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Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Scheduled for March 30 in L.A; Lineup Includes Brian, Al Jardine, Ann Wilson

Image Courtesy of The Best FestA new all-star concert paying tribute to founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is scheduled to take place on March 30 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The first-ever Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson will feature an guest appearance by Wilson himself, as well as performances by fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips, Norah Jones and many more.

The event is being curated by The Best Fest, the same people who have organized similar tribute shows to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com.  Proceeds from ticket sales for the show will go to the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to benefit the Sweet Relief organization, which aids musicians in need of financial assistance because of illness or other issues.

Brian Fest is timed to coincide with the release of Wilson's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, which hits stores April 7.  The record features contributions from a number of musicians who will participate in the concert, including Jardine, She & Him's M. Ward and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

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Robert Plant Releasing Limited-Edition Vinyl EP, "More Roar," on Record Store Day

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsThis year's Record Store Day is fast approaching, and Robert Plant is among the artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl discs as part of the promotion, which takes place on Friday, April 18.

The Led Zeppelin singer will release More Roar, a 10-inch EP featuring live performances recorded during his 2014 tour with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters.  Side A of the record includes renditions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden," songs that appear on Robert's latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Side B features a medley that combines another Lullaby tune, "Poor Howard," and the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."  Only 10,000 copies of More Roar will be available.

A full list of Record Store Day releases will be unveiled on March 10.

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to Debut on HBO on May 30

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame MuseumWe already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on television.  The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously reported, the latest crop of inductees includes Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and The "5" Royales.

2015 will mark the fourth straight year that HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the network has just signed an agreement to continue covering the event for three more years.

Meanwhile, although tickets to the April 18 ceremony are sold out, the event will be simulcast on a number of giant screens throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  Tickets for the simulcast are available now for $24.50 at Tickets.RockHall.com.

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Paul McCartney Appears on "All Day," Another New Song by Kanye West

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsPaul McCartney's collaborative relationship with Kanye West continues to be a fruitful one, as the ex-Beatle is featured on yet another song with the rap star.  McCartney sings and whistles on "All Day," West's latest single, which was released on Monday night via iTunes.

The track, which also features a vocal from Theophilus London and a rap from U.K. artist Allan Kingdom, will appear on Kanye's upcoming album, So Help Me God.  The release of the five-minute-long studio version of "All Day" follows West's live performance of the tune at last week's BRIT Awards 2015.

As Rolling Stone notes, the whistling segment McCartney does on "All Day" appears to share the same melody of an unreleased song he wrote back in 1969 that was inspired by a painting of a guitarist by Pablo Picasso.

McCartney also contributed to Kanye's recent ballad, "Only One," on which Sir Paul played keyboards, and the two stars were featured on Rihanna's hit single "FourFiveSeconds."  The latter tune gave McCartney his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 29 years.

A release date for West's album has not been revealed.

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Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan Taking Part in Star-Studded Free Festival in Miami Beach

PRNewsFoto/Hard Rock InternationalBarry Gibb and Gloria Estefan are among the stars who will perform at a free concert event called the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach festival that will take place on Monday, March 26, at the famed Florida resort town.  The musical extravaganza also will feature a variety of other stars, including ex-Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason, Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean, Jon Secada, Flo Rida, veteran reggae group Third World and more.

Actor Andy Garcia will serve as emcee for part of the festival, which will be held on the beach where Eighth Street and Ocean Drive meet.  The event is being organized by Hard Rock International in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.

Free seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis, while concertgoers also will be able to buy limited, reserved premium seats.  The festival area will open at noon ET on March 26, with a temporary amphitheater opening at 5 p.m. that afternoon in advance of the evening performances.

For more details, visit Miami100.com and HardRockRising.com.

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Madonna Announces 35-City Rebel Heart Tour

Interscope RecordsMadonna has announced she'll be bringing her Rebel Heart tour to 35 cities, beginning August 29 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.

Following stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities, the UK/European leg will kick off on November 4th in Koln, Germany, and will stop in Spain, Sweden, Italy, and elsewhere.  Ticket details are available on Madonna's official website.

Here are the scheduled dates for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour:

North America/Puerto Rico:

8/29 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
9/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 
9/5 -- San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
9/9 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
9/12 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
9/16 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 
9/19 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
9/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
9/28 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/1 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena  
10/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
10/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre  
10/8 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center  
10/11 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/17 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
10/19 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
10/22 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
10/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum 

Europe/UK:

11/4 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
11/7 -- Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena 
11/10 -- Berlin, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Arena (02 World)
11/14 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Tele 2 Arena 
11/17 -- Herning, Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen
11/21 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour 
11/24 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi 
11/28 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis 
12/1 -- London, UK, O2 Arena
12/5 -- Amsterdam, Holland, Ziggo Dome
12/9 -- Paris, France, Bercy
12/14 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
12/16 -- Birmingham, UK, Barclaycard Arena
12/20 -- Glasgow, Scotland, The SSE Hydro

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John Fogerty Unveils Series of US Dates for His "1969" Tour

MAD Ink PRA dozen new dates have been revealed for the recently-announced U.S. leg of John Fogerty's "1969" tour, which will celebrate the eventful year Creedence Clearwater Revival released three of its classic albums -- Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys.  The newly-announced shows include a series of spring stops in the Southeast, starting May 2 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, and a June 30 gig at the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Vienna, Virginia.

Previously, Fogerty had only announced one date on the tour -- a July 15 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  Other new appearances include stops in the Nashville area; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Tampa Florida.  Additional shows will be scheduled soon.  Visit JohnFogerty.com for more details, including ticket info.

During the tour, Fogerty will be showcasing many of the classic tunes featured on the 1969 albums released by his former band, including "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Lodi," "Down on the Corner," and "Fortunate Son."

In other news, the autobiography that John has been working on now is expected to be published in the fall.

Here are all of the confirmed U.S. dates on Fogerty's 1969 tour:

5/2 -- Memphis, TN, Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park
5/3 -- Whites Creek, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
5/5 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
5/6 -- Charlotte, NC, The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
5/9 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
5/12 -- Augusta, GA, Bell Auditorium
5/13 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheater
5/15 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/16 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
7/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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Bob Dylan Pays Homage to Film Noir in New Video for "The Night We Called It a Day"

Columbia RecordsThe first official video to a song from Bob Dylan's new standards collection, Shadows in the Night has premiered online.  The stylized black-and-white clip, which accompanies Dylan's rendition of the 1940s ballad "The Night We Called It a Day," pays tribute to the classic film noir pictures of yesteryear.

The video stars Dylan and actor Robert Davi as two men who apparently are vying for the affections of the same woman, an alluring blonde burlesque dancer portrayed by Tracy Phillips, daughter of former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.  After meeting up in a smoky club, the three cross paths again at the woman's apartment and, after a double cross or two, let's just say that things don't end well for most members of the love triangle.

The clip was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stuntman who previously was behind the lens for two other similarly violent Dylan videos, 2009's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" and 2012's "Duquesne Whistle."

Shadows in the Night, released February 3, is a collection of 10 vintage songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra.  Dylan will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album on April 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The trek currently is mapped out through a May 11 show in St. Louis.

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Led Zeppelin Concert Film Getting One-Night-Only Screening at US Theaters Later This Month

Fathom EventsA film featuring a whole lotta live footage of Led Zeppelin rocking out at several concerts that took place throughout the band's career will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. March 30.

Titled simply Led Zeppelin, the movie includes performances filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, at the band's historic in July 1973 stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden, during a five-night engagement at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and at the group's August 1979 appearances at the U.K.'s Knebworth Festival.  The flick, which runs one hour and 45 minutes, which will be shown in more than 300 cinemas.

Led Zeppelin is the second in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series," which began on February 26 with the screening of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.  The upcoming one-night-only screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

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Boston, Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar to Perform at 2015 Edition of Florida's SunFest This Spring

Boston (Credit: Kamal Asar)The lineup for the 19th annual edition of Florida's Sunfest has been announced and it features an eclectic mix of artists, including such veteran performers as Boston, Eddie Money and Sammy Hagar.  The event is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 3 in downtown West Palm Beach.

Hagar will be playing with his new group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.  Other artists on the bill include John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Pixies, Wilco, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Hozier, 311 and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, among many others.

Discount advance tickets are available now through April 25.  Single-day passes cost $32, while five-day passes can be purchased for a limited time at the low price of $60.  To find out complete details about the festival and buy tickets, visit SunFest.com.

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Brownstone Member Charmayne Maxwell Dead at 46

Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesCharmayne Maxwell, a member of the group Brownstone, which scored a hit in the mid-1990s with "If You Love Me," has died at the age of 46.

Her brother, Brandon Maxwell, confirmed her passing in a tweet Saturday: "R.I.P my beautiful sister Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell. I can't even believe I'm typing this right now. Bad things happened to the most innocent people. My sister died in the most terrible way and I'm in so much pain right now."

TMZ reports Charmayne's husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, found her unconscious and bleeding from her neck at their Los Angeles home on Friday night. She'd attended her son's soccer game earlier in the day.

Maxwell died on the way to the hospital. Los Angeles police reportedly tell TMZ Maxwell suffered a cut on her neck from a broken wine glass.

Brownstone was nominated for a Grammy for "If You Love Me," a track from their debut album, 1995's From the Bottom Up. The group released one other album, 1997's Still Climbing.

Brownstone was signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label.

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Concert Special Featuring Chicago and REO Speedwagon Premieres Next Sunday on AXS TV

Courtesy of Chicago, REO SpeedwagonLast year, Chicago and REO Speedwagon hit the road together for a U.S. tour that stretched from the late summer to early fall.  One of the early stops on the joint trek was an August 4 show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and now a special featuring performances from that concert is set to premiere next month on AXS TV.

Chicago and REO Speedwagon Live at Red Rocks will debut on March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT as part of the high-definition channel's Sunday Concerts series.  The show features the bands playing plenty of their classic hits, as well as finales featuring the two groups teaming up for medleys of each other's well-known tunes.

The Chicago encore included a medley of "Free," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" and "25 or 6 to 4," while REO's set-ending jam featured "Riding the Storm Out," "Roll with the Changes" and "Keep On Loving You."  Check out a trailer for the special at AXS TV's official YouTube channel.

Looking ahead for Chicago and REO Speedwagon, both bands have plenty of headlining dates scheduled for 2015.

Here are Chicago's upcoming tour dates:

2/27 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Theater
3/3 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico
3/5 -- Leon, Mexico, Poliforum Leon
3/7 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey
3/10 -- Queretaro, Mexico, Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
3/12 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex
3/14 -- Aguascalientes, Mexico, La Plaza de Toros
4/23 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/25 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica
4/26 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
4/28 -- Chattanooga, TN, Memorial Auditorium
4/30 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
5/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds Race Course
5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Riverdome
5/3 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater
5/5 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
5/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
5/9 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino
5/11 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
5/13 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
5/19 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
5/20 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
5/21 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
5/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, River's Edge Park
6/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Casino
6/18 -- Richmond, BC, Canada, River Rock Show Theatre
6/19 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Hard Rock Vancouver
6/25 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center Theater
6/28 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center

And here is REO Speedwagon's current 2015 itinerary:

3/21 -- Cancun, Mexico, Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort
3/27 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's
3/29 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Center
4/2 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
4/3 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
4/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
4/16 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
4/18 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center
5/9 -- Columbus, GA, Fort Benning Army Base
5/15 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Casino
5/23 -- Baraboo, WI, HCGWD Event Center (Ho-Chunk Casino)
7/17 -- Waukesha, WI, Waukesha County Fair
9/10 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
9/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Events Center

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Paul McCartney "Not in Any Hurry" to Write an Autobiography, but Says He'd Consider Doing One

MPL/Mary McCartneyA lot of famous musicians have written memoirs recounting the highlights of their careers and personal lives, but Paul McCartney says he currently has no plans to become one of them.

The rock legend explained his feelings about whether he'd ever pen an autobiography in the latest installment of the "You Gave Me the Answer" feature on his official website.

Responding to a question by a Canadian fan, Sir Paul said, "My feeling is that there have been enough books on me done already.  But from time to time I do think of certain little memories that are not published in any books so, who knows?"

He added, "If I ever find the time it could possibly happen.  But I think you can guess from my answer that I'm not in any hurry to be doing it…!"

Perhaps the closest McCartney has come to writing a memoir was the 1998 book Many Years from Now, which was penned by Barry Miles and based on hours of exclusive interviews Sir Paul gave to the author.

Of course, the 72-year-old former Beatle is as busy as ever this year.  He's enjoying his first top 10 single in nearly 30 years thanks to his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," he also has a project in the works with Lady Gaga and he'll begin a series of 2015 tour dates in April with a brief Japan trek.

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Historic 1983 Television Special "Motown 25" to Air on Public TV This Saturday

West Grand MediaThe historic 1983 special that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Motown, which hasn't been seen on TV since it originally aired, will be rebroadcast on many PBS stations this Saturday, February 28, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT; check local listings. 

The show, titled Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, featured Michael Jackson's famous performance of "Billie Jean," during which he introduced the world to his amazing "moonwalk" dance move, as well as memorable reunions of The Jackson 5, The Supremes and The Miracles.

Among the special's many other highlights were performances by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Four Tops, plus a duet between Smokey Robinson and Linda Ronstadt, and much more.  The event was hosted by the late Richard Pryor and taped in front of a live audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

The show, which originally aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Variety Program.  PBS is showing the special in conjunction with Black History Month as a fundraising event, with plans for encore screenings to take place throughout March.

Suzanne de Passe, the executive producer of the special, says, "Whether you're discovering that incredible night of music for the very first time, or are huge fan of Motown who's been eagerly awaiting the show's return to TV, Motown 25 offers a lifetime of magic and memories for everyone."

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Aretha Franklin Helps Bid Farewell to Exiting US Attorney General Eric Holder

White HouseAretha Franklin was a surprise guest at a farewell ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that was held Friday at the Justice Department.  The Queen of Soul belted out a rendition of "America the Beautiful" that featured some modified lyrics paying tribute to Holder.

During the song, Franklin sang of Holder's "courageous integrity," adding that "he's a warrior, yes he is."  President Obama, who took the podium to speak at the ceremony, swayed his head while Aretha sang.

Holder announced his resignation this past September, citing personal reasons.

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Aerosmith Announces New Tour Kickoff Date, Band Plans to Shake Up Set List on the Trek

Credit: Ross Halfin Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek's kickoff date.  The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT.  VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for Aero Force One members will be available starting Tuesday, March 3, also at 10 a.m.

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler tell Rolling Stone that they're hoping to mix up the set list a bit on this tour, and add a few songs they rarely play.

"We've gotten too comfortable playing the same stuff," offers Perry.  "I'm looking at the set list for some of the last couple tours and they're all the same songs just in different order.  So we're going to put some time into rehearsal and change it up."

Adds Tyler, "We're gonna do deep.  People want to hear 'Sweet Emotion,' 'Dream On' and 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' -- all that over and over, and there are other songs of the cloth we were cut from.  Being in a band for 40 years, what is the passion, the impetus?  For me, it comes from rehearsing a few songs we used to play great and didn't give a s**t if other people cared about them."

Among the tunes Perry would like to work up are some gems from Aerosmith's first two albums, as well as 1989's "Monkey on My Back," 1993's "Fever" and 2001's "Beyond Beautiful."  Tyler, meanwhile, singles out 1976's "Sick as a Dog."

In other news, Rolling Stone reports that Tyler recently recorded what he describes as a "dark, smoky backroom rendition" of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" for the similarly named film Jane Got a Gun.  The movie, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, is expected to hit theaters in September.  Steven also has begun work on his first-ever solo album.

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Stevie Wonder Being Sued for Millions by His Late Lawyer's Widow

Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder is being sued by Susan Strack -- the widow of his longtime entertainment lawyer Johanan Vigoda -- who claims that the pop/soul legend owes her millions because of an agreement the singer made with her late husband that allegedly was to have continued after his passing. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Strack says her husband negotiated a contract with Wonder in which Stevie promised to Vigoda or his heirs  a six-percent fee on all revenues he earned.

Vigoda died in 2011 and the suit, which was filed Thursday in Nevada, claims payments to Strack stopped in 2013.  It also says reps for Wonder attempted to renegotiate the agreement in a way that would have greatly decreased the amount of money Susan would receive.  She's seeking at least $7 million in damages.

The lawsuit also claims that because of Wonder's blindness, Vigoda devised a unique way to ensure that the singer clearly understood the contracts he would sign.  This included having "a witness read to him the complete terms of each agreement," and once he found the terms acceptable, he'd affix "his mark to the agreement -- usually his fingerprint -- and the witness who read the terms to him also [would sign] the agreement below [Wonder's] mark."

Vigoda worked for Wonder for four decades, during which time, according to Strack's suit, Stevie's "deals with music companies went from oppressive to...among the most lucrative contract terms in the music industry."

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Brad Paisley Sends His Condolences to William Shatner

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is one of the many celebrities reaching out to his friend William Shatner after the death of his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy

“Thoughts &prayers with @WilliamShatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had,” Brad tweeted, including a photo of the two during their Star Trek heyday. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock, passed away Friday morning. 

Brad and Shatner first combined their comedic talents in 2003, when the man who played Captain Kirk appeared in the video for “Celebrity.” Four years later, he also guested in the clip for “Online.” The “Crushin’ It” hitmaker returned the favor, contributing to Shatner’s 2011 album, and even making a guest appearance in his Broadway show Shatner’s World:  We Just Live In It the following year.

On his official Facebook page, Shatner said of Nimoy: "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."  The two remained close friends throughout their lives, with Shatner commenting that he and Nimoy became even closer following  the 1999 death of Shatner's third wife. Nimoy was 83.

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David Gilmour's Upcoming Solo Album "Sounds Fantastic," Says Collaborator Phil Manzanera

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczPink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has been working on a new solo album, and one of his frequent collaborators says the project is coming together nicely.

"It's going very well," longtime Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera tells U.K. magazine Uncut.  "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."

Manzanera contributed his guitar and production talents to Gilmour's previous solo effort, 2006's On an Island, and also co-produced Pink Floyd's most recent album, last year's The Endless River.

Back in October, Gilmour told Rolling Stone he expected to release his new album sometime in 2015.  He also explained that he hoped to support it with "an old man's tour, not a 200-date sort of thing."

Manzanera also talked to Uncut about the status of Roxy Music, clarifying comments he'd made last year that were interpreted as an announcement that the band had officially retired.

"Last year, I said, 'I think our job is done.'  Everyone thought, 'Roxy's split -- again.'  Not at all!" he explained.  "If we fancied having another go, there's no rules…That's what's great about Roxy.  It's not over 'til you're 10 feet under."

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Aretha Franklin to Mentor Contestants on Next Week's "American Idol" Episodes

Credit: Matthew Jordan SmithDetroit has been hosting the early performance rounds of season 14 of American Idol, and now a Motown legend will pay a visit to the show to help guide the new crop of contestants.  Billboard reports that Aretha Franklin will appear as a guest mentor on both episodes of the Fox singing competition next week.

The shows, which will air Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, appropriately will feature the hopefuls singing classic Motown tunes.  The Queen of Soul also will be performing on the program, which is taking place at Detroit's Fillmore Theater.

The coming week will see the top 16 American Idol contestants singing for a chance to be part of the final 12.

Franklin previously appeared on American Idol on the season 12 finale, during which she performed live via satellite.

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