Halloween-Themed "NOW" Hits Compilation Features Songs by Donovan, Blue Oyster Cult, Warren Zevon and More

    PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday.  NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes by a variety of pop and rock artists.

    Among the tunes featured on the album are Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," as well as the Rockwell hit "Somebody Watching Me," which includes a chorus sung by Michael JacksonNOW Halloween! also contains Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" -- the theme to The Exorcist -- and Danny Elfman's main-title and end-title themes to Beetlejuice.  In addition, the compilation features Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' classic Halloween single "Monster Mash."

    Check out the complete track list for the NOW That's What I Call Halloween! comp:

    "Halloween Theme" -- John Carpenter
    "Dragula" -- Rob Zombie
    "O Fortuna" -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    "Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist)" -- Mike Oldfield
    "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult
    "Devil Inside" -- INXS
    "Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)" -- Jace Everett
    "Werewolves of London" -- Warren Zevon
    "Ghost Town" -- The Specials
    "Dead Man's Party" -- Oingo Boingo
    "Monster Mash" -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
    "This Is Halloween" -- The Citizens of Halloween
    "Season of the Witch" -- Donovan
    "I Put a Spell on You" -- Nina Simone
    "Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title" -- Danny Elfman
    "Ghostbusters" -- Run-DMC
    "A Nightmare on My Street" -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
    "Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell

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    Pete Townshend Featured on Upcoming Album by French Electronic Music Veteran Jean-Michel Jarre

    Terry O'Neil/UMeThe Who's Pete Townshend is part of a diverse lineup of guest artists who collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the influential French electronic-music composer's upcoming album, Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine, which will be released on October 16.  The rock legend is featured on a song titled "Travelator (Part 2)."

    In a new interview with USA Today, Jarre discusses why he was excited to have Townshend take part in the album.

    "He was the first guy to introduce sequencers into rock music with songs such as 'Baba O'Riley,'" Jarre says.  Also, "as one of the creators of the rock opera as a genre, he has an epic approach to performance that's quite close to my approach of performances for big concerts."

    In addition to Townshend, Jarre teamed up with a variety of musicians from different genres and eras, including Erasure/ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke, Tangerine Dream, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Moby, AIR, composer/director John Carpenter and classical pianist Lang Lang.

    "I've wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays," Jarre explains in a statement.  "So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognizable sound."

    For the Electronica project, rather than allowing the various collaborators to record their parts remotely, Jarre made the effort to join them in the studio so he could work directly with them on the tracks.

    Jarre also is planning to release a sequel album, Electronica Part 2, featuring different cast of artists, sometime in spring 2016.

    Here is the full track list and lineup of collaborators for Jarre's Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine:

    "The Time Machine" (with Boys Noize)
    "Glory (with M83)
    "Close your eyes" (with AIR)
    "Automatic (Part 1)" (with Vince Clarke)
    "Automatic (Part 2)" (with Vince Clarke)
    "If..!" (with Little Boots)
    "Immortals" (with F*** Buttons)
    "Suns Have Gone" (with Moby)
    "Conquistador" (with Gesaffelstein)
    "Travelator (Part 2)" (with Pete Townshend)
    "Zero Gravity" (with Tangerine Dream)
    "Rely on Me" (with Laurie Anderson)
    "Stardust" (with Armin van Buuren)
    "Watching You" (with 3D of Massive Attack)
    "A Question of Blood" (with John Carpenter)
    "The Train & the River" (with Lang Lang)

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    Inflatable Pig Featured on Pink Floyd's "Animals" Album Cover Withdrawn from Memorabilia Auction

    Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

    Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."

    The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries.  Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group.  Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.

    You can check out a full list of items up for bid by visiting Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

    On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks.  As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

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    Chaka Khan Confirmed for "Dancing with the Stars"

    ABCThe reports were true: Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among the celebs competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

    The singer announced the news via a brief video posted on the show's official Twitter account.  Khan tells her fans to "look out for me this season."

    The "I'm Every Woman" singer will compete against Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega; Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter; Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin; jockey Victor Espinoza; and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

    The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America

    Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. ET.

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    Expanded Reissues of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir Albums Due in October

    Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

    Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

    While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."

    Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money."  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."

    Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

    Astral Weeks:

    "Astral Weeks"
    "Beside You"
    "Sweet Thing"
    "Cyprus Avenue"
    "The Way Young Lovers Do"
    "Madame George"
    "Ballerina"
    "Slim Slow Slider"
    "Beside You" (Take 1)*
    "Madame George" (Take 4)*
    "Ballerina" (Long Version)*
    "Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*

    His Band and the Street Choir:

    "Domino"
    "Crazy Face"
    "Give Me a Kiss"
    "I've Been Working"
    "Call Me Up in Dreamland"
    "I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
    "Blue Money"
    "Virgo Clowns"
    "Gypsy Queen"
    "Sweet Jannie"
    "If I Ever Needed Someone"
    "Street Choir"
    "Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)*
    "Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)*
    "Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)*
    "I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)*
    "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*

    * = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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