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John Stamos To Join Beach Boys On 'Endless Summer Gold' Tour Dates

John Stamos To Join Beach Boys On 'Endless Summer Gold' Tour Dates

John Stamos is set to join The Beach Boys on several dates of the legendary band's "Endless Summer Gold" Tour.

The Beach Boys' 2024 "Endless Summer Gold Tour" celebrates the 50th anniversary of their album Endless Summer. Stamos will feature on a handful of dates on the East Coast, the Midwest, and California.

"I believe their songs have been patiently waiting for this moment, perfectly timed to uplift spirits, especially when needed the most," Stamos said in a statement. "I'm humbled that I get to be part of something truly special, something bigger than ourselves."

"You must see The Beach Boys ASAP!" he added. "It's an unforgettable opportunity to remind everyone of the massive power music holds to heal and unite. Together, they continue to captivate audiences, honoring the timeless appeal of America's Band, The Beach Boys."

Stamos will perform on dates from May 30 to June 20, July 5 to July 7 and August 30 to September 1.

The Beach Boys "Endless Summer Gold" tour dates with John Stamos:

5/30 - St. George Theatre - Staten Island, NY5/31 - Stanley Theatre - Utica, NY6/01 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ6/02 - Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA6/15 - Roanoke Island Festival Park - Manteo, NC6/16 - Salvage Station - Asheville, NC6/18 - Bergland Center - Roanoke, VA6/19 - Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts - Greensboro, NC6/20 - Alabama Theatre - North Myrtle Beach, SC (matinee)6/20 - Alabama Theatre - North Myrtle Beach, SC7/05 - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre - Rochester Hills, MI7/06 - Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park - Indianapolis, IN7/07 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL8/30 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA8/31 - Pechanga Resort Casino - Temecula, CA9/01 - The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park - San Diego, CA

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Violent Femmes Announce Fall 2024 Leg Of Tour Celebrating First Two Albums

Violent Femmes Announce Fall 2024 Leg Of Tour Celebrating First Two Albums

Violent Femmes have announced a fall leg of their tour celebrating the anniversaries of their first two albums.

The trek kicks off on September 26 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and concludes on October 8 in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 24.

Each show will feature front-to-back performances of their 1983 self-titled debut and 1984's Hallowed Ground.

Violent Femmes previously played their 1983 self-titled debut in full in 2023 in honor of its 40th anniversary.

They continued to do that on their spring 2024 tour, while also adding their 1984 sophomore effort Hallowed Ground to the set for its 40th anniversary.

Violent Femmes 2024 Tour Dates:

06/20 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium ^06/21 - Highland Park, IL @ Violent Ravina Festival w/ Chicago Philharmonic #06/22 - Columbus, OH @ Picnic with the Pops07/25 - Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo07/26 - Sandpoint, ID @ War Memorial Field07/27 - Portland, OR @ Project Pabst07/28 - Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^08/14 - Northampton, MA @ The Pines Theater08/16 - Centre Wellington, ON, Canada @ Riverfest Elora08/17 - Lafayette, NY @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards09/26 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando ^09/27 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater ^09/28 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live ^09/29 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre ^10/01 - Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall ^10/02 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz ^10/04 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester's Paristown Hall ^10/05 - Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit ^10/06 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall #10/08 - Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Company ^10/09 - Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center ^

# = Performing Violent Femmes^ = Performing Violent Femmes and Hallowed Ground

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2025 Grammys Set To Take Place February 2nd In Los Angeles

2025 Grammys Set To Take Place February 2nd In Los Angeles

The Recording Academy has announced the 2025 Grammys will take place on February 2 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

The 67th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Nominations for the 2025 Grammys will be announced on November 8.

Only those pieces of work released between September 16, 2023, and August 30, 2024, will be eligible for entry.

First Round Voting, which will take place during October 4-15, determines all the Grammy award nominees.

Final Round Voting will be held between December 12 and January 3.

The Grammy winners across all categories will be revealed on the award night.

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Anthrax's Joey Belladonna Announces Ronnie James Dio Tribute Band

Anthrax's Joey Belladonna Announces Ronnie James Dio Tribute Band

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna is paying homage to the late Ronnie James Dio by launching a new tribute band.

The new group will play four shows in Florida in August, performing music from Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow.

Belladonna recently took to social media to announce that he and his wife Krista have formed the new Dio tribute band.

"Krista and I are proud to announce our new tribute band to Ronnie James Dio! A night of songs from Dio, Sabbath, and Rainbow!" the singer wrote on Facebook.

According to Belladonna's official website, the concerts will see Belladonna tackle Dio's most iconic releases including "Holy Diver," "Rainbow In The Dark," "Heaven And Hell," "Neon Knights" and more.

Tickets to Joey Belladonna's Ronnie James Dio tribute concerts will go on sale soon via his official website.

Tour Dates:

August 15 - Captain Hiram's - Sebastian, FLAugust 16 - Piper's Pub - Pompano Beach, FLAugust 17 - OCC Road House - Clearwater, FLAugust 18 - Conduit - Winter Park, FL

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Judge Halts Graceland Sale After Elvis' Granddaughter Riley Keough's Fraud Claim

Judge Halts Graceland Sale After Elvis' Granddaughter Riley Keough's Fraud Claim

A judge at the Shelby County Chancery Court in Memphis, Tennessee, halted the sale of Elvis Presley's Graceland estate on Wednesday (May 22), a day ahead of the scheduled foreclosure auction set for Thursday (May 23).

Chancellor JoeDae L. Jenkins, who heard the case pertaining to the lawsuit filed by Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough, said, "The estate is considered unique under Tennessee law, and in being unique the loss of the real estate will be considered irreparable harm."

Neither Keough nor the defendant, a company called Naussany Investments & Private Lending LLC, attended the hearing.

Keough had claimed in a suit filed earlier this month that Naussany was trying to defraud her family into selling Graceland by forging the signature of her late mother Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla. She added that Naussany may not even be "a real entity" and sought a restraining order against them ahead of the sale of Graceland.

Jenkins' order also delays the trial until Naussany provides a defense to Keough's claims.

Naussany claims that Lisa Marie borrowed $3.8 million and gave them a deed of trust encumbering Graceland as security before she died in January 2023, but Keough's lawsuit claims Lisa Marie's apparent signatures on the Standard Promissory Note and deed of trust are forged.

Keough's suit also claims that the notary who reportedly witnessed the deed said she didn't notarize anything and has never met Lisa Marie.

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Wynonna Judd, Lainey Wilson Team Up On Cover Of Tom Petty's 'Refugee'

Wynonna Judd, Lainey Wilson Team Up On Cover Of Tom Petty's 'Refugee'

Wynonna Judd and Lainey Wilson have teamed up for a cover of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' classic "Refugee."

The track, produced by Cactus Moser, arrives as the fifth single shared from the highly-anticipated Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty.

The cover is also accompanied by a video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Judd and Wilson recording their version.

"That was one of the coolest experiences of my life," Wilson said when asked about recording with Judd.

"My gosh, every time I tried to use that growl in my voice, I was trying to channel my inner Wynonna," she added. "Everybody wants an inner Wynonna."

The covers album is set for release on June 21st via Big Machine Records in partnership with the Tom Petty Estate.

The new track follows the recent release of, Chris Stapleton's version of "I Should Have Known It," and "Southern Accents," by Petty's friend and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dolly Parton.

The record also features Petty covers from artists like Willie Nelson, Luke Combs, Steve Earle, George Strait, Margo Price, Rhiannon Giddens, Jamey Johnson, and Brothers Osborne.

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Directors Confirm Cate Blanchett's 'Rumours' Is Named After Fleetwood Mac Album

Directors Confirm Cate Blanchett's 'Rumours' Is Named After Fleetwood Mac Album

During a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, the directors of Cate Blanchett's new film Rumors confirmed that the movie took its name from the iconic Fleetwood Mac album.

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson co-directed "Rumours," which premiered on Saturday night (May 19). The film earned a four-minute standing ovation as Blanchett blew kisses to the crowd.

"I did confirm something with Galen last night, and it's weird that it never came up in rehearsal, which is: 'Why the hell is this movie called Rumours?'" Blanchett said at the press event. "And my husband had said, 'Is that after the Fleetwood Mac album?' And you said, 'Yes it was.'"

Galen said that the directors were looking at a "list of 10 best album names and 'Rumours' was on there and we liked that name."

"'Rumours' the album was famously creatively fraught and everyone was sleeping with each other, so it made sense to us," he continued. "No one questioned it. We thought people, producers and financiers, would be like, 'Why "Rumours"?' But no one ever questioned it, so it just made the title."

In addition to Blanchett, "Rumours" also stars Alicia Vikander, Charles Dance, Roy Dupuis, Denis Ménochet, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rolando Ravello, Takehiro Hira and Zlatko Buric.

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Rolling Stones To Reissue 'Voodoo Lounge' In Celebration Of 30th Anniversary

Rolling Stones To Reissue 'Voodoo Lounge' In Celebration Of 30th Anniversary

The Rolling Stones are set to issue a 30th anniversary edition of their 1994 album Voodoo Lounge in July.

The band's first album without bass player Bill Wyman features Stones favorites "You Got Me Rocking, "Out Of Tears" and "Love Is Strong." The album went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

The 30th anniversary reissue sees the album pressed on a 2LP set with one record pressed on red vinyl and the other in yellow vinyl. A limited edition adds a white vinyl 10-inch that includes four bonus tracks previously unissued on vinyl, including "I'm Gonna Drive," "So Young," "Jump On Top Of Me", and "The Storm."

There is no CD edition of this Voodoo Lounge 30th anniversary reissue, which is due to released on 12 July 2024 via Polydor/UMR.

The celebration also includes a new collection of Voodoo Lounge merchandise, including hoodies and T-shirts.

Voodoo Lounge was released on July 11, 1994. The album ended a five-year gap since the Stones' last studio album, Steel Wheels, in 1989.

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Bon Jovi Share New Single 'Living Proof'

Bon Jovi Share New Single 'Living Proof'

Bon Jovi recently shared a new song and lyric video entitled "Living Proof," out now via Island Records.

"Living Proof" is the latest song from their forthcoming Forever album, due out on June 7th. The song follows the blockbuster single "Legendary."

"We bring back the talk box, the idea based on Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh and our using it first on 'Livin' on a Prayer,'" Jon Bon Jovi explained in a promotional video. "This is a big ol' rock song just the way you like it."

Forever features Jon Bon Jovi alongside fellow founding Bon Jovi members, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres. They are joined by bassist Hugh McDonald and guitarist Phil X.

Meanwhile, Forever arrives in the wake of the launch of the Hulu series Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, a four-part documentary relating the story of the New Jersey band's "40-year odyssey of rock and roll idolatry on the precipice as a vocal injury threatens to bring everything to a screeching halt."

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Miley Cyrus Shares Cover Of Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer'

Miley Cyrus Shares Cover Of Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer'

Miley Cryus recently released a cover version of Talking Heads' classic "Psycho Killer."

The cover is featured on the Talking Heads tribute album, Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense, which is out now.

Cyrus had played an acoustic version of the song live at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont in March. The version released now is a synthpop-drenched take on the superhit track. It features a driving new-wave beat and pulsing synths in the background.

The lyrics have been changed a bit as well. The cover sees Cyrus proclaim, "I love you, psycho killer / Gonna love you forever / You know I'll never run away".

Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense also features Paramore's cover of "Burning Down the House," Lorde's take on "Take Me to the River," the National doing Fear of Music's "Heaven," Girl in Red's "Girlfriend Is Better," Teezo Touchdown's rendition of "Making Flippy Floppy," and more.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce Collection Of Previously Unreleased Records

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce Collection Of Previously Unreleased Records

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced that a 10-track collection, titled Early Daze, will arrive June 28.

The collection will contain mostly previously unreleased tracks dating from 1969. Songs that were included on the band's first album that year will also feature on the set.

The collection includes six unreleased songs, namely "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown," "Winterlong," "Wonderin'," "Look at All the Things," "Helpless," and "Down by the River."

Early Daze will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Early Daze Tracklist:

01 "Dance Dance Dance" (included on Archives Vol. I)02 "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" (unreleased version)03 "Winterlong" (unreleased version)04 "Everybody's Alone (different mix included on Archives Vol. I)05 "Wonderin'" (unreleased version)06 "Cinnamon Girl" (original 7? Mono mix, includes guitar outro not on LP version.)07 "Look At All The Things" (unreleased version)08 "Helpless" (unreleased version)09 "Birds" (unreleased stereo mix, mono mix was released as B-side to "Only Love Can Break Your Heart")10 "Down By The River" (unreleased version with alternate vocals)

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Hootie & The Blowfish Share Rendition Of Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth'

Hootie & The Blowfish Share Rendition Of Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth'

Hootie & the Blowfish set the stage for a return to the road this summer with the release of their rendition of "For What It's Worth," the timeless anthem originally written by Stephen Stills in 1966 and performed by Buffalo Springfield.

The band's version of the iconic song, recorded in 2017 during their studio sessions for Imperfect Circle, is finally emerging from the vault in conjunction with the kickoff of their Summer Camp With Trucks Tour.

During that first return to the studio in nearly 15 years, longtime producer Don Gehman encouraged the band to pay homage to one of the most influential protest songs of all time.

"For us, adding our voice to 'For What It's Worth' is about more than just a great song," the band's frontman Darius Rucker reflects. "It's about standing up for what you believe in, speaking out against injustice and trying to find a sense of unity. In today's world, where there is so much division, this song carries a message that is as relevant as ever."

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Styx Reveal Terry Gowan As New Bass Player

Styx Reveal Terry Gowan As New Bass Player

Styx have announced that Terry Gowan will replace Ricky Phillips as the rock band's bassist.

Phillips bid farewell to Styx in March after being a part of the band for more than two decades.

"It is within an honor and somewhere beyond a dream come true to be joining JY, Tommy, Chuck, Will, and my brother Lawrence - and to be reacquainted with decade-long Gowan band mate Todd - in taking on the mantle as the new bassist of the legendary STYX," said the new bassist. "Here's to many years ahead on the Styx adventure!".

Styx keyboardist Lawrence Gowan said he is pleased and proud to have his brother, Terry, join the group.

"Terry played on four of my six solo Gowan albums," he added. "He's on records that include some of the world's most renowned musicians: Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Jon Anderson, and Alex Lifeson, as well as touring with Gowan from 1985 to 1990 and again 2010 to this year of 2024. It's really great to have him aboard!"

Styx's Renegades & Juke Box Heroes co-headlining tour with Foreigner and special guest John Waite will begin on June 11.

Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw revealed to Ultimate Classic Rock that Phillips' departure had been a difficult experience.

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Paul McCartney Named U.K.'s First Billionaire Musician

Paul McCartney Named U.K.'s First Billionaire Musician

Sir Paul McCartney has become Britain's first billionaire musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

McCartney is ranked 165th on the London-based newspaper's annual list of the 350 richest people in the United Kingdom.

The banking, media and entertainment conglomerate Hinduja Group's head Gopi Hinduja and his family tops the list with a net worth of 37.2 billion pounds.

Apple Corps, the company set up to receive the Beatles' earnings, pays out millions of pounds each year to the Fab Four's members or heirs. McCartney received more than 4 million pounds from the company last year.

Music rights have soared in value over the past decade and McCartney has an extensive catalogue spread across the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist. These rights form a significant chunk of his estimated wealth, along with his lucrative tours. Eighteen shows in Australia and South America late last year took in almost 70 million pounds at the box office.

The Sunday Times attributes 50 million pounds of the couple's wealth to McCartney's wife Nancy, 64.

Another British musician Sir Elton John is also among the names listed.

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David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' To Make Debut In Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio

David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' To Make Debut In Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio

Parlophone Records has announced a Dolby Atmos spatial audio version of the 1972 David Bowie album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, will be available on Blu-Ray Audio and streaming services on September 6.

It is available to pre-order at https://davidbowie.lnk.to/RocknRollStar

The Blu-Ray audio disc features four iterations of the album: 2024 Dolby Atmos mix, 2024 Stereo Mix (96 khz / 24-bit pcm), original 1972 Stereo Mix - 2012 remaster (192 khz / 24-bit pcm), and original 1972 Stereo Mix - 2012 remaster (48 khz / 24-bit pcm).

The Atmos version of the album was mixed by Emre Ramazanoglu and Ken Scott at RAK Studios, London.

Scott says, "You're in there with the act, with David. He was so theatrical I think being able to put him into an immersive place makes this a really good choice for an Atmos mix. My whole philosophy with this has been to make it more like a live experience. And I've even got him moving about the stage a little towards the end, the way he would have in real life. Hopefully, it just feels as if you're in the theatre with this amazing show going on."

Parlophone Records also announced that David Bowie Rock 'N' Roll Star, a 5CD and 1 Blu-Ray Audio set chronicling Bowie's journey through the creation of the Ziggy Stardust character and the recording of the iconic album, will be released on June 14.

It contains 29 unreleased tracks; covers early songwriting demos; recordings from David's band, The Arnold Corns; rehearsals at Bowie's then-home, Haddon Hall; BBC sessions; singles; live performances and outtakes and alternative versions from the original album recording sessions,

It is available to pre-order at https://lnk.to/I0TZq8ms.

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Yes To Release Super Deluxe Edition Of 'Fragile'

Yes To Release Super Deluxe Edition Of 'Fragile'

Rhino has announced a Super Deluxe Edition of Yes's 1971 album, Fragile, will be released this summer.

Fragile (Super Deluxe Edition) will be available on June 28, including four CDs, one LP, and a Blu-ray disc. Renowned audio engineer Bernie Grundman cut lacquers for the set's LP. The music will also be available on digital and streaming platforms on the same day.

The extensive reissue of Fragile will feature a newly remastered version of the original album on both CD and vinyl, plus rare and unreleased recordings. A Blu-ray disc completes the collection with Steven Wilson's new mixes, including the album in Dolby Atmos and 5.1 Mix DTS-HD MA.

Pre-order the deluxe edition at https://rhino.lnk.to/FragileSDE.

Ahead of the album's release, Rhino released an alternate version Of "Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)".

Yes is co-headlining the "=1 More Time Tour" this summer with Deep Purple, performing around the U.S. and Canada.

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'Becoming Led Zeppelin' Documentary Headed To Theaters

'Becoming Led Zeppelin' Documentary Headed To Theaters

A documentary about legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, titled Becoming Led Zeppelin, is headed to theaters.

The official documentary has been acquired for release by Sony Classics Pictures for North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia (except for Japan), the Middle East and Benelux.

A "work in progress" version of Becoming Led Zeppelin screened at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy in September 2021. The "now completed" cut features "a brand-new sound mix (and) newly unearthed material from the archives of all four band members," according to the Sony Classics announcement.

Becoming Led Zeppelin is directed by the award-winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated Bernard MacMahon. It was written by MacMahon and BAFTA nominated producer Allison McGourty.

It is produced by Paradise Pictures in association with Big Beach alongside executive producers Michael Clark, Alex Turtletaub, Duke Erikson, Cynthia Heusing, David Kistenbroker, Simon Moran, and Ged Doherty.

The hybrid docu-concert film also unveils a huge amount of unseen Led Zeppelin performance footage, including The Fillmore West (January 1969), The Atlanta Pop Festival (July 1969), and The Texas Pop Festival (August 1969).

Jimmy Page said, "When I saw the early cut of the film premiered, at the Venice Film Festival, it was amazing. The energy of the story, and the power of the music, is phenomenal."

MacMahon said, "We have spent years designing this film to be experienced on the big screen with the best possible sound."

McGourty added, "Sony Pictures Classics are the perfect partners because they are true believers in the theatrical experience and are passionate about giving the millions of Led Zeppelin fans a chance to see and hear them on the greatest screens and sound systems in the world."

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Prince's 'Purple Rain' To Be Released In 4K Ultra HD For 40th Anniversary

Prince's 'Purple Rain' To Be Released In 4K Ultra HD For 40th Anniversary

Warner Brothers is set to release Prince's Purple Rain on 4K Ultra HD and digital platforms on June 25th in celebration of the iconic film's 40th anniversary.

Prince, who made his acting debut with Purple Rain, starred as The Kid in the movie, alongside Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, and Clarence Williams III.

Albert Magnoli directed the film, co-writing the screenplay with William Blinn. Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo, and Steven Fargnoli produced the film, and Prince composed and produced the original songs.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score (Prince), the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (Prince and the Revolution), and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Prince).

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc will include the theatrical version of the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Digital download of the film.

For the 40th anniversary of Purple Rain, the film has been completely restored digitally from an 8K scan of the 35 mm Original Camera Negative (OCN), and audio has also been restored from the original Dolby Stereo (LCRS) archived 35 mm magnetic film source elements containing the separate dialogue, music, and effects (DME) tracks.

The special edition features commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo, and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin as well as music videos for "Let's Go Crazy," "Take Me With U," "When Doves Cry," "I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star," "Purple Rain," "Jungle Love," "The Bird," and "Sex Shooter.

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John Lennon's 'Mind Games' To Be Reissued In Expanded 'Ultimate Collection' Editions

John Lennon's 'Mind Games' To Be Reissued In Expanded 'Ultimate Collection' Editions

The John Lennon Estate and Universal Music have announced a reissue of John Lennon's 1973 album Mind Games in expanded Ultimate Collection editions on July 12.

The Lennon Estate and Universal Music note that the upcoming six-CD and two Blu-ray collection deluxe box set offers "an immersive, deep listening experience and in-depth exploration of this classic, yet underappreciated record."

The deluxe edition, which is authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon and produced by Sean Ono Lennon, is from the same audio team that worked on the critically acclaimed Imagine and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collections. This team includes triple Grammy-Award winning engineer Paul Hicks and mixers/engineers Sam Gannon and Rob Stevens.

Yoko Ono Lennon said, "John was trying to convey the message that we all play mind games. But if we can play mind games, why not make a positive future with it - to be a positive mind game? 'Mind Games' is such an incredibly strong song. At the time, people didn't quite get the message because this was before its time. Now, people would understand it. I don't think in those days people knew they were playing mind games anyway."

In addition to the 12 tracks included on the original Mind Games album, the new set features different session takes and outtakes from the recording, which took place in New York City during the summer of 1973 with Lennon producing himself.

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Stevie Wonder Granted Ghanaian Citizenship On 74th Birthday

Stevie Wonder Granted Ghanaian Citizenship On 74th Birthday

Stevie Wonder was granted Ghanaian citizenship on his 74th birthday on Monday, May 13.

The legendary American musician and songwriter, whose original name is Steveland Morris, was conferred Ghanaian citizenship by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at a ceremony held at the Jubilee House in capital Accra.

President Akufo-Addo praised Wonder for his outstanding contributions to music and his unrelenting dedication to the African diaspora.

He emphasized that Wonder's music has been a source of inspiration to generations of Ghanaians and Africans worldwide and that his visit to Ghana would help to strengthen the ties between Africa and its diaspora.

A long-time admirer of Ghana and its rich cultural heritage, Wonder expressed deep gratitude, joy and honor.

He said he has been drawn to Ghana's vibrant culture and warm hospitality and he was thrilled to now call himself a Ghanaian citizen.

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