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Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires Form The Highwomen

The Highwomen, a new collaborative movement formed by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires officially launches today with the release of the group’s debut single, “Redesigning Women.”

Directed by Elizabeth Olmstead and produced by Revolution Pictures, the video features The Highwomen along with special guests Lauren Alaina, Kassi Ashton, Cam, Lilly Hiatt, Wynonna Judd, Catie Offerman, Cassadee Pope, Erin Rae, Raelynn, Natalie Stovall, Tanya Tucker, Anna Vaus and Hailey Whitters.

Of the track, Hemby shares, “‘Redesigning Women’ is the life most women are living today. We juggle so much in 24 hours and I wanted to write a song that reflected the goodness, the madness and the hilarity of it all.”

The single is the first unveiled from collective’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, which will be released September 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.

In celebration of the release, The Highwomen will make their live debut at Newport Folk Festival next Friday, July 26. This landmark performance is their only confirmed full concert to date.

Continually demonstrating the importance of inclusion and collaboration, The Highwomen are joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters across the album. The project features Sheryl Crow (background vocals, bass), Yola (vocals, background vocals), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar), Jason Isbell (acoustic/electric guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals), Tim Hanseroth (guitar, background vocals), Chris Powell (drums) and Peter Levin (piano and keyboards) with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and RayLaMontagne among many others.

“Anyone can be a Highwoman,” Carlile notes. “It’s about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love.”

Pre-order the album HERE.

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Shawn Colvin Announces Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition Available September 13, 2019

Shawn Colvin’s debut album, Steady On, was released in October 1989, a stunning introduction to an artist who quickly established herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. The album was lauded for its confessional songwriting and well-crafted melodies, and for Colvin’s tender and provocative vocals. Colvin received the ultimate acknowledgement for Steady On when she was awarded the GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. She swiftly amassed a dedicated and passionate fanbase, to whom this album remains very special.

On September 13, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this landmark album, Colvin will be releasing a newly-recorded, solo acoustic version. Colvin brings a 30-year lens to her treasured songs, casting new light on the stories she first told as a young artist. Colvin has always been hailed as an exemplary solo acoustic performer and these new recordings are a brilliant showcase for her enduring artistry.

Says Colvin, “Steady On was my first record. I felt so proud because all I ever wanted in my life was to create a record of my own songs. And I did it. I always felt like if I never ever made another record, I would be totally happy with my career and with my output and with what I had done because it was my dream come true.

Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition Track Listing

1. Steady On
2. Diamond in the Rough
3. Shotgun Down the Avalanche
4. Stranded
5. Another Long One
6. Cry Like an Angel
7. Something to Believe In
8. The Story
9. Ricochet in Time
10. The Dead of the Night

The album can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released the Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 in digital and CD formats as well as an FYE-Exclusive cassette.

12″ vinyl editions of Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3–featuring a mini-poster and bonus 7″ vinyl single–will be released on Friday, July 26.  Exclusive colored variants of the vinyl with bonus items will be available at Walmart, Target and Urban Outfitters while an alternate cover edition will be available that day at Barnes & Noble.

Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 will feature 15 classic tracks and the debut of an original cast recording (also featured on the 7″ bonus single).

Stranger Things 3 premiered on Netflix, Thursday, July 4. It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear. The third season stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Cara Buono, and Maya Hawke. Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, Francesca Reale, and Priah Ferguson also appear in recurring roles.

Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, “Stranger Things” is a Netflix original series, directed and executive produced by the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy of 21 Laps.

Stranger Things: Soundtrack From the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 Track Listing

1. The Who, “Baba O’Riley (ConfidentialMX Remix)”
2. Howard Jones, “Things Can Only Get Better”
3. Madonna, “Material Girl”
4. Foreigner, “Cold as Ice”
5. Patsy Cline, “She’s Got You”
6. John Mellencamp, “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60’s Rock)”
7. The Pointer Sisters, “Neutron Dance”
8. REO Speedwagon, “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
9. Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
10. “Weird Al” Yankovic, “My Bologna”
11. The Cars, “Moving in Stereo”
12. Corey Hart, “Never Surrender”
13. Teena Marie, “Lovergirl”
14. Huey Lewis & the News, “Workin’ for a Livin’”
15. Vera Lynn, “We’ll Meet Again”
16. Gaten Matarazzo and Gabriella Pizzolo, “Never Ending Story”

Order HERE.

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The Lion King Soundtrack Details Revealed

The time is almost finally here for the long-awaited live-action remake of the Disney classic The Lion King and on the same day as tickets went on sale online the details for family musical drama’s soundtrack, which is available for digital purchase on July 11 and physical purchase on July 19!

The soundtrack will once again feature music written and performed by Oscar and Grammy-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist Tim Rice, with songs “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata” being a few of the original hits returning for the new soundtrack. There is also a new song “Never Too Late,” written by John, Rice, and Beyoncé and performed by John.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music—now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

The soundtrack will also feature a new original score from Hans Zimmer, who composed the score for the original film, as well as five songs produced by Grammy winner Pharrell Williams and African vocal and choir arrangements from Grammy-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M.

“The incredible musical talents who came together to contribute to this project are unparalleled,” Mitchell Leib, president of music & soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios, added. “Jon Favreau’s deep love and instinct for musical collaboration inspired Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Tim Rice, Beyoncé, Donald Glover and the entire music team to an awesome level of generosity, spirit and commitment, resulting in a powerful journey of song, production and performance.” 

The tracklist for the film’s soundtrack, which you can pre-order HERE, is as follows:

1. “Circle of Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Performed by Lindiwe Mkhize; African vocals performed by Lebo M; written and composed by Elton John and Tim Rice; “Nants’ Ingonyama” written by Lebohang Morake and Hans Zimmer; produced by Hans Zimmer; vocals produced by Stephen Lipson

2. “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer

3. “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer

4. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – Performed by JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

5. “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer

6. “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Hans Zimmer and David Fleming

7. “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer

8 .“Scar Takes the Throne” – Hans Zimmer

9. “Hakuna Matata” – Performed by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

10. “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer

11. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Performed by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss and Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams

12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Performed by Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

13. “Reflections of Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer

14. TBA

15. “Battle for Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer

16. “Remember” – Hans Zimmer

17.  “Never Too Late” – Performed by Elton John; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Greg Kurstin; additional production by Elton John and Matt Still

18. “He Lives in You” – Performed by Lebo M; written by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebohang Morake; produced by Lebo M and Mark Mancina

19. “Mbube” – Performed by Lebo M; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams

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Sheryl Crow’s New Album Threads Features Sting, James Taylor, Eric Clapton,  Chris Stapleton & More

Sheryl Crow has finally revealed the list of collaborators for her upcoming all-star duets album Threads, and the list spans many genres, from hip-hop to country to alternative rock to pop.

Among the collaborators: Eric Clapton, Sting, James Taylor, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, country stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Chris Stapleton, rap legend Chuck D of Public Enemy fame, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., R&B singer Andra Day, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, alt-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist St. Vincent, and female alt-rock duo Lucius.

From the album, Sheryl has already released her duet with the late Johnny Cash, “Redemption Day,” as well as her collaboration with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, “Live Wire,” and her track with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris, “Prove You Wrong.”  Today, she released her track with Joe Walsh, “Still the Good Old Days.”

Threads will be out August 30.  Sheryl has suggested that it may be her final album, though not her final recording.

Here’s the full track listing:

“Prove You Wrong” — featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris
“Live Wire” — featuring Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples
“Tell Me When It’s Over” — featuring Chris Stapleton
“Story of Everything” — featuring Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr.
“Beware of Darkness” — featuring Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile
“Redemption Day” — featuring Johnny Cash
“Cross Creek Road” — featuring Lukas Nelson
“Everything Is Broken” — featuring Jason Isbell
“The Worst” — featuring Keith Richards
“Lonely Alone” — featuring Willie Nelson
“Border Lord” — featuring Kris Kristofferson
“Still the Good Old Days” — featuring Joe Walsh
“Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” — featuring St. Vincent
“Don’t” — featuring Lucius
“Nobody’s Perfect” — featuring Emmylou Harris
“Flying Blind” — featuring James Taylor
“For the Sake of Love” — featuring Vince Gill

 

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Marc Cohn Announces Newest Album With Blind Boys of Alabama: Work To Do

Marc Cohn has teamed up with gospel titans Blind Boys of Alabama for their forthcoming album titled Work to Do. Produced by John Leventhal, the unique collection combines the songwriting talents of Marc Cohn with the soul-stirring harmonies of Blind Boys of Alabama and falls on the heels of more than a year of live collaborative dates.

Work to Do is comprised of three studio tracks by Cohn and the Blind Boys (two originals, including the title track, and a version of the gospel standard “Walk In Jerusalem”) plus seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate. Original plans were to release an EP containing the studio tracks, but the excitement and magic captured during the taping inspired the decision to create this unique hybrid album.

Track Listing

1. Walk in Jerusalem
2. Talk Back Mic
3. Work to Do
4. Ghost Train
5. Baby King
6. Listening to Levon
7. Silver Thunderbird
8. Amazing Grace
9. Walking in Memphis
10. One Safe Place

You can pre-order the CD HERE and it will be released on August 9, 2019.

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Heinz Releases Special Ed Sheeran Themed Bottles of Tomato Ketchup

Heinz has released a special edition Ed Sheeran themed bottle of tomato ketchup. Rebranded as Tomato Edchup and sporting an image of a Sheeran lookalike tomato, the bottles will hit the shelves in supermarkets later this month.

The Shape Of You singer is known for his love of Heinz tomato ketchup – he has an image of the famous label tattooed on his arm.

EdChup is still your standard ketchup, just with a cool label and you can buy the product right now at HeinzEdchup.com. It costs $5 for a 32-ounce bottle, plus $2.50 in shipping (along with tax) to get your hands on one.

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Watch The Echo In The Canyon Trailer

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.  It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene.  Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.  Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

The documentary will be released on May 24, 2019.

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Ed Sheeran To Release ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ Album in July

Ed Sheeran will release No.6 Collaborations Project on July 12th, a collection of new tracks created with numerous guest collaborators. His previously released single “I Don’t Care,” which features Justin Bieber, was the first song off the 13-song album. A second track, “Cross Me,” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, will drop May 23rd at midnight.

“Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project,” Sheeran said in a statement. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make.”

Sheeran revealed a tracklisting for the album, but not all of his collaborators have yet been announced. So far only Bieber, Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock are confirmed.

The album, which is being released via Atlantic Records, will be available for preorder alongside the release of “Cross Me.”

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Billy Joel On Turning 70, Donald Trump & Why He Writes Music Just For Himself Now

Billy Joel hasn’t released an album of new pop songs since 1993, but that hasn’t stopped him from selling out Madison Square Garden every month for the past five years and packing baseball stadiums across the country each summer. “I’ve gone onstage and said, ‘I don’t have anything new for you, so we’re just going to play the old shit,’ ” Joel says on the phone from his house in Palm Beach, Florida. “And the audience goes, ‘Yeah!’ I’ll be sitting in the stadium looking out at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 people, thinking, ‘What the hell are they all doing here? Why now?’ I guess, in a way, I’m an anachronism. There aren’t that many of me left. There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.”

Read more from Billy’s interview with Rolling Stone.

Listen to Billy’s new playlist, “Live Through The Years,” and stream rare live performances for the first time ever!

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