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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesThough a quintessential Englishman, Ray Davies has plenty to say about the U.S.A.

The Kinks frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer even titled his new album Americana, inspired by his 2013 autobiographical book of the same name.

Davies recorded with acclaimed alt-country band The Jayhawks, which required a little fine-tuning. Ray tells the BBC, "At first, they were trying to sound English in their backing vocals, but I deterred them from that…I picked them is because they just play the songs. They don't embellish too much unless I ask them to, which is great."

Things went so well, Davies says there are “another 20” songs waiting to be finished, adding, "It's a big work, but I hope it'll be put together for a deluxe record later on."

Davies lived for a spell in New Orleans, including a harrowing 2004 incident in which he was shot in the leg chasing a purse thief. He ended up in the hospital under heavy sedation, a situation he describes in the new song, “Mystery Room.”

Another track, “Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys,” compares ageing rockers to long-in-the-tooth gunslingers. Davies muses, "Every day I wake up and say, 'I love writing songs but do I want to do this?' and the answer is I do. I love making records. I love playing in front of people."

As for the country of inspiration, Davies says, "I do hope America balances itself out. It's slightly off-kilter at the moment. (President Trump) has still got to face Congress, and it's still a democratic country. I think the will of the people will be heard, and America's constitution is strong. It's a difficult time of re-adjustment for them - but I think in time it'll balance itself out.”

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Credit: Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe“Little Steven” Van Zandt is sharing the title track from his upcoming solo album, Soulfire.

Due May 19, Soulfire was recorded with a new version of Little Steven’s longstanding band, the Disciples of Soul. You can listen to the title track on Vevo.

Van Zandt describes the album as “me doing me,” explaining, “There are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I’ve written and co-written over the years.”

The new songs include “I Saw the Light,” originally intended for ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and “The City Weeps Tonight,” which dates all the way back to the writing sessions for Van Zandt’s first solo album in the early ‘80s.

Soulfire also features new versions of “I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” a hit for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” co-written by Little Steven’s E Street Band boss Bruce Springsteen.

The new album came about after a Disciples of Soul reunion last October in London. Little Steven recalls, “I thought, well, we’ve already learned 22 songs. Maybe we should make an album.”

He also calls it “the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” adding, “We did it quickly, while we still had the fire and energy from the London show. We just took it into the studio and banged it out, six weeks from start to mix.”

Now he’s taking the Disciples of Soul on the road, with a full North American itinerary expected soon. Van Zandt vows to “take this band to every place that wants to see us. It’s tricky with a 15-piece band, but I’m just trying to achieve my lifelong goal of breaking even!”

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Credit: John Popper of Blues Traveler; John Lamparski/WireImageKick out the jams, Blues Traveler are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new tour.

The bluesy, jam-rock veterans will kick things off October 11 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, finishing the 25-date excursion with a November 19 show in San Diego. Ticket information is available via the band’s official website.

Frontman John Popper says, “Three decades and I am still surprised when we play and find some rich new musical vein to tap…Thirty years since a bunch of loud boys embarked on an adventure that took them around the world and made them a family that has not ceased growing to this day. Thirty years later and I am still so very grateful.”

Led by Popper and guitarist Chad Kinchla, Blues Traveler formed in Princeton, New Jersey, in the mid-1980s. They’ve released a dozen studio albums and sold more than 10 million discs worldwide. They also earned a 1986 Grammy for the track “Run Around.” Popper has also performed with the likes of Foo Fighters, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band.

In addition to the anniversary tour, Blues Traveler will begin recording a new album next month that’s expected to see the light of day in early 2018.

Blues Traveler 30 Year Anniversary Tour Dates:
10/12 -- Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
10/13 -- Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
10/14 -- Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
10/15 -- Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
10/17 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/20 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live
10/21 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live
10/26 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s
10/27 -- Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
10/28 -- Houston, TX, House Of Blues
10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue
11/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
11/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
11/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
11/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
11/10 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/12 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox at The Market
11/15 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
11/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco
11/18 -- Anaheim, CA, House Of Blues
11/19 -- San Diego, CA, House Of Blues

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ABC/Randy HolmesHere's hoping Elton John will be on the Yellow Brick Road to recovery soon: he's had to cancel weeks of performances while he recovers from a severe bacterial infection.

The cancellations encompass Elton's entire performance schedule for April and May in Las Vegas, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California.

According to Elton's rep, the rock legend contracted a "a harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a tour of South America, and during his return flight home, he became "violently ill."  When he arrived in the U.K., he was admitted him to the hospital, where he "underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection."

Elton spent two nights in intensive care, and then had an extended stay in the hospital. He was finally released this past Saturday and is now "comfortably resting at home," according to his rep. 

According to a statement, the infection that Elton contracted is "rare and potentially deadly," but it was quickly identified and treated, and he's expected to make a full recovery.  His next live show will taken place in Twickenham, England on June 3.

Elton says in a statement, "I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them.  I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well."

Ticket holders can get refunds for the cancelled performances.

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Joel Fried/Getty ImagesFans of Gregg Allman will be glad to know that according to the rocker's rep, he has not in hospice, as has been rumored.

A message on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Facebook page reads, "Hey everyone. I just wanted y’all to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders. I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin’. “

Rumors that Allman was in hospice circulated on Monday via a radio station report, but Allman's rep tells ABC News that the rumors are not true.

Allman, who is 69, has suffered from ill health in recent years, dealing with a respiratory infection, a hernia, a liver transplant and an irregular heartbeat.  In March, he canceled all his tour dates for unnamed "health reasons."

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Credit: Santiago Felipe/Getty ImagesDonald Fagen is taking his musical history on the road.

The Steely Dan frontman has assembled a new tour project dubbed Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers (named after his 1982 debut solo album, The Nigthfly). Fagen says the band will play a mixture of tracks from his solo recordings, Steely Dan hits and “some swell surprises.”

Fagen’s band is comprised of four young musicians he’s been working with over the past few years at various gigs near his home of Woodstock, New York. They include guitarist Connor Kennedy, bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco and keyboardist Will Bryant, all of whom also contribute vocals.

The Nightflyers tour kicks off with a two-night stand in Port Chester, New York in early August and continues through a September 16 performance in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 28.

Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers tour:

8/3 & 8/4 –- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
8/8 –- Miami, FL, The Fillmore at Gleason
8/9 –- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/11 –- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/12 –- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
8/14 –- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
8/16 –- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
8/17 –- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Stage
8/19 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
8/20 –- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
8/22 –- Louisville, KY, The Palace
8/23 –- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
8/25 –- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
8/26 –- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
8/28 –- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
8/29 –- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
8/31 –- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre
9/2 –- Austin, TX, ACL Live at Moody Theater
9/3 –- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
9/12 –- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/13 –- Seattle, WA, The Paramount
9/15 –- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
9/16 –- San Francisco, CA, Masonic

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Michael Putland/Getty ImagesWe've heard a rumor that 1980s pop trio Bananarama are reuniting! 

Nearly 30 years after "petty squabbles" forced Siobhan FaheyKeren Woodward and Sara Dalin ended a six-year run on the pop charts that included the hits, "Cruel Summer," "Venus" and "I Heard a Rumour," the group tells The Sun that they've burried the hatchet and are launching a U.K. tour kicking off in November.

“We first had a chat about it over Christmas and before we knew it the whole thing snowballed," says Keren. "I called Siobhan to chat about it and things went from there.”

Adds Fahey, “By the time I managed to come over to talk about it, somehow it had become a done deal, the dates had been scheduled and we had a photoshoot arranged."

Siobhan wasn't immediately on board with the idea, admitting that after 29 years she's "rusty to say the least."

“I didn’t say ‘yes’ immediately," she explains. "I was in complete shock but my heart felt a sense of absolute joy and I just felt it was the right time in my life.

“Emotionally it felt like something I needed to revisit, to go back to my roots and that time with my best friends, Fahey continues. “We’re going to go back and celebrate that extraordinary life we led together in our 20s.”

The British newspaper also indicates that the U.K. tour may only be just the beginning for the trio.

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Fans of Diana Ross' iconic 1980 album diana can now listen to the songs in a whole different way, thanks to a version of the record called diana -- the original CHIC mix that's available on vinyl for the first time.

The double-LP set is pressed on pink vinyl and includes original mixes of songs composed by Chic's Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards for Diana, such as the hits "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out." The latter tune became a gay anthem and, later, the basis for Puff Daddy's #1 hit "Mo' Money Mo' Problems."

The discs play at 45 rpm.

Here's the track list of diana -- the original CHIC mix:

Side One
"Upside Down"

Side Two
"Friend to Friend"
"I'm Coming Out"

Side Three
"Have Fun (Again)"
"My Old Piano"

Side Four
"Now That You're Gone"
"Give Up"

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Courtesy of MattelLast June, Mattel partnered with The Beatles to introduce a collection of Hot Wheels cars inspired by their 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. Now the toy company has released a new series of Hot Wheels based on five of the band's classic albums.

The toys feature designs inspired by The Beatles' 1968 self-titled record, a.k.a. The White Album; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; Rubber Soul; Magical Mystery Tour; and the U.S. version of the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack. Each car's packaging also includes a miniature replica of the album cover that corresponds to the vehicle's design.

The vehicle models are based on different types of Hot Wheels cars, with The White Album being a "Hiway Hauler"; Sgt. Pepper's, a "'67 Austin Mini Van"; Rubber Soul, a "Ford Transit Super Van"; Magical Mystery Tour, a "Haulin' Gas"; and A Hard Day's Night, a "Dairy Delivery."

The Beatles Hot Wheels are priced at $4.99 and can be found at stores across the U.S. For more info, visit

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Credit: Joel BernsteinTom Petty and the Heartbreakers launched their 40th anniversary tour Thursday with a show in Oklahoma City, and now the band's released standalone vinyl versions of six of their studio albums. 

The LPs were previously packaged together in one of two box sets that came out this past December. The vinyl albums that are now available individually are 1996's She's the One, 1999's Echo, 2002's The Last DJ, 2006's Highway Companion 2010's Mojo and 2014's Hypnotic Eye.

The first four records feature remastered audio, while the latter two were re-pressed from the original masters. All of the records have been pressed on 140-gram vinyl, with Echo, The Last DJ, Highway Companion and Mojo being two-LP collections. Highway Companion is actually a Tom Petty solo album.

The six albums all were featured in The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) box set, which also included a remastered, two-LP edition of Petty's 1994 solo effort, Wildflowers. An individual vinyl version of Wildflowers will issued at a later date.

Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour is plotted out through a September 17 performance at the KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, California. Check out the band's full itinerary at

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Courtesy of Record Store DayRecord Store Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Saturday in independent record stores across the country, and around the world.

As with the previous nine events, the list of releases for this year's Record Store Day is stuffed with exclusive offerings, mostly on vinyl from a variety of veteran acts, including Paul McCartney, The Doors, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac and The Kinks.

Paul McCartney will be releasing a limited-edition cassette that day featuring demos of three songs he and Elvis Costello wrote and recorded together during the sessions for Paul's 1989 studio album Flowers in the Dirt

The Doors' Record Store Day offering is Live at The Matrix, an LP that features newly remastered performances from the band's March 7, 1967, show at the San Francisco club.

The Turtles' contribution to the campaign is a reissue of the 1970 compilation More Golden Hits pressed on gold vinyl.

Fleetwood Mac is releasing Altered Mirage, an LP of alternate takes of songs from the 1982 Mirage album that first appeared as part of the deluxe CD reissue, which came out last year.

The Kinks are putting out two Record Store Day releases, a pair of long-out-of-print French EPs.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl discs for RSD this year include The Beatles, Blondie, David Bowie, The Cars, Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, David Crosby, Def Leppard, The Easybeats, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Johnny MathisMungo Jerry, Stevie Nicks, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Prince, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Santana, Bob Seger, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Toto, U2, Neil Young, Yes, and The Zombies.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit

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Mark Davis/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACMJohn Fogerty and country star Brad Paisley recently shot the music video for their new collaborative song "Love and War," the title track of Paisley's just-released studio album, aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego.

Entertainment Tonight visited with Fogerty and Paisley while they were making the video, and Brad explained that he wanted to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and servicewomen, and thought John's experiences during the Vietnam era made him the perfect collaborator for the song.

"I wasn't shipped to Vietnam, but certainly being the same age and the same and the same end zone, possibly, I had my eye on that all the way through," said Fogerty, who served in the Army Reserves during the 1960s.  He added, "We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don't treat them very well. That's what we wanted to express in the song -- we need to do something about that."

Paisley told Entertainment Tonight that he thinks the song's message is, "'We can do better.' We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don't think there's anyone who would disagree with that…It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us."

You can check out the "Love and War video now at Paisley's official Facebook page. Accompanying the clip is a note from Brad that reads, "One of the more important things I've ever said and I'm so honored to say it with John Fogerty."

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Arista NashvilleWith cameos by such music legends as Mick Jagger and John Fogerty, country star Brad Paisley describes making his new album, Love and War, as a "bucket list" experience. But Paisley says he's aware that a stable full of superstars doesn't necessarily guarantee a great album.

"If I'm wasting Mick Jagger's time for three days, it better be something...when he leaves. It wasn't just all for a couple of beers at the bar and a couple of dinners," he tells ABC Radio. "I was bound and determined that...we would have something to show for it."

By the time the Rolling Stones icon left Nashville, he and Paisley had written and recorded the cut "Drive of Shame."

The album's title track, "Love and War," makes a statement about how America treats its veterans, and Brad knew it was a message he needed to deliver with former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman Fogerty.

"I had that idea for him for quite a while, and I knew I wanted to say it with him," Paisley recalls. "Because saying a statement about the mistreatment of veterans in a song, I can do that for my generation, but nobody speaks for his generation better than him."

Love and War hit stores today, April 21.

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Alpha Dog 2T/UMeStyx is inviting fans to come sail away with them on a new musical mission.  The veteran rockers will release their first album of original songs in 14 years, titled The Mission, on June 16.

Following in the tradition of such memorable Styx records as Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here, the new release is a concept album, telling the story of the first manned voyage to the planet Mars in the year 2033.

The fictional sci-fi tale casts Styx's members -- singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "J.Y." Young, singer/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, drummer Todd Sucherman and bassists Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo -- as the crew of a nuclear-powered spacecraft named the Khedive, and follows their adventures as they try to reach the red planet.

"The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn't be prouder," says Shaw, who created the album's storyline with his frequent collaborator Will Evankovich. "It's our boldest, most emblematic album since [1978's] Pieces of Eight."

Coinciding with the album's details being announced on Friday, Styx has released the first single, "Gone Gone Gone," a driving, prog-rock-flavored tune reminiscent of the band's late-'70s work, as well as that of Queen.

The track can be purchased as a download and is available via various streaming services. In addition, a video for the song, showing the band performing the tune at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, has premiered online. You can watch the clip at Styx's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Mission can be pre-ordered now at various online music sellers. It will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and digitally.

Here is the full track list of the album:

"Gone Gone Gone"
"Hundred Million Miles from Home"
"Trouble at the Big Show"
"Radio Silence"
"The Greater Good"
"Time May Bend"
"Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong"
"Red Storm"
"All Systems Stable"
"The Outpost"
"Mission to Mars"

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Columbia RecordsOn the heels of unveiling full details about his upcoming studio effort, Is This the Life We Really Want?, Roger Waters has released the album's first single, "Smell the Roses." You can check out the track at Waters' VEVO YouTube channel, and purchase it as a download at iTunes.

"Smell the Roses" finds the former Pink Floyd singer/bassist reflecting ominously on the issues facing the global community, including war, pollution and political corruption.

"Wake up, wake up and smell the roses," Waters sings on the sinister chorus. "Close your eyes and pray this wind don't change/ There's nothing but screams in the field of dreams/ Nothing but hope at the end of the rope/ Nothing but gold in the chimney smoke/ Come on, honey, it's real money."

Musically, the track seems to nod to all of Pink Floyd's classic 1970s albums: The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.  It includes a driving, funky bass, buzzing synthesizers, and a break featuring sound effects like a ticking clock, barking dogs, murmuring human voices and industrial noises.

Is This the Life We Really Want? will be released on June 2.

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Courtesy Live NationLet's groove: Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers are hitting the road this summer for a joint tour.

The trek, dubbed 2054 the Tour -- possibly after New York's iconic Studio 54 disco -- gets underway July 12 in Oakland and is slated to wrap up August 22 in Detroit.  The tour will feature a special guest DJ and a setup with extra space between the seats to make it easy for you to "Dance, Dance, Dance" and create your own "Boogie Wonderland."

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. local time but American Express cardholders can grab them starting Monday, April 24.

In a statement, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire said, "Nile Rodgers and CHIC are legendary for their iconic style, song, sound, and groove. Get ready for a non-stop 2054 party!"

Nile, who just received the Award for Musical Excellence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, added, "Get your feet ready for a deluge of hits!"  Earth Wind & Fire were inducted into the Hall in 2000.

Here are the tour dates:

7/12 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
7/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
7/18 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/20 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/22 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
7/23 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/26 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
8/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/4 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/5 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
8/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/9 -- Washington D.C., Verizon Center
8/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
8/11 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
8/13 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
8/15 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/18 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
8/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
8/22 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre

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Credit: David AbbottHall & Oates singer John Oates has teamed up with one-time Fleetwood Mac singer Bekka Bramlett to cover the Steve Forbert tune "I Blinked Once," for an upcoming tribute album titled An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert. The track was released today, April 21, as the first single from the record.

Oates and Bramlett also shot a video for the soulful roots-rock song: it features them belting out the tune together on a soundstage and on a deserted country road, as well as capturing them taking a drive in an old convertible. You can check out the clip at Blue Rose Music's official YouTube channel. The track also is streaming at the label's SoundCloud page.

Oates says about recording the tune, "It was very cool for me to be able to re-imagine…'I Blinked Once.' I was drawn to [Forbert's] great lyrics and ability to take a simple idea and craft it into a memorable song."

He adds, "We gave it a harder edge in the production and turned it into a duet with myself and the legendary Bekka Bramlett, whose energy is a thing to behold."

"I Blinked Once" originally was featured on Forbert's 1988 album, Streets of This Town. Steve says the tune "was one of the easiest songs that I have ever written…I got up in the middle of the night and wrote it by moonlight."

Forbert probably is best-known for his 1980 hit "Romeo's Tune," which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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NPG Records/Warner Bros. RecordsFriday marks the one-year anniversary of Prince's tragic death, and Billboard reports that amazingly, the late icon sold more albums than any other artist over the past year...including Adele.

Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Prince's catalog, counting both albums and songs, sold 7.7 million copies in the U.S. since April 21, 2016.  As you might expect, most of those sales took place in the month after his death from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

Of those 7.7 million copies, 2.3 million were traditional album sales.  In 2016, Adele sold 2.23 million albums, so Prince actually outsold her, though not by much.

Prince's best-selling songs last year include "Purple Rain," with 621,000 downloads, followed by "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy" and "Kiss."  His best-selling albums last year were The Very Best of Prince, with 668,000 copies sold, followed by Purple Rain and 1999.

Also of note is the fact that since Prince's death, according to Billboard, his music has been played a lot more on the radio, and that's continued into this year. His most popular hit at radio this year is "When Doves Cry."

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLet's go crazy remembering Prince, who died one year ago today from a drug overdose.  Unfortunately, the legal turmoil surrounding the rights to Prince's music, as well as the ongoing investigation into his death from the painkiller fentanyl, may impact his legacy as one of the greatest artists of all time.

In public, Prince was vehemently anti-drug, but it's now emerged that he was apparently struggling with an opioid addiction.  Still, rock critic Alan Light, author of Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, says there's more to that story.

"I don't think that, at this point, we look at him and think [the drugs revelations have] tarnished who he was and what he stood for, while we're still sort of trying to make sense out of all of this," Light tells ABC Radio.  He says Prince fans were somewhat complicit in his addiction, which was likely a result of the chronic pain he suffered after years of performing.

"You watch him jumping off of tall speaker stacks, landing in heels, going into a spin and a split...and you never occurred to any of us before," says Light.

Light also feels that being able to watch footage of Prince is what's most needed right now to cement his legacy.

"There is no easily legally available document of Prince on stage in the glory years," he notes. "If we're going to tell generations moving forward this was the greatest performer of his generation, this guy could do things on stage that nobody else could do, we need to be able to show that."

To that end, Light believes it's imperative that Prince's estate comes up with a way to ensure kids can understand the musician's impact.  He claims they're not as aware of Prince's genius as they should be because Prince kept his music off streaming services and YouTube.

"I think that there's really a huge reintroduction that needs to happen, to generate an awareness for those who weren't around for the glory years to know what this guy was really about," Light tells ABC Radio.

Light also wants people to realize that for all of Prince's reputation as an eccentric weirdo, he was a real human being.

"When you would sit down [with him]...he was...just some guy from Minneapolis who would talk about basketball or about movies that were out," he tells ABC Radio. "It wasn't like sitting with a space alien. He was able to keep that side of himself."  

Prince's home in Minneapolis, Paisley Park, is currently hosting a celebration in honor of the musician that runs through April 23.

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Rogue Music AllianceA federal judge in Minnesota District Court has granted a temporary restraining order requested by Prince's estate and his recording studio Paisley Park, to halt the released of a new EP of previously unreleased Prince material.

George Ian Boxill, an engineer who worked with Prince over the years, was set to release the six-song EP on Friday, but the singer's estate filed suit in Carver County, Minnesota, seeking to stop the release and have the masters turned over to them.

On Thursday, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright granted the order to block the music. Boxill also was ordered to deliver all copies of recordings "cquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises" to the estate, according to the paperwork obtained by ABC News.

The ruling relies on a confidentiality agreement that Prince and Boxill allegedly agreed upon before working together, that stated all the work the two did together "would remain Prince's sole and exclusive property" and that "he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever."

The restraining order is set to expire on May 3.

The EP Boxill has assembled, titled Deliverance, includes the title track and a four-song suite called "Opera Man" that includes songs titled "I Am," "Touch Me," "Sunrise Sunset" and "No One Else."

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Matthew Wilson, an attorney for RMA, the Vancouver-based label seeking to release the EP, said the album's title track, released on SoundCloud earlier this week, will remain available.

“The Federal Court located in Minnesota has temporarily enjoined the release of the remaining unreleased tracks on the Deliverance EP," he said. "The court order has not enjoined the released single "Deliverance." Therefore the "Deliverance" single will continue to be sold.”

RMA is offering the single on a new website,

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