Keith Urban shared a photo via social media of the track list for his upcoming 11th studio album, The Speed of Now: Part I, which drops on Sept. 18. Keith’s upcoming album includes his 2019 single, “We Were,” which features vocals from one of the tune’s songwriters, Eric Church. Also in a twist on the photo of the album’s 16 tracks, the names of the two artists featured on Track 1, “Out of the Cage,” are redacted – as well the artist collaborating on Track 2, “One Too Many,” which is billed as a duet.
Keith also has released another new song from The Speed of Now: Part 1 titled “Change Your Mind, which you can listen to at the link: here
The Speed of Now: Part I will follow Keith’s 2018 album, Graffiti U, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
Lionsgate officially announced a new movie set in the Dirty Dancing universe, with Jennifer Grey coming back and executive producing. Jonathan Levine, who most recently directed Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in last year’s Long Shot will serve as director on the new project, and the script will be written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the duo behind 2019’s Five Feet Apart and The Curse of La Llorona.
Dirty Dancing was released in 1987, and it immediately became a smash hit, earning $214 million worldwide on just a $5 million budget. The movie won the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Grey and Swayze were also nominated for Golden Globes.
The Dirty Dancing franchise has been revisited previously: in 2004, Lionsgate produced Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and in 2017, the studio also produced a made-for-TV remake, which aired on ABC and featured Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger.
Simon Cowell has undergone surgery after having an accident involving an electric bike. The America’s Got Talent creator is said to have broken his back when trying out a new electric bike at his home in Malibu, California.
A rep released a statement saying that Cowell, 60, is “doing fine.” Cowell’s spokesperson said: “Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family. He hurt his back and was taken to hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”
Cowellwill be skippingAmerica’s Got Talent‘s first two live shows this week as he recovers from surgery. Cowell will be MIA duringAGT‘s inaugural live episodes on Tuesday Aug. 11 and Wednesday Aug. 12.
Cowell and his his partner Lauren Silverman have a six-year-old son named Eric together.
Queen + Adam Lambert are releasing a special limited-edition CD and seven-inch vinyl versions of their quarantine track “You Are The Champions” to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.
You Are The Champions” was available for download in April, but is now available on CD and vinyl formats. Only 3,000 copies of “You Are The Champions” will be made and they will be numbered. The limited-edition music will only be made available through Queen’s online store.
The money raised from the sale of the song will again go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization powered by the United Nations Foundation to support frontline workers. Both Queen and Adam Lambert are waiving all of their royalties from the sales of this single and are donating all revenues they receive from the sales of this single.
Tom Morello has released “You Belong to Me,” a previously unissued song from his solo project The Nightwatchman.
The track mentions Nat Turner, who led a 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. Morello wrote in a statement of the song: “Our present is tethered to our past. The overseer’s whip & noose of history are today echoed in the policeman’s baton & pistol. I had a very clear idea I wanted to express with the song & the video and that is: Sometimes, enough is enough.”
Morello has released four albums as The Nightwatchman, including his most recent, 2011’s World Wide Rebel Songs. He has toured and recorded with supergroup Prophets of Rage and released his 2018 solo LP, The Atlas Underground.
Take a listen to “You Belong To Me” at the video link: here.
Kane Brown teamed with a group of U.S. military veterans to record a new version of his No. 1 hit, “Homesick.”
For every stream of “Homesick (Veterans Version),” The Crown Royal Purple Bag Project will pack one bag to be donated as a care package to non-profit Packages From Home and will donate $1 to the Minority Veterans of America (up to $100,000). Since 2010, Crown Royal has worked with Packages From Home as a national charity partner supporting their purpose of sending thanks to troops overseas.
“Homesick” topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart in March 2020. The single is featured on Kane’s 2018 album, Experiment. The new remix features vocals from Generald Wilson, Retired Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Navy; J.W. Cortés, Retired Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marines; and Sal Gonzalez, Retired Lance Corporal, U.S. Marines.
Listen to “Homesick (Veterans Version)” at the link: here
Candyman director Nia DaCosta has been tapped to helm the Captain Marvel sequel starring Brie Larson. DaCosta will be the first African-American woman to direct a movie in the Marvel Universe.
Captain Marvel debuted in March 2019, grossing $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide. Larson, who also appeared as the character in Avengers: Endgame, will return as the titular character. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed and co-wrote the first Captain Marvel. The new film will take place in the present day after the first one took place in the 1990s.
DaCosta’s Candyman reboot was originally slated to hit theaters this summer but was delayed until Oct. 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s unclear when filming of Captain Marvel 2 is expected to begin, but the script has been completed.
Sony and TriStar Pictures have won a bidding war for I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a biopic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston. The film will be released Thanksgiving of 2022. Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten will pen the script, which will be directed by Stella Meghie. The movie also has the full support of Whitney‘s estate.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody is “meant to cover her prime as a performer, including her work on The Bodyguard and her legendary performance of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, while alluding to her tragic death in 2012. The film will also feature many of Houston’s hit songs.”
Clive Davis is producing the film, along with Pat Houston on behalf of Whitney’s estate. Clive said in a statement: “From all my personal and professional experience with Whitney from her late teenage years to her tragic, premature death, I know the full Whitney Houston story has not yet been told. I am so glad that Anthony McCarten has committed to a no holds barred, musically rich screenplay that finally reveals the whole Whitney whose vocal genius deeply affected the world while she bravely battled the demons that were to be her undoing.”
Black Sabbath have announced details of a new edition of the band’s 1970 classic Paranoid. The super-deluxe version of Paranoid is being released to mark the album’s 50th anniversary, and will now be available as a 5LP set. The release marks their first official outing on vinyl.
The album is also accompanied by a hardbound book featuring interviews with Ozzy Osborne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, as well as photos, memorabilia, a poster, and a replica of the Paranoid tour program. A 4CD set is also available.