Courtesy CBS Sunday MorningMadonna is now the proud mom of six children: Lourdes, Rocco, David, Mercy, and twins Stella and Estere. Her four youngest children were adopted from the African nation of Malawi, and she says she won’t close the door on the idea of expanding her family even more at some point.

In an interview set to air this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning, Madonna says, “Who knows? Yeah, I never say never. You never know what surprise awaits you around the corner.”

Madonna, whose own mother died when she was five years old, says she hasn’t only helped her children by adopting them from a Malawi orphanage — they’ve helped her as well. “I get to become the mom I never had. So, yeah, it’s a very healing experience,” she explains.

Not only that, but Madoona maintains that being a mom has led to her toning down her impulse to do shocking things. “Oh, I’m sure I’ve done provocative things just for the sake of provocation,” she says on CBS Sunday Morning. “Not so much now. Definitely, not since I have children.”

The Queen of Pop’s most recent project has been working, though her Raising Malawi charity, to establish a new children’s hospital in that country. Though it was a struggle to get the project completed, she says, “It’s built, and it’s up and running. And children’s lives are being saved as a result.”

You can watch the entire interview with Madonna this Sunday morning, September 17, at 9 a.m. ET.

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RCA Records/Legacy RecordingsA third installment in a series of albums pairing archival vocal performances by Elvis Presley with new orchestral backing tracks is on its way, and this one focuses on the late rock ‘n’ roll legend’s holiday tunes.

Due out October 6, Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will feature symphonically augmented renditions of 13 tracks taken from two Presley holiday collections, 1957’s Elvis’ Christmas Album and 1971’s Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas.

Among the songs on the new album are both classic and modern yuletide tunes, including of “White Christmas,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Blue Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Silver Bells,” and “Silent Night.” The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded its parts at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla, who’s served as executive producer of all three orchestral Elvis collections, says in the liner notes for the holiday album, “The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making. Merry Christmas to all…”

Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be available on CD, vinyl LP and as a digital download. A deluxe edition featuring four orchestra-enhanced bonus tracks taken from Presley’s 1957 Peace in the Valley EP will be released on CD and Digitally on November 24.

Here’s the full track list of Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

“Santa Claus Is Back in Town”
“White Christmas”
“Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)”
“Merry Christmas Baby”
“Blue Christmas”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“Winter Wonderland”
“Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)”
“Silver Bells”
“Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”
“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
“The First Noel”
“Silent Night”

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
“(There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (for Me)”
“I Believe”
“Take My Hand, Precious Lord”
“It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)”

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MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.; Kevin MazurPaul McCartney and U2 are among the famous artists touring the U.S. this fall and, not surprisingly, tickets to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts’ shows are among the most sought-after, according to StubHub.

The ex-Beatles star and the Irish rockers land at #4 and #5, respectively, on the ticketing platform’s list of top-selling acts, which is based on total U.S. sales for tour dates from Labor Day to Thanksgiving of this year.

Other veteran rock artists in the tally’s top 10 are Billy Joel at #7 and Bob Seger at #9. Topping the list is pop star Bruno Mars.

Mars also is #1 in a separate StubHub list ranking the top-selling acts based on the average sales per show, while U2 is #3, Joel is #4, McCartney is #5 and Seger is #9.

Here’s StubHub’s full list of 2017 Top Selling Acts for the fall:

1. Bruno Mars
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Lady Gaga
4. Paul McCartney
5. U2
6. Depeche Mode
7. Billy Joel
8. Janet Jackson
9. Bob Seger
10. Harry Styles

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Credit: Timothy WhiteToday, Michael McDonald releases Wide Open, his first new album of original material in 17 years. His last three albums were covers of classic Motown and soul songs, so when it came to writing new songs, he felt a little insecure — because those old songs are so good.

“I think with any project that you do as a songwriter, in the back of your mind, you’re going, ‘Are these songs really up to speed…are they up to par? Are they relevant?'” he tells ABC Radio. “All those questions are constantly gnawing away at you.”

Luckily, McDonald is returning with new music at a time when his solo hits, and those he made with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, are experiencing a resurgence as part of the now-popular “yacht rock” genre.

“It takes on different perspectives with time,” Michael says of music. “I think if it has a certain earnest effort to begin with, it will find its audience through the decades.”

He adds with a laugh, “I enjoy that idea that all of a sudden, yacht rock is cool. It’s like, ‘Who would have thought?'”

McDonald, who at 65 is now touring in support of Wide Open, says the album title is “kind of a metaphor for what it feels like to live this long and [still want to] pursue some avenue of expressing yourself.”

He explains, “I don’t think I counted on the fact that I’d live this long…When I was 35, I thought when you’re 65, you’re happy to be in your golf cart, going to the coffee shop…and then going home and taking a nap!”

He adds, laughing, “In some ways, I am that guy…But I still wanna rock, y’know?”

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UMeRingo Starr‘s 19th solo album, Give More Love, arrives today on CD and as a digital download. As previously reported, the ex-Beatles drummer made the record with more than a little help of some of his musical friends, the most notable of which being his old band mate Paul McCartney, who lent his talents to the songs “We’re on the Road Again” and “Show Me the Way.”

Among the many other guests on the album are Ringo’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Toto‘s Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister‘s Richard Page, EurythmicsDave Stewart and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

Give More Love features 10 brand-new songs, as well as four bonus tracks that are updated versions of older tunes by Starr. Among the extra tracks is a new rendition of his 1972 hit “Back Off Boogaloo” that’s based on the original demo recording Ringo made when he first wrote the song.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Starr says he decided to do the new version after he discovered a reel-to-reel tape with the demo of the tune, which had some interesting elements that differed from the originally released track.

“[I]t had a great echo on the [rhythm] guitar,” he told the newspaper. “I knew it’s me singing, but I couldn’t figure out who the hell is playing guitar? And it was me! So that’s on this record.”

He adds, “We lifted the voice from the track that George [Harrison] produced, so it combines me then, and me now.”

A vinyl version of Give More Love will be released on September 22.

Here the album’s track list:

“We’re on the Road Again”
“Show Me the Way”
“Speed of Sound”
“Standing Still”
“King of the Kingdom”
“So Wrong for So Long”
“Shake It Up”
“Give More Love”

Bonus Tracks
“Back Off Boogaloo”
“Don’t Pass Me By” — featuring Vandaveer
“You Can’t Fight Lightning” — featuring Alberta Cross
“Photograph” — featuring Vandaveer

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The Jackson 5‘s Tito Jackson says in a new episode of ABC’s 20/20 in focusing on the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Delores “Dee Dee” Jackson, that the day she died was the “coldest day” of his and his sons’ lives.

Tito recalls, “[My sons] said, ‘Mom is dead.’ It was just a sad moment, you know. It was just horrifying.”

Tito’s son Taryll remembers getting the phone call about his mom’s death, saying, “I was told that my mom had been in an accident and that I need to go to the hospital right away.”

Meanwhile, his youngest son TJ says he “had a sixth sense in my head,” adding, “It’s as if I knew already that my mother wasn’t with us.”

Tito and Delores met at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, and they wed right out of school in 1972. She also became part of the whirlwind of fame surrounding The Jackson 5.

However, in 1993, she and Tito divorced.

Months later, at the age of 39, Dee Dee started dating then-boyfriend Don Bohana. Then, on August 27, 1994, she died.

The Jackson family said they immediately had questions and did not believe Dee Dee accidentally drowned in the pool because, they say, she was terrified of water.

Tito also believes “the bruises and the damage” on her body seemed to indicate that there had been scuffles and fights.

Bohana, who was convicted of Dee Dee’s murder, told the press after her death that she had been comfortable swimming in his pool and that the bruises were the result of his efforts to pull her out.

The Jacksons, however, believe Bohana wanted Dee Dee to help him with financial difficulties and they theorize that when she refused, he killed her in a fit of rage.

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earMUSICGizmodrome, the new band Police drummer Stewart Copeland formed with ex-King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, Level 42 singer/bassist Mark King and Italian prog-rock keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, releases its self-titled debut album today.

The project grew out of a series of songs Copeland and his frequent collaborator Cosma wrote over the last decade or so. Stewart tells ABC Radio that Belew and King were recruited after he and Vittorio were offered a record deal, and the four musicians soon got down to work in a studio in Milan, Italy.

Copeland says it was in the studio where the band’s sound developed, thanks in large part to the musicianship of Belew and King.

He gives as an example the Gizmodrome song “Amaka Pipa” — whose title is a bastardization of the phrase “American People” — noting that “just out of nowhere, Adrian comes up with…this electric riff that just lights the whole thing up.”

Copeland adds about Belew’s improvisational approach was “what we’re looking for. Not what I told him to play. What I’m looking for is for his juices to start flowing, for his creativity to start flourishing and exploding.”

Gizmodrome’s music is hard to categorize — an amalgam of progressive rock, world music and other diverse sounds topped off with irreverent spoken-sung verses and melodic choruses. One of the most surprising aspects of the band is that Copeland serves as lead vocalist.

“They were Stewart’s songs so only Stewart could sing them in his way,” Belew explains to ABC Radio. “So what we arrived at was that Stewart should sings the [verses], and Mark and I could easily sing the choruses together and harmonize…’cause our voices blend really well.”

Adrian says Gizmodrome hopes to play its first official show in late 2017, “and then fill up next year’s calendar with lots of shows around the world.”

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Credit: Karsten StaigerDuring the course of Foreigner‘s 40th anniversary tour this year, key former members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills played with the band at select shows, either individually or in various combinations. Now, all five musicians will be on hand to perform with their old group’s current lineup at Foreigner’s October 6-7 stand at Michigan’s Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, which will be captured for a TV special, album and DVD that will be released next year.

Founding Foreigner guitarist and leader Mick Jones says, “Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories and we decided it would be the ultimate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary.”

Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald previously reunited with Foreigner for a three-song encore at a July 11 show in Wantagh, New York, while Wills appeared at a June 11 concert in Spain and Elliott hit the stage on August 2 in Tampa, Florida.

Gramm, Foreigner’s original frontman, recently announced plans to retire from regular touring at the end of 2017, but he tells Billboard that he’s really enjoyed reuniting with Jones and his other former band mates and would like to continue to make occasional guest appearances with the band. He also says he hopes the reunions might spark some new songwriting collaborations with Jones.

“We’ve mentioned it,” Gramm reveals, “And depending on a number of things I think that could happen again. In what capacity and for who I don’t exactly know, but I’m not even concerned about that end of it. I just want to write again and craft some great songs.”

You can check out all of Foreigner’s upcoming shows at

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Credit: Pete StevensCongratulations to Zombies and ex-Kinks bassist Jim Rodford, who this past week was bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by the U.K.’s University of Hertfordshire for his services to music. Rodford was presented with the honor at a ceremony held Saturday at St. Albans Cathedral in his hometown of St. Albans, England, The Herts Advertiser reports.

In accepting the award, the 76-year-old musician said, “Having been born and bred in St. Albans and lived here all my life, it gives me great pleasure to be honored this way by the University of Hertfordshire,” which is located in nearby Hatfield, U.K.

After playing with various bands and artists early in his career, Rodford became a founding member of the prog-rock group Argent in 1969. The band was led by original Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent, who was Jim’s cousin. In 1978, Rodford joined The Kinks and played with the influential group until its 1996 breakup. In 2001, Jim became a member of the re-formed Zombies and has played with them ever since.

In addition, Rodford has long served as a mentor to music students who attend the University of Hertfordshire, and to other young local musicians. He’s also a supporter of the school’s plan to create a gallery and museum on St. Albans, and is involved in various charities.

Rodford’s next scheduled show with The Zombies takes place September 29 in London and is the finale of the band’s 2017 tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the making of its classic album, Odessey and Oracle.

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Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentWhile Daryl Hall and John Oates still tour together — in fact, they’re on tour now — the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers haven’t made a studio album together since 2006. When asked in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News why that is, Hall had a shockingly blunt answer.

“Because we don’t have anything to say together creatively. How’s that?” Daryl responded.

“We exist for what we did together in the past,” he explained. “But as one grows up, one becomes more individualistic in one’s life. When you are 20 years old, you need a buddy. When you’re…70 years old, you don’t need a buddy as bad. So what we do is work separately. And we’re very happy about it.”

Daryl also explained why their act’s official name is Daryl Hall & John Oates, and not “Hall & Oates,” as people often refer to them.

“The reason we’ve always insisted on our full names is because we consider ourselves to be two individual artists. We’re not really a classic duo in that respect,” he told the newspaper. “We don’t really do a lot together other than share a stage.”

Hall added, “We always wanted to be looked at as separate people…it’s just one of those things. For the most part, people do relate to us as individual artists as well as for what we do together.”

But evidently, Daryl’s desire for him and John to be seen as “separate people” isn’t working. The Mercury News informed him that when you Google “Hall & Oates,” the first related question that comes up is, “Which one is Oates?”

Hall’s response? He declared, laughing, “Well, that’s the f***ing stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. That’s what came up after all these years? ‘Which one is John Oates?’ That’s why the Internet f***ing sucks.”

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RhinoA new series of cool limited-edition vinyl reissues from various artists will be released on the first four Tuesdays in October as part of the Rhino label’s second annual Rocktober campaign. Among the well-known acts who are part of the campaign: Alice Cooper, Chicago, Faces, The Grateful Dead, T. Rex and ZZ Top.

The 2017 Rocktober campaign kicks off October 3, and will feature the reissue of three Alice Cooper albums, Love It to Death, Pretties for You and Special Forces, which will be available, respectively, on black-and-white-swirl, red and white vinyl.

Faces’ Ooh La La album also will be reissued that day, on dark-red vinyl, as will a two-LP version of the soundtrack to the 1981 film Heavy Metal, which includes songs by Journey, Stevie Nicks, Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Don Felder, Donald Fagen and Nazareth.

October 18 will see the release of a two-LP version of the 1997 compilation Chicago Presents: The Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath, which pays tribute to Chicago’s late founding lead guitarist.

To close out the initiative on October 24, reissues of T. Rex’s classic Electric Warrior and ZZ Top’s debut, ZZ Top’s First Album, will be available on 180-gram vinyl. In addition, a new two-LP compilation The Best of The Grateful Dead Vol. 2: 1977-1989 also will released.

Other artists with albums being reissued as part of Rhino’s Rocktober initiative include The Velvet Underground, Jane’s Addiction, Nickelback and Skid Row.

Visit to check out the complete list of Rocktober releases.

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Kevin Kane/Getty Images for Scoop MarketingJourney‘s Neal Schon has signed on to compose the score for an in-production theatrical film called Burden of Freedom. Schon will also serve as an executive producer of the movie, which tells the story of U.S. Army Captain Brian Daniel, who was stricken with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from the Iraqi War.

Daniel was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, known as the Screaming Eagles, and in 2003 took part in the historic Battle of Najaf in Iraq. The film wants to raise awareness of the numerous veterans who, like Daniel, struggle with PTSD. Actor Tom Sizemore, whose many credits include Saving Private Ryan and Natural Born Killers, has signed on to star in Burden of Freedom.

A message posted on the movie’s official Twitter feed and Facebook page notes that the flick’s co-producers, Kenny DeSoto Ramoz and Alex Lorre, “are so very humbled and excited” about Schon joining the project.

“We welcome you Neal and are so very honored to have you!” the post continues. “God bless you and thank you for believing in us, our film and our message of hope for our American men & women who serve, or have served, our great country, and who are suffering from PTSD in epidemic numbers.”

Ramoz and Lorre add, “Neal is a very strong supporter of our men and women in uniform, both active and veterans, and joins our cause to bring awareness via film, and music.”

Schon, meanwhile, tweeted, “This will be an amazing movie.”

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Courtesy of Goldenvoice/Stagecoach FestivalThe annual Stagecoach Festival focuses mainly on country music, but the event also has traditionally featured some well-known folk and rock artists, and the forthcoming 12th installment of the fest is no exception. Gordon Lightfoot, The Georgia Satellites and Molly Hatchet are among the acts scheduled to perform at the 2018 edition of Stagecoach, which is scheduled to run from April 27 to April 29 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Veteran Canadian singer/songwriter Lightfoot will play the final day of the festival, as will country-pop legend Kenny Rogers, while the two Southern rock acts will perform on the extravaganza’s first day. The respective daily headliners for next year’s Stagecoach fest are Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. Other big-name country artists on the lineup include Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, Dwight Yoakam, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, and Kelsea Ballerini.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at You also can check out the complete lineup at the website.

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NBCUniversal/”Harry”Wednesday, Billy Joel made his first daytime talk show appearance in years, on Harry Connick Jr.’s show, Harry. This summer, in addition to his residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Billy’s been playing stadiums, but he claims he doesn’t understand why.

“I’m not crazy about my voice, I don’t think I’m that good a piano player,” Billy told Harry. “I’m in baseball stadiums, and they’re sold out, with 45,000, 50,000 people! [I’m thinking], ‘What’s going on here? Don’t they know who I am?’ y’know? It’s…weird.'”

Billy played a few of his classic tunes during his appearance on Harry, but reiterated that he has no plans to make a new pop album — his last one was 1993’s The Bridge. When Harry asked if Billy is tired of people asking him about making another album, Joel replied, “Nah, I’m used to it now.”

“I mean, Elton used to ask me that,” he added. “[He’d say], ‘When are you gonna make another album? When are you making more albums?’ And after a while I just went, ‘Why don’t you make less albums?'”

Whatever his current attitude toward pop music may be, Billy can’t deny it’s always helped him with his love life. When Harry revealed that Billy’s music made him realize that piano players could get girls, Billy revealed that he’d figured that out years ago.

“I was never gonna be a matinee idol, but if I went to a party, there would always be a better looking guy, or a guy with better clothing a better haircut, or a better car,” Billy recalled. “And if there was a piano, I’d go and start playing…I’d look up, and there was a girl. And then I’d keep playing and look up…there was another girl!”

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCPatti Smith will be in New York City’s Central Park on Thursday night to play a special concert honoring her late husband, founding MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith, on what would have been his 68th birthday. Smith will be accompanied at the show by her longtime backing band as well as by her two children with Fred — son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris Smith.

To promote the event, Patti visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday and performed an inspired rendition of her 1988 anthem “People Have the Power,” which she co-wrote with Fred. The influential punk singer and poet was joined by her two kids, longtime bassist Tony Shanahan and Questlove, leader and drummer of The Tonight Show house band, The Roots. You can watch the performance on You Tube.

Tickets for the New York City concert, which is part of Central Park’s annual SummerStage series, are on sale now via Ticketfly.

Patti and Fred Smith were married from 1980 until his death in November 1994 of a heart attack at age 45.

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