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James Blunt releases new single

bonfire-heartLONDON – James Blunt has released a new single online Monday, just before it’s due to hit the airwaves later today.

In an email to fans early Monday morning, James Blunt released his latest single “Bonfire Heart.” The song is scheduled to premiere on the radio later this morning. The single will be available on iTunes Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Blunt said, “The song is about love, life, fear and hope… and more than anything, you… and me…”

This is the first single from his upcoming new album ‘Moon Landing’ due to drop in October.

Blunt is currently recording a lyric-based video and will be posting it to his website today.

The song is a nice folksy song with some memorable lyrics and a very catchy tune. This one will chart.

What do you think? Listen here.

The London based singer exploded onto the US music scene in 2005 with his third single “You’re Beautiful” off of his album “Back to Bedlam,” which was released in 2003. The album went on to sell over 11 million copies and topped the album charts in 16 territories worldwide. It’s sold over 2.6 million in the U.S.and is certified 2x platinum. In Britain the album has been certified 10× platinum, sold over three million copies, winning the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling album in one year.

Here are the lyrics to “Bonfire Heart.”

Bonfire Heart

Your mouth is a revolver firing bullets in the sky.
Your love is like a soldier, loyal till you die.
And I’ve been looking at the stars for a long, long time.
I’ve been putting out fires all my life.
Everybody wants a flame, but they don’t want to get burnt.
And today is our turn.

Days like these lead to nights like this leads to love like ours,
You light the spark in my bonfire heart.
People like us, we don’t need that much.
Just someone that starts, starts the spark in our bonfire hearts.

This world is getting colder. Strangers passing by.
No one offers you a shoulder. No one looks you in the eye.
But I’ve been looking at you for a long, long time.
Just trying to break through, trying to make you mine.
Everybody wants a flame, they don’t want to get burnt
Well today is our turn.

Days like these lead to nights like this leads to love like ours,
You light a spark in my bonfire heart.
People like us, we don’t need that much.
Just someone that starts, starts a spark in our bonfire hearts.

‘The Voice’ contestant MacKenzie Bourg releases new video

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Photo: MacKenzie Bourg

Team Cee-Lo scores with “The Voice” contestant MacKenzie Bourg, as the third season’s contestant releases his new music video for his hit song “Everyone’s Got A Story,”

The 19-year-old has been through quite a bit at such a young age, when a couple of years prior to being on “The Voice” he contracted viral myocarditis, triggering congestive  heart failure. Before being placed in a medically induced coma he told his father that he would wake up before the Superbowl. As promised he came out of his coma the day before the Superbowl. That was the year “The Voice” followed the big game, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Winning the hearts of millions of fans on the music competition show with his Justin Bieber looks and great backstory, Bourg never looked back after his elimination, as fans cheered him on through Twitter. After he released his debut single “Everyone’s Got A Story,” the MacPack, as his fans are called, drove the tune to the top 60 on iTunes.The-Voice

After releasing his first song the MacPack tweeted their praise, including Christina Millan who wrote, “I love the new @BourgMackeznie single! great song! Congrats!”

“Smooth” rocker Rob Thomas joined the MacPack as he tweeted “Hey Guys! Our friend MacKenzie Bourg has a new single out.. check it out!”

At 19 Bourg has a very soulful voice and pulls off a very nice Jason Maraz sound in “Everyone’s Got A Story.” It’s a great tune and nicely done video.

Soon enough you will be reading about other up and coming singers being referred to as having a MacKenzie Bourg kinda sound.

Beach Boys Reunion Tour Comes to a Close

(LR) David Marks, Mike Love, and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys

Last year The Beach Boys announced a reunion tour that included the original surviving  members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, plus longtime members Bruce Johnston and David Marks, along with Jeffrey Foskett.

When they kicked off their 50th anniversary tour in Tucson on April 24, they brought with them a set list of 42 songs. By the time they played at the Hollywood Bowl in June their set list grew to 46 songs.

Obviously they were saving their best for last because when they played their final concert at London’s Wembley Arena on September 27, the set list was a whopping 55 songs!

Prior to the final show Love announced that he planned on touring as The Beach Boys with Johnston, leaving out Wilson, Jardine, and Marks. While some have feigned shock over the announcement, it should come as no surprise, since Love had been touring with Johnston, and his son Christian under The Beach Boy name prior to their reunion tour.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Thunder Valley Casino in 2011

Brian Wilson, who stopped touring with the group in 1965, said at their September 18 Grammy appearance, “I wouldn’t mind getting together with Mike and the guys and recording an exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” There’s no word on whether or not that will become a reality, but odds are that it won’t materialize.

Wilson told CNN in September, “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (Love) doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”

For their reunion The Beach Boys released a new album which included “That’s Why God Made the Radio”, beating The Beatles’ record for duration on Billboard’s top 10 chart (the Fabs’ top 10 hits spanned 47 years, seven months and three weeks, versus the Beach Boys’ 49 years and one week).

So what did they play for their final set?

Set 1 Set 2
Do It Again
Little Honda
Catch a Wave
Hawaii
Don’t Back Down
Surfin’ Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
This Whole World
Wendy
Getcha Back
Then I Kissed Her
You’re So Good to Me
Kiss Me, Baby
Isn’t It Time
Come Go With Me
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Dance, Dance, Dance
Darlin’
Disney Girls
It’s OK
Cotton Fields
Be True to Your School
Ballad of Ol’ Betsy
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
409
Shut Down
I Get Around
Pet Sounds
Add Some Music To Your Day
Sail On, Sailor
Heroes and Villains
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
California Dreamin’
California Saga: California
In My Room
All This is That
That’s Why God Made the Radio
Summer’s Gone
Forever
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Good Vibrations
California Girls
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music
Do You Wanna Dance?
Surfin’ U.S.A.Encore
Kokomo
Barbara Ann
Fun, Fun, Fun

Beach Boys Release New Single

David Marks, Mike Love, and Al Jardine

The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, an international tour, and commemorative catalog releases.  The Beach Boys announced details about their new studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, to be released June 5 by Capitol/EMI.

Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ Ocean Way Studios for That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s 29th studio album (including 2011’s The SMiLE Sessions), the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members.  Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album’s 11 new songs illustrate The Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story.

The album’s lead single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” showcases The Beach Boys’ soaring harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music’s radio champions around the world. Listen to their latest song

“Radio was my whole education,” says Brian Wilson.  “Chuck Berry, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Freshmen, Phil Spector, Little Richard … To hear ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio‘ on the radio would be a thrill beyond belief, it really would.”

Mike Love

“I got a lot of my appreciation for all of the creativity in the world, in terms of music, through the radio,” says Mike Love.  “For all of us who grew up in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond, the radio has played such a huge, important part in our lives.  When we were kids, we’d sneak out of the house and go and sit in Brian’s car and listen to the local radio stations on his car radio.”

The album’s other new songs include “Think About The Days,” “Isn’t It Time,” “Spring Vacation,” “Private Life Of Bill And Sue,” “Shelter,” “Daybreak Over The Ocean,” “Beaches In Mind,” “Strange World,” “My Life Suite,” and “Summer’s Gone.”

The Beach Boys’ collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements.

“We’ve come full circle,” says Al Jardine.  “Sharing our memories and ourpresent in the studio has been really remarkable.  I can especially feel it when we’re all singing around the mic together, because we all hear each other and we really lock in.”

“We have reunited as a band, but we never ‘un-reunited’ as friends,” says Bruce Johnston.  “To be back in the studio with these guys is like a prayer that’s been answered and I am thrilled to be sharing it with everybody.”

“This is more like a family reunion than anything,” says David Marks.  “When we’re together, we get along great.  The chemistry always works the same as the last time we were together, and the five of us become a single element.”

 

 

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