Musical Notes – Oct. 15

In this edition of Musical Notes, “American Idol” names its judges, a Led Zeppelin member gets honoured, and Whitney gets enhanced.

Musical Notes

“American Idol”:
“American Idol” went off the air in 2015 after 15 seasons on FOX. Earlier this year, ABC announced that they would be reviving the hit competition reality show in 2018.

When the show went off the air, host Ryan Seacrest was the only original cast member to still be a part of the show. Seacrest is returning to Idol to revive his role as host.

Early on it was announced that pop star Katy Perry would be one of the judges. The judging panel has now been completed with the addition of Country music star Luke Bryan and R&B music legend Lionel Richie.

Richie, like his fellow judges, is an award winning artist. Richie issued a statement expressing his feelings on joining the show saying, “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke, and Ryan on ‘American Idol’. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”

 

John Bonham:
Over 35 years after his death at the age of 32, former Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham will have a permanent memorial established in his hometown of Redditch in the United Kingdom.

After four years of fundraising the Redditch Council has approved a statue to honour the drummer that will be erected in Mercian Square. Sculptor Mark Richards will be constructing the bronze statue over the next several months with a completion date set for what would have been Bonham’s 70th birthday in May of next year.

 

“The Bodyguard” Anniversary Release:
It has been 25 years since “The Bodyguard” starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner was released. The soundtrack from that film spawned a number of hit songs for Houston.

As a part of the celebration Legacy Recordings is releasing an enhanced version of the film’s soundtrack – “I Wish You Love: More from The Bodyguard” – that will include some new music that has never before been released.

The new release will include selections from Houston’s Bodyguard World Tour, alternate recordings of songs from the film, and a remix of “I’m Every Woman”. The new release will also feature some new artwork.

The original “The Bodyguard” soundtrack has been certified with the Diamond Award for selling at least 10 million copies of the album in the United States. Selling 17 million copies, the album also spent 20 weeks in the number one spot of the Billboard Album 200 chart. The first album to sell one million copies in a single week, “The Bodyguard” went on to become the highest selling soundtrack.


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