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Courtesy of CORECarly Simon, Sheryl Crow and Sammy Hagar with his current band The Circle are among dozens of artists that will be featured performing during Rock 'n' Relief, an upcoming benefit livestream concert.

The two-day virtual event will raise money for the Los Angeles-based organization Community Organized Relief Effort, or CORE, which was co-founded by actor Sean Penn and which is working to "provide equitable access to free testing and vaccines" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature both live and virtual performances. Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes curated the lineup, and also will be performing. Other artists on the bill include Jewel, Ziggy Marley, Jane's Addiction's Perry FarrellFoo Fighters, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, Tracy Bonham, Macy Gray, James Blunt, Juliette Lewis, Kevin Bacon and Aloe Blacc.

Rock 'n' Relief will stream via the Amazon Music Twitch channel and Rolling Stone magazine's YouTube.

By Josh Johnson
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Parlophone RecordsDetails have been unveiled about the upcoming fifth installment of the series of six David Bowie live albums recorded during the 1990s that are being released both individually as limited single-run pressings and together in a limited-edition box set titled Brilliant Live Adventures (1995-1999).

The new installment is titled Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) and will be released March 12 on CD and as a two-LP vinyl set. The album was recorded at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris on October 14, 1999. That afternoon, Bowie was awarded the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest artistic honor that France can bestow.

The 15-track album features 12 previously unreleased recordings and three performances that appeared as B-sides of singles from Bowie's 1999 studio album, Hours.

The show was one of only seven full concerts Bowie played to promote Hours. His set included classics like "Life on Mars?," "China Girl," "Changes" and "Rebel Rebel," as well as several rarities that he hadn't performed live in decades, among them 1966's "Can't Help Thinking About Me," 1973's "Drive-In Saturday" and 1976's "Word on a Wing." David also performed five songs from Hours, including "Something in the Air," which he'd never played live before.

Bowie's lead guitarist at the shows promoting Hours was Page Hamilton, frontman of the alternative-metal band Helmet.

The Brilliant Live Adventures box sets were released recently on CD and vinyl and were available exclusively at Bowie's official online store and the store, but currently are sold out. New copies are expected to be pressed soon. The last individual album from the series is due out in the coming weeks.

Here's the Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) track list:

"Life on Mars?"
"Thursday's Child"
"Something in the Air"
"Word on a Wing"
"Can't Help Thinking About Me"
"China Girl"
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"
"Drive-In Saturday"
"I Can't Read"
"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
"Rebel Rebel"

By Matt Friedlander
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GRAMMY Museum/Getty ImagesRingo Starr will be the subject of a virtual presentation that will premiere next month as part of the Grammy Museum's COLLECTION:live online streaming service.

The program will include new and archival interviews with the former Beatles drummer as well as a virtual version of Starr's 2013 Grammy Museum exhibit "Ringo: Peace & Love." The exhibit offered a look at Starr's life, from his childhood in Liverpool, U.K., to his early years playing with Rory Storm through his historic stint with The Beatles, to his successful career as a solo artist and then leader of the popular touring group The All Starr Band.

The virtual version of the exhibition will feature images of a variety of memorabilia and artifacts, rare photos, documents and personal letters.

The virtual "Peace & Love" exhibit will debut on March 4, as will an archival 2010 interview Ringo did as part of the Grammy Museum's Live from the Vault digital series.

Then, on March 18, a brand-new interview with Starr will premiere on COLLECTION:live that will feature the legendary drummer discussing his upcoming EP Zoom In -- due out March 19 -- and his new book, Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs 1989-2019.

The COLLECTION:live service is available for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year. The Grammy Museum currently is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Ann WilsonHeart frontwoman Ann Wilson has just released the latest in a series of new solo singles, a heavy slab of grunge rock titled "The Hammer."

The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, and Wilson also debuted a companion lyric video for the tune at her official YouTube channel.

"When the hammer comes down/ Grinding, grinding/ When the hammer comes down/ Reminding, reminding," Ann sings, backed by an ominous fuzz-guitar riff, and hard-pounding drums. "When the hammer comes down/ Blinding, blinding/ When the hammer comes down/ Unwinding, unwinding/ It'll whisper those words that excite your soul/ Torment your passion till you lose control."

Wilson co-wrote the song with Heart guitarist Craig Bartock and Tyler Boley, a guitarist she's known for many years from her hometown of Seattle.

Ann recorded "The Hammer" last fall in Seattle, during sessions that yielded her previously released recent singles -- the soulful original "Tender Heart" and her covers of Steve Earle's "The Revolution Starts Now" and Alice in Chains' "Rooster" -- plus some yet-to-be-released tunes.

"We had a great time recording this one! The whole experience was great!" says Wilson of "The Hammer." "The band felt just as passionate as the lyrics!"

By Matt Friedlander
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UMC/UMe/PolydorThis past week, The Who's Pete Townshend revealed in an interview with U.K. magazine Uncut that he was preparing a major reissue of his band's 1967 concept album The Who Sell Out, and now full details of the project have been announced.

The reissue will be released on April 23, and will be available in multiple formats and configurations, including a massive Super Deluxe Edition featuring five CDs and two seven-inch vinyl singles.

The Who Sell Out's Super Deluxe version will feature a whopping 112 tracks, including 46 previously unreleased recordings, 14 of which are unheard Townshend demos.

The expansive collection also comes packaged with an 80-page hardback book offering a new liner notes and a track-by-track annotation by Pete, plus rare photos and  memorabilia including including posters, a replica concert program, a bumper sticker and a Who fan club photo.

Released in December 1967, The Who Sell Out featured the band parodying the British pirate radio stations that were popular at the time: The songs were connected by fake commercials the band wrote and recorded.

The album only reached #48 on the Billboard 200, but it included The Who's first U.S. top 10 hit, "I Can See for Miles."

The material on the Super Deluxe collection includes original mono and stereo mixes of the album, various mono and stereo non-album bonus tracks; studio outtakes -- including early versions of tunes and studio chatter -- plus a disc of 1968 tracks that preceded the recording of Tommy and the Townshend demos.

Three unreleased demos -- "Pictures of Lily," "Kids! Do You Want Kids?" and "Odorono" -- were been made available digitally today in advance of the reissue.

Visit for a complete track list and other details about The Who Sell Out reissue, which you can pre-order now.

By Matt Friedlander
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earMUSICAlice Cooper's latest studio album, Detroit Stories, gets its release today.

The 15-track collection pays tribute to the hard-edged music of the shock rocker's former hometown, and was recorded in the Detroit area with contributions from various local musicians, including MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and celebrated Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek.

Cooper tells ABC Audio that he feels like the time was right to put out "an up album" like Detroit Stories.

"[F]or the way that the whole country is now coming out of this COVID thing, I think it's really time to do a really fun rock 'n' roll album," he explains.

Cooper and producer Bob Ezrin co-wrote 12 of the album's 15 tracks, with various other collaborators contributing to the songwriting, including Kramer, guitarist Tommy Henrickson and original Alice Cooper group bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.

Two songs on Detroit Stories, "I Hate You" and "Social Debris," feature Cooper teaming up with all of his original band's surviving members -- Dunaway, Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce.

"[T]hey sound like they could be on [our 1971 albums] Love It to Death or Killer," Alice says of those tunes. "The original band's playing as well now as they've ever played."

Detroit Stories kicks off with a heavy version of the Lou Reed-penned Velvet Underground classic "Rock and Roll." Alice says he loves the "New York heroin chic" vibe of the original, but for his cover, he thought, "[W]hat happens if we take this song to Detroit and put a V8 engine, and soup it up?" The track also features guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Steve Hunter, the latter of whom played with both Alice and Reed in the 1970s.

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By Matt Friedlander
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Ex 1 RecordsWolfgang Van Halen has hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with "Distance," his debut single with his solo project, Mammoth WVH.

"Distance" first premiered last November. Wolf released it as a tribute to his father, the iconic Eddie Van Halen, who had died a month earlier at age 65.

"Thank you so much for listening, and thank you to the incredible @MammothWVH team," Wolf tweeted in response to the chart news. "Wish you were here to see this, Pop."

Wolf had told ABC Audio that he was able to play "Distance" for Eddie before his passing.

"Oh, he loved it," Wolf shared. "He was so happy."

Wolf added that he's "thankful" for the love "Distance" has received, as well as for the mountain of tributes fans and other artists have sent him in honor of his dad.

"It's unlike anything I'd ever seen before," Wolf said. "Normally whenever I go on social media, or have in the past decade or so...I gotta look away every 10 minutes 'cause there's something going for the jugular, trying to hurt my feelings, but, man, those comments have been few and far between, lately.

"People have been so wonderful and so kind, and I'm so thankful for the outpouring of love," he added. "It's pretty incredible." 

"Distance" will appear on the upcoming, self-titled debut Mammoth WVH album, due out June 11.

By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Jenny RisherAlice Cooper's latest studio album, Detroit Stories, gets its release this Friday, February 26, and in celebration of the new record's impending arrival, the shock rocker will appear live tonight on a streaming event hosted by the social-networking site talkshoplive.

Cooper's appearance, which begins at 9 p.m. ET, also marks the launch of the talkshoplive platform's new Rock n Roll Channel, which will feature well-known artists encouraging direct-to-consumer sales of their releases. Detroit Stories will be available for purchase in various formats and configurations during Alice's segment.

In a video promoting his talkshoplive event, Cooper declares, "On February 25, your lives will completely change. That's when I…share a story or two, not just any story, but Detroit stories. You'll be one of the first to find out how my new album, Detroit Stories, came to be, through the sweat and tears and blood and destruction."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also mentions that among the special guests who contributed to the album are MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, ex-Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, acclaimed blues rocker Joe Bonamassa and members of his original Alice Cooper group.

In addition, Cooper says he plans to answer some fan questions during the event, and hints that he also may been signing copies of Detroit Stories that will be available for purchase via talkshoplive.

He ends his message by joking, sinisterly, "[M]ake sure you show up, because I know where you live."

As previously reported, Detroit Stories is a tribute to the hard-edged music of Cooper's former hometown. Alice recorded the album in the Motor City-area with longtime producer Bob Ezrin, and it features contributions from various local musicians.

By Matt Friedlander
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Credits: Ross HalfinAerosmith's Steven Tyler and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are featured in a new preview from the upcoming film and album documenting the star-studded London tribute concert Mick Fleetwood organized last year celebrating Fleetwood Mac's early years and the group's original leader, Peter Green.

A video of Tyler singing the 1969 Fleetwood Mac blues-rock gem "Rattlesnake Shake" with Gibbons on guest guitar has premiered on YouTube, while the audio is available now for download and streaming.

Tyler and Gibbons were accompanied by the show's house band, which included Fleetwood and Zak Starkey on drums, Jonny Lang and ex-Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito on guitar, and others.

The premiere of the performance arrives on the one-year anniversary of the tribute concert, which was held February 25, 2020, at the London Palladium.

The concert film, titled Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac, will first be made available online via video on demand in April. Audio, home video and digital editions will be released on April 30.

Other performers at the show included Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, The Who's Pete Townshend, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Metallica guitairst Kirk Hammett, Oasis' Noel Gallagher and U.K. blues great John Mayall. A number of other current and former Fleetwood Mac members also performed, including Christine McVie, Crowded House's Neil Finn, and founding guitarist Jeremy Spencer.

Green didn't attend the event and, sadly, passed away in July 2020 at age 73.

Mick Fleetwood & Friends will be released in multiple formats, including a box set featuring the concert on Blu-ray, two CDs and four vinyl LPs, and a 44-page hardbound book offering sleeve notes, photos and more.

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By Matt Friedlander
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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe Beatles were masters at creating memorable pop and rock songs, and now college students in the band's hometown of Liverpool, U.K., will have the opportunity to earn a master's degree focusing on the group.

This September, the University of Liverpool is launching an MA course called "The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage," which according to a description on the school's website "will explore how [the band], their music and their story are inextricably bound up within an increasing number of creative and cultural industries including…music, media and social media, tourism and heritage."

Students enrolled in the course will have the chance to interact with Liverpool's tourism sector focused on the Fab Four, and will examine how the band and its legacy contribute to the local and national economy and creative and cultural communities.

Guest lecturers will participate in the course, and students also will be able to visit sites throughout the area important to the history of The Beatles.

The course synopsis maintains that the degree can be valuable for those aspiring to careers in the music, creative, arts and tourism industries and sectors.

The launch of the Beatles-themed degree will coincide with the opening of the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, a new teaching and performance facility at the University of Liverpool.

Dr. Holly Tessler, who is the director of the program, tells the BBC, "What makes this MA unique is its focus on The Beatles in a future-facing way, considering the legacy's influence on the music and creative industries, in popular culture, and within heritage, culture and tourism in the 21st Century."

For more details about the course, visit

By Matt Friedlander
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Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesDionne Warwick is looking back at her successful career and can credit her success to mentor Lena Horne.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight alongside Horne's granddaughter Jenny Lumet, the "Heartbreaker" singer reflected on the woman who helped shape her career.

"Lena Horne was one of my major mentors," said Warwick, 80. "I called her Mama, she called me daughter. She was one of the many mentors that I had, but she was one of the very special ones to me. Because of the way she treated me."

"The one thing I never forgot and never will forget, and have passed it on to my children and my grandchildren, is what she told me many, many years ago, and that was, 'Be who you be. You cannot be anyone other than that,'" she recalled. "That's something I never forgot, and anybody that knows me knows that Dionne is always Dionne."

While Warwick, a five-time Grammy winner, is hailed as a trailblazer herself, she defers the title because she says Horne was the one who helped pave the way for many artists -- including her.

"She gave me and everybody that looks like me something to look forward to.... it was a legacy that literally she passed on. She passed it on to me, she passed it on to every little Black girl that had any aspirations of doing anything at all," she noted.

"She's a trailblazer. A pioneer," gushed Warwick. "It was her whole essence... Just magic."

Horne, who passed in 2010  at age 92, was the first Black woman to sign a contract with a major Hollywood studio, MGM.  She also is the first African American to be nominated for a Tony Award.

Horne's legacy is being preserved by Lumet, who is turning her life story into a television series.

By Megan Stone
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Courtesy of The Fest for Beatles FansToday marks what would have been George Harrison's 78th birthday, and to mark the occasion, The Fest for Beatles Fans is presenting a special virtual evening of music, storytelling and other tributes, featuring some of the late Beatles guitarist's friends and fellow musicians.

Dubbed "Life of George: A Beatles Birthday Celebration," the event will run from 5 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET and will be viewable via Zoom, with tickets available for $15 at

Among the special guests scheduled to take part in the festivities are Badfinger's Joey Molland, ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, Peter & Gordon's Peter Asher, '60 British pop singer Billy J. Kramer, longtime Beatles pal and Harrison bassist Klaus Voormann, sax player Tom Scott and producer Russ Titelman.

Molland is expected to play some music, as well as chat about working with Harrison, who co-produced Badfinger's 1971 album No Dice and tapped Joey to perform at the Concert for Bangla Desh.  Molland also contributed to Harrison's classic 1970 debut solo album All Things Must Pass.

Juber, was part of Wings' final lineup, will share his own recollections of Harrison, and play acoustic renditions of some of George's songs.

Kramer, who emerged from the same Liverpool music scene as The Beatles, and was also managed by Brian Epstein, will sing a song from Harrison's posthumous album, Brainwashed, in addition to talking about George.

Plus, there'll be a full-length Harrison tribute concert by the band Liverpool, who will play live from the Daryl's House venue in Pawling, New York.

A virtual fan-art exhibit, a ukulele sing-along, a Harrison trivia contest and more guests round out the program.

Meanwhile, The Fest for Beatles Fans' Facebook page will host a free birthday tribute from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET today.

By Matt Friedlander
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Rob DeMartin/Courtesy of JeepAfter Bruce Springsteen received only a minor penalty stemming from a DWI arrest last November, Jeep has reinstated its Super Bowl ad featuring The Boss.

In a statement to ABC News, a Jeep spokesperson said, "As we stated previously, we paused the commercial until the facts were established. Now, that the matter has been resolved, we are unpausing the film."

Following the recent news of Springsteen's arrest for driving while intoxicated and other charges this past fall in his home state of New Jersey, the high-profile ads had been pulled from TV and the company's official social media.

During a virtual arraignment hearing on Wednesday before a New Jersey judge, the legendary rocker pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of consuming alcohol in a closed area.

He was fined $500 for the incident and also had to pay $40 in court fees.

Springsteen had also faced charges of DWI and reckless driving, but federal prosecutors said they could not sustain those charges since Bruce's blood-alcohol level was 0.02 percent, which is below the legal limit of 0.08.

By George Constantino
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RhinoThis past week, Whitesnake released a new compilation called The Blues Album, the third and final installment of the band's "Red, White and Blues" trilogy of themed retrospective albums.

The 14-track collection features remixed and remastered versions of blues-rock-flavored songs from Whitesnake's back catalog spanning from 1984 through 2011, as well as one tune from frontman David Coverdale's 2000 solo album, Into the Light.

Coverdale tells ABC Audio that the remixes on The Blues Album, like those on the trilogy's other two compilations, Love Songs and The Rock Album, have given "a really consistent sonic identity, at last, to the albums that I've made over decades with different musicians, different technology and different recording techniques."

The singer says he's thrilled with the updated mixes, noting that it's "like seeing an old living room redecorated. It's still the same beautiful living room, but it feels fresher…It breathes."

Coverdale says among the album's standout tracks is 1987's "Give Me All Your Love," noting that guitarist Vivian Campbell's solo is now more prominent and it's "just joy-filled stuff."

David also says he enjoys "Too Many Tears," from Whitesnake's 1997 album Restless Heart, calling it "a total blues song from beginning to end"; and "The River Song," from Into the Light, which is his "tribute to Jimi Hendrix."

Coverdale maintains that the "Red, White and Blues" trilogy has been "a labor of love" for him, while also pointing out that many of the tracks are giving fans "a taste of things to come from…box sets [focusing on individual studio albums he's planning to release] over the next three, four, five years."

David says the next box set will focus on Restless Heart, which wasn't issued in the U.S. upon it's initial released.

Here's The Blues Album track list:

"Steal Your Heart Away"
"Good to Be Bad"
"Give Me All Your Love"
"Take Me Back Again"
"Slow an' Easy"
"Too Many Tears"
"Lay Down Your Love"
"The River Song"
"Whipping Boy Blues"
"If You Want Me"
"A Fool In Love"
"Woman Trouble Blues"
"Looking for Love"
"Crying in the Rain"

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: Ross HalfinFleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is among the artists and celebrities that will be featured speakers at the virtual 2021 edition of the annual South by Southwest Festival, dubbed SXSW Online 2021, which is scheduled for March 16-20.

Fleetwood will take part in an event called "Going Viral: In Your Dreams," during which he will discuss such topics as how he's sustained a long and lucrative music career and his recent success with the viral video platform TikTok.

The session was inspired in part by Fleetwood's connection to one of TikTok's biggest viral trends of 2020, the video of Nathan Apodaca grooving to Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" as he sips Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice drink while rolling along on a skateboard. That clip helped catapult "Dreams" back up the Billboard charts and inspired Mick to launch a TikTok account and shoot his own popular video mimicking Apodaca's.

The "Going Viral" event will feature Fleetwood and Ole Obermann, TikTok's Global Head of Music, chatting about music, sustaining a career in the business, discovering new artists, how technology can influence popular trends and culture, and more.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Can-Am On-RoadJoan Jett is featured in a new ad campaign for Can-Am On-Road three-wheeled motorcycles alongside visionary hip-hop artist SAINt JHN.

The initiative, dubbed "Outliers," seeks to bring attention to the need for diversity representation with regard to the on-road riding community, addressing preconceived ideas about what open-road riders should look and act like.

The campaign marks Jett's first brand collaboration in her decades-long career.

A new commercial for the vehicles features the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer sitting on a Can-Am Spyder F3-T in a Brooklyn, New York, warehouse, and then cinematically cruising on the cycle. The ad, which you can check out at the Can-Am On-Road YouTube channel, also features SAINt JHN speeding through the streets of Los Angeles on a Can-Am Ryker.

"To be a part of Can-Am's latest campaign is pretty cool," Jett says in a statement. "I've seen and done a lot, but it's not every day you get to try something new like learning to ride on three wheels. It's like the thrill of being on stage."

Regarding the campaign's theme, Joan adds, "To be an outlier is to challenge the status quo by carving your own path. In life you need to be bold, unafraid and unapologetic of who you are."

Jett also is expected to help promote the Can-Am vehicles by interacting with riders in person and virtually.

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By Matt Friedlander
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Liveright/W.W. NortonPaul McCartney has never written an autobiography, but the former Beatles legend has shared much of his life story through his songs. With that in mind, McCartney has unveiled plans to release a book called The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, which offers a self-portrait while profiling 154 songs he's written throughout his long career.

The book, which will be published on November 2, features the lyrics of tunes spanning from Paul's childhood, through his years with The Beatles and Wings and as a solo artist, up to the present day.

"I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks," Sir Paul explains in a book excerpt. "What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I've learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life."

The Lyrics is arranged alphabetically rather than chronologically, with each entry establishing the definitive texts for McCartney's compositions, while also offering details about the tunes, what inspired them and what Paul's current opinion of them is.

In addition, the book features a trove of material from McCartney's personal archive, including never-before-seen drafts, letters and photos.

"I hope that what I've written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven't seen before," McCartney maintains. "I've tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too."

The commentary in The Lyrics was based on conversations McCartney had over five years with Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and Princeton University professor Paul Muldoon, who edited the book.

The Lyrics can be pre-ordered now.

By Matt Friedlander
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Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC ImagesDuring a virtual arraignment hearing today before a New Jersey judge, Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of consuming alcohol in a closed area.  The plea came in the wake of his arrest this past November at a park in his home state.

The rock legend was fined $500 for the incident, and also had to pay $40 in court fees.

Springsteen had also faced charges of DWI and reckless driving, but federal prosecutors said they could not sustain those charges since Bruce's blood-alcohol level was 0.02 percent, beneath the legal limit of 0.08.

During the hearing, Springsteen admitted, "I had two small shots of tequila," and affirmed that he understood consuming alcohol was prohibited at Gateway National Recreation Area.

The Boss' attorney, Mitch Ansell, said Springsteen had "accepted full responsibility" and urged the court to impose an appropriate fine. Prosecutors said they had no objection.

"I am going to impose nothing but a fine," Judge Anthony Mautone said. "I'm convinced that fine is the appropriate sentence in this case, and that's all that's appropriate."

Bruce responded by saying, "I think I can pay that immediately, your honor."

Following the proceedings, Ansell issued a statement saying that "Mr. Springsteen is pleased with the outcome of today's court appearance," adding that Bruce "no previous criminal record of any kind."

As previously reported, according to a violation notice obtained by ABC News, Springsteen was arrested by a park ranger on November 14, 2020, at the New Jersey recreation area. In his statement, the ranger reported that he observed Springsteen "consume a shot of Patron tequila and then get on his motorcycle."

The officer also said he noticed that Bruce "smelt strongly of alcohol…and had glassy eyes." The ranger then reported that the Boss failed field sobriety tests and "refused [a] preliminary breath test."

By Aaron Katersky and Matt Friedlander
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© Mary McCartneySir Paul McCartney gave roughly three dozen Princeton University students the shock of their lives when he crashed their songwriting class.

The Daily Princeton reports that the former Beatles star joined a songwriting workshop, of which 33 students attended. 

Students Liam Seeley and Remy Reya, both of whom were part of the workshop, explained how it happened, saying that their professor, Paul Muldoon, announced about 30 minutes into the three-hour lecture that a "test student" would be joining them virtually to listen to everyone's songs.

However, when the moment came -- none of the students were prepared to see who was on the other end of the screen.

Seeley told the publication, "At first his camera was off and all we heard was a distant British voice."

Then the professor introduced McCartney and, according to Seeley, asked the class, "Who wants to present first?"

"I think some people stayed in shock for the rest of the two hours," laughed Reya.

Seeley says he enjoyed receiving constructive advice from Macca himself, saying, "He gave criticism, but he very much treated them [our songs] as works in progress -- citing lines that he found powerful and moving verses to the top."

Added Professor Muldoon, "He was clearly absolutely determined to be helpful. It turns out that Paul McCartney is a natural educator...One of the things few people might realize about him is that he is quite likely to have been a teacher had he not become a rock star."

Muldoon is currently working with McCartney on a yet-to-be-announced project, "details of which are under wraps just now but will be announced in a few days."

Sir Paul released his latest studio album, McCartney III, in December.

By Megan Stone
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ABC/Eric McCandlessStevie Wonderis packing his backs and moving across the globe to West Africa, specifically Ghana, for a very important reason.

Speaking with Oprah Winfrey recently, a clip that has since gained new traction, the 25-time Grammy winner explained why he's taking his family and fleeing the country.

As it turns out, the singer is concerned about the racial tensions in the U.S. and worries that his kids and their children will experience racial injustice.

"I wanna see this nation smile again," said Wonder. "And I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana, because I'm going to do that."

The "Superstition" singer, who has floated his potential move since the mid-'70s, believes his family will be safer and happier living in Ghana versus America, with him adding, "I don't want to see my children's children's children have to say, 'Oh, please like me. Please respect me. Please know that I am important. Please value me.'  What kind of [life] is that?"

Wonder insisted that is not the kind of life he wants his family to have.

When Oprah asked if he intends to "permanently move" to the West African nation, Wonder asserted, "I am."

By Megan Stone
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