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Engelbert

Neil Diamond is not the only classic pop crooner with a new album...

"Engelbert Calling" is the new album and the first ever duets album from the legendary and incomparable Engelbert Humperdinck. Known as the world's greatest balladeer, this collection is his 80th album release, arriving more than 45 years after his massive hit "Release Me" reached #1 on the pop charts and created a worldwide frenzy. This new album comes as a celebration of his remarkable career which has spanned nearly five decades and includes sales of more than 150 million albums world-wide, including 24 certified with platinum status and 63 with gold.

The album was produced by Grammy award winner Martin Terefe, who is best-known for his work with Jason Mraz, James Morrison, KT Tunstall, and Mary J Blige. "Working with Engelbert is such a truly remarkable experience," Terefe stated when asked about his work with Engelbert. "He is without a doubt one of the best singers around today and brings so much other musical knowledge to the table."

"He is one of the sweetest and nicest people I have ever worked with," Elton John said about his experience collaborating with Engelbert. "We had a great time singing together and he is so quick, what I call a 'one-take singer,' 76 years old and still sounding as good as ever!"

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to partner up with some of the best artists in the history of music." Engelbert said about the album. "To continue putting out successful albums after 45 years in the business is a real testament to the loyalty of my great fans and this album is a 'thank you' to all of them."

Engelbert Calling is available today at music retailers nationwide and online.

Tracklist and album stream via Spotify, below...

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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:

After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.
More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.

First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.

A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.

And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.

Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...

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Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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