Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A New Prince Album Containing Unreleased Music is Coming

The Prince Estate has announced plans to release another album of previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1981 and 1991. The album, titled Originals, will be available June 7 exclusively on Tidal's Hi-Fi subscription tier, with physical copies, downloads and wider streaming services following on June 21. It features 15 demo versions of songs Prince wrote and recorded for other artists, including Sheila E., The Time and Kenny Rogers. Fourteen of the tracks have never been released before.

Several of the songs were big hits for the bands at the time. "Manic Monday," which Prince originally wrote for his protégé girl group Apollonia 6, ultimately appeared on The Bangles' 1986 album Different Light and spent several weeks near the top of the pop charts. "The Glamorous Life," written for Sheila E., was a number-one hit on the dance charts in 1984, while Sinead O'Connor's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" spent a month at number one on the Hot 100 in 1990.

This fall, the Prince estate and Random House will also release a new memoir by the artist titled The Beautiful Ones. It's due out Oct. 29 and will include snippets of Prince's handwritten lyrics, original scrapbooks and never-before-seen photos.

Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Slayer to Headline First Exit 111 Festival

The inaugural Exit 111 Festival at the Great Stage park in Manchester, Tennessee, will feature an impressive list of hard rock superstars, including Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer, ZZ Top, Deftones, Ghost, Megadeth and more than 40 others.

The event will be hosted by former Metal Show talking head Eddie Trunk and also offer attendees an R-rated paranormal cirque, car show, motocross demos and "mega sports bar."

The C3 Presents/AC Entertainment-produced festival is the first to take place on the same spot as Bonnaroo, with three stages and 12 hours of daily music programming, camping and sets from Coheed & Cambria, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Seether, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Cheap Trick, Blackberry Smoke, Black Label Society, Ministry, Skillet and more.

In a release announcing the festival, organizers also said they've teamed with Seether singer Shaun Morgan's Rise Above charity for a signature stage, with Exit 111 donating $1 from every ticket sold to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE).

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Asks *NSYNC for Tour and Collaboration

Are the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC going to collaborate?

Backstreet Boy member Nick Carter reached out to *NSYNC on Twitter April 20 to see if they would be interested in touring together or collaborating on a song. He shared a Rolling Stone article on why *NSYNC should tour without member Justin Timberlake along with posing the big question.

Carter tweeted, "The world of pop needs this to happen. I’d go and watch them. Hell, maybe one day we could even do an #nsyncbackstreetTour or #nsyncbackstreetsong together #nsync #bringthemback #ourboys #90smusic #nsyncbackstreetboys #BackstreetBoys"

While *NSYNC haven't replied yet, member Joey Fatone did. Fatone said that they have other collabs they have to finish before they can "think of other things."

Does this mean that there is an *NSYNC reunion in the works? What projects is he talking about?

*NSYNC performed with Ariana Grande during her Coachella Weekend 1 performance last Month. The group and Grande performed "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" where Grande sampled the group's song "It Makes Me Ill." They also performed *NSYNC's hit "Tearin' Up My Heart."