Eagles "A Philly Special Christmas" album on sale 1 more time – CBS Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Christmas album recorded by Eagles players, “A Philly Special Christmas,” is turning out to be one of the hottest records this holiday season.
Demand for the Christmas album featuring Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata is through the roof. Last week, the vinyl versions of the album sold out in less than two minutes.
Now the album’s organizers say they’re going to release one more batch online, starting at 9 a.m. Friday.
The only catch is the albums won’t be delivered until February.
Proceeds from the sales will go to the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, a non-profit that provides behavioral health services to children.
The Eagles holiday album is available for purchase at phillyspecialchristmas.com.
You can also stream the album starting next Friday.
First published on December 13, 2022 / 3:09 PM
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Apple Music and Spotify briefly released R. Kelly's record produced … – 9to5Mac

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Michael Potuck
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R. Kelly started serving a 30-year prison sentence earlier this year but he released his latest album today. As it turns out, the new record was published on Apple Music and Spotify for a few hours before it was taken down this afternoon.

Spotted by The Hollywood Reporter, R. Kelly’s new album that was produced in prison is titled I Admit. The disgraced artist was given his 30-year prison sentence after being found guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering plus a conviction for producing child pornography.
That made it surprising when Apple and Spotify hosted the album this morning. However, it’s possible it got through in an automated process before being spotted as both companies removed I Admit from their services hours later.
The Hollywood Reporter did not hear back from Apple, Spotify, or R Kelly’s lawyer when asked for a comment on the situation. Meanwhile, the Sony label, Legacy Recordings behind the record simply said it had “no comment.”
As far as the content of the album, THR notes it includes both old and new tracks with some discussing the sexual abuse claims he was convicted on:
I Admit included the 19-minute track, “I Admit It,” which Kelly released in 2018 on SoundCloud. This time, the song was broken up into three parts to close the album, as he sings about the sexual abuse claims against him. Kelly’s album featured song titles like “Last Man Standing,” “Where’s Love When You Need It,” “Freaky Sensation” and “Air.” The album also included the upbeat, dance-flavored songs “I Got It” and “Good Old Days.” On “Planet” he sings about the current state of the world: “Police fighting people, people fighting police/Everytime I look up children dying on the TV.”
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R. Kelly releases new album from prison – Los Angeles Times

R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B singer currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges, has managed to release a new album, provocatively titled “I Admit It.”
The 13-song album, credited to Kelly as the main writer with “D. Johnson” as producer,” covers usual Kelly terrain on tracks like “I Got It” and “Good Old Days” until the final three tracks, a 19-minute long triptych where he “confesses” to relationships with fans and straying on a partner, while obliquely acknowledging and protesting his long, sordid list of sex crime convictions.
“They’re brainwashed, really? Kidnapped, really? Can’t eat, really? Real talk, that s— sound silly,” he sings on one song, referring to testimony that he ran what amounted to a sex cult.
Kelly first posted a version of those final three album tracks on Soundcloud in 2018. “I Admit It” was briefly available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify before both services pulled it down on Friday. The album is distributed by Ingrooves, which is part of Virgin Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group.
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The label credited on “I Admit It,” Legacy Recordings, is the back-catalog imprint of Sony Music. Sony dropped Kelly in 2019 following the release of the documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.” Sony said in a statement that “I Admit It” was a bootleg and not a formal release, and an attorney for Kelly told Variety that the singer isn’t responsible for the album either, and he is “having intellectual property stolen from him.”

Kelly was a fixture in pop and R&B for much of the ‘90s and 2000s, releasing hugely successful singles like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ignition (Remix),” though allegations of sexual assault and abuse of minors dogged him throughout his career until his eventual federal convictions in June. His last official release was the single “No Problems” in September 2021.
Kelly will face an additional sentencing on an Illinois child pornography conviction in February.
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Music bosses manipulated us, tried to force us to fight & stole our name – we’re back stronger than ever, s… – The Sun

AFTER a history of infighting and a revolving lineup the  original Sugababes are set for one of pop’s biggest –   and least expected – comebacks.  
Record labels are in a bidding war to snap them up after a phenomenal year that saw them shut down the Avalon field at Glastonbury as fans surged to watch them.
Having won back the rights to their name and ditched the execs they claim ordered the singers to “fight each other”, they are now doing it on their own terms.
Mutya Buena, now 37, Keisha Buchanan, 38, and Siobhan Donaghy, 38, first formed in 1998 but each left and were replaced, one by one, until a completely different trio made up the band. 
Siobhan was first to leave in 2001, claiming she was bullied, while Mutya left citing personal reasons in 2005, before Keisha said she had been forced out in 2009.
Despite the odds,  last year the girls came back with a bang, touring the country and causing chaos at Glastonbury.
This Christmas, they surprised fans by releasing their previously unreleased album, The Lost Tapes, eight years after recording it, with it rocketing to number two on the iTunes chart.
And they caused a frenzy when they announced they will be playing a show at London’s O2 Arena in September 2023.
Rather than being pop’s most volatile divas, it seems they were merely puppets,  seen as interchangeable by music execs.
Speaking in 2013, Keisha revealed how their management would stir up animosity between them.
She said: “They’d whisper to one of us: ‘You should go solo’. And to another of us: ‘So-and-so doesn’t like you.’”
And in an interview last year, Keisha claimed  producers would encourage them to “fight each other”.
She said: “There was one time when me and Mutya, we had this argument in Fulham, in a rehearsal studio . . .  and these two producers pushed us into a room together.”
“They told us to fight each other. They pushed me and Mutya into a room together and — don’t say the names — said, right, you fight each other right now. And we wouldn’t, we refused. I will never forget just standing there in tears.”
Mutya backed up her claims, saying: “I think they actually enjoyed letting us think that one of us was better than the other. People knew what to say to each one of us in private to keep it going.”
Keisha added: “I think they clocked on to the fact that it all added to the mystery, the interest in the group, so it just carried on.”
Among the hits which drew crowds away from pop megastar Billie Eilish, who was performing at Glastonbury at the same time, was Sugababe’s debut single Overload. The track, released in 2000, was a top ten hit, received rave reviews from critics and a Brit award nomination.
Back then, the self-proclaimed “moody cows” were in stark contrast to the  pop factory of shiny and smiling acts, such as S Club 7 and Steps.
In a 2013 interview, Keisha said: “Everything was so bright and fun and then we come along . . .”
Another thing that set the north London teenagers aside was that they wrote most of the songs on their debut album, One Touch.
Yet the album failed to live up to the record company’s expectations and the band was dropped in 2001.
That year, a 17-year-old Siobhan left and her sudden departure sent the rumour mill into overdrive, particularly when she gave a magazine interview claiming that Keisha was a “bully” and “made my life a living hell”. 
Siobhan later admitted she left over her own mental health battle and was diagnosed with clinical depression.
She has since said: “This is now taken seriously. It wouldn’t have been an option back then to say that and I’m just so happy that mental health is so widely discussed now.”
Both Keisha and Mutya denied there was bullying involved, with Mutya saying in 2005: “People want to believe the myth of the Sugababes — that we’re breaking up, that we’re bullying each other — so I guess they’d be disappointed if they knew the truth.”
Siobhan was replaced by Heidi Range and, after signing with  Island Records, the band scored their first number one single with Freak Like Me in 2002.
They followed it up with another No1 single Round Round and their second album Angels With Dirty Faces, which peaked at No2.
Their third album, Three, in 2003 earned  a Brit Award nomination for Best Album and they continued to churn out hit after hit.
When Mutya quit  at the height of their success, later revealing she was suffering from postnatal depression after giving birth to her daughter Thalia, now 17,  she was replaced by Amelle Berrabah. 
Feisty and outspoken, it seems efforts were made to thwart Mutya’s solo career. Speaking in August this year, she claimed she was told she “wasn’t allowed” to be near the other girls after leaving the band.
And she added: “I couldn’t perform anywhere the Sugababes were. It was very unfair. I lost out on a lot of work.”
When Keisha,  the last remaining original member,  left in 2009 reports emerged saying that Amelle quit the group after a fall out with Keisha, and when Heidi threatened to walk as well, Keisha was sacked instead.
She said in 2021: “I don’t know if people know this but I didn’t actually leave but I was replaced while still being in the band.”
The Eurovision Song Contest star Jade Ewen took her spot.
Two days after meeting her new bandmates, Jade was filming a video with them for single About A Girl. But it wasn’t a happy camp. 
Heidi confessed: “It was a difficult situation . . . The last time I saw Keisha was terrible. We didn’t speak. I’ve sent her a message but she’s not talking to me.
"She doesn’t want to know. It’s been years together with the band and it’s really hard. Really hard. Everyone’s nicknamed me Tiny Tears because I’m constantly bursting into tears.”
Meanwhile, Jade struggled to win the hearts of fans. She revealed in  2010: “The loyal fans weren’t so willing to embrace me.
“People shouted abuse at me in the street. I remember thinking, ‘Maybe I’ve made a mistake’.”
And The Sugababes’ well-oiled machine ground to a halt when, two years later, the band went on a hiatus as the remaining members pursued solo careers.
Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan have revealed it was their fans who convinced them to reunite, which they did in 2012, calling themselves Mutya Keisha Siobhan (MKS for short).
Despite being the original members of the band, they were blocked from using the Sugababes name due to trademark issues.
Siobhan said: “We only did the one album together and we knew it had great potential and this was about making sure we worked with great producers to reach that potential.”
Keisha added: “We went into the studio and we felt like the magic, I guess, was still there.”
They signed with Polydor Records, which resulted in one single Flatline, released in 2013 to critical acclaim but the record deal turned south.
And in June this year, they claimed they were “sabotaged” by music industry figures who didn’t want them to succeed after reforming.
Their album was leaked before it was officially released. Siobhan, who has a four-year-old son Ford with husband Chris McCoy, said: “Some people would say it was sabotage.”
Keisha added: “We had to go against people obstructing us. It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t fair. But we carried on. 
“We stuck together, we pushed through and we just thought, ‘We created the name ourselves and it’s part of us’.
“So we went with the name MKS because of the obstruction. 
“It was unfair because when that happens and you don’t get to explain it to the masses, it falls back on us and then the people who obstruct, they run off into the sunset.”
While the band was back together, they were determined to reclaim their brand and in 2019, they secured the legal rights to the group name again after a long-fought legal battle.
They faced another setback when they were forced to scrap their plans for a 20th anniversary reunion due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Now, with the bidding war over their reunion, it’s clear this time the Sugababes will be marching to their own beat.
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Judge rules Megan Thee Stallion's lawsuit against her record label … – NME

The rapper is suing 1501 Certified Entertainment over its definition of an album, claiming it is attempting to keep her locked in her contract
A judge has ruled that Megan Thee Stallion’s lawsuit against her record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, can proceed to trial.
The rapper – whose real name is Megan Pete – filed the lawsuit against the company in February 2022 over the label’s definition of an album, accusing it of attempting to keep her locked in her contract.
1501 Certified Entertainment claims Pete’s 2021 compilation ‘Something For Thee Hotties’ release does not constitute an album under her recording contract because it featured recordings that had previously been released and allegedly “failed to follow the proper approval procedures”.
The label filed a motion in September arguing that the complaint should not go to trial because it did not consider ‘Something For Thee Hotties’ to be an album. Pete responded earlier this month, claiming that she had complied with the terms of the deal with the release of the album.

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“Pete should be allowed her day in court to present evidence and testimony to the jury demonstrating that she has done all that was required of her in the delivery and release of her albums,” the rapper’s response said, per Rolling Stone. The star also argued that although the freestyles and skits on the record had been shared on YouTube, they had not been released in a commercially distributed format and, therefore, should not count as previously released material.
Now, a Harris County judge has rejected 1501 Certified Entertainment’s motion and ruled that the lawsuit can proceed to trial. Pete is seeking at least $1million (£829k) in damages.
NME has contacted representatives for 1501 Certified Entertainment for comment.
Meanwhile, last week (December 24), Tory Lanez was found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the feet following a party in July 2020.
Lanez was found guilty of all three charges against him, including one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and one charge of discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
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The Weeknd teases a new video for his song, 'Is There Someone Else' – UPI News


Dec. 29 (UPI) — The Weeknd released his fifth studio album, Dawn FM, in January, but it seems he’s not done with the project just yet. He teased an upcoming video for the song “Is There Someone Else” via Twitter Thursday.

When a fan asked how he felt after a year that saw the album go to #1 on the Billboard sales chart, The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, tweeted back, saying “i feel istheresomeoneelsemusicvideo-ish.”

A video for the song “Is There Someone Else” would be the sixth from the album. Lead single “Take My Breath” and the rest of the singles — “Out of Time,” “Sacrifice,” “Gasoline” and “How Do I Make You Love Me” all have previously released videos.

A new one would only cap the Weeknd’s incredibly successful 2022. During the year, he filmed The Idol, a new series for HBO starring Lily-Rose Depp, went on a world tour that had already sold $100M in tickets before the first stop, appeared at Coachella and on The Simpsons and signed a new, eight-figure recording, publishing and merchandising deal. He also contributed the song “Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” to the Avatar: The Way of Water soundtrack.

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No further announcement has been made about a video release or who might star in or direct it. In the past, Tesfaye has worked most frequently with directors Cliqua, who recently did the “Out of Time” video, Anton Tammi (“In Your Eyes”), and Grant Singer (“Try Me”).

Tesfaye has already scheduled the second half of 2023 for the Europe and Latin American legs of his After Hours Til Dawn tour. It continues in Manchester, England, in June after its run in the U.S. and Canada. Last year, just before the tour’s opener at the Rogers Center in his hometown of Toronto, he reflected on how much things had changed in the last decade.

“The journey from Scarborough to downtown and then out to the world is something I’m so grateful for,” Tesfaye told the Toronto Sun. “Going from my first Mod Club show where fans saw my face for the first time to now playing Rogers Centre 11 years later is so humbling and incredible.”

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i feel istheresomeoneelsemusicvideo-ish https://t.co/gpGDQx7xon— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) December 28, 2022
A video for the song “Is There Someone Else” would be the sixth from the album. Lead single “Take My Breath” and the rest of the singles — “Out of Time,” “Sacrifice,” “Gasoline” and “How Do I Make You Love Me” all have previously released videos.
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Thom Bell obituary – The Guardian

Songwriter and producer behind the Philadelphia sound, creating hits for the Delfonics and the Stylistics
The unusual combination of a French horn, a grand piano, an electric sitar and a glockenspiel provided the introduction to Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time), a swooning soul ballad that took the Delfonics, a Philadelphia vocal trio, to the top of the US charts in the early weeks of 1970, selling a million copies and earning them a Grammy award for the year’s best performance by an R&B duo or group. The record also established the credentials of Thom Bell, their 26-year-old producer and arranger, whose classical training lay behind his often strikingly unorthodox orchestrations.
Bell, who has died aged 79, was one of the creators of the Philadelphia sound, a style of smooth soul music that dominated the pop, R&B and disco charts throughout the 1970s. After the Delfonics, he produced hits for the Stylistics, the Spinners (known in the UK as the Detroit Spinners to avoid confusion with a popular folk group), New York City, Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Deniece Williams.
On many of his productions, Bell balanced his penchant for romantic string arrangements with subtle syncopations that served to lodge a key phrase permanently in the listener’s memory. Like Burt Bacharach, whose work he admired, he enjoyed playing with structures and textures. However mellow his records sounded, they were seldom bland and were always built to last. In 1997 Quentin Tarantino made Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) a key element of his film Jackie Brown.
Born in Philadelphia, Bell was one of 10 children of Anna and Leroy Bell, with Jamaican antecedents on his mother’s side. Anna, who worked as a stenographer, was a pianist, and Leroy, who owned a fish market and a restaurant, played accordion and Hawaiian guitar.
Their son was given a drum kit at the age of four, followed a year later by piano lessons. He studied alongside the future black classical piano star André Watts, whose parents had settled in Philadelphia, but he had also begun listening to the R&B radio stations, impressed in particular by Little Anthony and the Imperials, whose records, written and produced in New York by Teddy Randazzo, highlighted the high tenor voice of Anthony Gourdine against lush backgrounds.
Bell and a friend, Kenny Gamble, formed a duo, Kenny and Tommy, which evolved into a vocal group called the Romeos. Neither, however, was destined for a career as a performer. Having dropped out of high school to forge a career in music, Bell worked as a songwriter for a publishing company owned by the singer Chubby Checker before joining the Cameo-Parkway record label, where he served an apprenticeship as pianist, arranger and conductor.
Bell’s first hits as a producer came with the Delfonics, featuring the high tenor of William “Poogie” Hart, starting in 1968 with La-La (Means I Love You). When that partnership ended after two years, he moved on to another Philadelphia vocal group, the Stylistics, whose lead singer, Russell Thompkins Jr, also possessed a distinctive high voice. Bell and his new writing partner, the 23-year-old lyricist Linda Creed, achieved their first hit with the Stylistics’ Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), which reached the Billboard Top 40 in 1971.
It was followed by You Are Everything, Betcha By Golly Wow, I’m Stone in Love With You and Break Up to Make Up, all reaching the Top 10, often using the plangent sound of the electric sitar (played by the session guitarist Bobby Eli) as a lead instrument.
With Gamble and Leon Huff, another pianist and songwriter, Bell formed a publishing company called Mighty Three Music. In 1972 Gamble and Huff started a new label, Philadelphia International; the first of their many big hits, the O’Jays’ Back Stabbers, used Bell’s arrangement for horns and strings to add a touch of luxury to a record aimed at the dancefloor, establishing a formula that made the label a natural successor to Motown.
The Spinners, formerly a low-ranked Motown act, were the next to benefit from Bell’s expertise. On their string of hits – I’ll Be Around, Could It Be I’m Falling in Love, One of a Kind (Love Affair), Ghetto Child and Mighty Love – Bell toughened up the sound to suit the group’s two lead singers, Bobby Smith and Philippé Wynne. Their artistic highpoint was reached in 1974 with Love Don’t Love Nobody, a raw, deep-soul ballad featuring Wynne’s voice and Bell’s gospel-drenched piano, but their biggest hit came the same year when the brightly infectious Then Came You, a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, went to No 1 on the US Billboard chart.
He recorded two albums with Johnny Mathis, but sessions with Elton John in 1977 produced only three tracks, of which one, Are You Ready for Love, had to wait until a 2003 reissue before it became a hit. In 1982 Bell’s remake of It’s Gonna Take a Miracle, written by Randazzo for the Royalettes in 1965, took the singer Deniece Williams into the Top 10.
After a first marriage, to Sylvia, ended in divorce in 1984, Bell moved to Seattle with his second wife, Vanessa. They built a house overlooking Bellingham Bay, Washington State, in 1998. There, having withdrawn from the music business, he pursued his interest in food, with the aid of a library of more than 1,500 cookery books.
Vanessa survives him, along with four sons, Troy, Mark, Royal and Christopher, two daughters, Tia and Cybell, a sister, Barbara, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Thom (Thomas Randolph) Bell, record producer, arranger and songwriter, born 26 January 1943; died 22 December 2022

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FISHER and His Record Label Dominated Beatport Charts In 2022 – EDM.com

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The famed "Losing It" producer notched Beatport’s top-selling track of 2022.
FISHER had one helluva 2022.
The Australian house music superstar took to Instagram to share a hilarious, on-brand post about dominating the Beatport charts. His edit of Bob Sinclair's "World, Hold On" was the top-selling record on Beatport his year while "It's A Killa," his collaboration with Shermanology, landed in the ninth spot.
Both are impressive feats, considering Beatport has 9 million tracks in its catalog, according to Beatportal. FISHER's record label, Catch & Release, was also the tenth most-streamed imprint this year.
The famed "Losing It" producer notched Beatport's top-selling track of 2022.
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"You paved the way for so many artists that are now at the top of their game and helped shape Fabric into the club it is today."
"THANK YOU ALL!!!" he wrote. "YOUR SUPPORT FOR ME AND MY MUSIC, AND MY LABEL MEAN THE ABSOLUTE WORLD. 2023 IS GONNA BE WILD." 
2022 saw FISHER build upon his already impressive resume with a slew of enlivening club records. Earlier this summer, he released the sultry house track "Yeah The Girls," which followed up "Palm Beach Banga" and "It's A Killa." 
He also had a massive residency at Hï Ibiza this summer, fulfilling a lifelong dream to have his own headlining residency on the White Isle.
"I cannot tell you how excited I am for this," FISHER said at the time. "It has been a dream of mine to have my own headline residency in Ibiza, the home of the most epic parties in the world, so for it to finally be happening is such a buzz."
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