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TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts is in critical condition following a freak accident in his Sarasota home.

According to Sarasota's Herald Tribune, the legendary guitarist and founding Allman Brothers Band member slipped and hit his head while playing with his dog in the backyard on Monday night. He was transported to an undisclosed local hospital is in "critical but stable condition," according to manager David Spero.

Betts is sedated and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to alleviate swelling.

Betts' wife Donna tells the paper, "The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. We are by his side giving him the strength to pull through this."

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BMGAs a second preview to their first album in nearly 20 years, Culture Club has released a new single, "Life." The song has a joyous vibe and bears the same name as the band's forthcoming album, which drops on October 26 and is available for pre-order now.

Boy George says in a statement, "John Lennon said 'LIFE’ is what happens while you are busy doing other things, but sometimes you have to stop and look with sadness and pride at what you have done and created in your own life and value the rich complexity of it! It's a song about second chances and new beginnings, enlightenment, spiritual growth and personal redemption."

All four original members -- Boy George, Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig -- were on board for the recording and just wrapped a summer trek where they played to more than a half-million fans; they've now got a West Coast mini-tour kicking off Friday in Salt Lake City.

Here are Culture Club's US tour dates:

9/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center       
9/22 -- Reno, NV, Reno Events Center       
9/23 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barabara Bowl       
9/25 -- San Diego, CA, Open Air Theatre       
9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino       
9/28 -- Cabazon, CA, Morongo       
9/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, DLVEC       
9/30 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick       
10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre       
10/5 -- Fresno, CA, Big Fresno Fair       
10/6 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort and Casino       
10/7 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino    

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Leslie HasslerEver since it was announced that Tom Cruise would be returning in a Top Gun sequel called Top Gun: Maverick, there's been speculation that Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone," from the original Top Gun soundtrack, might be included.  Kenny confirms he's been trying to make it happen, without much success.

"I've offered a few different versions of it but so far, the team there has been non-committal," he tells ABC Radio. "So I'm kinda half-jokingly saying, 'Let's do a write in' and just have people send some sort of note to their website and say, "What about 'Danger Zone'?" 

"I'm getting positive noises from that camp," he adds. "But they're not sure how much they wanna reinvent the movie." 

"Danger Zone" is included on Kenny's new two-CD/DVD set, Kenny Loggins & Friends: Live on Soundstage. It documents a concert he taped in Chicago in 2016 that features him performing solo and with well-known collaborators like Jim Messina, David Foster and Michael McDonald.

"I wanted to do it as a legacy piece so...we added a whole hour of Loggins & Messina, and then we built out with David Foster and Mike McDonald," he tells ABC Radio. But there was one person he wasn't able to get.

"I wanted Stevie [Nicks] to come -- we almost had a thing where we were gonna go to her house and do an acoustic version of 'Whenever I Call You Friend,'" he adds. "And then she took off with Fleetwood Mac and we missed our chance."

Still, Loggins says, "It felt like a homecoming event or something. It's really all the music and some of the stories. I wanted more stories in it, but we just didn't have enough time!" 

The concert will air on PBS Soundstage in 2019.

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Miikka Skaffari/Getty ImagesAsk a music critic to name important, early rock and roll bands, and Led Zeppelin is almost certain to be on the list. However, Zeppelin's frontman himself disagrees.

In an interview with LEOWeekly, Robert Plant says simply, "we weren't rock and roll." The singer says Led Zeppelin "were just a band that played some mean stuff." Plant alleges that "when it got into the hands of the misconstrued, [they started calling it] hard rock," but that Zeppelin was "just making music."

He says the same is true for two other giants of the time: Janis Joplin and Cream: "You can't call [them] rock and roll."

So what does the rock legend -- sorry, the "making music" legend -- say is real-deal rock? For him, it's the pioneers: Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

And much like noting the differences between periods of music history, Plant says this time in his own career -- with collaborations with the Sensational Space Shifters and female artists including Patty Griffin, Alison Kraus, and Chrissie Hynde -- is about "breaking doors down." He says that remaining open to new ideas "tell[s] me that I can actually move through time and still not repeat myself and not end up like some one-trick pony."

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are on an American tour. Here are their remaining performances:

9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Centennial Hall
9/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond*
9/25 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory
9/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
9/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater

* = festival date.
= with special guest Seth Lakeman.
= with special guest Lucinda Williams.

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Mark Knopfler is prepping his ninth solo album. Titled Down the Road Wherever, it's set for a November release.

The album is 14 tracks long -- 16 if you buy the deluxe version -- and has a far-ranging subject base, which the Dire Straits guitarist says is about "keeping [my] own geography happening." There's a song about an old man feeling out of place in a diner; one about a soccer fan being lost in a strange town; another about a musician hitchhiking in a snowstorm.

Knopfler another of the tracks, "One Song at a Time," came from "my pal Chet Atkins, [who once told me] that he picked his way out of poverty 'one song at a time,' and it just stuck in my mind."

Down the Road Wherever features Mark's tried-and-true backing band and a few one-offs, including former Fleetwood Mac/Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh

Down the Road Wherever drops on November 16.

You can enjoy the first single, "Good On You Son," now on YouTube.

Here's the Down the Road Wherever track listing:

"Trapper Man"
"Back on the Dance Floor"
"Nobody’s Child"
"Just a Boy Away from Home"
"When You Leave"
"Good On You Son"
"My Bacon Roll"
"Nobody Does That"
"Drovers’ Road"*
"One Song at a Time"
"Floating Away"
"Slow Learner"
"Heavy Up"
"Rear View Mirror"*
"Every Heart in the Room"*
"Matchstick Man"

*Deluxe Edition CD bonus track.

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Mary McCartneySome artists listen to their back catalog obsessively. Others revisit their sonic past on occasion. Then there's Paul McCartney, who says he hasn't listened to his Beatles music in a long time -- half a century, to be exact.

The Fab Four's 1968 self-titled double album, which we've all come to know as The White Album, is getting a 50-year reissue next month, and Macca tells the Canadian Press that helping to prepare the reissue inspired him to actually give it a listen.

"I haven’t listened to it in 50 years," he admits. "I don’t really listen to stuff we did. Then it comes around again [like with last year's reissue of] Sgt. Pepper [and] I go, 'Woah, check this out… those kids are good!' It all comes flooding back."

McCartney says when he listens, "I remember where we were and the circumstances of recording each of the tracks," and that the feeling is sometimes "amazing because there I am, right in the room with John and George and Ringo — but John and George particularly because they’re no longer with us.... It’s quite emotional."

Back in June, McCartney told DIY magazine the White Album reissue is "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room."

In addition, McCartney said the expanded collection will include "some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."

The 50th anniversary White Album hits stores and digital outlets on a to-be-announced date.

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It's been too racy for 50 years, but now Big Brother & the Holding Company's breakout album is being re-released under its intended name: Sex, Dope, and Cheap Thrills

And it's not just the title that's bigger: There are 25 previously-unreleased studio outtakes, and only five sonic survivors from the original Cheap Thrills.

The album was first released in 1968, just after lead singer Janis Joplin's jaw-dropping appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, and the one-two punch launched the singer and her band to worldwide stardom.

In the liner notes for the Sex, Dope reissue, Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick explains, "This album, because of its worldwide success, made it possible for everybody to hear the phenomenon that was previously limited to the San Francisco Bay Area."

Slick describes hearing Janis for the first time as "spontaneous explosions of every emotion--no holds barred.... Janis had no trouble sliding from the apron-clad fifties into the no-bra sixties."

Sex, Dope, & Cheap Thrills will be sold as a 30-track double CD set, and a 16-track gatefold vinyl album. It hits stores and digital outlets on November 30, and preorders are being taken now at JanisJoplin.com

Here's the track listing for the two-CD edition:

Disc One

  1. "Combination Of The Two (Take 3)"
  2. "I Need A Man To Love (Take 4)"
  3. "Summertime (Take 2)" *
  4. "Piece Of My Heart (Take 6)"
  5. "Harry (Take 10)"
  6. "Turtle Blues (Take 4)"
  7. "Oh, Sweet Mary"
  8. "Ball And Chain (live, The Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)"
  9. "Roadblock (Take 1)" *
  10. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)"
  11. "It's A Deal (Take 1)" *
  12. "Easy Once You Know How (Take 1)" *
  13. "How Many Times Blues Jam"
  14. "Farewell Song (Take 7)"

 Disc Two

  1. "Flower In The Sun (Take 3)"
  2. "Oh Sweet Mary"
  3. "Summertime (Take 1)"
  4. "Piece of My Heart (Take 4)"
  5. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 9)"
  6. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 10)"
  7. "I Need A Man To Love (Take 3)"
  8. "Harry (Take 9)"
  9. "Farewell Song (Take 4)"
  10. "Misery'n (Takes 2 & 3)"
  11. "Misery'n (Take 4)"
  12. "Magic Of Love (Take 1)" *
  13. "Turtle Blues (Take 9)"
  14. "Turtle Blues (last verse Takes 1-3)"
  15. "Piece Of My Heart (Take 3)"
  16. "Farewell Song (Take 5)"

And here's the track listing for  Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills  2-LP edition

LP 1

Side A

  1. "Combination of The Two (Demo)"
  2. "I Need A Man To Love (Take 3)"
  3. "Summertime (Take 2)" *
  4. "Piece Of My Heart (Take 6)"

Side B

  1. "Harry (Take 10)"
  2. "Turtle Blues (Take 4)"
  3. "Oh, Sweet Mary"
  4. "Ball And Chain" (live, The Winterland Ballroom, April 12, 1968)

LP 2

Side C

  1. "Roadblock (Take 1)" *
  2. "Magic Of Love (Take 1)" *
  3. "Oh Sweet Mary"
  4. "Flower In The Sun (Take 3)"

Side D

  1. "Catch Me Daddy (Take 1)"
  2. "Turtle Blues (Take 9)"
  3. "How Many Times Blues Jam"
  4. "Farewell Song (Take 5)"

 All tracks previously unreleased except*


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Courtesy Casablanca/UMeSeptember 18, 2018 marks 40 years since KISS made music history by simultaneously releasing four solo albums, one by each band member. Now those albums will receive a revamp in the form of a colored vinyl boxed set.

KISS: The Solo Albums -- 40th Anniversary Collection will feature four 180-gram vinyl slabs in KISS solo colors -- red for Gene Simmons, purple for Paul Stanley, and green and blue for Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, respectively. Also included are four 12x12 mini posters, one for each album, and a turntable mat with the four KISS solo faces.

The boxed set is limited to 2,500 copies and will be released on October 19. You can pre-order yours now at ShopKISSOnline.com.

Here's the KISS: The Solo Albums -- 40th Anniversary Collection track listing:


Side A
1. "Radioactive"
2. "Burning Up With Fever"
3. "See You Tonite"
4. "Tunnel Of Love"
5. "True Confessions"

Side B
6. "Living In Sin
7. "Always Near You/Nowhere To Hide"
8. "Man Of 1,000 Faces"
9. "Mr. Make Believe"
10. "See You In Your Dreams"
11. "When You Wish Upon A Star"


Side A
1. "Tonight You Belong To Me"
2.  "Move On"
3. "Ain’t Quite Right"
4. "Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me"
5. "Take Me Away (Together As One)"

Side B
6. "It’s Alright"
7. "Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)"
8. "Love In Chains"
9. "Goodbye"


Side A
1. "Rip It Out"
2. "Speedin’ Back To My Baby"
3. "Snow Blind"
4. "Ozone"
5. "What’s On Your Mind?"

Side B
6. "New York Groove"
7. "I’m In Need Of Love"
8. "Wiped-Out"
9. "Fractured Mirror" 


Side A
1. "I’m Gonna Love You"
2. "You Matter To Me"
3. "Tossin’ And Turnin’"
4. "Don’t You Let Me Down"
5. "That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes"

Side B
6. "Easy Thing"
7. "Rock Me, Baby"
8. "Kiss The Girl Goodbye"
9. "Hooked On Rock ’N’ Roll"
10. "I Can’t Stop The Rain"

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Machado CicalaIn her new video for her version of ABBA's classic hit "S.O.S," Cher's taken the song's original message of a woman asking for a man to save her with his love and turned into into a message of female empowerment.

Cher herself doesn't appear in the video, though.  Instead, we see a young African-American girl lying on a bed, obviously upset and depressed.  Then we see a chorus of women of all ages and races lip-syncing the song while dressed in a variety of retro-style outfits.  Wherever the sad young girl goes, she's startled to see different groups of women singing the song and reaching out their hands to help her.

Toward the end of the song, the sad girl rushes into the arms of one of the women and smiles for the first time.  Then all the other women gather around for a giant group hug.

According to Jezebel, among the actresses and models who appear in the video are Australian pop star Betty Who, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis, and actress Aimee Carrero.

"S.O.S." is from Dancing Queen, Cher's upcoming album of ABBA covers due out September 28.  She'll kick off her Here We Go Again tour in support of the album on Valentine's Day 2019.

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PRNewsFoto/Palms Casino ResortVegas will be seeing some White Weddings next year, when Billy Idol comes to town.

The sneering singer has announced a Vegas residency at the Palms Casino Resort, set to run in two blocks in 2019: January and October. In a statement, he says, "I have played Vegas many times and its always been a blast. We can't stay away! Las Vegas keeps us coming back for more."

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 21, at 10 a.m. PT.

The rocker is also releasing a new album, Vital Idol: Revitalized, on September 28. It features 11 new remixes of his biggest hits, courtesy of Moby, The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold and others.

The Billy Idol Las Vegas residency shows are as follows:

January 18
January 19
January 23
January 25
January 26

October 4
October 5
October 9
October 11
October 12

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ABC/Randy HolmesAfter more than 50 years, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band will "Turn the Page" one last time...on a farewell trek.

It'll be called the Travelin' Man Tour and Seger confirms it'll be his last. The tour gets underway November 21 in Grand Rapids, MI and is right now mapped out through the spring of 2019.

Some of these dates were already in place, having been rescheduled from last year. In 2017, Seger had to postpone a string of concerts when he was forced to undergo surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck.

Many of the dates are on sale now. Tickets for select dates go on sale September 28, while tickets for dates in Toledo, OH and Nashville, TN, go on sale September 29. To purchase tickets, visit BobSeger.com.

Members of Bob Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to get tickets before the public on-sale dates.  Visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub to become a member.

Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks, including dates in Las Vegas, Fresno, San Diego, Vancouver, Florida and more.

Elton John and Paul Simon are among the other stars who've announced that their current tours will be their last.

Here are the scheduled tour dates for Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's farewell trek:


11/21 -- Grand Rapids, MI,  Van Andel Arena        
11/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center       
11/27 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo        
11/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center   
12/6 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena  
12/8 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center     
12/12 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Arena    
12/14 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena        
12/20 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours        
12/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy       


1/8 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center    
1/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
1/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
1/17 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
1/19 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/22 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
1/29 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
1/21 -- Boise, ID, Ford Center      
2/2 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center        
2/9 -- Seattle, WA, Tacoma Dome        
2/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center        
2/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum      
3/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin        
3/9 -- Dallas, TX, Ford Center at The Star
5/2 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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RankinDespite having lived the life of a rock star to its fullest, Rod Stewart is still going strong at age 73. In a kind of reverse "Forever Young," the man they once called "Rod the Mod" considers his formative years in a feature for the U.K. publication The Big Issue called "Letter To My Younger Self."

Stewart says his teen self wouldn't doubt for a minute that he'd end eventually up a rock star. He jokes, "With a nose and haircut like that, there was nothing [I] could have been but a rock star. I always say that to Ronnie Wood. What else could we have been?"

That's also true for the attention Rod got back in his partying days: He says he was "born to be a show-off." He says teen Rod wouldn't have even minded being "splashed all over the tabloids," as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been over the years.

“He’d love the thought of all that attention," Rod says of his younger self.

So what would have shocked young Rod? Older Rod.

"He would be totally surprised that I’m absolutely still enjoying it as much now as I did back then," says Stewart. "And I mean that...I really love it."

You can find more revelations from Rod Stewart at BigIssue.com.

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It's a big week for Paul McCartney. The former Beatle is celebrating his new first number one album in 36 years, Egypt Station. Now Macca's released his first video for the album, for the song "Back in Brazil."

The tropical clip is set in Sao Paolo, Brazil and follows the romantic tension building between two characters, Yasmin and Zach, with some live McCartney footage providing a playful backdrop. The story ends happily, with the attractive young couple strolling off together, hand in hand.

McCartney was everywhere promoting Egypt Station, from the cover of GQ to Carpool Karaoke, and still, the album, released September 7, surpassed sales expectations.  It sold 153,000 units, according to Billboard.

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Race To Erase MSKISS will perform on this Wednesday's season finale of America's Got Talent, Billboard reports.

The "Rock and Roll All Nite" icons will open the two-hour show before the 10 finalists learn who the winner of the 13th edition of the long-running reality competition show.

The season finale of America's Got Talent airs September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

The band's KISS Kruise gets underway on Halloween, sailing from Miami, Florida on the Norwegian Jade.

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James O'MaraSweet Baby James is heading to Vegas, baby!

James Taylor has scheduled a limited engagement at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He'll perform from April 17 through May 11, 2019, backed by his All-Star Band.

Tickets for the 12 shows go on sale this Friday at noon PST via TheColosseum.com and Ticketmaster.

Taylor's next scheduled performance will be at VetsAid 2018, a charity show organized by The Eagles' Joe Walsh to benefit his non-profit veterans charity.  The November 11 show at the Tacoma Dome in Seattle will also feature Walsh, his Eagles band mate Don Henley and country star Chris Stapleton.

Here are James Taylor's Las Vegas dates for 2019:

April 2019:  17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27

May 2019:  1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11

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A&M/Cherrytree/InterscopeSting and his current musical collaborator, reggae/pop star Shaggy, are the stars of the season premiere of the PBS series Speakeasy, which features musicians in conversation with each other. 

The episode, taped earlier this year in New York City, premieres on PBS stations today -- check your local listings -- but starting on Tuesday, you'll be able to catch on Sting's YouTube page, Speakeasy's website and their record label's YouTube page. This is the first time the show's been made available on YouTube.

Sting and Shaggy recently kicked off a North American tour in support of their joint album 44/876. On Friday, they released a brand-new song that isn't on the album: "Skank Up (Oh Lawd).”

The current leg of the duo's tour wraps up October 15 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe newly restored version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1972 film Imagine will be shown in theaters around the world starting tonight, September 17.

The movie, which was co-directed by John and Yoko, boasts a remixed and remastered soundtrack.  The theatrical screening will also include 15 minutes of previously unseen bonus footage.

Imagine was filmed mainly at Lennon and Ono's Tittenhurst Park home in Ascot, U.K., and in New York City, while the ex-Beatles star was recording his 1971 solo album of the same name. The movie features a variety of vignettes that accompany each song on the Imagine album and a few tunes from Ono's own 1971 record, Fly. Among the scenes is the well-known segment showing John performing Imagine's classic title track on a white piano while Yoko sits next to him.

The film also includes guest appearances by such celebrities as Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance, and Lennon's ex-band mate George Harrison.

The bonus footage includes scenes from the recording studio as Lennon works on the songs "How Do You Sleep?" and "Oh My Love," accompanied by Harrison on guitar, veteran session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, future Yes drummer Alan White, and bassist Klaus Voormann. The segments boast a specially created Dolby Atmos surround-sound mix.

Check out a trailer for and preview clips from the restored flick at Lennon's official YouTube channel. Tickets for the screenings are available for purchase at ImagineFilmTickets.com.

Meanwhile, DVD and Blu-ray editions of the restored Imagine film, packaged with a restored version of the 2000 documentary Gimme Some Truth: The Making of the Imagine Album, will be released on October 5. That same day, an expansive deluxe reissue of the album also will hit stores. Visit ImagineJohnYoko.com for full details.

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Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney's latest album, Egypt Station, bowed at number one on the Billboard 200, marking his first chart-topper since 1982's Tug of War.

The album, released September 7, surpassed expectations, moving 153,000 equivalent album units -- which represents the number of streaming and song downloads, combined with traditional album sales -- according to Billboard. Of Egypt Station’s 153,000 units, 147,000 came from traditional album sales.

The collection also marks the 76-year-old rocker's eighth number one album, and his first to debut at the top. Those include albums recorded under his own name, and with the band Wings. McCartney's other group, The Beatles, still own the record for the most number ones on the Billboard 200 with 19.

The 36 years, three months and 10 days span between Tug of War and Egypt Station marks the longest for a living artist in the history of the Billboard 200 chart. The only act to wait longer between chart-toppers was Johnny Cash, whose posthumous release, American V: A Hundred Highways, debuted at the top in 2006 -- 36 years, 10 months and nine days after 1969's Johnny Cash at San Quentin.

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BMGImmortal, the new solo album from Heart's Ann Wilson, is out now, and pays homage to ten late, great artists, all of whom passed away fairly recently. Wilson tells ABC Radio, "I said to myself, 'I have to do something. I don't just want to sit around and weep and mourn and be sad. I want to honor these people.'"

The result is a wide-ranging collection that might not be what fans of the honored artists would expect.

"My first criteria [in choosing the songs] was I had to really love the song," Wilson tells ABC Radio. "I didn't want it to be just their hits. I wanted to go in and find the stuff that represented them as songwriters or as artists the most, to me. So then the songs just sort of called me."

She says some of the songs she chose -- like David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans," Cream's "Politician," featuring Jeff Beck on guitar, and Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" -- are especially relevant today, tackling issues like politics, the way the U.S. is perceived by those in other countries, and respect for women.

Not only are the songs unlikely choices, but so are Ann's interpretations.

"I didn't want to just ape and do covers," Wilson reiterates to ABC Radio. "For instance, [with] the [Eagles] song 'Life in the Fast Lane'" -- a tribute to the band's late founder Glenn Frey -- "I took it out of that sort of classic-rock...thing and I put it into a more tribal groove, so it takes on this kind of funky feel."

Ann Wilson tells ABC Radio that the title Immortal is an apt title for the collection.  Speaking about the artists who've passed, she explains, "The souls have reset and moved on, but the songs remain."

Here's the track listing for Ann Wilson's Immortal:

1. “A Different Corner” (George Michael)
2. “A Thousand Kisses Deep” (Leonard Cohen)
3. “Back to Black” (Amy Winehouse)
4. “Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty)
5. “I Am the Highway” (Audioslave/Chris Cornell)
6. “I’m Afraid of Americans” (David Bowie)
7. “Life in the Fast Lane” (The Eagles/Glenn Frey)
8. “Luna” (Tom Petty)
9. “Politician” (Cream/Jack Bruce)
10. “You Don’t Own Me” (Lesley Gore)

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PRNewsfoto/San Francisco Art ExchangecPink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album artwork will be the crown jewel of an exhibition of original rock art -- and will be offered for sale -- at the San Francisco Art Exchange, beginning tomorrow.

The prismatic refracted light cover image, with no mention of the band's name or the album title, is considered one of the world's most iconic rock artworks and is expected to fetch millions.  It was designed by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson, aka Hipgnosis, who ignored Floyd's record company's protests that the packaging should be more conventional.

Of course, the rest is history: The album spent 741 weeks -- 14 years, three months -- on the Billboard charts and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

The image will offered for sale along with dozens of other well-known pieces, including works from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Yes, The Doors, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Blind Faith, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Lou Reed, Queen, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jethro Tull, and many more.

Should you not have hundreds of thousands of dollars in discretionary income available, prints of many of the works will also be available.  The entire collection can be viewed at SFAE.com, and there's a link there to request a free PDF catalog.

The San Francisco Art Exchange's Art of the Album Cover exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through Halloween.

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