Jan 11 2018

David Byrne Reunites With Eno For His First Solo Album In 14 Years

It’s been fourteen years since David Byrne has released a true solo album.

 

Since 2004’s Grown Backwards, he has put out collaborations with Brian Eno (Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008)) and St. Vincent (Love This Giant (2012)), his soundtrack for the TV series Big Love (Big Love: Hymnal (2008)) and a full blown concept musical (Here Lies Love (2010)), but nothing purely solo.

On March 9, Byrne will release American Utopia via Todomundo/Nonesuch, an album that came out of David’s “Reasons to Be Cheerful” series that collects stories, photos and music which are full of hope.

Byrne said “These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.

Jan 11 2018

Queen, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recording Academy will honor Queen, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond and Tina Turner with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises outstanding artistic contributions in the field of recording while the Trustees Award is given for contributions in other areas. Bill Graham, Seymour Stein and John Williams will receive the Trustees Award while Hal Blaine, Louis Jordan and The Meters will also collection Lifetime Achievement Awards.

“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy.”

A date for the event is yet to be announced. It will be midyear.

Jan 11 2018

Steven Tyler To Launch Charity Janie’s Fund Gala

Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler will launch his charity Janie’s Fund first gala on 28 January.

 

Janie’s Fund, named after the Aerosmith classic ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’. The charity has raised $2.5 million since it launched in 2015. The song is about child abuse.

“The time has arrived to share what we’ve done and what we’re striving for. This inaugural gala is designed to bring my friends and family together so we can continue to provide uplifting and needed support for Janie’s Fund. This gala is more than a night out, it’s a break on through to the other side for these girls whose lives have been stunted. It’s an opportunity to learn of the valuable work we will be doing to get them there. It’s time to bring the awareness out of the darkness and into the light for these girls, for all to see,” said Tyler.

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