Little Richard, a founding father of rock & roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday 9th May 2020. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone. The cause of death was bone cancer, the musician’s lawyer Bill Sobel revealed
The star was most famous for her hit single My Boy Lollipop, which reached number two in both the US and the UK in 1964.
It remains one of the biggest-selling ska songs of all time, with more than seven million sales.
Island Records founder Chris Blackwell announced her death and remembered her as "a sweet person... really special".
The Fizz are excited to announce that their long awaited new album 'SMOKE & MIRRORS' is due for release on 6th March. Pre-order from 10/01/20 and you will receive a brand new album track, The World We Left Behind.
After the group's comeback success of their 2017 hit album 'The f-z of Pop' the hotly anticipated new album features 11 brand new recordings! Be sure to subscribe to The Fizz mailing list to get album exclusives!
Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson will launch the 2020 edition of his Breakfast in America World Tour with a run of U.S. concerts in February.
The trek kicks off February 13 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and the stateside leg winds down with a February 26 show in The Villages, Florida. Hodgson’s itinerary includes a four-night stand, February 17-20 in Milwaukee, and a February 23-24 engagement in St. Louis.
Following his U.S. trek, Roger will take part in the star-packed Rock Legends Cruise VIII, which sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 27 and travels to George Town, Grand Cayman, before returning to port on March 2.
The cruise’s lineup also features The Who‘s Roger Daltrey, The Doors‘ Robby Krieger, Heart‘s Nancy Wilson, ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, UFO, Uriah Heep, ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Elvin Bishop, Head East, and Jonny Lang.
Hodgson’s 2020 tour schedule also has dozens of international concerts, including a series of May shows in Brazil and a lengthy European leg that gets underway in early June and runs until late September.
Check out Roger’s full itinerary at RogerHodgson.com.
Paul McCartney has announced the release of two never-before-heard songs.
The tracks, titled "Home Tonight" and "In a Hurry,” will be available for digital download on Nov. 22, with a limited-edition Record Store Day double A-side 7" picture disc single following on Nov. 29th.
Both songs were recorded during the sessions for Egypt Station, McCartney’s chart-topping album released in 2018. The LP, produced by Greg Kurstin, was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, becoming the first release of McCartney’s solo career to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
“Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station,” McCartney explained at the time of the album’s release. Though these two new “stations” were kept off the original LP -- and the various expanded editions that followed -- fans will undoubtedly be excited to get their hands on the previously unreleased material.
It has also be confirmed that Paul will be headlining at Glastonbury 2020
Pictured left is Paul at his last appearance at this event in 2004
The Who has debuted a third song in advance of the December 6 release of their first studio album in 13 years, WHO.
"I Don't Wanna Get Wise" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. Pete Townshend says of the tune, "I wrote this in a mid-'70s style, like a song from an album like [1975's] Who by Numbers. Warning: don't get old. You might get wise."
The track joins two other previously released songs from the WHO album, "Ball and Chain" and "All This Music Must Fade."
In other news, The Who have revealed that besides the 11 songs featured on the standard version of WHO, three extra tracks will be included on a deluxe Target-exclusive CD and a different bonus tune will appear on a limited-edition three-LP set featuring red, white and blue vinyl discs.
The deluxe CD's extra tracks are titled "Got Nothing to Prove," "This Gun Will Misfire" and "Danny & My Ponies." "Got Nothing to Prove" is a song that dates back to 1966. Reflecting on why The Who may not have recorded the tune at the time, Townshend says, "I have a feeling [Who manager] Kit [Lambert] may have felt the song sounded as though it was sung by an older and more self-satisfied man than I was in real life. That would have applied to Roger [Daltrey] too, I suppose. Now, it works. Back then, perhaps it didn't."
The other two songs are tunes from the WHO album sessions sung by Pete, while the three-LP sets extra track is called "Sand" and also dates back to 1966.
"This is a simple idea, about a sunny beach vacation romance that doesn't last once the lovers get back home to the rain," Townshend explains.
When Victor Willis, original Village People lead singer, returned to the group last year, fans waited for an announcement of new material from Willis who wrote lyrics of such iconic hits as “Y.M.C.A.,” “Go West,” “Macho Man,” and “In The Navy.” Many assumed the Village People would release a new dance tune, after all, they are one of the biggest party bands on the face of the planet. Instead, Willis introduced the group to a new holiday song written and produced by him, titled “A Very Merry Christmas To You”. The first Christmas song ever recorded by Village People.
Sonia's first single under her new record label Energise records is released on the 4th November
Faye Tozer from Steps has recorded a version of Hello Young Lovers for new musicals album RE:arrangement, produced by musical director Nick Barstow which was released on Saturday 19th October
The Madame X Tour will continue in early 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris. Her London shows will take place in the heart of the West End at the iconic London Palladium from 26-30 January and 1-15 Februay.
Madonna is the best-selling female solo artist of all time and has the highest-grossing concert tour ever by a female artist (Sticky & Sweet, 2008-2009). Madonna's critically-acclaimed 14th studio album Madame X debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The #1 chart debut marks another milestone in her legendary career, becoming her ninth #1 studio album.