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Music News for September 16, 2014

If you were one of the 500 million iTunes users upset to find a U2 album in your library last week, there’s good news.

Apple has launched a support website that allows users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the “gift” was given to iTunes users.

The site includes a disclaimer that warns the album will no longer be available to re-download as a previous purchase. The album remains free for users to download until October 13.

Click HERE to visit the website.


Lana Del Rey has cancelled all of her upcoming European shows.

The Universal Music label said in a statement to MTV, “For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days”.

Lana had already cancelled two private concerts in Paris.


The Doors documentary the band filmed on tour in 1968 is finally getting an official release.

Feast of Friends was never completed and was screened to negative reviews during Jim Morrison’s lifetime.

The film contains concert footage as well as off stage commentary. In addition to the film, there will also be bonus features. Additional footage shot for, but not included in the film, The Doors Are Open, a 1968 British documentary about the groups final performance at London’s Roundhouse, and interviews.

The release date is set for November 11.


 Robert Plant releasing a solo LP and planning World Tour!

 Released by his new label, Nonesuch, on September 9th, Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar is the ex-Led Zeppelin singer’s first studio effort with the Sensational Space Shifters, his Afro-psychedelic-blues touring band of the past two years. The album is also a return home. Plant, 66, recorded it in his native England after a few years of living and working in America, mostly singing folk and blues covers on Raising Sand, his 2007 hit with Alison Krauss, and 2010′s Band of Joy.

There is a profound, reflective grip to Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar (named after a line in one song, “A Stolen Kiss”). In the overcast Celtic-folk flair of “Embrace Another Fall,” Plant underscores his lifelong affection for Wales – where he vacationed as a child and later, in a remote cottage, wrote Zeppelin songs with guitarist Jimmy Page – by incorporating part of an old Welsh ballad, “The Lark’s Elegy,” sung in the original tongue by guest vocalist Julie Murphy. She says Plant told her “Embrace Another Fall” was “about coming back” – specifically, “to the drizzle, a particular type of rain in Britain. He said he’d been in the desert, these hot places, and he was returning after a long journey.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/robert-plant-lullaby-ceaseless-roar-preview-tour-20140910#ixzz3DVfj0hl4

Flashback: Springsteen went Reggae

After the success of Born in the U.S.A. ‘The Boss’ kept a low profile, just playing bars in his native New Jersey.  On July 29th 1987, the lucky few catching the reggae act Jah Love at the Key Largo club witnessed Bruce jam out to a reggae rendition of “Born in the U.S.A.” and “My Hometown.” Not just that night but the next night as well… and again the following night he joined Marshall Crenshaw for a few songs at the Stone Pony.  None of these reggae inspired renditions made it out for the public until now… thanks to YouTube you can check out the many sides to Bruce Springsteen by clicking here.  





Music News for September 12, 2014

An extinct “water pig” with “tactile lips” has been named after Mick Jagger

A recently discovered 19-million-year-old anthracotheres, a species likened to a kind of “long-legged pig”, was named in honor of Mick Jagger because of its lips. The pieces of fossilised jaw were found in Egypt. The official name is Jaggermeryx naida, which means “Jagger’s water nymph”.


“Billboard” put together a list of “The 20 Best Songs About Friendships.”

It isn’t ranked, but it does pull from an array of eras and genres, so there’s something for everyone. 

Here’s the list:


“We’re Going to Be Friends”, The White Stripes

“You’re My Best Friend”, Queen

“Lean on Me”, Bill Withers

“With a Little Help from My Friends”, The Beatles

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, Randy Newman

“That’s What Friends Are For”, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight

“I’ll Be There”, The Jackson 5

“Umbrella”, Rihanna

“Wannabe”, The Spice Girls

“Best Friend”, 50 Cent

“Clique”, Kanye West, Jay Z and Big Sean

“My Best Friend”, Weezer

“Count on Me”, Bruno Mars

“All My Friends”, LCD Soundsystem

“What About Your Friends”, TLC

“Wind Beneath My Wings”, Bette Midler

“Thank You for Being a Friend”, Andrew Gold

“Just a Friend”, Biz Markie

“You’ve Got a Friend”, James Taylor

“I’ll Be There for You”, The Rembrandts

For more on each selection, see the list at RollingStone.com




Music News for September 10, 2014

Bob Marley’s Legend Earns Highest Chart Position Ever

Due largely in part to Google, Bob Marley’s iconic greatest hits album, Legend, landed at Number 5 on the Billboard 200 charts this week.  Google Play discounted the album from $8 to 99 cents during the Billboard tracking week. Legend, released in 1984, previously peaked at number 18 on the Billboard charts.  This makes the album Marley’s highest chart position ever; he cracked the top 10 just one other time, with 1976′s Rastaman Vibration where he earned the number 8 spot.

While this makes for an impressive showing for an album that celebrated it’s 30th anniversary this year, it should be noted that Legend regularly sells between 3,000 and 5,000 copies per week. It sat at the number 100 position on the same chart the week before. 

Even though it’s been 3 decades since his death, Bob Marley is obviously still getting his message across to youth around the world.  The Marley family created a new video for the 1973 song Get Up, Stand Up after asking fans to send in images using the hashtag #getupstandup in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Legend.  You can see the resulting video here…


U2 have released their new album ‘Songs Of Innocence’ and are giving it away for free.

The band announced the album as it became available to download via iTunes at the launch of the new iPhone 6 and iWatch Tuesday, after performing its first single, The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).

The album will be available through Apple alone until October 13. Preview or download it HERE.

“Billboard” has compiled a list of the Top 10 most popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos among musicians.

The list is based on the number of views, likes, shares, and comments of videos posted on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.  Here is their Top 10:

1.  Justin Bieber

2.  Taylor Swift

3.  Eminem and Rihanna

4.  The Foo Fighters

5.  Selena Gomez

6.  Justin Timberlake

7.  Lady Gaga

8.  Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

9.  Dr. Dre

10.  Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher


Check out Billboard.com to watch the videos.


Weezer has revealed another track from their upcoming album.

Weezer’s ninth album Everything Will Be Alright in the End arrives in October.

We’ve already heard their first single Back to the Shack now the band has unveiled another track called Cleopatra.

In addition to the new song, Weezer also revealed a few pages of artwork from the album booklet.officially arrives October 7th.Click HERE to listen to Cleopatra.

The band also announced that Everything Will Be Alright in the End is available to pre-order now at the iTunes Music Store, with fans receiving “instant gratification” downloads of Cleopatra along with Back to the Shack. The entire album

Music News for September 9, 2014

Brace yourselves…. The Clerks soundtrack is coming to vinyl 

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Kevin Smith comedy Clerks, its soundtrack will be released on vinyl for the first time.

 The original soundtrack’s mix of dialogue from the movie and music from Alice in Chains, Girls Against Boys, the Jesus Lizard, Bad Religion, Soul Asylum, Corrosion of Conformity, Stabbing Westward and more, will now fill three sides of two LPs with the fourth side containing an etching.

The album will be available November 11th.


 David Bowie will release career-spanning greatest hits album.

The album, Nothing Has Changed will feature a brand new song Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime).

It is the only new material to be included on Nothing Has Changed, which begins with Bowie’s first single Liza Jane and includes material from the subsequent decades.

Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime), will be released as a limited edition 10″ single and digital download the same day as the album on November 17.


 Oasis reveal exclusive live version of Acquiesce, recorded live at Earls Court

The track will be included on the reissue of the band’s hugely successful 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, which will be released on September 29. The original version of the LP has sold over 22 million copies worldwide since it was originally released in October 1995.


The new edition of the album has been remastered from the original tapes.

Details of the super-deluxe box set of the reissue have also been announced. The set will include a 180 gram double 12″ gatefold vinyl of the original album, triple CD album, and a coffee table book containing rare and unseen photos of the band. Also included will be a replica of the original promo cassette for the LP containing the track Step Out, which was removed before release. It will also feature a seven-inch vinyl with demos of Hello and She’s Electric, a 12″ vinyl containing a replica of the original 1995 promo with Cum On Feel The Noize and Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix)


 Damien Rice has announced plans for his first album in eight years.

My Favourite Faded Fantasy is set for release on November 3 and has been produced by Rice alongside Rick Rubin.

This will be the singer’s third album, it follows 2002′s multi-million selling O and 2006′s 9. The first official single from the album will be

I Don’t Want To Change You.