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iStock/ Feodora ChioseaThose who were hoping that Michael Jackson would be canceled didn't take into account his popularity on streaming services.

As Billboard notes, following the release of the controversial HBO documentary Leaving Neverland -- in which two men accused Michael of abusing them as children -- radio stations in Canada and New Zealand pulled Michael's music from the airwaves. Meanwhile, MJ airplay on U.S. radio stations declined by just over 32% in the 31 weeks following the documentary's debut.

However, Billboard reports that during that same 31-week period, on-demand steams of Michael Jackson's songs increased by just over 22%...a bit more than the growth rate of the rest of the streaming industry.

A number of radio stations tell Billboard that they've now added The King of Pop back to their playlists, with no listeners complaints, while some dance clubs never stopped spinning MJ's hits in the first place. 

All this is good news for the Michael Jackson Estate, which is rolling out an MJ musical next August. In addition, as previously reportedly, December sees the release of a 10th anniversary limited-edition box set version of the MJ documentary This Is It.

The star's Halloween favorite "Thriller" is expected to once again find its way onto Halloween playlists at the end of this month, though it'll be interesting to see whether or not the song is as popular as it has been in past years.

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Capitol/UMeA newly remixed version of The Band's enduring tune "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.  It's taken from the recently announced 50th anniversary reissue of the group's 1969 self-titled second album.

You also can check out the track now on YouTube.

Besides appearing on The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was released as part of a two-sided single with "Up on Cripple Creek" and became the group's highest-charting hit, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song famously was covered in 1971 by Joan Baez, and her version peaked at #3 ion the tally.

As previously reported, the album The Band -- also known as "The Brown Album" -- will be reissued in multiple formats and configurations on November 15.

Among the versions of the reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, two 180-gram-vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a hardbound book.

The CDs feature the remastered original album; bonus alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes -- some of which are previously unreleased -- plus The Band's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival.  The LPs feature the remastered original album.

The Blu-ray contains high-res stereo and surround mixes of The Band and six unreleased bonus tracks, plus the Classic Albums: The Band making-of documentary. The seven-inch single features "Rag Mama Rag" backed with "The Unfaithful Servant," and is a reproduction of one that was released from the album.

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RANKINRod Stewart is among the stars who'll be part of the Royal Variety Performance, an annual event that benefits the Royal Variety Charity.  It's been held more or less every year since 1912, and senior members of the Royal Family always attend, although it's not known if Queen Elizabeth II will be on hand for this year's event.

Of course, Stewart and the British Royal Family go way back; they knighted him two years ago, after all. The singer also took part in the 2006 edition of the show.

The Royal Variety Charity, the patron of which is the Queen, helps U.K. entertainers who need care and assistance. This year's show will be recorded November 18 at the London Palladium and air on British TV in December.

Other confirmed performers include Harry Connick Jr., Emeli Sandé, Lewis Capaldi and '60s pop legend Petula Clark.

Over the years, hundreds of stars have appeared at the Royal Variety Performance, including The Beatles in 1963, and, in recent years, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Sting, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow and Ozzy Osbourne.

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Warner Records/Prince EstateTo mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Prince's self-titled second album, which was released on October 19, 1979, the artist's estate has released a previously unheard acoustic solo demo of his classic song "I Feel for You."

The song is now available on streaming services, and as a limited-edition 7" purple vinyl single, which you can order now at Prince's online store. The B-side of the single includes the original studio recording of the song.  The single is only available to order for the next seven days, and will ship around January 31.

The demo was recorded by a 20-year-old Prince during the winter of 1978-1979, and you can hear him pressing the "record" button on a tape recorder and picking up his acoustic guitar before he starts playing and singing. The cassette tape of the recording was recently discovered in Prince's legendary vault.

Michael Howe, the archivist of Prince's vault, says he was "blow away" by the demo, in which Prince shows off his amazing acoustic guitar skills, as well as his falsetto voice.

While "I Feel for You" appeared on the Prince album, it became a smash hit in 1984 when Chaka Khan covered it, and added harmonica by Stevie Wonder and the famous "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan/let me rock you Chaka Khan" rap by Melle Mel. That version won two Grammys, including Best R&B Song for Prince, as the songwriter.

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Amy Sussman/Getty Images © 2019This year's edition of the annual Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, celebrating the Recording Academy's 2019 Special Merit Awards winners, airs tonight at 9 p.m. as the latest episode of the network's Great Performances series. Among the honorees: Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave and Donny Hathaway.

Taped back in May at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the gala featured performances by and/or tributes to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other artists who received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and late jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine.

The event also featured the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  This year's honorees were the Motown songwriting team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; music producer Lou Adler, best known for his work with The Mamas & the Papas, Carole King and comedy duo Cheech & Chong; and TV and film soundtrack composer Johnny Mandel.

Among the award recipients who take part in the performances were Warwick, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Clinton and Simpson.

The show, hosted by Sheila E., also features such guests as country superstar Garth Brooks, Johnny Mathis, legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins, rapper Snoop Dogg, R&B star Kenny Lattimore and Cheech & Chong, performing either with, or in tribute to, the honorees.

Here is a list of the tribute performances you'll see on the Grammy Salute to Music Legends:

Dionne Warwick
"Walk On By" (performed by Johnny Mathis)
"What the World Needs Now" (performed by Dionne Warwick)

Sam & Dave
Medley: "Hold On, I'm Comin'"/"Soul Man" (performed by Sam Moore and Garth Brooks)
"I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (performed by Sam Moore)

Lou Adler
"I Feel the Earth Move"/"It's Too Late" (performed by Jessie Mueller)

Julio Iglesias
"Caruso" (performed by Julio Iglesias)

Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
"You're All I Need to Get By"/"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (performed by Valerie Simpson and Kenny Lattimore)

Johnny Mandel
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (performed by Patti Austin)
"The Shadow of Your Smile"/"Suicide Is Painless" (performed by Patti Austin)

Black Sabbath
"War Pigs"/"Paranoid" (performed by Rival Sons)

Donny Hathaway
"A Song for You" (performed by Lalah Hathaway)
"Where Is the Love" (performed by Lalah and Kenya Hathaway)

Billy Eckstine
"Everything I Have Is Yours" (performed by Gregory Porter)
"Dedicated to You" (performed by Gregory Porter and Patti Austin)

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
Medley: "One Nation Under a Groove"/"Mothership Connection"/"Flash Light" (performed by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Sativa, Eddie M, Sheila E. and Snoop Dogg)

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Rich Fury/Getty Images for Paramount PicturesElton John and Taron Egerton, the actor who played Elton in Rocketman, reunited for a special screening of the film at L.A.’s Greek Theater Thursday night.

The one-of-a-kind screening, Rocketman: Live in Concert, featured the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra playing all of the film’s songs live-to-picture.  After the movie ended, Elton and Taron took the stage to perform their duet “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” a new song that plays over the movie's end credits and is a hopeful for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination.

The duo got a standing ovation and agreed to play another song, concluding the night with Elton on the piano and Taron singing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Rocketman’s director Dexter Fletcher, Elton’s longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and Rocketman cast members Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard were also in attendance.

Rocketman is now out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray.

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Cleopatra EntertainmentPeter Frampton and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos are among the music stars featured in a documentary about late Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott that will be released as a special Blu-ray/DVD/CD set on November 19.

Humble Pie: Life and Times of Steve Marriott takes an in-depth look at the dynamic yet unsung singer/guitarist, who died in a tragic house fire in 1991 at age 44. The film features archival interviews with Marriott, unseen photos and memorabilia, home movies and rare performance footage of Small Faces and Humble Pie.

The documentary also includes interviews with John Waite, Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley.

Marriott co-founded Small Faces in 1965 and wrote or co-wrote many of the band's songs, including its biggest U.S. hit, "Itchycoo Park." He left the group in 1968, and then formed the popular boogie-rock outfit Humble Pie with Frampton, Shirley and Ridley.

The DVD and Blu-ray boast a variety of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes footage, an interview with Frampton, a secondary audio track with just the music from the film, an interactive photo gallery and more.

The CD featured in the package includes a full concert that Humble Pie played in 1973 at the famous San Francisco venue Winterland. Here's the full track list to the Hot n' Nasty 1973 -- Complete Wonderland Show live album:

"Up Your Sleeves"
"4-Day Creep"
"C'mon Everybody"
"Honky Tonk Woman"
"Stone Cold Fever"
"I Believe to MY Soul"
"Thirty Days in the Hole"
"(I'm a) Road Runner"
"Hallelujah (I Love Her So)"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"
"Hot n' Nasty"

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Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThat band from the Windy City will be returning to Sin City next year. Chicago has announced plans for a new eight-show Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre, running from February 28 through March 14.

Tickets for the new Vegas shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. PT. Chicago fan club members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, October 22, at 10 a.m. PT, while Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian Resort's Grazie loyalty program can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 23, at 10 a.m.

You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, the box offices at The Venetian, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Besides the residency shows, Chicago has three U.S. concerts on its 2019 tour itinerary, all taking place this week. The band also has lined up a handful of early-spring shows scheduled after the Vegas stand.

Last Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers released a new holiday album called Chicago Christmas on CD, digitally and via streaming services. Vinyl version of the record -- on standard black vinyl and limeted-edition red-and-white vinyl -- will hit stores November 22.

Here are all of Chicago's confirmed upcoming concerts, according to the band's official website:

10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place
10/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park

2020:

2/28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater
3/4, 6-8, 11, 13-14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater
3/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
4/11 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Island Event Center
4/14 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
4/16 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park
4/17 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
4/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center

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Jimi Hendrix "Machine Gun" Lyrics; Courtesy of Experience Hendrix L.L.C./Strax Technologies Inc.A new series of high-quality prints featuring Jimi Hendrix's image or related to the late guitar legend was recently made available for purchase.

The Jimi Hendrix Collection features reproductions of a variety of famous photos of Hendrix, as well as artwork that he created, album covers and handwritten lyrics.

The collection was created as part of a partnership between Experience Hendrix, the family-run company that manages Jimi's music and image, and Strax Technologies Inc., an innovative company that focuses on digital art and augmented reality.

"Jimi's versatility and array of artistic talent was part of what made him so amazing," says Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix's CEO and president. "His gift was so enormous that it expanded into a surprising range of art forms. Together with StraxArt, we have produced a beautiful collection that represents the many dimensions of Jimi's artistry."

The prints available include photos of Hendrix performing at Woodstock, London's Royal Albert Hall and the 1969 Northern California Folk-Rock Festival; the covers of the Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland and Band of Gypsys albums; handwritten lyrics to the songs "Machine Gun" and "Valleys of Neptune"; and watercolor paintings created by Jimi depicting a mountainous landscape and an abstract floral design.

Visit JimiHendrixCollection.com for more information.

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Courtesy of Paradise ArtistsPeter Noone was into something good Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, when the Herman's Hermits frontman was presented with the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2019 Casino Entertainment Awards.

The British Invasion legend beat out fellow nominees Barry Manilow and country artist Dwight Yoakam for the honor. The ceremony, which took place at the Vinyl club located in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, is held in conjunction with the Global Gaming Expo.

You can check out a photo of Peter receiving the award at his official Instagram page.

Among the many hits Herman's Hermits released during their 1960s heyday were "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and "There's a Kind of Hush." Noone also has acted on Broadway, on London's West End, in films and on TV.

Peter and the current incarnation of Herman's Hermits have more than 50 North American concerts on their schedule, which is mapped out through a June 27, 2020, show in Enoch, Alberta, Canada. Not surprisingly, many of the gigs will be held at casinos.

Here are all of the group's forthcoming North American dates:

10/18 -- Branson, MO, Welk Resort Theatre
10/26 -- Gilbert, AZ, Higley Center for the Performing Arts
11/1 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/2 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
11/8 -- Schenectady, NY, Rivers Casino
11/9 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/15 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
11/17 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
11/22 -- Manchester, NH, The Palace Theatre
11/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
11/24 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
11/29 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
12/7 -- St. George, UT, M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center
12/13 -- Rehoboth Beach, DE, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
12/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/19 -- Fort Wayne, IN, The Clyde Theatre
12/20 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
12/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Ludlow Garage

2020
1/3 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino And Resort Spa
1/5 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
1/9 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
1/10 -- New Braunfels, TX, Brauntex Theatre
1/11 -- Waukegan, WI, Genesee Theatre
1/17 -- Woonsocket, RI, Stadium Theatre
1/19 -- Miramar Beach, FL, Grand Park Town Center
1/25 -- Hagerstown, MD, Maryland Theatre
1/26 -- Venice, FL, Venice Theatre
1/27 -- Venice, FL, Venice Theatre
1/29 -- Vero Beach, FL, Emerson Centre
1/30 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
1/31 -- Clermont, FL, Clermont Performing Arts Center -- Mainstage
2/1 -- Boca Raton, FL, Florida Atlantic U. -- Kaye Auditorium
2/7 -- Orange Park, FL, Thrasher-Horne Center
2/8 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
2/9 -- Lecanto, FL, Curtis Peterson Auditorium
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, South Point Casino
2/25 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
2/26 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
2/27 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Resort Casino
3/20 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
3/21 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
3/22 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Centre Theatre
5/3 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
5/15 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/16 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/17 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot -- America Gardens Theatre
5/18 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Epcot --America Gardens Theatre
5/24 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
6/13 -- New Hope, PA, New Hope Winery
6/27 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort and Casino

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iStock/bestdesignsA host of celebrities, including well-known veteran musicians like David Byrne and U2 bassist Adam Clayton, have signed an open letter acknowledging being "hypocrites" in their efforts to raise awareness for climate change.

"Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites," begins the letter, which was published by the climate activist organization Extinction Rebellion. "You're right."

The letter continues, "We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints. Like you -- and everyone else -- we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm."

To influence that systemic change, the artists who signed the letter plan to continue to use their platforms to raise awareness and encourage action.

"Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted," the letter reads. "Millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees."

It continues, "Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fueled economy, there are millions of children -- called to action by Greta Thunberg -- who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future. We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line."

Other musicians who've signed the letter include Brian Eno, Bob Geldof, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Mel B of The Spice Girls, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and Natalie Imbruglia.

You can read the whole letter via Rebellion.earth.

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Courtesy of Tariano Jackson/Beatroot LLCRock and Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson has enjoyed an iconic career as a member of The Jackson Five and The Jacksons, and he recently released a remix of “One Way Street” from his 2016 debut solo album, Tito Time.  But as he tells ABC Audio, he only launched his solo career because of something he heard Charles Barkley say.

As Tito explains, he was content touring with his brothers, and promoting the career of the trio 3T, featuring his sons, TJ, Taj and Taryll.  But when Barkley dissed him by implying that The Jacksons were nothing without Michael Jackson, he was inspired to step out on his own.

“Charles Barkley had made a comment saying that the rest of the guys [in the group], they weren’t very good, and I said, 'Oh no.' I said, 'I need to step out more,'” Tito tells ABC Audio. “I need to let them know who I am and what I can do. That gave me incentive. Thank you Charles.”

Tito says the Basketball Hall of Famer's remarks were hurtful because he admired his skills on the court.

“I’m [an avid] lover of Charles Barkley’s basketball and his personality is similar to my father’s, so I was hurt a little bit, more than anything,” Tito continues.

“I look back on it and say, 'You know what? It’s him who push[ed] you to do this. Push[ed] you past the line," the 66-year old musician says. "The whole motivation behind it is that comment." 

Tito recently performed "One Way Street" on October 4 at the Living Legends Foundation Gala in Los Angeles, where several urban music executives were honored.

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Courtesy of AXS TV & Joy FactoryDoors guitarist Robby Krieger and actor/musician Dennis Quaid are featured on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Krieger and Quaid are friends, and Dennis sometimes plays Doors songs in concert with his backing group, The Sharks, and on occasion has even hit the stage with Robby.

On the show, the two stars discuss their all-time favorite songs, one of which is the Elvis Presley classic "Don't Be Cruel."

In a preview clip from the episode, Krieger explains, "'Don't Be Cruel' was like the first Elvis song that got to me. You know, it was rock 'n' roll, but it was nice too. It was like a love song."

Quaid then interjects, "Yeah, but it bounced. It made me bounce."

As the clip winds down, Robby and Dennis play a rendition of the tune acoustically.

In conjunction with the show, Krieger created his own playlist featuring the tunes that shaped his life and impacted his career.  It includes plenty of Doors songs, as well as tunes by Bob Dylan, Eric Burdon and War, Them, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, Pearl Jam and Greta Van Fleet.

His mixtape also features a song by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, Jose Feliciano's memorable cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and -- surprise!-- Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel."

Here is Krieger's full mixtape:

"Ramblin' Blues" -- Ray Koerner & Glover
"The House of the Rising Sun" -- Woody Guthrie
"Granadinas" -- Jaime Grifo and Nino Marvino
"Spanish Caravan" -- The Doors
"Back Door Man" -- John Hammond
"Back Door Man" -- The Doors
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- Bob Dylan
"Mr. Tambourine Man" -- Bob Dylan
"Spill the Wine" -- Eric Burdon and War
"Gloria" -- Them
"End of the Night" -- The Doors
"People Are Strange" -- The Doors
"The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany: Alabama-Song" -- Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya and Roger Bean
"Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" -- The Doors
"Chelsea Morning" -- Joni Mitchell
"Shake Your Money-Maker" -- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Break on Through (To the Other Side)" -- The Doors
"Wouldn't It Be Mice" -- The Beach Boys
"Play with Fire" -- The Rolling Stones
"Light My Fire" -- The Doors
"You're Lost Little Girl" -- The Doors
"Yes, the River Knows" -- The Doors
"Love Her Madly" -- The Doors
"Touch Me" -- The Doors
"Peace Frog" -- The Doors
"The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" -- The Doors
"Take It as It Comes" -- The Doors
"Birdland" -- Weather Report
"My Favorite Things" -- John Coltrane
"Highway Tune" -- Greta Van Fleet
"Even Flow" -- Pearl Jam
"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" -- Alton Ellis
"Love Me Two Times" -- The Doors
"Roadhouse Blues" -- The Doors
"Strange 2013" -- Tech N9ne and The Doors
"Breakn' a Sweat" -- Skrillex, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger
"On My Way to Heaven" -- Dennis Quaid & the Sharks
"Riders on the Storm" -- The Doors
"Light My Fire" -- Jose Feliciano
"Light My Fire" -- Minnie Riperton and Jose Feliciano
"Don't Be Cruel" -- Elvis Presley

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Megaforce RecordsFounding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie has just released a video for "What About Love," the lead single from his new solo album, Sonic Ranch. The clip premiered Wednesday on Billboard.com and also can be viewed on Rolie's official YouTube channel.

The 72-year-old who has played in Ringo Starr's All Starr Band since 2012, tells ABC Audio that Starr's famous "peace and love" message was the inspiration for "What About Love."

"I came up with this thing and [the All Starr Band] jammed a little bit of it at a soundcheck, and then nothing ever happened," Rolie recalls. "Then I found the bass line when I went home, and I said, 'I'm gonna record this.' And I just went, 'I'm going to make this "What About Love," based upon [Ringo's peace and love] message.'"

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee also notes that the song expresses his frustration at the world's current contentious social and political climate.

"I mean, really, quite simply, how about it, you guys?" Gregg declares. "You've tried all this other stuff. Every year, somebody's doing something. It's just a little boring for the average Joe on the street, which I am."

The "What About Love" video features a series of quick-cut clips capturing Rolie working in the studio and rehearsing, as well as footage of him playing live with Neal Schon's Journey Through Time side project along with bassist Mario Mendoza and ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.

"Everyone who's seen [the video] goes, 'You look younger,'" Gregg maintains. "And part of the reason was 'cause I wanted to…have it look the way I feel."

Rolie adds that Starr gave the video a thumbs-up, "He loved it. He goes, 'This is really, really good.'"

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Danny Clinch; Jody RogacWhen Jimmy Kimmel returns to his childhood home of Brooklyn, New York next week to host a series of episodes of his ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among his guests will be two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers -- Bruce Springsteen and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

There's no word yet on when Springsteen or Byrne will appear on the program, but it'll be recorded in front of a studio audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House, and air nightly from Monday, October 21, through Friday, October 25.

Among the topics Springsteen likely will be talking about is his new concert film and documentary, Western Stars, which will be screened at select theaters across the U.S. on October 19 and 23, then will get a wide release on the 25th. A soundtrack album to the movie also will be released on October 25.

Byrne is listed as one of the musical performers on the show for next week. David recently brought a version of his American Utopia tour show to Broadway's intimate Hudson Theatre, where it's scheduled to run through January 19, 2020.

Other guests set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during its Brooklyn stay include Eddie Murphy, Alicia Keys, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Ripa, John Krasinski, The National, Paul Shaffer, and The Sugarhill Gang.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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BMGMusic legend Dionne Warwick has rounded up an interesting assortment of artists from various genres to join her on a new holiday album titled Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas, which comes out this Friday.

According to Billboard, the album includes duets with Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff and veteran jazz artist Dianne Reeves, and features renditions of yuletide classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock," "The Christmas Song" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Among the other artists featured on the record are R&B singers Aloe Blacc and Andra Day, Chloe x Halle, Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, and country stars The Oak Ridge Boys, John Rich, Rickey Scaggs and Eric Paslay.

"Every song, I felt, suited my duet partner. That's why it's called The Voices of Christmas," Warwick tells Billboard. "Each of the songs felt suited to each one of the people I was singing with and that's how we chose them."

Billboard debuted Dionne's duet with Aloe Blacc Wednesday, a version of Donny Hathaway's classic "This Christmas." The 78-year-old icon tells the magazine, "He's such an incredible musical person and boy did he give a wonderful performance. It was a thrill to work with him."

Warwick was one of several artists who were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Recording Academy's 2020 Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, which airs Friday on PBS.  She's also currently is in the middle of a Las Vegas residency at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace that runs through November 1.

Here's the full track list of Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas:

"Silent Night"
"Jingle Bells" -- featuring John Rich, The Oak Ridge Boys & Ricky Skaggs
"Frosty the Snowman" -- featuring Eric Paslay
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" -- featuring Dianne Reeves
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" -- featuring Jason Scheff
"White Christmas" -- featuring Johnny Mathis
"This Christmas" -- featuring Aloe Blacc
"The Christmas Song" -- featuring Wanya Morris
"Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" -- featuring Andra Day
"Jingle Bell Rock" -- featuring Michael McDonald
"Silver Bells" -- featuring Chloe x Halle
"First Noel"

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Courtesy of Bow Arrow Entertainment/Gravitas VenturesThe Monkees' Micky Dolenz, KISS' Gene Simmons and Guns N' Roses guitairst Slash are among the rock stars featured in a new documentary The Rainbow, which tells the story of the legendary Sunset Strip watering hole The Rainbow Bar & Grill and the nearby Whisky a Go Go nightclub. The film will be available on demand and as a digital video starting Tuesday, October 29.

The movie also focuses on Mario Maglieri, who co-founded and co-owned The Rainbow and The Whisky until his death in 2017, as well as his son and grandson -- Mikael and Mikey -- who are carrying on the family businesses. Mario became well-known for helping many musicians get their start in the Los Angeles area.

The Rainbow also features conversations with Ozzy OsbourneLita Ford, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and, in one of his final interviews, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The bar was famously Lemmy's favorite L.A. haunt and a lounge was named after him after he died in 2016.

"Telling the story of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Whisky a Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock 'n' roll in America," says Matthew Perniciaro, one of the documentary's producers.

You can pre-order The Rainbow now at iTunes.

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Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeA limited-edition Beatles box set containing 180-gram-vinyl versions of the 22 singles that the band released in the U.K. from 1962 to 1970, as well as a newly created disc featuring the group's mid-'90s singles "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," will be released on November 22.

The Singles Collection boasts a total of 46 tracks that have been newly cut for vinyl using the original mono and stereo master tapes at Abbey Road Studios in London. Each of the seven-inch discs is housed in its own picture sleeve, the designs of which replicate ones that appeared for the first-issue releases of the singles in various countries around the world. The countries represented are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S. and West Germany.

The box set comes packaged with a 40-page booklet containing photos, memorabilia, and essays penned by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

The U.K. singles featured in The Singles Collection span from 1962's "Love Me Do" backed with "P. S. I Love You," to 1970's "Let It Be," backed with "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)." Impressively, 17 of the 22 singles hit #1 in the U.K.

"Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" were created using demo tapes recorded by the late John Lennon, with the three surviving Beatles adding their parts in the 1990s. The songs were originally released, respectively, in 1995 and 1996 on the Anthology 1 and Anthology 2 compilations.

Here's the full track list of The Singles Collection:

1962 [sleeve art: U.S.]
A: "Love Me Do"
B: "P. S. I Love You"

1963 [sleeve art: Italy]
A: "Please Please Me"
B: "Ask Me Why"

1963 [sleeve art: Norway]
A: "From Me to You"
B: "Thank You Girl"

1963 [sleeve art: Greece]
A: "She Loves You"
B: "I'll Get You"

1963 [sleeve art: Chile]
A: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
B: "This Boy"

1964 [sleeve art: Austria]
A: "Can't Buy Me Love"
B: "You Can't Do That"

1964 [sleeve art: Holland]
A: "A Hard Day's Night"
B: "Things We Said Today"

1964 [sleeve art: Sweden]
A: "I Feel Fine"
B: "She's a Woman"

1965 [sleeve art: Spain]
A: "Ticket to Ride"
B: "Yes It Is"

1965 [sleeve art: Belgium]
A: "Help!"
B: "I'm Down"

1965 [double A-side/sleeve art: France]
A: "We Can Work It Out"
A: "Day Tripper"

1966 [sleeve art: Turkey]
A: "Paperback Writer"
B: "Rain"

1966 [double A-side/sleeve art: Argentina]
A: "Eleanor Rigby"
A: "Yellow Submarine"

1967 [double A-side/sleeve art: Australia]
A: "Strawberry Fields Forever"
A: "Penny Lane"

1967 [sleeve art: West Germany]
A: "All You Need Is Love"
B: "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

1967 [sleeve art: Mexico]
A: "Hello, Goodbye"
B: "I Am the Walrus"

1968 [sleeve art: Japan]
A: "Lady Madonna"
B: "The Inner Light"

1968 [sleeve art: South Africa]
A: "Hey Jude"
B: "Revolution"

1969 [sleeve art: Denmark]
A: "Get Back"
B: "Don't Let Me Down"

1969 [sleeve art: Portugal]
A: "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
B: "Old Brown Shoe"

1969 [sleeve art: Israel]
A: "Something"
B: "Come Together"

1970 [sleeve art: U.K.]
A: "Let It Be"
B: "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"

1995/1996 [exclusive double A-side single/sleeve art: worldwide]
A: "Free as a Bird" [1995]
A: "Real Love" [1996]

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Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is all set to kick off a fall U.S. leg of his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour on November 3 in Fort Myers, Florida, but the rocker has also lined up a new series of North American dates for spring 2020.

The newly announced trek gets underway on April 1 in the Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, and is plotted through an April 22 show in Portland, Oregon. Lita Ford will open all of the new concerts.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public stating Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP pre-sales will be available beginning Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m.

Prior to the 2020 North American concerts, Cooper will visit Australia and New Zealand for a short trek in February.

In September, Alice released a new six-song collection titled The Breadcrumbs EP that pays homage to the music scene of his former hometown, Detroit. The record features guest appearances by notable Motor City musicians like ex-Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, and Dirtbombs frontman Mick Collins.

Cooper recently told Billboard that he's planning to release a new studio album sometime next year.

Here are all of Cooper's upcoming North American tour dates:

11/3 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
11/5 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
11/6 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
11/7 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/9 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage
11/10 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
11/12 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
11/14 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/15 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall
11/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Center
11/18 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
11/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
11/21 -- Glen Falls, NY, Cool Insuring Arena
11/22 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
11/23 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall
11/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
11/26 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
11/27 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza
11/29 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
11/30 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre

2020
4/1 -- Peterborough, ON, Canada, Memorial Centre
4/3 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Music Hall
4/5 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Performing Arts Center
4/7 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
4/8 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre
4/10 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
4/11 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Centennial Concert Hall
4/13 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Conexus Arts Centre
4/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/16 -- Prince George, BC, Canada, CN Centre
4/18 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre
4/19 -- Penticton, BC, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
4/20 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
4/22 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium

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Gilles Petard/RedfernsLate Temptations singer David Ruffin will receive multiple honors as part of a special celebration in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, later this month.

The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 26, and will start at 11 a.m. with the unveiling of Ruffin's on the Walk of Fame at the Mississippi Arts Entertainment Experience, a.k.a. The MAX.

That event will be followed by a street parade from The MAX to the Temple Theatre, where a noon ceremony will be held renaming a four-block stretch of 8th Street near the theater as "David Ruffin Boulevard."

The parade, which will be led by led by Jackson State University's marching band, will continue on to Meridian's City Hall Lawn, where a party will kick off at 1 p.m. All the events are free and open to the public.

"We are proud to honor this music legend with a street being named after one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, and we want to invite family and friends to Meridian for a day of celebrating his career," Mayor Percy Bland says in a statement, according to the Meridian Star.

Ruffin was a member of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968, and was the lead singer on many of the legendary Motown group's hits, including "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You."

He died in 1991 at the age of 50 of an accidental drug overdose.

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