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Lifestyle FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Rock and roll legend Roy Orbison is honored with a star posthumously on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with family members, from left, sons Wesley, Alex, wife Barbara Orbison, and Roy Jr in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. — AP photos

This Dec 7, 1988 file photo shows singer and guitarist Roy Orbison, at a local night club where he was appearing in Boston, Mass.

This photo provided by Legacy Recordings shows the cover of the Roy Orbison album, “Mystery Girl - Deluxe.”

3 sons unite to create new Roy Orbison song


oy Orbison’s three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad - until now. Wesley, Roy Jr and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison’s final album, “Mystery Girl.” They found an old vocal track for a song called “The Way is Love” originally recorded on a boombox and were able to reclaim it using technology that had to be created to accomplish the work. They then added new instrumentation with the help of another son of a music legend, coproducer John Carter Cash. “It really brought us closer together in a lot of ways,” said Alex Orbison, 38, who contributed drums and backing vocals

to the track. “We were able to finish it up and get it out by Father’s Day, too, which was obviously special to us.” “Mystery Girl” will be re-released May 20 with “The Way is Love” one of nine previously unheard songs. Alex Orbison also directed a documentary. Orbison was going through a career renaissance at the time he released “Mystery Girl.” The “Oh, Pretty Woman” singer had just earned a new round of attention working with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty in The Travelling Wilburys and was excited about the new album. It included contributions from Lynne, Petty and most of his Heartbreakers, Bono and the Edge of U2, Elvis Costello and many other friends. His wife, Barbara, acted as his manager at the time and even sang

backup on the album. Wesley Orbison wrote a song as well. Sadly, though, he passed away two months before its release in February 1989 at age 52. His sons got to experience something of that excitement nearly a quarter of a century later. They weren’t able to record with their dad, but it most definitely was a family moment. “We all just wanted to not stop recording,” Alex Orbison said. “That was the first thing: ‘When are we going to do an Orbison Brothers record? We had so much fun. It was really too much fun.”— AP

‘Frozen’ princesses reclaim throne on top of Billboard album chart


he animated princesses of Disney hit “Frozen” reclaimed the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as the soundtrack to the juggernaut film beat new entries to No. 1. “Frozen,” which features the Oscar-winning track “Let It Go,” sold 99,000

copies in its 16th week on the chart and climbed from No. 3 last week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. “Frozen” was only one of four soundtracks to have clocked six weeks or more on the Billboard 200 chart since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. The film, about a pair of Nordic princesses forced to save their kingdom from a never-ending winter, surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Country singer Luke Bryan came in at No. 2 with his new extended play album “Spring Break 6 - Like We Ain’t Never,” which sold 74,000 copies. Last week’s chart topper, “Master Mind” by rapper Rick Ross, dropped to No. 3 this week. Other new entries in the top 10 of this week’s best-selling 200 albums according to Billboard include soul singer Aloe Blacc’s “Lift Your Spirit,” which came in at No. 4. The singer gained prominence after lending his vocals to Swedish DJ Avicii’s hit dance anthem, “Wake Me Up.” Rockers 311 came in at No. 6 with “Stereolithic.” Record label Young Money Entertainment’s latest compilation “Rise of an Empire,” which features tracks by its artists including Nicki Minaj and Drake, notched No. 7. Country singer Sara Evans debuted at No. 9 with “Slow Me Down.” For the week ending Sunday, overall album sales totaled 4.6 million units, down 18 percent from the same week in 2013, Billboard said. — Reuters

Tyler, The Creator

Calling Tyler show a riot ‘inaccurate’


n attorney for Tyler, The Creator, says the Odd Future rapper did not incite a riot at a show during South By Southwest last week and would not deliberately put fans at risk. Perry Q. Minton says in the statement released yesterday morning that to describe the events that occurred on March 13 at the Scoot Inn in Austin, Texas, as a riot is “an unfortunate and inaccurate description of what occurred.”

Tyler was arrested Saturday at the airport as he left Austin after police issued a warrant. Police say he was charged with misdemeanor riot and alleged he incited a crowd of fans to storm the entrance to the club where he was performing. Minton said what police characterize as a riot was simply “benign, boisterous activity.” — AP

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