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Jersey Boys Trailer

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for Jersey Boys, director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Broadway musical.

The film serves as a biopic of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi and their hit singing group, telling the meteoric tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.

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MONDO To Release Coraline & ParaNorman Soundtracks On April 22, 2014

This month MONDO is celebrating the works of LAIKA Animation Studios with the premiere release of the soundtracks to both Coraline and ParaNorman on deluxe limited edition vinyl. LAIKA has created two of the greatest animated films of the last decade, and MONDO is honored to be paying tribute to both. The scores to Coraline and ParaNorman couldn’t be any more different. But they are both equally as incredible. Both records will be available for sale on MONDO’s website on April 22, 2014. A special edition of ParaNorman will be available at select Independent retailers as part of Record Store Day on April 19, 2014.

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Bruno Coulais
Original Song by They Might Be Giants
Artwork by Michael DePippo
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted Black & White Swirl Vinyl
First time ever available on vinyl
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The soundtrack to Coraline is haunting, and beautiful. With the help Budapest Orchestra and Choir behind him, Coulais captures the dark child-like imagination of the titular protagonist with a menace and aplomb. Without seeing the film you can follow the musical journey of the story from Coraline’s angsty reality, to her dreamy uneasiness, to the ultimate unravelling.

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ParaNorman
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Jon Brion
Artwork by DKNG
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted “Aggie Fights” Highlighter Yellow Vinyl, with Bone Haze
First time ever available on vinyl
$30

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For those familiar with the works of Jon Brion (Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love) you’ll immediately recognize the melancholy, ear-worm melodies in his score to ParaNorman. Mixed with 80′s slasher throwback motifs and a whimsical family sensibility it is a terrific score front-to-back.

ParaNorman – Record Store Day Exclusive
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Jon Brion
Artwork by DKNG
2XLP Limited to 500 Copies – Available only at Independent Record Stores April 19th
Pressed on 180 Gram randomly inserted Glow In The Dark Splatter vinyl

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The record store day version of ParaNorman features Variant Glow in the Dark artwork, as well as mystery colored Glow in the Dark vinyl. This edition is Limited to 500 copies, and each copy comes with a randomly inserted clear splatter disc that glows one of three colors (Red, Blue or Green)

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SiriusXM Announces A Special Town Hall Event With Billy Joel Hosted By Howard Stern On April 28, 2014

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SiriusXM has announced a special invitation-only “Town Hall” event with Billy Joel, hosted by Howard Stern. This exclusive event will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at a secret location in New York City. The Town Hall will be part of a live broadcast of the Howard Stern show and feature Billy Joel answering questions from an intimate studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.

This is what Howard Stern had to say about the event:

“What we’re going be doing is we’re going to have special guests to celebrate Billy Joel’s amazing 50-year career,” Howard said. “Some of these are going to be great musicians … We’ve contacted very famous people in music.”

To qualify for tickets SiriusXM is asking subscribers to submit their most creative questions for Billy Joel for a chance to ask their question in person at the Town Hall! The winners and their guests will receive tickets to this special live broadcast. You can get more information about this special event HERE

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Billy Joel Launches Exclusive Sirius XM Channel

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SiriusXM recently launched The Billy Joel Channel, an exclusive channel featuring the works of iconic artist, Billy Joel.

The limited-run channel launched on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm ET and will run through June 25, via satellite on channel 4. The Billy Joel Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

The Billy Joel Channel features music spanning the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 50-year career: from his earliest work with The Echoes in 1964, to his solo debut Cold Spring Harbor from 1971, through his upcoming release, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia. The Billy Joel Channel will also feature 40 years of archival interviews, including excerpts from his “Masters Class” sessions that he conducts periodically to music students around the world, as well as rarities from the vaults, previously unavailable studio tracks and live performances captured in his earliest days as a performer.

SiriusXM listeners will hear Billy Joel discuss his legendary career and share commentary about his music, as well as becoming the new Franchise at Madison Square Garden.

The exclusive channel will also feature long-time members of Billy Joel’s touring band revealing experiences about their time on the road together on the special Guest DJ sessions.

Additionally, SiriusXM listeners will hear A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia, the complete concert recorded in Russia in 1987, including 12 unreleased tracks and bonus material, in its entirety on Tuesday, May 20, the day of its release.

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Kiss Finally Get The Cover of Rolling Stone

Forty years after the release of their debut album, Kiss have finally made the cover of Rolling Stone. Marking the band’s upcoming introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the cover image is a classic 1975 photo of the band’s original lineup: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who were both gone from the band by the early Eighties.

The cover story, by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt, tells the sad, hilarious and triumphant story of one of the biggest rock bands ever, taking an in-depth look at the founding members’ lives and careers.
The issue will go on sale Friday, March 28, 2014 and online tomorrow, March 26, 2014.

Read more HERE.

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Ghostbusters Theme Song By Ray Parker Jr. Gets Glowing Vinyl Reissue For Record Store Day On April 19, 2014

Record Store Day on April 19, 2014 just got even better thanks to an exclusive, glow-in-the-dark 10-inch vinyl edition of Ray Parker Jr.’s iconic Ghostbusters theme. One thousand copies will be released for the event, in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Along with the groovy original track, the vinyl will feature an instrumental version, a dance remix and a dub version. You can take a look at the many other releases on the Record Store Day website.

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Billy Joel & Jimmy Fallon Form 2-Man Doo-Wop Group

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Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel loop their voices on an iPad app to form a 2-man doo-wop group — singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens in 4-part harmony.

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Columbia Records & Legacy Recordings Set To Release A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia, Billy Joel’s Historic 1987 Russian Tour Revisited on DVD/Blu-ray Concert Film, 2CD Live Album & Deluxe Box Set On May 20, 2014

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Billy Joel’s A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia, the artist’s historic 1987 Russian concert tour revisited on DVD/Blu-ray and CD, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia will be available in a Deluxe Edition boxed set containing a full-length concert film (The Concert) on DVD or Blu-ray; a 2CD album (The Music) featuring previously unreleased tracks and bonus material; and, as an exclusive, the Showtime documentary film chronicling Billy’s 1987 Soviet Tour, directed by four-time Emmy-winner Jim Brown (“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” “American Roots Music,” “An Evening with Henry Belafonte”).

In addition, the Deluxe Edition comes with a book containing rare photos and new liner notes including first-hand accounts from writers and journalists who were there, among them Gary Graff, Michael Jensen, Neal Preston, Rona Elliot and Wayne Robins.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD/Blu-ray) and The Music (2CDs) will be available individually, or inside the Deluxe Edition.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD or Blu-ray) contains newly restored and remastered material from Live In Leningrad, 1987, a full-length concert film that has been unseen since its VHS release. For its DVD and Blu-ray debut, The Concert has been remastered from the original 35millimeter negative and expanded to include 12 previously unreleased performances, more than doubling the running time of the original release.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD or Blu-ray)

1. Prelude/Angry Young Man
2. Allentown
3. Goodnight Saigon
4. Big Man On Mulberry Street
5. Baby Grand
6. An Innocent Man – previously unreleased
7. Honesty – previously unreleased
8. The Longest Time – previously unreleased
9. A Matter Of Trust
10. Only The Good Die Young
11. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – previously unreleased
12. Sometimes A Fantasy – previously unreleased
13. You May Be Right – previously unreleased
14. Uptown Girl
15. Big Shot
16. Back In The U.S.S.R.

DVD/Blu-ray Extra:
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A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Music (2 CDs) expands on 1987′s original live Концерт release, with 12 previously unreleased performances.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Music (2CD)

Disc One:

1. Odoya
2. Prelude/Angry Young Man
3. Honesty
4. The Ballad of Billy the Kid – previously unreleased
5. She’s Always A Woman – previously unreleased
6. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant – previously unreleased
7. Goodnight Saigon
8. Stiletto
9. Big Man On Mulberry Street
10. Baby Grand
11. What’s Your Name – previously unreleased
12. The Longest Time – previously unreleased
13. An Innocent Man

Disc Two:

1. Pressure – previously unreleased
2. Allentown
3. A Matter Of Trust
4. Only The Good Die Young
5. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – previously unreleased
6. Sometimes A Fantasy
7. You May Be Right – previously unreleased
8. Uptown Girl
9. Big Shot
10. Back In The U.S.S.R.
11. The Times They Are A Changin’
12. She Loves You – previously unreleased Russian concerts rehearsal recording
13. New York State Of Mind – previously unreleased
14. Piano Man – previously unreleased

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Apple Announces iTunes Festival Coming To SXSW

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Apple today announced the first iTunes Festival to be held in the US, featuring an amazing lineup of global superstars, running from March 11-15. Taking place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, the iTunes Festival at SXSW will feature iTunes chart toppers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more to come. 

All five nights of the iTunes Festival will be available to enjoy for free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. Performances can also be seen in the iTunes Festival app on your iOS device or with Apple TV in stunning HD.

Performances will be available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. For additional details on the lineup for the iTunes Festival check out www.itunes.com/festival.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Jimi Hendrix Print By Tyler Stout On February 14, 2014

Dark Hall Mansion is thrilled to announce its newest officially licensed Limited Edition print release: “Jimi Hendrix” by leading contemporary artist, Tyler Stout.

Dark Hall Mansion, working with Authentic Hendrix, will release their new officially licensed Jimi Hendrix limited edition screen prints Friday, February 14, 2014.

Tyler Stout, rendering striking, multiple images of Jimi Hendrix, has captured the many moods of one of rock’s greatest artists and we couldn’t be prouder to bring this release to collectors.

With bold colors and a rich 24″ x 36″ layout, Tyler’s vision of Jimi yielded evocative portraits amongst a swirl of era tinged graphics and Jimi’s beloved axes. And for Jimi purists, know those images are spot on portraits as Tyler worked from four hand-picked images he chose from Authentic Hendrix’s vast estate owned and Hendrix family controlled photographs. Oh, and also for our Jimi purists, Yes, the guitars are indeed correct, Jimi rocked more than his beloved Strats.

Each screen print will be strictly numbered, measure 24″ x 36,″ and is professionally screen printed. There will be 600 Standard and 200 Variant edition prints available for all Jimi Hendrix and Tyler Stout fans worldwide, so not a piece for any fan to miss. Some portion of this edition’s run will be offered by Tyler at a future date.

Collectors who purchased and took delivery of Dark Hall Mansion’s SHAG or Whalen Universal Monsters folios from DHM and eMovieposter have a special reserve on a select number of Jimi-Stout prints and will be contacted directly by email to complete their purchases this Friday evening, Feb 14, 2014 and have only until 11:59 PM Saturday evening, Feb 15th, 2014 to complete their purchase. All details on completing their purchases will be enclosed in this Friday evening email.

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Standard: $65

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Variant: $110

Any remaining Jimi-Stout prints they will be offered randomly by waiting list at a date TBD and collectors are free to sign up by sending an email at: info@darkhallmansion.com with either Jimi-Stout:Std or Jimi-Stout:Variant in the subject line. If you are already entitled to, and purchasing, a Jimi print by reserve, please, do not send in an additional waiting list request so others have a chance at purchasing.

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Complete List of The 56th Grammy Awards Winners

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View a complete list of the 56th Grammy Awards winners HERE. Viewers watched performances from Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Beyonce and more.

Daft Punk took home album of the year at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The duo beat out the likes of Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Taylor Swift with their album Random Access Memories. Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ also won Record of the Year for “Get Lucky.”

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Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Join Forces As The Both; Listen To The First Single “Milwaukee” Here

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The Both, a new duo consisting of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, will release their debut album The Both on April 15, 2014 through Mann’s own SuperEgo Records. 

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In advance, Rolling Stone is premiering the outstanding “Milwaukee,” a hook-injected rocker with great soloing and an unwavering beat and you can listen to the song HERE.

 Leo’s roots are in the punk and indie movements, having fronted Ted Leo and the Pharmacists for 15 years. His most recent set, The Brutalist Bricks, was released on Matador in 2010. Mann’s eighth album Charmer was released in September 2012. In support of their new disc, the Both will launch a U.S. tour at Pearl Street in Northampton, MA on April 24th. Tour dates are available HERE.

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33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories

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The talented Gregory Brothers are featured on Mental Floss to discuss 33 fascinating songwriting stories.

 

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Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright To Be Released On March 4, 2014

On March 4, 2014, Universal Music will release Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, an 18-track compilation that encompasses Rufus’ entire career, spanning his 1998 self-titled debut through last year’s Mark Ronson produced effort, Out of The Game.

In addition to Rufus’ much loved rendition of “Hallelujah” from the soundtrack to the animated smash Shrek, the collection also includes a brand new song, “Me & Liza”, co-written by Guy Chambers. Vibrate will also be available in a deluxe two-disc edition containing 16 additional rare and unreleased live and studio recordings. The second disc is highlighted by “Chic And Pointless” (another new song) and “WWIII”, which receives its first physical release here.

Standard Edition track list:

1. Going To A Town
2. Out of The Game
3. Me & Liza (New Song)
4. Hallelujah
5. Oh What A World
6. April Fools
7. Poses
8. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
9. Vibrate
10. The One You Love
11. I Don’t Know What It Is
12. The Art Teacher
13. Go or Go Ahead
14. Dinner at Eight
15. Foolish Love
16. Sometimes You Need
17. Grey Gardens
18. Tiergarten

Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc track list:

1. Bitter Tears
2. The Maker Makes
3. Across The Universe
4. La Complainte de la Butte
5. Chelsea Hotel No.2
6. Chic and Pointless (New Song)
7. WW111 (First CD Release)
8. Jericho (Live from the Artist’s Den)
9. Montauk (Live from the Artist’s Den)
10. If Love Were All (Live at Kenwood House 2010)
11. Do It Again (Live at Kenwood House 2010)
12. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (Live at Kenwood House 2010)
13. Memphis Skyline (Live at Kenwood House 2010)
14. Martha (Live at Kenwood House 2011)
15. One Man Guy (Live at KCRW 2001)
16. BBC Interview with Jo Whiley (Royal Opera House 2011)

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Murfie, The Place Where Music Collections Belong

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Launched in May 2011, Murfie is an online marketplace that has a huge selection of used and new albums for as low as $1 each. Every CD you buy is stored at Murfie HQ, and the album is added to your online collection where you can stream, download, or request physical delivery.

Stream your collection in any browser with the Murfie Web Player, at home with any Sonos device, and on the go with their Murfie app for iOS and Android. Download your albums in mp3 and aac, and lossless formats FLAC and Apple Lossless.

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Add to your Murfie collection by sending your CDs from home to be ripped and stored, giving you the freedom to access them however, whenever, and wherever you want. Murfie will send you a box to ship your CDs, rip your collection and securely store your compact discs at only $1 per disc! (minimum requests start at $25 to burn and store 25 CD’s)

There’s a ton of other awesome features that make Murfie the best place to buy music.

For starters, you can:

- Unpurchase any album you buy within 24 hours for full credit back to your account
- Sell your CDs in a personal shop
- Trade albums with other members
- Add albums to your Wishlist, choose a price, and select Autobuy to have us automatically buy it for you when it becomes available

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Rolling Stone Lists 61 Reasons To Love 2014

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Beginning early in January, there are can’t-miss concerts, new and returning watercooler TV shows and specials, albums from rock legends, and the release of big-budget popcorn flicks that’ll have everyone talking. 

HERE are Rolling Stone’s top picks for the music, movies and TV to watch out for in 2014.

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Hear Music/Concord Music and Starbucks To Release Sweetheart 2014 Compilation CD Featuring Vampire Weekend, Beck, Ben Harper, Fiona Apple & Brandi Carlile

On February 4, 2014, Hear Music/Concord Music and Starbucks will once again partner to release Sweetheart 2014, their fifth compilation of romantic cover songs. The new collection will feature 13 tracks by artists such as Beck, Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones and Fiona Apple. 

Tracklist: (and original popular performer)

1. Jim James – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Bob Marley)
2. Vampire Weekend – Con Te Partir (Andrea Bocelli)
3. Beck – Love (John Lennon)
4. Phosphorescent – Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Bob Dylan)
5. The Head and the Heart – Don’t Forget Me (Harry Nilsson)
6. Valerie June – Happy or Lonesome (The Carter Family)
7. Bahamas – Always on My Mind (Willie Nelson)
8. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – If You Were Mine (Ray Charles)
9. Ben Harper – Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
10. Fiona Apple – I’m In The Middle of a Riddle (Anton Karas)
11. Brandi Carlile – The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)
12. Blake Mills – I Hope (Bobby Charles)
13. Sharon Jones – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (Stevie Wonder)

The physical version of the album will be sold only at Starbucks, while a digital copy will be available via Concord Music Group.

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Watch Billy Joel’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Performance

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After the ball dropped last night, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve gave viewers a special treat, showing a live performance from Billy Joel as he played from the Barclays Center in New York. Check out this awesome performance of Joel’s classic hit “You May Be Right.”

 

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How The Beatles Took America: The New Issue of Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone’s new issue, on stands tomorrow, tells the story of how The Beatles took America and the biggest explosion in rock history.

Fifty years ago, the Beatles landed in the U.S., generating the biggest explosion rock & roll has ever seen. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Mikal Gilmore examines just how the Fab Four arrived in the States facing media disdain and a clueless record label in the wake of the devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy — and still managed to conquer America.

Look for the issue on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, January 3rd.

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Legendary Musician Billy Joel Joins Biggest Celebration of The Year With Special Live Performance From Brooklyn On Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014

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Billy Joel will appear in a special live performance from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” performing one of his classic hits as the first song of the New Year.

Show host Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown at midnight, and co-host Jenny McCarthy (“The View”) will join him throughout the broadcast, live from Times Square.

Personally, I could care less about Capital Cities, Miley Cyrus, Daughtry, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke but I will watch the show for Billy Joel and Blondie; I guess I’m old school!

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” is a bi-coastal celebration with a West Coast celebration hosted by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Coverage of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” will feature hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, beginning at 8:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.

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Chicago’s Magical Piano

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Rob Bliss Creative recently installed a remotely operated grand piano in Chicago Union Station and filmed as the piano playfully interacted with confused commuters. While some of the interactions appear spontaneous, others feel staged—according to Rob Bliss Creative the event was publicized beforehand so some people were in on the joke. The video was produced in partnership with Amtrak.

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Apple Giving Away A Holiday Playlist Album Full of Holiday Hits

To get you in the spirit of the holidays, Apple is giving away a free Holiday Playlist album to anyone who uses the Apple Store app for iPhone. Recently Apple has started giving away a weekly app inside its Apple Store app, but this marks the first time the company is giving away an album. The album will be available until December 31.

Holiday Playlist features eight tracks of contemporary and classic holiday tunes from artists such as Nick Lowe, Mary J. Blige, Marvin Sapp, Kelly Clarkson and more.

To get the album, open the Apple Store app on your iPhone, scroll down to where it says “Holiday Cheer” and then tap the “Download now for free button.” You’ll be taken to the iTunes Store app, where a download code will be generated in the Redeem field. Tap “Redeem” and the songs will begin downloading.

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Soundfreaq Sound Spot SFQ-07 Bluetooth Speaker

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The Soundfreaq Sound Spot SFQ-07 bluetooth speaker ($69.99) is simple to set up and establish wireless audio streaming. The custom, full-range driver offers rich, clear sound in a small attractive package!

It compact design provides high-quality sound with a wireless range up to 33’. The touch-button controls allow you to play, pause and skip tracks directly from the speaker. The rechargeable lithium battery offers up to 7 hours of playback on a full charge.

With a wide variety of color choices you are bound to find a Sound Spot that matches your decor.

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A handy USB port lets you easily connect and charge a compatible USB-enabled device. A 3.5mm auxiliary input offers simple wired connection of compatible devices.

The net result is great sound in a small handsome package!

What’s Included

- Soundfreaq Sound Spot Bluetooth Speaker
- Line-in cable
- Charging cable
- Owner’s manual

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Madison Square Garden Announces Billy Joel As First-Ever Music Franchise “Billy Joel At The Garden”

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Madison Square Garden announced today that legendary music icon Billy Joel will become the first-ever music franchise of “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” Joining the ranks of The Garden’s other original franchises – including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty – Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The first four previously announced shows — January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18 are sold out. 

The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy’s 65th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST). Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7th.

“Since his first show in 1978, Billy has performed 46 shows at Madison Square Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have earned Billy a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his honor. Today, we take that relationship even further and are extremely honored to have Billy as The Garden’s first music franchise,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company. “This new partnership will ensure that someone who has been such an important figure in our past, will also be a major part of our future. We welcome Billy home and look forward to many unforgettable nights of music at the Garden.”

“Today’s announcement that Billy Joel is joining the Madison Square Garden family as their first music franchise is truly a momentous occasion,” said Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. “It is particularly fitting that these two great icons are coming together to make entertainment history right here in New York. I offer my congratulations to Billy Joel and Madison Square Garden and the millions of fans worldwide who will benefit from this collaboration for years to come.”

“Performing at Madison Square Garden is a thrilling experience. I’ve played different venues all over the world, but there’s no place like coming home to The Garden. Since my first show in 1978, I’ve always looked forward to the energy of the crowd. I’m honored to be joining the Madison Square Garden family and look forward to taking the stage of the newly transformed Garden to create many more memorable nights.”

Over its 130-year history, Madison Square Garden has become known as the preeminent venue for legendary artists and athletes. Billy Joel’s first concert at The Garden was held on December 14, 1978 and, since then, he has performed an astounding 46 concerts at the Arena. In 2006, with 12-consecutive performances, Billy Joel broke the Garden’s record for “Longest Run of a Single Artist.” To commemorate this historical moment, a banner featuring “Joel – 12” was raised to The Garden rafters, and now hangs alongside other Garden legends such as Mark Messier, Rod Gilbert, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Bill Bradley and Willis Reed.

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold more than 150 million records over the past quarter century, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. Throughout the years, Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.” The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

In December, Billy Joel will receive The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. New York’s quintessential son performed at the historic 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief, joining other music greats to raise awareness and money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Billy Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, making him the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection. He played to more than 110,000 fans when he performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary film “The Last Play At Shea.”

Billy Joel has received six GRAMMY Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Movin’ Out.”

MSG now offers a rich visual history of Billy Joel and his many Garden performances through a scrollable timeline, featuring archival images, video insights from Billy, sharable images and lyrics, plus direct links for ticketing. Visit billyjoelmsg.com for more information.

Tickets for the May 9, 2014 Billy Joel performance at Madison Square Garden will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from Wednesday, December 4 at 10am through Friday, December 6 at 10pm. Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am on Saturday, December 7 via ticketmaster.com and by calling (800)745-3000. Prices range from $64.50 to $124.50. The remaining shows will be announced later this year. Tickets will also available at the Madison Square Garden Event box office on Sunday, December 8, 2014. The concerts are being promoted by MSG Entertainment in association with AEG and Q104.3 as a media partner.

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How Rock & Roll Legends Would Look If They Were Still Alive Today

Have you ever wondered what Jim Morrison would look like had he not died at an early age? Would John Lennon still have all of his hair? Would Elvis still have his signature sneer?

Almost in answer to these very questions, Sachs Media in partnership with Phojoe, a photo manipulation company, have visually imagined what rock stars of yesteryear would look like today if they were still alive today.

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Jimi Hendrix

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Janis Joplin

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Jim Morrison

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‘Mama’ Cass Elliot

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Elvis Presley

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Keith Moon

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Kurt Cobain

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Karen Carpenter

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Bob Marley

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John Lennon

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