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Bob Dylan scores first-ever #1 song on a 'Billboard' chart with "Murder Most Foul"

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan's new song "Murder Most Foul," the folk-rock legend's 17-minute-long epic reflection on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has debuted at #1 on Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

The marks the first time in his almost-60-year career that Dylan has had a song top any Billboard chart.

"Murder Most Foul," which was released on March 27, sold 10,000 downloads during its first out, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Two recordings by the 79-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer did reach #2 on different Billboard tallies: "Like a Rolling Stone" on the Hot 100 in 1965, and "Things Have Changed" on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart in 2000.

He also hit #2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally three times as part of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup -- "Handle with Care" in 1988, "End of the Line" in 1989 and "She's My Baby" in 1990.

"Murder Most Foul" also becomes Dylan's first entry ever on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, which is based on sales, streaming and airplay. The tune, which amassed 1.8 million U.S. streams, debuted at #5 on the tally.

When "Murder Most Foul" was released, Dylan posted a message on his official website explaining that it was "an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting." You can check out the tune's full lyrics now at BobDylan.com.

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Neil Young, John Mellencamp taking part in Farm Aid special to help farmers affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp; Credit: Scott StrebleFarm Aid, the non-profit organization co-founded by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson to support agriculture in America, is joining forces with AXS TV to launch a special broadcast called At Home with Farm Aid

The hour-long special will air this Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. ET,  and will feature performances from Young, Mellencamp and Nelson, as well as their fellow Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews. Also making an appearance will be Nelson's musical sons, Lukas and Micah, both of whom also have recorded and toured with Young in recent years.

The special will raise awareness and funds to benefit farmers whose livelihoods have been threatened by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us," Willie explains. "One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers and farmers and ranchers."

Now, he continues, that essential class of workers need support, adding that Farm Aid is "here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat."

At Home with Farm Aid will air on AXS TV, as well as on Farm Aid's website, and across the network's social media platforms.

In addition, a two-and-a-half-hour AXS TV special titled The Best of Farm Aid 2019, featuring highlights from last year's Farm Aid festival, will air Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET. The program also will feature performances from Young, Mellencamp, Nelson and Matthews, as well as various other artists. Among them will be previously unaired footage of Bonnie Raitt performing "Devil Got My Woman."

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Aretha Franklin's longtime romantic partner Willie Wilkerson dies of COVID-19 virus

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Jazz at Lincoln CenterThe late Aretha Franklin's former partner Willie Wilkerson died Wednesday of COVID-19 virus at age 72, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Wilkerson, a retired Detroit firefighter, met the Queen of Soul in the 1980s when he had a front row seat at one of her concerts.

The couple had an on-again, off-again relationship for decades, and were engaged to be married multiple times, most recently in 2012.

After their 2012 nuptials were called off, Wilkerson remained close friends with Franklin.

Wilkerson's daughter Tequila told the Free Press that her father was "still very close to [Aretha at the time of her death in 2018,] visiting her right to the end."

Over the years, Wilkerson escorted Aretha to many major events, including the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, where Franklin memorably sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

He also appeared in the music video for the Queen of Soul's 1986 song "Jimmy Lee."

Wilkerson is survived by his wife, Doris Ogburn, whom he married in 2019, as well as by four children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Watch Sammy Hagar and The Circle perform The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" in new online video

Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current band The Circle have put together the second installment in a series remotely recorded performance videos that the Red Rocker has labeled "Lockdown Sessions."

The new clip features Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson performing a rocking abbreviated rendition of The Who's classic "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The video, which has been posted on Sammy's official YouTube channel and social media sites, combines footage of each band member playing their parts separately while they shelter at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. In Hagar's case, he recorded his vocals in his shower stall.

Sammy writes of the performance, "Another week in lockdown at me and the boys from the Circle had to get another jam! I have always loved this tune maybe my favorite [W]ho song ever! Stay Healthy. Stay Home. Stay Tuned."

Late last month, Hagar and The Circle posted their first lockdown video, which showed the band playing a new original song called "Funky Feng Shui." Last week, Sammy also posted a clip of him performing a solo acoustic version of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" in tribute to the pop/soul singer-songwriter, who died March 30 at age 81.

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Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt among stars paying tribute to the late John Prine

Danny Clinch; Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyBruce Springsteen is among the artists paying tribute to acclaimed folk-country singer/songwriter John Prine, who died Monday at age 73 after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

"Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine," Springsteen writes in a message posted on his official website. "John and I were 'New Dylans' together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the [loveliest] guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family."

Also paying homage to Prine is Bonnie Raitt, whose 1974 cover of John's "Angel from Montgomery" helped bring wide recognition to the tune.

"Words can't even come close," Raitt writes in a note on her website. "I'm crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to [his wife] Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near."

Here are some other tributes to Prine:

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons: "We were saddened to learn of John Prine's passing, the loss of a true American treasure. He was admired both for his art and for his sheer humanity. He had a nobility that radiated liked a million watt radio station just across the border."

E Street Band member Nils Lofgren: "Farewell sweet man. There's a hole in our hearts that we will never fill."

Sheryl Crow: "My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on."

Prine weathered several health issues over the past few decades, including two bouts with cancer, before succumbing to complications from the coronavirus.

Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, and in January of this year, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He also was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

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After 40 years, Stevie Nicks finally hears what a white-winged dove sounds like

ABC AudioOne of Stevie Nicks' signature songs is "Edge of Seventeen," with its memorable chorus: "Just like the white-winged dove sings a song/ Sounds like she's singing/ Ooh ooh ooh."  But believe it or not, Stevie had never actually heard that sound in real life...until now.

On Tuesday, Stevie posted a video on her Twitter feeds of a dove cooing on a branch, and wrote in an accompanying note, "In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix, Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, 'The white-wing[ed] dove sings a song that sounds like she's singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here, in the great Saguaro cactus, that provides shelter and protection for her.'"

She continued, "As you well know, I was very taken with that whole picture and went on to write 'Edge of Seventeen.' But over the last 40 years I can honestly say, I have never heard a dove sing until now."

Stevie then wrote, "Several days ago, outside my room, I started to hear the sound of a bird singing the same thing over and over. One little Ahhh and then three OOH's over and over again. I thought it was an owl, but a friend said, 'No, that's a dove!'"

Upon finding this out, Stevie said she had an emotional reaction.

"I started to cry," she revealed. "This dove had come here to watch over me. So we filmed her singing her song & I'm sending her out to you."

Stevie added, "P.S. She's been here for days. I think she's here for good."

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In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, “The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here in the great Saguaro cactus that provides shelter and protection for her…” pic.twitter.com/UzqvdnVv0p

— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) April 7, 2020


Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon drop super relatable "Quarantine Remix"

NBC/Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesAs Americans mark nearly a month of self-quarantine due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake were inspired by their collective boredom to put a remix on one of their previous conversations.

Dubbed the "Quarantine Remix," Fallon dropped the earworm on his Tuesday edition of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition.  The two didn't rely on instruments to concoct their quarantine tune, but instead utilized common kitchenware or sounds one makes when they're completely bored -- like yawning and beatboxing.

Starting off the track with a joke conversation of the two asking if the other is home, it quickly devolves into a cacophony of other sounds as the two race about their respective homes to create new noises.  

As Jimmy enlists the help of his rotary phone, back massager and cupboard drawers, Justin uses his hoodie strings and mixing bowl.

There's also a hilarious moment where the two take a break to loudly sip coffee from a mug that hilariously bears the others' face.

Of course, the two also sound off some ultra relatable phrases, such as the "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer growling in frustration, "I want to eat!"

The song ends with Fallon and Timberlake urging fans to donate to the GoFundMe that benefits America's Food Fund.

The Tonight Show: At Home Edition airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Graham Nash hints at possible new collaboration with his old Hollies band mate Allan Clarke

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicLike so many artists, Graham Nash recently was forced postpone a series of tour dates because of the coronavirus pandemic. Not long before the folk-rock legend had his spring U.S. trek cut short, he hinted to ABC Audio that he might be planning a very interesting project with one of his oldest friends and musical collaborators, fellow Hollies co-founder Allan Clarke.

"I've been in touch with Allan a lot in the last year," Nash revealed. "I'm actually gonna go see him in London at the end of this tour. Maybe me and Allan Clarke will make a record. It would be an incredible bookend, you know, considering that The Hollies were started by Allan and I in December of 1962."

Of course, Graham's upcoming tour plans could very well be affected by how the coronavirus crisis plays out, but he currently is scheduled to launch a European leg on July 8 in Norway. As for the aforementioned postponed U.S. shows, they are now scheduled to take place in November.

While Nash has never stopped recording and touring, Clarke had retired from the music business for about 20 years ago before releasing a new solo album called Resurgence in 2019.

Speaking about solo albums, Graham told ABC Audio that he had about four songs completed for a follow-up to his 2016 record, This Path Tonight. He added that he hoped to have some new music to put out sometime around "the end of summer."

As previously reported, Nash also is working on a new live album featuring highlights from four special concerts he played last September that showcased full performances of his first two solo albums, 1971's Songs for Beginners and 1974's Wild Tales.

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John Prine, influential singer-songwriter, dead at 73 due to COVID-19 complications

Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesInfluential Grammy-winning singer/songerwriter John Prine has died at 73, ABC Audio has confirmed.  Known for folk/country songs that often featured humor and social commentary, Prine influenced giants like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

His rep confirmed on behalf of Prine's family that his death was due to complications due to COVID-19.

In late March, Prine's family announced that he'd been hospitalized in critical condition due to COVID-19 and was on a ventilator.

Prine weathered several health issues over the past few decades. In the late 1990s, he announced that doctors detected squamous cell cancer in his neck.  Following radiation and surgery, he was able resume his career, albeit with a deepened voice. In 2013, he announced he had an operable “non-small cell carcinoma,” in his left lung and took time off to heal. 

An Illinois-born Army veteran, Prine was a part of Chicago's 1960s folk revival scene. After being championed by Kris Kristofferson, he released his debut album in 1971.  It included some of Prine's signature songs, including "Paradise," "Illegal Smile," "Hello in There," "Sam Stone" and "Angel from Montgomery," the latter famously covered by Bonnie Raitt.

Prine released albums at a steady clip throughout the '70s and his songs were covered by other artists: David Allen Coe's version of "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," written by Prine and his friend Steve Goodman, was a top-10 country hit.

In 1981, Prine co-founded an independent label called Oh Boy Records to release his work.  Other artists continued to cover his songs: Don Williams took "Love Is on a Roll" to number one on the country chart in 1983 and in 1985, and the country supergroup The Highwaymen -- featuring Cash, Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson -- cut Prine's song "The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over."

In the '90s, Prine won his first Grammy and released several albums produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.  In 1999, Prine released In Spite of Ourselves, an album of country cover versions of his songs featuring duets with Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Lucinda Williams, Connie Smith and other country and Americana vocalists. A 2016 sequel, For Better, or Worse, featured duets with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea and Alison Krauss.

Prine's most recent album, 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness, debuted at number five, his highest chart ranking ever. It featured collaborations with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, and Brandi Carlile, all of whom claimed Prine as an influence.

Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. In January of 2020, he was a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Bonnie Raitt performed "Angel from Montgomery" in his honor.

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Eurythmics' Dave Stewart offering singers the chance to collaborate with him via new Trackd app

Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationEurythmics member Dave Stewart is among the many musicians who've discovered Trackd, a new music app that makes it easy for musicians, singers, songwriters, producers and DJs to collaborate remotely.

The app allows artists to record, create and publish music together via their iPhones without having to be in a studio together: an invaluable capability during the coronavirus crisis.

To promote Trackd and to support young musical talent, Stewart has launched an initiative offering one lucky vocalist the chance to work with him on a new original song via the app.

"Trackd is becoming a [go-to] collaboration community and I can't wait to hear what comes," Dave says in a statement. "I will be putting up a track and making it public. I'll be looking for a great vocalist with great melody ideas! I will choose a collaborator…and we'll make something special."

He adds, "[T]he chosen collaborator will get 5,000 pounds [about $6,200] from me towards releasing the finished track independently, so stay indoors and get busy."

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 21. Visit TrackdMusic.com for full details.

Trackd is also offering a free upgrade to premium, which lets users access extra features, keep informed about new releases and enjoy new music free of charge.

As previously reported, Stewart will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with his fellow Eurythmics member Annie Lennox at a New York City ceremony that recently was postponed until June 10, 2021.

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Michael Stipe to perform tonight on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

Courtesy of Michael StipeMichael Stipe will be the musical guest on tonight's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on CBS.

The program also will feature a guest appearance by Conan O'Brien. Colbert and his guests have been appearing on The Late Show remotely from their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many artists during the crisis, Stipe has been sharing a number of video messages on his official YouTube channel while he shelters at home. The former R.E.M. singer's latest clip, which was posted on March 28, featured him introducing a brand-new solo song titled "No Time for Love Like Now," which he reported was a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of indie-rock group The National.

The video features Stipe singing live along with a demo track of the melodic, slow-tempo song.

Earlier in March, Michael posted two other YouTube clips that featured him singing parts of the R.E.M. tunes "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and "Underneath the Bunker," as well as sending out advice and encouragement related to the coronavirus situation.

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30 years on, Cindy Crawford reveals a secret of George Michael's "Freedom! 90" video

Andrew MacphersonSupermodel Naomi Campbell has started a new online show called No Filter with Naomi. When she interviewed one of her fellow legendary supermodels, Cindy Crawford, on Monday, Cindy revealed a secret about one of the most famous music videos of all time: George Michael's "Freedom! '90," in which both women appeared.

In case you forgot -- though how could you? -- George himself didn't appear in the video, which was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher.  Instead, the song was lip-synced by Cindy, Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, the five most famous supermodels of the moment.  Each model was paid $15,000 per day to appear in 1990 -- the equivalent of nearly $30,000 in today's dollars.

During the two women's chat, Cindy remarked, "When I look back at that, I remember thinking, 'How did I get stuck in the bathtub?'"

"When I saw the video, I was like 'It's okay," but...the bathtub didn't even have any water in it!" Cindy added.  Naomi was shocked to learn this fact.

"It didn't?  What was in it?"  asked Naomi.

"Nothing. Me and some steam!" Cindy replied.

She went on to reveal that her body was coated in glycerine to make her look wet, and she had to lie topless on top of an apple box designed to prop her up so she didn't look like she was sinking into the tub.

Still, Cindy allowed that the experience was "incredible," adding, "And that song...it still lives today! And I remember when my kids first saw that video -- it's as impactful now as it was then."

The song does live on: For example, it was one of the 15 George Michael tunes featured on the soundtrack of the 2019 Emilia Clarke rom-com Last Christmas.

(Cindy's comments come 22:52 into the video.)


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Watch Doors guitarist Robby Krieger play his old band's classic tune "People Are Strange"

Credit: Jill JarrettDoors guitarist Robby Krieger has shared a video of him performing his old band's 1967 hit "People Are Strange" as part of the recently launched Gibson Homemade Music Sessions series, which you can watch on the Gibson TV YouTube channel.

The series helps promote the Gibson guitar company's recently launched #homemademusic campaign, which seeks to support musicians and their current projects while they're unable to play concerts during the coronavirus pandemic.

In conjunction with the campaign, video of artist performances, interview segments and conversations are being posted on Gibson TV and Gibson's and Epiphone's social media outlets. The campaign supports the recently launched MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund through the Gibson company's Gibson Gives charity.

As previously reported, Krieger's latest solo album, titled The Ritual Begins at Sundown, will be released on August 14. The record's release was pushed back from April 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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New documentary will highlight legendary Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin studio engineer Eddie Kramer

Rebecca Sapp/WireImageA new documentary titled From the Other Side of the Glass, focusing on renowned rock engineer and producer Eddie Kramer is beginning production this year, Variety reports. Kramer's best known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and KISS.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, the 77-year-old Kramer was the engineer on the three studio albums Hendrix recorded during his lifetime, and also has worked on most of Jimi's ensuing archival projects.

In addition, Eddie engineeered five Led Zeppelin albums, several Rolling Stones albums, the Beatles songs "All You Need Is Love" and "Baby You're a Rich Man," the Woodstock soundtrack, Peter Frampton's classic Frampton Comes Alive! and many other well-known recordings.

His production credits include five KISS albums, as well as Carly Simon's self-titled debut.

Kramer also is known for photographing many famous music artists, and plans are in the works to organize photo exhibits at galleries while the documentary is in production.

From the Other Side of the Glass is being co-produced by Rolling Stone magazine and the guys who brought you Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and the 2017 John Coltrane doc Chasing Trane.

The film will be directed by John Dorsey, who directed the acclaimed 2017 ESPN doc The Year of the Scab, which told the story of the replacement players who were hired by NFL teams during the players' strike of 1987.

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Melissa Etheridge on Brad & Jen's 2020 "reunion": "They will always remain friends"

Charles Sykes/BravoSure, Melissa Etheridge is a Grammy- and Oscar-winning star, but she's also the singer who performed at Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's wedding in 2000, and she and Brad have been close for years.  That's why, appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, she wasn't able to escape a question about the former couple.

Asked by a viewer what she thought of the "hysteria" that surrounded Brad and Jen's seemingly friendly "reunion" at the SAG Awards earlier this year,  Melissa laughed and said, "I was hoping I could do your show without mentioning her whose name will not be mentioned!"

But, she added, "You know what? I loved Brad and Jen together -- they were beautiful. And I believe they will always remain friends because they're two very special people that can get through anything. And I just hope that their friendship lasts."

Of course, Brad and Jen split in 2005 after Brad took up with Angelina Jolie, his co-star in the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith.  They eventually married and co-parented six kids, three adopted and three biological.  They split in 2016.  Jen, meanwhile, married Justin Theroux in 2015, but they split in 2017.

Melissa's romantic life is even more complicated than Brad and Jen's.  She shares two children with former partner Julie Cypher that ere conceived via artificial insemination using sperm donated by legendary musician David Crosby.  She also shares twins with another partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.  She's currently married to TV writer and producer Linda Wallem.


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Kim Carnes added to lineup of 'CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares' special

CMTVeteran pop singer and songwriter Kim Carnes has joined the lineup of the CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares special, which airs this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

Carnes, who is best known for her chart-topping 1981 solo smash "Bette Davis Eyes," also scored two hit collaborative hits with the late Kenny Rogers -- 1980's "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" and 1984's "What About Me?," the latter of which also featured James Ingram.

Meanwhile, actress and singer Rita Wilson has been selected as the host of the special.

The program serves as a musical celebration of life for Rogers and raises money for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund and features performances and interviews with many of Kenny's famous friends and fans. The show's previous announced lineup includes Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Gavin DeGraw and country stars Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts and more.

The stars will not only perform Rogers' songs, but also reflect on his impact. Additionally, fans will be able to make donations to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides financial aid to those in the music industry who have suffered loss of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wilson and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, recently returned to the U.S. after spending two weeks in quarantine in Australia after they were diagnosed there with COVID-19.

Half of the proceeds raised during the CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares broadcast will go directly to the country music community in Nashville.

After the special's premiere, encore presentations will air Friday, April 10, on MTV Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Saturday, April 11, on CMT at noon ET/PT.

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Boulevard of quarantine: Billie Joe Armstrong is working on new Green Day material

ABC/Heidi GutmanBillie Joe Armstrong's quarantine life has been pretty busy.

Speaking to Kerrang!, the Green Day frontman reveals that he's been creating new music for the band while self-isolating.

"I've been writing a lot of music, and I had all these melodies in my head, so I wrote, like, six songs since all of this has been going on," Armstrong says.

"I don't know when I can get together with [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tré [Cool]," he adds. "I told them to make sure that they're quarantined for now, and then I hope down the road we can get back in the studio."

In addition to writing new material, Armstrong has been releasing weekly covers as part of his "No Fun Mondays" series. He also appeared on the Fox TV special Living Room Concert for America, which raised $10 million to help the COVID-19 cause, and he's playing the star-studded April 18 multi-network extravaganza One World.

Green Day's latest album, Father of All..., was released in February. Additionally, the punk trio just dropped a new EP last week, featuring alternate mixes from the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! era.

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Universal fire lawsuit, originally filed by Soundgarden, Tom Petty's ex-wife & others, dismissed

David McNew/Getty ImagesThe lawsuit against Universal Music Group concerning master recordings allegedly damaged in the 2008 Universal Studios vault fire has been dismissed, Rolling Stone reports.

The suit was originally filed last June by SoundgardenHole, the late Tom Petty's ex-wife Jane Petty, the estate of late rapper Tupac Shakur, and Americana singer-songwriter Steve Earle following an article from The New York Times Magazine, which reported extensive damage to thousands of master recordings from hundreds of artists.

The plaintiffs accused UMG in the suit of negligence, breach of contract and reckless conduct regarding the fire and the alleged cover-up of its damage. All of those allegations were dismissed by the judge.

Hole dropped out of the case last August, while Soundgarden, Earle and Shakur's estate withdrew this past March. Jane Petty was the only remaining plaintiff by the time the suit was dismissed.

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Authorized biography of late Who bassist John Entwistle, 'The Ox,' arrives today

Hachette BooksA new authorized biography of late Who bassist John Entwistle, titled The Ox, is out today.

The book was written by veteran British rock journalist Paul Rees with the full cooperation of Enwistle's family, who gave the author access to John's own notebooks and notes for a planned memoir he'd started writing prior to his 2002 death.  Entwistle died at age 57 from a cocaine-induced heart attack.

Rees tells Rolling Stone that he decided to do a book about Entwistle about five years ago, after writing a two-part feature about him for the U.K. magazine Classic Rock.

For the article, Rees reached out to John's only child, son Christopher Entwistle, who explains to Rolling Stone, "It just barely scratched the surface of what Dad was like."

"A few months later [Paul] came back to me and said, 'Can I do a book?' [and] my mother and I thought it would be a good idea," Christopher adds.

Christopher also tells the magazine that he wanted the book to feature an accurate depiction of his dad, who went all-in on the rock star lifestyle, indulging in heavy drug and alcohol use, extravagant spending and numerous extramarital affairs.

"My father wasn't an angel," says Christopher. "But he was a lovely bloke, generally. I didn't want it to be a fluff piece…I wanted it to be the story."

The Ox features interviews with various Entwistle friends and family members, but two people who didn't contribute to the book are The Who's surviving members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

"They worked together brilliantly, but they were never friends," Christopher says Townshend and Daltrey. "Well, they were at the very beginning and at school…But afterwards they were just completely different people."

The Ox is available in hardcover, digital and audio editions.

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Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine says she's proud of memoir and companion album she recorded for it

University of Texas PressThe audiobook version of Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine's new autobiography, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir, hits stores today. As previously reported, the release includes a companion soundtrack album featuring new songs inspired by some of the book's chapters.

"It was an enormous achievement and I'm really proud of how well I did it," Valentine tells ABC Audio of the book and album.

Valentine says the album, which was mostly recorded after the book was written, was a great creative outlet for her during the lengthy process of doing revisions and edits on the memoir.

Kathy says writing songs about certain eventful incidents allowed her by relive them "in a whole different way" than by writing about them.

"Doing it in a song format, it kind of went deeper for me," she explains. "So, it was therapeutic and a process and emotional and really, really fun to make this record."

Valentine says ideas for some of the songs sprung from the phrases she used as chapter titles, which, she admits, initially weren't meant to be final names of the chapters.

"I would write a scene, or seven or eight pages, and I would just glance through it and just pick a phrase or a word that stuck out, so I would remember what I'd written about," she explains. "But after a couple of years of seeing them…I just started getting used to those titles. And some of them seemed like songs to me."

Among the chapters for which she wrote companion songs are "Little Scissor" and "Camouflage," which focus, respectively, on an abortion she had during a break in an early Go-Go's' tour and a frightening home invasion and robbery she went through along with her musician friends Carlene Carter and Charlie Sexton.

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proud members of the L.A.B.

KVPI is a member of the

LSU Sports Radio Network

Proud supporter of our own

Swamp Pop music

The Louisana Swamp Pop Museum is operated by the City of Ville  Platte is open to the public every Friday and

Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos,records, Wall of Fame and hear the music.
 

Admission charge is $3 adults,

$2 seniors and $1 for children under 12.
The museum is located on

Northwest Railroad Avenue.