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ELO’s Jeff Lynne: My Life In 15 Songs

Even during the height of Electric Light Orchestra’s hit-making days in the late 1970s, only the most devoted rock fans knew the name Jeff Lynne. “I never pushed myself forward,” he says on the phone from his home in Los Angeles. “I could have gotten a big head, but it just wasn’t in my nature. All I wanted was studio time and more studio time and even more studio time.”

When a shifting musical climate in the 1980s made ELO seem like dinosaurs, Lynne became a producer and within the course of less than two years crafted comeback albums for George Harrison, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison before pulling all of them together, along with Bob Dylan, into the short-lived supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. “It was a marvelous time,” says Lynne. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I should have been doing this years ago.’”

But after 30 years of working almost exclusively behind the scenes, Lynne accepted an offer to revive Electric Light Orchestra for a massive show in London’s Hyde Park in the summer of 2014. He was a jumble of nerves when he walked onto the stage and faced 50,000 fans. “I felt such relief that all these people were there, screaming and clapping to every song,” he says. “It made me feel really good. I had so much fun doing it, I decided to come back and do a new album.”

Read more HERE.

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John Williams Conductor Box Set

In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of the country’s treasured musical institutions, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains thriving artistic relationships with many of the world s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.

John Williams Conducts is a new 20-CD box set that features all of his definitive recordings for Sony Classical including The Star Wars Trilogy, The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration, Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams, American Journey, Summon the Heroes and more plus a 40 page perfect-bound book

John Williams Conductor Box Set will be released on February 2, 2018.

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Jingle Smells ’66 T-Shirt

Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present for the Batman fan on your shopping list?

Then look no further than TeeFury for this humorous and wonderful pictorial depiction of the childhood classic holiday song, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. The design can also be ordered as a zippered hoodie.

You can order the shirt HERE for $22.

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The Beatles Christmas Records

The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as “Beatle People.”

Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi discs and mailed to fan club members each December. Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set, to be released worldwide on December 15. The limited edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club’s National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi discs.

Tracklisting

The Beatles: The Christmas Records limited edition box set: seven 7” colored vinyl singles

1963: “The Beatles’ Christmas Record” (one-sided, 5:00 TRT)
Recorded: 17 October 1963 – Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1964: “Another Beatles Christmas Record” (one-sided, 3:58 TRT)
Recorded: 26 October 1964 – Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1965: “The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:20 TRT)
Recorded: 8 November 1965 – Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1966: “Pantomime – Everywhere It’s Christmas: The Beatles’ Fourth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:36 TRT)
Recorded: 25 November 1966 – Dick James Music, New Oxford Street, London

1967: “Christmas Time (Is Here Again): The Beatles’ Fifth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:06 TRT)
Recorded: 28 November 1967 – Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

1968: “The Beatles’ Sixth Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:48 TRT)
Recorded: 1968, various locations

1969: “The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:39 TRT)
Recorded: 1969, various locations

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Brandi Carlile Announces New Album, New Tour Dates & A New Single

Brandi Carlile has announced her upcoming new album titled “By The Way, I Forgive You” which will be released on February 16, 2018! Co-produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album features the following tracks:

1. Every Time I Hear That Song
2. The Joke
3. Hold Out Your Hand
4. The Mother
5. Whatever You Do
6. Fulton County Jane Doe
7. Sugartooth
8. Most of All
9. Harder To Forgive
10. Party of One

Pre-order bundles are available HERE and include exclusive items: signed and numbered vinyl test pressings, signed CDs and vinyl, hand-drawn drumhead (by Phil), songbook, Pete Souza prints, and more!

Instantly receive the first single “The Joke” when you pre-order.

Tour dates are:

March 30— Seattle, WA — Moore Theatre
March 31 — Seattle, WA — Moore Theatre
April 5 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
April 6 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
May 4 — Boston, MA — Orpheum Theatre
June 15 — Chicago, IL — Chicago Theatre
August 12 — Denver, CO — Red Rocks

Listen to the stunning brand new single “The Joke” below:

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Sets First U.S. Tour In Over 35 Years

On the heels of a once-in-a-lifetime Wembley Stadium show and a European tour in 2017, Jeff Lynne’s ELO announces its first North American tour in 30 plus years produced by Live Nation. Jeff Lynne’s last extensive U.S. tour with ELO was in 1981. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has spent the last two years with a critically acclaimed and chart-topping album, a sold out run of UK and European shows, as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The tour announcement comes just ahead of this Friday’s release of the live concert CD/DVD, ‘Wembley or Bust,’ which will give fans a glimpse into the extraordinary ELO live experience that critics in the UK raving.

Of the tour, Jeff Lynne says, “Our Audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.” The tour will hit 10 cities, starting in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena before wrapping in Philadelphia, PA at Wells Fargo Center. See below for full tour routing.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, November 15th at 10AM local time through Thursday, November 16th at 10PM local time. The Live Nation presale begins Thursday, November, 16th and public on-sale begins Friday, November 17th starting at 10AM local time with tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. ‘Wembley or Bust’ will be available Friday, November 17th, preorder here.

All preorders of ‘Wembley Or Bust’ made at Jeff Lynne’s ELO Official US Store prior to 4:00pm EST on November 14, 2017 are eligible to receive a ticket presale code for 2018 US tour dates. Codes can be used during the presale window for access to tickets before the general public on-sale. 1 code is granted per customer and allows access to purchase up to four (4) tickets. Tickets will be available while supplies last and presale codes do not guarantee inventory.

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K., making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognizable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Tour Dates:

August 2 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
August 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
August 8 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 10 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
August 13 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
August 15 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
August 16 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
August 21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

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Chris Barker Creates Sgt. Peppers Themed Album Cover For Deceased Celebrities in 2017

Chris Barker has created a poster in homage to the iconic, famous Beatles cover art for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, showing all the celebrities who had passed away in 2017.

This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper, which makes the new art even more iconic.

Tom Petty, Adam West, Gordon Kaye, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Fats Domino, Sir Roger Moore, Hugh Hefner, and John Hurt are among the many well-known faces who passed away this year, and are commemorated in the new art.

Events were also featured in the art, taking on a bit of an apocalyptic, climate change theme with the red skies and flooded waters at the bottom.

In the background looms the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Las Vegas scene now associated with Stephen Paddock’s gun massacre of at least 58 people. Also in the background are palm trees blown by the multiple hurricanes and tropical storms that have ravaged the world in 2017.

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Star Wars: A New Hope 3-LP Vinyl Album Boxed Set 

Walt Disney Records have announced that they will be releasing a special collector’s edition of the remastered original motion picture soundtrack for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

With a score conducted and composed by five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, the 3-LP set features a 48-page hard cover book with 180-gram vinyl. This one-of-a-kind vinyl set, hand etched by Tristan Duke (Jack White’s Lazaretto) of Infinity Light Science, offers a 3D hologram experience featuring the Death Star on Disc 3, Side A. For optimal viewing, use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile phone flashlight above the vinyl to view the hologram. Side B features the Star Wars 40th Anniversary logo etched into the vinyl.

The box set includes rare photos of the film’s production and scoring sessions. Additionally, two essays are featured in the hardcover book. “Tuning Up a Galaxy” written by author Jeff Bond (“Danse Macabre: 25 years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton,” “The Music of Star Trek”) focuses on the phenomenon of Star Wars and how John Williams’ score changed film music forever. “John Williams’ Journey to Star Wars” by Jeff Eldridge discusses John Williams’ early career – from his musical heritage to his continuing legacy.

John Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars (A New Hope) for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score. His score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was nominated for an Oscar.

Williams returns to score Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15th 2017.

The Star Wars: A New Hope 3-LP hologram soundtrack will be available on December 1, 2017 and is priced at $150. Pre-orders are available at DisneyMusicEmporium.com and at Amazon.

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U2 Announces New Album, Songs of Experience Due On December 1, 2017

Songs of Experience, U2’s hotly anticipated 14th studio album, will arrive on December 1st on CD, vinyl, digital download and across streaming platforms.

Today the band also revealed the artwork for Songs of Experience, shot by Dutch photographer, film director and longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn, of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

Recorded in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles, Songs of Experience was completed earlier this year with its subject matter influenced by Irish poet, novelist and Trinity College, Dublin Professor Emeritus Brendan Kennelly’s advice to Bono to ‘write as if you’re dead’. The result is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart: family, friends, fans, himself.

Songs of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence – the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake – and was produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas.

Pre-order the album HERE.

Songs of Experience Tracklisting

1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. Lights of Home
3. You’re The Best Thing About Me
4. Get Out of Your Own Way
5. American Soul
6. Summer of Love
7. Red Flag Day
8. The Showman (Little More Better)
9. The Little Things That Give You Away
10. Landlady
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)

Songs of Experience Deluxe CD & Digital

1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. Lights of Home
3. You’re The Best Thing About Me
4. Get Out of Your Own Way
5. American Soul
6. Summer of Love
7. Red Flag Day
8. The Showman (Little More Better)
9. The Little Things That Give You Away
10. Landlady
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)
14. Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
15. Book Of Your Heart
16. Lights of Home (St Peter’s String Version)
17. You’re The Best Thing About Me (U2 vs Kygo)

Songs of Experience Deluxe Vinyl

1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. Lights of Home
3. You’re The Best Thing About Me
4. Get Out of Your Own Way
5. American Soul
6. Summer of Love
7. Red Flag Day
8. The Showman (Little More Better)
9. The Little Things That Give You Away
10. Landlady
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)
14. Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
15. Book of Your Heart
16. Lights of Home (St Peter’s String Version)

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Justin Timberlake To Headline The Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he won two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the film Trolls for which he won his 10th Grammy.

Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Shrek the Third and The Social Network. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on Saturday Night Live. Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film Wonder Wheel, which opens later this year.

This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. Last year’s show was the most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms and the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime performance in history through broadcast and digital channels, reaching more than 150 million unique people, garnering more than 80 million views and totaling 260 million minutes watched.

Super Bowl LII marks Pepsi‘s sixth year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and 16th year as an NFL partner. The Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show is an NFL Network production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

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