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Danny Clinch for ELLEThis fall, Fleetwood Mac will launch their first tour in nearly 20 years with Christine McVie, the voice behind such classic songs as "Don't Stop," "You Make Lovin' Fun" and "Over My Head."  The 71-year-old singer/keyboardist says she's been working out with a personal trainer so she'll be able to spend long hours onstage without collapsing.

Speaking to ELLE magazine, McVie notes with regard to her keyboard-playing style, "The aim is to be fit enough to stand up for two-and-a-half hours balancing on one foot, which is what I do."

This new tour will be a little bit more luxurious that in the old days, though, as Christine explains.  Not only will they be traveling by private jet, she says, but "I'm going to have someone that packs for me."   And during the downtime on the road, McVie says she wants to spend more time taking advantage of the interesting locations she'll will be visiting with Fleetwood Mac .  "I want to go out and do things...not just stick around having room service for two days," she insists.  "I feel like I know where I'm going now, and I want to enjoy this."

The rest of the band is thrilled that Christine is back in the fold.  Drummer Mick Fleetwood tells ELLE, "Since she's been back, I'm already feeling the steadying effect of her presence.  There is no doubt that there was a void in the chemistry of the band."

As for the new Fleetwood Mac album, which is in the works, McVie says she has about a half-dozen songs finished that might appear on it.  When asked if any of the tunes were inspired by her self-imposed retirement in the British countryside in the years after she left Fleetwood Mac, she laughs, "You mean the nunnery?  I was by no means a nun."

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08/27/2014 06:00:40am

BFI Records/Kobalt Label ServicesBilly Idol has revealed the track list and release date for Kings & Queens of the Underground, the first studio album of original material from the veteran pop-punk star since 2005's Devil's Playground.  The record will hit stores on October 21, and features lead single "Can't Break Me Down," which currently is streaming at Idol's official website and YouTube channel.

Most of the album was produced by former Buggles/Yes singer Trevor Horn, although Greg Kurstin served as producer on two tracks, including "Can't Break Me Down."  The single is an upbeat, modern-sounding rock anthem that includes some electronic elements also reminiscent of songs of the 1980s New Wave era.

Fans pre-ordering Kings & Queens of the Underground now via iTunes will instantly receive a download of "Can't Break Me Down."  The iTunes edition of the album also features a bonus track called "Hollywood Promises," which came from the same sessions that yielded the rest of the album.  A CD version of Kings & Queens of the Underground that doesn't include the extra song can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.

The album's cover was designed by renowned graphic artist Shepard Fairey.

Idol has scheduled European tour in support of Kings & Queens of the Underground that will get under way in Birmingham, England.  The 58-year-old rocker also will be publishing his self-penned memoir, Dancing with Myself, on October 7.

Here's the full track list for the standard version of Kings & Queens of the Underground:

"Bitter Pill"
"Can't Break Me Down"
"Save Me Now"
"One Breath Away"
"Postcards from the Past"
"Kings & Queens of the Underground"
"Eyes Wide Shut"
"Ghosts in My Guitar"
"Nothing to Fear"
"Love and Glory"
"Whiskey and Pills"

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08/26/2014 07:00:48pm

Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementChuck Berry was honored Tuesday as a laureate of the 2014 Polar Music Prize, although the 87-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer could not attend the ceremony because of illness.  Veteran British rocker Dave Edmunds was on hand to accept the honor from Sweden's King Carl XVI at the event, which took place at Stockholm's Concert Hall.

While at the podium, Edmunds read a speech Berry wrote that said, "Unfortunately I am unable to travel, but my heart is in Sweden.  I want to thank the King and the Royal Family for awarding me the Polar Prize.  I understand what a great honor it is to be a recipient.  I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally."

In addition, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards sent a video homage in which he discussed how much Berry influenced and inspired him.

"Chuck Berry, he just leapt out of the radio at me.  I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him," said Richards.  "It wasn't just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar and trying to figure out how you could be such an all-rounder.  Such a great voice, such a great player, and also such a great showman, you know, it was all in one package, so basically if I listened to Chuck Berry I was full for the day."

In choosing Berry for the award, Polar Music Prize officials acknowledged him as "the rock 'n' roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music," while adding that "[e]very riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry."

The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by late ABBA manager and lyricist Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, is considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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08/26/2014 07:00:48pm

Image Courtesy of Jake BlakesbergIt appears that one of the rock world's great love stories may be coming to an end.  As first reported at, Neil Young recently filed for divorce from his wife, Pegi, after 36 years of marriage.

The folk-rock legend filed a petition to dissolve the marriage on July 29 in the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California.  A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for December 12.

Neil and Pegi have collaborated on numerous musical projects over the years.  Pegi began singing backing vocals for her husband beginning in the 1990s and lent her talents to many of his recent albums.  Neil, in turn, contributed to all three of his wife's solo records, which were released, respectively, in 2007, 2010 and 2011.  He also joined her onstage at some of her concerts.

The couple have two children together -- a son named Ben and a daughter named Amber Jean.  Ben Young suffers from cerebral palsy, as does his older half-brother, Zeke Young, who's mother was late actress Carrie Snodgress.  In attempt to provide an educational situation better suited to Ben's needs, Pegi co-founded the Bridge School in 1986.  Since that year, she and Neil have organized the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a star-studded show that raises funds for the facility and that takes place each October in Mountain View, California.

Neil Young's rep did not respond to ABC News Radio's request for a comment regarding the reported impending divorce.

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08/26/2014 06:18:34pm

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe Basement Tapes, the historic recordings Bob Dylan did with The Band during 1967 in the Woodstock, New York, area while he reportedly was recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident, is the subject of the upcoming 11th installment of the folk-rock legend's Bootleg Series.  A massive six-CD collection titled Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete is scheduled to be released on November 4.

While the original Basement Tapes album, which was issued in 1975 as a two-LP set, featured just 16 recordings from Dylan's '67 collaboration with The Band, The Basement Tapes Complete will include every salvageable track from those sessions, including recently discovered songs Dylan recorded at his upstate New York residence.  Band keyboardist Garth Hudson worked with Canadian producer and music archivist Jan Haust on restoring the tapes.

More than 100 tunes were recorded during the sessions, including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances, and many Dylan originals.  Among the then-new compositions from Bob were such memorable tunes as "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."  Also featured were early versions of "Tears of Rage" and "This Wheel's on Fire," which both appeared on The Band's 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink.

Meanwhile, separate two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets titled The Basement Tapes Raw and featuring highlights from the expansive Basement Tapes Complete collection also will be released on November 4.

Dylan's currently in the middle of an Australian tour.  He's planning to announce dates for a fall North American trek on Wednesday.

You can check out the full track list for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 at  Here's the track listing for The Basement Tapes Raw:

CD 1
"Open the Door, Homer" (Restored version)
"Odds and Ends" (Alternate version)
"Million Dollar Bash" (Alternate version)
"One Too Many Mornings" (Unreleased)
"I Don't Hurt Anymore" (Unreleased)
"Ain't No More Cane" (Alternate version)
"Crash on the Levee" (Restored version)
"Tears of Rage" (Without overdubs)
"Dress It Up, Better Have It All" (Unreleased)
"I'm Not There" (Previously released)
"Johnny Todd" (Unreleased)
"Too Much of Nothing" (Alternate version)
"Quinn the Eskimo" (Restored version)
"Get Your Rocks Off" (Unreleased)
"Santa-Fe" (Previously released)
"Silent Weekend" (Unreleased)
"Clothes Line Saga" (Restored version)
"Please, Mrs. Henry" (Restored version)
"I Shall Be Released" (Restored version)

CD 2
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Alternate version)
"Lo and Behold!" (Alternate version)
"Minstrel Boy" (Previously released)
"Tiny Montgomery" (Without overdubs)
"All You Have to Do Is Dream" (Unreleased)
"Goin' to Acapulco" (Without overdubs)
"900 Miles from My Home" (Unreleased)
"One for the Road" (Unreleased)
"I'm Alright" (Unreleased)
"Blowin' in the Wind" (Unreleased)
"Apple Suckling Tree" (Restored version)
"Nothing Was Delivered" (Restored version)
"Folsom Prison Blues" (Unreleased)
"This Wheel's on Fire" (Without overdubs)
"Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" (Restored version)
"Don't Ya Tell Henry" (Alternate version)
"Baby, Won't You Be My Baby" (Unreleased)
"Sign on the Cross" (Unreleased)
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Without overdubs)

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08/26/2014 03:00:41pm

Image Courtesy Motley Records/Eleven Seven RecordsIf you've seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board -- Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx -- are a talented bunch.  Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he's surrounded by skilled professionals.  Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is "an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press." 

Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, "[Mick] plays stuff where I go, 'Wow, where did that come from?'  When he does his solos it's pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with."

Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being "like John Bonham.  He's just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter."  As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him "a great bass player [and] a great showman."

Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe -- because, of course, the veteran rockers has insisted they will never tour again under the band name -- Neil tells ABC News Radio, "You put everybody together, we're Mötley Crüe and that's why we've been together for so long." 

Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe's 2014 tour leg:

8/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair
8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/11 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
10/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
10/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center
10/26 -- Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 -- Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter
11/5 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center
11/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
11/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/12 -- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
11/13 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
11/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
11/16 -- Fargo, ND, FargoDome
11/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
11/19 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena

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08/26/2014 03:00:40pm

Decca Label Group; Cleopatra RecordsThere appears to be some controversy brewing with regard to The Kinks' supposed plans for a reunion project next year.  U.K. magazine MOJO reports that legendary rockers' frontman, Ray Davies, revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, while suggesting that the band may do so without the participation of his brother, founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies.

However, The Kinks' official Facebook page has posted a message declaring, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

Getting back to the MOJO article, the magazine quotes Ray as saying, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He's very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I'd much rather work with him than without him."

The article reports that the band -- apparently referring to the Davies brothers and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory -- met during the summer of 2013 to discuss possibly getting together this year for a 50th anniversary Kinks reunion, but Ray and Dave's continued contentious relationship delayed the proposed project.  MOJO also claims that Ray told the mag that he's been recording songs with Avory for a new Kinks album, and that Dave hasn't yet contributed to the sessions.

In addition, MOJO alleges that, when Ray was asked if a project without his brother would still be called The Kinks, he said, "Yes, it would.  I think it's all down to the music.  If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it."

Ray also reported that he continues to work on a solo album based on his 2013 memoir, Americana.

In other news, the singer/songwriter has scheduled a series of three U.K. performances in September that will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Kinks hit "You Really Got Me."

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08/26/2014 03:00:00pm

Republic Records/Universal MusicJohn Mellencamp's new studio album, Plain Spoken, will hit stores on September 23, and a special limited-edition deluxe version of the release can be pre-ordered now via the MyPlay Direct website.  The package, which is called the Plain Spoken Ultimate Signed Bundle, includes a vinyl LP of the album, a specially branded John Mellencamp Crosley turntable and a lyric packet autographed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Only 300 copies of the signed lyric packet will be available.  The set costs $299.98, and you can add a copy of the CD version of Plain Spoken for an extra $13.98.  Fans who pre-order the package immediately receive a digital download of the album's lead single, "Troubled Man."

In other news, Mellenamp has announced a new concert that will take place on September 6 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.  The singer/songwriter will be joined by special guests Los Lobos and Mavis Staples.  Tickets can be purchased for the event at  John also will make a previously announced appearance at the 2014 Farm Aid festival on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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08/26/2014 11:00:24am

Image Courtesy of Mike HoughRandy Bachman is in the midst of a weeklong whirlwind series of performances that sees him ping-ponging between shows with his old Bachman-Turner Overdrive band mate Fred Turner and appearances as a special guest on Peter Frampton's 2014 Guitar Circus tour.

Regarding his decision to line up the hectic road trip, the 70-year old Bachman tells ABC News Radio, "I figured, 'This is like a chance of my lifetime.  I'm gonna do it all.  I'm in training right now. I'm eating the good food.  I'm swimming every day.  I'm doing Pilates.  I'm getting in shape for this.  And, it's gonna be [something] that I'll remember for the rest of my life."

The veteran Canadian rocker kicked things off over the weekend with Bachman & Turner shows in Oregon and Alaska.  Randy now is set to join Frampton's trek, which also will features blues great Buddy Guy, for shows tonight in Saratoga, California, and Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Bachman then will head to Calgary, Canada, for a Wednesday night concert with Turner, followed by another Frampton's Guitar Circus gig on Thursday in Visalia, California.  Randy will wrap things up by playing yet another show with Turner on Friday in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bachman also reveals that one of the cool aspects of playing the Guitar Circus dates is that Frampton is taping some of the gigs for a television show.

As for how he ended up taking part in Peter's star-studded trek, Randy tells ABC News Radio that he was asked after he and Frampton both were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville this past January.

"At the end of the induction…we're all on stage with [ZZ Top's] Billy Gibbons doing 'La Grange,'" he recalls.  Everybody's on stage -- me, Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepperd -- everybody's rockin' out.  And I know Frampton from the '70s, when he [and BTO were] touring and each others' opening acts.  And, his manager's my old lawyer, Ken Levitan in Nashville.  So we were all talking there and then I got a call a week later saying, 'Do you want to join Frampton's Guitar Circus?'  And I said, 'Of course.'"

The North Las Vegas concert with Turner is Bachman's last show of the summer.  He'll hit the road again starting October 14 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for a brief fall Canadian solo trek.  Randy also is promoting his newly released DVD/CD Every Song Tells a Story, which documents a 2013 Storytellers-style concert he played in his hometown of Winnipeg.

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08/26/2014 06:00:10am

Atlantic RecordsLed Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" has been selected as the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.

"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the poll, followed by AC/DC’s "Back in Black" and Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water."

Listeners voted the Zeppelin tune number one from a BBC Radio 2 list of 100 guitar riffs compiled by a panel of DJs, music critics and record producers.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" when he learned "Whole Lotta Love" was voted number one.  "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," Page said.

"Whole Lotta Love" appeared on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II.  The LP was released in October 1969.

Here are the Top 10 guitar riffs, according to the BBC Radio 2 poll:

1. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin
2. “Sweet Child O' Mine,” Guns 'N' Roses
3. “Back in Black,” AC/DC
4. “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple
5. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominoes
6. “How Soon Is Now?,” The Smiths
7. “Down Down,” Status Quo
8. “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits
9. “You Really Got Me,” The Kinks
10. “Money,” Pink Floyd

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08/26/2014 06:00:00am

Verve RecordsBryan Adams has now confirmed the full details of his new album, Tracks of My Years.  As previously reported, the disc is a collection of cover versions of some of the Canadian singer's favorite songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and also includes one new tune, "She Knows Me."

The album, which arrives September 30, features Adams' take on songs by everyone from The Beatles, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry, to The Beach Boys, The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan.  The deluxe version features five additional songs -- Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" and Muddy Waters' "You Shook Me," plus Bryan's own "You've Been a Friend to Me," from the 2009 movie Old Dogs.

The album is now available for pre-order.  Here is the track listing for the deluxe edition of Tracks of My Years:

"Any Time at All" (The Beatles)
"She Knows Me"
"I Can't Stop Loving You" (Ray Charles)
"Kiss and Say Goodbye" (The Manhattans)
"Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan)
"Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry)
"Down on the Corner" (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
"Never My Love" (The Association)
"Sunny" (Bobby Hebb)
"The Tracks of My Tears"  (The Miracles)
"God Only Knows" (The Beach Boys)

"You've Been a Friend to Me"
"Many Rivers to Cross" (Jimmy Cliff)
"C'mon Everybody" (Eddie Cochran)
"Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Kris Kristofferson)
"You Shook Me" (Muddy Waters)

In other Adams news, Bryan has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from his pal and fellow Canadian singer Michael Buble.  Before getting soaked, Adams nominated actor Danny Trejo, the star of Machete Kills and many other films; plus music critic Bob Lefsetz and Canadian politician Justin Trudeau.  Then he had two guys dump two coolers full of ice water on him at once.

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08/25/2014 07:00:00pm

Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGlen Campbell was diagnosed in 2011 with advanced Alzheimer's disease, but rather than retire straight away, the pop-country legend mounted a farewell world tour that spanned 151 shows.  Now, a new documentary titled Glen Campbell I'll Be Me chronicles that trek, which also serves as a backdrop to examine Campbell's storied career and his battle with the disease.

The movie includes live performances, behind-the-scenes clips and video highlights from throughout Glen's career, as well as interviews and appearances by a variety of famous musicians and other celebrities including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2 guitarist The Edge, Sheryl Crow, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, and songwriter Jimmy Webb, who penned some of Campbell's biggest hits.

"It's a rough, rough disease," says Soringsteen in a new trailer for the film.  "To be out there rolling the dice was pretty brave."  The Edge, meanwhile, reflects on how Glen was able to perform in spite of his condition: "The audience being there somehow triggers his ability to access that other part of his brain, which is incredible."

The trailer also shows Campbell struggling with his memory and visiting a doctor who discusses his Alzheimer's diagnosis, and offers scenes of Glen being honored at the 2012 Grammy Awards and playing at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

I'll Be Me, which was directed by James Keach, got its U.S. premiere this past April at the Nashville Film Festival, where it won the grand jury prize.  It'll open in theaters across the U.S. October 24.

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08/25/2014 07:00:00pm

Image Courtesy of Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood made some good use of The Rolling Stones' down time between tour legs to raise some money for a worthy cause by becoming one of the latest famous rockers to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a video posted Sunday on his wife Sally Humphreys' official YouTube page, the guitarist is seen getting doused with a bucket of icy water.  As he's about to take the challenge, Wood thanks Australian choreographer Chucky Klapow for nominating him, and then says, "Donate your money."  After he gets soaked, Ronnie declares, "I love it," then in a hoarse voice, he goes on to nominate Rod Stewart, actor Woody Harrelson and his own son Tyrone Wood to participate in the campaign.

In addition, Wood is seen splashing ice water over his wife, Sally, who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the same day.  Humphreys, who also was nominated by Klapow, in turn, nominated retired tennis legend Boris Becker, rugby star Christian Wade and one other person.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within 24 hours or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  As of Monday, more than $79 million has been raised by this year's campaign.

The Rolling Stones return to the road on October 25 when they begin an Australian tour leg in the city of Adelaide.

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08/25/2014 03:00:00pm

PRNewsFoto/STILETTO EntertainmentSure, anyone can make an album of star-studded duets these days, but Barry Manilow has come up with his own twist on the concept: he's going to be singing only with artists who are no longer with us.

The album, due in late October, is called My Dream Duets, and it'll feature Barry teaming up with late, great singers like John Denver, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and even Whitney Houston.  Speaking about teaming up with Whitney, who was one of his label mates, he said on his website, "I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!"

"The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically," he wrote on his website. "I’ve been working with a team of geniuses that have made these duets sound as if they were recorded yesterday."

More details of My Dream Duets will be announced soon.   October will also mark the 40th anniversary of Barry's breakthrough it, "Mandy."

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08/25/2014 11:00:17am

Kat Family Records/Epic RecordsThe death of screen legend Lauren Bacall earlier this month had an unintended consequence on the charts:  the 1982 hit "Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins, which mentions her, experienced a massive sales increase.

According to Billboard, "Key Largo," whose chorus features the lyrics, "We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall," saw its download sales increase by 625% following Bacall's death on August 12.  In the week after her death, the song sold 3,000 downloads; the week before, it had barely sold any.

Similarly, Madonna's "Vogue," which also mentions Bacall, saw a 28% sales increase.  That was likely due to the reporting of the factoid stating that with Bacall's death, all the screen icons who are mentioned in the song are now dead.  No doubt fans wanted to refresh their memories as to who, exactly, was on that list.

Meanwhile, the death of Robin Williams, who died the day before Bacall, propelled two of his comedy albums back onto the Billboard album chart.  In addition, the song "Friend Like Me," which he performed in the animated film Aladdin, experienced a sales increase of 1,169 percent, while the movie's soundtrack posted a 666% sales increase.

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08/25/2014 11:00:17am