Sire/Warner Bros.It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, all scandals will fade away. Pepsi's big Super Bowl commercial this Sunday will include a classic Madonna song -- nearly 30 years after the soft-drink company had to pull an ad featuring another Madonna tune.
In 1989, Madonna's hit "Like a Prayer" was featured in a Pepsi commercial, but controversy soon erupted over the song's video, which featured the singer kissing a black saint and other provocative uses of Catholic imagery. The Vatican condemned the video, and family and religious groups threatened a boycott of Pepsi products. Pepsi caved, the ad was pulled and Madonna's contract was canceled, though she kept her initial fee.
Now, another classic Madonna tune -- "Express Yourself" -- is featured in Pepsi's new commercial, which has a theme of past, present and future.
The spot, starring R&B singer Janelle Monae, starts with her dancing to the sixties hit "Do You Love Me" by The Contours. Next, she's sporting an early Madonna outfit and dancing to "Express Yourself." The spot ends with Janelle singing her updated version of the "Joy of Pepsi" jingle.
As for why "Express Yourself," which appears on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, was chosen, Pepsi VP of marketing Chad Stubbs tells Ad Age, "It was within that album and era that we had worked with Madonna before."
George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it.
The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.
The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors. By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice. In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989. The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.
The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's AngelCheryl Ladd. The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.
Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War. Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:
1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967) 2 -- Grambling University Band (1968) 3 -- Anita Bryant (1969) 4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970) 5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971) 6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972) 7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973) 8 -- Charley Pride (1974) 9 -- Grambling University Band (1975) 10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976) 11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977) 12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978) 13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979) 14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980) 15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981) 16 -- Diana Ross (1982) 17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983) 18 -- Barry Manilow (1984) 19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985) 20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986) 21 -- Neil Diamond (1987) 22 -- Herb Alpert (1988) 23 -- Billy Joel (1989) 24 -- Aaron Neville (1990) 25 -- Whitney Houston (1991) 26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992) 27 -- Garth Brooks (1993) 28 -- Natalie Cole (1994) 29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995) 30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996) 31 -- Luther Vandross (1997) 32 -- Jewel (1998) 33 -- Cher (1999) 34 -- Faith Hill (2000) 35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001) 36 -- Mariah Carey (2002) 37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003) 38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004) 39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005) 40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006) 41 -- Billy Joel (2007) 42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008) 43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009) 44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010) 45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011) 46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012) 47 -- Alicia Keys (2013) 48 -- Renee Fleming (2014) 49 -- Idina Menzel (2015) 50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)
Credit: Andrew EcclesThe Zombies will come creeping back to the U.S. in the coming weeks for a few concerts in Florida that will sandwich their performances on the third installment of The Moody Blues Cruise. The famous British Invasion band will kick off its 2016 stateside itinerary off with shows in Orlando on February 24 and Fort Lauderdale on February 25.
The Zombies then will join The Moody Blues and a variety of other acts on the cruise, which embarks from Miami on February 26 and visits Key West and the Bahamas before returning to post on March 1. The band will follow that with two more gigs in the Sunshine State -- on March 2 in Clearwater and March 3 in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Meanwhile, Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone has a series of solo shows lined up in the U.K. during the latter half of April, but his band will return to the U.S. in May for another run of tour dates. Those concerts run from a May 13 performance in Uncasville, Connecticut, through a May 29 gig in St. Charles, Illinois. Three of the shows also feature The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and his current incarnation of the group on the bill.
The Zombies continue to promote their latest studio album, Still Got That Hunger, which was released in October.
2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live Orlando 2/25 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 2/26-3/1 -- Embarks from Miami, FL, The Moody Blues Cruise III 3/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 3/3 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 5/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun 5/14 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla PAC at Montgomery College 5/15 -- Phoenixville, PA, The Colonial Theatre 5/16 -- Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre 5/18 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 5/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel 5/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater* 5/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury* 5/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre* 5/28 -- Louisville, KY, Abbey Road on the River 5/29 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
RhinoHey, hey, The Monkees will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer, and the group will mark the milestone with a U.S. tour, as well as with a brand-new studio album called Good Times! that's scheduled to be released on June 10. The record will feature original tunes written specifically for the band by such modern-rock songsmiths as Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue.
Good Times! also will include songs penned by surviving Monkees members Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and is being produced by Adam Schlesinger of the indie-rock act Fountains of Wayne. In addition, the album will feature newly finished versions of tracks that the group began working on during the 1960s but never completed, including the Harry Nilsson-penned title track, Neil Diamond's "Love to Love" and Nesmith's "I Know What I Know." The vintage tracks will include contributions from the famous collective of Los Angeles session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew."
Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that he and Tork definitely will be contributing their talents to the album, although Nesmith hasn't committed to taking part in the project. He also reports that Oasis' Noel Gallagher has agreed to write a song for the record. In addition, Dolenz reveals that "Love to Love" will feature the voice of late Monkees singer Davy Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2012, and says he's hoping to add his harmonies to the track.
The 50th anniversary tour, meanwhile, currently is mapped out from a May 18 concert in Fort Meyers, Florida, through an October 29 show in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; more dates are expected to be added. Only Dolenz and Tork have signed on for the trek, while Nesmith -- who hit the road with his old band mates in 2012, 2013 and 2014 -- has declined to take part because he's busy writing a book and focusing on other projects.
"He's always invited," Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. "And at times he has blessed us with his presence. I don't see him going on the road, and certainly not for the whole grueling thing. I sure hope he does show up at some point and sing a couple of songs with us."
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, February 12, and those purchasing tickets will receive a free download of Good Times! Here's the full list of confirmed dates for the group's 50th anniversary trek, according to TheMonkees.com:
5/18 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 5/19 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 5/20 -- Tampa, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 5/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater 5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC - Belk Theater 5/26 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre 5/27 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre 5/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre 5/29 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 6/1 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall 6/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre 6/4 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor 6/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live Northfield Park 6/7 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre 6/10 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre 6/11 -- Hammond, IN, The Venue At Horseshoe Casino 6/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre 6/14 -- Dayton, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights 6/28 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House 6/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint 7/1 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Grand Lakes Ballroom 7/16 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 7/22 -- Hot Springs, AR, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming – Finish Line Theater 9/14 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre 9/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater 9/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre 9/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Primm Valley Casino Resorts – Star of the Desert Arena 9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield 9/21 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts 9/23 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort 9/24 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort 9/25 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre 10/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi 10/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 10/29 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University – H. Ric Luhrs PAC
Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.
"I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller," Lee says, "And that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson."
Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.
"The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," says Lee. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."
Lee explains that ironically, Jackson's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece. Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.
"It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that, like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."
Lee says that Jackson never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.
"Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The documentary features archival footage of Michael, as well as interviews with his friends, family and famous fans, including with Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Pharrell Williams, L.A. Reid, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of The Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, MJ's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Marlon and Jackie.
"People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.
In addition to being screened on Showtime, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album. To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Cliff Lipson/CBSLate Late Show host James Corden's been killing it lately with his popular "Carpool Karaoke" bit, featuring Adele -- whose episode scored record-breaking views on YouTube -- and Coldplay's Chris Martin. Now, he's posted a preview of his next big "get" -- Sir Elton John.
In the preview clip, posted on Facebook, Elton and Corden sing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," with Corden, a classically-trained singer, showing off an impressive ability to harmonize. He also threw in the same "Woah oh oh's" that George Michael did when he and Elton re-released the song as a live duet in 1991.
The episode will air this Sunday on CBS as part of Corden's big post-Super Bowl episode.
Courtesy of Caesars EntertainmentBill Medley has decided to revive his famed "blue-eyed soul" duo The Righteous Brothers for the first time since the 2003 death of his partner Bobby Hatfield. Medley will team up with new singer Bucky Heard for a Las Vegas residency at the Harrah's Showroom that's scheduled to kick off on March 23.
According to Ticketmaster, the engagement will include more than 40 performances and will run through a June 11 show. Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at the Harrah's Las Vegas box office, at HarrahsLasVegas.com and Ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-777-2782702-777-2782 or 855-234-7469855-234-7469 FREE.
You can check out a preview video of Medley and Heard performing together at the official Harrah's Las Vegas Facebook page.
The Righteous Brothers are best known for their classic chart-topping hits "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," as well as such other memorable tunes as "Unchained Melody," "Ebb Tide" and "Rock and Roll Heaven." Medley also has had a successful solo career that's included the #1 hit duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Hatfield died of a heart attack in November 2003 while on tour with Medley.
During their residency at Harrah's Showroom, The Righteous Brothers will perform at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 7 p.m. PT on Saturdays. Here's the full list of dates:
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BETBefore Lionel Richie receives a special tribute during next month's Grammy Awards, the legendary singer will be honored with a star-studded tribute concert at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, taking place February 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who most might not guess, is a total Lionel Richie fanboy.
"You do not have any idea," Richie told Jimmy Kimmel's audience Thursday night. "This guy knows more about my life...We were at a party one night, and he's sitting there, and he starts telling me about every detail of my career. He knows about We Are the World, he knows the details behind We Are the World. He knows The Commodores, he knows every detail about The Commodores...I thought to myself -- this is a weird guy."
Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas, said he was in high school when he saw his first Richie concert. He bought two tickets, thinking he'd take a girl. "And I did get a girl to go with me," Jimmy said. "That girl turned out to be my mother; I couldn't get a girl to go with me."
To make up for that experience, Lionel Richie invited Kimmel to join him in Vegas to sing a song of his choosing during the singer's upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood -- a stint that kicks off April 27.
After joking he knows enough to write Lionel Richie's memoir for him, he wondered why the multiple Grammy winner hasn't written one yet. "Well," the recording artist admitted, "most of the people I want to write about are not dead yet...I got to wait a bit longer. The heavy, juicy stuff, I gotta kinda wait awhile...If I want to do a boring, humanitarian book, I could do it now...The real book -- I gotta wait a couple more years 'till everybody passes...They tell me to write the book and keep it in storage."
About the MusicCares tribute -- at which stars like Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Luke Bryan, and Dave Grohl will perform Richie's music -- he's thrilled. "If ever there were a night where I'm gonna be excited just to be there -- but they're going to be singing my songs!"
Credit: Rob ShanahanJeff Lynne's ELO has lined up special performances on September 9, 10 and 11 at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It's the first U.S. concerts for the latest incarnation of Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra since the two shows the band played this past November at small venues in L.A. and New York City to celebrate the release of its new album, Alone in the Universe.
At the concerts, Lynne and ELO will be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. The shows, which are part of the venue's 2016 summer concert series, also will feature a fireworks display. This will be the first time ELO has ever performed at the Hollywood Bowl.
Tickets for the concerts will be available at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000. Venue subscriptions and group sales will go on sale Tuesday, February 9. Subscribers will be able to buy single tickets to the ELO shows beginning March 8, while tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1.
In other news, Jeff Lynne's ELO recently was announced as the first headliner for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held June 22-26 near Pilton, U.K. The band's set will take place on June 26 during the "Sunday teatime slot," and will mark ELO's debut performance at the famous fest.
Credit: Norman SeeffHeart is among the performers who will take the stage at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, the Recording Academy's official after-party event that will take place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15.
The bash will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is "Grammy Land" -- a takeoff on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists and other playful design elements. Attendees will include Recording Academy members, Grammy nominees and other celebrities. R&B star Aloe Blacc and jazz artist Arturo O'Farrill also will perform at the Grammy Celebration.
Meanwhile, Heart will launch the Queens of Sheba Tour, its joint Canadian trek with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, on March 7 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The two bands also will hit the road together, along with Cheap Trick, this summer on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan. You can check out Hart's full tour schedule at Heart-Music.com.
ABC/Randy HolmesCommuters at London's St. Pancras International railway train station got a wonderful, crazy surprise on Thursday afternoon when Elton John unexpectedly showed up there and began playing a piano that had been set up in the middle of the station. The Press Association reports that the pop-rock legend, whose new album Wonderful, Crazy Night will be released on Friday, played for a few minutes without singing, then signed the piano and greeted some fans before exiting the station.
Elton posted a photo from his impromptu performance on his official Facebook page along a message that explains, "Surprise!! I popped into St Pancras International to christen the Yamaha piano which I donated to the station. Now everyone can have a play."
Photos posted on various social media accounts say the message John wrote on the piano reads, "Enjoy the piano! It's a gift. Love, Elton John."
A video of the performance shot by a man named Richard Taylor and posted on his YouTube site shows that John played an instrumental medley of his songs that began with a snippet of his new tune "Looking Up" and included segments of "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song," "Bennie and the Jets," "Candle in the Wind" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesMaurice White, co-founder of the pioneering funk-soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, died Wednesday at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Maurice's brother and band mate Verdine White confirmed his passing in a message posted on the group's official Facebook page.
"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine writes. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."
After serving as a session drummer for Chess Records and playing with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Maurice founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 in Chicago. He was the group's leader, shared lead vocal duties with Phillip Bailey, and co-wrote and produced most of the band's hits.
Earth, Wind & Fire is acclaimed for blending funk, soul, R&B, pop and rock with elements of Latin and African music, and also became one of the best-known horn-driven bands in pop history. Among the group's many well-known tunes are "Shining Star," "Sing a Song," "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "After the Love Has Gone."
Maurice was diagnosed with Parkinson's in the late 1980s and complications from the disease forced him to retire from touring with the band in 1994. Over the years he won seven Grammy Awards, and in 2000 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Earth, Wind & Fire is due to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy this spring. Ironically, Jefferson Airplane, another band that's due to receive that same honor, lost not one but two of its founding members last week: guitarist Paul Kantner and singer Signe Anderson.
Credit: Ross HalfinHollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, will give their first television performance on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, for a special yet sad occasion.
Cooper tells Rolling Stone his band will pay tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the ceremony, and also will play a new original tune titled "As Bad as I Am." The song will appear as a bonus track on a deluxe digital edition of the group's 2015 self-titled album that's due Friday, February 12. The Hollywood Vampires lineup for the Grammy performance also will include Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, former GN'R drummer Matt Sorum, and Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen.
Meanwhile, a number of other special Grammy perfomances have just been announced, including an homage to late blues legend B.B. King that will feature Bonnie Raitt, acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and country star Chris Stapleton.
As previously reported, Lady Gaga will give a tribute performance honoring the late David Bowie.
The 2016 Grammys, hosted by LL Cool J, airs Monday, February 15, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Credit: Joseph GuayIt's a wonderful, crazy time for Elton John. The pop-rock legend will be all over television during the next few days, promoting his latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night, which gets its release Friday.
First up for the Rocket Man will be a performance tonight, February 4, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 a.m. ET. The show also will feature appearances by Lionel Richie and Bruce Willis.
Then on Friday, the album's release date, Elton will be interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, which begins at 7 a.m. ET.
Moving on to the weekend, Elton will appear on a special post-Super Bowl episode of CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden, which starts at 12:37 a.m. ET. John will become the latest star to be featured on an installment of the popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment of the program.
Lastly, an extra performance Elton taped during his recent visit to The Ellen Degeneres Show will premiere on this Monday's episode of the NBC talk show. Check your local listings to find out when the program airs in your area.
As previously reported, Wonderful Crazy Night is John's 33rd studio album and was produced by T-Bone Burnett. It features a collection of mostly upbeat tunes that Elton co-wrote with his longtime songwriting lyricist, Bernie Taupin.
The Rolling Stones in 2015 (Credit: Kevin Mazur)The Rolling Stones started up their America Latina Olé Tour Wednesday night at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, with a 19-song set packed with classic tunes. The rock legends kicked thing off, appropriately, with "Start Me Up" and finished with a two-song finale of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
In addition to classics like "Paint It Black," "Honky Tonk Women," "Miss You," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Sympathy for the Devil," the band performed the rarely played 1967 gem "She's a Rainbow," which chosen by fans in an online poll, and "Out of Control," a single from 1997's Bridges to Babylon album. Guitarist Keith Richards also took his usual two-song turn at the mic during the show, delivering lead vocals on "You Got the Silver" and "Happy."
The Rolling Stones' official website documented the concert by collecting posts from various Twitter accounts that included song-by-song photos and comments. The band also posted a brief video clip of its performance of "Start Me Up." In addition, you can check out a fan-filmed video of the group performing "She's a Rainbow" on YouTube.
The Stones' next concert is scheduled for this Sunday, February 7, at La Plata Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first of three shows at the venue. You can check out the group's full itinerary at RollingStones.com.
Here's the full set list of the band's show in Santiago, Chile:
"Start Me Up" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" "Let's Spend the Night Together" "Tumbling Dice" "Out of Control" "She's a Rainbow" (by request) "Wild Horses" "Paint It Black" "Honky Tonk Women" "You Got the Silver" "Happy" "Midnight Rambler" "Miss You" "Gimme Shelter" "Jumpin' Jack Flash" "Sympathy for the Devil" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
Raphael Dias/Getty ImagesQueen guitarist Brian May is one of several music stars who have lent their talents to a song called "One Voice," which is featured in a new documentary titled A Dog Named Gucci that takes a look at animal-abuse laws in the U.S. The tune, which also features Norah Jones, Aimee Mann and Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs, is expected to be released on April 16 in conjunction with the 2016 Record Store Day campaign.
A Dog Named Gucci tells the story of a puppy in Mobile, Alabama, that was doused in lighter fluid and set on fire. The dog was saved by a college professor named Doug James, who adopted and cared for the animal, and then set about on a successful campaign to have the animal-cruelty laws in Alabama overhauled. The film, which will be released on DVD and digital platforms on April 19, was directed by Gorman Bechard, who was honored with the 2016 Media Excellence Award from the ASPCA for his work on the movie.
"One Voice" is heard during the closing credits of the documentary. Proceeds raised by the single will be donated to animal charities around the United States. A digital version of the track can be pre-ordered now at iTunes.
Paul Zimmerman/WireImageEx-Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm hasn't released a solo album since 2009's Lou Gramm Band, but the singer reports that he's making progress putting together a new record.
"Over the last couple years we have been recording [tracks] and tweaking them and listening and changing the [arrangements]," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we're in that process. And I think we've got about eight songs."
Gramm says that while it's become common for artists to release individual tracks digitally, he'd prefer to issue a full-length collection of tunes, preferably with the backing of a record company.
"As old fashioned as I am, I'd actually like to have a label and some publicity and a little push from the label," the 65-year-old singer maintains, "and a tour to promote the album the way people have done in the recent past."
Meanwhile, Gramm is preparing to play his first show of 2016, a February 12 gig in Biloxi, Mississippi. He also has a series of four concerts in the Los Angeles area lined up for late March, and he reveals that some special guests may join him at those performances.
"I'm gonna call some of my old Atlantic Records cohorts and drag them out," Lou tells ABC Radio. "That should be fun. And I have a lot of friends that live in California too, so I'm looking forward to the shows."
As Gramm explains, fans coming out to his concerts will get to hear "the big Foreigner hits," of course, as well as "things from my solo albums and maybe sometimes an old Beatles song we throw in there."
Gramm, who's been performing as a solo artist since exiting Foreigner in 2003, says he's planning to make some changes to his show this year, including adding a new member to his backing band and extending his set from 75 minutes to 90 minutes.
"To make those great Ian MacDonald and Junior Walker parts come to life live, we've been auditioning…a multi-instrumentalist," he reveals. "[We're] looking for that someone to play the parts in 'Urgent,' in 'Double Vision,' in 'Long, Long Way from Home,' and someone who can put down the sax and pick up a rhythm guitar or also play keyboard. And it really helps if they had a decent voice to sing background too...I think we've found somebody that's pretty good."
As for the decision to lengthen his concerts, he explains, "Between my solo hits and the Foreigner hits and…a couple of our favorite old songs…we have to leave some good things out. And adding another 15 minutes we can now be indulgent enough to put some more of those great songs in."
Gramm only has a handful of confirmed shows on his schedule, but he notes that plenty more will be added soon, including possibly some in international dates. Here are all of Gramm's 2016 U.S. tour dates, according to Pollstar:
2/12 -- Biloxi, MS, Golden Nugget Biloxi 3/18 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose 3/19 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre 3/25 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon 3/26 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House Concert Hall 4/9 -- Pensacola, FL, Vinyl Music Hall 11/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
ABC/Adam TaylorU2's Bono will be presented with the We Are Family Foundation's Humanitarian Award during the organization's 2016 Celebration Gala April 29 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The award recognizes a well-known person who's made notable philanthropic efforts to help people around the world.
Among Bono's humanitarian endeavors cited by the foundation are his contributions to the fight against AIDS and poverty in Africa, partly through the ONE and (RED) organizations, both of which he co-founded.
"For decades Bono's passion for humanity continues through his work as a voice to solve some of our biggest issues on a global scale," says Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, co-founder and chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. "I am proud to have him as this year's We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian honoree, and I'm honored to call him a friend."
In addition to the award presentation, the benefit event will include a live auction, a dinner and a concert featuring Bono and Chic. Funds raised will go toward the foundation's various programs, which support and guide teenage leaders' efforts to promote peace and help people in need around the world.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABA; Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagicMadonna's teenage son Rocco is still refusing to live with her, and the singer apparently blames her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.
"Madonna thinks Guy is turning her son against her," a source tells Us Weekly. "He's telling Rocco he should stay with him. It seems like he's trying to brainwash the kid."
Us Weekly reports that Madonna also believes Guy is tempting the 15-year-old with more freedom. She's said in the past that she's a "disciplinarian" with her children, while Guy is more lax. A source says Guy is allowing Rocco to be home schooled in London and isn't placing much importance on his education.
"Madonna thinks Guy has pretty much told Rocco that if he wants out of education, he can quit now," a source says. The insider adds, "You can't blame [Rocco] for wanting to live with someone who will let him run wild."
Rocco will reportedly use his upcoming custody hearing in New York to explain why he wants to live with his dad in London long-term. According to TMZ, the hearing was supposed to take place today but has been pushed back to March 2.
Madonna and Guy divorced in 2008 and also share custody of an adopted son, David Banda. Madonna has two other children, Lourdes and Mercy James.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images; Alistair ThainAretha Franklin, Phil Collins and Dionne Warwick are among the "Grammy Legends" who will be featured on a special series of episodes of CBS' The Insider that will air during the coming week in honor of the upcoming Grammy ceremony.
Michael Jackson's nephew, TJ Jackson, will host the series and conduct interviews with the artists, who will discuss their journeys to success and what it means to be a music legend. The series kicks off tomorrow, February 4, with eight-time Grammy winner Collins, followed on Friday by the Queen of Soul, who has won an impressive 18 Grammys.
The series picks up again on Monday, February 8, with an interview with seven-time Grammy winner Gloria Estefan. Warwick, who has won five Grammy trophies, will appear on Tuesday. The Insider's "Grammy Legends" series winds down Wednesday with a surprise music icon. Check your local listings to find out when the program airs in your area.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards airs February 15 on CBS.
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