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This Week In Rock

January 19, 2020

History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…

#OnThisDay January 13, 1968
Johnny Cash plays live for 2,000 inmates at Folsom Prison in California. The gig is recorded and released as ‘Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison’ and the album becomes one his most popular recordings.

#OnThisDay January 14, 1969
Happy birthday to Foo Fighters’ lynchpin Dave Grohl! Did you know that he once made a cameo appearance on The X-Files in a 1996 episode called ‘Pusher’?

#OnThisDay January 15, 1976
Paul Simonon auditions for the singer’s job in The London SS. Though he misses out on the job, he befriends the band’s guitarist Mick Jones and the pair go on to form The Clash when they hook up with singer-guitarist Joe Strummer.

#OnThisDay January 16, 1987
George Michael’s status as an international superstar is sealed when his debut solo album, ‘Faith’, tops the US charts. It goes on to scoop the coveted Album Of The Year gong at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

#OnThisDay January 17, 2009
Bruce Springsteen plays the inauguration concert for US president Barack Obama singing ‘The Rising’ and dueting with folk legend Pete Seeger on ‘This Land Is Your Land’.

#OnThisDay January 18, 1974
Barry Manilow scores his first domestic No. 1 hit single with the monster smash that is ‘Mandy’. A hit in the UK, too, it reaches No. 11.

#OnThisDay January 19, 1980
Adam And The Ants’ debut album, ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’, becomes the first album to top the newly established Independent Album Charts. Check out this cracking live version of ‘Car Trouble’ recorded in 1981.

Barry Manilow – Five Songs You Need To Know

Barry Manilow – Five Songs You Need To Know

Ahead of Barry Manilow’s fourteen-night residency commencing at the London Palladium this June, we’re looking at some of the tracks we’re sure will be iconic moments!

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Listen To Bruce Springsteen: Songs from Around the World Vol. 2

Listen To Bruce Springsteen: Songs from Around the World Vol. 2

Listen to unforgettable performances of “Tunnel of Love,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and “Human Touch,” all available to stream for the first time ever.

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Barry Manilow’s ‘Barry Live In Britain’ – Out Now!

Barry Manilow’s ‘Barry Live In Britain’ – Out Now!

As he prepares to play ‘The Last London Concerts’ with a very special 14-night residency at London’s Palladium, Barry Manilow will celebrate the occasion by reissuing his fan favourite live album ‘Barry Live In Britain’!

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Bruce Springsteen announces 40th Anniversary Vinyl release of Born In The USA

Bruce Springsteen announces 40th Anniversary Vinyl release of Born In The USA

Get the 40th anniversary edition of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ pressed on translucent red vinyl. The collector item includes an exclusive booklet with archival material from the era.

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George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify!

George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify!

George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ has just joined the Spotify #BillionsClub!

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Bruce Springsteen – Fan Favourites

Bruce Springsteen – Fan Favourites

Bruce Springsteen has penned an audacious number of anthems. With too many hits to choose from, let’s shine a light on some fan favourites. 

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Bruce Springsteen – ‘Best Of’ Out Now!

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Best Of’ Out Now!

Celebrate the music of Bruce Springsteen with a collection of original songs spanning his storied 50-year recording career, from 1973’s Greeting from Asbury Park, NJ to 2020’s Letter To You.

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WHAM! Re-Release Their Iconic Albums ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’

WHAM! Re-Release Their Iconic Albums ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’

We’re delighted to announce that WHAM!’s ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Make It Big’ albums will be released on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years! Pressed on both limited edition colour and black vinyl. Available everywhere on 22nd March. Pre-order now

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Spotlight in Stereo – Valentine’s Day Duel!

Spotlight in Stereo – Valentine’s Day Duel!

It’s the most romantic day of the year if you’re happily in love. If you’re not, then it’s quite possibly the most tedious, lonely and depressing one on the calendar. Ever the diplomats, here in the Spotlight Office we want to include all our colleagues in the celebrations and commiserations, so we created two Valentine’s playlists; one for Everybody In Love and another for those who are Single.  

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WHAM! Make history as ‘Last Christmas’ claims its first ever UK Christmas No.1!

WHAM! Make history as ‘Last Christmas’ claims its first ever UK Christmas No.1!

Britain’s much-loved duo WHAM! have claimed the Official UK Christmas Number 1 with ‘Last Christmas’ for the first time since the song was released nearly 40 years ago!

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