This week in Musical Notes “Hamilton” sets new heights, a Joey Feek release, George Michael’s cause of death, Pink Floyd art up for sale, Pharrell Williams gets honoured, and Bad Company goes deluxe.
The Award winning Broadway musical “Hamilton” isn’t the only hot ticket, the soundtrack from that hit musical is also selling like the proverbial hotcakes. The Grammy Award winning album by the original Broadway cast was certified triple platinum by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – for selling three million copies.
Originally released in September 2015, reached the top five, peaking at number three, on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
Only three other albums in the past 50 years have cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart – “The Book of Mormon”, “Hair”, and “Dear Evan Hansen”.
Country and Christian music artist Joey Feek – or Joey + Rory – died as a result of cancer a year ago. On April 7 her 2005 album “If Not for You” (“Strong Enough to Cry”) will get a re-release with a new 48 page book featuring new photos and memories of Joey and the Feek family.
On Christmas Day the world learned that award winning music icon George Michael had died at the age of 53. In the two months since his death there have been numerous speculations and rumours as to how Michael died.
On March 7 the Oxfordshire coroner released his official results on Michael’s death. According to coroner Darren Salter, George Michael suffered from, “dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.” Cardiomyopathy is an enlarged and weakened left ventricle causing a difficulty for the blood to pump properly, Myocarditis is an inflamed heart muscle, and a fatty liver is an above average amount of fat in the liver.
Listing the cause of death as natural causes, the coroner noted that no further action – inquest – was required.
In 1982 British rockers Pink Floyd released “The Wall”. Along with the vinyl album release the album contained some artwork that was designed to give a visual aspect to the emotions of the music on the album.
The original artwork that was created for the album are set to be put up for sale. “The Scream”, “Wife with Flaming Hair”, “Giant Judge and Hammers”, The Mother”, “Education for What?”, “No Jobs!”, “The Wife’s Shadow”, “One of the Frightened Ones”, “The Gross Inflatable Pig”, “Comfortably Numb”, and “The Teacher” are all a part of the collection up for sale at the San Francisco Art Exchange.
Grammy Award winning singer and producer Pharrell Williams has a new award to add to his growing colleciton.
On March 6 French Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay presented Williams with the Officier des Arts et des Lettres Award for his contributions to the arts at a ceremony in France.
Williams joins previous Arts et des Lettres winners Michael Keaton, Sharon Stone, Sir Elton John, and Tim Burton for the honour.
Following the deluxe releases of “Bad Company” and “Straight Shooter”, Bad Company is set to go deluxe with “Run with the Pack” and “Burnin’ Sky” on May 26.
Along with remastered versions of the albums, the packages will feature a second disc of rarities including studio jam sessions and alternate versions of the songs.
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