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Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesThirty years ago today, Whitney Houston set a record that may surprise you.

Whitney's second album, simply called Whitney, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on June 27, 1987.  What's the big deal?  It was the first album ever by a woman to do so. 

The first album overall ever to debut at #1 was Elton John's Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, and that was in 1975, so it took 12 years for a female artist to achieve the same feat.

Whitney's self-titled 1986 debut album spent 14 weeks at #1.  The Whitney album not only debuted at #1, but it also spun off four #1 hits, including "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "So Emotional," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "Didn't We Almost Have It All."  She also was the first female artist to score four #1s from a single album.

When Whitney hit #1, it marked another milestone for the late diva: she became the first artist to reach #1 with their first two albums since The Monkees did it in 1966 and 1967.

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Monica Morgan/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin has canceled her concert at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival scheduled for this Saturday, July 1, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts because of unspecified health reasons. According to a message posted on the festival's website, the Queen of Soul is unable to travel to Toronto this week, "as per doctor's orders."

There is some good news, however: Franklin has confirmed that she'll perform at next year's Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28. Fans who purchased tickets for the July 1 show via Ticketmaster or at the Sony Centre box office will have the choice to hold onto their ticket and use it for next year's show, or receive a full refund.

Aretha does have a few other confirmed concerts on her 2017 itinerary, which is mapped out from a July 29 performance in Vienna, Virginia, through a September 16 show in Durant, Oklahoma.

Here are all of Aretha's forthcoming 2017 gigs, according to her official Facebook page:

7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/12 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
8/19 -- Oak Bluffs, MA, The Tabernacle
8/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann
9/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/16 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater

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Credit: Mark OwensTonight in Minneapolis, The Moody Blues continue their North American tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their symphonic-rock masterpiece, Days of Future Passed. The "Days of Future Passed -- 50th Anniversary" trek, which kicked off in early June, features the veteran British band playing the entire 1967 album, as well as various favorite songs from throughout the group's long career.

Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge tells ABC Radio that the audiences' reception to the show so far "has been fantastic."  He also notes that the band felt it was important to mark Days of Future Passed's golden anniversary in a special way.

"It is a major milestone," he says. "If you go back to 1967, we were young musicians with a few songs in our books and a few melodies in our heart…and went into the studio for a week and recorded this album…And it obviously changed our lives forever."

The concept record was among the first featuring a rock band accompanied by an orchestra, and included the enduring Moody Blues tunes "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon." For most of the 50th anniversary concerts, the band plays alongside taped orchestral parts recorded especially for the tour, while a few shows will feature a live orchestra.

The concerts also feature a multimedia presentation including a prerecorded video of actor Jeremy Irons reading the album-closing poem "Late Lament," that originally was recited by founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Several songs from Days of Future Passed are being played live for the first time ever on this trek, including "Evening Time to Get Away," "The Sunset" and "Dawn Is a Feeling." "It was interesting to go back and rei-nvestigate how we did those," Lodge tells ABC Radio. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here are all of the remaining North American dates on the trek:

6/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Summerfest
6/30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Park
7/1 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/9 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/10 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/16 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/18 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
7/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Pavilion
7/20 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Robin Marchant/WireImageMonday night in New York City, U2 bass player Adam Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. 

The award is given to music industry people who help others in the industry recover from addiction, and Clayton, now sober, has done that, through work with MusiCares' Musicians' Assistance Program.  In his speech, he thanked not only U2 for helping him through his addiction, but also two other legendary rockers.

Clayton, who started his speech by joking, "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own...this is very unusual!" revealed that that after a couple of major benders, Eric Clapton, a former addict himself, called the bass player and told him enough was enough. 

"He didn't sugarcoat it.  He told me I had to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," said Clayton. "He gave me the name of a treatment center and the power to make the call to them."

During his rehab program, Clayton recalled, The Who's Pete Townshend, another former addict, visited him and gave him further encouragement. 

"These two talents were enough to get me started," he said, "And convince me my life wasn't over, but that I was at the start of a long journey to learn to love myself."

Adam also expressed his gratitude to Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge, saying, "We have a pact with each other.  In our band, no one will be a casualty...No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise and letting me be in your band." 

Clayton ended his speech by quoting U2's "I Will Follow," and then joined his band mates for three songs, including that one, as well as "Vertigo" and "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

On the red carpet, Clayton also talked about U2's current tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

"It's amazing," he told reporters. "Who would have thought that at this stage, we could come back with a record that we put out 30 years ago, and it could seem as fresh and as relevant as 30 years ago?"

During the 2017 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit, hosted by Cat Deeley, other artists were personally invited by Adam to play their own songs, and to pay tribute to U2.  Among them:

Michael Franti -- "Television, The Drug of the Nation," a Franti song U2 used to open their Zoo TV tour, as well as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and his own "11:59."
The Lumineers -- U2's "One" and "Stubborn Love"
Jack Garratt -- "The Love You're Given," "Worry" and U2's "The Sweetest Thing"
Macy Gray -- "My Way," "I Try" and U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

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Gary Miller/Getty ImagesStevie Nicks has recorded a new, stripped-down version of her 1982 Fleetwood Mac hit "Gypsy" that's being used as the theme of a new Netflix series called Gypsy

The series, starring Naomi Watts, premieres this Friday, June 30. The opening sequence of the show, featuring the updated rendition of the tune, has been posted on the official Netflix YouTube channel.

Nicks' introspective new version of "Gypsy" features Stevie's vocals accompanied only by piano. The intro to the show features a montage of clips of Watts kissing a man, putting her fingers in the flame of a lighter and smoking a cigarette. During the segment, the actress is viewed through a watch crystal and a bourbon bottle, both of which shatter.

Gypsy is a psychological thriller that features Watts as a therapist who initiates intimate relationships with people who are involved in the lives of her patients.

Interestingly, Nicks also recorded a new tune that's featured on the soundtrack of another project starring Watts: the dramatic film The Book of Henry, which opened in theaters on June 16. That song, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," was written by Ryan Miller, the lead singer of the Boston-based alternative-rock act Guster.

Nicks' next scheduled performance is a solo appearance at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' July 9 concert at Hyde Park in London. She then will perform with Fleetwood Mac at The Classic West and The Classic East concerts taking place, respectively, on July 16 in Los Angeles and July 30 in New York City. Stevie also has a half-dozen solo concerts lined up in the U.S. in August and September.

Here are all of Nicks' forthcoming concerts:

7/9 -- London, U.K., Hyde Park - British Summer Time Festival
7/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium - The Classic West*
7/30 -- New York, NY, Citi Field - The Classic East*
8/23 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
8/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/9 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/13 -- St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena
9/24 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival

* = Fleetwood Mac.

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Mark Sullivan/FilmMagic; John Formosa/Friends of High Park ZooRush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have received many honors during their long career, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, but a newly announced accolade from Toronto's High Park Zoo is perhaps the band's most unique.

A trio of baby capybaras -- large South American rodents -- have been named Geddy, Alex and Neil, thanks to a recent poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo.

Over 44,800 votes were cast, with more than 32,500 choosing the first names of Rush's members. The poll's first runners-up were Snap, Crackle and Pop, which received about 9,200 votes.

"We are thrilled to hear that 3 cute little furry creatures from South America now bear our names at High Park Zoo in Toronto!" Lee writes in a post on Rush's Instagram page, which also includes a photo of the capybara cubs. "Thanks to all who voted to give us this special honour! By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses."

The capybara triplets, which were born in February are among the popular attractions at High Park Zoo. The young rodents' parents, known as Bonnie and Clyde, made news last year when they escaped from the zoo for several weeks before being recaptured.

Capybaras are found throughout most of South America. The animals are related to guinea pigs, but are much larger, with some adults weighing nearly 150 pounds.

Rush has been inactive since wrapping up a 40th anniversary tour in August 2015. The band has announced that the trek was their final major tour, although Lee and Lifeson have said they expect the group to eventually record more new music.

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Credit: Joel BernsteinTom Petty and the Heartbreakers will launch the second of two planned North American legs of their 40th anniversary tour this Thursday in Chicago, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have just announced a new concert taking place September 21 at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles that will be the final stop on the tour.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public this Thursday, June 29, at 10 a.m. PT. This will mark the seventh time Petty and his group will perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

Acclaimed alt-country singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams will be Petty and the Heartbreakers' special guest at the event. Williams shares a long history with Tom and his band: They recorded Williams' song "Change the Locks" for their 1996 album, Songs and Music from "She's the One"; Lucinda served as their opening act on the Echo Tour in 1999; and she played two Petty compositions at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Tom.

Petty and the Heartbreakers' run of upcoming North American shows kicks off at Chicago's Wrigley Field, and also includes multiple performances in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Boston, New York City and Berkeley, California. Besides Williams, artists who will open for Petty and company at select concerts include country singer Chris Stapleton, J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, The Lumineers, and The Shelters.

Here are all of Petty and the Heartbreakers' upcoming North America shows:

6/29 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Arena#
7/2 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC Performing Arts Center#
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
7/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre#
7/16 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
7/18 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre#
7/20 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden#
7/21 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden#
7/23 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena#
7/26 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium#
7/27 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium#
7/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center#
8/17 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena$
8/19 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field$
8/22 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
8/23 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
8/25 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center@
8/27 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre - University of California, Berkeley@
9/17 -- Del Mar, CA, Kaaboo Festival
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*

= with Chris Stapleton
# = with Peter Wolf
$ = with The Lumineers
@ = with The Shelters
* = with Lucinda Williams.

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Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesNikki Sixx is getting off the road. The Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. bassist says that he's "unofficially retired" from touring.

"For those of you asking, I've been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years, I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my a** or something or somebody really inspirational comes along," Sixx writes in a Facebook post.

"So I guess I'm unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time," he adds. "Nice to give 100% of my time to my wife and kids."

Motley Crue, of course, wrapped up their farewell tour New Year's Eve 2015. Sixx:A.M. played a one-off show in Dallas earlier this year after spending 2016 on the road with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown.

While he won't be touring, Sixx, who'll be 59 in December, will certainly still keep busy: he says there's new Sixx:A.M. albums arriving "soon," and a new book is coming out this year. He's also working with Netflix on a Motley Crue biopic titled The Dirt, as well as a play based on Sixx's autobiography, The Heroin Diaries.

"Yup, I am retired," Sixx jokes.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young has just released a remastered version of his long-out-of-print 1977 compilation Decade.

The 35-track collection, which originally issued as a three-LP vinyl set, features highlights from the first 10 years of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's music career, including songs he recorded with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crazy Horse and as a solo artist.

The remastered Decade was originally released as a limited-edition triple-vinyl package in April for the 2017 edition of Record Store Day, but it's now available everywhere, on vinyl, as a two-CD set and as a digital download.

The reissue features the compilation's original artwork, including restored photos on the inside of the jacket.  Among the many classic songs on Decade are "Mr. Soul," "Sugar Mountain," "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," "Cowgirl in the Sand," "After the Gold Rush," "Southern Man," "Helpless," "Ohio," "Heart of Gold," "Like a Hurricane" and "Long May You Run."

The album, which has been certified platinum for sales of a million copies, also includes several rarities, such as "Down to the Wire," "Star of Bethlehem," "Winterlong," "Deep Forbidden Lake" and "Campaigner."

Here's the track list for the CD version of Decade:

Disc 1:
"Down to the Wire"
"Mr. Soul"
"Broken Arrow"
"Expecting to Fly"
"Sugar Mountain"
"I Am a Child"
"The Loner"
"The Old Laughing Lady"
"Cinnamon Girl"
"Down by the River"
"Cowgirl in the Sand"
"I Believe in You"
"After the Gold Rush"
"Southern Man"

Disc 2:
"Old Man
"A Man Needs a Maid"
"Heart of Gold"
"Star of Bethlehem"
"The Needle and the Damage Done"
"Tonight's the Night (Part 1)"
"Tired Eyes"
"Walk On"
"For the Turnstiles"
"Deep Forbidden Lake"
"Like a Hurricane"
"Love Is a Rose"
"Cortez the Killer"
"Long May You Run"

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Courtesy of The Peach Music FestivalIn the wake of the recent deaths of founding Allman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks, organizers for the 2017 Peach Music Festival have announced that the event will include an all-star tribute to the two late musicians.

The special performance will feature former Allman Brothers members and well-known friends and fans of the group teaming up to jam on classic songs by the band.  Participants in the memorial jam will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, a number of new additions to the bill of this year's festival have been announced, including jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield, who will take part in the set by Gov't Mule & Friends. In addition, Pink Talking Fish -- the tribute act known for mixing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish -- will give a full performance of The Allmans' classic 1972 album Eat a Peach.

Previously announced acts on the 2017 Peach Music Festival lineup include the Allman Brothers spinoff groups Les Brers and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band; The Magpie Salute, featuring several ex-Black Crowes members; and funk/R&B legend Chaka Khan, who will perform with the band Lettuce.

Les Brers, which was formed by Trucks, will be giving their final performance at the fest. Butch committed suicide in January at the age of 69; Gregg Allman also was 69 when died in May, from complications of liver cancer.

The sixth annual Peach Music Festival is scheduled for August 10-13 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The event was founded by the Allman Brothers Band and has continued to be held since the group's 2014 breakup.

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Tim Whitby/Getty ImagesIt was eight years ago Sunday that Michael Jackson died at 50 at his home in Los Angeles.

The King of Pop, known for creating timeless music across multiple genres, died on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest.

Surviving members of Jackson's famous family marked the occasion by remembering him during live performances and on social media.

The Jacksons -- the singing group started with Michael Jackson back in 1964 -- performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday.

On stage, his brothers dedicated two of their hit songs to him -- "I'll Be There" and "Gone Too Soon.”

Jermaine Jackson also took to Twitter before the performance to remember his younger brother in his own way.

"We'll be 4 brothers on stage joined by Michael in spirit," he wrote. "Through the music we made together, we find comfort in memories, esp this weekend."

And Michael Jackson's official Facebook page, run by his estate, remembered the music legend in a lengthy message.

"While our hearts remain heavy over the passing of Michael Jackson eight years ago, we take solace in the timelessness of his music and his message," the note began.

"'When I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature,' Michael once said. 'I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our God-given talents,'" the message continued.

"For a planet in desperate need of open hearts and compassionate minds, we continue to seek joy and fulfillment in the music and entertainment he shared with us -- and express hope that Michael’s message may someday 'heal the world,' as he tirelessly strove to do," it concluded.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA 2009 benefit concert featuring a rare onstage reunion by surviving Beatles band mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be released on DVD and as a digital video on September 1.

Change Begins Within documents a show held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall that included McCartney and Starr performing separately and together, as well as performances by Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Moby, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and others.

Among the highlights of the Change Begins Within concert, which took place April 4, 2009, were McCartney and Starr taking the stage together to play three tunes: the Fab Four classics "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Saw Her Standing There," and the Macca rarity "Cosmically Conscious." For the latter two songs, the former Beatles were joined by the evening's other performers.

The show also featured Vedder teaming up with Ben Harper for a rendition of the Queen-David Bowie duet "Under Pressure," Crow playing the George Harrison classic "My Sweet Lord" and Donovan singing his own hit "Hurdy Gurdy Man" with James and Harper. You can check out a video clip of the Donovan performance on

The Change Begins Within concert raised money for the David Lynch Foundation, which supports the teaching of Transcendental Meditation to at-risk children and others in the U.S.

Here's the list of performances featured on the Change Begins Within video:

"Natural Blues" -- Moby, Betty LaVette, TM Choir
"Rise" -- Eddie Vedder
"Under Pressure" -- Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper
"My Sweet Lord" -- Sheryl Crow
"Hurdy Gurdy Man" -- Donovan & Jim James
"Isle of Islay" -- Donovan and Paul Horn
"It Don't Come Easy" -- Ringo Starr
"Boys" -- Ringo Starr
"Yellow Submarine" -- Ringo Starr
"Baby You Can Drive My Car" -- Paul McCartney
"Jet" -- Paul McCartney
"Got to Get You into My Life" -- Paul McCartney
"Let It Be" -- Paul McCartney
"Here Today" -- Paul McCartney
"Band on the Run" -- Paul McCartney
"With a Little Help from My Friends" -- Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
"Cosmically Conscious" -- All members
"I Saw Her Standing There" -- All members

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Earth, Wind & Fire and Martina McBride (John Shearer/Getty Images)Some of country's biggest stars have teamed up with legendary funk/R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire for a first of it's kind outdoor CMT Crossroads, premiering tonight.

Filmed during the CMA Music Festival earlier this month, the group took to a stage in Downtown Nashville outside the Bridgestone Arena and was joined by the likes of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Dan Shay, Martina McBride and more.

The electric collaborations showcase Earth, Wind & Fire's timeless hits, including "Shining Star," "After the Love Has Gone" and "September," performed with Lady Antebellum. Get a sneak peak now at

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends premiere at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Warner Bros.This Sunday marks the 33rd anniversary of the release of Prince's iconic 1984 album Purple Rain, and today sees the release of the deluxe edition and the deluxe expanded edition of the album. 

As previously reported, the Purple Rain deluxe edition includes two CDs: the original album and a second CD of previously unreleased tracks.  

As for the Purple Rain Deluxe -- Expanded Edition set, fans will get the two CDs that come with the deluxe version, plus a third CD of single edits and B-sides, and a DVD of Prince & The Revolution performing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, on March 30, 1985 on the Purple Rain tour.

Purple Rain is the sixth best-selling movie soundtrack album in history, having sold more than 22 million units.  

Here are the track lists for both editions: 

Purple Rain Deluxe

Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
"Let's Go Crazy"
"Take Me With U"
"The Beautiful Ones"
"Computer Blue"
"Darling Nikki"
"When Doves Cry"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Baby I'm A Star"
"Purple Rain"

Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
"The Dance Electric"
"Love and Sex" 
"Computer Blue" ("Hallway Speech" version)
"Electric Intercourse" (studio)
"Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden"
"Possessed" (1983 version)
"Wonderful A**"
"Velvet Kitty Cat"
"Katrina's Paper Dolls"
"We Can F***"
"Father's Song"

Purple Rain Deluxe - Expanded Edition
Includes Disc One and Disc Two as Listed Above, plus:

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
"When Doves Cry" (edit)
"17 Days"
"Let's Go Crazy" (edit)
"Let's Go Crazy" (Special Dance Mix)
"Erotic City"
"Erotic City" ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") 
"Purple Rain" (edit)
"God" (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
"Another Lonely Christmas"
"Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version)
"I Would Die 4 U" (edit)
"I Would Die 4 U" (extended version)
"Baby I'm A Star" (edit)
"Take Me With U" (edit)

DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
"Let's Go Crazy"
"Little Red Corvette" 
"Take Me With U"
"Do Me, Baby"
"Irresistible B****"
"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
"Let's Pretend We're Married"
"International Lover"
"Computer Blue"
"Darling Nikki" 
"The Beautiful Ones"
"When Doves Cry"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Baby I'm A Star"
"Purple Rain" 

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KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty ImagesJanet Jackson is "so happy" to be a mom to her 5-month-old son, Eissa, producer Jimmy Jam tells Entertainment Tonight.

Although Janet and Jimmy are now apart from one another, both in and outside the studio, they manage to catch up on each others' lives with some quality FaceTime over the phone.  

"I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I'm wrapping up in the studio," says Jimmy.  

"It's always just Eissa [on FaceTime], [Janet]'s in the background somewhere. He's the cutest baby in the history of babies." 

Jimmy, along with music partner Terry Lewis, has crafted numerous hits for Janet throughout her career, including "Miss You Much," "Any Time, Any Place," and "Control." 

Jimmy also reveals that he's given Janet some very valuable advice about motherhood and the positive effect it can have on her as an artist.

"I told her that when you have a baby, it's going to be a whole different inspiration for you. A whole different reservoir of creativity, of cadence, of love, and all these things that have always been with you but it doesn't really come out until [you become a parent]. She's recognizing that," says Jimmy.

Jackson is currently preparing for her upcoming State of the World Tour. She's also in the midst of a custody battle with estranged-husband Wissam Al Mana.

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Credit: Lisa MacIntoshE Street Band saxophone player Jake Clemons also is an accomplished singer/songwriter, and he will be headlining the 2017 Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, which runs from today through Sunday, June 25, in Tappan, New York, and Piermont, New York.

Clemons and his solo band will close out the festival's main performances on Saturday, June 24, at German Masonic Park in Tappan. The lineup for that day also includes John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, veteran singer/songwriter Steve Forbert, and frequent Bruce Springsteen collaborator Joe Grushecky.

In addition, the fest features concert events tonight and Saturday night at The Turning Point in Piermont, a day-long series of performances on Sunday at German Masonic Park and a closing show at The '76 House in Tappan.

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Meanwhile, Clemons and his band have several other concerts on their tour schedule, including a sold-out show tonight at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Jake continues to support his 2017 debut solo album, Fear & Love.

Here are all of the Jake Clemons Band's confirmed tour dates:

6/23 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Wonder Bar
6/24 -- Tappan, NY, German Masonic Park - Rockland-Bergen Music Festival
7/6 -- Norfolk, VA, Sunset Concert on the River (private residence)*
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Cadillac Lounge
7/21 -- Belleville, ON, Canada, Empire Square
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino**

* = Jake Clemons solo
** = with Tower of Power.

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Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel will return to his alma mater -- Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York -- on Saturday to help the Class of 2017 celebrate its graduation, Newsday reports.

The event is taking place 50 years after the Piano Man's own commencement was originally scheduled, although he didn't actually graduate, because he was shy one English credit. He finally received his diploma in 1992 during a return visit to the school.

Billy will be among the guest speakers at the 2017 ceremony, which will be held on the school's athletic field. About 400 or so students are expected to graduate during the commencement.

"We're hoping for good weather, but there seems a very good likelihood of rain," a school representative tells Newsday, adding that if it does rain, the ceremony "will be in our gymnasium. If that's the case, it'll be the second time Joel has attended graduation in the gymnasium."

According to Newsday, during Joel's 1992 appearance at the school, he quipped, "Well, here I am, Mom. I'm actually going to get my high school diploma, and it's only 25 years after everyone else got theirs. But Mom, don't worry. I can finally pull myself out of this dead-end job I have and start working on a career with a real future."

Meanwhile, Joel's next concert will be a July 5 show that's part of his ongoing residency at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Columbia RecordsYou can enjoy Depeche Mode from all angles in the band's new video for their song "Going Backwards."  The interactive clip, streaming now on YouTube, lets you watch the band perform the track in 360-degrees.

"Going Backwards" appears on Depeche Mode's new album Spirit, which also features the lead single "Where's the Revolution."

Depeche Mode will kick off a North American headlining tour on August 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Credit: Maryanne BilhamPower of Peace, Santana's collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, won't be released until July 28, but you can check out one of the record's tracks, "I Remember," exclusively now at The song, which is the only original tune on the album, was written by Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, Carlos' wife, who also contributes lead vocals.

Cindy tells Billboard that she wrote "I Remember" in 1997, and decided to present it to her husband for possible inclusion on Power of Peace because she thought it would suit Ron Isley's soulful voice.

"Carlos liked the idea and we took the song down to the studio and played it for everybody, mainly for Ronnie, to see if he would want to perform it," Cindy recalls. However, although Isley loved the tune, he didn't think it was quite right for his voice, so Carlos then declared that his wife should sing it -- much to her surprise.

Cindy reluctantly agreed to take on the lead vocals, but admits she was nervous about singing in front of Isley, whom she considers "one of the greatest singers ever."

In order to feel comfortable laying down the vocals, Cindy reveals, "I said…'Ronnie, you can't look at me. I don't want you looking at me when I do it,' because singing in front of that guy is very intimidating. And it just kind of blossomed from there."

Power of Peace also features covers of 12 tunes previously recorded by such artists as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Chambers Brothers, Billie Holiday, Curtis Mayfield, Muddy Waters and Jackie DeShannon. The songs were chosen to reflect a positive, peaceful message.

"The theme is spiritual divine medicine to counter the fever pitch fear that's permeating this planet right now," Carlos explains about the album.

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Xavier VilaAdam Lambert has been singing with British rock legends Queen on and off since 2011, and they've done a number of tours together.  But as Queen Adam Lambert kick off a new tour tonight in Phoenix, Arizona, Adam admits he still can't believe he's now the frontman of the same band whose song he belted out at his American Idol audition.

"I do have my 'pinch me' moments, yeah," he tells ABC Radio. "Like, I'll finish a song...and I'll kind of think, 'Is this my life? This is so surreal!'"

Adam says he still considers it "such an honor" that he gets to "sing these songs that Freddie" -- Queen's late, iconic frontman Freddie Mercury -- "made famous and to keep his memory alive and honor him."

"It's such a treat," he adds.

So how will this summer's tour differ from previous Queen Adam Lambert shows?  "We're gonna bring back all the hits we've been doing for the past four years together, and we're gonna kind of work up some stuff that we have not done together before," Adam tells ABC Radio.

In addition, he says, "We've changed the entire production design. We've added a lot of bells and whistles, a lot of storytelling elements and videography. And it's gonna be a much higher production level."

So after spending all this time with his musical idols, what's Adam's favorite thing about working with them?

"They are so generous and so humble," he gushes. "They're completely collaborative...I always tell them, 'You guys don't have to be collaborative. You could tell me exactly what to do and I'd be cool with it.' But it's always been like a team effort, which has been really great.

"And they have great stories," he adds. "Great stories." 

Here are all of the dates for Queen Adam Lambert's North American summer tour:

6/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
6/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
6/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/29 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
7/1 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena
7/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/4 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
7/6 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center Arena
7/8 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
7/9 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/13 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/14 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/17 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/20 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
7/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/25 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/26 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/28 -- New York, NY, Barclays Center
7/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/31 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
8/2 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center

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