Shout It Out Loud! KISS is releasing a deluxe 45th anniversary ‘Destroyer’ reissue in November

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of the release of KISS‘ classic fourth studio album, Destroyer.  To commemorate the milestone, the costumed rock legends will reissue the record on November 19 in multiple configurations, including a Super Deluxe box set featuring four CDs, a Blu-ray audio disc, a bevy of collectible items, and a 68-page hardcover book.

The first CD features a remastered version of the original album. Disc two boasts demos that Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made of songs from the Destroyer era. The third CD includes various outtakes, alternate versions, single edits and more, most of which are previously unreleased. Disc four features an unreleased concert that KISS played at Paris’ L’Olympia theater in May 1976.

The Blu-ray offers up Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mixes of Destroyer, created by lauded studio whiz Steven Wilson, plus two bonus tracks.

The box set’s memorabilia include a replica KISS Army newsletter, plus posters, photos, an iron-on, stickers, trading cards, flyers, a replica Destroyer tour program and more.

Released in March 1976, Destroyer peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and became KISS’ most successful studio album, selling over two million copies. It features “Beth,” the band’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100.  The ballad, which was sung and co-written by drummer Peter Criss, peaked at #7. The album also includes the top-40 hit “Shout It Out Loud” and such other enduring songs as “Detroit Rock City,” “King of the Night Time World” and “God of Thunder.”

The Destroyer reissue, which you can pre-order now, also is available as a two-set set, as a double-LP package pressed on black or limited-edition colored vinyl, digitally, and via streaming.

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Watch Dead Sara’s “Hypnotic” new video

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To mark the release of their new album Ain’t It Tragic, Dead Sara have dropped a video for one of the album’s tracks, “Hypnotic.”

Filmed in LA, the video has a distinctly retro vibe, somewhere between the ’80s and ’90s. At one point, frontwoman Emily Armstrong is seen standing on a fire escape wearing a skintight white bodysuit with a red patch over her nether regions.

Ain’t It Tragic is Dead Sara’s first release since their 2018 EP, Taking Up Space.  The band’s tour kicks off tonight in Milwaukee, WI and is currently scheduled through October 9, with an appearance at the Welcome to Rockville festival on November 12.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Michael Bublé celebrating 10th anniversary of ‘Christmas’ with deluxe box set

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when Michael Bublé announces a deluxe edition of his massively successful album, Christmas. 

Michael is going all out for the 10th anniversary of the multi-platinum holiday album with the Super Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set, which features a bonus album with seven additional songs.  They include the original song “The Christmas Sweater,” co-written by Michael, and a new rendition of “Let It Snow!” recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. 

The Canada native also duets with Rod Stewart on “Winter Wonderland,” and offers his 2015 holiday single, “The More You Give (The More You’ll Have).”

Also featured in the box set is a green vinyl pressing of the original Christmas, a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage from the recording studio, and holiday-themed swag in the form of a Christmas ornament, wrapping paper and cards. 

Upon its 2011 release, Christmas reached #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200, and is one of the best-selling albums in the past 20 years.

The limited edition box set is available on November 12 in the U.S. and November 19 internationally.

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Sex abuse charges dropped against T.I. and wife Tiny Harris

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T.I. and his wife Tiny Harris will not faces charges of sexual abuse because the ten-year statue of limitations on the case has expired.

“Without the strength and weaknesses of the evidence being evaluated, the case is declined due to the expiration of the Statute of Limitations,” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told the court, according to People.

In May, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation after a woman accused the couple of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005. Later that month, attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn said he was representing multiple women claiming to have been sexually assaulted by the couple during a “span over fifteen years.”

T.i. and Tiny have consistently denied the allegations.

“Mr. and Mrs. Harris are pleased, but not surprised, by the District Attorney’s decision to dismiss these meritless allegations,” their attorney Shawn Holley said in statement following Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announcement. “We appreciate the DA’s careful review of the case and are grateful to be able to put the matter behind us and move on.”

“S*** didn’t happen, the “Live Your Life” rapper said recently on the Big Facts Live podcast, as reported by Complex.

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Brett Eldredge will become “Mr. Christmas” with new holiday album

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Brett Eldredge loves everything about Christmas, including the music. The Illinois native just announced his new album, Mr. Christmas, due out on October 22. The record will feature both holiday classics and original songs, including the title track.

Mr. Christmas is something that I’ve been planning out for quite a while,” Brett says. “This album is so much fun and full of joy and magic. From the album cover, you can find the magic of Mr. Christmas standing in the window front, looking out just like the old stores on the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and people passing by in the window.”

Brett, who previously released the Christmas album Glow in 2016, wanted to return to the holiday feeling with Mr. Christmas.

“We captured that nostalgic, classic feel that Christmas brings and mixed it with the soulful side of my music influences,” Brett says. “It’s got a lot of heart and magic — it’s a special one for people to hear.”

Brett will headline his own Glow Live Christmas Tour, kicking off on November 13. You can pre-order Mr. Christmas now from all of the usual outlets.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett capture vibrant energy of the studio in “Love for Sale” video

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have dropped the video for “Love for Sale.

The video takes us inside the studio as they record the Cole Porter classic originally released in 1930 as part of the musical The New Yorkers. Gaga treats it more as a performance than simply singing into a microphone, dancing alongside Tony as they sing, amid close-up shots of the big band. 

“We got that ending, we stuck it,” Gaga confirms at song’s end, the friends ending the session with a hug.

“Love for Sale” is the title track of Gaga and Bennett’s latest collaborative album, which features covers of jazz standards. It’s the second single off the album, preceded by “I Get a Kick Out of You.” 

This will be the final studio album of Bennett’s career, following his family’s announcement that he’s been living with Alzheimer’s since 2016. 

Love for Sale is available on October 1.

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Ozzy releasing 10-inch vinyl of Lemmy “Hellraiser” duet on his birthday

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Ozzy Osbourne‘s birthday is December 3, but he’s the one giving fans a present.

On that day, Ozzy is releasing a 10-inch black vinyl single featuring three tracks: Ozzy’s song “Hellraiser;” a mash-up duet of Ozzy’s vocals amd those of the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, who co-wrote the song; and Motorhead’s own version of “Hellraiser.”

The duet version is also available on the digital 30th anniversary release of Ozzy’s No More Tears, which as previously reported is out today. The original version of “Hellraiser” appeared on No More Tears; Motörhead then recorded it and released it on their 1992 album, March ör Die.

Ozzy co-wrote four songs in all for No More Tears with Lemmy; in addition to “Hellraiser,” they include  “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” “Desire,” and “I Don’t Want to Change the World.”

You can pre-order the vinyl now.

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G-Eazy and Demi Lovato are headed for a “Breakdown” in new song

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G-Eazy and Demi Lovato take aim at negative media coverage against them in their new collaboration, “Breakdown.”

The song finds the two singers in a dark place, battling inner demons and anxiety as Demi confesses, “I got big plans/But none of them feel like mine,” while the rapper admits to feeling “all alone in a dark space.”

The video follows the pair as they stand alone in adjoining rooms on a living room set, watching  headlines about Demi’s drug overdose and G-Eazy’s arrest for assault and drug possession flash across the walls and TV screen.

“I’m in the middle of a breakdown baby/I need you,” Demi professes in the chorus. 

“Thank you@G_Eazyfor sharing this song with me,” Demi writes on Instagram

“Breakdown” is the latest single off G-Eazy’s album, These Things Happen Too, set for release on September 24.

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John Mellencamp curating two evenings of programming on Turner Classic Movies this month

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In August, it was announced that John Mellencamp would be serving as a guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies this month, and now details have been revealed about the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s programming contributions to the network.

Mellencamp has curated two special nights of films that will be shown on TCM — airing tonight, September 17, and Friday, September 24. The heartland rocker will appear alongside TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to introduce the movies, which are some of his favorites.

For tonight, Mellencamp has chosen Tortilla Flat, Cool Hand Luke and The Misfits, and his picks for September 24 are The Fugitive Kind, On the Waterfront and East of Eden.

Back in July, the 69-year-old singer/songwriter lent his voice to a Turner Classic Movies interstitial segment called “From Hollywood to the Heartland” that looked at how small towns were portrayed in select vintage movies and featured him reflecting on his own experience growing in a small Indiana town.

Also, on August 27, Mellencamp’s new documentary The Good Samaritan Tour 2000 got its premiere on TCM’s YouTube channel, and you can still watch it on the website.

As previously reported, the film focuses on John’s 2000 trek of the same name, which featured a series of free, unannounced acoustic concerts held at public parks and on street corners in select major cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

The doc is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, and includes special contributions from Nora Guthrie, daughter of late folk legend Woody Guthrie.

A companion live album also was released the same day.

Meanwhile, Mellencamp is working with Turner Classic Movies on various other projects, including sponsoring his next tour.

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Loretta Lynn’s Hometown Rising concert raises nearly $1 million

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Loretta Lynn was the force behind the star-studded Hometown Rising concert, held at the Grand Ole Opry on September 14, to raise money for those impacted by the devastating floods that struck Middle Tennessee in August.

Proceeds from the show, which drew country music superstars like Garth BrooksTrisha Yearwood, Luke CombsLuke BryanKeith Urban and more, went directly to the United Way of Humphreys County, with the concert netting nearly one million dollars for the worthwhile cause.

“I’ve heard from so many friends that the show Monday night that my friends put together for our community not only raised money, but it also raised spirits after a long few weeks of loss and heartbreak,” Loretta says. “I loved the performances and the stories.

“While we shared some heartbreaking images and footage from our hometown, what I saw in those moments was the resilience people have shown amid so much loss,” she continues. “We’ll all be okay as long as we continue to help one another.”

Donations can still be made by texting TNFLOODRELIEF to 44321.

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