Your Week in Music: The Beatles, Elvis face off for America's favorite artist
A recent poll shows Americans favor the classics over the majority of today's musicians. (Source: USPS/GNU/MGN Online)
(RNN) – Despite the non-stop spins of Fancy on the radio, American's favorite musicians are decidedly, for the most part, more classic than top 40 radio.
A recent Harris Poll shows John, Paul, Ringo and George, better known as the Beatles, are America's favorite artist in 2014, 50 years after the band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and helped usher in both Beatlemania and the British Invasion.
America's own royalty, Elvis, ranks No. 2.
Beyonce, classic rock group Led Zepplin and country artist George Strait round out the top five.
The poll surveyed 2,306 adults aged 18 and older.
But one thing's for sure, the classics never fade.
Speaking of classics
Twenty-four years after his untimely death, the complete collection of one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time is coming to a set of earbuds near you.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection drops Oct. 28.
The box set is a 12-disc library of Vaughan's official studio and live recordings, including his performance at the 1982 and 1985 Montreaux International Jazz Festival.
Vaughan, who not so ironically was born the same year as the Fender Stratocaster, would have turned 60 this year. He tragically died in a plane crash in 1990.
Mary J. Blige announces new Disclosure-produced album
Mary J. Blige began 2014 in an epic way - she first recorded a version of Settle's F For Youwith Disclosure and then teamed up with Sam Smith to perform an emotional duet version of Stay With Me.
Those two collaborations sparked an interest in the London music scene for the 30-time nominated, nine-time Grammy winner.
Blige's sparked interest grew over time into full-fledged inspiration – leading her to record a new album, titled The London Sessions. Recorded in London and co-produced by Disclosure, the album aims to capture the sound and feel of the London music scene which Blige describes as “freedom.”
"Our idea was to become part of London, to really embrace the culture - to really live in it,” Blige said in an interview with The Observer.
“The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing - you can hear that from Adele's last album. It was massive - a big deal. But she did what she loved,” she added.
The 10-track album will include an early 2000's garage-esque track produced by Naughty Boy and co-written with Emeli Sande, a house collaboration with Disclosure and a “doo-wop” feeling song co-written by Sam Smith.
Blige's The London Sessions drops in November.
Sleater-Kinney career-spanning box set coming soon
Nearly a decade since they last played together, an all-encompassing, career-spanning box set will be released to celebrate the '90s punk rock band Sleater-Kinney. (Before Carrie Brownstein became known for Portlandia, she was a singer and guitar player in the band.)
The Start Together deluxe box set, released by Sub Pop Records, will feature remastered versions of all seven of the band's studio albums which span from 1995 to 2005. It will also include a 44-page book comprised of never-before-seen Sleater-Kinney photos as well as an art print.
Only 3,000 copies of the box set will be produced, so if you want your ‘90s punk rock fix, you may want to consider pre-ordering the set via Sub Pop Mega Mart.
For more information on the box set and to pre-order, click here.
The Start Together box set drops on Oct. 21.
Prince releases two new singles
ICYMI, Prince is releasing two new albums on the same day this month.
The first album will be a 3RDEYEGIRL collaboration titled PLECTRUMELECTRUM and the second is Prince's first solo album in four years, ART OFFICIAL AGE (His all-caps, not ours).
This week the Purple One released two songs from the two albums, U KNOW from ART OFFICIAL AGE and WHITECAPS from PLECTRUMELECTRUM.