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Courtesy of IFC FilmsThe new David Bowie biopic Stardust, which focuses on the events that inspired the rock legend to create his Ziggy Stardust persona, will premiere on November 25 in theaters and on demand.

The film stars Johnny Flynn, an actor and singer-songwriter whose credits include roles in 2018's Emma, the Netflix series Lovesick and the Albert Einstein-themed season of the National Geographic channel series Genius. Stardust also features Jena Malone as Bowie's first wife, Angie, and Marc Maron as Mercury Records publicist Ron Oberman.

The movie is set in 1971 and follows a 24-year-old Bowie as he travels across the U.S. with Oberman, trying to promote his then-latest album, The Man Who Sold the World, and finding that American audiences don't appear ready to embrace the singer or his music.

Flynn contributed music to the film's score and also performs an original Bowie-inspired song, and two covers by artists who influenced David -- The Yardbirds and French composer Jacques Brel.

Stardust was directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, whose credits include the award-winning 2006 docudrama Death of a President. Range also co-wrote the film with Christopher Bell.

The movie originally was scheduled to premiere this past April at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, but the event was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe previously unreleased 1989 Rolling Stones concert film and album Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City, New Jersey hit stores today in multiple formats.

The show, which took place in December 1989 at Atlantic City's Convention Hall, featured guest appearances by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, Eric Clapton, and blues legend John Lee Hooker. The concert, which was part of the tour supporting The Stones' Steel Wheels album, featured a long set that included renditions of five songs from the record, as well as classics and select covers.

Rose and Stradlin joined The Stones for a version of the 1968 gem "Salt of the Earth," Clapton and The Stones played the blues standard "Little Red Rooster" together, and then Eric and Hooker accompanied the band on a version of John Lee's "Boogie Chillen."

Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City is available as a DVD/two-CD set, a standard-definition Blu-ray/two-CD collection, a limited-edition four-LP colored-vinyl set, and in various digital formats.

In addition, there's a limited-edition six-disc version that features the Steel Wheels Live DVD, SD Blu-ray and double-CD, as well as a DVD featuring The Stones' performance at the Tokyo Dome during the same tour, and the Steel Wheels Rare Reels CD, which includes live versions songs that weren't part of the trek's core set list.

Also, a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl picture disc featuring a version of "Rock and a Hard Place" from Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City, and a performance of "Almost Hear You Sigh" from the Tokyo Dome concert will be released this Saturday, September 26, in conjunction with the 2020 Record Store Day campaign.

Here's the Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City track list:

"Start Me Up"
"Sad Sad Sad"
"Undercover of the Night"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Miss You"
"Ruby Tuesday"
"Salt of the Earth -- featuring Axl Rose & Izzy Stradlin
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Midnight Rambler"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Little Red Rooster" -- featuring Eric Clapton
"Boogie Chillen" -- featuring Eric Clapton & John Lee Hooker
"Can't Be Seen"
"Paint It Black"
"2,000 Light Years from Home"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Gimme Shelter"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Brown Sugar"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: Melanie DuneaRod Stewart had a big hit with his 1989 rendition of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," but did you know that former Scandal singer Patty Smyth recorded it first? Well, now she's done a new version of the tune, and it will be featured on her forthcoming solo album. It's About Time.

Smyth first recorded "Downtown Train" for her 1987 solo album Never Enough. It reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100. But when Stewart released his cover of the tune in late 1989, it became a massive hit, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100, topping two other Billboard charts and earning him a Grammy nomination.

Patty has now re-recorded "Downtown Train" for It's About Time, her first new album in 28 years. The single is out now, and the album will arrive on October 9.

In addition to "Downtown Train," It's About Time also includes another cover: Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." The other six songs are brand-new originals, many inspired by Smyth's 25-year relationship with husband John McEnroe.

By Andrea Dresdale
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RhinoA deluxe, expanded reissue of the late Lou Reed's critically acclaimed and popular 1989 album New York was released today.

New York is Reed's only studio effort to be certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. The collection of gritty tunes includes "Dirty Blvd.," which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, as well as other standouts like "Busload of Faith," "Romeo Had Juliette" and "Last Great American Whale." Lou's former Velvet Underground band mate, drummer Mo Tucker, contributed percussion to two songs -- "Last Great American Whale" and "Dime Store Mystery."

The New York: Deluxe Edition set features three CDs, a concert DVD and two vinyl LPs.

The CDs include a newly remastered version of the original album; a disc with previously unreleased live renditions of all of New York's 14 songs recorded at various shows; and a disc featuring unreleased demo versions and rough mixes of many of the album's tunes, a non-LP track and live performances of two classic earlier Reed songs -- "Sweet Jane" and "Walk on the Wild Side."

The DVD features The New York Album concert video, which previously only was available on VHS and laser disc; it documents a 1990 show Lou played in Montreal that included a performance of the entire album. The DVD also offers an archival audio interview with Reed.

The LPs feature the remastered New York album pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

New York: Deluxe Edition comes packaged with a hardcover book featuring new liner notes by respected music journalist David Fricke, essays and more. Fans who order the collection from will receive a cassette version of the album.

Here's the track list for the New York: Deluxe Edition set's CDs:

Disc One: Original Album (2020 Remaster)
"Romeo Had Juliette"
"Halloween Parade"
"Dirty Blvd."
"Endless Cycle"
"There Is No Time"
"Last Great American Whale"
"Beginning of a Great Adventure"
"Busload of Faith"
"Sick of You"
"Hold On"
"Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"
"Xmas in February"
"Dime Store Mystery"

Disc Two: New York -- Live
"Romeo Had Juliette"*
"Halloween Parade"*
"Dirty Blvd."*
"Endless Cycle"*
"There Is No Time"*
"Last Great American Whale"*
"Beginning of a Great Adventure"*
"Busload of Faith"*
"Sick of You"*
"Hold On"*
"Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"*
"Xmas in February"*
"Dime Store Mystery"*

Disc Three: Works in Progress/Singles/Encore
"Romeo Had Juliette" (7" Version)
"Dirty Blvd." (Work Tape)*
"Dirty Blvd." (Rough Mix)*
"Endless Cycle" (Work Tape)*
"Last Great American Whale" (Work Tape)*
"Beginning of a Great Adventure" (Rough Mix)*
"Busload of Faith" (Solo Version)*
"Sick of You" (Work Tape)*
"Sick of You" (Rough Mix)*
"Hold On" (Rough Mix)*
"Strawman" (Rough Mix)*
"The Room" (Non-LP Track)
"Sweet Jane" (Live Encore)*
"Walk on the Wild Side" (Live Encore)*

* = previously unreleased.

By Matt Friedlander
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Katja Ogrin/RedfernsCher has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Kennedy Center Honor, but she's about to receive a truly unique tribute: the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award.

The award is given annually by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center to "an individual who embodies the bold spirit, fierce independence and distinctive character" of Hepburn, the Oscar-winning icon who died in 2003. 

Cher will receive the award October 3 at the Center's annual gala -- which will be held virtually, of course. The theme of this year's gala is "Believe," in honor of Cher's signature hit and Hepburn's "positive belief in the future of the arts." Cher is being honored for not only her work in TV, film, music and Broadway, but for her humanitarian efforts as well. She's long cited Hepburn as one of her inspirations.

Among the stars who'll be sending video messages congratulating Cher are past recipients of the award, including Dick Cavett, Glenn Close and Christine Baranski.  She'll also receive video tributes from Lucie Arnaz, Sheila E., Ed Asner, songwriter Jimmy Webb and music producer Peter Asher. In addition, her son Chaz will tape a congratulatory message.

You can wash the gala for free at, the Kate's YouTube channel and the center's Facebook page.  In addition to being able to watch Cher's acceptance speech, you'll also get to see an interview with her, conducted by broadcaster Ann Nyberg, a past winner.

Just a few weeks ago, Cher's perfume, Cher Eau de Couture, won an honor at the 2020 Fragrance Foundation Awards.  At the time, the 74-year-old legend tweeted, "SO WEIRD.... I’M...WAY...PAST SELL BY DATE...& YET I  HAVE STILL HAVE SO MANY SURPRISES 4 U...PS..I SMELL REALLY GOOD [TOO]."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Warner RecordsFleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has released an updated version of "These Strange Times," a song he co-wrote that originally appeared on his band's 1995 album, Time.

The nine-minute track, which is credited to Mick Fleetwood's Da*da*ism, is available now digitally and via streaming services. It features Fleetwood's poetic spoken-word vocals, and African-influenced percussion and singing, plus gospel and blues elements. The new version of the tune ends with a newly added segment of Fleetwood Mac's classic 1968 instrumental "Albatross," which was written by the band's late founding frontman Peter Green.

A companion video for "These Strange Times" has premiered at Rhino's official YouTube channel. The clip features captivating black-and-white and color footage of natural scenes from around the world, as well as cityscapes, the night sky, and people from various cultures enjoying different activities. The video also includes artistically shot photos of Mick.

According to a press statement, the video and the new single's artwork were "inspired by an 18th-century painting," and "are centered around the idea of something greater than us, which lies at the core of our very human struggle to be our best selves."

He adds, "When I first encountered the painting that inspired the photoshoot, it was a soul-searching exercise that I was driven to do but I didn't know when would be the time to release it. Now I know why: the when is now."

As for what he hopes people will get from the song and video, Mick says, "My hope is that by sharing these thought-provoking moments in my world that I can somehow open the eyes of others to things in their world and to the existence we all share, which is more and more endangered with each passing day."

By Matt Friedlander
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ABC/Matt StroshaneWhile most charity events and award ceremonies have gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sting was honored at one Thursday night, in person.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event was the fourth annual Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health, hosted by Prince Albert II of Monaco in that country.  Sting was honored for his decades of work via the Rainforest Foundation, the charity he co-founded in 1989 with his wife Trudie Styler and others.

As per the Hollywood Reporter, strict protocols were enforced during the event to keep everyone safe.  The guest list included Johnny Depp, Helen Mirren, Andy Garcia, Kate Beckinsale, Rebel Wilson, Leona Lewis, Maisie Williams, Sienna Miller and Tommy Hilfiger.

As for why the event took place in person, Prince Albert said, "The commitment of all the individuals involved in protecting our planet and of all of you...led us to make this decision..Our health depends on the health of the environment in which we live. That is why more than ever before we need to continue our efforts and actions to protect our planet for future generations."

In other Sting news, he'll appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight with singer/rapper GASHI; the two have collaborated on a song called "Mama."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Exile RecordsAs promised, Van Morrison released a new tune titled "Born to Be Free" today, the first of three themed songs he's planning to debut in the coming weeks that reflect his opposition to the lockdown restrictions that the U.K. government has enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a post on Morrison's Facebook page, proceeds from the new track "will support musicians impacted by the ongoing UK lockdown restrictions." The song is available as a digital download and via streaming.

The melodic, upbeat tune kicks off with Van singing, "Well, the birds in the trees, know something we can't see/ 'Cause they know we were born to be free/ Don't need the government cramping my style/ Give them an inch, they take a mile/ Take you in with a phony smile, wouldn't you agree?"

Last week, Morrison posted a message online explaining that he feels the U.K. government's actions are destroying the country's live-music industry and have "taken away personal freedoms."

"I'm not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already," Van said in a statement. "It's about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves."

Morrison also believes performance venues should be allowed to open at full capacity.

The message announced his plans to put out the aforementioned singles: The just-released "Born to Be Free" will be followed by "As I Walked Out" on October 9, and "No More Lockdown" on October 23.

Last month, Morrison posted another message on his website, which has since been removed, that called on musicians and others in the music industry to to join him in his quest against government restrictions. He added, "Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."

By Matt Friedlander
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Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageToday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Led Zeppelin's John "Bonzo" Bonham, widely considered one of the greatest rock 'n' roll drummers of all time.

Bonham was just 32 years old when he died on September 25, 1980, after a night of heavy drinking. Rather than find a replacement drummer, Led Zeppelin decided to disband after Bonham's passing, announcing their decision in a joint statement issued in December of that year that read in part, "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."

During the group's 12-year history, Bonham's incredibly powerful yet groove-heavy playing drove one classic song after another. Among the classics on which his heavy-hitting style is on full display are "Rock and Roll," "Moby Dick," "Immigrant Song," "When the Levee Breaks," "Kashmir," and "The Ocean."

Bonzo is cited as a major influence on and inspiration for other rock royalty drummers, including Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Rush's Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Dave Grohl, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, KISS' Peter Criss, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.

In 2016, Bonham topped a Rolling Stone list of "The 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time."  "At his most brutally paleolithic he never bludgeoned dully, at his most rhythmically dumbfounding he never stooped to unnecessary wankery," the magazine declared.

John's only son, Jason Bonham, has followed in his father's footsteps. He's served as Led Zeppelin's drummer at most of the band's few reunion shows, led his own bands, and played with other rockers including Foreigner, UFO and Sammy Hagar.

By Matt Friedlander
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Warner Records; Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesBill Murray has been using The Doobie Brothers' 1972 hit "Listen to the Music" to sell his line of golf shirts, without the band's permission, and their lawyer wants the actor to pay up.

However, rather than using a bunch of legal threats, attorney Peter Paterno took a couple of light-hearted jabs at the Caddyshack star to get his message across.

"The Doobie Brothers perform and recorded the song Listen to the Music, which Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers wrote," noted Paterno in a letter to Murray obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's a fine song," he continued. "I know you agree because you keep using it in your ads for Zero Hucks Given golf shirts. However, given that you haven't paid to use it, maybe you should change the company name to 'Zero Bucks Given.'"

Adds Paterno, "It seems like the only person who uses our clients' music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump."

"This is the part where I'm supposed to cite the United States Copyright Act, excoriate you for not complying some subparagraph that I'm too lazy to look up and threaten you with eternal damnation for doing so," he continued. "But you already earned that with those Garfield movies."

In a nod to Murray's character in Caddyshack, Paterno signs off with "We'd almost be okay with it if the shirts weren't so damn ugly. But it is what it is. So, in the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au devoir Golfer. Et payez!'"

As of Thursday night, Murray's camp hasn't responded to Paterno's letter.

By George Constantino
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Credit: Danny Clinch/AARP the Magazine Oct.-Nov. 2020Bruce Springsteen is the subject of AARP the Magazine's latest cover story, and in the article, the New Jersey rock legend talks at length about his upcoming studio album, Letter to You.

In a video that accompanies the article's online version, The Boss notes that the album is the first one he's made with The E Street Band "in a long time," and explains that it was recorded "in five days" with "the band playing completely live in the studio."

He adds, "I'm not sure if we ever did [that before], because it's totally live, including all the vocals."

Describing his new music, Springsteen says, "It sounds current, and yet it sounds very much like the E Street Band. And there's a focus on keyboards. Jake [Clemons] came in and did a beautiful job with the saxophone. And, [there's] just something about the way the material is constructed and the emotional construction of the songs."

Also in the clip, Springsteen reveals some of the music artists he's been listening to lately. He mentions Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, rapper Kendrick Lamar, young R&B artist H.E.R., alternative rockers Bleachers and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey.

In the AARP article, Springsteen says that the "you" he's referring to in Letter to You is "you…whoever is listening," adding that "it is a summing up of what I've tried to do over the course of my 45, 50 years now, working."

Reflecting on keeping passionate about creating music as he grows older, Bruce says, "I've continued to make some exciting and interesting work. And I continue to take my story and move it along further. And you don't know when wonderful things are going to happen...that I would write this record at this late date for the E Street Band."

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Primary Wave/Hot ShotsAlice Cooper is known as one of the music world's most famous shock rockers, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is set to shock your taste buds with his own line of hot sauces.

Cooper has partnered with hot sauce distribution company Hot Shots to create three different versions of the spicy condiment based on three of his best-known songs -- "Welcome to My Nightmare," "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Poison."

All three hot sauces are available for purchase now online at and at select stores.

"Welcome to My Nightmare" is a mild sauce, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is medium, and "Poison" is labeled "reaper hot." A description of the "Poison" sauce reads, "The intense heat of this sauce will put you in Alice's straight jacket. Your senses will tell you to stop when you feel the Reaper chiles running through your veins with…Poison!"

Alice says in a statement, "In general I don't believe food should be painful. But in the case of my hot sauces it is PAIN, PLEASURE, PAIN, PLEASURE! Just repeat until satisfied!"

In May, Cooper released a new single titled "Don't Give Up" that focuses on life during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a companion video that features photos submitted by many fans across the globe. Alice finished recording the tune while working on his upcoming studio album in self-quarantine.

By Matt Friedlander
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Warner Records After announcing their holiday album It's Christmas All Over, Goo Goo Dolls are now backing up a bit and acknowledging the arrival of fall. The group has just dropped a music video for "Autumn Leaves," a song from their most recent album Miracle Pill.

The clip follows an old man, a young woman and a boy as they discover symbols of time passing: a fallen leaf, a pocket watch and a dead bird.

At the end of the clip, they all go from dark, foreboding landscapes to bright and sunny surroundings.

As previously reported, It's Christmas All Over is due out October 30. It features the band's take on classics like "Let It Snow," as well as a few new original songs.  The first single, "This Is Christmas," is out October 2.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Courtesy of HBO/Lennox McClendon/AP/ ShutterstockHBO Documentary Films has secured the North American rights to a new feature-length documentary about pop legends The Bee Gees that will get its TV premiere later this year on HBO and HBO Max.

The film, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, will focus on the history of the band -- featuring brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb -- their rise to international superstardom, how their music evolved over the years and the lasting impact their songs have had.

The movie was directed by Frank Marshall, whose previous directing credits include Arachnophobia and Alive, and who has produced such classic films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Poltergeist, The Color Purple, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cape Fear, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

"Like so many people, I've loved the Bee Gees' music all my life," says Marshall in a statement. "But discovering their uncanny creative instincts and the treasure trove of music, their humor, and loyalty was a great two-year journey. We are very happy and proud to be with HBO, and it has been an honor to work on this project."

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart had been selected to be screened at the 2020 edition of Colorado's Telluride Film Festival, which was scheduled to take place this month before being canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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Sony MusicAn expanded edition of Pink Floyd's 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder and a restored and re-edited version of the record's companion concert video will be released on November 20.

The collections, which you can pre-order now, will be available as two-CD and three-LP sets, on Blu-ray, on DVD, and as a four-disc box set featuring the CDs, the Blu-ray and the DVD.

The two-CD reissue of Delicate Sound of Thunder boasts eight songs that didn't appear on the original live album, while the three-LP set has nine extra tunes. The audio has been remixed with input from Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour.

The 2020 version of the Delicate Sound of Thunder film was created by restoring the original 35-millimeter negatives, transferring the footage to the 4K high-def digital format and completely re-editing it. The sound was remixed from the original multi-track tapes.

The Delicate Sound of Thunder box set comes with a 40-page photo booklet, a tour poster and postcards. The other versions include a 24-page booklet.

The updated editions of the film and album both were included in Pink Floyd 2019 box set The Later Years. Screenings of the movie at select theaters had been announced for October 15, but they've been postponed.

Delicate Sound of Thunder captured Pink Floyd on tour in support of 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the band's first studio album following the departure of founding bassist/singer Roger Waters. Most of the movie and album were recorded during a series of shows that Pink Floyd played in August 1988 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Here's Delicate Sound of Thunder's two-CD track list:

Disc 1
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5"
"Signs Of Life"*
"Learning to Fly"
"Yet Another Movie"
"Round and Around"
"A New Machine Part 1"*
"Terminal Frost"*
"A New Machine Part 2"*
"The Dogs of War"
"On the Turning Away"

Disc 2
"One of These Days"
"On the Run"*
"The Great Gig in the Sky"*
"Wish You Were Here"
"Welcome to the Machine"*
"Us and Them"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2"
"Comfortably Numb"
"One Slip"*
"Run Like Hell"

* = did not appear on 1988 version of album.

By Matt Friedlander
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ABC/Image Group LAThe old saying goes that "idle hands are the Devil's workshop," but in Dolly Parton's case, idle hands sometimes result in a massive hit.

In the singer's new book, Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics, she remembers how she wrote her 1980 hit "9 to 5," while on the set of the 1979 movie of the same title. The film starred Dolly alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and it remains one of the singer’s best-loved acting appearances to this day.

According to a preview from the new book in People, Dolly says that she got just a little bit bored backstage while she was waiting for her character’s scene to be filmed.

"The thing I hate about the movies is all the waiting-around time," she writes. "I realized on the set of 9 to 5 in 1979 that I had to do something besides just sitting there. I couldn’t play my guitar -- I didn't want to disrupt everything on the set by making music."

Instead, Dolly found another way to make music.

"I would just click my nails making them sound like a typewriter. Then I used that sound as my music. I started writing '9 to 5' on the set of the movie that way," she continues. "I'd go back to my hotel every night and put down what I had written that day, playing my guitar and getting it on tape. Over a long period of time, I wrote the song on my nails."

Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics will be out on November 17.

By Carena Liptak
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Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen has released a second advance track from Letter to You, the forthcoming studio album he recorded with The E Street Band that will hit stores on October 20.

"Ghosts" is a soaring, melodic rock song that's available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

"'Ghosts' is about the beauty and joy of being in a band, and the pain of losing one another to illness and time," Springsteen explains in a statement. "'Ghosts' tries to speak to the spirit of the music itself, something none of us owns but can only discover and share together. In the E Street Band, it resides in our collective soul, powered by the heart."

In conjunction with the song's release, a companion lyric video has premiered at Bruce's official YouTube channel. The clip, which was directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, features new footage of Bruce and The E Street Band in the studio mixed with archival film of The Boss playing with some of his earliest groups.

You can pre-order Letter to You now.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Prince Estate/Warner RecordsIn advance of this Friday's release of the deluxe reissue of Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times, tonight the late music legend's YouTube channel will present the exclusive premiere of a video of a 1987 New Year's Eve benefit concert that Prince played at his Paisley Park complex in Minnesota.

The show, which raised money for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, featured Prince's only on-stage collaboration with jazz legend Miles Davis. The stream of the two-hour performance will start at 8 p.m. ET.

In addition, a special pre-show hosted by ex-Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Prince's YouTube channel. Rudolph will chat with several of the late star's collaborators, including singer/songwriter Susannah Melvoin, keyboardist Dr. Fink, sax player Eric Leeds and multi-instrumentalist Levi Seacer Jr.

Also, a streaming YouTube after-party event will be held at 10:15 p.m. ET featuring a variety of DJs and special guests.

As previously reported, the video of Prince's 1987 New Year's Eve benefit will be featured on the DVD included on the Super Deluxe Edition of the Sign o' the Times reissue.

The Super Deluxe reissue is available as an eight-CD/DVD and a 13-LP/DVD set. The audio discs feature the album's original 16 tracks, plus 63 previously unreleased recordings, including single edits, B-sides, alternate takes, remixes, outtakes, live performances and more. The package also features a 120-page hardcover book with rare photos, reproductions of Prince's handwritten lyrics for many songs, and more.

The Sign o' the Times reissue, which you can pre-order now, also will be released as a three-CD or four-LP Deluxe Edition and a two-CD or two-LP standard version.

Visit for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of PCH Films

Linda Ronstadt may have retired from singing, but she's pretty busy.  She and her friend Jackson Browne both star in a new documentary arriving next month called Linda and the Mockingbirds.

The doc features Ronstadt revisiting her Mexican roots, and she and Browne travel to Mexico by bus with the students of Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy, of which Linda's been a patron since the '90s.  "Cenzontle" means "mockingbird." The group visits the town in the Mexican state of Sonora, where Linda's grandfather grew up.

Linda hopes the documentary will strike a blow against anti-immigrant rhetoric.

"It will make people aware of what they're discriminating against so vigorously," she tells Rolling Stone.

"Anti-Mexican discrimination has been one of the main planks in the platform of Donald Trump," Ronstadt notes. "It's one of the things that got people energized."

She adds, "It was like, 'We aren't going to let these people in here. They'll get something for nothing and they're going to take away our jobs.' It's a total myth that they impact the economy in a negative way. They're actually adding to the economy tremendously."

Linda and the Mockingbirds will be released digitally and on demand on October 20.

In addition to the documentary, Ronstadt plans to release some live archival performances, similar to last year's Live in Hollywood, from 1980. Among the recordings are concerts she did in support of her standards albums What's New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons, and her Mexican album Canciones de Mi Padre.

"I don't do any social media, but I was convinced this year to put up a website because we have found a lot of board mixes of old live performances," she tells Rolling Stone. "We’re going to put a selection of those out."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty ImagesMariah Carey's new memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey isn't out yet, but it delves into her first marriage to record mogul Tommy Mottola, and equates living with him with being in prison.  Now, Mottola has commented on what his ex-wife says about him.

As Mariah has said, and reviews have revealed, she called the home where she lived with Mottola "Sing Sing," after the notorious prison, and described it as bristling with security teams and cameras.  Just leaving the house for a few minutes without security, she tells Oprah in a new interview airing today on Apple TV , caused a major uproar.

Asked about the book, which is coming out in September 29, Mottola told the New York Post in a statement, "I am deeply gratified to have played that role in Mariah’s well-deserved and remarkable success, and continue to wish her and her family only the very best.”

As the Post points out, in his own 2013 memoir, Mottola said his relationship with Mariah was "absolutely wrong," and apologized for being "controlling" and "obsessive."

Mariah and Mottola married in 1993 and separated in 1997; their divorce became final in 2000.  In 2008, she married Nick Cannon; together, they share twins Monroe and Moroccan. Mariah and Nick separated in 2014, and their divorce was finalized in 2016.

By Andrea Dresdale
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