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JAY Z, BABYFACE, MAX MARTIN, CHICAGO IN SONGWRITERS HALL
Jay Z makes history. (2/22a)
TOP 15: FUTURE SHOCK (AND AWE)
The first of his two back-to-back album releases? Interesting... (2/22a)
SOME PRE-BRITS MUSINGS
Who are you rooting for? Pass the wine. (2/22a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
Critics' Choice
ZOMBIES SIGN LICENSING DEAL
PRIOR TO ODESSEY TOUR
2/7/17

The Zombies, who will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle with a spring tour across North America, have signed a comprehensive brand representation deal with Artist Legacy Group.

Under the new pact, ALG will coordinate license extension and branding opportunities for The Zombies’ name, likeness, band logo, album artwork and lyrics to their biggest hit singles, including “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.”

"The Zombies are one of the most revered bands in rock history,” ALG’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Austin said. “Their iconic name, imagery, lyrics and song titles have evergreen pop culture relevance and we are honored to work with Colin, Rod and their teams to pursue brand extension opportunities that befit the band’s legendary status."

The spring trek across the U.S. and Canada, which will continue to England and Europe later in the year, includes the final full-album performances of Odessey and Oracle reuniting all four surviving members of the group: Colin Blunstone on lead vocals, Rod Argent on keyboards/vocals, Chris White on bass/vocals, and drummer Hugh Grundy.

Odessey and Oracle was recorded at Abbey Studios in the summer of 1967 right after another British band wrapped up something called Sgt. Pepper’s. It was released in April 1968, four months after the band broke up.

The Zombies, re-formed since 2004, are also celebrating their recent release Still Got That Hunger.

“The world knows them for their timeless hit songs, but the public is just now discovering the tremendous impact The Zombies have quietly made on music and culture over five decades,” said Cindy da Silva, who manages the band with Chris Tuthill.

In May, to celebrate the album’s 50th, Reel Art Press/BMG Books will release the book The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images, which has contributions from Brian Wilson, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Susanna Hoffs.

The 50th anniversary tour starts 3/17 in Philadelphia and includes shows at New York’s Town Hall on 3/25, the James K. Polk Theater in Nashville on 4/9 and The Theater at Ace Hotel in L.A. on 4/29.

 

STING SCORES AGAIN
2/6/17

A&M/Interscope's Sting performs with his superb band at a Bud Light Super Bowl event. Later, manager Martin Kierszenbaum found that the beer is indeed less filling, but not if you drink an entire keg of it. 

LEGACY RELEASING 13 NEW SONGS
IN TIME FOR WILLIE'S 84TH
2/1/17

Does anyone record as often as Willie Nelson? We ask because his ninth album since 2012—that’s an average of one every eight months or so—is slated for release on 4/28. But as long as they keep charting and he keeps singing so well, why would anyone mind?

Sony’s Legacy Recordings will release God's Problem Child, which features 13 new compositions, seven of which were recently longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon. The album’s release coincides with Willie's 84th birthday on 4/29. (You’d think he’d have changed it to 4/20 by now.)

The title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals from the writers and the late Leon Russell; it’s possible this was Russell's last recording.

Autographed CDs, vinyl, T-shirts and such are already on sale over at PledgeMusic.

Nelson is currently up for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.

The track list:

1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)

2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz/Lenny LeBlanc)

3. True Love (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

5. A Woman's Love (Mike Reid/Sam Hunter)

6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton/Mark Sherrill)

8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

9. God's Problem Child (Jamey Johnson/Tony Joe White)

10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson/Buddy Cannon)

13. He Won't Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)