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Epiphany MusicAlanis Morissette’s new video for her song "Ablaze" is a family affair.

The singer enlists her husband Mario "Souleye" Treadway and three young children for the clip, which was shot at their home. As Alanis sings, we see clips of the kids playing in the backyard, as well as in a toy-filled playroom.

The song itself seems to be an ode to Alanis' children, with each verse addressing her two sons and one daughter with the overarching message, "My mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze."

During the video, Alanis brings out a giant microscope and when she looks through it, she sees her family dressed up as cells to coincide with the lyric, "We seem to easily forget we are made of the same cells."

"Ablaze" appears on Alanis' new album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. On August 22, she's launching Such Pretty Forks in the Room, a virtual escape experience. For info on tickets, go to MissionEscapeGames.com/Anaheim/Alanis.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has done an in-depth interview with the U.K. version of GQ magazine in which he reflects on being a member of The Beatles, his relationships with his band mates and how he's been perceived as the guy who broke up the group.

McCartney says he feels it's magical how the band came together with four musicians who could all sing, play well and write good songs, as well as having artistic interests and zany senses of humor.

"We knew we were different," Sir Paul notes. "We knew we had something that all these other groups didn’t have. It gelled."

McCartney also says that all the time The Beatles did playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany, helped them hone their musical skills to where they were very good.

In addition, Paul recalls bonding with John Lennon and George Harrison by going on separate hitchhiking trips with them.

"George and I hitchhiked one time to Wales…and stayed in a little place there and played a little gig," McCartney remembers. "Then me and John went down to Reading, where my uncle had a pub. And we played a little gig there as The Nerk Twins. And then me and John hitchhiked to Paris."

As for The Beatles' split, and his part in it, McCartney says he's often blamed because he wound up suing his three band mates, but he maintains that he felt he had to do what he did to keep the group's publishing from falling into the hands of Allen Klein, whom he thought was "a f****** idiot" and who was managing Lennon, Harrison and Ringo Starr at the time.

McCartney admits that after the breakup, the guilt he felt and conflicts with his fellow Beatles led him to battle depression and alcohol issues, which he eventually overcame.

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Frederic REGLAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesThe upcoming Whitney Houston biopic has landed a studio, and a tentative release date.

According to Deadline, Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the bidding for I Wanna Dance with Somebody and is laying claim to a Thanksgiving, 2022 release date. Sony reportedly beat out around six streaming companies and studios to score the project.

Music producer and Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis is producing the film, which has the blessing of the Whitney Houston Estate. Stella Meghie, whose most recent film is The Photograph, is on board to direct, with Bohemian Rhapsody scribe Anthony McCarten writing the script and co-producing.

The producers previously described the movie as a "joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration," while still being "very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted" from Whitney.

Whitney passed away in 2012 at the age of 48.

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Rhino EntertainmentAs The Doobie Bothers prepare to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November, the band has announced plans to release a new box set featuring Blu-ray audio versions of four of their classic 1970s studio albums.

The collection, titled The Doobie Brothers: Quadio, will include quadraphonic and high-resolution stereo mixes of the groups second, third, fourth and fifth albums: 1972's Toulouse Street, 1973's The Captain & Me, 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits and 1975's Stampede. The box set will be released on September 4 exclusively via The Doobie Brothers' official website and Rhino.com, and then will be made available at other retail outlets starting November 6.

The discs will be packaged in a clamshell box and housed in sleeves replicating the original vinyl albums' covers.

The four albums were released during The Doobies' initial commercial heyday, when the band was led by founding -- and current -- members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons. Hits and other favorites appearing on the records include "Listen to the Music," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," the chart-topping "Black Water," and "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)."

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers recently announced rescheduled dates for their planned 50th anniversary tour featuring the band's current lineup reuniting with former singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald. The trek, which was initially scheduled to take place this year but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, now will kick off on July 17, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 23 performance in New Orleans. Check out the band's full tour schedule at TheDoobieBrothers.com.

Here is The Doobie Brothers: Quadio box set's track list:

Toulouse Street
"Listen to the Music"
"Rockin' Down the Highway"
"Mamaloi"
"Toulouse Street"
"Cotton Mouth"
"Don't Start Me to Talkin'"
"Jesus Is Just Alright"
"White Sun"
"Disciple"
"Snake Man"

The Captain & Me
"Natural Thing"
"Long Train Runnin'"
"China Grove"
"Dark Eyed Cajun Woman"
"Clear as the Driven Snow"
"Without You"
"South City Midnight Lady"
"Evil Woman"
"Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners"
"Ukiah"
"The Captain and Me"

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
"Song to See You Through"
"Spirit"
"Pursuit on 53rd St."
"Black Water"
"Eyes of Silver"
"Road Angel"
"You Just Can't Stop It"
"Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)"
"Down in the Track"
"Another Park, Another Sunday"
"Daughters of the Sea"
"Flying Cloud"

Stampede
"Sweet Maxine"
"Neal's Fandango"
"Texas Lullaby"
"Music Man"
"Slack Key Soquel Rag"
"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)"
"I Cheat the Hangman"
"Précis"
"Rainy Day Crossroad Blues"
"I Been Workin' on You"
"Double Dealin' Four Flusher"

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Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Hampton WaterJust like his latest single says, Jon Bon Jovi can't do what he does, so he's doing what he can.  This time, it's an acoustic online concert to raise money for charity -- preceded by a virtual happy hour.

Jon and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, have their own line of highly-rated rosé wine, Hampton Water, and on August 14, they'll sit down at 5:30 p.m. ET for a chat with fans at LiveFromHome.com.  Fans can submit questions in advance for the pair via Hampton Water's Facebook page.

For the entire month of August, one dollar from every purchase of Hampton Water wine will go to World Central Kitchen, which has been working to combat hunger and poverty worldwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  WCK will in turn give the money to minority-owned businesses.

At 6 p.m. ET, after the Happy Hour, fans can enjoy Jon's free livestream concert at Hampton Water's Facebook page.

Of course, you'll need your own bottle of Hampton Water to enjoy while watching these events -- and if you go to HamptonWaterWine.com now and use the code LIVE10, you'll get 10% off your purchase.

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Courtesy of Deniece Williams

Over three decades later, Deniece Williams says she feels "honored" her empowering 1984 hit "Black Butterfly" still resonates with so many in today's climate amid Black Lives Matter protests.

"I am so honored that song has had the life that it has had and that that song has such significant meaning to people then and even now," she tells ABC Audio.

The song became an instant voice of Black power, perseverance, and "letting you know that the movement will not be in vain." Williams recalled asking the song's producer George Duke to remove the original artist on the song "because I need to live with it.

"I need to make it my own," she continues. "I wish that it had been a song I had written because the message is so, so powerful. And we see that that message still resonates even today."

Amid recent Black Lives Matter protests, "Black Butterfly" was selected as one of the Top 10 Black Empowerment Songs of All Time by The New York Post.

Deniece said the song speaks to the emotional yet historical moment when Barack Obama became the first Black president in 2008 — a moment her parents "never, ever thought" they would see. 

She said that moment also speaks to the song's message of change and triumph for Black Americans.

Reciting the song's lyrics, she tells ABC Audio, "'Tell your sons and daughters' we have to continue to tell them what the struggle has been and what it brings and how we overcome."

Deniece says she is proud "to know that something that I sang, something that I believed then touched so many people and still resonates that message of what we need to do as Black Americans today." 

By Rachel George
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Blue Élan RecordsFounding Yes frontman Jon Anderson's latest solo studio album, 1000 Hands, got its official label release on Friday.

Anderson tells ABC Audio that a highlight of the star-studded project was having Yes guitarist Steve Howe play on one of the tracks, "Now and Again," which ends the album.

Jon says that in asking Steve to contribute his album, he reminded his old band mate that he'd sung on Howe's 1999 Bob Dylan covers record.

Howe agreed, and when Anderson heard his guitar part, he says he decided to write lyrics and add his vocals to the track.

"I went, 'OK, I'm gonna sing, 'cause I want to sing with Steve…again,'" Anderson notes. "So I wrote a song about us. You know, how we…created such beautiful music together." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Anderson, who initially self-released 1000 Hands last year, tells ABC Audio that he was happy he finally found a label interested in putting out the record, the Los Angeles-based boutique label Blue Élan.

Jon actually began 1000 Hands about 30 years ago as a collaboration with Brian Chatton, with whom he played in his first band, The Warriors, in 1965. He and Chatton began writing and recording several songs together, and he also enlisted Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White to contribute to two tracks.

Anderson eventually got sidetracked by Yes and other musical endeavors and wound up stashing the tapes in his garage for 26 years. A producer friend named Michael Franklin, who was familiar with the recordings, encouraged Jon to finish them with his help. Franklin, meanwhile, enlisted various well-known guest musicians to contribute to the project, and Jon also came up with some new tunes to fill things out.

Visit BlueElan.com for more info on 1000 Hands.

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Credit: Kate IzorEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters took part in an online performance special this past Sunday called Our Voices Together that was presented by the Newport Folk Festival to raise money for musicians who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waters' contribution to the special was a black-and-white video of him performing the John Prine song "Hello in There" at his home studio, with backing vocals by Lucius singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig -- who also are members of Roger's touring band -- recorded and shot at a separate location. You can watch the clip at Waters' official YouTube channel, while the entire special can be viewed at the Newport Folk Festival's YouTube channel.

In a note accompanying the "Hello in There" video, Roger points out that he performed the song with Prine at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. "Hello in There" originally appeared on John' 1970 self-titled debut album. Prine died in April at age 73 from complications of COVID-19. Shortly after his passing, Waters posted a video of him playing a cover of another 1970 Prine song, "Paradise," on his YouTube channel.

In other news, Waters recently posted a video on YouTube of him and his touring band performing the classic 1973 Pink Floyd song "Time" at a concert in Amsterdam in June 2018. The clip comes from the 2019 concert film Roger Waters: Us Them, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 2.

As previously reported, the movie features performances shot in Amsterdam during the Waters' 2017-2018 Us Them Tour, and captures Roger and his group playing a set that mixed classic Pink Floyd songs from the 1970s and selections from his 2017 solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

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Courtesy of Sony Music EntertainmentThe first-ever official music video for the 1974 Redbone hit "Come and Get Your Love" premiered today on the band's official YouTube channel.

"Come and Get Your Love" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in '74, making Redbone the first Native American band to reach the top five of the chart.

The animated video, which utilizes archival photos and new artwork, follows a Native American character on a mind-bending journey across the Earth and into outer space while mixing real-life landscapes and surreal images like flying saucers and Bigfoot.

The clip was created by Mexican-born producer and director Juan E Bedolla and Native American artist Brent Learned.

Explaining the significance of the mystical figure at the center of the video, Learned says, "This is a commentary on an overarching idea repeated throughout the video, that of seeking our love/interests in all the wrong places, when often times they are right in front of us; if only we're willing to look."

Redbone bassist Pat Vegas, who's the only original member of the band that still plays with the group, says of the song, "We wanted to show that our people were about love...The chorus -- 'Come and get your love' -- is about pure love, without all the overthinking and trendy phrases."

Regarding the video, Vegas notes, "This visual really takes you on a journey and reminds us that the sky's not the limit, it's only the view. It's something to help the young understand the old, one is silver the other gold, both are valuable."

"Come and Get Your Love" was introduced to a new audience when it was featured on the soundtrack to the popular 2014 Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesA variety of U.K. musicians, as well as several non-British artists including ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Chic's Nile Rodgers, have signed an open letter condemning racism and calling out the rest of the music industry to do the same.

"We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause," the letter opens.

"In recent months through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and anti-semites, plus those who advocate islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail," it continues. "Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division. We are at our worst when we attack one another."

Ultimately, the letter declares that "silence is not an option."

"We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity," it reads.

Other artists who signed the letter include founding Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, Rita Ora, Niall Horan, James Blunt, Leona Lewis, Lily Allen, Bastille, Placebo, Biffy Clyro and dozens of others, as well as Two Door Cinema Club, and a bevy of songwriters, producers, managers, agents and record labels.

You can read the whole letter at Medium.com.

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Jeff Vespa/VF12/WireImageTony Bennett is celebrating his 94th birthday today.

In honor of the occasion, some of his famous pals took to Twitter with heartfelt birthday wishes for the legendary crooner using the hashtag #TheBestIsYetToCome.

Elton John posted a video message to Tony, pointing out that the phrase "the best is yet to come" is an important optimistic motto for these challenging times.

"I'm hoping that next year things will completely turn around and people like you and I can go back to work and entertain people and spread love and joy throughout the world, which it desperately needs in this moment," Elton says. "Meanwhile, I send you all my love and thank you for spreading so much joy throughout my lifetime. You're an amazing man, an amazing artist and someone we should all look up to."

Sting also posted a video message, beginning by singing a bit of "The Way You Look Tonight" but changing the lyrics to say, "Some day, when I'm feeling low/ When the world is cold/ I will feel a glow just thinking of you/ And the way you've lived your life."

The former Police frontman adds, "You are truly an inspiration and you give us the confidence to think that we can make the world better, we can fix this world and the best is yet to come."

Billy Joel shared a couple of photos with Bennett and wrote, "To my good friend, @itstonybennett - Thank you for bringing the songs I wrote to such glorious life. Happy Birthday!"

Others wishing Tony a happy birthday include Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin, Diana Krall and The Chicks.

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Credit: Edward CookeAn official music video for the rare 1974 Rolling Stones track "Scarlet," which features contributions from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and late Traffic/Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech, will premiere this Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. ET on The Stones' YouTube channel.

Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Irish actor Paul Mescal, who stars in the clip, will deliver a special introduction prior to the screening of the video. The clip was directed by the video-directing duo Us, and was filmed during a socially distanced shoot at the famous London hotel Claridge's. You can check out a preview of the video now at YouTube.

Mescal is best known for his lead role in the Hulu series Normal People, for which he's received a 2020 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

"Scarlet," which was issued as a digital single and via streaming services last month, is one of three previously unreleased tracks that will be featured on the upcoming expanded reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

The reissue, which will be released on September 4 and can be pre-ordered now, will be available in multiple configurations and formats, including a super deluxe three-CD/DVD or four-LP/DVD box set, a deluxe two-CD or two-LP collection, and single CD, LP and cassette editions.

"Scarlet was recorded in October 1974, in Ronnie Wood's basement studio at his U.K. residence.

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ABC/CRAIG SJODINElton John's given his two sons a nice distraction during quarantine: a pair of adorable doggies.

On Instagram, he posted a picture of two German Shepherd puppies, with the caption, "Introducing the newest members of the F[urnish]-J[ohn] Family."

Elton's husband, David Furnish, posted a photo of the couple's sons Zachary and Elijah walking the two pups down a garden path.  No word on the puppies' names, though fans are guessing at least one may be named "Rocket" -- or perhaps "Bennie" and "Jet."

Elton is a dog lover: In 2018, he mourned the death of his cocker spaniel Arthur, who died at age 14.  Elton loved Arthur so much that he had him act as best man at his civil union to David.  At that time, the couple also had two other cocker spaniels, Marilyn and Isobella. It's not clear if they're still around.

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Wicked Cool RecordsThe Empty Hearts, the star-studded band that includes founding members of The Cars, Blondie and The Romantics, have released a fifth advance song from their forthcoming sophomore album, the aptly titled The Second Album, which will hit stores on August 28.

The track, "Well, Look at You," is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at YouTube and the group's Bandcamp page. All of The Empty Hearts' music is heavily influenced by the sounds of the 1960s, with the new song adding some soul-flavored horns to the mix -- courtesy of The Uptown Horns.

The other tracks from The Second Album that have been released are "The World's Gone Insane," "The Best That I Can," "Coat-Tailer" and "Remember Days Like These," the latter of which features a guest appearance by Ringo Starr on drums.

The Empty Hearts feature Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Romantics singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, and bassist Andy Babiuk of veteran garage-rock band The Chesterfield Kings.

The Second Album is available for pre-order now on multiple formats. Here's the full track list:

"Coat-Tailer"
"Remember Days Like These" (featuring Ringo Starr)
"Well, Look at You"
"Jonathan Harker's Journal"
"Sometimes S*** Happens for a Reason"
"The Best That I Can"
"If I Could Change Your Mind"
"Come On and Try It"
"The World as We Know It, Moves On"
"The Haunting of the Tin Soldier"
"Death by Insomnia"
"The World's Gone Insane"
"Indigo Dusk of the Night"

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Thirty TigersHall & Oates member John Oates and his Americana side project The Good Road Band will release a new concert album, Live in Nashville, digitally and via streaming services on September 18.

The album, which was recorded this past January at the legendary Nashville venue Station Inn, features Oates and his band performing selections from their 2018 studio effort Arkansas, along with four new original tunes. The live record also finds John paying tribute to his own childhood on a rendition of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me," which was the first song he learned to sing and play on guitar when was was just six years old.

Arkansas features various songs associated one of Oates' musical heroes, blues legend Mississippi John Hurt, including covers of tunes by such American roots-music greats as Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Blake and Emmett Miller, plus two original compositions.

The Good Road Band is made up of a collective of respected session musicians, among them the acclaimed mandolin player Sam Bush.

"[Live in Nashville] represents a full-circle moment for me," says Oates, who's been quarantining with his family in his Nashville home during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It feels like the culmination of the Arkansas project, being able to bring these guys back, and to be able to make this record after touring and playing so many shows together."

Oates has posted a lyric video featuring footage of him and The Good Road Band at Station Inn playing a version of Miller's 1924 tune "Anytime" -- a song featured on both Arkansas and Live in Nashville -- on his official YouTube channel. The black-and-white clip is has altered to look like a grainy silent film.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young has officially released his updated live acoustic version of his politically charged 2006 song "Lookin' for a Leader."

The new rendition, which features lyrics that take aim at current U.S. president Donald Trump and call for him to be voted out of office, can be heard and viewed at the folk-rock legend's Neil Young Archives website. The track also is available via various digital service providers and at Neil's official YouTube channel.

Young's performance of "Lookin' for a Leader 2020" comes from the latest installment of his "Fireside Sessions" livestream series, which was dubbed the Porch Episode. As the name suggests, the entire episode features Neil singing songs from his porch.

In one of the song's verses, Neil sings, "Just like his big new fence, this president's goin' down/ America's movin' forward, you can feel it in every town/ Scared of his own shadow, building walls around our house/ He's hidin' in his bunker; something else to lie about."

The original version of "Lookin' for a Leader" appeared on Young's 2006 album, Living with War, and focused on the then-current president, George W. Bush.

All six "Fireside Sessions" episodes can be viewed at the "Hearse Theater" section of Young's website. All the installments have been shot by Neil's wife, Daryl Hannah, at their Colorado residence while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MPL/Capitol/UMeThe 13th and latest installment of Paul McCartney's ongoing Archive Collection reissue campaign, a remastered and expanded version of his 1997 album Flaming Pie, was released today.

The reissue is available in multiple formats and configurations, including a five-CD/two-DVD/four-LP Collector's Edition, a five-CD/two-DVD Deluxe Edition, and three-LP, two-LP and two-CD sets.

Flaming Pie was co-produced by McCartney, George Martin and Jeff Lynne. The record, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, included contributions from McCartney's wife Linda, his son James, Ringo Starr and Steve Miller.

The Collector's Edition CDs feature a remastered version of the original album, plus 32 bonus tracks, including previously unheard demos, rough mixes, B-Sides and Flaming Pie at The Mill -- an hour-long spoken-word CD featuring McCartney giving a tour of his home studio.

The LPs include a half-speed-mastered version of Flaming Pie; an LP of home recordings; and a disc featuring "The Ballad of the Skeletons," Paul's 1996 collaboration with poet Allen Ginsberg, which also featured avant-garde composer Philip Glass and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye.

The DVDs feature the In the World Tonight documentary, music videos, interviews, performances, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

Also included in the package are six silkscreened Linda McCartney art prints, and a 128-page book containing unpublished photos by Linda, an essay about the making of the album, track-by-track information, and new interviews with McCartney, Starr, Lynne, Miller and others.

Check out full details about the reissue at Flaming-Pie.com.

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Credit: Dove ShoreSheryl Crow has released a reimagined take on her 2012 B-side track, "Woman in the White House."

While the original song had a country twang, this new version contains rocking guitars and pounding drums. It also features some slight tweaks to the lyrics, though the straightforward chorus stays the same.

"Don't you think it's time we put a woman in the White House/With a whole new attitude/We could use a little female common sense/Down on Pennsylvania Avenue," Sheryl sings.

"When I first recorded this song 8 years ago, I was hopeful that we, as a nation, would seize the moment and put a Woman in the White House," she says in a statement. "That did not happen -- but our movement of strength grows as we take to the streets and make our voices heard."

Crow adds, "We must not stop there. It is time for us to show up to the polls, be seen and heard as the great leaders we are."

While there isn't a female presidential candidate this year, Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has vowed to choose a woman as his running mate.

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Cleopatra RecordsJethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has lent his flute talents to a new version of the 1971 Badfinger hit "Day After Day," which also features guitar by veteran English rocker Terry Reid and accompaniment from the U.K.'s Manchester String Quartet.

The new version of the song, which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, is built around archival vocals that founding Badfinger member Joey Molland recorded in the early 1990s.

"Day After Day" was written and originally sung by late Badfinger singer/guitarist Pete Ham, and was the band's highest-charting song ever in the U.S., peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beatles' George Harrison produced the original track and contributed a slide-guitar solo to it.

"Like many of my contemporaries, I remember 'The New Beatles,' as Badfinger were unfortunately dubbed by the U.K. press," Anderson notes. "Great songwriting and production by George Harrison. [This version of 'Day After Day' is] brought to life here by the Manchester String Quartet, alumni of the Northern Royal College of Music. I tried to find a few harmonies and simple counterpoints to interject into their splendid performance. For me, an elegant and nostalgic experience."

Adds Reid, "It was great to go back and listen to this song again and get to play guitar on it as I've always loved the band and this song. I got to hang out with Joey back in the day and he's a really great guy and a fine musician. Playing on this song brought back some great memories of a musical era that will never be forgotten by me and many others."

You can check out the new version of "Day After Day" now at YouTube.

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Sony LegacyAlan Parker, acclaimed British filmmaker whose many credits include the 1982 movie adaptation of Pink Floyd's concept album The Wall, died Friday after a lengthy illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 76.

A versatile filmmaker, Parker was known for moving fluidly through various genres -- from the Civil Rights struggle-themed Mississippi Burning through lighter, more music-oriented movies including 1980's Fame, the aforementioned Pink Floyd: The Wall, the beloved 1991 film The Commitments, and the Madonna-starring 1996 big-screen adaptation of the stage musical Evita.

Among Parker's other noteworthy films: Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Birdy, Angel Heart and Angela's Ashes.

Two of Parker's movies received Oscar nominations for Best Film and Best Director -- Mississippi Burning and Midnight Express.

Pink Floyd: The Wall won two BAFTAs, the U.K. equivalent of the Academy Awards, for Best Original Song and Best Sound.

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