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2018 New Music Releases

Ultimate Classic Rock offers a comprehensive, continuously updated list of 2018 New Music Releases.

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Jon Anderson Finishing Album He Started 27 Years Ago

Yes singer Jon Anderson is preparing to release a solo album he started 27 years ago.

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Def Leppard and Journey Confirm 2018 Tour Together

Def Leppard and Journey have confirmed one of rock's worst-kept recent secrets.

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Top-selling albums don't mean an album of the year win

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was the biggest-selling album of all time, and it was richly rewarded by the Recording Academy, earning a then-unprecedented eight trophies, including album of the year in 1984.

Other best-selling albums have also been crowned with the top Grammy, including Santana's "Supernatural," ''Rumors" by Fleetwood Mac and Adele's "21."

But having a popular album doesn't guarantee a Grammy win for album of the year — sometimes, not even a nomination.

Based on sales figures from the Recording Industry Association of America, here are top-selling albums of all time that aren't compilations, greatest hits or live albums that don't have an album-of-the-year Grammy.

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— Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin IV" has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and includes the classic "Stairway to Heaven," but the 1971 disc didn't appear in nominations for album of the year.

— Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is not only considered one of rock's classics, it also boasts 23 million albums sold. It was nominated for 1980 album of the year but lost to Christopher Cross' self-titled album.

— AC/DC's "Back in Black" sold 22 million albums but wasn't a Grammy nominee.

— Shania Twain's "Come on Over" sold 20 million albums and won two Grammys. It was nominated for album of the year but lost to Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1999.

— The Beatles' "The Beatles" was perhaps better known as the group's legendary "White Album." The 1968 album's classics include "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," among others, but it didn't receive a nomination for album of the year. It is the Beatles' best-selling album with 19 million copies sold to date. However, the band had won best album for the 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," so perhaps it was just too soon for Grammy voters.

— Guns N' Roses' 1987 classic "Appetite for Destruction" didn't have any Grammy nominations. It has sold 18 million albums.

— Boston's "Boston" didn't get an album of the year nomination, but the band was nominated for best new artist. "Boston," released in 1976, has sold 17 million copies.

— Garth Brooks' "No Fences" also had no nominations; the 1990 album has sold 17 million copies.

— The Eagles' "Hotel California" was nominated but lost to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" in 1978. It won two Grammys that year, including record of the year for the title track. The album has sold 16 million copies.

— Hootie & the Blowfish's "Cracked Rear View has sold 16 million since its 1994 release. It netted the group best new artist and pop performance by a duo or group trophies (the latter for "Let Her Cry"), but the album wasn't nominated for album of the year.

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The 60th annual Grammys will be presented Jan. 28 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Joe Perry Debuts New Album, 'Sweetzerland Manifesto,' in Concert: Videos, Set List + Photos

Joe Perry premiered 'Sweetzerland Manifesto' with a guest star-filled show at the Roxy in Los Angeles on Jan. 16.

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Eagles Settle Lawsuit With Real-Life 'Hotel California'

The band had accused the Hotel California in Baja California Sur, Mexico, of trying to suggest that it was the inspiration for their hit song.

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2018 Kiss Kruise Adds Ace Frehley, Bob and Bruce Kulick to Lineup

Next year's Kiss Kruise will feature performances from both Ace Frehley and Bruce and Bob Kulick.

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Dead and Company Announce 2018 Tour

Dead & Company are hitting the road again this summer, and they've lined up two dozen dates that will take them throughout the U.S.

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Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

Fergie, who has eight Grammys, will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to tip-off. Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will perform the national anthem of their home country.

The Feb. 18 game will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern on TNT from the Staples Center. It will be seen in more than 200 countries.

Pharrell and the band, which released its fifth studio album last month, will perform a medley of chart-topping hits. Fergie released her second full-length album, "Double Dutchess," and a companion visual album in September. She is a host of the new Fox show "The Four: Battle for Stardom."

Kevin Hart will open the night.

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Corrects spelling to N.E.R.D in overlines, story.

U2's 'Get Out of Your Own Way' Video Puts the KKK at the White House

U2 have released a new video for "Get Out of Your Own Way," a track from their recent 'Songs of Experience' album.

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John Mellencamp Buys $2.3 Million 'Live-Work Space' in Manhattan

It isn't a pink house and it certainly isn't in a small town, but John Mellencamp has added to his real estate portfolio by spending $2.3 million on a "stylishly renovated" space in Manhattan.

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Listen to Dizzy Reed's New Single 'This Don't Look Like Vegas'

Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed is readying the release of his upcoming solo album 'Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy' with the arrival of the set's first single.

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45 Years Ago: Rolling Stones Stage Benefit Concert for Nicaragua Earthquake Victims

The Rolling Stones lifted their unofficial ban on doing benefit concerts on Jan. 18, 1973, when they performed to aid the earthquake victims of Nicaragua.

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Ann Wilson Reflects on Sex-Abuse Message of Heart's 'Barracuda'

Ann Wilson reflected on the continued need to deliver the message of Heart's 1977 song “Barracuda” while discussing current Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals.

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Former Ozzy, AC/DC and Dio Members Form New Band Dream Child

Former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy has unveiled a new supergroup called Dream Child.

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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme's 'American Valhalla' Coming to DVD

'American Valhalla,' a documentary that follows the making of Iggy Pop's 2016 'Post Pop Depression' album with Josh Homme, will be released on home video.

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Ex-Ataris bassist indicted, accused of telemarketing fraud

The former bassist of the rock band The Ataris awaits arraignment after he and a woman were indicted on federal conspiracy and fraud charges.

Michael Sean Davenport was arrested last month at a Little Rock, Arkansas, airport on a warrant issued by a southern Illinois federal court accusing him of running a telemarketing business in Santa Barbara, California, for eight years. The indictment alleges the business advertised houses and apartments it didn't own at low prices.

The 49-year-old Davenport is accused of defrauding more than 100,000 people out of $27 million.

Davenport and Cynthia Rawlinson, his sales manager, are charged with wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Davenport's attorney, Alan Karow, said in an email Wednesday night that he will "assert a vigorous defense" and that he believes Davenport is innocent. Rawlinson has no attorney listed in court records.

U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar, who is up for seven Grammys, were also added to the lineup. Previously announced performers include Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, SZA, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kesha, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Logic, Patti LuPone and Ben Platt.

Two days after the Grammys, the academy will hold "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute," where Smith, Cyrus and others will pay tribute to the Rocket Man.

The week leading up to the Grammys will also feature some high profile performers: Eminem, Dave Matthews and Childish Gambino are part of the "Citi Sound Vault" from Jan. 24-28 at Irving Plaza in New York City.

Thirty Seconds to Mars will kick it off on Jan. 24, followed by The National, Eminem, Gambino and Matthews with bandmate Tim Reynolds.

Stella McCartney hopes fashion can have a 'Me Too' moment

Designer Stella McCartney is ready to see the Me Too movement sweeping Hollywood make its way to the runways.

"It's about time the fashion industry spoke up a little more," said McCartney during an interview Tuesday at a Los Angeles concert event showcasing her autumn collection.

"We are nearly 80 percent women in the company, but I also like men. So I'm a big believer in equality," said the British designer, who wore black to support the sexual misconduct defense initiative Time's Up.

Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Emma Roberts, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn were among the starry guest list.

"She just gives me the pallet and I paint with it and tonight I'm red!" said Perry while making her way into the party wearing a ruffled, flowy frock.

It was a family affair with Paul McCartney walking the red carpet before performing for the fashionable crowd.

The elder McCartney told reporters he was "super proud" of daughter Stella and joked that she got her sense of style from his former Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr, who was also in attendance.

McCartney joined the band Muse onstage for Beatles' hits like "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Helter Skelter." Other performers included St. Vincent and Beck featuring the Compton Kidz Club choir.

Models were perched around the event space accentuating the rock concert setting with faded denim, funky animal prints and cozy sweaters. A neon Time's Up sign welcomed guests to Hollywood's S.I.R. Studios.

Sheer French lace showed up on slinky pastel slip dresses, sleeves and tracksuits. Leopard print ran throughout and a cinched-waist jumpsuit mixed red chevron with stripes. McCartney's men's line included preppy polo shirts and V-neck sweaters matched with patterned overcoats and relaxed track pants or jeans.

"It's approachable," said McCartney of the collection. "Naturally confident, naturally sexy and modern."

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The Doors, 'Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970′: DVD Review

More than 50 years after their debut LP, the Doors remain one of the most intriguing, distinct and powerful bands to ever roam the earth.

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