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Rare, Unreleased Michael Jackson Album Goes Up for Auction

An album containing nine unheard Michael Jackson songs will be auctioned off by New York auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll later this month. The album, which appears as a blank disc with the word “Bible” written in pen, is one of many Jackson items available to preview before a public online auction that lasts from July 19th to 28th. 

The unreleased songs appear on a CD that was in Jackson’s possession. Alternate mixes of the three songs on the recording have already surfaced: “Monster,” “Breaking News” and “Keep Your Head Up” all appeared on Michael in 2010. The other nine tracks, all of which are reportedly master quality, have not been released.

The starting bid on the unreleased album is $50,000, though organizers tell Rolling Stone that they expect the final price to go as high as $1 million. Whoever takes home the CD will not own rights to the music, so the winning bidder cannot distribute the recording. According to the auction house, the album was obtained by “the personal friend and personal assistant to Michael whose family was very close to Michael for many years, traveling all over the world with him.” When reached for comment, a rep for Gotta Have Rock and Roll said Jackson’s friend wished to remain anonymous.

The latest Jackson album is one of many items of pop memorabilia obtained by Gotta Have Rock and Roll for the upcoming sale. Other Jackson items include hand-drawn self-portraits, clothing, his “personally owned teddy bear” and a “Best Daddy in the World” Oscar statuette given by his children.

The auction will also include the handwritten letter Tupac sent to Madonna while in prison in 1995 in which the rapper discusses the reasons for their breakup. That letter is expected to sell for over $100,000.

Two albums of Jacksons’ songs have come out since his death in 2009. The first, Michael, was a source of controversy: several longtime Jackson associates believed that the vocals on some songs – notably “Breaking News,” included again on this album for auction – did not actually belong to the King of Pop. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Will.i.am, who worked with Jackson during the 2000s, said the new record was “not Michael Jackson,” before adding flatly, “it disgusts me.” Jackson’s brother Randy also questioned the authenticity of the vocals. 

In response to these concerns, Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, went so far as to release a statement saying that “one of the best-known forensic musicologists in the nation” – Weitzman did not name the investigator – had determined that the vocals belonged to Jackson.

The follow-up album, 2014’s Xscape, did not set off as many high-profile arguments. A-list producers like Timbaland, Stargate and Darkchild filled out tracks that Jackson started between 1983 and 1999. Lead single “Love Never Felt so Good” climbed to Number Nine on the Hot 100.

Michael Jackson Unreleased Album Track List

1. “Monster”
2. “Breaking News”
3. “Stay”
4. “Keep Your Head Up”
5. “Everything’s Just Fine”
6. “Black Widow”
7. “Burn Tonight”
8. “All I Need”
9. “Water”
10. “Let Me Fall in Love”
11. “Ready to Win”
12. “Soldier Boy”

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Hear Prophets of Rage's Furious New Song 'Living on the 110'

Prophets of Rage confront the issue of homelessness and economic inequality in “Living on the 110,” the new single from the Rage Against the Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup‘s upcoming self-titled debut LP.

Like the band’s previous single, “Unfuck the World,” “Living on the 110” packs a trademark Tom Morello riff before the two veteran MCs – B-Real and Chuck D – examine the plight of Los Angeles’ homeless population. In particular, they hit on the disturbing apathy about economic injustices from surrounding communities. 

“There’s no end to poverty stopping me/ Or democracy, hypocrisy,” the Public Enemy rapper decries in the chorus.

“‘Living on the 110’ is a song that speaks to the issue of homelessness,” Morello said in a statement. “The 110 is a freeway in Los Angeles and living beneath it are thousands of homeless people. Bentleys and Rolls Royces roaring by are literally driving on top of the poor and their makeshift homes, a picture perfect analogy for the grotesque economic inequality that plagues our times.”

Homelessness is one of the major issues on the politically charged band’s radar. One of the earliest Prophets of Rage gigs took place on a rooftop along Los Angeles’ Skid Row with some of the proceeds going toward charities aiding the homeless.

Prophets of Rage is due out September 15th. Rage Against the Machine collaborator Brendan O’Brien produced the 12-track LP.

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Hollywood Modern Rockers Disciples of Babylon Reveal Details of Their Highly Anticipated Album, 'The Rise and Fall of Babylon' Set for Release on October 6th

from L to R: Gui Bodi (Bass), Ramon Blanco (Guitar), Eric Knight (Lead Vox) & Chris Toeller (Drums)HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This Thursday (July 13) at 2 p.m. ET, Disciples of Babylon will unveil the first song from their forthcoming release The Rise and Fall of Babylon an album track called “Freedom,” which will be immediately available to fans who pre-order the…


Watch David Gilmour's Historic Concert in 'Live at Pompeii' Trailer

David Gilmour returns to one of the most famous sites in Pink Floyd and world history in the dazzling new trailer for David Gilmour Live at Pomeii. The upcoming concert film will air one night only September 13th in over 2,000 movie theaters around the world.

Filmmaker Gavin Elder directed the new movie, which captures Gilmour’s performances at the Pompeii Amphitheater on July 7th and 8th, 2016. The film features performances of tracks from Gilmour’s last two solo albums, 2006’s On an Island and 2015’s Rattle That Lock alongside Pink Floyd classics like a rare live rendition of “The Great Gig In the Sky.” In the trailer, Gilmour tears through The Wall‘s “Comfortably Numb,” unleashing its heroic guitar solo amidst a stunning light show. 

Gilmour and Pink Floyd famously recorded their 1972 concert film Live at Pompeii at the Pompeii Amphitheater with director Adrian Maben. Gilmour tells Rolling Stone that returning to the Amphitheater 45 years later conjured up memories of playing with Pink Floyd keyboardist and co-founder, Richard Wright, who died in 2008

“It’s a place of ghosts and I couldn’t help but think of playing there – with Rick – it’s a sense of revisiting history,” Gilmour says. “What I like to do is to play in beautiful places where people have a sense of the majesty of the building that is being performed in and that will add to the memories they take away and retain thereafter.”

Tickets are on sale for screenings of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii via the film’s website. Additional participating theaters will be announced soon, while fans living in an area without a screening can request the film through a form on the film’s website

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Milestone Events Announce: A Garfield Christmas National Tour

Milestone EntertainmentCHICOPEE, Mass., July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re the world’s best-loved and funniest cat: Garfield.
Coming to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he’s expecting, Garfield will light up your…


David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy Highlights 11-Disc Box Set

David Bowie‘s Berlin Trilogy and other albums from that era will be the focus of the late singer’s upcoming collection A New Career in a New Town, a massive 11-CD box set that spans Bowie’s catalog from 1977 to 1982.

Like its predecessors – 2015’s Five Years and 2016’s Who Can I Be Now?A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982) features remastered albums – Low, “Heroes,” Lodger, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) and the live LP Stage – alongside some hard-to-find and unreleased material.

Due out September 29th, the new box set also features a disc dedicated to producer Tony Visconti’s 2017 mix for Lodger, a 2017 version of Stage with two unreleased live tracks from the performance (“Jean Genie,” “Suffragette City”) and the previously unavailable Heroes EP, which houses Bowie’s French and German language versions of his landmark single.

A New Career in a New Town, named after the Low composition, will also feature the Re:Call 3 compilation, which collects Bowie’s single versions, soundtrack contributions, extended versions, B-sides and more, including his five-song recording of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal, “Under Pressure” with Queen and his “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” recording with Bing Crosby.

The box set will be available as both an 11-CD, 13-LP or digital release. The physical releases are accompanied by a hardcover book featuring unseen Bowie photographs from Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, Steve Schapiro and Brian Duffy, who shot the Lodger art; unearthed Duffy photos from that session also adorn the Lodger 2017 Mix album. Visconti also penned liner notes for the box set.

Fans who pre-order A New Career in a New Town will receive an instant download of the rare “Beauty and the Beast (Extended Version),” found on Re:Call 3. Check out Bowie’s site for complete A New Career in a New Town details.

A New Career in a New Town (1977-1982) Album List

“Heroes” EP
Stage (2017)
Lodger (Tony Visconti 2017 Mix)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
Re:Call 3

Re:Call 3 Track List

1. “”Heroes” (single version)”
2. “Beauty And The Beast (extended version)”
3. “Breaking Glass (Australian single version)”
4. “Yassassin (single version)”
5. “D.J. (single version)”
6. “Alabama Song”
7. “Space Oddity (1979 version)”
8. “Ashes To Ashes (single version)”
9. “Fashion (single version)”
10. “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)”
11. “Crystal Japan”
12. “Under Pressure (single version)” – Queen and David Bowie

Bertolt Brecht’s Baal
13.”Baal’s Hymn”
14.”Remembering Marie A.”
15.”Ballad Of The Adventurers”
16.”The Drowned Girl”
17.”The Dirty Song”

18.”Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)”
19.”Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” – David Bowie and Bing Crosby

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