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This Is Sinead O’Connor?

The new Sinead

The new Sinead

Sinead, is that you?! The usually bald-headed Irish singer is looking very different on the cover art for her new album “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” set to come out in August. Tight leather, a black wig with bangs — wow, what a makeover! O’Connor, 47, looks better than ever. The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer explained her new album on her blog and noted its relation to the Ban Bossy campaign. “Originally I had a different title, ‘The Vishnu Room,’ but a few months back when I saw the phrase ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss’ and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one,” she wrote. She added, “At the stage I became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign it was too late to change the album title because the sleeve was already in print. But last week when the record company received the promo shots, which included the cover shot you now see, they asked could they change the planned cover to the current one, and that allowed me the opportunity of changing the title.” She also wrote that with the change, she’s now a “very happy girl.”

Courtney Love Strips “Pacific Coast Highway”

2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala - InsideIn a moment of reflection, Courtney Love has stripped the song “Pacific Coast Highway” down to its bare essentials – an acoustic guitar and Love. Although the original track, which she co-wrote with Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan for Hole’s 2010 album Nobody’s Daughter, features piano and frenetic electric guitar, the acoustic version plays up the vulnerability in previously yowled lyrics about “miles and miles of regrets.” But in Love’s words at the beginning of the video, “We’re going through our catalog and trying to figure out songs that I can learn so when I go to parties I can say, ‘And that song’s about you; I just wrote it about a week ago.’”

In The Studio With Brian Eno

20140507-brianeno-x600-1399482867Brian Eno began his workday by drawing a small card from a box that sits on a desk in his London studio. The box was labeled Oblique Strategies, a system Eno devised in the 1970s with artist Peter Schmidt to help break creative logjams, giving cryptic suggestions like “Emphasize the flaws” or “Honor thy error as a hidden intention.” “Today, mine was ‘Be extravagant,’” Eno says. “I thought, ‘I’ll be extravagant with time.’ So we went for a walk in the sun, on this flimsy artistic excuse.”

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The Return of Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration - ShowMichael Jackson’s lifelong dichotomy of releasing unheard music while simultaneously dealing with accusations of abhorrent behavior continues long after his death — his not-bad “new” single “Love Never Felt So Good,” with Justin Timberlake, sold 101,000 copies, an increase of 26 percent and jumped from Number 15 to Number 6 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart. Will the song take off and jumpstart new album Xscape into yet another MJ renaissance? Doubtful. The Timberlake video, full of respectful Michael iconography, arrived this week and has yet to take off, viewing-number-wise, and none of the tracks are on iTunes Top Songs list this week.

 

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Dave Grohl Gets New HBO Show

20140514-dave-x600-1400104573In an effort to presumably battle Questlove for Busiest Musician title, Dave Grohl will host and produce a documentary show for HBO set to premiere later this year.

Paul Brannigan, author of the Dave Grohl biography This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, announced the news on Classic Rock magazine, noting that the series will find Grohl visiting and recording music at various studios around the world. The Foo Fighters frontman and Hall of Fame inductee will also interview select artists at each studio, including Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh and Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye.

Jackson Browne Pays Tribute to Ned Doheny

20140513-jacksonbrowne-x600-1400009070In Laurel Canyon musical lore, Seventies singer-songwriter Ned Doheny’s name registers as a blip compared to Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and the Eagles. Chicago reissue label Numero Group — whose stellar past compilations have resurrected artists and regional scenes — hopes to change that with the recently released compilation Separate Oceans. The career retrospective culls Doheny’s album cuts — 19 tracks of lilting folk, pop and soul — with previously unreleased demos and a lengthy essay on the offbeat songwriter.

Friend and fellow musican Jackson Browne was with Doheny through much of his prime years and tells Rolling Stone about the singer’s overlooked talents.

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Record Store Day Exclusive Titles Released

PrintThe list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, in TWO versions: A handy PDF that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork. These are the pieces that will be released at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 19, the SEVENTH annual Record Store Day. Keep in mind that things change OFTEN in this business, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations as they happen. Life is a work in progress, we read on an inspirational poster once. And so is our list.

*There are three categories on this list. These are them:

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Johnny Rotten, Michelle Williams, JC Chasez, Brandon Boyd To Do ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Arena Tour

jesus_christ_superstar_650The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.

The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9.

It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show “Superstar,” will play the son of God.

Neil Young, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beck and More Remember Kurt Cobain

kurtcobain-306v-1396630478With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death this weekend, musicians everywhere have been paying homage. AP collected reflections from a handful of artists ranging from ones who influenced him to musicians he inspired, including Neil Young, Beck, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. One thing they all agreed on is that in just a short period of time, Cobain changed their lives.

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