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Which #1 Hit from 1989 Inspired a Song on Taylor Swift’s New Album, “1989”?

By Andrea Dresdale

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has already said her upcoming album is titled 1989 not only because that’s her birth year, but also because she was inspired by a lot of “late ’80s” music while making it. Now one of those “late-’80s” songs has been revealed: “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals.

Taylor’s friend, Jack Antonoff of the band fun., worked on 1989, and tells Rolling Stone he and Taylor bonded over the snare drum sound in “She Drives Me Crazy,” which hit #1 in 1989. “Taylor brought it up first, and I was like, ‘Holy s**t, you’re not going to believe this: I just sampled that snare in a track,'” Jack tells Rolling Stone. “I played her one second of it on my iPhone, and she was like, ‘Send me that track.’ That became a song called ‘I Wish You Would.'”

“I really think ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ could be on the radio now,” says Taylor of the hit by the British pop group. “It’s that timeless.”

In general, though, Taylor says she was inspired by ’80s music because, she tells Rolling Stone, “It was …read more

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New Annie Lennox Album, “Nostalgia,” Available for Pre-Order; Album Trailer Now Online

By Andrea Dresdale

Blue Note RecordsNostalgia, Annie Lennox’s upcoming album of standards, will debut September 30 on vinyl and on CD on October 21, but it’s available for pre-order right now on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

The album’s first single, Annie’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, is also available now as a stand-alone download at all digital stores. If you pre-order the album, you’ll get it for free right away.

The vinyl version of Nostalgia will feature packaging designed by Annie herself, including a gatefold jacket and a 12-page booklet with photos and lyrics. On October 21, in addition to the regular version of the album, you’ll be able to purchase a deluxe CD/DVD version of Nostalgia exclusively at Amazon. That comes with a 36-page book, and a DVD that includes a video of Annie singing “I Put a Spell on You,” as well as an interview where Annie discusses the album.

A trailer for the album, in which Annie previews the songs on Nostalgia and talks about the personal meanings they have for her, is online now at <a target="_self" …read more

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Whitney Houston Live Album Arriving This Fall

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsWhitney Houston‘s fans will soon be able to purchase the late singer’s first-ever live album, titled Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.

Almost three years after the singer’s death, Legacy Recordings has announced the posthumous release which will include 16 live songs on CD and 18 performances on DVD. The albums will assemble performances from events and TV appearances across the singer’s career. Among the songs fans can expect to hear are her stellar rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from Super Bowl XXV in 1991 as well as her 2009 performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will arrive November 10.

Here’s the track list for Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances CD:

“Home” (The Merv Griffin Show, 1983)
“You Give Good Love” (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985)
“How Will I Know” (The Brit Awards, 1987)
“One Moment in Time” (The 31st Annual Grammy Awards, 1989)
“Greatest Love of All” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
“The Star-Spangled Banner” (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
“All the Man …read more

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Cyndi Lauper Added to “America’s Got Talent” Finale; She and Other Stars to Perform with the Finalists

By Andrea Dresdale

WeTVCyndi Lauper has been added to the lineup of stars who’ll be performing on Wednesday night’s finale of America’s Got Talent.

Cyndi joins Train, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz, drummer Travis Barker of the band Blink-182 and rapper Pitbull on the bill for the finale; Pitbull and Ed will perform solo, but the other artists will team up with the final six acts in the competition.

For example, Cyndi will perform with singer Emily West, while JHud will perform with another singer, Quintavious Johnson. Train will perform with the musical group Sons of Serendip, Lenny will sing with vocalist Miguel Dakota and Barker will provide music for acrobatic troupe AcroArmy.

At the end of the night, host Nick Cannon will announce the winner, who’ll headline a show in Las Vegas at the end of this month. The fun gets underway Wednesday night on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Barbra Streisand Frustrated by Tabloid Rumors; Would Like to Sing with Rihanna & Adele

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOn her latest album, Partners, Barbra Streisand duets with some of the biggest male names in music, including John Legend, Billy Joel, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder and the late Elvis Presley. The main man in Streisand’s life is, of course, her husband, actor James Brolin. Last July marked their 16th year of marriage, despite tabloid rumors claiming they’re on the brink of divorce.

“My husband and I were in the supermarket the other day, we were holding hands and a guy behind us said ‘Oh, you’re back together?'” Streisand said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America. “And I went — well, my husband knew about this but he didn’t tell me — I said ‘Well, when were we apart?’ to this guy. And he says, ‘Oh, I think, hmm hmm something or other,’ and I said, ‘Jim, why, what are they talking about?’ He said, ‘Well you know, the rags print this stuff.'”

“It’s like, why do they have to make up stories? I don’t get it,” said Streisand.

The legendary singer has her music to take her mind off of the rumors: Partners is out today. Although the album only features …read more

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Katy Perry Leads MTV EMA Nominations with Seven

By Andrea Dresdale

Photo Credit: Jake BaileyIt hasn’t even been a month since the MTV VMAs happened, but it’s already time for the MTV EMAs — the European Music Awards. The nominees have now been revealed, and Katy Perry leads all comers with seven nods.

Katy, who’s hosted the MTV EMA ceremony twice and has won four awards, is listed in categories such as Best U.S. Act; Best Song, for “Dark Horse”; Best Female; Best Live, and more. Other top nominees include Ariana Grande with six nods, Pharrell Williams and One Direction with five each, and Sam Smith, with four.

Other acts receiving nods include Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Lorde.

This year’s 20th anniversary ceremony will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9 and will air on MTV channels worldwide. Voting in now open at

Here are the nominees in the top categories:

Best Song
Ariana Grande — “Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea
Eminem — “The Monster” ft. Rihanna
Katy Perry — “Dark Horse” ft. Juicy J
Pharrell Williams — “Happy”
Sam Smith — “Stay With Me”

Best Pop
5 Seconds of Summer
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus
One Direction

Best Female
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift

Best Male
Ed Sheeran
Justin …read more

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Bryan Adams Sets Nov. 24 as Release Date for “Reckless” 30th Anniv. Reissue

By Andrea Dresdale

Universal Music EnterprisesBryan Adams‘ lavish 30th anniversary reissue of his breakthrough album Reckless will arrive in stores November 24.

As previously reported, the reissue will feature a handful of tracks that didn’t make it onto the original album due to the limitations of ’80s technology — but there’s much, much more included in the package. The super-deluxe edition will include four discs: the remastered original album with seven bonus tracks, a live concert from 1985, a Blu-ray version of the original album, and a DVD of Reckless — The Movie, a promotional film that originally came out with the album.

That package also includes never-before-seen photos of Bryan working in the studio, and the transcript of an interview in which he and his writing partner Jim Vallance remember creating each song. There are also lyrics, notes, paperwork and other memorabilia connected with the making of the disc.

Of course, Reckless will also be available in a variety of different formats if you don’t want to shell out for the super-deluxe.

Speaking about making Reckless, which was released November 5, 1984 — his 25th birthday — Bryan says in a statement, “By the time …read more

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Streisand Says Releasing New Album’s Like Giving Birth: “Painful & Joyous at the Same Time”

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBarbra Streisand‘s all-star duets album, Partners, is in stores today, and according to the diva, releasing a new album is like giving birth: it’s great, but there’s some difficulty involved.

This morning, Streisand sits down with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the new project, which finds her singing with top male stars of every genre, from Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli, to John Mayer, Billy Joel, Josh Groban and even the late King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley.

Asked by Roberts if, this far into her career, she still feels the same excitement before releasing a new album, Streisand says, “Oh sure. It’s like being pregnant, y’know? And then it comes out. Yeah. It’s kinda painful and joyous at the same time!”

Speaking of pregnancy, Streisand actually gave birth to one of her duet partners on the album: she sings with Jason Gould, her son with her ex-husband Elliott Gould. She tells Roberts on this morning’s GMA that Jason wasn’t exactly a born performer.

“I once heard him hum when he was 15, through a door that he had closed,” remembers the diva. “[I said,] ‘Jason, is that you? …read more

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Train, Still Rolling After 20 Years, Releases New Album “Bulletproof Picasso”

By Andrea Dresdale

Columbia RecordsTrain‘s new album Bulletproof Picasso is in stores today, and considering that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s existence, lead singer Pat Monahan says the album’s unusual title is an apt description of their staying power.

“The whole album is stories of venturing from a small town to San Francisco,” Pat tells ABC News Radio. “And ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ –the song — is about leaving [my hometown of] Pennsylvania and sitting there with my friends and saying, ‘Who’s got the b***s to do this with me? Who’s made of lead paint and bulletproof?'”

“Then, what we realized, was that we’re, in a sense, a ‘Bulletproof Picasso,'” he adds. “‘Cause we’re artists and, for some reason, after 20 years, we’re still here making music people listen to on the radio.”

Of course, few bands can exist for two decades without some lineup changes, and Train is no exception: Bulletproof Picasso is the first not to feature founding drummer Scott Underwood, and other members have left along the way. At this point, the only original members are Pat and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, but Jimmy says despite the changes, they’re still Train.

“We have gone through …read more

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Cher and Lady Gaga Have a “Bang Bang” Lovefest on Twitter

By Andrea Dresdale

Warner Bros. Records; Steven KleinA while back, Cher and Lady Gaga recorded a duet, but it was never released. Still, the two artists seem to have a mutual admiration society going, with Cher gushing over the fact that Gaga has recorded a version of “Bang Bang,” a 1960s hit for her and her former husband Sonny Bono.

“Bang Bang” is one of the bonus tracks on Cheek to Cheek, Gaga’s forthcoming duet album with Tony Bennett. She also recently performed the song at a party for the fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar, and a video of that has just been made available online.


To which Gaga responded, “You know @cher that level of support coming from you means more than you will ever know. Your confidence is the mark of a true legend. [Love] You.”

She added, addressing the legendary diva, “It’s a supreme honor to sing Bang Bang, that song time traveled & continues to inspire, I wish …read more

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