ABC/Craig SjodinIn a super-meta full-circle moment, Adam Lambert will help mentor this season’s American Idol contestants when they tackle the music of Queen later this month, Billboard reports. Adam, of course, auditioned for American Idol back on season 8 with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Then, during that season’s star-studded finale, he actually got to sing with the legendary British rock band. Now, he’s Queen’s lead singer — and has been since 2011 — and he even has a cameo in their Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. During the April 28 episode, the remaining eight finalists will sing songs from Queen’s catalog. Adam will then return to the show to perform on the season finale, airing May 19 on ABC. Meanwhile, Queen and Adam will be touring North America this summer, starting July 10 in Vancouver, Canada, and wrapping things up August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
CBS/The Recording Academy/AEG Ehrlich VenturesOn Sunday at 8 p.m., CBS will air Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, saluting six decades of the iconic record label. The special features Motown legends like Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder, as well as performances and appearances by contemporary artists like John Legend, Jennifer Lopez and Boyz II Men. Smokey, who co-hosts the show with Cedric the Entertainer, tells ABC Radio that he believes Motown music will continue to endure, far beyond these first 60 years. “There are kids who haven’t even been born who are gonna hear it,” he notes. “[I]t’s a beautiful thing.” Meanwhile, Motown 60‘s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, says the program was able to “bring yesterday and today together,” while delivering a “21st century interpretation of some of the great moments of Motown.” “We were fortunate in having Stevie…Smokey…Diana and Thelma Houston and a few of the other artists that date back to the really amazing early days of Motown,” he tells ABC Radio. “And then, John Legend does a pretty amazing Marvin Gaye, and Ciara did a medley
Andy Lecompte @andylecompteMadonna will premiere the video for her new single “Medellín” on MTV April 24, but ahead of that, she’s posted a little behind-the-scenes video that gives us a look at the making of the clip. The video starts with a voiceover from Madonna, in which she apparently tells us the plot of the clip. “Oh my God, it’s crazy, I got kidnapped,” she says. “I was tied to a tree in the Amazon forest, I was there for months! And I escaped and I found myself in Medellín. I had to get a job, so I became a cha-cha instructor.” We then see a montage of Madonna, wearing a short brunette wig, a skirt, heels and a red eye patch, teaching a group of people how to dance. A woman — who may be the clip’s director — says, “It’s so fun to have M as our cha-cha instructor in this magical world which shows a few different personas of Madame X.” As previously reported, Madame X is the name of Madonna’s new album, due in June. The
Credit: Kharen HillIn 1996, Sheryl Crow wrote the song “Redemption Day” after visiting Bosnia with then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and recorded it on her second album. In 2003, Johnny Cash recorded it. He died that same year; his version was eventually released in 2010. Now, with the permission of the late country legend’s family, Crow has created a version of the song, as well as a video, which allows them to duet. The video features archival footage of Cash at different stages of his life, as well as scenes of Sheryl playing piano in a field as a little boy watches her from a nearby house. Its interspersed with scenes of war, destruction, death, terrorism, climate change, political leaders…basically every ill of modern society. At the end of the video, the little boy stands in what looks like an airplane hangar, watching a screen flashing these terrible images. But then Crow appears on screen; she crouches down and holds out her hand. The little boy goes up to the screen and puts his hand on Sheryl’s. In a statement, Sheryl
Polydor/Interscope The new Rolling Stones best-of compilation Honk is out today. The retrospective is available in multiple formats and configurations, including a three-CD or four-LP deluxe edition featuring 46 tracks, as well as a 20-track single-CD or two-LP version. Both versions boast at least one song from every studio album that The Stones released from 1971 through 2016. The deluxe version of Honk offers 36 previously released tracks by the British rock legends, plus 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band’s recent stadium tours. Among the songs included on the collection: “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar,” “Miss You,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” “Beast of Burden” and “Waiting On a Friend.” Also appearing is the 2013 hit “Doom and Gloom” and three songs from The Stones’ 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome. The concert performances include collaborations with four music stars: “Beast of Burden” with pop singer Ed Sheeran, “Wild Horses” with Florence Welch of alt-rock act Florence + the Machine, “Dead Flowers” with country star Brad Paisley and “Bitch” with Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl. The 46-track and
NBC/dick clark productionsJust two days after Madonna released her new song “Medellín” with Colombian reggaeton singer Maluma, the two have made plans to perform it live. They’ll be taking the stage at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards to perform the song for the first time on television. It’ll mark Madonna’s first performance of new music on TV in more than four years. Madonna and Maluma join such previously announced performers Kelly Clarkson, Jonas Brothers and Sam Smith, as well as 2019 ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on May 1 on NBC, with Clarkson serving as host. In addition to releasing her single this week, Madonna also announced the song’s music video will debut April 24 on MTV and her new album Madame X will be released June 14. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
S-Curve Records/BMGPhiladelphia soul legends The O’Jays‘ final studio album, The Last Word, was released today, April 19. Founding singer Eddie Levert says the new collection features songs that comment on — and offer a positive response regarding — today’s political and social issues. “I look at what is going on in the world and not much seems to have changed from when we first started doing this,” he notes. “We are still dealing with the same issues.” “On this album we addressed those issues as well as the intolerance we see coming out of the Trump Administration on a daily basis. We also offer a solution,” he adds. “That solution is to combat hatred with love and acceptance.” Adds fellow founding O’Jay Walter Williams, “With this final album, we are providing a soundtrack for those that are speaking truth to power and encouraging people to come together through love.” This Tuesday, April 23, The O’Jays will appear on NBC’s Today show, where they’ll perform “Stand Up (Show Love),” their latest single from The Last Word. The album also includes the
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIn a recent radio interview, Jason Bonham claimed that when he was 16 years old, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page introduced him to cocaine, but now the drummer — whose late father John Bonham was one of Zeppelin’s founding members — is backpedaling, saying that story is a whole lotta bull. On his official website, Jason writes, in a statement obviously prompted by threats of legal action, “On or about 9 April 2019 I, Jason Bonham, gave an interview on radio…[during which] I made certain untrue and derogatory statements concerning Mr. James Page (aka Jimmy Page) of the legendary band Led Zeppelin. I unconditionally retract all derogatory and defamatory comments relating to Mr. J Page that I made in that interview.” He adds, “In particular it is wholly untrue that Mr. J Page offered me any illegal substances either when I was a minor or at all. I apologize to Mr. Page, unreservedly, for making these unfounded and untrue comments about him.” He continues, “Out of my long held respect for Mr. Page I will make no further
Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesOn Thursday night in New York City, Mick Jagger attended his first public event since undergoing heart surgery earlier this month: the U.S. premiere of his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick‘s new ballet, Porte Rouge. Page Six reports that the Rolling Stones singer quietly slipped into a side entrance to catch the performance, which was held at New York’s Lincoln Center as part of the Youth America Grand Prix dance charity’s 20th anniversary gala. TMZ posted a video showing Jagger entering the venue. In the clip, a reporter asks Mick how he’s feeling, to which the rock legend replies, “Good.” An insider source told Page Six that Jagger says he’s “well and hale.” The source also noted that Mick was excited to attend the premiere of the performance, which he orchestrated, so he could “congratulate the performers right after.” The ballet is set to the music of The Rolling Stones. As previously reported, The Rolling Stones postponed their planned No Filter tour of North America after it was discovered that Jagger needed a heart valve replaced. The
Photo by Alessandra Benedetti – Corbis/Corbis via Getty ImagesFans who attended Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets Thursday night gig at New York City’s Beacon Theater got an extra special treat when the band was joined on stage by Mason’s former Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters. The group — which also includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd and David Gilmour touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken — feature songs from Floyd’s pre-Dark Side of the Moon days. Waters took the stage to sing lead and play gong on his song “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” from the 1968 album A Saucerful of Secrets. The performance, caught on video by an audience member, marked a rare reunion of original Pink Floyd members. Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets wraps up its North American tour with a show in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.