Happy Birthday Sting
- Happy Birthday Sting
Birthday wishes to musician, actor, philanthropist Sting who celebrates today (October 2). Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, England he began playing the guitar when he was 10. Sting got his teaching degree and played in jazz bands nights and weekends throughout college and while teaching. The nickname 'Sting' came about while he was playing with the band the Phoenix Jazzmen. Leader Gordon Solomon dubbed him 'Sting' when the bassist showed up to perform in a black and yellow striped sweater. In 1977, Sting moved to London and went on to form the rock band The Police with Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers. His most recent solo album is Symphonicities, released in 2010 and he is scheduled to resume his 'Back to Bass' tour in Europe and Asia in November. Sting will be performing at Radio City Music Hall on October 4 for the Children's Health Fund 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert joining with actors Tom Hanks and Steve Martin, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and James Taylor, among others.
- Adele Debuts "Skyfall" on October 4
Adele will premiere her latest recording "Skyfall," the official theme song to the upcoming 007 adventure film of the same name via her official site, www.Adele.tv. The track will debut on Friday, October 5 at 0:07 BST/London time or Thursday, October 4 at 7:07pm EST for U.S. fans. The song will be available to purchase as a download immediately after this premiere. October 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No and the beginning of the enduring and successful James Bond film franchise. The date will be celebrated as Global James Bond Day. Adele enlisted Paul Epworth to co-write and produce the theme song to "Skyfall." She says, "I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There's a lot of instant spotlight and the pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end... When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I'll be back combing my hair when I'm 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I'm sure!" The track was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features a 77-piece orchestra.
- New Whitney Houston TV Special, Hits Album and Book due in Nov.
On November 16, CBS will air We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston, an hour-long primetime special that honors Houston’s music with artists like Jennifer Hudson and Usher confirmed to perform. The special will be taped at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on October 11, and tickets are on sale now. Earlier that week, RCA Records will release a greatest hits package I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston. The 18-song album is due out on November 13 and will include two previously unreleased recordings: a new version of "I Look To You" (featuring R. Kelly) and "Never Give Up." Then on November 27 an official photo book, entitled Whitney: Tribute to an Icon will hit bookstores. The book is available on Atria and part of the proceeds will support Teen Summit, one of Houston’s favorite charities.
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