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Bette Midler to Release "It's the Girls," Salute to Girl Groups, on Nov. 4

By Andrea Dresdale

Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of years ago, Bette Midler inducted legendary girl group vocalist Darlene Love into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, the multi-talented entertainer is releasing an entire album dedicated to the girl group genre, spanning songs from the 1930s to the 1990s — and Darlene Love is a guest performer.

It’s the Girls! arrives November 4, and features Bette’s renditions of 15 songs, the earliest of which is The Andrews Sisters’ “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” (by meer bisst doo shane), from 1937. The most recent track is “Waterfalls,” by TLC. Most of the material, though, comes from the sixties girl group era, and includes hits by The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and more. Darlene joins Bette for a duet of “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” originally recorded by The Crystals. Darlene originally sang lead on that record.

“A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” Bette says in a statement. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly …read more

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Phil Collins Announces That He's "Not Ready to Return to the Full Concert Stage"

By Music News Group

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins has a message for fans who think he’s planning a full-fledged return to performing live: There must be some misunderstanding. The former Genesis frontman and drummer, who will be taking the stage December 6 at an annual benefit for the Little Dreams Foundation in Miami Beach, Florida, issued a statement to clarify his involvement in the event and his future plans with regard to playing live.

Collins explains in the message, “I will be performing three or four songs semi-acoustically, and maybe one more with my 13-year-old son Nicolas on drums, but that’s all as I am not ready to return to the full concert stage at this time.”

The Little Dreams Foundation was co-founded by Collins and his ex-wife, Orianne, and supports talented children who strive to achieve excellence in music, sports and art. The show, dubbed the Dreaming on the Beach concert, will take place at the Fillmore Miami Beach and also will feature performances by a few other singers.

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Pharrell Williams to Launch Line of Handbags Shaped Like Trains

By Andrea Dresdale

Art Streiber/NBCAll aboard for Pharrell Williams‘ latest fashion venture! Women’s Wear Daily reports that the singer, songwriter and newly minted Voice coach is teaming with the French leather goods company Moynat to create a line of handbags inspired by trains.

The handbags will be shaped like vintage steam locomotives, and are being made in either hand-tooled acrylic resin or hand-carved ebony. They’re being unveiled at the super-trendy Parisian boutique Colette on October 13; a week later, they’ll be at Moynat boutiques in London and Paris.

The collaboration started when Pharrell was introduced to the brand by Colette’s creative director. After he toured their workshop, he bonded with Moynat’s creative director over the idea of trains, which are both nostalgic and romantic. The creative director said that Pharrell nearly got teary-eyed when he saw the first prototype of the train purse.

The limited-edition resin version will set you back nearly $13,000; the ebony ones will cost just over four grand each. If you can’t afford that, there also will be silk scarves and leather pouches with train motifs available.

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Fan Claims Rod Stewart-Kicked Soccer Ball Broke His Nose

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Penny LancasterAttending a Rod Stewart concert is a dangerous business — at least according to one fan, who’s now suing the singer for breaking his nose.

Page Six reports that according to court papers, Mostafe Kashe claims that when he attended one of Rod’s concerts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2012, Rod kicked a soccer ball into the audience, which smashed into his face with enough force to bust his nose. He’s now suing Rod as well as the concert promoter, AEG Live, claiming negligence and “failure to warn” patrons that they might be struck with “sufficient force so as to potentially injure” them.

The complaint further notes that Rod isn’t just randomly winging balls into the crowd: his kicks pack a serious punch due to his longstanding involvement in the sport. “Stewart has significant experience in the sport of soccer and experience in kicking soccer balls, having previously tried out for a professional soccer team in the U.K. and regularly playing in amateur soccer leagues since his youth,” says Kashe’s complaint.

Kashe claims he had to cut his vacation short after being injured and …read more

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Kelly Clarkson to Be Honored at Musicians on Call's 15th Anniversary Concert

By Andrea Dresdale

Justin Lubin/NBCMusicians on Call, the charity which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients nationwide, has announced that Kelly Clarkson will be the special honoree at its 15th anniversary celebration.

Kelly will be celebrated at the November 18 event in New York City, and among those performing are Jessie J and Nick Jonas. Kelly, who’s personally performed for patients while working with the charity, has said of working with the charity, “I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time…in the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes.”

Visit MusiciansOnCall.org to find out how to get tickets for the event.

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Are Madonna & Nicki Minaj Teaming Up Again?

By Andrea Dresdale

Mert & MarcusMadonna is teasing yet another possible collaboration on her new album. On Instagram, she’s posted a photo of herself and Nicki Minaj, with the caption, “We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk.”

Nick posted the same photo, with the caption,My trip to New York isn’t the same unless I bump into the Queen.” She added the hashtag, “#B**chItsMadonna,” which is rumored to be the title of one of the songs on the Queen of Pop’s new album.

Madonna and Nicki previously teamed up on Madonna’s 2012 single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and Nicki joined her when she performed the song at the Super Bowl halftime show that same year. It’s possible that Madonna has also tapped Nicki to contribute a verse to the new album, but it’s not clear.

Madonna previously implied in an Instagram post that Alicia Keys would be contributing to the new album as well, but Madonna’s rep told ABC News Radio that she wasn’t sure if that’s true.

Madonna’s new album will likely see the light of day in 2015.

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Will Annie Lennox's New Album Be Her Last?

By ABC News Radio

Mike OwenAnnie Lennox is releasing a new album of standards, Nostalgia, on vinyl at the end of this month, and on all other formats in October. If you’re a fan, better make sure you grab a copy: the ex-Eurythmics frontwoman says this disc just might be her last.

Rolling Stone reports that at an event in London to launch the record, Annie — who’ll turn 60 on Christmas Day — said, “I was thinking maybe it’s my swan song…but I don’t know yet.” She continued, “Every time I ever made an album with Dave Stewart [in the Eurythmics] I always said, ‘That’s the last.’ And after that, with my own albums, it was, ‘That’s it! I’m never doing that again.’ But I came back to it.”

Annie also says that she’s trying to decide if she’ll do any shows to promote the new album: her last full tour was in 2007. “That’s a big question at the moment,” said the singer, adding, “We’ll see.”

Nostalgia will be Annie’s second album in a row of non-original material, but the singer says there’s a good reason for that.

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"The Voice" Recap: The Blind Auditions Begin

By Tom Carr

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCThe seventh season of The Voice premiered Monday night on NBC with the start of the blind auditions.

Veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were joined by two newcomers: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The foursome kicked off the two-hour broadcast by collaborating on a cover of Gwen’s No Doubt hit “Hella Good,” which was co-written by Pharrell.

Here are the highlights of the blind auditions:

Luke Wade was the first contestant of the new season. He performed “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” made famous by Otis Redding. All of the coaches pressed their buttons. Adam stood up on his chair with excitement, declaring to Luke, “You’re going to win.” Pharrell insisted he knew what to do with Luke’s voice, and pleaded with Luke to let him be his “amplifier.” Gwen joked that while Blake and Adam are mailing it in as veteran coaches, she’s fresh and ready to go. Luke decided to join Pharrell.

Clara Hong was born in South Korea and moved to America when she was 8. All of the coaches except for Blake pressed their buttons as Clara sang “Chuck E’s in Love” by Rickie Lee …read more

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Pink's New Musical Collaborator Provided Her Birthing Soundtrack, Too

By Andrea Dresdale

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsPink surprised fans a few weeks ago by announcing that she’ll be releasing a new album in October under the name You + Me. Her musical collaborator in the project is singer/songwriter Dallas Green, and she’s a big fan of his. How big a fan? It was his music she chose to listen to when she gave birth to her daughter, Willow.

The Australian paper The Daily Telegraph reports that Pink became a fan of Green, who records under the name The City and Colour, back in 2008, and she invited him to open her U.K. concerts in 2010. Then, last year, he ended up opening three of her U.S. shows, and that’s when, Green says, he found out how much she loves his music.

“During the show, Pink would ask for a round of applause for City and Colour and told the crowd, ‘That was what I was listening to when Willow came into the world,'” Green told The Daily Telegraph. “She would say that every night in front of 15,000 people or more; it was nuts. I’ll take that!”

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Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets" to Be Released October 27

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupMy Dream Duets, Barry Manilow’s album of collaborations featuring him singing with artists who are no longer with us, now has a release date: October 27.

Manilow created the album taking the original vocal tracks from each artist’s original recording, re-orchestrating the arrangements, and recording all-new musical tracks. As a result, the songs “sound as if they were recorded yesterday,” he says in a statement, adding, “The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically.”

Among the artists with whom Manilow duets with on the album are John Denver, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., and Judy Garland. “Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true,” he says.

Here’s the full track listing for My Dream Duets:

“The Song’s Gotta Come from the Heart,” with Jimmy Durante
“Goody Goody,” with Frankie Lymon
“Dream a Little Dream of Me,” with Mama Cass
“I Believe In You and Me,” with Whitney Houston
“Sunshine on My Shoulders,” with John Denver
“Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” with Judy Garland
“Moon River,” with Andy Williams
“The Look of Love,” with Dusty Springfield
“The Candyman,” with Sammy Davis, Jr.
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