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Kate Bush Pens Letter Thanking Fans Following Concert Run

Kate Bush recently wrapped up a string of 22 sold-out concerts at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, her first proper live shows in 35 years. The concerts were so “spectacular” that eight of Bush’s albums jumped back into the Top 50 of the British album charts as a new audience discovered her music. Following the final performance on October 1st, Bush has penned a long letter on her official site to thank fans and share what the Before the Dawn concert series meant to her (via Pitchfork). Kate Bush Makes Spectacular Return to the Stage “It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.

Kenny G Angers Chinese Officials After Protest Site Visit

The smooth jazz stylings of Kenny G are immensely popular in China thanks to the saxophonist’s song “Going Home” becoming the nation’s unofficial anthem to the end of the workday. However, after wrapping up a brief tour in the Asian nation, the musician visited Hong Kong and spent time with the pro-democracy protestors there. Because Kenny G merely visited the protestors, which gave their cause more visibility, Chinese government officials have now accused the saxophonist of meddling in foreign affairs. China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet “In Hong Kong at the sight [sic] of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation,” the saxophonist tweeted along with a photo of himself at the site making a peace sign with his hand.


Why Robbie Robertson’s Son Wrote a Kids’ Book About His Dad

Sebastian Robertson wasn’t looking to do an exposé on his rock star father, Robbie Robertson. So a children’s book was the perfect way to share the story of his dad’s legacy. In Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, Sebastian takes children (ages six to nine) on the journey of Robbie Robertson, guitar legend and co-founder of the Band. Robbie Robertson Talks About the Evolution of His Guitar Style Alongside animated illustrations by musician Adam Gustavson, Rock and Roll Highway recounts the entire arc of Robbie Robertson’s career, beginning when he was just a hard-working teenager with a passion for storytelling and guitar playing. “Robbie played until he couldn’t feel his fingers,” the book reads, “He even slept with his guitar.” The story also includes appearances by major rock & roll icons Buddy Holly, Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, who were all instrumental figures in Robbie’s rise to stardom.  Sebastian was approached by publisher Christy Ottaviano with the idea of Rock and Roll Highway after the success of his first children’s book, Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World, which was published in 2013 and co-written with Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot and Jared Levine

Third Day Singer Mac Powell Continues Country Cred With New Album ‘Southpaw’

For Grammy-winning Christian rocker Mac Powell, country music wasn’t just a creative itch that needed scratching. Third Day Photos “Two years ago, I made my first [country] record and a lot of people thought, ‘He’s got it out of his system now,'” Powell tells Rolling Stone Country , “but all that did was make me want to do it even more.” And thus was born Southpaw , the singer’s follow up to his 2012 self-titled country debut. The 12-song set, released October 14th, includes co-writes with country hitmakers Darius Rucker, Kristian Bush and Travis Tritt. It’s arguably a natural transition for the bearded, long-haired Alabama native with a penchant for musical storytelling. Yet certainly not a permanent one

50 Cent, Laverne Cox Join Cyndi Lauper to Help LGBT Youth

Now in its fourth year, Cyndi Lauper’s annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert has helped gain awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness as well as raise money for the singer’s True Colors Fund. This year, the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays concert is welcoming 50 Cent, Sufjan Stevens, Salt-N-Pepa and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. The event will take place at New York’s renowned Beacon Theatre on December 6th. Rosie O’Donnell and Orange Is the New Black  star Laverne Cox will co-host the event, with 100% of the net proceeds going to the True Colors Fund. ‘It’s About More Than Our Bodies': Laverne Cox Talks Trans “For the fourth year in a row, Home for the Holidays will feature an amazing night of performances in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness,” Lauper said in a statement.

Vince Gill, Toby Keith Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

When the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction last week, four names with roots in country music were among those included. Vince Gill and Toby Keith were nominated as performing songwriters, while tunesmiths Bobby Braddock and Bob McDill were nominated under the nonperforming distinction. Toby Keith Is Country’s Highest Paid Star Gill writes and performs regularly, both as a solo artist and with Western swing group the Time Jumpers. In addition to the band’s usual Monday night showcases in Nashville, the group is currently in the midst of a U.S


Neil Diamond Shines On

Neil Diamond: Melody Road (Capitol) For someone who has left such an imprint in popular music, Neil Diamond might be expected to be in his gracefully petering out phase: A few scattered recordings, released less and less frequently, issued more to prove that it all can still be done, that he’s still got it , before the inevitable, terminal fade. But. Here’s his first album of new studio material in six years, produced by Don Was and Jackknife Lee and featuring a hefty number of musicians old, young, and similarly skilled, and—well—a bunch of brand new Neil Diamond songs. They are well played, they are catchy—most of his best songs have been incredibly catchy—they don’t drone off into dullsville, and Diamond’s voice is remarkable.

See R.E.M. Grow Up in ‘R.E.M. by MTV’ Documentary Trailer

Alt-rock icons R.E.M. formed in 1980; a year later, MTV made its inaugural broadcast and soon began reporting on the Athens, Georgia-based group’s career. Now, a new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV , compiles decades of footage that the network had stored in its vaults to tell the group’s story.


See the Beatles, Bob Dylan Beatbox in Stunning, Innovative Video

In Roy Kafri’s innovative music video for “Mayokero,” we discover what your album covers do when nobody’s looking: They form an all-star beatboxing posse. The video seamlessly animates classic covers like the Beatles’ Revolver , David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane and Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and Highway 61 Revisited to give the appearance that they’re collectively singing the Kafri track (via A.V. Club). Inside Bob Dylan’s Brilliant ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Video Israeli director Vania Heymann created the “Mayokero” video, and this isn’t the first time the young filmmaker has drawn raves for his creative use of the medium. Last year, Heymann unveiled his interactive music video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” which allowed viewers to literally flip channels during the duration of the song.

Can Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Save Ailing Music Industry?

In addition to being 2014’s probable best-selling album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 , out next week, could be crucial to salvaging the record industry’s holiday shopping season in a terrible sales year. Week after week, the biggest music stars have put out what appeared to be blockbuster albums, selling up to a few hundred thousand copies in the first week, then quickly dropping out of the Top 10. Album sales have been down 14 percent all year, and single sales have dropped 13 percent, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Taylor Swift Reveals 5 Things to Expect on ‘1989’ “She will be the big fish,” says Ish Cuebas, vice president of music merchandising for national record chain Trans World Entertainment. “The overall release schedule this year has been weak compared to last year


Sisqo Tells All: Thong Maven Details His Wife-Swapping, Fudge-Slinging Exploits

“I haven’t spoken to Rolling Stone  in 14 years,” Sisqo says jovially, by way of introduction. After releasing two albums with his group Dru Hill – 1996’s eponymous debut and 1998’s Enter the Dru –  the singer became a household name for 2000’s “Thong Song,” the second single off his debut album, Unleash the Dragon. It would eventually hit Number Three on the Billboard Top 100, and it remains an indelible turn-of-the-century aural capsule, a perpetual soundtrack to our collective spring break. Sam Smith Breaks Down 10 Great R&B Voices Those who have long moved past the singer’s ubiquitous hit may be surprised to see Sisqo, who’s kept the celebrity machine going by appearing on numerous reality shows, mounting a comeback. After multiple splits, including a bizarre live-radio breakup minutes after reuniting (more on that later), Dru Hill seem to have reconciled their differences


Pearl Jam Celebrate ‘Yield’, Tom Petty’s Birthday at Milwaukee Gig

Over the weekend, Pearl Jam shocked fans in Moline, Illinois by performing their 1996 album No Code in order and in its entirety for the first time. After a normal, 30-plus-song Pearl Jam concert in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday, the band had yet another surprise in store at their Monday night gig in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An (almost) full album performance of 1998’s Yield , with the band tweeting a photo of the setlist as proof. 15 Insanely Great Pearl Jam Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know According to the band’s official message board, the first hint that Pearl Jam were up to something was when the Bradley Center speakers played the studio version of  Yield ‘s odd minute-long “Red Dot” song as they walked on the stage.

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