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Music News of 2017

It's "Bon Appetit" for Katie Perry

Friday, April 28, 2017 – Katy Perry previewed another song from her forthcoming album with the release of her new single, "Bon Appétit" today.

The track features Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos. Perry co-wrote "Bon Appétit" with Max Martin, Shellback, Oscar Holter, Ferras Alqaisi and Migos.

"Chained to the Rhythm," the first single from her new album, has now been certified Platinum in the U.S. No release date has been set for her upcoming disc.

New Chuck Berry disc coming in June

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – "CHUCK," the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by Chuck Berry, who passed away last week at the age of 90, will be out June 16 on Dualtone

Comprised of 10 new recordings, eight of which were written by Berry, 'CHUCK' is his first new album since 1979's "Rock It." It was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around St. Louis and features his longtime hometown backing group - including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (vocals, harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry's bassist for 40 years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) - which supported him for nearly two decades on more than 200 residency shows at the Blueberry Hill club. The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Chuck's grandson Charles Berry III. Historian Douglas Brinkley contributes liner notes.

Both Morello and Rateliff appear on album track "Big Boys," which Brinkley calls "a guitar player's national anthem" in his notes. The song is streaming now.

"Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction," the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. "While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music."

Some of the songs were originally conceived as far back as the 1980s, with Berry developing them in his home studio in St. Louis over many years during down time between tours. He worked on the album through 2014. When health concerns forced him to stop touring and recording in 2015, Berry continued to oversee production and planning for 'CHUCK,' enlisting his family and close friend Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill, to fulfill his wishes that the album be completed and released. The disc includes "Lady B. Goode," a spiritual sequel to "Johnny B. Goode" featuring solos from three generations of Berry guitarists, and country ballad "Darlin'," a duet with his daughter Ingrid, 'CHUCK' truly is a family affair.

"Working on my dad's record has been one of the best experiences of my life," said Charles Berry Jr. "I will forever treasure the musical conversations we had, and the time we spent together completing it."

The track list is:
Wonderful Woman
Big Boys
You Go To My Head
3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
Lady B. Goode
She Still Loves You
Jamaica Moon
Eyes Of Man

Franz Ferdinand slates tour

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Franz Ferdinand will tour the U.S. and Canada in May and June, the band revealed today.

The Scottish band will perform in Nashville, Louisville, New York City and Los Angeles this summer, while also appearing at the Hangout Music Festival in May and Governors Ball in New York City and Firefly Music Festival in June.

The group last toured the U.S. three years ago behind its fourth album, "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action."

Tour dates are:
May 19 - 21st - Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
May 22 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 23 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
May 25 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
May 26 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
May 27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 28 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
May 30 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
May 31 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
June 2 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
June 3 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
June 4 - New York, NY @ Governors Ball
June 7 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
June 8 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
June 11 - Oceanside, CA @ Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
June 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
June 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
June 15 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
June 15-18 - Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival

Prince Warner catalogue available today

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Warner Bros. Records said today that Prince's Warner catalog will be available to stream across all digital services by the time the Grammy Awards begin today at 8 p.m. eastern.

Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records said, "Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy. Warner Bros. is thrilled to be able to bring Prince's music to his millions of fans around the world via streaming services, fittingly on music's biggest night. We'd like to thank Prince's estate, Universal Music Publishing, the Grammy Awards and all of the streaming services for their great collaboration in making this landmark event possible."

"We're also pleased to announce our plan to release the remaster of Prince's most iconic album, 'Purple Rain,' along with two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films from the Paisley Park vault on June 9."

"When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films."

Prince, who first signed with Warner Bros. 40 years ago, recorded his most influential and popular albums for the label, including "Prince," "Dirty Mind," 'Controversy," "1999," "Purple Rain," "Around the World in a Day," "Parade,""Sign O' The Times," "Batman" and "Diamonds and Pearls" and songs including "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss," "Little Red Corvette," "Raspberry Beret," "When Doves Cry," "Sign O' The Times," "Alphabet Street," "Batdance," "Cream," "I Would Die 4 U," "Diamonds and Pearls," "Pop Life," "Delirious," "1999" and "Purple Rain."

Perry drops new song

Friday, February 10, 2017 – Katy Perry dropped a new single "Chained to the Rhythm,"toay.

The song is the first single from her forthcoming album. She will perform the song live for the very first time at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS this Sunday at 8 p.m. eastern.

Perry co-wrote "Chained to the Rhythm" with Max Martin, Sia Furler, Ali Payami and Skip Marley.

Sheeran drops two new singles

Friday, January 6, 2017 – Ed Sheeran is back.

The singer is out with his first new music since 2015 with the release of two singles, "Shape Of You" and "Castle On The Hill." Both tracks - arriving via Atlantic Records - are available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners.

"Hello 2017," Sheeran said. "I've been working hard on the new material, and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I'm equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I'm absolutely buzzing to be back."

"Shape Of You" – co-written with Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac; produced by Mac and co-produced by Sheeran - dismantles and rebuilds modern-pop music using little more than a loop pedal. "Castle On The Hill" - written and produced by Sheeran and Benny Blanco - pays homage to growing up in the English countryside town of Framlingham, Suffolk.

While out of the spotlight for nearly all of 2016, Sheeran penned "Cold Water" for Major Lazer and "Love Yourself" for Justin Bieber. "Love Yourself" is up for "Song of the Year" at this year's Grammys Awards,

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