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During a recent interview on a Dutch radio station, U.K. pop star Ed Sheeran randomly announced that he and Elton John were planning to release a joint Christmas single this year. But Elton wasn't very amused, since the news was supposed to be kept on the down low -- and besides, the record isn't even complete.

Speaking to the British music publication NME, Elton laughs, "Yeah, he let the cat out of the bag didn't he? I was sworn to secrecy and then big mouth f***ing Sheeran goes to the Netherlands!"  Elton adds, "It's supposed to come out -- we haven't finished it yet, so there's still work to be done."

Elton added, "I can't say any more than that because it's in his hands."

If the record does come out, it'll likely be Elton's second big hit of 2021, following the U.K. number-one chart success of his Dua Lipa collaboration, "Cold Heart," from his new album The Lockdown Sessions.

"Everything's been a bonus with this record. Whether it sells one copy or a million copies, it doesn't matter to me," Elton says of the album. "I had so much fun and I learnt so much from doing it."

Elton plans to resume his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour next year, and he confirms that yes, this really is it.

"At the moment, I finish supposedly in 2023, in the summer, by which time I'll be 76," Elton tells NME. "And that's it, baby. I can't wait to do it and have a great time, and I can't wait to finish and say, 'No more -- I've had enough.'"

Elton confirms that he'll continue to make records but as far as live shows, he admits, "I've had enough applause. I wanna be with my family. I wanna be with my boys."

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Bruce Springsteen will pay a visit this evening to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the Boss will be interviewed and will deliver a solo performance.

Springsteen has at least two upcoming releases that he can promote on the show. On Tuesday, October 26, Renegades: Born in the USA, the book Bruce co-authored with former president Barack Obama, will be published; and in November, The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts, a film and album documenting Springsteen's performances with the E Street Band at the historic MUSE benefit concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, will be released in various formats.

This will mark the third time that Springsteen has been a guest on The Late Show, having previously appeared on the program on October 2020 and September 2016.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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The Beatles have gotten back into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, thanks to the reissue of the band's final studio album, 1970's Let It Be.

The album, which spent four weeks at #1 on the chart in June and July of 1970, reenters the tally at #5 after earning 55,000 equivalent album units during the week following the reissue's October 15 release.

About 48,000 of the units were for album sales, which made Let It Be the best-selling album of the week.

The Let It Be reissue was released in a variety of expanded formats and configurations, many of which featured previously unreleased tracks, including rehearsals, jams and alternate takes.

Sales and streams of all versions of the album were included when tabulating Billboard chart positions.

The reissue arrives in advance of the previously reported three-part documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, which focuses on the sessions that yielded Let It Be. The series, which was directed Peter Jackson, premieres on November 25, 26 and 27 on Disney+.

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Billy Joel has announced a show at Las Vegas' new Allegiant Stadium in February, as part of a doubleheader with heavy metal legends Metallica.

Billy will perform Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the event; tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com. Metallica will perform at the same venue on February 25.

Billy will resume his Madison Square Garden residency on November 5.  In 2022, he has a bunch of other stadium shows scheduled in North Carolina, Indiana and Michigan.

Also on November 5, Billy releases the nine-LP vinyl set Billy Joel -- The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1, which includes all his albums from his debut, Cold Spring Harbor -- celebrating its 50th anniversary next week -- through to 1981's Songs in the Attic, plus a two-LP live show recorded in San Francisco in 1975.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Eric Clapton has premiered a new preview clip from his upcoming performance video The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions that captures him playing an acoustic version of the 1968 Fleetwood Mac classic, "Black Magic Woman."

As previously reported, The Lady in the Balcony, which will be released on November 12 on video and audio formats, features an intimate performance by Clapton and members of his touring band in February 2021 year at the Cowdray House country mansion in West Sussex, U.K.

The show was recorded without an audience, with exception of Eric's wife, Melia, who watched the performance from a balcony -- hence the release's title.

For his version of "Black Magic Woman," Clapton is featured on acoustic 12-string guitar, joined by Chris Stainton on keyboards, Nathan East on standup bass and Steve Gadd on drums.

As he begins the tune, Eric declares, "This one's for Peter," referring to founding Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Peter Green, who wrote the song and who passed away in July 2020 at age 73. Of course, Santana recorded the most famous version of "Black Magic Woman," scoring a 1970 hit with the song.

The show also featured Eric performing some of his best-known original songs, several blues classics and another Green-penned Fleetwood Mac tune, "Man of the World."

The Lady in the Balcony, which you can pre-order now, will be available as a DVD/CD or Blu-ray/CD set, a 4K UHD/Blu-ray package, a two-LP colored-vinyl set, as digital video and audio versions, and as a Deluxe Edition featuring the DVD, Blu-ray and CD housed in a 40-page hardback photo book. In addition, a standalone CD version will be sold exclusively at Target.

Here's the full The Lady in the Balcony track list:

"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Golden Ring"
"Black Magic Woman"
"Man of the World"
"Kerry"
"After Midnight"
"Bell Bottom Blues"
"Key to the Highway"
"River of Tears"
"Rock Me Baby"
"Believe in Life"
"Going Down Slow"
"Layla"
"Tears in Heaven"
"Long Distance Call"
"Bad Boy"
"Got My Mojo Working"

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John Fogerty will headline three special benefit concerts in Florida next month, that will raise money for The Charity Pro's, a Fort Myers, Florida-based non-profit established to support and advocate for children's social causes.

The shows, scheduled November 20 in Tampa, November 21 in Estero, and November 23 in Orlando, will raise funds for the organization's "Charity Pro's for Heroes" initiative, which will help provide educational scholarships to children of first responders and healthcare workers who died from complications of the COVID-19 virus.

Proceeds from the events also will go toward granting children of fallen heroes a "Megan's Wish," that is, a special experience that will enrich their lives with love, hope and strength.

Joining Fogerty at the concerts will be three special support acts -- country star Lauren Alaina on November 20, Foreigner on the 21st and Cheap Trick on the 23rd. Recent American Idol finalist Casey Bishop, an Estero native, will perform at all three shows.

Immediate family members of first responders and healthcare workers who passed away from COVID-19 are invited to attend the concerts for free. Those interested in reserving seats can email meg@thecharitypros.org.

First responders and healthcare workers will be able to purchase discount tickets for the events through the end of the day today by using the promo code HERO. Visit TheCharityPros.org for more information.

"Every day, we learn of the incredible stories of the children and families of our Heroes nationwide who are dealing with the effects of losing a parent or loved one," says The Charity Pro's founder Megan Maloney. "Bringing these families together to honor their loved ones, their Heroes and ours, is the very least we can do."

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Jay Black, former lead singer of the 1960s pop-rock group Jay and the Americans, died Friday at age 82, his family revealed to Rolling Stone.

According to the statement, Black passed away from complications from pneumonia, and he also battled dementia in recent years.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Black, whose given name was David Blatt, joined Jay and the Americans after original lead singer Jay Trainor left the group in 1962, not long after the band had scored a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "She Cried."

Led by Black's soaring voice, the band scored many more top-40 hits throughout the 1960s, its biggest coming in 1964 with "Come a Little Bit Closer," which peaked at #3. Jay and the Americans also hit the top 10 in 1965 with "Cara Mia" and in 1969 with "This Magic Moment," which reached #4 and #6, respectively.

Among the group's other hits were "Let's Lock the Door (And Throw Away the Key)," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Sunday and Me" and "Walkin' in the Rain," which all cracked the top 20.

The band split up in 1973, and afterward, Black continued to tour as a solo artist, playing his final show in 2017.

Jay and the Americans reformed in 2006 with a new lead singer named "Jay." The band paid homage to Black in a message posted on their Facebook page on Saturday.

"Today, we mourn the passing of David Blatt a/k/a Jay Black and we acknowledge the great successes we had with him both as a partner and as a lead singer," the note reads. "We shared both wonderful and very contentious times, and much like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we created. We'll always remember The Voice."

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Reprise Records

Neil Young & Crazy Horse recently debuted a new song called "Song of the Seasons" as an advance track from the band's upcoming album Barn, and now a video for the tune has premiered at NeilYoungArchives.com and Young's YouTube channel.

The clip features time-lapse footage of a beautiful mountain landscape and lake apparently recorded by a stationary video camera.

According to a message Young posted on his website, the video was shot by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, and shows "the landscape and life where our record was made."

As previously reported, Barn is a 10-track collection that will be released on December 10. It was recorded "this summer under a full moon, in a restored off-grid 19th century barn high up in the Rockies." Barn will be available on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats, and as a deluxe box set.

The box set includes a CD and a vinyl LP, as well as a Blu-ray disc that features a film directed by Hannah offering a look at the making of Barn. The Blu-ray will also be released separately.

In his new message, Young explains, "All the songs in our Barn film are the originals. Crazy Horse is seen playing each (almost) song. All performances are of our original recordings used on the album. Since we play 'live' in the Barn, you are seeing exactly what happened that day as we made Barn the album."

He adds, "Not a lot of records are recorded live anymore, so it should be interesting and fun for you. These are not contrived little snips. They document what happened."

You can pre-order Barn now.

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The Rolling Stones' expanded 40th anniversary version of their chart-topping 1981 album Tattoo You got its release today.

The reissue, which is available in multiple formats and configurations, features nine previously unreleased tracks from that period.

All versions of the Tattoo You reissue feature a newly remastered version of the original 11-track album, which includes such hits and gems as "Start Me Up," "Waiting on a Friend," "Hang Fire," "Little T&A" and "Neighbours."

The Super Deluxe edition is available as either a four-CD or five-LP vinyl set. It includes the nine unreleased tracks gathered on one CD or two-LP under the title Lost & Found, plus a two-disc live collection dubbed Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982, featuring a 26-song performance by The Stones at the famed London venue.

Lost & Found features covers of the 1970 Chi-Lites tune "Troubles a' Comin," the 1963 Jimmy Reed song "Shame, Shame, Shame," and Dobie Gray's soulful hit 1973 ballad "Drift Away," as well as a reggae-flavored rendition of "Start Me Up." The tracks have been enhanced with newly added vocals and guitars.

Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982 was recorded in June of that year during the Tattoo You tour, and features performances of various Stones classics, select covers like Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" and The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace," and several songs from Tattoo You.

The box sets also come with a 124-page book featuring hundreds of 200 rare photos, interviews and more.

In conjunction with the Tattoo You reissue's arrival, a new video trailer for the collection has premiered at The Stones' YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, The Stones continues their 2021 U.S. tour with a concert this Sunday in Minneapolis.

Here's the track list of the reissue's four-CD version:

CD 1: Tattoo You (2021 Remaster)
"Start Me Up"
"Hang Fire"
"Slave"
"Little T&A"
"Black Limousine"
"Neighbours"
"Worried About You"
"Tops"
"Heaven"
"No Use in Crying"
"Waiting on a Friend"

CD 2: Lost & Found: Rarities
"Living in the Heart of Love"
"Fiji Jim"
"Troubles a' Comin"
"Shame Shame Shame"
"Drift Away"
"It's a Lie"
"Come to the Ball"
"Fast Talking Slow Walking"
"Start Me Up" (Early Version)

CD 3: Still Life (Wembley Stadium Concert 1982)
"Under My Thumb"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Shattered"
"Neighbours"
"Black Limousine"
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
"Twenty Flight Rock"
"Going to a Go Go"
"Chantilly Lace"
"Let Me Go"
"Time Is on My Side"
"Beast of Burden"
"Let It Bleed"

CD 4: Still Life (Wembley Stadium Concert 1982)
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
Band Introductions
"Little T&A"
"Tumbling Dice"
"She's So Cold"
"Hang Fire"
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Brown Sugar"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

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YouTube Originals

The new documentary Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers will get its worldwide release on November 11 as a free streaming event shown in 4K resolution on Tom Petty's official YouTube channel as part of the YouTube Originals series.

As previously reported, the movie focuses on the creatively fruitful period from 1993 to 1995, during which Petty made his acclaimed 1994 solo studio effort, Wildflowers, and recorded many other songs that weren't initially released on the album. The film features previously unseen 16-millimeter footage shot during the making of Wildflowers, archival commentary from Tom, and new interviews with producer Rick Rubin and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell -- who both co-produced the album with Tom -- as well as with Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

A new trailer for the documentary has debuted at Petty's YouTube channel. The two-minute promo features footage of Petty in the studio and on a tour bus and onstage, vintage photos, and clips of Tench and Campbell discussing Wildflowers. You also hear Tom talking about the project and reflecting on his approach to making the record.

Somewhere You Feel Free premiered in March as part of the virtual South by Southwest Film Festival, and the documentary got its theatrical release as a global screening event on Wednesday, October 20 -- coinciding with what would've been Petty's 71st birthday.

The film was directed by Mary Wharton, whose credits also include last year's Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.

Petty initially had planned for Wildflowers to be a double album, but was convinced by his record label to release it as a single disc. The many extra tracks he recorded during the sessions, along with a bevy of outtakes, finally were released last year on the Wildflowers & All the Rest box set.

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"Just a Notion," the new single released from ABBA's much-anticipated comeback album, Voyage, isn't really that new at all.

ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus says "Just a Notion" was originally recorded toward the end of 1978, and was probably destined for their album Voulez-Vous, but he claims he doesn't "have a clue" why it didn't make the final cut.

"It's a good song with great vocals. I know that we played it to a publisher in France and a couple of other people we trusted and as far as I can remember they liked it very much," he adds. "So it's a mystery and will remain a mystery."

The version that was released on Friday features a new backing track with drums and guitars, but the vocals are from the 1978 original. "'Just a Notion' is a ridiculously happy song," Björn adds. "And hopefully it will cheer you up in these dark times!"

ABBA's album Voyage is being released ahead of their Voyage series of concerts, which will take place in London in 2022.  More dates have been added to those shows, which will feature digital avatars of all four band members "performing" their hits.  The new tickets go on sale November 3.

Björn says "Just a Notion" "demonstrates what we plan to do with ABBA Voyage [concert] in 2022."  He notes, "There, we will have a live band playing, but all vocals will be from the old recordings."

Voyage comes out on November 5.  It includes the previously released singles "I Still Have Faith in You" and "Don’t Shut Me Down."

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Green Day has announced a new live album, The BBC Sessions.

The 16-track set collects each of the punk trio's four performances at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, recorded in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2001, together for the first time on one album. It'll be released December 10.

Leading up to the record's arrival, Green Day will be dropping one song from The BBC Sessions each week. The first selection is the 1994 rendition of the song "2000 Light Years Away," which you can download now via digital outlets.

Last month, Green Day wrapped their Hella Mega stadium tour alongside Weezer and Fall Out Boy. The band's most recent album is 2020's Father of All...

Here's the track list for The BBC Sessions:

"She" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"When I Come Around" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"Basket Case" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"2000 Light Years Away" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"Geek Stink Breath" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Brain Stew/Jaded" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Walking Contradiction" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Stuck with Me" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Hitchin' a Ride" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Nice Guys Finish Last" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Prosthetic Head" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Redundant" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Castaway" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)
"Church on Sunday" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)
"Minority" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)
"Waiting" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)

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Expanded and remastered versions of The Band's fourth album, Cahoots, will be released on December 10, in commemoration of its recent 50th anniversary.

Released in September 1971, Cahoots peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and featured such notable tunes as "Life Is a Carnival," the Canadian-American roots-rock group's rendition of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and the Van Morrison collaboration "4% Pantomime."

Among the versions of the 50th anniversary Cahoots reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, a 180-gram vinyl LP, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single, a photo booklet and more.

The updated version of the album was mixed by lauded engineer Bob Clearmountain, and overseen by Band guitarist/main songwriter Robbie Robertson.

Robertson explains, "I told Bob, 'There are no rules. So, every mix we do, I want to start from scratch. I don't even want to listen to the original. I want to listen to the way we hear it now and be fearless and experimental with it."

The expanded reissue also features alternate versions of six of the album's songs, two outtakes from the sessions, and 11 performances from a May 1971 concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.

The LP features the remastered original album, while the Blu-ray includes three mixes of Cahoots and some of the bonus tracks -- a Dolby Atmos, a 5.1 surround sound and the new stereo mix. The seven-inch single features "Life Is a Carnival" backed with "The Moon Struck One."

The new mix of "Life Is a Carnival" has been made available as an advance digital track.

The Cahoots reissue, which you can pre-order now, is also coming out as a two-CD set, digitally, and on vinyl.

Here's the track list of the reissue's CDs:

CD 1:
"Life Is a Carnival"
"When I Paint My Masterpiece"
"Last of the Blacksmiths"
"Where Do We Go from Here?"
"4% Pantomime"
"Shoot Out in Chinatown"
"The Moon Struck One"
"Thinkin' Out Loud"
"Smoke Signal"
"Volcano"
"The River Hymn"

Bonus Tracks
"Endless Highway" (Early Studio Take, 2021 Mix)
"When I Paint My Masterpiece" (Alternate Take, 2021 Mix)
"4% Pantomime" (Takes 1 & 2)
"Don't Do It" (Outtake -- Studio Version, 2021 Mix)
"Bessie Smith" (Outtake)

CD 2:*

Live at The Olympia Theatre, Paris, May 1971 (Bootleg, Partial Concert)
"The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show"
"We Can Talk"
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
"Across the Great Divide"
"The Unfaithful Servant"
"Don't Do It"
"The Genetic Method"
"Chest Fever"
"Rag Mama Rag"
"Slippin' and Slidin'"

Bonus Tracks
"Life Is a Carnival" (Instrumental)
"Volcano" (Instrumental)
"Thinkin' Out Loud" (Stripped Down Mix)

* = tracks are previously unreleased.

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Multi-Grammy winner Steve Wonder is looking to add a couple more Grammys to his collection, with the 2020 singles "Where Is Our Love Song" and "Can't Put It in the Hands of Fate."  And as usual, he's doing it on his terms.

Wonder challenged the music industry status quo in 1971 when he signed a new deal with Motown, where he fought for creative control as well as ownership of his master recordings and publishing rights.

Now 71, Stevie insists on doing things his way. Instead of making the Grammy submissions in the typical R&B categories, he pushed to have the songs considered for best melodic rap performance and best American roots performance.

"'Where Is Our Love Song' is a song that speaks to everyone, a traditional song or folk song about America," Wonder tells Billboard. "I said I didn't care what's normally done; that I'm not trying to do the typical. So it was submitted in the best American roots performance category."

As for "Can't Put It in the Hands of Fate," Wonder says, "It was such an honor to work with Rapsody, Cordae, Chika and Busta Rhymes for what became an amazing marriage with conscious rap. I wanted to be a part of celebrating their greatness as well as our collaboration, so that’s why I decided to put it in that category."

Wonder has racked up a total of 25 Grammy Awards over his 60-year career. He's also one of only four artists -- along with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift -- to win album of the year three times, and the only one to do so with three consecutive releases -- 1973's Innervisions, 1974's Fulfillingness' First Finale and 1976's Songs in the Key of Life.

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Are you ready to rock 'n' roll with Ringo Starr? The famed ex-Beatles drummer has debuted a music video for his new cover of the Bill Haley and His Comets classic "Rock Around the Clock," which appears on Starr's recently released Change the World EP.

The tune features Ringo's brother-in-law, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, ripping through a couple of wailing solos.

The video, which you can check out on YouTube, features footage shot at Starr's Roccabella West home studio of Ringo singing and playing drums, as well as Walsh doing his thing on guitar.

Session bassist Nathan East and Starr's frequent studio collaborator Bruce Sugar also appear in the clip. The track also features backing vocals from Amy Keys and Windy Wagner.

Ringo says he decided to record his own version of "Rock Around the Clock" because he was reminiscing about the impression the song had on him when he first heard it on his 15th birthday.  His grandparents took him to see the movie Blackboard Jungle in a theater then while he was recovering from tuberculosis.

Starr recalls that when the song came on, the audience "ripped up the cinema!!! They just threw the chairs and went crazy. I thought, 'WOW this is great!' I remember that moment like it was yesterday, it was incredible. And the song just rocks."

"Rock Around the Clock" is one of four songs featured on Change the World, along with "Let's Change the World," "Coming Undone" and "Just That Way." The EP is available now on CD, cassette and digitally. A 10-inch vinyl version will be released on November 16, and can be pre-ordered now.

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