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Sting teams up with indie-pop act SHAED on star DJ Steve Aoki's new song, "2 in a Million"

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Ultra Records Sting and indie-pop group SHAED are featured guests on a catchy new song by superstar DJ Steve Aoki called “2 in a Million.” The melody-rich track features the Police frontman and SHAED vocalist Chelsea Lee duetting over a danceable beat from Aoki. The collaborative tune is available now as a digital download and via streaming outlets. “I am beyond excited about this collaboration with Sting and SHAED,” says Aoki. “SHAED is a group of incredible talent and Sting is just a legend. I’ve been a fan of his for as long as I can remember, so it’s surreal to have him on one of my songs.” Regarding his participation in the track, Sting notes, “To me, the greatest element in music is surprise, so I’m always open to collaborate with other artists, as you never quite know where it’s going to take you. This sounded like an interesting opportunity and I’m excited for people to hear the new track.” Adds SHAED, “We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police. He was a huge influence on all

Journey's Jonathan Cain releases solo holiday concert video, 'Unsung Noel,' exclusively via Amazon Prime

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Credit: Sheila WithumJourney keyboardist Jonathan Cain has released a concert video documenting a December 2017 show he played in support of his Unsung Noel holiday album, exclusively through Amazon Prime Video. Unsung Noel with Jonathan Cain, which is available now to buy or rent, features the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer performing selections from the album, along with some popular holiday tunes, accompanied by a full band, choir and string section. The concert was held in Apopka, Florida, at New Destiny Christian Center, where Cain regularly leads weekend worship gatherings with his wife, Paula White-Cain, who’s the congregation’s senior pastor. Among the songs performed at the show were Pastor. Featuring originals such as Unsung Noel‘s title track and “This Is the Heart of Christmas,” and yuletide classics like “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Oh Holy Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.” “I wanted to present a concert that really celebrates the Nativity; the birth of Christ and the coming of Christ along with songs that tell parts of the story that I think are missing in

New Grammy holiday auction offers signed items from Sting, Christine McVie, Cyndi Lauper & more stars

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A&M Records; Warner MusicA new Grammy-sponsored charity auction has been launched in celebration of the holiday season, and it’s offering autographed collectibles signed by a variety of music stars.  Among the items up for bid: vinyl LPs autographed by Sting, Fleetwood Mac‘s Christine McVie and Cyndi Lauper. The albums include signed vinyl copies of Sting’s The Dream of the Blue Turtles, McVie’s 1984 self-titled solo album and Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. The auction also features a drum head autographed by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, and separate Grammy Museum posters signed by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter and folk singer/songwriter Judy Collins. Bidders also have the opportunity to score tickets to 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Aerosmith on January 24, as well as the chance to attend the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26. The eBay auction runs through Wednesday, December 11. All proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum or MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. Check out all of the items being auctioned at ebay.com/grammy. Copyright © 2019, ABC

Paula Abdul, Green Day to perform on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020'

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ABC/Image Group LA; ABC/Heidi GutmanPaula Abdul and Green Day are among the artists who’ll be ringing in the New Year on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020. Both acts are performing on the West Coast portion of the annual December 31 special, which will be hosted from Hollywood by pop and R&B star Ciara. The West Coast celebration also will feature performances from pop singer Dua Lipa, country artists Dan + Shay and Kelsea Ballerini, indie-pop group SHAED and rappers Salt-N-Pepa and Megan Thee Stallion, among others. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York City’s Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone. Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

"Gimme Shelter": The infamous Rolling Stones-headlined Altamont concert took place 50 years ago today

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Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty ImagesToday marks the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated free concert held at California’s Altamont Speedway and headlined by The Rolling Stones. During The Stones’ set, an 18-year-old man named Meredith Hunter who was brandishing a revolver near the stage was stabbed to death by a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, which had been hired to provide security for the event. The concert was the final show of The Rolling Stones’ 1969 tour, and was intended to be a West Coast version of Woodstock. The other acts that performed that day were Santana, The Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Unfortunately, the mood of the Altamont event was a far cry from the peace-and-love vibe of Woodstock, as a variety of altercations — fueled by drugs and alcohol — broke out between audience members and the Hells Angels, who wielded pool cues. During The Jefferson Airplane’s performance, singer Marty Balin confronted a Hells Angels member he saw beating a concert-goer and he was punched by the biker and

New Who: UK rock legends' first new album in 13 years, 'WHO,' arrives today

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Interscope RecordsThe Who‘s new album, WHO, is out today. The 11-track collection is the band’s first studio effort since 2006’s Endless Wire. WHO was mostly recorded during the spring and summer of 2019 in London and Los Angeles; guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend co-produced the project with veteran engineer and producer Dave Sardy. The album’s songs find Townshend reflecting on a wide range of topics, including the plight of being an aging rocker, the tragic 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, musical plagiarism, and the way men approach their interactions with women in the era of the #MeToo movement. Pete wrote nine of WHO‘s 11 tracks, and co-wrote one tune, “Beads on One String,” with a singer/songwriter Josh Hunsacker. In addition, Townshend’s brother Simon, who plays rhythm guitar and sings backing vocals with The Who on tour, penned the song “Break the News.” Besides Pete and lead singer Roger Daltrey, the record includes musical contributions from Simon Townshend, Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, longtime touring bassist Pino Palladino, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and

Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack is the champion of 'Billboard' magazine's 2019 Top Rock Albums chart

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Hollywood RecordsQueen is the king of Billboard‘s year-end Top Rock Albums chart for 2019. The legendary British rockers took the top two spots on the tally, with their 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack finishing at #1 ahead of their 1981 Greatest Hits compilation. Another Queen hits retrospective, Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection, landed at #10 on the list. Other albums by veteran artists that appear in the chart’s top 20 include Elton John‘s Diamonds compilation at #3, The Beatles‘ Abbey Road at #7 and Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits at #8. A bit further down on the tally are Journey‘s Greatest Hits at #11, Billy Joel‘s The Essential Billy Joel at #12, Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours at #13, The Beatles’ 1 compilation at #14, the Fab Four’s self-titled album — a.k.a. The White Album — at #16, and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band‘s Greatest Hits at #20. Queen also is ranked #2 on Billboard‘s 2019 Top Rock Artists chart, which measures radio airplay, streaming data, song and album sales, and touring revenue, among

Rod Stewart scores first-ever number-one album on the classical chart

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Rhino/WarnerIt’s nice to know that nearly 50 years into his career on the Billboard charts, Rod Stewart can still set brand-new milestones. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s new album, You’re In My Heart, which features rearrangements of his legendary hits with backing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has hit number one on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart.  It’s his first-ever appearance on that chart. That’s pretty good for an album that Rod openly admits he didn’t have to “lift a finger” to create: His record company just took the origial vocals from songs like “Maggie May,” “Tonight’s the Night” and “Downtown Train” and added the orchestra. Rod’s journey on the Billboard charts started almost exactly 50 years ago — December 13, 1969 — with The Rod Stewart Album, which entered the Billboard 200 at number 200.  Since then, he’s earned four number-one albums on that chart and four number-one singles on the Hot 100.  He’s also racked up three #1 songs on the Adult Contemporary charts, and one number one each on the Dance Club Songs, Mainstream Rock Songs

Upcoming Cream box set features four full concerts from band's 1968 farewell tour

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PolydorA new archival Cream box set, Goodbye Tour — Live 1968, featuring complete recordings of four shows the legendary British band played during its farewell trek, will be released February 7. The four-CD collection includes the very last show the famed trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker played before their breakup, at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 26, 1968, as well as performances that took place October 4 in Oakland, California, October 19 in the Los Angeles area and October 20 in San Diego. Goodbye Tour — Live 1968 features a total of 36 tracks, 19 which are previously unreleased. In addition, the nine songs from the Royal Albert Hall show have never been available on CD before. All of the concerts featured similar set lists that included such classics as “White Room,” “Politician,” “I’m So Glad,” “Sunshine of Your Love” and the group’s rendition of Robert Johnson‘s “Crossroads.” Three performances from the L.A.-area show — “I’m So Glad,” “Politician” and “Sitting on Top of the World” — first appeared on Cream’s 1969 album Goodbye, which

The Rolling Stones' classic album 'Let It Bleed' was released 50 years ago today

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ABKCO RecordsToday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed. The nine-track collection was the final Stones studio album to feature founding guitarist Brian Jones, who was fired from the band during the recording sessions in June ’69 and died a month later. It’s also the first Stones album to feature guitarist Mick Taylor, who played on two tracks, while Keith Richards handled the bulk of the guitar duties. Brian didn’t play guitar on any songs, but contributed congas and autoharp to two separate tunes. Let It Bleed peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and although it yielded no hit singles, it featured such enduring tunes as “Gimme Shelter,” the title track, “Midnight Rambler,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The album has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. The record featured a number of guest artists, including powerhouse soul singer Merry Clayton, who memorably duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter”; Al Kooper, who played French horn and organ on “You Can’t Always Get What