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Sheryl Crow’s New Album Threads Features Sting, James Taylor, Eric Clapton,  Chris Stapleton & More

Sheryl Crow has finally revealed the list of collaborators for her upcoming all-star duets album Threads, and the list spans many genres, from hip-hop to country to alternative rock to pop.

Among the collaborators: Eric Clapton, Sting, James Taylor, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, country stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Chris Stapleton, rap legend Chuck D of Public Enemy fame, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., R&B singer Andra Day, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, alt-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist St. Vincent, and female alt-rock duo Lucius.

From the album, Sheryl has already released her duet with the late Johnny Cash, “Redemption Day,” as well as her collaboration with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, “Live Wire,” and her track with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris, “Prove You Wrong.”  Today, she released her track with Joe Walsh, “Still the Good Old Days.”

Threads will be out August 30.  Sheryl has suggested that it may be her final album, though not her final recording.

Here’s the full track listing:

“Prove You Wrong” — featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris
“Live Wire” — featuring Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples
“Tell Me When It’s Over” — featuring Chris Stapleton
“Story of Everything” — featuring Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr.
“Beware of Darkness” — featuring Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile
“Redemption Day” — featuring Johnny Cash
“Cross Creek Road” — featuring Lukas Nelson
“Everything Is Broken” — featuring Jason Isbell
“The Worst” — featuring Keith Richards
“Lonely Alone” — featuring Willie Nelson
“Border Lord” — featuring Kris Kristofferson
“Still the Good Old Days” — featuring Joe Walsh
“Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” — featuring St. Vincent
“Don’t” — featuring Lucius
“Nobody’s Perfect” — featuring Emmylou Harris
“Flying Blind” — featuring James Taylor
“For the Sake of Love” — featuring Vince Gill

 

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Marc Cohn Announces Newest Album With Blind Boys of Alabama: Work To Do

Marc Cohn has teamed up with gospel titans Blind Boys of Alabama for their forthcoming album titled Work to Do. Produced by John Leventhal, the unique collection combines the songwriting talents of Marc Cohn with the soul-stirring harmonies of Blind Boys of Alabama and falls on the heels of more than a year of live collaborative dates.

Work to Do is comprised of three studio tracks by Cohn and the Blind Boys (two originals, including the title track, and a version of the gospel standard “Walk In Jerusalem”) plus seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate. Original plans were to release an EP containing the studio tracks, but the excitement and magic captured during the taping inspired the decision to create this unique hybrid album.

Track Listing

1. Walk in Jerusalem
2. Talk Back Mic
3. Work to Do
4. Ghost Train
5. Baby King
6. Listening to Levon
7. Silver Thunderbird
8. Amazing Grace
9. Walking in Memphis
10. One Safe Place

You can pre-order the CD HERE and it will be released on August 9, 2019.

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Heinz Releases Special Ed Sheeran Themed Bottles of Tomato Ketchup

Heinz has released a special edition Ed Sheeran themed bottle of tomato ketchup. Rebranded as Tomato Edchup and sporting an image of a Sheeran lookalike tomato, the bottles will hit the shelves in supermarkets later this month.

The Shape Of You singer is known for his love of Heinz tomato ketchup – he has an image of the famous label tattooed on his arm.

EdChup is still your standard ketchup, just with a cool label and you can buy the product right now at HeinzEdchup.com. It costs $5 for a 32-ounce bottle, plus $2.50 in shipping (along with tax) to get your hands on one.

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Disney & Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Features “The Ballad of The Lonesome Cowboy” Performed By Chris Stapleton

Woody, Buzz and the gang are back in the highly anticipated Disney and Pixar animated film, “Toy Story 4.” Accompanying the film is Walt Disney Records’ soundtrack album, which reunites the Toy Story franchise with the Academy Award-winning composer and songwriter Randy Newman. The soundtrack features two new songs “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” and “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy.”  The end credit version of “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” is performed by multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning musician Chris Stapleton.   The song is available today as a single and lyric video.  The soundtrack will be available from Walt Disney Records on June 21 as the film opens in U.S. theaters nationwide.

“The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” was written from Woody’s perspective.  Newman said, “Woody feels like he was a lonesome cowboy until someone comes along and changes his world.” Newman was excited to hear Chris Stapleton would record the end credit version of the song and felt he’d bring Woody’s feelings to life perfectly. “Chris Stapleton did a great job on this song.”

Stapleton said, “To me what has made the ‘Toy Story’ films hold up over time has been the strength of the stories and the songs and the writing and the characters. There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in the world that is ‘Toy Story.’ It’s a tremendous honor to get to sing a Randy Newman song in what is without question one of the most iconic animated franchises in history.”

The Toy Story 4 original motion picture soundtrack is now available for physical pre-order. “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” performed by Chris Stapleton is available at streaming and download services.

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Watch The Echo In The Canyon Trailer

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.  It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene.  Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.  Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

The documentary will be released on May 24, 2019.

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Ed Sheeran To Release ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ Album in July

Ed Sheeran will release No.6 Collaborations Project on July 12th, a collection of new tracks created with numerous guest collaborators. His previously released single “I Don’t Care,” which features Justin Bieber, was the first song off the 13-song album. A second track, “Cross Me,” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, will drop May 23rd at midnight.

“Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project,” Sheeran said in a statement. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make.”

Sheeran revealed a tracklisting for the album, but not all of his collaborators have yet been announced. So far only Bieber, Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock are confirmed.

The album, which is being released via Atlantic Records, will be available for preorder alongside the release of “Cross Me.”

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Billy Joel On Turning 70, Donald Trump & Why He Writes Music Just For Himself Now

Billy Joel hasn’t released an album of new pop songs since 1993, but that hasn’t stopped him from selling out Madison Square Garden every month for the past five years and packing baseball stadiums across the country each summer. “I’ve gone onstage and said, ‘I don’t have anything new for you, so we’re just going to play the old shit,’ ” Joel says on the phone from his house in Palm Beach, Florida. “And the audience goes, ‘Yeah!’ I’ll be sitting in the stadium looking out at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 people, thinking, ‘What the hell are they all doing here? Why now?’ I guess, in a way, I’m an anachronism. There aren’t that many of me left. There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.”

Read more from Billy’s interview with Rolling Stone.

Listen to Billy’s new playlist, “Live Through The Years,” and stream rare live performances for the first time ever!

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ZZ Top Announces Goin’ 50 – A New 50-Song Collection That Spans The Texas Trio’s Entire Recording Career 

ZZ Top are celebrating 50 years of beards, blues, hot cars, and fuzzy guitars this year with a new, Texas-sized compilation that includes the 50 songs that helped transform “that little ol’ band from Texas” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame standard bearers they have become in the 21st century.

On August 16, Warner Bros. Records will release Goin’ 50 as both 3-CD ($29.98) and 180-gram, 5-LP ($99.98) sets. A single-CD version with 18 tracks as well as digital and streaming versions will also be available on June 14.

Goin’ 50 spans the band’s entire musical career, from its 1969 debut, and its multi-platinum zenith during the Eighties, to its most-recent releases. This new retrospective includes an array from each of the 15 studio albums that guitarist Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard and bassist Dusty Hill have recorded since 1970. Two bonus tracks, “Salt Lick” and “Miller’s Farm” – a single and b-side respectively – were recorded in 1969 by the original incarnation of ZZ Top.

The first disc of Goin’ 50 focuses on the irresistible FM-radio hits that hooked the first generation of ZZ Top fans during the Seventies and early-Eighties with songs like “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,” and “Pearl Necklace.”

The additional disc explores the steady stream of hits the band released between 1983 and 1991 that made them international superstars, including six Top 40 tracks: “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” “Sleeping Bag,” “Stages,” “Rough Boy,” and “Velcro Fly.”

Goin’ 50 closes with a selection of songs recorded between 1992 and 2016 that find the band returning to its blues roots for fresh inspiration on tracks like “Pincushion,” “What’s Up With That,” “Rhythmeen,” and “I Gotsta Get Paid.” The set’s final two tracks – live versions of “Waitin’ For The Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” – are taken from the band’s most recent release, Live Greatest Hits from Around the World (2016).

Track Listing – 3CD/5LP

Disc One

1. La Grange
2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
3. Tush
4. Salt Lick
5. Miller’s Farm
6. (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree
7. Francine
8. Heard It On The X
9. It’s Only Love
10. Arrested For Driving While Blind
11. Enjoy And Get It On
12. I Thank You
13. Cheap Sunglasses
14. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
15. Leila
16. Tube Snake Boogie
17. Pearl Necklace

Disc Two

1. Gimme All Your Lovin’
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. TV Dinners
5. Legs
6. Sleeping Bag
7. Can’t Stop Rockin’
8. Stages
9. Rough Boy
10. Delirious
11. Woke Up With Wood
12. Velcro Fly
13. Doubleback
14. Concrete And Steel
15. My Head’s In Mississippi
16. Give It Up
17. Decision Or Collision

Disc Three

1. Viva Las Vegas
2. Gun Love
3. Pincushion
4. Breakaway
5. Girl In A T-Shirt
6. Fuzzbox Voodoo
7. She’s Just Killing Me
8. What’s Up With That
9. Bang Bang
10. Rhythmeen
11. Fearless Boogie
12. 36-22-36
13. Piece
14. I Gotsta Get Paid
15. Waitin’ For The Bus (Live)
16. Jesus Just Left Chicago (Live)

Track Listing – 1-CD

1. La Grange
2. Sharp Dressed Man
3. Gimme All Your Lovin’
4. Tush
5. Cheap Sunglasses
6. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
7. Legs
8. Got Me Under Pressure
9. Rough Boy
10. Sleeping Bag
11. Velcro Fly
12. Doubleback
13. Viva Las Vegas
14. Pincushion
15. What’s Up With That
16. Fearless Boogie
17. Piece
18. I Gotsta Get Paid

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Hear The New John Williams Suite From Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Today you can take your first steps into the larger world of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new themed land — available to enter, without reservations, starting June 24 at Disneyland Resort and August 29 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Overture Suite,” a track written by John Williams and inspired by the themed land inside the parks, is available now.

Since Williams first ushered us into the world of Star Wars with his powerful original score more than 40 years ago, the legendary composer has been crafting the emotional musical beats that complete the storytelling magic from a galaxy far, far away.

Be among the first to hear his latest musical piece that will complement the immersive world of Batuu.

Download and listen to it HERE.

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Rocketman Soundtrack To Be Released On May 24

The much-anticipated soundtrack to one of the cinematic events of the year, the Elton John musical fantasy Rocketman, will be released on May 24 by Interscope Records. Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture features the vocal performances of the film’s star Taron Egerton, and producer-composer Giles Martin reinterpreting Elton’s landmark hits, tailoring the music specifically to complement the movie narrative.

The first track from the album, “Rocket Man,” was Zane Lowe’s World Record today (Wed, May 1st) on Apple Music’s Beats 1. In the film, the track, with its “submerged” intro feel, has Egerton, as Elton, in the depths of a swimming pool, before climaxing at Dodgers Stadium. Fans who pre-order Rocketman: Music From The Motion Picture will receive “Rocket Man” instantly.

“It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron,” says Elton John. “I wanted his interpretation of me, through Bernie Taupin’s lyrics and my music — not just acting. I left Taron in the hands of Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant.

“I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process, I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and listening back I’ve been astonished with the results. Getting the music right was the most important thing, as the songs in the film are integral to the story.”

Egerton adds: “The beauty of having Elton involved with the film is that we’ve been able to work with him to see how far we can take these classic songs. Giles Martin has impeccable taste and massive skills to bring the songs to a place where they are faithful and daring as well.”

Observes Martin: ‘The great thing about Elton is that he is a true artist and he wants people to expand on his work — he wants interpretations done, it’s refreshing for him. We had scope to play around with things and think how we address the songs. The songs are the story of the movie, the heartbeat of what happens. Once the songs start a whole world opens up. In Taron I’ve never known a singer who dedicates himself so much to the process. I don’t think anyone else could have played Elton.”

Working closely with the makers of Rocketman, Martin supervised such highlights as the transformation of ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ into an epic ensemble piece, and turning ‘I Want Love’ into a moment of heartbreaking conflict around young Reg Dwight’s family meal. The soundtrack also features a brand new John-Taupin composition, ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,’ performed by Elton and Taron Egerton. This is co-produced by Martin and Greg Kurstin, with Martin handling all other production; the album was recorded between 2017 and 2019 at Abbey Road Studios and AIR Studios in London. The executive album producers are Elton John, David Furnish, Matthew Vaughn and Dexter Fletcher.

Track Listing:

1 The Bitch Is Back (Introduction)
2 I Want Love
3 Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
4 Thank You For All Your Loving
5 Border Song
6 Rock & Roll Madonna – Interlude
7 Your Song
8 Amoreena
9 Crocodile Rock
10 Tiny Dancer
11 Take Me To The Pilot
12 Hercules
13 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
14 Honky Cat
15 Pinball Wizard – Interlude
16 Rocket Man
17 Bennie and the Jets
18 Don’t Let The Sun Go Down – Interlude
19 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
20 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
21 I’m Still Standing
22 (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again

Pre-order the soundtrack HERE.

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