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Taylor Swift To Drop 'Lover' With Collabs From St. Vincent, Dixie Chicks & More
The GRAMMY-winning pop star teased the new album with a performance of "You Need to Calm Down" and lead single "ME!" on Good Morning America
In case you haven't heard, Taylor Swift's seventh studio album, Lover, is dropping tonight at midnight. The newly released tracklist reveals that the pop star collabed with Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) the Dixie Chicks, Cautious Clay and more.
To celebrate the 18-track Lover, Swift performed two of its previously released singles, "You Need to Calm Down" and "ME!," along with 1989's "Shake It Off," in Central Park for Good Morning America on Thursday, Aug. 22. On air, she shared this album will be the first of which whose masters she owns outright.
"Something that's very special to me about this album is it's the first one that I will own," Swift said about Lover while sitting down with GMA host Robin Roberts. She also discussed her plan to re-record her first five albums next year, adding, "I think that artists deserve to own their work. I feel very passionately about that."
Earlier this summer, Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine, the label Swift had been signed to until late last year. The deal acquired the rights to the masters from all her recordings with the label. Swift's new deal with Universal/Republic allows her to own her masters, and, as she shared on GMA, her prior contract allows her to re-record her first five albums starting November 2020, which will allow her to gain rights for those recordings.
The new album holds several big collaborations, including the just-released "Cruel Summer," which was co-written by Swift, Clark and Bleachers' Jack Antonoff. It is the first time Swift and Clark, two powerhouse women, have worked together in the studio, although they each worked with Antonoff on their last albums, reputation (on "Look What You Made Me Do" and "New Year's Day") and MASSEDUCTION, respectively.
This time around, Antonoff collaborated with Swift on a majority of the album's tracks, including "London Boy" and "Soon You'll Get Better." The former also features co-writes from Cautious Clay and Mark Anthony Spears, while the latter features vocals from country-pop icons the Dixie Chicks, marking their first new music in 13 years.
| Official Lover writing credits from iTunes— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) August 21, 2019
3 solely written songs — Lover, Cornelia Street and Daylight
Frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff is on 8 tracks, other co-writers include Joel Little, Adam Feeney, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, St. Vincent & Mark Anthony Spears! pic.twitter.com/0GgPWmzxwS
Lover will be available on all music major music streaming services at midnight tonight. A deluxe edition CD, including copies of handpicked pages of the pop queen's journals from the past 13 years, will also be available on Aug. 23.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012
(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).
Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.