Friday, April 30, 2010

weekly news review

Lots of celebrity stories this week. Here are a few highlights:

Brendon Flowers, lead singer with The Killers, is about to release a solo album. (Entertainment Weekly)

"The Power Of Madonna" by the cast of Glee hits pole position on the US albums chart. (Billboard)

Bret Michaels is on the road to recovery after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week. (Associated Press)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Edwin's best

Recently, Edwin McCain released his very first career retrospective. It's called "The Best Of Edwin McCain" and contains 15 of Edwin's biggest hits, plus the new single "Walk With You".

Of course, this collection wouldn't be complete without Edwin's signature song, "I'll Be".

For a limited time only, Time Life is offering "The Best Of Edwin McCain" at a special, low price as part of their new "Album Of The Week" promotion. Just click here for more info.

The tracklisting for "The Best Of Edwin McCain" is as follows:

1. Beautiful Life
2. I'll Be
3. Darwin's Children
4. Walk With You
5. Some Kind Of Wonderful
6. Solitude
7. I've Seen A Love
8. I Could Not Ask For More
9. Gramercy Park Hotel
10. I Don't Know How I Got By
11. I Can't Get Next To You
12. Write Me A Song
13. Take Me
14. I Want It All
15. Say Anything
16. 3 AM

Monday, April 26, 2010

this week's birthday announcements

Birthdays... Everybody's got one! Here's this week's round-up of celebrity celebrations.

Country singer Tim McGraw, also known as Mr. Faith Hill, turns 43. With more than 50 charted singles, Tim is one of the most successful country acts ever. Here are two of his hits. First up is "I Like It, I Love It".

And then there's Tim's classic wedding song, "Not A Moment Too Soon".

Scottish singing sensation Sheena Easton, currently belting out her biggest hits in Las Vegas, is going to put 51 candles on her cake this year.

Here is one of my favorite Sheena tunes.

Music legend Willie Nelson and comedic genius Carol Burnett are both going to be 77 this week.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday news flash

Some late breaking news about our pal, Bret Michaels. After a recent stay in the hospital for an emergency appendectomy, Bret was rushed back today after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. Our thoughts and hearts go out to him for a speedy recovery. (People)

In other events, Leonard Nimoy retired from acting. Dr. Spock lives on. (Paste Magazine)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ABBA oeuvre

May 31 will see the latest in a long line of deluxe reissues from ABBA. "Voulez-Vous", their sixth studio album, is their glitter ball moment despite non-dance hits like "Does Your Mother Know", "I Have A Dream" and "Chiquitita" dropped between slabs of disco like "Angeleyes", "If It Wasn't For The Nights" and the title track.

Anyway, the deluxe edition of "Voulez-Vous" doesn't include any unreleased tracks. However, the DVD features several long-forgotten, previously televised gems.

Here's a handy preview.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

lucky Kylie

Kylie Minogue, everybody's favorite Aussie pop rocket, returns on July 5 with "Aphrodite", her eleventh album in a career that spans 23 years.

Her first hit was "I Should Be So Lucky", way back in 1988.

Monday, April 19, 2010

a big week for birthdays

It's an AMAZING week for celebrity birthdays.

Firstly, Barbra Streisand turns 68 years old today. She continues to be an all around, legendary performer of song, stage and screen. And she still looks incredible.

I have two favorite Streisand recordings. The first one is her rendition of "Somewhere" from "West Side Story" which was released in 1985.

The other is "Woman In Love", a #1 hit from 1980 which was written by the Bee Gees and featured on her album, "Guilty".

Guitar hero, Peter Frampton, hits the big six-O!

Recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and frontman for The Stooges, Iggy Pop, never thought he'd see the day he would celebrate his 63rd birthday! He was a real wild child!

Broadway diva, Patti LuPone, star of blockbuster shows like "Evita" and "Gypsy", will be 61.

Other celebs blowing out candles this week include Shirley Temple (82) and Robert Smith (51), lead singer of The Cure.

Friday, April 16, 2010

news round-up and review

Acts flying in from many points in Europe have been grounded by volcanic ash in Iceland. The Cribs and Bad Lieutenant won't be able to attend the Coachella festival and Swing Out Sister, who were scheduled to play the Highline Ballroom in NYC this Sunday, have to reschedule their show. (Billboard)

Whitney Houston's first concerts in the UK for eleven years drew mixed results. (BBC)

Scissor Sisters return with their third album, "Night Work" next month. (Entertainment Weekly)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

3 is the magic number

Former "American Idol" contestant, Bo Bice, will release his third album on May 18. Aptly titled, "3" will feature the following songs:

1. Keep On Rollin’
2. Different Shades Of Blue
3. Coming Back Home
4. Good Hearted Woman
5. Lonely, Broke And Wasted
6. Who Knows What
7. Long Road Back
8. Wild Roses
9. Get On And Ride
10. You Take Yourself With You

Stay tuned for more about Bo!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

roses are red

Hard to believe it has been 25 years since Duran Duran side project, Arcadia, released their under appreciated album, "So Red The Rose". Well, they just issued it in an expanded edition with bonus tracks and videos. It still sounds amazing!

"Election Day", the big hit from the album, peaked at #6 on the US singles chart.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Malcolm's passing

So sad to hear about the passing of Malcolm McLaren, best known for his controversial role in unleashing the Sex Pistols on the world back in 1977.

Malcolm was an artist as well. He pushed the boundaries of pop music and was influential by incorporating world music and opera into the most unlikely recordings.

Check out two of his most influential records from the 80s - the beautifully operatic "Madame Butterfly" and the beat box fury of "Buffalo Gals".

big birthdays

David Cassidy, one of Time Life's many, celebrity hosts, hits the big six-O this week! C'mon...get happy for him!

And he knows how to have a good laugh!

Soul great Al Green turns 64. Here he is singing "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" on "Soul Train".

And here's Don Cornelius interviewing Al Green in 1971. Check out Al's super bad threads.

Country legends, Roy Clark, Loretta Lynn and Vince Gill will each enjoy a slice of cake this week. Roy is 75, Loretta is 77 and Vince is 53.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lloyd Price talks about "Pure Rhythm & Blues"

Recently, we sat down with R&B pioneer, Lloyd Price, host of Time Life's forthcoming infomercial, "Pure Rhythm & Blues".

Lloyd discusses his career, music, passion for food and more.

Stay tuned for the launch of "Pure Rhythm & Blues", coming soon! The collection features the biggest, best and most influential R&B classics. You won't want to miss it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

put a remix on it

Just when you're sick of a song, someone does something to breathe new life into it. Production company, Endless Noise, produced a Motown inspired version of "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyoncé.

It's the perfect soundtrack for the warmer weather.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beatles for sale

46 years ago this week, The Beatles held down the top five slots on the US singles chart - a feat that has never been duplicated since then.

The singles, in order, were:

1. Can't Buy Me Love
2. Twist And Shout
3. She Loves You
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand
5. Please Please Me

Monday, April 5, 2010

superstar celebrations

People celebrate birthdays everyday - even superstars!

Billy Dee Williams, actor in such legendary movies like Mahogany and Star Wars, turns 73 years old today. He's also one of Time Life's esteemed infomercial hosts. Mr. Williams presented "The Motown Collection".

John Oates, mustachioed musician and one half of Hall & Oates, celebrates his 61st birthday. One of my favorite H&O songs is "Method Of Modern Love", a #5 hit from 1985.

Also having a slice of birthday cake this week are singer/songwriter Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (52), fashion icon Vivienne Westwood (69), and Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin (48).
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