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King, Usher & Belafonte Join Rock and Roll HOF Lineup

Carole King, Usher and Harry Belafonte have joined the line up to honor the class of 2013 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

Legendary singer/songwriter King will perform in recognition of her former producer and manager Lou Adler, who will be inducted by stoner icons Cheech & Chong, while R&B star Usher will hit the stage to pay tribute to iconic producer Quincy Jones. Both honorees will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes non-performers for their outstanding contributions.
Meanwhile, veteran rocker John Fogerty will team up with Jackson Browne to salute Randy Newman; Chris Cornell will induct Heart, and calypso star Belafonte and director Spike Lee will help to celebrate the career of rap group Public Enemy.
Previously announced presenters and performers include Dave Grohl, Don Henley, John Mayer, and Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera, who will salute disco queen Donna Summer at the Los Angeles event.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees

At a press conference today at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Flea announced the list of performer inductees and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients for induction. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 are:

Performer Category:
· Heart
· Albert King
· Randy Newman
· Public Enemy
· Rush
· Donna Summer

Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
· Lou Adler
· Quincy Jones

Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.

Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of inductees, which again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll.”

The induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm ET/PT. Said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, “We are excited to team up once again with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for what is sure to be an incredible evening of one-of-a-kind performances.”

Heart Sisters Set for Walk Of Fame Honor

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson will be honored with the 2,481st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The rockers will unveil the pavement plaque on September 25 following tributes from guest speakers Rita Wilson and Alice in Chains stars Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez.

The star will be located on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of The Musician’s Institute, by plaques honoring the likes of Journey and Motley Crue.

The Competition Heats Up As Seven Remaining Couples Rock The Ballroom Floor On Dancing With The Stars

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The show’s seven remaining couples will rock the ballroom as they dance the Paso Doble and Tango to classic and contemporary rock songs and tear up the dance floor in the show’s first ever rock and roll dance marathon, on “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On the next night, the sixth couple to be eliminated this season will be sent home on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On Tuesday’s results show, legendary rock and roll band Heart will play its iconic hit, “Barracuda,” accompanied by “Dancing with Stars” pros Louis Van Amstel, Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Damian Holbrook and Peta Murgatroyd. Heart recently released its 13th studio album, “Red Velvet Car,” produced by Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink (kd lang, Feist, Bare Naked Ladies), which debuted at No.10 in Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Album Chart. Their current AC single, “Hey You,” was in the Top 30 for three months, while their classic rock single, “WTF,” hovered near the Top 10 (on those respective charts). Heart has sold over 30 million albums and had 22 Top 40 hits. Over the past decade, Heart songs have achieved ubiquity in pop culture in films (“Shrek 3”), television (“American Idol,” “Glee,” “Dancing with the Stars”), commercials (Honda, Swiffer) and videogames (Rock Band, Guitar Hero), as well as being performed by other top artists (Eminem, Fergie, Gretchen Wilson, among many others). To support the release of “Red Velvet Car,” Heart toured throughout the summer of 2010, including four Lilith Fair shows and nearly 40 headline shows, which continued through September 25 and will pick up again in November and December. Heart’s first album, “Dreamboat Annie,” was released in 1976. The band broke barriers with a repertoire that includes rock classics like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Straight On,” alongside acoustic standards like “These Dreams,” “Dog & Butterfly” and “Dreamboat Annie.” They were 2008 recipients of VH1 Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation and received ASCAP’s Award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.
Also on Tuesday, international Pop icon Kylie Minogue will perform her new single, “Get Outta My Way,” which hit the top of the Billboard Club Chart this week and marked her second consecutive No.1 Billboard Club single from new album “Aphrodite,” following the smash “All the Lovers.” This is Minogue’s fifth No.1 club single to date, joining an illustrious list of chart-toppers including “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” “Love at First Sight” and “Slow.” “Get Outta My Way” impacts mainstream radio on Nov. 1, and a suite of remixes are currently available on all digital download stores. Minogue’s new album, “Aphrodite,” was released in July and debuted at No.19 in the U.S., marking her highest U.S. chart position since 2002’s “Fever.” “Aphrodite” became her fifth No.1 album in the UK, hitting the top spot a full 22 years to the week since her debut album, “Kylie,” entered the chart. The album also made Minogue the first solo artist in the history of the UK charts to have a No.1 album in four different
decades. Around the globe “Aphrodite” debuted in the top 10 in 13 different countries. Over the course of her extraordinary 20-plus-year-career, Minogue has been a global force in pop music and is one of the world’s most successful female artists, with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide and 50 hit singles, including the U.S. Billboard dance-chart toppers “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” “Love at First Sight,” “Slow” and the Grammy Award-winning “Come Into My World.” She has received countless awards and accolades, including an OBE from the Queen and eight sold-out world tours, including the KylieX2008 tour, which traveled to 21 countries worldwide. Minogue has released ten studio albums, three live CDs, eight live concert DVD’s, plus her Greatest Hits, Ultimate Kylie double album and Boombox The Remix Album 2000-2008. She also has her own successful bed linen line, Kylie at Home, and has released seven fragrances. 

Heart’s Red Velvet Car, the First New Studio Album in Six Years From Ann & Nancy Wilson, Drives Straight Into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200

Red Velvet Car, the first new studio album in six years from the groundbreaking Seattle-based band Heart, is entering the Billboard 200 best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of the group’s career.  Heart’s first album for Legacy Recordings, the critically-acclaimed Red Velvet Car marks the return of the group to the Sony Music Entertainment family.  The album reached #1 in sales on Amazon.com on Sunday, September 5.

“We are thrilled and a little in disbelief,” said Ann Wilson.  “(Our producer) Ben Mink‘s amazing artistry and vision, along with the hard work and dedication of the people of Sony/Legacy made this a stunning first week. The Car is running fine, thank you! “
“After 3 plus decades, to have loyal fans, old and new, and to be acknowledged for our work as performers and songwriters is really quite beautiful,” said Nancy Wilson.
Currently in the midst of a summer-fall tour supporting the release of Red Velvet Car, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson will perform on the star-studded Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) primetime roadblock television fundraising event (September 10, 2010, at 8PM ET & PT / 7PM CT).  The Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast will raise funds that will accelerate innovative cancer research. The live, one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Current TV, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1 and hosted by network news anchors Katie CouricDiane Sawyer and Brian Williams. The broadcast will air in 195 countries, as well as on the Armed Forces Network. 
Heart will be heard on NPR’s “World Cafe” on September 17 to perform songs from Red Velvet Car.  Both “Hey You” and “WTF,” the first two singles from Red Velvet Car, are multi-format smashes, garnering airplay on the nation’s AC, Triple A and Classic Rock radio stations.
The critical response to Red Velvet Car has been universally ecstatic.  “The barracudas are back and at the top of their game,” wrote Rolling Stone (September 2, 2010) while USA Today (August 25, 2010) called the album “Intimate, intense and anchored by Ann’s powerhouse vocals and Nancy’s aggressive acoustic guitar….”  The New York Times (August 4, 2010) found Red Velvet Car “aggressive, delicate and enduring” while the Los Angeles Times noted that “Thirty-four years after the band’s debut, Heart’s dreamboat sails on.”
For their first new album since 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling, the first ladies of arena rock took an acoustic approach to a collection of songs inspired by the world around them, arranged for an assortment of strings including guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, viola, cello and autoharp, all played by Nancy Wilson and the album’s producer, multiple Grammy nominee Ben Mink.
Nine of the album’s songs were written for, and appear for the first time on Red Velvet Car. The album’s closer, “Sand,” is a newly recorded version of a song originally written and recorded by the Lovemongers, Ann and Nancy’s 1990’s acoustic side project.
Heart performed songs from Red Velvet Car, as well as classics from the band’s repertoire, at selected Lilith Fair dates and in headline concerts across the U.S. and Canada from July through September. 
(Photos): Courtesy of Sony Legacy

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Ann and Nancy Wilson–Heart Shaped Collector’s Vinyl Now Available on Amazon

The Sisters Wilson are back at it, and this week, they’re releasing to record stores a special heart-shaped vinyl single featuring their new song “WTF” and a live version of their undeniably classic “Magic Man.”

You can pre-order Red Velvet Car on Amazon and receive $1 off! Just visit the Amazon store athttp://amzn.to/cTIdPzand before you place your order, type REDCAR10 where it says “Have any gift certificates or promotional codes?” to get your $1 off!
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