Madonna Strikes Back: Inside Her Star-Packed New Album ‘Rebel Heart’

After a devastating leak, the Queen takes back control of her 2015 LP

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Madonna was “devastated” by the leak, but immediately got back to work on ‘Rebel Heart.’Michael Tran/Getty

Madonna was in Africa in late November, visiting schools built by her Raising Malawi nonprofit, when the first leak hit the Web: 40 seconds of “Rebel Heart,” a defiant, dance-y track she had recently been working on. Three weeks later, the leak became a flood. Madonna was back in New York on December 17th, when fans started alerting her via Instagram that 13 demos recorded for her unfinished 13th album, also called Rebel Heart, had been illegally posted online and were spreading like wildfire.

It was an unprecedented leak: Nearly a full album’s worth of work arr...

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The Who, Elton John Lead New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup

Wilco, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran and countless more lined up for weeklong Big Easy party

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Elton John and the Who are both slated to perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest. Andrew H. Walker/Getty; Matt Kent/Getty

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is routinely one of the most diverse annual music fests, and the 2015 incarnation boasts one of its strongest lineups yet as the Who, Elton John, No Doubt, Widespread Panic, Keith Urban and Jimmy Buffett have all been enlisted as headliners across the fest’s seven days. Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Pitbull, Chicago, T.I. Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Winwood and Buddy Guy will also be on hand.

Fleshing out the Jazz Fest lineup are Jimmy Cliff, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Allen Toussaint, Sturgill Simpson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Hozier, Galactic with guest Macy Gray, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Juvenile and Mannie Fresh Together, Taj Mahal and countless others. Organizers note that a Sunday, May 3rd headliner is still to be announced.

Jazz Fest usually does a masterful job of procuring a lineup stocked with classic rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, country and the sounds of New Orleans. Visit the Jazz Fest site for the complete lineup.

The festival’s opening weekend goes down at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course from April 24th to the 26th, while the second weekend kicks off Thursday, April 30th to Sunday May 3rd. More than 500 artists will hit the stage over the course of the festival’s seven days, 80 percent of which hail from the Big Easy.

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Huey Morgan to join Pee Wee Ellis at Ronnie Scott’s

A key member of the legendary James Brown great funk band in the 60’s, saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis arranged and co-wrote many masterful and much-loved hits that include Say it Loud ‘ I’m Black and Proud, Cold Sweat and the much sampled In the Middle.

He brought that infamous jazzy sophistication to Brown’s fearsome grooves and later re-grouped with fellow Brown funksters Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker to from The JB Horns recording albums that defined the sound of jazz funk. He has worked as an arranger and Musial Director for CTI Records and collaborated with the likes of George Benson, Hank Crawford, Dave Liebman, Van Morrison and most recently Ginger Baker...

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Led Zeppelin celebrate Physical Graffiti’s 40th anniversary

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti.

The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years after the original debuted on February 24, 1975.

The reissues of the first five Led Zeppelin albums in 2014 found both commercial successes, with multiple titles reaching Top 10 chart status in countries around the world, as well as widespread critical acclaim, including the recent Classic Rock ‘Reissue Of The Year’ Award.

As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

Certified 16x platinum in the U.S...

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See Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars Honor Sting at Kennedy Center

Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Mavis Staples and more paid tribute to Al Green at the event

Sting waved his fists victoriously in the air and grinned from ear to ear when Bruce Springsteen took the stage to pay tribute to the former Policeman at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, broadcast Tuesday night. The other honorees of the evening were Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride. Springsteen put a gritty spin on “I Hung My Head,” Sting’s tale of manslaughter and guilt that first appeared on his 1996 album Mercury Falling and was later covered by Johnny Cash. When the E Street Band frontman played a rapid-fire solo just before a gospel choir came out to sing along, Sting just closed his eyes.

Lady Gaga toasted Sting as well, singing and playing p...

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