• Ronnie Wood Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Rod Stewart to Participate in Campaign

    Ronnie Wood Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Rod Stewart to Participate in Campaign

    Ronnie Wood made some good use of The Rolling Stones‘ down time between tour legs to raise some money for a worthy cause by becoming one of the latest famous rockers to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In a video posted Sunday on his wife Sally Humphreys‘ official YouTube page, the guitarist is seen getting doused with a bucket of icy water.  As he’s about to take the challenge, Wood thanks Australian choreographer Chucky Klapow for nominating him, and then says, “Donate your money.”  After he gets soaked, Ronnie declares, “I love it,” then in a hoarse voice, he… Read more

  • Barry Manilow to Sing with Dearly Departed Legends on New Album "My Dream Duets"

    Barry Manilow to Sing with Dearly Departed Legends on New Album "My Dream Duets"

    Sure, anyone can make an album of star-studded duets these days, but Barry Manilow has come up with his own twist on the concept: he’s going to be singing only with artists who are no longer with us. The album, due in late October, is called My Dream Duets, and it’ll feature Barry teaming up with late, great singers like John Denver, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and even Whitney Houston.  Speaking about teaming up with Whitney, who was one of his label mates, he said on his website, “I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!”… Read more

  • "Key Largo" Gets Huge Sales Boost from Lauren Bacall's Death

    "Key Largo" Gets Huge Sales Boost from Lauren Bacall's Death

    The death of screen legend Lauren Bacall earlier this month had an unintended consequence on the charts:  the 1982 hit “Key Largo” by Bertie Higgins, which mentions her, experienced a massive sales increase. According to Billboard, “Key Largo,” whose chorus features the lyrics, “We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall,” saw its download sales increase by 625% following Bacall’s death on August 12.  In the week after her death, the song sold 3,000 downloads; the week before, it had barely sold any. Similarly, Madonna’s “Vogue,” which also mentions Bacall, saw a 28% sales increase.  That was likely due to… Read more

  • Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons Among Rock Stars Taking Part in New Kings of Chaos Tour

    Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons Among Rock Stars Taking Part in New Kings of Chaos Tour

    The hard-rock supergroup Kings of Chaos, led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, will feature some high-profile additions to its lineup when it hits the road this fall for some shows in South Africa.  Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander and Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt all will be performing with the band, joining core members Sorum, bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Gilby Clarke. So far, two concerts have been confirmed, on November 29 at the Superbowl Arena in Sun City and December 3 at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town.  In a… Read more

  • Prince Releasing Not One but Two Albums on 9/30

    Prince Releasing Not One but Two Albums on 9/30

    The always-prolific Prince has announced that he’ll release not one, but two new studio albums September 30.  One’s a solo album titled Art Official Age, while the other, PlectrumElectrum, features his band 3RDEYEGIRL. Both discs are now available for pre-order now, including instant free tracks that you can unlock on each record.  In addition, Prince plans a series of global “very special events” that will be announced shortly. Art Official Age is described as a “classic” Prince album, wholly produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton, and featuring soul, R&B and funk.  PlectrumElectrum was recorded live with… Read more

  • John Lennon’s First Self-Portrait to Be Sold at a UK Auction in September

    John Lennon’s First Self-Portrait to Be Sold at a UK Auction in September

    A painting that’s being described as John Lennon‘s first “selfie” will go under the hammer next month via CooperOwen Music Media Auctions in London.  The late Beatles legend’s self-portrait is expected to fetch about 3 million pounds — or just under $5 million. Lennon depicted himself as a red-colored, abstract figure standing sideways, with a flabby stomach and what appear to be male breasts.  He painted the picture in 1958 while attending Liverpool College of Art with original Beatles bass player Stuart Sutcliffe.  It’s believed the work was created for an art class he and Sutcliffe both attended.  Done in… Read more

  • Gene Simmons of KISS Says "Freckle-Faced College Kids" Killed Music Industry

    Gene Simmons of KISS Says "Freckle-Faced College Kids" Killed Music Industry

    Gene Simmons is celebrating the 40th anniversary of KISS with a summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard, but the bass player thinks he’s an endangered species.  In an interview with ABC News Radio, Simmons discussed the state of rock music today and said, “My heart goes out to every new band because there is no record industry [anymore].” Simmons doesn’t blame the industry or “corporate takeovers” for the failure — he tells ABC News Radio “it was your next-door, freckle-faced college kid who decided he did not want to pay for something he was getting.  It’s called file-sharing and downloading. … Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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