Monday, May 12, 2014

Carol Light has released the 37th anniversary button for Elvis Week - Act Fast!


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lisa Marie Presley hated to cancel tour, vows she WILL be back!

Lisa Marie Presley is finally speaking out about cancelling her tour. A week after TMZ broke the story, the singer tweeted this message, saying she hated having to cancel the tour but it got too bad. And she promises, She WILL be back!

Sugar Man- Copyright and fraud lawsuit filed against Clarence Avant

Two years after Oscar-winning film, Searching for Sugar Man raised questions about royalties for Sixto Rodriguez, a copyright and fraud lawsuit has been filed against Clarence Avant, who signed the Detroit singer to a record deal more than four decades ago. Rodriguez is not a direct party in the complaint, filed in Detroit federal court by Gomba Music, which is owned by longtime Michigan music executive Harry Balk. But the musician does stand to benefit if Gomba is successful.

Speaking with the Detriot Free Press, Avant denied wrongdoing. “I think I’ve been pretty fair to Rodriguez all along,” said Avant, 83. “I wish him nothing but the best, because I think he deserves it. I admire the nerve.” 

Gomba said it had an exclusive songwriting deal with Rodriguez that was willfully ignored by Avant, whose Los Angeles-based Venture Records released the musician’s “Cold Fact” album in 1970. Gomba holds songwriting copyrights for those Rodriguez songs, the complaint said.

The lawsuit contends that Avant instead devised a “fraudulent scheme” to credit the album’s compositions to others — including the musician’s brother — rather than to Rodriguez himself. The result, said the complaint, is that Gomba — and by extension Rodriguez — failed to benefit from the album’s eventual success in apartheid-era South Africa, where it may have sold 500,000 copies. The suit seeks unspecified statutory and punitive damages.

“While settlement discussions were begun, they dragged on unreasonably,” the complaint reads. Reached in Los Angeles, Avant said he was en route to speak with his attorneys. He said he had not read the complaint and was surprised to hear that it cites previous settlement discussions. “Let the lawyers work it out now,” he said. “If (the lawsuit) says they were in conversations ... I will certainly want to settle it, get it over with. I don’t want to be bothered with all this (BS). I really don’t. I’ll tell them today let’s talk to their lawyer and get it over with.” 

Asked about the songwriting credits on “Cold Fact” — including the name “Jesus Rodriguez”Avant said, “I only did what they sent me, and we put it out that way.” Avant continued: “He named himself that, I guess. I really don’t know. Why would I name somebody? (Rodriguez) was the one signed to Harry Balk, trying to get out of the deal. You wait 40-something years to bring it up? Kind of strange.” 

The lawsuit contends that Avant continues to infringe copyright by licensing “Cold Fact” for sale. Propelled by the success of the“Sugar Man,”  album has sold more than 198,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Avant said tonight that he is frustrated at being cast as a villain to Rodriguez, whom he describes as a talented musician who “should have been huge.” “I think I’ve really been painted as the bad guy,” he said. “It really bugs me. I think I’ve been the good guy. ... It really bugs me that I have to go through this, when I’m the one guy who believed in him.” Gomba’s Balk, who worked with Motown Records in the 1960s and managed an array of Detroit acts, “did not become aware of the fraud perpetrated on him and his company” until the film’s release, the lawsuit says.

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Source: Detriot Free Press - Brian McCollum

Chip Esten lives the good life!

On May 7th, 2014 Chip Esten performed a free concert in Washington, D.C., as part of a three day event hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), centered around a critical call-to-action: Leading the Way to a World without Blood Cancers. Spry Living chatted with the Southern heartthrob to learn more about his daughter’s battle with leukemia, working on the set of Nashville and more.

SL: What was it like having a young child with cancer? 

CE: A couple of weeks before Addie’s diagnosis, we had been sitting in a hospital waiting room for an unrelated health issue. There had been a group of pediatric chemo patients sitting in the waiting room with their parents. The children had that distinct chemo “look” about them: they had lost their hair; their faces were swollen. As an actor, what struck me most, however, was that it wasn’t all morose and dramatic. The children were playing with the waiting room toys and books; the parents were casually talking to one another. I was blown away by their strength. I remember thinking, “Wow—that’s a club that nobody wants to be in.” And then a couple of weeks later, of course, after Addie was diagnosed, we found ourselves in that same club. And it’s sort of like, you know, off you go. You’ve just got to put your head down and start walking, because that’s the only thing you can do. 

SL: How has this experience changed you as a father? 

CE: I was surprised by all of the things that fell away so quickly. In other words, the things that I had thought were so important—those petty concerns—were suddenly meaningless in the face of my daughter’s illness. I also learned how to pray. I always thought I knew how to pray, but I never really truly prayed until Addie got sick. I prayed that I’d be able to dance with Addie at her wedding. Another one of the wonderful blessings that comes out of an experience like this is that you look at normal things completely differently. You’re so much more grateful for those everyday little moments. After Addie got better, I remember going outside in the backyard and watching her swinging on the swing set with a friend, and just the sheer joy I felt from watching that act of normalcy. Or, whenever she would get a soccer trophy in a soccer tournament, it seemed like the most beautiful trophy I’d ever seen! It’s not just this way with Addie—it’s the same with all of my kids, too. You appreciate those little moments more.

SL: You relocated your family from L.A. to Nashville. How do you like Music City so far? 

CE: We love it! For the first year of the show, I was living in Nashville and my family was back in LA. As much as I love doing the show, it was really, really difficult having my wife and kids halfway across the country. But I instantly fell in love with the city and knew that I would bring my family to live here if ABC did a second season of Nashville. I told them, “You’re going to like it here.” And, lo and behold, they love it. We miss our L.A. friends, but we keep in touch with them.

SL: How would you say that you are similar to your onscreen character, Deacon?

CE: Well, he cares. He loves the people he loves deeply. He’s always battling between the man he wants to be and the man he turns out to be. I think most people can relate to that—to wanting to lift yourself up and be that better person. This season, Deacon finds out that he has a daughter, and this discovery inspires him to become a better man. At one point on the show, Deacon sings a song that’s called, “A Life’s That Good." The song goes: “Sitting here tonight, by the firelight, reminds me that I already have more than I should. I don’t need fame, no one to know my name. At the end of the day, Lord I pray, I have a life that’s good.” And then it goes on to say: “Two arms around me, heaven to ground me, and a family that always calls me home. Four wheels to get there, enough love to share, and a sweet, sweet song at the end of the day. Lord, I pray I have a life that’s good.” The song's message really resonated with me; before Addie's diagnosis, my idea of the "good life" would have included a lot of petty things, but now I think I have a better perspective.

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Imelda May talks about her new album, Tribal - VIDEO

ABC's Nashville renewed for season 3

ABC's "Nashville" has been renewed. The news was announced by Ben Sherwood, co-president of Disney ABC Television Group, at 11:36 p.m. CT.

"Congratz and welcome back for Season 3 to @Nashville_ABC," he tweeted, naming stars Connie Britton, Charles Esten, creator Callie Khouri and "the whole Nashville team and loyal fans." 

According to a tweet from the show's transmedia producer, Geoffrey Colo, the show will return for a full 22-episode season.

"Nashville" had been considered "on the bubble" between renewal and cancellation throughout its second season. The Nielsen company reported that it has averaged 4.5 million viewers in season 2, which is a 9 percent decrease from its first season.

But as a musical force and multmedia brand, it has continued to grow. The show released its fourth soundtrack album with Big Machine Records earlier this month, with more than 600,000 total albums sold to date. The top-selling digital track — one of dozens offered on iTunes — has been downloaded more than 190,000 times.

The question of where the show will be produced also remains up in the air. Last month, sources revealed to The Tennessean that executives involved with the show had explored the option of moving the production to other states, scouting locations in Texas and Georgia. In its first two seasons, "Nashville" has been shot exclusively in and around Music City, both on location and an East Nashville soundstage.

Its future as a local product may depend on economic incentives from state and local government. For season 2, the state contributed $12.5 million, Metro gave $500,000 and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. added $125,000.

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Source: The Tennessean

My Baby won't stop my rocking! says Imelda May - VIDEO

“I love my baby, she has changed my whole life, my priority is her,” says May, 39. “Violet is the boss at the moment. She is coming into the Terrible Twos and telling me what to do. But I still want to rock out. I still have my own personality. I’m not going to lose my own self.”

Imelda May is no X-Factor poppet, she is a proper musician who has been slogging away since she was a teenager, two decades ago. For years she worked day shifts in a care home and sang in pubs and clubs at night. Now she duets with Bono, swaps baby photos with Sir Elton John and sings for the Queen (drawing salty praise from the Duke of Edinburgh, but we’ll come to that). Why is it all happening for her now? “I don’t know! It’s gone mad. All I can say is I’m working hard.”

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Source - Telegraph