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Bruce Springsteen Heads To Broadway This Fall

The Boss is Broadway bound.

Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre for an eight-week run in the fall. Springsteen will do a pared-down version of the set he usually performs in huge arenas and stadiums all over the world.

“He wants to play a smaller house,” a theater source says. “He wants to try something more intimate, and he likes the idea of being on Broadway.”

Dates haven’t been finalized, but Springsteen will likely open in November. He’ll perform five times a week. Some insiders believe Springsteen’s Broadway gig may be a curtain raiser to another project — turning his best-selling memoir, “Born To Run,” into a musical. Several producers, dollar signs dancing in their eyes, approached Springsteen about adapting the book for the stage after The Post reported he was interested in the idea.

It could be a blockbuster along the lines of “Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.” But that’s a long way off. In the meantime, you’ll be able to see the Boss “live and in person” at the Kerr this fall.

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Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man Book To Be Released June 16, 2017

Despite his tremendous success, Billy Joel’s gifts as a composer and commentator on American life are long overdue for a thorough investigation. In Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man, music historian Joshua S. Duchan looks at the career and music of this remarkable singer-songwriter, exploring the unique ways Joel channels and transforms the cultural life of a changing America over four decades into bestselling song after song and album after album.

Billy Joel has not always enjoyed the acclaim of music critics, who have characterized his music as inauthentic and lacking a uniqueness of style. Duchan corrects this misunderstanding by exploring the depth and degree to which Joel’s songs engage with social, cultural, political, and economic issues. Organized by major themes and including original interviews with Joel himself, Duchan’s book delves into Joel’s endeavors as a musician, lyricist, and commentator on questions of geography and regionalism, politics, working- and middle-class culture, human relationships, and the history of music itself. Duchan draws on key songs from Joel’s career to explore each theme, from his folk-like lament for Long Island’s changing industry and lifestyle in “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” to his emotional ode to Vietnam veterans in “Goodnight Saigon.”

Original interviews with Billy Joel blend with Duchan’s engaging analysis to provide readers of all backgrounds and ages a new look at these unforgettable songs. Music lovers and historians of both the academic and armchair variety will find this exploration of Joel’s work a rewarding adventure into America’s social, cultural, political, economic, and—above all—musical history.

Pre-order the 216 page hardcover book HERE, it will be released on June 16, 2017.

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Stranger Things Soundtracks Get Cassette Release

The Stranger Things original soundtrack is getting a cassette release. Both volumes of the Season 1 soundtrack will be released on red cassette, with cases that looks like VHS tapes and cardboard sleeves with Stranger Things artwork.

In honor of the Netflix series’ one year anniversary, they’ll be available July 14th via Lakeshore, and you can only buy them at Urban Outfitters. The tapes feature the show’s memorable music score from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E.

Earlier this year, the Stranger Things OST received a vinyl box set release, complete with character cards. The second season of Stranger Things is set to premiere on Halloween.

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Here Is The Track Listing For The Baby Driver Soundtrack

The Baby Driver soundtrack is coming to both vinyl and CD, and hits stores on June 23rd via Columbia Records imprint 30th Century Records.

Spanning 30 tracks tram a variety of different decades, this album features artists such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Beach Boys, The Damned, T. Rex, Beck, Blur, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Golden Earring, Simon and Garfunkel, and so much more. Of particular note is a new song from Sky Ferriera called “Easy”.

Those who pre-order the soundtrack right now will immediately receive “Chase Me” by Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi as well as “Baby Driver” by Simon and Garfunkel.

Here is the synopsis of the eagerly anticipated film: A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx.

Track Listing:

01. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Bellbottoms”
02. Bob & Earl – “Harlem Shuffle”
03. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – “Egyptian Reggae”
04. Googie Rene – “Smokey Joe’s La La”
05. The Beach Boys – “Let’s Go Away For Awhile”
06. Carla Thomas – “B-A-B-Y”
07. Kashmere Stage Band – “Kashmere”
08. Dave Brubeck – “Unsquare Dance”
09. The Damned – “Neat Neat Neat”
10. The Commodores – “Easy (Single Version)”
11. T. Rex – “Debora”
12. Beck – “Debra”
13. Incredible Bongo Band – “Bongolia”
14. The Detroit Emeralds – “Baby Let Me Take You (in My Arms)”
15. Alexis Korner – “Early In The Morning”
16. David McCallum – “The Edge”
17. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – “Nowhere To Run”
18. The Button Down Brass – “Tequila”
19. Sam & Dave – “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby”
20. Brenda Holloway – “Every Little Bit Hurts”
21. Blur – “Intermission”
22. Focus – “Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version)”
23. Golden Earring – “Radar Love (1973 Single Edit)”
24. Barry White – “Never, Never Gone Give Ya Up”
25. Young MC – “Know How”
26. Queen – “Brighton Rock”
27. Sky Ferreira – “Easy”
28. Simon & Garfunkel – “Baby Driver”
29. Kid Koala – “Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version)”
30. Danger Mouse (feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi) – “Chase Me”

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Carpool Karaoke: The Series Debuts August 8 On Apple Music

Apple today announced Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be available to Apple Music subscribers starting Tuesday, August 8. The show will feature many of today’s biggest names in music, television, film, sports and pop culture buckling up and belting out their favorite songs for a road trip filled with comedy, conversation and music.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series for Apple Music will welcome a different group of superstars every Tuesday, with new episodes available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. Celebrity pairings include Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith; John Legend, Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson; LeBron James and James Corden; and many more.

Based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation from the Emmy-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden, Carpool Karaoke: The Series is produced for Apple Music by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73. James Corden and Ben Winston are the creators and executive producers, along with executive producer Eric Pankowski.

The popular Carpool Karaoke will continue to be a recurring segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, which is broadcast Monday through Friday on the CBS Television Network.

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Beatles Pop Up Cards

Check out these cool Beatles Pop Up Cards featuring Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine.

The black cover of The Beatles Abbey Road pop-up card features a laser-cut illustration of the band’s iconic logo. Once opened the Beatles themselves emerge. George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon walking outside of their studio in single formation on Abbey Road. Instantly recognizable, each pop-up member of the Beatles has authentic design elements and details as unique as their personal style.

The cover of the Beatles Yellow Submarine card features a hint of the incredible 3D pop up that awaits. Open the card, and a Yellow Submarine emerges from the center. Colorful and detailed, the Beatles Yellow Submarine pop up is a throwback to the height of Beatlemania.

These designs were created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of two officially licensed designs.

The Beatles Abbey Road Pop Up Card, Order HERE for $15

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Pop Up Card, Order HERE for $15

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Randy Newman’s Dark Matter Due August 4, 2017; First Album of New Material Since 2008

Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, will be released on Nonesuch Records on August 4, 2017, with the vinyl to follow on August 18. The record is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian praised for its “sumptuous melodies, devastating pathos and thorny, irony-laden character songs,” calling it, “the work of a true master of popular song.”

Dark Matter was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher. The album’s nine songs include the 2016 digitally released “Putin,” plus songs about the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more.

Dark Matter is available to pre-order now at iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where the album track “Putin” may be downloaded immediately. You can watch the video for “Putin” below. Pre-orders from Nonesuch also come with an exclusive print, a limited number of which will be signed by Newman.

Track Listing

1. The Great Debate
2. Brothers
3. Putin
4. Lost Without You
5. Sonny Boy
6. It’s a Jungle out There (V2)
7. She Chose Me
8. On the Beach
9. Wandering Boy

Newman, who is known for writing from the perspective of various narrators, many of whom are unreliable, tried something new on Dark Matter: “If there is anything consistent about the songs, there is often more than one voice, in the big ones, and it’s different for me, a difficult thing to bring off, to make it comprehensible,” he says. “I think it works. They cover more ground than most songs do and portray a number of different characters. Audiences are smart. They’ll understand the songs. I hope they like them as well.

“I’m proud of the record,” Newman continues. “I think it’s entertaining—I hope it’s entertaining—and that’s eighty percent of what I try to do. Also, I’m doing something different than I’ve ever done before. It’s a step forward for me. And considering how long I’ve been doing this, I’m kinda proud of that.”

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Aimee Mann: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

“This song is called ‘You Never Loved Me’ — it’s another cheery, optimistic number,” says Aimee Mann, introducing the second of four songs in this Tiny Desk Concert. She has been writing songs on the human condition — more often than not with a strong sense of humor to underpin the inevitable melancholy — as far back as the ’80s, when she was the singer and bassist in Boston’s The Young Snakes. Mann’s newest solo record, the first in five years, is baldly called Mental Illness — clearly, there’s a deep honesty within these songs.

Set List:

Rollercoasters
You Never Loved Me
Goose Snow Cone
Patient Zero

Musicians:

Aimee Mann (vocals, guitar); Jonathan Coulton (guitar, vocals); Paul Bryan (bass, vocals); Jamie Edwards (piano, vocals)

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Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition

Purple Rain remains one of history’s most important, indisputable, and influential albums, but you’ve never heard it like this before. Purple Rain Deluxe boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault. This is Prince’s final word on his definitive masterpiece.

This 3-CD/1-DVD Expanded Edition is a true collector’s item and the ultimate vision of Purple Rain. In addition to the 2015 Paisley Park Remaster and “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased,” it includes “Single Edits & B-Sides” and a never-seen on DVD of Prince and The Revolution Live! in 1985.

Tracklist:

Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
1. Let’s Go Crazy
2. Take Me With U
3. The Beautiful Ones
4. Computer Blue
5. Darling Nikki
6. When Doves Cry
7. I Would Die 4 U
8. Baby I’m A Star
9. Purple Rain

Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
1. The Dance Electric
2. Love And Sex
3. Computer Blue (“Hallway Speech” version)
4. Electric Intercourse (studio)
5. Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
6. Possessed (1983 version)
7. Wonderful Ass
8. Velvet Kitty Cat
9. Katrina’s Paper Dolls
10. We Can Fuck
11. Father’s Song

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
1. When Doves Cry (edit)
2. 17 Days
3. Let’s Go Crazy (edit)
4. Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
5. Erotic City
6. Erotic City (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”)
7. Purple Rain (edit)
8. God
9. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
10. Another Lonely Christmas
11. Another Lonely Christmas (extended version)
12. I Would Die 4 U (edit)
13. I Would Die 4 U (extended version)
14. Baby I’m A Star (edit)
15. Take Me With U (edit)

DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
1. Let’s Go Crazy
2. Delirious
3. 1999
4. Little Red Corvette
5. Take Me With U
6. Do Me, Baby
7. Irresistible Bitch
8. Possessed
9. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
10. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
11. International Lover
12. God
13. Computer Blue
14. Darling Nikki
15. The Beautiful Ones
16. When Doves Cry
17. I Would Die 4 U
18. Baby I’m A Star
29. Purple Rain

Pre order HERE for release on June 23, 2017.

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SiriusXM Announces Beatles Radio Channel

The Beatles’ first-ever official radio channel — The Beatles Channel — is coming exclusively to SiriusXM on May 18 at 9:09 am ET on Channel 18.

Celebrating popular music’s most legendary and influential band, The Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

“I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio,” McCartney said. “But I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added: “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”

The Beatles Channel will launch at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday, May 18, and will be celebrated as part of SiriusXM’s free listening preview program, offering 24/7 listening on inactive SiriusXM radios from May 17 to May 30.

The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:

Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.

A Day in the Life: A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.

My Fab Four: A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super-fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.

Beatle Bites: A daily “name the song” quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.

A Dedicated Phone Number: 844-999-BEATLES is a dedicated line for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.

The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.

Peter Asher: From Me To You: He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.

Magical Mini Concert: A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.

Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.

Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd.

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