Daily Archives: November 7, 2017

Watch Paul McCartney Join Steven Van Zandt for Raucous Beatles Cover

Paul McCartney joined Steven Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul for a raucous rendition of the Beatles‘ “I Saw Her Standing There” during Van Zandt’s concert in London, Saturday November 4th.

McCartney and Van Zandt shared vocal duties, and a microphone, throughout the performance of the classic 1963 single. The former Beatle added a gritty guitar vamp to the brassy full-band arrangement as well, while later he and Disciples of Soul guitarist Marc Ribler traded spitfire blues solos before everyone belted one final chorus.

Prior to launching into the song, Van Zandt introduced McCartney by cracking, “We need to finish some unfinished business.” The rocker was likely referring to a July 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert at London’s Hyde Park where McCartney came on stage to perform “Twist and Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” only to have organizers cut the power because of a strict noise curfew. In September, McCartney joined Springsteen and the E Street Band for a rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There” at Madison Square Garden.

In May, Van Zandt released his new album, Soulfire, marking his first solo effort since 1999’s Born Again Savage. The record features new originals, covers of Etta James and James Brown and several old tunes Van Zandt wrote for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, including one, “Love On the Wrong Side of Town,” co-written with Springsteen.

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The Shanghai Orchestra Academy is visited by EUYO Members

Concert-Tchaikovsky's String SextetSHANGHAI, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Over ten members of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) paid a visit to Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) from October 23 and 27, 2017. During the five-day visit, young musicians from several European countries, including the UK, France,…

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The Shanghai Orchestra Academy is visited by EUYO Members

Concert-Tchaikovsky's String SextetSHANGHAI, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Over ten members of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) paid a visit to Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) from October 23 and 27, 2017. During the five-day visit, young musicians from several European countries, including the UK, France,…

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Hear Mavis Staples' Graceful New Protest Song 'Build a Bridge'

Mavis Staples unveiled a supple new soul ode to empathy, “Build a Bridge,” set to appear on her upcoming album with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, If All I Was Was Black, out November 17th via Anti.

The steady number boasts a simmering mix of subtle percussion, limber bass and dreamy guitar, while Staples delivers a delicate vocal performance that crackles at the edges. Her lyrics are potent, vivid and politically charged, while still striving towards uplift and inclusiveness: “When I say my life matters,” she sings, “You can say yours does too/ But I betcha never have to remind anyone/ To look at it from your point of view.”

If All I Was Was Black follows Staples’ 2016 solo LP, Livin’ on a High Note, and marks her third collaboration with Tweedy, following 2010’s You Are Not Alone and 2013’s One True Vine. Along with “Build a Bridge,” Staples previously shared the album’s title track and another song, “Little Bit.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Staples spoke about how If All I Was Was Black was inspired by the current political climate and recalls the social-justice anthems she sang with the Staple Singers at the height of the Civil Rights movement. “So many young boys are being stopped by the police and being killed,” she said. “We’ve got a man in the White House that is urging this stuff on, and he’s brought on a rebirth of bigotry and hate. This world … I just don’t know. I just stop myself and wonder, ‘What is going on?’ I’ve been doing some extra praying. We need it. We need it bad.”

Staples has a string of shows opening for Bob Dylan throughout November, though she’ll close the month with a handful of solo concerts, including a five-night stand at the Beacon Theater in New York City. She’ll embark on another solo tour January 24th at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont.

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Taylor Swift to Withhold 'Reputation' From Streaming Services

UPDATE: Taylor Swift unveiled the full track list for her new album Reputation on Instagram. The record will notably feature a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Future titled, “End Game.” The album will also include previously released songs, “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Gorgeous,” “Call It What You Want” and “…Ready For It?” Swift served as executive producer on Reputation, while Jack Antonoff, Max Martin and Shellback also contributed production.

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Taylor Swift‘s new album Reputation will not be available on streaming services upon its release November 10th, Bloomberg reports.

The record is expected to be withheld through its first week of sales, though Swift is reportedly still negotiating the specifics with various platforms. Despite its absence from streaming services, Reputation will still be available via digital retailers like iTunes.

A representative for Swift did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

Swift has been one of the most vocal critics of streaming services, even temporarily pulling her music from all of them in 2014. Around the same time, Swift called streaming “a grand experiment” and said she was apprehensive about how fairly it compensated artists, producers and songwriters. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Swift wrote, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”

In 2015, Swift began to soften her stance, first making 1989 available on Apple Music after Apple changed its policies on paying artists and musician’s royalties. However, it was only this past June that Swift re-released her entire back catalog on all streaming services, including Spotify.

While streaming continues to grow as the dominate form of music consumption, some high-profile artists have continued to shun the platforms – at least temporarily – to chase physical and digital sales. Most notably, Adele’s 2015 album 25 was unavailable on streaming platforms for months, yet still sold a record-breaking 3.38 million copies in its first week. Swift’s decision to withhold 1989 from streaming services didn’t hurt its sales either, as it finished in the top three in global sales for 2014 and 2015.

Reputation Track List
1. “…Ready For It?”
2. “End Game” (ft. Ed Sheeran and Future)
3. “I Did Something Bad”
4. “Don’t Blame Me”
5. “Delicate”
6. “Look What You Made Me Do”
7. “So It Goes…”
8. “Gorgeous”
9. “Getaway Car”
10. “King of My Heart”
11. “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
12. “Dress”
13. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
14. “Call It What You Want”
15. “New Year’s Day”

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Spotlite App Continues Growth Bursting Into Top 10

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Emerging FREE sing app Spotlite continues to gain momentum jumping into the top 10 over the weekend and holding firmly on the #10 spot on the iTunes Top Free Music App Chart, announced today! Boasting more than 30,000 downloads per week,…

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Spotlite App Continues Growth Bursting Into Top 10

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Emerging FREE sing app Spotlite continues to gain momentum jumping into the top 10 over the weekend and holding firmly on the #10 spot on the iTunes Top Free Music App Chart, announced today! Boasting more than 30,000 downloads per week,…

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Britney Spears' Watercolor Painting Auctioned Off for $10,000

Britney Spears‘ latest creative venture isn’t a musical one – a watercolor painting the singer previously shared on her Instagram account recently sold for $10,000 at a Las Vegas charity auction.

The piece, which features five flowers (four larger ones and one smaller one) in hues of pink, purple and blue, is now the prized possession of one Robin Leach, the former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

According to an Instagram user who shared a photo of Leach with his purchase, the former TV host was both the auctioneer and the winning bidder.

“It’s #RobinLeach, who just auctioned this @britneyspears piece to … himself! Yes! Great $10k moment #VegasCares @venetianvegas,” the user captioned the photo.

Proceeds from the charity auction will benefit victims of last month’s Las Vegas shooting.

The pop star previously shared a behind-the-scenes video clip of herself creating her masterpiece on the Grecian terrace of her Thousand Oaks, California mansion. In the post to Instagram, shared October 13th, Spears can be seen in a cleavage-baring top partially covered by a paint-splattered painter’s shirt. Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca” blares in the background. (See above)

“Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!!” she captioned the video, which has been viewed more than 4.6 million times.

Spears’ artwork isn’t her first foray into charity. The singer previously donated $1 million of her ticket sales from her Vegas “Piece of Me” residency to the new Britney Spears Campus at the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, which she helped open Saturday.

“I’m just really excited to be standing here for our new NCCF campus,” she said at the ceremonial ribbon cutting, according to People. “We started fundraising in 2014 and we’ve raised $1 million to build this amazing facility to support the kids and the families everywhere. I’m so thankful to everyone for their generosity in making this a reality and making this happen.”

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Joni Mitchell Talks Exes, Addictions and Music in Candid, All-Access Biography

Until David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, Mitchell had never before cooperated with previous biographers. And based on the interviews she gave Yaffe for his book, the legendary singer-songwriter seems eager to finally spew. One-time lover James Taylor was “broody and moody … incapable of a relationship.” David Crosby, another ex, is called an “incompetent” producer of her first album. Bob Dylan’s original recordings for Blood on the Tracks were “butchered up” for its eventual release. Her first husband, Chuck Mitchell, was guilty of “academic stupidity.” Singing “Helpless” with Neil Young and Robbie Robertson at “The Last Waltz,” she recalls they were “so high, and they were so out of tune.”

It’s easy to see why Yaffe, a Syracuse University professor and author of books on jazz and Dylan, was granted unprecedented access to the press-wary Mitchell. In prose that shifts between chatty, impressionistic and reportorial, Yaffe sympathetically traces the outline of the musician’s life, from her childhood battle with polio through her life-threatening aneurysm in 2015. Working his way through her albums, he offers up detailed takes on recording sessions, song tidbits (her dig at another ex, Leonard Cohen, in “A Case of You”), even chord changes. Starting with the magical Court and Spark, Yaffe also chronicles her career-crippling love of jazz in fascinating detail, including her affair with then-married bass iconoclast Jaco Pastorius.

Still, it’s Mitchell’s candor and often startling memories that propel the book. She recalls a late-life miscarriage, the time a coked-out Miles Davis made an aggressive, clumsy pass at her, the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of drummer and beau Don Alias, and the cocaine addiction that began when she hooked up with Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. (Of her affair with Sam Shepard during that tour, she says, “For me, on coke, I found him very attractive.”) Dismissing stories that she attempted suicide after breaking up with Jackson Browne, she tells Yaffe, “I’m crazy but not that crazy.” Insane or not, Reckless Daughter looks at Mitchell’s life through all sides now. 

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell is out now Sarah Crichton Books, $28

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Las Vegas Entertainment Community Unites For Vegas Strong Benefit Concert To Raise Funds For Victims Of Recent Tragedy

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Las Vegas’ entertainment industry is uniting in unprecedented fashion in support of the victims of the October 1 tragedy. On Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., T-Mobile Arena will host the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert, a special evening of…

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