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Tuesday
Jul292014

R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

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R. Kelly's past as an alleged sexual predator has resulted in him being pulled from the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, according to USA Today.

After locals expressed their disappointment via Twitter and Facebook, event organizers announced that they've “have decided to part ways” with the singer, who was indicted in 2002 on charges of making child pornography and then acquitted in 2008.

Fans seem to have mixed reactions to the news. One commented, "You guys were wrong in dropping R.Kelly out of the festival. Those allegations happened a decade ago." Another added, "SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS. I feel 100% about attending FMMF now!"

Meanwhile, Kelly’s publicist released the following statement to USA Today: "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."

Although his replacement has yet to be revealed, the event will include a headlining performance from Michelle Williams over the Labor Day weekend, August 29-31.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Watch Lollapalooza Without Leaving Your Living Room

Lollapalooza celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend and you don't have to go to Chicago to see it. The festival organizers are streaming dozens of performances -- more than 200 hours worth in all -- and making them available for free online

 

Lollapalooza.redbull.tv has the full schedule of performances to be streamed, but here are some highlights; all start times are Central time:

8/1  -- 5 p.m. -- Interpol
8/1  -- 6 p.m. -- Chvrches
8/1  -- 7 p.m. -- Lorde
8/1 -- 8:30 p.m. -- Arctic Monkeys
8/2  -- 4 p.m. -- Vance Joy
8/2  -- 7 p.m. -- Foster the People
8/2  -- 8:15 p.m. -- Outkast
8/3 -- 3:15 p.m. -- Bleachers
8/3  -- 4 p.m. -- Cage the Elephant
8/3  -- 8:30 p.m. -- Kings of Leon

Tuesday
Jul292014

Tyler Farr Drops First Single from Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy," with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.

The song is called "A Guy Walks into a Bar," but it's not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye.

"A Guy Walks into a Bar" is now available for digital download at iTunes.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Taylor Swift Ranks High on "Forbes'" Highest-Paid Country Musicians List

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.

Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.

Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars.  American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Heart Extends U.S. Tour Itinerary into November

Image Courtesy of Norman SeeffHeart currently is playing a run of late-summer U.S. concert in the Midwest and Northeast that winds down on August 13 in Kettering, Ohio, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have extended their 2014 itinerary well into the fall.  The Wilson sisters and their band will launch a West Coast tour that's mapped out from a September 13 concert in Saratoga, California, through a September 26 show in Pomona, California.

That outing also will make stops in a couple of other California cities, as well as in Oregon and Washington.  In addition, Heart has a few shows lined up in October and November in Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

As previously reported, Heart also will headline the inaugural Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock event, which sets sail from Miami on November 4 and visits Grand Bahama Island and Nassau in The Bahamas before returning to port on November 8.  The nautical musical extravaganza, which celebrates Grammy-winning and -nominated female artists, also will include performances by Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls, Joan Osbourne, Shawn Colvin, Estelle and Skylar Grey.

Here is Heart's complete list of upcoming tour dates, according to the band's official website:

7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair
8/1 -- Anderson, IN, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
8/2 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino & Resort
8/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/5 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/6 -- Watertown, NY, Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
8/8 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/9 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
8/11 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
9/16 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/18 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox (Market)
9/20 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
9/22 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
9/23 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel
9/25 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
9/26 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
10/18 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Go AZ Motorcycle Racetrack - Bob's Biker Blast
10/21 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
10/24 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
11/4-8 -- Miami, FL, Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock
11/11 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October

Atlantic/Swan SongThe Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy.  The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats.  These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the "companion" audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover.  The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.

Led Zeppelin IV, which also sometimes is referred to as the "Runes" album or "Zoso," topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.  Among the many classic songs featured on the record are "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Going to California."  The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.

Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.  Among the well-known Zeppelin tunes on the track list are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," "The Song Remains the Same," and the reggae-influenced "D'yer Mak'er."  Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record's eight songs are featured on the reissued version's companion disc.

Here's a rundown of all the "companion audio" you'll get with the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues:

Led Zeppelin IV: Companion Audio Disc
"Black Dog" -- Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs
"Rock and Roll" -- Alternate Mix
"The Battle of Evermore" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix from Headley Grange
"Stairway to Heaven" -- Sunset Sound Mix
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- Alternate Mix
"Four Sticks" -- Alternate Mix
"Going to California" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix
"When the Levee Breaks" -- Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy: Companion Audio Disc
"The Song Remains the Same" -- Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
"The Rain Song" -- Mix Minus Piano
"Over the Hills and Far Away" -- Guitar Mix Backing Track
"The Crunge" -- Rough Mix - Keys Up
"Dancing Days" -- Rough Mix with Vocal
"No Quarter" -- Rough Mix with John Paul Jones Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
"The Ocean" -- Working Mix


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." 

Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.

Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes' duet partner on "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me?" ANSWER: Jason Mraz.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Florida Georgia Line's Concert Crowds Include Fans of All Ages

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn't mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.

"It's a pretty nice mix," says Tyler. "You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through."

FGL's Brian Kelley adds, "And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids."

Tyler goes on to call their shows a "big family night," but he stresses, "At the same time, it's a party."

Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn't listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.

Says Brian, "We love representing country music. We feel it's an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format -- it's amazing. It's changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like."

Florida Georgia Line's string of hits continues with their latest single, "Dirt." Their new album is due out later this year.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Kansas Welcomes New Keyboard Player, David Manion, to Band's Lineup

Current Kansas Lineup (Chipster PR)Kansas has announced another addition to its lineup in the wake of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh's decision to leave the band.  Earlier this month, the veteran prog rockers revealed that Ronnie Platt, former frontman of the group Shooting Star, will be taking over Walsh's lead-vocal duties soon, and now Kansas has announced via its Facebook page that David Manion "will be handling the main keyboard parts for the band on stage."

Manion is a founding member of longtime Kansas bassist Billy Greer's side project Seventh Key.

He says in a statement, "To say how excited I am for the opportunity to be playing keyboards with Kansas would be the understatement of my life…It truly is a dream come true.  To be a part of a band with a 40-year history, with so many albums out, and one that has proven to have put so much of the 'prog' in progressive music since virtually the beginning of the genre, is the greatest feeling I have had in quite some time."

Kansas drummer Phil Ehart says about Manion joining the group, "It's going to be great having David up on stage.  He's a world class keyboard player and a longtime member of the Kansas family."

Adds Greer, "I've been working with David since the mid eighties…For me, he has always been the 'go to' guy when any keyboard work was needed…David has done a phenomenal job on all the Seventh Key stuff and will bring the same integrity to the music of Kansas!"

Both Manion and Platt will make their live debut with Kansas at a September 12 concert in Oklahoma City.  Walsh revealed his decision to resign from Kansas in late June.  His last performance with the band is scheduled for August 16 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Meanwhile, Greer has sent a statement to MelodicRock.com expressing his feelings about Walsh's departure from Kansas.  "It really saddens me to see Steve leave the band," he writes.  "I have about a 34 year history with Steve, so, it makes it extra hard to see him go.  I owe a lot my success in the music business to Steve and for that I am very grateful.  To me he is still one of the greatest voices in rock 'n roll!"

He adds, "I wish him all the best, love him like a brother and will be there for him if he ever needs me!"


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online

Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled "Shame" and "You Are the One," were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna's 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to "The Rain Tapes," a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album.  Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she's working on may be titled "Messiah."


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Courtney Love Glad to Be Out of "Actor Jail," Hedges About Hole Reunion

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Courtney Love is back acting, and couldn't be happier about it. As previously reported, the singer will appear on the FX series Sons of Anarchy in a recurring role as a preschool teacher named Ms. Harrison, a tip of the hat to Love's birth name, Courtney Michelle Harrison. She tells the Philippine Daily Inquirer, "I thank [show creator] Kurt Sutter for taking a chance on me, bailing me out of actor jail, as we call it. It takes a showrunner like Kurt to have the balls to do that. It’s now up to me to make it."

Courtney says that although it's been a long time since she's acted, she didn't miss it "until 2012, when I saw a Sean Penn indie movie. I went to his agent and...I was like, 'How do I get back into this business?'" She says that getting back in the saddle is "about being relentless [though] not to the point of rudeness; you have to have the mojo to just get up, dust yourself off."

Her first take for Sons of Anarchy after such a long absence wasn't quite the success she'd been hoping for. "My first time to act in 11 years, I choked on the first master take. I just choked. I was trembling. I thank God I was across from someone as good as Katey Sagal. She hugged me and I got into her vibe. Every take got better and better. I don’t choke, man! And I choked! And I am not on anything."

Music-wise, Hole fans might be in for a disappointment; while Love doesn't completely rule out a reunion, she says, "I don’t want to get on the oldies circuit. I don’t need to do that for money. I want to put out music that is relevant today."

Earlier this year, Love made headlines by publicly revealing that she and former Hole band mates had been playing together; she later told the U.K.s Telegraph that the band members "may have made out but there is no talk of marriage...It’s very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me [for speaking publicly]."

Sons of Anarchy is scheduled to premiere September 9 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

 


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Tuesday
Jul292014

John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been "Beautiful"

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he's still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he'll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe.  While John's career's now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of "All of Me," the tour, billed as "An Evening with John Legend," is the opposite of a big production.

"This is the first time I've done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We stripped down the band to a very core, small group.  I have a string quartet and a guitarist.  I tell more stories to the fans, and it's just a more intimate situation.  And it's been beautiful."

"I've been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up," he adds.

Even if you haven't seen John live in concert, you've probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he's performed on over the past year or so. According to the singer, being able to play your song on a big awards telecast is a huge deal for an artist's career: so much so that he prefers it to actually winning an award.

"Performing is more impactful, because people don't really remember who won, but they remember performances if they stand out," he notes. "Like, I didn't win any Grammys, but when I performed 'All of Me' at the Grammys this past year, the song went from 49 on the iTunes charts to number three.  And so that performance was so important for the song and for my career....If you nail it, you can really help the song a lot."

John's received a nomination for Best Male on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, but it's unlikely that he'll be performing on that particular award show, since he has a concert booked in Las Vegas that same night.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Courtney Love Recites Poem, Plays Surprise Song at NYC Show

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Angela McCluskey fans got a big surprise last night when Courtney Love hopped onstage at the singer/songwriter's show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.

Love -- who's been spotted at McCluskey shows in the past -- sat in the back of the tiny room for most of the performance, at one point calling out, "Amazing!" at the end of a song. Toward the close of McCluskey's set, Love was summoned to the stage, where she recited a Charles Baudelaire poem and ripped into Hole's "Never Go Hungry," accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and receiving a little support from pianist Paul Cantelon, who plays with McCluskey in Wild Colonials

McCluskey's fans were overwhelmingly enthusiastic in their response to Love's performance.  For her part, Courtney told ABC News Radio after the show that Angela McCluskey has "amazing talent."  "I love her!" Love gushed. "She sings like an angel!" The feeling is mutual; McCluskey was obviously thrilled to have Love crash her show and was beaming as she made the introduction.

McCluskey is doing a Monday night residency in the tiny basement room at the Rockwood Music Hall, with three shows scheduled for both August and September.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2014 Dates

ABC/Matt BrownLuke Bryan will launch his sixth annual Farm Tour with an October 1 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.

This year’s Farm Tour will once again include shows in eight towns, wrapping up October 11 with a concert in Macon, Georgia.

Last year, Luke performed for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns.

A portion of the proceeds from the shows fund local college scholarships for students from a farming family in the communities the tour visits.  Get ticket details at Luke's official website.  Special VIP experiences are also available for purchase. Details at cidentertainment.com.

Here are the dates for Farm Tour 2014:

10/1 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms
10/2 -- Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms
10/3 -- Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place
10/4 -- Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm
10/8 -- Statesboro, GA, Perry Field
10/9 -- Athens, GA, Meldon Farm
10/10 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms
10/11 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Welcomes Baby Boy

Wind Up RecordsEvanescence singer Amy Lee is now a mom. Lee posted an Instagram photo of her snuggling with her newborn son in the hospital, with the caption, "Our little cub, Jack Lion Hartzler, is here."

She added, "I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into technicolor."

Lee's manager tells People.com the singer and her husband, therapist Josh Hartzler, welcomed their new baby on Thursday, July 24th.

Little Jack was born at 7:51 a.m., weighing in at seven pounds and 13 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich's new album, Gravity, comes out September 23 featuring a collaboration with Tim McGraw on the song "Lovin' Lately."

Brad Paisley has released a new version of his single, "River Bank," featuring country rapper Colt Ford.

Hunter Hayes' new video for "Tattoo" is now on CMT. The clip features animated graphics, graffiti art and a beautiful brunette woman playing Hunter's onscreen love interest.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Eric Clapton Says He Hopes JJ Cale Tribute Album Will Introduce Fans "to the Way He Made Things Sound"

Bushbranch Record/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton's star-packed JJ Cale tribute album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, hits stores today.  Joining Clapton on the collection of compositions by the late Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter are Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John Mayer, as well as many other respected musicians.

In a promotional video focusing on the making of the album, Clapton explains that he was more interested in capturing the sound of Cale's own records rather than he and his fellow collaborators putting their spin on the tunes.

"I thought it was the respectful thing to do, rather than just say…'Never mind all that.  I'm gonna do it the way I do everything,'" he notes.  "If you've never heard of JJ Cale, when you hear this record, you will be introduced to the way he made things sound.  And I thought that was as important as anything else."

The music and playing of Cale, who died of heart failure at age 74 in July 2013, were major influences on Clapton's post-1960s recordings.  JJ wrote two of Eric's best-known tunes -- "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- while Slowhand's 1977 hit "Lay Down Sally" was clearly inspired by Cale laidback country-blues style.

In the video, Eric reveals that the idea for the tribute album starting taking shape around the time of Cale's funeral.

"After the funeral, we gathered again to McCabe's [guitar shop in Los Angeles,] and I heard myself say that apart from family, the most profound effects of people passing on me were [blues legend] Freddie King and JJ," he declares.  "So those characters, for some reason, have been very, very deep in my musical psyche."

Soon, Clapton teamed up with his longtime co-producer Simon Climie and, along with engineer Alan Douglas, and, as he explains, they "began to create the framework for this album."

Of the various stars who lent their talents to the record, Eric singles out Mayer as someone whose contributions he was particularly impressed with.  The pop-blues virtuoso sings and plays guitar appears on three songs on The Breeze -- "Magnolia," "Lies" and "Don't Wait."

"He cut all those tracks in about an hour, first or second take, and I was gobsmacked," says Clapton.  "Y'know, [I have] a new respect for John, 'cause he's extremely gifted."

Mayer, meanwhile, is mutually complimentary of Clapton, praising him for the respect he shows the musicians who came before him.

"This kind of project continues to speak volumes about Eric and where he sees himself in the lineage of music," Mayer points out in the video.  "He's never denied being a recipient of inspiration.  He's never denied being a student of the blues, and that really inspired me to see myself as somewhere in…the ongoing lineage."

The Breeze is available as a standard CD, vinyl LP and digital download.  In addition, separate deluxe multiple CD and vinyl LP packages can be purchased at Surfdog.com.  The deluxe CD box set offers a bonus disc of original recordings by Cale, including three previously unreleased tracks; a specially designed USB drive featuring digital versions of The Breeze and the Cale tunes as well as a video interview with Clapton; six collectible lithographs; and a 20-page book.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Joe Nichols Explains How His "Yeah" Video Went from "Cheap and Cheesy" to Comic Book Cool

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols' new video, "Yeah," uses animation to place a young couple on the pages of a comic book as their love story plays out over the course of a night.  It's easily one of country's most compelling videos so far this year, but that comic book effect was actually an afterthought. Joe and his team originally wanted the video to look cheap and cheesy with the couple acting out the song around a fake campfire and fake trees set up in a studio. That idea didn't quite pan out, though.

Joe tells ABC News Radio, "It came off looking incredibly cheap and cheesy. That was the only problem. It was supposed to be funny, and it kind of missed."

He adds with a laugh, "It just looked like we ran out of money or something."

Luckily, Joe's video director had the idea to take that cheesy-looking footage and add animation to create the comic book look.

"He showed me 30 seconds of it, and I was like, 'Yeah. Love that!' It changed everything, "Joe explains. "It was probably a mediocre video at best to I think it's a pretty dang good one right now."

"Yeah" is included on Joe Nichols' latest album, Crickets, now in stores.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online

Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled “Shame” and “You Are the One,” were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to “The Rain Tapes,” a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album. Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she’s working on may be titled “Messiah.”


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