Reading Billy Idol's memoirs' "Dancing With Myself" is an entertaining account of the punk scene, success and life story.
Between stories behind hits like "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," he opens up about his battles with drugs and alcohol, shares stories of what he describes as "sexual deviancy" (including one that landed him in court) and relives the harrowing 1990 motorcycle accident that put his career on pause. Now that he has slowed down, Idol says he's grateful to be able to talk about his exploits in the past tense.
The experience even led to the singer's first album of original music in nine years, Kings and Queens of the Underground. "It all began when we wrote the song 'Kings and Queens of the Underground,'" he says. "It's got a story, and it's my story. It's my story in song. It was a big song for us to write, and it took us down a certain road that led us to reinterpreting the sort of classic style song of mine for the 2014s. We had a new world in front of us again."
(It's a sight better than his recent Christmas album. We're still recovering)
Michael Jackson is the top-earning dead celebrity according to Forbes. His estate collected approx $140 million in the past year.
He earned more than twice as much as Elvis Presley ($55 million) and three times more than Charles Schulz ($40 million), although that's hardly Peanuts. (thank me later).
"Few celebrities prove the point that there is (financial) life after death better than Michael Jackson," according to Forbes.
We're looking forward to this 37 track compilation which features a fantastic array of 80's songs like Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know', New Order's True Faith' and Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colours' performed by the likes of Birdy, Sam Smith, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, London Grammar - even Kylie Minogue covers Kim Carnes' 'Bette Davis Eyes'. It's due out before Christmas.
See the tracklisting
On October 28th, Tom Wopat and John Schneider released 'Home for Christmas', an 18-track holiday album.
Home for Christmas is the duo's first full-length record. According to Wopat, the album's lush string arrangements — most of which were written by jazz musician John Oddo — have "that classic Fifties and Sixties sound."
Jazz plays a major role throughout the disc, although songs like "On a Quiet Christmas Morn" are steeped in fiddles and country harmonies, sounding like something that might've once blasted from the dashboard stereo of the General Lee.