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On The Road
The Eagles are dusting off their instruments for the History Of The Eagles Tour, a jaunt in conjunction with their new career-spanning documentary of the same name. The tour takes flight July 6 in Louisville, Ky. Following its Showtime debut in February, look for the documentary release on DVD and Blu-ray on April 30. Fellow classic rockers Fleetwood Mac will make their anticipated return to the concert trail April 4 in Columbus, Ohio. (Did you know? Fleetwood Mac's Rumours bested Eagles' Hotel California for Album Of The Year in 1977.) Prince has announced a brief West Coast run of U.S. and Canadian theaters beginning April 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fresh from their Album Of The Year win at the 55th GRAMMYs, Mumford & Sons will kick off their latest North American tour on May 21 in Calgary, Alberta. After being sidelined from touring to recuperate from vocal surgery, John Mayer will launch his first solo tour in three years on July 6 in Milwaukee. For festival fans, this year's Lollapalooza lineup has just been announced featuring headlines Mumford & Sons and Nine Inch Nails, among others.
Kings Of Leon are readying the follow-up album to 2010's GRAMMY-nominated Come Around Sundown. "I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds," bassist Jared Followill recently told Rolling Stone. In more immediate news, on April 2 Gretchen Wilson will celebrate the release of Right On Time, her first studio album in three years, with an appearance on the "Today" show. The first single from the album, "Still Rollin'," was released in February.
Charts And Lists
This week, Lil Wayne (who just revealed he suffers from epilepsy) is bidding for his fourth No. 1 album with I Am Not A Human Being II. If Weezy hits the top spot, it would mark four consecutive No. 1 debuts by a GRAMMY winner, following Bon Jovi, David Bowie and Justin Timberlake. It's been 50 years since Barbra Streisand debuted on the Billboard 200 with The Barbra Streisand Album. The album ultimately earned the New York native her first two GRAMMY Awards in 1963, including Album Of The Year. Read more fun facts about Streisand's impressive chart stats, GRAMMY history and more, courtesy of GRAMMY.com contributor Paul Grein's Chart Watch blog on Yahoo. Speaking of golden anniversaries, the Beatles recently celebrated 50 years since the release of their debut album, Please Please Me. In conjunction with the anniversary, Rolling Stone revealed its list of the Top 100 Best Debut Albums Of All Time. The list features numerous GRAMMY winners, including Fiona Apple, Lady Gaga, Norah Jones, and Van Halen. But which GRAMMY winner landed at No. 1?
Music On Film
In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks' new documentary chronicling the making of her 2011 solo album of the same name, will screen in more than 50 theaters across North America on April 2. "It's a magical little film," Nicks told Billboard. "It really allows you to sit right there with us through the entire year of the making of In Your Dreams, and it's funny."
Bonnie Raitt is scheduled to appear on "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson" on April 3. Raitt picked up the 10th GRAMMY of her career for Best Americana Album for Slipstream at the 55th GRAMMYs. Also on April 3, Darius Rucker will appear on "Conan." His new album, True Believers, is due May 21. Catch Ryan Bingham on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on April 4 promoting his latest album, Tomorrowland.
In an interview with The New York Times, producer Tony Visconti came clean about his regret in refusing to produce David Bowie's "Space Oddity" classic. "I thought it was a desperate cash-in because Bowie was a kid, who, like everyone else I worked with, needed a hit," said Visconti. "I have kicked myself many, many times since then, because I was completely and utterly wrong." In a recent interview with Myspace, Justin Timberlake revealed he was laughed at when he released FutureSex/LoveSounds. "I just think that [Timbaland] and I were onto something different and I just think that anytime you put out something different, it's polarizing," said Timberlake. "And polarizing is good, I think, because polarizing starts a conversation." Paul McCartney has been busy in the studio working on a follow-up to his GRAMMY-winning standards album, 2012's Kisses On The Bottom. The legendary artist has teamed with producer Mark Ronson for three songs for the project. "He writes really good songs," Ronson told the Associated Press. Could that be the musical understatement of the past 50 years?
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