“12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief” generated more than $30 million in ticket sales for victims of the late October hurricane. Twenty-four live songs from the show will be issued Jan. 23, including tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi and Alicia Keys.
Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom” will appear on Feb. 5 and promises collaborations with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
Also on Feb. 5, British guitar genius Richard Thompson cranks it up on "Electric" – recorded over four days in the Nashville home studio of producer Buddy Miller. Alison Krause joins Thompson on “The Snow Goose.”
My Morning Jacket, Brandi Carlile, Train, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dave Matthews, Josh Ritter, Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee are among the diverse group of contributors to “The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver” out next month on ATO Records. Each artist tackles a different Denver tune to honor the late singer-songwriter with hopes of introducing his songs to a new audience.
After a delay of nearly two years, 50 Cent says he’s ready to unveil “Street King Immortal” on Feb. 26. The on-again/off-again record, delayed after some much-publicized disagreement with Interscope Records, is expected to fulfill Fitty’s contract with the label. The album will include collaborations with Eminem, Busta Rhymes and Lloyd Banks.
Now is as good a time as any for Bon Jovi. “What About Now?”- the follow-up to 2009’s “The Circle” - is due in the spring followed by a lengthy tour.
Death tends to slow down most rock stars, but Jimi Hendrix has always been the exception to that rule. March 5 will mark the release of “People, Hell and Angels” – a record consisting of 12 unreleased studio recordings cut during 1968 and 1969. According to Experience Hendrix, the record is a companion to 2010’s “Valleys of Neptune” and offers more clues about the musical direction being considered by Jimi at the time of his death.
Foo Fighter Dave Grohl is about to issue his “What I did on my summer vacation” movie and soundtrack. Grohl recently outfitted his band’s 606 Studios with some “holy grail” gear - the 1972 Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. Through that legendary board, classic albums by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash and countless others were committed to tape. Grohl fell under the Sound City spell while cutting Nirvana’s “Nevermind” there in 1991. The film tells the story of Sound City, while its accompanying soundtrack consists of all-new collaborations. “Cut Me Some Slack” – the recent “Sandy Concert” surprise – is the studio version cut with Grohl’s former Nirvana band-mates teaming up with another left-handed guitarist of some renown – Paul McCartney. Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor and others joined Grohl and company to each record a new song in 24 hours or less. The soundtrack hits stores on March 12.
In 2010, U2 was planning to release “Songs of Ascent,” but Bono decided that the album needed some fine-tuning. The album was delayed after the lead singer’s back injury and subsequent recovery, which was followed by a lengthy tour. The band continued to refine the new songs and hope to unveil them later this year.
Rod Stewart’s first album of original rock songs in more than a decade is also due in the spring with the working title “Love the Life You Live.” Stewart says the self-produced record was written and recorded last year in a fit of inspiration.
Other notable new releases for 2013 include an offering from Lady Gaga. “Artpop” – conceived as a two-volume affair - will see initial release in the spring.
Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dog) is expected to issue “Reincarnation” - allegedly a dancehall and reggae-infused project.
UPDATE (1/8/13): In an announcement that took even his most feverish fans by surprise, David Bowie revealed that "The Next Day", his first album of new material in ten years, will be issued in early March.
The news coincided with Bowie's 66th birthday, the 41st anniversary of his "Changes" single and the release of the new album's first single and video "Where Are We Now?" Bowie's secret recordings with longtime producer Tony Visconti have resulted in 17 new tracks - 14 on the standard edition with 3 more added to a Deluxe edition. No word yet on whether or not the reclusive legend will tour to support the new record. Bowie suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 2004 and has kept a low profile since.
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