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From Rolling Stone-
Sincerity – that’s Bob Dylan’s present to you on his first-ever Christmas album. Based on a preview of six tracks from Christmas in the Heart – a set of traditional hymns and popular holiday songs to be released October 13th – held at the Sony Music offices this week, Dylan truly means it when he gets to the famous closing line of “The Christmas Song.” co-written by singer Mel Tormé and first cut in 1946 by Nat King Cole: “Although it’s been said many times many ways, Merry Christmas to you.” Against a restrained country-saloon-band arrangement, Dylan’s dirt-road larynx smooths out into a low warming tenor wishing you the top o’ the season.
Dylan produced the album under his pseudonym Jack Frost (very appropriate this time around) and recorded it with his touring band and some guests, including male and female chorales and Los Lobos accordionist David Hidalgo, who played all over Dylan’s last album, Together Through Life. The accordion is, in fact, the driving instrument on “Must Be Santa,” which Dylan takes at hyper-polka speed, with a spiked-eggnog exuberance in the backing vocals. “The Little Drummer Boy” combines the dusted-roots quality of Together Through Life and the haunted flair of his 1989 album, Oh Mercy, with prominent drum rolls and a wall of singing angels behind him. The Jordanaires-like male harmonies in “Here Comes Santa Claus” add some holiday Elvis to the barn-dance gait. A long Hawaiian steel-guitar flourish starts the palm trees swaying in “Christmas Island,” and Dylan puts extra church in “O Come All Ye Faithful” by singing the first verse in the original Latin (”Adeste fideles . . .”).
Dylan, who opens a fall U.S. tour October 4 in Seattle, recently completed a video for “Must Be Santa” and is hoping Christmas in the Heart will be a gift that keeps on giving. He has pledged all of his American royalties from the record, now and forever, to Feeding America, a program that provides meals for the hungry. Proceeds from overseas sales will go to international charities.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
With America -- and the world -- once again being invaded by the "Fab Four," Paul McCartney recalled the scene as the Beatles landed in America on February 7th, 1964 at New York's JFK International Airport: "There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody expected. And we heard about it mid-air, as I recall, you know, 'cause there were journalists on the plane, and the pilot can ring ahead. And he said, 'Oh, you know, tell the boys there's a big crowd waiting for 'em there.' So we went, 'Wow, God, you know, this is just...Wow, we really made it."
World sales data courtesy of the Beatles' label Capitol/EMI:
United States: During the first five days of release, consumers purchased more than one million copies of remastered Beatles titles, and the individual CD and boxed sets debuted strongly across multiple Billboard charts. On Billboard's Comprehensive Albums chart, which lists the most popular album releases in the U.S., including current and catalogue titles, The Beatles set a new record for the most simultaneous titles by a single artist (18), including five of the Top 10 and nine of the Top 20.
United Kingdom: In last week's chart, The Beatles had four titles in the Top 10, seven in the Top 40 and 16 in the Top 75, including both the stereo and mono boxes, as well as 2000's Beatles 1 compilation. This set a new record for the most simultaneous albums in the UK charts according to the UK Official Charts Company. In this week's UK chart, the Beatles have 13 albums in the top 75. A further 84,000 CD's were sold last week, bringing their total sales of the remasters to more than 354,000 in 11 days and their total UK sales this decade to 6,755,000.
Japan: All 14 remastered titles and boxed sets debuted in the Top 25 of the international chart, including seven of the Top 10, led by the stereo boxed set at Number Two, the mono boxed set at number three, Abbey Road at four and Let It Be at six. Across all titles and box sets, more than 840,000 albums were purchased by consumers in Japan in the first three days of sales.
Canada: The Beatles have 15 of the Top 20 catalogue titles including all of the Top 11. The stereo boxed set is a new entry in the current albums chart at Number Four, the highest debut for a boxed set in Canada since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales. Cumulative sales across all titles were just under 160,000 over the counter.
France: All 14 of the remastered titles and boxed sets entered the latest album chart, including three in the Top 10, led by Abbey Road at number four -- a new record for the most original studio albums in the French album chart in one week.
Italy: The Beatles have 17 titles in the current chart -- all 14 remastered titles, the two boxed sets, plus the Beatles 1 compilation -- a record for the most simultaneous entries in the album chart.
Belgium: With 17 entries in the current chart -- the 14 remastered titles, two boxed sets and the Beatles 1 compilation - - the Beatles have set a new record for the most simultaneous albums in the Belgian chart as confirmed by chart compiler Ultrapop.
Sweden: The Beatles have 16 titles simultaneously in the Top 60, led by Abbey Road at Number Six. Local industry body IFPI have confirmed that this is a record for the Swedish charts.
Argentina: Seven of the current Top 10 albums are Beatles remasters, led by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at Number Two, Abbey Road at number three and The Beatles -- better known as "The White Album" -- at Number Four. All 14 re-mastered titles are in the Top 20 and the boxed sets are at numbers 73 and 74 in the chart.
Spain: Three Beatles albums plus both boxed sets debuted in the latest chart, a record for a single artist. The combined sales of the boxed sets places them at Number Four in the chart.
Poland: All 14 remastered albums and two boxed sets debuted in the current Top 100, led by Abbey Road at Six. This is a record for the highest number of simultaneous entries in the Polish chart.
Switzerland: 14 Beatles titles, including the stereo boxed set, debuted in the most recent album chart, a record for the most simultaneous titles in the album chart.
Denmark: The latest album chart includes 15 remastered Beatles titles, plus the Beatles 1 compilation, including four of the Top 20.
Australia: The Beatles have 14 titles in the current chart, including the Beatles 1 compilation.
Germany: The combined sales of the stereo and mono boxed sets, with one boxed set counted as one unit sale, places them as the Number Three best seller in the latest chart.
Austria: The current Top 75 contains 12 remastered titles plus the stereo boxed set.
Portugal: The remastered titles occupy 11 places in the current Top 30 album chart, including three of the Top 10.
Norway: The combined stereo and mono boxed sets debut at Number Three with a further 12 remastered titles in the Top 100.
Colombia: Half of the current Top 10 albums are Beatles remasters titles.
Korea: During the first sales week, the Beatles occupied 16 of the Top 17 spots in Korea's Hottracks album chart.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The list features a diverse group of acts, including David Bowie, Ray Charles, Green Day, Neil Diamond, James Brown, the Clash, and others
- The Rolling Stone Top 15 "American" Songs:
1. "American Girl" - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
2. "American Pie" - Don McLean
3. "American Woman" - the Guess Who
4. "America" - Simon & Garfunkel
5. "Born In The U.S.A." - Bruce Springsteen
6. "Living In America" - James Brown
7. "We're An American Band" - Grand Funk Railroad
8. "I'm Afraid of Americans" - David Bowie
9. "Young Americans" - David Bowie
10. "American Idiot" - Green Day
11. "I'm So Bored With The U.S.A." - the Clash
12. "America" - Neil Diamond
13. "Ashes Of American Flags" - Wilco
14. "Little America" - R.E.M.
15. "America The Beautiful" - Ray Charles