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Broadcast Music, Inc, announced today that world-renowned singer-songwriter Sting will be named the BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards in recognition of his award-winning career and influence on popular music for more than four decades. The event will be returning to London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 10, 2016, and will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe and Asia Brandon Bakshi.

As the BMI Icon, Sting joins an elite group of songwriters who have received BMI’s highest honour for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous honourees include last year’s Icon Graham Gouldman, music legend Sir Tim Rice, Queen, Ray Davies, Van Morrison and Bryan Ferry.

“Sting is an icon in the truest sense of the word. His musical catalog has had an enormous impact on music lovers from around the globe across multiple generations,” said Bakshi. “We are extremely proud and honoured to name Sting as our BMI Icon not only for his work as a songwriter but also for his contributions as a composer, actor, author, activist and humanitarian.”

Source: Sting to be honoured as BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards –

Sting has opened the doors of his Italian home to People magazine cameras after transforming the 16th century Tuscany ruin into a dream retreat.

The rocker and his wife Trudie Styler purchased the property in 1997 after a seven-year search for the perfect summer home near Pisa, but it was in a terrible state.

Il Palagio, which is located just outside Florence, had fallen into disrepair, but Sting was taken with the breathtaking views and decided the estate was worth investing in.

“It overlooks some of the most luscious Chiantishire hills,” he tells the publication.

“The vineyards were in a big old mess,” actress/producer Trudie adds. “The soil was parched, the land was very dry, but through it all we saw that it wanted to come back to life. It was desperate to be loved. We saw that it had a huge potential.”

The couple invested time, effort and money in Il Palagio and now the estate boasts six guest houses, five lakes, a forest and even an outdoor cinema.

Source: Sting has turned Italian ruin into dream retreat –

Adele is reportedly taking a ten-year break from touring once her current trek ends.

The Hello singer began her Adele Live 2016 show, her first in five years, in February (16) and is due to complete the run in Arizona in November after more than a hundred shows.

According to The Sun newspaper, she is in no hurry to head back out on the road again and wants to take 10 years off from touring to focus on raising her three-year-old son Angelo.

“Angelo is the number one priority for Adele. He is the most important thing in her life,” a source said. “She has brought him everywhere with her on tour but as he is starting school next year, he won’t be able to join her any more.

“Adele doesn’t want to miss a moment of Angelo growing up and it’s an easy decision for her to give up touring for him… Right now she is saying she won’t do another massive world tour like the current one for another 10 years.”

Adele has bought a $7.8 million (£6 million) mansion in the Hollywood Hills, which boasts a swimming pool, an outdoor train set and a tree house. The family, including her partner Simon Konecki, were originally thought to be relocating there for around eight months, but it’s believed the move will be more permanent as she has sold her townhouse in Brighton, England.

Source: Adele to take decade-long break from touring – report –

Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera and Chaka Khan will be among the friends and fans of Prince who will honour the tragic music icon at an official tribute in his native Minnesota next month (Oct16).

John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Anita Baker, Mint Condition, and Morris Day and the Time are also confirmed to perform at The Official Prince Tribute in St. Paul on 13 October (16).

Prince’s longtime keyboard player Morris Hayes and members of the singer’s final band 3rdEyeGirl will join the headliners for their performances of the Purple Rain hitmaker’s songs.

“The family is extremely excited to provide an opportunity for the world to participate in the tribute for our brother Prince,” the late star’s sister Sharon Nelson said in a statement.

Reports suggest members of Prince’s inner circle originally planned to hold the tribute show at the new NFL stadium in his hometown of Minneapolis, but the concert will take place at the smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Source: Stevie Wonder & Chaka Khan to headline official Prince tribute –


As well as announcing 2017’s ticket sale dates, organisers say the music event at Worthy Farm, Somerset, will be taking a year off in 2018

As festival season draws to an end, Glastonbury is already making plans for another year. The festival has today announced details of its 2017 ticket sale dates, as well as confirming that 2018 will be a fallow year.

The news follows rumours of the event’s relocation – with founder Michael Eavis previously suggesting the festival might take place at Longleat in 2018. Glastonbury’s change of site has since been denied by the Wiltshire estate, according to the Telegraph. A statement posted by the festival organisers today explains:

“We can also confirm that we will be taking our next fallow year in 2018, in order to give the farm, the village and the festival team the traditional year off. There are no plans to hold an event at another location in 2018.”

Eavis has previously told a crowd at Oxford University that the festival was “looking to potentially move in 2017”. Although Glastonbury faced the worst rain and mud since the festival began 46 years ago at this year’s event, Eavis has also denied rumours that the festival might change date to avoid the bad weather.

Tickets for 2017’s event will go on sale from 6 October, with the festival taking place from 21 to 25 June 2017.

As part of the festival’s ongoing attempts to combat ticket touting, Glastonbury attendees must register in advance at

Source: Glastonbury festival confirms fallow year for 2018 | Music | The Guardian

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Music streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify have proven to be more popular than ever in the UK. Following the successful releases of albums from British artistes like Adele and Coldplay, the streaming industry enjoyed a healthy revenue boost of £83m (£62.6m), up from £168m to £251m in 2015. Still, it has not been enough to stem the decline in overall record sales.

According to figures obtained by UK Music, business for streaming services like Google Play and Tidal is booming. However, the company notes that the figures would be even higher if music video platform YouTube increased its artiste revenue rates.

UK Music chairman Andy Heath stated: “The revenues from certain ad-funded digital services … effectively devalue our music. The challenge is to convince all services to properly value the brilliantly gifted music we make available.”

Source: Adele, Coldplay albums boost Spotify and Apple Music streaming revenue to £251m

‘No Exit’ presents a ‘best of’ collection of Marianne Faithfull’s acclaimed live performances in Europe in 2014, recorded during her 50th anniversary tour.

The live album appears hand in hand with the release of the 2014 Budapest concert video and 4 highlight songs from her 2016 performance at the Roundhouse in London when she performed ‘in the round’ with her band – Ed Harcourt, Rob Ellis and Rob McVey. (Marianne’s first performance at the Roundhouse was in the acclaimed Tony Richardson production of Hamlet back in 1969.)

Over a fifty-year career, Marianne has proved utterly fearless in her music and everything else besides and remains a unique and compelling musical figure: adventurous in her life, adventurous in her art.

Source: Marianne Faithfull announces live album & DVD ‘No Exit’ –

American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses have overtaken Belgium to become the 12th largest economy in the world – grossing an eye-watering $116.8 million during their long-awaited comeback this summer.

The 1980s rock icons, who are back on the road with vocalist Axl Rose, original guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan for the first time since 1993, have enjoyed a lucrative nine-week North American tour, playing to more than one million fans during 21 stadium shows.

And now the latest Boxscore figures reveal just how much the band has pocketed.

Ticket sales for the first two shows of the Not In This Lifetime tour – a double stint at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – totalled $6.2m (£4.6m). But this paled compared to the top-earning tour date at The New York City market, making the band a cool $116.8m from two nights alone.

Even the lowest-grossing date, at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, secured $2.8m.

The news may make painful reading for ex-guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who claimed he turned down a place on the tour because the band “did not want to split the loot equally”. Fair share or not, this seems an awful lot of money to miss out on.

Source: Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour earns $117m


Some of the talent behind Jersey Boys and the record-breaking Hamilton is reportedly involved in bringing disco star’s life and music to the stage.

Just as Broadway’s long-running, singalong hit Jersey Boys is scheduled to close, here comes a sign that perhaps even hotter stuff is in the works – a musical about the life of the undisputed “Queen of Disco”, Donna Summer.

With her global smash songs like Hot Stuff, I Feel Love, Bad Girls and Last Dance enduring as iconic sounds from the dance explosion of the 70s, New York’s theater scene is poised for another dose of glittering disco ball nostalgia.

Some of the talent behind the new project is coming from Jersey Boys itself and the record-breaking Broadway musical success story, Hamilton, according to a report in the New York Post.

The award-winning director Des McAnuff staged a workshop in New York last week of early parts of the nascent show, reportedly titled The Donna Summer Project.

Source: ‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer musical in the works for Broadway | Stage | The Guardian


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band just don’t want to leave the stage.

Wednesday night’s concert at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia lasted nearly four hours, four minutes, breaking the previous record for the group’s longest American show set last week.

Philadelphia Daily News sports statistician and Springsteen fan Bob Vetrone Jr clocked the show at four hours, three minutes, 46 seconds.
The band played four hours on August 30 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Springsteen longest show in the world was four hours, six minutes in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012.

Springsteen’s 75-show US and European The River Tour wraps up with a show in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14.

Foxborough officials voted last week to extend its concert curfew by 15 minutes, to 11:30pm for Springsteen.

Source: Daily Telegraph  Four hours, four minutes: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the longest ever US gig