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Thursday
Aug282014

Jessie J Joins "Finding Neverland" Concept Album Project

Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJennifer Hudson's already on board, and Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift are rumored to be too.  Now, Jessie J has recorded a song for an upcoming concept album based on the soon-to-open Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessie has cut a song called "Stronger" for the album, which will feature pop stars singing tunes from the show.  The show's producer, Harvey Weinstein, has dedicated "Stronger" to the people of Boston: the production is currently running in that city, where it's broken attendance records.  It'll debut on Broadway in March.

The musical is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about J.M. Barrie, the man who wrote Peter Pan, and his relationship with the family who inspired it.  Jennifer Hudson performed "Never Neverland," a song from the concept album, at the Tony Awards in June.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Martina McBride Sets Out on Fall Leg of Everlasting Tour

Image Courtesy Vinyl RecordingsAs Martina McBride embarks on the fall leg of the tour to support her Everlasting album, seven of the dates are already sold out. She believes part of the reason why is that her new versions of R&B standards from the fifties, sixties and seventies mix so well with her hits like “Independence Day” and “This One’s for the Girls.”

"I feel like this show really takes the audience on a musical journey,” Martina says. “The songs from Everlasting and my hits blend seamlessly together throughout the night."

Accompanied by an eleven-piece band, including a horn section and a group of background singers, Martina delivers her take on songs ranging from the Supremes’ “Come See About Me” to Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.” Everlasting debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart when it was released in the spring.

Martina’s first cookbook, Around the Table, will be out October 7.

These are the fall dates for the Everlasting tour, with the sold-out shows marked with an asterisk:

*8/28 -- Meridian, MS, MSU Riley Center for the Performing Arts
*8/29 -- Forrest City, AR, East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center
*8/30 -- Lake Charles, LA, L'Auberge Casino and Hotel
*8/31 -- Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley
9/5 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium
9/6 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
9/11 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
9/12 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
9/13 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
9/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/19 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
9/20 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
9/22 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
*9/25 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Event Center
9/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/2 -- Dartmouth, NS, Dartmouth Sportsplex
10/3 -- Moncton, NB, The Center at Casino New Brunswick
10/4 -- St Johns, NL Canada, Mile One Centre
10/9 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
10/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
10/11 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theatre
10/16 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
10/17 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/18 -- Niceville, FL, Mullett Festival
10/24 -- Athens, GA, Classic Center Theater
*11/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/7 -- Dearborn, MI, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
*11/8 -- Dayton, OH, Schuster Center
11/13 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
11/14 -- Utica, NY, The Stanley
11/15 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/21 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
11/29 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
12/3 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
12/4 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
12/5 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
12/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
12/13 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre


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Thursday
Aug282014

Live Returns with New Album, PledgeMusic Campaign

Image Courtesy Think Loud RecordingsLive is back. The band -- with a new singer -- will release a new album called The Turn this fall, eight years after the last Live studio release, Songs from Black Mountain. This collection will be the band's first with Chris Shinn at the mic, after extensive legal wranglings with former singer Ed Kowalczyk.  The Turn will be released October 28.

In a statement, Live founding member Chad Taylor said that his band needed "a veteran artist that brought a new dimension of musical skill and credibility to the table. The only name suggested by all three of us was Chris Shinn. There was no audition process. We simply called our friend and asked if he wanted to make...music.”

Fans can pre-order The Turn through Live's PledgeMusic campaign, with a portion of the proceeds going to Musicians On Call, which provides music to people confined to health care facilities. Other packages are available for varying pledge amounts, including a half-hour Skype guitar lesson with Taylor for $100.

Here is a track listing for The Turn:

"Sirens Call"
"Don't Run to Wait"
"Natural Born Killers"
"6310 Rodgerton Dr."
"By Design"
"The Way Around Is Through"
"Need Tonight"
"The Strength to Hold On"
"We Open the Door"
"He Could Teach the Devil Tricks"
"Till You Came Around"


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Thursday
Aug282014

Kesha Has a New Cali Home, Rihanna's Eyeing NYC Pad

ABC/Adam TaylorNow that ABC's Rising Star is over, Kesha can settle down to making music full-time, and settle into her new home. The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer just plunked down $1.65 million for a home in Venice, California.

The 1,400 square-foot Spanish-style bungalow features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard with a spa and fireplace and -- best of all -- a one-car garage that's been converted into an artist studio.  That means Kesha can work on her line of jewelry there, or maybe turn it into a recording studio.

Meanwhile, another pop diva is eyeing a new place, this one on the East Coast.  The New York Post reports that Rihanna, with an entourage of five, recently toured the 10th floor of a swanky new building in Manhattan called One York.  The entire floor, which is now configured as three apartments, is on sale for $18 million. 

If she purchased it, however, all three apartments would have to be combined, giving her a total of 5,350 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms.  But the paper reports that the singer is looking for something that's already in move-in condition.


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Thursday
Aug282014

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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Thursday
Aug282014

Beyoncé Pens Poem About Blue Ivy for CR Fashion Book

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Beyonce graces the cover of CR Fashion Book, in which she stuns in high-end designer clothes from Prada to Givenchy. But aside from her fashion spread and the custom Chanel surfboard she poses with, the magazine has also published a poem called "Bey the Light" in lieu of a traditional cover story.

In the poem, "remixed" by writer Forrest Gander, the singer calls her daughter Blue Ivy her "biggest muse" and explains her "deep bond with young children" who she's "met across the years." She also says that she's "tuned to spirits" and "the emotions of others," before revealing that she's inspired by her stage persona, Sasha Fierce, in "performance, rifts, even in bed."

The issue hits newsstands on September 4, which is also Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday.

Here's the full poem:

“Bey the Light”
Words by Beyoncé
Remixed by Forrest Gander

It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse.
There’s someone, we all find out soon,
more important than ourselves to lose.

I feel a deep bond with young children –
all those photos in my dressing room –
especially those who’ve been stricken,

Children I’ve met across the years –
they uplift me like pieces of moon,
and guide me, whispering in my ear

I’m turned to spirits, the emotions of others.
And I feel her presence all the time
though I never met my grandmother.

I learned at a very young age,
when I need to tap some extra strength,
to put my persona, Sasha, on stage.

Though we’re different as blue and red,
I’m not afraid to draw from her
in performance, rifts, even in bed.

I saw a TV preacher when I was scared,
at four or five, about bad dreams,
who promised he’d say a prayer

If I put my hand to the TV.
That’s the first time I remember prayer,
an electric current humming through me.

You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform,
to suck up the grief, anxiety, and loss
of those who hear me into my song’s form.

I’m a vessel for all that isn’t right,
for break-ups and lies and double-cross.
I sing into that vessel a healing light.

To let go of pain that people can’t bear.
I don’t do that myself, I call in the light.
I summon God to take me there.

Utopias, they don’t much interest me.
I always mess things up a bit.
It’s chaos, in part, that helps us see.

But for my daughter I dream a day
when no one roots for others to fail,
when we all mean what we say.

 


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Thursday
Aug282014

Wyclef Jean Announces Seventh Album, "Clefication"

Image Courtesy Columbia Records

Wyclef Jean has new music on the way. The rapper, who has been recording in a Stockholm-based studio with co-executive producer Ash Pournari, has revealed that he is working on his seventh studio album, Clefication.

"I was 'Gone in November' of 2013, in search of my next musical chapter. So, with my acoustic guitar, I headed to Stockholm where once again I found my voice," he told Billboard.

Although his disc won't be released until the spring of 2015, fans can expect first single, "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii to arrive this year.

The upcoming disc marks his first effort in five years following From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Who's the Ultimate Pop Star? The Answer May Surprise You

ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star?  Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it's....Mariah Carey.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 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 artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits -- was Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. 

Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.  Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift -- comes in on Time's chart.


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Thursday
Aug282014

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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Thursday
Aug282014

Shakira Confirms She's Expecting Again

Kayt Jones/ RCA RecordsShakira is going to be a mom again.

First came a report that the singer and former Voice coach had granted an interview to Mexican Cosmopolitan, in which she was quoted as says she was pregnant.  Now, the singer has confirmed it herself, tweeting, "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!"

Shakira and her boyfriend, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan on January 22, 2013.  The new baby will be the second child for both of them.

While Shakira has said she and Gerard have no immediate plans to wed, she told Latina magazine earlier this year that she wants to have a big family and was eager to get pregnant again.  "If it weren't because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already," she told the magazine. "I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard -- my own [soccer] team."

The women of The Voice, past and present, seem to be remarkably fertile.  Christina Aguilera just gave birth to her second child, while Gwen Stefani welcomed her third this past February.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Ariana Grande Thanks "Angel Pie" Miley Cyrus for Flowers 

Republic RecordsMiley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are friends!  How do we know?  Because Miley sent Ariana flowers, and Ariana's showing them off on Twitter.

Miley and Ariana were both winners at the MTV VMA Awards this past weekend, and there's a photo of them kissing each other.  Now, Ari has posted on Twitter a photo of a flower arrangement of hydrangeas and roses, writing, "a special baby love sent me flowers... u are the cutest angel pie in da world."

The day after the VMAs, Ariana posted the photo of her and Miley together, and wrote, "I heart u & your big heart." She included a link to Miley's Prizeo campaign to raise funds for homeless youth.

It's no wonder that Miley and Ariana get along: they're both former child stars who've successfully made the transition to chart-topping pop divas, all the while facing criticism about being too "adult."

 

 

 

 


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Thursday
Aug282014

Simon Cowell: One Direction's New Album Is "Fantastic" 

ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction is currently out on their Where We Are Tour, but they're also working on their fourth album.  How's it coming along?  Well, according to someone who should know -- their label boss, Simon Cowell -- it's pretty awesome.

"The album's fantastic," Simon told London's Capital FM radio. "There's probably five or six tracks I've already heard that could be singles. There's some very different kinds of songs than what we've done before, they've taken a few more risks."

"Most importantly, the boys love writing, they love recording, they're enjoying what they're doing," he adds.  Cowell then referred to the fact that he was recently quoted -- incorrectly, it seems -- as predicting that the group would split up in a couple of years.

"I went on Twitter recently to say I don't think they're going to split up, they're having too good a time!" he told Capital FM.  "I think they could be doing this for five, ten, twenty years if they wanted to!"

In the tweet he was referring to, Cowell wrote, "Just to clear up the rumors it is my guess and my hope One D will stay together for a very long time...The boys are having the best time...their new album is really really good."


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Thursday
Aug282014

Pharrell Thanks Fans for Supporting Usher's "She Came to Give It to You"

Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesShortly after releasing the video for “She Came to Give It to You,” Usher has shared an Instagram video of the song's producer, Pharrell, expressing his gratitude for all the fans who have supported their latest collaboration.

"Got another record with my boy, feels good to be able to do something so different and have it be supported, we're both ever so grateful," he says in the brief video.

"Very thankful," he continues before shaking Usher's hand.

"She Came to Give It to You" featuring Nicki Minaj will appear on Usher's eighth album, due out this fall.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Lil Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"

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Lil’ Kim has released a new rendition of Iggy Azalea’s #1 hit "Fancy." Kim channels her inner valley girl and raps about her designer clothes and luxurious lifestyle in the new release which follows remixes of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” 

"I'm so fancy, please don't touch me. I'm fashionably late, so please don't rush me," Kim spits on the minute-long track.

"I’m so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!!” tweeted Kim.

Fans can expect the rapper to release her much-hyped mixtape, Hard Core 2K14, on September 11.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Takes Ice Bucket Challenge, Passes It on to Bono

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionJosh Homme is the latest rocker to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The frontman of Queens of the Stone Age took a quick-and-easy ice water bath, when an off-camera person doused him with water in the middle of his speech in a video posted to YouTube. The footage then slows down so that Homme's sputterings sound like animal grunts and roars.

Apparently Homme was too shaken to actually voice his own pass-on challenge; that came in the form of the on-screen text reading, "I officially challenge BONO."

Any QOTSA fans looking to make a donation in Josh Homme's name can do so at ALSA.org. The Ice Bucket Challenge has so far raised more than $94 million for ALS research.

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Thursday
Aug282014

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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Thursday
Aug282014

Tim McGraw Takes Aim with "Shotgun Rider;" Readies for Release Day Livestream

Big Machine RecordsAs Tim McGraw gets ready to release his new CD, Sundown Heaven Town, next month, he’s taking aim at the charts with his new single, “Shotgun Rider.” Tim says he loves the way the song paints a picture and sets a mood.

"In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, 'How good do I have it?  Life is perfect’,” he reflects. “There is a certain warmth to this song and several others like it that really establish the tone for the whole album."

On release day, Tim will team up with the man who directed the films Moneyball and Capote, Bennett Miller, to livestream a new episode of American Express Unstaged. You can watch the performance live from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom starting at 9 p.m. ET on September 16.

 
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Thursday
Aug282014

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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Thursday
Aug282014

Maroon 5 Releases New Album Teaser, Book "America's Got Talent"; "Sex and Candy" Cover Now Online

Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.

The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.  On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."

The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet.  So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.

Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V.  It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane.  The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."

Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.


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Thursday
Aug282014

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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