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Credit: Tony NelsonDisappointing news from Brian Setzer. The Stray Cats frontman won't be rocking any towns this holiday season with his Brian Setzer Orchestra because he's been diagnosed with a severe case of tinnitus and, under doctor's orders, has been forced to cancel his big band's 16th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour.

The trek had been scheduled to visit more than 20 U.S. cities and was mapped out from a November 15 show in Minneapolis through a December 21 concert in Los Angeles.

"It's heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over 15 years," Setzer says in a statement. "I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all of the amazing people who make my tour happen and to my unbelievably loyal and devoted fans. I hate to let you down and I hope you'll understand."

Earlier this year, Setzer and The Stray Cats released their first new studio album in 26 years, 40, and mounted a reunion tour in honor of the group's 40th anniversary. Brian also played shows with his solo group, Rockabilly Riot.

In other news, The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 2005 holiday album, Dig That Crazy Christmas, was released on vinyl for the first time on Friday, November 8. The disc is available on red-and-white-splatter vinyl.

Here are all of The Brian Setzer Orchestra canceled tour dates:

11/15 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
11/16 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
11/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
11/19 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
11/20 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
11/21 -- Springfield, MA, Symphony Hall
11/23 -- Lynchburg, VA, Academy Center of the Arts
11/24 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
11/26 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem
11/27 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
11/29 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
11/30 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/2 -- Nashville, TN, The Ryman
12/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
12/4 -- Augusta, GA, Miller Theatre
12/6 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
12/10 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre
12/12 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Casino
12/13 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
12/14 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
12/16 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
12/17 -- Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre
12/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
12/20 -- Palm Desert, CA, McCallum Theatre
12/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater

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Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickPeople still "Crave" Madonna on the dance floor.

The remix of her song "Crave," with Swae Lee, has hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, making it her 49th #1 hit on that chart. Madonna now has the most Dance Club chart-toppers of any other artist, trailed distantly by Rihanna, who has 33.

"Crave" is Madonna's third Dance Club chart-topper from Madame X, following "Future" and "Medellin." It's also her ninth consecutive #1 on the chart, her longest such streak.

Madame X debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in June.

Madonna is currently in the middle of her sold-out Madame X Tour. She kicks off a string of Los Angeles shows on Wednesday, November 13.

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Credit: DH LovelifeIn an interview last month with the Los Angeles Times, Neil Young revealed that he was expecting to become a U.S. citizen on November 12 while keeping his Canadian citizenship.  But the folk-rock legend now reports that he's hit an obstacle in his plan.

In a message posted Friday on his official website, Young writes, "I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed. Recently however, I have been told I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem."

Neil explains that the supposed problem regarding marijuana use is defined in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy alert that was added in April 2019, and that includes the following: "An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC [good moral character] if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws."

Young goes on to write, "I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates, (as yet un-named)."

In the Los Angeles Times interview, Neil, who moved to the U.S. more than 50 years ago, discussed why he wanted to become a dual citizen of Canada and the States.

"I'm still a Canadian; there's nothing that can take that away from me," he noted. "But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here -- they're all Americans, so I want to register my opinion."

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Courtesy of Mick FleetwoodFleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is organizing a special star-studded U.K. tribute concert honoring the early blues years of his famous band and the group's original frontman, singer/guitarist Peter Green.

The show will take place February 25, 2020, at the London Palladium and will feature performances by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Steve Tyler, Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, U.K. blues legend John Mayall, longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonny Lang.

Mick will be part of the event's house band, which also will include acclaimed session guitarist Andy Fairweather Low, Fleetwood Mac touring keyboardist Ricky Peterson and journeyman bassist Dave Bronze.

"The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music," Mick says in a statement. "Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent."

Concert tickets concert will go on sale to the general public Friday, November 15, at 10 a.m. U.K. time, while pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 13, at 10 a.m. U.K. time at

Part of the show's proceeds will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity that provides specialized nursing care and emotional support to young people with cancer.

Green, now 73, founded Fleetwood Mac in July 1967 with Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer, while bassist John McVie joined the group soon after. Green left the band in 1970 while struggling with mental health issues.

Visit for more details about "Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac."

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Credit: Tony TranA classic rock legend teamed up with a contemporary pop superstar for a unique performance this Saturday in Las Vegas.

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger was on hand to jam with Lady Gaga when Gaga dropped by NoMad Restaurant after her Jazz & Piano residency show at the Park Theater at Park MGM to perform with her longtime friend and collaborator, trumpeter Brian Newman, during his regular residency there.

After Gaga sang some jazz standards, Krieger hit the stage with her.

First, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer played The Doors' signature hit, "Light My Fire," and then he and Gaga jammed on "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby," a Louis Jordan song from 1944. Legendary jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard also came onstage to join in the fun.

Next up for Krieger: He'll reunite with Doors drummer John Densmore for a rare performance together at the first Homeward Bound Concert, a charity event that will take place on January 23, 2020, at the famed Wiltern theater in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the show will benefit PATH, an L.A.-based non-profit that seeks to provide permanent housing, employment training, healthcare and other services to homeless people throughout California.

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Credit: Josh CheuseThe rumors are true! After breaking up into 2015, The Black Crowes have announced plans for a huge 2020 reunion trek commemorating the 30th anniversary of their 1990 debut album, Shake Your Moneymaker.

The world tour will kick off with a North American leg that begins June 17 in Austin, Texas, and is mapped out through a September 19 concert in the Los Angeles area. So far, more than 45 shows have been confirmed. The band will play Shake Your Moneymaker in its entirety at the concerts, plus other select hits.

Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. Visit for more details.

In celebration of the tour announcement, the band will play a pair of intimate shows this week, the first one taking place tonight at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City and the second on Thursday, November 14, at the famed Troubadour in L.A. Information about scoring tickets to the gigs will be revealed on The Black Crowes' Instagram page.

The band, of course, is led by the infamously contentious Robinson brothers, singer Chris and guitarist Rich, who had vowed never to perform of speak to each other again. It's unclear what led to the siblings' reconciliation.

"I'm thrilled & blessed to be playing with my brother celebrating the music we've made & bringing our lives together full circle," says Chris Robinson.

Add Rich, "First and foremost, I'm really happy to have my brother back in my life. To be able to play music again together and celebrate the first record we made as kids, is a gift."

According to Rolling Stone, the rest of the Black Crowes lineup will feature new members.

Here's the full list of North American tour dates:

6/17 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
6/19 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
6/20 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman  
6/23 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/24 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
6/26 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/30 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/1 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/3 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/10 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veteran United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach  
7/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/14 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/15 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/17 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/18 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/21 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/22 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/24 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
7/25 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/29 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/31 -- Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/13 -- Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/15 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, American Family Insurance Amphitheater
8/23 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/26 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
8/28 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center Omaha
8/30 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/1 -- West Valley Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/4 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/5 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
9/8 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
9/9 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/18 -- San Diego, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

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Credit: Jen Rosenstein

A note on the band's website reads, "Due to a bad case of Influenza, doctors have advised Paul Stanley to rest for the next few days and not to undertake the long trip from Los Angeles to Perth. With the expectation of Australian audiences high, KISS don’t want to not give 100% and so have made changes to the Australian and New Zealand dates."

The tour will now begin in Adelaide on November 19. The band's original kickoff show -- November 16 in Perth -- has now been moved to December 3, and all tickets for the original date will be valid for the new one.  You can get a refund if you can't make it.

The band's show in Auckland, New Zealand, which was originally scheduled for December 3, has been canceled, and will now be moved to a later part of the tour.  Fans can get refunds at point of purchase.

In September, KISS had to postpone a show due to Gene Simmons' kidney stones; he eventually had surgery in October.

The band recently revealed that their End of the Road tour will end July 17, 2021 in their hometown of New York City.

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Chris Haston/NBCNot everyone enjoys or is willing to wait for Madonna to show up fashionably late to her concerts.  One Florida man is so irate, he wants to drag the "Crave" singer to court.

Page Six reports that Nate Hollander bought three tickets to her December 17 show at Fillmore Miami Beach for a hefty price -- $1,024.95 to be exact.  All seemed fine and dandy until Madonna switched the start time from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. late last month.

Hollander said the later start time ruined the show and he doesn't want to go anymore, before adding he was unable to secure a refund.  He also claims the change of time is a breach of contract between the ticket buyer and seller when filing his suit last Monday in Miami-Dade County court.

Hollander argues, "Ticketholders [have] to work and go to school the next day, which prevent[s] them from attending a concert that would end at around 1:00 a.m."

He also filed suit against Live Nation.

While Madonna has not publicly addressed the legal challenge, she did post to Twitter on Saturday a very pointed video message.  

"There's something that you all need to understand," Madonna purrs to the audience at her Vegas show, "and that is, that a queen is never late."

While Hollander vehemently disagrees, it will be interesting to see what the court ultimately thinks.

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Kevin Kane/Getty Images for the Rock and Roll Hall of FameLate Cars frontman Ric Ocasek cut his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, out of his will, according to public documents obtained by Page Six.

Page Six reports that Ocasek's will features a section that reads, "I have made no provision for my wife Paulina Porizkova…as we are in the process of divorcing…Even if I should die before our divorce is final…Paulina is not entitled to any elective share…because she has abandoned me."

Ric signed the will on August 28 of this year, less than three weeks before his death.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and the supermodel separated in 2017 after 28 years of marriage. The couple had two sons together, while Ric had four other sons from two previous marriages.

Ocasek died on September 15 at age 75 of heart disease while recovering from unspecified surgery that, according to Porizkova, took place two weeks before his passing and was not heart-related.

Following Ric's death, Paulina's spoke lovingly of him and revealed that despite their separation they still lived together.

In a note on her Instagram account posted in early October, Porizkova wrote that although Ocasek "could be aloof" and "not particularly social," "when he decided to turn his focus on you, it was as if the sun came out. His smile and his gaze warmed you and made you feel like the most special person in the world."

Following the publication of the Page Six article about Ocasek's will, Porizkova posted another Instagram note that reads, "I've known about the will since the day after Ric passed. All you have heard from me since -- is inspite of that. #loveneverdies" The message is accompanied by a photo of Ric on a motor scooter and Paulina and their sons on bicycles, all smiling.

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Courtesy of Fathom EventsJohn Fogerty's new concert film 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks will be screened in select theaters across the U.S. today, Veterans Day. The movie, which documents a June 2019 show that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, was preceded by the release of a companion live album on Friday.

The concert was part of Fogerty's ongoing My 50 Year Trip tour, which celebrates the half-century anniversaries of CCR's breakout year and the Woodstock festival. The show featured a bevy of Creedence classics, two of John's solo hits and covers of several songs performed by various artists at Woodstock.

Fogerty tells ABC Audio that watching the multifaceted performance "was a wonderful journey."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer notes that it was his wife Julie's idea for him to play the Woodstock tribute tunes, which included The Who's "My Generation," Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," and a Joe Cocker-style rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."

"It gave me a wonderful opportunity to actually learn and perform these songs that I love…and it was a lot of fun," declares John.

The show also included a Jimi Hendrix tribute featuring a performance of "The Star Spangled Banner," not by Fogerty but by his son Shane, who plays in John's touring band.

"I get to stand just off stage watching him, and it's just remarkable," John gushes. "Every night he plays that guitar and…he's gotten better and better and better as he's gone along."

Interspersed throughout the performance are interview segments in which Fogerty shares recollections and tells stories about some of the famous songs he created.

Visit to check out screening locations for 50 Year Trip.

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Courtesy of VetsAidJust a reminder that Joe Walsh's third annual VetsAid concert benefiting the Eagles guitarist's non-profit veterans organization of the same name takes place Sunday, November 10, on the eve of Veteran's Day, at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Joining Walsh at the show will be ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers, Sheryl Crow, country star Brad Paisley and Americana act Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. The concert will start at 5:30 p.m. local time.

Walsh tells People magazine that fans who attend the event will be treated to surprise appearances by at least two famous guest artists.

"I've got to keep them under wraps! But yeah, there's a couple…old boys," Joe reveals. "You never know who's going to show up, but I'm aware of a couple of surprises that are going to make a big difference to the crowd."

As for how he feels about the artists taking part in VetsAid, Walsh says, "A lot of people were able to rearrange their schedules so that they could make this show, and I'm really grateful."

Tickets for VetsAid 2019 are on sale now, and are available at the Toyota Center box office, at or by calling 1-866-4-HOUTIX.

Through a vetting process in coordination with the National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations, VetsAid recently chose 18 veterans charities to which it will distribute the proceeds from this year's show. Eight will receive large grants and 10 will get small grants. The first two VetsAid concerts brought in a total of $1.2 million.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Walsh will serve as Grand Marshal of the "Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration" on Monday, November 11. He also will deliver a keynote speech at the event, which will include a parade through the streets of Houston.

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Courtesy of James Burton Foundation and Gary BridgesThis Tuesday in Nashville, a jaw-dropping lineup of music stars will participate in a special charity concert headlined and hosted by former Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson guitarist James Burton.

The James Burton & Friends concert will feature Queen's Brian May, Joe Walsh, Sammy Hagar, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff, former Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and soul guitar legend Steve Cropper.

The show, at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, will feature the various artists playing noteworthy songs from Burton's six-decade career.  It'll raise money for the James Burton Foundation, which help provide guitars to school music programs, children's hospitals and veterans.

Other performers on the bill: Paul Shaffer, acclaimed session guitarist Albert Lee, Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, Johnny Cash's son John Carter Cash and Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley.

General admission tickets are available at VIP packages, which include premium seating and a meet-and-greet, can be purchased by contacting the James Burton Foundation by phone at 318-424-5000 or by email at

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Columbia/Legacy RecordingsBruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne appear on the soundtrack album of the new documentary The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash.  It's premiering this Monday on YouTube Originals after being screened at select film festivals earlier this year.

The soundtrack, which was released today, features the original music score created for the movie by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, blended with interview soundbites from Johnny Cash, Springsteen, Browne, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn and others.

Bruce is featured in a segment called "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" in which he comments about the set Cash played at his famous 1968 Folsom Prison concert.

"[It] was a combination of sin and salvation," Springsteen notes. "That was the rule in country music: Saturday night, Sunday morning. Sunday morning was about repenting, repenting for the fun you had on Saturday night."

Browne, meanwhile, is heard in a segment titled "Bitter Tears Revisited" that offers commentary about Cash's 1964 concept album focusing about the plight of Native Americans.

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash was directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, who utilized a bounty of rare archival interviews with Cash to create a profile of the country legend and his artistic triumphs, struggles with addiction, personal tragedies, spirituality and more.

Also in conjunction with The Gift, Johnny's son, John Carter Cash collaborated with Zimny on a special playlist that features the soundtrack segments, along with a career-spanning selection of songs by Johnny.

As previously reported, on Sunday, November 10 -- the eve of The Gift's YouTube premiere - a star-studded tribute show called Cash Fest will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Check out full details at

Here's The Gift soundtrack's track list:

"The Gift" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"A Passing Train"
"Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Bruce Springsteen
"Memories of Dyess, Arkansas; A Brother's Loss" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"The Promised Land" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"June and The Rambler" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash
"Forgiveness of Father and Son" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Ray Cash, Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash
"Bitter Tears Recalled" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Paul Muldoon, Jackson Browne, Bill Miller
"The Cave, The Darkness, and the Presence of Light" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"Matthew 24; Luke 4" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"June and the Carter Family" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Lou Robin, Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn
"Rick Rubin and New Inspiration" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"Hopes of Heaven" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageDespite controversy, Michael Jackson's music continues to have an impact on the charts.

As Billboard tallies Halloween's effect on sales and streams this year, the publication reports that Michael's Halloween classic "Thriller" has reappeared on the Hot 100 at number 44. 

As Billboard notes, it's the second straight year that the song has returned to the Hot 100; last year it re-entered the chart at number 31. Older songs can appear on the Hot 100 if they sell and/or stream enough to make the top 50 and, as Billboard puts it, if the song can show "a meaningful reason" for its revival.

"Thriller" experienced a 200% sales boost, and a 136% streaming boost.

The best-selling Halloween song of the week, though, is "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, scoring a 253% sales increase and a 312% streaming boost.

Other songs that got big sales and streaming boosts last week include Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters," Danny Elfman's "This Is Halloween," and the theme to the 1978 movie Halloween.

Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" were also all popular in sales this year.

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Columbia RecordsJeff Lynne's ELO, the re-formed version of Electric Light Orchestra, has topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart with its new album, From Out of Nowhere. This marks the first time that a studio album by the band has reached #1 on the chart in more than 38 years, dating back to the summer of 1981, when Time spent two weeks atop the tally.

ELO did score a #1 U.K. album in 2016 with the All Over the World: The Very Best Of, a 2005 hits compilation that got a sales boost when the band played in the "legends" slot of the Glastonbury Festival that year.

In the wake of the big chart news, Jeff Lynne's ELO posted a message on its Twitter that reads, "Thank you to all our amazing fans for helping make #FromOutOfNowhere the #1 album in the UK today! This really has been the time of our life!"

Jeff Lynne's ELO's previous album, 2015's Alone in the Universe, peaked at #4 on the U.K. albums chart and reached #23 on the Billboard 200.

ELO has never had a #1 album in the U.S. Its highest-charting studio album was 1977's Out of the Blue, which hit #4 on the tally.

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Robert Freeman, a photographer whose images of The Beatles were used for the covers of several of the Fab Four's albums, has died. According to NME, he was 82.

Freeman photos are featured on With The Beatles and its U.S. counterpart Meet The Beatles, as well as Beatles For Sale, A Hard Day's Night, Help! and Rubber Soul.

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both have posted online tributes to Freeman.

"He was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers," McCartney writes in a message on his official website. "Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker."

Sir Paul notes that the cover shot for the Meet The Beatles album wasn't "a carefully arranged studio shot," as people often thought, but rather "it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we were staying in where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor."

Also in the tribute, McCartney recalls how the distorted image used for the Rubber Soul album cover came about by accident as Freeman was aligning a projection of the intended photo on a white card that had fallen over.

Paul ends his homage by saying, "I will miss this wonderful man but will always cherish the fond memories I have of him."

Starr, meanwhile, tweeted a simple message that says, "God bless Robert Freeman peace and love to all his family," followed by a series of emojis including -- of course -- peace and love.

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Courtesy of Live NationThis past September, The Who postponed concerts in Denver and Dallas and cut short another show in Houston after singer Roger Daltrey came down with bronchitis. Now, the legendary British rockers have announced makeup dates for all three concerts that will be held in the spring of 2020.

The rescheduled shows will take place April 27 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, April 30 at Toyota Center in Houston, and May 2 at Pepsi Center in Denver. Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the new concerts.

The shows are part of the Moving On! Tour, which features Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend and The Who's touring band accompanied by an orchestra.

Last month, Townshend posted a video on his Instagram account discussing The Who's intentions to reschedule the postponed gigs, while also letting slip that the band likely will be playing the 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The rescheduled U.S. shows will be preceded by a U.K. leg of the trek running from a March 16 concert in Manchester through an April 8 performance in London.

Meanwhile, The Who will release their new album, WHO, on Friday, December 6. Fans that purchased a pair of tickets to a show on the Moving On! Tour received a code to redeem a CD copy of the record, which is the band's first studio effort in 13 years.

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Whitney Houston and Eddie Murphy in November 1989; Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesIn addition to revealing that they had a physical relationship, Whitney Houston's former assistant and lover Robyn Crawford is sharing even more details about the Grammy Award-winning singer and star.

In her book, A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston, excerpted by People, Crawford reveals that Houston became smitten with Eddie Murphy, even while she was being courted by Bobby Brown.

"She was more interested in Eddie Murphy, but he was elusive," Crawford writes, adding that Whitney "lost herself" in trying to get with the comedian.

Crawford even recalls a time where Whitney invited Murphy to dinner at her New Jersey mansion, but unfortunately, plans did not go as expected.

"One day when Eddie was supposed to come for dinner, I caught a glimpse of Whitney," writes Crawford. "She was wearing a black dress and low-heeled slingbacks. For a moment, I thought, 'Boy, I wish she was doing that for me.'"

According to Crawford, Murphy "never showed up that night," a rejection that left Whitney devastated.

However, Crawford says Murphy may have had a change of heart, because on the morning of her July 18, 1992, wedding to Bobby Brown, Whitney got a unexpected call from the Murphy.

"[That day], Eddie Murphy called to say she was making a mistake," Crawford writes, "but she pressed ahead."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston will be published November 12. You can see Crawford's full interview on Dateline, which airs Saturday at 9 p.m ET/8 p.m. CT on NBC.

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Petaluma RecordsFormer Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison has teamed up with soulful Seattle-based singer Renee Holiday on a modern-sounding new cover of the 1988 Patti Smith anthem "People Have the Power," which will be part of an upcoming compilation seeking to encourage people to vote in the 2020 elections.

The album, Stop, Hey What's That Sound: Classic Protest Songs Reimagined, will be released on January 31, 2020, on veteran producer, songwriter and musician Roger McEvoy Greenawalt's Petaluma Records label. Greenawalt has overseeing the project, which features a variety of his musical friends offering up re-worked versions of memorable political-themed tunes, mostly from the late 1960s and early '70s.

Among the tracks are songs by Joni Mitchell, John Fogerty, John Lennon, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield.

Harrison and Holiday's rendition of "People Have the Power" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. Proceeds from the track will support, the nonprofit organization that helps facilitate voter registration.

A lyric video for the "People Have the Power" cover featuring Holiday premiered Thursday on, and you also can watch the clip now on YouTube.

Holiday, who previously recorded under the stage name Shaprece, says she had a great experience collaborating with Harrison.

"He is so kind, and such an encouraging person to work with!" she tells "He complimented me on my professionalism, ability to learn a song on the spot, and perform it with confidence. I was majorly flattered and appreciative to get that sort of feedback from rock royalty."

Nigel played bass in Blondie from 1978 to 1982, and co-wrote a few of the group's popular tunes, including "One Way or Another," "Union City Blue" and "Eat to the Beat."

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Warner RecordsA previously unreleased Prince song dropped on Friday.

"Don't Let Him Fool Ya" was recorded by Prince in 1982 in his home studio Chanhassen, Minnesota, and he plays all the instruments: guitar, drums, bass and keyboards. The song is one of 23 unreleased studio tracks included on the Super Deluxe Edition of 1999, available on November 29.

The super-deluxe edition features 65 tracks over five CDs. There's also a DVD of a previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour, recorded live at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982, as well as an audio CD of a show recorded November 20, 1982 in Detroit.

But that's not all: The super-deluxe edition also features live studio versions of “International Lover” and “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?,” three different mixes of “1999,” and four mixes of “Little Red Corvette.” The super-deluxe version also features Prince’s previously unseen, handwritten lyrics.

In addition to the super-deluxe edition, there will also be a deluxe edition with two CDS and a newly remastered version of the original release.

1999 was Prince’s fifth studio album, but his first to hit the top ten of the Billboard 200 album chart. It was eventually certified quadruple platinum, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

The original album featured 11 songs, including the title track, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. "1999" was followed by the singles “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious” and “Let’s Pretend We’re Married.”

The 1999 album was the album Prince released before his iconic Purple Rain soundtrack, which won two Grammys, as well as the Oscar for Best Original Song Score.

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