Music News: Eagles eclipse Michael Jackson for best-selling album

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Eagles' 'Greatest Hits' and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'
Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-74' and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.' (Asylum/CBS)
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Michael Jackson's Thriller has been eclipsed as the all-time best-selling album. The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, at 38 times platinum, now tops the all-times sales list, which includes "sales" numbers converted from streams. This despite the huge sales surge that Thriller experienced after Jackson's 2009 death; the Eagles, of course, have lost a key member as well with Glenn Frey's death in 2016.

"We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years," said the Eagles' Don Henley in a statement.

At number three? It's the Eagles again, with Hotel California. (Spin)

First Stonehenge show booked

The first-ever pop music show at Stonehenge has been booked, and somehow it's not Spinal Tap. EDM giant Paul Oakenfold will play a show for an audience of 50 next month at Stonehenge, with the gig being recorded for an expected live album. "The energy there will be like nowhere else on earth," says Oakenfold. (Stereogum)

Did Tom Waits steal Jack White's watch?

Tom Waits hung out backstage with Jack White last Thursday in San Francisco, and White posted a photo of the two with a note that Waits "made all the musicians in the band confirm and pay testament to their love of the religion of music. He also stole Jack's watch." Okay.

In other Jack White news, the former White Stripe played a surprise show for employees at Tesla's Fremont, Calif. factory on Friday. He also toured the factory and took a Tesla for a ride on the test track. Disappointingly, the visit didn't feature any collaborations with Grimes — or Azealia Banks. (Billboard)

Aretha Franklin funeral plans

Funeral plans for Aretha Franklin have been confirmed. A private funeral for family and friends will take place next Friday, Aug. 31. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28-29, there will be an open-casket public viewing at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for 12 hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 pm., each day. (NME)

LDR defends Israel show

Lana Del Rey is defending her decision to book a performance at next month's Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv. Roger Waters and other artists have led calls for musicians to boycott the Middle Eastern nation due to its treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories; Lorde cancelled a previously scheduled show in recognition of the activists' concerns.

"I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together," said Del Rey in a statement. "If you don't agree with me I get it. I see both sides." She continued, "performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement," noting that she plays shows in the U.S. without meaning to imply that "I condone my own president."

Recently, Radiohead and Nick Cave have played shows in Israel despite criticism. (NME)

Lil Yachty and Donny Osmond sing the praises of canned pasta

"We gave every audience, from baby boomers to millennials, something that they could relate to," says a creative officer whose company masterminded a new Chef Boyardee ad featuring hip-hop star Lil Yachty and '70s idol Donny Osmond. The two have collaborated on a song, "Start the Par-Dee," where they sing (and rap) about their shared love of canned pasta. In an accompanying video, they sit on a giant can, play air guitar on an oversize fork, and drive a car down a roller-coaster in their search for ravioli. (Billboard)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY SA 4.0)
Box Cat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Spinal Tap: "Stonehenge"
Box Cat Games: "Mt Fox Shop" (CC BY 3.0)
Eagles: "Hotel California"
UnCan - Keeping Track (CC BY-NC 4.0)
Lil Yachty and Donny Osmond: "Start the Par-Dee"


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