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Madonna polled her fans on what songs they most want to hear her perform on her upcoming Celebration Tour — or, as she put it, "Think of me as your waitress….. What songs would you like on the menu?" And it looks like she's giving us a peek into her appetizers and main course.

On her Instagram Story, Madonna is seen writing down the titles of some of her most beloved hits, as well as some songs that weren't singles but are fan favorites. They include "Rescue Me," "Like a Prayer," "Physical Attraction," "Papa Don't Preach," "Bad Girl," "Human Nature," "Crazy for You," "Lucky Star" and "Erotica."

Whether or not Madonna actually performs these songs is anybody's guess. According to Setlist.FM, "Like a Prayer," "Human Nature" and "Papa Don't Preach" are among her top 10 most-performed songs, so those may be a safe bet. Then again, Madonna doesn't like to repeat herself.

Madonna's Celebration Tour kicks off July 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Former British rock star Gary Glitter is a free man. The BBC reports that Glitter, best known for his hit “Rock & Roll (Part 2),” was released from prison on Friday. He’d been serving a 16-year sentence for various sexual offenses against minors.

Glitter was released after serving only half of his sentence at a prison on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England. His fixed-term sentence meant he’d automatically be freed halfway through.

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, was sentenced back in 2015 on charges involving three young girls between the ages of 10 and 13. Those charges included attempted rape, unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 and four counts of indecent assault.

But while Glitter’s out of jail, he isn’t completely free. He will be monitored by probation officers, with a Ministry of Justice spokesperson noting he'll "face some of the strictest license conditions.” He will also have to wear a GPS tracker.

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John Oates is out with a new single today. The Daryl Hall & John Oates star has released the new tune “Disconnected.”

“There are always times in our lives when we all feel “Disconnected” from some thing or someone …emotionally, physically, spiritually, or any of the above,” Oates shares, “but the important thing is to never give up hope and strive to find a way to pull it all back together.”

He adds, “'Disconnected' was an idea that I had in my digital archives that I rediscovered during the pandemic...the theme felt even more timely.”

“Disconnected” is the second of a series of tracks Oates will release each month. It follows last month’s single, “Pushin’ a Rock.”

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On This Day February 3, 2008…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix, Arizona, which saw the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. 

In just over three minutes, the band rocked crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium with a set that included such classics as “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” The show was a warmup to the band’s world tour, which kicked off later that year.

The Giants won the game 17 to 14.

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Sheryl Crow's two sons may not be her biggest fans, but that doesn't mean they're not proud that mom may be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Speaking to USA Today in New York City on February 1 -- the day she found out she was nominated for the Rock Hall -- Sheryl revealed that while she "wouldn't say that I am their favorite artist," her 15-year-old son, Wyatt, "called me today and said, 'Mom, I'm so proud of you. I heard you're nominated.'"

Sheryl also said she's not going to tour this summer so she can spend time with Wyatt and Levi, who's 12. 

"Oh my gosh, it goes so fast. I mean, I can't stand it," she explained.  "My 15-year-old, in about three months, is going to get his driver's license, and you just feel like, they're little tiny toddlers, and the next thing they're slipping away. So I am into every moment."

"I don't want to miss anything. And I'm not even touring this summer because I want to make sure that they want to be where I am and that we can be together," Sheryl added.

And despite having worked in a wide variety of genres and collaborated with any number of legendary stars, Sheryl says it's her boys who make sure she's up to date on what's happening in music.

"They're into pop music and they're into rap music, and they're also into country music," she said. "They're both really into ['Something in the Orange' singer] Zach Bryan right now, so I'm learning. I'm getting educated on what's current and what's hitting right now."

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Australia will formally say goodbye to one of its most beloved stars on February 26, when a State Memorial Service will be held to honor Olivia Newton-John.  The iconic singer, actress and activist died of cancer August 8 at age 73.

The memorial service is a free ticketed event scheduled for Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, and is being planned along with representatives of Olivia's family. There will be tributes from friends -- presumably some of the more famous ones -- and a musical performance by Australian singer Delta Goodrem.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John was an inspiration to many around the world -- her work in cancer research and treatment saved lives and changed lives and her music was the soundtrack to a generation,” said Daniel Andrews, premier of the Australian state of Victoria, in a statement.

He added, "We know Victorians are eager to celebrate the life of a driving force in medical research and an icon of film and music, with a service befitting her international acclaim.”

If you want to travel Down Under for the event, you'll need to register for the free tickets starting February 10 -- visit vic.gov.au/olivia-newton-john for details on how to do it.  If you want to watch the service online, it'll stream live at that same web address at 4 p.m. Melbourne time, which is midnight EST.

You can also make a donation in honor of the late Grease star to the Wellness Programs at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre. To donate, visit onjcancercentre.org/donate.

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We now know the cause of death for singer/actress Irene Cara, who passed away November 25 at the age of 63.

According to Yahoo Entertainment, the Pinellas County, Florida, medical examiner has ruled the Fame star died of natural causes, blaming high cholesterol and hypertension. The report notes she suffered from cholesterol/plaque buildup in the arteries and hypertensive cardiovascular disease due to high blood pressure. Diabetes also contributed to her condition. 

After landing roles in Roots: The Next Generations and the 1976 cult film Sparkle, Cara got her big break when she was cast as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame. The role had her singing two of the movie’s signature songs, the title track, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song, and “Out Here On My Own,” which was also nominated for an Oscar.

She also co-wrote “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” the theme song for the movie Flashdance, which went to number one on the Hot 100. It won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original song, as well as the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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Queen is out with the latest installment of their yearlong YouTube series Queen The Greatest Live. This week's episode focuses on rehearsals for 1986’s The Magic Tour.

The 26-date Magic Tour, which hit stadiums in the United Kingdom and Europe, wound up being frontman Freddie Mercury’s final shows and had the band playing a set list that featured almost 30 songs. The episode gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals for the songs “Tear It Up,” “I Want To Break Free” and “Now I’m Here.”

According to the band’s multimedia collaborator Simon Lupton, it’s apparent the video featured in the episode wasn’t official and the band probably didn’t know it was being recorded. He notes, “Although it would have been very much frowned upon at the time, it now gives us a rare and fascinating insight into the rehearsal process," calling the video footage a "rare gem."

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Some more artists have been added to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. CBS Mornings revealed that the latest additions to the show include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Chris Stapleton, who’ll perform together on the telecast.

The program noted that Wonder chose Stapleton for the performance, although right now there’s no word on what the trio will be performing. 

Smokey’s addition comes on the same day he’s set to be honored as one of the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Persons of the Year, alongside Motown founder Berry Gordy.

The new additions join already announced Grammy performers Mick Fleetwood, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow, who’ll pay tribute to the late Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie, as well as Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras and Sam Smith.

The 65th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.

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Monday, February 6, would have been Bob Marley’s 78th birthday, and to celebrate the milestone the Marley Family is giving fans a present – new vinyl. 

The Marley Family, along with Tuff Gong and UME, will release 12 limited-edition Bob Marley vinyl LPs on March 24. Each release will be numbered and pressed at Tuff Gong International headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica.

The releases will include nine original studio albums, including Uprising, Burnin’ and Natty Dread, along with two live albums and the reggae compilation Legend. The album Catch A Fire is being released in its original Jamaica-recorded version, without the overdubs and mix added by Island founder Chris Blackwell. The vinyl will have two extra tracks from the Jamaica sessions.

All albums are available for preorder now.

But that’s not all. The latest edition of the web series Fashion Icon focuses on Marley’s influence on the fashion world and the evolution of his style throughout his career. The episode, which is out now, is narrated by Cedella Marley and talks with members of the Marley family, including Ky-Mani Marley, Rohan Marley and Skip Marley, as well as Chuck D and others.

Finally, the Bob Marley birthday celebration will be held at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday and will be streamed live on the Tuff Gong TV YouTube channel. It’s set to feature several Jamaican entertainers, along with tributes from Tyrone Downie and Jo Mersa Marley of The Wailers.

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Mary Wilson may have passed away on February 8, 2021, but fans will soon get to hear her voice again in a never-before-heard tune.

A previously unreleased Wilson track, “Soul Defender,” is set to be released March 3 to coincide with what would have been The Supremes singer’s 79th birthday on March 6. The track, written by Billy Ray Martin and produced by Paul Brewer, will be released by Sweet Face Music in three versions: a radio version, an extended dance mix and an instrumental version. 

“Growing up in the ’70s it was not hard to hear the Supremes and see them on TV,” says Sweet Face Music's Brewer. “Although I grew up the son of a preacher and secular music was banned in our home, The Supremes and Mary Wilson always represented class and style, and also the music world I daydreamed to one day be a part of.”

"Soul Defender" is the first Wilson release since The Motown Anthology, which was released in January 2022. It was a two-disc collection spanning her Motown career.

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Madonna polled her fans on what songs they most want to hear her perform on her upcoming Celebration Tour — or, as she put it, "Think of me as your waitress….. What songs would you like on the menu?" And it looks like she's giving us a peek into her appetizers and main course.

On her Instagram Story, Madonna is seen writing down the titles of some of her most beloved hits, as well as some songs that weren't singles but are fan favorites. They include "Rescue Me," "Like a Prayer," "Physical Attraction," "Papa Don't Preach," "Bad Girl," "Human Nature," "Crazy for You," "Lucky Star" and "Erotica."

Whether or not Madonna actually performs these songs is anybody's guess. According to Setlist.FM, "Like a Prayer," "Human Nature" and "Papa Don't Preach" are among her top 10 most-performed songs, so those may be a safe bet. Then again, Madonna doesn't like to repeat herself.

Madonna's Celebration Tour kicks off July 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Former British rock star Gary Glitter is a free man. The BBC reports that Glitter, best known for his hit “Rock & Roll (Part 2),” was released from prison on Friday. He’d been serving a 16-year sentence for various sexual offenses against minors.

Glitter was released after serving only half of his sentence at a prison on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England. His fixed-term sentence meant he’d automatically be freed halfway through.

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, was sentenced back in 2015 on charges involving three young girls between the ages of 10 and 13. Those charges included attempted rape, unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 and four counts of indecent assault.

But while Glitter’s out of jail, he isn’t completely free. He will be monitored by probation officers, with a Ministry of Justice spokesperson noting he'll "face some of the strictest license conditions.” He will also have to wear a GPS tracker.

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John Oates is out with a new single today. The Daryl Hall & John Oates star has released the new tune “Disconnected.”

“There are always times in our lives when we all feel “Disconnected” from some thing or someone …emotionally, physically, spiritually, or any of the above,” Oates shares, “but the important thing is to never give up hope and strive to find a way to pull it all back together.”

He adds, “'Disconnected' was an idea that I had in my digital archives that I rediscovered during the pandemic...the theme felt even more timely.”

“Disconnected” is the second of a series of tracks Oates will release each month. It follows last month’s single, “Pushin’ a Rock.”

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On This Day February 3, 2008…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix, Arizona, which saw the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. 

In just over three minutes, the band rocked crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium with a set that included such classics as “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” The show was a warmup to the band’s world tour, which kicked off later that year.

The Giants won the game 17 to 14.

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Sheryl Crow's two sons may not be her biggest fans, but that doesn't mean they're not proud that mom may be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Speaking to USA Today in New York City on February 1 -- the day she found out she was nominated for the Rock Hall -- Sheryl revealed that while she "wouldn't say that I am their favorite artist," her 15-year-old son, Wyatt, "called me today and said, 'Mom, I'm so proud of you. I heard you're nominated.'"

Sheryl also said she's not going to tour this summer so she can spend time with Wyatt and Levi, who's 12. 

"Oh my gosh, it goes so fast. I mean, I can't stand it," she explained.  "My 15-year-old, in about three months, is going to get his driver's license, and you just feel like, they're little tiny toddlers, and the next thing they're slipping away. So I am into every moment."

"I don't want to miss anything. And I'm not even touring this summer because I want to make sure that they want to be where I am and that we can be together," Sheryl added.

And despite having worked in a wide variety of genres and collaborated with any number of legendary stars, Sheryl says it's her boys who make sure she's up to date on what's happening in music.

"They're into pop music and they're into rap music, and they're also into country music," she said. "They're both really into ['Something in the Orange' singer] Zach Bryan right now, so I'm learning. I'm getting educated on what's current and what's hitting right now."

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