Courtesy Live NationLet’s groove: Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers are hitting the road this summer for a joint tour.

The trek, dubbed 2054 the Tour — possibly after New York’s iconic Studio 54 disco — gets underway July 12 in Oakland and is slated to wrap up August 22 in Detroit. The tour will feature a special guest DJ and a setup with extra space between the seats to make it easy for you to “Dance, Dance, Dance” and create your own “Boogie Wonderland.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. local time but American Express cardholders can grab them starting Monday, April 24.

In a statement, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire said, “Nile Rodgers and CHIC are legendary for their iconic style, song, sound, and groove. Get ready for a non-stop 2054 party!”

Nile, who just received the Award for Musical Excellence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, added, “Get your feet ready for a deluge of hits!” Earth Wind & Fire were inducted into the Hall in 2000.

Here are the tour dates:

7/12 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
7/13 — Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
7/18 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/20 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/22 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
7/23 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/26 — Chicago, IL, United Center
7/27 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
7/29 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
8/1 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/4 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/5 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
8/7 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/9 — Washington D.C., Verizon Center
8/10 — Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
8/11 — Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
8/13 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
8/15 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/17 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/18 — Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
8/19 — Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
8/22 — Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre

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Credit: David AbbottHall & Oates singer John Oates has teamed up with one-time Fleetwood Mac singer Bekka Bramlett to cover the Steve Forbert tune “I Blinked Once,” for an upcoming tribute album titled An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert. The track was released today, April 21, as the first single from the record.

Oates and Bramlett also shot a video for the soulful roots-rock song: it features them belting out the tune together on a soundstage and on a deserted country road, as well as capturing them taking a drive in an old convertible. You can check out the clip at Blue Rose Music’s official YouTube channel. The track also is streaming at the label’s SoundCloud page.

Oates says about recording the tune, “It was very cool for me to be able to re-imagine…’I Blinked Once.’ I was drawn to [Forbert’s] great lyrics and ability to take a simple idea and craft it into a memorable song.”

He adds, “We gave it a harder edge in the production and turned it into a duet with myself and the legendary Bekka Bramlett, whose energy is a thing to behold.”

“I Blinked Once” originally was featured on Forbert’s 1988 album, Streets of This Town. Steve says the tune “was one of the easiest songs that I have ever written…I got up in the middle of the night and wrote it by moonlight.”

Forbert probably is best-known for his 1980 hit “Romeo’s Tune,” which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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NPG Records/Warner Bros. RecordsFriday marks the one-year anniversary of Prince’s tragic death, and Billboard reports that amazingly, the late icon sold more albums than any other artist over the past year…including Adele.

Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Prince’s catalog, counting both albums and songs, sold 7.7 million copies in the U.S. since April 21, 2016. As you might expect, most of those sales took place in the month after his death from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

Of those 7.7 million copies, 2.3 million were traditional album sales. In 2016, Adele sold 2.23 million albums, so Prince actually outsold her, though not by much.

Prince’s best-selling songs last year include “Purple Rain,” with 621,000 downloads, followed by “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss.” His best-selling albums last year were The Very Best of Prince, with 668,000 copies sold, followed by Purple Rain and 1999.

Also of note is the fact that since Prince’s death, according to Billboard, his music has been played a lot more on the radio, and that’s continued into this year. His most popular hit at radio this year is “When Doves Cry.”

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLet’s go crazy remembering Prince, who died one year ago today from a drug overdose. Unfortunately, the legal turmoil surrounding the rights to Prince’s music, as well as the ongoing investigation into his death from the painkiller fentanyl, may impact his legacy as one of the greatest artists of all time.

In public, Prince was vehemently anti-drug, but it’s now emerged that he was apparently struggling with an opioid addiction. Still, rock critic Alan Light, author of Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, says there’s more to that story.

“I don’t think that, at this point, we look at him and think [the drugs revelations have] tarnished who he was and what he stood for, while we’re still sort of trying to make sense out of all of this,” Light tells ABC Radio. He says Prince fans were somewhat complicit in his addiction, which was likely a result of the chronic pain he suffered after years of performing.

“You watch him jumping off of tall speaker stacks, landing in heels, going into a spin and a split…and you wince…it never occurred to any of us before,” says Light.

Light also feels that being able to watch footage of Prince is what’s most needed right now to cement his legacy.

“There is no easily legally available document of Prince on stage in the glory years,” he notes. “If we’re going to tell generations moving forward this was the greatest performer of his generation, this guy could do things on stage that nobody else could do, we need to be able to show that.”

To that end, Light believes it’s imperative that Prince’s estate comes up with a way to ensure kids can understand the musician’s impact. He claims they’re not as aware of Prince’s genius as they should be because Prince kept his music off streaming services and YouTube.

“I think that there’s really a huge reintroduction that needs to happen, to generate an awareness for those who weren’t around for the glory years to know what this guy was really about,” Light tells ABC Radio.

Light also wants people to realize that for all of Prince’s reputation as an eccentric weirdo, he was a real human being.

“When you would sit down [with him]…he was…just some guy from Minneapolis who would talk about basketball or about movies that were out,” he tells ABC Radio. “It wasn’t like sitting with a space alien. He was able to keep that side of himself.”

Prince’s home in Minneapolis, Paisley Park, is currently hosting a celebration in honor of the musician that runs through April 23.

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Rogue Music AllianceA federal judge in Minnesota District Court has granted a temporary restraining order requested by Prince’s estate and his recording studio Paisley Park, to halt the released of a new EP of previously unreleased Prince material.

George Ian Boxill, an engineer who worked with Prince over the years, was set to release the six-song EP on Friday, but the singer’s estate filed suit in Carver County, Minnesota, seeking to stop the release and have the masters turned over to them.

On Thursday, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright granted the order to block the music. Boxill also was ordered to deliver all copies of recordings “cquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises” to the estate, according to the paperwork obtained by ABC News.

The ruling relies on a confidentiality agreement that Prince and Boxill allegedly agreed upon before working together, that stated all the work the two did together “would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property” and that “he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever.”

The restraining order is set to expire on May 3.

The EP Boxill has assembled, titled Deliverance, includes the title track and a four-song suite called “Opera Man” that includes songs titled “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset” and “No One Else.”

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Matthew Wilson, an attorney for RMA, the Vancouver-based label seeking to release the EP, said the album’s title track, released on SoundCloud earlier this week, will remain available.

“The Federal Court located in Minnesota has temporarily enjoined the release of the remaining unreleased tracks on the Deliverance EP,” he said. “The court order has not enjoined the released single “Deliverance.” Therefore the “Deliverance” single will continue to be sold.”

RMA is offering the single on a new website, www.deliverance.is

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Courtesy of Record Store DayThe 10th anniversary edition of Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 22. The promotion, which has helped reignite interest in the vinyl format, has expanded to the point where it’s now considered a global event.

“Now it’s celebrated in every continent except for Antarctica,” Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio. “Although we did get an email…from a science team that is stationed there saying, basically, ‘Look, we’re not a record store, but we want to let you know that we have a turntable here in Antarctica, and we are gonna be spinning records in celebration of Record Store Day.'”

Another Record Store Day first in 2017 — the initiative has named Elton John its first official “Legend.” Elton also has contributed an expanded, two-LP version of his classic live album 11-17-70 to this year’s campaign.

Kurtz notes that there are so many phenomenal limited-edition releases coming out this year that it’s hard to single out any one. Having said that, he mentions that noteworthy discs include a live David Crosby EP that the Record Store Day organizers are issuing themselves and two David Bowie albums — a collection of rare demos and a previously unreleased live performance.

In addition, six Prince 12-inch maxi-singles from the 1980s are being reissued for the campaign. Kurtz tells ABC Radio that Prince was “a huge supporter” of Record Store Day.

Michael also notes that, as usual, a number of artists will be making special appearances at various independent record stores on Saturday, on example being The Zombies, who will take part in a signing and meet-and-greet at Silver Platters in Seattle.

You can check out a full list of 2017 RSD releases and more details about the campaign at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Hachette BooksMayte [MY-tay] Garcia is not planning on shedding any tears today, the first anniversary of the death of her ex-husband Prince.

Instead, Garcia is looking forward to celebrating the music icon’s life and legacy by “playing his music” and remembering “him with love.”

“I definitely am going to try to keep it joyful and celebratory,” Garcia tells ABC Radio. “Because I remember when I was with him and certain people that we knew had passed away. And it was never a mourning/deep sadness kind of thing.”

Garcia, who chronicles intimate details about her marriage and life with Prince in her newly released memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, says her ex didn’t look at death in a negative way. For him, she says, it was about transitioning.

“He would just acknowledge that they’ve just moved on to another level of spirituality of consciousness,” she says.

Mayte, who married Prince at the age of 22, believes her then-husband would also want his fans to see his passing as just a transformation and not a time of mourning.

“And that’s what I’m going to try to keep in mind,” she adds. “He would want us to celebrate him and play his music and think of him with love.”

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Chris McKay/WireImageCuba Gooding Sr., father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and lead singer of ’70s soul trio The Main Ingredient, has died at 72.

Gooding Sr. was found dead in a car in Woodland Hills, California, on Thursday afternoon, officials said. He would have turned 73 next week. Police are investigating the cause of death, but say there was no sign of any shooting at the scene.

Gooding Sr. was not The Main Ingredient’s original lead singer, but joined the band after its frontman died unexpectedly. He and the group found immediate success with the smash hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. The group had another top-10 hit, “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,” in 1974. Gooding Sr. left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo career.

Gooding Jr., born in in 1968, is one of four children Gooding Sr. shared with wife Shirley Gooding.

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Nancy BundtTheir former boss died a year ago, but The Revolution is planning a coast-to-coast tour to pay tribute to him.

Prince‘s best-known backing band starts their first nationwide tour in 30 years on Friday with a performance at Paisley Park. Right now, they have dates mapped out through July 17, with more dates to be announced soon.

The band that eventually became The Revolution first formed in 1979, but the classic lineup, featured on the albums Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade, included drummer Bobby Z, keyboard player Matt Fink, Lisa Coleman on keyboards and piano, Wendy Melvoin on guitar, and Brown Mark on bass. That lineup won two Grammys and an Oscar.

The band announced that they were reforming earlier this year. Here’s the tour itinerary:

4/21 — Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park, Minneapolis, MN
4/23 — Metro, Chicago, IL
4/24 — Metro, Chicago, IL
4/27 — The Fillmore, Silver Spring Washington, DC
4/28 — BB Kings, New York, NY
4/29 — Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
4/30 — Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
5/3 — Webster Hall, New York, NY
5/4 — Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
5/12 — Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
5/14 — The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
5/15 — Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
5/16 — Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
5/18 — House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
5/20 — Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI
5/21 — Phoenix Theatre, Toronto, Ont
6/14 — House of Blues, Dallas, TX
6/15 — House of Blues, Houston, TX
6/16 — The Aztec Theater, San Antonio, TX
6/17 — ACL Live, Austin, TX
6/21 — Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
6/22 — House of Blues, San Diego, CA
6/23 — Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
7/11 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
7/12 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
7/13 — Artown, Reno, NV
7/14 — Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
7/15 — The Showbox Seattle, WA
7/17 — Britt Pavillion, Jacksonville, OR

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Columbia RecordsNew details have been unveiled about ex-Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters‘ upcoming studio album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, his first collection of new rock songs since 1992’s Amused to Death. According to the announcement, the album’s release date has been moved from May 19 to June 2, while its full 12-song track list has been revealed.

Is This The Life We Really Want? will be available for pre-order starting Friday, April 21. The album will be issued as a two-disc, 180-gram vinyl LP, a CD housed in a four-panel pack, and a digital download.

Is This The Life We Really Want? features Waters’ reflections on the modern world, and is described as “a natural successor” to such memorable Pink Floyd albums as The Wall and Animals.

The record was produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich, who previously has worked with Radiohead, Paul McCartney, U2 and Beck. Among the musicians who contributed to the album are one-time R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker, ex-Jellyfish keyboardist Roger Manning and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson. In addition, singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the indie-pop group Lucius lent their vocal talents to the project.

As previously reported, Waters will support the new album with a lengthy U.S. trek called the Us + Them Tour, which kicks off May 26 in Kansas City, Missouri, and runs through an October 28 concert in Vancouver, Canada.

Here’s the full track list for Is This The Life We Really Want?:

“When We Were Young”
“Déjà Vu”
“The Last Refugee”
“Picture That”
“Broken Bones”
“Is This the Life We Really Want?”
“Bird in a Gale”
“The Most Beautiful Girl”
“Smell the Roses”
“Wait for Her”
“Oceans Apart”
“Part of Me Died”

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BMGBlondie has released an official video for “Long Time,” one of the tracks on the influential New Wave band’s forthcoming album, Pollinator. The clip, which you can watch at Blondie’s VEVO YouTube channel, features scenes of the group’s members in various gritty locations throughout New York City.

The video was directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, one of the filmmakers behind Beyonce‘s visual album Lemonade, who also shot the video for the first single from Pollinator, “Fun.” At the center of the “Long Time” clip are a series of scenes featuring frontwoman Debbie Harry wildly driving a cab around the Big Apple.

“Long Time” is a collaboration between Blondie and indie-R&B artist Blood Orange, and features infectious ’80s synth sounds and dance beats reminiscent of the band’s chart-topping 1979 hit, “Heart of Glass.” A limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single featuring “Long Time” and a non-album track, “The Breaks,” will be available exclusively in independent record shops as part of the 2017 Record Store Day campaign this Saturday, April 22.

Pollinator will be released on May 5, and will be available on CD, heavyweight vinyl, as a digital download and as a limited edition box set. In addition to Blood Orange, the album features guest appearances by Joan Jett, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, The StrokesNick Valensi, TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek, and pop artists Sia and Charli XCX.

In support of Pollinator, Blondie will be teaming up with Garbage for the Rage and Rapture tour, which gets underway July 5 in Saratoga, California.

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John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesFriday will be Prince Day in the late music icon’s home state of Minnesota.

On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Drayton declared Friday, April 21, 2017 — the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death — “Prince Day.”

“Prince and his phenomenal talents led an era of music and showcased Minnesota to the world,” Dayton said in a statement. “This day, we honor a magnificent artist, celebrate his great legacy, and thank him for always making Minnesota his home.”

As part of the commemoration, the Interstate 35W Bridge that crosses the Mississippi in downtown Minneapolis will be lit purple on Thursday and Friday.

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Rogue Music AllianceIt remains to be seen if that disputed EP of previously unreleased Prince material will be released on Friday.

On Wednesday the late icon’s estate and the singer’s famed home and recording studio, Paisley Park, filed a lawsuit in Carver County, Minnesota, to stop the release of the EP, put together by engineer George Ian Boxill, who worked with Prince on the material in the mid-2000s.

ABC affiliate KSTP in St. Paul reports that a federal judge has yet to rule on a request for a temporary restraining order against the release. But one thing is clear, you can’t get the EP on iTunes anymore.

The EP was pulled from iTunes pending resolution of the dispute, it was confirmed in a federal court hearing Wednesday, reports KSTP. But the EP is still available for order on PrinceRogersNelson.com. The EP’s title track, “Deliverence,” a slow-burning gospel-rock tune with lots of guitar and religious lyrics, also is still up on the Rogue Music Alliance SoundCloud account.

As previously reported, Boxill assembled the EP, which also includes a four-song suite called “Opera Man,” from material he worked on with Prince from 2006 to 2008.

According to the suit obtained by ABC News, the plaintiff alleges Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that all the work the two did together “would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property” and that “he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever.”

KSTP reports that Boxhill lawyers are arguing that he owns 10 percent of the songs, although his contract with Prince says the songs are Prince’s sole property. But, Boxhill’s lawyers claim, because the contract was never signed by Prince or his company it is invalid.

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Courtesy of AXS TVAXS TV will present a special block of Fleetwood Mac-themed programming Sunday, April 30. The “Sunday Night Rocks: Mac Attack” event begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with an encore screening of an episode of the Dan Rather-hosted The Big Interview, featuring Lindsey Buckingham, and also will include the premiere of the rare 1986 concert film Steve Nicks: Rock a Little.

Airing at 9 p.m. ET, Rock a Little captures a solo performance by Stevie Nicks at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The show features guest appearances by Peter Frampton and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. Stevie sings her solo hits “Edge of Seventeen,” “Talk to Me” and “Stand Back,” as well as the Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams.”

The “Mac Attack” marathon also includes a program called Video Killed the Radio Star: The Artist View Fleetwood Mac, airing at 5:30 p.m. ET, that features Mick Fleetwood discussing some of his band’s best-known music videos.

Next up, at 6 p.m. ET, will be a segment of 2014 series Rock Legends profiling Fleetwood Mac, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a recent episode of the AXS TV series Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar that features Hagar chatting and jamming with Mick Fleetwood at his restaurant on Maui, Hawaii.

At 7 p.m. ET, AXS TV will show the concert film Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston, which documents a 2003 performance from the band’s Say You Will tour.

Closing out the marathon at 10 p.m. ET will be the 2012 concert special Lindsey Buckingham with Special Guest Stevie Nicks, which features Buckingham performing songs from his solo career, plus some Fleetwood Mac tunes with accompaniment from longtime band mate Nicks.

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Rogue Music AllianceIt remains to be seen if that disputed EP of previously unreleased Prince material will be released on Friday.

On Wednesday the late icon’s estate and the singer’s famed home and recording studio, Paisley Park, filed a lawsuit in Carver County, Minnesota, to stop the release of the EP, put together by engineer George Ian Boxill, who worked with Prince on the material in the mid-2000s.

ABC affiliate KSTP in St. Paul reports that a federal judge has yet to rule on a request for a temporary restraining order against the release. But one thing is clear, you can’t get the EP on iTunes anymore.

The EP was pulled from iTunes pending resolution of the dispute, it was confirmed in a federal court hearing Wednesday, reports KSTP. But the EP is still available for order on PrinceRogersNelson.com. The EP’s title track, “Deliverence,” a slow-burning gospel-rock tune with lots of guitar and religious lyrics, also is still up on the Rogue Music Alliance SoundCloud account.

As previously reported, Boxill assembled the EP, which also includes a four-song suite called “Opera Man,” from material he worked on with Prince from 2006 to 2008.

According to the suit obtained by ABC News, the plaintiff alleges Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that all the work the two did together “would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property” and that “he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever.”

KSTP reports that Boxhill lawyers are arguing that he owns 10 percent of the songs, although his contract with Prince says the songs are Prince’s sole property. But, Boxhill’s lawyers claim, because the contract was never signed by Prince or his company it is invalid.

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