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Warner Bros. promises previously unreleased Prince music

Warner Bros. Records is about to unveil two projects by the late megastar Prince that include previously unreleased material.

"Prince 4Ever" is a 40-song compilation of his biggest hits from his Warner Bros. days along with the previously unreleased song "Moonbeam Levels," recorded in 1982. It's due in stores Nov. 22 and will feature a booklet with new Prince photos shot by photographer Herb Ritts.

Warner Bros. also says the "Purple Rain" deluxe reissue will come early next year. It will feature a second album of unreleased songs.

Prince and Warner Bros. parted ways in 1996. Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose.


This story has been corrected to drop mention of "Batdance" as previously unreleased; song was released on movie soundtrack.

Money rolls in to rescue Smithsonian's ruby red slippers

People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers.

On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of "The Wizard of Oz." By Friday morning, the campaign had already raised $239,000. More than 4,390 people had backed the project.

The slippers have been one of the most beloved items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History for more than 30 years. They were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last.

The Smithsonian wants to use the money toward a technologically advanced display case that will preserve them for future generations.

Review: Leonard Cohen old and wise on 'You Want It Darker'

Leonard Cohen's late, late career resurgence reaches new heights on "You Want It Darker," an elegant treatise with deep felt layers of wisdom and a sense of finality.

Produced mostly by son Adam, Cohen's third studio album in five years puts his most effective musical forms through a filter of restraint. Nothing distracts from the 82-year-old's haunting lyrics, and his vocals remain both otherworldly and down-to-earth.

A physical, naked bass line drives the title song, as Cohen's woofer-rattling vocals are underpinned by a cantor and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir, connections to his Montreal youth. Full of recriminations and frustrations while also ready to accept fate, it may be God who wants it darker, but it's us who "kill the flame."

On "Treaty," later reprised with a string quartet, Cohen may be putting to rest the relationship described on "Hallelujah," with no room for illusions — "I'm so sorry for the ghost I made you be/ Only one of us was real, and that was me."

The Mediterranean stylings of "Traveling Light" are like the soundtrack to Cohen's courtship of the legendary (and recently deceased) Marianne Ihlen on a Greek island in the 1960s. "Leaving the Table" is a country song glowing from the jukebox and Johnny Cash could have recorded "If I Didn't Have Your Love" with Rick Rubin.

If it's too early to say goodbye, we can consider "You Want It Darker" as simply his new album, not the end of a trilogy.

No matter which station of life he's at, Cohen shines on, darkly.

Review: Lady Gaga's powerful voice stars on uneven 'Joanne'

Lady Gaga has spent the last few years proving her vocal chops — the Grammy-winning album with Tony Bennett, the show-stopping "Sound of Music" tribute at last year's Academy Awards, her performance of "Till it Happens to You" for her Oscar nomination this year — and her strong voice is the star of the promising but uneven "Joanne."

Those performances may have hinted at what this album could be: a stylistic departure from her dance-pop past. "Joanne" is more like a rock-and-country album with a few dance songs sprinkled in.

It doesn't feel like a new persona as much as an artist exploring her boundaries. The result is a little haphazard, but it's interesting to hear where she might be heading.

"Joanne" is named for the pop star's late aunt. The title song is fittingly tender, though Gaga's voice sounds affected. Backed by acoustic guitar and simple percussion, it ultimately lends the track a timeless feel.

Gaga employs an equally obvious vocal technique — this time a stiffened vibrato — to lesser effect on the downtempo ballad "Angel Down."

She sounds more natural, even fierce, elsewhere, particularly on the heartfelt "Million Reasons" and the rocker "Diamond Heart."

Gaga co-wrote and produced every song, most of them with Mark Ronson, who also plays guitar, bass or keyboards on many of the tracks. Other co-writers include Beck, Florence Welch, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, folk-rocker Josh Tillman and country hit maker Hillary Lindsey.

There's a lot going on, and there's no real cohesion, but there are a few catchy standouts likely to merit replays.


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Lady Gaga returns to NYC bar where she launched her career

Lady Gaga returned to the New York City bar where she performed years ago as an unsigned act on the eve of her new album's release, singing rock and pop songs for an audience including Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, die-hard fans and music industry insiders.

Gaga sang tracks from "Joanne," released Friday, at The Bitter End late Thursday, going from piano to guitar. She was backed by a band that included Mark Ronson, who produced the new album, and Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote with Gaga.

The Grammy winner, who grew up in New York City, performed songs like "Million Reasons" and "Joanne," an homage to her aunt who died at 19 from lupus before Gaga was born (Joanne is the singer's middle name). After the performance inside the bar, Gaga performed outside for her feverish fans. She sang two more songs from the top of the bar's roof, even sitting down on the edge of the roof to belt out the lyrics as fans and residents cheered her on.

The Thursday show, also attended by Gaga's mother and father as well as Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of the Comedy Central series "Broad City," was the second date on her Dive Bar Tour with Bud Light. She performed the first show two weeks ago in Nashville, Tennessee, and a third performance, at an unannounced location, will take place Oct. 27.

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