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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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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: An Evening With Quentin Tarantino & Friends At The GRAMMY Museum On October 2, 2017

The GRAMMY Museum will present a special evening with Quentin Tarantino on October 2, 2019. The event will celebrate the recent music-laden film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and its soundtrack. 

The program will begin with a panel discussion including Quentin Tarantino, Mark Lindsay (co-founder and original lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders) whose songs are featured on the soundtrack, along with music writer and critic David Wild, and GRAMMY Museum moderator Scott Goldman. Following the discussion, Mark Lindsay will perform a few of his songs from the soundtrack, featuring a choral ensemble from Tesoro High School.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director, which features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age, debuted in theatres July 26 and went on to be the only original film to cross $100 million at the summer domestic box office.

The soundtrack, personally curated by Tarantino himself, is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking. 

Keeping with Tarantino’s status as a true collector and lover of vinyl, attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase super deluxe edition vinyl copies of the soundtrack and additional merchandise at the GRAMMY Museum during the program.

Tickets will cost $50 and they will go on sale Saturday, September 21, 2019.

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Taylor Swift Announces U.S. Tour For 2020 — And It’s Only Hitting Two Cities

Taylor Swift has announced her only U.S. concert dates in 2020 and the tour is only hitting two cities. The tour dates are slated for July 25-26 at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and for July 31-Aug. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The two two-day events have been christened Lover Fest West and Lover Fest East. Opening acts for the dates will be announced soon.

With Lover Fest West, Swift will make history, becoming the first woman in history to open an NFL stadium. The concerts will begin SoFi Stadium’s inaugural year of events, as the facility prepares to become the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers and to host Super Bowl LVI and the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

In August, Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s albums chart.

Tickets for Swift’s Lover Fests go on sale to the general public on Oct. 17, following Ticketmaster Verified Fan and Capital One presales.

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The Who To Release New Album ‘WHO’ On November 22, Their First In 13 Years

The Who will release a new album, WHO, on November 22nd via Polydor Records, their first in 13 years. The rock band has previewed the release with rollicking, politically-tinged single “Ball and Chain,” which the band has previously played live.

The eleven-track album was primarily recorded in London and Los Angeles during the spring and summer of 2019, and was co-produced by Pete Townshend and D. Sardy, with vocal production by Dave Eringa. Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap contributed to the songs as well.

The songs tackle various subjects including, the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and what it’s like to be an aging rock star. The artwork for the new album was created by artist Sir Peter Blake, a longtime friend of the band, and was unveiled last night at the Pace gallery in New York City. 

The Who are touring the U.S. this fall, with several stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. They will embark on a U.K. tour in support of the new album next year. The band’s last album, Endless Wire, was released in 2006.

WHO Tracklisting

1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball And Chain
3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
4. Detour
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back
9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Rage
11. She Rocked My World

Pre-order the album HERE.

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