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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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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 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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Prince 1999 Remastered Edition To Be Released On November 29

On November 29th the Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, will reissue Prince’s landmark album 1999, remastered for the very first time, along with 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s legendary vault.

Considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, Prince 1999 was released at a major turning point in the Prince’s career. After years of struggling to break out of the R&B charts, he scored major crossover hits with “Little Red Corvette” and “1999.” The success helped Prince to introduce his iconic Minneapolis Sound to the world: a revolutionary blend of rock, funk, R&B and new wave pop that shattered barriers in the industry.

The songs on 1999 were just a small sampling of the work pouring out of Prince in this intensely prolific period. In addition to his own material, he was also working up tracks to give to his protégés Vanity 6 and The Time, and storing countless unreleased songs in his vault.

Many of those unreleased tracks are included in the Super Deluxe Edition of the 1999 reissue, and on November 29 they will be heard by the public for the very first time.

“I didn’t want to do a double album, but I just kept writing,” Prince told Rolling Stone in 1982. “I always compare songwriting to a girl walking in the door. You don’t know what she’s going to look like, but all of a sudden she’s there.”

In addition to the remastered album and studio tracks from the vault, the Super Deluxe Edition includes two complete live performances from the 1999 Tour: an audio recording captured on 11/30/82 in Detroit; and a video recording from 12/29/82 in Houston, presented on DVD.

In the liner notes for the Super Deluxe Edition, Rolling Stone critic David Fricke calls the 1999 reissue “an unprecedented immersion in the frenetic momentum and private working world of Prince in 1981 and 1982.”

The Super Deluxe Edition features Prince’s never-before-seen handwritten lyrics from the era, tape reels from the legendary vault, and rare photography from Allen Beaulieu, plus liner notes by longtime Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, revered Guns N’ Roses bassist and author Duff McKagan, and Prince scholars Andrea Swensson and Duane Tudahl.

The 1999 reissue will be available in Super Deluxe and Deluxe Editions, and as a stand-alone remastered album. It will be issued on LP, CD, and digital formats on November 29.

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Disney And Pixar’s Coco Live In Concert Comes To The Hollywood Bowl

Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be brought to life on stage for the first time ever this November at the Hollywood Bowl for one weekend only – Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. The spectacular event in Los Angeles will include an all-star lineup of special guests including Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Carlos Rivera, Miguel, Alanna Ubach, Alex Gonzalez, Jaime Camil, Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso and Natalia Jimenez who will appear throughout the evening as the beloved film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Mariachi Divas will also entertain the audience with traditional Mariachi music throughout the night. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 13th at 12pm PT at ticketmaster.com.

Conductor Sarah Hicks will lead the full orchestra performing Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s original score along with special guests performing the film’s songs including Academy Award®-winner for Original Song “Remember Me,” as well as “Un Poco Loco,” “The World Es Mi Familia,” and many more.

Coco Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl will transform the legendary venue into the Land of the Dead with special pre-show activities. Day of the Dead costumes are encouraged.

Mousetrappe, the award-winning immersive design agency and media studio, returns to create state-of-the-art digital projection imagery on the shell of the iconic Hollywood Bowl.  Earlier this year, Mousetrappe also created imagery for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Felipe Fernandez del Paso serves as director of Coco Live in Concert.  Fernandez del Paso has directed theater and film, and is also a production designer, set designer and writer.  He received an Oscar nomination for Best Production Design for the 2003 film, Frida.   

Amy Tinkham is Creative Consulant for Coco Live in Concert.  Most recently she served as Creative Director for Aerosmith’s “Deuces are Wild” Las Vegas residency and James Taylor’s Caesars Palace residency.  She also directs the Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent Live tours.  She is currently working with Franco Dragone on a new show in China.

The concert is produced by Disney Concerts and Live Nation/Andrew Hewitt & Bill Silva Presents, a team who has performed together several highly acclaimed live to film events at the Hollywood Bowl including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert starring Zooey Deschanel and Kelsey Grammer as well as Disney’s The Little Mermaid starring Lea Michele and Harvey Fierstein.

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