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UB40 include Freddie McGregor to 45th wedding anniversary reveals




UB40 have announced that pioneering reggae musician Freddie McGregor has been added as a special guest to the band’s forthcoming arena shows this December .

The UB45 tour celebrates the band’s 45th anniversary. Tickets for the tour are available here.

A brand new album, also titled UB45, will follow next year.

Robin Campbell of UB40 says: “It’s a privilege that the ‘Captain of the Big Ship’ will join us on our arena shows . With a career spanning almost six decades, more than 40 albums to his name, and some epic songs that have moved fans globally, Freddie is a real legend of the reggae scene, he is one of the true pioneers and we can’t wait to welcome him!”

Read more: The Lowdown – UB40

In 1983, McGregor founded his own indie label, Big Ship, and produced many artists including Lieutenant Stitchie, Luciano, Mikey Spice, Papa San and Tiger. 

In the same year, he released the critically acclaimed album Come On Over through RAS Records in the US. McGregor has continued recording into the 21st century, including the album Anything for You (2002), which won a Grammy nomination, as well as Signature (2000) and Di Captain (2012).

McGregor is a widely respected elder statesman in the reggae music community, giving back through vehicles such as the Big Ship Music Fest. He was recognised with the Order of Distinction in 2003 for his contribution to music.

UB40 founders Robin Campbell, James Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, long-time members Martin Meredith, Laurence Parry along with Tony Mullings, Ian Thompson and Matt Doyle, who was announced as the band’s new lead singer in 2021 following Duncan Campbell’s retirement, will start their 45th Anniversary with a celebratory arena tour in the UK and Ireland this December playing Castlebar, Belfast, Leeds, London’s iconic Wembley Arena and a special hometown performance at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena.

The band will also play tracks from the forthcoming new UB45 album including the recently re-recorded double-platinum, chart-topping single Red Red Wine

The band’s performance of the 1983 hit at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony was a stand-out highlight and was viewed by an estimated global TV audience of over one billion people.

Read more: When British reggae was king 

Red Red Wine was the second single to be released from UB40’s upcoming album UB45 and follows Champion, which was the official Commonwealth Games song.

Robin Campbell says: “Our 45th anniversary doesn’t bear thinking about, but the celebrations will be great fun starting in the UK arenas in December. These shows and the new album represent our brotherhood and celebrating our history but also taking our next step together as a band.

“We are pushing new boundaries and looking to the future with our frontman Matt Doyle, and we can’t wait to show the world how good he is with us and how much he’s come on in the last year”. Come and join us to celebrate 45 years of UB40 and what is going to be one massive party!

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MusicRow’s 2023 Touring & Next Big Point Trace Adkins on the cover





MusicRow Magazine has released its 2023 Touring & & Next Big Thing Issue, featuring Verge Records’ Trace Adkins on the cover.

With more than 25 years in the industry under his belt and an impressive list of RIAA certifications, Adkins has been fusing his booming baritone and commanding stage presence with sounds from across the country music spectrum for a while. Since his 1996 debut, he has sold over 11 million albums, charted 20 songs on Billboard‘s all-genre Hot 100, earned 15 top 10 country radio hits, and added film/TV to his credits. Along the way, he’s also racked up two billion streams, multiple Grammy nominations and numerous awards.

The multi-Platinum country artist recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud, with the release of his 25-track The Way I Wan na Go Marking his 13th studio album, the project finds Adkins leaning into a lone-wolf spirit and continuing down the road which made him a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Produced by Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George, the project also brings a who’s who of special guests with it, including Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Keb’ Mo’ and Melissa Etheridge. With his headline “The Way I Wan na Go Tour” extending into 2023, he is currently starring in Fox’s drama series, Monarch

Featured in this issue is MusicRow‘s ninth annual Next Big Thing class of artists, consisting of Chayce Beckham (19 Recordings/BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records), Tyler Braden (Warner Music Nashville), Ernest (Big Loud Records), Chapel Hart (JT3D), Kylie Morgan (EMI Records Nashville), MacKenzie Porter (Big Loud Records), Conner Smith (The Valory Music Co.), Nate Smith (Arista Nashville), Alana Springsteen (Columbia Records New York/Sony Music Nashville), Morgan Wade (Arista Nashville), and Bailey Zimmerman (Warner Music Nashville/Elektra Records).

This issue also features the N.B.T. Industry Directory Class of 2023, which spotlights rising Nashville music business professionals who are having a major impact on the industry. MusicRow’s N.B.T. Industry Directory is the first and only list of its kind. These industry members occupy important roles at their respective companies, and are on a trajectory of excellence to successfully lead the Nashville music industry into the future.

MusicRow‘s Touring/N. B.T. Issue spotlights new and upcoming artists in our 2023 Next Big Thing Artist list, showcasing our top editorial picks for acts destined to reach new levels in their career,” shares MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson “Additionally, our N.B.T. Music Industry Directory is a coveted one-of-a-kind list of talent that recognizes the industry’s music business professionals who are rising through the ranks.”

The Touring & & Next Big Thing Issue explores the growing theme of multi-genre touring with CAA’s Meredith Jones and WME’s Aaron Tannenbaum, and also dives into the recent expansions of Messina Touring Group and the re-launch of The Neal Agency. This issue also catches up with industry icon Joe Galante to look at the importance of mentorship. The Touring & & Next Big Thing Issue also discusses Taylor Swift‘s massive return to the road with her upcoming “The Eras Tour,” which kicks off in March 2023.

Elsewhere in this issue, MusicRow sits down with TNDV’s Nic Dugger, who shares his unwavering love for Music City and his story from starting at a local TV station in Jackson, Tennessee, to bringing productions like ACM Honors, the CMA Awards, and more to life. This issue also puts a spotlight on the newly-formed Reliant Talent Agency, as its founders– Steve Lassiter, Matt McGuire and Heath Baumhor— look back on their first two years and ahead to the company’s many decades to come.

Single copies of MusicRow‘s 2023 Touring & & Next Big Thing Issue are available for purchase at for $45, and are included with yearly MusicRow subscriptions

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Irene Cara, the ‘Flashdance’ vocalist and also starlet that won hearts & an Oscar, dies at 63 years old




Publicist Judith A. Moose announces on her official Twitter account the news of the passing away of the iconic “Flashdance” singer & actress in her Florida home of unknown causes on the account.

“It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the death of Irene Cara,” Moose wrote. “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.” 

“Sparkle” was Cara’s breakout movie role performing the title character in this 1976 film. In 1980, she was awarded her first nominations for both voice and acting as Coco in the1980 movie “Fame”. Later, Cara moves to. Grammy nomination for best new artist and pop vocal performance for the title song. 

And as musician, the movie “Fame” with Irene Cara impacted my life journey. Because of this movie and Irene Cara and others, I decided to study jazz at a conservatory in Chicago. ~ David Moore jazz guitarist

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The Voice Justin Aaron does Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s “Break Every Chain”




Justin Aaron offered a powerful cover of a gospel classic during the Top 13 Live Playoffs of NBC’s singing competition show The Voice on Monday, November 21st. You can view his live performance of Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s “Break Every Chain” below.

To find out if Aaron advances to the Top 10, tune into The Voice tonight at 8pm ET on NBC.


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