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Music News for January 30, 2015

Tom Petty Has No Hard Feelings Toward Sam Smith

TOM PETTY issued a statement yesterday saying he has “no hard feelings” toward SAM SMITH over his song “Stay With Me” . . . which sounds a lot like his old hit “I Won’t Back Down”.

In fact, even though Smith and the other songwriters agreed to give Petty royalties from “Stay With Me”, Tom says he believes it was, quote, “a musical accident, no more no less.”

He added, quote, “We easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it.  How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.”

-The Complete Sheet


John Lennon the artist… but he is a Beatle.


In the foreword to the new John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, Yoko Ono tells the story of her first encounter with her future husband. “He met me when I was doing an art show in London,” she writes. “He said he could have done it, too. ‘Well, you can still do it. Why don’t you?’ I said. ‘No, I can’t. I’m a Beatle.’

“There was a touch of sadness in his voice. He was right.”

A half-century later, Lennon’s extra-musical activities are well known and much appreciated, but the subsequent volume attempts to make the definitive case for the singer’s talent as a visual artist. Its sketches are minimalist, emotional, funny and charming. Taken together, they show a man with a keen sense of humor and a deep love for his family.
“Lennon’s art changed considerably over time,” Scott Gutterman, deputy director of New York’s Neue Galerie, writes in the introduction. “The freewheeling figures he drew in his twenties gave way to sophisticated line drawings depicting his newfound daily life, including his sojourns in Japan and his delight in becoming a father to Sean. . . In a sense, just as Lennon united with Ono as her partner, he also took on her approach as an artist, in which the separation between art and life was blurred, even erased.”

Look through a gallery of Lennon’s best work, presented alongside a pair of photos that are included in the book.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/john-lennon-most-moving-sketches-20150123#ixzz3QK8EsHZz

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Music News 01 29 2015


Kenny G is at Least Partly Responsible for the Starbucks Frappuccino

As you jumpstart your day with a Starbucks Frappuccino, know this: You have Kenny G to thank for it!

Kenny was an early investor in Starbucks, and he says the Frappuccino was partly his idea . . . quote, “At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee.

“And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called ‘Blended’ that was a sweet drink and people were lined up around the block.

“And I would always call Howard [Schulz, Starbucks’ founder] and say, ‘Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever.'”

“Part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback.  So I would like to think that I was partially responsible for that.”


Taylor Swift Has Trademarked “This Sick Beat” and Other Phrases From Her New Album

If you don’t think TAYLOR SWIFT is slowly and quietly taking over the world, then you’re not paying attention.  Because Taylor now owns little pieces of the English language.

She’s trademarked three phrases from her new album “1989” for use on just about any type of product you can imagine:  “This Sick Beat”, “Party like it’s 1989″, and “Nice to meet you.  Where you been?”

That means no one in the universe can use those phrases on any merchandise that’s not OFFICIAL TAYLOR SWIFT MERCHANDISE.


Here are this week’s Top 5 albums . . .

1.  NEW:  “American Beauty/American Psycho”, Fall Out Boy . . . 218,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 119,000 copies

3.  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 86,000 copies

4.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 76,000 copies

5.  NEW:  “B4.Da.$$”, Joey Bada$$ . . . 58,000 copies

Here are this week’s Top 5 songs and the # of weeks they’ve been on the chart . . .

1.  “Uptown Funk!”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars . . . 11 weeks

2.  “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran . . . 16 weeks

3.  “Take Me to Church”, Hozier . . . 24 weeks

4.  “Blank Space”, Taylor Swift . . . 13 weeks

5.  “Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift . . . 23 weeks

Music News 01 27 2015

The Dysfunctional Blink-182

The guys in BLINK-182 had an eventful day yesterday.  Now, we just have to figure out who IS and who ISN’T still in Blink-182.

It all started when the band released a statement saying that guitarist TOM DELONGE had left the band again . . . and that he was gone “indefinitely.”  They said they were temporarily replacing him with Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio.

A few hours later, Tom posted a message on Instagram saying, quote, “To all the fans, I never quit the band.  I actually was on a phone call about a Blink-182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in.   Apparently, those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band.  Are we dysfunctional?  Yes.  But, Christ . . . #Awkward.”

Then, late last night, the other band members MARK HOPPUS and TRAVIS BARKER told “Rolling Stone” that there was definitely a disconnect between them and Tom.

It’s a long story, but it boils down to this:  They say Tom bailed on a scheduled studio session earlier this month . . . and they got an email from his manager saying that “he had no interest in recording . . . that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff . . . and that he’s out indefinitely.”

That kicked off a bunch of emails, but Tom’s manager ended it by saying, quote, “Tom.  Is.  Out.”  They say that’s the direct quote.  And that’s also how it went down back in 2004 when Tom left the first time.

So what did Mark and Travis make of Tom’s response?  Travis says, quote, “It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful.

“You don’t even have the [stones] to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related.  You have your manager do it.”

It’s unclear where this leaves the band.  Mark and Travis seem open to welcoming Tom back if he REALLY wants to do stuff . . . but they sound very skeptical that he’d do that, and so they want him to stop holding them back.

–         The Complete Sheet

Sam Smith, Tom Petty Similarities dispute settled.

Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith’s three-time Grammy-nominated “Stay With Me” and Petty’s Full Moon Fever hit “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Smith’s reps have confirmed that “Stay With Me” is now co-credited to Petty and Lynne, adding that while there are undeniable “similarities” between the two singles, it was a “complete coincidence.”

“Recently the publishers for the song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for ‘Stay With Me,’ written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions,” Smith’s rep tells Rolling Stone. “Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of ‘Stay With Me’ listened to ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and acknowledged the similarity.”

Smith’s rep added, “Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of ‘Stay With Me’ along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

A representative for Petty was not immediately available for comment.

On the ASCAP site, where songwriter information is collated and frequently updated, Petty and Lynne are now listed among the “Stay With Me” team of Smith, Napier and Phillips. It’s unclear whether Petty and Lynne were retroactively compensated for their songwriting credit or if they’ll receive future earnings on the track.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sam-smith–tom-petty-settlement-20150126#ixzz3PwiMPgHx
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Death Cab for Cutie has a Psychedelic Single ‘Black Sun’

Death Cab for Cutie get psychedelic on “Black Sun,” the first single from their upcoming eighth LP, Kintsugi. “How could something so fair be so cruel,” frontman Ben Gibbard sings over a churning bass riff and spiraling synths, “When this black sun revolved around you?” The indie-rock band premiered the track in a newly released lyric video accompanied by a new batch of North American tour dates.
Listen here – http://youtu.be/46bIJJX_xzE
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Bob Dylan Is Giving Away Copies of His New Album . . . to AARP Members

BOB DYLAN is putting his new album “Shadows in the Night” in 50,000 randomly selected copies of “AARP: The Magazine”.  The AARP is the American Association of RETIRED persons, by the way. Bob said, quote, “If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing, and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine.”Everyone else will be able to get their hands on the album the normal ways, after it’s released on February 3rd.


16 of the Best Fleetwood Mac Songs, not by Fleetwood Mac

From their lush, bittersweet harmonies to their love-tangled lyrics, Fleetwood Mac have been a go-to influence for artists for decades. In honor of our Stevie Nicks cover story, here are 16 of the best songs that channel the band, either on purpose or by accident.

Wilco, “Leave me”

Miley Cyrus, “Rooting For My Baby”

Lissie, “Further Away”

Tegan and Sara “I Was A Fool”

The Go-Go’s, “Fading Fast”

Midlake, “Roscoe”

Little Big Town, “Leavin’ In Your Eyes”

Lady Antebellum, “Golden”

Rilo Kiley, “Dream World”

Hole, “Boys on the Radio”

One Direction, “Fireproof”

Kenny Loggins, “I’m Alright”

10,000 Maniacs, “Like the Weather”

Haim, “The Wire”

Sheryl Crow, “Strong Enough”

Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, “Stay”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/16-best-fleetwood-mac-songs-not-by-fleetwood-mac-20150114#ixzz3PwlTLVNM
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Music News January 19th – 23rd

Here are “The 15 Dumbest ‘Clever’ Album Titles Ever”:

1.  “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”, Limp Bizkit.  Supposedly, the hot dog flavored water is an inside joke . . . but it’s very off-putting because the whole thing seems to have a sexual connotation, and “chocolate starfish” is a metaphor for, well, a filthy part of the body.

2.  “The Boy Bands Have Won . . .”, Chumbawamba.  It wouldn’t have been a bad title, except that the actual title is 865 characters long, and because they did the super-long title thing AFTER Fiona Apple did it first.

3.  “Whoa, Nelly!”, Nelly Furtado

4.  “No Pads, No Helmets . . . Just Balls”, Simple Plan

5.  “You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish”, REO Speedwagon.  It was also saddled with this cover . . . and yet, still went Double Platinum.

6.  “When the Pawn . . .”, Fiona Apple.  The full title is actually a 400-character poem that Fiona wrote.  At least when she did it, it was a fairly novel concept.

7.  “Ten New Songs”, Leonard Cohen.  Personally, I like this one.

8.  “Shangri-La Dee Da”, Stone Temple Pilots.  It’s reportedly an homage to Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood, who sang “This Is Shangri-La” . . . but still.

9.  “Title of Record”, Filter

10.  “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”, Maroon 5

11.  “Music”, 311

12.  “Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti”, Squeeze.  It’s actually an amalgam of Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” and of course Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”.

13. “Most of the Remixes . . .”, Soulwax.  This is another super long title.

14.  “Four Chords and Several Years Ago”, Huey Lewis & the News

15.  “Random Album Title”, Deadmau5, who also has albums called “For Lack of a Better Name” and “Album Title Goes Here”.

Here are this Week’s Top 10 Albums

1.  NEW:  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 238,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 131,000 copies

3.  NEW:  The “Kidz Bop 27″ compilation album . . . 80,000 copies

4.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 77,000 copies

5.  NEW:  “Uptown Special”, Mark Ronson . . . 77,000 copies

6.  “The Pinkprint”, Nicki Minaj . . . 54,000 copies

7.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 50,000 copies

8.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 48,000 copies

9.  Hozier’s self-titled album . . . 42,000 copies

10.  “2014 Forest Hills Drive”, J. Cole . . . 38,000 copies

Jack White Now has his very own Baseball Card!
January 22 2015, 10:44 AM ET Spin.com

Jack White, who is from Detroit, is so beloved by his hometown that he’ll receive the sports equivalent of a Town Hall-facing statue in the form of a First Pitch Insert baseball card. According to the Detroit Free Press, White’s card — which pictures him smiling and giving a thumbs-up in a retro Detroit Stars jersey — will appear in the 2015 Topps Series 1 set. The Free Press also notes that as of now, it’s unclear how rare the White cards will be. One thing, however, is for sure: 20 years from now, some lucky fan will probably peel one out from within the confines of some reupholstered furniture.

The 40 Best Songs in 2014 from 1994 Artists!

As we look back 20 years later through slightly rose-tinted glasses, 1994 seems a gloriously seether-fighting, sweater-undoing, fantastic voyage of 100% pure love. But lest we get cynical about 2014 pop in comparison, it’s worth remembering that not only is there still plenty of great stuff on the radio, but a lot of the artists who were calling the shots back then are still around today — either returned from long absences or having never left in the first place. Many of them might have downsized from arenas to auditoriums or gone from the sales racks to Spotify and Bandcamp, but all of ’em are still putting out quality releases for those of us willing to search them out, and a handful are still even topping sales charts and year-end lists.
Below you can click right over to Spin.com and check out your favorite artists who topped the charts last year.



01 21 2015

Marilyn Manson hones his dark magic for his best, most twisted alt-rock party in years

Back in the Nineties, Marilyn Manson sold a lot of records and scared a lot of parents by playing Alice Cooper shockrocker at the goth pity party. With his Methy the Clown fashion sense, lyrics like “I am totalitarian/I’ve got abortions in my eyes” and industrial-metal sound, Manson terrorized Christian politicians and tasteful music fans alike. He hit his high point with the android glam of 1998’s Mechanical Animals, moaning, “We’re all stars now in the dope show,” over music that sounded like David Bowie being sucked down a trash compactor. But in the 2000s, the dope show got a little too dope even for him. It’s tough to be an Antichrist Superstar in an era when the Internet and cable TV routinely find new ways to freak us out.


No one knows this better than Manson himself, who’s spent most of the past 15 years moving toward earthier music that tries to hold a mirror up to his decadent persona. Meanwhile, he’s become an L.A. fixture and small-part TV actor on shows like Californication and Sons of Anarchy. On The Pale Emperor, Manson puts himself forward as a sort of trash-culture elder statesman, a freak of wealth and taste – “the Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” as he dubs himself on one pounding track. It’s not always an easy sell, but this is the grabbiest music he’s made since 2000’s proggy Holy Wood.


What emerges is a classier record than you might expect from Manson – and one that still manages to be the kind of old-fashioned alt-rock tantrum no one bothers throwing these days. “I got the devil beneath my feet,” he sings, belting out the chorus of one of the album’s best songs, which sounds like a beach party on the River Styx. For once, you can believe the Dark Lord is happy to have him along for the ride.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/marilyn-manson-the-pale-emperor-20150120#ixzz3PTQq883M
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Bjork Surprise Releases New Album ‘Vulnicura’
Björk has released her new album, Vulnicura, on iTunes just one week after announcing it in a handwritten note and two months ahead of its original March release date. The surprise early release may have been prompted by a leak of the album, which Stereogum reports surfaced over the weekend.
Though there’s no word yet on whether Björk will embark on a full tour behind Vulnicura, she will perform at this year’s Governors Ball festival in June, and has also scheduled six intimate New York City shows. The residency kicks off March 7th at Carnegie Hall, where she’ll also perform on the 14th before moving to the City Center for gigs on March 25th and 28th, and April 1st and 4th. Björk will be joined by Arca at the two matinee shows scheduled for March 28th and April 4th.

March 7th also marks the official opening of Björk’s Museum of Modern Art exhibition in New York. Titled Björk, the exhibition will feature a visual narrative of the singer’s career as well as a deeply engaging 3-D film from director Andrew Huang.
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‘Weird Al’ Declares ‘Mandatory’ World Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic will spend much of this year on the road, touring all over North America and hitting select European, Australian and New Zealand cities in support of his 2014 album, Mandatory Fun.
While the king of pop parody already scheduled a set at this year’s Governors Ball in New York City, the singer announced the “Mandatory World Tour” on his website with a 30-second clip, which called on citizens of the world to “enlist in the greatest musical spectacle ever seen.” Toggling between footage of Soviet-era Russia and classic “Weird Al” clips, the voiceover promised music, humor and fun, and closed with the friendly reminder: “It will rock your world. Be there — it’s mandatory!”
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Flashback: Neil Young Covers ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ in 1977
When Lynyrd Skynyrd released “Sweet Home Alabama” in 1974, it was seen, among other things, as a clear swipe at Neil Young. He was very critical of the South in his recent songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” and it’s hard to get less ambiguous than Ronnie Van Zant’s lyrics: “Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her/Well, I heard ol’ Neil put her down/Well, I hope Neil Young will remember/A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”
A couple of years after the song came out, though, Van Zant clarified the group’s intentions. “We wrote ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ as a joke,” he said. “We didn’t even think about it. The words just came out that way. We just laughed like hell and said, ‘Ain’t that funny.’ We love Neil Young. We love his music.” In case anybody thought he wasn’t serious, he began wearing a Tonight’s the Night shirt onstage.

The feeling was mutual, and Young sent the group a demo of his song “Powderfinger” to see if they wanted to record it in their next album. Tragically, Ronnie Van Zant and other members of Skynyrd died in a plane crash before they had the chance. (According to legend, Van Zant was buried in his Tonights the Night T-shirt, though this remains a hotly disputed topic.) Just weeks after the accident, Young played a show in Miami to raise money for a children’s hospital. Near the end, he played a medley of “Alabama” and “Sweet Home Alabama” as a tribute to the band. There’s no video, but you can hear an audience tape right here.

Young has not played “Alabama” a single time since that night. “‘Alabama’ richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me with their great record,” Young wrote in his 2012 book, Waging Heavy Peace. “I don’t like my words when I listen to it today. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, too easy to misconstrue.”
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Hear an Unreleased Early Mix of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’

Next month, Led Zeppelin will reissue their sixth album, the 1975 double LP Physical Graffiti, with a disc’s worth of unreleased versions of the record’s songs. Among these is a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple “Houses of the Holy.”
Next month, Led Zeppelin will reissue their sixth album, the 1975 double LP Physical Graffiti, with a disc’s worth of unreleased versions of the record’s songs. Among these is a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple “Houses of the Holy.”

The rest of the reissue includes rough mixes of “Trampled Under Foot” (titled “Brandy & Coke”) and “In My Time of Dying,” an early version of “Sick Again,” a Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and a rough orchestra mix of “Kashmir” that’s titled “Driving Through Kashmir.” It also contains what the band has billed as a “strikingly different” take on “In the Light.”

As with last year’s reissues, the new edition of Physical Graffiti, which Page personally remastered, will be available in a variety of formats, including standard CD, vinyl and digital releases. A super deluxe version will contain CDs, vinyl and links to high-def audio, as well as a hard-bound, 96-page book containing rare and previously uncirculated photos and memorabilia.

The reissue will arrive on February 24th and is available for preorder on LedZeppelin.com.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Morrissey  recently admitted that he’s been secretly battling cancer

He told a Spanish newspaper called El Mundo, quote, “They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever.  If I die, then I die.  And if I don’t, then I don’t.  Right now I feel good.”

“I’m aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do.  I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.”  He’s currently on tour in Europe, however, in June he canceled a string of U.S. shows due to a “respiratory infection.”  


Former Journey singer Steve Perry showed up at a San Francisco Giants game

When they played “Don’t Stop Believin'” in the stadium, they showed him on the Jumbotron.  

Steve rocked out with the crowd. You can watch fan recorded video footage here.


A special video marks the launch of BBC Music

The BBC unleashed a video of 27 artists performing a new version of the Beach Boys song “God Only Knows”.  

It features Brian Wilson, Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Lorde, Sam Smith and Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl, among others.

Here’s the official video.



Music News for October 7, 2014

Foo Fighters will spend a week in New York next week as the musical guests of Late Show With David Letterman

 They’ll be playing covers of songs inspired by their forthcoming record Sonic Highways each night.

This aligns with the premiere of Grohl’s documentary series, also titled Sonic Highways. The band recorded it in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Nashville and Austin and it documents the recording of the album. The film premieres on HBO on October 17th.


Various stars have designed guitars for charity

Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Matt Bellamy, Dave Stewart, Robby Krieger and film director Gus Van Sant have all designed custom Carparelli guitars for an auction at Bonhams New York, which will take place November 9th.

Proceeds from the items will benefit War Child USA, a humanitarian organization focused on helping children and young people in areas of armed conflict. 


B.B. King cancels tour after illness

Blues legend B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his tour after falling ill following a show in Chicago. King had eight gigs left on his current tour. According to King’s official site “He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.” No other details have been released.