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Gwen Stefani recruited Blake Shelton for her new song "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," the first single from her upcoming holiday LP.
Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, is set to release her latest album, "The Lonely, the Lonesome & the" Gone Oct. 27. The set taps deeply into the country, soul, gospel, and blues of her native East Texas, resulting in an audacious, personal, and sharp-edged work of art.
Five Foot Two accomplishes what Joanne couldn’t, revealing what remains when Stefani Germanotta steps out of Lady Gaga drag.
An opportunity like this comes once in a lifetime. And you better believe a couple of industry veterans like Right Said Fred know it. The sibling duo best known for their 1991 hit “I’m Too Sexy” got an unexpected windfall earlier this year when Taylor Swift interpolated “Sexy” for her “Look What You Made Me Do” single, giving brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass a songwriting credit on the single that just logged its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100.
Thirty years ago, in September 1987, Columbia Pictures Television and Straybert Productions (headed by Steve Blauner, a former partner of original Monkees producers Robert Rafelson and Bert Schneider) monkeyed around with an old showbiz formula. Attempting to capitalize on the nostalgia sparked by MTV’s Monkees marathon the previous year (which had inspired original band members Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork to reunite for a hugely successful tour), Columbia and Straybert controversially decided to a create a new band — specifically, a New Monkees TV show — for the modern age. A nationwide talent search ensued, and out of 3,000 applicants, casting directors eventually selected 20-year-old pizza boy and part-time VJ Dino Kovas, 19-year-old waiter Jared Chandler, 27-year-old professional musician Marty Ross (whose powerpop band the Wigs had been signed to CBS Records and had appeared in the movie My Chauffeur), and 18-year-old college student Larry Saltis, who had already been working since age 16 with Atlantic Records.
It wasn't exactly instant karma when Beatle John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, heard about a Polish beverage company's new drink called "John Lemon". The company has now agreed to change its drink's name to "On Lemon", after lawyers acting for Ono wrote to distributors warning they faced costs of up to 5,000 euros ($5,998) a day and 500 euros for every bottle sold if they infringed the trademark. Lawyers acting for the beverage firm denied it had infringed the late star's rights, but Ono's lawyers pointed to a Facebook post from John Lemon Ireland, which featured an image of the iconic singer.
The Voice top four finalist Jeffery Austin stood out on Season 9 for his plaintive balladry, but his new single, “Bulletproof,” is unexpectedly effervescent. The synth-driven track, mixed by Peter Mokran (Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Prince, Flaming Lips) and co-written/produced by Sayers Club music director Nick Rosen (Bruno Mars, Macy Gray, Feist), still addresses Austin’s go-to topics of heartbreak and loss — but its uptempo chorus gives off an ‘80s vibe a la Bleachers or Carly Rae Jepsen, and the song showcases entirely new facets of the crooner’s vocals.