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Friday
Sep202019

Founding Hollies singer Allan Clarke returns with new solo album, 'Resurgence,' 20 years after retiring

BMGAbout 20 years after retiring from the music business, Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke has returned with a new solo album called Resurgence.

The 10-track collection, which features mostly new original songs, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Among the tunes is one called "Long Cool Woman's Back in Town," which the 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer wrote as a sequel to the 1972 Hollies smash "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress."

Resurgence began coming together in 2017. Clarke had started writing some poems that year, one of which was turned into a song by Los Angeles-based roots rocker Carla Olson that inspired Allan to record his own version of the tune.

Motivated to write songs again, Clarke sought the help of his son Toby, who suggested he learn how to use the GarageBand program. Before long, Allan was amassing enough tunes to put a new album together. He enlisted a one-time collaborator, composer and engineer Frances Haines, as a produce and arranger on the project.

Clarke admits that one reason he retired from music was that he felt he wasn't able to sing Hollies songs anymore, but he explains that "what I should have said [when fan asked 'Why don't you go back to singing?'] was that there may be a time when I'll be able to sing, because I'll be doing songs that maybe I'll write myself."

Allan has posted a series of videos in which he discusses making Resurgence on his official YouTube channel.

Clarke says of the album, "It's given me a new lease of life in doing something I thought I'd never do again."

Here's the Resurgence track list:

"Journey of Regret"
"You Broke My Heart"
"The Door Is Slowly Closing"
"I'll Just Keep On Walking"
"I'm Only Sleeping"
"Heart of Stone"
"I Don't Know the Reason"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"Long Cool Woman's Back in Town"
"I'm Comin' Home"

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Friday
Sep202019

Matchbox Twenty to celebrate 2020 with summer tour, says Rob Thomas

Credit: Randall SlavinRob Thomas told ABC Radio in April that he and his band, Matchbox Twenty, wanted to get together and do something special next year because, after all, it is going to be 2020.  "I just think the aesthetic is good to pass up," he said.

Well, now it looks as though that's actually going to happen.

Rob told Billboard that he and Matchbox Twenty will do a three-month summer tour next year.  It'll be the band's first time on the road since 2017, when they traveled with Counting Crows on the A Brief History of Everything tour.

It's not clear if Matchbox Twenty has any plans to make any new music, however. Their last album of original material was 2012's North.

Earlier this year, Rob released his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile, and he's currently on the road doing a solo tour to support it.  That trek is set to wrap up in Perth, Australia in November.

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Friday
Sep202019

Slash's band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators' new live album and concert film released today

Eagle Rock EntertainmentSlash's new live album and concert film with his solo band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Living the Dream Tour, was released today.

The performance was recorded during Slash and company's worldwide tour behind their latest album, 2018's Living the Dream. It was filmed during a stop earlier this year at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

The release is available as DVD/two-CD and Blu-ray/two-CD sets, as a three-LP black-vinyl or limited-edition red-vinyl package, and digital video & and digital audio.

The Living the Dream Tour DVD and Blu-ray boasts some bonus content, including a Live in London mini-documentary featuring an interview with Slash and frontman Kennedy, as well as  behind-the-scenes footage of the trek.

In the weeks leading up to Living the Dream Tour's release, three performance clips from the show -- "Anastasia," "Shadow Life" and "The Call of the Wild" -- were posted on Slash's official YouTube channel.

This weekend, Slash will be back with his other band, Guns N' Roses, who kick off a fall North American tour on Saturday in Los Angeles with an intimate show at the Hollywood Palladium. Check out all the band's tour dates at GunsNRoses.com.

Here's the Living the Dream Tour track list:

"The Call of the Wild"
"Halo"
"Standing in the Sun"
"Ghost"
"Back From Cali"
"My Antidote"
"Serve You Right"
"Boulevard of Broken Hearts"
"Shadow Life"
"We're All Gonna Die"
"Doctor Alibi"
"Lost Inside the Girl"
"Wicked Stone"
"Mind Your Manners"
"Driving Rain"
"By the Sword"
"Nightrain"
"Starlight"
"You're a Lie"
"World on Fire"
"Avalon"
"Anastasia"

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Friday
Sep202019

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney plays on new song from singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur 

Moonage RebelThe Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney guests on a new song from singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur.

The track is titled "Seek and Find," and also features Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs. You can download it now via digital outlets.

"Seek and Find" will be included on Arthur's upcoming album Come Back World, due out October 11.

Arthur previously collaborated with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck for the project Arthur Buck. The duo's self-titled debut album was released in 2018.

Meanwhile, you can also hear Carney on the new Black Keys album, "Let's Rock." He and Dan Auerbach will launch a headlining tour in support of the record September 23 in Denver.

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Friday
Sep202019

J. Cole declares he's done doing guest features

Anthony SupremeJ. Cole is throwing in the towel when it comes to guest features. 

Hours after appearing on Gang Starr's first single in nearly 20 years, "Family and Loyalty," the rapper shared the announcement via Twitter on Friday afternoon. 

"This a honor to be on this song. This is the last feature you’ll hear from me," Cole tweeted to his nearly 14 million followers. "Thank you to everybody I got to work with during this run."

While it's not clear if Cole is closing the chapter on his guest features for 2019 or for the rest of his career, the Dreamville head honcho has delivered a handful of impressive verses this past year. 

In addition to appearing on nearly every track on the star-studded compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III, Cole has also rattled off bars for the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, on "Purple Emoji," and Young Thug, on "The London" with Travis Scott, among others.

Speaking with XXL back in March, Cole offered some insight into his collaborative works. 

"Last year, I set an intention to say yes way more than I say no," the North Carolina-bred lyricist told the publication. "Say yes to features. Step outside of my comfort zone. And it’s still going." 

He continued, "I’m trying to level up this year on the features. I don’t want to be done with rap years from now and look back like, 'Damn, I didn’t even work with nobody.' I want to know that I left no stone unturned."

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Friday
Sep202019

K. Michelle delivers fiery new single "Supahood" featuring Kash Doll and Yung Miami

Entertainment One MusicAfter a weeks-long tease, K. Michelle has made good on her word and delivered her Kash Doll and Yung Miami-assisted single "Supahood."

With the no-holds-barred lyrics, K. tells the world how she loves her men and what they love most about her over the Lil’ Ronnie production. The accompanying visual for the fiery track is set to be released in the next coming weeks. 

"Supahood" arrives ahead of the release of the singer's fifth album All Monsters Are Human, the follow-up to 2017’s Kimberly: The People I Used to Know. The effort is slated to be released this fall via Entertainment One.

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Friday
Sep202019

Watch now: Thomas Rhett illustrates the message of "Remember You Young" in new video

The Valory Music Co.You may have to watch Thomas Rhett's music video for "Remember You Young" a time or two to figure out exactly what's happening. But once you do, it'll move you as much as the song.

TR performs the song barefoot in a virtual hall of mirrors, as the camera follows the storyline of an elderly man. 

First, the older man is having breakfast in a diner and playing cards with his friends. Then he gets in his car, drives around town at night, and goes to his hotel room. 

All along the way, he continually spots the same dark-haired girl: she's a waitress, she's pushing a stroller, she's having a soda with her boyfriend. 

The next morning, the old man gets up and drives to a scenic meadow, where a similarly-aged woman is standing looking out across a hillside. He walks up to her, and holds her hand -- and she morphs into the younger woman he's been envisioning.

Ultimately, as the song ends, he's standing on the hillside alone, embracing an urn of ashes.

You can check out Thomas Rhett's "Remember You Young" video on YouTube now. 

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Friday
Sep202019

Alessia Cara offers "relatable disappointments" in new video for "Rooting for You"

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboAlessia Cara's latest video, for "Rooting for You," allows us all to nod our heads and say, "Yep, I've been there."

The clip features Alessia singing and three cheerleaders doing a routine, cut with footage of people experiencing various "relatable disappointments."

Among them: "when your hair has other plans," "when the kiss does not have sparks," "when everything is broken," "when he shows up an hour late," "when you realize you made a huge mistake" -- depicted as waking up next to a less-than-desirable guy -- and "when you 'don't need' the recipe," which results in burned cookies.

"Rooting for You" is from Alessia's new EP, This Summer. As Billboard notes, John Mayer was such a fan of the track when it was released that he posted it on his Instagram Story and wrote, "Meanwhile, I only wish I had written this. Now that's what I call a hook."

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Friday
Sep202019

Ex-Band guitarist Robbie Robertson's latest solo album, 'Sinematic,' is out now

UMeRobbie Robertson, the guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, released his latest solo album Sinematic today.

The 13-track collection features songs connected to -- or inspired by -- two new film projects: the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and Martin Scorsese's upcoming crime epic The Irishman, for which Robbie composed the score.

Sinematic includes a song titled "Once Were Brothers," which celebrates Robertson's old group and laments his broken relationship with the other members, three of whom have passed away.

In a new Wall Street Journal interview, Robbie says about the song, "I didn't set out to write about this, but I just started thinking about how I've lost Richard [Manuel], Rick [Danko] and Levon [Helm], and it's heartbreaking…The song took me where it wanted to go."

Another key track from the album is "I Hear You Paint Houses," a duet with Van Morrison that directly relates to The Irishman and the book on which it's based.  The book, I Heard You Paint Houses, is titled after a phrase mobsters use when hiring a hit man.

Sinema also includes contributions from Derek Trucks, ex-Who touring bassist Pino Palladino, famed session drummer Jim Keltner, Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season, and singer/songwriter Citizen Cope.

The album is available now on CD, as a 180-gram-vinyl two-LP set and digitally. A Deluxe Edition featuring the CD, the LPs and a 36-page hardcover book of artwork Robertson created for each track will be released on October 25.

Here is Sinema's full track list:

"I Hear You Paint Houses"
"Once Were Brothers"
"Dead End Kid"
"Hardwired"
"Walk in Beauty Way"
"Let Love Reign"
"Shanghai Blues"
"Wandering Souls"
"Street Serenade"
"The Shadow"
"Beautiful Madness"
"Praying for Rain"
"Remembrance"

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Friday
Sep202019

'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?': Ken Burns reveals who's missing in 'Country Music'

PBSFilmmaker Ken Burns admits there's one person noticeably missing from his sixteen-hour Country Music documentary on PBS.

"We were in negotiation with George Jones's people," he tells ABC Radio. "We thought that our next trip -- which was gonna be a week-long trip that would get us 10 or 12 interviews -- George would be part of it. And he passed away."

Still, Burns believes the film skillfully pays homage to the man many regard as the greatest country singer who ever lived.

"I'm really proud of the scenes on George," he reflects. "I think we do justice to him, and particularly to what is arguably the best country song ever, 'He Stopped Loving Her Today.'"

Burns is thankful so many of the genre's legends -- whom he compares to Greek gods and goddesses -- are in Country Music -- and that they voiced their opinions.

"We have Loretta [Lynn], and she's unbelievable," he explains. "We have Merle [Haggard], and we've lost Merle, and Merle is like Zeus in our film. We have Willie [Nelson]."

"Merle said 'You've got to do Jimmie Rodgers,'" he continues. "You've got to do the Maddox Brothers and Rose. You've got to do Bob Wills.' And Willie is saying, "You've got to do... Ernest Tubb.'"

Near the film's beginning, Merle and Willie help bring the earlier legends to life. Toward the end, things come full circle.

"It's so great that they populate the early episodes, and can make these people real," Burns points out. "You're curious about them because these people that are mythic figures in your life are curious about it. And then their own stories catch up." 

The final four episodes of Country Music start Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. If you've missed any of the earlier episodes, they're available on PBS.org or Amazon Prime Video.

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Friday
Sep202019

Saturday, James Bay gets to play the festival he's been obsessing over since he was 13 

Emily HopeImagine if you found out about Coachella when you were a teenager, and then 15 years later, you actually got to perform at Coachella?  That's what James Bay is experiencing this weekend...except it's not Coachella, it's a festival staged by his one of his idols.

This weekend, James will be one of the many famous guitar players who'll be taking part in the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX.  The festival is the brainchild of legendary guitar god Eric Clapton, who started it in 1999 to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, a rehab facility in Antigua that he helped to found.

"The first [Crossroads Guitar Festival] that they recorded and released was 2004, and I was 13 and I bought that DVD and obsessed over it, and then I bought the one that I think came out in 2007," James tells ABC Radio. "I followed it ever since I was 13 and found out about it 'cause it is this kind of wild, like, Mecca of guitar players."

"It's a big, like, pinch-myself moment to be invited, to be recognized by one of my absolute heroes," gushes James. "Eric Clapton playing 'Layla' -- that inspired me to pick up a guitar, which I've talked about million times. But there's a slight full circle, a little bit, to all of this that gives me kind of chills. So I'm very very excited to go and do that...what an honor!" 

The two-night festival will feature famous guitar players like John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, blues icon Buddy Guy and more. James and John Mayer are performing on Saturday, and both nights will be available to watch via pay-per-view for $40 per night.

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Friday
Sep202019

Jimmie Allen remembers his dad on social media 

Broken BowJimmie Allen's mourning the passing of his father, who died this weekend. Though he didn't give specific details, he posted about his dad's death on social media on Friday. 

"Saying goodbye to my daddy is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do," the Milton, Delaware native said. "As you get older, you sometimes think about losing your parents, but nothing to prepares you for it when it actually happens."

Jimmie included a photo of his dad holding him when he was a child. If you've watched the music video for Jimmie's breakthrough hit, "Best Shot," you'll notice it's similar to the footage of his father at the start of the clip.

"When I got the news he died I was fishing at one of our favorite spots in Lewes (Roosevelt Inlet)," Jimmie continued. "I decided to do something we both enjoyed doing rather than go to the hospital and see him laying there lifeless. As I reeled my line, I thought about all the memories me and dad had fishing there."

The artist, who's now enjoying his second country hit with "Make Me Want To", went on to thank his dad for his successful career.

"I’m gonna miss the man that raised me on country music and who I give credit for my career today, the man that taught me the meaning of hard work," he wrote. "I love you dad and I’m thankful for the time we had."

"Wherever you are now I hope I showed you I love you and how much you mean to me. Miss you Big Jim," he closed.

Jimmy's debut album, Mercury Lane, is named for the street where he grew up. 

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Friday
Sep202019

Metallica announces advance 'S&M2' screenings 

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has announced a trio of advance screenings for the band's upcoming concert film S&M2, taking place October 5 in New York City, Los Angeles and London.

To attend any of the showings, you need to be a member of Metallica's Fifth Member fan club, and enter your name at Metallica.com/Contests.

If you don't win, you can catch S&M2 when it officially opens in theaters for one night only on October 9.

S&M2 was filmed earlier this month during Metallica's two shows at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, during which the metal legends were accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony.

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Friday
Sep202019

New digital compilation 'Motown Unreleased: 1969' features rare tracks from Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and more

Motown/UMeAn expansive digital-only collection titled Motown Unreleased: 1969, featuring 60 previously unissued tracks recorded by various Motown artists 50 years ago, has been released in celebration of the label's 60th anniversary.

The album includes recordings by Motown legends such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin and Valerie Simpson.

More than half of the collection's tracks are previously unheard compositions, like Wonder's "Mister Moon," The Temptations' "Pretty Little Brown Skin Girl" and Gladys Knight & the Pips' "I Had a Dream (Opus I)," a song penned by Ashford & Simpson in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968.

Other interesting tunes on Motown Unreleased: 1969 include The Jackson 5's rendition of The Miracles' "What's So Good About Goodbye," recorded prior to the release of their debut smash "I Want You Back"; and Ross & the Supremes' version of Wonder's "For Once in My Life," which was recorded at Diana's final session with her famous group.

In addition, the album features five instrumentals by Motown's house band The Funk Brothers, credited to the outfit's leader, keyboardist Earl Van Dyke.

Motown Unreleased: 1969's release coincides with the start of The Motown Museum's Motown 60 Weekend, a series of events that includes the Hitsville Honors Celebration, featuring a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy.

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Friday
Sep202019

Liam Payne trained with Mark Wahlberg to prepare for underwear campaign

Jason HetheringtonLiam Payne has launched a new capsule clothing collection with Hugo Boss, but for his next fashion move, he's saying "Strip It Down" -- literally.

Liam also has a starring role in a new Hugo Boss underwear campaign, which will feature him posing practically naked. So how'd he get in shape for such revealing pics? He consulted the man who made half-naked underwear campaigns iconic: Mark Wahlberg.

Back in 1992, when the actor was a rapper known as Marky Mark, he dropped trou for a now-legendary Calvin Klein underwear campaign. Every campaign that's come afterwards -- including Justin Bieber's memorable Calvin ads -- has been compared to Wahlberg's.

Liam tells the New York Post that not only did he ask Wahlberg for advice while preparing for the "quite raunchy" shoot, he "even went in and trained with him.”

"The training part was a proper drag -- can’t eat this, can’t eat that," he adds. "But it was nice putting myself through that challenge, going into the gym with a motive.”

While we wait for that campaign to officially launch, Liam's clothing collection is available, including t-shirts, pants, sweatshirts and sneakers, all decorated with chevrons, because Liam has them tattooed on his arm.  But he told the Post that he only discovered he'd gotten the tattoo when he woke up in bed one day with it after a drunken night out.

"I was literally still in bed Googling ‘tattoo removal.’ I really regretted it for a while -- but I don’t know, with tattoos over time, I find that they just become part of you," he explains.

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Friday
Sep202019

Beyoncé pens heartfelt open letter to the #BeyHive in celebration of her birthday: "I thank God for all of you!"

Netflix/Parkwood EntertainmentBeyoncé is still on a high from her epic B-Day celebration. 

The vocal powerhouse, who turned 38 earlier this month, shared an open letter to her loyal #BeyHive on Friday highlighting the monumental past year she's had. 

"Thank you from the depths of me for all my birthday loving," Queen B wrote in a blog post on her personal website. "I had an incredible B-day! I'm grateful for every breath."

"I thank God for all of my blessings, my wins and my losses," she continued. "I thank God for all of you!"

Along with the introspective post, Bey shared a series of precious family photos featuring her three children, Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi Carter. The collage also featured endearing snaps of the Grammy-winning star and hubby JAY-Z vacationing in Italy aboard a yacht.

"I would have posted earlier but I had work to do," Bey jokingly added in her letter. "I gotta job baaaaby. Here is Your B at 37. Love y'all." 

2019 has truly been a whirlwind year for Beyoncé: She delivered her acclaimed Netflix documentary Homecoming, starred in The Lion King and executive-produced an accompanying album, The Gift

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Friday
Sep202019

Metallica announces advance 'S&M2' screenings 

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has announced a trio of advance screenings for the band's upcoming concert film S&M2, taking place October 5 in New York City, Los Angeles and London.

To attend any of the showings, you need to be a member of Metallica's Fifth Member fan club, and enter your name at Metallica.com/Contests.

If you don't win, you can catch S&M2 when it officially opens in theaters for one night only on October 9.

S&M2 was filmed earlier this month during Metallica's two shows at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, during which the metal legends were accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony.

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Friday
Sep202019

#LG6: Lady Gaga hasn't forgotten about her new album

ABC/Rick RowellBack in March, Lady Gaga responded to rumors that she was pregnant by tweeting, "Yeah, I’m pregnant with #LG6" -- referring to what will be her sixth studio album. Fans thought that meant music was imminent, but so far, nothing has surfaced. But Gaga wants you to know she's working on it.

The star shared a photo on her Instagram Story of herself standing in a recording studio, wearing a cheetah-print coat and dark glasses. The caption reads, "#LG6."

When Gaga finally does release her new album, it'll be the follow-up to 2016's Joanne, which featured the hit song "Million Reasons." Since then, she's been busy branching out into acting and launching her new makeup line, Haus Laboratories.

In the new issue of People magazine, Gaga says, "We don't care if you wear our makeup or not. What's important to us is that you love yourself and spread that kind message around the world."


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Friday
Sep202019

Listen to Travis Barker drum on new song from Lights, "Long Live"

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboYou'd be forgiven for thinking that Travis Barker must have access to a Harry Potter Time-Turner, since he seemingly has no problem fitting endless collaborations into his schedule -- and he's just released yet another one.

The Blink-182 drummer guests on a new song from Canadian artist Lights, titled "Long Live." The track is available now for digital download.

In an Instagram post, Lights dedicates "Long Live" to "every MySpace using, forum posting, bubble tea drinking emo kid."

Lights previously worked Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun on her 2017 song, "Savage."

Barker, meanwhile, has been his usual busy self, collaborating on projects with artists including Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly, nothing,nowhere. and 03 Greedo. There's also, of course, the new Blink-182 album Nine, which is out today.

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Friday
Sep202019

Posthumous Leonard Cohen featuring Jennifer Warnes, Beck and other guests due in November

Sony MusicHallelujah! A posthumous studio album by acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016 at age 82, will be released on November 22.

Titled Thanks for the Dance, the nine-track collection was put together by Cohen's son Adam, using unfinished recordings from the sessions for Leonard's 2016 album, You Want It Darker.

A variety of artists contributed to the project, including singer Jennifer Warnes -- a frequent Cohen collaborator -- and younger artists like Beck, Feist, Damien Rice, Arcade Fire bassist Richard Reed Parry and The National guitarist Bryce Dessner. Famed producer Daniel Lanois helped with some of the arrangements.

"In composing and arranging the music for [Leonard's] words, we chose his most characteristic musical signatures, in this way keeping him with us," Adam says.

He adds, "What moves me most about the album is the startled response of those who have heard it. 'Leonard lives!' they say, one after the other."

One of the new tracks, "The Goal," has been released as a digital download and via streaming services in advance of Thanks for the Dance, and a video for the spoken-word song has premiered on Leonard's official YouTube channel.

Here's the full track list of Thanks for the Dance, which is available for pre-order now:

"Happens to the Heart"
"Moving On"
"The Night of Santiago"
"Thanks for the Dance"
"It's Torn"
"The Goal"
"Puppets"
"The Hills"
"Listen to the Hummingbird"

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