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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

November 24, 2019

Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.

#OnThisDay November 18, 1978
Billy Joel hits the top of the US album charts for the first time with his sixth LP, ‘52nd Street’. Did you know that it was later the first commercial album to be released on CD?

#OnThisDay November 19, 1965
Many happy returns to Spiritualized mainman and pioneer of modern day psychedelia Jason Pierce. Did you know that their acclaimed 2001 album, ‘Let It Come Down’, featured around 100 additional musicians and singers playing the orchestral parts?

#OnThisDay November 20, 1976
Paul Simon hosts the popular comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ where he performs an incredible rendition of ‘Homeward Bound’ with none other than George Harrison. Luxuriate in its loveliness here…

#OnThisDay November 21, 1994
Following a five year hiatus, The Stone Roses are back in action with the release of ‘Love Spreads’, the lead single from their not-so-modestly titled album, ‘The Second Coming’.

#OnThisDay November 22, 1960
Elvis Presley’s sixth movie, ‘GI Blues’, is released. Did you know that some of the pre-production exterior shots were filmed in Germany before The King’s release from the US Army where he was serving?

#OnThisDay November 23, 1980
Hall and Oates crack the UK Top 40 for the first time when ‘Kiss On My Lips’ enters at No. 33. Did you that this video was played on MTV’s first day of broadcast?

#OnThisDay November 24, 1985
Wham! continue their unstoppable rise as ‘I’m Your Man’ becomes their third UK No. 1 single. Did you know that the video was filmed in the legendary though sadly defunct Marquee Club in London’s Soho?

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

From Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley, The Stone Roses to Bonnie Tyler and more, we run down the history of your favourite artists – it’s This Week In Rock.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: WHAM!

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: WHAM!

With the new RomCom ‘Last Christmas’ out now in theaters, our Artist of the Month for the Yuletide season; the pop colossus that is Wham!

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Wham! bestride the Atlantic, Ozzy announces his retirement, Eurythmics join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and more – it’s this week in rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.

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This Week In Rock

This Week In Rock

All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: HALL & OATES – ‘MANEATER’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: HALL & OATES – ‘MANEATER’

With promo videos still a long way from modern storyboarding and generous budgets, Hall & Oates’ ‘Maneater’ is very much a product of the era that spawned it.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…

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CELEBRATING ELVIS PRESLEY’S SPIRIT OF ’69 – Out Now

CELEBRATING ELVIS PRESLEY’S SPIRIT OF ’69 – Out Now

We’re marking the 50th anniversary of what is arguably The King’s pivotal year with ‘Live 1969’, a deluxe 11 CD box set available now.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘CLUB TROPICANA’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘CLUB TROPICANA’

The early 80s were a golden period for pioneering videos and this one for Wham!’s 1983 No.4 single, ‘Club Tropicana’, is no exception.

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THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDay

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Artist of the Month: Billy Joel

Artist of the Month: Billy Joel

He just turned 70 but our Artist of the Month for June shows no sign of slowing down. With a series of massive shows this month, including a date at Wembley Stadium, it’s Mr Billy Joel.

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BILLY JOEL CELEBRATES 70TH WITH LIVE THROUGH THE YEARS PLAYLIST

BILLY JOEL CELEBRATES 70TH WITH LIVE THROUGH THE YEARS PLAYLIST

Billy Joel turns 70 next week and is celebrating with a new playlist of dynamic, rare live performances never before available for streaming.

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Elvis –  ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’ – Out Now

Elvis – ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’ – Out Now

As a whole host of stars prepare to honour The King in the ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’, we’re proud to announce the companion album, ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’, out now.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAM! – ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’

One of the most evergreen Christmas singles to have ever been released, ‘Last Christmas is also the biggest-selling festive single to have never reached No. 1 in the UK.

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Merry Xmas From Elvis Presley & Apple Music

Merry Xmas From Elvis Presley & Apple Music

From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…

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Xmas Gift Guide

Xmas Gift Guide

Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…

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Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)’ – OUT NOW

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)’ – OUT NOW

On December 3rd, 1968 Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in seven years. Broadcast on NBC, it would become known as the ’68 Comeback Special’ and one of the most vital live performances of all time. Half a century later, we’re proud to present the ’50th Anniversary Edition’, available now.

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Elvis Presley – ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ – OUT NOW

Elvis Presley – ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ – OUT NOW

The new album, featuring a brand new duet with Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and 13 other inspirational performances from gospel legends who performed with the King, out now.

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Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special – Fifty Years On

Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special – Fifty Years On

It’s fifty years since the comeback to end them all – the Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special – and we’re celebrating with special film screenings across the UK and Ireland. Read on….

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: THE STONE ROSES – ‘FOOLS GOLD’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: THE STONE ROSES – ‘FOOLS GOLD’

Few bands come to define their generation, and even fewer get to deliver a TV performance that draws a clear line in the sand between what went before and what’s about to come hurtling down the tracks. And nobody does it with this kind of swagger.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Billy Joel ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Billy Joel ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’

Whatever you think of the concept – and millennial audiences may certainly raise their eyebrows at the Baby Boomer rundown of the Luckiest Generation’s trials and tribulations – there’s no denying that ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ had the cultural impact of a meteor strike.

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ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER – SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW

ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER – SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW

Presenting the complete, unabridged story of Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a two-part three-hour film presentation airing on HBO, 8pm April 14. The superb soundtrack is available now.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Billy Joel – ‘Uptown Girl’

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Billy Joel – ‘Uptown Girl’

An homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, ‘Uptown Girl’ was Billy Joel’s first and only Number One hit.

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‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’

‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’

As Christmas approaches we’re proud to present the brand new album ‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, as The King meets The Strings for the finest of festive fanfares.

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Original Soundtrackers – How Hall & Oates Conquered Hollywood

Original Soundtrackers – How Hall & Oates Conquered Hollywood

Sure, you’re a million selling pop artist, responsible for countless hits across decades and playing the biggest stages in the world – but nothing proves how far your music has got under the skin of the culture like soundtracking a hit movie. Or a cult movie. Or ideally a few of both.

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DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – TIMELESS CLASSICS – OUT NOW

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – TIMELESS CLASSICS – OUT NOW

With 40 million records sold there are few artists that can match the stature of Daryl Hall & John Oates, with countless hits running through the DNA of modern pop culture.

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ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

“What other name roars?”

Elvis Presley defined and redefined music and touched countless lives in the process.

Here are some of your stories of how The King helped you live.

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Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’

Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’

As the world celebrates the music & life of Elvis Aaron Presley, we’re proud to present an enduring, fan-favourite collection of his finest music – ‘Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’.

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Elvis For Everybody

Elvis For Everybody

Let’s celebrate The King – tell us what kind of Elvis fan you are and we’ll make a playlist just for you…

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ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

ELVIS PRESLEY: A LOVE STORY

Elvis is – to so, so many – the most iconic artist of all time, defining genres, eras and even stardom itself. Forty years ago this month he tragically passed away, now we want your stories of how how Elvis Aaron Presley touched your life.

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Artist of the Month: Elvis Presley

Artist of the Month: Elvis Presley

This month, we join the world in celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. The King is our Artist of the Month.

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Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

We’re proud to announce that on Friday July 28, Sony Legacy will be releasing the most comprehensive early Elvis library ever assembled.

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VINYL ROUND-UP: MAY

VINYL ROUND-UP: MAY

May was a month for perfectly crafted guitar pop to make its way onto wax. One set of undeniable classics from the exquisitely coiffured and moustachioed Daryl Hall & John Oates, and another from the virtuoso guitar and silky voice of John Mayer.

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Win Bob Dylan, AC/DC or Elvis Presley Book Sets

Win Bob Dylan, AC/DC or Elvis Presley Book Sets

We’re giving you the chance to win one of our CD Book Sets – take your pick from Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991, Elvis Presley’s Platinum A Life In Music or AC/DC’s Black Tracks.

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80 smash hits

80 smash hits
The playlist time machine! Travel back to the 80s with retro hits from Michael Jackson, Wham, Madonna and more!
Watch Kate Moss channel her own inner Elvis

Watch Kate Moss channel her own inner Elvis

Kate Moss channels her love of rock and roll (and her own inner Elvis) in a brand new music video for “The Wonder of You”!

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Mistletoe & Whine – The Xmas Number 1 Through History

Mistletoe & Whine – The Xmas Number 1 Through History

The chase for a festive chart-topper is revving up again, so let’s look back at years past. Terry Staunton is reading a list and checking it twice…

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THE RETURN OF THE KING

THE RETURN OF THE KING

Elvis Presley has today become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history as he scores his 13th number one album with ‘The Wonder of You’.

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‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Out Now

‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Out Now

‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ is out now. Get more info, including tour dates, and watch some album previews here…

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Billy Joel’s Wembley Performance

Billy Joel’s Wembley Performance

Read reviews of Billy Joel’s incredible stadium performance

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The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley: with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Out Now

The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley: with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Out Now

Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…

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NYC Legacy Locations

NYC Legacy Locations

Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!

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Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room

Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room

Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…

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Win 2 Tickets To See The Stone Roses!

Win 2 Tickets To See The Stone Roses!

Find out how you can win 2 tickets to one of the Manchester shows!

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Hall & Oates – Top tracks

Hall & Oates – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Maneater
    Hall & Oate
  2. Rich girl
    Hall & Oate
  3. She's gone
    Hall & Oate
  4. Starting all over again
    Hall & Oate
  5. Back together again
    Hall & Oate
  6. and lots more!
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Record Store Day 2016

Record Store Day 2016

Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!

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Elvis – Top tracks

Elvis – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Heartbreak hotel
    Elvis Presley
  2. G.I. blues
    Elvis Presley
  3. Don't be cruel
    Elvis Presley
  4. Can't help falling in love
    Elvis Presley
  5. If I can dream
    Elvis Presley
  6. and lots more!!
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Billy Joel – Top tracks

Billy Joel – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Prelude/Angry young man
    Billy Joel
  2. Piano man
    Billy Joel
  3. Movin' out (Anthony's song)
    Billy Joel
  4. The longest time
    Billy Joel
  5. Scenes from an Italian restaurant
    Billy Joel
  6. and lots more!
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Wham – Top tracks

Wham – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. Wake me up before you go-go
    Wham!
  2. Club tropicana
    Wham!
  3. Everything she wants
    Wham!
  4. Last christmas
    Wham!
  5. I'm your man
    Wham!
  6. and lots more!
    ...

Stone Roses – Top tracks

Stone Roses – Top tracks
Show tracks
  1. I wanna be adored
    The Stone Roses
  2. Fools gold
    The Stone Roses
  3. Waterfall
    The Stone Roses
  4. I am the resurrection
    The Stone Roses
  5. She bands the drums
    The Stone Roses
  6. and lots more!!
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Happy Birthday To The King

Happy Birthday To The King

Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!

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Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!

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Elvis at the O2: 50% Off Tickets For You!

Elvis at the O2: 50% Off Tickets For You!

You can go for a special price with Legacy…

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Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.

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Elvis If I Can Dream: Playback Event

Elvis If I Can Dream: Playback Event

Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…

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Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘If I Can Dream’

Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘If I Can Dream’

More info on  ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Video of the week: Wham!

Video of the week: Wham!

31 years ago today, this track was Wham!’s first UK No.1.

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Vinyl of the week: Hall & Oates

Vinyl of the week: Hall & Oates

Hall and Oates’s silver album is our vinyl of the week.

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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Wham!

Maneater

Hall & Oates

If I Can Dream

Elvis Presley

Guilty pleasures

Guilty pleasures
Including Dirty Dancing, Belinda Carlisle, The Bangles, Bonnie Tyler, Rick Astley, a-ha, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney M, Billy Ocean and more

Uptown Girl

Billy Joel