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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?