Wednesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Songs from The West Coast (2001)

Songs from the West Coast is the twenty-sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released worldwide on October 1,  2001. Many critics have said that this album brought him back to his piano-based musical roots.

Elton once again collaborated with long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin. Drummer Nigel Olsson returns to the band full-time. Tata Vega makes an early appearance as a backup vocalist and joined the EJ band later. This album marks the first time John and Taupin wrote together in person. From the album, “I Want Love” was a single and a Grammy nominated song, and “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” and “Original Sin” also became hits. None of the songs from this album hit the Billboard Hot 100, which froze John’s record of 31 years with at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100 (30 with at least one in the top 40). George Strait tied that record on the Country charts in 2011. Stevie Wonder, who previously worked with John for the songs “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and “That’s What Friends Are For”, played harmonica and clavinet on “Dark Diamond”.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” – 4:28
“Dark Diamond” – 4:26
“Look Ma, No Hands” – 4:22
“American Triangle” – 4:49
“Original Sin” – 4:49
“Birds” – 3:51
“I Want Love” – 4:35
“The Wasteland” – 4:21
“Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes” – 4:52
“Love Her Like Me” – 3:58
“Mansfield” – 4:56
“This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore” – 4:39
“Your Song” (with Alessandro Safina) – 4:21
“Teardrops” (with Lulu) – 4:46
“The North Star” – 5:32
“Original Sin” (Junior’s Earth mix) (Edit) – 3:55
“Your Song” (with Alessandro Safina) (Almighty mix) (Edit) – 4:31

Tuesday 10pm ET: History of Rock and Roll with Bill Drake

Hours 27/28 featuring The Hollies, Bee Gees, Moody Blues, Cream, Steppenwolf, Doors and The Guess Who.

Tuesday 9pm ET: Feature Artist – Lady Gaga

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for reinventing herself throughout her career and for her versatility in numerous areas of the entertainment industry. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a music career. When Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, the electropop record The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. The album was reissued as The Fame Monster (2009), which included the successful singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone” and “Alejandro”.

Gaga’s second full-length album, Born This Way (2011), explored electronic rock and techno-pop and debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with more than one million copies sold. Its title track became the fastest-selling song on the iTunes Store with over a million downloads in less than a week. Gaga experimented with EDM on her third studio album, Artpop (2013), which included the single “Applause”. Her collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek (2014), and her soft rock-influenced fifth studio album, Joanne (2016), continued to top the US charts. During this period, Gaga ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the critically acclaimed musical drama film A Star Is Born (2018). She also contributed to the latter’s soundtrack, which yielded her fourth US number-one single “Shallow”, and made her the first person to win an Academy, Grammy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award in one year. Gaga is due to release her sixth studio album, Chromatica, in 2020, which includes the lead single “Stupid Love”.

Having sold 124 million records as of 2014, Gaga is one of the world’s best-selling music artists and the fourth highest-earning female musician of the 2010s. Her achievements include various Guinness world records, 11 Grammy Awards and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and Woman of the Year, and included among Forbes’s power and earnings rankings. She was ranked number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012 and second on Time’s 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years. She is known for her philanthropy and social activism, including her work related to mental health awareness and LGBT rights. Gaga founded her nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on empowering youth, improving mental health and preventing bullying.

Tuesday 8pm ET: Feature Artist – The Killers

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). The official lineup of the band (as of 2020) consists of Flowers, Keuning, Mark Stoermer (bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) – the latter two have both joined in 2002. The band’s name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”.

The band has released five consecutive chart-topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017). They have also released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust (2007); a live album, Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009); a greatest-hits album, Direct Hits (2013); and a Christmas compilation, Don’t Waste Your Wishes (2016).

The Killers are considered one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, and the most successful act to ever emerge from Nevada, selling more than 28 million albums. They have performed in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium and Glastonbury Festival (2007 and 2019).

Tuesday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Kenny Chesney

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Kenneth Arnold Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, all of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 30 of which have reached number one. Many of these have also charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Chesney co-directed and produced a film for ESPN entitled The Boys of Fall. He has received six Academy of Country Music awards (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards from 2005 to 2008), as well as nine awards from the Country Music Association. He is one of the most popular touring acts in country music, regularly selling out the venues in which he performs. His 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour was the highest-grossing country road trip of the year.

The Country Music Association honored Chesney with the Entertainer of the Year award in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Other notable awards he received include the Academy of Country Music’s 1997 New Male Vocalist of the Year, 2002 Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Triple Crown Award in 2005. He was awarded his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music on May 18, 2008.

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – The Big Picture (1997)

The Big Picture is the twenty-fifth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released September 22, 1997. It includes four worldwide singles: “Live Like Horses” (a duet with Luciano Pavarotti only for the single version), “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (released as a double A-side with “Candle in the Wind 1997”), “Recover Your Soul” and “If the River Can Bend”.

1. “Long Way from Happiness” 4:47
2. “Live Like Horses” 5:02
3. “The End Will Come” 4:53
4. “If the River Can Bend” 5:23
5. “Love’s Got a Lot to Answer For” 5:02
6. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” 5:13
7. “The Big Picture” 3:45
8. “Recover Your Soul” 5:18
9. “January” 4:02
10. “I Can’t Steer My Heart Clear of You” 4:10
11. “Wicked Dreams” 4:39
12. “Big Man in a Little Suit”
13. “I Know Why I’m in Love”
14. “You Can Make History (Young Again)”
15. “No Valentines”

Monday 9pm ET: Feature Artist – Cathy Dennis

Catherine Roseanne Dennis (born March 25, 1969) is a British singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. After a moderately successful international solo career, Dennis later achieved great success as a writer of pop songs, scoring eight UK number ones and winning five Ivor Novello Awards.

In 2004, Dennis was listed 66th in the Q Magazine list of the top 100 most influential people in music and in 2006, she won the UK music industry’s Woman of the Year Award.