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The Who kicks off fall US tour leg Sunday in Toronto

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The Who will launch the second North American leg of their 2022 The Who Hits Back! tour this Sunday, October 2, in Toronto.

The trek, which features 16 shows, runs through a November 4-5 stand at Las Vegas' Dolby Live venue.

As with the first leg of The Who Hits Back! tour and the previous Moving On! trek, the new outing will feature the British rock legends accompanied by an orchestra at all shows.

Ex-Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page will serve as The Who's support act at the tour's first five shows, spanning from October 2 through October 12. Founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and his current band The Dirty Knobs will be the opener at the next nine dates, running from October 14 through a November 1 performance at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl.

The Wild Things, a contemporary British rock band that Who guitarist Pete Townshend has been producing, will be the support act at the tour's two-show finale in Las Vegas.

Joining The Who's two surviving original members, Townshend and frontman Roger Daltrey, the band's current touring lineup also features guitarist/backing singer Simon Townshend -- Pete's brother -- drummer Zak Starkey, keyboardists Loren Gold and Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, and backing vocalist Billy Nicholls.

The orchestras will be conducted by Keith Levenson, while lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Q. Snyder will perform at all of the shows.

Visit TheWho.com to check out the full list of tour dates.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton auctioning original handwritten song lyrics for charity

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Want to own a handwritten copy of lyrics to famous songs by ZZ Top and Peter Frampton? Now's your chance.

A variety of music artists, including ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Frampton, have contributed handwritten copies of their song lyrics that will go up for bid starting October 1 at JuliensLive.com as part of an online auction to benefit the Music Health Alliance charity.

Gibbons has donated a sheet with the lyrics to his band's classic 1983 hit "Sharp Dressed Man," and a doodle of a skeleton wearing a sombrero and sipping a beer. Frampton has offered up handwritten lyrics to his 1976 hit "Do You Feel Like I Do," which he co-wrote with John Siomos, Mick Gallagher and Rick Wills.

Among the many other artists contributing to the auction are Train's Pat Monahan, Michael Martin Murphey, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Loudon Wainwright and George Strait.

This sale marks the third annual installment of the "Handwritten Song Lyrics Benefitting Music Health Alliance" sale, which is hosted by Julien's Auctions. Bidding closes on October 24.

The Music Health Alliance is an organization that advocates for music industry members' access to health care and financial support for medical procedures.

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Prince's estate felt Sinéad O’Connor "didn't deserve" to use "Nothing Compares 2 U" in new doc

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A notable omission from Nothing Compares, the new Showtime documentary about Sinéad O’Connor, is the singer's smash hit recording of the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2 U."  In fact, a message on the screen during the film reads, "The Prince estate denied use of Sinéad's recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in this film.”  Director Kathryn Ferguson told ABC Audio she wasn't sure why they turned down the request -- but now we know.

One of Prince's heirs, half-sister Sharon Nelson, explained the decision in a statement to Billboard.

“I didn’t feel [Sinéad] deserved to use the song my brother wrote in her documentary so we declined," Nelson said.

But there's another reason: Nelson said in her statement that "nothing compares" to Prince's 1992 live version of the song -- included on his 1993 album Hits 1 -- that he recorded with singer Rosie Gaines. The estate just happens to be rereleasing that album on vinyl on November 4.

It's not clear why Nelson and her siblings felt that Sinéad "didn't deserve" to use the recording. In Sinéad's 2021 memoir, Rememberings, she claims that when she met Prince, he criticized her for using profanity in interviews and then challenged her to a pillow fight. She also claims he put something in the pillow that would hurt her. 

After leaving, Sinéad writes of Prince, "I never wanted to see that devil again.” 

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R.E.M.'s Peter Buck & Nirvana's Krist Novoselic guest on new song from rising Cuban artist Hector Tellez Jr.

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 R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic guest on a new single from rising Cuban rock artist Hector Tellez Jr.

The track is called "Silver Blue Jellyfish" and is available now via digital outlets.

"'Silver Blue Jellyfish' is a song about hope and how powerful your life can be when you listen to the call of your deepest purpose and how you can inspire others to pursue their desire to lead a life of freedom, love and happiness," Tellez says.

The collaboration came together after Tellez's demo found its way to producer Barrett Martin, who played drums in Screaming Trees and the grunge supergroup Mad Season. Upon inviting Tellez to Seattle to record an album, Martin also recruited a few friends, including Buck and Novoselic, to take part, too.

Buck joined Tellez to perform "Silver Blue Jellyfish" during this year's Hispanic Heritage Awards, which will air Friday on PBS.

Novoselic, meanwhile, performed at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles earlier this week, joining his Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl, members of Soundgarden and The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen to play two Soundgarden songs.

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Sammy Hagar & The Circle release 'Crazy Times' album; Hagar reveals favorite song

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Sammy Hagar and current band The Circle's new studio album, Crazy Times, has just been released on CD and via digital formats.

The 10-song collection was recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, best known for his work with a variety of major country artists.

Cobb interviewed Hagar about the album for an episode of his Southern Accents Radio program, which will premiere October 1 at 7 p.m. ET on Apple Music.

Cobb enthused about getting to work with Hagar and The Circle's members -- drummer Jason Bonham, longtime Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and virtuoso guitarist Vic Johnson.

"Going into the studio, watching you guys play was so intimidating because I'm looking at heroes up there, but not only that, but just the fire that you guys have," Cobb said. "When you sing, there's a fire that very few people have and it was just so impressive to see the whole thing go down live. I'll never forget it."

Hagar responded by noting, "You got to admit, there is great chemistry in this band and as many bands as you've produced and dealt with, you can have the best musicians in the world, and without chemistry, it don't work."

The two also discussed the Crazy Times track "Father Time," which Cobb said is the best song Hagar has ever written.

Sammy agreed, saying, "To me, it's the best song of the album. Best song I've ever written. Maybe my best vocal performance … I'm happy with the whole record, but if I said, 'Listen to one song on this record,' I'd say listen to that song."

Meanwhile, vinyl versions of Crazy Times will be released on October 28.

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Cher makes a surprise return to Paris Fashion Week

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Once again, Cher unexpectedly dropped in unannounced for a stint on Paris Fashion Week -- this time for designer Rick Owens

ET Canada reports the Oscar winner made another surprise appearance on Thursday night, but she wasn't there to strut the runway as she had done the night prior.

For the upscale event, Cher radiated a rock vibe with a stylish black velvet fedora, black zip-up sweater, leather fingerless gloves, black platform boots and a white, gray and black plaid skirt and pant ensemble.  

As previously reported, the legendary singer strutted the catwalk at the Balmain fashion show on Wednesday night. Cher donned a marbled spandex bodysuit with a daring plunging neckline, black fingerless gloves, and once again, those black platform boots as she walked along to her hit "Strong Enough."  

As she walked arm-and-arm with designer Olivier Rousteing, Cher couldn't help but mouth along to the words of her 1998 hit.

"JUST HAD BEST TIME, ON STAGE…FELT GREAT," the 76-year-old Cher tweeted after the jubilant display. "SHOW WAS PROBABLY BEST FASHION SHOW 'EVER.'MODELS WERE BEAUTY FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSE. CLOTHES 2 DIE 4...OLIVIER 2 DIE 4."

Paris Fashion Week continues through October 4, so it is possible we'll see more of Cher in the coming days.

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Queen's Roger Taylor says Foo Fighters modeled Taylor Hawkins tribute after Freddie Mercury benefit concert

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Putting on two massive tribute concerts to late drummer Taylor Hawkins this month was undoubtedly quite the undertaking, but Foo Fighters did have a guide to help out.

As Queen drummer Roger Taylor tells Billboard, Foo members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear told him they used the 1992 Freddie Mercury tribute concert as a "model."

"I was very heavily involved in [the '92 show], so that was sort of the model they built these shows on," Taylor says. "Which is nice because we've always been tight with the Foo Fighters. We just love that band, like family."

The Mercury concert was held several months after the iconic vocalist passed away in November 1991 and featured performances from the likes of Elton John, David Bowie, Guns N' Roses, U2, George Michael and Def Leppard.

The Foos shows were no less star-studded, featuring names like Paul McCartney, AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Joan Jett, plus members of Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, The Police, The Cars, Def Leppard, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Taylor and Queen's Brian May also performed at both concerts, which were held in London and Los Angeles. The drummer tells Billboard that the shows had "different" energies, partially because the London one was livestreamed.

"The one in London was more of seamless show with a lot of little filmed sequence in-between and so many acts," Taylor says. "[Los Angeles] was more like a real rock parade. It was an emphasis on hard, heavy rock, and just one act after another and a parade of drummers like you’ve never seen, all the best rock 'n' roll drummers in the world."

He adds, "It was a fantastic night, just a wonderful night for my great friend Taylor."

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Bob Dylan's Grammy-winning 'Time Out of Mind' album released 25 years ago today

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Today, September 30, marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's lauded 30th studio album, Time Out of Mind.

The collection of 11 new original tunes was considered a return to form for the influential singer/songwriter, who hadn't released an album of his own new compositions since 1990's Under the Red Sky.

Time Out of Mind reached #10 on the Billboard 200, Dylan's first studio album to break into the top 10 of the chart since 1979's Slow Train Coming, which peaked at #3.

The album won a trio of Grammys in 1998 -- including his first and only Album of the Year trophy, as well as awards for Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Rock Vocal Performance for the song "Cold Irons Bound."

Time Out of Mind was produced by Daniel Lanois, who also worked with Dylan on his 1989 album Oh Mercy. Among the musicians who contributed to the record were acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner, Augie Meyers of the Sir Douglas Quintet on keyboards, and guitarist Duke Robillard.

Standout tracks on the album included "Love Sick," "Standing in the Doorway," "Tryin' to Get to Heaven" and the oft-covered "Make You Feel My Love."

Among the notable versions of "Make You Feel My Love" were renditions by Billy Joel, Garth Brooks and Adele. Brooks scored a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1998.

Time Out of Mind has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies in the U.S.

Here's the album's complete track list:

"Love Sick"
"Dirt Road Blues"
"Standing in the Doorway"
"Million Miles"
"Tryin' to Get to Heaven"
"‘Til I Fell In Love with You"
"Not Dark Yet"
"Cold Irons Bound"
"Make You Feel My Love"
"Can't Wait"
"Highlands"

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Listen to The Beatles' first take of "Tomorrow Never Knows" from deluxe Revolver reissue

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The Beatles have debuted the first take of their classic experimental song "Tomorrow Never Knows," one of the bonus tracks from the forthcoming deluxe reissue of the Fab Four's landmark 1966 album Revolver.

The track features John Lennon's eerie, distorted vocals over a tape loop of a drum sequence and an Eastern-influenced guitar line that's slower and more stark than the version that made the original album.

As a new Rolling Stone article explains, The Beatles began recording "Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1)" on the first day of the Revolver sessions and nearly finished the track by the end of the second day.

Lennon famously told producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick that he wanted "to sound like the Dalai Lama singing from a hilltop" on the track. To achieve the effect, his vocals were run through a rotating Leslie speaker.

The finished track, which was one of the band's earliest forays into psychedelia, became Revolver's closing song.

"Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1)" is available now via digital formats, while a companion video, posted on YouTube, features archival photos, footage of the Beatles members and animated rotating tape reels, planets, clocks and flowers.

The deluxe reissue of Revolver will be released on October 28 in multiple configurations.

Among the versions of the reissue is a special edition that features new stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes of Revolver; the original mono mix of the album; 31 tracks of session outtakes; a four-song EP that includes the non-album tracks "Paperback Writer" and "Rain"; and a 100-page hardbound book.

You can preorder the Revolver reissue now.

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Neil Young releasing new album with Crazy Horse, 'World Record,' in November

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In early July, Neil Young announced that he'd just finished a new album with his frequent backing band Crazy Horse, and now, full details of the project have been revealed.

The album, which he co-produced with Rick Rubin, is a 10-track collection titled World Record that's scheduled to be released on November 18.

According to a press statement about the album, "World Record contains a wealth of wisdom, and the kind of poignant observations one can only be collected over an eventful life. The iconoclastic songwriter reminisces with gratitude about the gifts the Earth has given him and sets his sights on an uncertain future with hope that we can right this big, blue and green ship. He does so in a vital and unyielding fashion."

World Record was recorded live at Rubin's Shangri-La studio in Malibu, California.

The album's first song, "Love Earth," is available now as an advance digital track. Among the other tunes on the record is the epic, 15-minute "Chevrolet," which features Neil expressing his passion for cars while musing on the need to look ahead to a future without fossil fuel.

World Record can be preordered now and will be available on vinyl, CD and cassette as well as via various digital formats.

The vinyl version will be a two-LP set featuring music on three sides plus an etching on side four. A limited-edition vinyl edition of the album pressed on clear vinyl will be sold at Young's online store, The Greedy Hand Store and at independent retailers.

World Record is a follow-up to Barn, which Young and Crazy Horse recorded in June of last year; the album released in December.

Here's the full Word Record track list:

"Love Earth"
"Overhead"
"I Walk with You (earth ringtone)"
"This Old Planet (changing days)"
"The World (is in trouble now)"
"Break the Chain"
"The Long Day Before"
"Walkin' on the Road (to the future)"
"The Wonder Won't Wait"
"Chevrolet"
"This Old Planet (reprise)"

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John Mellencamp announces expansive Live and In Person 2023 tour

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John Mellencamp has announced plans for an extensive North American trek dubbed the Live and In Person 2023 tour, which is scheduled to get underway this February.

The outing, which features 76 dates, is slated to run from a February 5-6 engagement in Bloomington, Indiana through a June 23-24 stand in South Bend, Indiana. The tour will also make multiple night stops in a variety of other major cities, including New York City, Chicago, Vancouver, Nashville, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and more.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. local time. Citi card members will be able to purchase presale tickets for all U.S. shows starting this Tuesday, October 4 at 10 a.m. local time via the Citi Entertainment program; visit CitiEntertainment.com for more details.

Those who register for Mellencamp's mailing list at Mellencamp.com will be able to access a presale that begins Wednesday, October 5 at 10 a.m. local time. A presale for Turner Classic Movies newsletter subscribers will start Thursday, October 6 at 10 a.m. local time.

Limited VIP packages offering premium seats and a collection of Mellencamp merch will go on sale this Tuesday.

The singer/songwriter revealed his tour plans Thursday at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland during an event that celebrated the opening of a permanent exhibit dubbed "Legends of Rock: John Mellencamp."

Mellencamp, who's a 2008 Rock Hall inductee, gave a special performance and took part in a Q&A during the event.

As previously reported, the "Legends of Rock: John Mellencamp" exhibit features such memorabilia as the 1976 Fender Telecaster guitar he played onstage extensively starting in 1981, a guitar that David Bowie gifted him and a new original oil painting.

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Director behind new Sinéad O'Connor doc says singer can be "a new icon" for young people

Sinéad O'Connor in NOTHING COMPARES; Andrew Catlin/Courtesy of SHOWTIME.

She topped the charts, won a Grammy and sold millions of albums. She also shaved her head, tore up a picture of the Pope live on TV and banned the U.S. national anthem at her concerts. Even Madonna thought she went too far. Sinéad O'Connor is the subject of a new documentary, Nothing Compares, streaming Friday on Showtime.

The doc focuses on the years 1987 to 1992, when Sinéad became a superstar thanks to her #1 hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," but then unapologetically torpedoed her career by speaking out against the Catholic Church's complicity in child sexual abuse, as well as racism and music business hypocrisy.

Director Kathryn Ferguson says it's important for young people to watch Sinéad's story, explaining, "I feel like we need people to be speaking truth to power as much as humanly possible." Ferguson would like Sinéad to be "a new icon" for young people, teaching them that they, too, "can use their voice and their power."

Speaking of voices, you never see Sinéad in the film -- you only hear her voice.

"I just wanted her voice to be the most prominent thing in the film -- y'know, an artist who's had her voice so reduced over the years," Ferguson explains to ABC Audio. "To me, it was critical that that was the key takeaway: that you could hear her."

Despite its title, the song "Nothing Compares 2 U" is also absent from the film. Prince wrote the song and his estate wouldn't give Ferguson permission to use it.

As for Sinéad's opinion of the film, Ferguson admits she doesn't know if the singer's watched it.

"It has been offered to her. We certainly have her blessing. And from what we can see on her Facebook page, she's very supportive of the film --  and, I'm hoping, proud."

 

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Bruce Springsteen's acclaimed acoustic album, 'Nebraska,' marks its 40th anniversary

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Forty years ago today, Bruce Springsteen took fans on an unexpected detour down the sonic equivalent of a bleak, deserted rural highway with the release of his sixth album, Nebraska.

Nebraska is a 10-song collection of sparse songs that were recorded as demos on a four-track tape recorder in the bedroom of his Colts Neck, New Jersey, home. The Boss initially intended to present them to The E Street Band and rerecord them with his group in a studio, but decided instead to put them out in their raw, original form.

Arriving between Bruce's first two chart-topping albums, 1980's The River and 1984's mega-smash Born in the U.S.A., Nebraska peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. Not surprisingly, the record yielded no pop hits, although the songs "Atlantic City" and "Open All Night" reached #10 and #22, respectively, on Billboard's mainstream rock tracks tally.

Recorded at a time when Springsteen was dealing with bouts of depression, the album delves into a number of dark themes, focusing on various lost souls, criminals and killers. The title track is about the teenage mass murderer Charles Starkweather, who was executed by electric chair in 1959. "Atlantic City" looks at the decay of the New Jersey resort town before its revival as a gambling mecca. "Highway Patrolman" tells the story of a police officer who helps his brother get away with murder.

Nebraska is among Springsteen's most critically acclaimed albums, described on his official website as "a raw, haunted acoustic record populated by lost souls searching not for salvation through music but simply a reason to believe."

The record was ranked #150 on Rolling Stone's 2020 list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

Here's Nebraska's full track list:

"Nebraska"
"Atlantic City"
"Mansion on the Hill"
"Johnny 99"
"Highway Patrolman"
"State Trooper"
"Used Cars"
"Open All Night"
"My Father's House"
"Reason to Believe"

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R.E.M.'s Mike Mills taking part in tribute tour celebrating Big Star's debut album

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R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills is among several noteworthy musicians slated to participate in an upcoming U.S. tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of #1 Record, the debut album by the short-lived but influential power-pop band Big Star.

The "Don't Lie to Me!" trek takes place November 30 in Athens, Georgia; December 3 in Memphis, Tennessee; December 4 in Jersey City, New Jersey; December 6 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania; December 7 in Washington, D.C.; and December 9 in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Mills will be part of a collective of musicians led by Big Star's only surviving original member, drummer Jody Stephens. Others taking part include Posies singer/guitarist Jon Auer, who played with a later incarnation of Big Star; Wilco's Pat Sansone; and Chris Stamey of The dB's.

Prior to the tour, a special charity concert featuring a full performance of #1 Record will be held on November 5 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.

Stephens, Mills, Auer, Sansone and Stamey will perform at the Glendale event, along with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, indie rockers The Lemon Twigs, ex-Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and more.

The benefit show, presented by Stephens in partnership with the Wild Honey Foundation, will raise money for The Autism Collective. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.

Released in April 1972, #1 Record achieved little initial commercial notice, but went on to be embraced by a variety of artists, including R.E.M., The Bangles, The Replacements, Matthew Sweet, Teenage Fanclub and Elliott Smith. Most of the album's songs were co-written by the group's two leaders -- singer/guitarists Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. Chilton had previously been the lead singer of The Box Tops.

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Report: Phil Collins and Genesis bandmates sell catalog for $300 million

Following reports that a deal was in the works, the Wall Street Journal now reports that Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford -- the most commercially successful lineup of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Genesis -- have sold their catalog for a huge payday.

Concord Music Group is the buyer, and sources told the Journal that the deal is worth "upwards of $300 million." In addition to the publishing copyrights, master recordings and "a mix of recorded music-income streams" of the three artists' Genesis songs, the deal also includes their solo material.

That means Concord is buying the rights to Phil's hugely successful solo albums, plus the '80s hits Rutherford made with his side project Mike + the Mechanics, like "The Living Years," "All I Need Is a Miracle" and "Silent Running." The Journal notes that the catalogs of former members of Genesis, like Peter Gabriel, weren't included in the deal.

Concord's purchase isn't surprising, since the company has been administering both Phil's and Genesis' publishing since 2017.

Genesis is the latest veteran rock act to cash in on the selling-your-catalog craze. Others who've sold their publishing and recorded music rights for millions in the last few years include Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Stevie Nicks.

 

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