Flowers in the Dirt is the tenth release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. The multi-disc edition of the 1989 album will be released on March 24.
Flowers in the Dirt was the eighth solo album from McCartney and was seen as a return to quality after a number of less than stellar releases. Four of the tracks on the album were co-written with Elvis Costello (listed under his real name, Declan MacManus) who also sang with Paul on the track You Want Her, Too. Also appearing on the album was David Gilmour on the track We Got Married.
The album went to number 1 on the U.K. Albums chart, 18 in Australia and 21 in the U.S.
The original 13-track album was remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Added for the deluxe edition are 18 tracks across two discs with demos for the album. Paul said “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”
Growing up around New Orleans, Maggie began crafting her musical taste young, studying violin, piano, voice and rhythm. After moving to Houston, she taught herself guitar at age 15 and began writing music as well as arranging and learning to produce songs.
Though Maggie moved to New York City to study Acting, she couldn’t escape her desire to write poetry and music. She formed her band MaryMac right after college, frequently performing bars and clubs in New York City, DC and Albany. After a year with the band, Maggie began assisting at Mercy Sound Studios in New York’s East Village, to learn how to make their first Album. Being surrounded by artists at the studio led to many collaboration opportunities, the first being with producer Black Coast. The debut release of their single TRNDSTTR was premiered on HillyDilly.com October 2014 and made it to #3 on Hype Machine’s Most Popular Tracks on Blogs chart.
The Remix, released November 2014, made it to the #1 spot on HypeM with Soundcloud views recently surpassing 21 Million streams. TRNDSTTR remix was also used in the Les Twins (Beyonce, Missy Elliott) World of Dance Tour (2015) which led to its growth of viral videos from the dance community around the world.
The other two singles with Black coast, Enough and Ride (early 2015), both made it to the HypeM #1 spot with both appearing on Spotify’s New Music Tuesday playlist and Ride making an appearance on The CW’s The Originals Episode 218, Night Has A Thousand Eyes. Maggie followed up her 3 song feature collaboration with Black Coast with her single Did it For U produced by remixer Lucian (July 2015). The song was premiered on HillyDilly.com and highlighted by Fringe Music Fix, Run the Trap, Babes n Gents and Daily Chiefers. After the world premier of the TRNDSTTR music video the following week (Hilly Dilly, Wilhelmina Models, AltSounds, Indie Music Filter); Maggie’s single Vaporize was shared as a personal favorite on NTAN ntheairnewz.com following a shoutout from PAX Vapor.
Her debut EP, Vienna Genesis, was released November 3, 2015 with producers out of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago forming a range of pop, hip-hop and electronic sound to support her rhythmic, soulful flow.
Her single Leaves made an appearance on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Vaporize (Seven AM Remix) received its first spin on Accelerated Radio January 2016. Track #6, The Good , recently broke into FMQB’s Top 40 gaining National recognition. She has currently released 4 of 5 Official music videos with Did it For U premiered on Nylon Magazine and Vaporize appearing in the Fear No Film Festival in Utah.
Since the release, M. was featured as writer and vocalist on the song Grow by Germany’s electronic duo SteamPhunk, as well as This Girl by Australia’s MUTO through Of Leisure Records via Neon Records.
This Girl (ft. M. Maggie) was premiered by Nest HQ (Skrillex and co.) January 2016 and received its first spin on Triple J Mornings with Zan Rowe that month.
Moon Funk- Future (ft. M. Maggie) was released March 2016 and Portugal’s Siraiva- You I Want (ft. M. Maggie) was released April 2016.
Catch her smash single #TRNDSTTR on So You think You can Dance, Season 13 Episode 08/09 and keep a look out for her Dance EP, Lost In Color, expected to release by winter 2016 and featuring the new single “ My Love”.
Whitney Houston’s estate has announced the late singer will be returning as a hologram.
The legendary How Will I Know songstress passed away at the age of 48 in 2012.
But fans will be seeing her likeness perform again as the star’s sister-in-law Pat Houston, who is also the President of the Whitney Houston Estate, revealed the family is working with Hologram USA on a new three-dimensional laser image of the Grammy-winner.
‘It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come,’ Pat noted in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. ‘I look forward to the partnership.’
Greek billionaire Alki David is the CEO of Hologram USA and FilmOn, a company that will serve as international distributor for the Whitney hologram.
And he is elated to be working in partnership with the singer’s estate to create a perfect 3D image of her.
‘I was heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012. The opportunity to help share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business,’ Alki noted in the press release. ‘We’ve got technology that’s causing a seismic shift in the entertainment industry, and a wonderful partnership with Pat Houston and the estate. I’m confident we’ll create the ultimate celebration of Whitney’s amazing artistry.’
The Whitney hologram is set to debut in 2016 at a major venue in the United States, with a worldwide tour taking place following the premiere.
Ed Sheeran is launching is own record label. The 24-year-old singer has enjoyed huge success as a solo singer as well as writing tracks for other artists. And now he is set to impart his musical knowledge onto other young stars, after revealing he has signed his first act to his new label Gingerbread Man Records.
"I’m extremely excited to be starting-up my own label,’ Ed said. "It’s something I’ve been planning for some time. I’ve always loved endorsing acts from the very beginning and I get to work with artists I truly believe in." The label is a subsidiary of Warner Music UK Ltd.
Ed’s first signing is Jamie Lawson, who he supported at one of his solo shows in London earlier this year. "My first signing is Jamie Lawson – he’s an incredible talent, who I’ve known for a couple of years, and we’ve actually been on tour this year across Australia and the UK/Europe,’ he said. "Jamie’s self-titled album is coming on October 9 and I can’t wait for you to hear it.’ Alongside the release of Jamie’s album, the singers first video will be made public through Gingerbread Man Records’ YouTube channel.
Ed really got people’s attention in 2010, when he released hit single The A Team. From there, his career soared and the 2011 album that spawned his breakout single, +, selling more than 102,000 copies in its first week in the UK. Things have been on the up ever since, which comes as a surprise for Ed, who thought his career might flat line after that original burst of success. ‘I thought + was my big album and I’d plateau from there. Now that this one has exceeded everyone’s expectations, the pressure is on," he admitted in a recent interview with British newspaper The Sun.
Big Yellow Taxi singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is not in a coma, despite "rumours circulating on the internet", a statement on her website has insisted.
The 71-year-old has been in hospital since 31 March and her friend, Leslie Morris, has now filed legal documents seeking authority over the singer’s personal affairs.
The document was accompanied by a doctor’s declaration stating that Mitchell would be unable to attend a court hearing for four to six months, but giving no details about what was wrong with her.
The doctor had ticked a box saying Mitchell was unable to take an active involvement in her medical care.
"At this time (Mitchell) remains unconscious and unable to make any responses, and is therefore unable to provide for any of her personal needs," the signed document said, according to the celebrity news website TMZ.
However, the singer’s website insisted the application has been misunderstood.
"Contrary to rumours circulating on the internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected," it said.
"As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.
"The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her long-time friend, Leslie Morris, the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital."
Mitchell has no close family who can act on her behalf and the court filing would not give Morris control over her financial affairs.
The singer was taken to hospital after reportedly being found unconscious at her home.
No details were given about her illness but a statement on her website said she was expected to make a full recovery.
The Canadian-born star with a distinctive soprano voice was one of the most influential, successful and respected singers from the late ’60s and ’70s with Big Yellow Taxi and Clouds being among her most famous songs.
A two-time Grammy winner at the height of her career, she earned a third Grammy when she brought out her Turbulent Indigo album in 1995.
Mitchell has withdrawn from public performing in recent years because, she said, of the effects decades of heavy smoking on her voice.
Janet Devlin talks to Pressparty about new album and shrugging off X Factor tag
Janet Devlin rose to fame as a starry-eyed 16-year-old on the X Factor in 2011 before finishing in fifth place, and June 9 will see the release of her first full-length album ‘Running With Scissors’. Pressparty caught up with the singer to find out more about the record and life after the X Factor.
What influences have gone into the new album?
The songs are more like a journal, like a diary of people that have broken my heart…it’s more of a personal journey than anything else.
So is it quite a downbeat record or is more positive?
It depends. The singles are quite upbeat, but there are quite a few very serious songs on the album – ones that you can’t really release as a single.
Musically, what artists have you taken influence from for the album?
Not really many on the record because a lot of the music I listen to is quite different to the music that I write. I listen to a lot of 90s rock, 2000s grunge, all that kind of stuff.
What do you hope to achieve with ‘Running With Scissors’?
I just hope people listen to it, to be honest. It’s a very personal record, it’s my life story pretty much in a musical format. I don’t care if people don’t like it, but I’d rather people listen to it and say they don’t like it than just pre-judging it.
Do you feel you’ve still got the X Factor tag on you and if so, do you want to get rid of it?
I do, but it’s so strange because it only took up about six months of my life and I was writing music before the X Factor and I was writing music after the X Factor, and I think people forget that I am actually a songwriter and a musician. They jump on the X Factor thing and it’s quite annoying because writing music is my life and I went on there to get some people interested.
Are you glad that you didn’t win it?
I never wanted to win it. I just wanted to get my name out there, to be honest.
They made quite a big deal about you being shy on it – do you feel like you’ve come out of your shell since then?
I think on that kind of show, being 16 years old and being in front of an audience – of course you’re going to be shy. What 16-year-old isn’t going to be?
You come from quite a small town in Northern Ireland – do you think that hindered or helped your transition into the industry?
That’s kind of the reason why I went on the show, because there’s no real musical opportunities there. But everyone’s super supportive and it’s quite nice as well because everyone knows your name and even if I didn’t go on the TV show then they’d probably still all know my name…
Going back to the album, is it a revamped version of your previous record [which was exclusively given to funders on PledgeMusic in 2013]?
More than that. I sat down and played with sounds more so on this one than the last one. It was quite a long winded experience. I just didn’t let anyone tell me what they wanted – it was more like ‘I don’t care, this is what I want’.
So it was like the proverbial two fingers to the system?
Definitely, but my team I was working with kind of knew what I was like – I can be pernickety when it comes to music, and they knew not to argue with me because there’s no point.
Are you a perfectionist in that respect?
I want to get the sound right on each song so people can feel how I felt when I wrote it. It’s quite important to me to get the sound right. There’s so many songs with beautiful lyrics and beautiful melodies but they’re not produced right. I wanted to get this album right and I wanted people to feel almost just as bad as I felt when I wrote those songs.
Check back on Pressparty for the second part of the interview, which will include questions from fans via Twitter.