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TAYLOR FINAL
Another record, another record broken. (11/18a)
TIM & FAITH AND TAYLOR, OH MY
The supercouple are due to debut with... (11/18a)
THE FOUR: CW TO GET HIS CLOSE-UP (UPDATE)
Charlie is ready for prime time. (11/17a)
GERSON ON BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING
The trailblazer talks. (11/17a)
THE GRAMMY TELECAST WILL HONOR THE DEPARTED (BUT PLEASE, GOD, NO MORE)
Who will get a special tribute on the telecast? (11/17a)
GRAMMY SHOCKERS
You just wait.
WHAT WAS ON THAT PIZZA?
I think I'm hallucinating.
WHO WILL DOMINATE THE HOLIDAYS?
Stockings await.
MAJOR EXEC SHUFFLE
The deals aren't done yet, but when they are? Hoo-boy.
Critics' Choice
THE RETURN OF HARD CORE
11/13/17

Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean's debut solo album, Hard Core, is now available digitally for the first time. That's right folks; you can find it on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as iTunes, Google Play and more.

This is undoubtedly an exhilarating set, as evidenced by the album's first single, "Sword & Stone," which was written by Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Desmond Child, and was originally intended for KISS' Crazy Nights album. Fun fact:  track "Under the Gun" even features a Jon Bon Jovi harmonica solo.

Keep in mind that the digital drop of Hard Core—originally released in 1989 via Columbia Records—serves as a precursor to long-awaited new material, which Dean has been working on and is nearly ready to introduce to the world.

Celebratory head-banging is encouraged.

A SOLO HEARTBREAKER
11/13/17

By Phil Gallo

Benmont Tench is the first Heartbreaker to return to performing since the death of Tom Petty, appearing solo at Largo in L.A. in October and Iridium last week in New York. He’s not supporting anything in particular —he had a solo album come out three years ago, You Should Be So Lucky on Blue Note, and he has plenty of new material—and the show was as much about Tench’s here and now as it was the music that got him interested in rock & roll five decades ago.  

At the second of two sold-out solo concerts at Iridium, the pianist covered songs that exposed his affinity for ‘50s, blues, gospel and early Southern rock & roll, styles that sat on a back burner while he was providing support to Petty for 40 years. He opened with a familiar Temptations hit, “I Wish it Would Rain,” and covered Chuck Berry (“Roll Over Beethoven”), dipped into obscurities from Bob Dylan (“Shot of Love”) and Barry Mann-Cynthia Weill (“Shape of Things to Come” from Wild in the Streets), and evoked Professor Longhair, Jerry Lee Lewis and Randy Newman elsewhere.

His originals provided a calm contrast. He’s an emotional writer, his lyrics and melodies tug at the heart without venturing into melancholy or maudlin territory and one of his best, a tune he wrote years ago that Carlene Carter covered, “Unbreakable Heart,” encapsulated so much of his writing.

Tench never mentioned Petty by name, and his stories were often about the creative process—his muses seems to strike him most often while driving on the west side of Los Angeles and in the vicinity of Central Park. The evening’s finale, the ballad “You Can Still Change Your Mind” introduced as being “written by my two favorite songwriters,” Petty and Mike Campbell, was as heartwarming as it was heartbreaking.

THE BODYGUARD EXTENDS LEGACY WITH 25TH ANNIVERSARY UPDATE
11/6/17

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of The Bodyguard —the iconic movie and soundtrack, which became the first album to sell more than a million copies in a single week, won the Grammy for Album of the Year and has since sold upwards of 45m copies—will be celebrated with an exclusive new re-release.

Whitney Houston- I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard will drop on 11/17- exactly 25 years after its original release on 11/17/1992.

Coming via Legacy Recordings (in cooperation with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston), the album features 14 tracks, with highlights including new versions of songs like “I Will Always Love You” and “I’m Every Woman,” two covers that Houston turned into massive global hits.  It’s poised to be an essential new Whitney collection, armed with never-before-released live recordings from Houston’s The Bodyguard Tour (1993-1995), such as her stirring A Capella version of “Jesus Loves Me.”

Also celebrating the occasion was Fontainebleau Miami Beach, which served as a major location backdrop in the film. The hotel hosted a VIP Listening Party on 11/4,  where Legacy Recordings presented the Estate with a new official 18X Platinum RIAA certification for The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album and 3X Platinum Digital Single RIAA certification for Whitney’s historic interpretation of “I Will Always Love You.”

From L-R: Tara Bruh, VP of Business & Legal Affairs, CMG; Will McKinney, Marketing Manager, Legacy Recordings; Gary Michael Houston, nephew of Whitney; Donna Houston, The Estate Of Whitney E. Houston; Rayah Houston, niece of Whitney; Pat Houston, The Estate Of Whitney E. Houston; Sheldra Khahaifa, SVP, Finance & CFO, CMG; Gretchen Brennison, Director of Content Development, Legacy Recordings; Jeff James, Director of A&R, Legacy Recordings and host Rickey Minor, Whitney’s longtime Music Director.)