Friday, December 11, 2009

Music News & Notes

The Beatles Have Best Selling Album of the Decade

Our good friends at AntiMusic are reporting that The Fab four are still pretty damn fab. At least with people who buy music according to the following Rolling report:

Over three decades after their breakup, the Beatles still released the top-selling album of the 2000s. The Fab Four's greatest hits compilation 1 sold over 11,448,000 copies since its release in November 2000 according to Nielsen SoundScan's decade-end sales numbers. Eminem was the 2000s’ top-selling artist with 32.2 million combined in sales, plus two albums in the decade’s Top 10. The Beatles claimed Number Two with 30 million.

Soundscan's Top 10 Selling Albums of the 2000's

1.1 - Beatles (11,499,000 copies sold)
2.No Strings Attached - *NSYNC (11,112,000)
3.Come Away With Me - Norah Jones (10,546,000)
4.The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (10,204,000)
5.The Eminem Show - Eminem (9,799,000)
6.Confessions - Usher (9,712,000)
7.Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park (9,663,000)
8.Human Clay - Creed (9,491,000)
9.Oops!…I Did It Again - Britney Spears (9,185,000)
10.Country Grammar - Nelly (8,461,000)


SLASH - New Album Release And Tour Set

SLASH (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) has issued the following Twitter update:

"Driving around listening to the analog mixes of my solo record, I gotta say it sounds awesome. The whole self titled record was recorded analog. It will be released March/April - tour starts around then too. It will be released in all formats including vinyl."

Slash will be released in Europe via Roadrunner Records. A release date for other territories will be announced soon.

As previously reported, the first single from Slash's upcoming solo album will feature OZZY OSBOURNE on vocals. Other guests who will appear on Slash include ALICE COOPER, Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), former Guns N' Roses men Duff McKagan (LOADED), Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin, Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS), Flea (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), IGGY POP, KID ROCK, CHRIS CORNELL, Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE), Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson (BLACK EYED PEAS), MAROON 5 singer Adam Levine and WOLFMOTHER's Andrew Stockdale.


Midlake announce limited-edition vinyl release and UK tour
Texas band head to the UK early next year

Midlake have announced details of a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl release featuring two new songs.

There will only be 500 copies of the record, which features 'Acts Of Man' and 'Rulers, Ruling All Things', available from December 14. Both songs will feature on Midlake's forthcoming album 'The Courage Of Others' (released on February 1).

Midlake tour the UK and Republic Of Ireland in January and February.


Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Stooges, Mötley Crüe for Sonisphere Festival 2010

Iron Maiden and Rammstein have been announced as headliners of the UK leg of the Sonisphere Festival next summer.  The Knebworth House event will also feature Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Iggy And The Stooges, Anthrax, The Cult and Slayer.

Rammstein's appearance will mark their first ever UK festival show.

Sonisphere takes place between July 30 and August 1 next year.


Bon Iver releases live charity album 'A Decade With Duke' also features Justin Vernon's high school jazz band

Bon Iver has released a recording of a charity show at mainman Justin Vernon's old high school in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Called 'A Decade With Duke', the album is a collaboration between Vernon and jazz ensemble Eau Claire Memorial Jazz 1.

Featuring songs from Bon Iver's critically acclaimed album 'For Emma, Forever Ago', such as 'Lump Sum' and 'For Emma', the album also sees Vernon performing jazz classics such as 'Lady Is A Tramp' and 'Bewitched'.

Vernon did the show to help raise money to send the jazz band to New York to take part in the Essentially Ellington competition, where they came third.

Released both physically and digitally, the CD is only available from Brickhouse Music, Morgan Music, and from the Volume One office in the Eau Claire area. For those outside of Wisconsin, a digital copy is available from various online retailers.


Elvis Costello set to release new live album 'Live At Hollywood High' to be released in January

Elvis Costello has announced plans to release the second in his 'The Costello Show' live performance series.  Entitled 'Live At Hollywood High', the 20-song album is taken from Costello's gig at the school in Los Angeles in June 1978.

Released on January 11, the record will include songs from early albums 'My Aim Is True', 'This Year's Model' and 'Armed Forces'.

'Live At Hollywood High' follows on from the reissue of 'Live At The El Mocambo'earlier this year, and future releases for the series are set to include performances from the Royal Albert Hall, reports Billboard.


Neil Young | Gary Burden Get Grammy Music Nomination For Package Design

LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ R. Twerk & Co.) - Gary Burden's design of the Neil Young Archives, Volume 1 has been nominated for a 52nd Annual Grammy Award in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category. Lead art director and designer Gary Burden, R. Twerk & Co., says he had "no idea 'the archives' were entered into the awards, so it was a huge surprise when we received a phone call and learned we were nominated. This is just so cool and I am really happy for Neil, too." This is Burden's fourth Grammy nomination for design. Burden, representing his company R. Twerk & Co., has received three other Grammy nominations for 'Best Package of the Year.'

The long-awaited Neil Young Archives, Volume 1 (1963-1972) is a deluxe boxed set. It was conceived as a time-capsule of Neil Young's musical and personal journeys from 1963 to 1972. The elaborate box contains multiple cds/dvds/bluerays (depending on the version, there are three), a replica of Neil Young's revealing personal journal with a faux embossed leather cover, and a "stash" box (look in the corners for reproductions of pot seeds). The box was designed to last a long time, and also designed with sustainability in mind. "The Mohawk paper we used is FSC-certified, recycled with PCW content and made with windpower," said Burden.

Burden and Neil Young have been collaborating on album cover art for more than forty years and have become lifelong friends. They still enjoy working together and are currently at work on Volume II, and a myriad of other packages.

Gary says he will 'definitely' be going to the Grammy Awards in January, "It is very cool that the years of work Neil, my wife Jenice and I put into the packaging of Neil's archive is recognized by my peers as being worthy of a Grammy. I immediately recalled my first Grammy nomination in 1969 for Richard Pryor's comedy album. I went to Western Costume to rent an outfit. I got a tuxedo with sequin lapels and stripes on the trousers that was made for Elvis Presley. It fit me perfectly. Sweet!"

Gary Burden started designing album covers at the suggestion of Mama Cass after he did a short stint as an architect, designing Cass' home. Shortly thereafter, Burden had designed Joni Mitchell's "Blue" cover, albums for Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night and The Mamas and the Papas all of which went gold and platinum. Burden created Crosby, Stills and Nash's first album cover artwork, The Doors' "Morrison Hotel" and four album covers for the Eagles including "Desperado," several for Jackson Browne, Judee Sill, Laura Nyro, and many others even making a cover for Zydeco artist Clifton Chenier.


Handwritten Song Lyrices Up For Auction

Want to own the origianl handwritten lyrices for the classic cut "Wild Thing?" A long list of artists have contributed handwritten and signed lyrics to some of their greatest songs to the Americana Music Association for a December 14 benefit auction, including Chip Taylor's "Wild Thing." Those donating lyrics include Dolly Parton (I Will Always Love You), Willie Nelson (On the Road Again), Robert Plant (Please Read the Letter), Peter Frampton (Baby I Love Your Way), Emmylou Harris (Tulsa Queen), Phil Everly (When Will I Be Loved), J.D. Souther (Faithless Love), John Prine (Angel From Montgomery), John Oates (She's Gone) and many more.

Currently, the Plant lyrics are the high bid receiver at $925. To see the full list and the current bids, go to the American Association website.

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