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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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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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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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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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Ex-Styx Singer Dennis DeYoung Releasing New Concert Video and CD in October


Frontiers RecordsIn March of this year, former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung and his backing group rocked the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with a set featuring many classic tunes from his old band's catalog.  The show was captured for a CD and video package titled Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles, which will be released on October 21.

The performance, which was filmed with eight high-def cameras, includes such memorable Styx songs as "Lady," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Mr. Roboto," "Babe," "Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," as well as a rendition of DeYoung's 1984 solo hit "Desert Moon."  Live in Los Angeles will be available as a two-CD/DVD set and a Blu-ray disc.

The show also will premiere as an AXS TV special on the same day that Live in Los Angeles is released.

"If you are a Styx fan, this DVD/CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience," says DeYoung.  "The intimate setting of the historic El Rey Theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin' these tunes."

A teaser trailer offering some highlights from the concert video, as well as some interview footage with DeYoung can be viewed now at the official Frontiers Music srl YouTube channel.  In the clip, Dennis says, "I am constantly amazed…that the music has touched so many people for such a long time.  It really is a testament to songs because, strip it all away, it's the songs that matter to people."

Here is the list of songs featured on the Live in Los Angeles two-CD/DVD set:

CD 1:
*"The Message"
"Grand Illusion"
"Lady"
"Lorelei"
"Blue Collar Man"
"Show Me the Way"
"Mr. Roboto"
"Desert Moon"
"Don't Let It End"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"

CD 2
*"Rockin the Paradise"
"Crystal Ball"
"Babe"
"Fooling Yourself"
"Suite Madame Blue"
"Best of Times"
"Renegade"
"Come Sail Away"

* = does not appear on the DVD.

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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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Robert Plant Says Jimmy Page "Should Get On and Do Something"


Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsRobert Plant says he's completely enthralled with the music he's making with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he collaborated him on his soon-to-be-released studio album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.  He tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that his desire to explore new sounds is among the reasons why he isn't interested in taking part in a Led Zeppelin reunion, and he suggests that guitarist Jimmy Page also consider looking forward rather than backward.

"He should get on and do something, he's a superb talent," says Plant.  "That's the sad thing for Jimmy, he knows that I'm his guy, I'm his pal, but the warmth that he needs to actually enjoy the world, it's all there.  Come on and give it to us."

Regarding his desire to create music with musicians other than the fellow members of his famous band, Robert notes, "Why do it the way you always did it?  Why think like that?  You never think it could possibly work. And yet, you can take off all your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world."

Plant praises Sensational Space Shifters guitarist Justin Adams, whose playing is heavily influenced by world music, for opening him up to the blend of sounds featured on his upcoming album.

"His contribution, as a positive force in my time, has been second to none," the singer maintains, adding that "he doesn't think the guitar begins and ends with [Eric] Clapton, [Jeff] Beck and Page."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar offers up a blend of English folk, Americana, African, Middle Eastern, blues, hard rock and electronic music.  "What we've done is consolidate our strengths," Plant says of his collaboration with the Sensational Space Shifters.  "[T]hey've gone into the cauldron, spun around and come out with absolute ease.  I guess the only thing missing are the words hocus pocus."

Meanwhile, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer characterizes himself as one of a dwindling breed of singers.

"There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that's me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger," he tells The Telegraph.  "But the only important thing is, can you contemporize your gift?  Can I knock myself out, or am I just going through the motions?  Because if I'm going through the motions, I'm f***ed."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar arrives in stores on September 9.

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ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week


Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.

Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

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Illustrated Book Based on Bruce Springsteen's "Outlaw Pete" to Be Published in November


Simon & SchusterA new illustrated storybook based on Bruce Springsteen's 2009 song, "Outlaw Pete," is scheduled to be published on November 4.  The book was the brainchild of cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso, who decided he wanted to bring to life the Boss' tale of a bank robber who began his life of crime when he was just a baby.

"'Outlaw Pete' is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," explains Springsteen, whose lyrics serve as the book's text.

The epic song, which appeared on Bruce's 2009 Working on a Dream album, was inspired by a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill that his mother used to read to him when he was young.

"When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," says Caruso.  "The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.  Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."

Jonathan Karp, president of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, adds, "This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen's unique gifts as a storyteller.  Frank Caruso's illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen's work."

Outlaw Pete is available for pre-order now via Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.

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Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers


Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she'd go through with it -- but she's now proved him wrong.

"Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you'll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails," Parton says in her video accepting the challenge.  "Kenny, you'd be surprised at what all I do with my 'falses' for a good cause and a good laugh."  The country icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, "My shoes are plastic.  But then again, so's the rest of me!"

Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  "Yes, I have on a bra!" she yells.  "Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!"

In a statement, Parton says, "Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!"

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Mark David Chapman Says He Was "Such an Idiot" for Murdering John Lennon


NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionEarlier this month, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the eighth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980, crime.  During his most recent parole hearing, the transcript of which was just released, we get a rare look into Chapman's current state of mind, and his thoughts on his infamous deed. 

In the August 20 interview before the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's parole board, Chapman said he was "sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

Chapman talked at length about what motivated to kill the Beatles legend, expressed his remorse at his actions and stressed how his life focused on religion.

"My life had sunk into a depressed state.  I was drinking.  I just saw that as a way out…a lazy way out of my doldrums," Chapman explained.  "It was a horrible decision, but I knew what I was doing…That's why I pled guilty."

Noting that he wasn't "trying to make excuses" for his actions, Chapman admitted, "That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there.  I couldn't resist it.  My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out."

Chapman told the board he no longer desires the attention he once craved, pointing out that he hasn't agreed to a media interview in 24 years.  He said he's now "interested in one thing and that's ministering prisoners."

The 59-year-old murderer said he was "sorry for this crime," adding that he realized killing Lennon hurt not just the singer's family, but people around the world who appreciated his music.

"Many, many people loved him," he said.  "He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting."

Chapman, who has been kept in involuntary protective custody for almost the entire time he's been in prison, also said he realized his life might be in danger were he to be paroled.  "There is some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it God's hands," Chapman said.  "I trust him.  If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him." 

During the proceedings, Chapman made clear that he didn't think he would be given parole. He was of course correct.  In denying parole, a corrections department panel said it had determined that there was "a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 2016.

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Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"


Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.

While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Nicks says most of the songs on 24 Karat Gold were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the '90s.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.

Nicks previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. 

Fans also are being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- the singer is featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.

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Dionne Warwick Duets Album, "Feels So Good," Now Set for Fall Release


Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupDionne Warwick's duets album, Feels So Good, is now scheduled for release later this fall.  The 14-track collection, which originally had been expected to arrive in July, now will hit stores on October 28.

As previously reported, Warwick's upcoming studio effort will feature some of her biggest hits re-done as duets,  and will included contributions from Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Jamie Foxx, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, Mya and Ruben Studdard, among others.

"I'm thrilled to release a new album with some of today's greatest singers and songwriters," says Warwick in a statement. "Throughout my career, I've always enjoyed creating music through collaboration and this experience has been no different.  The fresh energy with these artists, producers and my new label is truly inspiring."

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Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone Says Band's New Album Should Be Ready by Early 2015


Jacob Blickenstaff/TCI ArtistsThe Zombies just wrapped up a U.S. summer tour this past Sunday and now the band has headed back home to the United Kingdom, where the influential pop-rock group plans to turn its focus on working on a new studio album soon.  During the trek, the band gave its American fans a taste of the upcoming record by premiering a brand-new tune titled "Moving On" that was written by founding keyboardist Rod Argent.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC News Radio that the group already has begun preparing several tunes for the project, including the aforementioned "Moving On."

"We've recorded two brand new songs, and we've rehearsed a couple of others," he reveals.  "So, we've got four songs in pretty good shape, and then there are two or three other songs that we're sort of talking about and just starting to rehearse."

As for when the album might be completed, Blunstone says he hopes it will be finished by early next year.  He points out, however, "[A]n album takes as long as an album takes.  We're always doing this, sort of setting some kind of deadline and we never make the deadline."

The 69-year-old singer tells ABC News Radio that the band originally intended to keep 2014 "quite quiet as far as concerts are concerned" so that they could spend more time writing and recording the album but, as it turned, The Zombies pretty much have been on the road since January.

Colin says that should change "[a]fter the middle of September," when the group's major touring commitments will be complete, "so we can really get stuck into recording and writing."

As previously reported, The Zombies recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via the Pledge Music website that will allow those who contribute money to check out some of the new tunes, as well as watch exclusive videos of the band in the studio.  The initiative also offers a variety of incentives to participating fans, depending on how much they spend, including early access to the new album; rare and signed memorabilia; T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise; and the chance to appear in an official Zombies video.  Visit PledgeMusic.com to find out more details about the campaign.

The upcoming album will be a follow-up to The Zombies' 2011 effort, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry: Fans Don't Want to Hear New Music


Image Courtesy of CBSFans waiting on another Aerosmith record will have to keep waiting, according to guitarist Joe Perry.

"With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist tells Boston magazine.  Furthermore, Perry suggests, recording new music may be futile.

"When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it.  We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause," he says.  "Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?'  The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.'"

Perry says that feedback like that puts "things in perspective."

"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear," he explains.

He adds that he has spent the last three years finishing his soon-to-be-published memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, and crafting a new solo record.

"I mean, I really feel like [finishing] it now," he says of the solo project.  "I've got five or six things ready to go.  The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done."

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