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Ronnie Milsap Reflects on Ray Charles, Elvis and Entering the Country Hall of Fame

Ronnie Milsap didn’t just dominate country music in the Seventies and Eighties, he helped redefine it. One of the genre’s most successful crossover acts of all time, Milsap blended rock & roll, soul and pop, and took songs with those elements to the top of the country charts a staggering 40 times. His pop chart successes, with such tunes as “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Any Day Now” and the Top 5 smash “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” have earned the singer six Grammy awards, and in 2014, he was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. See Rare Photos of Elvis Presley on a Romantic Date The rewards for the Robbinsville, North Carolina, native have been many, but fans of the albums from Milsap’s two-decade tenure with RCA Records are the ones being rewarded with an embarrassment of riches in The RCA Albums Collection . Released earlier this month, it’s a staggering 21-CD set that includes every studio, live and Christmas album Milsap ever released for the label.

Lorde Performs ‘Flicker,’ Talks Taylor Swift Friendship on ‘Tonight Show’

“Our next guest made her U.S. TV debut on our Late Night show last year and since then has become one of the most popular artists in music,” host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing Lorde on Tuesday night’s Tonight Show . The teenage New Zealand singer’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric: She went from performing “Royals” in the 12:35 a.m. hour in October 2013 to promoting the soundtrack she curated for the Number One film in America in November 2014

Lorde Performs ‘Yellow Flicker Beat,’ Talks Taylor Swift Friendship on ‘Tonight Show’

“Our next guest made her U.S. TV debut on our Late Night show last year and since then has become one of the most popular artists in music,” host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing Lorde on Tuesday night’s Tonight Show . The teenage New Zealand singer’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric: She went from performing “Royals” in the 12:35 a.m. hour in October 2013 to promoting the soundtrack she curated for the Number One film in America in November 2014. American Music Awards 2014’s 20 Best and Worst Moments Lorde’s ascension came full circle Tuesday as she visited Fallon to perform “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her single from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack she helped arrange.

Weekend Rock Question: What’s the Best Protest Song?

The massive demonstrations flaring up across the country this week in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown have a lot of people thinking back to the 1960s. It was a time when the airwaves were full of protest songs by everyone from Bob Dylan to Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Beatles. By 1971, even the Beach Boys got it on the act with “Student Demonstration Time.” Ferguson Burns: What Constitutes Appropriate Rebellion? Now we have a question for you for this long weekend: What is the greatest protest song of all time? Feel free to vote for a classic like “Only a Pawn in Their Game” or “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” a more recent cut like “21 Guns” or “Fight the Power” or even a traditional tune like “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye.” Vote for whatever song you want, but please just vote once and only for a single selection.

Watch Former Civil Wars Singer Joy Williams Duet With Paramore’s Hayley Williams

It’s been four months since the Civil Wars came to a close — not with a peaceful truce, but with a sad ceasefire prompted by problems that the duo wouldn’t announce (and couldn’t resolve) — and bandmate Joy Williams has a found a new duet partner… even if it’s just for one song.  The Civil Wars’ Split Is Now Official Williams recently teamed up with Paramore’s powerhouse vocalist, Hayley Williams, for a harmony-heavy version of “Hate to See Your Heartbreak.” Originally released on Paramore’s self-titled album in 2013, the power ballad was re-recorded earlier this year at the Village in Santa Monica, California, where groups such as the Eagles, the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac once tracked their own harmonies. The revised version hits shelves today as a bonus track on Paramore ‘s deluxe release. [Watch the pair’s studio performance of the song above.] Although the two aren’t related, Joy and Hayley certainly sing like sisters, their voices rising and falling in parallel lines. The two Tennessee residents have been friends for more than a decade, with Joy acting as a sort of mentor to Hayley during her pre-Paramore days. Although Hayley recently told NPR that the pair’s tag-teamed version of “Hate to See Your Heartbreak” is meant to be an ode to the “close friendship between women who share their stories with each other, and who lift each other up and understand one another,” the song also functions as a sort of farewell letter to Joy’s former duo partner, John Paul White

Monty Python Song Named Top Funeral Choice

Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the jaunty singalong that first appeared in the comedy troupe’s 1979 film The Life of Brian , has long been a staple at funerals for its optimistic tone, bubbly melody and lyrics about one’s own demise. But in a new survey of funeral directors, the track has become the most popular song to play at British funerals, according to the Telegraph . Eric Idle on the ‘Ridiculously Python’ Farewell Shows The survey, based on more than 30,000 funerals, found the song beating out Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Robbie Williams’ “Angel” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” alongside more traditional hymns.  “We wonder if it’s the people who were young in the swinging Sixties, who are now in their 70s and 80s, and if that’s informing this trend,” David Collingwood, operations director at the Co-operative Funeralcare, told the outlet. “Monty Python, for example, is of a certain age.” While Collingwood said this represents a “generational shift in attitudes towards funerals,” there are still some songs that have been rejected by funeral homes as being inappropriate. Alongside songs by Eminem and Sex Pistols, some of the verboten tracks include Meat Loaf’s “Bat out of Hell,” Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax.” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” functioned as a different final song in July, when the comedy troupe ended their run of reunion shows with the number. The comedians dressed in white suit jackets, with four of the members conducting the London audience with batons as the song’s writer, Eric Idle, played guitar.

Flashback: Waylon, Willie and the Outlaws Make Country Music History

Waylon Jennings once famously said he “couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers,” yet with an album of previously released material, he did help country music reach a milestone heretofore reserved for pop and rock albums. On this day in 1976, Wanted! The Outlaws , an LP on which Jennings was featured alongside his wife Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser, became country music’s first platinum-certified LP, signifying sales of one million. Watch Willie Nelson, Sister Bobbie Duet on Taxing Song Although Jennings had begun the transformation from slick Countrypolitan to renegade with the 1972 album Ladies Love Outlaws , this compilation, released on RCA, gave an official name to a country-music movement reserved for artists outside the mainstream. Raucous, rebellious and decidedly uninterested in the blending of pop and country that was storming the charts at the time (and continues to do so today), the Outlaw Movement was also spurred on by such landmark events as the 1976 debut of the long-running PBS series Austin City Limits .

Jenny Lewis Releases Limited-Edition Single for Record Store Day

Black Friday just got a little brighter.  Jenny Lewis Talks New LP, Country Influences On November 28th, Jenny Lewis will release Pax-Am Sessions , a seven-inch vinyl single featuring two alternate performances of songs from her newest solo record, The Voyager . The single is one of several releases hitting the racks this week in celebration of Record Store Day, which began holding its annual Black Friday sale — an offshoot of the springtime Record Store Day event, held every year on the third Saturday of April — in November 2010.  While most of The Voyager was produced by Ryan Adams and Mike Viola, Lewis turned to outside producers for help on a handful of tracks. Her boyfriend and occasional bandmate, Johnathan Rice, produced “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em,” while fellow genre-bending folkie Beck put his own stamp on the album’s kickoff single, “Just One of the Guys.” Pax-Am Sessions will feature the original recordings of both songs, as captured by Adams and Viola. The single’s title refers to Adams’ personal studio in Los Angeles, where he also tracked his self-titled solo record and Butch Walker’s upcoming Afraid of Ghosts .  Pax-Am Sessions isn’t Lewis’ first Record Store Day release. Days after she played Coachella’s 12th annual festival with her short-lived side project, Jenny and Johnny, Lewis celebrated Record Store 2011 by releasing a seven-inch recording of “Love Hurts,” originally performed by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris

Jenny Lewis Unearths Rare Recordings for Limited-Edition Record Store Day Single

Black Friday just got a little brighter.  On November 28th, Jenny Lewis will release Pax-Am Sessions , a seven-inch vinyl single featuring two alternate performances of songs from her newest solo record, The Voyager . The single is one of several releases hitting the racks this week in celebration of Record Store Day, which began holding its annual Black Friday sale — an offshoot of the springtime Record Store Day event, held every year on the third Saturday of April — in November 2010.  Jenny Lewis Talks New LP, Country Influences While most of The Voyager was produced by Ryan Adams and Mike Viola, Lewis turned to outside producers for help on a handful of tracks. Her boyfriend and occasional bandmate, Johnathan Rice, produced “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em,” while fellow genre-bending folkie Beck put his own stamp on the album’s kickoff single, “Just One of the Guys.” Pax-Am Sessions will feature the original recordings of both songs, as captured by Adams and Viola. The single’s title refers to Adams’ personal studio in Los Angeles, where he also tracked his self-titled solo record and Butch Walker’s upcoming Afraid of Ghosts .  Pax-Am Sessions isn’t Lewis’ first Record Store Day release.

The Velvet Underground on Most Profound Album: ‘Lou Was a Force of Nature’

When Maureen Tucker, the refreshingly frank former drummer of the Velvet Underground, looks back on the group’s self-titled third album, released in 1969, she still remembers the trepidation she felt going into it. In late 1968, the band’s moody singer-songwriter Lou Reed had kicked out violist John Cale, a founding member who seemed to act at the time as the band’s artistic conscience. “I wasn’t delighted,” says the drummer, now age 70, with a bluntness that reveals her Long Island roots. “I was just wondering what was gonna happen, what we’d sound like. I was hoping we’d still stick together.” Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed: Exclusive But where the group had just put out its most violent record – the metallic cacophony it called White Light/White Heat – it was already beginning to work on what would become its most profound album: The Velvet Underground

Watch Jennifer Lopez Shake ‘Booty’ With Iggy Azalea for 2014 AMAs

“Prepare audience for maximum impact,” Jennifer Lopez commanded as she ended the 2014 American Music Awards with her debut television performance of “Booty.” Watch Taylor Swift’s Theatrical ‘Blank Space’ Live Debut Joined by fellow posterior-shaker Iggy Azalea, Lopez writhed around in a box flanked by more than a dozen dancers. Azalea, who had previously won AMAs for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album, ceded most of the spotlight to Lopez, who performed an elaborately choreographed routine while emphasizing her titular body part. The performance was the most controversial going into Sunday’s show after TMZ claimed that censors at ABC were “nervous” about the duo’s show. In the end, the duo’s version of the song, while scintillating, hardly reached censor-interference levels

Peter Gabriel Debuts New Song ‘What Lies Ahead’ in Concert

It has been a dozen years since Peter Gabriel released Up , his last collection of original music. While the former Genesis frontman did record his covers album Scratch My Back in 2010, new music from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist has been scarce the past decade. However, at a November 20th gig in Turin, Italy, Gabriel opened the concert with a reflective new piano ballad titled “What Lies Ahead,” Stereogum reports. Gabriel’s Back to Front Tour set lists have wavered little since the singer launched the long trek back in September 2012, but as the jaunt finally begins to wind down, Gabriel decided to replace “O But,” another original he debuted this trek, with “What Lies Ahead.” It wasn’t a one-time performance either as the new song again opened Gabriel’s next concert the following night in Bologna, Italy.

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