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Cher Adds More Dates to Dressed to Kill Tour


Warner Bros. RecordsBefore she kicked off her Dressed to Kill tour back in March, Cher said she wasn't sure if she'd enjoy herself.  Well, it appears as though she has been, as she's just added a set of new dates to the trek.

"Having too much fun to stop now -- new D2K tour dates!" Cher wrote on her Facebook page.  She also tweeted the news and included a GIF of her dancing with Winona Ryder, from their 1990 film Mermaids.

The five new dates, all in November, will see the legendary diva take her over-the-top show to Lubbock, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Bossier City, Louisiana, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Right now, the South Carolina show, on November 19, is Cher's last scheduled U.S. date, but there could be more.  Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo are serving as the support act for Cher's previously scheduled concerts, but the special guest for the newly added shows has yet to be revealed. 

According to Pollstar, pre-sales for the new dates start on Wednesday for fans who RSVP to Cher's Facebook page.  American Express also is holding a pre-sale on Wednesday, while Ticketmaster is holding one on Thursday.  The general public can buy tickets starting this Friday, September 5.

Cher next concert takes place September 11 in Albany, New York.  Her itinerary also includes two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, on September 19 and 20.

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R.E.M. "Unplugged" Collections Out on Vinyl Today


Cass Bird/Warner Bros. RecordsR.E.M. made two very memorable appearances on MTV's Unplugged, in 1991 and 2001.  For some reason, those two performances were never available as official releases until this past April's Record Store Day, when they were released as a limited four-vinyl-disc set, which sold out pretty much instantly.  To quench the thirst of R.E.M. fans, the band is re-releasing the vinyl, this time as two individual sets arriving in stores today.

1991 Unplugged and 2001 Unplugged each contain two vinyl albums in gatefold sleeves.  The sets are priced at $39.98, and each collection contains tracks that did not make the original broadcast; five on 1991 and six on 2001

For all you anti-old-schoolers out there, 1991 Unplugged and 2001 Unplugged are also available on CD or digital formats.

Here is a track listing for the vinyl sets:

1991 Unplugged

Side One
"Half a World Away"
"Disturbance at the Heron House"
"Radio Song"
"Low"

Side Two
"Perfect Circle"
"Fall on Me"
"Belong"
"Love Is All Around"

Side Three
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
"Losing My Religion"
"Pop Song 89"
"Endgame"

Side Four
"Fretless"*
"Swan Swan H"*
"Rotary 11"*
"Get Up"*
"World Leader Pretend"*

2001 Unplugged

Side One
"All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
"Electrolite"
"At My Most Beautiful"
"Daysleeper"

Side Two
"So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"
"Losing My Religion"
"Country Feedback"
"Cuyahoga"

Side Three
"Imitation of Life"
"Find the River"
"The One I Love"*
"Disappear"*

Side Four
"Beat a Drum"*
"I've Been High"*
"I'll Take the Rain"*
"Sad Professor"*

* = not included in original television broadcast.

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Limited-Edition Led Zeppelin Scarves from UK Designer Paul Smith Arriving in Late October


Images Courtesy of Paul SmithIn conjunction with Led Zeppelin's ongoing catalog reissue campaign, the lauded rock band has collaborated with British fashion designer Paul Smith on a collection of scarves showcasing the updated cover art of the group's remastered albums.

Six separate limited-edition scarves have been designed for the collection, five based on Led Zeppelin's first five albums and a sixth boasting a newly created motif.  The scarves are 1.5 by 1.5 meters in size, or about 4.9 by 4.9 feet.

Each scarf will be produced in a limited run of 50, and beginning on October 23, the items will be available at the Paul Smith store on Albemarle Street in London, as well as at the company's website, PaulSmith.co.uk.  The scarves also will go on sale at Paul Smith's U.S. stores in October.

Expanded and remastered editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums, Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, hit stores in early June, while reissues of the band's fourth and fifth albums -- Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy -- are scheduled for a late-October release.

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Proud College Mom Madonna Seen Dining in Ann Arbor, MI with Freshman Daughter Lourdes


Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCMadonna may be the Queen of Pop, but she's also the proud mom of a newly-minted college freshman.  The singer's eldest daughter, Lourdes, is now a student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, her mom's alma mater.  The two were spotted at an Ann Arbor restaurant over the weekend as Lourdes prepared to start classes.

According to MLive.com, Madonna and Lourdes, whom she calls Lola, were seen eating dinner on Sunday at Ann Arbor's Cafe Felix.  Madonna, Lourdes and a few others sat in a back booth and stayed for an hour.  "She was delightful.  She was really low-key about it," the bar manager tells MLive.com.  "The coolest part was at the end she said 'I really enjoyed myself.'"  He added that the staff "flipped" when they realized who it was...and they weren't the only ones.

MLive.com reports that a few students tweeted that they'd seen Madonna and Lourdes in the dorms on on campus.  One wrote, "My roommate just screamed and ran after Madonna and Lola.  So it's safe to say that Lola and I aren't gonna be friends anytime soon."

Classes at the University of Michigan began on Tuesday.  Meanwhile, Madonna has Instagrammed a shot of her eldest son Rocco accompanying her two youngest children, David and Mercy, to their school.

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Stevie Nicks Says "Half the Songs" on New Album Are About Lindsey Buckingham


Warner Bros. RecordsOver the years, many of Stevie Nicks' songs have documented her love life, including, perhaps most famously, her years with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.  The couple broke up during the 1970s, but on Nicks' new album, she's revisiting their relationship: a good portion of the songs, she says, were inspired by Buckingham.

The album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault, is made up of songs that Stevie wrote years ago, but never recorded, and some date back as far as 1969.  She tells Rolling Stone that nobody in Fleetwood Mac has heard the album yet, but she predicts, "Lindsey will love it.  Half the songs are about him!"

For example, she tells the magazine that "Lady," a tune on the album for which she recently released a lyric video, "captures the mood of me and Lindsey being scared to death when we moved to L.A. in 1971."  She adds, "Our producer...gave us this white carved piano -- I wrote 'Rhiannon' on it.  But I didn't know how to play.  'Lady' was me figuring it out."

Nicks reveals that she only had two months to make 24 Karat Gold because she had to start rehearsing for Fleetwood Mac's reunion tour with Christine McVie, which starts September 30.  Her friend Dave Stewart, the former Eurythmics member who produced her last solo album, In Your Dreams, advised her to make the record in Nashville because the musicians there work very quickly. 

Stevie took his advice, and she says she was shocked at just how fast everything came together: They did 17 tracks in three weeks, and there was no drama involved.

"I'm used to bands where we argue over how to do the song," she tells Rolling Stone.  "These Nashville guys just say, 'Yes, ma'am.'"

24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is in stores on October 7.

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Remastered Versions of George Harrison's First Six Solo Albums Coming this Month


Capitol/UMeDigitally remastered versions of George Harrison's first six solo albums -- released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple Records label -- are hitting stores later this month.

The albums -- Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, Dark Horse and Extra Texture (Read All About It) -- will arrive September 23.  They'll be available both as individual albums, and as a deluxe, eight-disc boxed set called The Apple Years 1968-1975. 

In addition to the six albums, including the double disc All Things Must Pass, that boxed set includes an exclusive DVD featuring videos, promos and unreleased footage, as well as a book with an introduction written by George's son, Dhani, who oversaw the project.

In a statement, Dhani says, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."

All the albums feature previously-unreleased or rare additional tracks.  They're available for pre-order now.

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Yes' Steve Howe Talks About Band's "Unusual" New Album, Praises New Frontman


Rob Shanahan/MSO PRYes recently wrapped up a North American summer tour during which the band debuted some material from its latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, the prog-rock legends' first with their new lead singer Jon Davison.  Guitarist Steve Howe tells ABC News Radio that the record is "a different sort of album" for Yes.

"It's an unusual album in a way.  It has a light element to it," Howe explains, noting that he agrees with some fans who have described the record as being "accessible."

Davison has only been an official member of Yes since 2012, but he played a big role in the creation of Heaven & Earth, co-writing six of the project's eight songs with the other Yes members and writing a seventh tune by himself.  Howe explains that the singer took the initiative when it came to collaborating with his new band mates.

"Jon Davison, being a new guy, put his hand up and kind of said, 'Well, I'd be happy to circulate,'" he says.  "And, basically, 'cause we all live in different parts of the world, Jon visited everybody and found out what he could do with them a little, and then compared notes."

Howe says he was very pleased to find out that beyond coming up with catchy song ideas, Davison was able to create complex parts that challenged the Yes members' abilities, and while also displaying his own musical talents.

One such tune was "Light of the Ages," the song Davison penned alone.

"I think 'Light of the Ages' is the kind of song that Yes needs to play," Howe maintains.  "I play just steel guitar on that one, and Jon plays rhythm guitar.  I like his rhythm work.  It's really good to have a great rhythm guitarist in the group."

Another song Howe enjoyed was the album closer, "Subway Walls," a nine-minute-plus epic that Davison wrote with Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes.

"There's a song [that's] got lots of complexity," Steve points out.  "As we got to know each other and as I got to know [Jon's] available material, that piece was really scary -- complex, almost, like, 'Where is the beat?  Where's the beat gone in this?'"

Howe explains that Davison's musical talents aren't just limited to vocals and rhythm guitar, noting that he also "wrote massive bass lines for this album, which you wouldn't expect."

The multifaceted aspects Davison brings to Yes seems to fit in with what Howe wants the band to strive for moving forward as a recording entity.

"If Yes make albums where none of us have to think, it must be…really appalling," he tells ABC News Radio, "because it's only when you have to work on music that you're doing something of value."

Yes will return to the road on November 10, when the band kicks off a tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan with a concert in Auckland, New Zealand.  As on their North American trek, the new outing will feature Yes performing the Close to the Edge and Fragile albums in their entirety, plus selections from Heaven & Earth and various hits by the group.

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Barry White Box Set Featuring Five Classic '70s Albums Arriving in Late September


Mercury/Universal MusicA new box set gathering together five classic albums by Barry White, the man responsible for some of the 1970s' sexiest soul jams, will be released on September 30 to mark what would have been the deep-voiced singer's 70th birthday. 

Barry White: 5 Classic Albums includes 1973's I've Got So Much to Give and Stone Gon', 1974's Can't Get Enough, 1975's Just Another Way to Say I Love You and 1976's Let the Music Play.

These albums yielded many of White's biggest hits, including the 1974 chart-topping smash "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," and top 10 singles "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby," "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up," "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "What Am I Gonna Do with You."  The 5 Classic Albums collection also features multiple alternate versions of Let the Music Play's title track, including the single version, an instrumental B-side version, the M M Throwback Mix and Funkstar's Club Deluxe Mix.

White was born September 12, 1944, and died in 2003 at the age of 58, but his music continues to keep fans grooving and influence other artists.  At the recent BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, the late singer was honored with the Most Performed Song Award for Justin Timberlake's "TKO," which uses a sample of Barry's "Somebody's Gonna Off the Man."  Last September, White posthumously received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Here is the track list for White's 5 Classic Albums collection:

Disc 1: I've Got So Much to Give
"Standing in the Shadows of Love"
"Bring Back My Yesterday"
"I've Found Someone"
"I've Got So Much to Give"
"I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby"
"Just a Little More Baby (Instrumental)"
"I've Got So Much to Give (Instrumental)"

Disc 2: Stone Gon'
"Girl It's True, Yes I'll Always Love You"
"Honey Please, Can't Ya See"
"You're My Baby"
"Hard to Believe That I Found You"
"Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up"

Disc 3: Can't Get Enough
"Mellow Mood, Pt. 1"
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything"
"I Can't Believe You Love Me"
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe"
"Oh Love, Well We Finally Made It"
"I Love You More Than Anything (in This World Girl)"
"Mellow Mood, Pt. 2"

Disc 4: Just Another Way to Say I Love You
"Heavenly, That's What You Are to Me"
"I'll Do for You Anything You Want Me To"
"All Because of You"
"Love Serenade"
"What Am I Gonna Do with You"
"Let Me Live My Life Lovin' You Babe"
"Love Serenade, Pt. 2"

Disc 5: Let the Music Play
"Don't Know Where Love Has Gone"
"If You Know, Won't You Tell Me"
"I'm So Blue and You Are Too"
"Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together"
"You See the Trouble with Me"
"Let the Music Play"
"Let the Music Play (Single Version)"
"Let the Music Play (Instrumental B-Side Version)"
"Let the Music Play (M M Throwback Mix)"
"Let the Music Play (Funkstar's Club Deluxe Mix)"
"Let the Music Play (Alternate Version)"

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Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for Survivor, Dies at 63


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionJimi Jamison, lead singer for the group Survivor, has died, according to a post on the band’s official Twitter account.

The post reads, “Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends & family.”

Jamison’s booking manager, Sally Irwin, tells TMZ.com that the singer died Sunday night of a heart attack at the age of 63.

Jamison was a member of the band Cobra in 1984 when he joined Survivor after the group’s lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to quit due to polyps on his vocal cords.  The change came after the band scored success with the tune “Eye of the Tiger,” which was featured in the 1982 movie Rocky 3.

According to Rolling Stone, Jamison recorded three albums with Survivor. He was the lead singer on the songs “Burning Heart” from the movie Rocky 4 and “The Moment of Truth” from the film The Karate Kid.  The band also scored a hit with “Is This Love.”

Jamison also co-wrote and recorded the song "I’m Always Here,” which became the theme song for the TV series Baywatch.

Survivor broke up in 1989, but got back together in 1993 with Bickler as the lead singer.  The band became embroiled in legal tussles when Jamison toured under the Survivor name.  After a series of lawsuits, the parties eventually made amends and Survivor began touring with both Bickler and Jamison.

According to the band’s official website, the group performed Saturday night in Morgan Hill, California.

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Founding Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies at 67


Jethro Tull; Glenn Cornick, far right (Chrysalis Records Ltd.)Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull's original bass player, died Thursday at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.  He was 67.  The British-born musician's family told The New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull's first three studio albums, 1968's This Was, 1969's Stand Up and 1970's Benefit and played on the group's early tours.  He exited the band in 1971, after forming the group Wild Turkey and before Tull recorded of its classic 1971 album Aqualung.  Prior to Jethro Tull's formation, Cornick played with frontman Ian Anderson and the band's founding guitarist Mick Abrahams in the John Evan Band.

After Wild Turkey disbanded in 1974, Cornick played in the short-lived group Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch.

Anderson paid tribute to Cornick in a message posted on Jethro Tull's official website.  "Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone -- especially fellow musicians, wrote the singer.  "Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician…His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull."

Anderson also noted that Cornick continued to play music with various groups throughout his life, and pointed out that he frequently took part in Tull fan conventions, "where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire."

Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte, and three children -- son Drew, daughter Molly and son Alex.

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Sting Set to Perform at NYC Concert Supporting Equality for LGBT Community


Image Courtesy of Patti HintonSting is among the stars who will perform at a September 15 fundraising event in New York City supporting organizations and activists fighting for the rights of those who identify themselves as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).  Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality will be held at the Gershwin Theatre, and will feature a variety of artists and speakers from around the world sharing inspiring songs and stories.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice's Fueling the Frontlines campaign.  The organization is committed to improvement of the LGBTI community's rights throughout the world.

The concert, which also will feature an appearance by Broadway legend Patti Lupone, is timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative to bring attention to the equality issue.  Visit UprisingofLove.org for more information.

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Duran Duran Headlining Unveiling Event for New Mazda Sports Car; Band Shares Details About Next Album


PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American OperationsDuran Duran will be the headliners of a special event this Wednesday in Monterey, California, that will feature the unveiling of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.  Starting at 6 p.m. PT, the event will be streamed live on Mazda's YouTube channel, allowing the whole world to get a first look at the car, as well as check out highlights of a performance by the band.

"Duran Duran and the MX-5 Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s and captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation," says Mazda executive Russell Wager.  "In 25 years, both the car and the band have evolved while staying true to their roots.  It is this combination of authenticity and endurance that makes the pairing of the MX-5 and Duran Duran so appropriate for this reveal."

Simultaneous unveiling events also will be held in Tokyo and Barcelona, Spain.

Meanwhile, a series of videos featuring new interviews with Duran Duran have been posted at FashionRocksLive.com to promote the upcoming 2014 Fashion Rocks concert, in partnership with Mazda.  In one of the clips, the band members -- Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor -- share some details about the group's upcoming album, which is due out in the spring of 2015.  Among the tidbits revealed: ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante contributed his talents to the record, and The Kaiser Chiefs' Nick Hodgson co-wrote one of the new tunes.

"This new record is like Duran in extremis," says John Taylor.  "It's like everything you ever wanted from a Duran record."  The group has been collaborating with a number of producers on the project, including Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr. Hudson.

Additional videos focus on the band's path to stardom and their evolving fashions.

Duran Duran is one of many acts that will be performing at this year's Fashion Rocks concert.  CBS will air the event live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET on September 9.  The lineup also includes KISS, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull, Usher, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.

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Get Texts from, Tune In for Bret Michaels & Other Stars on Today's MDA Telethon


Image Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy AssociationJust a reminder that Poison frontman Bret Michaels is among the stars who will appear on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The two-hour broadcast starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  But if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite celebrities, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then. 

Michaels is one of the many music artists that will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast.  Other performers include Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, American Authors and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

The telethon also will feature a bevy of celebrity presenters including Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Jordin Sparks and Ludacris, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville's Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more. In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: The first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.

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Kurt Cobain Loved Motley Crue, Says Vince Neil, and the Feeling Was Mutual


Universal Music Group/Anton Corbijn; Tenth Street EntertainmentTo hear Vince Neil tell it, you'd never know that there was ever any hard feelings between heavy metal and grunge.

The Mötley Crüe singer tells the U.K.'s Q magazine that he and his band mates weren't threatened by the early grunge movement; in fact, they were totally into it.  "We went on [MTV's] Headbanger's Ball and we'd had an early pressing of [Nirvana's] Nevermind, he says.  "We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out."

In addition, Neil slags metal rockers who bad-mouthed grunge.  "Only people whose careers were on the way out said that," he says.  "We supported that whole thing.  I don't know why people say grunge killed rock."

Apparently, the love between Mötley Crüe and Nirvana was a two-way street.  Neil says, "I was talking to Courtney Love one time and she told me that one of Kurt [Cobain]'s favorite records was [Mötley Crüe's 1981 album] Too Fast for Love."

The entire interview is available in the new print version of Q magazine.

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Turtles Hits Get Boxed in New Vinyl Singles Collection


FloEdCo/Manifesto RecordsThe music of the legendary 1960s pop-rock group The Turtles will be celebrated with a special box set featuring a series of 7-inch vinyl discs boasting the band's biggest hits.  The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection, which will be released on September 16, will include eight discs boasting a total of 16 tunes.

Among the songs featured are all five of The Turtles' top 10 singles, including the 1967 chart-topper "Happy Together"; "She'd Rather Be with Me," which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year; and the group's first hit, a 1965 cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" that peaked at #8.

The collection also features several gems from the Turtles catalog that weren't hits, including the Warren Zevon-penned "Outside Chance" from 1966 and 1969's "Love in the City," which was produced by The Kinks' Ray Davies.

After the original Turtles broke up in 1970, founding members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan -- a.k.a Flo and Eddie -- briefly joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and also established themselves as premiere session singers.  In recent years, they've been performing under the name The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie and headlining the annual Happy Together Tour.

Here's the track list for the 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection:

"It Ain't Me Babe"/"You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain"
"Let Me Be"/"Love in the City"
"You Baby"/"You Know What I Mean"
"Happy Together"/"Grim Reaper of Love"
"She'd Rather Be with Me"/"Story of Rock and Roll"
"She's My Girl"/"Can't I Get to Know You Better"
"Elenore"/"Outside Chance"
"You Showed Me"/"Sound Asleep"

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Neil Young Recording with Orchestra for Project Reportedly Titled "Storytone"


Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchAccording to multiple online reports, Neil Young has been working on a new music project that involves an orchestra.  German composer Chris Walden has revealed on his website that he contributed arrangements to a new album from the folk-rock great called Storytone, which is due out on November 4.

A series of messages that appeared over the last couple of weeks on the Gina Zimmitti Music Contracting Facebook page offer some additional details about the sessions.  A photo posted on August 19 shows Walden conducting an orchestra at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in Culver City, California, while Young sings and veteran studio musician George Doering plays guitar.  A caption attached to the pic reads, "First day recording Chris Walden's fantastic arrangements for Neil Young."

A message posted on August 23 shows another photo of Walden at work, this one taken at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles.  The caption for this pic reads, "2nd day of recording with Neil Young and producer Niko Bolas - this time for some awesomely loud big band arrangements by Chris Walden composer-arranger!"  Bolas has worked as an engineer and producer on numerous Young records over the years, including Landing on Water, Life, Freedom and Living with War.

The most recent Facebook post regarding Young appeared on Thursday.  It shows a photo of Neil's LincVolt hybrid car and reveals that the rock legend was back at the Sony studio "for more days of recording with orchestra and arranger Michael Bearden."  Bearden collaborated with an impressive list of music stars over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Carlos Santana, John Fogerty and many others.

Back in March, Young told Billboard that he was considering making "a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic."  He added, "I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past."

Stay tuned as more information emerges about the upcoming album.

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Elton John to Be Joined by Chrissie Hynde at "End of Summer" Bash at UK Mansion Next Week


Joseph Guay; Dean ChalkleyElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his mansion in Windsor, England, on Thursday, September 4.

The "End of Summer Party" at Woodside, a home John shares with husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by Elton himself, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt.  In addition, John has partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially created Grey Goose cocktails.

You can join in the fun -- if you've got the cash.  Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.

The "End of Summer Party" replaces Elton's long-running charity event the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he's discontinued.

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Watch New Trailer for "Led Zeppelin IV" Reissue; Robert Plant Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Atlantic/Swan SongA new teaser trailer has premiered online offering a short preview of the forthcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin's classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV.  The clip, which runs for a minute and seven seconds, features an early mix of "Black Dog" that will be appear on the bonus "companion audio" disc included in the deluxe versions of the release.

The promo video also features footage of Led Zeppelin performing in concert, and glimpses of different images from the package, including the cover art, vintage concert posters and gig announcements and photos of the band members.  You can watch the trailer at Led Zeppelin's official website and YouTube channel.

The remastered Led Zeppelin IV packages will be released on October 28 as part of the second installment the band's reissue campaign.  Revamped versions of the group 1973 album Houses of the Holy also will hit stores the same day.

In other Led Zeppelin-related news, Robert Plant has joined the droves of celebrities who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A video clip, which can be viewed on Robert's YouTube channel, shows the rock legend standing in a nicely landscaped yard or park, ringing a little green bell.  Plant reveals that he was nominated by British comedy group Kiddy Lad, and then calls on "Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and my favorite commoner, Peter Gabriel" to take the challenge also.  He adds, "Come on lads, get wet.  Please don't forget to donate," before two men empty buckets of ice water over his curly locks.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within a day or two or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  As of Friday, more than $100 million has been raised by this year's campaign.

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The Beatles, Madonna in Top Five of "Time" Magazine's List of Ultimate Pop Stars


CBS Photography 1965While a recent Harris Poll found that The Beatles are the most popular music act in the U.S., the Fab Four weren't quite fab enough to reach the top of a new list from Time magazine determining the ultimate pop star.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The Beatles finished at #4 on the tally with 1,537 point, although they were the highest-ranking rock band.  Topping the list was Mariah Carey with 1,901 points, followed by Rihanna with 1,800 points and Usher with 1,778 points.

Other veteran artists who made it into the top 10 of the tally include Madonna at #5 with 1,414 points, Janet Jackson at #8 with 1,384 points, Whitney Houston at #7 with 1,155 points and Michael Jackson at #8 with 1,136 points.

Further down on the list were Elton John in 11th place, Stevie Wonder at #12, The Supremes at #20, The Bee Gees at #21, The Rolling Stones at #22, Elvis Presley at #26, Donna Summer at #33, Olivia Newton-John at #34, Lionel Richie at #37, Phil Collins at #38, Barbra Streisand at #40, The Four Seasons at #44, Cher at #46, Marvin Gaye at #47 and Santana in 48th place.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see if your favorite artist made it onto Time's chart.

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Little Richard Unharmed in Car Accident


Ben Rose/WireImage for NARASLittle Richard was involved in a car accident Monday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but he's doing OK.

A local newspaper, the Daily News Journal, reports the 81-year-old rock-and-roll pioneer, whose birth name is Richard Penniman, was in the front passenger seat of his Cadillac SUV, which was traveling on a Murfreesboro street, when it was struck by another vehicle that had exited a parking lot.

Both cars suffered major damage, but no one was hurt. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with failing to yield to right of way.

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