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Madonna Responds to ‘Rebel Heart’ Leak by Releasing Six Songs

Madonna hadn’t planned on releasing her 13th album, Rebel Heart , until spring 2015. But leakers had other plans for the Queen of Pop’s follow-up to 2012’s MDNA , unleashing early mixes of 13 tracks onto the Internet this week. In response, Madonna has put six official versions of the songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital music retailers, effective immediately. More music will be available February 9th, and the full album will be released the first week of March via Interscope.

Fricke’s Picks Radio: Farewells, Foos and Airwaves

It has been awhile since my last broadcast: Deadlines, shows, roadwork, and, sadly, obituaries got in the way. They also had a big impact on the records that have filled the last weeks of this year: Pink Floyd’s tribute to their late keyboard player Richard Wright; U2’s controversial gift to everyone; Dave Grohl’s season of rock & roll storytelling and two-and-a-half-hour club gigs, to go with his HBO series Sonic Highways and his Foo Fighters’ companion album; the 2014 edition of Iceland Airwaves; and recent New York nights with psychedelic-blues institution Hot Tuna (marking bassist Jack Casady’s 70th birthday) and Trigger Hippy. a new country-blues, etc. collaboration with singer Joan Osborne, singer-guitarist Jackie Green (often out with Phi Lesh) and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman.

Willie Nelson, Skrillex Concerts to Air on SiriusXM on New Year’s Eve

SiriusXM has announced a stacked New Year’s lineup with live concerts by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Diplo and others to air throughout the night and into the following day on multiple channels. 50 Best Songs of 2014 Nelson’s headlining set at the Moody Theater in Austin, as part of Austin City Limits Live, will air on the country legend’s own Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59, while Diplo and Skrillex’s co-headlining gig at Madison Square Garden will play on BPM, channel 51. On New Year’s Day, the Bridge, channel 32, will broadcast Elton John’s performance from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and the Pulse, channel 15, will feature sets from a number of performers – including Meghan Trainor, Train and Matt Nathanson – playing the “Live in the Vineyard Concert.” Other live New Year’s Eve highlights include Phil Lesh at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York (Grateful Dead, channel 23), Southside Johnny at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (E Street Radio, channel 20), Erasure at Terminal 5 in New York (First Wave, channel 33) and Widespread Panic at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina (Jam_ON, channel 29). Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren will spin back-to-back sets on Electric Area, channel 52, with the former broadcasting first from Pier 36 in New York, and the latter following live from White Wonderland in Anaheim, California. Along with these live sets, SiriusXM will also replay a number of concerts that aired throughout 2014, including the Black Keys’ private concert for SiriusXM listeners at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge (The Spectrum, channel 28); the Allman Brothers’ last concert at the Beacon Theatre (Classic Vinyl, channel 26); the Foo Fighters’ recent gig at Irving Plaza in New York (Alt Nation, channel 36); and Young Jeezy at the Echostage in Washington, D.C.

George Harrison, Bee Gees to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

George Harrison, the Bee Gees and Buddy Guy are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the festivities surrounding next year’s Grammy Awards. Beck, Beyonce Nominated for Grammy Album of the Year The Recording Academy will also honor country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez and Tejano music accordionist Flaco Jiménez. Along with the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Grammys will also hand out Trustees Awards, which recognize contributions to music in areas other than performance. This year’s recipients are producer Richard Perry, husband-and-wife songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and jazz impresario George Wein

The Who Add Joan Jett, More Dates to Extensive 2015 Tour

The Who have added some soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame firepower to join them on the road when the Tommy rockers bring their Who Hits 50! Tour to North America next year: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Rock Hall Class of 2015 inductees, will serve as opening act on both North American legs of the Who’s jaunt. The Who also added a slate of new dates to their extensive trek. Joan Jett on Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I’m Flabbergasted’ “Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment,” Roger Daltrey said in a statement. “I love her.”  “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time,” Pete Townshend added

TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek Launches Online Pop-Up Shop

Federal Prism, the label run by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, will be selling a number of exclusive and limited-edition records from artists like Thelonious Monk, Johnny Cash, Chuck Inglish and the Julie Ruin through an online pop-up shop, running on PledgeMusic for the next 60 days. The Misfits Take Manhattan: The Best of the Early ’00s NYC Scene Among the featured items are a pressing of Monk’s penultimate album, Underground , on 180-gram color vinyl; a seven-inch featuring a new song from Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin, “Blueberry Island”; a reissue of the Germs’ rare three-song 7-inch EP, Lexicon Devil ; Cool Kids rapper Chuck Inglish’s debut LP, The Convertibles on a number of formats, including a four-disc seven-inch vinyl set and cassette; and a translucent yellow vinyl pressing of Johnny Cash’s second album,  Sings the Songs that Made Him Famous . Fans will also be able to pick up TV on the Radio’s recent single “Mercy” on 12-inch vinyl. Federal Prism is also offering apparel and creative works, including exclusive T-shirts from Frankie Rose and Mike G of Odd Future, and 15 copies of Yacht Club’s Burnt Cream EP on a USB drive shaped like a pill. The pop-up shop’s current selection is available to peruse now, with Federal Prism promising to add more items over the next two months

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Lead Big Barrel Country Festival

Much like Stagecoach following Coachella at the same California venue, the East Coast is getting a huge country music festival that will act as a cousin to an annual rock extravaganza. Organizers of the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware — this year headlined by Foo Fighters, Outkast and Jack Johnson — have announced the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival. It will take place at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 26—28, the weekend after Firefly. 25 Best Country Songs of 2014 While the 2015 Firefly lineup is still under lock and key, the Big Barrel headliners were announced today: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood. More than 40 other big Nashville names are also on the bill, including Gary Allan, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Jake Owen.

Elton John to Wed David Furnish This Weekend in England

Elton John will marry his partner of more than two decades, David Furnish, this weekend at a ceremony in England. The couple underwent a civil partnership in 2005, according Us Weekly , and has been waiting for a same-sex marriage to be legal in the country before planning their wedding; a law went into effect this past March allowing same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Elton John: My Life in 20 Songs That month, the singer told Matt Lauer that the couple was planning a quiet wedding and that their children would be present. “For this legislation to come through is joyous and we should celebrate it,” John said

Apple Wins iPod Music Antitrust Suit

A federal jury has ended a 10-year battle between Apple and consumers by deciding that the tech company did not block songs sold by competing stores from playing on iPods purchased from 2006 and 2009. The lawsuit alleged that the company had done so in order to monopolize the digital music market. After three hours of deliberation, the eight California-based jurors concluded that the version of iTunes that came out eight years ago improved the quality of iPods in general rather than restrict them, according to The New York Times . U2 and Apple Plot New ‘Interactive’ Digital Music Format “We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement

Scott Stapp’s Downward Spiral Captured on Police Recordings

New audio revealing the distraught mental state of Creed’s Scott Stapp have surfaced, with TMZ posting four clips taken from various phone calls the singer made last month. Readers’ Poll: The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties Two of the clips were taken from a 911 call Stapp made from the side of a Florida highway after abandoning his car. Stapp claimed that he was being chased by a group of people who were trying to kill him, but says that all of his previous calls to the police had been ignored. When asked by the dispatcher who was after him, Stapp responded: “I don’t know, I’ve been running for about six or seven weeks. I’m trying to keep them away from my family.” Stapp also said that he was worried that his death had been falsely reported on the Internet and that someone had stolen $20 million from him.

The Roots, Perry Farrell Set for David Byrne, Talking Heads Tribute

The Roots, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright and Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss will lead an all-star tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall on March 23rd. No Compassion: CBGB in the Seventies The initial lineup for the show also boasts ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Beth Orton, O.A.R., Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Forro in the Dark and Bebel Gilberto. Tickets are currently available online, with more artists set to be announced soon. The Music of David Byrne and Talking Heads marks the 11th charity tribute concert organized by City Winery owner Michael Dorf, with all the proceeds benefiting music education programs for underprivileged youth. According to a statement, the concerts have already helped net over $1 million for groups like Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, Mr.

‘Nashville’ Stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen Do Broadway in ABC Special

Nashville  stars Clare Bowen (Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar) are leaving Music City for the bright lights of Broadway — temporarily. The pair will sing the title song from the Disney film-turned Broadway hit  Beauty and the Beast  during an ABC behind-the-scenes special about the eight musicals Disney has taken to the Great White Way. (Watch the performance above.) ‘Nashville’ Wraps Fall Season With Wedding Bells The producers of Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years told the singers appearing on the special that they were looking for performers who could offer unexpected interpretations of the familiar tunes. Bowen says she rearranged a few things to come up with the stripped-down version of the song she and Palladio performed.

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