Saturday, July 31, 2010

Michael Jackson . . . New Album Due In November

Posted Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:06am PDT
by Billy Johnson, Jr. in Hip-Hop Media Training

Michael Jackson's first posthumous album of unreleased material is due out in November, a rep for the King Of Pop's estate told Rolling Stone.

There are believed to be more than 100 unreleased Jackson songs in the singer's vaults, his manager Frank DiLeo said. The collection includes works with, Akon, and Ne-Yo. "There are a couple songs we recorded for the Bad album that we had to cut that are sensational," he said.

Jackson made dozens of songs for each record. "Every time that [Jackson] recorded, he over-recorded," former Sony Music CEO Tommy Mottola told Rolling Stone last year. Mottola added that all of the songs were quality tracks that could have been hits. One of the records, "Don't Be Messin' Around" is from the Thriller era. DiLeo said there are a few leftovers from the Bad album that are "sensational."

Rodney Jerkins, who produced Jackson's Invincible record, recently discussed his plans to collaborate on a forthcoming Jackson album. "I'm about to work on a new, unreleased project that we're talking about doing right now," Jerkins told "It's definitely going to come. It takes time. You have to do a lot of the red tape, but yeah, there's going to be a unreleased Michael Jackson."

A few of Jackson's unreleased tracks, "A Place With No Name," "Another Day," and "This Is It," surfaced last year.

The November album will reportedly feature 10 songs. It is part of the new deal the Jackson estate struck with Sony Corp. in March. The $200 million venture will yield 10 albums in seven years, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cars Reunion?

The big buzz on the music scene is that
Boston’s legendary rockers The Cars
may be reuniting.

A photo was quietly posted to the band’s Facebook page Wednesday showing the four surviving members - singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson - playing together in an unidentified studio.

Easton is grinning broadly, Hawkes is playing bass and Ocasek is manning both a guitar and a laptop computer. And Robinson, who’s lately been retired on the North Shore, is behind the drums for the first time in decades. (Original singer/bassist Ben Orr died of pancreatic cancer 2000).

There was no word on whether they’re recording new Cars music, an Ocasek solo album, or just messing around. But it is the most Cars activity fans have seen in decades. The original lineup hasn’t played together since 1987.

Source: Boston Herald

Let The Good Times Roll!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Cars . . . Ben Orr and Ric Ocasek

The Cars are one of my all time favorite bands . . .
it was awesome to take a trip back in time through this interview clip with Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr from 1986.

A tribute to Ben Orr . . .
It's Not The Night

Emotion in Motion . . . Ric Ocasek

". . . but I know
I know you take it well
and for you
for you I always fell"

Lyrics from the song
It's Not The Night

Miss you Ben!

Complete Greatest Hits - The Cars

Complete Greatest Hits - The Cars