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Courtesy ROCKTOPIAIf Mozart and Beethoven were the rock stars of their day, why not mix classic rock with classical music?  That's the idea behind Rocktopia, a new Broadway show opening in March.  The production, created by Rob Evan and Randall Craig Fleischer, mixes hits by Elton John, Queen, Journey, Led Zeppelin and The Who with pieces by legendary classical composers.

During Tuesday's preview, reporters heard Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" as a mash-up with a piece by Handel; Heart's "Alone" mixed with Rachmaninoff; Patti Smith Group's "Because the Night" melded with Tchaikovsky, and Zeppelin's "Kashmir" blended with Puccini's "Nessun Dorma."

Is Rocktopia for rock fans or classical buffs?  "It's for both, for sure," Fleischer tells ABC Radio. "We're both classically-trained musicians. Rob's career is more...pop, my career is more..classical, but since we wrote this, and we love both, this is really a show for anybody."

The show starts a six-week run March 20 at The Broadway Theatre; tickets are on sale now. The first three weeks feature a guest vocalist -- Train frontman Pat Monahan -- with more to come.

Explaining the guest concept, Evan says, "Randy and I agreed a long time ago that we were never going to do a gimmick. We wanted to make it about the vision and about what we're doing. But we need to sell tickets." 

Evan and Fleischer say rockers who want in must be fully committed to the concept, and they say there's no shortage of interested parties.

"We have a lot of people that are gonna jump in that I can't tell you about right now," Evan teased. "The top of the top of the icons are looking at us right now...so I don't wanna talk about it. I don't wanna jinx it!"

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ABC/Randy HolmesMaybe launching the Beach Boys' career counts as extra credit.

Back in the early 1960s, Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson got a F in a high school music class for a song that turned out to be "Surfin'," the Beach Boys' first single.

On Monday, Wilson returned to Hawthorne High School and had the grade changed.

"Brian's failing grade has now been changed to an A on this assignment by Dr. Landesfeind!," reads a post on Wilson's Twitter account.  The post features a picture of Wilson with a beaming Hawthorne High School Principal Vanessa Landesfeind. Wilson is holding a Student Grade Form signed by Landesfeind that approves the grade change.

You can grade Wilson for yourself when Brain head back out on the road.  He'll be delivering a final Pet Sounds concert performance in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on May 7.  He also has dates scheduled in the south east later in the month including a trio of concerts taking place May 10-12 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville during which Wilson will be accompanied by the Nashville Symphony.

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James GladerThe widow of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey is suing New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, reports The New York Post's Page Six.

Frey's wife, Cindy, filed the wrongful-death suit against the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz charging that that were negligent in the way they treated her husband for ulceritive colitis in late 2015.

According to the paper, the suit also charges that Itzkowitz failed to “promptly and properly assess the patient for respiratory issues” and ignored an infection.

Frey died in January of 2016 from complications from colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The suit is seeking unspecified damages.

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Two veteran rockers are giving their existing biographies the deluxe treatment in 2018.

Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron is adding 11 new chapters and more than 100 photos to his biography Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story, which was originally released in 2000.

Negron, now 75, has lived a life of ups and downs, stating, "As a shy adolescent growing up in The Bronx, NY, I never dreamed I would have lived the life I eventually did. From the exhilarating rollercoaster ride of fame and fortune, to the pathetic life of a heroin addict, to redemption, sobriety and a new opportunity to be a respected man."

The new update, which is being called the "final edition" of the book, will be available March 13. Pre-orders are currently being accepted at Amazon.com and ChuckNegron.com.

Meanwhile, original Alice Cooper group guitarist Michael Bruce is offering up a deluxe box set edition of his book, No More Mr. Nice Guy, which also originally came out in 2000. The tome is a biography and anthology of the Alice Cooper group's rise in the 1970s.

The new box set contains a signed certificate, a 1996 interview CD and reproduction of Alice Cooper group memorabilia. It is limited to 250 copies and is signed by Bruce.

"It's not often we get a chance to redo, remake or in this case re-release a book…my book," says Bruce. "It is with much thought, great enjoyment, many thanks and heartfelt appreciation for family, friends and fans that I present the re-release of No More Mr Nice Guy. A compilation of hilarious rock 'n' roll stories and life events that made me the man I am today."

Pre-orders for the No More Mr. Nice Guy box set are available at PledgeMusic.com.


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London RecordsA number of classic songs and albums are among the 2018 class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, including recordings by The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Sam Cooke.

Each year, a Recording Academy committee chooses select works to be inducted in a "commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings."

Among the songs being honored are the Rolling Stones' classic "Paint It, Black," David Bowie's breakthrough single "Space Oddity" and the Sam Cooke staple "Bring It on Home to Me."

Albums getting inducted include Linda Ronstadt's Heart Like a Wheel, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and Queen's A Night at the Opera.

Overall, 25 recordings are being inducted, raising the total number of Grammy Hall of Fame recordings to 1,063.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

A full list of 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees can be seen below:

Jimi Hendrix

Sam Cooke

Dr. Dre

"DREAM ON" (single)

"FIGHT THE POWER" (single)
Public Enemy

"FLASH LIGHT" (single)

Hugh Masekela

Linda Ronstadt

"I CAN'T HELP MYSELF" (single)
Four Tops

Gladys Knight & The Pips

The King Cole Trio

Whitney Houston

Johnny Cash

Thomas Alva Edison

"ME AND MRS. JONES" (single)
Billy Paul

"MOON RIVER" (song)
Andy Williams

"MY MAN" (single)
Billie Holiday



"PAINT IT, BLACK" (single)
The Rolling Stones

"SAVOY BLUES" (single)
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

"A SONG FOR YOU" (single)
Leon Russell

David Bowie

"THAT'S ALL RIGHT" (single)
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Mike Oldfield

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageAs part of an upcoming four-day celebration of Prince taking place at the late music icon's Paisley Park estate, a special April 21 concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis will pair performance footage of Prince with live musicians on stage.

Billed as "Prince: Live on the Big Screen," the show will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied by a live group of musicians who performed with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer over the years.

According to a press release, "The live experience will showcase Prince in his own inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. With the event, Paisley Park looks to welcome even more of the passionate Prince fan community into a live music event celebrating his iconic artistry and the hit songs that captivated generations of fans."

As mentioned, the concert event will be part of a four-day extravaganza dubbed Celebration 2018, which will feature exhibits, performances and more at Paisley Park from April 19-22.

Tickets for the "Prince: Live on the Big Screen" concert go on sale this Saturday, January 20, at 10AM local time at TargetCenter.com. More information on the four-day Celebration 2018 event can be found at OfficialPaisleyPark.com.

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Artwork by Steve PowersA week after announcing his new album, American Utopia, as well as a handful of shows, David Byrne has revealed dates for an extensive 2018 world tour in support of the new disc.

Byrne's trek will see the legendary Talking Heads frontman play three separate North American legs -- a brief late-winter jaunt in March; a two-month spring run in April and May; and a month's worth of summer shows in late July and August. In between the North American legs, Byrne will play shows in South America and Europe.

As for what to expect at the shows, a 12-piece band will be joining Byrne onstage for a choreographed concert.

In a note to fans, Byrne states, "The show concept is simple. Like the concept behind the show that was filmed for Stop Making Sense, the idea is super obvious and easy to describe. In that show, it was 'bit by bit show what goes into making a show, and then activate it'. In this one, it is 'allow everyone to be mobile on an empty stage' (and imagine what that allows)."

He continues, "I asked if every musician -- drums, keyboards, singers, everyone -- could now be mobile. Guitars and singers no problem, we can have them be wireless with their amps and all that off-stage, but keyboards and drums? How does one do that?"

Byrne's American Utopia album hits stores on March 9, and tickets for his tour can be purchased at DavidByrne.com.

Here are David Byrne's 2018 North American tour dates:

3/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/4 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
3/6 -- Buffalo, NY, Center For The Arts
3/7 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
3/9 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/10 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
4/24 -- Dallas, TX, Winspear Opera House
4/25 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
4/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4-6 -- Atlanta, GA, Shaky Knees
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/8 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
5/10 -- Durham NC, Durham PAC
5/12 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
5/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
5/16 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
5/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
5/19 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, TCU Place
5/20 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
5/27 -- Portland, OR, Keller Audiorium
5/28 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center
5/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Capitol Theatre
6/2 -- Chicago, IL, Auditorium Theater
6/5 -- Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
6/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
7/27 -- Camden, NJ, XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 -- Shelburne, VT, Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 -- Canandaigua, NY, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Devos Performance Hall
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theater
8/11 -- Huber Heightes, OH, Rose Music Center
8/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
8/18 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 -- Sacramento CA, Community Theater
8/24 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Experience Hendrix/Legacy RecordingsMore than 37 years after Jimi Hendrix's death, music fans continue to be blessed with previously unreleased tracks from the guitar legend. The latest unearthed gem is "Mannish Boy," a cover of the Muddy Waters tune of the same name.

"Mannish Boy" was recorded by a trio of musicians -- Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles -- who would famously go on to be known as Band of Gypsys. The track was laid down in 1969 as part of their first recording session together at New York's Record Plant.

As previously reported, the track will be among the songs included on the upcoming Hendrix album, Both Sides of the Sky.

The disc, due March 9 from Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Legacy Recordings, is the third in a trilogy of albums compiling the most significant unused tracks remaining in Hendrix's archives. It follows the releases Valleys of Neptune (2010) and People, Hell and Angels (2013).

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Frank Hoensch/RedfernsU2 has paid tribute to fellow Irish musician Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly on Monday. The band posted a photo of Bono alongside O'Riordan and the rest of The Cranberries on Instagram.

"The band are floored but it's of course her family we're all thinking of right now," the caption reads. "Out of the West came this storm of a voice -- she had such strength of conviction yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us." The band also refers to O'Riordan as "Limerick's 'Bel canto," referring to her hometown in Ireland and the Italian term for "beautiful singer."

Along with U2, The Cranberries were one of the biggest bands to come out of Ireland. Their hit song "Zombie" was written about the conflict between England and the Irish Republican Army.

O'Riordan died at age 46. Her cause of death is yet to be determined.

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Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesEdwin Hawkins, a veteran gospel musician best known for the pop hit "Oh Happy Day," passed away at the age of 74 on Monday. His publicist told the New York Times that Hawkins died of pancreatic cancer in Pleasanton, California.

Hawkins' most popular song, "Oh Happy Day," was an accidental hit, as it was initially recorded as part of an album by his gospel group The Northern California State Youth Choir, later renamed The Edwin Hawkins Singers.

The tune started getting local airplay in the Bay Area, and eventually it was released as a proper single and became a #4 hit in 1969 on Billboard's pop songs chart. While the group was called The Edwin Hawkins Singers, the lead vocals on "Oh Happy Day" were actually performed by Dorothy Combs Morrison, with Hawkins arranging the track and playing piano.

"Oh Happy Day" was covered by such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, and was famously performed in the movie Sister Act 2. Moreover, Beatles legend George Harrison cited "Oh Happy Day" as an inspiration for his solo hit "My Sweet Lord."

According to the New York Times, Hawkins once said, "I wasn't planning to go into the music business. The record's success decided my fate."

The Edwin Hawkins Singers would be part of another hit when they backed Melanie on her 1970 single "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)."

Hawkins won four Grammy awards over the years, including one for Best Gospel Performance in 1970 for "Oh Happy Day."

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Focus Features/Working Title FilmsThe new movie Darkest Hour is getting a lot of award buzz these days, with star Gary Oldman recently winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of Winston Churchill. As it turns out, the movie's director paid tribute to another UK institution, as well.

In a video clip that was posted to Twitter by actor Samuel West on Friday, director Joe Wright can be seen leading 450 extras playing members of parliament (MPs) in a sing-along rendition of the "na na na na" part of the Beatles classic "Hey Jude."

"Been waiting to post this for a year," wrote West on Twitter. "Joe Wright, director of Darkest Hour, leads 450 MPs in a warmup sing of Hey Jude between takes. Gary Oldman as Churchill makes an entrance at the end."

As West mentions, Oldman enters the room toward the end of the clip, waving his hand in the air to a round of applause from his fellow actors.

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Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesJohnny Cash's famous 1968 concerts at Folsom State Prison in California will serve as the centerpiece for a new documentary, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be produced by Imperative Entertainment and executive producer Frank Marshall (Jurassic World), with the full support of Johnny Cash's estate. It will be directed by filmmaker Thom Zimny, who has helmed a number of Bruce Springsteen documentaries, as well as the upcoming HBO movie Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

Cash performed two shows at Folsom State Prison on January 13, 1968, and the performances were recorded for his triple-platinum live album At Folsom Prison.

"While the linear narrative of the Folsom Prison performances will anchor our film, each song in the set list will open a door into a nonlinear presentation of Cash's emotional, musical and personal development," reveals Zimny of the upcoming documentary.

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Bobby Bank/Getty ImagesFollowing the tragic news that Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan suddenly passed away at the age of 46 on Monday, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies reveals that she "seemed happy and well" during a recent encounter.

"I'm really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly," Davies wrote in an Instagram post, which also featured a photo of the two of them. "I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas she seemed happy and well."

Davies also revealed that the two musicians discussed collaborating, adding, "We even spoke about maybe writing some songs together - unbelievable god bless her."

No cause of death for O'Riordan has been revealed as of yet, but a statement from O'Riordan's publicist read, "Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session."

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Webster PRThe initial lineup for the 2018 Peach Music Festival has been revealed, and a who's who of favorite jam bands will be headlining the bill. Of particular note, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts will make his return to the stage three years after saying he was retiring from performing.

Betts, a longtime member of the Allman Brothers Band until his ouster in 2000, last played a show with his own band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, in 2014. He announced that he was retiring from performing in 2015.

The lineup poster for the four-day 2018 Peach Music Festival lists the guitarist's appearance as "The Return of Dickey Betts and His Band." The live music extravaganza takes place July 19-22 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and will also feature sets by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Gov't Mule, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Moe., Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and dozens more acts.

Tickets for the 2018 Peach Music Festival are currently available at PeachMusicFest.com, with an option to purchase camping passes, as well.

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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImageEric Clapton has enjoyed a legendary music career, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is not proud of some moments in his life, including what he calls his "semi-racist" past.

A new authorized documentary called Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars focuses on the guitarist's career, and as The Daily Mail reports, following a January 10 screening in London, Clapton apologized for some controversial statements he made in the 1970s that were captured in the film.

During a 1976 concert in Birmingham, England, Clapton appeared to side with the right-wing National Front movement, whose stated purpose was to "Keep Britain White." From the stage, he said, in part, "Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. England is for white people, man. We are a white country...this is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us?"

Clapton's comments are said to have inspired the Rock Against Racism campaign, which rallied against the very sentiment the guitarist expressed during his onstage rant.

According to the The Daily Mail, in a Q&A following the documentary screening, Clapton expressed remorse for his comments. "I sabotaged everything I got involved with," said the musician. "I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn't make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music."

Clapton has apologized in the past for his comments, partly blaming the outburst on his drug and alcohol addiction at the time.

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BMGFounding Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks continues his exploration of orchestral music on his latest solo album, Five, which will be released in the U.S. on February 23. The five-track collection is the 10th album that Banks has made outside his famous band and his third orchestral record, following 2004's Seven: A Suite for Orchestra and 2012's Six Pieces for Orchestra.

The new album is the product of various sessions at London's Angel Studios combined with recordings done with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Prague, Czech Republic. Five was produced by Banks' frequent collaborator Nick Davis, while the orchestra was conducted by veteran British orchestrator and conductor Nick Ingman, who has worked with David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many other stars during his long career.

Banks played all the piano parts on and composed the five pieces featured on Five. The album was built around the epic lead track "Prelude to a Million Years," which started out as a piece titled "Arpegg" that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was commissioned to write for the 2014 edition of the U.K.'s Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks rounded out the album with three more new compositions and an updated version of a piece he wrote while he was with Genesis that he renamed "Renaissance."

You can listen to "Prelude to a Million Years" now on YouTube.

Five can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally. In addition, special bundles that include a signed sheet music folio are being sold exclusively at Banks' official online store.

Here's the album's track list:

"Prelude to a Million Years"
"Ebb and Flow"
"Autumn Sonata"

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Credit: Rob ShanahanA new exhibition featuring the photography of the recently knighted Ringo Starr, including archival images appearing in the ex-Beatles drummer's 2013 book Photograph, will open next month at Genesis House, headquarters of Genesis Publications, in Surrey, U.K.

The display also will mark the unveiling of a portfolio of previously unseen photo prints by Starr, as well as additional series of pics first made available in 2013 and 2015.

The Photograph Portfolio 2018 includes candid pics of Starr's Beatles bandmates -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison -- as well as a famous shot Ringo took of some excited Fab Four fans in a car during the group's first visit to New York City.

Visitors to Genesis House will have the chance to buy museum-quality prints of various images snapped by Ringo over the years. The exhibit will be open for viewing by appointment on weekdays, starting Monday, February 5.

In related news, Starr has launched a contest offering a signed and framed limited-edition print of a photo from his 2018 portfolio called "Greece," taken in July 1967 during a trip that The Beatles made to the Mediterranean country. Money raised by the contest will benefit the WaterAid charity's Untapped appeal. Starr is a longtime supporter of the international organization, which helps people in underprivileged areas by providing access to safe water and toilets. The more money you donate to the charity, the better your chances of winning the contest, which runs through January 31.

Visit WaterAid.org for more information.

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Sony/Legacy RecordingsA 1968 Monkees gem called "As We Go Along" is part of an eclectic variety of songs featured on the Golden Globe-winning film Lady Bird's soundtrack, which was released digitally today and will be available on CD on Friday, February 2. The album also will be issued as a two-LP vinyl set on Friday, March 16, while a double-disc colored-vinyl edition will be sold exclusively by Barnes & Noble.

"As We Go Along" originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1968 Monkees film Head. It was written by Carole King and her frequent collaborator Toni Stern.

The Lady Bird soundtrack also features the Alanis Morissette hit "Hand in My Pocket," Dave Matthews Band's "Crash into Me" and tunes by ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, Scottish new-wave act Altered Images and '60s psychedelic folk-rockers Love. In addition, the album features audio snippets of dialogue from the film.

Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story set in 2002 in Sacramento, California, about a teenage girl played by Saoirse Ronan and her contentious relationship with her mother, portrayed by Laurie Metcalf. The movie won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy, while Ronan nabbed the award for Best Actress, Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy.

Here is the full track list of the Lady Bird soundtrack:

"Prayer of St. Francis"*
"Hand in My Pocket" -- Alanis Morissette
"Little of Your Love" -- HAIM
"Panis Angelicus" -- Adolf Fredrik Girls Choir
"It's given to me -- by me"*
"Days of Steam" -- John Cale
"As We Go Along" -- The Monkees
"Center of Attention"*
"Overture (from "Merrily We Roll Along")" -- Original Broadway Cast and Orchestra
"Crash into Me" -- Dave Matthews Band
"Happy Birthday" -- Altered Images
"City College"*
"Snoop Dog, Baby" -- Reel Big Fish
"Always See Your Face" -- Love
"Waltz of the Flowers" -- St. Louis Symphony
"This Eve of Parting" -- John Hartford
"Wrong Side of the Tracks"*
"Little Plastic Castles" -- Ani Di Franco
"Tha Crossroads" -- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
"Rosa Mystica" -- The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir
"Let's Just Sit"*

* = audio taken from the film Lady Bird.

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ABC/Paul HebertOn Thursday, John Fogerty posted a message online revealing that he was upset that the name of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Proud Mary" was being used as the title for a new movie about a hitwoman, and that altered lyrics from the tune appear on the poster promoting the film. ABC Radio has now obtained a statement from Screen Gems, the producer of Proud Mary, responding to the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's complaint, which also maintained that his song's message was completely different from that of the movie.

"We would love Mr. Fogerty to come see the film," Screen Gems notes. "He would see that his complaint that the film has nothing to do with the song's message as 'a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life' is inaccurate. That is precisely what our Mary is looking to do, and [Proud Mary star] Taraji [P. Henson] nails it perfectly."

A rep for Screen Gems also tells ABC Radio that the film company worked closely with the music publisher of "Proud Mary," and had fully cleared the rights to use the song, as well as its title and lyrics, in the movie and its marketing.

The Proud Mary film tells the story of a hired killer portrayed by Henson who undergoes a change of heart about her chosen occupation.

In his statement, posted on his official Facebook page, Fogerty wrote, "It irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain…This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song."

He also maintained that the meaning behind the song was "[f]ar from a story about killing people for money."

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Parlophone/Capitol Records/UMeThe Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has made its mark on the music world in many ways, and now the influential 1967 album will be heading into the Guinness World Records book thanks to a recent chart achievement. The album is being recognized for the longest gap between stints at #1 on the U.K. chart, uDiscoverMusic.com reports.

Bolstered by a deluxe 50th anniversary reissue that came out in late May, Sgt. Pepper returned to the top spot of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart on June 8, 2017, 49 years and 125 days since the last time it held the #1 position --  -- on February 3, 1968. The album with the next longest gap between stints at #1 in the U.K. is The Rolling Stones' 1972 record Exile on Main St., which returned to the top spot after the release of a deluxe reissue on May 29, 2010, 37 years and 353 days since it had previously been at #1.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first hit the top of the chart on June 10, 1967, and spent 23 straight weeks there. It then reached #1 four more times between November 1967 and February 1968.

The album has sold 5.1 million copies in the U.K., making it the bestselling studio effort and third most successful album overall in the country, following Queen's Greatest Hits and ABBA's Gold compilation.

As recently reported by Billboard, Sgt. Pepper also was the top-selling vinyl LP in the U.S. in 2017.

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