Appleseed RecordingsNewly recorded tracks by Bruce Springsteen and Donovan are among the 57 tunes featured on a new compilation celebrating the 21st anniversary of the folk label Appleseed Recordings that will be released on October 19.
Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches is a three-disc set made up mainly of tracks from the label's archives, along with nine previously unreleased songs. Among them are Springsteen's rendition of the late Pete Seeger's classic "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" and Donovan's version of the traditional tune "Wild Mountain Thyme," which also has been covered by The Byrds and Joan Baez.
Other previously unreleased tracks on the album include recordings by late folk singers John Stewart and Jesse Winchester.
The compilation also includes Springsteen's version of the spiritual "We Shall Overcome," as well as songs featuring Baez, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Al Stewart, Jonathan Edwards, Levon Helm, Arlo Guthrie and David Bromberg.
The collection's three discs are themed to correspond with the three philosophies to which Appleseed Recordings is devoted. Disc one is titled "Let the Truth Be Told," disc two is called "The Wisdom Keepers" and disc three is titled "Keeping the Songs Alive."
Here's the full track list of the Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches compilation:
Disc One: Let the Truth Be Told
"Oh Sacred World" -- Pete Seeger "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" -- Bruce Springsteen* "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" -- Tom Morello* "Well May the World Go" -- Tim Robbins* "I Wish the Wars Were All Over" -- Joan Baez "Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)" -- Pete Seeger with Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle and Anne Hills "Across the Border" -- Tom Russell* "Love in the Time of Gaza" -- Johnny Clegg "Scared of Guns (Amended)" -- John Wesley Harding (with Corporal Quorum)* "Second Line Blues" -- Sweet Honey in the Rock "Needle of Death" -- Anne Hills* "There Is No Good Reason" -- Natalie Merchant & Friends "Give Me Back My Country" -- The Kennedys "Blessed Be the Nation" -- Studs Terkel "This Land Is Your Land" -- Tom Morello "We Shall Overcome" -- Bruce Springsteen "Dr. King on Violence" -- Pete Seeger
Disc Two: The Wisdom Keepers
"Get It Right One Day" -- Jesse Winchester* "Poorman's Sunshine" -- Donovan "Land of the North Wind" -- Dick Gaughan "Follow that Road" -- Tom Paxton & Anne Hills "Katherine of Oregon" -- Al Stewart "Surrounded" -- Jonathan Edwards "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" -- Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt "Jump Back in the Ditch" -- Angel Band "Gonna Go Crazy" -- Eric Andersen "What I Know" -- Tom Rush "IDK, But I'm LOL" -- Sweet Honey in the Rock "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman (Thank You)" -- Lizzie West & the White Buffalo "Stepstone" -- Joel Rafael Band with Jackson Browne, Jimmy LaFave and Arlo Guthrie "Looking for the Moon" -- Tom Paxton "Somos El Barco/We Are the Boat" -- Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt with Emmylou Harris "There Is Love (Wedding Song)" -- John Stewart* "Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding" -- Jesse Winchester "When I'm Gone" -- Dick Gaughan
Disc Three: Keeping the Songs Alive
"The Water Is Wide" -- John Gorka "Bring It with You When You Come" -- David Bromberg with Levon Helm "Roving Gambler" -- Ramblin' Jack Elliott "Careless Love" -- Tim Eriksen "Wild Mountain Thyme" -- Donovan* "John Riley" -- Roger McGuinn with Judy Collins "Canadee-I-O" -- John Wesley Harding "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep" -- Bernice Johnson Reagon with Kim & Reggie Harris "Going Across the Mountain" -- Pete Seeger "Tom Dooley" -- Frank Proffitt "Asturias" -- Guardabarranco "El Quinto Regimiento" -- Lila Downs "Are You Sleepin', Maggie?" -- Aoife Clancy "Mrs. Poer, or, The Concerto" -- Alec Stone Sweet "Sow 'Em on the Mountain" -- Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin "Little Birdie" -- Steve Young "Cindy" -- Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger "Sanalwami" -- Sharon Katz & the Peace Train "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning" -- Danny Glover and Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. "Wade in the Water" -- Kim and Reggie Harris "Bay of Mexico" -- John Stewart & Darwin's Army "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" -- Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane and Vedran Smailovic
John Shearer/Getty Images for MTVMadonna's tribute to the late Aretha Franklin on Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards has been one of the most talked-about moments of the telecast, but not in a good way.
Many fans took to social media to express their dismay at the Queen of Pop's speech, which was almost completely focused on her own experiences as a struggling star. Aretha only entered into it when Madonna revealed that she got a major break when she sang the Queen of Soul's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition. That's why, she explained, Aretha "changed the course of my life."
Madonna responded to the criticism on Instagram, saying her mini-speech was not meant to be a tribute to Aretha.
"I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin!" she wrote. "I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her!"
She adds, "That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment."
After the VMAs Monday night, Billboard reports that Madonna continued her evening by taking in Ariana Grande's intimate concert for 1,000 fans at New York's Irving Plaza. Alerted to her presence, Ariana said, "Oh, my God, where is she?! You guys, Madonna is here. Hi, Madonna. Guys, I'm going to pass out."
Madonna provides the voice of God in Ariana's video for her song "God Is a Woman." She was seen applauding after Ariana performed the song at the Irving Plaza show.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for MTVAs expected, Aerosmith brought the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards to a close with a rocking performance last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. As had been rumored, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were joined onstage by hitmaking rapper-singer Post Malone, although they didn't perform "Walk This Way," as TMZ had reported they would.
The ceremony's finale began with Malone singing his chart-topping hit "Rockstar" with rapper 21 Savage. Then, Post declared, "Ladies and gentlemen, it's f****** Aerosmith!" as Steven Tyler and company appeared at the back of the stage and kicked into an abbreviated version of their classic power ballad "Dream On."
Aerosmith then ripped into their 1975 gem "Toys in the Attic," as Malone accompanied them on guitar and backing vocals. Late in the song, Joe Perry kicked into a wailing solo and proceeded to stick the neck of his guitar into one of his amplifiers, as smoke poured out of the amp. Watch the performance now at MTV's official YouTube channel.
After the event, Tyler took to Twitter to sing the praises of Malone, writing, "PostMalone = THE FUTURE OF MUSIC."
In a follow-up message, Steven tweeted, "@Aerosmith x @PostMalone x @21savage = A SMASHGASM OF AWESOME."
As previously reported, Aerosmith will be kicking off a Las Vegas residency dubbed Deuces Are Wild in April 2019 at the Park MGM resort.
Sony Music EntertainmentThe musical inspired by Meat Loaf's landmark 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and its sequels will get its U.S. debut as part of a 19-city tour kicking off with a November 6-17 engagement in Detroit. Bat Out of Hell: The Musical features songs written by Jim Steinman, including such Meat Loaf hits as "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."
Before the U.S. tour begins, the production will return to Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre -- where the musical made its North American debut in October 2017 -- for an October 16-November 4 run.
The show is a romantic adventure focusing on an eternally youthful street tribe that battles a tyrant desperately for control of the ruined city where they live.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical had its world premiere in Manchester, U.K., in early 2017, then moved to the London Coliseum in London for an engagement that ended on August 22, 2017. The show's first Toronto run wrapped up in January 2018, and the production then returned to London, where it opened at the Dominion Theatre in April. That engagement is scheduled through an October 27 performance.
"Just like the album Bat Out of Hell, this musical was born to tour," says Steinman. "I'm thrilled that the show has been so well received in the U.K., but not everyone can get to London, so I’m delighted that the producers decided to take the show on the road here."
The U.S. tour currently is confirmed through a June 26-July 7 engagement in Dallas. More performances and cities will be announced soon.
Here's the confirmed North American tour schedule:
10/16-11/4 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre 11/6-11/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 11/21-12/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre 12/4-12/23 -- San Francisco, CA, SHN Orpheum Theatre 1/8/19-2/2/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre 2/6-2/17 -- Denver, CO, Denver Center - Buell Theatre 2/20-2/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 2/26-3/3 -- Des Moines, IA, Fox Theatre 3/5-3/10 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 4/3-4/21 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre 4/23-5/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Forrest Theatre 5/7-5/26 -- Washington, D.C., National Theatre 5/28-6/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Pac - Blek Theatre 6/12-6/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Music Theatre at the Ordway 6/26-7/7 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Art Center
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCAfter Aerosmith's performance of "Mama Kin" on last Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon announced that the band would be performing Monday on the 2018 Video Music Awards. That news has now been officially confirmed by MTV.
But TMZ claims that, according to sources close to Aerosmith, the band will not just perform at the show. Reportedly, Steven Tyler and company will close out the event with a performance of their classic "Walk This Way," the 1977 hit that was famously covered in 1986 by Run-DMC, with some help from Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry.
A TMZ reporter approached most of Aerosmith's members on the street in New York City earlier today and asked them which rapper other than Run-DMC they'd most want to perform "Walk This Way" with. He also asked if they could confirm a rumor that they'd be joined onstage at the VMAs tonight by contemporary rap star Post Malone.
Perry said he wasn't sure who the band will be playing with, adding, "Post is really good, but there's so many great ones out there, it's hard to choose."
Bassist Tom Hamilton said the band would "probably do something completely different" if they remade "Walk This Way." As for the rumor about Post Malone, Hamilton just smiled.
Drummer Joey Kramer said "maybe Post" would be the rapper he'd like to perform with, then said he couldn't confirm whether Aerosmith will be closing the VMAs with Malone.
Regarding his band's performance, Kramer said, "I can tell you that it'll be great, and that we're coming back with a vengeance."
Last week, Aerosmith announced plans for a 2019 Las Vegas residency at the new Park MGM resort.
The MTV VMAs air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty ImagesAretha Franklin's fans have been busy buying her music this past week, giving the late great Queen of Soul has her highest-charting album in 46 years.
Franklin's 30 Greatest Hits compilation, originally released in 1985, re-enters the Billboard 200 chart this week at #7. This is her highest-charting album since her 1972 double-platinum, live gospel release, Amazing Grace, which also reached #7. Amazing Grace earned a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, and remains the best-selling album of her career.
30 Greatest Hits sold 35,000 units for the week ending August 16, an increase of more than 13,000 percent from the previous week. The Queen has now scored a total of seven top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.
As previously reported, Franklin's funeral will be held in her hometown of Detroit on August 31. The music legend's homegoing service, which is limited to friends and family, will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City.
However, there will be public viewings on August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, also in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.
Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett.
Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Don McLean and Roger Daltrey (Lorenzo)An impressive list of music stars joined The Who's Roger Daltrey on Friday at a benefit event called the Backyard Concert 2018, which raised funds for the Daltrey-cofounded Teen Cancer America and UCLA Health. Among the other performers who took part in the show, held in Pacific Palisades, California, were Van Morrison, John Fogerty, KISS singer Paul Stanley, Don McLean, Jewel and U.K. pop superstar Ed Sheeran.
During the invite-only event, McLean teamed up with Sheeran to perform Don's classic hit "Vincent." McLean posted video of the two rehearsing the song on his Instagram page.
"I have been aware of the philanthropic work of Roger Daltrey for many years, and that motivated me to participate," said McLean in a statement. "I enjoyed all the music very much, and Ed Sheeran is very delightful to know and work with. Van Morrison put on a beautiful, swinging show…Everyone gave their best, and it was a stellar musical evening that raised money for a good cause."
The concert was hosted by director Judd Apatow. Besides the musical performances, there also was an auction of rare music memorabilia and art, presided over by Howie Mandel. Among the items that went on the block was a rare acoustic guitar autographed by 75 music legends, including Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, McLean, Donovan, Brian Wilson, Keith Richards, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash and Don Everly. It sold for $80,000.
Another collectible auctioned was a refurbished pinball machine created in conjunction with the 1975 film adaptation of The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy, signed by members of the band and stars of the film, including Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret. That fetched $28,000.
Friday's concert and auction raised over $3.5 million for the charities.
Rebecca Sapp/WireImageFounding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin has launched a medical malpractice lawsuit against a New York City hospital, claiming that poor care following a March 2016 heart operation has left him with major health issues.
The suit, filed in a federal court Thursday against Mount Sinai Beth Israel and several doctors and nurses employed by the facility, alleges that after Balin underwent successful open-heart surgery, a triple-bypass and a valve replacement, his negligent treatment in an intensive-care unit led to a botched tracheotomy. That, in turn, left him with a paralyzed vocal cord and caused him to lose half his tongue.
The lawsuit also claims that the hospital was understaffed, and the staff's negligence resulted in Balin's left thumb becoming necrotic, leading to its amputation. The suit further alleges that Marty suffered kidney damage and developed bedsores while under the hospital's care.
The lawsuit charges that because the hospital branch was in the process of closing, doctors caring for Balin should have moved him to a facility where the singer could have been looked after properly. According to the suit, by the time he left the hospital, Marty "had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly."
The suit maintains that Balin's "ability to play and sing in a band has been destroyed" and he's been unable to care for his special-needs daughter, who suffers from spina bifida.
According to the New York Post, the hospital declined to comment about Balin's case because of pending litigation, but said in a statement, "Our highest priority is delivering the highest level of compassionate care to our patients."
In a recent interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Balin talked about his recovery from heart surgery, while reporting that he was "doing good now" and was "finishing two new albums."
Many of the albums are rare and out of print and are now available for the first time for streaming and downloads. The list includes the 1997 Emancipation album, The Truth, from 1998, and the 2004 Musicology album.
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010includes 37 tracks from more than 15 albums, including The Gold Experience, Emancipation, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, The Rainbow Children, One Nite Alone, Musicology,3121, Planet Earth andLOtUSFLOW3R.
Here are the new Prince catalog titles available digitally:
1. The Gold Experience (1995) 2. Chaos and Disorder (1996) 3. Emancipation (1996) 4. Crystal Ball (1998) 5. The Truth (1998) 6. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999) 7. Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001) 8. The Rainbow Children (2001) 9. One Nite Alone… (2002) 10. One Nite Alone…Live! (2002) 11. One Nite Alone...Live - The Aftershow: It Ain't Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002) 12. Xpectation (2003) 13. N.E.W.S. (2003) 14. C-Note (2004) 15. Musicology (2004) 16. The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004) 17. The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004) 18. 3121 (2006) 19. Planet Earth (2007) 20. Indigo Nights (2008) 21. LOtUSFLOW3R (2009) 22. MPLSoUND (2009) 23. 20Ten (2010)
Here is the Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 track list:
"Emancipation" (from Emancipation, 1996) "Black Sweat" (from 3121, 2006) "P. Control" (from The Gold Experience, 1995) "Crucial" (from Crystal Ball, 1998) "The Love We Make" (from Emancipation, 1996) "Eye Hate U" (from The Gold Experience, 1995) "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold" (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999) "Eye Love U, But Eye Don't Trust U" (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999) "Gold" (from The Gold Experience, 1995) "Guitar" (from Planet Earth, 2007) "Dream Factory" (from Crystal Ball, 1998) "The Work Part 1" (from The Rainbow Children, 2001) "Call My Name" (from Musicology, 2004) "Strays of the World" (from Crystal Ball, 1998) "Shhh" (from The Gold Experience, 1995) "Dreamer" (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009) "Chaos and Disorder" (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996) "Endorphinmachine" (from The Gold Experience, 1995) "Musicology" (from Musicology, 2004) "Northside" (from The Slaughterhouse, 2004) "When Eye Lay My Hands on U" (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004) "Beautiful Strange" (from Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, 2001) "Future Soul Song" (from 20Ten, 2010) "Empty Room" (from C-Note, 2004) "3rd Eye" (from The Truth, 1998) "U're Gonna C Me" (from One Nite Alone..., 2002) "Dinner with Delores" (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996) "Ol' Skool Company" (from MPLSoUND, 2009) "4ever" (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009) "West" (from N.E.W.S., 2003) "Xpedition" (from Xpectation, 2003) "Muse 2 the Pharaoh" (from The Rainbow Children, 2001) "Somewhere Here on Earth" (from Planet Earth, 2007) "U Make My Sun Shine" (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004) "1 1 1 Is 3" (from The Rainbow Children, 2001) "Chelsea Rodgers" (from Planet Earth, 2007) "We March" (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
Asylum/Warner Music GroupNo doubt The Eagles have a "Peaceful Easy Feeling" today: They can now boast that they're again responsible for the best-selling album of all time.
The Recording Industry Association of America has just certified the band's 1976 album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies.The album now overtakes Michael Jackson's Thriller for the title of all-time best-seller.
The two albums have traded off that title for years, but as recently as 2017, Thriller was the top seller, with some 33 million copies sold. Now, The Eagles have reclaimed the title, with Thriller slipping to #2.
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 features all of the band's biggest early hits, from "Take It Easy," "One of these Nights" and "Witchy Woman" to "Lyin' Eyes," "Desperado," "Already Gone" and "Take It to the Limit."
But wait -- there's more. The Eagles' equally legendary album Hotel California, also released in 1976, has been certified for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies, making it the third best-selling album of all time.
In a statement, Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said, "Congratulations to the Eagles, who now claim the jaw-dropping feat of writing and recording two of the top three albums in music history. Both of these transcendent albums have impressively stood the test of time, only gaining more currency and popularity as the years have passed, much like the Eagles themselves."
The Eagles' current lineup of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey -- son of the late founding member Glenn Frey -- and Vince Gill, are on tour through October, wrapping up their current tour on October 20 in Cleveland.
RankinRod Stewart made headlines earlier this year when he said that anyone who announces a "retirement" or "final" tour -- like his old pal Elton John -- is doing so just for a cash grab. Now, Rod says he feels badly about his comments.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rod says, "I was a bit unfair to Elton on a drunk night on television in New York, when I spitefully said, 'I think it's bang out of order that you announce a farewell tour every time, and it stinks of grabbing money.'"
He adds, "I wish I hadn't said it. I think [Elton's] very upset with me. [My wife] Penny keeps saying, 'Send him an apology.' So I should, really."
Speaking of his wife Penny, she and Rod have two children, 12-year-old Alastair and seven-year-old Aiden. Rod says of Aiden, "He's been dressing up as a lady and I wanted to buy him a nice outfit for Christmas, but Pen said, 'Don't encourage him.' I've seen lots of kids dress up as girls when they're little, it doesn't mean anything. And anyway, if he's gay, so what? We need gay men in the world."
And the interview ends with this little tidbit: The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer evidently regrets passing up the chance on an investment that would have made him a fortune.
"I was asked to invest in Starbucks about 20 years ago and I turned it down," he claims. "I was saying, 'Who is going to want to drink coffee all day? It'll never happen.' I was a cup of tea man. Now they're on every street corner. I must have lost millions."
Still, he admits, "I've got more money than I can spend. I'm not complaining at all."
Credit: Mads PerchWe're sending out a whole lotta love to Robert Plant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. While the founding Led Zeppelin frontman Plant hasn't performed live with his old band mates since their memorable London reunion concert in December 2007, the singer remains a very active touring and recording artist.
Plant released his latest solo album, Carry Fire, in October 2017 and has been busy promoting the record by touring with his current backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
Plant first and foremost will always be known for his contributions to Led Zeppelin, the band that helped define hard rock and heavy metal. His banshee wail and seductive stage moves have inspired and influenced countless other singers, from Whitesnake's David Coverdale to Josh Kiszka of the up-and-coming hard-rockers Greta Van Fleet. The music he made with the band continues to be the soundtrack to fans' lives worldwide.
After Led Zeppelin's 1980 breakup following the death of drummer John Bonham, Plant launched a successful solo career, and also released a pair of collaborative albums with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page during the 1990s.
Among the highlights of Plant's post-Led Zeppelin career, though, was his 2007 duets album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, which won an impressive five Grammy Awards.
Plant will launch a new U.S. trek with The Sensational Space Shifters next month. The tour gets underway with a September 9 headlining performance at the 2018 LouFest in St. Louis and is mapped out through an October 1 show in Austin, Texas.
Robert also is expected to take part in Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary celebrations this fall, but don't hold get your hopes up for another reunion performance -- Plant's been adamant about not playing again with his old band mates.
ABC/Paula LoboAn album, a tour, a gig in the Hamptons, and now...a cartoon. That's the ever-unfolding story of collaborators Sting and Shaggy, who turned their musical bromance into the joint album 44/876, released in April.
The animated video is for "Just One Lifetime," a groovy reggae tune. The clip features cartoon versions of Sting and Shaggy dancing on a beach, with other animated characters. The look is much more old school than modern, and would fit in just fine in a '70s-era Saturday morning cartoon lineup.
You can catch the animated "Just One Lifetime" video on YouTube.
The pair hit the road this fall on their joint tour. All ticket info is available at Sting.com/tour
Gus Stewart/RedfernsJust call him Slowhand Santa: Eric Clapton is set to release Christmas album.
Billboard reports Happy Xmas will arrive October 12, and will feature classic holiday songs as reworked by the legendary guitarist.
Happy Xmas will also contain an original Clapton Christmas tune called "For Love on Christmas Day."
Clapton tells Billboard, "I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals."
He reveals that, once he nailed the guitar parts, "one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'"
One of the songs, Clapton's take on "Jingle Bells," is dedicated to the memory of the late superstar deejay Avicii, who died earlier this year. According to Billboard, Clapton was a great admirer of his.
Happy Xmas' cover features a color illustration of Santa Claus, drawn by Eric himself.
Preorders are being taken now for a $60 deluxe edition boxed set, which includes the CD, a 7-inch picture flexi-vinyl, a USB copy of the album that doubles as a Santa-shaped Christmas ornament, and a dog-shaped Christmas ornament. You can check out the deluxe edition at SurfDog.com
Here is the Happy Xmas track listing:
"White Christmas" "Away in a Manger (Once in Royal David's City)" "For Love on Christmas Day" "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday" "Christmas Tears" "Home for the Holidays" "Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii)" "Christmas in My Hometown" "It's Christmas" "Sentimental Moments" "Lonesome Christmas" "Silent Night" "Merry Christmas Baby" "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin's back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports.
On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin's albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled 19,000 units.
Here are Aretha Franklin's top-selling songs on August 16:
"Respect" (16,000) "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)" (13,000) "I Say a Little Prayer" (10,000) "Chain of Fools" (8,000) "Think" (8,000) "Freeway of Love" (4,000) "Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)" (4,000) "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael) (4,000) "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (3,000) "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (3,000)
And here are Aretha's top-selling albums on August 16:
30 Greatest Hits (10,000) Amazing Grace (2,000) Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000) Soul Queen (1,000) The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)
Scott StrebleCan't make it to Connecticut for Farm Aid 2018? No problem. AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live from Hartford on Saturday, September 22.
In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.
The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET with three, count 'em, three segments of Dan Rather's The Big Interview, featuring Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp.
At 3 p.m. ET, AXS will broadcast a 90-minute Mellencamp concert from Chicago, called Plain Spoken: John Mellencamp, which features "Pink Houses," "Cherry Bomb," and "Small Town," among others.
Next up, at 4:30 p.m. ET, a Willie Nelson: Soundstage show, which AXS promises will deliver "an intimate, career-spanning set."
Dave Matthews' Weekend On the Rocks will air at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include selections from the DMB's four-day run at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2005.
Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, will air from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.
ABC/Richard CartwrightRoger Daltrey is a rare rock star: He's been married for almost fifty years and has never had a drug problem. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Who frontman says a couple of simple rules have kept him on the straight-and-narrow.
The singer married his wife, Heather Taylor, in 1971. Though he admits "[it's] not easy," he thinks his marriage "survived because I was always honest with her [about] whatever had gone on during the tour."
Daltrey says he wasted no time getting "on the first bloody plane back to her" after each Who tour, adds that he "worship[s] the ground she walk[s] on."
As for that other big rock star cliche -- drugs and rehab -- Roger says his clean living was a lucky combination of preference and necessity.
"I had to [stay clean], so I could keep the others in line," he says, and then jokes, "You try getting three people on acid from the Monterey Pop Festival all the way to London!"
The singer also notes that he saw "so many people...[become] complete a**holes" on drugs, and realized he never wanted that to happen to him.
Daltrey also believes that his relatively drug-free life was due to his desire to preserve his voice, which, after all, is his instrument.
Daltrey, who'll release his autobiography in October, wraps a two-month solo tour tomorrow night in Indio, CA. The Who is currently on a break, but Daltrey promises, "We haven't ever thought of [retiring]."
However, Roger says he would like to retire one particular song from the Who's set: "Won't Get Fooled Again."
"That’s the only song I’m bloody bored s**tless with. I don’t know why, but I’m being honest," he says.
ABC NewsIn his first interview since the death of his childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, Motown legend Smokey Robinson recalled on ABC's Good Morning America Friday the first time they met in Detroit.
"I hear a piano being played and I hear this little voice singing," Robinson, 78, said. "And I look in, and there's Aretha sitting there at the piano, singing and playing, almost like she sang and played in her adult life.
"But she was probably about five years old or so and she just had 'it.'"
"Aretha and I were just tight," he said of Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76. "We had a wonderful, wonderful friendship that lasted throughout her entire life. Up until the day before yesterday, Aretha was my longest friend on earth."
Robinson added that the topics of fame and showbiz rarely came up in conversation between him and Aretha, and the other future stars who were their neighbors in Detroit, such as Diana Ross and The Four Tops.
“There were a lot of us in that neighborhood, and those of us who were blessed enough to get our wish or our dream to be in show business, we just always had regular relationships."
Robinson added that there was much more to the Queen of Soul than simply her musical talent.
"Aretha had a great sense of humor," he said, adding, "She could throw down in the kitchen! She cooked me many a meal....She was just a great person, great cook, great woman."
Meanwhile, on ABC's Nightline Thursday night, chart-topping songwriter Diane Warren, who penned a number of songs for the Queen of Soul, said, "Aretha Franklin elevated anything she sang to 20 levels beyond what that song was...Listen to the soul that was dripping out of every note."
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmy Fallon may have let "Sweet Emotion" take over last night when Aerosmith rocked The Tonight Show. At the end of their high-energy performance of "Mama Kin," Fallon outro'ed the band, plugged their upcoming Las Vegas residency, and then blurted, "Catch them performing Monday on the VMAs!"
That information hasn't been reported anywhere else. If that turns out to be the case, Aerosmith will be the hardest rockers on the bill....at least so far. The pop and hip-hop heavy broadcast is set to include Ariana Grande, Panic! At the Disco, and rappers Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and Post Malone, among others.
The MTV VMAs will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.