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Confusion mounts over streaming services pulling three Michael Jackson songs from platforms

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Why have three Michael Jackson songs vanished from streaming services? After some crazy rumors popped up, his people are clearing the air.

American Songwriter reports that three tracks off his 2010 posthumous album, Michael, were removed from streaming. The songs "Breaking News," "Keep Your Head Up" and his 50 Cent collab, "Monster," were also purged from the official Michael Jackson YouTube channel.

It should be noted that some fans believe Michael never sang on these three tracks and have been spreading theories since the songs came out over a decade ago. The songs in question are also part of an ongoing lawsuit filed in 2014 by Vera Serova, who insists the tunes are fraudulent. 

Those rumors gained serious traction after streamers purged the three songs -- so Michael's reps came forward with an official statement to clear the air.

A spokesperson clarified that taking the songs off streaming platforms "had nothing to do with their authenticity."

"The Estate and Sony Music believe the continuing conversation about the tracks is distracting the fan community and casual Michael Jackson listeners from focusing their attention where it should be," the statement continued, "on Michael’s legendary and deep music catalog."

It is unknown when or if these three songs will be restored across all streaming platforms.

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GN'R postpones Scotland show due to "illness and medical advice"; Carrie Underwood joins band in London

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Guns N' Roses' current trip to the U.K. is going through some ups and downs.

Starting with the downs, the "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers have announced that their show in Glasgow, Scotland, scheduled for Monday, is being postponed due to "illness and medical advice."

"We are working on rescheduling options for this show so please hold onto your tickets and wait for a further update," GN'R writes in a statement. "We appreciate your understanding and patience."

As for the ups, GN'R played two concerts at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Friday and Saturday, which each featured a surprise appearance by Carrie Underwood. The country star joined Axl Rose and company for renditions of the Guns classics "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine."

You may recall that Axl previously guested during Underwood's performance at the Stagecoach festival in May, during which they also performed those hits together.

In an Instagram post following the London collaboration, Underwood wrote, "I am but a fan who somehow managed to find her way on stage to have a moment of magic with her heroes! How did I get so lucky?"

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Journey celebrated July 4 by releasing new song, "United We Stand," from upcoming album 'Freedom'

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Journey's long-awaited new studio album, Freedom, arrives this Friday, but the band gave fans another taste of the record, releasing a song titled "United We Stand" on the Fourth of July.

The tune features Journey frontman Arnel Pineda singing in the chorus, "United we stand, divided we fall/ Love conquers all, even when darkness comes to call/ United we stand, divided we fall/ Just fall into to me now, girl, and together we can face it all."

In announcing the release of the track, Journey posted a message about the song on social media that reads, "More than ever, we need to take care of each other and look after one another. 'United We Stand' is a reminder that together we can make a difference."

The soaring rock ballad, which is the fifth advance track Journey has debuted from Freedom, is available now via digital formats. You also can watch a visualizer video for the song on the group's official YouTube channel.

The other four advance songs released from the 15-track collection are "The Way We Used to Be," "You Got the Best of Me," "Let It Rain" and "Don't Give Up on Us."

As previously reported, Freedom will be released on July 8 and can be preordered now.

Following its release, Journey will play four special symphonic concerts in Las Vegas -- on July 15, 16, 22 and 23. The band also has several other concerts lined up around the U.S. this summer. Visit JourneyMusic.com for their full confirmed schedule.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers announce Australia & New Zealand tour with Post Malone

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are headed Down Under early next year, and they're bringing Post Malone along for the ride.

The "Under the Bridge" rockers have announced a tour in Australia and New Zealand, set to kick off in January 2023, with the "Circles" artist also on the bill. The outing will be a reunion for the two acts following their collaborative performance at the 2019 Grammys.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, July 11. You can also sign up for access to a presale via the RHCP email list.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring the world in support of their new album, Unlimited Love. The U.S. leg, which will feature openers, including HAIM, The Strokes, St. Vincent, King Princess and Thundercat, kicks off July 23 in Denver.

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Jon Anderson says 'Close to the Edge' tribute tour with Paul Green Rock Academy will be "wonderful chaos"

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Founding Yes frontman Jon Anderson kicks off a U.S. summer tour with the Paul Green Rock Academy this Thursday, July 7, in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Anderson will be joined by over 20 talented young musicians at the concerts, which will feature a performance of Yes' entire 1972 album Close to the Edge in honor of its 50th anniversary, as well as renditions of other songs by the legendary prog-rock band, tunes from Jon's solo catalog, mash-ups and more.

"If you come you're gonna to have a great time," Anderson tells ABC Audio about the upcoming concerts. "I mean, seriously, these teenagers, ranging from 14 to 17, are just brilliant musicians."

Released in September 1972, Close to the Edge peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. The album features three long musical pieces -- the title track, "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru."

Anderson explains that before his latest tour with the Paul Green Rock Academy, he'd already performed "And You and I" with the teens, and for his trek with them earlier this year, they added the epic "Close to the Edge" to the set.

"They had a ball doing it. I loved it," Jon notes. "So, we thought, 'Okay, we're gonna do some shows this summer, so why don't we celebrate the fact that it was 50 years ago that we did the album Close to the Edge?' So they learned 'Siberian Khatru.' So we're doing the whole album, which will be…wonderful chaos."

Anderson says the shows also will feature a performance of "So Limitless," a song he co-wrote with and recorded last year with members of the Rock Academy, as well as mashups including a Lenny Kravitz tune and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."

The tour runs through an August 6 show in Albany, New York.

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Whitesnake cancels remainder of European tour "due to continuing health challenges"

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After canceling several recent concerts because of health issues affecting multiple band members, Whitesnake has now pulled the plug on the rest of the current European leg of its Farewell Tour.

"It is with the deepest sadness that I must announce that due to continuing health challenges, doctor's orders, and our concern for everyone's health and safety, Whitesnake is unable to continue its European Farewell Tour," frontman David Coverdale writes in a message posted on the group's official website.

He continues, "I extend my sincere apologies to All of Whitesnake's Amazing Fans who have been looking forward to the remaining scheduled shows of this tour, All of our Amazing, Fabulous Snakes & tour personnel who have been working so hard to put on these shows, and All of the promoters and other professionals who have helped set up the tour…I Appreciate & Love You All!!!"

Before the latest announcement, Whitesnake had canceled their June 25 appearance at the Rock Imperium Festival in Cartagena, Spain, because drummer Tommy Aldridge was "under the weather," and then canceled the next three concerts -- June 28 in Milan, Italy; June 30 in Vienna, Austria; and July 2 in Zagreb, Croatia -- due to Coverdale suffering from "an infection of the sinus and trachea."

The remainder of the European trek was to have featured seven more shows, running from a July 4 performance in Budapest, Hungary, through a July 19 gig in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Whitesnake is now scheduled to return to the stage for the North American leg of its Farewell Tour, which kicks off August 17 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, and is plotted out through an October 21 performance in Las Vegas. The band will be supporting The Scorpions at most of the shows.

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Gloria Gaynor among stars performing on 2022 'A Capitol Fourth' special Monday

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Disco legend Gloria Gaynor is one of the many artists confirmed to perform on the 2022 edition of PBS' annual A Capitol Fourth television special, which airs Monday, July 4, at 8 p.m. ET.

Airing live from Washington, D.C., the 42nd annual edition of A Capitol Fourth will be hosted by country star Mickey Guyton and will feature an all-genre performance lineup that includes Gaynor, Cynthi Errivo, Jake Owen, Darren Criss, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammer, Keb' Mo', Rachel Platten and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The program also will feature a 65th anniversary celebration of the Broadway musical West Side Story led by Tony Award-winning legend Chita Rivera, tributes to U.S. military personnel and a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial.

Capping off the event will be a massive fireworks display. In addition to airing on PBS, the A Capitol Fourth special will be viewable on PBS.org and at the network's official YouTube channel.

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Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett releasing new live album, video

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Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has announced plans to release a new concert album and video titled Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More documenting a recent performance from his latest tour of the same name.

The show, which took place last September in Manchester, England, features Hackett and his backing band performing Genesis' 1977 live double album Seconds Out in its entirety, as well as some select solo tunes, including a couple from his latest studio effort, 2021's Surrender of Silence.

Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More will be released as a two-CD/Blu-ray set, a two-CD/DVD package and via digital formats on September 2, while a four-LP/two-CD collection will follow on November 25.

The versions featuring the Blu-ray and DVD will boast 5.1 surround sound, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary and promotional videos.

"I'm so happy to release my 'Seconds Out & More' show," Hackett says. "A spectacular night with a band on fire tearing into that magic music combining the true spirit of Genesis with a fresh virtuosic approach and an extraordinary sound under amazing lights. This show is a feast for both ears and eyes. The best of so many worlds!"

You can check out a video of Hackett and his band playing the 1976 song "Squonk" from Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More at Steve's official YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, Hackett and his solo band recently completed a series of Down Under shows and will continue their "Seconds Out & More" trek tour this year in Japan, Europe and North America. Hackett will also launch a new themed tour, "Foxtrot at Fifty," in the U.K. in September and October. Visit HackettSongs.com for his full tour schedule.

Here's the full Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More track list:

"Apollo Intro"
"Clocks -- The Angel of Mons"
"Held in the Shadows"
"Every Day"
"The Devil's Cathedral"
"Shadow of the Hierophant"
"Squonk"
"The Carpet Crawlers"
"Robbery, Assault and Battery"
"Afterglow"
"Firth of Fifth"
"I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)"
"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
"Musical Box (Closing Section)"
"Supper's Ready"
"The Cinema Show"
"Aisle of Plenty"
"Dance on a Volcano"
"Los Endos"

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New Charlie Watts biography due out this fall

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A new official biography about late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, authorized by the band and Watts' family, is scheduled to be published on October 11.

Charlie's Good Tonight: The Life, the Times and the Rolling Stones includes forewords written by Stones co-founders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, as well as an introductory section penned by the band's early manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham.

The book was written by Paul Sexton, a veteran British writer and broadcaster who has covered The Rolling Stones for more than 30 years. Charlie's Good Tonight features interviews with Jagger, Richards and longtime Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, as well as with various friends, family members and musical collaborators.

The book will offer an intimate look at famously private Watts, who died of cancer at age 80 last August.

"Our dear friend Charlie Watts was not just a fantastic drummer but a wonderful person," The Rolling Stones say in a statement shared by RollingStone.com. "He was funny and generous and a man of great taste and we miss him terribly. It's great that his family have authorized this official biography by Paul Sexton, who's been writing and broadcasting about Charlie and the band for many years."

Adds Sexton, "One of Charlie's good friends said to me that he was a very easy man to love. Having had the pleasure of his company on so many occasions over the course of more than a quarter of a century, that's a sentiment I echo wholeheartedly. To be able, with the help and encouragement of those who knew him best, to draw on my time with this unique man and his fellow Rolling Stones to write his authorized biography, is a thrill and an honor."

Charlie's Good Tonight can be preordered now at HarperCollins.com.

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Kate Bush reviews final 'Stranger Things' season 4 episodes: "They're just through the roof"

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As the takes about the second volume of Stranger Things season 4 are pouring in, we finally have the most important review: the one from Kate Bush.

The English artist, whose 1985 song "Running Up That Hill" has been a huge, resurgent hit over the past month due to its placement in the first volume of season 4, has now revealed her thoughts on the final two episodes, which premiered Friday on Netflix.

"They're just through the roof," Bush writes in a spoiler-free post on her website. "I'd only seen the scenes that directly involved the use of ['Running Up That Hill'] and so I didn't know how the story would evolve or build."

Bush adds that she was "so delighted" when Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, reached out about using "Running Up That Hill" as a "totem" for the character Max. But now that she's finished the season, she feels "deeply honored that the song was chosen to become a part of their roller coaster journey."

"I can't imagine the amount of hard work that's gone into making something on this scale," she writes. "I am in awe. They've made something really spectacular."

Since "Running Up That Hill" was first used in the Stranger Things episodes that premiered in May, the song has run up many, many charts, reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 -- a career first for Bush -- and #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles chart, where it's stayed for three straight weeks.

The song's resurgence led the normally press-shy Bush to issue several public statements and even give a rare interview.

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Complete 'Stranger Things' season 4 soundtrack released today; features extended "Separate Ways" remix

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The complete soundtrack album for the hit Netflix series Stranger Things' fourth season was released today via digital formats.

The expanded collection combines the 16 songs from the previously issued first volume of the soundtrack with six additional tracks that appear in the show's two-part season final, which premiered Friday.

Among the newly added tunes is an extended remix of Journey's "Separate Ways" created by former Journey frontman Steve Perry and composer Bryce Miller. This "Separate Ways" remix is different from the one Miller created with Alloy Tracksfor the soundtrack's first installment.

Perry says he was inspired to collaborate on the new remix after hearing the original, which debuted in the first trailer for Stranger Things' fourth season.

"I was stunned at how cool it was," Perry notes. "One week later, I had an idea for an extended version, so I called Bryce and we assembled our Extended Remix. Being a huge fan of the show, having my music on the soundtrack made me very happy! I truly love both these remixed versions."

The updated soundtrack also features James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,"  Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Spellbound" and Metallica's "Master of Puppets."

Meanwhile, the tracks from the first volume include The Beach Boys' "California Dreamin'," Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," KISS' "Detroit Rock City" and Kate Bush's "Running Up the Hill," which has enjoyed a huge chart resurgence thanks to Stranger Things.

Physical versions of the complete Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 album will be released later this year, with CD and cassette editions due out on September 9 and a two-LP vinyl version arriving on November 4.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix) -- Journey with Steve Perry
"California Dreamin'" -- The Beach Boys
"Psycho Killer" -- Talking Heads
"Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" -- Kate Bush
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" -- Dead or Alive
"Chica Mejicanita" -- Mae Arnette
"Play with Me" -- Extreme
"Detroit Rock City" (Single Version) -- KISS
"I Was a Teenage Werewolf" -- The Cramps
"Pass the Dutchie" -- Musical Youth
"Wipe Out" -- The Surfaris
"Object of My Desire" (Single Version) -- Starpoint
"Rock Me Amadeus (The Gold Mix)" -- Falco
"Travelin' Man" -- Ricky Nelson
"Tarzan Boy" -- Baltimora
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" -- Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" (Single Version) -- Rick Derringer
"Fire and Rain" -- James Taylor
"Spellbound" -- Siouxsie and the Banshees
"Master of Puppets -- Metallica
"When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" -- Moby (featuring Mimi Goese)
"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (Steve Perry & Bryce Miller Extended Remix) -- Journey with Steve Perry

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Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer's wife, Linda, dies at age 55

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Sad news to share from the Aerosmith camp. Drummer Joey Kramer's wife, Linda Gail Kramer, died on June 22 at the age of 55.

No cause of death has been shared. Joey and Linda married in October 2009, and according to an obituary from the Boston Herald, she was the love of his life. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer once described meeting his future wife as "the biggest rush you ever had in your life."

Linda was born in Decatur, Georgia, and grew up in the Houston area. She worked in the high-tech industry for many years.

According to the obituary, "Linda loved to laugh and had a wicked, mischievous sense of humor. She loved fine food and had a passion for driving fast cars. She enjoyed the unwavering love of their beautiful family dogs, Lucy and Cosmo … Above all, she loved her family and especially her nieces and nephews. She had an insatiable concern for the well-being of children everywhere."

Linda is survived by her parents and three older sisters. No memorial service has been planned yet. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Linda's honor to St. Jude Children's Research Center in Memphis, Tennessee, or K-9 Angels Rescue in Houston.

In March 2022, Aerosmith announced in a statement that Joey Kramer had decided to sit out the band's concerts this year "so that he can focus his full attention on his family during these uncertain times."

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Michael Jackson biopic confirmed to be in the works, says nephew TJ Jackson

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TJ Jackson has some news for Michael Jackson fans -- his uncle is next in getting the biopic treatment.

Daily Mirror caught up with TJ, the son of Tito Jackson, and he said a Michael Jackson movie is "going to happen." If TJ could have any input, he would hope the biopic focuses solely on his uncle's musical accomplishments and steers clear of the allegations that have tarnished his reputation.

After Michael's death, HBO released a documentary titled Leaving Neverland, which looked into those unsavory accusations. The documentary caused radio stations to temporarily remove Michael's music from rotation. 

"Now that he’s no longer with us, there couldn’t be an easier target. Everyone knows who Michael Jackson is. So it’s an easy story to sell. But I truly believe truth always wins out," TJ offered.

"The importance my family had in Black culture first, Black people, and allowing people of all nationalities to idolise a Black family or Black figures is something I think gets lost," he continued. "To become, you know, sex symbols for our huge band and number one in the early 70s as Black kids is an incredible accomplishment. That story needs to be amplified in my opinion. So I think there will be a Jackson story, a biopic."

TJ added, "But I am just proud my family has done what they have done and they are the people they are and I feel incredibly blessed to have that last name, Jackson."

Deadline previously reported Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, obtained the rights from Jackson's estate to make a movie about the late King of Pop, including -- most importantly -- the rights to all of his music.

Lionsgate acquired the upcoming biopic in February, but a release date has yet to be announced.

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Goo Goo Dolls' new album 'Chaos In Bloom' out August 12; hear new single "Yeah, I Like You" now

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Goo Goo Dolls will release a new studio album called Chaos In Bloom on August 12.  It's the follow-up to their 2019 album, Miracle Pill.

The album was recorded during the pandemic in a studio near near Woodstock, New York. In a statement, singer John Rzeznik says, "Chaos in Bloom reminded us how special this whole thing is and to cherish the relationships that we have together, where we’ve been, and where we’re going.” 

Bassist Robby Takac adds that he's been "been trying to have a relationship with the bigger picture and refining happiness and what it means from that perspective.”

You can watch the video now for the first single, "Yeah, I Like You." John says this song is a comment on "a world that is just drowning in social media and internet stars," adding, "Celebrity in this age has a very quick burn. It was hard not to be consumed by it during the pandemic.”

In the video, the band appears at a red-carpet event surrounded by social media influencers and fans, but the whole thing quickly devolves into a knock-down, drag-out brawl.  Everyone then collectively decides that the video's director -- played by the actual director Keenan O'Reilly -- is responsible, and they all go after him to administer a beat-down.

Before the video dropped, the band confused fans by posting an "apology" for the video, in which they said they were "unaware" of O'Reilly's "true motives and do not endorse or condone his actions."  O'Reilly then posted a sarcastic apology of his own on his Instagram Story, writing, "I have embarrassed myself and my loved ones....I will accept whatever consequences what follow."

Goo Goo Dolls' tour kicks off July 15, and will feature them previewing songs from Chaos In Bloom, along with their hits and fan favorites.

 

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Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow among stars added to NBC's 'Ukraine: Answering the Call' special

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Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow are among the celebrities who have been added to the star-packed lineup of NBC's upcoming special Ukraine: Answering the Call, Billboard reports.

The new additions, which also include Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, join previously announced list of celebs that include Jon Batiste, Kristen Bell, Brandi Carlile, Brian Cox, Jeff Daniels, Vera Farmiga, Lena Headey, Alicia Keys, Simu Liu, Julianne Moore, Brad Paisley, Rosie Perez and more.

According to the network, the hour-long primetime special "is aimed at educating, raising funds for those whose lives have been shattered by the crisis, and spreading awareness through the power of entertainment -- an answer to the call from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who has challenged Americans to use their voices to reach those who want peace."

Zelenskyy will address Americans during the special.  NBC News will also share reports on the stories of real people all around the world who are impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Answering the Call airs this Sunday, July 3, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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