Luciana Gimenez Morad. Jagger also has five grandchildren, and in 2014, he became a great-grandfather when his daughter Jade's daughter Assisi welcomed a daughter of her own.

The Rolling Stones frontman had a longtime relationship with designer L'Wren Scott from 2001 until 2014, when she took her own life. The couple had no children.

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Courtesy of CBSJust ahead of the premiere of her new Showtime documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, the Material Girl herself took the passenger seat in the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Madonna might have sat down but she didn't sit still while riding around New York City in an SUV with endearingly star-struck James Corden.

The 58-year-old singer was ageless as ever in her black leather jacket, black jeans and fingerless gloves, rocking attitude from the moment Corden pulled into traffic. The two of them struck a pose for "Vogue" and Madonna ended with her leg stretched to the roof of the car. James tried to do the same, playing it for laughs.

As seen on the teaser released Monday, Madonna straight-up twerked in her seat to "B****, I'm Madonna." She later shocked her host as she talked about the difference between her life on stage and off, saying she doesn't drink or smoke and that at home, she's like Julie Andrews.

The pair also sang "Papa Don't Preach" and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," from the Evita soundtrack, before moving on to the topic of Michael Jackson. Not only did she kiss, Madonna did tell, admitting that she encouraged Jackson a little with some chardonnay before she made her move on him. "It worked wonders," she said.

James was clearly having the time of his life and Madonna seemed to enjoy herself, especially while performing "Ray of Light" and "Music."

"That was the only time I haven't minded being stuck in traffic," Madonna said at the end.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour premieres on Showtime, Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and on Showtime on demand December 10.

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Greg Lake, who fronted both the influential bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died, the BBC reports. He was 69.

The singer, guitarist and bass player lost a "a long and stubborn battle with cancer," his manager told the UK news agency. On March 11 of this year, Lake's ELP bandmate Keith Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a statement, Carl Palmer, now the sole living member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, says, "It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow bandmate, Greg Lake. Greg's soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson."

He added, "I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures at an Exhibition, 'death is life.' His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him."

Lake was a founding member of King Crimson, which was led by his school friend Robert Fripp. The band's 1969 album In the Court of the Crimson King, which Lake produced, was an instant hit.

After King Crimson toured the U.S. with the band The Nice, Lake became friendly with that band's keyboard player, Emerson, and the two decided to leave their respected bands and form a prog-rock "supergroup," Emerson, Lake and Palmer, with drummer Carl Palmer. With ELP, Lake contributed bass, acoustic and electric guitar and vocals. The band's melding of classical and rock sounds -- on albums such as Brain Salad Surgery and Pictures at an Exhibition -- was Lake's proudest achievement, as he told ABC Radio in September.

"One of the things we decided to do was to try and draw more upon our European roots, our own roots, for inspiration," Lake said. "I think you'll find that after ELP there were tons and tons of rock bands that incorporated European-influenced music. I think overall that would be my biggest reflective joy in those records, that it did throw open the floodgates to be able to simply appreciate classical music, for example." 

After ELP split in 1979, Lake briefly joined Asia, and then co-founded a short-lived new band, Emerson, Lake and Powell, with drummer Cozy Powell.  Emerson, Lake and Palmer reformed in the mid-'90s for a few more albums, and then split once more. ELP's final gig together, in London in 2010, marked their 40th anniversary.

In addition to his work in his various bands, Lake scored a solo hit in 1975, "I Believe In Father Christmas," which still gets airplay each holiday season.

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The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesToday of course marks one of the most tragic days in rock history.  Thirty-six years ago, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman outside of The Dakota, the New York City apartment building in which Lennon lived with his wife, Yoko Ono.

As she’s done many times before, Yoko’s using the anniversary of her husband’s murder to call attention to gun violence in America.  Wednesday night, she tweeted the now-familiar image of the bloodied glasses Lennon was wearing when he was killed.

Together let's bring back America the green land of Peace
The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience
After 36yrs we still miss him pic.twitter.com/nRvdFKixW2

— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) December 8, 2016

“Over 1,200,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980,” reads the message on the image.

Along with the image, Yoko tweeted the message, “Together let's bring back America the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36yrs we still miss him.”

John Lennon had just turned 40 the previous October when he was murdered.  Chapman, now 69, pleaded guilty to killing Lennon and is serving life in prison for the crime.

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Rhino/Asylum RecordsToday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Eagles' landmark album Hotel California, the band's most successful studio effort, which has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album spent eight nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 in 1977 and yielded two #1 hits, "New Kid in Town" and the title track, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, who wrote the music to "Hotel California," tells ABC Radio that he feels the band was at its creative peak when they recorded the song and the album.

"I thought it was a unbelievably magical combination of five guys -- writing, musicianship, the ability in the studio from the experience we had all had in the years we had spent making records," Felder tells ABC Radio

Hotel California, The Eagles' fifth studio release, was the first to feature guitarist Joe Walsh, who replaced founding member Bernie Leadon. Walsh's blistering playing added a harder edge to the band's sound, exemplified by his contributions to the title track and "Life in the Fast Lane," a #11 hit for the group.

"Hotel California" the song served as the thematic centerpiece to and launching point of the album, which is a loose concept record about life in the decadent music business in Southern California during the '70s.

As Felder explains, "Once we had the foundation of the concept of 'Hotel California,' all these other songs started coming out. Like, when you first get to L.A. and you get in the music business and you have your first hit, you're the 'New Kid in Town.' And then, once you start flying around in limos and Lear jets and living that lifestyle, it becomes 'Life in the Fast Lane.'"

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Simon & SchusterThe audio version of Bruce Springsteen's best-selling memoir, Born to Run, was released this week. The legendary rocker, who recorded the 18-hour-long audiobook at his home studio in New Jersey, tells People that the experience was just as draining as playing one of his famous marathon concerts.

"[It] wasn't any easier for me than singing for four hours," he admits. "You really wear down your voice. But it was quite enjoyable."

To augment the recording, Springsteen added some original musical segments to accompany his spoken words.

"I put just a little bit of music in here and there," explains the Boss, "and I hope people like it."

Regarding whether he found it difficult opening up about his personal life in the book, Springsteen tells People, "There was a little bit of anxiety. Unlike your songs, where there's always a debate about whether it is or isn't about you, a memoir is about you. You have to get comfortable with that."

You can check out a four-minute-plus segment from the audiobook at BruceSpringsteen.net and Bruce's official SoundCloud page. In the snippet, Springsteen emotionally recalls the 2011 death of E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons.

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Courtesy of VH1VH1 Divas Holidays: Unsilent Night brought in massive ratings for the network on Monday night.

According to Billboard, the hour-long special, which included performances by Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey and Vanessa Williams, brought in 2 million viewers, making it the highest-rated Divas show in more than a decade.  

The special, which retruned after a four-year hiatus, also managed to become a trending topic on Twitter.

VH1 and Logo's executive vice president Amy Doyle also hinted at a possible VH1 Divas Holidays in 2017.

"We set out to start a new holiday tradition, and based on the early feedback, it seems like we've accomplished that!" she told Billboard

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Michael Dorf PresentsThe music of Aretha Franklin will be spotlighted at the latest in the series of star-studded annual tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf. The show is scheduled for March 6, 2017, at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The initial lineup of artists who will be saluting the Queen of Soul at the event includes Heart's Ann Wilson, Kenny Loggins, Todd Rundgren, ex-Labelle singer Sarah Dash, Taj Mahal and Melissa Etheridge, among others.

General admission tickets to the show, dubbed "The Music of Aretha Franklin," are available now at the Carnegie Hall box office and CarnegieHall.org. VIP packages can be purchased by visiting MusicOf.org.

All of the proceeds from the concert will go toward various music education programs for underprivileged youths.  The Aretha tribute will be the 14th annual themed charity concert Dorf has helped organize in New York City. The events have raised more than $1.3 million so far.

The past year's "Music Of" tribute, which paid homage to the late David Bowie, was expanded to two nights due to overwhelming demand, with the first show being held at Carnegie Hall and the second taking place at Radio City Music Hall.

Among the artists who have been the subject of previous "Music Of" shows are The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Elton John, R.E.M., The Who, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

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David M. Russell/Disney ABC Home Entertainment and Television DistributionMelissa Etheridge has released a new lyric video for her version of the Staple Singers classic, "Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)." The clip highlights social issues with a mix of modern images and archival footage.

As Melissa's updated lyrics flash across the screen, we see images of the LGBT community and scenes from the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. "You got to start in your heart/Do your part to turn the world around/Respect yourself,” she sings.

Melissa's cover of "Respect Yourself" appears on her album MEmphis Rock and Soul, which features 11 other covers from the legendary Stax Records catalog.

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Credit: Glenn GottliebThe 2017 edition of Yes' Cruise to the Edge is scheduled for early February, and the band has now lined up a February 3 warm-up show in Cherokee, North Carolina, and a weeklong series of additional U.S. concerts taking place after the seagoing festival.

The prog-rock legends' other newly announced dates, which all are in the Southeastern U.S., run from a February 11 concert in St. Petersburg, Florida, through a February 17 gig in Biloxi, Mississippi. As with Yes' 2016 shows, the upcoming concerts will feature the band playing its 1980 album Drama in its entirety, as well as sides one and four of the 1973 double-disc Tales from Topographic Oceans and a few classic tunes.

Tickets for all of the dates are on sale now.

As previously reported, the 2017 Cruise to the Edge sets sail from Tampa, Florida, on February 7, and stops in Cozumel, Mexico, before returning to port on February 11. In addition to Yes, the event's lineup includes Kansas, Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge, ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Asia frontman John Wetton, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Focus and former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

Here is Yes' full confirmed 2017 schedule, according to YesWorld.com:

2/3 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee - Event Center
2/7-11 -- Tampa, FL, to Cozumel, Mexico, Cruise to the Edge
2/11 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
2/12 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
2/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
2/15 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
2/17 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa

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Credit: Juan Pont LezicaSteve Winwood has announced his first tour dates of 2017, a series of spring shows that will take place in a variety of cities in the eastern U.S. The trek kicks off April 20 in Westbury, New York, and is plotted out through a May 10 concert at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium.

The former Traffic and Spencer Davis Group frontman's schedule features a total of 14 shows, and also includes stops in New York City; Baltimore; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Virginia; and St. Augustine and Orlando, Florida.

Tickets to all the concerts except for the Nashville show will go on sale starting Friday, December 9. Nashville tickets will be available beginning Friday, December 16.

Steve was last seen on tour this past summer, when he served as Steely Dan's opening act.

Here are all of Winwood's 2017 tour dates:

4/20 -- Westbury, NY, Westbury Theatre
4/21 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater
4/22 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
4/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
4/25 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell PAC @ Lyric
4/27 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
4/28 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Casino
4/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany
5/1 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
5/2 -- Richmond, VA, Carpenter Theatre
5/5 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/6 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
5/9 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall
5/10 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

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Andreas Terlaak/©2016 Neil Diamond ArchiveNeil Diamond will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his music career next year with a major tour that's mapped out from an April 7 in Fresno, California, through an August 12 show in Inglewood, California.

In a new Rolling Stone interview, the legendary singer/songwriter reveals that the new concerts are selling very well, while noting that he's very proud fans still are interested in coming to see him perform after a half century in the business.

"It's been very heartening to me," he tells the magazine. "I've been doing this 50 years and to have an audience that's out there and anxious and enthusiastic is exciting."

Diamond admits that when he started out, he never could have imagined that he'd still be a performing and recording artist five decades later.

"[W]hen I started having hit records you think your career might be one or two or three records. And that's it," he says. "You were finished when one bombed. That's all the chance you got. Next!"

The 75-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that the upcoming concerts will be packed with hits, of course, while noting that he also likes to include some lesser-known tunes in his sets.

"They have to work real good to get into that club," he maintains. "But we find a way to get them in."

Diamond tells Rolling Stone that he likely will include a few songs he didn't write in his shows, among them Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning," and perhaps Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," as a tribute to Cohen, who passed away last month at age 82.

Neil says he realizes he could have retired from the road a long time ago, but he feels "addicted" to all aspects of touring.

Check out all of Diamond's 2017 tour dates at NeilDiamond.com.

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Courtesy of CBSWe already knew Madonna was James Corden's next guest on Carpool Karaoke. Now The Late Late Show has posted a preview clip of her appearance, and she uses all of the real estate the passenger seat provides.

The 58-year-old material girl, dressed in a black leather jacket and black denim jeans, cruises the streets of New York City with Corden, at one point turning around to kneel in her seat and twerk. 

The clip also teases whether or not Madonna once kissed Michael Jackson. "So you want me to kiss and tell, then, don't you?" Madonna asks.

Corden's past Carpool Karaoke guests have included Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Mariah CareyMichelle Obama, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lady Gaga, among many other stars.

Madonna's appearance will air during this Wednesday night's Late Late Show on CBS.

It's probably not a coincidence that two nights later, Madonna's documentary film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour premieres on Showtime. It'll feature behind-the-scenes footage and performances from the final leg of her 55-city tour in Australia back in March. Her 82 shows grossed more than $100 million.

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Dave M. Benett/Getty ImageAn alleged secret romance between Michael Jackson and a young woman named Shana Mangatal will be revealed in a tell-all book written by Mangatal, reports Electronic Urban Report.

In the book, titled Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson's Secret Romance, Mangatal claims that her love affair with the late pop icon began the first time she saw him at his 1988 Madison Square Garden concert in New York City, and lasted until 2009.  

She states that Jackson pointed at her while performing his hit song "Human Nature," while singing the lyrics, "See that girl -- she knows I'm watching. She likes the way I stare." 

"He kept glancing at me for the remainder of the concert and I was sure we had made a love connection," Mangatal writes in the memoir.  

Throughout Michael and Me, Mangatal discusses her alleged two-decade relationship with the legend, which includes tales of MJ flying Shana "to events out of the country, details of Jackson initiating phone sex and Mangatal claiming that Jackson took her virginity."

Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson's Secret Romance is currently on sale everywhere. 

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PRNewsFoto/UMeFormer Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman will release a new solo album titled Piano Portraits in early 2017 that features covers of a variety of well-known rock and pop songs, including some tunes on which he originally performed.

The record boasts solo piano versions of Yes' "Wonderous Stories," The Beatles' "Help!" and "Eleanor Rigby," David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "Space Oddity," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" and 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," as well as classical pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky. The virtuoso musician says he was inspired in part to make Piano Portraits in response to the positive reaction to his tribute performance of "Life on Mars" on BBC radio earlier this year after Bowie's death.

"I've been wanting to do a piano album for years and I spent quite a bit of time looking at everything from straight classical pieces to stuff that I'd played on in the past like 'Morning Has Broken' and 'Life on Mars'," Wakeman explains. "Plus pieces of music that I thought would work really well like 'Stairway to Heaven' and classics like 'Clair de Lune.' Nearly all of the tracks have a memory for me somewhere down the line and it just seemed to work."

In addition to "Life on Mars" and "Morning Has Broken," Rick also contributed his talents to the original versions of "Wonderous Stories" and "Space Oddity."

Piano Portraits will be released on CD and as a digital download on January 13, and as a two-LP vinyl set on February 3.

You can check out videos of Wakeman's solo performances of "Help!" and Debussy's "Clair de Lune" at VEVO.com.

Here is the full track list of Piano Portraits:

"Help!"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"Life on Mars"
"I'm Not in Love"
"Wonderous Stories"
"Berceuse"
"Amazing Grace"
"Swan Lake"
"Morning Has Broken"
"Summertime"
"Space Oddity"
"Dance of the Damselflies"
"Clair de Lune"
"I Vow to Thee My Country"
"Eleanor Rigby"

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Columbia RecordsDavid Bowie may be gone, but his musical achievements continue. He and his last album, Blackstar, have been nominated for five Grammys, including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album.

Bowie died just two days after releasing the critically acclaimed Blackstar. The title track has earned the late legend nods for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, and the album itself is up for Best Alternative Album, where its competition includes discs by PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, Bon Iver and Radiohead. Blackstar also is up for Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical.

Other veteran rock nominees include Metallica, whose song "Hardwired" is up for Best Rock Song, and The Beatles, sort of: Ron Howard's documentary about the Fab Four, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, is up for Best Music Film. Peter Gabriel is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "The Veil," which he wrote for the movie Snowden.

Paul McCartney's reissue of his album Tug of War is up for Best Boxed or Special Edition Limited Package, while a newly rremixed version of his 1973 song "Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five" done by Timo Maas and James Teej is in the running for Best Remixed Recording.

Patti Smith and Elvis Costello both have been nominated in a nonmusical category, Best Spoken Word Album, for the audio books to their respective memoirs M Train and Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

Finally, Bob Dylan, who's already won a Nobel Prize this year, is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his disc of standards, Fallen Angels. Bizarrely, his competition includes Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and opera star Andrea Bocelli. In addition, the Collector's Edition of Dylan's archival box set The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 is up for Best Historical Album.

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