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Queen

Posted on 23 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

Queen have reportedly agreed to sell their recording, publishing and other rights to Sony Music for a record-smashing $1.27 billion.

According to Hits, the deal also includes name and likeness rights, potentially opening the door to musicals, commercial and film placements, merchandising and other money-making opportunities.

Complicating the deal is the fact that Disney Music Group owns Queen’s recorded music catalog in North America, which it acquired at some point in the 2000s.

Disney and Universal Music Group will permanently retain the rights to distribute Queen’s records in North America, but the band’s share of the royalties will now go to Sony Music.For the rest of the world, those rights are expected to transfer from current owners UMG to Sony Music in either 2026 or 2027.

According to Variety, the only revenue not covered in the deal is for live performances, which founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who still actively tour with singer Adam Lambert, will retain. Bassist John Deacon retired shortly after the 1991 death of founding singer Freddie Mercury.

The band’s 2018 autobiographical film Bohemian Rhapsody earned over $900 million worldwide.

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Smokey Robinson

Posted on 23 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

Legendary Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson and Grammy Award-winning platinum-selling singer and award-winning actress Fantasia are among the all-star line-up of performers for the 44th annual edition of PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth.”

The line-up for “A Capitol Fourth” also includes actor, singer and songwriter Darren Criss; Grammy and Emmy Nominated music legend and “Queen of Percussion” Sheila E.; neo-soul pop band Fitz & Noelle from Fitz and The Tantrums; composer and producer Chloe Flower; Sister Sledge, now featuring Sledgendary; Loren Allred; Britt Stewart; Shawn Johnson East; and The National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.

“A Capitol Fourth,” broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS, welcomes back iconic actor and television host Alfonso Ribeiro to host the Independence Day celebration with all-star musical and patriotic performances from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway artists.

The 248th U.S. birthday party will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks show over Capitol. America’s longest-running live national July Fourth TV tradition will air on PBS and stream on YouTube and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth on July 4 at 8 p.m. ET. It will be available as Video on Demand for a limited time, between July 4 and July 18.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Dancing With The Stars’ Britt Stewart will kick off the celebration with a performance.The National Symphony Orchestra will display a musical performance of John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare” paying tribute to Team USA, competing in the Paris Olympic Games.

The event will also feature a special performance by music legend Smokey Robinson in celebration of Motown’s 65th anniversary, a Salute to American Heroes Past and Present, and a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” by Chloe Flower.

A stirring rendition of the “1812 Overture” accompanied by live cannon fire by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery kicks off a musical and fireworks finale.

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Paul McCartney

Posted on 23 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

McCartney said that due to the phenomenal success of the Got Back tour in Mexico last year, additional shows have been scheduled in Monterrey and Mexico City as part of his 2024 run of shows.

McCartney and his band will visit Monterrey on November 8 and Mexico City on November 12 and 17, including a headline show at Corona Capital Festival.

McCartney has performed in Mexico City 11 times to date and this will mark his first visit to Monterrey.

“The shows at Foro Sol were a highlight of last year for me. What a magical time we all had. I can still hear your singing ringing in my ears! Mexican audiences are so special,” said McCartney. “We always have a massive party together. I’m really looking forward to getting back and to rocking n’ rolling with you all as well as my first ever visit to Monterrey.”Pre-sale and general sale timings:

Friday 8th November – Estadio BBVA, Monterrey, Mexico
PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale: Monday 24 June 9AM CST / 4PM BST
General sale: Friday 28 June 1PM CST / 8PM BST

Tuesday 12th November – Estadio GNP Seguros, Mexico City, Mexico
PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale: Monday 24 June 9AM CST / 4PM BST
General sale: Friday 28 June 1PM CST / 8PM BST

Sunday 17th November – Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
General sale: Tuesday 25 June 2PM CST / 9PM BST

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Foghat

Posted on 16 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

Foghat recently shared a new video for the track “Black Days & Blue Nights” from their latest album, Sonic Mojo.

The clip features a live performance of the track, which is about the late Rod Price, the band’s original lead guitarist, who passed away in 2005.

“This song is our Ode to Rod Price,” founding member/drummer Roger Earl shares. “Rod was a complicated man. He was a beautiful soul, and we were good friends when he joined the band.”

Sonic Mojo is Foghat’s seventeenth studio album and was released on November 10, 2023. It features both cover songs and original compositions, including the last compositions by Kim Simmonds before his 2022 death.The album was the band’s first release since 2016’s Under the Influence.

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Styx

Posted on 16 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

As they hit the road for the co-headlining Renegades & Juke Box Heroes trek with special guest John Waite, Styx and Foreigner have announced a special limited-edition companion album, available exclusively at tour stops starting June 11 and at select retail on July 12.

Renegades & Juke Box Heroes, available as a picture disc or in elegant silver vinyl, features both bands’ greatest hits. It was mastered for vinyl by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound with lacquers cut by Joe Nino-Hernes.

Tracks include Foreigner’s most beloved hits, such as “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” alongside Styx hits “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.”By RTTNews Staff Writer ✉ | Published: 6/14/2024 9:01 AM ET | Follow Us On Google News
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As they hit the road for the co-headlining Renegades & Juke Box Heroes trek with special guest John Waite, Styx and Foreigner have announced a special limited-edition companion album, available exclusively at tour stops starting June 11 and at select retail on July 12.

Renegades & Juke Box Heroes, available as a picture disc or in elegant silver vinyl, features both bands’ greatest hits. It was mastered for vinyl by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound with lacquers cut by Joe Nino-Hernes.

Tracks include Foreigner’s most beloved hits, such as “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” alongside Styx hits “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.”

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Alice Cooper

Posted on 16 June 2024 by Brian Walsh

Alice Cooper has launched another campaign for President of the United States. As usual, this time too is satirical.

The rock star has launched an official website (www.aliceforpresident.com) and shared a short campaign video explaining why he should be elected as the head of the nation.

“Well, I’m Alice Cooper, and I’m a troubled man for troubled times. I have absolutely no idea what to do, so I should fit right in,” he says in the video.

Fans can sign up to receive campaign updates and purchase t-shirts.

Cooper had been running satirical presidential campaigns for every U.S. Presidential election since he released the chart-topping track “Elected,” the debut single from his sixth album Billion Dollar Babies, in 1972.”I’m a troubled man for troubled times,” is Cooper’s campaign slogan for 2024.

His campaign slogan for the last election was, “I can do nothing as well as they can do nothing.”

He satirically ran for president in 2016 as the candidate of the Wild Party.

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