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Madonna To Release New Album Madame X On June 14th

Madonna’s highly-anticipated 14th studio album Madame X will be released on June 14th globally from Live Nation, Interscope Records and Maverick. The first track from the album “Medellín,” with Colombian superstar Maluma, will be Zane Lowe’s World Record today on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Madame X is now available for pre-order. Album pre-orders include a download of the first track which is available across Apple, Spotify (pre-save), Amazon and all DSPs. Select additional tracks will become available before the album release.

Madonna will exclusively unveil the world premiere of her video and single “Medellín” with Maluma, during a globally televised MTV music event, “MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere,” on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 pm BST / 4:00pm ET/ 1:00pm PT. Madonna will join British DJ Trevor Nelson and fans live from London for a conversation about the influences of her new album, and the creative forces behind her transcendent career. “Medellín” collaborator and Colombian pop star Maluma will join live from Miami. Madonna will also take questions during the global event via satellite from MTV’s Sway Calloway and fans in New York City, with additional MTV-hosted events in Milan and São Paulo.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, highlights on the album include “Medellín,” which was co-produced by Mirwais and captures the spirit of Maluma’s hometown, the anthemic song “I Rise,” the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo, as well as the sonically innovative Mirwais produced “Dark Ballet.” Recorded over 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

“Lisbon is where my record was born,” Madonna says. “I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.” 

Madame X Deluxe Digital Album

Madame X will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album. A Target CD version will feature the deluxe version of Madame X plus an additional two tracks. Pre-order the Target deluxe at Target stores or online at Target.com. A variety of special bundles of Madame X with one-of-a-kind limited merchandise, as well as special vinyl and cassette versions of the album, are available now for pre-order as well HERE. Further details regarding the album, videos and appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full track listing for Madame X standard and deluxe versions are:

1. Medellín (With Maluma)
2. Dark Ballet
3. God Control
4. Future (Featuring Quavo) 
5. Batuka
6. Killers Who Are Partying
7. Crave (Featuring Swae Lee) 
8. Crazy
9. Come Alive
10. Extreme Occident **deluxe version only
11. Faz Gostoso (Featuring Anitta)
12. Bitch I’m Loca (Featuring Maluma)
13. I Don’t Search I Find
14. Looking for Mercy **deluxe version only
15. I Rise

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Graphic Artist Todd Alcott Reimagines Classic Rock & New Wave Songs As Vintage Pulp Fiction Paperbacks

Graphic artist Todd Alcott has brilliantly reimagined classic rock and new wave songs as vintage pulp-fiction paperback books. Included in the songs he has adapted into this novel style are artists such as David Bowie (“Changes”), The Beatles (“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”), Prince (“When Doves Cry”), Elvis Costello (“Man Out of Time”) and Neil Young (“Needle and the Damage Done”).

Prints and cards of these wonderful designs are available for purchase through Alcott’s Etsy Shop.

    

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Fender Amp Mug

The Fender Amp Mug is an officially licensed Fender product. It’s an oversized ceramic mug that will help keep your drink warm. It features the shape and design of the original Fender amp. …This slick Fender Amp Mug is great for lovers of rock n’ roll! It’s also perfect for budding guitar players, Fender fanatics, and music fans in general.

Order HERE for $15.

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Sting Revisits, Reimagines Police, Solo Hits on ‘My Songs’ Collection

Sting has always prided himself as an artist constantly looking forward. But on his next album he looks back — in order to bring his music forward.

My Songs, due out May 24, finds Sting revisiting 15 of his Police and solo favorites, revising and reimagining them to varying degrees – but in almost all cases updating sonics, dynamics and arrangements based on the way the songs have evolved for him over the years. 

My Songs, recorded in various locations, makes use of both existing and newly recorded tracks, with members of Sting’s touring band (guitarist Dominic Miller and his son Rufus, drummer Josh Freese) and of the Last Bandoleros and Sting’s manager Martin Kierszenbaum – who also produced tracks with Dave Aude and Jerry Fuentes – joining Sting on the latter.

The Police’s “So Lonely,” for instance, has a slightly twangier guitar tone and an end vamp that draws from live performances of the song both with the band and on his own. The orchestrations on “Desert Rose” are a bit more up front, while “Message in a Bottle” features an extended outro that builds to a powerful vocal crescendo, and “Walking on the Moon” ends with a more pronounced call-and-response arrangement. His refreshed take of “Shape of My Heart,” meanwhile, is included as a nod to Juice WRLD’s sampling it for his hit “Lucid Dreams.” And of particular note is “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” a bold, banging 4×4 take that makes the jazz-pop original sound like a timid puppy trying to keep up with a wolf pack.

The My Songs project was inspired by an invitation to perform “Brand New Day” – which Sting wrote for the millennium – in Times Square this past New Year’s Eve. “It’s a hopeful song about turning over a new leaf and starting again,” Sting says, “so we did an updated version of that, again, taking off some filters and using a different bass drum sound, and it just sounded very contemporary and it ended up on Spotify, next to Ariana Grande. So I thought, ‘Yeah, that works. Let’s keep doing that.’ So we worked on ‘Desert Rose’ and sent it to the record company and said, ‘We think it’s a hit again.’ We’re just having fun, which is good. If it wasn’t fun, I couldn’t do it.”

The track list for My Songs includes:

1. Brand New Day
2. Desert Rose
3. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
4. Every Breath You Take
5. Demolition Man
6. Can’t Stand Losing You
7. Fields of Gold
8. So Lonely
9. Shape of My Heart
10. Message in a Bottle
11. Fragile
12. Walking on the Moon
13. Englishman in New York
14. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You=
15. Roxanne” (Live)

Deluxe Edition bonus tracks:

16. Synchronicity II (Live)
17. Next To You (Live)
18. Spirits In The Material World (Live)
19. Fragile (Live)

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Funko Announces The Police: Pop! Rocks Figures

Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take these Pop! British rockers will be watching you. Lead vocalist and bass guitarist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and percussionist Stewart Copeland are ready to fill your house with the sweet, sweet sounds of the Second British Invasion. 

Pop! Rocks – The Police will hit shops in June.

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Me By Elton John

Today, on Elton John’s 72nd birthday, we are delighted to share the title and cover of his first and only official autobiography.

Me is the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

Christened ‘Reginald Dwight’, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star.  By the age of twenty-three, he was on his first tour of America, facing an astonished audience in his tight silver hotpants, bare legs and a T-shirt with Rock and Roll emblazoned across it in sequins.  Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.

In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.

The book will be released on October 15, 2019 and you can pre-order your copy HERE.

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Lineup Announced For Woodstock 50

Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair announced the official lineup of its three-day 50th anniversary celebration today, with more than 80 musical acts. Taking place on its 50th anniversary weekend, Aug. 16-18, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The most iconic music festival in American history is bringing peace, love and music back for a new generation of fans. Woodstock 50’s lineup reflects its mission –uniting people in a shared experience with great artists and encouraging active support of equality, inclusion and a shared sustainable future

Legacy acts, in addition to original Woodstock ’69 icons Santana and Dead & Company, include Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby and Friends, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian and Melanie. 

Scheduled on Aug. 16, Friday: The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Akon, Princess Nokia, Grandson, Fever 333, Larkin Poe, Dorothy, Flora Cash, Brian Cadd, Ninet Tayeb and more. 

Scheduled on Aug. 17, Saturday: Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko And Medicine For The People, India.Arie, Jade Bird, Rival Sons, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, SiR, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, Courtney Hadwin, Pearl, John-Robert, IAMDDB. and more. 

Scheduled on Aug. 18, Sunday: Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage the Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Young the Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and The Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius, Reignwolf, The Zombies, Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr, Leven Kali, The Marcus King Band, Victory, Hollis Brown, John Craigie, Amigo The Devil, Liz Brasher and more.

The entire lineup can be viewed here.

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The Rolling Stones Announce Honk, A Brand New Best of Compilation Due On April 19

The Rolling Stones today announced the release of a brand-new Best Of compilation album, ‘Honk.’ Featuring the biggest hits and classic cuts from every Rolling Stones studio album from 1971 to 2016’s ‘Blue & Lonesome,’ ‘Honk’ is out on April 19, 2019.

Released via Polydor/Interscope in North America, the Deluxe 3CD, Deluxe 4LP and digital equivalent collect 36 essential Stones’ tracks – including eight Top 10 singles, “Brown Sugar,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Angie,” “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It),” “Fool To Cry,” “Miss You,” “Emotional Rescue” and “Start Me Up.” Also available will be a 1CD and 2LP edition featuring 20 Stones’ hits. Bringing the band’s story up to date, Honk also contains hit single “Doom & Gloom” – recorded in 2012 – as well as “Just Your Fool,” “Ride ‘Em On Down” and “Hate To See You Go” from the band’s 2016’s Grammy Award-winning, No 1 album, Blue & Lonesome.

The bonus disc of the Deluxe 3CD edition includes 10 live tracks recorded at packed-out stadiums round the world during the band’s more recent sold-out tours. These include “Dead Flowers,” with Americana star Brad Paisley, recorded in Philadelphia in June 2013 and “Bitch” with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, both during the 50 And Counting tour as well as an electrifying version of “Wild Horses,” featuring Florence Welch, from the band’s show in London in May 2018 during last year’s leg of the No Filter tour.

A Deluxe 4LP colored vinyl will also be released as a special fan edition, featuring the 36 studio tracks and the bonus 10 live tracks. This handsome heavyweight vinyl set will come housed in a special slip box. It is available exclusively via RollingStones.com

A limited tour edition of the 2LP will be available on red vinyl exclusively at the band’s upcoming American concerts.

Two digital editions will also be available in the North America: one featuring the Deluxe track listing (36 tracks + 10 bonus live tracks) available at all streaming and download services, the second featuring the 20-track edition at download services only.

Pre-order and the first track, “Wild Horses (live)” with Florence Welch, will be available from today, March 14, 2019.

Honk showcases the band’s remarkable run of hits. Taken from the band’s imperial phase, Honk features “Happy” (Exile On Main Street, 1972), “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (Goats Head Soup, 1973) and “Beast Of Burden” (Some Girls, 1978) alongside later singles like “Waiting On A Friend” (Tattoo You, 1981), “Undercover (Of The Night” (Undercover, 1983), “Harlem Shuffle” (Dirty Work, 1986), “Rock And A Hard Place” (Steel Wheels, 1989), “Love Is Strong” (Voodoo Lounge, 1994), “Out Of Control” (Bridges To Babylon, 1997), “Rough Justice” (A Bigger Bang, 2005) and “Just Your Fool” (Blue & Lonesome, 2016).

Honk also highlights classic Stones’ album cuts – “Bitch” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Rocks Off” (Exile On Main Street, 1972) “Dancing With Mr. D” (Goats Head Soup, 1973) and “Respectable” (Some Girls, 1978) – as well as stand-alone tracks such as “Don’t Stop” (Forty Licks, 2002) and “One More Shot” (GRRR!).

The 10 live tracks are similarly wide-ranging, drawn from three of the band’s most recent tours, the 50 And Counting Tour, the Zip Code Tour and the No Filter Tour. These tours were powerful reminders of the Stones’ formidable gifts for performance and songwriting, as the band treated audiences to hits and deep cuts drawn from the full span of their illustrious career.

On Honk, “Get Off My Cloud,” “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Under My Thumb” (recorded in Cardiff, Manchester and London, respectively, during the 2018 No Filter tour) ably represent the band’s groundbreaking early-mid ’60s years; while the version of “She’s A Rainbow” from Paris, 2017, provides a relatively rare outing of this classic piece of psychedelic Stones. The appearance of “Dancing With Mr. D”, meanwhile, recorded in Arnhem, 2017, marks the song’s acclaimed return to the band’s set lists for the first time in 44 years.

The Rolling Stones will be touring the USA with their ‘No Filter’ tour, starting April 20, 2019, and are currently recording tracks for their next studio album.

The Rolling Stones – Honk Deluxe 3CD Track Listing

Disc 1

1. Start Me Up
2. Brown Sugar
3. Rocks Off
4. Miss You
5. Tumbling Dice
6. Just Your Fool
7. Wild Horses
8. Fool To Cry
9. Angie
10. Beast Of Burden
11. Hot Stuff
12. It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It)
13. Rock And A Hard Place
14. Doom And Gloom
15. Love Is Strong
16. Mixed Emotions
17. Don’t Stop
18. Ride ‘Em On Down

Disc 2

1. Bitch
2. Harlem Shuffle
3. Hate To See You Go
4. Rough Justice
5. Happy
6. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
7. One More Shot
8. Respectable
9. You Got Me Rocking
10. Rain Fall Down
11. Dancing With Mr D
12. Undercover (of The Night)
13. Emotional Rescue
14. Waiting On A Friend
15. Saint of Me
16. Out Of Control
17. Streets of Love
18. Out of Tears

Disc 3 – Live Tracks

1. Get Off My Cloud (Live)
2. Dancing With Mr D (Live)
3. Beast of Burden (with Ed Sheeran) (Live)
4. She’s A Rainbow (Live)
5. Wild Horses (with Florence Welch) (Live)
6. Let’s Spend The Night Together (Live)
7. Dead Flowers (with Brad Paisley) (Live)
8. Shine A Light (Live)
9. Under My Thumb (Live)
10. Bitch (with Dave Grohl) (Live)

Pre-order Honk HERE.

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Billy Joel Live At Carnegie Hall 1977 2LP To Be Released For Record Store Day 2019

On June 3, 1977, Billy Joel and his band wrapped a tour with a performance at New York’s venerable Carnegie Hall. The audience was treated to a stellar set, accompanied by a live orchestra and featuring several then-unreleased songs, including the newly-written epic “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” and the romantic “Just The Way You Are.” One of the show’s many attendees was producer/engineer Phil Ramone, who helped Billy translate his boundless live energy into his blockbuster fifth album, The Stranger, released later that year. 

Set for release on Record Store Day on April 13th , this historic show is available on vinyl for the first time!

Track Listing: 

Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
Prelude/Angry Young Man
New York State Of Mind
Just The Way You Are
She’s Got A Way
The Entertainer
Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Captain Jack
I’ve Loved These Days
Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Souvenir

To locate your nearest participating Record Store Day shop, please visit HERE.

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See Rocketman’s Taron Egerton And Elton John Perform Tiny Dancer

Star Taron Egerton was joined by legendary singer Elton John onstage for a live rendition of the song “Tiny Dancer” at last night’s 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. The gala event raised over $6.3 million for the global effort to end AIDS, with Egerton auctioning a trip to attend the Rocketman world premiere in London.

The audience was taken by surprise when Taron suggested an off-the-cuff performance of the song and Sir Elton John volunteered from the audience to accompany him on the piano. Guests were brought to their feet as they watched Elton John take his position on the keys while Taron belted out the lyrics to one of his most beloved ballads.

Rocketman will focus on Elton John’s beginnings, starting when he was a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music and carrying over to when he reached global stardom through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin. It will look at the performer’s life past the glitter saturated image we have grown so accustomed to associating with the performer.

The film stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: Secret Service) as the famed singer/songwriter, along with Jamie Bell (TURN: Washington’s Spies), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).

BAFTA nominee Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Eddie the Eagle) will be directing Rocketman from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films will be producing the film alongside Elton John with his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish.

Rocketman will land in theaters on May 31. 

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