Musical Notes – March 15

This week in Musical Notes, Pitbull gets honoured, Nickelback finds a diamond, MusiCares honours U2 member, Jimmy Page’s early days revealed, Pink Floyd goes Opera, David Bowie’s stamps get spaced, The Who in residence, Ed Sheeran tries acting, and the Gibb children tribute the Brothers Gibb.

Musical Notes


Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning artist Pitbull is being honoured with the inaugural Global Ambassador Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On June 15 the SHOF will hold their 48th annual award ceremonies where Pitbull will be one of the honourees.

The Global Ambassador Award will be presented as merited for music artists whose music has a “true worldwide appeal” and transcends musical genre, cultures, and boundaries.

Along with his Grammy Awards, Pitbull has had 43 of his songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The Latin rapper has worked with numerous artists including Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer, Kesha, Jennifer Lopez, Austin Mahone, and Enrique Iglesias.

They are the band that everyone loves to hate, but the lad of Nickelback have joined a very exclusive club. The band’s album “All the Right Reasons” has been certified Diamond by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States. Recently the RIAA determined that albums that have been downloaded or streamed will also count in the calculation when determining album certifications where 10 songs equals one album download and 1,500 streams equals one album.

After debuting at number one on the Billboard Album 200 chart, “All the Right Moves” went on to spend a total of 200 weeks on the album chart.

MusiCares is an organization that provides aid to musicians in time of need. At a benefit concert on June 26 in New York City, MusiCares will present U2 bass player Adam Clayton with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his contributions to the MusiCares MAP Fund.

Jimmy Page:

Long before he became a part of the iconic band Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page produced an album, but it was never released…until now. Fifty six years after it was originally recorded, “Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning” will be released on April 30.

Pink Floyd:
On March 11 “Another Brick in the Wall: L’Opera” debuted in Montreal. Next July the opera will make its American premiere in Cincinnati.

Based on the band’s double album “Another Brick in the Wall”, the opera will feature a 70 piece orchestra, eight soloists, and a 48 member chorus appearing with opera’s star baritone Etienne Dupuis as Pink.

David Bowie:
Legendary British rocker David Bowie is the first music star to have an entire set of stamps dedicated to him by the Royal Mail Service in the United Kingdom.

A total of 52 Bowie stamp collections were launched. The stamps will travel into space with the help of some helium balloons. The stamps will travel 34,100 meters in the atmosphere before making their way back to Earth.

Any fan who recovers one of the collections and can correctly relate to the Royal Mail exactly where the collection was recovered can win one of the limited edition first day covers.

The Who:
This summer long time rockers The Who will spend part of their summer in Las Vegas. Beginning July 29 the band will become the first rock act to take up a residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The Who are set to perform six shows at The Colosseum – July 29 and August 1, 4, 7, 9, and 11.

The Who have announced that $1 from each ticket sale will go toward Teen Cancer America.

Ed Sheeran:
Two time Grammy Award winning British Artist Ed Sheeran has just released his newest album “
÷” and topped the Billboard Album 200 chart with the biggest selling album to date. And when the hit HBO television series “Game of Thrones” premieres next year, Sheeran will be one of the many guest starring appearances.

Gibb Collective:
Samantha Gibb – Maurice’s daughter – decided to pay tribute to her Dad and uncles with her version of the Bee Gees song ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941”. She was soon joined by her Gibb cousins.

Calling themselves the Gibb Collective, each cousin chose one of their favourite songs to create a 10 song album. Titled “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights”, the album does not yet have a release date.

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