Bananarama

Original Bananarama Lineup To Tour For the First Time

It won’t be a “Cruel Summer”, or 2017, for fans hoping to see Bananarama live.

Sarah Dalin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey will hit the road for the first time ever as a trio. The original lineup of formed Bananarama back in 1979, working together until 1988 when Fahey left.

Even with nine top 10 hits in the UK, and three in the US (“Cruel Summer” (#9), “Venus” (#1), “I Heard A Rumour” (#4)), they never went on tour; just one-off appearances.

That will change this fall. Their first tour as a trio (Dalin and Woodward toured as a two-person Bananarama) will take them across the United Kingdom, kicking off in Glasgow on November 12, with fifteen dates through December 2.

If all goes well, the group will add U.S. dates in 2018.

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Paul McCartney tour

Paul McCartney Adds More 2017 Tour Dates

Paul McCartney is extending his run on the road.

The music legend has added more tour dates to his “One one One” tour, jetting out across the United States, including his first show at Madison Square Garden since 2005.

The new leg will kick off in Miami and finish in Detroit on October 1.

Tickets for this batch of shows go on sale to the general public Friday, May 5th at 10 a.m. local time.

The “One on One” tour initially kicked off April 13th, 2016 in Fresno, California, with the last shows happening mid-October. It picked up again April 25 with four dates in Tokyo.

McCartney has already had a busy 2017: he rereleased his 1989 LP, Flowers in the Dirt, last month, featuring never-before-seen footage and rare unreleased demos.

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Police Roxanne

The Story Behind The Police’s Roxanne

The chorus of voices singing “Roooooxanne” has proven to be one of the most memorable and infectious moments in music. It’s almost impossible to not sing along when the track comes on.

For anybody who has been to the more hedonistic parts of Europe, the line “you don’t have to put on the red light” will instantly click. Lead singer Sting wrote the song while staying at a hotel in Paris during an October 1977 stay for their performance at the Nashville Club. The inspiration came from the prostitutes he saw near the hotel. In the hotel lobby hung an old poster for the play Cyrano de Bergerac, in which ‘Roxanne’ is the name of a character.

In the song, Sting narrates about falling in love with one of the prostitutes. “Not putting on the red light” is his way of telling her to hang up her career a sex worker and spend time with him, and you don’t have to wear that dress tonight” is him discouraging against her ‘work’ uniform.

Sting initially wanted the song to be a bossa nova, but says drummer Stewart Copeland suggested going in a tango direction, which he ended up preferring. In the intro of the song, you can hear a piano being struck and some laughter afterwards. This was Sting, and the band liked this impromptu moment so much they decided to keep it in the final version of the song.

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Elton John Eminem Collaborations

11 Unexpected (But Awesome!) Collaborations

Collaborations in the music world don’t always make sense.

Sometimes, the universe begs two likeminded artists to pair together and create gorgeous music together. But today, we’re looking at the opposite.

Here are eleven pairs of artists that don’t sound like likely collaborators on paper. But when placed in the studio together, something magical happens that defies expectations.

Here are 11 unexpected, yet awesome (or awesomely bizarre) collaborations:

11. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Phil Collins: “Home”

10. Public Enemy & Anthrax – “Bring The Noise”

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Prince

Prince Sold More Records Than Any Other Artist Last Year

Prince‘s legacy will live on forever, and his record sales in the year of his death solidify this.

Over the course of 2016, Prince sold 2.23 million albums in the United States, besting Adele’s count by only 20,000 units, according to Nielsen Music.

Looking at sales over the last 12 months since his death on April 21 2016, his songs and albums sold a combined 7.7 million copies: 2.3 million traditional album sales and 5.4 million digital song downloads. 73% of these purchases happened within the first month of Prince’s passing.

Those 5.4 million downloads make up almost one-third of his 18.6 million download count over the past 14 years. Album sales also multiplied 8 times compared to 2015, when he logged 280,000 units sold.

So which albums did consumers want from his catalogue in 2016?

The Very Best of Prince: 668,000 copies
Purple Rain: 498,000 copies
1999: 169,000 copies

4Ever, Prince’s most recent greatest hits album that came out in November 2016, tops 2017 thus far at 56,000 copies, beating Purple Rain (29,000) by 27,000 copies.

“Purple Rain” is the best-selling song of 2016, moving 621,000 downloads. “Little Red Corvette”, “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss” each moved 335,000-345,000 units individually.

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