• Elton John has released a new remix of his and Bernie Taupin's Oscar-shortlisted track, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again,'" which serves as the theme to his biopic Rocketman and is sung as a duet with actor Taron Egerton. Elton said in a statement: "Bernie and I wanted to celebrate the nominations for '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again. I'm so happy that Purple Disco Machine was able to come to the party with a fabulous new remix. I'm a massive fan of his work."
  • "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award. In addition to the Egerton duet, Elton has also made the Best Original Song Oscar shortlist with "Never Too Late" from The Lion King, which he co-wrote with lyricist Tim Rice. (Rolling Stone)

  • Eric Clapton has just issued a new video for his holiday track, "For Love On Christmas Day." The animated clip was plucked from "Slowhand's" critically acclaimed 2018 Happy Xmas collection. Last month, Clapton released a Record Store Day 12-inch white colored vinyl release featuring "For Love On Christmas Day" and "Home For The Holidays." (Press release)

  • Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will play a pair of sets at Knoxville, Tennessee's Big Ears Festival, which runs between March 26th and 29th. Jones will perform as part of Sons Of Chipotle, his collaboration with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen -- which will mark the duo's U.S. debut. Their set will feature "grand piano, mandolin, and electronics." Jones has also signed on to play his own solo spot.
  • According to the announcement: "Big Ears will host the rare opportunity to experience John Paul Jones' fertile, musical imagination as it unfolds in an improvised solo performance responding only to the sounds and textures that emerge." (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Coming on February 14th is the new David Bowie seven-inch picture disc, the 40th anniversary edition of "Alabama Song." The vinyl release features studio version of the tune on the A-side, which was recorded on July 2nd 1978, the day after the final show of the European leg of the tour at Tony Visconti's Good Earth Studios in Soho, London.
  • The B-Side features two previously unreleased tracks: a rendition of the 'Heroes' track "Joe The Lion" recorded at the soundcheck of the tour's final Earl's Court show on July 1st, 1978. The second track is a live version of "Alabama Song" -- also recorded July 1st 1978, but a different performance than the one featured on the live album Welcome To The Blackout. (Press release)

  • Brian Wilson has listed his Top 10 favorite albums of all time for Britain's Far Out Magazine. Not surprisingly the breakdown features one album each from Randy Newman, the Four Freshmen, Three Dog Night, the Rolling Stones, and Phil Spector; two from the Beatles -- and no less than three picks from his own Beach Boys catalogue. (Far Out Magazine)

Brian Wilson's 10 favorite albums of all time are:

1. Randy Newman - Sail Away
2. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
3. Three Dog Night - Seven Separate Fools
4. The Four Freshmen - Four Freshmen And Five Trombones
5. The Beach Boys - Friends
6. Phil Spector - A Christmas Gift For You
7. The Beach Boys - Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
8. The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
9. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
10. The Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons