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ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty ImagesMadonna was honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year at the publication's annual Women in Music Gala in New York City on Friday. The Queen of Pop said she's determined to fight for women's rights, perhaps even as an elected official.

On the red carpet, Madonna told Billboard, "For me... [since] Hillary's really important to make a stand and speak my mind about the importance of women...empowering themselves...believing in themselves and understanding their worth."

She added, "I think I've always been political. But I think in this particular time...I do want to fight for not only human rights, but for women's rights."  Madonna added that running for office is a "maybe," depending on "how much abuse" she's willing to take from the press.

Madonna's pal of 30 years, actress Debi Mazur, was on hand to support the star, and she told ABC Radio why Madonna really deserves this honor this year.

"We need to have a strong female voice," said Mazur. "We need to come together as women and protect our rights. She's been advocating since the beginning of her career for women."  Debi added that Madonna's "smart, she's sophisticated, she's really a force of nature...and I just have a lot of respect for her and her voice."

At the same event, Shania Twain was given Billboard's Icon Award

The Women in Music Gala will air on Lifetime on December 12.

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Interscope RecordsThe Rolling Stones' latest release, Blue & Lonesome, may be packed with classic blues songs, but the band has less reason to feel blue today, as the record has bounded to the top of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. Blue & Lonesome becomes the British rock legends' 12th album to reach #1 on the U.K. tally after racking up an impressive 106,000 combined sales in its debut week.

Physical purchases and digital downloads made up 99 percent of the album's total sales figure. The only release that had a higher sales week in the U.K. this year was the late David Bowie's Blackstar, which moved 146,000 units back in January.

"We are absolutely delighted with the success of Blue & Lonesome in the U.K. and around the world," The Stones say in a statement.

The last new Stones studio album to top the Official Albums Chart was Voodoo Lounge in 1994, although the reissue of the band's classic 1971 record Exile on Main St. did reach #1 on the tally in 2010.

Meanwhile, it looks like Blue & Lonesome will fall short of the top spot on the U.S. albums chart, the Billboard 200. Billboard reports that the album is on course to amass 110,000 to 120,000 in sales and equivalent streams, which will place it at #2 behind The Hamilton Mixtape. The latter record, which features various stars performing renditions of songs from the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical, is expected to log between 160,000 to 190,000 combined sales in the U.S.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young latest studio album, Peace Trail, gets its release today. The 10-track collection was recorded at famed producer Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios and includes contributions from legendary session drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell, whose has worked with John Fogerty, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins and many other artists.

Young co-produced the album with John Hanlon, who also mixed the record and has collaborated with Neil on most of his last several records.

Peace Trail features all-new compositions that Young penned over the last several months. The project is partly inspired by the protests against the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline that have been taking place at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Neil and his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, have been active supporters of the protest and visited the site on November 12 -- Young's 71st birthday.

The album is available now on CD, in various digital formats and on cassette…yes, cassette. A vinyl version of Peace Trail is expected to be released on or about January 6.

You can buy or pre-order special bundles featuring either the CD or LP packaged with an organic Peace Trail hat at Young's online store.

Here's the track list of Peace Trail:

"Peace Trail"
"Can't Stop Workin'"
"Indian Givers"
"Show Me"
"Texas Rangers"
"Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders"
"John Oaks"
"My Pledge"
"Glass Accident"
"My New Robot"

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Credit: Joshua BrandaoIf you weren't lucky enough to be in the audience for Madonna's latest tour, you now have the chance to watch it from your couch. The singer's concert documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, airs tonight on Showtime.

A trailer for the film features clips of Madonna performing some of her greatest hits amidst costume changes, stage acrobatics and colorful video screens. She runs through "Vogue," "Material Girl," "Like a Virgin" and more, while showing off her signature dance moves.

Showtime also released a sneak peek of Madonna's samurai-themed performance of her 2015 song "B*** I'm Madonna." Rap star Nicki Minaj makes a brief video cameo.

The concert doc airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, as well as on demand and online.

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Credit: Eric Ryan AndersonSting has signed on to perform on The Voice's season 11 finale. The former Police frontman is among the guest stars who will take the stage during the second night of the NBC competition show's two-part season-ender, airing on Tuesday, December 13, at 8 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be singing "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," from his latest solo album, 57th and 9th. Also set to perform on the show are Bruno Mars and The Weeknd.

Sting recently was featured performing "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" and a Police medley on the 2016 American Music Awards, during which he also was presented with the prestigious American Music Award of Merit.

On Wednesday, December 14, he will host a new edition of his star-studded series of benefit concerts for the Rainforest Fund, an environmental charity he co-founded. The show, which will be held at New York City's Carnegie Hall, also will feature Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and '60s girl-group legends Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector.

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Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesOne month ago today marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' self-titled debut album, also marking the birth of the legendary rock band.  Now, they're hitting the road for an anniversary tour.

Tom Petty himself made the announcement last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, though it was a little difficult to tell at first, since it came in the middle of a comedy bit during which Petty kept repeating the same line: "Yeah, Jimmy.  I'm really excited. It should be a lot of fun."

The tour kicks off April 20 in Oklahoma City and wraps up with a July 26-27 stand in Queens, New York -- 34 dates in all, with more to be announced.

Joe Walsh will share the stage with Petty on select dates, while country star Chris Stapleton will join the band at the Wrigley Field date in Chicago, as well as two dates at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 16, with a special presale for fan club members. 

Here is the full confirmed itinerary for Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour:

4/20 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Center
4/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Arena
4/23 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Wireless Arena
4/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
4/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
4/29 -- The Woodlands, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/2 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
5/5 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
5/6 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
5/8 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
5/10 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
5/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
5/29 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/30 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/2 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
6/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
6/5 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
6/7 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
6/9 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
6/10 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
6/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
6/14 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/16 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/17 -- Hunter Mountain, NY, Mountain Jam Festival
6/29 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/2 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC Performing Arts Center
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
7/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
7/18 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/20 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/23 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
7/26 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
7/27 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast week, Heart released a new concert video and album called Live at the Royal Albert Hall, which documents the band's first-ever concert at the historic London venue. The show, which took place this past June, features the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers playing a set that included many of their memorable tunes, plus lesser-known gems and selections from their 2016 album, Beautiful Broken.

Heart singer Ann Wilson tells ABC Radio that the band's debut show at the 145-year-old concert hall was "a beautiful night."

"It's a beautiful place to play," she notes. "The venue is actually like a whole other actor in the whole thing…And it's designed for sound, of course, super traditional and so much history there."

On some tunes, Heart was accompanied by the 68-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Wilson says preparing for the concert was a bit challenging, since they had to provide the symphony with the music for the songs and had rehearse a couple of times with the orchestra. Overall, though, Ann says, "[I]t was really a beautiful night. It wasn't that hard. It was just very exciting."

Some string arrangements for the show were created by Paul Buckmaster, who's best known for his early-'70s collaborations with Elton John, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. Wilson, a huge fan of Elton's early work, says the songs arranged by Buckmaster were some of the high points of the event for her.

The concert also featured a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter," which Ann says is her favorite song by the band to perform.

"I just love the lyrics. I love the vibe of it," Wilson tells ABC Radio. "It tells a really cool story. It just has a cool vibe."

Live at the Royal Albert Hall is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and CD.

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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 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 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

— 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 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 VIP packages can be purchased by visiting

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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