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Richie Sambora releases new EP, holiday single with Orianthi; is up for Rock Hall reunion with Bon Jovi

BMGJust days after getting the news that he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April with his old band Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora has released a new duets EP called Making History with his musical and romantic partner Orianthi. The five-song recording is the second collaborative EP that Sambora and Orianthi have issued together under the RSO moniker, following Rise in September.

One of the new tracks, the twangy, upbeat "Walk with Me," has gotten its exclusive premiere at Forbes.com.

Meanwhile, Sambora and Orianthi also released a holiday single today called "One Night of Peace." The tune, which features backing vocals by the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts Choir, debuted today on Variety.com. Richie wrote the song many years ago after an emotional phone conversation with a friend who was being deployed during the United States' first invasion of Iraq and who asked the rocker to take care of his family should he not return from the conflict.

The Making History EP and "One Night of Peace" are available digitally at iTunes and Amazon, and via select streaming services.

Meanwhile, Sambora says he plans to rejoin his old Bon Jovi bandmates at the 2018 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland.

Richie tells Billboard that he expects the event to be "a joyous occasion," noting, "I was there for 31 years and we sold 150 million records or something and we put a lot of asses in seats in stadiums around the world and made a lot of people happy…so, yeah, I'm showing up for that."

He adds, "Everybody should have a smile on their face and a smile in their hearts and it should be a celebration of what we did."

Here's the Making History EP's track list:

"Making History"
"We Are Magic"
"Walk with Me"
"Together on the Outside"
"I Don't Want to Have to Need You Now"

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Jackson Browne releases new single, "The Dreamer," recorded with Mexican-American musicians

Credit: Brandise DaneswichJackson Browne has teamed up with the Mexican-American roots band Los Cenzontles and Los Lobos singer/guitarist David Hidalgo to record a new song titled "The Dreamer" that was released as a single today. The tune, which is sung partly in Spanish, tells the story of a Mexican girl who comes to the U.S. to reunite with her father with hopes of finding a better life, but is in danger of being deported.

The track is available for purchase now as a digital download at iTunes and Amazon. Browne co-wrote "The Dreamer" with Los Cenzontles member Eugene Rodriguez.

The song was inspired by the plight of Dreamers, illegal immigrants who were protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), legislation created in 2012 by President Barack Obama that President Donald Trump has vowed to bring an end to in 2018.

You can watch an official video for "The Dreamer" now at Browne's YouTube channel and at iTunes. The clip was directed by by Mark Kohr, whose credits include videos by Green Day, No Doubt, Primus and Shakira.

In other news, Browne recently announced dates for a spring U.S. tour that will feature him backed by a full band. The trek kicks off April 6 in Honolulu and is mapped out through a May 20 show in Westbury, New York. The acclaimed singer/songwriter also has scheduled a February 9 benefit concert in San Pedro, California, for the nonprofit Grand Vision Foundation and its youth music-education program, Meet the Music. Browne's 2018 itinerary also includes a previously announced series of acoustic gigs in Georgia and Florida in January, and a March-April tour of Australia.

Here are all of Browne's upcoming U.S. concerts:

12/17 -- San Pedro, CA, Grand Annex
1/6/18 -- Augusta, GA, William G. Bell Auditorium
1/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
1/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
1/20 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
1/23 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
1/24 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
2/9 -- San Pedro, CA, Warner Grand Theatre
4/6 -- Honolulu, HI, Waikiki Shell
4/8 -- Kahului, HI, Castle Theater
5/2 -- Richmond, VA, Altria Theater
5/3 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
5/5 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
5/6 -- Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre
5/9 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
5/10 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
5/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
5/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Bethlehem Event Center
5/15 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
5/17 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/20 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury

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Alice Cooper releases video for ominous song "The Sound of A"; limited-edition single due in February

Credit: Robb FennAn official video for the Alice Cooper song "The Sound of A," which closes out the shock rocker's 2017 album Paranormal, has just premiered on the earMusic label's YouTube channel.

The clip features close-up footage Cooper and various men, women and children sporting variations of his creepy black facial and eye makeup, lip-synching to the ominous-sounding tune.

A limited-edition single featuring "The Sound of A," along with four previously unreleased live performances recorded at a May 2016 concert in Columbus, Ohio, will be issued on February 23 on CD and as a 10-inch white-vinyl disc. Alice will celebrate his 70th birthday February 4.

"The Sound of A" dates back to 1967, and was the first song Cooper ever wrote entirely by himself. Original Alice Cooper band bassist Dennis Dunaway brought an old tape of the tune to the sessions for Paranormal, and he and Alice reworked it and decided to include it on the album.

Here's the track list of "The Sound of A" vinyl single:

Side A
"The Sound of A"
"The Black Widow"*

Side B
"Public Animal #9"*
"Is It My Body"*
"Cold Ethyl"*

* = previously unreleased live song recorded on May 6, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

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"Susie ain't your friend": Michael Jackson's "Blood on the Dance Floor" gets new short film treatment

Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's iconic short film for his hit song "Blood on the Dance Floor" has been revamped for 2017. 

A new short film called Blood on the Dance Floor 2017 combines footage from the late legend's original visual, which was released in 1997, with new footage featuring the cast of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil

Each year, the famed entertainment company presents a one-time-only performance set to Michael's "Blood on the Dance Floor" track, in tribute to the King of Pop's birthday.  

"Blood on the Dance Floor" comes from Jackson's 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix

You can watch the new "Blood on the Dance Floor" short film now on Vevo

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Blood On The Dance Floor 2017 (Official Video) by Michael Jackson on VEVO.

 


Elton John to be saluted with star-studded Grammy concert special, "I'm Still Standing"

Credit: Joseph GuayIn January, two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Elton John will be saluted by a variety of music stars at a Grammy tribute concert that will air as a CBS-TV special later in 2018.

Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A GRAMMY Salute will be held January 30 at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden, and will feature performances by Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sam Smith, John Legend, Miley Cyrus, Kesha and country stars Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Little Big Town. Elton also take the stage during the event to sing some of his classic tunes.

Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the concert go on sale this Monday, December 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.

"Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades," Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow says in a statement. "His creativity, dynamic presence and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community."

I'm Still Standing is the latest in a series of A GRAMMY Salute specials that have produced in recent years. Previous specials have focused on The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and The Bee Gees.

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John Oates schedules 2018 solo trek in support of upcoming album, "Arkansas"

Credit: Philip MurphyHall & Oates singer John Oates will be hitting the road solo in early 2018 to promote his forthcoming album, Arkansas. The trek currently is scheduled to kick off January 14 in Morgantown, West Virginia, and is currently scheduled to wrap up February 16 in St. Louis.

Oates also has a New Year's Eve gig lined up in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be backed at his concerts by The Good Road Band, a collective of respected Nashville session musicians who also played on Arkansas.

As previously reported, Arkansas is a collection of songs that pay homage to Oates' love of American roots music. "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues," explains Oates about the record, which will be released on February 2 on CD, vinyl and digitally.

Oates' 2018 itinerary also includes "Live at the Lake: A Weekend with John Oates," a themed vacation getaway taking place February 23-25 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee resort in Greensboro, Georgia. The three-day event will include a Q&A session, an intimate concert featuring the singer/songwriter and much more.

Here are all Oates' upcoming solo concerts:

12/31 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort - Global Event Center
1/14 -- Morgantown, WV, Mountain Stage
1/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Club Cafe
2/5 -- New York, NY, Joe’s Pub
2/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
2/8 -- Chicago, IL, Old Town School of Folk Music
2/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
2/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
2/16 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House
2/23-25 -- Greensboro, GA, Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Live at the Lake

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Listen up: Ed Sheeran, Andrea Bocelli release "Perfect Symphony" collaboration

Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran has made good on a promise to BBC Radio 1 to make something, "more for my dad's generation" -- a duet of "Perfect," partially in Italian, with opera superstar Andrea Bocelli.

"Perfect Symphony," which Ed described "just a little present for Christmas," can now be unwrapped by fans.   

Ed hopes the classed-up "Perfect" will ensure that he'll achieve the honor of scoring the U.K. "Christmas number one," which is a big deal across The Pond.

Previously, Ed released a duet version of "Perfect" with Beyonce, which topped the Billboard Hot 100.

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