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Natalie Merchant’s First Album Of New Songs In Nearly A Decade ‘Keep Your Courage,’ Due April 14, 2023 @ Top40-Charts.com

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her tenth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. 

Pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and a host. Further details will be sent prior to the event. A link and unique access code will be sent on April 5. Re-stream access will be available for 72 hours.

In celebration of the release, Merchant will embark upon a US tour this spring, going into the fall (schedule below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour). Pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10am with code KEEPYOURCOURAGE. European dates will be announced shortly.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues: “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

Over her forty-year career Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair (1985), In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Hope Chest (1990), Our Time in Eden (1992), and 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), Natalie Merchant (2014), Paradise Is There (2015), and Butterfly (2017).

Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007 to 2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include: The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award, and The John Lennon Real Love Award.

NATALIE MERCHANT ON TOUR

Apr 15 Bardavon, 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY

Apr 18 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21 Kimmel Cultural Campus Philadelphia, PA

Apr 22 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA

Apr 24 Peace Center Concert Hall* Greenville, SC

Apr 26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Apr 27 Broward Center for the Performing Arts** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 28 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL

Apr 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall** Atlanta, GA

May 9 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME

May 10 Emerson Colonial Theatre Boston, MA

May 13 Keybank State Theatre Cleveland, OH

May 14 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH

May 16 The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN

May 17 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

May 19 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

May 20 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Jun 2&3 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center** New York, NY

Jun 28 Veterans Memorial Auditorium** Providence, RI

Jun 30, Jul 1 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts** Washington, DC

Jul 8 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater*/** Chautauqua, NY  

Sep 20 Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox Spokane, WA

Sep 22 Venue TBA* Seattle, WA

Sep 23 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Sep 26 The Masonic San Francisco, CA

Sep 27 Mountain Winery* Saratoga, CA

Sep 29 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA

TBA Venue TBA* Los Angeles, CA

* on-sale timing TBD

** w/symphony orchestra.




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Taylor Swift Ticketmaster Failure Leads to Legal Fallout: Legal Beat – Billboard

This is The Legal Beat, a weekly newsletter about music law from Billboard Pro, offering you a one-stop cheat sheet of big new cases, important rulings, and all the fun stuff in between.

This week: Live Nation faces potential legal fallout from Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift fiasco, Journey bandmates sue each other over an American Express account, Mariah Carey loses a bid for ‘Queen of Christmas’ trademarks, and much more.

THE BIG STORY: Taylor Swift … Trust Buster?

A week removed from Ticketmaster’s disastrous presale for Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour, criticism of parent company Live Nation isn’t getting any quieter – and the threat of legal repercussions is growing.

Live Nation has apologized to fans and pinned the blame on a “staggering number of bot attacks” and “unprecedented traffic.” And whether or not the star really was forced to use Ticketmaster is a complicated question, as Billboard’s Dave Brooks writes.

But the debacle, which saw widespread service delays and website crashes as millions of fans tried (and many failed) to buy tickets for Swift’s 2023 Eras Tour, has nonetheless resurfaced some uncomfortable legal questions for the all-powerful concert giant.

Since they merged in 2010, Ticketmaster and Live Nation have been dogged by accusations that they form a near-monopoly in the market for live concerts, potentially violating federal antitrust laws. Federal regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice approved that deal, but only after Live Nation signed a so-called consent decree that aimed to allay fears that they might abuse their dominant position. Among other things, the agreement prohibits the company from retaliating against venues or acts that refuse to use Ticketmaster. Those rules were set to expire in 2020, but were extended by five years in 2019 after the DOJ accused Live Nation of repeatedly violating the decree.

In the wake of the Swift fiasco, those same monopoly questions are back in the spotlight – and some lawmakers want more than just another extension of the consent decree.

On Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Live Nation as a “monopoly” and called for regulators to “break them up.” Two days later, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the chair of the Senate subcommittee for antitrust issues, warned that the company’s market share “insulates it from the competitive pressures that typically push companies to innovate and improve their services.”

Then on Friday, the New York Times reported that DOJ had already been investigating Live Nation for months over potential antitrust violations, reaching out to venues across the country to ask about the company’s conduct. Reacting to that news, Klobuchar and two other Democratic senators on Monday urged the Justice Department to take hard action if they discover more violations, including “unwinding the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and breaking up the company.”

“This may be the only way to truly protect consumers, artists, and venue operators and to restore competition in the ticketing market,” the senators wrote.

Such action might have been unthinkable just a few years ago, amid a decades-long period of relatively lax antitrust enforcement that saw airlines and mobile providers (and yes, music companies) merging into ever-larger conglomerations. But the Biden-era Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have embarked on an aggressive new effort to crack down on such mega-mergers, including successfully blocking book publisher Penguin Random House from buying up rival Simon & Schuster.

Beyond the Justice Department probe, other legal threats also potentially loom for Live Nation. The attorneys general of Tennessee, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania have all launched investigations into whether state consumer protection and antitrust laws were violated, including a Tennessee state law that aims to fight the use of automated “bots” on ticketing websites.

And don’t forget about class actions. Live Nation is already facing an existing case that accuses the company of “blatant, anti-consumer behavior,” and the rest of the plaintiffs bar could be eager to try similar cases in the wake of such a high-profile snafu. At least one group of Swift-loving lawyers is already brainstorming how to bring cases.

Faced with all that, can Live Nation shake it off? Stay tuned…

Other top stories this week…

JOURNEY’S CREDIT CARD CLASHJourney guitarist Neal Schon filed a lawsuit against bandmate Jonathan Cain over allegations that he’s blocking access to “critical” financial records for the band’s American Express account, through which “millions” in Journey money has allegedly flowed: “This action is brought to turn the lights on, so to speak, and obtain critical financial information Schon has been trying to obtain but has been denied.” The case is the third legal battle among Journey members in the past two years, but the first to divide Schon and Cain — the only core members remaining in the band from Journey’s heyday.

I FEEL SUED – Primary Wave and the estate of James Brown were hit with a lawsuit claiming their $90 million catalog sale last year violated an agreement that the iconic singer had struck decades earlier with another company. The case was filed by David Pullman’s Pullman Group (best known for creating so-called Bowie Bonds in the 1990s) over allegations that the blockbuster sale breached a contract that Pullman company struck with Brown way back in 1999, which allegedly guaranteed the company the right to broker any such deal in the future.

YOUNG THUG GANG TRIAL SET FOR JANUARY – A Georgia judge refused to delay the closely-watched criminal case against Young Thug, Gunna and others accused of participating in an Atlanta gang, meaning their trial is now locked in to start on January 9. Prosecutors wanted to move the trial back by nearly three months because a few defendants had not yet been appointed a lawyer. But with Young Thug, Gunna and many others stuck in jail until trial, defense lawyers strongly opposed the delay: “It is unjust that [Young Thug] rots in the county jail and … is being required to wait on the appointment of counsel for co-indictees.”

DUA LIPA RIPS COPYRIGHT SUIT – Attorneys for Dua Lipa asked a federal judge to quickly toss out a lawsuit claiming she stole her smash hit song “Levitating” from a little-known reggae track called “Live Your Life.” Florida band Artikal Sound System sued the star for copyright infringement last year, arguing the songs were so similar it was “highly unlikely that ‘Levitating’ was created independently.” But in their response last week, Lipa’s attorneys said those allegations were full of “vague, boilerplate labels and conclusions” and “devoid of a shred of factual detail.”

MARIAH CANT GET ‘CHRISTMAS’ TRADEMARKS – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Mariah Carey’s application to register “Queen of Christmas” as a federal trademark, siding instead with Elizabeth Chan, another singer who says she’s used the same name for years. Repped pro bono by BigLaw attorneys, Chan had argued that no single singer or company should be able to lock up the title. “It is wrong for an individual to attempt to own and monopolize a nickname like ‘Queen of Christmas’ for the purposes of abject materialism,” Chan said in a statement after the ruling.

R. KELLY MANAGER SENTENCED Donnell Russell, R. Kelly’s friend and former manager, was sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he stalked one of Kelly’s sexual abuse victims in an effort to keep her silent. Prosecutors said Russell used “reprehensible” tactics against the unnamed victim after she filed a civil lawsuit against the disgraced singer in 2018, including threatening messages to her mother and leaking explicit photos online.

SLACKER ON HOOK FOR HUGE ROYALTY JUDGMENT – A federal judge refused to undo his own earlier ruling that Slacker owes nearly $10 million in unpaid music royalties to SoundExchange, despite the steamer’s warnings that the huge judgment could trigger financial ruin for the company. SoundExchange urged the judge to ignore those pleas and last week he obliged – ruling that the seven-figure judgment was simply the result of an agreement that Slacker itself had signed.




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Natalie Merchant’s First Album Of New Songs In Nearly A Decade ‘Keep Your Courage,’ Due April 14, 2023 @ Top40-Charts.com

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her tenth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. 

Pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and a host. Further details will be sent prior to the event. A link and unique access code will be sent on April 5. Re-stream access will be available for 72 hours.

In celebration of the release, Merchant will embark upon a US tour this spring, going into the fall (schedule below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour). Pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10am with code KEEPYOURCOURAGE. European dates will be announced shortly.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues: “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

Over her forty-year career Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair (1985), In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Hope Chest (1990), Our Time in Eden (1992), and 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), Natalie Merchant (2014), Paradise Is There (2015), and Butterfly (2017).

Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007 to 2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include: The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award, and The John Lennon Real Love Award.

NATALIE MERCHANT ON TOUR

Apr 15 Bardavon, 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY

Apr 18 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21 Kimmel Cultural Campus Philadelphia, PA

Apr 22 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA

Apr 24 Peace Center Concert Hall* Greenville, SC

Apr 26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Apr 27 Broward Center for the Performing Arts** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 28 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL

Apr 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall** Atlanta, GA

May 9 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME

May 10 Emerson Colonial Theatre Boston, MA

May 13 Keybank State Theatre Cleveland, OH

May 14 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH

May 16 The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN

May 17 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

May 19 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

May 20 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Jun 2&3 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center** New York, NY

Jun 28 Veterans Memorial Auditorium** Providence, RI

Jun 30, Jul 1 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts** Washington, DC

Jul 8 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater*/** Chautauqua, NY  

Sep 20 Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox Spokane, WA

Sep 22 Venue TBA* Seattle, WA

Sep 23 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Sep 26 The Masonic San Francisco, CA

Sep 27 Mountain Winery* Saratoga, CA

Sep 29 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA

TBA Venue TBA* Los Angeles, CA

* on-sale timing TBD

** w/symphony orchestra.




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Natalie Merchant’s First Album Of New Songs In Nearly A Decade ‘Keep Your Courage,’ Due April 14, 2023 @ Top40-Charts.com

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her tenth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. 

Pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and a host. Further details will be sent prior to the event. A link and unique access code will be sent on April 5. Re-stream access will be available for 72 hours.

In celebration of the release, Merchant will embark upon a US tour this spring, going into the fall (schedule below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour). Pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10am with code KEEPYOURCOURAGE. European dates will be announced shortly.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues: “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

Over her forty-year career Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair (1985), In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Hope Chest (1990), Our Time in Eden (1992), and 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), Natalie Merchant (2014), Paradise Is There (2015), and Butterfly (2017).

Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007 to 2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include: The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award, and The John Lennon Real Love Award.

NATALIE MERCHANT ON TOUR

Apr 15 Bardavon, 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY

Apr 18 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21 Kimmel Cultural Campus Philadelphia, PA

Apr 22 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA

Apr 24 Peace Center Concert Hall* Greenville, SC

Apr 26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Apr 27 Broward Center for the Performing Arts** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 28 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL

Apr 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall** Atlanta, GA

May 9 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME

May 10 Emerson Colonial Theatre Boston, MA

May 13 Keybank State Theatre Cleveland, OH

May 14 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH

May 16 The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN

May 17 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

May 19 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

May 20 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Jun 2&3 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center** New York, NY

Jun 28 Veterans Memorial Auditorium** Providence, RI

Jun 30, Jul 1 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts** Washington, DC

Jul 8 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater*/** Chautauqua, NY  

Sep 20 Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox Spokane, WA

Sep 22 Venue TBA* Seattle, WA

Sep 23 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Sep 26 The Masonic San Francisco, CA

Sep 27 Mountain Winery* Saratoga, CA

Sep 29 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA

TBA Venue TBA* Los Angeles, CA

* on-sale timing TBD

** w/symphony orchestra.




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Natalie Merchant’s First Album Of New Songs In Nearly A Decade ‘Keep Your Courage,’ Due April 14, 2023 @ Top40-Charts.com

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her tenth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. 

Pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and a host. Further details will be sent prior to the event. A link and unique access code will be sent on April 5. Re-stream access will be available for 72 hours.

In celebration of the release, Merchant will embark upon a US tour this spring, going into the fall (schedule below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour). Pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10am with code KEEPYOURCOURAGE. European dates will be announced shortly.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues: “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

Over her forty-year career Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair (1985), In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Hope Chest (1990), Our Time in Eden (1992), and 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), Natalie Merchant (2014), Paradise Is There (2015), and Butterfly (2017).

Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007 to 2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include: The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award, and The John Lennon Real Love Award.

NATALIE MERCHANT ON TOUR

Apr 15 Bardavon, 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY

Apr 18 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21 Kimmel Cultural Campus Philadelphia, PA

Apr 22 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA

Apr 24 Peace Center Concert Hall* Greenville, SC

Apr 26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Apr 27 Broward Center for the Performing Arts** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 28 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL

Apr 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall** Atlanta, GA

May 9 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME

May 10 Emerson Colonial Theatre Boston, MA

May 13 Keybank State Theatre Cleveland, OH

May 14 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH

May 16 The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN

May 17 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

May 19 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

May 20 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Jun 2&3 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center** New York, NY

Jun 28 Veterans Memorial Auditorium** Providence, RI

Jun 30, Jul 1 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts** Washington, DC

Jul 8 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater*/** Chautauqua, NY  

Sep 20 Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox Spokane, WA

Sep 22 Venue TBA* Seattle, WA

Sep 23 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Sep 26 The Masonic San Francisco, CA

Sep 27 Mountain Winery* Saratoga, CA

Sep 29 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA

TBA Venue TBA* Los Angeles, CA

* on-sale timing TBD

** w/symphony orchestra.




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Natalie Merchant’s First Album Of New Songs In Nearly A Decade ‘Keep Your Courage,’ Due April 14, 2023 @ Top40-Charts.com

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her tenth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. 

Pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and a host. Further details will be sent prior to the event. A link and unique access code will be sent on April 5. Re-stream access will be available for 72 hours.

In celebration of the release, Merchant will embark upon a US tour this spring, going into the fall (schedule below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour). Pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10am with code KEEPYOURCOURAGE. European dates will be announced shortly.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues: “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

Over her forty-year career Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair (1985), In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Hope Chest (1990), Our Time in Eden (1992), and 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), Natalie Merchant (2014), Paradise Is There (2015), and Butterfly (2017).

Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007 to 2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include: The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award, and The John Lennon Real Love Award.

NATALIE MERCHANT ON TOUR

Apr 15 Bardavon, 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY

Apr 18 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21 Kimmel Cultural Campus Philadelphia, PA

Apr 22 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA

Apr 24 Peace Center Concert Hall* Greenville, SC

Apr 26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Apr 27 Broward Center for the Performing Arts** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 28 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL

Apr 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall** Atlanta, GA

May 9 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME

May 10 Emerson Colonial Theatre Boston, MA

May 13 Keybank State Theatre Cleveland, OH

May 14 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH

May 16 The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN

May 17 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

May 19 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

May 20 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Jun 2&3 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center** New York, NY

Jun 28 Veterans Memorial Auditorium** Providence, RI

Jun 30, Jul 1 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts** Washington, DC

Jul 8 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater*/** Chautauqua, NY  

Sep 20 Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox Spokane, WA

Sep 22 Venue TBA* Seattle, WA

Sep 23 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Sep 26 The Masonic San Francisco, CA

Sep 27 Mountain Winery* Saratoga, CA

Sep 29 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA

TBA Venue TBA* Los Angeles, CA

* on-sale timing TBD

** w/symphony orchestra.




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Natalie Merchant’s First Album Of New Songs In Nearly A Decade ‘Keep Your Courage,’ Due April 14, 2023 @ Top40-Charts.com

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her tenth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. 

Pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and a host. Further details will be sent prior to the event. A link and unique access code will be sent on April 5. Re-stream access will be available for 72 hours.

In celebration of the release, Merchant will embark upon a US tour this spring, going into the fall (schedule below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour). Pre-sale begins this Wednesday at 10am with code KEEPYOURCOURAGE. European dates will be announced shortly.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues: “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

Over her forty-year career Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair (1985), In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Hope Chest (1990), Our Time in Eden (1992), and 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), Natalie Merchant (2014), Paradise Is There (2015), and Butterfly (2017).

Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007 to 2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include: The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award, and The John Lennon Real Love Award.

NATALIE MERCHANT ON TOUR

Apr 15 Bardavon, 1869 Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY

Apr 18 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA

Apr 21 Kimmel Cultural Campus Philadelphia, PA

Apr 22 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA

Apr 24 Peace Center Concert Hall* Greenville, SC

Apr 26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Apr 27 Broward Center for the Performing Arts** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Apr 28 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL

Apr 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall** Atlanta, GA

May 9 Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME

May 10 Emerson Colonial Theatre Boston, MA

May 13 Keybank State Theatre Cleveland, OH

May 14 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH

May 16 The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Carmel, IN

May 17 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

May 19 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

May 20 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Jun 2&3 Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center** New York, NY

Jun 28 Veterans Memorial Auditorium** Providence, RI

Jun 30, Jul 1 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts** Washington, DC

Jul 8 Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater*/** Chautauqua, NY  

Sep 20 Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox Spokane, WA

Sep 22 Venue TBA* Seattle, WA

Sep 23 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Sep 26 The Masonic San Francisco, CA

Sep 27 Mountain Winery* Saratoga, CA

Sep 29 Humphrey’s San Diego, CA

TBA Venue TBA* Los Angeles, CA

* on-sale timing TBD

** w/symphony orchestra.




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Ant McPartlin overheard telling I’m A Celebrity’s Boy George he’s in for a huge royalties payday

It has already been reported that I’m A Celebrity‘s Boy George was paid £500,000 for his time on the show.

However, it looks as though the singer, 61, could rake in even more cash from his jungle stint according to host Ant McPartlin.

As they celebrated the end of the series, the presenter, 47, was overheard telling George that he’s going to get ‘a lot of PRS’ thanks to the consistent plays of Culture Club hit Karma Chameleon.

Kerching! It looks as though the singer, 61, could rake in even more cash from his jungle stint according to host Ant McPartlin

Kerching! It looks as though the singer, 61, could rake in even more cash from his jungle stint according to host Ant McPartlin

While presenting I’m A Celebrity, Ant and Dec had a long-running joke in which they’d purposely try and mention Karma Chameleon in some capacity, resulting in a snippet of the song being played aloud while the duo danced.

While the campmates also sang along to the hit while enjoying karaoke at the Jungle Arms.  

And with the numerous plays of the 1983 single – which was written by George and fellow band members Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett – they’ll no doubt earn plenty of royalties.

Following Jill Scott’s crowning as Queen of the Jungle, Boy George took to his Instagram to film the action behind the scenes, going up to his campmates and telling them ‘well done’ for their time on the show.

In the money: As they celebrated the end of the series, the presenter, 47, was overheard telling George that he's going to get 'a lot of PRS' thanks to the consistent plays of Culture Club hit Karma Chameleon

In the money: As they celebrated the end of the series, the presenter, 47, was overheard telling George that he’s going to get ‘a lot of PRS’ thanks to the consistent plays of Culture Club hit Karma Chameleon

As the camera then panned to Ant and Dec who gleefully greeted George, Ant then said to George: ‘Well done. You’re going to get a lot of PRS from us playing Karma Chameleon.

‘I mean, a lot. Whenever we could!’

To which the performer replied: ‘Oh amazing. Thank you so much!’

Fun: While presenting I'm A Celebrity, Ant and Dec had a long-running joke in which they'd purposely try and mention Karma Chameleon in some capacity, resulting in a snippet of the song being played aloud while the duo danced

Fun: While presenting I’m A Celebrity, Ant and Dec had a long-running joke in which they’d purposely try and mention Karma Chameleon in some capacity, resulting in a snippet of the song being played aloud while the duo danced

Payday: With the numerous plays of the 1983 single - which was written by George and fellow band members Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett - they'll no doubt earn plenty of royalties (Boy George pictured in the 80s)

Payday: With the numerous plays of the 1983 single – which was written by George and fellow band members Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett – they’ll no doubt earn plenty of royalties (Boy George pictured in the 80s)

PRS for Music is an industry body that collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics. 

ITV spared no expense when it came to signing stars for this years series with the highest paid star being Pop Icon Boy George, who will take home £500k.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline ahead of his jungle stint he said: ‘I feel like I’ve been paid well for it so I’m going to be as Boy George as I can.’ 

Catch up: Boy George took to his Instagram to film the action behind the scenes, going up to his campmates and telling them 'well done' for their time on the show

Catch up: Boy George took to his Instagram to film the action behind the scenes, going up to his campmates and telling them ‘well done’ for their time on the show

Thank you very much! As the camera then panned to Ant and Dec who gleefully greeted George, Ant then said to George: 'Well done. You're going to get a lot of PRS from us playing Karma Chameleon

Thank you very much! As the camera then panned to Ant and Dec who gleefully greeted George, Ant then said to George: ‘Well done. You’re going to get a lot of PRS from us playing Karma Chameleon

It comes after Crissy Rock slammed the ‘obscene’ amounts of money the ‘greedy’ I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! stars are being paid this year as she joined MailOnline’s Jungle Confidential podcast.

The actress, 64, – who was a contestant on the 2011 series of the show – fumed that ‘some people can’t even pay their electricity bills’ while the TV stars pocket thousands for just a few weeks work.

While George bagged half a million, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock will pocket £400,000 and Mike Tindall will leave with £265,000. 

Not happy: It comes after Crissy Rock slammed the 'obscene' amounts of money the 'greedy' I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! stars are being paid this year

Not happy: It comes after Crissy Rock slammed the ‘obscene’ amounts of money the ‘greedy’ I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! stars are being paid this year

Speaking about the amount they’re being paid she said: ‘We didn’t get much money to go on back in my day. When I went in I had nothing to prove – I didn’t go in to win.

‘We never got anything like that money they have now. You have to give half of your wages back to the Australian government.

‘I got £28,000 but only took away £14,000 – I think with them now being paid more – it is greed, it’s obscene when people can’t even pay their electricity.’

Woah! Speaking about the amount they're being paid she said: 'We didn't get much money to go on back in my day. When I went in I had nothing to prove - I didn't go in to win'

Woah! Speaking about the amount they’re being paid she said: ‘We didn’t get much money to go on back in my day. When I went in I had nothing to prove – I didn’t go in to win’


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Jesse Murphy Signs With Peermusic Nashville

Jesse Murphy. Photo: Courtesy of peermusic

Jesse Murphy has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with peermusic Nashville.

Murphy is a Nashville native and the son of hit songwriter David Lee Murphy. He started writing and playing guitar at the age of 14.

His first recording project as a member of country-rock band House Whiskey was produced by Brett Beavers and received more than a million streams in less than 12 months. The band has performed at CMA Fest, the Houston Livestock Rodeo, and opened for the Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy Byrd, Frank Foster, and more.

“I love me some Jesse Murphy—I’ve been a big fan for a long time and I’m excited to be a part of his future. Being the son of one of my favorite singer-songwriters of all time is just icing on the cake,” notes peermusic Nashville President Michael Knox.

“I’m very excited and grateful to be part of the peermusic team,” adds Murphy. “It feels like family already and I’m really looking forward to what the future holds.”

The signing of Murphy marks the first under Knox’s new role as President of peermusic Nashville, a position he took on in October of this year. In recent years, peermusic has published the 2016 SESAC Country Song of the Year with Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” and the 2013 ASCAP Song of the Year with Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels.”

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