(RNN) – As the end of summer draws neigh, football, pumpkin spice lattes (early this year thanks to Starbucks) and a whole lot of new music from musical icons are here to comfort your sunsoaked soul.
This week we bring you the legends of rock edition of Your Week in Music. Anyone not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame need not apply.
Prince is making a huge comeback on Sept. 30 by releasing two albums simultaneously.
The first full-length album will be a 3rdEyeGirl collaboration titled PLECTRUMELECTRUM. A single from the album, PRETZELBODYLOGIC, is already available for purchase. (Note: the all-capital spellings are of Prince's choosing, not ours. We promise we aren't yelling.)
3rdEyeGirl is comprised of the purple symboled one, Hannah “Ford” Welton, Ida Nielsen and Danna Grantis.
Prince is also using the day to release his first solo album in four years - Art Official Age. Two tracks, CLOUDS and BREAKDOWN, are already available on iTunes.
But before you start purchasing, listen up. If you pre-order the respective albums from their official pages, you'll get the songs listed above for free. Click here for 3rdEyeGirl's PLECTRUMELECTRUM and here for Prince's Art Official Age.
Bob Dylan recently announced the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a six-disc set of Dylan's 1967 recording sessions with musicians who would eventually become known as The Band.
The restored original tapes include more than 100 songs recorded over a period of a few months, including covers, ditties, off-the-cuff performances and dozens of songs that would eventually become Dylan hits.
In 1975, the 16-song original Basement Tapes were released and are considered one of the greatest albums in history. The Basement Tapes Complete, however, contains every song salvageable from the tapes, including unheard tracks recorded in Dylan's home.
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 drops Nov. 4. For the complete six-disc set listing, click here.
The same folks behind the Michael Jackson hologram that performed at this year's Billboard Music Awards now have a new act up their sleeves – The King of Rock ‘N' Roll.
Pulse Evolution Corporation has partnered with The Estate of Elvis Presley to create a hologram version of Presley that will perform in concerts, commercials and more.
The group claims their next project is an effort to bring all the Elvis moves and charm to a new generation of fans who would otherwise never see him perform.
“Through this digitally reimagined Elvis, new and younger audiences will be able to see firsthand why he is called the King of Rock 'n' Roll," said Frank Patterson, CEO of Pulse Evolution, in a news release.
And if you think this is familiar, that's because it is. An Elvis hologram performed with Celine Dion on American Idol in 2007.
However, with Pulse's track record, we're sure this hologram will be on a whole new level. The team was also behind the creation of visual effects for feature films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
U2 fans could have a long-awaited new album in hand sooner than they realize.
Despite the tight window - only four months until 2015 - a spokesperson for the band tells Rolling Stone “we've always said an album is expected this year.”
French media reports the band shot a video in Nice, France recently.
The album, whatever it's titled and whenever it drops, would be the follow up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon.
Could U2 pull a Beyonce, dropping a previously unannounced release out of nowhere? Who knows, but one thing is for sure – the year is two-thirds over. The countdown is on.
A rock legend with a definitive album release date is Stevie Nicks, who released a lyric video for her new piano ballad Lady.
The reflective song contemplating the passing of time is stripped down production-wise - just a legend and her thoughts.
Lady appears on Nicks' Oct. 9 release 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault.
Amy Lee: Aftermath - Aug. 25
Colton Dixon: Anchor - Aug. 19
Smokey Robinson: Smokey and Friends - Aug. 19
Maroon 5: V - Sept. 2
Nick and Knight: Nick and Knight - Sept. 2
Slash: World on Fire - Sept. 16
Lee Ann Womack: The Way I'm Livin' - Sept. 23
Blake Shelton: Bring Back the Sunshine - Sept. 30
Music has the power to move even the biggest of creatures.
Kelly and Viola, both in their 40s, are two elephants who have a thing for the classics like Bach, as violinist Eleanor Bartsch found out while practicing one day.
James Bay - Let It Go
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