Archive | January, 2024

Brenda Lee

Posted on 29 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

Brenda Lee’s iconic holiday hit “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” has joined Spotify’s 1 billion streams club.

“What a year and holiday season it was for me personally, and for ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,'” Lee said in a statement. “I am so thankful that Spotify listeners propelled this holiday classic to 1 billion streams – that just blows my mind!”

She added, “It takes geniuses like the writer (Johnny Marks) and musicians to create a song with such longevity and I couldn’t be more grateful people are still listening to ‘Rockin’.'”

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Lee in 1958. In November 2023, Lee released a music video for the song, and in December 2023 the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking Lee’s third No. 1 single and making Lee the oldest artist ever to top the Hot 100 at age 78, later breaking the record once again one week later at the age of 79.

The song also set the record for the longest period of time between an original release and it topping the Hot 100, about 65 years.

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Paul McCartney

Posted on 29 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

The Brooklyn Museum has announced a Paul McCartney photo exhibition.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm will run from May 3 to August 18 this year.

The collection of photographs, captured by McCartney on his Pentax film camera, takes visitors inside the 1963-64 frenzy of Beatlemania, as the band’s first U.S. tour skyrocketed them to global fame.

More than 250 of the photographs, recently rediscovered in his archives, reveal both the historical and personal moments that McCartney and his bandmates experienced together. The photographs evoke an affectionate family album, picturing McCartney’s fellow band members, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

First on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, the exhibition makes its New York debut at the Brooklyn Museum on May 3, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“Since first arriving in New York in February 1964, Paul McCartney has built a strong, everlasting connection to the city. His vibrant photographs from The Beatles’ first visit capture the energy of the city, the excitement of the American fans, and the frenzy of the band’s status as celebrities,” says Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Decorative Arts. “Yet the images also record The Beatles’ fun and delight with each other. Through McCartney’s lens, we feel the intensity of being at the centre of such extraordinary events.”

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Bob Dylan

Posted on 29 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

Bob Dylan has announced dates for the next leg of his Rough and Rowdy Ways tour.

The trek will kick off on March 1 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and conclude on April 4 at Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.

In between those dates, the singer-songwriter will perform across various southern cities in the U.S., including Athens, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee and more.

Tickets for all newly announced Bob Dylan 2024 Rough and Rowdy Ways tour dates are on sale now.

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Joni Mitchel

Posted on 29 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

Joni Mitchell has confirmed she will perform at this year’s Grammys for the first time ever.

The folk singer, 79, will sing at the award ceremony on 4 February for the first time in her career.

Joni has previously won nine Grammys and is nominated this year in the Best Folk Album category, for her 2023 release, Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live).

In 2015, Joni suffered a brain aneurysm and was forced to re-learn to talk, walk and play the guitar. In the past couple of years, she’s been having informal music gatherings at her home that became known as “Joni jams” and has started to make public appearances again. In 2022 she wowed fans when she made sang at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Joni has previously spoken about suffering from Morgellons disease. In 2010 she told the LA Times it’s a condition in which “fibres in a variety of colours protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral.”The condition is believed to be a delusional psychiatric condition.

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Dusty Hill

Posted on 18 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

Julien’s Auctions has announced “The Collection of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top Part II,” an exclusive online event that will see several of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bass legend’s most personal items being lined up for sale on January 31st.

The items listed for auction include Dusty Hill’s vintage concert T-shirts, performance jackets including custom pieces by Manuel and Jaime custom tailoring, designer items by John Varvatos, Issey Miyake and Hugo Boss, personalized sports jerseys of Hill’s many favorite sports teams such as the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Lighting and Ottawa Senators, and one of Hill’s most iconic bass guitars.A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit MusiCares, a safety net supporting health and welfare of the music community by offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs.

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Selena Gomez

Posted on 13 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

Selena Gomez will play the role of Linda Ronstadt in an upcoming biopic about the multi-Grammy Award-winning artist.

The two artists recently spent a few hours at Ronstadt’s home discussing the project and getting to know each other, according to music publisher Great Eastern Music.

The film will be jointly produced by James Keach, award-winning producer of the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line; as well as Linda’s Grammy-winning documentary, The Sound of My Voice, together with John Boylan, Ronstadt’s manager.

“Development will continue once the current labor disputes have been settled,” Great Eastern Music says.Ronstadt confirmed the news on her social media accounts on Wednesday. Gomez also shared a photo of Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir,” on Instagram.

Ronstadt, 77, is a Mexican American singer who performed and recorded in diverse genres including rock, country, light opera, the Great American Songbook, and Latin music. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award.

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Nile Rodgers

Posted on 13 January 2024 by Brian Walsh

Chic co-founder and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers is set to be honored with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum.

In addition to Rodgers, the winners of the 30th Annual Crystal Awards include renowned architect and 2022 Pritzker Prize recipient Diebedo Francis Kere and Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental protection and Oscar-winning actor Michelle Yeoh.

The winners will be honored at the opening session of the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on January 15.

According to a statement, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos celebrates “the enduring contributions to society of exceptional artists.””The cultural leaders receiving the 2024 Crystal Award are bridge-builders. They connect us to each other, they help us reflect on the human condition, and they provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking,” it adds.

“My parents socialized me to care about people and give to others though we were ourselves financially poor,” Rodgers said in a statement. “When music gave me the opportunity to reach hearts the world over, I realized I’d been given a priceless gift. When I give that gift to others, I get back more than the wealthiest person on earth.”

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