Around this time of year John Lennon’s 1971 song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” becomes one of the most-covered songs on radio… but we’ve got a promising one here with some strong connections to the original. Yoko Ono sings on this new cover of the Lennon track, which is a pretty solid qualification to lead with.
Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers headlining venues with upward of 10,000 seats. But while superstars and baby bands from Nashville work their way across America, a few insiders have a caution flag at the ready.
Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with Spotify: Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor's head of music, who called the ubiquity of free, ad-supported streaming music services "a f---ed-up, torturous thing for 15 years," at Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards on Thursday (Nov. 20).
The Graduate would still have been a classic film if Nichols had found some other artist to become the face of its soundtrack, but the marriage between movie and music in this instance was so flawless that imagining a hypothetical separation is virtually impossible.
On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney's Aug. 14 show at Candlestick, billed as the venue's last major event.