• New Paul McCartney Video Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Meat Free Monday Campaign

    New Paul McCartney Video Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Meat Free Monday Campaign

    Paul McCartney has premiered a new video on his official website to mark the fifth anniversary of Meat Free Monday, the environmental campaign that asks people to skip eating meat every Monday.  The clip, set to the rock legend’s original theme song for the initiative, includes photos submitted by fans and supporters of the campaign that cleverly incorporate lyrics from the tune. A number of celebrities contributed photos that appear in the “Meat Free Monday” video, including Woody Harrelson, Mayim Bialik, Twiggy, Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley and Sir Paul himself.  The idea behind the campaign is that by consuming… Read more

  • Five-Disc Kinks "Anthology" Box Set, Celebrating Band's 50th Anniversary, Arriving in November

    Five-Disc Kinks "Anthology" Box Set, Celebrating Band's 50th Anniversary, Arriving in November

    The Kinks exploded onto the music scene more than 50 years ago, scoring their first #1 hit in the U.K. in September 1964 with the classic “You Really Got Me.”  To commemorate the milestone, a five-CD box set featuring more than 100 tracks and focusing on the band’s early years on the Pye label will be released in the U.S. November 18. The Anthology 1964-1971 gathers remastered versions of many of The Kinks’ best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances, interview segments and more.  In all, the compilation offers 25 previously unreleased tracks, including… Read more

  • Classic Beach Boys Music Prepped John Cusack for Role as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy"

    Classic Beach Boys Music Prepped John Cusack for Role as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy"

    To prepare for his role as Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson in the upcoming feature film Love & Mercy, actor John Cusack delved into the era of the band’s music that is held in high regard by musicians and fans alike. “To me, the Smile sessions and Pet Sounds sessions were my way in,” Cusack tells Billboard.  “I saw his mind and his creativity [and also] found these things to be absolutely revelatory.” With Smile and its outtakes, Cusack adds, “you can hear everything that happens for the next 40 years in music.” The film also stars Paul Dano as… Read more

  • Pink Floyd Reveals Details of New Album, "The Endless River," Due Nov. 10

    Pink Floyd Reveals Details of New Album, "The Endless River," Due Nov. 10

    Pink Floyd is spilling all the details about their new album, The Endless River, which will arrive November 10.  The album’s artwork — which depicts a man standing in a shallow boat, traveling across a sea of clouds — appeared on buildings in 10 cities around the world Monday, including New York and L.A. As previously reported, The Endless River is a collection of tracks that have been reworked from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Drummer Nick Mason describes the album as a “tribute” to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008, adding, “I think… Read more

  • Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin’ Up Time"

    Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin’ Up Time"

    The tumultuous relationship of Kinks guitarists Ray and Dave Davies is well documented, but it was a torn photograph of the brothers in happier days that inspired Dave’s forthcoming solo album, Rippin’ Up Time. “It seems like a problem we’ve had all our life,” Dave told Rolling Stone.  “We get real close, and then we get ripped apart.” Dave explored his past to came up with many of the songs on Rippin’ Up Time, due October 28.  One tune is called “In the Old Days,” which was started with Ray, but “the whole meeting went wrong,” according to Dave, so… Read more

  • Gladys Knight Talks New Lifetime Movie & Unique "Dancing with the Stars" Concept

    Gladys Knight Talks New Lifetime Movie & Unique "Dancing with the Stars" Concept

    Fans of Lifetime Christmas movies can rejoice: Gladys Knight has just wrapped filming a brand new movie for the network, titled Seasons of Love.  And even though acting is nothing new for the 70-year old legend, she tells Billboard she found the love scenes a bit challenging. “It was a stretch for me because of the onscreen kiss,” she laughed. “I felt like I was cheating on my real husband.” In the film, Knight co-stars with actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays her sister. “It’s about young people figuring out how to get the special kind of love that my… Read more

  • New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

    New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

    The Grateful Dead‘s catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band’s long, strange trip will be made available. The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead’s publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band’s songs in film and television.  However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead.  Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group’s best-known songs, including “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band”… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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