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Two torrential reissues of "Purple Rain" are headed your way on June 23, packed with music discovered in Prince's vault after his death last year and a 1985 concert recorded in Syracuse, New York.

"Purple Rain Deluxe" is a two-disc set featuring the remastered soundtrack to the 1984 movie that transformed Prince from showman to shaman worldwide. The second disc's 11 tracks include "Electric Intercourse," which can be downloaded now with pre-orders.

"Purple Rain Deluxe—Expanded Edition" adds two more discs to the mix. First up: a collection of 15 B-sides and edited singles, including a "special dance mix" of "Let's Go Crazy" and extended versions of "I Would Die 4 U" and "Another Lonely Christmas." Capping off the four-disc set is the Syracuse concert—a DVD of a 19-song performance by Prince and the Revolution on March 30, 1985.

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By Kevin Haynes |

From Lennon's Sketchbook

Album Cover For "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

A John Lennon sketch that set the stage for the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will be auctioned off May 20 at the Hard Rock Café in New York's Times Square.

The undated ink drawing was found in a sketchpad at the house in Surrey, England, where Lennon lived with his first wife, Cynthia, in the mid-1960s. It depicts many of the features that make up what is arguably the best-known album cover of all time, including the ornately clad Beatles standing behind a bass drum inscribed with the Sgt. Pepper band name.

Julien's Auctions describes the "astonishing" sketch as "one of the most significant and historically important pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever to be recovered."

It's expected to fetch $40,0000 to $60,000.

The Lennon doodle is the centerpiece of the auction dubbed "Music Icons 2017." Other merchandise includes Elvis Presley's first piano and personalized sunglasses, Pete Townsend's 1964 guitar, Prince's handwritten lyrics and a signed shoe worn by Madonna in the 1985 film "Desperately Seeking Susan."

The sale also features items that once belonged to artists ranging from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Johnny Cash to the Beach Boys, Cher, Liberace and Whitney Houston.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: Blondie


For four years, Blondie referred to one particular work in progress as "The Disco Song." You know it better as "Heart of Glass," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week 38 years ago on April 28, 1979.

The drum machine and high-hat cymbal ride that provided the familiar disco backbeat irked some Blondie fans, who thought the new wave band was selling out. "As far as I was concerned, disco was part of R&B, which I'd always liked," said guitarist Chris Stein, who wrote the song with his girlfriend Deborah Harry, Blondie's namesake and singer.

In fact, the band had been known to cover disco songs onstage, including Labelle's 1975 hit "Lady Marmalade" and Donna Summer's sensual 1977 smash "I Feel Love."

The controversy was reminiscent of an oft-repeated line in the original album version. "Once I had a love, it was a gas," Harry sang. "Soon turned out, it was a pain in the ass."

Only one "pain in the ass" survived the edited track that was released as a single.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Get 'Downton'


Two years after the world said goodbye to "Downton Abbey," the popular British melodrama is saying hello to the world.

A "fully immersive" showcase dubbed "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" will open in June in Singapore before beginning an extensive tour of the U.S. in 2018.

Exact dates and locales on these shores have yet to be announced.

Organizers NBCUniversal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions said the "multi-million dollar museum-quality experience" will "connect visitors with their favorite characters, costumes and locations."

The display will feature never-before-seen footage from PBS's all-time most popular series, which aired from 2010-2015. The exhibition also promises an up-close look at society and fashion in Great Britain from World War I through the 1920s.

One can only wonder what Mr. Carson, the Crawley family's persnickety butler, would say about the fuss and bother of royalty mingling with its adoring public.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Still the One

Watch What Happens Live - Season 12

Shania Twain, the bestselling female country singer of all time, is back in the saddle again with her first studio album in 15 years.

The first single, "Life's About to Get Good," will start streaming in June. The still-untitled album will be released in September.

The collection of new songs is Twain's fifth overall and first since 2002's "Up!" She has also issued two live albums and two compilations over the years.

Twain, 51, is best known for the late-1990s hits "You're Still the One" and "Man! I Feel Like A Woman." The five-time Grammy Award winner retired in 2004 because of a weakened singing voice. Years later, specialists discovered lesions on her vocal cords and recommended a rehabilitation program that led to her 2012 return to the stage in Las Vegas.

A lengthy nationwide swing in 2015 was billed as a farewell tour. But word is Twain, who appeared this week on NBC's "The Voice," will debut her new single and other cuts from the upcoming album Saturday night at the weekend-long Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Jonathan Demme Dies

Johnathon Demme is the director of "I'm Carolyn Parker" and the "Neil Young Journeys" at the Toronto

Jonathan Demme was Hollywood's man for all reasons. The Academy Award-winning director, who died of heart disease today in his New York apartment at 73, displayed a deft hand and unexpected whimsy in an impressive array of genres, from comedy to tragedy.

His best-known films include the 1988 gangster farce "Married to the Mob, " Tom Hanks' 1993 AIDS drama "Philadelphia" and the creepy 1991 thriller "The Silence of the Lambs," which earned Demme his lone Oscar for Best Director in 1991.

Demme was especially enthralled with musicians. He directed what is widely considered the greatest concert movie ever made, the Talking Heads' 1984 performance piece "Stop Making Sense." He frequently collaborated with Neil Young, first on a short film, 1994's "The Complex Sessions," and then on three documentaries from 2006-2012.

Demme also directed a score of music videos over the years for artists like Bruce Springsteen, New Order, Kenny Chesney and Chrissie Hynde and UB40's 1985 duet "I Got You Babe."

Music was even at the core of his most recent movie, "Ricki and the Flash." The 2015 drama starred Meryl Streep as an aging rocker who pursued her career at the expense of her family.

Demme often credited his success to B-movie king Roger Corman, who took the aspiring filmmaker under his wing in the early 1970s. "He told me the most important organ is the human eyeball," Demme said when asked to reveal the key to making a compelling movie. "If the eye gets a little bored, the brain is gonna get a little bored too."

Demme never got boring. Neither did his movies.

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By Kevin Haynes |

The Times of His Life


Nobody puts baby in a corner, but here's your chance to put Patrick Swayze's leather jacket from "Dirty Dancing" in the closet.

That well-worn piece of outerwear and more of the late heartthrob's movie memorabilia and personal possessions will be up for grabs Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, at Julien's Auctions Los Angeles.

Other highlights from the estate sale include Swayze's surfboard and wetsuit from "Point Break," the shoes and maroon dress shirt he wore in "Ghost" and scripts from the "Saturday Night Live" episode he hosted in October 1990.

The black leather jacket is expected to fetch $4,000 to $6,000. The items with the highest pre-auction estimate: Swayze's 1986 Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle ($8,000-$10,000) and his DeLorean automobile ($30,000-$50,000).

Swayze was 57 when he died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Lucky Star


Madonna Louise Ciccone's evolution from Detroit nobody to pop music's iconic Material Girl in the early 1980s is getting the Hollywood treatment. Universal is developing "Blond Ambition," a movie about Madonna's quest to record her self-titled debut album in 1983.

First-time screenwriter Elyse Hollander's script was ranked No. 1 on last year's Black List, an industry compilation of the best unproduced screenplays. Producers include Michael De Luca ("Fifty Shades of Grey") and Brett Ratner, who directed Madonna's 1999 video for "Beautiful Stranger."

The story starts shortly after Madonna, a 20-year-old aspiring dancer, moved to New York in 1978. She soon shifted her focus to music, endured the uphill struggles typically encountered by women in a male-dominated industry and finally broke through with hits like "Borderline," "Holiday" and "Lucky Star."

No word yet on who will play Madonna or whether the pop princess is cooperating with the project—or whether the filmmakers will get permission to use her songs in the movie.

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By Kevin Haynes |

And the Winner Isn't...


And the winner is…ugh, Faye Dunaway still feels "very guilty" about the Oscar night "chaos" that led her to announce the wrong winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Dunaway and Warren Beatty were asked to present the night's biggest prize in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their critically acclaimed 1967 gangster flick, "Bonnie and Clyde."

Somehow, they were inadvertently handed a duplicate envelope that revealed the Best Actress winner, Emma Stone. Beatty "took the card out and he didn't say anything," Dunaway told NBC's Lester Holt on Monday. "He paused, he looked over me offstage, he looked around and I finally said, 'You're impossible!' I thought he was joking, I thought he was stalling. Warren's like that. He kind of holds the power—a dramatic pause."

Dunaway then read aloud the name of the film below Stone's name on the card, "La La Land." As the movie's cast, director and producers gathered on stage to celebrate, officials rushed forward to correct the error and present the Oscar to the real winner, "Moonlight."

"Why didn't I see Emma Stone's name on top of the card?" Dunaway says, lamenting a missed opportunity to realize that something wasn't quite right on Oscar night two months ago. She admits she was "completely stunned."

"You don't know what has happened," Dunaway says.

It turns out that two representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm that tallies the votes, were so busy tweeting and mingling backstage that they inadvertently handed Beatty the duplicate Best Actress envelope instead of Best Picture.

Neither official will ever again represent PwC at the Oscars.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Shining On

30th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert - Day 2

The title of Roger Waters' first solo album in 25 years asks a question that's as blunt as the dark side of the moon, "Is This the Life We Really Want?"

Now available for pre-order, the new album features 12 tracks that promise an "unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times."

Get your first taste by streaming or downloading the premiere single, "Smell the Roses."

"Is This the Life We Really Want?" will be released June 2, exactly one week after Waters kicks off a lengthy North American tour dubbed Us + Them, a timely nod to one of the songs on Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon." The 50-date continental swing begins May 26 in Kansas City and wraps up October 28 in Vancouver."

Never shy about expressing his political beliefs, Waters hopes his theatrical new stage show and first solo effort since 1992's "Amused to Death" will inspire listeners to empathize with others.

"It makes us feel happier," he recently told Rolling Stone. "Maybe we should start looking at happiness indexes rather than if we win and lose. And if we do that, then we may start to understand that the idea of 'us' and 'them' is actually an illusion."

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By John Birmingham |

Cuba Gooding, Sr., Dies


Cuba Gooding, Sr., was famous long before his namesake son won an Oscar for shouting, "Show me the money!" in "Jerry Maguire."

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s father, who died Thursday at 72, racked up a string of soulful hits in the 1970s as the lead singer of the Main Ingredient, including "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely." He was also briefly a solo artist signed with Motown Records.

The New York native was found dead in his car in Woodland Hills, California. The cause of death has yet to be determined, but police report there were drug paraphernalia and alcohol bottles in his auto.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. talked about his father earlier this year when he was interviewed on "Inside the Actors Studio":

"I remember, one of my earliest memories … he would perform at Disneyland, and after his performances, they would close it off to the general public and all the performers' kids would go on the rides as many times as they'd want. He would pull me up on stage with him and make me finish the song because I'd seen him perform all the time. It was a lot of feeling like, 'I come from royalty.'"

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: Tony Orlando


It seems as if every good cause has a ribbon these days, including pink for breast cancer and red for AIDS—and it's all because of a 44-year-old sentimental pop song about a convicted felon.

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" wrapped itself around the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for nearly a month starting this week in 1973, and has remained entwined in the national consciousness ever since.

Made famous by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, as the group was then billed, the song recounted the bus ride of a nervous parolee hoping to see a telltale sign that the love of his life wanted him back. His fellow passengers cheered when they spotted not one, but 100, yellow ribbons wrapped around the title tree.

The story behind the symbol's origins is sketchy—and litigious. Women in the 19th century supposedly wore yellow ribbons in their hair as a sign of support for husbands and beaus in the U.S. Calvary. The practice inspired a 1917 marching song "Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon (For Her Lover Who Is Far, Far Away)" and a 1949 John Wayne western, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon."

But the song more closely hews to a 1971 newspaper story by Pete Hamill of the New York Post. The article told of college students on a spring break bus ride to Florida who befriended an ex-con on his way home to Brunswick, Georgia, where he saw a yellow handkerchief tied to an oak.

Songwriters Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown saw the story, wrote the song and offered it to Ringo Starr before Orlando recorded it as a followup to Dawn's 1970 hits "Candida" and "Knock Three Times."

Hamill later sued the songwriters for copyright infringement, but eventually dropped the suit when so many similar tales surfaced of yellow-ribbon homecomings that the tale was soon relegated to urban legend status.

The ribbon craze, however, was just beginning.

By Kevin Haynes |

Stills and Judy Blue Eyes


Nearly 50 years after Stephen Stills penned "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," a fare-thee-well love song for girlfriend Judy Collins, the former couple are embarking on their first-ever tour together this summer.

The two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are heading out on 22 dates nationwide, beginning July 26 in Highland Park, Illinois. The twinbill wraps up September 6 in San Diego.

Click here for the complete schedule and ticket info on Stills' website.

Stills, 72, and Collins, 77, met in 1967 and lived together for two years. In 1969, she fell in love with actor Stacey Keach while they were starring in the musical "Peer Gynt" at the New York Shakespeare Festival. A shaken Stills stitched together a suite of four musical passages that he dubbed "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," a punny reference to his soon-to-be ex's mesmerizing ice-blue eyes.

The seven-and-half-minute opus by Crosby, Stills & Nash was one of two hits on CS&N's self-titled debut album in '69, along with "Marrakesh Express." Best known for its joyous doo-doo-doo-da-doo coda, the suite has been a concert staple since the trio opened with it at Woodstock in August 1969.

The studio single, edited for radio and released a month later, peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It's a "magnificent creation," Collins once said. "The legacy of our relationship is certainly in that song."

This summer, she'll be in earshot every time Stills sings it. Chances are Collins, like the crowd, will be singing along at the end.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Another Side of Bill Murray

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - Season 14

Bill Murray is taking his act on the road this summer, but if you think that means the usual shtick the joke is on you.

The 66-year-old comedian's new stage production, "New Worlds," combines chamber music with readings from literary classics—for example, Murray will read an excerpt from Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" while Henry Mancini's "Moon River" is played by a classical trio that features Murray's collaborator, cellist Jan Vogler and his wife, violinist Mira Wang, along with pianist Vanessa Perez.

Other highlights include passages by Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote and Walt Whitman interspersed with tunes like the Gershwin brothers' "It Ain't Necessarily So," Stephen Foster's "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" and a medley from "West Side Story."

The show, which Murray describes as "the collision of America and Europe," will premiere July 20 at Festival Napa Valley in California. He'll also bring "New Worlds" to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto on October 13 and New York's Carnegie Hall on October 16.

A soundtrack album will be released in August.

The reaction to Murray's latest showcase is perhaps best summed up by "Lost in Translation" director Sofia Coppola, who stopped by to watch a recent rehearsal in a New York studio. "This is very unexpected," she told the New York Times. "But because it's Bill, I'm not surprised. He is always surprising. That's what's fun about him."

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By Kevin Haynes |

Fresh Prince

US singer Prince performs on October 11,

On the first anniversary of his death, let there be new music from Prince—maybe.

"Deliverance," a six-song EP priced at $3.99, is scheduled to debut Friday on iTunes and other digital platforms. But Prince's representatives have filed a lawsuit to block the sale of the previously unreleased tracks, which were recorded from 2006-2008.

Rogue Music Alliance claims "the majority of all sales" will benefit Prince's estate, whose attorneys argue that the record company is not authorized to sell "Deliverance." They claim Rogue Music's owner absconded with the master tapes, valued at $75,000.

At the moment, the title track can be downloaded for 99 cents on iTunes. Whether the entire EP will be available on Friday remains to be seen.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Final Witness


True, Olivia de Havilland had a front-row seat to the heavyweight catfight between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the early 1960s. But that doesn't mean the Oscar-winning actress, now 100 years old and living in Paris, has any interest in discussing the nasty rivalry at the heart of FX's hit mini-series "Feud."

"Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it," de Havilland said in an email to the Hollywood Reporter. "However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves."

De Havilland (seen here attending the 2011 Cesar awards ceremony in Paris, when she was a mere 94) is the only surviving member of the cast of A-list characters portrayed in "Feud," which stars Susan Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays de Havilland, Davis' close friend and a key witness to one of the most polarizing incidents between the co-stars of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," the chilling 1962 flick about an aging actress's abusive relationship with her wheelchair-bound sister.

Davis was considered a shoo-in to win the Oscar for Best Actress in 1963, a source of endless irritation to Crawford, who wasn't even nominated. But when Anne Bancroft was announced as the winner for "The Miracle Worker," Crawford stepped forward to accept the statue on her behalf. A stunned Davis watched helplessly from backstage, with de Havilland at her side.

"As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony," de Havilland says now, "I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for" the accuracy of its portrayal in "Feud."

Guess we'll just have to take it on faith.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Throwback: 'Call Me'


These days it sounds like such a sweet, antiquated notion: "Call Me." Then again, "Text Me" doesn't quite have the same seductive ring to it.

But 37 years ago America jumped at Deborah Harry's invitation to "roll me in designer sheets," propelling Blondie's biggest hit to No. 1 on April 19, 1980.

The galloping come-on—the theme song of the steamy, stylish Richard Gere flick "American Gigolo"—was written by Harry, then 34, and Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder. He had first invited Stevie Nicks to write and perform a song for the soundtrack, but her contractual obligations with a new record company reportedly caused her to turn him down.

Enter Harry, who smoothed out the melody of an instrumental Moroder called "Man Machine" and wrote the lyrics, spicing up the language of love with playful enticements in Italian and French.

"Call Me" rode the top position for six weeks that spring and was named 1980's song of the year by Billboard. It also earned Blondie a 1981 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Hard to imagine it doing so well among today's legion of thumb-typers.

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By Kevin Haynes |

Found Richard Simmons


Good news, bad news for Richard Simmons fans. The whereabouts of the reclusive fitness guru were revealed today—unfortunately, he's in a California hospital, being treated for "severe indigestion."

Simmons' manager Michael Catalano tells ABC News that Simmons, 68, was hospitalized Monday at "an undisclosed location."

"After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment," Catalano says. "[He] is already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."

Once an omnipresent rascal on TV chat shows, game shows and infomercials, Simmons has not been seen in public in three years. (The above photo was taken in 2013, at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.) Last year, he phoned "The Today Show" to refute reports that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper in his Hollywood Hills home. "That's just very silly," he said.

Simmons' prolonged withdrawal from the spotlight was recently the subject of a People magazine cover story and a new podcast, "Missing Richard Simmons."

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By Kevin Haynes |

The Long Goodbye


As he endures the final stages of Alzheimer's disease, Glen Campbell is saying goodbye with "Adios," a final album due out June 9.

The "Rhinestone Cowboy," who will mark his 81st birthday on Saturday, collaborated in a Nashville studio with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and his children shortly after completing his farewell tour in 2014.

The album's 12 cover songs include Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'," a duet with Nelson on "Funny How Time Slips Away" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."

"Adios," Campbell's 64th studio album since 1962, represents an effort to capture "what magic was left," says wife Kim Campbell.

Campbell was diagnosed with the memory-debilitating disease in 2011. His final nationwide tour was chronicled in a 2014 documentary, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me." Its theme song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," won a Grammy Award and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

Campbell now lives in a memory care facility in Nashville, where he reportedly is no longer able to speak or play guitar.

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By Kevin Haynes |

The Almighty Dolly


Working 9 to 5 isn't a chore for some students at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

A new course,"Dolly Parton's America: From Sevierville to the World," teaches Appalachian history by focusing on the life and times of the 71-year-old country music legend and Tennessee native.

Parton has already given a well-manicured thumbs-up to the thesis seminar for history honors students. "From the girl voted in High School 'least likely to suceeed' this sure is a blessing!" she said on Twitter.

The student workload includes reading Parton's 1994 memoir, "Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business," as well as watching the 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" and the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries "Roots." Another grueling assignment: "Coal Miner's Daughter," the 1980 biopic that earned Cissy Spacek an Academy Award for her portrayal of country icon Loretta Lynn.

Best. Homework. Ever.

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By John Birmingham |