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Neal Preston/© Queen Productions Ltd.Queen's Brian May posted a new "MicroConcert" today on his official website and YouTube channel, this one featuring him playing an instrumental version of his band's classic song "We Are the Champions" solo on electric guitar.

The video is the 15th performance clip he's posted since starting the series last month to entertain and connect with fans stuck at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In a message accompanying the video, May notes, "It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for Humanity against the insurgent coronavirus. Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new CHAMPIONS. That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. CHAMPIONS ALL!!"

As with some of his other clips, Brian sends out an invitation for his musically inclined fans to send videos of themselves jamming along with him on this one, using the hashtag #jamwithbri.

"I've been so amazed by the Jams you guys have put together on my previous MicroConcertinas I thought this might be the ultimate opportunity," he writes.

After his performance of "We Are the Champions" in the video, May quips, "I played that quite a lot of times, so I ought to be getting the hang of it." He then sends out a message to fans, saying, "I hope you're all doing well out there. God bless you all, and we shall make it through. And the world will be, somehow, a better place. Take care."

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Courtesy of BST Hyde Pary; Courtesy of Le Festival d'été de QuébecTwo major summer music festivals -- one in the U.K. and one in Canada -- are the latest events that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BST Hyde Park 2020, which was to have taken place over two weekends in July and included a July 12 concert headlined by Duran Duran that also was to have featured Gwen Stefani and Nile Rodgers & CHIC, has been scrapped

A statement by the organizers reads, "We have concluded that this is the only possible outcome.  This would have been the 8th year of this event and we were looking forward to putting on amazing, unique shows for hundreds of thousands of fans in the world’s greatest outdoor venue.  But safety always comes first."

Meanwhile, for the first time in more than 50 years, Quebec City's Festival d’été, a.k.a. FEQ, an annual music festival which was set to take place from July 9 through July 19, also has been canceled.

That event was going to feature headliners such as Rod Stewart and Alanis Morissette, among many others.

Organizers said it would be "neither prudent, nor realistic" for the festival to take place. The mayor of Montreal, Canada, announced on Tuesday that all festivals, sporting events and public gatherings have been canceled until at least July 2.

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Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is one of many well-known hard-rock artists who will perform on a live-streamed fundraising event hosted by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson that will support his Youth Music Foundation's "School's Out" initiative, which provides online music lessons to students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed "Oh Say Can You Stream," the online benefit concert takes place this Saturday, April 11, at 4 p.m. ET via Ellefson's YouTube and Facebook pages.

The performance lineup features more than 50 artists, including Cooper, Alice's touring guitarist Nita Strauss, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC, members of popular country group the Zac Brown Band, and such hard rockers as Anthrax's Charlie Benante, Megadeth's Dirk Verbeuren and Kiko Loureiro and Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael.

Additionally, actors including Drake Bell, Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" Larry Thomas, The Walking Dead's Lew Temple and Brian O'Halloran of Clerks will be making appearances.

"Oh Say Can You Stream" will be held in partnership with the Grammy Music Education Coalition. In addition to supporting "School's Out," the benefit will raise money for several COVID-19 relief charities.

In other news, the 2018 NBC special Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which featured Cooper as King Herrod and starred John Legend in the title role, will be rebroadcast on Easter Sunday this weekend at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

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Credit: dhlovelifeA new version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 2019 song "Shut It Down" and an accompanying video, both focusing on the world's reaction to the current coronavirus pandemic, were released today. The new track, dubbed "Shut It Down 2020," is available now as a digital single and via streaming services.

A message about the updated song explains that it was inspired by Young's fans pointing out via his official website how the original song's message had taken on greater poignancy in light of the health crisis.

The video, which was created by Neil and his wife, Daryl Hannah, combines footage of Young and Crazy Horse in the studio with clips documenting different aspects of the pandemic, including empty city streets and historic landmarks, people wearing masks, healthcare workers in full protective gear, people practicing social distancing with loved ones and more.

In a post about the song and video on NeilYoungArchives.com, Young writes, "In a selfless effort, people around the world are behaving as if they each have the virus…To stop the human to human spread, people are staying at home…To protect their fellow man from the virus' toxic spread, people are wearing masks when they have to venture out in public to buy food or medical supplies."

He adds, "Never before in human history has our planet come together in this way, utilizing modern communications to ensure everyone understands that responsibility to our fellow man and the continuing life of Humanity depends on each [person's] actions."

Neil also takes an apparent dig at President Trump, writing, "Ignore the actions of world leaders who are too vain to wear masks. They are not leading. Putting your own vanity away for the good of your fellow man, wear a mask in public to stop the spread."

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ABC/Image Group LAIt's almost been 15 years since Mariah Carey released her 10th studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which featured the smash hits "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."

Now, the 50-year-old singer is promising fans an entire week of celebration to honor her album's crystal anniversary.

"It's a special occasion, Mimi's emancipation," Carey wrote on Tuesday while posting a series of throwback photos and videos from her Emancipation era. She also treated fans to a short acoustic performance of "It's Like That."

The "Fantasy" singer was eager to share her plans on how she intends to celebrate her album's milestone, "I'm going to be celebrating the upcoming anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi all week, starting with It's Like That!"

She also encouraged fans to tell her which song from the album is their absolute favorite.

The Emancipation of Mimi dropped on April 12, 2005, has achieved the RIAA certification six-times platinum. The album also earned a jaw-dropping 10 Grammy nominations -- the most Carey has ever received in a single year -- including Record and Album of the Year.

The album earned her three Grammys: Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together."

"We Belong Together" proved to be a juggernaut on the charts and at various other award ceremonies, topping off with an astounding five wins at the Billboard Music Awards and currently sits at #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from 1958 to 2018. It also sits atop the Billboard Decade-End chart from 2000 to 2009.

The song has also achieved a RIAA-certified four-times-platinum rating, selling over 4 million units since its release.

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Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead will launch a weekly streaming concert series dubbed "Shakedown Stream" this Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. ET on the band's official YouTube channel.

The series will begin with a screening of Truckin' Up to Buffalo, a film documenting a July 4, 1989, performance at Rich Stadium near Buffalo, New York. It will be accompanied by an on-camera live pre-show featuring Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert.

The livestream will feature a "donate now" button where you can give money to support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

You can also submit questions for Lemieux and Lambert to answer during the pre-show at the "Shakedown Stream" submission page.  A limited number will be chosen.

"Shakedown Stream" was devised as a way for Grateful Dead fans to congregate remotely while having to remain isolated because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Explaining why the 1989 Buffalo concert was chosen to kick off the series, Lemieux says, "[I]t's excellence is indisputable and is something that we think pretty much everyone will enjoy in the absence of actually being able to see live concerts; and, as a tribute to the many rabid, loyal Dead Heads from the hard-hit tri-state area, which has been affected more than anywhere else in the country."

Truckin' Up to Buffalo features the Grateful Dead playing 21 songs, including renditions of such popular originals as "Bertha," "Terrapin Station" and "Touch of Grey," and covers of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "All Along the Watchtower."

"Shakedown Stream" will continue on April 17 with a screening of the 1977 concert flick The Grateful Dead Movie. Future installments will include never-before-seen concerts from the band's archive, as well as previously released shows.

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Purple Pyramid RecordsIn 2011, most of the 1974 lineup of Todd Rundgren's prog-rock group Utopia reunited to play a series of shows to raise money to help founding keyboardist Mark "Moogy" Klingman pay medical bills he amassed after falling ill with bladder cancer. Now, a new four-CD/two-DVD box set titled Benefit for Moogy Klingman featuring full performances from two of the shows will be released on May 1.

The collection features the audio and video from a concert held on January 29, 2011, at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, and from a show that took place November 18 -- three days after Klingman's death -- at Peekskill Performing Arts Center in Peekskill, New York.

Klingman took part in the New York City show, as did Rundgren and three other 1974 Utopia members -- drummer Kevin Ellman, keyboardist Ralph Schuckett and bassist John Siegler. Rounding out the lineup were two longtime members of Todd's touring band, guitarist Jesse Gress and bassist Kasim Sulton, who also was a member of Utopia from 1976 until the band's 1986 breakup.

The box set also features a booklet boasting extensive liner notes and photos.

The audio portion of the Benefit for Moogy Klingman collection also will be available via streaming services.

Here's the full track list of the box set:

Disc 1 -- CD: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY, 1/29/2011
"Moogy's Boogie"
"Never Never Land"
"Crying in the Sunshine"
"Lady Face"
"Dust in the Wind"
"Utopia Theme"
"Freak Parade"
"Another Life"
"The Ikon"

Disc 2 -- CD: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY, 1/29/2011
"Heavy Metal Kids"
"The Wheel"
"Set Me Free"
"Do Ya"
"Last Ride"
"Just One Victory"
"Sons of 1984"
"(You Got to Have) Friends"

Disc 3 -- CD: Peekskill Performing Arts Center, Peekskill, NY, 11/18/2011
"Utopia Theme"
"Freak Parade"
"Heavy Metal Kids"
"Another Life"
"Something's Coming"
"The Seven Rays"

Disc 4 -- CD: Peekskill Performing Arts Center, Peekskill, NY, 11/18/2011
"Do Ya"
"The Wheel"
"The Ikon"
"Freedom Fighters"
"Just One Victory"

Disc 5 -- DVD: Video of the Highline Ballroom concert

Disc 6 -- DVD: Video of the Peekskill Performing Arts Center concert

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Columbia RecordsBob Dylan's new song "Murder Most Foul," the folk-rock legend's 17-minute-long epic reflection on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has debuted at #1 on Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

The marks the first time in his almost-60-year career that Dylan has had a song top any Billboard chart.

"Murder Most Foul," which was released on March 27, sold 10,000 downloads during its first out, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Two recordings by the 79-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer did reach #2 on different Billboard tallies: "Like a Rolling Stone" on the Hot 100 in 1965, and "Things Have Changed" on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart in 2000.

He also hit #2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally three times as part of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup -- "Handle with Care" in 1988, "End of the Line" in 1989 and "She's My Baby" in 1990.

"Murder Most Foul" also becomes Dylan's first entry ever on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, which is based on sales, streaming and airplay. The tune, which amassed 1.8 million U.S. streams, debuted at #5 on the tally.

When "Murder Most Foul" was released, Dylan posted a message on his official website explaining that it was "an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting." You can check out the tune's full lyrics now at BobDylan.com.

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Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp; Credit: Scott StrebleFarm Aid, the non-profit organization co-founded by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson to support agriculture in America, is joining forces with AXS TV to launch a special broadcast called At Home with Farm Aid

The hour-long special will air this Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. ET,  and will feature performances from Young, Mellencamp and Nelson, as well as their fellow Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews. Also making an appearance will be Nelson's musical sons, Lukas and Micah, both of whom also have recorded and toured with Young in recent years.

The special will raise awareness and funds to benefit farmers whose livelihoods have been threatened by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us," Willie explains. "One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers and farmers and ranchers."

Now, he continues, that essential class of workers need support, adding that Farm Aid is "here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat."

At Home with Farm Aid will air on AXS TV, as well as on Farm Aid's website, and across the network's social media platforms.

In addition, a two-and-a-half-hour AXS TV special titled The Best of Farm Aid 2019, featuring highlights from last year's Farm Aid festival, will air Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET. The program also will feature performances from Young, Mellencamp, Nelson and Matthews, as well as various other artists. Among them will be previously unaired footage of Bonnie Raitt performing "Devil Got My Woman."

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Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Jazz at Lincoln CenterThe late Aretha Franklin's former partner Willie Wilkerson died Wednesday of COVID-19 virus at age 72, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Wilkerson, a retired Detroit firefighter, met the Queen of Soul in the 1980s when he had a front row seat at one of her concerts.

The couple had an on-again, off-again relationship for decades, and were engaged to be married multiple times, most recently in 2012.

After their 2012 nuptials were called off, Wilkerson remained close friends with Franklin.

Wilkerson's daughter Tequila told the Free Press that her father was "still very close to [Aretha at the time of her death in 2018,] visiting her right to the end."

Over the years, Wilkerson escorted Aretha to many major events, including the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, where Franklin memorably sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

He also appeared in the music video for the Queen of Soul's 1986 song "Jimmy Lee."

Wilkerson is survived by his wife, Doris Ogburn, whom he married in 2019, as well as by four children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current band The Circle have put together the second installment in a series remotely recorded performance videos that the Red Rocker has labeled "Lockdown Sessions."

The new clip features Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson performing a rocking abbreviated rendition of The Who's classic "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The video, which has been posted on Sammy's official YouTube channel and social media sites, combines footage of each band member playing their parts separately while they shelter at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. In Hagar's case, he recorded his vocals in his shower stall.

Sammy writes of the performance, "Another week in lockdown at me and the boys from the Circle had to get another jam! I have always loved this tune maybe my favorite [W]ho song ever! Stay Healthy. Stay Home. Stay Tuned."

Late last month, Hagar and The Circle posted their first lockdown video, which showed the band playing a new original song called "Funky Feng Shui." Last week, Sammy also posted a clip of him performing a solo acoustic version of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" in tribute to the pop/soul singer-songwriter, who died March 30 at age 81.

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Danny Clinch; Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyBruce Springsteen is among the artists paying tribute to acclaimed folk-country singer/songwriter John Prine, who died Monday at age 73 after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

"Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine," Springsteen writes in a message posted on his official website. "John and I were 'New Dylans' together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the [loveliest] guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family."

Also paying homage to Prine is Bonnie Raitt, whose 1974 cover of John's "Angel from Montgomery" helped bring wide recognition to the tune.

"Words can't even come close," Raitt writes in a note on her website. "I'm crushed by the loss of my dear friend, John. My heart and love go out to [his wife] Fiona and all the family. For all of us whose hearts are breaking, we will keep singing his songs and holding him near."

Here are some other tributes to Prine:

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons: "We were saddened to learn of John Prine's passing, the loss of a true American treasure. He was admired both for his art and for his sheer humanity. He had a nobility that radiated liked a million watt radio station just across the border."

E Street Band member Nils Lofgren: "Farewell sweet man. There's a hole in our hearts that we will never fill."

Sheryl Crow: "My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away. He is singing with the angels. You will be missed but your songs will live on."

Prine weathered several health issues over the past few decades, including two bouts with cancer, before succumbing to complications from the coronavirus.

Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, and in January of this year, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He also was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

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ABC AudioOne of Stevie Nicks' signature songs is "Edge of Seventeen," with its memorable chorus: "Just like the white-winged dove sings a song/ Sounds like she's singing/ Ooh ooh ooh."  But believe it or not, Stevie had never actually heard that sound in real life...until now.

On Tuesday, Stevie posted a video on her Twitter feeds of a dove cooing on a branch, and wrote in an accompanying note, "In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix, Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, 'The white-wing[ed] dove sings a song that sounds like she's singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here, in the great Saguaro cactus, that provides shelter and protection for her.'"

She continued, "As you well know, I was very taken with that whole picture and went on to write 'Edge of Seventeen.' But over the last 40 years I can honestly say, I have never heard a dove sing until now."

Stevie then wrote, "Several days ago, outside my room, I started to hear the sound of a bird singing the same thing over and over. One little Ahhh and then three OOH's over and over again. I thought it was an owl, but a friend said, 'No, that's a dove!'"

Upon finding this out, Stevie said she had an emotional reaction.

"I started to cry," she revealed. "This dove had come here to watch over me. So we filmed her singing her song & I'm sending her out to you."

Stevie added, "P.S. She's been here for days. I think she's here for good."

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In 1980 I was flying home from Phoenix Arizona and I was handed a menu that said, “The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here in the great Saguaro cactus that provides shelter and protection for her…” pic.twitter.com/UzqvdnVv0p

— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) April 7, 2020

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NBC/Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesAs Americans mark nearly a month of self-quarantine due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake were inspired by their collective boredom to put a remix on one of their previous conversations.

Dubbed the "Quarantine Remix," Fallon dropped the earworm on his Tuesday edition of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition.  The two didn't rely on instruments to concoct their quarantine tune, but instead utilized common kitchenware or sounds one makes when they're completely bored -- like yawning and beatboxing.

Starting off the track with a joke conversation of the two asking if the other is home, it quickly devolves into a cacophony of other sounds as the two race about their respective homes to create new noises.  

As Jimmy enlists the help of his rotary phone, back massager and cupboard drawers, Justin uses his hoodie strings and mixing bowl.

There's also a hilarious moment where the two take a break to loudly sip coffee from a mug that hilariously bears the others' face.

Of course, the two also sound off some ultra relatable phrases, such as the "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer growling in frustration, "I want to eat!"

The song ends with Fallon and Timberlake urging fans to donate to the GoFundMe that benefits America's Food Fund.

The Tonight Show: At Home Edition airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicLike so many artists, Graham Nash recently was forced postpone a series of tour dates because of the coronavirus pandemic. Not long before the folk-rock legend had his spring U.S. trek cut short, he hinted to ABC Audio that he might be planning a very interesting project with one of his oldest friends and musical collaborators, fellow Hollies co-founder Allan Clarke.

"I've been in touch with Allan a lot in the last year," Nash revealed. "I'm actually gonna go see him in London at the end of this tour. Maybe me and Allan Clarke will make a record. It would be an incredible bookend, you know, considering that The Hollies were started by Allan and I in December of 1962."

Of course, Graham's upcoming tour plans could very well be affected by how the coronavirus crisis plays out, but he currently is scheduled to launch a European leg on July 8 in Norway. As for the aforementioned postponed U.S. shows, they are now scheduled to take place in November.

While Nash has never stopped recording and touring, Clarke had retired from the music business for about 20 years ago before releasing a new solo album called Resurgence in 2019.

Speaking about solo albums, Graham told ABC Audio that he had about four songs completed for a follow-up to his 2016 record, This Path Tonight. He added that he hoped to have some new music to put out sometime around "the end of summer."

As previously reported, Nash also is working on a new live album featuring highlights from four special concerts he played last September that showcased full performances of his first two solo albums, 1971's Songs for Beginners and 1974's Wild Tales.

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Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesInfluential Grammy-winning singer/songerwriter John Prine has died at 73, ABC Audio has confirmed.  Known for folk/country songs that often featured humor and social commentary, Prine influenced giants like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson

His rep confirmed on behalf of Prine's family that his death was due to complications due to COVID-19.

In late March, Prine's family announced that he'd been hospitalized in critical condition due to COVID-19 and was on a ventilator.

Prine weathered several health issues over the past few decades. In the late 1990s, he announced that doctors detected squamous cell cancer in his neck.  Following radiation and surgery, he was able resume his career, albeit with a deepened voice. In 2013, he announced he had an operable “non-small cell carcinoma,” in his left lung and took time off to heal. 

An Illinois-born Army veteran, Prine was a part of Chicago's 1960s folk revival scene. After being championed by Kris Kristofferson, he released his debut album in 1971.  It included some of Prine's signature songs, including "Paradise," "Illegal Smile," "Hello in There," "Sam Stone" and "Angel from Montgomery," the latter famously covered by Bonnie Raitt.

Prine released albums at a steady clip throughout the '70s and his songs were covered by other artists: David Allen Coe's version of "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," written by Prine and his friend Steve Goodman, was a top-10 country hit.

In 1981, Prine co-founded an independent label called Oh Boy Records to release his work.  Other artists continued to cover his songs: Don Williams took "Love Is on a Roll" to number one on the country chart in 1983 and in 1985, and the country supergroup The Highwaymen -- featuring Cash, Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson -- cut Prine's song "The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over."

In the '90s, Prine won his first Grammy and released several albums produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers.  In 1999, Prine released In Spite of Ourselves, an album of country cover versions of his songs featuring duets with Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Lucinda Williams, Connie Smith and other country and Americana vocalists. A 2016 sequel, For Better, or Worse, featured duets with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea and Alison Krauss.

Prine's most recent album, 2018's The Tree of Forgiveness, debuted at number five, his highest chart ranking ever. It featured collaborations with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, and Brandi Carlile, all of whom claimed Prine as an influence.

Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. In January of 2020, he was a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Bonnie Raitt performed "Angel from Montgomery" in his honor.

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Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationEurythmics member Dave Stewart is among the many musicians who've discovered Trackd, a new music app that makes it easy for musicians, singers, songwriters, producers and DJs to collaborate remotely.

The app allows artists to record, create and publish music together via their iPhones without having to be in a studio together: an invaluable capability during the coronavirus crisis.

To promote Trackd and to support young musical talent, Stewart has launched an initiative offering one lucky vocalist the chance to work with him on a new original song via the app.

"Trackd is becoming a [go-to] collaboration community and I can't wait to hear what comes," Dave says in a statement. "I will be putting up a track and making it public. I'll be looking for a great vocalist with great melody ideas! I will choose a collaborator…and we'll make something special."

He adds, "[T]he chosen collaborator will get 5,000 pounds [about $6,200] from me towards releasing the finished track independently, so stay indoors and get busy."

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 21. Visit TrackdMusic.com for full details.

Trackd is also offering a free upgrade to premium, which lets users access extra features, keep informed about new releases and enjoy new music free of charge.

As previously reported, Stewart will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with his fellow Eurythmics member Annie Lennox at a New York City ceremony that recently was postponed until June 10, 2021.

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Courtesy of Michael StipeMichael Stipe will be the musical guest on tonight's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on CBS.

The program also will feature a guest appearance by Conan O'Brien. Colbert and his guests have been appearing on The Late Show remotely from their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many artists during the crisis, Stipe has been sharing a number of video messages on his official YouTube channel while he shelters at home. The former R.E.M. singer's latest clip, which was posted on March 28, featured him introducing a brand-new solo song titled "No Time for Love Like Now," which he reported was a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of indie-rock group The National.

The video features Stipe singing live along with a demo track of the melodic, slow-tempo song.

Earlier in March, Michael posted two other YouTube clips that featured him singing parts of the R.E.M. tunes "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and "Underneath the Bunker," as well as sending out advice and encouragement related to the coronavirus situation.

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Andrew MacphersonSupermodel Naomi Campbell has started a new online show called No Filter with Naomi. When she interviewed one of her fellow legendary supermodels, Cindy Crawford, on Monday, Cindy revealed a secret about one of the most famous music videos of all time: George Michael's "Freedom! '90," in which both women appeared.

In case you forgot -- though how could you? -- George himself didn't appear in the video, which was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher.  Instead, the song was lip-synced by Cindy, Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, the five most famous supermodels of the moment.  Each model was paid $15,000 per day to appear in 1990 -- the equivalent of nearly $30,000 in today's dollars.

During the two women's chat, Cindy remarked, "When I look back at that, I remember thinking, 'How did I get stuck in the bathtub?'"

"When I saw the video, I was like 'It's okay," but...the bathtub didn't even have any water in it!" Cindy added.  Naomi was shocked to learn this fact.

"It didn't?  What was in it?"  asked Naomi.

"Nothing. Me and some steam!" Cindy replied.

She went on to reveal that her body was coated in glycerine to make her look wet, and she had to lie topless on top of an apple box designed to prop her up so she didn't look like she was sinking into the tub.

Still, Cindy allowed that the experience was "incredible," adding, "And that song...it still lives today! And I remember when my kids first saw that video -- it's as impactful now as it was then."

The song does live on: For example, it was one of the 15 George Michael tunes featured on the soundtrack of the 2019 Emilia Clarke rom-com Last Christmas.

(Cindy's comments come 22:52 into the video.)


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Credit: Jill JarrettDoors guitarist Robby Krieger has shared a video of him performing his old band's 1967 hit "People Are Strange" as part of the recently launched Gibson Homemade Music Sessions series, which you can watch on the Gibson TV YouTube channel.

The series helps promote the Gibson guitar company's recently launched #homemademusic campaign, which seeks to support musicians and their current projects while they're unable to play concerts during the coronavirus pandemic.

In conjunction with the campaign, video of artist performances, interview segments and conversations are being posted on Gibson TV and Gibson's and Epiphone's social media outlets. The campaign supports the recently launched MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund through the Gibson company's Gibson Gives charity.

As previously reported, Krieger's latest solo album, titled The Ritual Begins at Sundown, will be released on August 14. The record's release was pushed back from April 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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