ARCH MUSIC NEWS for 3/12/13
ARCH MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Rumors of a Rolling Stones tour continue to rumble. Billboard.biz says “multiple sources” are claiming a North American tour is in the works. Word is the band will play arenas across the U.S. and Canada during the first half of this year. But it won’t be an extensive road trip, and will reportedly include fewer than 20 shows. The band is expected to make their official tour announcement later this month.
Tina Turner is demonstrating that age is simply a number. The music legend is on the cover of the German “Vogue’s” April issue. And at 73, she’s now the most senior figure to grace the front of the fashion magazine. Tina is featured in a dark blue silk Armani gown, with the caption “Simply the best!” Stylist Nicola Knels prepped her for the shoot, which was done by the photography duo Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer. Prior to Turner, Meryl Streep had been the oldest person ever to be featured on a “Vogue” cover. The Oscar-winning actress appeared on the front of the American “Vogue’s” January 2012 issue when she was 62.
ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog is making a comeback. The singer is marking her return to music with the single “When You Really Loved Someone,” which she unveiled Monday. Agnetha admits she “never thought” she’d ever sing again, but says that when she heard some of the songs proposed for her album she “just couldn’t say no.” Her upcoming disc, titled “A,” also features one song she co-wrote. Agnetha explains that she “hadn’t written any music for a long, long time,” but she “sat at the piano, and suddenly it was there.” Fältskog’s “A” is slated for release in May. “When You Really Loved Someone” is available now.
David Bowie, Eric Clapton, and Bon Jovi all have albums arriving in stores today. Bowie is offering up his first collection of new studio material in a decade with “The Next Day.” The project, which is his follow up to 2003′s “Reality,” features the singles “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Clapton’s latest, “Old Sock,” is a collection of covers. The 12-track set includes his own versions of some of his favorite songs, some of which date back to his childhood. He’s also welcomed a number of guests who lend their talents to the disc. Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, and Chaka Khan are some of Clapton’s collaborators on the project. Bon Jovi’s album, “What About Now?,” ends the wait for new music from the New Jersey rockers. The disc, which is their first since 2009′s “The Circle,” features the single “Because We Can.”
Fans can now judge for themselves if the seven-year wait for Justin Timberlake‘s return to music was worth it. The singer has decided to stream his new album “The 20/20 Experience” in full on iTunes, a week ahead of its release. The album will be available to stream until March 19th, when it’s officially released. JT may be looking to capitalize on his promotional activity this week, which includes a week-long stint performing on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He’s also coming off his fifth time hosting “Saturday Night Live,” which saw its season-high in ratings thanks to his star power. Fans have already had a chance to hear a number of the album’s ten new tracks.
Justin Timberlake’s recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch mocking Hugo Chavez has prompted a slew of conspiracy theories from conservative bloggers. NBC decided against posting the clip on NBC.com or Hulu, saying it was simply a way to defer the complicated rules regarding the digital use of musical rights, as Justin had changed the copyrighted words to Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind.” But some conservatives are saying there’s more to it than that. The claim is that NBC’s decision to not put the clip online is evidence of the mainstream media’s extreme liberal bias. Others are criticizing the network for being overly political correct. Glenn Beck’s conservative blog “The Blaze” and BreitBart.com are among the sites calling out the network for not making the clip available online. Some angry reader comments bring up the fact that NBC had no problem posting clips of Tina Fey’s famous Sarah Palin impressions – although there were no copyright issues present there.
Music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are said to be among a dozen high profile celebrities and political figures who have fallen victim to a hacker. According to TMZ.com, the perpetrator has posted detailed information about his victims’ finances, social security numbers and credit card info online. Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI are on the case. The list of victims also reportedly includes Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, actors Mel Gibson and Ashton Kutcher and reality TV stars Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.