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George Harrison vinyl box set, extended book announced

George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection

The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection (UMe) box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time on February 24th to mark his 74th birthday.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of Harrison’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are Harrison’s classic live album Live In Japan (2 LP), and two 12″ single picture discs of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analog master tapes were used for the new remasters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title.

George Harrison’s I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison’s own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy. This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison’s career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.

George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection vinyl LP box set contains:

Wonderwall Music (1968) | 1 LP
Electronic Sound (1969) | 1 LP
All Things Must Pass (1970) | 3 LP *limited edition piece
Living In The Material World (1973) | 1 LP
Dark Horse (1974) | 1 LP
Extra Texture (1975) | 1 LP
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) | 1 LP
George Harrison (1979) | 1 LP
Somewhere in England (1981) | 1 LP
Gone Troppo (1982) | 1 LP
Cloud Nine (1987) | 1 LP
Live In Japan (1992) | 2 LP
Brainwashed (2002) | 1 LP
12″ Picture Disc Singles of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ (only available as part of the box set)

Also available, the perfect companion for the vinyl set is the George Harrison Essential III turntable. This elegant piece is manufactured and designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of record players. The artwork was designed by Studio Number One based on an exclusive 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by Shepard Fairey. This turntable is limited to 2500 worldwide.

U2 sells out every 2017 European tour date

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Following last week’s announcement that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, Live Nation has just confirmed that the tickets for all eight UK and European performances are now sold out.

Due to overwhelming demand, second and final shows have now been announced in London for July 9th at Twickenham Stadium, July 16th at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, July 26th in Paris at Stade De France and July 30th at the Amsterdam Arena.

The shows were sold out within hours of going on sale.

Tickets for the North American dates will be on sale today (Jan 17th) at 10 am local time.

EUROPEAN DATES

July 8 – London, EN – Twickenham Stadium
July 9 – London, EN – Twickenham Stadium
July 15 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 16 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 25 – Paris, FR – Stade De France
July 26 – Paris, FR – Stade De France
July 29 – Amersterdam, NL – Amsterdam Arena
July 30 – Amersterdam, NL – Amsterdam Arena

John Schneider announces ‘Ruffled Skirts’ album

John Schneider

John Schneider has graced television screens, made an impact in the film community, and delighted the country music world for decades by eloquently delivering stories in a way no one has before. He landed his television debut in 1978 as Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, starred as Jonathan Kent on the hit TV series Smallville, and is now playing the role of Judge Jim Cryer in the smash Tyler Perry hit, The Haves and the Have Nots.

Schneider is gearing up for his triumphant return to the country music scene with Ruffled Skirts, a near and dear album to him after his community was devastated by flooding twice in one year. In a matter of six months, the floods ravaged his studio which took in four feet of water destroying much of his film/recording studio. Sitting in the recording studio with no furniture, Schneider began arranging songs like “How Do You Stop The Water,” “The Cajun Navy” and “Every Friday Night” before enlisting in songwriters Scott Innis, Phil Redrow, and Clifton Brown to help bring the songs to life.

Instead of sitting in songwriting sessions, Schneider and producing partner Alicia Allain sent photos and video to each songwriter of the devastation that Louisiana endured to eloquently capture the monstrosity of the flooding through music. The songs came to life when Schneider recorded each track in his bare studio creating a perfect space to take in the right sound. Schneider then enlisted in LeRoux’s keyboardist/vocalist Nelson Blanchard to mix and master the ten track album.

In addition to Blanchard, the album also features Louisiana’s royalty including LeRoux (‘New Orleans Lady’), Jo-El Sonnier, Doug Kershaw, David Hyde and Randy Carpenter. Ruffled Skirts, which Schneider so eloquently named in reference to the single-wide and double-wide trailers that came through after the flood, is expected to drop January 27th.

“This is the most raw, emotional and in your face music I have ever had the pleasure of singing,” Schneider says.

Outside of Schneider’s tumultuous acting career, he has swooned the country music world with hits like, “It’s Now or Never,” which still to do this day remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time, “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “Country Girls,” “Last Thing I Needed Tonight” and “What’s A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)” which all charted number one on the US Country charts.

In addition, Schneider’s Memory Like You his first album to debut at number one on the US Country chart and still a classic to this day. His latest album, Home For Christmas released in 2010 features The Dukes of Hazzard co-star, Tom Wopat in an 18 track holiday album that mixes seasonal standards like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silver Bells” alongside humorous, left-field tracks like “Johnny, It’s Cold Outside,” a bromantic reinterpretation of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

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Green Day announces Wrigley Field tour stop

Green Day Writley Field

Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day has announced that they will perform at Chicago’s Wrigley Field for the first time in their career on August 24th as part of the Revolution Radio tour, with special guests Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Pre-sale tickets will be available to Idiot Nation members on Tuesday, January 17th at 10 am local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 20th.

Green Day’s latest album, Revolution Radio, was released on October 7th by Reprise Records and debuted at No. 1 around the world. The album features the band’s tenth No. 1 song “Bang Bang” and the Top 10 heartfelt anthem “Still Breathing”.

Revolution Radio was praised by Alternative Press: “the most intensely personal Green Day album in years,” Entertainment Weekly: “their most focused album in years,” LA Times: “a barnstormer of a new punk record,” Nylon: “delivers in terms of music, lyrics, and an unstoppable and quintessentially Green Day energy,” Q: “Revolution Radio is Green Day back at their best,” Rolling Stone: “it reflects decades of accrued emotional and musical wisdom,” USA Today: “a bracing return to form,” and many more.

Tour Dates

3/1 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena*
3/2 El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum*
3/4 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center*
3/5 Houston, TX – Toyota Center*
3/7 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center*
3/8 North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena*
3/10 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center*
3/12 Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center*
3/13 Washington, DC – Verizon Center*
3/15 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center*
3/17 Worcester, MA – DCU Center*
3/19 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens*
3/20 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre*
3/22 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*
3/23 Quebec, QC – Vidéotron Centre*
3/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center*
3/27 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena*
3/28 Champaign, IL – State Farm Center*
3/30 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center*
4/1 Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
4/3 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena*
4/5 Broomfield, CO – 1stBank Center*
4/7 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena*
4/8 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center*

8/1 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre^
8/2 Portland, OR – Moda Center^
8/5 Oakland, CA – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum^
8/7 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre^
8/9 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre^
8/11 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center^
8/12 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center^
8/14 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
8/16 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center^
8/18 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage^
8/20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center^
8/21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center^
8/24 Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field^
8/26 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^
8/28 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center^
8/29 Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre^
8/31 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion^
9/1 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek^
9/3 West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre^
9/5 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre^
9/6 Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater^
9/8 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater^
9/9 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center^
9/11 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater^
9/13 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre^

* With Against Me
^ With Catfish and the Bottlemen

‘La La Land’ soundtrack tops Billboard charts

La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Interscope Records’ La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — which features songs from the original musical film, La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — has leapt to #1 in pure album sales and #2 overall on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In addition, the album comes in at No. #2 this week overall with over 42,000 album equivalent units.

The massive surge comes the week following the 2017 Golden Globe Awards where the film, which was written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, took home a record-breaking seven awards, winning in each category in which it was nominated, including best musical/comedy film. The composer Justin Hurwitz won for “Best Score,” as well as “Best Original Song” with lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “City of Stars.”

The La La Land film soundtrack and score has earned raves reviews, with Entertainment Weekly noting that “composer Justin Hurwitz’s songs (especially the dewy ‘City of Stars’) have both an intimacy and an occasional irony that act as counterweights to all of the razzle-dazzle we’re taking in with our eyes.” GQ called the film “gorgeous, romantic, and unabashedly sentimental,” while Rolling Stone called it “sheer perfection” and “the movie of the year.”

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‘She Rocks Vol 1’ all female compilation set for Jan 20th

She Rocks Vol 1

Favored Nations Entertainment will release the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol. 1 digitally on January 20th with the physical CD available on February 4th. The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place this Friday (Jan 20th) in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’, to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.

She Rocks, Vol. 1 compilation is released on Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network, hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.”

The She Rocks, Vol. 1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph Paynes, Nili Brosh, Gretch8en Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20th.

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1. Orianthi – “Transmogrify”
2. Yasi Hofer – “Cosmic Stars”
3. Kat Dyson – “U Know What I Like”
4. Sarah Longfield – “The Taxi Time Travel Task Force”
5. Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin – “The Lemon Song”
6. Jennifer Batten – “In the Aftermath”
7. Nita Strauss – “Pandemonium”
8. Steph Paynes – “The Sun at Her Eastern Gate”
9. Nili Brosh – “A Matter of Perception”
10. Gretchen Menn – “Scrap Metal”
11. Yvette Young – “Hydra”

Metallica announces ‘very unique’ Grammy performance

Metallica

This is the band’s fourth performance at the awards ceremony

Metallica has “something very unique and special planned” for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th. The band has been invited to perform for the first time in three years. They last performed “One” with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in 2014.

Metallica is nominated for Best Rock Song for “Hardwired” from their newly released Hardwired… To Self Destruct album. They are up against David Bowie, Radiohead, Twenty One Pilots and Highly Suspect in the category. Top nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards include Beyoncé with nine, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance The Rapper with seven.

LL Cool J hosts the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 12th live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT live on both coasts.

U2 adds additional Joshua Tree 2017 tour dates

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

U2 has added four additional dates to the European leg of its The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour. The dates were added due to overwhelming demand after Monday’s (Jan 16th) public on sale.

The four shoes are second shows added to Twickenham, London on July 9th, the Olympic Stadium in Rome on July 16th, the Stade de France in Paris on July 26th and the Amsterdam Arena on July 30th.

Tickets for these shows will go on general sale Monday, January 23rd with a presale to U2.com subscribers later this week.

More shows are expected to be added as needed, although no specific information has been given as of press time.

Last week, Live Nation announced that U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.

Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a four ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a six ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.

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‘NOW 61’, ‘NOW 90s Pop’ available Jan 27th

NOW 61 & NOW 90s Pop

NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the simultaneous release of this year’s first two NOW collections — NOW That’s What I Call Music! 61 and NOW That’s What I Call 90s Pop — on Friday, January 27th.

With the release of NOW 60 in November 2016, US sales of NOW series albums breaks the 100 million copies mark.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! 61 features 16 major current hits from today’s hottest artists including Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar, Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj, DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, D.R.A.M featuring Lil Yachty, Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall, Fifth Harmony, Jon Bellion, Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha, Hey Violet, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and gnash featuring Olivia O’Brien.

The hit songs on NOW 61 were streamed more than 200 million times during the last week in December alone. 15 of the tracks on NOW 61 have achieved Top 20 status or better with eleven of those making the Top 10.

NOW 61 includes the #1 Hot 100 smash “Black Beatles” (Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane), “Broccoli” (D.R.A.M featuring Lil Yachty),”Juju On That Beat” (Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall), Ariana Grande (featuring Nicki Minaj) performing the #1 Mainstream Top 40 chart-topper “Side To Side,” Alessia Cara’s fast-rising “Scars To Your Beautiful” and more.

In addition to The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” a #1 track on iTunes, NOW 61 includes, exclusively available on this collection, the “clean” version of Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” (also a #1 song on iTunes).

NOW 61 includes the latest installment of NOW’s enormously-popular “What’s Next” developing artist initiative, debuting six new music preview bonus tracks from up-and-coming stars including Citizen Four, Dagny, JoJo featuring Wiz Khalifa, Aanysa X Snakehips, Maggie Rogers and Urban Cone.

First launched as an added bonus feature on NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 32, “NOW Presents What’s Next” has introduced major developing artists to the enthusiastic and receptive NOW music audience. Previous “What’s Next” successes have included Walk The Moon, Hot Chelle Rae, Hunter Hayes, Capitol Cities, A Great Big World, Shawn Mendes and others.

NOW invites music fans to travel back in time with NOW 90s Pop, the ultimate celebration of the enduring classic sounds and artists that defined the ultimate pop party decade.

NOW That's What I Call Music 61

NOW 61

1. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
2. Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Wanna Know
3. Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
4. Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj – Side To Side
5. DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
6. The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – Starboy
7. Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane – Black Beatles
8. D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty – Broccoli
9. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
10. Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
11. Jon Bellion – All Time Low
12. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
13. Hey Violet – Guys My Age
14. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
15. Niall Horan – This Town
16. gnash f/Olivia O’Brien – i hate u, i love u

NOW 61 / What’s Next
17. Citizen Four – Testify
18. Dagny – Fool’s Gold
19. JoJo featuring Wiz Khalifa – No Apologies
20. Aanysa X Snakehips – Burn Break Crash
21. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
22. Urban Cone – Old School

NOW! That's What I Cal Music 90s Pop

NOW 90s Pop

1. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
2. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
3. Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
4. Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
5. TLC – Waterfalls
6. Salt-N-Pepa f/En Vogue – Whatta Man
7. Boyz II Men – Motownphilly
8. Bell Biv Devoe – Poison
9. Wreckx-N-Effect – Rumpshaker
10. Bobby Brown – Humpin’ Around
11. C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
12. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
13. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Remix)
14. Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
15. Hanson – MMMBop
16. Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
17. New Kids On The Block – Step By Step
18. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

More stars added to Randy Travis tribute concert

Randy Travis

Joining the star-studded tribute to Randy Travis on February 8th will be Wynonna, Jeff Foxworthy, Alison Krauss, Ben Haggard, Neal McCoy and Phil Vassar. Tickets for the highly anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

The event, titled 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, will also feature performances from Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Kane Brown, James Dupre, Montgomery Gentry, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Michael Ray, Collin Raye, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Michael W. Smith, The Bellamy Brothers, The Randy Travis Band, Ricky Traywick, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner with more still to be announced.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Randy Travis Foundation; a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money for stroke research and rehabilitation.

“Randy and Mary Travis and I are extremely overwhelmed with the artists that are lending their talents for this special night. Once they found out that Randy needed help to fund the Randy Travis Foundation everyone started calling. Funds going into the foundation will help fund numerous stroke research and rehabilitation programs. This will only be one night, one time, and one place and will never happen again. Almost 30 artists have confirmed so far. They will perform with Randy’s band as well as join Randy in his first public performance since his life-altering stroke. We are prepared for there not to be a dry eye in the house,” said producer of the event and Travis’ manager, Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group/Ontourage Management.

In October, Randy Travis was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame. The multi-platinum country giant suffered a massive stroke in 2013 and has since made miraculous strides towards recovery. He recently sang “Amazing Grace” at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well as the tagline to his iconic “Forever and Ever, Amen” at the 2016 CMA Awards in November alongside numerous country legends and stars.

1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis is produced by Mary Travis along with Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group/Ontourage Management, Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts of Tennessee, Inc. who is also the promoter of the event and Kirt Webster of Webster and Associates.