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Huey Lewis & The News Announce New Album ‘Weather’

Huey Lewis & The News has announced that their new album, Weather, will be released on February 14th. Featuring the group’s first new, original songs since 2001’s Plan B LP – plus one cover of the classic Eugene Church soul burner “Pretty Girls Everywhere” – Weather was produced in-house by Huey and the guys, just like every record they’ve made since the early 1980s. 

Along with the announcement, Huey Lewis & The News have unveiled a new single and album opener, “While We’re Young” which you can listen to below:

Following their previous offering “Her Love Is Killin’ Me” – a “harmonica-topped, gritty-voiced, good-natured boogie that has Huey Lewis & The News sounding like absolutely nothing has changed since the mid-1980s” (The New York Times) – “While We’re Young” delivers another preview of the patience and positivity at the core of Weather. 

Unaware that recording sessions were about to be cut short by a 2018 Ménière’s disease diagnosis that could keep him from ever singing again, Lewis reflects on fleeting mortality with a rasp as uninhibited, witty, and confident as ever, backed by the same strength of smooth-sailing soul arrangements that first launched the group to international superstardom. 

Realized through years spent road-testing the tracks on tour, Lewis calls Weather some of the band’s best work. Songs evoke the superlative eras of Sports and Fore! (one of the small number of albums to ever generate five or more Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100), and extend to blues shuffles, classic R&B, and even a hint of country twang (check out “One Of The Boys,” a song Dave Cobb originally asked Lewis to write for Willie Nelson). 

Huey Lewis & The News recorded Weather at their own Troutfarm Studio in Marin County, CA, and once again brought in the mixing expertise of studio legend Bob Clearmountain. Clearmountain and The News have had a long-running relationship, and he is credited with mixing many of the band’s hits, including “Do You Believe In Love,” “The Heart Of Rock & Roll,” “I Want A New Drug,” and “If This Is It,” to name a few. 

Weather marks a fresh opportunity for new generations of fans to discover why Huey Lewis & The News have sold over 30 million albums, topped numerous charts, earned Grammy wins, Academy Award nominations, and a spot on Billboard’s recent list of the Top 125 Artists of All Time. 

As Lewis says, “You’ve got to look on the bright side and stay creative. Even if I never sing again, things could always be worse. After all, I’m deaf, not dead.”

Track List

1. While We’re Young
2. Her Love Is Killin’ Me
3. I Am There For You
4. Hurry Back Baby
5. Remind Me Why I Love You Again
6. Pretty Girls Everywhere
7. One Of The Boys

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Bee Gees Biopic In The Works From Bohemian Rhapsody Producer

A music biopic about Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted hitmakers the Bee Gees is in the works, with Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, Paramount Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners shepherding the project.

King’s GK Films, which brought the box office hit and Oscar-nominated Queen biopic to the big screen, secured to the life rights to the Gibb brothers’ story as well as the group’s music rights, Deadline first reported. Paramount Pictures, which found success in the Elton John biopic Rocketman, and production company Sister are also attached to the film.

However, Steven Spielberg had long been working on setting up the Bee Gees’ film for over a decade – first with DreamWorks and more recently with his Amblin – and has since been added to the biopic as a producer; Amblin was previously unsuccessful in securing the necessary rights from Barry Gibb, the Bee Gees’ lone surviving member. 

As the biopic has just received the green light, no director, screenwriter or actors are lined up for the Bee Gees movie, the latest in a streak of Hollywood-made rock biopics. One of the best-selling acts of all time, Bee Gees registered nine Number One singles over their five-decade career as well as the diamond-selling, Grammy Album of the Year-winning Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Reprinted from Rolling Stone

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Pages From Prince’s Life

Begun just months before his death in 2016, a memoir by the legendary singer-songwriter Prince is now being published as “The Beautiful Ones.” Jamie Yuccas from CBS This Morning reports on how the manuscript by Prince Rogers Nelson came to light, and talks with editor Dan Piepenbring, who helped Prince tell his story, including how the people in Prince’s life made him the artist he was. 

Yuccas also talks with representatives of Prince’s estate about the vault of previously-unreleased music that is now being made public.

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The Beatles: The Singles Collection Box Set To Be Released On November 22

 

The highly collectible, limited edition new box set The Beatles: The Singles Collection will be released by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe on November 22. It contains the 22 singles, featuring 44 tracks, that the group released in the UK between 1962 and 1970, plus a new double A-side of the mid-1990s singles ‘Free As A Bird’ and ‘Real Love.’

Twenty-nine of the featured tracks were not included on original Beatles studio albums at the time. The singles have been newly cut for vinyl from their original mono and stereo master tapes by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios in London. The 46 tracks, on 23 seven-inch, 180 gram vinyl singles, are in faithfully reproduced international picture sleeves. The set also contains a 40-page booklet with photographs, ephemera and detailed essays by noted Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

The singles collection gives a vivid insight into the creative trajectory of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during their eight-year recording tenure as a quartet. As one example of The Beatles’ dramatic sonic and creative evolution, there are, for example, only three and a half years between 1963’s ‘She Loves You; and 1967’s ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ The set takes listeners from their 1962 debut ‘Love Me Do’ and its B-side ‘P.S. I Love You’ to the 1970 finale ‘Let It Be’/’You Know My Name (Look Up The Number).

Picture sleeves were rare among UK singles releases in the 1960s, so the discs in the box set are presented in reproduced picture sleeves from their original appearances in several countries. These include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, the US and West Germany.

The Beatles: The Singles Collection follows the 50th anniversary release on September 27 of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album in a suite of new editions. This returned the album to chart summits around the world, including in the UK, where Abbey Road reclaimed the No. 1 position after 49 years and 252 days. The achievement broke The Beatles’ own Guinness World Record previously held by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which went back to No. 1 in June 2017, following its own 50th anniversary reissue, after 49 years and 125 days.

Check out the full tracklisting, and pre-order it HERE.

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Check Out A New Look At Disney’s Frozen 2, Featuring The Brand-New Song Into The Unknown

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? 

The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. 

In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2 opens in theaters on November 22, 2019.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO New Album From Out Of Nowhere To Be Released On November 1, 2019

From Out Of Nowhere is the new album from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and music legend Jeff Lynne, and follows up a remarkable run of sold out European and American tours.  Jeff Lynne’s ELO, whose music has touched fans deeply across three generations now, has found himself in recent years at the peak of his powers as a songwriter, musician and producer. 

This new collection features a buoyant title song which opens the ten-track record including the wistful “Help Yourself” to the celebratory “Down Came the Rain” to the churning rocker “One More Time” to the sweet closer, “Songbird.” 

As does its predecessor, 2015’s Alone in the Universe, From Out Of Nowhere shows Lynne finding new facets to his signature sound, at once drawing on his globally loved legacy and forging new paths in both sounds and emotions. Once again, he plays nearly every note of the music on guitars, bass, piano, drums, keyboards and vibes, as well as singing all of the lead and layered harmony vocals. Steve Jay, who also engineered the album, adds some percussion. 

Track Listing

1. From Out of Nowhere
2. Help Yourself
3. All My Love
4. Down Came the Rain
5. Losing You
6. One More Time
7. Sci-Fi Woman
8. Goin’ Out on Me
9. Time of Our Life
10. Songbird

The album will be released on November 1, 2019 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Watch The Beatles Here Comes The Sun Official Video 

It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located.

Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. Now available for preorder, the album’s 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

In honor of this auspicious occasion The Beatles have released a brand new video celebrating the iconic song, Here Comes The Sun.

For more information visit http://abbeyroad.thebeatles.com

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Hear Huey Lewis And The News First New Song In Over 10 Years ‘Her Love Is Killin’ Me’

Huey Lewis and the News have returned with their first new song in over 10 years, “Her Love Is Killin’ Me,” a snappy rocker that will appear on the band’s forthcoming album, which is expected to arrive in 2020.

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Billy Joel Anthology Series, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant In The Works

MGM Television and Universal Music Publishing Group are teaming up to develop an anthology series based on the music of Billy Joel. The scripted program called Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, will feature episodes based on lyrics and characters from the beloved musician’s iconic songs.

Kevin Fox is creating the series and will executive produce alongside Joel and producing partner Steve Cohen, with Universal’s Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino serving as associate producers. The entirety of Joel’s catalog will be licensed for the series and will be reimagined for the show by Joel’s music team with his input.

“Billy Joel is a beautiful storyteller, and it just so happens that his stories are accompanied alongside remarkable songs,” MGM TV president of development and production Steve Stark shared. “This series is going to focus less on Billy’s life and more on the stories inside his catalog of classic songs.”

Joel’s expansive roster includes the hit songs “Piano Man,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Uptown Girl,” and “New York State of Mind,” and many more.

A network is not yet attached.

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The Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing To Be Recreated At Hollywood And Vine On September 26

The city of Los Angeles will close down Vine St. at Hollywood Blvd. from 1-3:30 on Sept. 26 to recreate the Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing.

That and other ceremonial festivities will take place adjacent to Hollywood’s famed Capitol Records tower the day before the release of “Abbey Road: Anniversary Edition,” a 50th anniversary box set including a newly remixed version of the album and previously unreleased outtakes from the 1969 sessions.

The crosswalk will be recreated with a non-slip heavy vinyl recreation of Abbey Road’s zebra crossing laid down over the existing Vine St. crosswalk, with an 8-foot tall double-sided backdrop of 4 panels (two per side) showing the ‘Abbey Road’ cover art photo without the Beatles in the image. There will be four Abbey Road zebra crossing + backdrop areas (two areas per side) for fans to take photos and videos.

Sir Patrick Stewart will provide the celebrity presence at the occasion, joined by L.A. city councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Board of Public Works President Kevin James. Other attractions beyond the photo op will include a Beatles pop-up shop curated by Amoeba Music, food trucks, “Abbey Road” cupcakes and an unspecified “free, exclusive, commemorative takeaway item,” while supplies last.

The temporary crosswalk unveiling and a dedication for a permanent new City of Los Angeles sign at the Capitol tower will take place from 1-1:15, with the rest of the festivities going on till 3:30. The celebration takes place on the actual 50th anniversary date for the release of “Abbey Road”.

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