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U2 TO RELEASE TWO NEW SONGS ON 10” VINYL FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Fans anxiously awaiting new songs from U2 will have an opportunity to own two new tunes from the Irish quartet, but they’ll need a turntable and some luck to hear them. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band announced it will release two tracks, “Ordinary Love” and a reworked version of “Breathe” (originally found on 2009’s No Line on the Horizon), on 10” vinyl as part of the annual Record Store Day, this year to take place on Black Friday, November 29. The very limited edition will only have a run of 10,000 pressings. “Ordinary Love” was written specifically for the upcoming feature film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which also opens the day after Thanksgiving.

HAGAR BUZZED ABOUT NEW COFFEE-FLAVORED TEQUILA

With his mind never in neutral, Sammy Hagar has come up with yet another yummy alcoholic concoction guaranteed to keep the party going till the break of day. The Red Rocker has just announced his most recent addition to his Cabo Wabo family of tequilas, a mouthwatering balance of Arabica coffee, vanilla and dark cocoa blended with 100 percent blue agave tequila he calls Cabo Diablo. The lip-smacking libation is currently in five states, but Hagar is hoping fans will coax distributors across America into selling the stuff by talking it up on social media using the hashtag #DiabloMadeMeDoIt. Two years ago, Hagar served up the first batch of Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEATLEMANIA TO BE MARKED AT FAN FEST

The initial kickoff of what would be coined Beatlemania occurred when the Beatles landed at JFK Airport in New York City on February 7, 1964, two days before their landmark first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s arrival in America will be celebrated at the 2014 Fest for Beatles Fans, taking place February 7-9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel next to Grand Central Station in New York. Complete details of the event will be revealed soon on the event’s newly designed official website which will be unveiled in early November at TheFest.com.

BOWIE DEBUTS BONUS TRACK ON BOLSTERED THE NEXT DAY EXTRA

The expanded edition of David Bowie’s current album, The Next Day, cleverly titled The Next Day Extra, will be available November 5. On Wednesday, the recently reclusive rock star rolled out the new song “Atomica,” one of five new numbers that will be found on the three-disc The Next Day Extra, which will also include additional bonus cuts, a DVD with four new music videos, and more.

LOU REED’S MUSIC SALES SOAR 607% POST-PASSING

As is always the case when a major music figure dies, Lou Reed’s album sales experienced a huge surge in the days following his death last Sunday. The former Velvet Underground singer’s sales spiked a staggering 607%, with 3,000 of his albums being sold in the wake of his death. His best-selling posthumous sales came from the sale of his landmark solo album, Transformer, which sold 1,000 copies.

METALLICA DRUMMER ULRICH PENS PROLIFIC TRIBUTE TO LOU REED

Since news broke Sunday of the death of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed, many immediately shared personal memories of the former Velvet Underground vocalist. But the members of Metallica, with whom Reed collaborated on his last recording, the generally ignored album Lulu, remained silent until drummer Lars Ulrich wrote a long tribute in the UK newspaper The Guardian. Among myriad things, Ulrich wrote, “Metallica’s always been autonomous, and Lou Reed is the godfather of being an outsider, being autonomous, marching to his own drum… We brought something to each other, and we shared a common lack of ability to fit in with our surroundings. I wanted to give him strength, and I think Metallica gave him strength.”

JOEL POINTS TO PAKISTANI TEEN AS INSPIRATION TO BEAT DEPRESSION

Singer/songwriter/piano man Billy Joel has made no secret about battling “deep depression” triggered by the 9/11 attacks, but in a recent interview with UK’s Telegraph he revealed the secret to his recovery. Joel, who admits 9/11 had “a devastating impact” on him that made him “lose faith in humanity,” said he began to see the light with the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who “was shot by the Taliban” and survived, only to write her moving autobiography and continue her campaign for women’s education. Joel said, “She is the antidote. We need people like that. I get inspired by people like that.”

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