Dave M. Benett/Getty ImageAn alleged secret romance between Michael Jackson and a young woman named Shana Mangatal will be revealed in a tell-all book written by Mangatal, reports Electronic Urban Report.

In the book, titled Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance, Mangatal claims that her love affair with the late pop icon began the first time she saw him at his 1988 Madison Square Garden concert in New York City, and lasted until 2009.

She states that Jackson pointed at her while performing his hit song “Human Nature,” while singing the lyrics, “See that girl — she knows I’m watching. She likes the way I stare.”

“He kept glancing at me for the remainder of the concert and I was sure we had made a love connection,” Mangatal writes in the memoir.

Throughout Michael and Me, Mangatal discusses her alleged two-decade relationship with the legend, which includes tales of MJ flying Shana “to events out of the country, details of Jackson initiating phone sex and Mangatal claiming that Jackson took her virginity.”

Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance is currently on sale everywhere.

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PRNewsFoto/UMeFormer Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman will release a new solo album titled Piano Portraits in early 2017 that features covers of a variety of well-known rock and pop songs, including some tunes on which he originally performed.

The record boasts solo piano versions of Yes’ “Wonderous Stories,” The Beatles‘ “Help!” and “Eleanor Rigby,” David Bowie‘s “Life on Mars” and “Space Oddity,” Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven,” Cat Stevens‘ “Morning Has Broken” and 10cc‘s “I’m Not in Love,” as well as classical pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky. The virtuoso musician says he was inspired in part to make Piano Portraits in response to the positive reaction to his tribute performance of “Life on Mars” on BBC radio earlier this year after Bowie’s death.

“I’ve been wanting to do a piano album for years and I spent quite a bit of time looking at everything from straight classical pieces to stuff that I’d played on in the past like ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Life on Mars’,” Wakeman explains. “Plus pieces of music that I thought would work really well like ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and classics like ‘Clair de Lune.’ Nearly all of the tracks have a memory for me somewhere down the line and it just seemed to work.”

In addition to “Life on Mars” and “Morning Has Broken,” Rick also contributed his talents to the original versions of “Wonderous Stories” and “Space Oddity.”

Piano Portraits will be released on CD and as a digital download on January 13, and as a two-LP vinyl set on February 3.

You can check out videos of Wakeman’s solo performances of “Help!” and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” at VEVO.com.

Here is the full track list of Piano Portraits:

“Stairway to Heaven”
“Life on Mars”
“I’m Not in Love”
“Wonderous Stories”
“Amazing Grace”
“Swan Lake”
“Morning Has Broken”
“Space Oddity”
“Dance of the Damselflies”
“Clair de Lune”
“I Vow to Thee My Country”
“Eleanor Rigby”

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Columbia RecordsDavid Bowie may be gone, but his musical achievements continue. He and his last album, Blackstar, has been nominated for five Grammys, including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album.

Bowie died just two days after releasing the critically-acclaimed Blackstar. The title track has earned the late legend nods for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, and the album itself is up for Best Alternative Album, where its competition includes discs by PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, Bon Iver and Radiohead. The album is also up for Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical.

Other rock nominees include Metallica, whose song “Hardwired” is up for Best Rock Song, and the Beatles, sort of: Ron Howard’s documentary about the Fab Four, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, is up for Best Music Film. Peter Gabriel is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “The Veil,” which he wrote for the movie Snowden.

Paul McCartney’s reissue of his album Tug of War is up for Best Boxed or Special Edition Limited Package.

Finally, Bob Dylan, who’s already won a Nobel Prize this year, is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his disc of standards, Fallen Angels. Bizarrely, his competition includes Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and opera star Andrea Bocelli.

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Columbia RecordsDavid Bowie may be gone, but his musical achievements continue. He and his last album, Blackstar, have been nominated for five Grammys, including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album.

Bowie died just two days after releasing the critically acclaimed Blackstar. The title track has earned the late legend nods for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, and the album itself is up for Best Alternative Album, where its competition includes discs by PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, Bon Iver and Radiohead. Blackstar also is up for Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical.

Other rock nominees include Metallica, whose song “Hardwired” is up for Best Rock Song, and The Beatles, sort of: Ron Howard‘s documentary about the Fab Four, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, is up for Best Music Film. Peter Gabriel is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “The Veil,” which he wrote for the movie Snowden.

Paul McCartney‘s reissue of his album Tug of War is up for Best Boxed or Special Edition Limited Package, while a newly rremixed version of his 1973 song “Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five” done by Timo Maas and James Teej is in the running for Best Remixed Recording.

Finally, Bob Dylan, who’s already won a Nobel Prize this year, is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his disc of standards, Fallen Angels. Bizarrely, his competition includes Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban and opera star Andrea Bocelli. In addition, the Collector’s Edition of Dylan’s archival box set The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 is up for Best Historical Album.

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Beyonce’s Lemonade has turned into Grammy gold.

Queen Bey leads the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards with a total of nine nods, including Album of the Year for Lemonade, plus Record and Song of the Year for her single “Formation.” Close behind her are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who each have eight, and Chance the Rapper, who scored seven.

Competing for Album of the Year against Lemonade are Adele’s 25, Drake’s Views, Justin Bieber’sPurpose and Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Best New Artist nominees are country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris, plus The Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak.

Here are the nominees in the top Grammy categories.

Album Of The Year:
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:
“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:
“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak


Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Hello” — Adele
“Hold Up” — Beyoncé
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
“Piece By Piece” (Idol Version) — Kelly Clarkson
“Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Closer” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Cinema — Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan
Stages Live — Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway — Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album:
25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

Best Dance Recording:
“Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
“Never Be Like You” — Flume Featuring Kai
“Rinse & Repeat” — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
“Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin — Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch — Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega


Best Rock Performance:
“Joe” (Live From Austin City Limits) — Alabama Shakes
“Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
“The Sound Of Silence” (Live On Conan) — Disturbed
“Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance:
“Shock Me” — Baroness
“Silvera” — Gojira
“Rotting In Vain” — Korn
“Dystopia” — Megadeth
“The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

Best Rock Song:
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
“Burn The Witch” — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
“Hardwired” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“My Name Is Human” — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best Rock Album:
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer


Best Alternative Music Album:
22, A Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead


Best R&B Performance:
“Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ The Chicago Kid
“Permission” — Ro James
“I Do” — Musiq Soulchild
“Needed Me” — Rihanna
“Cranes In The Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“The Three Of Me” — William Bell
“Woman’s World” — BJ The Chicago Kid
“Sleeping With The One I Love” — Fantasia
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
“Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:
“Come See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
“Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
“Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
“Lake By The Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — KING
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
Healing Season — Mint Condition
Smoove Jones — Mya


Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Freedom” — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
“Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:
“All The Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
“Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
“No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
“Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
And The Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
The Life Of Pablo — Kanye West


Best Country Solo Performance:
“Love Can Go To Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
“21 Summer” — Brothers Osborne
“Setting The World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney & P!nk
“Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
“Think Of You” — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Best Country Song:
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
“Die A Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
“Humble And Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
“My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban


Best Music Video:
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“River” — Leon Bridges
“Up & Up” — Coldplay
“Gosh” — Jamie XX
“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

Best Music Film:
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead — Steve Aoki
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years — (The Beatles)
Lemonade — Beyoncé
The Music Of Strangers — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry — (Various Artists)


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Amy — (Various Artists)
Miles Ahead — (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
Straight Outta Compton — (Various Artists)
Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) — (Various Artists)
Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 — (Various Artists)

Best Song Written For Visual Media:
“Can’t Stop The Feeling! — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk)
“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross)
“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira)
“The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel)


Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett
M Train — Patti Smith
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk — (John Doe With Tom Desavia) (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello


Best Comedy Album:

…America…Great… — David Cross
American Myth — Margaret Cho
Boyish Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro
Live At The Apollo — Amy Schumer
Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt


Best Musical Theater Album:
Bright Star — Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una mJackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell &Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
Fiddler On The Roof — Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)
Kinky Boots — Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
Waitress — Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist


Best Recording Package:
Anti — Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
Blackstar — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Human Performance — Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
Sunset Motel — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
22, A Million — Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:
Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
401 Days — Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Høst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Box Set) — Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) — Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
Tug Of War (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Ricky Reed

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Interscope RecordsThe Rolling Stones‘ new album, Blue & Lonesome, is on track to debut at the top of the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. According to OfficialCharts.com, the rock legends’ first studio effort since 2005’s A Bigger Bang was sitting at #1 at the halfway point of the chart week after racking up nearly 66,000 in sales.

The band’s last new studio album to top the U.K. tally was Voodoo Lounge in 1994, although the reissue of The Stones’ classic 1971 record Exile on Main St. made it to #1 on the chart in 2010. The Rolling Stones have topped the U.K. albums chart nine other times — with their self-titled debut in 1964, Rolling Stones No. 2 in 1965, Aftermath on 1966, Let It Bleed in 1969, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out — The Rolling Stones in Concert in 1970, Sticky Fingers in 1971, the original Exile on Main St. in 1972, Goat’s Head Soup in 1973 and Emotional Rescue in 1980.

As previously reported, Blue & Lonesome features cover versions of 12 blues songs, including tunes previously recorded by such influential artists as Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin’ Wolf. Eric Clapton plays guitar on two of the tracks: “I Can’t Quit You Baby” and “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing.”

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More than 40 years after Sweet released its smash hit “Fox on the Run,” the song has climbed to #1 on the iTunes’ Top 40 U.S. Rock Songs chart. The veteran British pop-rock act can thank the 1975 tune’s revival on the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which premiered Saturday and attracted 81 million views in its first 24 hours.

“Fox on the Run” is featured prominently in the promo for the forthcoming sequel to the hugely successful 2014 sci-fi/comedy flick Guardians of the Galaxy, which focuses on the intergalactic adventures of the heroic Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, the green-skinned assassin Gamora, the musclebound, literal-minded Drax, the furry and sarcastic Rocket Raccoon and the treelike alien Groot.

In response to the song’s appearance in the trailer, Sweet posted a message on its official Facebook page that reads, “Sweet conquers the Galaxy once more!” along with a YouTube link to a vintage performance of the tune. “Fox on the Run” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in ’75.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy‘s trailer also featured a 1970s pop-rock gem, Blue Swede‘s “Hooked on a Feeling,” which helped propel the movie’s classic-hits soundtrack to the top of the Billboard albums chart.

The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, which once again is directed by James Gunn and features returning stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper, opens May 5. The new film also stars also stars Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker.

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Maryanne Bilham-Knight/Press Here PublicityDef Leppard has announced its first performances of 2017: a trio of headlining appearances at U.S. hard-rock festivals taking place in the spring.

The veteran British rockers will be playing the main stage at next year’s Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion festivals.

Welcome to Rockville and Fort Rock will be held April 29-30 in Jacksonville and Fort Myers, Florida, respectively, while Carolina Rebellion is scheduled for May 5-7 in Concord, North Carolina.

Other artists tapped to headline those festivals are Soundgarden, The Offspring and A Perfect Circle, while the many additional acts on the lineups include Chevelle, Papa Roach, Eagles of Death Metal, Three Days Grace, Seether, Alter Bridge and Mastodon. The Carolina Rebellion bill also includes The Cult, Tesla and Korn.

For the full lineups and ticket info, visit WorldsLoudestMonth.com.

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PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentStevie Nicks was supposed to wrap up her 24 Karat Gold Tour with opening act The Pretenders with a December 18 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, but the beloved Fleetwood Mac singer has now extended the solo trek into 2017. A total of 20 new dates have just been announced, running from a February 23 concert in Reno, Nevada, through an April 6 show in Uniondale, New York.

Tickets for the newly announced concerts go on sale to the public starting Monday, December 12, via LiveNation.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available to American Express card members beginning Wednesday, December 7, at 10 a.m. local time.

During her 24 Karat Gold Tour shows, Nicks has been performing a career-spanning set that features selections from her various solo albums, including her recent studio efforts In Your Dreams and 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault, as well as some Fleetwood Mac classics. One of the highlights of the concerts has been a duet between Nicks and Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde on a version of Stevie’s 1981 hit with Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

“It’s been thrilling to get on stage each night and sing some of my early gems from early in my career along with getting the chance to sing the material from my last two albums,” says Nicks in a statement.

Here are all of Nicks’ upcoming shows with The Pretenders:

12/5 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
12/6 — St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
12/9 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Center
12/11 — Seattle, WA, Key Arena
12/13 — Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
12/14 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center
12/18 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/23/17 — Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
2/25 — Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
2/28 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
3/2 — San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
3/6 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
3/8 — Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
3/10 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
3/12 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
3/15 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
3/17 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/19 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
3/21 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center
3/23 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Arena
3/25 — Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
3/26 — Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/29 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/31 — Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
4/2 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
4/5 — Manchester, NH, SNHU Arena
4/6 — Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum

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ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton is busy planning a telethon to help raise money for victims of last week’s wildfires in East Tennessee. While we don’t know many details about the event yet, it’s set for next Tuesday, December 13, in Nashville.

Money raised will go to Parton’s My People Fund, which she set up to give $1,000 a month to families who lost everything in the fires that raged through the tourist meccas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, near where the entertainment icon grew up.

The pop-country legend’s theme park, Dollywood, narrowly escaped the fire. Both the Dollywood Companies and the Dollywood Foundation chipped in the initial money to start the My People Fund.

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Mert Alas & Marcus PiggottIn a new cover story, Billboard‘s Woman of the Year, Madonna, expresses her sadness about the presidential election, especially in light of the fact that so many women voted for Donald Trump.

“It felt like someone died,” she says of her post-election emotions. “It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you,” adding, “Women betrayed us.”

Asked why women supported Trump, Madonna says, “Women hate women…Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children.”

She adds, “Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.”

As for what she plans to do about it, Madonna tells Billboard, “I’m trying to figure out my response…I like the idea that women are marching on Washington, D.C., the day after the inauguration. I want to rain on his parade.”

The Queen of Pop also discusses how she stays relevant in today’s music scene.

“I don’t ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important,” she tells Billboard. “…Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny.”

She continues, “When Leonardo [DiCaprio] is 60 years old, no one is going to talk about his relevance. Am I relevant as a female in this society that hates women? Well, to people who are…not chauvinists or ­misogynists, yes.”

Madonna will be celebrated as Billboard‘s Women of the Year at a gala event this Friday in New York City.

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1Bob Dylan recently informed the Swedish Academy that he wouldn’t be able to attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm this Saturday, December 10, because of “pre-existing commitments.” Now comes word that the legendary singer/songwriter, who’s receiving the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature, will at least be providing a speech, which will be read during the Nobel honorees banquet.

According to a message on the official Nobel Prize Facebook page, Dylan’s speech will be read toward the end of the banquet and also will be posted in the website. In addition, Dylan’s friend and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith will be on hand to perform a version of Bob’s classic song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the ceremony, with accompaniment from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Patti also will take part in the Nobel Week Dialogue seminar, scheduled for Friday, December 9, at which she will talk about the importance of role models.

As previously reported, Dylan caused a bit of controversy when, after his Nobel Prize was announced in October, he kept officials waiting for about two weeks before contacting them to let them know he accepted the honor.

The Swedish Academy, which presents the prizes, noted that after Bob revealed he would not be attending the ceremony, he told them that he “feels very honored indeed” to be chosen for the award, and wished “that he could receive the prize in person.”

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Credit: Danny ClinchStevie Nicks is currently out on her 24 Karat Gold tour in support of her recent solo album. But as far as recording a new album with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks believes that the band shouldn’t waste its time.

Before Fleetwood Mac launched its most recent tour, the band worked on some new tracks without Stevie. While Mick Fleetwood suggested that the tracks might be released with just Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie singing, Nicks doesn’t buy it. “You can never say never, but I don’t think that will happen,” she tells ABC Radio.

That doesn’t mean Stevie’s ready to join the group in the studio, though.

“The only reason that I don’t really wanna do a record is because I think that, in a year and a half, we’ll probably go out and do another Fleetwood Mac tour, since Christine has come back,” she explains. McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2014 after a 16-year absence.

Nicks thinks touring is the better plan, simply because of Fleetwood Mac’s dynamics.

“Do we want to go and close ourselves up in a studio for a year, [and] make a record that’s really good but that probably won’t sell, because records don’t really sell that much?” she asks. “And then we’ll have been stuffed together for a year in one room, and…when you come out of that room, we may not want to go on a tour!”

The logical solution, Stevie tells ABC Radio, is to “choose the tour over the record… because touring is much more fun than making a record when you don’t have any idea how that record’s gonna come out.”

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Credit: Joe GreenePeter Wolf recently wrapped up his 2016 tour itinerary in support of his latest solo album, A Cure for Loneliness, and the founding J. Geils Band frontman has now starting lining up 2017 dates. Wolf currently has four concerts on his forthcoming schedule, all of them in New England.

The soulful singer will kick things off by an April 8 performance in Beverly, Massachusetts, followed by an April 18-19 engagement in Fall River, Massachusetts, and an April 29 gig in Bristol, New Hampshire.

As previously reported, The J. Geils Band are among the 19 artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. As usual, the Rock Hall is allowing fans to vote for their favorite nominees online, with the top five vote-getters receiving a smidgen of extra consideration for induction. As of Friday afternoon, The J. Geils Band were in eighth place in the RockHall.com poll. Voting closes on December 15.

Here’s more information about Wolf’s 2017 tour dates:

4/8 — Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theatre
4/14 — Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
4/15 — Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
4/29 — Bristol, NH, The Flying Monkey

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Credit: Jim RaketeDeep Purple has announced the name of its upcoming studio album, which will follows 2013’s Now What?! The record is titled Infinite and will be released sometime in 2017.

The news was revealed via a brief video posted on the earMusic label’s YouTube channel. The clip offers a brief glimpse of Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover in a recording studio along with renowned producer Bob Ezrin, who’s heard saying, “Here we go! Ladies and gentlemen, let’s make a rock record!” The video also includes a short musical snippet.

Like Now What?!, Deep Purple worked with Ezrin on Infinite in Nashville.

Meanwhile, the influential British hard-rockers, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, have announced a new series of five 2017 U.K. dates that apparently will be part of a farewell tour. The trek, dubbed The Long Goodbye Tour, currently runs from a November 17 concert in Birmingham through a November 23 show in London. The ’80s hair-metal band Europe will open the U.K. gigs.

Here’s the full list of U.K. dates:

11/17/17 — Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
11/18 — Manchester, Manchester Arena
11/20 — Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
11/22 — Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
11/23 — London, The O2

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