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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Cast Recording Debut Tops Billboard Charts >>

When you combine the music of Alan Menken with Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz you get a recipe for the perfect musical. Throw that in with a book by, frequent Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine and you have yourself one hell of a show. The name of that show is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel with songs from the 1996 animated Disney classic, both of the same name, this highly anticipated musical sadly didn’t make it to the Broadway stage. However, we now have a way to enjoy this dream collaboration of musical theater talent. On Jan 22 Ghostlight records released the Studio Cast Recording of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the results speak for themselves.

Exclusive Q and A with Father Cassian Folsom of Norcia Monks Talks Chart-Topper 'Benedicta' LP, Gregorian Chants and His Home Brew

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Cassian Folsom of Norcia Monks >>

It seems, for lack of a better word, unconventional for an album of religious chants to take the number one spot on Billboard's Classical Traditional Chart in its first week of release. And it's even more unconventional that it has maintained the spot for two weeks straight.

Bruce Lundvall, CEO of Blue Note Records and Prominent Jazz Figure, Dies at 79

Bruce Lundvall, CEO of Blue Note Records and Prominent Jazz Figure, Dies at 79 >>

Former CEO of Blue Note records and a most major figure in jazz, Bruce Lundvall, who had been battling a neurological disorder has passed away. Following recent surgery, Lundvall failed to regain consciousness. He was 79 years old.

Nina Simone's Secret 25-Year Lawsuit With Sony Comes to a Head

Nina Simone's Secret 25-Year Lawsuit with Sony Comes to a Head >>

It's been a living hell for those involved in a lawsuit regarding Nina Simone's estate. With 25 years in the can in dealing with Simone's posthumous legal battle, Sony Music has filed papers in a San Francisco court to rescind a recent settlement agreement.

Josh Groban Poised to Peak Billboard 200 at No. 2 with Latest Album 'Stages'

Josh Groban Poised to Peak Billboard 200 at No. 2 with Latest Album 'Stages' >>

International superstar, Josh Groban, was heading for an astounding eighth top 10 album of the Billboard 200 chart. His latest album, Stages, was poised to take a seat in in the top five but failed to claim its seed.

Joni Mitchell Hospitalized, Found Unconscious in Her L.A. Home Statement Says

Joni Mitchell Hospitalized, Found Unconscious in Her L.A. Home, Statement Says >>

A most unnerving piece of news about a most iconic artist, Joni Mitchell was reportedly hospitalized after being found unconscious and unresponsive in a her home last month. As of late, these claims have been denied.

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders Announces Memoir Coming Sept. 8

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders Announces Memoir Coming Sept. 8 >>

Adding to the canon of female rock memoirbilia, now, is none other than Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. While no specific details have been revealed, the book is set to come out Sept. 8.

Jack White Covers Harry Connick Jr.'s

Jack White Covers Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)' in Support of Latest Single >>

If you haven't been completely put off by Jack White and his latest rants then perhaps you'll be surprised to hear his latest cover. The "Seven Nation Army" rocker thus has covered Harry Connick Jr.'s "Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)."

Sol3 Mio

Vocalists Sol3 Mio Announce New Album in May, Tour in Spring >>

Hit New Zealand musical trio Sol3 Mio have announced they will be releasing a full-length, self-titled album through Capitol Records this May, followed by a North American tour in late spring. Sol3 Mio — pronounced "Sole Mio" — consist of classically trained and contemporary-influenced tenor brothers Amitai and Pene Pati as well as their baritone cousin Moses Mackay. This musical family is of Samoan heritage and became international starts after a breakthrough performance on New Zealand television in 2012. Their self-titled debut album featuring opera classics and modern favorites, has been No. 1 for 16 non-consecutive weeks and has been certified seven-times platinum, making them the best-selling album of 2013 in New Zealand, selling more copies than Lorde. It has landed at No. 6 in Australia and cracked the top 50 in the U.K. At first, the trio formed for a party trick.

Disney's 'Frozen' Gets a Hard-Pressing Tribute at Select Stores This Record Store Day on November 28

Disney's 'Frozen' Gets a Hard-Pressing Tribute at Select Stores This Record Store Day on November 28 >>

The continuing efforts of Record Store Day have now extended into the pockets of extreme youngins. Ice Queen Elsa from Disney's hit animated film "Frozen" will get a special picture disc tribute on plastic vinyl at participating stores on November 28.

Jackie Evancho Premieres Ennio Morricone Darling 'Your Love' in Support of Forthcoming LP 'Awakening'

Jackie Evancho Premieres Ennio Morricone Darling 'Your Love' in Support of Forthcoming LP 'Awakening' >>

We've written about him before, Ennio Morricone and his legendary film scores. This time, America's Got Talent favorite, Jackie Evancho, premieres her take on his beloved track "Your Love."

Heirs of Duke Ellington Estate Seek 50% Compensation of Late-Jazz Composer's Foreign Sales, Sources Say

Heirs of Duke Ellington Estate Seek 50 Percent Compensation of Late-Jazz Composer's Foreign Sales, Sources Say >>

The highest court in the New York area (where's Monty Python when you need it?) is gearing up to hear arguments posted by heirs to jazz legend Duke Ellington in a recent lawsuit with EMI. The suit is to regain half the royalties of Ellington's foreign sales, which EMI has claimed authenticity to.

Placido Domingo Remembers Famed Operatic Tenor Carlo Bergonzi and His 32 Years at the Metropolitan Opera

Placido Domingo Remembers Famed Verdi Tenor Carlo Bergonzi's 32 Years at the Metropolitan Opera >>

With the death of Carlo Bergonzi, famed Verdi tenor, earlier this week, many singers have come forward to express both their condolences and stories of his influence on their own voices. One such remembrance comes care of Classicalite favorite Placido Domingo.

Real Talk: Nathan Barr, Composer of 'The Americans' and 'Hemlock Grove' Talks Pete Townshend Collab and Upcoming Scores via Billboard

Real Talk: Nathan Barr, Composer of 'The Americans' and 'Hemlock Grove' Talks Pete Townshend Collab and Upcoming Scores >>

Nathan Barr is no stranger to television scores, having worked on and composed for the Netflix original Hemlock Grove and the 80s socio-political thriller The Americans.

Does Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli Really Deserve the Billboard Latin Music Award for Lifetime Achievement? >>

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will honor the freshly-hitched Andrea Bocelli at a ceremony on April 24. The Italian tenor will get the Lifetime Achievement Award. So, what do we all think about the prospect?

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