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Igloo coolers inspired by The Beatles' Yellow Submarine animated film available now

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Beatles fans who think they have all they need when it comes to Fab Four collectibles may want think again, now that the Igloo company has just introduced a new collection of Yellow Submarine-themed coolers.

Igloo's "The Beatles Yellow Submarine Playmate Collection" features three different versions of the company's seven-quart "Little Playmate" cooler, each one inspired by a scene, imagery or characters from the band's classic 1968 animated movie.

One design, not surprisingly, resembles the Yellow Submarine itself, and features cartoon depictions of all four Beatles peeking out of the craft's round windows near the top of the cooler.

A second design, called the "All You Need Is Love Little Playmate," features images of The Beatles standing in a colorful psychedelic scene that includes the title of the group's classic song "All You Need Is Love" in big block letters.

The third cooler, dubbed the "Blue Meanies Little Playmate," boasts images of the blue-colored music-hating villains of Yellow Submarine, as well as of the eccentric, brainy character Jeremy Hillary Boob, who befriends The Beatles during the movie.

The coolers are available for purchase now at IglooCoolers.com, and are priced at $39.99.

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Fans recall their favorite Prince memories on the fifth anniversary of his death

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Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of Prince, who died on April 21, 2016, an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

On Wednesday, fans on social media shared their favorite memories, performances and hits from the iconic artist using the hashtag #Prince4Ever. Of course, most fans shared purple heart emojis and clips of Prince singing his #1 hit, "Purple Rain," at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007.

One fan tweeted, "It's been 5 years since we lost this musical visionary. Prince was one of my faves to see in concert. A must watch is his stunning performance at the 1985 American Music Awards. #Prince4Ever."

Another shared a clip from Prince's 1996 performance of "If I Was Your Girlfriend" on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Still another shared a photo of a Prince mural, tweeting, "We have our little Prince mural in rural North Carolina. I always love to take a small trip to admire it."

Fans also recalled Prince's last performance at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 2016. "How has it been 5 years since we lost Prince?!? I am forever grateful for being at his final performance at the Fox," one fan tweeted. "I’m mad at myself for following the rules and not taking photos/video. #Prince4Ever."

Many also shared the cover art from their favorite Prince albums, including 1984's Purple Rain, 2006's Ultimate Prince, and songs from 2015's HitnRun Phase Two, Prince's final album before his death. 

"This song from Prince didn't get the recognition it deserved. The song 'Revelation' from his HitnRun Phase Two [album] is worth a listen. Enjoy!" the fan tweeted.

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Kenny Loggins releasing At the Movies LP for 2021 Record Store Day; performing tonight at livestreamed benefit

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Kenny Loggins is among the many artists who will issue exclusive limited-edition vinyl releases in conjunction with the 2021 Record Store Day campaign, which this year will be held on two days -- June 12 and July 17.

Loggins' offering, which will be released on June 12, is an LP titled At the Movies that features classic songs that the singer/songwriter has contributed to classic movies like Caddyshack, Footloose and Top Gun.

Among the songs included on the nine-track collection are "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack, the chart-topping Footloose title track, "Danger Zone" and "Playing with the Boys" from Top Gun, "Meet Me Half Way" from Over the Top, and "Nobody's Fool" from Caddyshack II.

The album also will feature a new version of "Playing with the Boys" recorded as a duet with Australian singer/songwriter Butterfly Boucher.

"Over the course of my career I've been fortunate to have a number of my songs included in some memorable movies," says Loggins. "I'm honored that many of the films have since become iconic and I'm thrilled to have these soundtrack hits included on one album for a special Record Store Day release."

In other news, Kenny is among the stars that will be performing this evening as part of the 2021 virtual edition of The Warburton benefit event. The jam will stream live for free this evening starting at 9 p.m. ET at TheWarburton.KRGLive.com and via the KRG Live app.

The lineup also includes R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere, Kim Carnes, Alice Cooper, ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff, former Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, ex-Journey singer Steve Augeri, and Booker T & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.

Here's the At the Movies track list:

Side A
"I'm Alright" (Theme from Caddyshack)
"Footloose" (From Footloose soundtrack)
"I'm Free (Heaven Help the Man)" (From Footloose soundtrack)
"Playing with the Boys" (From Top Gun soundtrack)

Side B
"Danger Zone" (From Top Gun soundtrack)
"Meet Me Half Way" (From Over the Top soundtrack)
"For the First Time" (From One Fine Day)
"Nobody's Fool" (Theme from Caddyshack II)
"Playing with the Boys" -- featuring Butterfly Boucher (New Recording)

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Alice Cooper co-hosting contest to choose young band to open Evanescence-headlined livestream show

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Two famous Coopers, shock rocker Alice Cooper and the Cooper Tire company, have teamed up to host a new nationwide contest that will give one of three talented garage bands the chance to open for alternative rockers Evanescence during a special livestream concert taking place on May 13.

For the recently launched "Driven to Perform" campaign, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and the tire company searched across the U.S. to find the three acts -- Suspect208, South of Eden and Ashland -- who were asked to submit an original song and a cover of the 1971 Alice Cooper classic "Under My Wheels."

Fans can go to DrivenToPerformConcert.com a check out videos of the bands' performances and vote for their favorite. The contest runs through April 28, and the act who receives the most votes gets the coveted opening slot during the Evanescence-headlined livestreamed show. Those who vote will be given access to the concert.

While the contest is running, Cooper will give advice to the young bands on their sound, performances and careers. Video footage of the feedback sessions also will be viewable at DrivenToPerformConcert.com.

Alice recently released a new studio called Detroit Stories that celebrates the hard-edged rock music that emerged from the Motor City, which is his childhood hometown.

Reflecting on his Detroit roots, the partnership with Cooper Tire and the new contest, Cooper says, "I was born and spent my early years in Detroit, so cars are in my DNA. The music of Detroit is a true part of the soundtrack of my life. This garage band contest and the concept of being 'Driven to Perform' strike a chord with me because…I began my career the same way so many of these bands did."

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Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion pay tribute to late songwriter Jim Steinman

Jim Steinman in 1981; Terry Lott/Sony Music Archive via Getty Images

Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler and Celine Dion are paying tribute to songwriter Jim Steinman, who passed away this week at age 73.

Meat Loaf paid homage to Steinman with a brief, enigmatic message on his Facebook page that reads, "Coming here soon, My Brother Jimmy. Fly Jimmy Fly." The post also features several of vintage photos of Jim, a couple of which shown him alongside Meat Loaf. Steinman, of course, frequently collaborated with the singer, and wrote his entire classic Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II albums.

Steinman also was responsible for writing Tyler's 1983 chart-topper "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Dion's 1996 smash "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," among many other hit songs.

Bonnie shared her reaction to Steinman's death on her social media sites, writing, "I am absolutely devastated to learn of the passing of my long term friend and musical mentor."

She continued, "Jim wrote and produced some of the most iconic rock songs of all time and I was massively privileged to have been given some of them by him...[I] can say without any doubt that Jim was a true genius."

Tyler added, that Steinman was "a funny, kind, supportive, and deeply caring human being," and she'll "always be grateful to him."

As for Celine, she wrote on her social media pages, "I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Jim Steinman. He was a musical genius... an amazing producer and songwriter...and having the opportunity to work with him was one of the greatest privileges of my career. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Steinman died Monday in Connecticut, according to Variety. No cause of death has been announced.

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Prince died five years ago today; Paisley Park marks anniversary by putting his ashes on display

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Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of Prince, who died on April 21, 2016 an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

To mark the sad milestone, Paisley Park, the museum and recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, that was Prince's home and creative sanctuary, is allowing a limited number of fans who reserved tickets inside to visit today and pay tribute to his life.

Billboard reports that for the occasion, an urn with Prince's ashes, which originally was displayed in the building's atrium before being removed to a private spot in the complex, will be brought out for public viewing again.

Fans who didn't secure reservations will be able to leave flowers and mementos by a statue shaped like Prince's famous love symbol outside the Paisley Park's front doors.

The Paisley Park website also has launched a special webpage collecting tributes posted by fans on their social media sites using the hashtag #Prince4Ever or submitted via the recently launched Tumblr page.

Five years after his death, Prince continues to leave his mark on the music world thanks to his prolific and influential body of work as a singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer.

Since Prince's passing, his family and estate have been releasing a series of deluxe reissues of his studios albums, as well as collections of unreleased studio and live recordings from his vast archives. The latest planned release is a previously unheard 2010 studio album called Welcome 2 America that's due out July 30 and can be pre-ordered now.

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Rolling Stones video, Bon Jovi online contest among nominees for 25th annual Webby Awards

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A Rolling Stones music video and a Bon Jovi promotion offering fans the chance to sing one of the band's new songs are among this year's nominees for the 25th annual Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the internet.

The video for the Rolling Stones song "Criss Cross," a previously unreleased track featured on the deluxe reissue of the band's 1973 album, Goats Head Soup, received a nod in the Best Editing, Performance & Craft (Video) category.

Bon Jovi's SingBonJovi.com contest, which asked fans record themselves singing the group's then-unreleased song "Limitless" without first hearing the tune's melody, will vie for the Celebrity/Fan (General Social) award.

In addition, the Lady Gaga-curated Global Citizen's One World: Together at Home special, which featured performances by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John and many other stars, is in the running for the Best Public Service & Activism (General Virtual & Remote) honor.

You can check out the full list of nominees at WebbyAwards.com.  Winners will be announced at a virtual show on May 18, hosted by Jameela Jamil.

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Limited-edition book featuring late Doors singer Jim Morrison's collected writings due out soon

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A Guide to the Labyrinth: The Collected Works of Jim Morrison, a limited-edition book featuring the writings of Doors frontman Jim Morrison, is being prepared for release soon in collaboration with the late singer's family and estate.

To create the book, Genesis Publications has been given full access to Morrison's archives, including 28 of his personal notebooks. The volume will feature published and rare works, including Jim's poetry, lyrics, drawings, transcripts and excerpts from his notebooks, some of which will be reproductions in Morrison's own handwriting.

A Guide to the Labyrinth also will include text commentary taken from archival interviews with Morrison, plus new interviews with various musicians who have been influenced by Jim's music and writing. In addition, the book will feature well-known and rare photos.

The book will be packaged with a vinyl LP featuring exclusive audio recordings. Only 2,000 copies of the limited-edition publication will be made available worldwide. Check out a preview of the book at Genesis-Publications.com.

News of the book this week coincides with 50th anniversary of the release of The Doors' L.A. Woman, which was the last album the band recorded with Morrison.

A similar book focusing on Morrison's writings, The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts and Lyrics, is scheduled to be published on June 8 by the HarperCollins company.

The nearly 600-page tome also was compiled with the Morrison estate's cooperation.

An audio version of the book will feature archival recordings of Morrison, as well as newly recorded segments read by Patti Smith, indie-rocker Liz Phair, longtime Smith guitarist Oliver Ray, novelist Tom Robbins and Jim's sister, Anne Morrison Chewning, among others.

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Watch video for new mix of John Lennon's "Isolation" featuring 1971 footage of Lennon's UK home

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A new music video for the 1970 John Lennon song "Isolation" featuring archival 1971 footage of the inside of Lennon and wife Yoko Ono's Tittenhurst Park home in Ascot, U.K., has debuted on John's official YouTube channel.

The clip is accompanied by the new "Raw Studio Mix" of "Isolation," which will appear on the upcoming deluxe reissue of Lennon's 1970 debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, due out this Friday, April 23.

The footage, which was directed by John and Yoko, was filmed in July '71 in several rooms on the upstairs level of Tittenhurst Park, and features glimpses of a variety of items and artifacts with significance to the couple's life at the residence.

They include a copy of Yoko's 1971 book Grapefruit; the Polaroid camera Ono used to take the Imagine album cover photo; a number of albums, including a copy John and Yoko's experimental 1968 release Two Virgins; and a piano on which Lennon composed "Imagine" and many other songs.

"Isolation" features Lennon on vocals and piano, Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass.

As previously reported, the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band -- The Ultimate Collection reissue, which can be pre-ordered now, features 159 tracks spread across six CDs and two Blu-ray audio discs, including 87 previously unreleased recordings.

In addition to a new mix of the original album and the three solo singles Lennon released in advance of the record -- "Give Peace a Chance," "Cold Turkey" and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" -- the reissue features a bevy of demos, rehearsal takes, outtakes, jams, studio chatter and much more.

Visit JohnLennon.com for full details about the reissue.

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All-star concert saluting ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to take place in May at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House

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A star-studded concert celebrating the career and philanthropic work of ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be held on May 16 at Nashville's famous Grand Ole Opry House.

Gibbons himself is part of the performance lineup of the benefit event, which is being presented by America Salutes You, and will raise money for several charities that aid military members, veterans and first responders.

The bill also includes country stars Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Ronnie Milsap and Travis Tritt, ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, lauded singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams and actor/musician Dennis Quaid.

In addition, a number of surprise guests will appear at the concert.

The show will feature a house band led by keyboardist Martin Guigui, who played in Gibbons' solo backing band The BFG's, and also will include ex-Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, as well as trombonist Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg and trumpet player Mike Pender of The Max Weinerg 7 and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.

Tickets for the "A Tribute to Billy Gibbons" concert will go on sale this Friday, April 23, at Opry.com.

The show will be taped for broadcast at a later date.

The event will take place a few weeks before the June 4 release of Gibbons' latest solo album, Hardware, which was co-written and co-produced by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, who also plays on the record. You can pre-order Hardware now.

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Styx announces brief joint US tour with Collective Soul in June

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The members of Styx had too much time on their hands during the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the band now has announced plans to get back on the road in June with a series of shows also featuring fellow veteran rockers Collective Soul.

The seven-date joint trek kicks off on June 18 in Alpharetta, Georgia, and is plotted out through a June 27 concert in Oklahoma City. The band's also will visit Mississippi, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

Prior to the outing, Styx has scheduled a June 16 headlining show in St. Augustine, Florida.

Tickets for all of the shows go on sale this Friday, April 23, with the exception of tickets for the St. Augustine concert and a Styx-Collective Soul performance on June 20 in Brandon, Mississippi, which will be available starting April 30.

"We are thrilled by the news that Styx will be hitting the road with our friends Collective Soul," Styx's Tommy Shaw says. "After all this time off, (whew!) and now to get together with this masterful band of storytelling troubadours, we can't wait to see you all again live and in person, performing an evening of music we love."

Adds Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland, "Not only is it great to get back to live music and see our fans, family, and friends; but to experience it with a great band like Styx, IT'S AWESOME! Let's Rock!"

Meanwhile, Styx has added a third show to their recently announced September 25-26 engagement at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas after the first two sold out. The new gig is scheduled for September 24; tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. PT.

Visit StyxWorld.com to check out the band's full 2021 tour itinerary.

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Meat Loaf & Bonnie Tyler songwriter Jim Steinman dead at age 73

Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf in 2012; Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jim Steinman, the songwriter and producer best known for his work with Meat Loaf, has died. He was 73.

Variety reports that Steinman died Monday in Connecticut, according to the state's medical examiner. No cause of death has been announced.

Steinman came to fame during the 1970s when he wrote Meat Loaf's entire 1977 Bat Out of Hell album, including the hit singles "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light."

In 1981, Jim released a solo album, titled Bad for Good, but went on to contribute songs to most of Meat Loaf's ensuing albums, including the chart-topping 1993 Bat Out of Hell sequel Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. Steinman produced and wrote all of the songs on that album, including Meat Loaf's only #1 hit, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Steinman's knack for writing theatrical power ballads resulted in memorable hits for several other music stars, among them Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Holding Out for a Hero," Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em and Weep."

In 1996, Steinman wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down the Wind, which premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and had a two-and-a-half-year run in London starting in 1998. In 2012, Jim was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

More recently, Steinman wrote Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, a stage production that features songs Jim composed for all three of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell albums. The musical premiered in Manchester, U.K., in 2017, and had a Broadway run in 2019.

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Happy 70th Birthday Luther Vandross, from Google!

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Google is paying tribute to R&B legend Luther Vandross on what would have been his 70th birthday.

On Tuesday, Google's homepage featured a video Doodle of an animated Vandross singing his 1981 hit, "Never Too Much." The video shows Vandross playing the piano and performing on stages and arenas, sharing his remarkable vocals with the world.

"It is a true reflection of Luther Vandross’s musical legacy around the world to be honored by Google with an animated video Doodle that fittingly captures the joy Luther has brought the world," reads a statement from the Vandross family on Google.com.

"Luther made each of his songs about one simple, universal subject -- love; an emotion and feeling common to the human experience no matter who you are, where you’re from or what you look like," the statement continues. "No one else has expressed this emotion, in song, at the level Luther did for over 35 years. To have Google broadcast that around the world is a wonderful showcase of his immeasurable talent."

Born on this day in 1951 in New York, Vandross' 1981 Grammy-nominated debut album, Never Too Much, sold over one million copies. He earned eight career Grammys total, including Best R&B Album for 2003's Dance with My Father, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. 

Luther Vandross died of a heart attack on July 1, 2005 at age 54.

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Paul McCartney, Sting among many music stars supporting change to UK streaming laws

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Over 150 musicians, including some of the U.K.'s biggest rock stars, have signed a petition sent to the country's prime minister, Boris Johnson, calling on the government to reform the way it pays songwriters with regard to streaming royalties.

Among the many British artists who support the campaign are Paul McCartney, Sting, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics' Annie Lennox, Duran Duran's John Taylor and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, as well as Stevie Nicks from the U.S.

The petition, which was organized by the U.K.-based Musician's Union organization, charges that "[F]or too long, streaming platforms, record labels and other internet giants have exploited performers and creators without rewarding them fairly." It seeks a change in the law that would "put the value of music back where it belongs -- in the hands of music makers."

The current copyright legislation was put in place in 1988, almost 20 years before the streaming platform Spotify was founded, and the petition claims it's outdated and has allowed record labels to keep most of the money generated from streaming services, rather than distributing it more fairly to songwriters and musicians.

According to the BBC, the initiative launched by the Musician's Union comes at a time when a parliamentary committee has been preparing a report on how money generated by major streaming services is being distributed.

Other artists who signed the letter include Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, Kate Bush, former Dire Straits singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler, Squeeze's Chris Difford, Boy George, The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward, The Cure's Robert Smith and Madness frontman Suggs.

Visit MusiciansUnion.org.uk for more details.

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Heart's Ann Wilson says she's "really glad" about her sister and band mate Nancy's upcoming solo album

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Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have been working on separate solo projects recently, with Ann releasing a series of new singles over the last half year, and Nancy preparing to put out her first studio album, You and Me, next month.

Ann tells ABC Audio that she fully supports her younger sister's decision to work on an album outside of their famous group.

"I welcome it. I think it's really good for her," the frontwoman maintains. "She's a fine musician, and she's right in line to start to express herself outside of Heart. She's got a lot to offer."

Ann adds, "I'm really glad to see her do it. I'm glad we're both doing it. And then, when we get back together and play in Heart, then we're much fuller musicians…because of it." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Last year, Ann revealed to ABC Audio that Heart had planned to tour during 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed all live events. No word yet, when the group might hit the road again, but it recently was announced that Ann will join Gov't Mule as a special guest at the jam band's socially distanced outdoor concert on May 2 concert in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ann released her latest solo single, "Black Wing," on April 12. It's the fourth standalone single she's issued last October, when she released a cover of the Steve Earle song "The Revolution Starts Now." That was followed by the original tunes "Tender Heart" and "The Hammer," in January and February, respectively.

Nancy, meanwhile, has released three advance tracks from You and Me, including an acoustic instrumental called "4 Edward" that she wrote in tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen, which came out this past Friday.

You and Me, which can be pre-ordered now, arrives on May 7.

 

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