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Flashback: Elvis Presley Embraces the Fade-Out, Releases ‘Suspicious Minds’

Flashback: Elvis Presley Embraces the Fade-Out, Releases ‘Suspicious Minds’
In mid-January 1969, Elvis Presley and his entourage arrived at American Sound Studios in Memphis for a scheduled 10-day recording session with studio producer Chips Moman and Presley’s longtime RCA producer Felton Jarvis. These would be the first sessions Presley had done outside of Nashville or Hollywood since his last Sun Records sessions in 1955 and would take place just weeks after Presley’s triumphant 1968 comeback special. Aired on NBC during the Christmas season, the special fueled a renewed interest in Presley to shift his focus in the studio from movie-soundtrack
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Soul, Disco Icon Candi Staton Reveals She’s Now Cancer-Free

Soul, Disco Icon Candi Staton Reveals She’s Now Cancer-Free
A year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, the 79-year-old R&b singer Candi Staton has revealed that she’s now cancer free after months of chemotherapy and radiation. “So proud to report I’m free from cancer,” she said over the weekend, sharing news of her remission on her Instagram. “Thank all of you for your prayers and encouraging words. I love you all so much.”

Staton first shared news of her diagnosis in an interview with Rolling Stone last fall, shortly after the release of her last album Unstoppable,
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Candi Staton Isn’t About to Stop Now

Candi Staton Isn’t About to Stop Now
In October 2017, Candi Staton was at a Nashville recording studio, working on a new song called “The Prize Is Not Worth the Pain.” As her band stretched out the disco-funk tune into an extended jam, the singer began improvising phrases and one-liners. At the very end, Staton eventually arrived at the hard, declarative truth she had been working toward the whole time:

“I am somebody,” she growled with a preacher’s conviction, “all by myself.”

When Mark Nevers, Staton’s producer, heard her sing that line, a lightbulb went on.
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Review: Will Oldham Flips Through His Backpages on ‘Songs of Love and Horror’

This unplugged set is the audio companion to Oldham’s new book of the same name – a compendium of lyrics to over 200 songs he’s written for Palace Brothers, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and other recording projects over the past 25 years. If he’s not a household name, he’s an indie rock icon and touchstone for 21st century folkies of a certain slant; he’s covered by Johnny Cash, written for soul vet Candi Staton, collaborated with Bjork, and sung backup with numerous top-shelf singer-songwriters. And like other song-poet heavyweights,
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Hear Steven Tyler’s Rollicking ‘Brown Sugar’ Cover For All-Star ‘Muscle Shoals’ Comp

Hear Steven Tyler’s Rollicking ‘Brown Sugar’ Cover For All-Star ‘Muscle Shoals’ Comp
Last April, Steven Tyler took a brief respite from his solo tour to cut a track at the historic Florence Alabama Music Enterprises (Fame) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. For a new compilation called Muscle Shoals…Small Town, Big Sound, Tyler put his own bedraggled spin on one of the studio’s most famous exports: “Brown Sugar.”

The Rolling Stones originally recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at the end of 1969, the height of the prolific town’s golden age, for the 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Tyler replaced Mick Jagger’s taut,
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Review: Soul Veteran Candi Staton’s Amiable ‘Unstoppable’

Review: Soul Veteran Candi Staton’s Amiable ‘Unstoppable’
Candi Staton’s career has been full of zigzags since she released her first solo album, I’m Just a Prisoner, in 1970. She was an overlooked southern soul singer, working with producer Rick Hall of Muscle Shoals fame; a dancefloor killer in both discos (“Young Hearts Run Free”) and European clubs (the Source collaboration “You Got the Love”); a gospel singer with a spot in the Christian Music Hall of Fame; and a cause celebre for indie rockers when working with aging soul singers became a fad in the 2000s.
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Spotify Announces Dramatic Upgrade for Free Service to Increase Paying Subscribers

  • Variety
Spotify announced a series of improvements to its free tier at a press event on Tuesday that it says will help boost the number of users on its paid premium service. These include a wide variety of enhancements to its mobile app, including more control over how to explore, more access to playlists and other music, greater recommendations when building playlists, and a reduction in the amount of data it uses. This also includes smaller embellishments such as proactively caching songs that listeners are likely to want to hear based on previous listening habits.

“We know it’s the only way we’re going to achieve our goal of getting billions of fans” on the service, said Gustav Soderstrom, chief R&D officer. “We’re doing this because we know it will drive growth: the better our free experience the more likely it is that free users will become premium users.
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Tom Hardy Writes the Most Touching Tribute to His Late Dog Woody

Tom Hardy Writes the Most Touching Tribute to His Late Dog Woody
Tom Hardy posted a touching tribute on his Tumblr page honoring the friendship he shared with his dog Woody, who passed away earlier this week. Properly named Woody Woodstock Yamaduki Hardy, the dog passed away at the age of 6 due to an aggressive form of polymyositis, an inflammatory muscle disease. Along with a 10-minute video of photos of the two best friends set to Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free," Tom also posted a heartfelt letter to his best friend. The candid letter talked about the many lives Woody impacted, what he personally meant to Tom and the story of how the two met. "I first saw Woodstock running across a turnpike we were turning onto late one dark night in...
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Strictly Come Dancing: week five – as it happened

Did Ore Oduba continue his run of miraculous moves? And was this the week Ed Balls bowed out? We followed all the action

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So that’s It for another Strictly week! Thank you as ever for your brilliant comments, they make my week. I’ll be back next week for the Halloween Special, so join me at 6.45pm next Saturday and we’ll get our freak on. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so come and say hi. Have a brilliant week! Hx

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Lesley and Anton say lovely things about each other, and dance their final dance like your drunk aunt and uncle at a wedding. Just as it should be.

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Craig saves Daisy and Aljaz, as does Darcey. Bruno does likewise, and Len would have done the same. So Lesley And Anton are going home.

Ah, I’m sorry to see Lesley go,
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TVLine Mixtape Throwback Edition: Your Favorite Songs From Grey's, Buffy, Gossip Girl, Friday Night Lights and More

TVLine Mixtape Throwback Edition: Your Favorite Songs From Grey's, Buffy, Gossip Girl, Friday Night Lights and More
It doesn’t have to be Thursday to throwback to some of the best music moments in TV history. So for this TVLine Mixtape, let’s go way back.

What follows is a collection of songs from the ghosts of TV past, complete with artist and album information — and a Spotify playlist — in case you want to add them to your own collection.

We picked songs that instantly remind us of our favorite characters, couples and series, but we want to hear your favorites too. So hit the comments with songs that stuck with you from your favorite shows. And
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Don Diablo And Khrebto’s Got The Love Has Got Nothing On The Original

Remember that time Don Diablo blew us all away with an amazing new remix? No? Oh, that’s right, neither do I.

It seems like every Edm artist under the sun has remixed something by Florence + the Machine over the past few years, but very rarely do any of them do it justice. The most recent producer to step up to the plate is Don Diablo, who teamed up with new kid on the block Khrebto for this entirely forgettable rendition of “You’ve Got The Love” (which itself is a cover of a song of its namesake by The Source featuring Candi Staton).

Curiously, no reference is even made to the source material on the SoundCloud upload, even though a pitch-shifted version of the iconic vocal in its near entirety sets the tone of the entire track. What Don Diablo and Khrebto do bring to the conversation is an
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Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 70

Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 70
Bobby Womack, a colorful and revered R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like "Across 110th Street," ''If You Think You're Lonely Now" and "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much" captured the imagination of future stars in rock 'n' roll and R&B. "He had a
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Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 70

Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 70
Bobby Womack, a colorful and revered R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like "Across 110th Street," ''If You Think You're Lonely Now" and "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much" captured the imagination of future stars in rock 'n' roll and R&B. "He had a
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Win: Now That’s What I Call Running 2014

To celebrate the upcoming release of the Now That’s What I Call Running 2014! CD on Monday 10th March, we’re giving 3 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the opportunity to win a copy of the compilation album.

After success with Now Running in 2012, Now That’s What I Call Music has is back with Now Running 2014, just as lent begins and people start to think a little bit more about shedding the pounds they’ve picked up over the Christmas period (and failed to shift with that underused brand new gym membership).

Need some motivation for your early morning run? From warm up through to warm down, three CDs of high energy music to accompany your workout. Now Running 2014 is the only album you will need to get you going. The Perfect album to tackle any park or road with including hits from Ke$ha, Pink, Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding.

To enter the competition,
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Exclusive Poster: Muscle Shoals

  • HeyUGuys
Sundance 2013 kicks off in Utah next week and among the multitudes of world premieres is Muscle Shoals.

Muscle Shoals is a music documentary and is the first feature from Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier. It tells the story of a city in the state of Alabama that is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music and features candid interviews and live performances with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Cliff, Keith Richards among many others.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded Fame Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies,
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Another Great Album from Chris Smither

Chris Smither: Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds)

Surprisingly, this is the first album in Smither's nearly five-decade career to consist entirely of his own songs. It includes new versions of two older ones, both of them dark. The oldest, "I Feel the Same," is a concisely heart-wrenching breakup song that's been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Candi Staton, Esther Phillips, and more, but sounds best in Smither's bleak. "Every Mother's Son," about vigilante terrorists, is even more chilling: "You know you made your son Joseph a dangerous man, / He's gone to town and bought himself a gun [….] Vengeance is mine, he said, come join the fun, / He looked more like a Judas on the run."

Theoretically it's the last song on the album, but -- as though he didn't want to go out on such a downer -- there's a hidden bonus track, a hotel-room rendition of, actually, a third oldie,
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David Gest and Patsy Palmer to have magic birthday party

David Gest and Patsy Palmer are celebrating their birthdays together with a magic-themed party on Friday night (11.05.12). The producer and the 'EastEnders' actress - who are close friends - will celebrate turning 59 and 40 respectively at a 'Music & Magic Ball' which will feature a special show by magician Dynamo and a DJ set by birthday girl Patsy, who has just took a break from her role as Bianca in the BBC One soap. There will also be performances from 12 of the biggest-selling soul musicians of all-time, including 'You Got The Love' singer Candi Staton, legendary Motown act Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Peabo Bryson - who sang on Disney tracks 'A Whole New World (Aladdin's
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Candi Staton: 'Wagner sounds like a vampire'

Candi Staton: 'Wagner sounds like a vampire'
Candi Staton has hit out at Wagner Carrilho's cover of her track 'You Got The Love'. The soul singer told X magazine that she "didn't like" Carrilho's take on the song, which he performed at the Judges' Houses stage of the competition. "I thought it was unusual," she said. "His voice is so weird. He's got a very shaky vibrato. He sounded a bit like a vampire." She continued: "He brought some emotion to (more)
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Christmas specials: TV fakery at the height of summer

All those cosy television treats bubbling over with seasonal cheer are, in fact, filmed months earlier

Women are flapping their bare upper arms about like they're in Ibiza and the smell of burning meat fills the air from 5pm everyday. It's finally summer. But for some, 'tis the season to don woolly pullies and start filming the entertainment you'll be enjoying this coming festive season. It's almost worse than knowing there's no Father Christmas, knowing that all those cosy television treats bubbling over with seasonal cheer are, in fact, filmed in the height of summer.

Giles Coren and Sue Perkins are, as we speak, donning reindeer jumpers and bobble hats to film the Christmas special of their new lifestyle project, in which they attempt to live self-sufficiently like Tom and Barbara Good from wondrous 1970s sitcom The Good Life. As Coren put it in a recent Twitter update: "wrapping presents
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Edwyn Collins to make music comeback

Edwyn Collins to make music comeback
Edwyn Collins has recorded his first song since suffering from a stroke in 2005. The former Orange Juice star has written a track called 'I'm Feeling Lucky', which is included on the forthcoming Mavis album. The record, which is inspired by soul singer Mavis Staples, also features songs by Candi Staton, Sarah Cracknell and Cerys Matthews. Collins's 19-year-old son William plays a lead guitar solo (more)
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