Today 06:17 AM

Lamont Dozier R.I.P.

It's being reported that Lamont Dozier has passed ... awful if true ...
Anyone here confirm this news ?Attachment 19815
Today 06:24 AM

How does an album reach number 1 or go gold in digital age ?

As an old timer, I no longer know how the Billboard Charts are tabulated with physical formats barely available and the switch to streaming and downloads. Also, Billboard used to list all the gold and platinum records issued every month and it was a long monthly list. Now there are barely any issued.

In another thread, it was mentioned that Beyonce's album reached number one this week.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart [[dated Aug. 13) with 2022’s biggest week by a woman – and the second-largest week of the year overall – as the set launches atop the chart with 332,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 4, according to Luminate.

What is an equivalent album unit? Also, I never heard of Luminate, but just googled and it is the successor of Soundscan [[later Nielson Soundscan)

Soundscan used to be hooked up to many retail stores and provided those sales along with other info to Billboard.

So I guess my question is "How does Luminate determine 'the equialant of 332,000 album units'?"

Also, does the RIAA still issue gold and platinum records for physical units sold or do they also use the same formula of "equivalent units sold"

Just a curious old mind asking :confused:
Today 06:30 AM

NY Times: 'America Has a Problem and Beyoncé Ain’t It'

I love, Love, LOVE when a major r&b release gets this kind of rave review in this kind of major news outlet.

Today 06:19 AM

William Bell to release new music

From SoulTracks.com-
Legendary Soul Vocalist William Bell will release his first new music since 2016's Grammy Award winning album This Is Where I Live.
The lead single entitled "One Day Closer To Home" will be released near the end of August 2022 followed by a full length album in September, both on the Wilbe Records imprint.
The song, which serves as the title track for the album, is about true freedom and going home in every sense of the word. It's a "back to basics" formula musically with great lyrics, melody and ultimately a superb vocal performance by Bell. Whether it's labeled Soul, Blues or Americana, this is a definitive lesson in song craftsmanship.
Having taught songwriting master classes, the new single exemplifies William's main point when teaching: "Tell a story that is relatable to daily life."
The forthcoming "One Day Closer To Home" does just that.

Today 04:15 AM

Sony Music, Michael Jackson Estate Settle Lengthy Lawsuit Over Disputed Songs

From RollingStone.com-
Eight years after a Michael Jackson fan sued Sony and the singer’s estate over posthumous recordings the label released that were allegedly sung by an impersonator, the lawsuit has finally been settled.
In 2014, Jackson fan Vera Serova filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony Music, the Jackson estate, and producers claiming that three songs on the 2010 LP Michael — “Breaking News,” “Keep Your Head Up,” and “Monster” — were sold as Jackson recordings, even though Jackson’s own children, friends, and fellow artists believed they were sung by someone else.
“It’s not Michael Jackson,” Will.i.am told Rolling Stone in 2010. “I heard the song that’s on the Internet now [‘Breaking News‘] and I’m like, ‘That ain’t Mike.’ He wasn’t there to do his micro-Michael-managing that he did with ‘Thriller’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ It disgusts me.”

At the time of the album’s release — Michael was the first posthumous LP following the King of Pop’s 2009 death — the Jackson estate said that sound experts determined that the voice on the in-question recordings was Jackson’s; however, in December 2017, Sony Music and the estate conceded that the songs could potentially not feature Jackson’s vocals. Soon after, their defense switched from proving the validity of the vocals to whether the album’s liner notes — which listed Jackson as the singer — are protected by the First Amendment.

Earlier this summer, Sony Music pulled the three disputed Michael songs from streaming services, hinting that the eight-year lawsuit over the tracks — which wound its way through California courts before the Covid-19 pandemic paused its progress — was reaching a conclusion, which it finally did Wednesday when both sides agreed to end the lawsuit with a settlement. The details of the settlement were not revealed.
“Regardless of how the Supreme Court may rule, the parties to the lawsuit mutually decided to end the litigation, which would have potentially included additional appeals and a lengthy trial court process,” Sony and the estate said in a joint statement to Billboard. While both parties didn’t admit that the songs were faked, removing them from streaming services offered “the simplest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all.”
Even before Michael’s release, the authenticity of the three songs — and, in particular, the first posthumous single “Breaking News” — was disputed, as they emerged from the recording session Jackson allegedly had in New Jersey in 2007 with producer Eddie Cascio. While Cascio defended the recordings, Jackson’s son Prince said the vocals on the three tracks didn’t match what he heard his father sing. Despite lingering questions over the Cascio recordings, they were still completed and released as part of the 10-song Michael.
08-09-2022 07:16 PM

Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73

From BestClassicBands.com-
Olivia Newton-John, the beloved singer, actress and philanthropist, died today [[August 8, 2022). The news was of the passing of the British-born, Australian actress, at age 73, was shared by her husband, John Easterling, on her social media pages just after 3 p.m. ET. “Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning,” he wrote, “surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”The note continued: “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund [[ONJFoundationFund.org).”
The internet began “blowing up” in late December 2018 that Newton-John had “weeks to live.” [[Similarly, on Sept. 10, 2018, there were reports that she had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. The beloved singer was, indeed, battling stage 4 cancer in her back. As Best Classic Bands previously reported, Newton-John had postponed a tour that year due to the cancer diagnosis.)

On January 2, 2019, she struck back at the end-of-year tabloid stories to proclaim in a video greeting that “the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The singer, actress and author, looking great, wished all of her fans “the happiest, healthiest 2019 possible,” thanking them for their love and support.

In a September 9, 2018, profile on the Australian TV program, Sunday Night, the beloved singer sounded confident that she will beat it once again. “I believe I will win over it,” she said. The only revelation is that Newton-John acknowledged for the first time that cancer was discovered in her shoulder in 2013.
On Sept. 16, Newton-John cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Wellness Walk and Research Run in Melbourne, Australia.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. The singer, who turned 73 on September 26, 2021, wrote a new memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’.
Newton-John had announced on May 30, 2017 that the back pain that caused her to postpone the first half of her 2017 concert tour, had turned out to be a reoccurrence of breast cancer. The singer, actress, author and humanitarian is best known for her five #1 pop hits as well as her starring role in the movie musical Grease opposite John Travolta.
Newton-John, though born in England was a longtime Australian resident. She broke through with her 1974 #1 smash, “I Honestly Love You,” which earned the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and followed it with four other chart-toppers: 1975’s “Have You Never Been Mellow,” her 1978 duet from Grease with John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want,” 1980’s “Magic” and 1981’s “Physical.”

Newton-John was an advocate for breast cancer research as well as humanitarian causes. She earned four Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981.


Ralph Terrana

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