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Bathroom Designs By Olympia Ceramica Inspired By DJ Gear

Gianluca Paludi, the artistic director for Olympia Ceramica, has created a series of stunningly sleek modern bathroom designs that take a cue from the spinning world of DJ’s. 

The deeply inset sinks look like turntables, while the faucets cut diagonally across the sinks as if it were the stylus arm and the mirror features old-school equalizer lights. 

Aptly titled “Vinyl“, these designs will be making their debut appearance at Salone del Mobile.Milano, which takes place April 17 – 22, 2018.

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Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute

There are few people in music that can claim the kind of longevity that Elton John has enjoyed throughout his five-decade career. 

With 35 gold albums, 25 platinum, more than 300 million records sold, and over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries, Elton John is about to be celebrated like never before! Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute, a celebration of the incredible career of the music legend, will be broadcast on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access. The special concert, filmed in front of an electric Madison Square Garden crowd back in January, features a collection of all-star performers from across the world of music.

Not only will the bill include Elton John himself performing a medley of his timeless hits—including “Bennie And The Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom”—but also expect to see the following artists cover even more of John’s beloved hits: 

“The Bitch Is Back” – Miley Cyrus
“Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
“Daniel” – Sam Smith
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
“Your Song” – Lady Gaga
“Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
“Border Song” – Christopher Jackson & Valerie Simpson
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – SZA & Shawn Mendes
“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
“We All Fall In Love Sometimes” – Chris Martin
“My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Kesha
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – John Legend
“I’m Still Standing” – Elton John and ensemble

The performers won’t be the only guests to make an appearance at the show, as even more celebs are slated to salute Elton, including: 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste
Entertainer Neil Patrick Harris
Bull star Christopher Jackson
Actress Anna Kendrick
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King
Elementary star Lucy Liu
R&B singer Valerie Simpson
Singer/actress Hailee Steinfeld

Aside from watching the televised broadcast on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 9/8c on CBS, you’ll be able to stream Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute through CBS All Access on your desktop, smartphone, and a variety of other electronic devices, including Apple TV, Android, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, iPad, iPhone, PS4, Roku, Windows 10, Xbox. Or, simply visit CBS.com. 

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The Beatles Yellow Submarine Returning To Theaters For 50th Anniversary

Abramorama announced today a deal with Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group to theatrically release The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, across North America starting July 8 in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Abramorama, Apple Corps Ltd. and UMG have teamed to give Beatles fans of all ages the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack. Abramorama originally partnered with Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and UMG’s Polygram Entertainment on the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. Abramorama has a proven track record in the music-driven film space, partnering numerous times with Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Green Day and now once again with Apple Corps Ltd.

Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama said, “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing ‘Yellow Submarine’ back to the big screen so that 3 generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes and that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA.”

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.”  When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

Information on local screenings can be found by clicking HERE!

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Beetlejuice Is Coming To Broadway

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman) and Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick) announced today that the new musical comedy Beetlejuice will make its world premiere in a Pre-Broadway engagement at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. in October 2018. 

Directed by two- time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher) and choreographed by Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom), Beetlejuice features an original score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King (Broad City).

Lock up your kids, folks, he’s back! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Directed by Alex Timbers, Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Plus singing and dancing, of course.

Beetlejuice features scenic design by two-time Tony Award nominee David Korins (Hamilton), costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long (The Producers), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Kinky Boots), sound design by four-time Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Frozen), projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini (Dear Evan Hansen), puppet design by Drama Desk Award winner Michael Curry (The Lion King), special effects design by Jeremy Chernick (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), illusions by Michael Weber (Forrest Gump) musical direction by Kris Kukul (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire), casting by Telsey + Company and Rachel Hoffman, CSA; Associate Director Catie Davis, Associate Choreographer Nancy Renee Braun and Line Producer Jenny Gersten.

Casting, performance dates and ticket information will be announced shortly.

Beetlejuice is based on the 1988 Academy Award-winning Warner Bros. motion picture with story by Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson. The smash hit comedy was directed by Tim Burton and starred Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder.

For more information visit www.BeetlejuiceBroadway.com.

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Bruce Springsteen The Album Collection Vol. 2 Boxed Set Due On May 18, 2018

On May 18th, Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996, a limited-edition, numbered boxed set comprised of material recorded and released by Springsteen for Columbia Records during that period. The long out-of-print LPs are available remastered for the first time on vinyl. In addition to Springsteen’s four studio albums from the era, the boxed set includes a special 12” of 1988’s live EP Chimes of Freedom, Springsteen’s 1993 two-LP MTV Plugged special, and the first-ever vinyl release of the 1996 Blood Brothers EP for a total of 10 discs. All of this material comes in recreations of the original packaging, accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from the period.

For The Album Collection Vol. 2, remastered albums from acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s longtime engineer Toby Scott have been pressed on vinyl for the first time. The albums were transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system. 1987’s Tunnel of Love and 1992’s Human Touch have also been expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality.

All four of Bruce Springsteen’s studio albums from this period were certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum by the RIAA, with three reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. The Vol. 2 collection follows the 2014 release of Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984, which included newly remastered editions of the first seven Bruce Springsteen studio albums.

Albums included:

-Tunnel of Love (1987) (2 LP)
-Human Touch (1992) (2 LP)
-Lucky Town (1992) (1 LP)
-In Concert / MTV Plugged (1993) (2 LP)
-The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) (1 LP)

12” EPs included:

-Chimes of Freedom (1988) (1 EP)
-Blood Brothers (1996) (1 EP)

Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996 will be available for pre-order beginning March 30.

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Watch the New Trailer for Frozen the Musical

Walt Disney Theatrical Productions has debuted the new official trailer for Frozen the Musical.

Frozen stars Broadway veterans Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna. They are joined by principal cast members Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby), Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby) and Adam Jepsen (Sven Standby).

The stellar design team for Frozen includes scenic and costume design by Tony and Olivier Award winner Christopher Oram (“Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2,” “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “Evita”), lighting design by six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (“Aladdin,” “Hello Dolly!” “An American in Paris”), sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “Motown,” “After Midnight”), video design by Tony winner Finn Ross (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”), puppet design by Michael Curry (“The Lion King,” “Spamalot”), hair design by David Brian Brown (“War Paint,” “She Loves Me”), makeup design by Anne Ford-Coates (“On Your Feet!” “On the Twentieth Century”) and special effects design by Jeremy Chernick (“Aladdin,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”).

Rounding out the musical team are two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (“Avenue Q,” “Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon”), who serves as music supervisor and creates vocal, incidental and dance arrangements. Joining Oremus on the music team are Tony nominee Dave Metzger (orchestrations), Chris Montan (executive music producer) and Brian Usifer (music director).

The Frozen Broadway musical is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Frozen the Musical is now open on Broadway, more info HERE.

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Baby Driver Volume 2: The Score For A Score To Be Released On April 13, 2018

30th Century Records/Columbia Records will release a new soundtrack album for Edgar Wright’s action movie Baby Driver. 

Baby Driver Volume 2: The Score For A Score features the film’s original score composed by Academy Award winner Steven Price (Gravity, Suicide Squad, The World’s End, Fury), as well as more songs from the movie and dialogue excerpts. The soundtrack will be released digitally and on vinyl on April 13, 2018.

Here’s the album track list:

Side A:

1. Robbery Arrival – Steven Price
2. Chase Me – Danger Mouse Feat. Run the Jewels and Big Boi
3. Secondo Intermezzo Pop – Ennio Morricone
4. Candy From Baby / What’s In There Is Ours – Steven Price
5. Harlem Shuffle – The Foundations
6. Sunset That Ride – Steven Price
7. You’re Back! – Lily James & Ansel Elgort
8. Baby I’m Yours – Barbara Lewis
9. Cry Baby Cry – Unloved
10. Keep Driving and Never Stop – Steven Price
11. Threshold – The Steve Miller Band
12. Nowhere to Run (Baby Driver Mix) – Boga
13. TaKillYa (Baby Driver Mix) – Vinnie Maniscalco

Side B:

1. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
2. Bananas – Steven Price
3. Ready Let’s Go – Boards of Canada
4. Dumb-Ass Excuse – Steven Price
5. Debora – Kid Koala
6. What Did You Do? – Jon Hamm
7. Hocus Pocus (Baby Driver Mix) – Focus
8. My Name is Joseph – Ansel Elgort
9. New Orleans Instrumental No 1 – R.E.M
10. Lucky Charm – Steven Price
11. Run – Steven Price
12. Easy (Baby Driver Mix) – Sky Ferreira
13. Postcards from Debora – Steven Price
14. Killer Track – Jon Hamm & Ansel Elgort
15. Blue Song – Mint Royale

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Elton John Announces Two Cover Albums Featuring Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Willie Nelson

Elton John announced Revamp, a new star studded cover album to be released on April 6th on Virgin EMI and available to pre-order on Friday March 16. 

Bringing together a carefully curated selection of the world’s biggest and best artists, Revamp sees Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s best-loved songs reinterpreted by some of contemporary music’s most vital talents. The album spans a breathtaking array of styles, shining a light on Elton’s unparalleled influence across popular music of all genres, ranging from hip-hop / soul (Q-Tip, Mary J. Blige) to rock (The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age) and pop (Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, P!nk & Logic).

The release of Revamp will also be accompanied by a Nashville influenced album Restoration, also released on April 6th on UMG Nashville, featuring Elton’s songs reinterpreted by the biggest in Country music, including Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus and Willie Nelson.

Last month, John announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. To celebrate his three-year, 300-date concert series, CBS will air Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute on Apr. 10 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring performances from artists across multiple musical genres.

Here is the track listing for Revamp:

1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, Pink and Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” – Alessia Cara
4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence and the Machine
6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford and Sons
7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige
8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip and Demi Lovato
9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers
10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith
11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – Miley Cyrus
12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga
13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age

Here is the track listing for Restoration:

1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne
5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton
7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack
8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves
9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. “The Bitch Is Back” – Miley Cyrus
11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much) ” – Dierks Bentley
12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson

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Famous Album Covers Extended By Igor Lipchanskiy

Artist Igor Lipchanskiy was curious to know what might be hidden off the edges of iconic album covers. It turns out that Igor himself is lurking in the wings with everyone from Jim Morrison to John and Yoko, offering some form of assistance or distraction.

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The Hamilton Polka By Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic is widely known for his good-natured habit remixing songs with new lyrics to make them funny, however when it came to Hamilton, Yankovic played it kind of straight. He kept the lyrics intact, but added his own unique spin with a fabulous polka beat to a medley of songs from the show’s soundtrack, thus creating the “Hamilton Polka“.’

Listen to Weird Al’s twist on songs like ‘My Shot,’ ‘Wait For It,’ ‘The Schuyler Sisters,’ and more.

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