Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler Announces Ninth Solo Studio Album ‘Down The Road Wherever’

Mark Knopfler will return with his ninth solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever, on 16 November. The follow-up to 2015’s Tracker, it will be released on his own British Grove label via Universal/Virgin EMI and features 14 new Knopfler compositions recorded at his west London studio, also called British Grove. Contributors to the album include Irish star Imelda May.

“’Down The Road Wherever’ is a line from ‘One Song At A Time,’” says Knopfler, referring to the album title and one of its tracks. “I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty one song at a time, and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs.

“But Down The Road Wherever seems to be appropriate for me, just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs.”

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Paul McCartney Egypt Station Fuh You

Paul McCartney Secures First #1 Solo Album on Billboard 200 In 36 Years

Paul McCartney is back on top.

The former Beatle’s new album, Egypt Station, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his first solo album to do so. McCartney sold 153,000 equivalent albums in its first week of sales (released September 7). 147,000 of those units, or 96 per cent of the total, were traditional album sales, while stream equivalent sales and track equivalent sales netted the other 6,000.

The new album is his first char-topper since 1982’s Man of War reached the summit. He also logged #2 debuts with 1997’s Flaming Pie and 2001’s Wingspan: Hits and History, but this his first to peak at the pole position. (more…)

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Aerosmith Walk This Way

Aerosmith Performs “Walk This Way” With Classroom Instruments

Aerosmith get back to basics with their latest performance.

The band joined Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for a special segment on The Tonight Show, delivering a rendition of their staple track “Walk This Way” using only classroom instruments.

Take a look at the updated version below:

The latest edition of the classroom instruments series joins other episodes featuring Metallica, Madonna, and more. <--!more--> Members of the Roots sported Adidas apparel as a homage to Run-D.M.C., who collaborated with Aerosmith on an updated edition of “Walk This Way” in the ’80s.

In other Aerosmith news, the band will be calling Las Vegas home for part of 2019 as the band commits to a residency starting April 6 at the Park MGM Resort.


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Ray Peterson Glorious Death Cult

On This Day: Campaign Kicks Off To Ban Song That Could Inspire “Glorious Death Cult”

On this day in 1960, a campaign was initiated in the UK to ban a cover of Ray Peterson‘s song “Tell Laura I Love Her”.

Why? The American song was deemed by some to inappropriate as it might inspire teenagers to start a “glorious death cult.”

The song tells the story of a stock car race driver who is madly in love with a girl, and hopes to win the race and the $1,000 to capture her heart and afford a wedding. The driver ends up crashing, and right before he passes away, the words “Tell Laura I Love Her” escapes his lips.

A 1960 edition of Billboard says that some members of the public think the lyrics are so bad, “criminal persecution might be called for.”

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