George Hamilton IV, whose gentle demeanor and soothing folk-country vocal style earned him worldwide acclaim, died Wednesday (September 17th) at a Nashville hospital, following a heart attack which he suffered on Saturday. He was 77. Iconic Country Music Photos A 50-year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, Hamilton was known as the “International Ambassador of Country Music,” having toured successfully throughout Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and Australia. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Hamilton scored a major hit in 1956 with “A Rose and a Baby Ruth.” Penned by John D. Loudermilk, the tune reached Number 6 on the Billboard Top 100 chart
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U2 surprised the world with Songs of Innocence last week, but its presence in 500 million iTunes accounts had no effect on total music sales — they’re still down 15 percent, while track downloads are still down 13 percent. Also having little impact: Lecrae’s Number One album Anomaly , which sold just 88,000 copies in its debut week. U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence': A Track-by-Track Guide WHO?: It’s new album week, everybody! Christian rapper Lecrae, who’s sold 1.4 million album sales and has 2.9 million track downloads, winds up at Number One with his 88,000-selling Anomaly . (His Christian rapper background may explain why he appears to have arrived on the charts out of nowhere — such things happen in the gospel business.) Other new and poor-selling titles in the Top 10 include: Singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko’s Souled Out (Number Three, 70,000); veteran rocker Ryan Adams’ self-titled album (Number Four, 45,000); indie-rock fixture Interpol’s El Pintor (Number Seven, 31,000); and Robert Plant’s Lullaby And . . .
For the past decade, Metallica has been beating bootleggers to the punch by offering high-quality soundboard recordings of nearly every concert they play as downloads on their own LiveMetallica.com. To commemorate the anniversary of the site, the group is offering CDs and LPs of every gig it played in 2014, mostly comprising its “Metallica by Request” tours of South America and Europe where fans selected the set lists. Metallica Look Back at 30 Years of ‘Ride the Lightning’ The group will be unrolling the releases in three-album batches each Monday through the end of the year in the order they played the shows, beginning with Bogotá, Colombia. It’s also offering a box set of all 27 shows, which will ship in December. All sales will be conducted through the LiveMetallica website
Run the Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike have said they’d be willing to show their softer side if a Kickstarter to create a remix album with music derived solely from cat sounds gets funded. A fan launched the crowd-funding campaign, dubbed Meow the Jewels – which would involve remaking the music on their upcoming RTJ2 record, due out October 28th – and El-P has voiced his support of the project on Twitter, offering to donate his share of the proceeds to charity. Killer Mike Talks ‘Darker, Harder’ New Music “Me and @MeowTheJewels are in contact and working out the details of what [it] will be,” he wrote in one tweet. “If Meow the Jewels happens, I intend to donate the money somewhere that will directly benefit the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown,” he explained in another. Like El-P, the project’s organizer has said that a portion of any profits would go to charity, namely to “the families of those who have lost their lives to police brutality this year and a smaller portion will go to help neglected animals.” Rewards for funding include digital copies of Meow the Jewels and tweets from the campaign’s official account, a matchbook, catnip, a “surprise” (“maybe a wristband, maybe a bottle opener”) and stickers.
Paul McCartney is offering fans something New with a special 2CD/DVD collector’s edition of his latest LP. The set, out October 28th, will be packaged in a hard-bound book and feature a variety of bonus materials – including behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, concert recordings, previously unreleased tracks and an album documentary. Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A While the first of the two CDs features the same tracklist as the 14-track deluxe edition from last year, the second disc includes an array of enticing extras: two previously unreleased songs (“Hell to Pay” and “Demons Dance”) from the recording sessions, the Japanese bonus track “Struggle” and live versions of four New cuts (“Save Us,” “New,” “Queenie Eye” and “Everybody Out There”) recorded at Japan’s Tokyo Dome last November. The Don Letts-directed doc, “Something New,” traces New ‘s creative evolution by featuring commentary from McCartney and the album’s four producers: Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin. Additional behind-the-scenes material focuses on the former Beatle’s whirlwind international promotional stint behind the LP, including performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon . The full tracklist for the New deluxe edition is below: Disc 1 1. “Save Us” 2.
Years before Kacey Musgraves rode her trailer to the top of the country charts, she recorded “Oh, Tonight” with the Josh Abbott Band. The year was 2011, and both acts were already big in Texas, where Abbott had been selling out 6,000-capacity venues like Billy Bob’s Texas for more than a year. Even so, few people outside of the Lone Star State had heard either of them. Roger Creager Talks New Album, Beach Parties & Aggies What a difference three years can make. This month, while Kacey Musgraves launches a headlining tour in support of her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park , the Josh Abbott Band will release their major label debut with Atlantic Records.
Four decades after Rush put out their self-titled debut, the trio is celebrating its legacy with a box set that collects concert films from their entire career. The 10-DVD or six-Blu-ray set R40 , set for release on November 11th, compiles the previously released concert videos Rush in Rio (2003), R30 (2009), Snakes & Arrows Live (2008), Time Machine 2011: Time in Cleveland (2011) and Clockwork Angels Tour (2013), as well as a bonus disc with previously unreleased live performances. The box set also contains a 52-page hardback book, including photos of memorabilia and from concerts throughout their career. Readers’ Poll: 10 Greatest Rush Albums Most interesting to Rush fans will be the bonus disc, which contains two hours of material dating back to the group’s formative years. The centerpiece is the full, eight-song set from 1974 at Ontario’s Laura Secord Secondary School that was featured in Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
This year’s Stand Up For Heroes benefit, an evening of music and comedy that raises funds for injured servicemembers and their families, will feature appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. The annual show will take place at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5th, with tickets on sale September 17th at noon. Stones Bring Out Springsteen in Lisbon The annual event is organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. “Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families,” Woodruff said in a statement. “Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved. “We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured.
Jack White’s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records have planned a companion collection to its lavish 2013 box set, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records., Vol. 1 (1917 – 1927) , that will focus on recordings by Mississippi Delta blues icons like Charley Patton, Son House and Skip James that the Paramount label released between 1928 and 1932. The new box set, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) , is due out November 18th. Farm Aid 2014’s 10 Best Musical Moments Like its predecessor, Volume 2 will be just as expansive
As the granddaughter of American icon Hank Williams (and daughter of Hank Jr.), singer-songwriter Holly Williams is used to the public’s fascination with her legendary family. Williams was born in 1981, and her grandfather, Hank Sr., died in 1952. Her grandmother, Audrey, died in 1975, so she never had a personal relationship with either of them, only the memories of others to rely on through the years. She was, however, close with her maternal grandparents, Warren and June White.
Jack White is often credited with keeping the rock & roll spirit alive in the new millennium, but if you ask him, he’d rather be making music in any other decade besides this one. That’s what the Lazaretto rocker tells veteran newsman Dan Rather in The Big Interview, a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from White’s move to Nashville to how he envies the musicians of the Sixties. Jack White on the Dangers of ‘Winning the Lottery’ In the Big Interview, White recounts a conversation that he had with Bob Dylan where the two discussed the difference in the state of the music industry between the Sixties and today. “I was talking to Bob Dylan and I said, ‘In a way, you guys had it so lucky in the Sixties.’ All these recording techniques that had never been tried before, the Civil Rights movement was coming to a head, the Vietnam War,” White tells Rather of his Dylan conversation. “The whole world was changing… There was so much to sing about
Contrary to rumors that Tim Dog faked his own death in February 2013, Dateline NBC has concluded that the “Fuck Compton” rapper is dead. Speculation arose when a prosecutor representing a Mississippi woman he defrauded issued an arrest warrant for the rapper and reports that he had been living with his wife and daughter in a new home came up. NBC confirmed the rapper’s death by locating his death certificate, which was difficult to find because it was filed in the county where he had died, not where he was allegedly living. The document is viewable on the network’s website. The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time As originally reported, the Bronx-born rapper – whose real name was Timothy Blair, age 46 at the time of his death – died of a seizure linked to diabetes.