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Beck, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy and more join birdsong compilation

Beck, Animal Collective and Jeff Tweedy are among the artists that will appear on a new birdsong-inspired compilation album.‘For The Birds: The Birdsong Project’ is set to be released in five monthly stages between now and September, with the first volume arriving yesterday (May 20).Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Karen O, Kamasi Washington, Terry Riley, Mary Lattimore, Tyondai Braxton, and Elvis Costello are among the other artists that feature on the expansive compilation.Costello said of the project: “This should be so very obvious: without birds we would be knee-deep in worms, swarmed by bugs, the trees bereft of song. The least we can do is raise our voices in praise or lament.”In addition to the musical selections, the project also includes spoken-word pieces from the likes of Florence Welch, Matthew McConaughey, Bette Midler, and Natasha Lyonne. Randall Poster produced the entire collection, with Lee Ranaldo serving as one of the set’s executive producers.All proceeds from ‘For The Birds: The Birdsong Project’ will be donated to the National Audubon Society.Listen to the first volume of ‘The Birdsong Project’ below:The project will be also be released in a massive vinyl set, spread across 20 LPs.
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, and shared the first footage from the highly-anticipated sequel to the Halloween-time classic, during the studio's upfronts presentation Tuesday. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy all reprise their roles as the evil Sanderson Sisters of Salem in the film, due out on Disney+ September 30.In the rough-cut footage shared Tuesday, two young girls are seen lighting the Black Flame Candle, which summons the witches as Midler screams, «Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we're back!»The sisters then break out into song, a cover of Elton John's «The B***h* Is Back» while Billy Butcherson reprised by Doug Jones, and Sam Richardson — who joined the sequel — appear. Tony Hale, who plays the mayor of Salem is also seen in the teaser.ET previously reported that the film will «see three young women accidentally bringing the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.»Rounding out the cast is Whitney Peak as Becca, Lilia Buckingham as Cassie and Belissa Escobedo as Izzy, three young women in present-day Salem who incite the wrath of the three witches, as well as Hannah Waddingham, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen, who also appear in the new film.ET spoke to Richardson at the Independent Spirit Awards in March, where he gushed over the «surreal experience» of joining some of the original cast for the film's second installment.«It was incredible.
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Faith Hill joins in star-studded tribute to Naomi Judd
Faith Hill will join forces with several prominent figures for an emotional and expansive tribute to country legend Naomi Judd.MORE: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's daughter displays modeling skills in striking new photoThe singer took to social media to share a poster from the special titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time, which will air on Sunday night on CMT.VIDEO: Faith Hill shares 'painful' memory of filming 1883She'll be joined by several members of the country music industry, including Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Ashley McBryde, and Brandi Carlile. Other musicians like Bono and Bette Midler are also slated to be part of it.Many others from the entertainment industry will also join in, including Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, and Morgan Freeman.MORE: Gracie McGraw delights fans with bold celebratory beach videoRobin Roberts will host the event, alongside Naomi's two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley Judd, and the affair promises to be a heartfelt one."Wynonna and Ashley, our hearts are with you as your beloved matriarch, Naomi Judd, will be celebrated today," Faith wrote alongside her post.A post shared by Faith Hill (@faithhill)Faith will be part of a star-studded tribute to Naomi"May we all raise our hands and celebrate this extraordinary woman along with her closest friends.
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Exclusive: Nicole Scherzinger shares hopes to sing the next James Bond theme song
Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that she would love to be asked to record the next James Bond theme song.Exclusive: Nicole Scherzinger reveals rare insight into romance with Thom EvansThe American songstress told HELLO! that she would love to be given herown variety show that is a "modern day version of Cher meets Bette Midler meets Shirley Bassey meets the Pussycat Dolls and Nicole Scherzinger", adding: "And it makes complete sense because I come from cabaret theater, with grand vocals—I am putting it out there that I want to do the next Bond theme song."WATCH: Nicole Scherzinger shows off insane dance moves in skin-tight sportswearThe 43-year-old also reveled that she plans to throw more "intimate" showcases similar to a recent one she organized in Los Angeles to remind the industry of her range and background in musical theater."I was fortunate to do Annie Live on NBC and it reminded me of my love for musical theater, and so many people don't know I come from that theatrical space and sing Broadway, pop-rock and jazz blues," she shared.MORE: Nicole Scherzinger poses in daring red gown with dangerously high slit"I threw an intimate showcase and I think I will do more because I want to share with the industry and remind them - they associate me with the Pussycat Dolls and put me in that box - that I can do more things."Speaking at the DIRECTV SPACE activation at Neon Carnival with Levi’s® and Tequila Don Julio on Saturday evening, Nicole also spoke of her romance with Brit, Thom Evans.
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