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Watch new Kinks lyric video for 'Lola Versus Powerman' reissue bonus track "The Follower/Any Time 2020"

BMGThe Kinks have debuted a new lyric video for "The Follower/Any Time 2020," one of the bonus tracks featured on the upcoming reissue of the band's 1970 concept album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, due out December 18.

The track, which is available now as a digital single and via steaming services, is a new medley created by Kinks frontman Ray Davies that combines a remastered version of the Lola Versus Powerman outtake "Anytime" with previously unreleased versions and excerpts of several songs from the album, plus spoken-word segments and sound effects.

The video begins with new black-and-white footage of a woman walking around the streets London.  We see her talking on her phone and visiting a record shop, where she puts a vinyl version of Lola Versus Powerman on a turntable. The clip also includes an animated segment showing a kaleidoscopic montage of elements of the album's cover art, plus archival performance footage and photos of The Kinks.

As previously reported, the Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One will be released in multiple formats and configurations. A deluxe box-set edition features three CDs, including a remastered stereo mix of the album, alternate mixes and versions of songs, B-sides, session tapes, live performances, BBC recordings, demos, medleys and segments boasting new conversations between Ray and Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.

The box set also contains two seven-inch vinyl discs featuring the singles "Lola" and "Apeman"; a 60-page hardback book with notes, new quotes from the band members, rare photos and memorabilia; a "1970 diary of activities"; and four glossy Kinks photo prints.

The reissue also is available as a single CD, a two-CD set, a heavyweight vinyl LP and digitally.

Visit TheKinks.info for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Jon Bon Jovi, Cher among stars performing at Joe Biden campaign concert this Sunday

Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesJon Bon Jovi and Cher are just two of the many stars that perform during I Will Vote, a virtual concert held in support of Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

The online event will take place this Sunday, October 25, at 8 p.m. ET.

I Will Vote also is set to include performances and appearances by A$AP Ferg, Sara Bareilles, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Foo Fighters, Macy Gray, John Legend, Dave Matthews, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren, Maren Morris, Ne-Yo, Pink, Billy Porter, Amy Schumer, and the cast of Queer Eye, among many others.

Additionally, Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are set to appear during the concert.

You can watch be donating any among to the Joe Biden Victory Fund.

By Josh Johnson
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Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry planning to release acoustic version of his 'Traces' album this year

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameNot much music has been heard from Steve Perry lately, but former Journey frontman is planning to release a collection of acoustic renditions of songs from his 2018 comeback album, Traces, on December 4.

"It's eight songs from the Traces record done acoustically and I'm really proud of it," he tells Rolling Stone. "It's called Traces Alternate Versions and Sketches…I'm really pleased with the sonics and I'm really pleased with the simplicity of the song and the lyric and the chords, which is basically what it's stripped down to."

The 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that he's "always writing and always recording stuff" at his personal studio, adding, "I have lots of music."

Perry says the acoustic album will "close the Traces chapter," and maintains that he intends to be "opening up another chapter next year at some point."

Steve, who last sang in front of a live audience when he made a guest appearances at three shows by the indie-rock act Eels in 2014, says he'd like to start playing concerts again.

"It's always been on my mind," he tells Rolling Stone. "My heart bleeds daily to be in front of people and to sing for them."

Having said that, Perry says he's apprehensive because he worries about how the rigors of touring might affect his health.

"I've got some physical injuries from touring," he notes. "It's a tough thing, touring. People don't realize. It's like sports…It's a young man's game, but I do miss it."

Meanwhile, Perry says fans hoping for him to amicably reunite with Journey aren't being realistic about the relationship he has with his ex-band mates.

"I don't understand what these people base their thinking on," he says. "There never was any 'Kumbaya' with us."

By Matt Friedlander
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Dolly Parton plays a singing angel in her upcoming Netflix holiday special, 'Christmas on the Square'

Courtesy of NetflixDolly Parton is bringing her legendary vocal talents to the small screen this holiday season.

Netflix just released the trailer for its upcoming musical holiday special Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. In the film, Dolly stars opposite Christine Baranksi in a heartwarming small-town holiday story that takes cues from seasonal classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The special follows Regina Fuller, played by Baranski, a rich woman who returns to her hometown just before Christmas to attend to her recently deceased father’s affairs. The family owned a large swath of the town, and Regina is planning to evict the townspeople in order to sell her dad’s land to a mall developer. To make matters even worse, eviction day is Christmas Eve.  Of course, Dolly appears as a singing angel to change Regina’s mind, and open her heart to the Christmas spirit.

“Find that light and it will lead you to the part of you that you lost,” Dolly’s character tells Regina. “The part of you that can be happy.”

Also starring Jenifer Lewis and Treat Williams, and directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square boasts 14 original songs from the legendary country performer.

Just in time for the holiday season, the special debuts on November 22.

By Carena Liptak
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Deluxe 50th anniversary reissues of Cat Stevens' 'Mona Bone Jakon' and 'Tea for the Tillerman' due in December

A&M/UMeThis year marks the 50th anniversary of two memorable Cat Stevens albums, Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman.  To mark the milestones, we're getting reissues of both records on December 4, in multiple configurations.

Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman saw Stevens emerge as an introspective and spiritual-minded singer/songwriter after beginning his career as a pop-oriented artist.  Mona Bone Jakon was released in April 1970, and featured the top-10 U.K. single "Lady D'Arbanville" and the enduring gem "Trouble." Tea for the Tillerman was released in November 1970 and was Stevens' breakthrough album in the U.S., featuring the top-20 hit "Wild World" and many more of his most popular songs.

Deluxe box-set editions of the two reissues feature multiple CDs, a Blu-ray and two 12-inch vinyl discs. The CDs include newly remastered versions of the albums; 2020 mixes of the records; discs of demos, outtakes and alternate versions; and discs of live performances recorded in 1970 and 1971. The Blu-rays contains music videos, and footage from various TV shows and concerts. The vinyl discs feature the 2020 mixes of the albums and live performances.

The Tea for the Tillerman box set also features a CD of the new, remade version of the album, Tea for the Tillerman², which was released in September.

In advance of the reissues, one previously unreleased track from each collection has been made available now digitally and via streaming services. "I Want Some Sun" is a demo recorded around the time Mona Bone Jakon was made, and "Can This Be Love?" is an outtake from the Tea for the Tillerman sessions.

Visit CatStevens.com for full details.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty among stars added to Jerry Lee Lewis' virtual birthday celebration

Courtesy of 117 Entertainment GroupThe already star-studded upcoming virtual livestream party celebrating Jerry Lee Lewis' recent 85th birthday is now event more packed with stars.

Among the famous music artists and celebrities who have been added to the event's lineup are Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Tanya Tucker, Chris Isaak, Freda Payne, Drew Carey and Peyton Manning.

In addition, Lewis himself will make a special appearance and will interact with fans via a live chat.

As previously reported, the bash, dubbed "Whole Lotta Celebratin' Goin' On: 85 Years of The Killer," is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, at 8 p.m. ET at the rock 'n' roll pioneer's official Facebook page, YouTube channels and JerryLeeLewis.com.

Among the initially announced roster of celebs who will perform and/or deliver well-wishes to Lewis are Elton John, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, The Beach Boys' Mike Love, Bonnie Raitt, President Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Priscilla Presley, former Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton, Mickey Gilley, Lee Ann Womack, Marty Stuart and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart -- who is Jerry Lee's cousin. John Stamos will host the festivities.

The event will raise funds for World Vision, a Christian organization that aids impoverished communities.

Lewis' actual 85th birthday was September 29.

By Matt Friedlander
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Former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham joins viral "Dreams" challenge

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASHow viral is the Fleetwood Mac "Dreams" challenge?  Even someone who isn't in the band anymore is getting in on the fun.

Guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham, who was unceremoniously let go from Fleetwood Mac in 2018, posted a video of himself riding on a horse while swigging Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice, as "Dreams" plays in the background.

"Made this with my girls this weekend," he captioned the clip.

Ironically, "Dreams" was written by Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks about her relationship with Buckingham, which was falling apart at the time the song was written and recorded.

As previously reported, both "Dreams" and its parent album, Rumours, have re-entered the Billboard charts thanks to the viral success of "Dreams" on TikTok, which was started by Idaho man Nathan Apodaca.  The video he created while swigging the juice and lip-syncing to "Dreams" while riding on a skateboard has more than 10 million likes. 

Stevie and Mick Fleetwood were also inspired to create their own "Dreams" TikToks in response.

Made this with my girls this weekend pic.twitter.com/tCY8DpBoCL

— Lindsey Buckingham (@LBuckingham) October 21, 2020

By Andrea Dresdale
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Watch Eric Clapton perform Cream classic "Badge" at the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival

© 2020 Crossroads Concerts LLCA video of Eric Clapton and his backing band performing his classic Cream song "Badge" at the 2019 edition of Crossroads Guitar Festival, which was held at American Airlines Center in Dallas, has debuted at Rhino's official YouTube channel.

"Badge" was co-written by Clapton and his friend George Harrison, and originally appeared on Cream's final studio album, 1969's Goodbye.

The clip will be featured on the video portion of the Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 release, which is due out on November 20.

As previously reported, the collection, which can be pre-ordered now, and will be available in multiple audio and video formats, including on three CDs, six vinyl LPs, two DVDs, two Blu-ray discs and digitally. It features nearly four hours' worth of music.

The 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival was held on September 20 and 21 of last year, featured performances by Clapton, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Gary Clark Jr., Vince Gill and many others. Bill Murray served as the emcee.

The festival raises money for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the drug-dependency treatment facility that Clapton co-founded in 1998. Last year's event also featured the launch of Turn Up for Recovery, a global movement founded by Clapton's wife, Melia, that seeks to raise awareness about abstinence-based recovery and helps fund treatment for those who need it at the Crossroads Centre.

Meanwhile, a PBS special featuring highlights from 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival is scheduled to premiere on November 28; check your local listings.

By Matt Friedlander
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Barbie and the Jets: New Elton John-inspired doll is available now

Elton: Courtesy David Furnish; Barbie: Courtesy MattelOver the years, Barbie has been everything from an astronaut to a surgeon to a presidential candidate -- so why can't she be Elton John?

A new Elton John Barbie doll has been created to mark the 45th anniversary of Elton's legendary 1975 concerts at Dodger Stadium, when he became the first musical artist to perform at the venue since The Beatles nine years earlier.

The Elton John Barbie is wearing Elton's very best 1970s-era finery: rainbow-striped platform boots, an Elton-logo bomber jacket with star-patterned sleeves and a rainbow hem, a purple bowler hat, sparkly pink sunglasses, a glittery top and flared jeans embellished with an "E" and a "J."

In a statement, Elton says, "Barbie is an icon in her own right, so having her pay tribute to my work and personal style is a real honor. I hope that she inspires fans everywhere to fearlessly pursue their own dreams and limitless potential."

The October 25 and 26, 1975 shows were the largest concert events ever by a single artist at that time, attracting over 100,000 people -- including Elton's parents, relatives, employees and neighbors, whom he'd flown over from the U.K. for the weekend in a private jet.  The event is depicted in his biopic Rocketman.

The Elton Barbie costs $50 and is now available at Amazon, Target, Walmart and Barbie.com.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman launching multifaceted online series, 'Rick's Plaice,' in November

Credit: Rob Ayling

Rick Wakeman will launch a new online series called Rick's Plaice on Saturday, November 7, that will feature the former Yes keyboardist telling jokes, sharing stories, giving live performances, screening archival clips and more.

The six-episode series will air weekly at RicksPlaice.com on Saturdays, and will be followed by a New Year's special. Each episode is priced at $10, and Wakeman also is offering a discounted season-ticket pass featuring all six episodes and the holiday special for 25% off to the first 5,000 subscribers.

In addition, 250 VIP season passes will be available that will features the six episodes, the New Year's special, a signed DVD and other Wakeman merch.

The first episode will feature exclusive performances of Wakeman's solo songs "Gone but Not Forgetten" and "Children of Chernobyl," a look at his Mini Moog synth, an archival performance of his 1979 song "Seahorses" and a segment where he answers fans' questions.

The 70-year-old prog-rock legend says in a statement, "[I]f you have as much fun watching the shows with all of the live music performances, guided tours around my equipment, facts about musicians I have worked with and even a quiz, then you will have enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them…which I have to say was most enjoyable."

Wakeman adds that a second series is already being considered, noting, "I really hope that once the unsocial distancing rules are relaxed, that for the recording and filming we can have live audiences in with us without them having to wear masks and stinking of hand sanitizer."

Rick has posted a video preview of the series at his official YouTube channel, in which he shows off where the episodes were shot and introduces the crew that works on the series.

By Matt Friedlander
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Sell like the wind: Christopher Cross' music gets huge sales boost after COVD-19 interview

Courtesy of CBS SUNDAY MORNINGThis past weekend, Christopher Cross sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to talk about battling COVID-19, which he says left him barely able to walk.  But in addition to now being on the mend, he's got some more good news: His catalog has gotten a huge sales bump from the interview, according to Billboard.

As the "Sailing" artist detailed in his sit-down, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April, and he was sick for about three weeks.  Then, he came down with the paralyzing neurological disorder Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which his doctor believed was caused by COVID, and which left him barely able to move. He ended up spending 10 days in ICU in the hospital and now has to walk with a cane.

As Billboard reports, following the show's airing, Cross' catalog experienced an overall sales increase of 979%, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.  His 1980 number-one hit "Sailing" got a 823% sales bump, while sales of his number-two hit "Ride Like the Wind" increased by 757%.

Other big sellers included "Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do)," which sold 1,300% percent more than the previous week, and "Think of Laura," sales of which increased more than 3,200%.

In addition, the 69-year-old singer's 1979 self-titled debut album saw sales increase by just under 1,500%.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Watch new video for Keith Richards' 1992 solo tune "Hate It When You Leave," directed by his son-in-law

Courtesy of Keith RichardsA brand-new music video for Keith Richards' 1992 solo song "Hate It When You Leave" premiered today at RollingStone.com.

The clip, also streaming on Richards' official YouTube channel, features footage of people enjoying their daily lives in rural and and small-town America, including scenes of young people riding bikes, playing basketball and taking part in cheerleading practice, and men involved in some outdoor manual labor. The video also features footage of rural landscapes, as well as a segment capturing a smiling Richards as he sits in what's apparently his backyard.

The short flick was directed by Jacques Naudé, a South African filmmaker who's married to Keith's daughter, Alexandra.

"'Hate It When You Leave' is something for your ears and eyes and for your hearts!" the Rolling Stones guitarist says of the video.

"Hate It When You Leave" is a soul-influenced song that first appeared on Richards' 1992 solo album, Main Offender, and that he recorded with his backing group The X-Pensive Winos.

This Saturday, October 24, a limited-edition red-vinyl seven-inch single featuring that song and a rare cover of the blues standard "Key to the Highway" will be released as part of the final installment of 2020's three-date Record Store Day celebration. Richards' rendition of "Key to the Highway" previously was only available on the Japanese version of Main Offender.

By Matt Friedlander
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Steve Winwood pays tribute to "influential" late former band mate Spencer Davis

Steve Granitz/WireImageSteve Winwood has penned a tribute to his former Spencer Davis Group band mate Spencer Davis, who died Monday at the age of 81 while being treated for pneumonia.

Winwood was just 14 when he joined The Spencer Davis Group in 1963, and he served as the band's lead singer, keyboardist and sometimes guitarist until he left to form Traffic in 1967.

"I've known Spencer since I was about 13 -- he would have been about 22," Steve writes in his message. "I was playing a show at Birmingham University with my brother [Muff] and his band. Spencer who was a student at Birmingham, was playing with a small group of musicians. We met and the the seeds of The Spencer Davis Group were sown."

Winwood continues, "Spencer was an early pioneer of the British folk scene, which, in his case embraced folk blues, and eventually what was then called 'Rhythm and Blues.' He influenced my tastes in music, he owned the first 12-string guitar I ever saw, and he was taken with the music of Huddie 'Lead belly' Ledbetter, and Big Bill Broonzy. I'd already got a big brother who influenced me greatly, and Spencer became like a big brother to me at the time."

Steve goes on to describe Davis as "definitely a man with a vision, and one of the pioneers of the British invasion of America in the sixties," adding, "I never went to the U.S. with Spencer, but he later embraced America, and America embraced him."

Winwood ends his tribute by saying, "I feel that he was influential in setting me on the road to becoming a professional musician, and I thank him for that. Thank you, Spencer."

Steve, his brother Muff and Davis co-wrote their group's classic song "Gimme Some Lovin'."

By Matt Friedlander
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As presidential election nears, Graham Nash debuts new song, "Vote," and companion video

Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash has debuted a new song, simply titled "Vote," that offers a direct message encouraging people to participate in the upcoming election.

Nash tells Rolling Stone that he originally began writing the tune in the 1970s as an appeal for people to vote former President Richard Nixon out of office, but he never completed or recorded the song until earlier this year. With some lyrical tweaking, "Vote" now is directed toward President Donald Trump.

"In 2016, 48% of the American people who could vote, didn't," he tells the magazine. "Now, maybe they thought Hillary [Clinton] had it sewn up. Maybe it was snowing that day. Maybe the kids were driving them crazy and they couldn't get to the voting booth. But 48% of the people didn't vote and look what happened. We must use the most powerful voice that we have, which is our vote."

Graham says he rediscovered "Vote" last year, and then began working on it with his frequent collaborator and touring guitarist Shane Fontayne while on the road in March just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The track eventually was finished remotely with help from Fontayne on guitars and bass, Todd Caldwell on keyboards and saxophone, and Todd's brother Toby on drums and percussion.

A companion video for "Vote" has premiered at RollingStone.com and Graham's official YouTube channel. It features a collage of powerful images reflecting current issues, including homelessness and hunger, the Black Lives Matter movement, corporate greed, abortion rights, the pandemic, and the border wall.

Near the end of the clip, the word "vote" is shown in various languages.

With Election Day approaching, Nash tells Rolling Stone, "I think what's keeping me awake is my hope that American people will utilize the vote and bring [Joe] Biden and Kamala [Harris] into power."

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul McCartney releasing "Rockdown"-made solo album 'McCartney III' in December

Capitol Records/UMeThe rumors were true! Paul McCartney has confirmed that he'll release a new solo album titled McCartney III that was written, produced and performed entirely by the former Beatles legend.

The album, Sir Paul's 18th solo effort, is due out on December 11 and was recorded at his Sussex, U.K., studio while in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic -- or as McCartney refers to it, "made in Rockdown."

McCartney III is the third in a trilogy of albums that the rock legend made nearly entirely by himself, along with his 1970 solo debut, McCartney, and 1980's McCartney II.

Paul hadn't planned to release a new album this year, but while in "Rockdown," he began fleshing out some unfinished archival musical ideas and started on working on new songs as well.

The album started coming together when McCartney revisited an early-1990s track called "When Winter Comes," to which he added a new passage to create McCartney III's opening track, "Long Tailed Winter Bird." He also wrote a new intro and combined it with "When Winter Comes" to make the finale of the record, "Winter Bird/When Winter Comes."

Regarding the process of making McCartney III, Paul says, "Each day I'd start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing."

You can be pre-order McCartney III now digitally, on CD and as a 180-gram vinyl LP. Multiple limited-edition colored vinyl versions of the album also will be released, including LPs pressed on red vinyl, white vinyl and yellow-and-black-dotted vinyl.

By Matt Friedlander
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Listen Heart's Ann Wilson new single, a cover of Steve Earle's "The Revolution Starts Now"

Credit: Shepard FaireyHeart frontwoman Ann Wilson has just released her first new music in two years, a cover of veteran Americana artist Steve Earle's 2004 song "The Revolution Starts Now" that's available now as a digital download and via streaming.

You also can check out the politically charged tune at her official YouTube channel. The art for the single was created by popular graphic artist Shepard Fairey.

"This is my first release since my 2018 solo album release, Immortal," says Ann in a statement. "'The Revolution Starts Now' is a powerful, uplifting anthem of unity. It's an incitement to think higher than polarization and derision. We need that now. I used to love this song in a 'fun' way. Nowadays, I take it much more seriously and urgently."

Reflecting on the current volatile climate in the U.S., Wilson tells Rolling Stone, "Things are just building and have been building for a long time for this sort of fever pitch before the election, and I have never seen a time when people have been so divided.

She adds, "Even with the pandemic, which could have been a real unifier, it seems like there's the lowest common denominator in human nature at play, where everyone's just all split up and divided and hating each other. So this song talks about thinking higher."

Ann has spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantining with her husband at their Florida residence, but the couple recently rented a tour bus and took a long road trip that included stops in visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and her hometown of Seattle. While in Seattle, Wilson recorded some new music.

Meanwhile, Ann tells Rolling Stone that she and sister Nancy likely won't tour with Heart again until there's a coronavirus vaccine and things are safe.

By Matt Friedlander
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Stevie Nicks tops 'Billboard' Hot 100 Songwriters chart thanks to viral success of "Dreams"

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe power of TikTok strikes again: Stevie Nicks is now number one on Billboard's Hot 100 Songwriters Chart, thanks to the resurgence of her 1977 Fleetwood Mac chart-topper, "Dreams."

The song is currently sitting at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to its inclusion is a series of viral TikTok videos, most notably the one created by Idaho man Nathan Apodaca, which now has more than 10 million likes.  Stevie and Mick Fleetwood were also inspired to create their own "Dreams" TikToks in response.

The Hot 100 Songwriters chart is based on points songwriters earn for each song they wrote that appears on the Hot 100 and other Billboard charts.  Because Stevie wrote "Dreams" by herself -- which is extremely unusual in today's pop music scene -- she didn't have to split her points with anyone else, resulting in her number-one position.

In addition to "Dreams," Stevie also has a songwriting credit on another number-one hit: "Bootylicious," by Destiny's Child, which topped the Hot 100 in 2001. It samples Stevie's 1982 solo classic "Edge of Seventeen."

Stevie also received a songwriting credit on Miley Cyrus' latest hit, "Midnight Sky," which also samples "Edge of Seventeen."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Eddie Van Halen's hometown of Pasadena, California to discuss possible memorial

Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesThe city of Pasadena, California, where Eddie Van Halen grew up, will discuss a possible memorial in honor of the late guitar legend.

According to Pasadena Now, plans will be heard by the Pasadena City Council this coming Monday, October 26.

Eddie and his older brother, Alex Van Halen, were both born in the Netherlands before their family moved to Pasadena in the early '60s. They would eventually meet David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony and officially form the band Van Halen in Pasadena in 1974.

The news of the potential memorial follows the launch of a GoFundMe page raising money to name a Pasadena alley after Eddie. After reaching their goal of $3,000, the campaign organizers plan to donate any more funds raised to the Pasadena High School music program in Eddie's memory.

Eddie Van Halen died on October 6 following a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

By Josh Johnson
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With his new memoir out now, Peter Frampton recalls why the success of 'Frampton Comes Alive!' made him nervous

Hachette BooksThe story of Peter Frampton comes alive in his new memoir, Do You Feel Like I Do?, which was published on Tuesday.

The book, which the guitar whiz co-wrote with music journalist Alan Light, delves deeply into Peter's roller-coaster career, including his rise to pop idol status with the massively successful 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!

Peter recounts in the book how the album's meteoric popularity made him a reluctant superstar, and put immense pressure on him to duplicate its success.

Frampton tells ABC Audio that as the album shot to #1 on the charts in 1976, he had a fantastic time headlining large arenas that he previously had played as an opening act.

Peter admits, "I was enjoying myself immensely up until I got the phone call from my manager [saying,] 'You have now just surpassed in sales...Carole King's Tapestry record, which is the biggest-selling record of all time.' And that's when I got very nervous."

Frampton's 1977 follow-up album, I'm in You, did well commercially, but was an overall disappointment, and marked the beginning of the end of Peter's successful pop career.

Interspersed throughout the book are segments focused on how Frampton was reunited with his favorite guitar, a 1954 black Gibson Les Paul calls the "Phenix," over 30 years after he instrument was thought to have been destroyed in a 1980 cargo plane crash.

As for why the story is featured so prominently in the book, Peter notes, "It's sort of my life. The guitar rose to great heights with me on my shoulder, and then around the time my career started to crash, so did my guitar. And then, the rediscovery of the guitar is like the reinvention of my career, in a way."

For more information about the memoir, visit PeterFramptonBook.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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Queen's Brian May teams with female UK vocal group WOMAN for new single benefiting cancer charities

Credit: Yuval HenQueen's Brian May has contributed his guitar and production talents to a new version of the classic 1962 Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller tune "I'm a Woman." It was recorded by a quartet of female vocalists called WOMAN in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The track, which will be released as a digital download and via streaming services this Friday, October 23, will raise money for two leading U.K.-based women's cancer charities: Target Ovarian Cancer and The Caron Keating Foundation.

WOMAN features four stage veterans who are all alumni of the Queen musical We Will Rock You: Kerry Ellis, Anna-Jane Casey and sisters Gina and Mazz Murray.

A companion music video for "I'm a Woman" premiered today at May's official YouTube channel, featuring Brian and the members of WOMAN performing during a socially distanced shoot in East London.

Specially for the track and its video, May had the BMG label create the "World's Pinkest Pink Guitar" for him to play. Pink, of course, has long been the adopted color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"This recording was conceived as a response to a calling to promote this great cause for women's health," says May. "But it evolved into a magnificently raunchy and defiant rock track in its own right. These four ladies all rock out sensationally, and it was pure joy to underpin their performances with my guitar."

WOMAN and May first performed "I'm a Woman" together at London's Royal Albert Hall in November 2009 at the "Pinktober Women of Rock Charity Concert," which benefited the Caron Keating Foundation.

On November 27, the "I'm a Woman" track will be released on CD, and on January 15, 2021, you can get it as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl disc on January 15, 2001. You can pre-order them at Queen's online store.

By Matt Friedlander
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