Two R&B Legends -- Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire -- Release New Music Today

    RCA RecordsR&B legends Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire are releasing new music Tuesday.

    Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics finds the Queen of Soul performing ten cover versions of songs made famous by other great female singers while Earth, Wind & Fire is out with its first Christmas album,  Holiday. 

    The Great Diva Classics contains Aretha's version of Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” as the album's first sing which recently garnered Aretha her     100th appearance on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hio-Hop Songs chart, a record for a female artist. The album also includes Franklin’s versions of “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and The Pips, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan and "No One" by Alicia Keys.  

    Clive Davis developed the album concept and served as executive  producer, and studio producers include Babyface and Andre 3000 from Outkast

    Meanwhile, for Holiday, Earth, Wind & Fire when beyond just traditional tunes. Sure, there are seasonal standards including "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," and "Jingle Bell Rock." But EW&F also recorded a traditional Japanese winter song, "Snow," and two original tunes, "Happy Seasons" inspired by their own "Happy Feelin',” and "December" inspired by "September" andfeaturing vocals from Maurice White.

     "The Holiday album was a joy to record, it is a celebration of tradition, love and spirituality, some of the elements of Earth, Wind & Fire,” says bass player and group co-founder Verdine White.

    Here's the track list for Aretha Franklin Sings the Diva Classics with the name of the artist original associated with the song:

    "At Last (Etta James)
    "Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)
    "Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
    "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor)
    "People" (Barbra Streisand)
    "No One" (Alicia Keys)
    "I’m Every Woman" (Chaka Khan) / "Respect"
    "Teach Me Tonight" (Dinah Washington)
    "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" (The Supremes)
    "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Sinéad O’Connor)

    Here's Earth, Wind & Fire's Holiday track listing:

    "Joy to the World"
    "Happy Seasons"
    "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
    "Winter Wonderland"
    "What Child Is This?"
    "Away in a Manger"
    "The Little Drummer Boy"
    "Every Day Is Like Christmas"
    "The First Noël"
    "Sleigh Ride"
    "Snow"
    "Jingle Bell Rock"
    "December"


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    Hall & Oates' Halloween Concert to Stream Live Online from New Site of Live from Daryl's House TV Series

    Credit: Kathy PhillipsOn Halloween night, October 31, Daryl Hall & John Oates will play a special concert that will stream live online on the Live Nation channel on the Screen Yahoo! website starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. 

    The sold-out show, dubbed "Hall-O-Ween & Oates," will be the first public event held at Daryl's House, the new home of Hall's popular television series Live from Daryl's House. It's a concert venue in Pawling, New York, that was formerly known as the Towne Crier Cafe.

    The concert can be viewed via various mobile devices, desktop computers and such Smart TV platforms as Apple TV, Roku and Xbox 360.

    According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, six episodes of the upcoming season of Live from Daryl's House will be taped at the new venue, which Hall renovated and is leasing.  The new season premieres in March 2015, and will air on the Palladia high-def network, as well as at LiveFromDarylsHouse.com.

    The Daryl's House venue is also a restaurant, and will host concerts other than the performances that will air as episodes of Hall's TV show.

    Live from Daryl's House originally was taped at the singer/songwriter's home in Millerton, New York, but Hall sold that residence in 2013 and moved to nearby Sherman, Connecticut.


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    Ringo Starr Named Spokesperson for Skechers

    Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.

    The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.  

    Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit."

     

    Bob Seger Talks New Album, "Ride Out"; Discusses Possibility of Retiring from the Road

    Capitol RecordsLast week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out.  The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.

    It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself.  One of these, Hiatt's "Detroit Made," even was chosen as the record's lead single.

    Seger says of the tune, an homage to the Detroit auto industry, "I just loved the subject matter, 'cause, you know, I'm [from] Michigan...we all love cars 'cause of…Detroit, and everybody loves their classic cars.  And I said, 'This is a natural.'"

    Bob got to road test "Detroit Made" during his last tour, and even used the song to open about half of those concerts, noting that "it really went over good" live.

    Meanwhile, the second single from Ride Out is romantic ballad titled "You Take Me In," which he wrote for his wife.  Seger tells ABC News Radio that he'd penned the song about three years ago but hadn't played it for his spouse until about three months back, when his label sent him a test pressing of Ride Out.  Bob recalls that he put the tune on while he and his wife were driving together in their car.

    "[I]t starts up and she says, 'What's this?'  I said, 'This is your song," he says, laughing.  "So about halfway through, she reaches for the glove box, gets the tissues out.  So, it was a great moment."

    Another song from Ride Out that been receiving a lot of media attention is "It's Your World," which focuses on the various environmental problems that we're facing on the planet.

    Seger tells ABC News Radio, "I read every environmental article I see and [the tune is] like a summing up of all those things."

    He adds, "I guess when you get older, you worry about your kids' future...I'm not going to be around nearly as long as they are and, and you just worry about the mess we're going to leave them."

    Seger kicks off the first of two confirmed North American tour legs in support of Ride Out with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan.  There's been some speculation that the trek could be Bob's last, but the veteran rocker says that even if he does decide to quit the road, he doesn't like the idea of officially labeling an outing a "farewell tour."

    "I wouldn't want to announce it out," he explains.  "It'd be the saddest tour in the world, you know, if it was our last tour.  So I just really kind of take it tour by tour."

    That being said, Seger points out that when his 2015 tour leg winds down around April, he will evaluate how he's feeling with regard to doing future shows.

    "I think the determining factor of when I retire will be my voice," he notes.  "If I feel it's starting to slip, if I feel I can't really sing well enough anymore, I'll be the first one out the door."

    Visit BobSeger.com to check out a list all of Seger's upcoming concerts.


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    Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of National Anthem at World Series

    Image Courtesy Maryanne Bilham/RCA Records

    Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.

    Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform the national anthem Wednesday night before Game Two.

    The country group Little Big Town will perform the song before Game Three on Friday.

     
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