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STARGAZING Martina McBride

Movers, Shakers, & The Hottest News Photos: Paul McCartney courtesy Nasty Little Man (M.J. Kim)

McBride Sets New Country Charts Record

Country star Martina McBride made history as she became the first solo female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart’s 50-year history. The album, Everlasting, is also Martina’s fifth #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. On The Billboard 200, Everlasting debuted at #7, marking Martina’s sixth Top 10 debut and her highest since 2007. Everlasting is Martina’s first independent project on her new label, Vinyl Recordings. “Putting ‘Everlasting’ out on my own label felt like a good decision,” she said. “I’ve only been signed with two major labels, RCA and Republic Nashville, and have always had great relationships with them so making the change was not about that. But Kobalt has many of the elements of a major label and it just seemed like the right time to try a different business model .... We put together a great team to carry this through.”

National News & Notes

Red-hot singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran – fresh off his star-maknig appearance on “Saturday Night Live” – has announced plans for his first headlining arena tour of North America. The cross-country trek kicks off at Seattle’s WaMu Theater on Ed August 22 and marks Sheeran his first stateside tour to support his forthcoming second album, x (pronounced “multiply”), slated to arrive June 23. New York and Long Island weren’t listed on his itinerary, but more tour dates and on sales will be announced soon. For more ticket information and tour updates, visit edsheeran.com ... Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates (Hall & Oates) has released a solo album, Good Road To Follow, and its lead single, “Stone Cold Love,” a collaboration with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder. The album started as a yearlong series of digital singles and has culminated in a three-disc set of genre-specific EPs aptly named Route 1, Route 2, and Route 3. “This project has been a labor of love,” Oates said. “Almost every song was recorded with a different proJohn Oates ducer and a different co-writer, so I got to step into the worlds of so many creative and inspiring people,” later adding that “Each song became an intense and focused creative experience … it was a pure collaboration from beginning to end.”

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Macca: Never Slows Down

Following a busy 2013 that saw Paul McCartney’s “Out There” tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, “Macca” has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. “Out There”tour. Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Tickets and tour news are at paulmccartney.com.

Paul McCartney

Mercury Honored With Comic

Bluewater Productions has released a new comic book biography on the life of longtime Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury; it’s now available in both print and digital formers as part of its Tribute series. Released will be seven alternate exclusive covers by Michael Troy and Graham Hill.

The comic book features the story behind the legend of Freddie Mercury – his childhood in Zanzibar, his exile to England, and going on to become the front man for the classic rock band Queen. “His work has gone on to inspire generations of musicians,” said writer Mike Lynch. “He will always be remembered as one of the greatest performers in music history, and it was an honor to have worked on this biography.” Info: bluewaterprod.com.

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