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Led Zeppelin unveil unheard recordings

Rock giants Led Zeppelin on Wednesday unveiled two previously unheard recordings ahead of the re-issue of the band's first three albums in June. The two tracks -- an early version of their classic track "Whole Lotta Love", and a 1970 cover of blues standard "Keys to the Highway" -- are among dozens of tracks which will be officially released along with the re-issued albums. Guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, chose the material after painstakingly searching through the tracks, which have been stored in the band's archive for decades.

Led Zeppelin unveil unheard recordings

Rock giants Led Zeppelin on Wednesday unveiled two previously unheard recordings ahead of the re-issue of the band's first three albums in June. The two tracks -- an early version of their classic track "Whole Lotta Love", and a 1970 cover of blues standard "Key to the Highway" -- are among dozens of tracks which will be officially released along with the re-issued albums. Guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, chose the material after painstakingly searching through the tracks, which have been stored in the band's archive for decades.

Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin said on Wednesday they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums, including a version of their pulsating "Whole Lotta Love" The reissues, remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page, will be launched on June 3 with deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". Each album will include a second disc of unreleased music related to that album.

Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin said on Wednesday they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums, including a version of their pulsating "Whole Lotta Love" The reissues, remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page, will be launched on June 3 with deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". Each album will include a second disc of unreleased music related to that album.

The Soil, new wave of South African a capella

Rhythmic and perfectly harmonised, South Africa's up-and-coming vocal trio The Soil promise to be the 21st century's answer to their countrymen Ladysmith Black Mambazo, though none of them can read a note of music. Running fast in the tracks of their forerunners, this next generation of township a capella bring their laid-back fusion of hip-hop, soul, jazz and afropop for the first time to the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which starts Friday.

The Soil, new wave of South African a capella

Rhythmic and perfectly harmonised, South Africa's up-and-coming vocal trio The Soil promise to be the 21st century's answer to their countrymen Ladysmith Black Mambazo, though none of them can read a note of music. Running fast in the tracks of their forerunners, this next generation of township a capella bring their laid-back fusion of hip-hop, soul, jazz and afropop for the first time to the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which starts Friday.

Opera great Fleming delivers virtuosic anthem at Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Opera great Renee Fleming opened Sunday's Super Bowl NFL championship with a lyrical, flowing version of the U.S. national anthem. Backed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a chorus of singers from all four branches of the U.S. armed forces, the soprano performed a powerful version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," showing off her range with the high notes at the "land of the free" lyric that is the song's apex and poses singers a technical challenge.

South African choir, Gipsy Kings rake in world Grammys

South African traditional choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and flamenco fusionists the Gipsy Kings, both longtime favorites a the Grammys, on Sunday shared the award for best world music album. The Gipsy Kings were nominated for a record sixth time for the Grammy for best world music album but won the award for the first time with "Savor Flamenco." The album was the first completely written and produced by the Gipsy Kings, who come from southern France but trace their roots mostly to Spanish Roma culture.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder retires from touring

The founder of famed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is scaling down his activities with the group at age 73, a manager said Tuesday. Joseph Shabalala, the former farmboy who started the group after the idea came to him in his dreams, has decided to take it easy, according to manager Xolani Majozi. "Because of his age -- he is now 73 -- we want him to relax a bit, not to be involved in intensive tours like now when the Mambazo are taking a three-months tour," Majozi told AFP.

Britney Spears gambles on two years in Las Vegas

Britney Spears, in the heels of such performers as Celine Dion and Elton John, late Friday opened a two-year sojourn in Sin City with a dazzling performance to a crowd of adoring fans. The former enfant terrible of US pop wowed some 4,600 fans with a stunning show at the Axis Theater at the city's Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The Grammy-winning pop songstress was hired to perform her new spectacle, titled "Piece of Me," 50 times a year in 2014 and 2015.
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