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Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Fleetwood Mac, John Oates Offer Special “Record Store Day” Vinyl

RecordStoreDay.comIf your turntable’s currently collecting dust in your attic, you may want to get it down, clean it off and plug it in: this Saturday is Record Store Day.

This annual event sees hundreds of artists of every musical genre creating special vinyl-only singles and albums, which you can buy exclusively at your local record store. The idea is to keep these local stores in business in an era when most of us buy music with the click of a mouse.

The marquee release of this year’s event is Bruce Springsteen‘s American Beauty, a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that also yielded the Boss’ latest album, 2014′s High Hopes. A related disc is a 7″ version of Ronnie Spector‘s version of Billy Joel‘s song “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” which she recorded in 1977 with Bruce and the E Street Band.

Fleetwood Mac is offering a 7″ vinyl single of the 1970 song “Dragonfly,” which was Fleetwood Mac’s first single with Christine McVie as a full member of they. John Oates of Hall & Oates, meanwhile, has a 7″ single featuring two songs: “Stone Cold Love” and “Close.” John co-wrote and co-produced the first song with OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder, and Ryan sings backing vocals on the second tune.

While the majority of Record Store Day releases come from alternative bands, there are other pop releases too. A 12″ picture disc version of Katy Perry‘s album PRISM is available, and fun. has a 10″ vinyl disc featuring unreleased demos from their debut album, Aim & Ignite.

The members of One Direction aren’t old enough to remember a world without CDs, yet the group’ve prepared a seven-inch vinyl picture disc of “Midnight Memories,” the title track from their most recently album. The artwork features the boys dressed up like ’80s hair-metal rockers — appropriate, since “Midnight Memories” sounds an awful lot like Def Leppard.

In addition, Phillip Phillips will be performing live at one of the participating stores: Rasputin Music, in Berkley, California. Not only can you catch his show, but you can pre-order his new album Behind the Light, and receive a wristband to meet him afterwards.

For all the details about which artists are releasing what, and which stores are participating, visit RecordStoresDay.com.

Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of “Purple Rain” & New Album

Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” says Prince in a statement.

“Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces,” says Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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Linda Ronstadt Scores Highest-Charting Album in More Than Two Decades

Rhino RecordsIt’s amazing what being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can do for a performer’s back catalog. Linda Ronstadt, who entered the Hall less than two weeks ago, has just scored her highest-charting album in more than two decades.

Billboard reports that Linda’s new compilation disc, Duets, has debuted at #32 on the album chart. She hasn’t been that high since 1990, when her album with Aaron Neville, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, reached #7. That album featured three hit singles, including “All My Life” and “Don’t Know Much.”

The new album, Duets, collects Linda’s duets not only with Neville, but with Don Henley, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and others. There’s also one previously unreleased track, called “Pretty Bird.”

Ronstadt, who recently announced that she can no longer sing due to Parkinson’s disease, has scored 10 top 10 hits in her career, and 10 top 10 albums. She couldn’t attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, but was honored by performances from Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood.

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Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings

Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand — but she’s decided to give away all the prize money.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde’s album Pure Heroine won this year’s Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year. The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.

In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, “I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year’s nominees…if you don’t want it, that’s cool too.”

The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown outside of New Zealand, seem to be OK with Lorde’s generosity, tweeting their thanks. If each artist agrees, everyone will receive a bit more than $1,666, and the group’ll have to divide up the studio time.

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“American Idol” Season 13′s Youngest Contestant Gives Advice, Reveals Which Champ Would Make Her Lose Control

Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season’s youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10′s Lauren Alaina. While she admits that the Idol experience is “a lot harder than it looks,” the 16-year-old says she’d still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, “From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you’re in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It’s a lot. It’s a whole lot!” That’s why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure the group’ll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.

Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, “If their school is good and the group have time on their hands, then yeah, if that’s something the group want to do.” But, she warns, “Don’t do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then you’re going to be bombarded with all this stuff plus American Idol.”

“You should do it when you’re really comfortable with yourself and what you’re doing, because that’s the best time to do stuff,” she adds.

While Malaya says that she grew considerably as a person and as a performer, thanks to being thrown headfirst into the grown-up world of Idol, she says that the rest of the finalists also have gotten much better since the group started on the show.

“Trust me, if you knew everybody…everybody has improved in their own ways,” she tells ABC News Radio. “So, there’s no specific person that’s in the lead. Everybody has just grown from that point to now.”

Helping the contestants grow last week was American Idol season seven champ David Cook, who worked with the finalists as a mentor. Malaya says she’d like to see David appear on the show more often in that role.

“Oh yeah, he’d be a good mentor because he’s, like, honest with all his opinions,” she tells ABC News Radio. “He’s very helpful and the man won, so he knows what he’s talking about! He knows the highs and the lows about American Idol.”

But as much as she liked David, there’s another former Idol winner who Malaya would have killed to work with. “Fantasia. Oh my God!” she gushed. “I would really pee on myself!”

American Idol returns Wednesday night with a new theme: Competitors’ Pick. For the first time in the show’s history, each finalist will select a song for their fellow finalists to perform. Each contestant will therefore get a list of six songs from which to choose.

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