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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…

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhQEBAl3Gpk

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Music News for September 8, 2014

Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters has premiered his tour documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Toronto Film Festival.

The documentary was shot by Waters himself, alongside director Sean Evans and shows footage from between 2010 and 2013, when the singer was touring Pink Floyd’s 1980 double album across the world.
The film itself will be shown twice more in Toronto. A worldwide release date is yet to be confirmed.

 

Paul Simon and Sting have announced details of a joint tour, which will take place in April 2015.


The two musicians will both take to the stage at four dates across the UK; Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
The tour is entitled ‘On Stage Together’ and will feature both musicians playing material from their back catalogues together and apart.

 

Lorde has teamed up with Adele and Coldplay producer Paul Epworth to record a new song which will be featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Hunger Games film.

Earlier this week the singer shared a lyric sheet, confirmed to be taken from the Hunger Games song, featuring the line: “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm.”

Earlier this summer Lorde revealed that she will curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The singer will work on the music for the third film adaptation from the best-selling book series and will also provide the lead single for the soundtrack, which will be released on November 21.


Music News for September 5, 2014

The Strokes, Brian Wilson and Brandon Flowers to pay tribute to George Harrison at George Fest

George Fest: A Night To Honour The Music Of George Harrison will take place at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on September 28th.  

Other artists taking part include members of The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Weird Al Yankovich and Harrison’s son Dhani. Cold War Kids, Norah Jones and Velvet Revolver are also featured.

100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit Sweet Relief- a charity for musicians struggling to make ends meet due to illness or disability.

 

 

HBO will debut Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 

A new documentary about the Godfather of soul directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger. The film will air on October 27th at 9p.m.

Made with the support and cooperation of Brown’s estate, the doc features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photos from throughout the musician’s career. The documentary will also include interviews with Jagger, Questlove, Chuck D, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Martha High, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley and many more.

Mr. Dynamite comes on the heels of the new Brown biopic Get On Up, which starred Chadwick Boseman and was also produced by Jagger. Back in February Rolling Stone caught up with Jagger on the set of Get on Up, where he spoke about studying the way Brown performed, engaged the audience and, of course, danced: “The way he interacted with the audience, the timing, I was taking it all in and trying to understand the whole picture of it.”

 

 

Sam Smith, who sings “Stay with Me” covers an unlikely artist. 

Sam Smith offered a tender cover of Tracy Chapman’s smash “Fast Car” during a recent session for the BBC’s Live Lounge series.

While his band slowed down the song and offered up an arrangement that veered more towards the singer’s soul and R&B wheelhouse, Smith delivered yet another potent vocal performance, bouncing beautifully between a delicate, breathy croon and big, chilling belts.

 

Flashback: 8 Random Minutes from MTV in the summer of 1985 … enjoy by clicking HERE

 

 

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